Fanfic: 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 has finally wised up to his hard life as manager of the Hinata Inn, where things just never change despite everything he does 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, are 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:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Kagura, Chisato, and Hina are either heading in this direction or already there.
  • Abuse Mistake:
    • Naru sees a stranger teasing a woman he's walking with. Assuming the worst, she attacks. Turns out the guy was trying to convince his wife to play a fighting game at the arcade with him, and teasing her about how she wasn't good at them.
    • The same story also deconstructs Love Hina's reliance on both types. Its title references how Keitaro has wised up and is leaving the Hinata Inn after living there for three years in order to get away from its toxic environment, and explores what happens when the more violent girls' behavior is taken seriously.
  • Abusive Parents: Genma and Nodoka's treatment of Ranma are given a brief spotlight.
  • Accidental Pervert: Played with, the tendency for Keitaro to fall into this trope (and the lack of any form of understanding, pausing to observe the situation, or acceptance of apologies on the part of the Hinata Inn residents) is one of the main reasons he's leaving the inn.
  • The Ace: Nagisa. See the entry for Broken Ace for more details.
  • Action Girl:
    • Nagisa is a great swordswoman.
    • Nyamo is shaping up to this by training under Ranma.
  • Action Mom: Isana shows she can fight very well, as she beat Nodoka barehanded while her opponent used a sword. The end result was Isana winning single handedly, while Nodoka had her arm broken.
  • Actual Pacifist: Deconstructed with Keitaro as it contributes heavily to the problems he faces.
  • 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 averting 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?"
  • Adult Fear: Nanami worries that she would lose Keitaro in the environment he was placed in.
  • The Alcoholic: It's implied that Kitsune was one, but changed.
  • A Girl and Her Turtle: Nyamo and her pet giant turtle Gidget.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed with Ritsuko, who regrets getting together with Gendo and would much rather have gotten with someone like (or with) Keitaro.
  • All Loving Heroes: Keitaro is a deconstruction of this, as he shows affection for others when he shouldn't, but it's reconstructed when he keeps his attitude for the right people. For example, Nagisa, as he goes out of his way to make her happy like spending his own money on a book she can't afford and displaying how much he cares for her by declaring she is a real friend when Mutsumi says bad things about her.
    • Nagisa is a straight example as she cares for those around her including Keitaro, who she has known for only a few days.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Naru and Motoko's base assumption about males, which between that and their pride is the source of much of their difficulties.
  • All Women Are Prudes: Motoko believes women are forced into sexual acts by men, having no responsibility of their own.
  • 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.
  • Amusing Injuries: Averted very strongly. Keitaro getting blasted into the stratosphere might not kill him, but those incidents hurt and it's shown that the people who do think that this is funny or okay are very much unhealthy.
  • And Call Him George: For anyone who ends up as Su's "playmate".
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In Chapter 24, Motoko confesses to Keitaro how she wishes 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: Hina becomes this to Keitaro after he finds out the truth. Take note that is one-sided on his part.
    • Kagura to Nagisa because she killed Nagisa's best friend, Takeru and got away with it.
    • Chisato to Yoshinari began in high school as Chisato tried to steal the answers to a test and got Yoshinari beaten.
    • Tamaki's brother sees Nagisa as his.
  • Archnemesis Mom: Hina to Marumi.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Gal: Naru and Motoko. This attitude backfires on them once they cross the line and start drawing the attention of authorities.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness:
    • When Naru is working at the Kuromitsu Inn, she attacks a man for supposedly "planning something perverted" with a woman he was with, who happens 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.
    • Su unleashes an army of mecha-tamas upon the Kuromitsu Inn guests, directed to pursue and explode, thinking that this would "cheer everyone up". All she does is 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 uncovers 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.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Nagisa kisses Keitaro on the cheek to show appreciation for their day together.
  • All Take and No Give: This is how Keitaro views his "relationship" with Naru, prompting him to finally do something about it.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Su. She may not be malicious, but her experiments and illegal activities definitely cross some lines.
  • 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:
    • Kitsune gives one to Naru after the other girl states she'll never be anything more than an irresponsible drunk.
    • After Haruka fires and bans Mutsumi from the Hinata property for refusing to stop "helping Keitaro", she delivers this to Mutsumi after rescuing Shinobu from Chisato and Kagura. Haruka is disgusted that despite seeing how the two girls were physically ganging up on Shinobu, Mutsumi tries 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 is on the receiving end of this along with being called 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 criticism 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 she 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kagura pummeled Takeru repeatedly with a metal rod, eventually killing him.
