Kyon/????Kyousukenote With the knowledge that he shares his given name with one Irie Kyousuke the only part we do not officially know is his Surname, but.../Tadamichi Kyousukenote We got enough hints in-story that we're almost certain that this is his name (in Kyon Big Damn Hero, anyway).
"That day had started normally enough, but then, that was true of nearly all days."
Big Eater: He becomes one as a side effect of the daily training sessions in the "hyperbolic time chamber". To be precise, his increased appetite is the result of his body's tendency to recover from the loss of the muscular mass gained during a year of relative time of dedicated martial training.
Brilliant, but Lazy: He used to be, but not anymore. He scored 96 on a math test (Haruhi got 97), and is almost as good as Haruhi in studies.
Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: After getting a new PDA, Kyon can make it appear that he's wearing different clothing just by going into a menu. The outfit needs to be scanned first, though.
Chick Magnet: Oh, so much. For starters, all girls in the brigade like him. And even if he acknowledges some things that happened are beyond friendship he isn't actively looking for a romantic relationship.
According to his uncle, it's genetic. Although he was saying this while talking to his own harem, he was probably joking.
Dissonant Serenity: Right after Yamane nearly kills Tsuruya by throwing her out the window, Kyon dangles him out the window by the ankle with a hand. He proceeds to interrogate Yamane for information, while acting as the Bad Cop. Justified, because Yamane did press Kyon's Berserk Button.
Also happens in Chapter 48, when he discovers his sister in Kuyou's shadow-song, using his gear, and wanting to fight, as well.
He felt a shiver run through him, an instant of an incredibly unfamiliar emotion filling him before he felt himself grow hot, and then intensely, almost overwhelmingly calm.
Does Not Know His Own Strength: Because of the nature of his training he knows martial arts but he doesn't remember any experience with them, including the specific effects of his attacks on opponents. After the fight on Chapter 11, Iyouji was surprised when he had to ask how bad the injuries he made on the Mooks were.
Meaningful Name: Kyon's name, as revealed in the beginning of some chapters. Taira no Tadamichi (aka Usui Sadamitsu) is the real name of a samurai involved in a Japanese legend, who was from one of the four families that held the power behind the Japanese throne from the 9th to 12th centuries. The other three families were Fujiwara (the other time traveler), Tachibana (the other esper), and Minamoto (which was historically based in the same geographic region as Nishinomiya). As for the meanings of the names, Tadamichi 直方 can mean straightaway/honest/frank/fix/repair | person/alternative/direction and Kyousuke 恭典 can mean respect/reverent | law/rule/ceremony/code. Think how Kyon has affected Haruhi.
Morality Chain: While Kyon retains this role for Haruhi earlier on, he also serves as this for Tsuruya.
Number Two: Of the SOS Brigade, though often he's the one in command rather than Haruhi.
Later Kyon becomes Tsuruya's saikō-komon (最高顧問, senior advisor), a position roughly equivalent to The Consigliere (albeit one who can have his own subordinates). In practice, however, Kyon is widely known for his fighting prowess, giving him the reputation more akin to that of a battle-oriented dragon.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Mikuru notes that Kyon has a flair for languages, as he learns German from Tsuruya. He is also fluent in English, to the point where he easily beats Haruhi in Scrabble. She doubts he is as dumb as he claims, especially considering how he forced Fujiwara into traveling back in time to save him at the beach.
Already Kyon had garnered unsettled looks from passing students ... and just as worryingly, more than a few enthusiastic and interested smiles from various girls. Best not to let that get back to Haruhi, though Kyon fortunately seemed to be totally blind to such things.
As of the Thwarted Lull Arc, Kyon has taken this Up to Eleven.
Refusal of the Call: After Kyon admits he kinda remembers seeing that ancestral samurai sword of his clan sitting in storage at his house, Haruhi accuses him of this.
Haruhi: You are actively trying to pretend you don't hear the call.
Sarcastic Confession: When his mother asks him if he's done being a delinquent, his response is to say that he's decided to skip straight to joining the yakuza.
Terror Hero: A borderline case. Even if Kyon never plans on using fear as a valid course of action, when sufficiently pressed he will resort to scare tactics to get the point across, as it was the case with Yamane's "interrogation" (Chapter 11), the time when he warned Fujiwara against badmouthing his friends (Chapter 30) and particularly when he provoked Wataru into confessing how important his sister is to him, upsetting him to the point that Wataru opened fire at Kyon just to shut him up (Chapter 48).
