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Fan Fic: For His Own Sake
Naru: "Keitaro, we want to hear it! Why did you leave last night?"
Keitaro: "Why, you ask? Of course you don't know, you all don't understand anything. You expect people to be sensitive with your issues and problems, but when it comes to me, I get ridiculed, punched, slashed, experimented on, or any other abuses, and none of you bother to take the time to think things clearly! Well I've had it and I'm not going back! Especially you, Naru..."
Naru: "How dare you! Who the hell do you think you're talking to?!"
Keitaro: "I thought you'd say that, well let me answer that. I'm talking to the girl I'm breaking up with."

For His Own Sake by karndragon is a Love Hina continuation fic after the events near the end of the manga, where Keitaro had finally wised up to his hard life as manager of the Hinata Inn, where things just never changed despite everything he did for the tenants. Rather than continue to take their unjustified abuse, he leaves to straighten his life out, free of the girls' abuses. The tenants and Granny Hina, however, were not about to just let him leave, but his family and new friends have something to say about that...


This Love Hina Fan Fic contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Genma and Nodoka with their treatments of Ranma.
  • Action Girl: Nagisa is a great swordwoman.
    • Nyamo is shaping up to this by training under Ranma.
  • Action Mom: Isana show she can fight very well as she beat Nodoka barehanded while her opponent use a sword. The end results was Isana win and Nodoka had her arm broken.
  • Adults Are Useless: Very much averted. Keitaro's parents and aunts are a big help, and other adults act very reasonably in response to the girls instead of just letting them get away with things. In regards to Keitaro's family, the former uselessness is shown to be because they originally weren't communicating well enough.
    • On the other hand, when Seta tries to get his daughter to behave, he proves inept enough to need to send her to a boarding school, where the headmistress calls him out on his uselessness at disciplining his own child and shoving the responsibility off onto them.
    • It also shows how this trope can be played to the detriment of the hero, as adults are also wondering "Hey, why did Keitaro never report the fact that the Princess of Molmol was building giant mecha and nuclear reactors within Japanese Borders? Aren't both of those kinda-sorta massively illegal?"
  • Amicably Divorced: A minor example between Saori and her former husband Ushio; although they ended their marriage on bad terms, Ushio is still willing to tell Saori what happened to Naru.
  • And Call Him George: For anyone who end up as Su "playmate".
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In Chapter 24, Motoko confesses to Keitaro how she wished he'd look at her the same way he did Naru.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Averted with Naru and Motoko as they are never sorry for attacking others and even blame victims for the attack.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Gal: Naru and Motoko
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness:
    • When Naru was working at the Kuromitsu Inn, she attacks a man for supposedly "planning something perverted" with a woman he was with, who happened to be his wife. She later gets arrested for assault. Even worse, the man she attacked was a career adviser who was going to help her plan out her job path once she graduated from school, but that's now blown out of the water.
    • Suu unleashed an army of mecha-tamas upon the Kuromitsu Inn guests, directed to pursue and explode, thinking that this would "cheer everyone up". All she did was cause trauma to all who were unwillingly pulled into her "game", then eventually gets stopped and arrested by the police and Japanese Self Defense Forces. To make it worse, inspection of her room uncovered four nuclear reactors, mind control helmets and other illegal technology, making it all but impossible to bargain for her release. And then it turns out said technology entered Japan via Molmol's palace, severely cooling both countries' relationship.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: An older version with Marumi to Hina and unlike most examples, it is the parent who is the bad guy.
    • Same way with Ranma toward his parents which make sense with the abusive treatments they give him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Naru made herself look bad after failing to punch Keitaro at Tokyo U.
  • All Take and No Give: This is how Keitaro views his "relationship" with Naru, prompting him to finally do something about it, by breaking up with her.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Naru tries to pin all her problems on Keitaro being a pervert to excuse her behavior, the College Board ask her why she never called the police.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap:
    • Motoko attempts one on Shinobu after she talks about how she hates all the residents.
    • Kitsune gives one to Naru after the other girl states she'll never be anything more than an irresponsible drunk.
    • And Kitsune uses another one to stop Suu's "playful" rampage at the Kuromitsu Inn.
    • After Haruka fires and bans Mutsumi from the Hinata property for refusing to stop with her "helping Keitaro", Haruka delivers this to Mutsumi after rescuing Shinobu from Chisato and Kagura. Haruka was disgusted that despite seeing how the two girls were physically ganging up on Shinobu, Mutsumi tried to make excuses for them, not to mention she still tried to go to the Hinata Inn to plead with Keitaro when it hasn't even been an hour since Haruka banned her.
    • Haruka was on the receiving end of this along with being call a traitor by Nanami.
    • Mutsumi makes the mistake of slapping Keitaro for pointing out what a poor excuse for a friend she's been and gets an armor-piercing punch in return.
  • At Least I Admit It: When Shakiko lets some of the Hinata Girls work at the Kuromitsu Inn, she informs them that Kitsune has let her know about their past bad behavior. Naru tries to deflect the cricitism by claiming that the tattletale was just as bad, only to learn that she'd already informed Shakiko of that herself. Kitsune then bluntly tells Naru that while wronged Keitaro, she admits and regrets her crimes rather than blaming everyone but herself.
  • The Atoner:
    • Keitaro himself recognizes that his naive, overly trusting and forgiving behavior has contributed to the problem by enabling the Hinata Girls' issues. He also sets out to try and make amends to his Aunt Marumi and cousin Yoshinari, who both suffered the consequences of certain mistakes he made.
    • After getting called out for her crimes, Kitsune has a Heel Realization and deeply regrets scamming and manipulating Keitaro in the past.
    • Motoko slowly works her way towards becoming this.
  • Badass: Marumi prove to be tough as she can make Haruka call her aunt and she is also stop Hina nonsense.
  • Badass Adorable: Shinobu is shaping up to be this.
    • Nyamo has been training for 3 months with Ranma as her Sensei.
  • Badass Pacifist: Deconstructed with Keitaro as he prove he a capable fighter but with his naive and overly forgiving nature cause him to cause suffered when he could defend himself.
  • Bait the Dog: Kagura to Takeru, by using her fake sweet side to keep him with her.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: Naru to Keitaro before he broke up with her.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: [[spolier:Motoko]] which is the source of her problems with Keitaro.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Indirectly discussed when Ritsuko was making a comment about Keitaro being a better man than the guy she fall for.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nagisa is kinded hearted but she had to restrain herself from strangling Mayako for causing her friend Takeru to die.
  • Big Sister Bully: While not a lot of interactions take place between them, Naru is pretty harsh to her step sister Mei.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted with Kanako to Keitaro and later on play straight with Keitaro doing what he can to care for her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Seta blocking Naru punch toward Keitaro.
    • In chapter 21 Haruka came in and save Shinobu from Kagura and Chisato.
  • Big Eater: This gets Suu into trouble working at the Kuromitsu Inn by eating a huge portion of the food meant for the guests.
  • Big Good: Marumi take this position after the mess Hina has cause.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: This story go up and down as the girls are attractive regardless of alingnment. Examples include the Hinata girls as bad and Ritsuko and Nagisa, the latter define as having a beautiful figure, as good.