  • Badass: Marumi proves to be tough, as she can make Haruka call her aunt, and is also able to block Hina's plans on multiple occasions.
  • Badass Adorable: Shinobu is shaping up to be this.
    • Nyamo has been training for 3 months with Ranma as her Sensei.
  • Badass Bookworm: Yoshinari works in his mother's company after graduating from Waseda and is willing to fight if he has to.
  • Badass Family: Shinsuke's family, as each one is a trained Martial Artist.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Shinsuke wears a business suit when he meets Keitaro.
  • Badass Pacifist: Averted with Keitaro. While he proves he is a capable fighter, his naive and overly forgiving nature causes him to suffer when he could have defended himself.
  • Bait the Dog: Kagura to Takeru, by using her fake sweet side to keep him with her.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Naru often refers to Keitaro as such.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: Naru to Keitaro before he broke up with her.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: This story zig-zags on the issue as the girls are attractive regardless of alignment. Examples include the Hinata girls as bad, while Ritsuko and Nagisa, the latter defined as having a beautiful figure, are good.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Nobody has their look disheveled despite being attack at time.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Naru and Motoko wish for a female manager to take over and when they get one, she kicks them all out.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Motoko which is the source of her problems with Keitaro.
  • Beneath the Mask: Hina appears as a kind old woman, however in time it's shown that she is a selfish person who manipulates others.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Indirectly discussed when Ritsuko was making a comment about Keitaro being a better man than the guy she fall for (Gendo Ikari).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nagisa is a kind hearted girl, but even she has to restrain herself from strangling Mayako for causing her friend Takeru to die.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Su seems like just a childish person, but in part due to her brains, lack of empathy, and massive amount of resources, is able to construct extremely dangerous weapons and machines with no concept of things like "Collateral Damage" or "Non-combatants."
  • 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 played 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 saves Shinobu from Kagura and Chisato.
  • Big Bad: Depend on how you see it, the positions is either fill by Hina or Kagura.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Hina and Kagura's group, with Mutsumi acting as the bridge between them.
  • Big Eater: This gets Su into trouble working at the Kuromitsu Inn by eating a huge portion of the food meant for the guests.
  • Bigger Bad: Kagura's father is the one who provides the resources for Kagura's actions, but leaves it in his daughter's hands.
  • Big Good: Marumi takes this position eventually.
  • 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 Su 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.
  • BlackMail: One of the reasons why Keitaro resents Kitsune.
  • Blessed with Suck: Keitaro's durability kept him alive from assaults he suffered from the Hinata's tenants, but he still feels pain. In addition, it apparently motivated Su to experiment on him to find the secret of his "immortality".
  • Blind Obedience: Mutsumi in spades towards Chisato and Kagura despite having just met them.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Sarah, spoiled by both the other Hinata Girls and her father, falls very much into this.
  • Bloodless Carnage: No matter what attacks he faces, Keitaro never seems to bleed at all. He still feels pain, though.
  • Blue Blood: Su's family.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Su, as she is energetic and often kicks people.
  • Boobs of Steel: Nagisa, although it isn't focused on.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Of a sort with Keitaro and Nagisa.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Kitsune and Shinobu although neither are tomboyish.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sarah fits this trope nearly perfectly, and Suu as well despite not being the age for it.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Naru, and not in a funny way either.
  • Brainwashed: Mutsumi believes that Keitaro is suffering this by Yoshinari and Nagisa, however it's ultimately averted since he has changed of his own freewill.
    • More Than Mind Control: Mutsumi and Hina believe that Keitaro is being 'influenced' by others.
    • Su builds a machine to brainwash Keitaro to come back, but it fails.
  • Break the Cutie: Shinobu gets put through the ringer, but comes out a better person for it.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The Hinata girls suffer 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 bring her back home to explain her actions while at the Hinata Inn. Due to her immature reasoning, the council no longer see her as 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 Birds/Broken Ace: Nagisa is smart, beautiful, and a great Martial Artist, however she has suffered from anguish 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 played seriously, the Hinata tenants come off as this.
  • Bully Hunter: In Naru and Motoko's case, they claim to go after perverts although it has been show they were wrong about said targets.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Deconstructed with Su as people overlook the fact that she is a mechanical genius because of her craziness.