Warrior Poet: What happens when you take a character that frequently makes comparisons to history and mythology in his narration and give him several levels in badass? You get what Tsuruya describes as a "warrior-philosopher".
And then he did smile, and it was worth it. That sense of security she got when he gave her an almost identical smile after saving her from enemy yakuza, or reassurance that he didn't regret being involved with her.... It was that smile, so everything was okay after all.
"Well, you've got a lot to learn! A challenge against one of us is a challenge against all of us!"
Energetic leader of the SOS Brigade and (unknowingly to her) Reality Warper, Haruhi's wish of meeting supernatural people beings becomes true the day she receives a phone call from Yuki's home leading to John Smith revealing himself and using her own newfound power to save Yuki's life.However, things aren't like she expected them to be: time travelers being on a mission of understanding why the path to a further past is blocked while armed with several heavily enforced restrictions, humanoid interfaces who are in a similar mission but also with the threat of being deleted at any time, espers trying desesperately to save the world from the fickle whims of her own power. Now Haruhi must deal with all of that, her very volatile powers and the possibility of molding Kyon to her own wishes even without meaning it while still trying to "overloading the world with fun", as the full name of the SOS Brigade says.
Bi the Way: Remember when she said something along the lines of, "Male or female doesn't matter, it only matters that they're interesting," in the original series? She meant it.
Blessed with Suck: She not only gets to know she has a power, also the magnitude and sensitivity of it.
Haruhi: But more and more, this 'power' I've got really seems to suck! It's too dangerous to use, and just for having it, I endanger the world?
Subverted later on. Haruhi uses a Memory Gambit on herself about her power while still keeping some basic telekinesis to play around with. This coupled with Yuki acting as a buffer for her subconscious wishes allows Haruhi to effectively keep the blessing and drop the suck.
Ultimately, the limitations are self-imposed: if she somehow loses control (e.g. by being sufficiently angry or depressed), she still might destroy the world.
Holding Back the Phlebotinum: A very practical example. Haruhi reluctantly agrees to put a leash on her powers by requiring that her wishes be approved by Yuki and Kyon. She later realizes it was good she did.
Kleptomaniac Hero: Haruhi has a lot of SD cards. She liberated them from the illegal photography club, sent the relevant data to the authorities, then had Yuki format all of them.
Memory Gambit: Haruhi provokes one on herself about how she remembers her own powers including Closed Space, effectively preventing the formation of Closed Space and giving herself a better protection against Power Incontinence, until she can learn to be responsible with them. Meanwhile, Mind over Matter abilities are the only ones she can access by herself.
Skewed Priorities: The Computer Society President finds strange that Haruhi's biggest priority on Kyon's "encounter" with Yamane on Chapter 11, is Kyon's record, and preventing this event getting back to Kyon's mother.
Troper: She mentions the site multiple times, though not by name.
Yuri Fan: When Yuki offers to teach Haruhi how to kiss better, her mind starts providing images. She immediately tries to wave them away.
Then she kisses Tsuruya in Chapter 54.
And Kanae in Chapter 56.
Mikuru wasn't certain what had come over her. All this time, she'd built an image of Yuki as little more than a human-shaped alien entity ... occasionally very girl like. But Yuki was trying so hard to become more than that.... She'd never even thought to try and consider things extensively from the alie— From the other girl's point of view.
Covert Pervert: There's a brief scene where she watches Kyon bathing (for...security reasons...) and Chapter 60 reveals that she spent at least one of the 'training sessions' teaching him how to kiss.
Do Well, But Not Perfect: Kyon mentions that Yuki's average is only short of being perfect by the four percent of answers she simply didn't bother completing. A perfect score would attract unneeded attention to her.
Yuki: At this juncture, I will attempt to communicate something to you, though I am uncertain as to the accuracy of the transmission. Words remain a weak vector for communicating vital information. Despite the lack of adherence to social norms and the correct protocols for this procedure, I am attempting to convey to you the positive emotive content of my current condition and regards for you. The outcome is uncertain; no accurate prediction can be made. Regardless of the fact that determination is unclear, I have resolved to continue due to the content of the emotive concept I wish to relay. Despite the fact that I have no comparable metric, I am currently unable to conceive a greater intensity than the one I experience at this moment in relation to you. *beat* Yuki: I attempted to use more words. It appears that the data was not conveyed accurately. Kyon: C...can you try it again with less, maybe? Yuki: Yes. I like you. A lot.