  • Beneath the Mask: Hina appear as kind old woman, however in time it show that she is a selfish person who manipulate other.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Chisato and Kagura. They take advantage of Mutsumi's naivete and plot to use her for their revenge schemes. Mutsumi unfortunately does not see this even when straight out told about their true characters due to her being a Horrible Judge of Character.
  • Blatant Lies: When the chefs get angry at Suu for eating some of their prepared food, Naru insinuates that they simply didn't make enough and are blaming Suu for it. Naturally Shakiko doesn't buy it.
  • Blind Obedience: Mutsumi in spades towards Chisato and Kagura despite just meeting them.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Sarah is just a self-righteous bratty bitch.
  • Blue Blood: Su family
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Su as she is energetic and often kick people.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sarah immensely and Suu as well despite not being the age for it.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Naru, and not in a funny way either.
  • Brainwashed: Mutsumi believe that Keitaro is suffering this by Yoshinari and Nagisa, subverted that is he has change of his own freewill.
  • Break the Cutie: Shinobu gets put through the ringer, but comes out a better person for it.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The Hinata girls suffered this throughout the story gradually.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • Kitsune starts off when Keitaro tells her straight to her face how he felt about her pranks on him at his expense and saying he wants nothing to do with her, then she later gets called out by Keitaro's mother.
    • Motoko is put on the spot at a council hearing when Tsuroko and Hayato brought her back home to explain her actions while at the Hinata Inn. Due to her immature reasoning, the council no longer saw her fit to lead the God Cry School and stripped her of her inheritance, as well as force her to make amends for what she has done. Recently, she seems to have finally realized her mistakes and accepted her punishment.
    • Naru's utter refusal to apologize or admit any fault over attacking a man at the Kuromitsu Inn results in her expulsion from Tokyo University.
  • Breaking Speech: In Chapter 23, Naru gives one to her sister Mei, accusing her of being a Spoiled Brat who pretends to care about her just to make herself look good.
  • Broken Bird: Nagisa after losing her best friend Takeru, her mother said that she hasn't been outgoing and happy since then. At least until she met up with Keitaro.
  • Broken Pedestal: Naru's career adviser thought that someone with her drive and brilliance would make a fantastic teacher someday. But after Naru attacks a man for teasing his wife and refuses to apologize for it, blaming him for what happened, she realizes how mistaken she was.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Keitaro and Kanako.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    Mutsumi: "You're making it sound like I'm being bad and selfish!"
    Haruka: "You ARE being bad and selfish."
    Mutsumi: "Haruka... that's cruel..."
    Haruka: "It's the truth."
  • The Bully: After seeing their behavior play seriously the Hinata tenants come off as this.
  • Calling The Old Woman Out: Hina gets this several times.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Naru and Motoko really don't take well when someone calls them out on their flaws, especially when they're true.
  • Character Development:
    • Keitaro has been taking several level in Badass such as standing up to the Hinata Girl's and causally handle them, he also improve mentally. It is because of Keitaro, the other characters gain development.
    • Shinobu goes from an Extreme Doormat to a sharp-tongued Badass Adorable who calls her fellow tenants out on everything they did to Keitaro.
    • Kitsune realizes how badly she has hurt Keitaro and goes to great lengths to make amends after being evicted from the Hinata Inn. She ultimately goes from a lazy freeloader to a hard-working employee who has rejected her nickname because it reminds her of all her past sins.
    • Haruka became much better and attempt to help Keitaro and stop the nonsense of Hina tenants.
    • Seta took step to becoming a better parent first by taking Sarah out of the dorm, put his foot down on her bratty attitude, and enroll in a strict boarding school when she refused to apologize.
    • As of the latest chapter, Motoko has finally begun to realize how unjustifiably horrible she was to Keitaro and gives him a sincere apology. It's small, but it's a start.
  • Character Exaggeration: Despite appearances this is actually averted with the antagonists of the story as their flaws are treated seriously instead of poorly comedy.
  • Character Witness: Sousuke witnessing Mitsune's stopping Su's rampage helped show she changed
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Kagura and Chisato were mentioned in flashbacks and backstory exposition, and later on appear together physically to play a bigger role.
    • Kyoji, the man Naru punched in chapter 21, causes Naru to suffer badly as he turns out to be her career adviser.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Keitaro Martial Arts that that he gained while on his trip with Seta shown up in the story as block a punch from Naru without difficulties.
    • In chapter 12: He started sword training and later in chapter 24 use them against Motoko.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Keitaro's moved on; Granny Hina and Mutsumi haven't.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tsuruko to Motoko before the latter said some hurtful thing about the former.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: When Naru sees Keitaro talking to Chizuka, she immediately leaps to the conclusion that the two of them set her up to get her expelled from Tokyo University, and makes a huge scene trying to confront them over it.
  • Crossover: Characters from other series have appeared in the story as Keitaro's new tenants, such as Ritsuko Akagi from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ranma Saotome from Ranma .
  • Cruel to Be Kind: After Seta realized how much of a little hellion Sarah became due to her stay in the Hinata Inn, not to mention she caused a lot of trouble during her first day at elementary school, he was forced to enroll her in a very strict boarding school in order to straighten her out as her bratty behavior became unacceptable and embarrassing for him.
  • Cultured Warrior: Nagisa and Kazuya are Martial Artists and have a deep interest in history like Samurai.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Isana's Offscreen Moment of Awesome in Chapter 22, when she took down Nodoka in a duel, breaking her arm in the process.
    • Chapter 24 gives us Keitaro versus Motoko, which ends real quickly once Keitaro actually picks up a bokken.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nagisa, Keitaro's new friend and Motoko's cousin, revealed that she was once friends with someone like Keitaro, who was killed by an abusive girl, fueling her desire that Keitaro doesn't meet the same fate.
  • Darkest Hour: Happen to the Hinata girls in chpater 15 when Marumi revela she has the deed and evict them all.
  • Death Glare: Nagisa gave Kagura one when she reveals that her plans will involve Keitaro.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shinobu develops a snarkier, sarcastic side around the time she starts openly calling the other residents out on their bullshit.
  • Deconstruction Fic:
    • Explores how the Hinata Girls' various Fatal Flaws can lead to major issues when Reality Ensues. It also shows how when left unchecked, those issues can tear apart their friendships.
    • Notably, Keitaro himself isn't let off the hook. It's repeatedly pointed out how he enabled the girls' bad behavior as well by tolerating it, and the consequences of his own past naivete are explored via what happened to his cousin Yoshinari.
    • The villainous Chisato and Kagura take Naru and Motoko's man-blaming Never My Fault mentalities to the extreme, as the latter outright murdered a boy and got away with it.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Naru suffered this in chapter 24 after being expel from Tokyo U. of course it is well deserve.
  • Didn'tThinkThisThrough: The Hinata girls suffered this particularly Naru when she punch a random man out of the blue and cause her to be arrested. What more the person was her career adviser and this action alerted the Tokyo U. school board of her behavior and to save from a lost of reputation expel Naru.
    • Su with idea of "fun" caused her to arrested and her country to suffered backlash.
    • Hina revealing the truth behind Keitaro "promise girl" only cause him to turn against her.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper:
    • Motoko does this when called before a family council and asked to explain her behavior. Rather than acknowledging her own mistakes, she continues to blame Keitaro, and does so even after being stripped of her status.
