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[[caption-width-right:300: From left to right 3rd row; Fuyuki, Hanai, Karasuma, Harima, Asou. 2nd row: Imadori, Karen, Yakumo, Sarah. 1st row: Akira, Mikoto, Tenma, Eri.]]

->''School Rumble Forever!''

High school romance comedy. Idiot delinquent (Harima) has a secret, obsessive crush on an even more clueless classmate (Tenma), who is in love with a complete oddball (Karasuma), who is in love with food (curry). Tenma's [[{{Moe}} quiet, gentle]] sister Yakumo, her {{ojou}} friend Eri, and the [[HelloNurse hot school nurse]] may or may not have feelings for Harima, depending on the rumors you believe and the time of day. Also, both Tenma and Harima's cousin Itoko think Harima is in a relationship with Yakumo. [[ClassRepresentative Class rep]] Hanai is loudly in love with Yakumo (thus seeing Harima as his rival), while two or three girls may or may not have feelings for ''him''. Also, there is Ichijo, who likes Imadori, who likes Mikoto, who likes one of her ex-sempais, who got a girlfriend since the last time she saw him. And so forth. Failed confessions, confessions to the ''wrong people'', and relationship misunderstandings abound.

[[HilarityEnsues You will rarely take any of this seriously.]]

''School Rumble'' is a GagSeries that relies more on character interaction than actual progress in relationships. Parodies include ''Manga/InitialD'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/{{Dragonball}} Z'', ''Film/BattleRoyale'', ''Series/IronChef'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', and ''Film/{{Ghost}}''.

''School Rumble'' consists of two 26-episode seasons, each covering a term of the school year, as well as two 2-episode {{OVA}}s: the first centered on the first term, and the second centered on the very end of their high school life. The second season ends with the characters planning the class trip that forms the first major arc of the third term. The second OVA ends with the characters having a class reunion some time after they have all graduated high school , but occurring presumably not beyond their first year of college .

Based on a manga written by Jin Kobayashi which ended on chapter 283 ([[NoEnding if it can really be called an ending]]), followed by a brief sequel manga, ''School Rumble Z'', which wrapped things up ''slightly'' more.

Now has a [[Characters/SchoolRumble character sheet]]. All character specific tropes should be put there.
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!!!''SchoolRumble'' provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: Harima getting [[spoiler:"engaged" to Eri [[InnocentCohabitation while living with]] Yakumo]], dropped after one chapter for the NoEnding.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Many characters depicted with black hair in the manga have it coloured in the anime (for example Mikoto [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair getting blue hair]]).
* AccidentalKiss: Strangely averted with [[spoiler:Harima]] and [[spoiler:Yakumo]]. Not long afterward, played straight with [[spoiler:Harima]] and [[spoiler:''Imadori'']].
* AffectionateParody: Of high school romance. It's exaggerated humor serves to emphasize the absurdity, the joy and the sadness of first loves.
* AirplaneOfLove: After [[spoiler:Tenma]] leaves for America to go after [[spoiler:Karasuma]].
* AllJustADream: The one where Hanai lands on a strange island populated by people who look like his classmates. The manga shows that is was just a story invented by Akira.
** Although the anime leaves it more ambiguous. While it probably happened, it could have just been some crazy hallucination Hanai had. (Although that doesn't explain where he got the poncho.)
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: To the [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4nofZUWFvS0/TIsXQgqzMGI/AAAAAAAAABY/U1ATVN2JQ-Q/s1600/%5BEFCPO%5DSchool_Rumble_RChart%5Beng%5D.jpg nth power]]...
** [[OfficialCouple Exceptions]] in School Rumble Z: [[spoiler: Tenma and the brain damaged Karasuma, Karen and Imadori, Harima and Eri (apparently), Mikoto and Hanai.]]
* AllMenArePerverts: The only real exceptions are [[DoggedNiceGuy Harima]] and [[EmotionlessBoy Karasuma]].
* AlternateCharacterReading:
** The reason why some people are led to mistake "''Harima Kenji''" for "''Harry [=McKenzie=]''" - their names use the exact same characters, but are pronounced differently.
** Harima reads "Karasuma" as "Torimaru" due to the alternate furigana readings the kanji in his name have.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove:
** Harima to who he thinks is Tenma. He's already said too much by the time he realizes it's ''Eri''.
** A very heartbreaking example is [[spoiler: Karasuma to Tenma, whom he ''has'' loved all along]] - especially when the reader finds out [[spoiler: he's hallucinating her, and by the time Tenma actually reunites with him, he's already lost his memories.]]
* AnimatedActors: The end of the OVA shows Tenma and Karasuma in the recording booth.
* ArtEvolution: There is a notable change in art style in the series, becoming more sketchy and detailed - compare the OVA episodes and last round of chapters (and School Rumble Z) to the first two seasons and the beginning of the manga.
* ArtShift: Tributes to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/InitialD'', ''Manga/LoveHina'' and the works of Creator/OsamuTezuka.