Face Death with Dignity: Deconstructed when the IDSE scheduled Yuki's deletion because she became a liability given she could go astray again. The concept of having a will to live was so alien to her she wasn't fazed with the IDSE's decision, to the point she tries to object Kyon's decision to call the SOS Brigade to help her (Yuki only informed Kyon because she wanted to be with him in her last moments).
Security Cling: Yuki asks this to Kyon after rescuing him from falling into a black hole which was created accidentally when Kuyou Suou tried to protect Kyon. Unlike Kyon, she wasn't shielded from the strong gravitational forces and radiation.
Stay with Me Until I Die: In Chapter 1, Yuki invoked this trope by calling Kyon after she learns the IDSE scheduled her deletion so she can be with him in her last moments. She never considered telling Kyon about this would make him subvert this trope by using his Trust Password on Haruhi so he could convince her to save Yuki.
Cute, shy and pretty girl serving as the mascot of the SOS Brigade, Mikuru also has a supernatural background as a time traveler. When Kyon broke the Masquerade to Haruhi of all the brigade members Mikuru is seemingly the least affected in her duties as her observation mission remains unchanged.However, she doesn't know Kyon has already met her future self: a self-confident Plucky Girl whose objective is to preserve the future where she was born. Mikuru's tale is about how she grows into that adult self without losing herself in the process and dropping her Neutral Female mantle by making her role as The Chick useful to the SOS Brigade.
If It's You, It's Okay: In Chapter 24. Note that Kyon is usually considered too old to apply the "shouta" label.
Mikuru(big): Oh, Kyon-kun ... I don't have a shouta complex, but for you, well...
The Medic: Recent training sessions with Yuki have had Mikuru training to become this.
Modesty Towel: Mikuru is wearing one when she is teleported for the first training session.
Neuro-Vault: Mikuru keeps a mental journal of her time with Kyon for when she has to return to the future. Since she can't access them until she returns to her own time she relies on "good old fashioned chemical memories" until then.
Not So Different: A romantic/comedic example. Remember how Kyon used to gush about Mikuru and take delight of almost every cute thing she did in canon, especially via his inner monologues? Take a guess.
Team Chef: Mikuru enjoys cooking for her friends and often volunteers to prepare the food for a special occasion or to help out in the kitchen.
Squee: After being shown a photo of Kyon in an apron.
Supreme Chef: Becomes one after decades' worth of training in the "hyperbolic time chamber". It has its side effects though, namely her friends now can't help but stop a moment to evaluate and rate other people's food lower than Mikuru's (or her own in Haruhi's case), no matter how well prepared it may be, and Mikuru herself tends to get a little judgemental when tasting others' cooking.
"It is manifest to you now through my own power, but truly, my power shapes — it is this borrowed power that cuts. Which, as you can guess, means none of the feeling in these attacks is from me."
Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he finds out that Kyon is the nephew of his favorite author and that Kyon can introduce him to her, he responds as such:
"Kyon," Koizumi said with unexpected heat in his voice, "I don't know that I've ever asked for much as a personal favor - but please let me meet your aunt!"
Blessed with Suck: Due to being mentally connected to Haruhi's emotional state, Koizumi is especially aware of each time Haruhi and Kyon kiss. In Chapter 32, Yuki cuts the link per Koizumi's request to Haruhi, who only then realized she didn't have mental privacy.
A Day in the Limelight: Koizumi finally gets to use his ESPer powers in real life due to Haruhi, much to his delight. Moments ago, he was Tempting Fate by saying that he was the most normal now, since Kyon's actions ultimately led to Closed Spaces - originally the sole environment in which he could use his powers - no longer manifesting.
Deadpan Snarker: Koizumi's real personality looks like to be one, as shown in Chapter 31. He's shown the snarkiest when he was using his ESP, which is fueled by keeping himself in contact with his true personality.
Die or Fly: In Chapter 31, as Kyon is battling the slider robot on the beach, Haruhi demands that Koizumi go use his esper powers to help him. Koizumi tries to explain to her that his powers only work in closed space, but Haruhi cuts him off and shoves him off the nearby cliff, toward the direction of the slider robot. His esper power activates shortly afterward without him realizing it - Haruhi had altered his power at the same time that she ran her Memory Gambit on herself - allowing him to destroy the robot.
Telepathy/Psychic Powers: After learning that Haruhi made changes to his powers, Koizumi experiments with them and learns that he now derives his power from people around him and, as a side-effect, can read them.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Averted, since Koizumi absolutely refuses to use his new powers on unwilling subjects, fearing that he might lose his principles.