  • The Bus Came Back: Nyamo and Gidget from the original story.
  • Butt Monkey: Naru, and the other Hinata girls, completely deserved by the way.
  • Call Back: Motoko challenging Keitaro to a duel about where he is at living at.
  • Calling The Old Woman Out: Hina gets this several times.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Naru and Motoko really don't take it well when someone calls them out on their flaws, especially when they're true.
  • Cassandra Truth: Anything said that goes against what Naru or Motoko think particularly for Keitaro's "perversion" or their family "turning their backs on them".
  • Celibate Hero: Keitaro is a realistic example as after breaking up with Naru, he was not looking for a new relationship. Although he seems to be interest in Nagisa after she kisses him on the cheek after their day together.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The Hinata girls habits now they are in a more serious setting.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Comes with the Drama and Anguish themes.
  • Character Development:
    • Keitaro has been taking several levels in Badass such as standing up to the Hinata Girls and causally handling them. He has also matured, and has a clearer head. It is because of Keitaro that 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 becomes much better and attempts to help Keitaro and stop the nonsense of Hina tenants.
    • Seta takes step to becoming a better parent first by taking Sarah out of the dorm, putting his foot down on her bratty attitude, and enroll her 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 as poor comedy.
  • Character Witness: Sousuke witnessing Mitsune's stopping Su's rampage helped show how much she changed.
  • Chaste Hero: Keitaro as he didn't notice the attraction he was getting from Nagisa, at least until after their day together.
  • 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's Martial Arts that that he gained while on his trip with Seta show up in the story, as he uses them to block a punch from Naru without difficulties.
    • In chapter 12: He starts sword training and later in chapter 24 uses his skills against Motoko.
  • The Chessmaster: Subverted with Hina who only got away with her stunts because nobody was aware of what she was doing, now that they do she has lost her edge over people.
  • Chick Magnet: This story features both Keitaro and Ranma. Look below at Clueless Chick Magnet for more detail on Keitaro.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Keitaro's moved on; Granny Hina and Mutsumi haven't.
  • Child Prodigy: Some rather nasty examples with Su and Sarah, the former is a mechanical genius who builds destructive machines and the latter has some fighting skills but uses them to bully others.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Deconstructed with Su as her personality comes off as psychotic.
  • Cloudcuckoolander'sMinder: Anyone that has to put up with Su.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Keitaro has gathered the affection of a few women and doesn't realize it, for examples Motoko, Kitsune, Shinobu, Nyamo, Nagisa and Ritsuko. The latter two are his biggest feats as he had Nagisa fall in love with him in a few days and the same with Ristuko even they didn't have many interactions.
  • Continuity Nod: Keitaro has referenced a few events that have happened, like the trial he has suffered through.
  • Control Freak: Naru and Motoko are a variant as either things go their way or they lose it.
    • Hina, as she tried to force things to go her way and can't accept it when they don'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.
  • The Corrupter: Hina toward Keitaro, Mutsumi, and the Hinata girls.
    • Mutsumi and Hina accuse the people that Keitaro is with as such.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: A lot of the events within the story happen due to poor communication.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hina did have a backup plan for Marumi taking over, but it did little good in the long run.
  • Creepy Child: Su's idea of fun includes kicking people in the face, chasing people around with her machines, or experimenting on them.
  • 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 .
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Once he leaves behind his old attitude, Keitaro prove that he can be a badass as he easily blocks Naru's punch and casually defeats Motoko.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: After Seta realizes how much of a little hellion Sarah has become due to her stay in the Hinata Inn, not to mention that she caused a lot of trouble during her first day at elementary school, he is forced to enroll her in a very strict boarding school in order to straighten her out as her bratty behavior has become unacceptable and embarrassing for him.
  • Crush Blush: Nagisa has one in chapter 19 when her mom comments on how close she and Keitaro are. She also has another in chapter 25 during her day together with Keitaro.
  • 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.
  • The Cynic: Tamaki was accused of this by her brother when she rightly complain about his friend.
    • Naru develops into this in chapter 25.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Naru having her parents divorce and Motoko with her sister getting married.
    • Defied with Nagisa as although she lost her best friend since first grade, she didn't become cynical, although she did became less outgoing and happy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nagisa, Keitaro's new friend and Motoko's cousin, reveals 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: Happens to the Hinata girls in chapter 15 when Marumi reveals she has the deed and evicts them all.