* AscendedExtra: Characters who made very small appearances early in the manga/season 1 get more time later/season 2, such as Asou, Yoshidayama, Mai and Tsumugi.
* AuthorAvatar: Harima is Jin Kobayashi. It's also rumored that Eri is based on his wife.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Eri & Harima.]] [[NoEnding Or is it]]? Also [[spoiler: Hanai and Mikoto, in an AlternateUniverse anyways.]]
* BackForTheFinale: In the last episode of Sangakki and last (#) chapter, all the student characters attend a reunion in America.
* BadassAdorable: Karen, Mikoto and Lala - especially the former who is very sweet and gentle, yet can carry a ''piano'' all by herself with no effort.
* BadassGrandpa: The fishing boat captain.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The Ni Gakki opening shows Eri has a lot of servants when she only has two.
* BalloonBelly:
** Tenma in episode 4, 5 and 8 of Nigakki.
** Satsuki in episode 8 of Nigakki, after she eats ''family-sized meals'' in hopes that she will grow taller.
* BaseballEpisode: 2C play it in a sports class.
* BattleAura: Both Harima and Hanai get this often, especially when it comes to each other and a Tsukamoto girl.
* BattleButler: Justified by Nakamura who was former Special Forces.
* BattleCouple: During the Kibasen; Harima and Eri, Mikoto and Asou, Hanai and Karen, Harry and Lara.
* BeachEpisode: In season 1 and Volume 3, where Tenma's group goes with Harima, Hanai, Imadori and Nara. It was originally meant to be with Nara and his friends until Harima [[CrazyJealousGuy beat up said friends.]]
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Eri, Akira & Mikoto.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Harima and Eri, also known as the Flag ship. Despite all the heartwarming moments they share, they always clash and refuse to even act they're friends.
* BettyAndVeronica: Concerning Harima, Yakumo & Eri respectively, while Tae is the ThirdOptionLoveInterest.
* BetweenMyLegs:
** Loincloth-wearing Harima gets several shots between his legs during the MagicalGirl parody episode. [[MediumAwareness The other characters repeatedly urge him to stop standing at that angle]].
** Also in the pool-hockey episode, the camera zooms out through Mikoto's legs while Hanai rushes her goal.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In one early Yakumo-centric episode, Hanai attempts to show her the practicalities of martial arts. He attempts to grab her but can't due to her being able to read his mind. He then ponders out loud how she can be so smart when her sister is the biggest clutz in the school. Cue an incredibly sinister look and Hanai is suddenly made to eat the floor. One of the very few times she ever gets angry.
* BigNo: Harima near the end of Season 2, in GratuitousEnglish, no less.
* {{Bishounen}}: Harry activates his {{Ouran|HighSchoolHostClub}}-level full-bishie mode to woo girls in a cocktail party.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Karasuma turns out to have loved Tenma all along, but pretended not to notice her because of his disease that caused him to have memory loss. While in his hospital bed, he pours out all his feelings to who he thinks is the real Tenma, but which turns out to be an hallucination caused by his illness. The real Tenma is in fact, just outside the hospital, and never hears it. But through Tenma's efforts, he is showing signs of regaining his memories, or at the least falling in love with her again.]]
* TheBlank
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Eri, Yakumo and Tae all like Harima.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The anime cuts the manga's instances of underage drinking (for example Tenma being drunk while eavesdropping on Harima's story of meeting her). Fortunately, it does this by replacing the lost gags with new ones that mostly work just as well.
* BrickJoke: At the end of episode 22 Harima mentions that he has to go feed Napoleon. The next episode starts with a student tripping over a pig. Harima's reaction? "Oh there you are Napoleon."
* BridalCarry: Harima does this to Yakumo during her and Hanai's mock wedding, thinking she's Tenma.
* BulletTime: Harima and Akira.
* ButNowIMustGo: Eri invites Harima to her house overnight to work on the school album. To get him to reveal his feelings, Eri's butler cosplays as a character from Harima's favorite show and fights him. Harima leaves the house without revealing his feelings because that's how the episode ended.
* ButtMonkey: Harima, Hanai. Pretty much anyone who fails in their love life... [[AllLoveIsUnrequited which is just about everyone.]]
* CallingYourAttacks
* CannotSpitItOut: A key trope in this series. Also some other ones from the SuperTrope PoorCommunicationKills including OneDialogueTwoConversations and ThatCameOutWrong.
* CelebrityParadox: The video for [[ThemeTuneCameo the opening song]] appears in an early episode meaning Eri and her voice actor Creator/YuiHorie both exist in the ''School Rumble'' universe.
* CerebusSyndrome: The original manga has noticeably shifted from random comedy to tear-jerking drama in the later chapters after the revelation that [[spoiler:Karasuma is suffering from a terminal illness]].
* ChristmasEpisode
* ClassTrip: To England - but due to reasons, the plane lands on Kyoto instead. HilarityEnsues when the students mistake the sights on Kyoto as English landmarks.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: When Yakumo is staying over at Harima's house, they hear a radio DJ say a blackout is a good time to do ThisAndThat.