    • Naru does the exact same thing when asked by the president and board members of Tokyo University to explain her actions at the Kuromitsu Inn. She actually names Keitaro and tries to write off what she did as a reflex from 'dealing with his perversions' all the time.
  • Disappointed In You:
    • Hina tries playing this card on Keitaro. It doesn't work.
    • Tsuruko towards Motoko after learning how her sister feels about her marriage, and the rest of their family towards Motoko after learning about her bad behavior. (They're also none too pleased with Tsuruko, mind you...)
    • Ida, Naru's school adviser, is deeply disappointed after learning about her Tragic Impulse, especially after Naru outright refuses to apologize and blames the victim instead.
    • Marumi toward Hina for breaking her promise of allowing her to inherit the inn and making a huge mess with what Hina went with instead.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Whenever Naru and Motoko are criticized for their actions.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Inverted with Kitsune, who now wishes to be called her real name, Mitsune. She associates her old nickname with her past bad behavior, and doesn't want to continue down that path.
  • Does Not Like Men: Naru and Motoko again, which gets them in very hot water once Reality Ensues.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Deconstructed with Keitaro as he realize being with Naru was no good for him.
  • Domestic Abuse: Keitaro had suffered this at the hands of Naru and the other tenants, but now he will no longer tolerate it.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Defied repeatedly:
    • First off, we have Keitaro quitting his position as manager at the dorm due to the treatment by its tenants.
    • Motoko gets her position as the heir at the God Cry School revoked because she follows this line of action.
    • Later on in the story, Naru later on gets into serious trouble for attacking a man for no good reason, gets arrested for it, and finally gets expelled from Tokyo U for this incident. To add insult to injury, the man turns out to be a career adviser who was going to help with her teaching path- but he decides to cancel due to her violent nature.
  • Dramatic Irony: Mutsumi convincing herself that Keitaro's being misled by bad influences when she's the one with Poisonous Friends.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point:
    • No matter how many times she's called out on her behavior, Granny Hina refuses to acknowledge that she might have done things the wrong way. Instead, she insists that everyone who isn't going along with her plans are in the wrong.
    • Naru and Motoko have the same issue, continuing to blame Keitaro for everything bad that results from their own actions.
    • Mutsumi still continues to think that things will work out between Keitaro and Naru despite overwhelming evidence saying otherwise, not to mention both sides continually telling her to just drop it.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Hinata Inn, with most of its residents actively resisting any efforts to help them improve.
  • Enfant Terrible: Sarah.
  • Enraged By Idiocy: Keitaro becomes this towards all the Hinata Inn residents.
    • Mutsumi gets this flung at her by Keitaro, who was angry that she just wasn't taking the hint that he no longer wants to be with Naru and saying that it will never work out. Despite all the proof, Mutsumi still insists that he make up with Naru. That becomes the final straw and Keitaro straight out tells her to stay away from him from now on.
    • Naru's mother Saori is also angered at Mutsumi's naive thinking that Naru had gotten better from her sickness due to "the magic of the inn", but really it was due to taking her to see a specialist to heal her. Saori was greatly angered that Mutsumi believes she must be mistaken, despite being the mother who was with her the entire time.
    • Haruka also couldn't take Mutsumi's stupidity in trusting two people she just met in her quest to "help Keitaro". Even after telling her about their unsavory history, Mutsumi still believes they are not bad people and sides with them due to her determination to get Keitaro and Naru together again. Haruka angrily fires her and bans her from the Hinata property as a result.
  • Entitled Bastard: As noted, the Hinata girls all fully expected Keitaro to just keep covering for them and doing everything for them despite the fact that they mistreated and physically beat him on a regular basis; now that Keitaro has left the Hinata House behind, the girls are finally forced to face the consequences of their actions.
  • Entitled to Have You: A strange example - Mutsumi (on an almost fanatical level) adamantly believes that Keitaro is meant to be with Naru and vice versa.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Naru to people she perceived as betraying her.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: After Tsuruko calls her out for her behavior and leaves, Motoko tries to follow, but is driven off by Shippu. The yellow crane proceeds to give her a Death Glare until she leaves.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Major subversion as the Hinata girls don't care about each other and the reason why they don't take out their issues on each others was because they took out them out on Keitaro and other victims.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As selfish as Hina is Even she conciders Chisato and Kagura scum and attempts to talk Mutsumi out of dealing with them
  • Evil Counterpart: As bad as the Hinata Girls are, they are nothing more than spoiled brats. The real evil characters are Kagura and Chisato.
    • Inverted with the people Keitaro meets at Shinsuke's apartment. One great example is Nagisa to Motoko - both are swordswomen, both have the surname of Aoyama, and both met up with Keitaro, but the similarities end there. As Nagisa is nice, polite, and really honorable, unlike Motoko, and has a genuinely tragic past: her best friend since first grade, Takeru, was murdered, and the girl responsible got away scot-free. Instead of becoming a bitter Jerkass after this, she has remained a good person.
  • The Evil Genius: Replace evil with complete selfishness and you would have Su.
  • Exact Words: Used by Haruka against Granny Hina. She warned her not to give the deed to Kanako, but didn't warn her against giving it to Marumi...
  • Extreme Doormat: Keitaro used to be, and the whole reason he left the inn was to break out of that mentality and start making amends.
  • Failure Hero: Keitaro suffered trough this until he leave the Hinata Inn.
  • Fair Weather Friend: The friendship between the Hinata Girls is Deconstructed into this. As the issues they each have are usually ignored, is now tearing each of them apart, like Naru and Motoko being violent or Mutsumi being delusional.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Granny Hina, Haruka, Naru, Motoko and Mutsumi are all blinded by their Pride.
    • Mutsumi is so dead-set on being a Love Martyr by setting up her beloved Keitaro for happiness that she blinds herself to the fact that it's not what he wants.
    • Suu is cheerfully oblivious to how her antics can make others uncomfortable, and is used to having any problems she causes fixed by others. Her confused insistence that this should still be the case after Reality Ensues doesn't do her any favors.
  • First Girl Wins: Hina believes this. Keitaro doesn't.
  • Foil: Etsuko to Hina. Shakiko is a stronger example as she runs her inn well, actually cares about her grandchild and is reasonable.
  • Forthe Evulz: Kagura take sadistic glee in her cruel acts.
  • For Your Own Good: Mutsumi seriously thinks her forcing/trying to get Keitaro to go back to Naru is this despite the glaring evidence showing that it is NOT healthy for either.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Chisato wear glasses and is a terrible person.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted with the majority of the Hinata girls as the reasons for their horrible act are poor.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Sosuke, Marumi husband, has show great skills with technologies as he created a device to counter Su mind control machine, open her electronically lock door, and causally shut Su Mecha Tama while siting in the back of a police car.
    • Ritsuko demonstrated her ability by examining Su mind control machine.
  • Genius Bruiser: Yoshinari is a graduate from Waseda and a strong fighter.
  • Girly Bruiser: Nagisa enjoy trying out different clothes and has great Martial Art skills.