  • Death by Origin Story: Nagisa tells Keitaro the story of her friend Takeru who was killed, which motivates her to prevent Keitaro from suffering the same fate.
    • In chapter 25 Hina reveals that Yoko's death is why she was 'helping' the tenants at her inn.
  • Death Glare: Nagisa gives 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.
    • The story points out that just because Su is a princess, it doesn't mean that she can get away with things. Her kleptomaniacal tendencies get her in trouble to start, but her lack of empathy, coupled with her using Molmolian resources to build unbelievably illegal and lethal technology (such as mind control helmets, killer mecha, and multiple nuclear reactors), means that not only can her family not get her out of trouble this time, it results in an international incident that damages Molmol's reputation.
  • Defector from Decadence: Any of the girls that clean up their act such as Shinobu, Kitsune, and Motoko.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Naru suffers this in chapter 24 after being expel from Tokyo U.
  • Didn'tSeeThatComing: Hina telling Keitaro the truth about his promise and him getting angry over it.
    • Motoko losing her title as heir.
    • In fact any of the Hinata tenants finding that their attitude is unaccepted by outside people.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Hinata girls suffer this, particularly Naru when she punches a random man out of the blue which causes her to be arrested. What's more, the man is her career adviser and this action alerts the Tokyo U. school board to her behavior, and to save their reputation they expel Naru.
    • Su's idea of "fun" causes her to arrested and her country to suffer backlash.
    • Hina revealing the truth behind Keitaro's "promise girl" only causes 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: Koshiro, Yoko, and Marumi's dad passed away when they were young.
  • 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.
  • Distressed Dude: Defied with Keitaro, as he has a device to counter Su's machine that was meant to kidnap him.
  • 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 realizes being with Naru is no good for him.
  • Domestic Abuse: Keitaro has 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 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.
  • The Dragon: Mutsumi, unlike most, works for more than one Big Bad at a time.
  • 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.
  • The Dreaded: Kanako toward the Hinata girls as they remember the treatments she inflicted on them.
  • Dwindling Party: The Hinata girls lose their members as the story go on either by getting into serious trouble or the members reforming, starting with Shinobu, later on Kitsune, Su, and now Motoko.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Hinata Inn, with most of its residents actively resisting any efforts to help them improve.
  • Enfant Terrible: Sarah and Su.
  • 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 is 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 perceives 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 didn't take their issues out on each other was because they took out them out on Keitaro and other victims.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While she is bad, Hina has shown disapproval of the girls hitting Shinobu as she confronts Naru and Motoko about it. Of course this is deconstructed as those standards barely redeem her and she STILL continues to make excuses for their actions after this. Another example of this is Hina telling Mutsumi to stay away from Kagura and Chisato as they are bad people - while this is true, it falls under Moral Myopia as she defends the actions of Naru and the others which aren't any better.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Anyone from the outside seeing the antics of the Hinata tentants.
  • Evil All Along: Hina proves to be this as she has been manipulating everybody, especially Keitaro.
  • 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 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...
  • Everything'sBetterWithPrincesses: Inverted with Su as she make things worse like using Mecha Tama to attack Kuromitsu inn guests for fun and ending up arrested for it and making a international incident.
  • Evil Is Petty: The Hinata girls, Hina, Kagura, and Chisato.
  • 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.
  • Fantasy All Along: What the magic of the inn turns out to be to Mutsumi.
  • Failure Hero: Keitaro suffers this until he leaves the Hinata Inn.
  • Fair Weather Friend: The friendship between the Hinata Girls is Deconstructed into this. While the issues they each have are usually ignored, they are now tearing each of them apart, like Naru and Motoko being violent or Mutsumi being delusional.
  • Fallen Princess: What Su becomes after getting arrested.
  • 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.
  • Flashback: A few have been use in the story.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Children: Kitsune becomes this after helping to save them from Su's "play time".
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted with the majority of the Hinata girls as the reasons for their horrible acts are poor.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Turn out that's how the Hinata girls view each other once their antics are taken seriously.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Sosuke, Marumi's husband, has show great skills with technologies as he has created a device to counter Su's mind control machine, opened her electronically lock door, and causally shut down Mecha Tama while siting in the back of a police car.
    • Ritsuko demonstrates her ability by examining Su's mind control machine.
  • Genius Bruiser: Yoshinari is a graduate from Waseda and a strong fighter.
  • Genki Girl: Su has a lot of energy.