* ComicRolePlay
** Tenma helps practice Harima confess to his crush... which [[ObliviousToLove is her.]] Harima understandably is [[CannotSpitItOut too embarrassed to say his confession to her properly]], and Tenma berates him for being a wimp. She then tries to pretend to be him by sporting a fake moustache/goatee and stealing his sunglasses.
** Harima does this a few times with Yakumo when thinking about his manga plot.
* ComicTrio: Yoshidayama, Nishimoto, and Nara become one somewhere around the end of the first season. Harima, Hanai, and Imadori whenever they're all together, as well.
* ConvenientlySeated: Tenma sits in "that" seat, with Karasama right in front of her and Harima to her right. However, it's Karasama who spends all his time looking out the window.
* CoolBoat: Eri's yacht (anime only).
* CoversAlwaysLie: The page image, which shows Fuyuki among the main characters, when he has very little relevance compared th others and only has appearances in 2-3 episodes max.
* CreatorCameo: Jin Kobayashi voices one of the fishermen who initially opposed Harima (wears a cap with the letter "F" on it). He also narrates the caveman episode in the OVA.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Mihara.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: Spoofed, like every other combat trope, in the mock battle at the beginning of Season 2. Eri ([[spoiler:really Nakamura]]) shoots three guys while they're shooting at her. All three of them stop shooting after being shot themselves and two of them fall over. The last one starts shooting into the air again as he collapses, "dead."
* {{Delinquents}}:
** Harima was one in his middle school days, and he still gives this vibe in high school due to still getting in fights, [[OlderThanTheyLook his looks]] and slacking attitude towards school - even though he still means well and only really cares about winning Tenma's affections.
** Tennouji, who constantly targets Harima too.
* DemotedToExtra: Hanai in season two. Well, more like [[spoiler:demoted to extra, then demoted to a running gag of being stuck on a kite for the last dozen episodes]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Mask Kamen" means literally "masked mask".
* DirtyMindReading: Once with Hanai after he left Nishimoto's place carrying the remains of Nishimoto's [[PornStash "collection"]] he ran into Yakumo. She quickly runs away afterwards.
* DisappearedDad: Many characters either have lost (The Tsukamoto sisters, Harry Mckenzie) or have distant relationships with their fathers (Masatsugu & Haruna Tougo, Eri)
* DistantFinale: [[NoEnding (Sort of)]] hinted at in School Rumble Z, with [[spoiler: Harima and Eri shown having a child.]]
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The 3rd ED of the anime and the ED of the OVA are sung in-character by the Tsukamotos and Harima respectively in both the original Japanese and the English dub.
* DontTryThisAtHome:
** Parodied when Imadori eats [[spoiler:a shoelace]].
** Also when Tenma leaves a bathroom through the window, several stories above the ground, using a pair of plungers to go down the wall. This warning is actually displayed while she does this.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: You just knew this wasn't gonna be your run-of-the mill {{Shoujo}} when you see the resident delinquent talk about the wonder of love after he just finished beating up a bunch of gangsters.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Harima during the Kyoto trip.
* EvilCounterpart: The Outlaw basketball team and the English exchange students.
* ExpressiveHair: There's also Tenma's little wiggling pigtails. It's even lampshaded in a manga omake where her pig tails demonstrate her happy and sad moods... and then one scene has one pigtail on the side as normal and the other pigtail on top of her head, to indicate she's confused/absentminded.
* {{Expy}}: Several characters from class 2-D resemble certain characters from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Lara Gonzalez to Lalah Sune, Tougou resembles Anavel Gato, and Harry Mckenzie IS A CHAR.
* TheFaceless:
** Eri's parents
** Mikoto's first crush.
** The Tsukuamoto's father.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Pretty much sums up Tenma's success with Karasuma and Harima's success with Tenma.
** Not as much at the ending of the manga and in School Rumble Z for [[spoiler:Tenma. Still sucks to be Harima though.]]
* FatAndSkinny: Masaru and Nakamura. Nishimoto and Yoshidayama.
* FestivalEpisode: Some episodes in Season 2 focuses on their cultural festival and the shenanigans that follow.
* FifteenMinutesOfFame: Lara accidentally adopts a new, very distinctive temporary look, then displays her fighting ability in Shibuya. She becomes "Queen of Shibuya", with girls aping her odd style, and for a week becomes a poster girl for cosmetics and the like. But when her CD single flops, Lara returns to her normal exchange student life.
* FingerSuckHealing: Karasuma gives one to Tenma. He simply copied it from a manga, but [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn it doesn't stop Tenma from freaking out.]]
* FiveBadBand:
** The Outlaw basketball team (Tougou=BigBad, Imadori=TheDragon, Harima=TheBrute, Tenma=DarkChick, Yakumo=TagalongKid) though Tenma sees them as the FiveManBand (Tenma=TheHero, Tougou=SmartGuy, Harima=BigGuy, Imadori=TheLancer, Yakumo=TheChick)
** The foreign exchange students: Max=TheDragon, Samuel=TheBrute, Mike=DarkChick, Will=EvilGenius, Shawn=BigBad. [[spoiler:Shawn is the only one who's bad]].
