"Holding the highest of goals and striving for nothing short of absolute excellence... That, ladies, is 'brilliance.' It is well worth it never to let your brilliance dim, ladies. Money. Power. Fame. All these I will give in abundance to the brightest among you."
Tenchi Academy is introduced as a prestigious girls' school, unique in its Sword Scholarship program in which teams, known as "shinyuu", battle each other for bragging rights and the hefty monetary rewards given to victorious teams. A more detailed outline of this system, known as hoshitori, can be found on its page at the other wiki.Enter Hayate Kurogane, trying to impersonate her twin sister Nagi in the school until Nagi is out of rehabilitation. Initially disinterested in anything outside retaining her sister's scholarship, Hayate resolves to actively take part in battling when she finds out that their old orphanage is 8 million yen in debt with the Yakuza. Seeking out the surly Ayana Mudou, who had fallen from the upper ranks after abandoning battling in general, Hayate embarks on her mission, encountering Loads and Loads of Characters in the process.First running in Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine, Hayate Cross Blade has since moved on to Shueisha's Ultra Jump, and currently (as of December 2011) has a total of 15 published volumes and 6 drama CDs. It is notable for having the word "baka" in every chapter title, which has been described by some fans as a reference to not only the main character but also the whole cast. Written by Shizuru Hayashiya and published in America by Seven Seas Entertainment, this series is a comedy stuffed full of Les Yay.There is now a Character Page. It is hoped that character-related tropes will be focused there, with this page having tropes that describe the series itself.Not to be confused with another Hayate.
Hayate Cross Blade contains examples of:
The A-Team Has Your Orphan: Akira's fan club decides kidnapping is the best way to get Hayate to stop spending time with their idol.
Bilingual Dialogue: Conversations with Ensuu often result in this. The Kuroganes, Ayana, and Makoto are a few examples of characters subjected to her incomprehensible-to-them, Warrior Poet-esque statements.
Blade Lock: Happens on multiple occasions, usually to allow for conversation during a match.
Bowled Over: Bowling pins appear after Hayate crashes rather spectacularly into three other people in the middle of a fight.
Cast Herd: Characters are generally seen with those in their own herds, except Hayate, who meets and gets along with nearly everyone. Additionally, shinyuu hang out with each other for most of the scenes they are in, even for Yukari and Maki, who are in junior and senior high respectively.
Junior high; which includes Hayate, Momoka, Wanko, Kiji, Michi, Sou, Mizuchi, Riona, Ouka, Ayana, Jun, Yuho, Yukari and later Nagi, can be further split into the first-years, the Momotaro-gumi (Momoka [Momotarou], Wanko [dog], Kiji [pheasant], Michi [monkey]), the third-years, or according to room assignment (Ayana and Jun, Hayate and Momoka), etc.
Senior high; which includes Hitsugi, Shizuku, Akira, Sae, Kurea, Minori, Ensuu, Meiko, Sid, Nancy, Maki...oh, and Tatewaki, usually sees the student council (or ex-student council, after volume 5) together, Meiko trolling everyone she comes across, and the A-Team doing what they do.
Later on, the faculty forms something like a herd as well, what with Benibachi, Nagare, and other staff members getting time in the spotlight. Characters from the Nurse Team and Judges might be considered part of herds, since they are often shown with other members of those groups.
Catch a Falling Star: In the first chapter, Hayate saves a little girl falling from a tree this way.
Talking Is a Free Action: Played mostly straight, with people having short conversations between sword strikes, but averted in a few cases. "They spent almost four bells just yelling at each other" indeed...
Too Dumb to Live: Subverted to hell and back, almost everyone is too dumb to die. Or be tricked, or be caught threatening civilians...
The outcome of Hayate's actions are consistent with her being a lot smarter than she looks, however. Well. Her, and several others.
Unknown Rival: Sonoe and Mizuchi both have a bone to pick with Ayana...she doesn't even remember who they are.
Ayana does this to everybody. She usually refers to her opponents as "Scum 1" and "Scum 2."
Well... Ayana's glasses really, really undercorrect her sight. Because of this, she can't really make out faces...though if someone annoys her enough, she'll eventually be able to recognize them even if she can't see shit.