* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Sakuragi being SpurnedIntoSuicide over a misunderstanding. His friends pull him away from the fence he tries to jump from, and it's never mentioned again.
** RuleOfFunny. May also count as DudeNotFunny.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome ''and'' EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZgGiK8aOYo "Kimi ga suki da to sakebitai"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOzVyiCul2Q "Sekai ga owaru made wa"]]
* DieForOurShip: Poor Haruko. And sometimes, poor Sendoh. [[DoubleStandard But MUCH less, fandom says]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Lampshaded. Uekasa believes he's one, but he's probably the least popular of the Ryonan players.
* {{Fanon}}: No, it's never stated that Mitsui has to repeat his senior year at any point in the manga. Fans commonly misinterpret the last chapter (Akagi and Kogure quit the team to study for exams while Mitsui stays and feels "lonesome") as meaning Mitsui having to stay at Shohoku for another year. In 10 Days Later it's revealed he's staying for the Winter Tournament (which takes place during the second semester of the school year) so that he he can possibly get a scholarship to a university instead. Although it's possible Mitsui later repeats senior year, it's not canon.
* FoeYay: Sakuragi with both Rukawa and Sendoh.
** Akagi with Uozumi.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment / {{Hilarious in Hindsight}}: The one-shot prequel, Piercings (which was published two years after the series ended), milks these tropes for all they're worth.
** In one of the earlier chapters of Slam Dunk, Miyagi beats a delinquent half to death for slapping Ayako, declaring that you never hit a girl. When he was eleven he slapped her for littering.
** At the end of the one-shot, Ayako tells him to keep a picture of her on his desk so he can see her everyday; he thinks this is an absurd idea. Five years later, he not only keeps a picture of her on his desk but talks to it every morning.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Beloved by the Spanish-speaking community.
** Notice that we're talking about ''both'' Spanish-speaking groups, though the Latin-American one is more vocal.
** This show as notably popular in the Philippines as well, possibly because of basketball's popularity in that country. Many people still watch it even now.
** Also very popular in South Korea, to the point where certain lines have been meme-fied.
* {{Moe}}: Haruko.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Just before the nationals story arc, the various teams that will be playing are introduced, featuring the top players and even offering a much stronger rival for Sakuragi. [[spoiler:And so it was a shock to many fans that it turned out that Shohuku lasts for only three games, with the second one being the GrandFinale and the third (where Shohoku lost) being only mentioned right before the epilogue.]]
* TheWoobie: Yasuda's shy and good-natured which naturally means he's pushed around in a team full of alpha males.
** [[spoiler: Uozumi (his backstory oif loneliness and school bullying is a TearJerker)]]
** [[spoiler: God, does Youko need a hug when you see her flashbacks in the first movie. Thank ''God'' Oda straightened up his act.]]
** Ichiro
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