[[caption-width-right:291:''To protect and serve women all around, is CLAMP's detectives' noble goal.'']]

''Clamp School Detectives'' is a 3 volume manga series made by Creator/{{CLAMP}}, which was adapted into a 26 episode anime in 1997. It tells the adventures of the Elementary School Student-board, solving cases and easing the life of all kinds of women. Aiding them are the Kindergarten Class President Utako and her best friend Nagisa, who are sorta smitten with them. However, their hardest case will be one regarding Nokoru's past...

CLAMP's manga ''Manga/ManOfManyFaces'' (which stars Akira as the elusive thief 20 Faces) and ''Manga/DuklyonClampSchoolDefenders'' both CrossOver with ''CLAMP School Detectives'', and ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' is also partially set in CLAMP School.


!!Tropes within:

%% * AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: ''No kidding''.
%% * TheAce: Nokoru
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the anime, the girl who wanted to prevent the school dance from happening accidentally throws Nokoru off the balustrade after an emotional struggle. In the manga, however, she pushes him intentionally (granted, she admits doing it with the hopes of only injuring him enough to make him skip the dance, but the act is quite brutal itself).
* AdaptationExpansion: The original 3-volume manga series was basically a series of vignette stories about the boys solving crime, and it had no proper ending. The 26-episode anime gave more insight into the backstories of the heroes, gave significant attention to the two main couples, Suoh/Nagisa and Akira/Utako, incorporated the events from ''Man of Many Faces'' in a new single continuity, and even gave Nokoru a nemesis in the finale to test his might.
* AdaptedOut: In a case related to the Adaptation Expansion above, Dr. Akechi doesn't appear in the series despite being established in ''Man of Many Faces'' as the head of CLAMP School's infirmary, being replaced by a female doctor named Manabe. Same with Ryusuke Kobayashi, whose presence would have been logical in the episodes concerning 20 Faces. Akira's mothers get mentioned, but are absent as well.
* AllLovingHero: Nokoru has shades of this, though it comes out mostly in relation to the ladies.
%% * AttractiveBentGender
%% * BaseballEpisode
%% * BeachEpisode
%% * BishieSparkle
* BlackComedyBurst: In the manga, Akira panics believing that Nokoru just committed suicide for the amount of paperwork when he sees him jumping off the window. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* BodyguardCrush: True for the anime. [[http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/acfanti/ASOUE%20Japan%20covers/ccdhoyayexample.png The manga, however...]]
* BroadStrokes: In the manga, Akira's secret identity as 20 Faces and his duty as a CLAMP Detective never clash, and they take place in separate series, though still in the same continuity. In the anime, however, some events of his relationship with Utako take place in a different way and are involved with the detective club due to happening during the case of a 20 Faces imposter. The rest of ''Man of 20 Faces'', as seen in flashbacks, apprently goes exactly like in the manga.
* CanonForeigner: The main two villains of the anime, Cliff Edmond and Idomu Yudaiji, are original characters. Also, the woman who kidnaps Nokoru is given a name in the anime, Casablanca, while in the manga she goes unnamed.
* ChickMagnet: All three of the detectives, but especially Nokoru.
* CombatParkour: Akira's (and in a lesser extent Nokoru') form of hand-to-hand combat, as opposed to Suoh's martial arts.
* CrossDresser: [[spoiler:In an episode, Nokoru dresses as an ElegantGothicLolita, and very convincingly...]]
* CrossOver: Nokoru plays an important part in ''Manga/DuklyonClampSchoolDefenders'', and Suoh and Akira also show up. More notably, the three of them show up in ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X1999]]'', as adults, and help Kamui seal the Holy Sword. Also, [[Manga/MiyukiChanInWonderland Miyuki-chan shows up often in the anime]].
%% * CookingDuel: Without the 'duel' part.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Suoh to Nokoru, in a somewhat platonic version. So far, not many complications.
%% * DarkSkinnedRedhead: Idomu Yudaiji. Only in appearance.
%% * ElaborateUniversityHigh: Like you wouldn't believe.
%% * ElevatorSchool
%% * EvolvingCredits
%% * EyeCatch
* TheFaceless: Possibly parodied: the Chairwoman [[spoiler: aka Nokoru's mother]] frequently hides her eyes on purpose with a fan or a set of blinds whenever the camera could have gotten a good shot of her upper face.
* CaptainErsatz / LawyerFriendlyCameo: The Chairwoman is based on a character named Rarisa Imonoyama, who appeared in some of CLAMP's old ''Shoten'' doujinshi. However, some of CLAMP's members split in the interim, and one of them, Kazue Nakamori, took the rights to the character Rarisa with her. So the face hiding and general crypticness surrounding the Chairwoman is basically in order to WritingAroundTrademarks.