"I mean ... I don't know if I could do this alone," Haruhi admitted, her face turning even more red. "Without you, Mikuru-chan, Yuki-chan, and Kanae-chan...." "Aww," Tsuruya soothed, holding back another small giggle. "It doesn't matter if you could or couldn't! You don't have to!" And that, Haruhi realized, returning her friend's hug, was what really mattered.
A general description about Tsuruya's personality, motivations, etc.
108: Tsuruya will be the 108th family head when she assumes that position.
Compressed Hair: Just before her battle in Chapter 12, Tsuruya reveals her identity by pulling off her blonde wig, letting them see her green hair.
Gainaxing: Tsuruya bounced excitedly at the thought of going for the Trope-tan movie. What happened under her dress made Miyoko rather jealous.
Happens to Tsuruya earlier, as well. She cosplays as Lum one day, and when she got excited about something, she bounced up and down on the balls of her feet, and Kyon had to sit quickly, as he noted that action "had an interesting side effect."
Going Commando: Given how often Tsuruya wears a Kimono, this trope is likely to be in play more often than would be immediately apparent.
Hates Being Alone: Having lived all her life as a Lonely RichYakuza Princess and just recently finding not only friends but True Companions she reacts strongly to anything which may threaten them or her relationship with them. This comes to a head in Chapter 54 where she (almost desperately) seeks for a way to make amends for something that Haruhi will later admit it was just her own bottled up jealousy getting the better of her.
Stepford Smiler: As seen in Chapter 24. A minor case, since she really is as happy as she looks most of the time.
This Is Reality: Tsuruya dismissed using her anime collection as reference about how to tell Kyon she likes him, as it "seemed the real world would be more complicated than that, somehow".
Verbal Tic: Occasionally adds an "s" to the end of words. Strangely, it goes away when she's under stress instead of getting worse.
Wig, Dress, Accent: In Chapter 12, Tsuruya disguises herself as high school gang member in order to be admitted into a yakuza hideout. Due to the fact they know how she looks, she based her disguise on the kogal fashion style. To be precise, it consists in a blond wig, an uniform from another school* ("Hikami Gakuen", which she described as "the delinquentcapital of our city") and heavy makeup with a fake tan, which she compliments with the expected demeanor and speech.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Tsuruya's father thinks that of her while she's dressing up for her omiai.
Yuri Fan: Tsuruya considers a threesome with Kyon and Kanae in Chapter 35, notes how awkward it might be, then files it away for later consideration.
Then in Chapter 54, she kisses Haruhi.
She had long ago lost count of how many worlds she'd been in, how many history tests she'd failed for remembering things correctly ... but differently. That didn't matter to her, though; in the end, he always listened, and because of that, across countless worlds, Sempai was Sempai.
A general description about Kanae's personality, motivations, etc.
A-Cup Angst: She tends to feel this way towards the other girls in the brigade, except for Yuki.
Doom Magnet: Enemy sliders are in hot pursuit of Kanae, and with them the Combine following shortly behind. It's currently unknown what happened to all the worlds Kanae had traveled into, but it's strongly implied in Chapter 47-49 that at least some of them were attacked and conquered.
How Do I Shot Web?: She never had time to practice her sliding abilities. Her chance of learning is a plot point in the story.
Hyper Awareness: Of a highly specific kind. After Kanae learns how to slide within the same universe (which she dubs as "Jumping") Yuki trains Kanae to quickly and precisely assess spatial information to the point she's able to determine Sasaki's sizes from memory with enough detail for Mikuru to prepare an outfit for her in Chapter 52, after seeing her, at most, a couple of times.
Insistent Terminology: When Kanae first met Kyon, she insisted on him calling her by her first name (instead of her last name).
In Spite of a Nail: In almost every world she has been, her Sempai was there. And every time he was there, he tried to help her, even if he doesn't believe her.
Later chapters reveal that this is a Justified Trope and unconsciously an Invoked one too. Part of Kanae's power set involved tracking a person's "astral imprint"/"quantum wavelength" (in Layman's Terms their presence) to determinate the exit point of each interdimensional jump. In other words, Kanae's sheer desire to meet Kyon again was apparently enough to force her incipient power to send her almost consistently to the proximity of one of his Alternate Selves.