  • Good Parents: Isana and Shinsuke. They even extend their care to Ranma, as Shinsuke gave him a real home and a job at his apartment, and Isana dealt with Genma, Nodoka and Soun for Ranma, even breaking Nodoka's arm in a fight to keep them away from Ranma.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Followed by Green-Eyed Epiphany and overlapping with You Need to Get Laid, this revealed to be the reason for Motoko's hatred of Keitaro.It was easier to hate Keitaro rather than be depressed he chose Naru over her. Kanako posits that that if he DID get together with him, Motoko would be lot more willing to listen to his reasoning.
  • Grew a Spine: Shinobu becomes much more assertive and tougher, and fearlessly calls the other girls out on their awful behavior.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Naru's most Fatal Flaw, which ends up getting her into serious trouble when Reality Ensues.
  • Her Own Worst Enemy: Hoo boy... Naru and Motoko are at the front of the line for this, followed by Suu, Sarah, Mutsumi, and Hina.
  • Happily Married: Shinsuke and Isana are portrayed this way.
    • So are Tsuruko and Hayato and the majority of married couples like Kyoshiro and Nanami, Marumi and Sosuke, and finally Chizuka and Kyoji as well.
  • Hate Sink: Naru, Hina, Su, Kagura, and Chisato.
  • The Heavy: Mitsumi and Hina have set the plot with manipulating Keitaro and others.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Keitaro has had one concerning how he acted towards his family who tried to help him.
    • Kitsune is hit by one upon realizing that she's acting no different than her Con Artist father.
    • In Chapter 24, Motoko finally acknowledges her own issues, and admits to realizing this in the past, but ignoring that and continuing to shunt the blame onto others.
  • Hidden Depths: Isana has been shown to be have great Martial Art skills as she was able to detect people miles away from her and the ability to fight really well as she defeated Nodoka. What's more is Isana was unarmed while Nodoka had her sword and Isana won easily with no injury and Nodoka suffered a broken arm.
  • Hope Spot: Hina get this in chapter 13 when it seem like Keitaro will come back but didn't.
    • Chapter 16 seem like thing have a chance to go back the way it was before hand for the Hinata girls and later chapters show it didn't.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Keitaro before the start of the story. When he and his cousin caught a girl stealing test answers, he believed her claims that she'd return them, and tried to convince Yoshinari not to report her. Later, a group of obvious thugs asked him where Yoshinari was, claiming they were her friends and she wanted to thank him. Keitaro told them where he was, and Yoshinari ended up in the hospital. He got a serious calling out over that.
    • Mutsumi keeps viewing Naru through rose-colored glasses because of the whole Promise Girl thing, and refuses to accept that Keitaro wants nothing to do with her anymore. She also trusts the villainous Chisato and Kagura and keeps defending their actions, even though the two of them are barely making any effort to conceal their ill intentions.
  • Hot for Student: Nagisa toward Keitaro after he accepted to be her disciple.
  • Hot Scientist: Ritsuko
  • Hot Teacher: Nagisa after becoming Keitaro Sensei.
  • Hourglass Plot: After three years as the Hinata Girls' personal Butt Monkey, Keitaro takes control of his life and sets out digging himself out of the hole. While he gets back on track, and some of the others follow his lead and do the same, the much more stubborn girls start suffering the consequences of their actions and fall from grace.
  • Hypocrite: Granny Hina all the way.
    • Mutsumi fits the bill as well.
    • Motoko goes on and on about how men are "vile perverted scum who think of nothing but to force women into sexual acts". Too bad for her that her secret stash of adult novels she herself had written get found out.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Deconstructed with Mutsumi: she's so dead-set on getting Keitaro together with Naru, whom she thinks he'll be happy with, that she ignores his repeatedly telling her that he doesn't want anything to do with her.
    • Kanako plays this straighter. Although she loves Keitaro very much, she recognizes that they can't be together, and is content to see him settle down with somebody he's happy with... and who isn't toxic like Naru.
  • Ignored Epiphany:
    • Early on, Granny Hina is shocked to hear the way Naru and Motoko talk about her grandson, and is saddened to think that Keitaro may rightly despise her for allowing such abuse to go on. Unfortunately, this does not prevent her from trying to manipulate him into returning, and as time goes on becomes more firmly entrenched on the Hinata Girls' side, continuing to excuse their behavior rather than laying down the law. It happen again in chapter 15, it look like that Hina was finally getting that Naru and Motoko are awful when they attack Shinobu and refuse to apologized, she was going to say something about what she was going to do but was distracted. Afterward she continue to make excuses for the girls bad behaviors.
    • Come Chapter 24, a defeated Motoko breaks down and admits that she actually realized in the past that her behavior was wrong. However, rather than take responsibility, she continued down her destructive path, and now has to face the consequences.
  • Implied Love Interest: Nagisa had some moments that shape her into this before becoming a explicit love interest.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Motoko was declared to be this after her trial and also Tsuruko as well. The council and their grandmother declare that their replacement is to be possibly either Kazuya or Nagisa.
  • In-Series Nickname: Keitao being call pervert or idiot.
  • Insistent Terminology: Marumi being call aunt by Haruka.
    • inverted with Hina being call mother by Sosuke.
  • Ironic Echo: Naru recalls Keitaro calling her out on her behavior getting her into trouble sooner or later after she gets arrested for assault.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Naru and Su have serious that cause them to lash out.
  • It Amused Me:
    • Kitsune, but she quickly grows out of it due to a serious wake-up call.
    • Suu is also horrible about this, as she tends to not notice or outright ignore any signs others aren't enjoying 'playing' with her.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Granny Hina and most of the Hinata Inn residents suffer from this.
    • Naru is so self-absorbed that when Keitaro breaks up with her, she continues to treat him the same way she always does while privately focusing on how she's hurt by being dumped.
    • Suu twists things around in her mind so that anyone who doesn't do whatever she wants is a 'meanie' who doesn't want to play with her, completely failing to notice why they might feel that way.
    • Sarah is a clingy Spoiled Brat who resents Keitaro simply because he's working for her father, believing that he's taking him away and turning him against her.
  • I Resemble That Remark: Naru and Motoko whatever it pointed out they use violence as the solutions to their problems. Hina as well when she use her lame excuses.
  • Jerkass: Many, but the biggest are Naru, Motoko, and Sarah.
  • Just Friends: What Nagisa said about what she and Keitaro were. Subverted that Nagisa said in her mind that "Although I wouldn't mind it if we became more than just friend" with a smile.
  • Karma Houdini: Nagisa had to deal with one of these when Kagura murdered her friend Takeru. Kagura's father and his lawyers ensured that the death was ruled 'accidental'.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: The Hinata girls are now facing the consequences of their actions now in a more serous setting.
  • Kick Chick: Su use kick as a way to say hello.
  • Kick the Dog: Motoko slapping Shinobu and Naru planning to beat her up.
    • Suu's chasing children around with her inventions.
    • Naru calling her dad a "cowardly bastard" when he was trying to help her, as well as her calling her mom a "fraud" and calling Mei a "leech" when they try to bail her out of jail.
    • Kagura rubbing in Nagisa's face of how she killed Takeru without regret.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Motoko slapping Shinobu and Naru trying to beat her up show how bad they have become or truly are.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hikaru chokes Suu and after that the uninjured Kuromitsu guests and employees call Suu a monster and a terrorist.
    • Kitsune exposing Motoko's novels to Tsuruko which the latter uses on Motoko during her trial.