%% * FestivalEpisode
* {{Fiction 500}}: The Imonoyama family founded the CLAMP Academy, which acts as a self contained city, and doesn't actually charge any tuition.
* TheGhost: Akira's mothers. He mentions them, but they are never shown offscreen.
* GreenEyedMonster: One of Nokoru's admirers in the manga, who sent threats to the Elementary Division Council so they would cancel an upcoming ball... because she didn't want to see Nokoru dancing with anyone else. At one point, she actually acted on the threat and pushed Nokoru off a high place -- although she regretted it later when Suoh [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone got hurt catching Nokoru's fall]]. In the anime, it's [[SurvivorGuilt much]] [[SweetOnPollyOliver more]] [[IfICantHaveYou complicated]]...
%% * GuileHero: Nokoru, especially during the last anime arc.
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: [[spoiler:Suoh saved Nagisa from them.]]
* IHaveTheHighGround: Strangely enough, the Chairwoman is shown standing on the school's pole in the opening, apparently for no other reason than trying to make her pass for the BigBad of the series, or just for RuleOfCool. As she is never noted to be other thing than a regular old lady, it's pretty incredible how could she get up there.
* IKissYourHand: Nokoru, more than once, to one-shot females.
* ImprobableAge: Nokoru, who is responsible for a whole sector of the Imonoyama Zaibatsu and has been coveted by NASA at the age of ''eight''. And Suoh, who managed to take down a houseful of adult men, trained in martial arts, working for the woman who had kidnapped Nokoru... at the age of ''seven''. And, of course, Akira, a highly skilled chef, and [[Manga/ManOfManyFaces a very famous thief]], at the age of nine/ten.
* KarmaHoudini: Some girls get away with things they really shouldn't, because [[TheUnfairSex they're girls]] and Nokoru's a gentleman.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Appeared where there were only five episodes left...
%% * MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Utako and Akira.
%% * {{Meganekko}}: Some of the students.
%% * {{Meitantei}}
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: A variation in Nokoru's case: he has an uncanny ability of knowing when there's a damsel in distress close by. It also gives him SuperReflexes.
%% * NewTransferStudent: Related with LastEpisodeNewCharacter.
%% * {{Ninja}}: Suoh
* NonchalantDodge: Akira's specialty.
* OfficialCouple: Suoh/Nagisa and Akira/Utako.
%% * OldSchoolChivalry: Nokoru's lifestyle.
* OneHeadTaller: Both in Suoh-Nagisa and Akira-Utako.
%% * TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Again related with the NewTransferStudent.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The one time Nokoru ever treats a lady with less than infinite patience is when he and Suoh are kidnapped in the ''Escape for Victory'' storyline. It's stated it's because Nokoru is worried about endangering Suoh... and when the lady in question actually threatens Suoh, Nokoru sends her the ''nastiest'' glare he's ever sent to a woman in the series. It's quite telling that she's the only woman in the series who is punished for her evil acts.
* PrincelyYoungMan: Nokoru is a PrinceCharming type, with Suoh standing in for his BattleButler.
%% * SchoolIdol: Taken ever so slightly to excess.
%% * SchoolPlay
%% * ScoobyDooHoax: The ''Wait Until Dark'' storyline.
%% * StudentCouncilPresident
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In the manga's chapter, after the disappareance of the Chairwoman's list, Akira immediately and rushedly dismisses 20 Faces as the perpetrator, dspite nobody suggesting the idea.
%% * TeamChef: Akira
* ThoseTwoGuys: Kentaro and Takeshi, who are really CrossOver characters.
* {{Tsundere}}: Utako, sometimes.
** Also, Midoriko Kyougoku from the ''My Fair Lady'' storyline. She's in love with Nokoru, but, as she doesn't know how to make him notice her, she retaliates by being extra mean to him.
* TokyoTower: The very first setting.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Utako is a PluckyGirl {{tsundere}}, Nagisa is a pint-sized YamatoNadeshiko.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Nokoru's policy when it comes to ladies; no matter what [[KarmaHoudini they've done, he will usually forgive them]].
%% * TwiceShy: Suoh and Nagisa.
%% * TwoTeacherSchool
* TheUnfairSex: Women who do wrong things rarely ever get [[KarmaHoudini proper punishment for their acts]] ([[HoYay unless they threaten Suoh]]), but men who do wrong by women will be punished without fail.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: These are supposed to be ''4th to 6th grade boys''. Not to mention Utako and Nagisa can hold rather sophisticated conversations when they're ''kindergarteners''.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Nagisa is a kindergarten version.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Special mention goes to Suoh, who really does have blue hair, and Nagisa, who has lavender hair in the anime (and blonde hair in the manga).