* FlungClothing
* ForgottenBirthday: While busy celebrating Tenma's birthday, her classmates forget Harima was born a day after her. Yakumo remembers though.
* FourGirlEnsemble / FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Tenma (sanguine), Mikoto (choleric), Eri (melancholic) and Akira (phlegmatic).
** The 1st year girls get five: Miki (sanguine), Satsuki (choleric), Sarah (melancholic), Haruna (phlegmatic) and Yakumo (supine).
* FunnyAfro: Samuel.
* FunnyForeigner: All of the transfer students, who tend to be a LargeHam.
* GainaxEnding: Possibly the original series' ending due to undergoing CerebusSyndrome; but definitely School Rumble Z, which throws around ''lot'' of random AlternateUniverse stories and ambiguous hints.
* GenreDeconstruction:
** The entire series seems to start out as a deconstruction of a shonen love comedy by replacing the ditzy female protagonist we so often see with a {{Badass}} male delinquent. The first two chapters make it pretty obvious.
** Another good example is when [[NakedFirstImpression Eri walks in on Harima in the nude]]; usually its the other way around. ** The actual ditzy female protagonist (Tenma) is a total ButtMonkey whose affections are frequently spurned and who is the object of ridicule from friends, classmates, and even the narrator.
* GiantEnemyCrab: ''There is one''. Episode 7 of ''Nigakki''. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Harima makes stew out of it]].
* GilliganCut: When Karasuma turns down Tenma's umbrella with "I'm a kappa," she interprets this as him having a raincoat... Cue a change to that ''exact'' costume as she turns back around from her momentary {{Squee}} moment.
* GivingUpTheGhost: This happens to Imadori after he takes a basketball to the face from Harima. He was distracted at the time by the ghost of an old teacher and wasn't paying attention.
* GraduateFromTheStory: The final chapter in School Rumble Z sets place at Tenma's class' graduation ceremony.
* GratuitousEnglish: Every chapter title is one and taken from the name of a movie, usually somewhat related to what happens in the chapter.
* HandsOnApproach: Tenma imagines that Karasuma's spirit is helping her [[Film/{{Ghost}} at the pottery wheel]] and holding her hands.
* TheHecateSisters: Tenma and Eri both match the maiden archetypes while Mikoto and Akira are the mother and crone, respectively.
* HeroicSacrifice: Parodied in the wargames by a guy named Misawa ("Open a really good teahouse!").
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Itoko and Sasakura. Gets lampshaded in the Valentine's Day issue when Harima said they should just get married already.
* HiddenDepths: Many of the characters who seem rather [[CloudCuckooLander quirky]], [[TheDitz not bright]] or otherwise odd have this side to them. Examples are [[{{Delinquents}} Harima]] and [[TheStoic Karasuma]], who are both secretly professional mangaka.
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD2czrUbJWM Harima races downhill at high speed, in the snow, on a giant curry bowl]], dodging a battery of [[MacrossMissilemassacre large, apparently heat-seeking frozen fish]].
** [[CrazyAwesome While wearing a]] [[RefugeInAudacity freaking Santa suit.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: A classmate's family owns one and has her classmates visit it in an episode/chapter.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** In the camping episode, Yakumo chastises Eri for listening in on Tenma and Harima even though she's doing the same.
** In Chapter 195, Eri gets called an angry girl by Lala.
* IHaveThisFriend: The whole idea behind the SlumberParty at Tenma's. She fools no one, but they still play along.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
** The episodes of the anime are made up of three segments. In most episodes, all three segments have their own titles, which make up the entire episode naming (the two season finales being exceptions). And all three titles have common written elements between one another!
** In the manga, all the chapters are named after movies. Some examples from the first volume: "[[Film/DeathRace2000 Death Race 2003]]", "[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]", "Film/RainMan", "Film/EnterTheDragon", "Film/{{Speed}}", etc.
* ImportantHaircut:
** Lampshaded and parodied as Harima's facial and head hair change several times in the series as a consequence of various quirks in the plot.
** Eri considers getting one to impress Harima.
** Mikoto cuts her hair shorter at one point. It doesn't mean much to her, but Tenma uses it as an example to brag about embracing new lifestyles to Yakumo.
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** When Harima interruptz Hanai & Yakumo's mock wedding, Hanai uses a camera stand to fight him off.
** Which Harima deflects with a candlestick.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
** Now and then Harima gives in and gives Tenma a chance to bond with Karasuma, such as covering Karasuma's mangaka duties while he visits Tenma on her birthday.
** Despite her developing feelings for him, Yakumo does her best to give Harima some moments with Tenma after she realizes his feelings, even faking illness so that Tenma can go and help Harima with his manga instead.