    • Chizuka having Naru arrested after she punched her husband for no good reason.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Sarah was a brat and became worse after spending time at the Hinata inn.
  • King Incognito: Suu's status as a princess becomes a problem after she attacks the Kuromitsu Inn guests for fun. Amalla states that Molmol's reputation was now ruined since Suu's actions were seen as an act of terrorism. Oh yeah, the whole thing was on the news, too...
  • Knight of Cerebus: Kagura and Chisato are true villains unlike the Hinata girls who are merely brats.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Naru and Motoko are extremely self-righteous, believing that everything should go their way or they will throw a tantrum every time.
  • Lack of Empathy: Naru and Motoko feel no remorse for anything they've ever done as they believe they are perfectly justified in what they do. It doesn't help in the slightest that Hina always makes excuses for their actions.
    • Because of her stay at the Hinata Inn, Sarah was given the mindset that she can do whatever the hell she wants even if they're wrong without consequence. Because of this, Seta was forced to enroll her in a strict boarding academy.
    • Suu is blissfully unaware that her "playtimes" only cause destruction as she destroyed the Kuromitsu Inn and traumatized the guests. Even after getting arrested and being on the receiving end of much angry reactions from said guests, she STILL convinces herself that there was no real harm done and that the people were just exaggerating.
  • Lady of War: Nagisa use a katana as her weapon of choice and is quite graceful.
  • Lame Excuse: Hina's favorite excuse to justify Naru, Motoko, and Suu's actions is "this is just a misunderstanding". Seriously, she played this excuse so many times, it's begun to lose all meaning. Mutsumi also does this, too. Defied and Lampshaded by Shakiko when she ended her friendship with Hina, the police when she used that excuse for Suu's destroying the Kuromitsu Inn with her machines, and by Chizuka when Hina uses that excuse for Naru punching Kyoji. When Hina tried to continue, Chizuka simply replied that she doesn't want to hear anything from her while calling Hina a 'senile old bat' causing Hina to be taken aback again.
    • Naru uses the excuse of "you wouldn't understand" every time to anyone who calls her out on her behavior. When asked by Seta to help him understand, then, she blows him off claiming he "still wouldn't get it." When someone outright calls Naru out on it, she go with "you'll never understand". She also blame the victims for her attacking them.
  • Last Girl Wins: Possibly Nagisa.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The residents of the Hinata Inn get this once Keitaro will no longer take the fall for them in anything.
    • Naru got Expelled from Todai as a result of her actions.
  • Licked by the Dog: Marumi was shown fondness by Tama.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Nagisa gained her mother good nature and fighting skills.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Deconstructed once Keitaro is finally let in on the loop concerning the identity of his 'promise girl'. He immediately goes into a Tranquil Fury, and their relationships are seriously damaged.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Nagisa is describe with long hair and quite feminine.
  • Love at First Sight: Downplayed as Nagisa found Keitaro "interesting" when she first saw him and later on in the story she said in her mind that she would enjoy being with him.
  • Love Freak: Deconstructed - Mutsumi is fanatically determined to hook Keitaro and Naru up because she "cares about them and their futures together". This only serves to make her disliked greatly by Keitaro, his family, Shinobu, and Haruka.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Mutsumi again, exponentially. She refuses to accept the major flaws in her plan to "help" Keitaro when they are shoved in her face because she's such a great judge of character and knows better than anyone else.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: Keitaro so very much, after three years of being Mr. nice guy and receiving nothing but scorn from the Hinata tennants, he finally snaps and leaves, not before finally making clear how much he hates them now and giving all of them a verbal beatdown and pointing out all their Fatal Flaws
  • Made of Iron: Keitaro is this as he is often hit with a lot of attacks from the Hinata girls.
    • Shakki was struck with a exploding Mecha-tama and although she was knocked out, she was back up with no injuries.
  • Mad Scientist: Su created highly destructive mechas and mind control device and see nothing wrong with any of it.
  • Mama Bear: Nanami to Keitaro and Kanako, Marumi to her son Yoshinari, Yukina to her niece Shinobu as she was willing to take her into her home and defend her if Naru tried to attack her when Shinobu was gathering her things. Isana wins hand down for Ranma by beating a woman who was threatening his welfare and even broke her arm in the fight. What's more said woman is Nodoka. That's right, Isana went Mama Bear on Ranma's mother.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    • Granny Hina was pretty good at manipulating Keitaro and his family in the past, but they've since wised up. She's tried to keep her game going, but finds herself failing more now that everyone's communciating.
    • Mutsumi is this unknowingly.
    • Kagura and Chisato.
  • Martial Pacifist: To further contrast from Motoko, Nagisa is peaceful and personable.
  • Meaningful Name: Nagisa is a name for those who help and comfort others.
  • Men Are Childish: Mutsumi weakly counters Keitaro with this after he explained perfectly clear that Mutsumi never once helped or supported him in times of need like she said she would, only instead obliviously causing him harm at the hands of the other tenants. Because of this, Keitaro lost any hope of getting Mutsumi to see his side of things and cuts his ties with her.
  • Mentor Ship: With Nagisa and Keitaro as he has taken up being her student. A unique case as Nagisa the mentor is younger than her disciple and it is her who develops feeling for her protegee in this relationship first.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Naru, in the past, along with the others, would overwork Keitaro like a slave despite having his own things to do. When working at the Kuromitsu Inn, she brags she could handle it, but backpedals when told she has to work a set time slot, which she complained would take too much of her study time. Shakiko wouldn't hear any of it and gives her the choice to do it or just leave. Kitsune also calls Naru out on the hypocrisy.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Keitaro constantly by either Naru or Motoko.
  • Moral Myopia: Hina honestly seems to think that everything she does is right, and that everyone who doesn't go along with her wishes is horribly misguided. Mutsumi falls into this as well.
    • Hina was even willing to accept the idea of Suu brainwashing Keitaro to their standards in order to "put him back on the right path again".
  • Morality Pet: Shinobu appear to be this at first to the older girls, but they really bully and when she stood up for herself they had no problem harming her.
  • Mouthy Kid: Sarah the Spoiled Brat.
  • Mundane Solution: Whenever the former Hinata Inn residents or Hina try to explain why they take an overly complex or violent solution to a problem, they are frequently asked by someone else why they didn't take one of these instead. Keitaro, Shinobu, and Mitsune admit they were simply being stupid. The others, not so much.
    • Partially justified by the Japanese finding it dishonorable to have the police settle all domestic disputes. But as pointed out by several characters, the fact said domestic disputes keep happening, some in ways that go beyond nonsensical, means at some point the police will need to be called.
  • Must Make Amends: Aside from Shinobu, Kitsune tries to mend bridges with Keitaro.
    • Keitaro towards Marumi and Yoshinari for not taking what they knew about Hina seriously and because of it, alienated himself from them and putting himself through the unnecessary hardships from managing the Inn. He deeply regrets letting his childhood obsession promise and Hina drive him apart from the family who really cared about him.
    • After her council hearing, Motoko was forced to do this for Keitaro for all the pain she inflicted on him. Unfortunately, she never planned to as she STILL continues to blame Keitaro for her misfortunes. Though, As of the latest chapter she finally has sincerely apologized to Keitaro.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Naru constantly berates and insults Keitaro, then turns around and acts like he's in the wrong when he snaps back.
