Manga: Sket Dance

Support
Kindness
Encouragement
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Sket Dance is a very light and happy manga that was published by Weekly Shonen Jump from 2007 through 2013, written by Shinohara Kenta.

The manga follows the main character Bossun and campus support group, the Sket Dan, as they help out everybody in need and accept any sorts of missions. From chasing and capturing a monkey, to performing at school concerts, collect toys, try to win all-you-can-eat contests and solve crimes. There are also AU chapters where they go on adventures as ninjas and fly through space. The plot is basically non-existent except for a few more serious and dark story arcs that merely serve as backstory for the Sket trio. The entire manga is full of Shout Outs to any popular manga you can imagine with hilarious lampshades over each and every of them, a boke-tsukkomi routine and an occasional sledgehammer to the fourth wall.

  • Yusuke Fujisaki, known as Bossun, is the leader and founder of the Sket Dan. A fairly normal guy (perhaps too normal according to some), he's loyal to his friends and possesses a strong desire to help others.
  • Hime Onizuka, known as Himeko, is the muscle of the group. A former field hockey player turned Yankee Delinquent, she now serves as both an enforcer and Team Mom.
  • Kazuyoshi Usui, known as Switch is The Smart Guy. An Otaku, he has an unparalleled information network among his fellow nerds and the internet at large, making him the go-to guy for data on other students or various bits of culture or technology. Technically The Voiceless for his own reasons, he carries around a laptop and uses a text-to-speech synthesizer for communicating with others, though he tends to insert various terms and expressions that wouldn't be out of place on a messageboard lol \(^-^)/

Over all, it's random, fourth wall-breaking, random, funny, random and absolutely adorable. Got an anime adaptation in the Spring 2011 season.

The character page is in the development stages.

Do not confuse with Skip Beat!

