[[caption-width-right:200:[-Screwball Action-Comedy at your service.-] ]]

->'''Hayate''': "When reading this ''Hayate the Combat Butler'' trope entry, [[ContentWarnings make sure to read this from a decent distance away from the computer screen in a well-lit room.]]"
->'''Nagi''': "Got it?"

->''"This is the super combat battle story of a boy who fights..."''

Sixteen-year-old Hayate is really down on his luck. Because his unemployed parents are good-for-nothings who waste what money they have on gambling, Hayate had to start working at a young age to help out his family.

Although such experience has made him inhumanly fast and tough (he can catch up with a bullet train on a bicycle and knock out a tiger with a single punch) and skilled at things boys aren't normally skilled at, it has also left him in an awkward position. His parents have racked up such a huge debt that they have sold Hayate to "[[{{Yakuza}} nice men]]". In a desperate attempt to avoid this fate, Hayate decides to become a "bad guy" and kidnap someone to be held for ransom, but his efforts are mistaken by the girl he targets as a [[LoveConfession confession of love]].

When he helps save the (as it turns out) ultra-wealthy 13-year-old Nagi from real kidnappers, she takes him in and gives him a job as her new personal butler (and love interest) until he can pay off his debt, which will take about 40 years. But Hayate is more attracted to Nagi's beautiful teenage maid Maria, and head butler Klaus is initially disapproving of the boy with such a poor look. And then there's Nagi's pet ''tiger'', Tama, and Nagi's various social peers.

While it sounds like the setup for a gooey romantic comedy (and sometimes the series is just that) ''Hayate'' refuses to take anything in its universe the slightest bit seriously. [[PaintingTheMedium Characters routinely reference the fictional nature of their existence]], [[ShoutOut thinly-veiled parodies of characters]] from other series wander on and offscreen for no reason, and [[RefugeInAudacity people do otherwise illogical things for the express purpose of "advancing the plot."]]

But then, there is a {{story arc}} in the {{manga}} as well; events that were originally just jokes have had their backstories explained; and there is a continual thread involving Hayate's past and the origins of his abilities, Nagi's mother, a MineralMacGuffin, the Sanzenin and Tachibana family, a girl and a magical castle.

The first season of the anime, animated by Synergy SP, aired in 2007, and follows the {{manga}} up to a certain point, after which it adds a bunch of {{filler}} and creates [[AdaptationInducedPlotHole plot holes]] for those who watched the season that followed.

A second season, animated by J.C. Staff, aired in 2009. It follows the {{manga}} more closely and [[AnimationBump has a much higher animation budget.]]

An animated film adaptation entitled ''Hayate no Gotoku! Heaven is a Place on Earth'', produced by Creator/{{Manglobe}} (''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'') and written by Koboyashi Yasuko (''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''), was released on August 27th, 2011.

The third season entitled ''Hayate No Gotoku: Can't Take My Eyes Off You!'' is an independent anime written by the author. It was aired as a part of the Fall2012Anime season.

The fourth season entitled ''Hayate No Gotoku: Cuties'', airs as a part of the Spring2013Anime season.

The {{anime}} has been licensed by Bandai Entertainment. Unfortunately, the creator and syndicators released the series subbed-only after it had released on TV, having already felt that the manga would not be a big hit and not expecting any further luck, and the company subsequently shut down in 2013. There is a dub made by Red Angel Media, [[NoExportForYou although it is limited to the Southeast Asian viewers]].

Part of Season 1 and all of Season 2 is available on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/hayate-the-combat-butler-season-1-2 Crunchyroll]].Season 3 and 4 are also available on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/hayate-the-combat-butler/videos Crunchyroll]]

Season 3 can be viewed [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/hayate-the-combat-butler here]] for people living in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, and the South Pacific. Season 4 can be viewed legally there as well worldwide except Asia.

There is also a 2010 LiveActionTV TaiwaneseSeries of the same name, based on the original storyline but with differently named characters. Hayate and friends appear in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover game, VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen.

''Hayate the Combat Butler'' [[http://websunday.net/news/17030811.html concluded]] in April 2017, with 568 chapters.

[[Characters/HayateTheCombatButler Here we have the character sheets of the sweet, wacky and lovable cast.]] (Well, except [[AbusiveParents Hayate's parents. They're NOT lovable]], [[FauxAffablyEvil and a]] ''[[FauxAffablyEvil different]]'' [[PsychopathicManchild kind of wacky]]). Also check out the [[ShoutOut/HayateTheCombatButler Shout Out page!]]- there are already a lot.

See also: ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu'', which [[SharedUniverse takes place in the same universe]], is drawn by the same artist, and written by [[Creator/MasumiAsano one of the series' voice actresses]].

!!This series provides examples of:
* HayateTheCombatButler/TropesAToD
* HayateTheCombatButler/TropesEToI
* HayateTheCombatButler/TropesJToO
* HayateTheCombatButler/TropesPToZ