    • Similarly, Motoko keeps threatening Keitaro, and acts as though he's the one who's being unreasonable.
    • Granny Hina is apparently incapable of seeing how her own actions are driving her family away, as well as how her leniency with the girls has only amplified their issues.
    • Suu also struggles with this, thinking that her unleashing her Mecha-Tamas on the Kuromitsu Inn guests was "all in good fun" and no real harm was done despite her getting arrested for it.
      • When Suu steals some of the cut fruit to eat, the chefs notice there's not enough slices left and confront her on it. Both she and Naru try to blame them, claiming they didn't make enough slices and are merely looking for a scapegoat.
    • In Chapter 24, Motoko still blames Keitaro for her own misfortunes... at first. She then starts to blame Naru for reinforcing her issues, but catches herself, admitting she shouldn't do that.
    • Ironically SHINOBU of all people went through this as she believe the others girls are causing Keitaro to leave, while ignoring her role. In Chapter 4 Keitaro call her out on this as he point out that while the other girls cause him pain, she hurt him as well. For example when she is near him it cause Naru and Motoko to think Keitaro is being "perverted" with her and punish him for it and she act like she knew that Kitsune like to make up things to get people rile up, Shinobu always believe her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Hina keeping the identity of Keitaro's "promise girl" away from him and revealing this information to him to get him to come back to the Hinata Inn only serves to drive him away from her.
    • Naru ends up squandering her chances at a good job after graduating when she attacks a man that turns out to be her career adviser.
  • No Social Skills: Basically all the Hinata Inn residents, but heavy emphasis on Naru, Motoko, Mutsumi, and Sarah, which had gotten them in serious trouble.
  • No Sympathy: Hina while disliking the treatments Keitaro went through doesn't really show much considertion of the pain he went through.
    • She also show barely any to Shakiko when she had her inn destroyed and injury.
  • Not a Game: Suu in spades as she fails to realize her "playtimes" are destructive which in the end cost her and got her arrested, viewing her actions as acts of terrorism.
  • Not Helping Your Case:
    • Granny Hina tries to get Keitaro to return to his duties at the Hinata Inn by revealing that she knew all about the promise years ago. This only angers Keitaro, making him see her as a Manipulative Bitch. Nice going.
    • How do Naru and Motoko respond to Shinobu stating that they both use violence and bullying to try getting what they want? Motoko slaps the shit out of her, then stands by and watches as Naru prepares to beat her senseless.
    • When Naru tries talking to Keitaro about what's been happening at the Inn since he left, she blames everything on him and calls him selfish for not wanting to return. This leads to him asking why she wants such a 'horrible person' to come back.
    • Motoko's entire reasonings to the family council for her past constant attacks on Keitaro consisted of this.
    • Seta failed to convince Haruka to marry him, and Sarah didn't help with opening her big mouth about how he would ask Keitaro anything about Haruka in order to get close to her. Haruka and Marumi were not happy with this revelation.
    • When Seta gets called in by an elementary school principal for Sarah's bullying behavior, the principal demands to know how exactly he disciplines his daughter, and he tries to explain. Unfortunately, Sarah starts bragging about her time at the Hinata Inn where she acted like a little hellion and how it was more fun than her first day at school. Seta immediately wished she would just shut up as it was NOT helping.
    • Naru's actions at Tokyo University entirely. Especially the incident where she attacked her career adviser, then blaming her actions on him.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Subverted for Nagisa as right after she said she and Keitaro are just friends, she reveal in her mind that she desired something more.
  • Not So Different:
    • Nagisa compares Keitaro to her friend, Takeru, who was like him in personality as well as being an Extreme Doormat to Kagura, but in the end was beaten to death by her.
    • Part of Kitsune's Heel Realization comes when she realizes how similar she is to her Con Artist father.
  • Not So Weak: Keitaro prove to be this as after leaving Keitaro effortlessly defend himself whenever Naru or Motoko attack him.
  • The Oathbreaker: Granny Hina tries to make Keitaro feel guilty about not keeping a promise he made when he was five to get him to return to being manager again. It doesn't work.
    • Marumi did the same thing to Hina and it work better since the latter broke a legitimate promise to Marumi for allowing her to have the inn.
  • Obliviously Evil: The Hina and the Hinata girls are incapable of seeing their actions as wrong.
  • Obviously Evil: Chisato and Kagura and Mutsumi can't see this even when outright told and witnessing their acts.
    • Similarly applied to the Hinata girls with Hina can't understand how bad they are.
  • Obsessed with Food: Suu, which got her into trouble.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Isana gets one in Chapter 22: beating Nodoka in a duel and breaking her arm.
  • One Side of the Story: Invoked multiple times whenever Naru or Motoko attack and only use THEIR side because they refused to admit they're wrong.
  • Only Sane Man: Poor Shinobu finds herself as this, being the only tenant at the Hinata Inn who realizes how unfair they were being to Keitaro. Haruka is also this, then later, Kitsune.
  • Outside-Context Villain: Chisato and Kagura who are genuinely evil as oppose the spoil brats of the Hinata Girls.
  • Papa Wolf: Kyoshiro Urashima is this to Keitaro and Kanako.
  • Parental Betrayal: Marumi suffered from Hina breaking her promise of allowing the former to inherit the inn.
  • Parental Substitute: Sosuke and Isana have shown love and care for Ranma especially in comparison to how Genma and Nodoka treated him.
  • Pet the Dog: Shinsuke taking in people with troubles like Keitaro, Ranma, and Tamaki.
    • Kitsune running to protect some children from Suu's machine despite the risks.
    • Isana defending Ranma from Genma, Soun, and Nodoka and even breaking Nodoka arm in a fight.
    • Nagisa defending her friend Tamaki from her brother harassing her.
  • Played for Drama: Things are more serious in this story like the girls issues getting them into trouble as expected.
  • Played for Laughs: Defied as the girls actions are treated with shock and disapproval.
  • Plot Parallel: Many of the other residents at Keitaro's new place are going through similar situations. For instance, Ranma is staying there after deciding to break all ties with his parents and the Tendos.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Keitaro's very good about averting this by talking to others. A hard lesson he had learned due to his own bad experiences in the past involving his cousin Yoshinari, whom he had caused to get hospitalized for interfering in something he shouldn't have. It also help that the people he talk to actually listen to him unlike the the Hinata's inn tenants.
    • Conversely, Hina's tendency to leave others in the dark and only let them know what she wants them to know causes her plans to keep imploding, as they find out the truth from other sources and stop trusting her.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Kitsune has to deal with the consequences of this after Keitaro's Aunt Marumi took over and reconverted the place to an Inn, and evicting all the tenants. Eventually, Kitsune actually gets better due to this, making her take a long look at herself.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Inverted and Downplayed with the people Keitaro met after leaving the Hinata Inn, one example is Ritsuko to Su.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Suu has absolutely no regard for the consequences of her actions when using her mechanizations to "have fun". She unleashed her mechatamas upon the Kuromitsu Inn guests thinking in her warped way that they would be "cheered up" since it (in her mind) worked with Keitaro. She laughs in wild abandon as she gets people caught and injured in the explosions, but then cries in pain when Kitsune slaps her hard to stop her mayhem.
    • People who have witnessed Naru's violent behavior view her as this.