** Happens a lot after the CerebusSyndrome kicks in, especially in the ending. [[spoiler: Harima goes all out when he decides to take Tenma to the airport to fly to America to see Karasuma, and Karasuma's revealed to have purposely acted indifferently towards Tenma and reject her so she won't get too attached to him until his sickness overtakes him.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Yakumo. It seems like she has literal hoards of people proclaiming how beautiful she is, particularly in comparison to Tenma. It's played straight in that Yakumo is obviously very beautiful, deliberately drawn so that is her defining characteristic, it gets subverted when her beauty transfixes A WHALE who then helps tow a ship she is on.
* InnocentCohabitation: Eri turns down Harima's attempts to move in with her after Itoko kicks him out. Yakumo (with Sarah's urging) suggests that he live with her.
* InstantSeiza: Subverted when Harima tests this out with Yakumo and concludes that love doesn't begin like that.
* IntimidationDemonstration: Karen scares off an attacker by absolutely disintegrating an apple just by squeezing it in one hand. Later, Lala does this to intimidate a few classmates, but Imadori, unfazed, claims that it's no big deal and does the same thing with a ''ripe banana''.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The caveman episode had lots like pottery (Yakumo), anime (Karasuma) and pointed spears (Harima).
* JidaiGeki: Aside from ShowWithinAShow ''The Three Slashers'', ''Nigakki'' opened with a segment styled after this.
* TheLadette: Mikoto, who, despite her beauty, is quite loud and overly straightforward.
* LampshadeHanging: Anytime Harima talks to Yakumo about manga, pointing out things like AuthorAvatar, TournamentArc, BattleAura, InstantSeiza and SeriousBusiness.
-->'''Harima''': The villain intends to use baseball to take over the world.
-->'''Yakumo''': How is he going to do that?
-->'''Harima''': I don't know.
* LargeHam:
** Masatsugu Tougou - the American national anthem or flag constantly playing/shown in the background while he makes his speeches doesn't help.
** And, in a more meta example, Tenma and Harima's English voice actors ham up just about everything they say. It works. Gloriously.
*** It certainly helps that anything Luci Christian says is automatically cute.
** Hanai as well. "For the class, and for myself ... TIME FOR TEA!"
** The announcer for the cavalry battle too. He is clearly having way too much fun commenting on the match.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis
* LivingStatue: Hanai awoke a statue of kuta panda in chapter 166.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A given considering practically all of the students in 2C are introduced, as well as some students of 2D and 1D. Not to mention some teachers, family members, servants...
* LongTitle: The title of the first season finale, translated as follows:
-->A sudden "farewell"... Lost in a maze... Who are you? ...Tell me. A passing-by unrequited love... May my feelings reach out for you. May my thoughts reach out for you. Maybe this is a one-time sensation, one page of my youth. This is the last chance, I want to know about... Your feelings. Words can be said, thoughts cannot be expressed. The confessions of that day made for one day of eternity, but... I'll continue this moment of ours forever. So, for tomorrow... "School Rumble Forever".
** The English adaptation only uses the last phrase in this title.
* LostInTranslation: Some of the jokes revolve around words sounding similar in Japanese and although they try, the jokes aren't quite as funny (if funny at all). The most prominent example is when Harima talks to Yakumo about Itoko and refers to her as "My itoko ([[DontExplainTheJoke cousin]])". Yakumo gets the wrong idea.
* LoveDodecahedron: And [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4nofZUWFvS0/TIsXQgqzMGI/AAAAAAAAABY/U1ATVN2JQ-Q/s1600/%5BEFCPO%5DSchool_Rumble_RChart%5Beng%5D.jpg how!]]
* LoveLetterLunacy: Goes two ways in the first episode - first from Tenma to Karasuma, and later from Harima to Tenma.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: The bread and butter of the series, though Harima and Tenma were both plenty dumb before they ever fell in love.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: With [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD2czrUbJWM tuna]].
* MagicalGirl: Mai's guilty pleasure. Deconstructed somewhat in Magical Mai episode, where she's sick of being mocked for wearing frilly pink dresses and beating up bad guys at her age and actually intends to hang up her wand for good after winning over her love interest.
** MagicalGirl series hilariously parodied during this episode quite obviously include Manga/CardcaptorSakura and Franchise/SailorMoon.
* MagicalRealism: The Tsukamoto sisters are psychic, their cat can switch bodies with people, Harima talks to animals, his editor shoots eye beams, there was a talking cherry blossom tree and Akira is a spy.
* MaleGaze:
** There can be many shots of a female character's breasts, butt or thighs. [[AllMenArePerverts Mostly when the perverts of 2C are involved.]]
** Manga: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/school_rumble/c067/5.html Harima and Yakumo's first meeting]].
** Anime: The cruise episode. When Eri was dragging a fish, the first part of her shown is her butt.
* {{Mangaka}}: Both Karasuma and Harima are this.
* MangaEffects: Mentioned now and then when Harima works on his manga, such as instructing Yakumo how to apply screentone and freaking out when Tenma's beta job goes horribly wrong.
* MaskedLuchador: Lara's dad.