Meaningful Name: The surname Michikyuu is commonly written with two kanji: 道給. Among others meanings, the first kanji can be read as journey or teachings and the second one as gift or grant. Like this, the name Michikyuu can be read as the gift of journey or to grant teachings. The given name of Kanae has many possible readings, but three of them (かな映, 嘉奈映 and 奏映) contain the kanji for reflection.
OC Stand In: Based on the then-unnamed girl that appeared prominently in Dissociation, who then gets a canon name in Astonishment. Durandall said that he was tempted to update Kanae's appearance to match Yasumi's, but the name and backstory he created will definitely be staying.
Recurring Dreams: Her favorite dream includes kissing her Sempai at a beach and magically teleporting to a shadowy wooded glade surrounded by bunnies and flowers. After the fight with a robot at the beach Kanae, still somewhat dazed, believes she's dreaming when Kyon shows himself like in her dream, and decides to kiss him only to realize later everybody is watching them.
Teleportation: As of Chapter 42, she learned to "jump" within the same world through Yuki's help, but only to the location of people she knows. She can also teleport to known places, but that is a little more difficult for her.
Yaoi Fangirl: In Chapter 50, it's revealed that she's been drawing Kyon×Itsuki doujinshi during club meetings.
"I didn't hear that story!" Kanae said, giggling herself, a tiny blush coming to her cheeks. "Ooh, Sempai with another boy! Such a naughty thought!" Her eyes turned distant and her blush deepened. "Hum, Sempai and Koizumi-san..."
You Can't Go Home Again: She has slid through over a hundred different worlds, running from the Combine as well as trying to find a way to save her home. However, even if she found a way to save her home, she doesn't know how to return there.
A general description about Ryouko's personality, motivations, etc.
Butt Monkey: Ryouko has been turned into this after becoming Achakura.
"His influence," she said, before making one of her strange pauses, "me to him. I am," and another pause, almost identical to the first.
A general description about Kuyou's personality, motivations, etc.
Doppelgänger: Subverted in her backstory. When Kuyou created her humanoid interface, its design was based on Sasaki and it was meant to be a perfect copy of her, but the latter's power interfered with the process and Kuyou's current appearance is the result.
Gravity Master: Up to Eleven. Once free of restrictions, her fight against Kimidori Emiri in Chapter 43, ended when Kuyou generated a strong gravitational pull which made her opponent go through the ground and resurface on the other side of the planet in a fraction of a secondnote The numbers have been run and that stunt implies that Kuyou sent her opponent to an average speed equal or superior to 89% of the speed of light. It was even noted in story that that single attack would have destroyed the Earth as a side effect if it happens under normal circumstances. By the way, said opponent survives.
Humanoid Abomination: Beyond implying that she is an interface for the physical universe, it is stated that she has a singularity inside of her.
Mundane Made Awesome: How Kuyou views the world. Her reaction to baking cookies makes it seem like it's an awe-inspiring process that people would give their right hands to see.
Mundane Object Amazement: Cookies. More precisely she was utterly fascinated of how the simple ingredients could be transformed into something conceptually different to its components.
At the end of this process, Mikuru had transformed things into cookies, through some amazing, slow, medium-scale fusion that Kuyou was delighted to analyze the intricacies of. She could spend millions of rotations examining it and its nuances, at least!
Oven Logic: Up to Eleven. Kuyou takes Mikuru's cooking advice about the importance of the proportions between ingredients at face value, a misconception that led her to think she can achieve good results if she simply works at a scale more comfortable for her perception and powers as long as the proportions are respected. Long story short, in Chapter 57 she tried to make a cookie six-point-five times as big as theplanet Jupiter in this manner. Apparently, at this scale the gravitational field generated by the cookie's own mass interferes with the baking process.
Shaped Like Itself: How she views many aspects of human life, as her race has few comparable experiences and no comparable scale.
She's Got Legs: In Chapters 54/55, several characters remarked on this about the full-sized version of Kuyou's 'devil'cosplay. Kyon in particular regarded it as "distracting".
Technobabble: Standard during her narration, largely astronomy based. Downplayed later on, as her Character Development kicks in and her descriptions become less and less abstract.
Teleportation: She uses it several times. Yuki observed once that Kuyou's space manipulations are more primitive and graceful than other known methods, hinting perhaps a more intrinsic understanding of the universe.
A general description about Imouto's personality, motivations, etc.
Cannot Keep a Secret: At first. There is a reason why Kyon confided her with just the right amount of information about his and the Brigade's activities to know what it's going on but not enough to break someone else'sWeirdness Censor. She gets better on this accord in later chapters though. Let's just say that having Haruhi, Tsuruya and Ryouko as role models starts to show.