  • Pushover Parents: Seta views himself as this after Marumi and a school principal pointed out how undisciplined and out of control Sarah is. He was forced to take measures to rectify this by enrolling her in a strict boarding academy.
    • Keitaro's family view Hina as this towards the Hinata Inn tenants, calling out how she has more concern for them rather than her own family which she insists is not true.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Keitaro show how badly his efforts to get into Tokyo U. caused him in the long run.
  • Quirky Household: Subverted with the Hinata girls with their traits portray as serious issues.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Motoko, Tsuruko, and Nagisa.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Granny Hina's attempts to manipulate Keitaro into becoming manager cause massive rifts in their family. Turns out his parents don't appreciate how she lied either.
    • Suu gets arrested for recklessly destroying the Kuromitsu Inn and attacking its guests in her warped idea of fun, which will most likely put her country of Mol-Mol into scrutiny.
      • Also when she steals food being prepared by the chefs at the new inn. They were making a specific amount of fruit slices for their dish and so notice at once when there's not enough. And because there's not enough they may not be able to complete the dish and are therefore furious with Suu.
    • Naru unknowingly punching her career adviser unprovoked gets her arrested for assault and also costs her not only her academic future, but her chances of getting a good job once she graduates.
    • After Keitaro left, Shinobu starts reevaluating her relationship with the other girls and comes to the conclusion they've just been treating her as an Extreme Doormat.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Shakiko and Shinsuke. Unlike Granny Hina, both take their manager jobs very seriously, and look out for the welfare of their tenants.
    • The Prime Minister shows himself to be one when it becomes clear he can't allow Suu to transfer back to Mol-Mol.
    • The Tokyo University school board.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Keitaro does this to prove to Marumi and Yoshinari his resolve to change himself as he now sees the glasses, which were Seta's style, as a symbol of him blinding himself to the truth.
  • The Lost Lenore: Implied that Takeru is this for Nagisa as she said that Keitaro is a lot like Takeru and later on in the story she developed feelings for him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: This fic has more than its fair share of these.
    • Keitaro gives this to each of the Hinata girls, including Shinobu, when they all confronted him demanding why he left the way he did.
    • Keitaro's parents give this to each of the Hinata girls as well, angered at how they treated their son. Nanami does it beautifully against Naru, saying she's nothing more than a self-centered abusive brat. Even better was that Naru was the one who walked right into it.
    • Kanako gives this to Suu after overhearing her plan to use a machine of hers to forcefully bring Keitaro back. She tells Suu that despite being a mechanical genius, she's still a stupid idiot for her inability/refusal to understand why Keitaro left was because of her and the tenants' selfishness.
    • Kanako gives this to Motoko, calling out the reason why she went back to her mindset that Keitaro is a "vile perverted male" because she believes Naru would never lead her wrong.
    • Granny Hina's shocked when she starts getting these from Keitaro when he's told the truth behind the basis of the childhood promise.
    • Marumi gives this to all the Hinata Inn residents after she took over, calling them out as nothing more than spoiled brats living there to escape their problems and responsibilities. She kicks them all out, saying a dose of reality will fix them right up.
    • Marumi calls out on Hina's plan of hooking up Keitaro and Naru was pretty underhanded, seeing the old woman as a manipulative bitch who only cared what she supposedly wanted for her grandson.
    • Shinobu of all people gives this to all the residents of the Hinata Inn after realizing how bratty and self-righteous they all were.
    • Keitaro gives this to Mutsumi after getting fed up with her attempts to try and get him and Naru back together, outright telling her she's not doing anyone any favors as it is just plain annoying.
    • Marumi gives this to Seta, calling him a bad parent due to how much of a brat Sarah is.
    • Naru unsuccessfully tries to give this to Kitsune, saying that no matter how much she tries to change, she'll always be the same irresponsible drunk she knows her for. This results in Kitsune giving Naru an Armor-Piercing Slap followed by her calling out Naru's hypocrisy, saying she's the last person to be telling her that.
    • Shakiko gives this to Hina after Suu destroyed her inn and injured her from her "playtime". She was disgusted that despite all that happened, Hina continues to make excuses for Naru and Suu's actions.
    • Keitaro gives this to himself when he tries to make amends with his Aunt Marumi and cousin, Yoshinari, saying how wrong and foolish he was to not take their advice seriously in the past.
    • After the aftermath of the Kuromitsu Inn's destruction results in Suu's arrest, Kitsune gives this to Suu, saying she's nothing but an impulsive brat with no regards for anyone's well being and completely clueless about how serious her actions are.
    • Nagisa gives this to Motoko, who continues to blame all her misfortunes on Keitaro (to make it better, this was AFTER she was ordered to make amends for all she did to him).
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Inverted as Keitaro attempted to change is positively accepted.
  • Redemption Rejection: The majority of the Hinata girls go through this.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Subverted it appear as Keitaro to be a friend like Takeru was to Nagisa and the subversion is that Nagisa fell in love with him.
  • Replacement Love Interest: Possibly that Keitaro is this for Nagisa since he remind her of Takeru and vise visa.
  • The Reveal:
    • Hina revealed to Keitaro the truth about the circumstances with his "promise girl", who was actually Mutsumi, and that she switched it around to Naru in an attempt to cheer her up. Keitaro's enraged to hear that his grandmother knew about this the whole time, realizing that she deliberately kept it from him in order to tie him to the Inn.
    • Seta also reveals that he initially hired Keitaro to be his worker so he could have a link to Haruka. Again, the news is not taken well, and Keitaro eventually resigns.
  • Revenge: Hina accuses Marumi of taking the inn away for her "vindictive vendetta".
  • Revenge Before Reason: Naru is willing to work with Chisato and Kagura despite knowing the latter crime.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Kagura is coming after Keitaro to get back at Nagisa.
  • Revenge Myopia: Naru is attempting to back at Keitaro for making her life miserable.
  • Rich Bitch: Kagura.
  • Royal Brat: Su beside being a brat is also a princess.
  • Sanity Slippage: Naru and Mutsumi are getting more unhinged with time whatever they deal with something that contradicted them.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Why Kagura got away with murdering Takeru. A rich daddy and influential lawyers ensured she wouldn't even get so much as a slap on the wrist.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!!: Same as above as Kagura wealth help her get with murdering Takeru.
  • The Scapegoat:
    • Once she learns that Keitaro is friends with Nagisa, Granny Hina starts blaming her for her grandson's 'insolence'.
    • Naru and Motoko blame Keitaro for all the consequences stemming from their own actions.
    • Mutsumi refuses to believe Keitaro had changed of his own accord and believes that Nagisa and Yoshinari are "brainwashing him". This of course does not win her any points with Keitaro.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:
    • Keitaro has had enough of the abuse he was living through and finally did something about it, which started off the plot of the story.
    • Shinobu soon joins up as she also has had enough of the Hinata Inn and its residents. She goes on to live peacefully with her aunt.
    • Mitsune, formerly Kitsune is the next to leave, for similar reasons.
  • Seen It All: Implied with Marumi as she wasn't surprise at all with seeing Tama, a flying turtle, and in fact finds him cute.
  • Second Love: The story is dropping major hint that Nagisa will become this for Keitaro.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Mutsumi, oh. So. Much.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
    • Sarah resents Keitaro spending time with her father Seta because she thinks he's turning him against her. Seta starts growing stricter with her after witnessing firsthand how nasty and vindictive she is to his employee.