* MeasuringDay: Occurs in a chapter/part of an episode, and Tenma (and Harima) try to disguise themselves as doctors/nurses in order to get measurements of their crushes... sure enough, the physical examinations end up being cancelled.
* MediumBlending: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6fYBthdpK4 3D Harima]]. Akira's overseas adventures are also told in 3D.
* MegaNekko: Tsumugi, one of the few characters who wears glasses. She's blind without them, as seen when they break in a flashback and Hanai has to give her a bike ride home.
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop
* MistakenDeclarationOfLove Several examples, but the most pivotal one is probably Harima to Eri.
* MomentKiller: Mikoto & Akira after [[spoiler:Harima proposes to Eri so she can stay in Japan]].
* MoodWhiplash: Tenma and Eri having an awkward [[OneDialogueTwoConversations misleading conversation]] about men's bodies to Eri and Mikoto getting into a shouting match about Harima.
* MostCommonSuperpower: In the Magical Mai episode, Tenma is a Western-style superheroine specifically based on WonderWoman: and she has huge fake breasts. Not implants, mind you, they're part of her costume, but still.
* MotorcycleOnTheCoastRoad: Often shown with Harima who constantly rides his motorcycle around.
* NoEnding:
** The manga introduces what looks to be two important plot elements that throw fuel to the Eri/Harima and Yakumo/Harima factions, [[spoiler: then bitchslaps both camps (and everyone else) by [[AbortedArc aborting it]] via a TimeSkip and two inconclusive chapters that reset what character development Harima had managed to obtain. The ending of ''School Rumble Z'' seems to hint at Eri/Harima, but it's not clear whether the brief image of them with a child is the actual future or not.]]
** The anime suffers from the same fate albeit a slightly less depressing one [[spoiler: (seeing as Karasuma appears to be recovering at a faster rate).]]
* NoIndoorVoice: Lara Gonzalez
-->Lara: ICHIJO!
* {{Nosebleed}}: Many. Most notably a violently explosive one.
* NotSoStoic: Harima, Yakumo and [[spoiler:Karasuma]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** The traditional reaction subverted in one case, where Harima and Eri are in a very suspect position and Akira walks in, stares at them for a moment, and then correctly guesses the unintentional events that lead them to where they were.
** Played straight with Harima's initial meeting with Tenma in middle school after she wakes up in his room with him on top of her.
** Eri walking in on Harima and Mikoto in public and thinks they're on a date.
** Tae jumping Harima and witnessed by 5 students.
* ObliviousToLove: Obvious here, but one moment deserves special mention: in an episode where Tenma visits Harima at the hospital, he outright confesses that he likes her, and she understands... that he said he likes some kind of egg.
* OddFriendship: Harima & Yakumo, Mai & Nishimoto and Lara and Satsuki.
* OhCrap:
** Harima's face after his mistaken confession to Eri.
** Harima's expression when Eri walks in on him naked.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: A given with a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters big cast]]. For example there's Harima who meets Yakumo before finding out she's Tenma's sister, and two sisters who meet his brother before finding out whose brother he is.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Because of this, Eri thinks (probably still) that Tenma is no longer a virgin.
* OvertookTheManga: The second season ran out of content from its corresponding school term, resorting to several {{filler}} episodes and an open anime-original ending that is best forgotten.
* OnTheNext
* PaintballEpisode
* PaperThinDisguise: Almost no one can recognize Harima without his sunglasses. The sunglasses and moustache/goatee is also what helps him have Tenma not recognise him as the kid who saved her and [[NotWhatItLooksLike apparently takign advantage of her.]]
* PlotTumor: Tenma. The Flag, Riceball & Kid's Meal pairings overtake her and she loses prominence as main character... then for no reason at all she becomes the focal point of the finale without resolving any of the pairings.
** That said, it might not be a tumor at all. Most of the ''other'' drama occurs with Harima, who was established as the main male protagonist from the outset, so for the plot to focus heavily on his stories isn't really that much of a change. The lack of a resolution, on the other hand, probably ''gave'' most of the readers a tumor.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Most of the plot would be resolved if every character would be a bit more forward.
* PornStash: Nishimoto gave away his to his classmates, Hanai confiscates the rest. Yakumo runs away from him when she senses his lust.
* PsychicPowers: Both of the Tsukamoto sisters can see ghosts. Also, Tenma can effortlessly bend spoons, while her younger sister Yakumo can read the minds of any guys who are interested in her (along with some special cases) as well as animals (though that doesn't mean she can ''understand'' them). Tenma's power has absolutely no impact on the plot (used only once, as an aside), but Yakumo's power is a key aspect of her character.
* RaceForYourLove: Harima pretty much ''kidnaps'' Tenma and takes her to [[spoiler:the airport so she can go to America and see Karasuma.]]
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: Akira helped Tougou make one to commemorate the class' Kyoto trip. It starts as parody of ''Series/TheATeam'' but then zooms in on the love story of Eri & Harima.