  • Girly Bruiser: Nagisa enjoys dressing up 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 she 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.
  • 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: Mutsumi and Hina have set the plot with manipulating Keitaro and others.
  • The Hedonist: Kitsune at first, but she soon becomes a hardworking person.
  • 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.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: Keitaro often helps Shinobu, but Naru and Motoko think he's attempting to be perverted with her.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Isana has been shown to be have great Martial Art skills as she is able to detect people miles away from her, and the ability to fight really well as she defeated Nodoka. What's more, Isana was unarmed while Nodoka had her sword and Isana won easily with no injury and Nodoka suffered a broken arm.
  • Hope Spot: Hina gets this in chapter 13 when it seem like Keitaro will come back but he doesn't.
    • Chapter 16 seems like things have a chance to go back the way it was before hand for the Hinata girls, but later chapters show it doesn'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 agrees to be her disciple.
  • Hot Scientist: Ritsuko
  • Hot Teacher: Nagisa after becoming Keitaro's 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.
  • Idle Rich: Kagura
  • Idiot Hero: More naive than dumb but now Keitaro has moved away from this.
  • Ill Girl: Naru in the past was very sick until her mother took her to a specialist to treat her.
    • Mutsumi has fainting spells that happen around Keitaro.
  • Instant Expert: Keitaro has been learning the counters to Motoko's attacks in a matter of days.
  • 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 is finally getting that Naru and Motoko are awful when they attack Shinobu and refuse to apologize, she was going to say something about what she was going to do but was distracted. Afterward she continues 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.
  • I Know You're Watching Me: When Naru was eave dropping on Keitaro and Seta, Keitaro show that he aware of Naru watching him and what more he knew when she first arrive.
  • Implied Love Interest: Nagisa had some moments that shape her into this before becoming a explicit love interest.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Motoko is 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 called pervert or idiot.
  • Insistent Terminology: Marumi being called aunt by Haruka.
    • Inverted with Hina being called 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 Motoko have serious issues 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 whenever it's pointed out they use violence as the solution to their problems. Hina as well when she uses her lame excuses.
  • It'sPersonal: Nagisa toward Kagura, as she killed her best friend and now Kagura is after her new friend and love interest Keitaro.
  • Jack of All Stats: Keitaro has unarmed and sword fighting techniques.
  • Jerkass: Many, but the biggest are Naru, Motoko, and Sarah.
  • Just Between You and Me: Inverted as Hina doesn't explain the whole story or just reshapes her own version when telling someone.
  • 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.
  • Just Trying to Help: Keitaro's reason for for unwittingly help Chisato steal the answers for a test, thankfully he learned from this and now is more mindful of who he helps.
  • 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 in a more serous setting.
  • Kick Chick: Su uses kicks 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 is 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.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Haruka threatens to call the police on Mutsumi, Chisato, and Kagura if they didn't leave, the latter two wisely choose to leave.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: Sarah
  • 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 is 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's 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 end her friendship with Hina, the police when she uses 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 tries to continue, Chizuka simply replies 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 gets expelled from Todai as a result of her actions.
  • Licked by the Dog: Marumi is shown fondness by Tama.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Nagisa gained her mother's 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 described with long hair and quite feminine.
  • Loose Lips: Sarah in two instants - first chapter 16 and then chapter 21.
  • Love at First Sight: Downplayed as Nagisa finds Keitaro "interesting" when she first saw him and later on in the story Nagisa reveals that she has fallen in love with Keitaro.
  • 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 is struck with a exploding Mecha-tama and although she is knocked out, she is back up with no injuries.
  • Mad Scientist: Su creates highly destructive mechas and mind control device and sees 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 is 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 communicating.
    • Mutsumi is this unknowingly.
    • Kagura and Chisato.
  • Martial Pacifist: To further contrast Motoko, Nagisa is peaceful and personable.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": In chapter 15 when Marumi announces that she is the new owner of the inn and kicks out all the tenants.
  • The Matchmaker: Hina for Keitaro and Naru, which set the plot of the original series.
    • She also tried to pair her daughter Yoko to Shakki's son Sanji instead of Toji.
  • Meaningful Name: Nagisa is a name for those who help and comfort others. Her name also means shore, Fridge Brilliance as a reference to the original Taro Urashima that the series is based on.