    • When she first learns how badly Keitaro was treated during his time at the Inn, she privately frets that the girls' abuse may mean that Keitaro will despise her. In fact, he does lose respect for her — when she chooses to keep excusing their bad behavior rather than laying down the law, and tries to manipulate him into taking over again.
    • Granny Hina also fears that if Kanako gets her hands on the Hinata Inn, she'll undo all the changes she made. Her attempts to avert this by manipulating others only turn them against her, and in the end Hina changes has been undone but instead it was done by Marumi.
  • Sexy Mentor: Nagisa is described as having a voluptuous body and later gained the mentor part when she began to train Keitaro.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Mutsumi towards Keitaro and Naru. Unfortunately, this only pisses them off and she's too oblivious to see that.
    • Same way with as Hina also push toward Keitaro and Naru and of course it only with same result as with Mutsumi plans.
    • Isana toward Nagisa and Keitaro after noticing how close they have become.
    • A rare villainous example is Kagura shipping Nagisa with Keitaro, just to hurt Nagisa by planning to take Keitaro away from her.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty has been shown between Nagisa and Keitaro. Chapter 16 is when the ship tease really getting stronger as Nagisa has show she has fallen in love with Keitaro. This shipping is so strong that it even appear in Karndragon other story, An Alternate Keitaro Urashima.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Isana is a woman with traditional Japanese traits and proven to be strong fighter.
    • Her daughter Nagisa inherit this from her.
  • Single Tear: Nagisa cried this way when she told Keitaro that Takeru died from his injuries.
  • The So-Called Coward: Keitaro has evolve into this as the Hinata girls still considered him as cowardly and he has shown bravery when facing them.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Granny Hina and Mutsumi regard Nagisa as this.
    • Similarly, most of the Hinata Girls see Keitaro as a spanner responsible for them having to face consequences for their actions. (He does function as a spanner, primarily due to actually communicating with others and letting them know what's going on).
  • Spoiled Brat: Naru, oh so much.
    • Sarah and Suu also qualify.
  • Stone Wall: Keitaro used to be this as he take often withstood the attacks he received without getting damage. Now is willing and training to dish it out against other.
  • Stop Helping Me!: In-Universe, Keitaro constantly tells Mutsumi to quit trying to help get him and Naru back together. Even Naru doesn't appreciate what Mutsumi's trying to do.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Keitaro has this quality as he appear to be a regular guy, but handles sword strikes and missiles without getting injure. Now he take a step up by defeating others who tried to hurt him.
  • Stupid Good: Mutsumi to a T. She honestly believes she's doing Keitaro a favor by trying to get him back together with Naru, even dealing with a pair of unscrupulous girls, Kagura and Chisato, completely oblivious that they're using her. Haruka even calls Mutsumi out on trusting two people she just met rather than someone she actually knows, as Haruka knows Kagura and Chisato and the crimes they've committed. Despite that, Mutsumi foolishly sides with Chisato and Kagura thinking that they may have "changed" despite only just meeting them.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: Keitaro suffered this before leaving the inn.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: Keitaro trying to fulfill his promise has caused trouble for him.
  • Talk to the Fist: Kanako angrily punches out Mutsumi for slapping Keitaro then ranting about how he's a horrible person just because he refuses to go along with her wishes.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Naru and Motoko particularly in chapter 13 where they attack Shinobu just they don't like what she said.
    • Chisato and Kagura as well with latter killing Takeru with regret.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After having enough, Keitaro decides if the Hinata girls continue to give him trouble he will fight back like in chapter 14 when Naru tried to punch him with no effort he turned around quickly, caught her fist, and mocked her attempt.
  • The Unfettered: Hina has show she is willing to go great length to accomplish her goals including allowing Keitaro to be mind control.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Keitaro and Ranma get this after being used for so long and a minor character Tamaki as well.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Seta sees the Hinata Inn girls as this to his daughter once it's revealed that they constantly interfered with Keitaro trying to discipline her to where she thinks anyone trying to do so is in the wrong. He removes her from the inn as soon as he finds out.
  • True Companions: The new friends Keitaro made at his new residence as well as reconnecting with his family (and Shinobu) are this, as opposed to his stay at the Hinata Inn.
  • The Unapologetic: With the exceptions of Shinobu and Kitsune, all the Hinata Inn residents including Hina herself as they all believe that everything they do is perfectly justified. Motoko has also recently recognized her misdeeds and apologized to Keitaro.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Keitaro is now fighting back against anyone who give trouble and taking sword and further Martial Arts training.
    • Shinobu has become more assertive.
    • Nyamo is training under Ranma and willing to fight others.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Naru, Su, and Mutsumi are the biggest instigators, unable to comprehend that their horrible behavioral patterns are the causes of their problems.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Same with the above, as the Hinata girls become worse as they are now turning against each other.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Any of the Hinata girls that decide to change for the better.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Keitaro and Ranma in the sense they have sympathetic issues like being abuse or manipulated.
  • Tsundere: Most of Motoko's hatred toward Keitaro is due to her romantic frustrations toward him. In chapter 24, she finally admits it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Would have been a virtue for Mutsumi. Too bad it's towards the wrong people.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Zig-Zagged, as being called ungrateful is bit of a running gag in the story. Played straight with the Hinata Girls with Keitaro and subverted with Shinobu, who Naru and Motoko define as ungrateful for all the time they were helping her. The subversion is that "helping" her was really bullying. Naru accuses Chizuka of being ungrateful when she saves her, another subversion is that Naru actually punched out Chizuka's husband and he was just asking her to play a new fighting game at a arcade. Played straight in chapter 23 with Naru's attitude toward her family who tried to reason with her.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Hikaru, Shakiko's granddaughter, angrily tried to choke Suu to death for destroying the Kuromitsu Inn and injuring her grandmother. Police and employees were forced to physically separate her from Suu.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Kagura is seeking Keitaro out after finding now who he is and how he is connected to Nagisa.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Mutsumi in SPADES to Kagura and Chisato.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Su Mecha Tamas
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Keitaro chews out Mutsumi for all the times she sold him out to please Naru while still going on about how he "shouldn't abandon Naru".
  • Willfully Weak: Keitaro didn't have it in him to fight back, but after cutting all ties with girls he has shown strength he didn't before like blocking Naru's punch with ease despite his back being turned when she tried to. He also bested Motoko when she tried to attack him with a bokken.
  • With Us or Against Us:The Hinata Girls tend to have this problem. Either you go along with exactly what they want, or there's something wrong with you.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Naru and Motoko show they are willing to attack Shinobu if she said or does something they don't agree with.
    • This sentiment is shared with Kagura and Chisato.
  • Your Answer to Everything: During one of his many speeches to Motoko, Keitaro points out how she always attacks people who disagree with her, including slapping Shinobu. For all her talk of being a protector, she's nothing more than a spoiled bully.
    • At her disciplinary hearing, Naru is called out because her answer to why she attacks men is always "that pervert Keitaro." She's also shown as being no better than Motoko in regards to attacking people.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Nagisa who take it after her mother, Isana.
  • You Remind Me of X: Keitaro remind Nagisa of her old friend Takeru.
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