* RedOniBlueOni
** Harima and Hanai.
** Also Tenma and Yakumo. Tenma being A GenkiGirl, and Yakumo being TheQuietOne.
* RelaxOVision
* {{Retcon}}: The ending of School Rumble Z seems to look like one.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Yakumo and Sarah, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/school_rumble/vB/c038/7.html especially in the manga]].
* RunningGag: Several, aside from the countless times someone is interrupted when confessing their love.
** Professor Tani mistaking Harima for gay.
** Nakamura dressing up as Eri.
** Naru, Nishimoto, and Yoshidayama trying to meet girls with "swimsuit sumo".
** Eri somehow getting into situations involving a naked Harima.
** Hanai on his kite.
* ScaryShinyGlasses:
** Yuuki, occasionally.
** Hanai at times.
* SchoolPlay: A cross between "Literature/SleepingBeauty" and ''Film/SevenSamurai''.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Harry and Togou.
* {{Sentai}}/SuperRobot: Both are given a homage in episode 18 in the form of Dojibiron.
* SeriousBusiness: How about the time when they have a WAR GAME just so they can choose on what to do for their SchoolFestival!?
* ShadowDictator: The Principal (manga only).
* ShaggyDogStory: The first several episodes are about Tenma trying to impress Karasuma and/or Harima trying to impress Tenma but nothing ever comes of it. Arguably, [[spoiler: the whole series counts as one. See the "NoEnding" description above.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Happens to Harima very often with any of the girls interested in him, especially Eri.
* ShipperOnDeck: Sagano for Tawaraya and Asou, Tenma for Harima and anyone he might have feelings for ([[ObliviousToLove except herself, of course]]), the main group for Mikoto and Asou, Mikoto and Akira for Harima and Eri.
* ShipTease: It's passed around, but mostly is Eri/Harima, Mikoto/Harima (in the anime, its mentioned that they actually went on a few dates), and a bit of Harima/Yakumo, Harima/Tenma, and even Mikoto/Hanai to the side.
* ShoutOut:
** [[AnimalFarm Napoleon the pig.]]
** The manga chapters are all titles of movies.
* SiblingYinYang: The Tsukamoto sisters and the Togou siblings. There's also Akira and her half-sister Motoko.
* SingleStrokeBattle: A variant occurs with the guns between Harima and Hanai during the war survival game.
* SittingOnTheRoof: Many scenes take place on the school roof.
* SleepCute: Tenma on Harima's shoulder on the train home after they shop for Karasuma's birthday present.
* SliceOfLife
* SlowMotionPassBy
* SoapOperaDisease:
** [[spoiler:Karasuma]] has an incurable disease that--once set in motion--wipes his mind clean and destroys all cognitive ability.
** Given the vagueness of her ailment, Akira's younger half sister as well.
* SpoilerOpening: Each season has one, showing events that will happen throughout ''the entire season'' (Ichigakki, for example, showed Harima's ImportantHaircut from day one). Same goes for the endings.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Madoka, Shigeo and Mai shooting each other to the tune of [[AwardBaitSong "Feel Like A Girl"]]. Then again, they were just playing...
* StrokeTheBeard:
** When Harima crashes Hanai's mock wedding.
** Eri accidentally chops Harima's beard while he's asleep. When he starts going for his beard during his sleep, the girls hilariously grab Eri's pigtail so he will stroke it instead and not suspect anything.
* SunglassesAtNight: Harima. Hanai during the Wargames arc.
* SurpriseSantaEncounter
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Harima engages it when Yakumo notices that [[LampshadeHanging the characters of his manga look like him and Tenma]].
* TakeMyHand: In the manga, Harima handcuffed himself to a girl he thought was Tenma who was about to fall off a bridge. It's really Yakumo, and the bridge stands over a small creek.
* TakeOffYourClothes: During the camping episode. Harima tells Tenma to disrobe and this shocks the eavesdropping Eri and Yakumo. Eri takes a second look and sees Tenma and Harima wearing a curtains so they can dry their clothes.
* ThatCameOutWrong:
** Subverted when Harima and Tenma are taking cover in a cabin from the rain - see the TakeOffYourClothes entry.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** The music video for the opening theme, ''"SCRAMBLE!"'', appears in a billboard.
** Itoko sings the first season end theme in her sleep. And tapes and plays it to taunt Harima at one point.
** Tenma sings the "SCRAMBLE!" chorus in the pool episode
* ThirdPersonFlashback: In an episode, Yakumo has a flashback/dream to when she was a little kid that is from the first person perspective. Up to and including when the camera shakes up and down to indicate her nodding her head.
* ThisIsReality: Harima comments to himself that if life were like a comic book, he'd be able to win Tenma over more easily.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Lots, which is a given considering the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. For example, Tsumugi & Sagano, Madoka & Mihara, Asou & Suga.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Eri and Yakumo are both interested in Harima. They're both teased with him as well as with ''each other'' (most notably their slow dance in an episode). Before the original manga [[NoEnding suddenly stopped]], Harima's [[spoiler: also apparently engaged to Eri while living with Yakumo]], with all three apparently content with the arrangement.