  • Men Are Childish: Mutsumi weakly counters Keitaro with this after he explains clearly 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. She simply tells him he's acting like a child for making such a big deal about something so "minor". 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 is 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 appears to be this at first to the older girls, but they really bully her, and when she stands up for herself, they have 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, alienating 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 is 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 goes through this as she believe the others girls are causing Keitaro to leave, while ignoring her role. In Chapter 4 Keitaro calls her out on this as he point out that while the other girls caused him pain, she hurt him as well. For example when she is near him it causes Naru and Motoko to think Keitaro is being "perverted" with her and punish him for it, and she acts like she knew that Kitsune like to make up things to get people rile up, yet Shinobu always believes 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-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Naru is about to deliver one to Shinobu, but Haruka stops her from trying.
    • Kagura gave one to Takeru that caused him to died.
  • Non-Action Guy: A few examples like Sosuke and some gender flip ones like Shinobu.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Hina (justified with her age) and possibly with Kagura and Chisato.
  • No Social Skills: Basically all the Hinata Inn residents, but heavy emphasis on Naru, Motoko, Mutsumi, and Sarah, which has gotten them in serious trouble.
  • No Sympathy: Hina, while disliking the treatments Keitaro went through, doesn't really show much consideration of the pain he went through.
    • She also shows barely any to Shakiko when she has her inn destroyed and is injured.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Keitaro to the Hinata girls.
  • Not a Game: Suu in spades as she fails to realize her "playtimes" are destructive which in the end gets her arrested.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Naru does not take Keitaro breaking up with her well and spends most of the story trying to get back at him for "ruining her life".
    • Mutsumi doesn't take Keitaro's breakup with Naru well, either, and continually tries to "help Keitaro see the light", despite Keitaro and his friends telling her to get lost.
    • Kaolla Su, after Keitaro cuts his ties with the tenants, wouldn't accept he wants nothing to do with them, so she attempts to have him kidnapped and brainwashed to her way of thinking so he would never want to leave.
  • 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 reasoning to the family council for her past constant attacks on Keitaro consisted of this.
    • Seta fails to convince Haruka to marry him, and Sarah doesn'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 are not happy with this revelation.
    • When Seta gets called in by an elementary school teacher for Sarah's bullying behavior, the teacher 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 wishs she would just shut up as it is NOT helping.
    • Naru's actions at Tokyo University entirely. Especially the incident where she attacks her career adviser, then blames her actions on him.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Subverted for Nagisa as right after she says she and Keitaro are just friends, she reveals in her mind that she desires 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 proves 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 does the same thing to Hina and it works better since the latter broke a legitimate promise to Marumi for allowing her to have the inn.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Deconstructed with Naru seeing a man talking to a woman who appears nervous - thinking that he was a pervert, Naru punched him and gets arrested as the two people are a married couple, and he was just asking his wife to go play a fighting game.
  • Obliviously Evil: The Hina and the Hinata girls are incapable of seeing their actions as wrong.
  • Obviously Evil: Chisato and Kagura and Mutsumi who can't see this even when outright told and witnessing their acts.
    • Similarly applied to the Hinata girls with Hina who can't understand how bad they are.
  • Oblivious to Love: Keitaro, although justified as he had suffered misjudged attempts at finding it.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: How the girls react to Keitaro blowing them off instead of apologizing.
  • Obsessed with Food: Suu, which gets her into trouble.
  • Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome: What Naru and Keitaro went through and ultimately caused Keitaro to break up with her.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Isana gets one in Chapter 22: beating Nodoka in a duel and breaking her arm.
  • Oh Crap!: Several cases with the Hinata tenants after facing reality ensues.
  • 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.
  • Ordered Apology: Kitsune orders Naru to apologize to a couple for punching the husband under a false accusation. Naru refuses, but then gets ordered by Shakiko to do so.
  • Outside-Context Villain: Chisato and Kagura who are genuinely evil as opposed to the spoilt brats of the Hinata Girls.
  • Overprotective Dad: Downplayed with Shinsuke as he gives a stern warning to Keitaro about making sure he doesn't make Nagisa unhappy, Isana and Nagisa tell him to not worry as Keitaro wouldn't do anything to make Nagisa unhappy.
  • Papa Wolf: Kyoshiro Urashima is this to Keitaro and Kanako.
    • Shinsuke to Nagisa, he gave Keitaro a stern warning not to make his daughter miserable.
  • Parental Abandonment: Naru with her parents, a subversion as they didn't really abandon her at all.