His mother rolled her eyes while Kyon just wondered when his sister had become so devious.
Her instincts told her she should point out the logical flaws in his argument, but she couldn't retain the control for that. Instead, she realized that more than anything else, she wanted to agree with him.
A general description about Sasaki's personality, motivations, etc.
Agent Scully: She seems to delight in coming up with sensible explanations for the strangeness around her, even though the rest of the Anti-SOS brigade has explicitly informed her of their backgrounds and Kyon seems to have a habit of telling her exactly what he's doing.
New Transfer Student: Sasaki transfers to Kitago in Chapter 62. She apparently ends up to a different sophomore class than Kyon, Haruhi, Yuki and Koizumi's.
Oblivious to Love: As she proves to be such, it seems that she and Kyon have more in common than previously believed. In Chapter 31, she knows she wants desperately to talk with Kyon, but she doesn't know why, being oblivious to her own feelings for him.
However in Chapter 54, she shows that she is aware that Kunikida has a crush on her and admits that her heart belongs to someone else.
Power Nullifier/Weirdness Censor: It is revealed in Chapter 44, that this is her power. She controls probability in a way that if she's there to observe it, anything she doesn't think is possible, isn't. This is directly exploited when the enemy esper organization makes her watch when they hire a bunch of Yakuza to jump Kyon and Yuki so they are unable to use any of the supernatural powers and weapons both of them usually utilize in combat.
Repetitive Name: Due to a research flub, the author has decided to go with this option for Sasaki's name, since it can be both a given name and a surname, and it's not clear which is it in the source material.
See the SOS Brigade Associates section.
"I could have motives you cannot fathom," he muttered. "You can make assumptions based on my previously observed behavior, but you can't prove my free will doesn't exist!"
A general description about Fujiwara's personality, motivations, etc.
A general description about Kyouko's personality, motivations, etc.
Hero-Worshipper: Towards Koizumi. Haruhi comments that it would be better for their relationship if Kyouko drops this stance as soon as possible.
I Have Your Wife: In a way, her superiors took her entire family hostage just to ensure her participation in the ambush against Kyon in Chapter 43. Apparently Kyouko herself requested their help because of Mori's indirect threat, leaving her in a precarious situation where the "protection" could be easily removed (or turned around) if she refused to comply.
Kiss By Proxy: Just like Koizumi, her Psychic Link to Sasaki has this unwelcome side effect. Or not so much considering how she and Koizumi deal with the problem.
Mindlink Mates: An implied case with Koizumi. At some point it's commented that for the most part Kyouko took Mori's place helping Koizumi to train his powernote He needs a test subject for developing his telepathy-based powers but he won't practice on an unwilling person if he can help it. Chapter 55 suggests they usually keep the Psychic Link active when they're away from each other, if his regret and her subsequent anxiety at him having to let go the connection for a little while is any indication.
Rescue Romance: With Koizumi after he saves her from Fujiwara. Sasaki suggested that she's probably confusing love with gratitude which she easily refuted by pointed out that, by that logic, she should have fallen for Kyon instead, who mobilized the Tsuruya-gumi to the simultaneousnote (Kyouko's family was held in eight separated locations) coordinated rescue of the members of her family.
Piggyback Cute: The "carrying an injured personnote she was zapped with a taser and too disoriented to walk quickly enough" variant with Koizumi in Chapter 44. Kasai couldn't help but smirk at the sight.
Psychic Link: It's revealed that Kyouko has the one-way version of this with Sasaki, allowing Kyouko to feel her emotional state. Largely irrelevant until the moment that Sasaki acknowledges her feelings for Kyon in late chapters which causes that her self-control to waver and allows more and more emotions to flow through the link.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Closely avoided. Her actions almost Ret Gone Kyon, which would have changed the actions of every person he has ever had an effect on. The consequences would have been so dire that Fujiwara tried to kill her for it.
"Aida-chan, buy this company."
A general description about Tsuruya Kenshiro's personality, motivations, etc.
Benevolent Boss: Whenever someone tells him he can't do something because the building doesn't allow it, he buys the company and gives said person a raise for enforcing the rules.
Actually, the name Shinobu 忍 is written with the same kanji used to write the word shinobi 忍び, which is also the first kanji in the word ninja 忍者. A Bilingual Bonus, you might say playing with the Ninja Maid trope name.
Chapter 56 reveals that it's actually a pseudonym.