* ThroughHisStomach: Constantly comes up in the series, especially when [[LethalChef Tenma, Eri]] and [[SupremeChef Yakumo]] are concerned.
** Tenma thinks Yakumo is doing this when she starts bringing an extra lunchbox for school - however she finds out the extra lunch is for the stray cat, who would eventually join the sisters as Iori.
** Tenma tries to get closer to Karasuma by first making curry for him, except it backfires when she accidentally brings ''two'' lunchboxes full of rice (while Yakumo had the two lunchboxes of curry). ItGetsBetter when Karasuma suggests turning the rice into onigiri, and afterward she starts bringing them for him and herself. [[invoked]]
** Eri prepares to do this for her [[DisappearedDad dad]] for a rare dinner together. Unfortunately after grocery shopping he tells her he has an urgent business trip to go to.
** Tenma once trickes Yakumo into giving Harima a lunch box, set with a heart shape no less.
** In preparation for the cultural festival, the girls of 2C practise making onigiri and try to get their male classmates to guess who made which. Harima is ''very'' determined to eat Tenma's to incorporate this trope, even though he knows [[LethalChef how horrible she is.]] In the end, the onigiri he thinks is Tenma's (because of how bad it tastes) is actually Eri's (who unsurprisingly is pleased) - he finds out when eating Tenma's real ones that hers are ''much'' worst than he anticipated.
* ThunderingHerd:
** A variant in the Nigakki opening - Hanai and Harima aren't being angrily pursued, but they're still (angrily) running in front of the rest of the male cast.
** Occurs in the last episode of Nigakki, where Harima is being pursued by Tenma who's annoyed that he's ignoring her... followed by a whole lot of other pissed off male students who have heard rumours that he has private photos of Tae.
-->'''Harima:''' ''[[LampshadeHanging Why is everyone chasing me?!]]''
* TigerVersusDragon: Harima (dragon) and Hanai (tiger) at the mock wedding.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: At one point, Harima has to regain his spirit not as a fighter but as a mangaka, under the eye of the captain of a fishing vessel.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl
** Tenma (tomboy), Yakumo (girly)
** Eri (tomboy), Yakumo (girly)
** Eri (girly), Mikoto or Akira (tomboy)
** Lara (tomboy), Karen (girly)
** Itoko (tomboy), Youko (girly)
* TransformationSequence: In the MagicalGirl parody episode, Mai gets a [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Sakura]]-level one.
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Used 3 times to ship Harima and Eri.
* UniversalAdaptorCast: Very fond of these for [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]] and random historical retellings. Also UpToEleven in School Rumble Z where majority of the chapters are the cast in a AlternateUniverse.
* UnknownRival: Harima is this to Karasuma, who isn't particularly aware by his nor Tenma's feelings.
* UnwantedHarem: Subverted. Tae is the only one who expresses open attraction toward Harima. He treats Yakumo only as his friend and Eri as someone he owes a debt too but doesn't like. And he never seems to actually learn ''any'' of their names, probably because he only [[FridgeBrilliance cares about]] [[FirstNameBasis "Tenma-chan"]].
* VisibleSigh
* VisibleSilence: Prone to "..." speech bubbles and "shiin" onomatopoeia in the manga, especially when a rather ridiculous moment happens.
* VomitDiscretionShot: A picture of a cat is shown when Tenma gets seasick in the cruise episode.
* WackyHomeroom: 2C and 2D are full of [[LargeHam Large Hams]] and oddballs. Especially the former - they hold a ''war survival game'' at school just to decide what to do for the cultural festival.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 10 has both a WhamShot for Harima and a WhamLine for Eri, in the same scene, as [[spoiler: Harima made his big confession for Tenma... to Eri.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used mini-plotwise in the Manga: [[spoiler:Madoka seeing other men behind Shigeo's back. One account semi-witnessed by Shigeo himself (who doesn't know what's going on) and another by Suga, for which Madoka uses a kiss (presumably his first) to 'keep him quiet'.]] Though, it is revealed later in the Manga that [[spoiler:in the end, Shigeo and Madoka are still dating (which either means they resolved the issue or it was never brought to Shigeo's attention).]]
* WhatIsThisFeeling: Eri encounters this often whenever Harima is on her mind.
* WikiWalk: Tenma trying to interpret Karasuma giving her a turtle to help with ideas for the cultural festival results in this... mostly because she somehow deducts she has to play a game of shiritori[[note]]a Japanese game where a player says a word and the next player says a word starting with the last syllable of the previous word and so forth[[/note]] to get what he means.
* WildCardExcuse: "Because this is the Tea club afterall..."
* WillTheyOrWontThey:
** Harima/Eri - especially the latter who, despite sharing ''many'' heartwarming moments with the former, still won't admit she has feelings for him.
** Harima/Yakumo - in ''Z'', Tenma threatens to crash the car she's driving after finding out Yakumo ''still'' can't define her relationship with Harima after all these years.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Eri unloads a rolling sobat on Harima in one episode, and in a much later one puts him in a Boston Crab.
* YourSizeMayVary: Tennouji and a certain mammoth.
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