  • Parental Betrayal: Marumi suffers from Hina breaking her promise of allowing the former to inherit the inn.
    • Naru feet this way toward her parents, of course it just her being unreasonable.
  • Parental Substitute: Sosuke and Isana have shown love and care for Ranma, especially in comparison to how Genma and Nodoka treated him.
  • Parting Words Regret: Hina's last conversation with her daughter Yoko before she died was an argument.
  • 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.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Yoko for Hina's plans involving the girls and Keitaro.
  • 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 helps that the people he talk to actually listen to him unlike the the Hinata 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.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Downplayed as Keitaro is stunned a bit when Nagisa kisses him.
  • Posthumous Character: Takeru, Yoko, and Keisuke.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Kitsune has to deal with the consequences of this after Keitaro's Aunt Marumi takes over and reconverts 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 unleashes 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 point out how undisciplined and out of control Sarah is. He is 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 shows how badly his efforts to get into Tokyo U. have affected him in the long run.
  • Quirky Household: Subverted with the Hinata girls with their traits portray as serious issues.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Naru toward Seta when he tells her that he is disappointed in her for using the skills he taught her to bully others. Of course, it's just Naru refusing to admit to any wrong doing.
    • Keitaro has a valid example when Seta reveals that he was using him to get closer to Haruka.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Hinata girls.
  • 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 leaves, 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.
  • That Man Is Dead: Kitsune asks Haruka and Shinobu to call her Mitsune (her given name) from now on instead of her nickname, a sign she no longer considers herself The Trickster.
  • 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 says that Keitaro is a lot like Takeru, and later on in the story she develops 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 confront 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 that Keitaro left because of her and the tenants' selfishness.
    • Kanako gives this to Motoko, claiming the reason why she went back to her mindset that Keitaro is a "vile perverted male" isbecause 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 takes 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 cares 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 are.
    • 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 destroys her inn and injures her from her "playtime". She is 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).
    • Saori gives one to Naru after what she said to her and Mei, saying that Naru is a ungrateful despicable brat.
    • Marumi gives another one to Hina when she gives her nonsense reasons for what she did.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Inverted as Keitaro's attempts to change is positively accepted.
  • Redemption Rejection: The majority of the Hinata girls go through this.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Subverted - it appears that Keitaro will be a friend like Takeru was to Nagisa, but Nagisa fell in love with him.
  • Replacement Love Interest: Possibly Keitaro is this for Nagisa since he reminds her of Takeru and vise visa.
  • The Reveal:
    • Hina reveals 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's 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.
  • Romanticized Abuse: Averted in this story as the abuse certain characters face is treated as a serious issue.
  • Royal Brat: Su, beside being a brat, is also a princess.
  • Safe, Sane and Consensual: Naru and Motoko always think that women are forced into activities with men, particularly sexual acts.
  • Sanity Slippage: Naru and Mutsumi are getting more unhinged whenever they deal with something that contradicts 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's wealth help her get away 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 has 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 does 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 surprises at all at seeing Tama, a flying turtle, and in fact finds him cute.
  • Second Love: The story is dropping major hints 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, Hina 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 has been changed but by Marumi.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: All the problems that the antagonists suffer are the results of their own actions.
  • Serial Escalation: It just starts revolving around the Hinata girls and Keitaro, but as the story continues things are starting to get more intense.
  • Sexy Mentor: Nagisa is described as having a voluptuous body and later gains the mentor part when she begins to train Keitaro.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: When Sarah asks if Keitaro and Nagisa are dating, he replied they are not and Nagisa says they were just friends (however in her mind she shows she wants to be more than just friends).
  • 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 Sinking: Keitaro with any of the Hinata girls, especially with Naru.
    • This also applies with Keitaro and Kanako.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty has been shown between Nagisa and Keitaro. Chapter 16 is when the ship tease is really getting stronger as Nagisa has show she has fallen in love with Keitaro. This shipping is so strong that it even appears in Karndragon's other story, An Alternate Keitaro Urashima.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Motoko to Nagisa and Keitaro getting together.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shinobu is slowly changing from this.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Isana is a woman with traditional Japanese traits and proven to be a strong fighter.
    • Her daughter Nagisa inherited this from her.
  • Single Tear: Nagisa cries this way when she tells Keitaro that Takeru died from his injuries.
  • Skewed Priorities: Hina is more focused on helping the girls instead of helping her family, like Keitaro when he was suffering abuse from said tenants.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Naru and Akane.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Keitaro after leaving his old self.