"The two of you are quite welcome," a cheerful voice from behind her noted, as an older woman in a modest one-piece swimsuit clapped a hand on Kyouko's shoulder. The twin-tailed girl stiffened, her face a forced smile barely concealing utter terror beneath. "We haven't had time to properly chat in a while, Kyouko-chan! How is your grandfather doing in Osaka?" "He's f...fine, M...Mori-san," Kyouko stuttered, looking anxiously towards Sasaki.
See the SOS Brigade Associates section.
"Kyon-kun... you're not a martial artist, or a samurai. I think it's good that you stood up for your classmate, don't get me wrong. But at the same time... you can easily get in over your head. Neither your mother nor myself want to see you get hurt. And like any parents, we want you to be safe and happy."
A general description about Akane and Yuuto's personality, motivations, etc.
Do Wrong, Right: After taking a passenger seat to Kyon's own brand of law-breaking driving skills and witnessing how he deals with a "job", Yuuto chews his son out in front of everyone present... for taking driving lessons behind his back, drifting improperly (actually the work of Haruhi's TK) and making a suboptimal time in the Car Chase. He then unilaterally decides to give him weekly lessons on the family techniques of "efficient" driving.
Drives Like Crazy: Yuuto, apparently, especially when he's worried— like on his way to the hospital in Chapter 48.
Maternity Crisis: When Kyon was born, Akane went into labor during Watanagashi ceremony and gave birth on the stairs leading to the shrine. Just to make things worse, due to the symbolism of the ritual and her personal circumstances, some people considered that the newborn baby represented the embodiment her mother's sins.
Kyon's parents are told, point-blank, that their son replaced a schoolmate's fully trained bodyguard with years of experience who got injured in the job. They don't appear to think why the schoolmate needs protection or how their son got the skills to replace the bodyguard without being injured himself. This despite the fact that the still visibly injured bodyguard is standing right in front of them during the scene where they're told this.
Some time later Kyon's sister tells his dad that her brother had lost his smile in middle school due to Sasaki's overzealous deconstruction of every single trope she meets and Haruhi "fixed" him. Her father hadn't realized.
Selective Obliviousness: Akane refuses to acknowledge the possibility that her son had to get into fights because of Tsuruya (by replacing her injured bodyguard), and instead became a Shipper on Deck between them. That was days after scolding Kyon because of getting into fights.
Shell Shocked Survivors: While the "After-School Club" managed to break free of the constant, traumatic time loops, they are still affected by their memories. Examples include: Mion tends to grab her hand when reminded of her distinction, Rena has issues with hearing her real last name. Fortunately they keep themselves sane by the Power of Friendship.
Gossipy Hen/Malicious Slander: Yanagimoto has a talent for gossip and spreads several rumors about Haruhi and Kyon throughout the school during Tsuruya's investigation. However, most of the rumors she spreads are fed to her through Yamane Jun. She stops once she learns the rumors are false, and also as an apology to Kyon and Haruhi.
Large Ham: In Chapter 33, Taniguchi suddenly stands up during lunch and proclaimed across the classroom that he would improve his grades if Yanagimoto studied with him. Then, he spewed a flowery speech about his quest for better grades, much to Haruhi and Kunikida's amusement.
Idol Research Club
But then, the others in the club had found out, and it had become an opportunity to become something larger, more profitable.... Money wasn't the most important thing in the world, but it helped. And making that money established connections. He just needed to wait for it all to pan out....
A general description about the idol research club and its members (Yamane Jun, Ryuguu Ryo, Manabe Satoshi and Daimonji)
Brainwashed and Crazy: Yamane Jun, due to being infected by the data remains of Asakura, tried to kill Kyon. Bizarrely, the brainwashing was completely unintended and it's dubious if the brainwasher even knew of its existence.
Know When to Fold 'Em: From all the members of the photography ring, Daimonji was the least scathed after its break. He was also the only one who decided to surrender himself and give all the information he knew when asked so he could have a better way out, as shown in Chapter 10.
Oh Crap: Yamane after realizing Yanagimoto led Kyon to his clubroom and he just opened the door.
Suicide by Cop: It's implied that slider!Kuyou was aware that following her orders and forcing a "synchronization" with Kuyou while the latter was in her chibi-mode would end in her destruction and she didn't do a thing to prevent it.
"I will stop that thing, Kyon! I will rescue my sister! I swear on my good name — Michikyuu Wataru!"
A general description about Wataru's personality, motivations, etc.