This series features examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: A force for good, though somewhat at odds with the Sket Dan's rather loose way of doing things, though the council members themselves aren't exactly normal people, either.
  • Accidental Misnaming: The Sket Dan are constantly getting Jougasaki's name wrong.
  • The Ace: Bossun, when he's not being the Butt Monkey. His power of concentration basically makes him an extremely quick learner, not to mention his own talents with art. So far, he has mastered origami, figurine making, and magic shows. Unfortunately, he's often a bit too absorbed in these activities.
  • Action Girl: Himeko. She's the primary fighter of the Sket Dan, and was nicknamed "Onihime" (ogress) for her fearsome strength.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Tatsunoko Productions added fanservice not included in the manga (as mentioned below), introduced some characters earlier than its original source, it ascended extras and added characters that, sometimes, little to nothing were needed to be in some episodes (blaming the fanservice in some cases), and they expanded some single chapter plots as half hour episodes. Since the manga series continued some time more after the anime endednote , it was forced to have a Gecko Ending, without too much resolution to some character plots just like adapting the rest of Switch's past and if he was actually going to move on to speak again.
  • Alternate Universe: Multiple omakes take place in alternate universes, including a ninja world (Nusutto Dance), a space opera (Robot Dance), a kindergarten world (Biscuit Dance), and a JRPG world (Quest Dance).
  • Art Evolution: The series managed a noticeable one in its 6 years of serialization, more explicit in the character designs. Pretty much everyone but Switch started to get a more consistent and rounded design with larger eyes (this is especially more present with the girls).
    • Compare Himeko from chapter 257 to her earlier design from the Jump one-shot pilot. Or Bossun, who looked like this in the original Akamaru Jump pilot, compared to how he looked in the color cover of chapter 223.
    • It gets lampshaded with Teppei, who was oddly one of the guys that changed drastically from his original appearance. In-story, Bossun even asked him if he got taller (well, he got into the Basketball club, too).
  • Art Shift:
    • Used whenever Roman activates her "Otome Vision", mentally filtering the world to align with shojo manga (Love Bubbles and Bishie Sparkle abound). Or when her art gets featured in the series.
    • In episode 8 when Momoka is talking about her upcoming audition for a Voice Acting part in an in universe anime series first Himeko and Bossun are drawn in a very simplified fashion until they understand why she needs their help, then when Switch agrees to help her learn about Anime he and Momoka change to any simplified old anime style with heavy outlines, which Bossun and Himeko (who don't change) actually notice.
    • After the second popularity contest, Bossun got himself turned into a stickman (for crying out loud) for a whole chapter. Cue Tsubaki questiong "What on Earth is this?!" during the rest of the chapter.
    • Himeko lampshade it in "Switch On", when they find out they don't know where to start to help their client.
    "What?! That made us fall like we were in an old anime!"
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: With the purpose of helping Usami feeling comfortable with the rest of the Student Council and Sket Dan's male members, they all decide to reverse-gender dress-up. It works succesfully with Switch, Bossun and Tsubaki (with Kiri in the anime, too) dressed as cute girls- the girls agree that they can pull it off perfectly... but nothing more epically perfect than Tsubaki.
  • Author Avatar:
    • During the first Popularity Poll chapter, Kenta Shinohara realizes that things are getting out of control when he is mentioned to be voted as the 17th place "character" in the already Breaking the Fourth Wall chapter. Roman even claims she is hearing a "voice from the heavens".
    • Bossun echoes Shinohara's grateful thoughts to Hideaki Sorachi's Gintoki, for being his former assistant and now colleagues in the same medium, during the manga's crossover with Gintama.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite being sworn rivals who just want to outdo each other at everything, Bossun and Tsubaki actually work well together when the need calls for it. We eventually find out why.
  • Back Story:
    • The backstories of all three main characters have been presented at various points in the series. And all three of them are touchy and melodramatic, whether tearjerking or/and heartwarming.
    • There is also Kiri's backstory, which details about his attitude and his lack of trust towards people, and how he isolated himself from his other classmates.
  • Badass and Baby: When the rest of the Sket Dan got sick, Switch had to be pulled out from his sidelines comfort zone, and is asked by the Principal to take care of his grandson while also having to do other clients' tasks with help of his gadgets.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Tsubaki prefers a hands-on approach to most problems. He isn't often pushed to use force, but practices amateur boxing, karate and judo for just such an occasion.
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 266 is appropiately named "Beach Girls Collection" in which things got worse when Bossun drinks Chuuma's Invisibility Potion Mark II and the Gesu club gets involved in it as well.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Bossun and Himeko. Himeko is an extremely romantical awkward Tsundere and while Bossun isn't a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he is so Innocently Insensitive that the end result is much the same. Despite the constant bickering and being in the She Is Not My Girlfriend territory, the Unresolved Sexual Tension keeps increasing and everyone considers that they do like each other.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Both the Sket Dan and the Student Council had shown (even individually) that they could do anything to help their friends and classmates.
  • Big Eater: Oh, good lord, Captain. She can eat 7 kilos of ramen in a sit, on top of a large box of chocolates and even a WHOLE plate of biscuits. As per the trope she does not show any ill effects or weight gain. However, do not count on her eating something that has eggs.