  • 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.
  • So Proud of You: Kyoshiro toward Keitaro for getting into Tokyo U.
  • 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.
    • In fact any of the Hinata girls can count.
  • Start of Darkness: Look above at Cynicism Catalyst for Naru and Motoko and Death by Origin Story for Hina.
  • Stone Wall: Keitaro used to be this as he take often withstood the attacks he received without getting damage. Now he 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 injured. 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.
  • Super Toughness: Keitaro has easily withstood MISSILES and didn't get injured.
    • Shakki was knocked out from the same thing, but she quickly got back up.
  • Super Weight: From level 1(regular people) to 3(someone like Ranma).
  • 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 the latter killing Takeru without 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 tries to punch him - with no effort he turnes around quickly, catches her fist, and mocks her attempt.
  • The Unfettered: Hina has show she is willing to go great lengths to accomplish her goals, including allowing Keitaro to be mind controlled.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: The main plot revolves around Keitaro leaving behind Hinata inn, a second plotline focuses on Ranma leaving his old life, and some minor characters like Ristuko and Tamaki moving on with their live.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Keitaro and Ranma get this after being used for so long and a minor character Tamaki as well.
  • Tokyo University: A major setting and a focus of the story - examples include Keitaro, Naru, and Mutsumi trying to become students, locations of major events like Keitaro dumping Naru, and Naru attempting to confront Keitaro about what happen when Hina visited him. The biggest is Naru being expelled from the university after her actions at the Kuromistu inn.
  • 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.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Su - look above at Creepy Child.
  • 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 causess 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 Cheerfulness: Nagisa hasn't been as outgoing and happy ever since her friend, Takeru pass away. At least until she meets up with Keitaro, who becomes her close friend and possibly boyfriend.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Mutsumi briefly in chapter 17 before returning to her deluded idealism.
    • Naru takes some level after all the things that happen to her throughout the story.
  • 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 Idealism: Mutsumi in the later end of the story become more idealistic, although it is deconstructed as she comes off as delusional where she trusts Kagura and Chisato despite knowing their background.
  • 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.
  • Unexpected Character: Ranma from Ranma 1/2 appears in the story.
  • 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.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Keitaro as he didn't train for very long but has show a lot of potential after leaving behind his old attitude, such as how he was able to detect Naru when she was eavesdropping on his conversation with Seta. Noteworthy as Seta, a Martial Art Master, didn't realize she was there until Keitaro pointed it out. Keitaro also blocks Naru's punch and casually defeatz Motoko in a sword fight despite the latter having more experience. One major feat is that Keitaro was able to hold his own against Nagisa even though he never had been trained to use a sword, and Nagisa has been training since she was little.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Hikaru, Shakiko's granddaughter, angrily tries to choke Suu to death for destroying the Kuromitsu Inn and injuring her grandmother. Police and employees are forced to physically separate her from Suu.
  • Using You All Along: Keitaro views Hina and Mutsumi this way over their plan to hook up him with Naru.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Kagura is seeking Keitaro out after finding now who he is and how he is connected to Nagisa.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Naru is a unique case as she is violently protective of others from her then boyfriend Keitaro. Of course said people don't really need it and it ultimately gets her arrested.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Mutsumi in SPADES to Kagura and Chisato.
    • Keitaro was this to Hina before leaving the inn.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: The author has receive criticisms for his grammar.
  • Warrior Therapist: Nagisa of a sort as she helps Keitaro out with his growth as Martial Art training and overcome his issues.
    • Keitaro in turn helps Nagisa become more happy and outgoing since she lost her best friend Takeru.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Su's Mecha Tamas
  • We Were Your Team: While not a team the Hinata girls were kept together by Keitaro but since he left they started to turn on each others.
  • Wham Line: In chapter 13 during the interaction between Hina and Keitaro:
    Keitaro: I understand that you, my own grandmother, you really are a cruel person.
  • 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 doesn't have it in him to fight back, but after cutting all ties with the 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 hit him. 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.
  • Woman Behind the Woman: Hina to Mutusumi.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Naru and Motoko show they are willing to attack Shinobu if she says 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 takes after her mother, Isana.
  • You Remind Me of X: Keitaro reminds Nagisa of her old friend Takeru.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Shinobu toward Mutsumi when she tries to see Keitaro. Shinobu is even willing to stop Chisato and Kagura, both of who are bigger than her.