You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Inverted. Anger is apparently the most reliable method available to Wataru to work around his mind-control implants and undermine the Combine's efforts to capture Kanae. In other words, if at any point he is not being an irate jerk, then it's a good moment to start to worry.
The Integrated Data Sentient Entity (IDSE)
Within that observation space of the physical — this force/slope/function was determined to be a function of entropy. It defined a concept the entity could not contain within it. Through constant observation, bringing the entirety of its being back into that 'past' and causing it to always have been that way, it found that there were finite limits to its ability to improve itself.
A general description about the IDSE.
Crazy-Prepared: It had prepared various tools for theoretical encounters, one of the tools happened to be a dimensional anchor. Kanae uses it for slider training.
In Chapter 27, Yuki notes that there was evidence to suggest that the IDSE living humanoid interfaces may in fact be a defiance to this trope, being intended as insulative measures to protect the entity from contamination.
The how was something she couldn't understand, so she just accepted that it appeared to happen, and focused instead on the why.
A general description about Miyuki's personality, motivations, etc.
Hero Antagonist: She is portrayed as a competent and experienced NPA Officer, respected by her peers and possible candidate to replace the department chief's current aide. However, her current case happened to be Kyon's murder attempt. She's eager to Pull the Thread.
I Want Grandkids: Miyuki is frequently encouraged by her parents (particularly her mother) to "settle down and provide grandchildren". She even prefers to go against her workaholic nature in their presence so to not provoke them into a lecture that most likely will involve this trope sooner than later.
To Be Lawful or Good: By Chapter 61, she's stuck in this predicament on whether she should let Kyon go free for working with the Yakuza, or close/leave the case and potentially prevent him from stopping some heavily armed supernatural danger. After hearing how her father went through a similar experience, she seems to have come to the conclusion to be Good.
Takahashi and the Family
"Do your part, and there will be nothing to worry about."
A general description about "The Family" and their members.
A list of characterization tropes associated with the Family, separated by bullets.
"However, what you don't understand is that the money is also trivial compared to our proper businesses. It is, at best, a semi-lucrative sideline. We are businessmen, and we act professionally."
A general description about the Fujiya-tachi and its members (Fujiya Masao, Watanabe Daichi, Maruyama Iyouji)
Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: In Chapter 21, when Masao realizes the trouble Watanabe got into with the law for shooting Kyon, he steeples his hands and asks the messenger, Iyouji, to apologize on his behalf. Subverted because Masao honestly wants to apologize, even if he has to play this trope straight because of his work.
Deadly Euphemism: Iyouji in Heroic Antics Begin, Arc 5 who, while he had no practice experience, knew about the theory about how to deal with certain girl: 'subdue' her, drug her, ship her off to someone who could find a 'use' for her, and never speak of it again.
Insistent Terminology: They refuse to say that Kyon kicked someone's ass. He "chastized" them, he "rebuffed" them, etc.
Tranquil Fury: Masao, after having all of his subordinates flattened in a fight. Nothing came of it.
Unusual Euphemism: Masao's men, as told by Iyouji, didn't get into a fight, they had an encounter with an opposite faction. In the same vein his men weren't beaten into a pulp in those encounters, they were subdued or sternly chastised depending of the gravity of their injuries.
"Um, Kyon," she blurted out, looking up and locking eyes with him, her gaze watery and shimmering, her cheeks glowing with a blush, "when you have a nickname, are you stuck with it forever!?"
A general description about Miyoko's personality, motivations, etc.
Afraid of Blood: She wants to be a doctor or nurse when she grows up, so she constantly watches bloody horror movies to build up her resistance. As it turns out, resistance to seeing it in fiction has no effect on her ability to deal with it in real life.
Foil: To Kyon. She doesn't want to be stuck with a nickname (which was given to her by her uncle) and her first love was her older cousin, who ran off with Kyon's older cousin that he had a crush on (and in case you didn't know, Kyon got his nickname from his aunt).note They're also both the oldest among themselves and their cousins after the aforementioned older ones that ran off She also hangs out with Nonoko, who Kyon even describes as a younger version of Haruhi.
The bareheaded officer scowled, tugging his hat on properly. "Takahara, I don't see why I can't just tell that NPA bi—" "Enough, Toji!" the older officer barked at his young colleague. "Don't piss her off, and don't badmouth her — that's what we call a career limiting move. You want a promotion? Behave yourself!"
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A list of characterization tropes associated with other characters, separated by bullets.