  • Bishōnen: The reason Switch is so popular with the ladies despite being a somewhat unpleasant otaku who speaks with a computer. Also Shinba Michiru, Daimon Akitoshi (when he takes his mask off), Kiri Katou, and thanks to one of Chuuma's experiments, Bossun ends up as one. The chapter focuses on the fact that the Academy needs a group of reliable and pretty people to promote it. The people in this group: Bossun, Switch, Daimon, Kiri, and Tsubaki who is added because he is the little brother of Bossun..
  • Blind Without 'Em: Tsubaki can only see silhouettes if he is not using glasses or contact lenses. In chapter 125, for example, he walks into the Sket Dan room instead of the Student Council's and has a meeting with them thinking they were the Council's members when they just are limited to imitate their voices and other certain characteristics.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The series' main strength is in the ability of the main trio to, at any given time, have 2 boke and 1 tsukkomi. Which ones plays which roles varies: sometimes Himeko and Bossun do something stupid and the rational Switch tells them off (e.g. invisible Bossun); sometimes Switch and Himeko act like, well, shonen manga characters, and Bossun restores the balance by acting like a normal high schooler (e.g. the first Quiz Battle chapter); and usually Bossun and Switch go insane without the Closer to Earth Himeko.
    • For Himeko, being the Tsukkomi is part of her personality. She gets too involved into it, to the point of even scolding people for not doing it when the situation calls it. Heck, she also ended up in a Boke and Tsukkomi contest that aired on TV!
    • It's that important for the Sket Dan that there is a chapter dedicated to 'not do tsukkomi' for a day in the clubroom, just because Switch got very annoyed at it.
  • Book Dumb: It's stated that Bossun is way too smart than he looks as, but, still... he is not good at math, and he finds it as a problem in his Second Year's finals. This is the guy who can calculate the trajectory of a slingshot projectile in seconds. It's somehow justified because he just needs to be under his concentration mode to study harder. At the end of his finals, he got the highest mark. He's Brilliant but Lazy.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Bossun and Himeko meeting each other arguably led to the early Sket Dan being formed.
  • Brats with Slingshots: Though most fights consist of Himeko doing the heavy lifting while the others stand in the background and pose, Bossun does have a slingshot that he can use to shoot pachinko balls with remarkable precision. During the Trouble Travel Arc, he outright states that he has to use rather soft pachinko balls because it would otherwise be a potentially lethal weapon!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • There will be times that either Bossun, Himeko and/or Switch will do this. But the one that takes the honor in its plenty glory, is Roman Saotome, even when she does not appear on scene, remarking on how long we, the readers/viewers, haven't seen a certain character in the series. Heck, there were the chapters of the 2 popularity polls where the Fourth Wall didn't survived at all (and even the author was dragged into it as well!).
    • Special mentions go to both crossover chapters of Gintama and Sket Dance. More notoriously in the Sket Dance's crossover manga chapter, where Bossun breaks into an Author Avatar moment for Shinohara himself being grateful to Hideaki Sorachi in Gintoki's place (this was left out from the anime, though).
  • Brilliant but Lazy:
    • Soujiro Agata, as the Student Council president, is very smart and brilliant, it's just that... he just likes to laze around.
    • Bossun counts as such, since Agata pretty much defines he is way too smarter than he is actually. It's just, also, that Bossun has a childish personality, too.
  • Calvinball: Any time geography teacher Kunio Yamanobe shows up, he's bound to have some utterly nonsensical game in tow.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Michiru Shinba can get drunk just by smelling cooking sake.
  • Catchphrase: Tsubaki could give Mr. T or Excalibur a run for their money saying "FOOL!" in almost every chapter he appears. Apparently he got annoyed at being called one all the time.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower:
    • Himeko. They don't call her Onihime for nothing (that roughly translates to "Ogre Princess", "Ogress" or "Demon Princess").
    • Koma-chan is super strong, but it is played for laughs. By the way, her entire family has the same super force.
  • Call Back:
    • The puppet show in episode 6 (chapters 10-12) has parallels to Himeko (the original Onihime) meeting her imposter in episode 3 (chapters 5 & 6).
  • Censor Steam: Used to avoid more fanservice scenes during the School Trip Rhapsody arc. And it actually gets lampshaded by the narration!
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The series fully consists on this when the situation calls it in some arcs. There are chapters and arcs that are tearjerking at their worst, and heartwarming at their best, followed or preceded mostly by its usual slice of life comedy chapters or episodes. "Switch Off" is the first breakpoint in the serial where it presents events that would (or already have been) affect the characters and their surroundings, until it is later pointed out again for its consequences.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Near the start of episode 10 Switch lists the things that the A/V club is responsible for doing in the school. One of those tasks (or more precisely the equipment that they use for it) which becomes important at the end of the episode when it come time to expose the Smug Snake villain.
  • Childhood Friend Romance:
    • Ryosuke and Haru, Bossun and Tsubaki's biological parents. Then drama happened.
    • Sawa and Kazuyoshi's friendship got a dramatic turn. Kazuyoshi had feelings for Sawa, and Sawa did have some as well since they grew up together as Childhood Friends. And they both loved each other... without the other one knowing, and sadly, this gets downplayed in the "Switch Off" arc. Heck, the jealousy Kazuyoshi felt for Masafumi over Sawa (whom he felt she looked at their relationship as if it was Like Brother and Sister) mostly was what detonated the plot of it.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Cherry and the rest of the Gesu-ling group (according to them). They will verbally sexual harass any girls they meet, but never physically, and will pridefully receive any punishment from the girls (even from Koma-chan). There is also the chapter when Cherry received a confession from a girl, and got really troubled because he didn't want to disappoint her with his pervert tendencies.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Often seen in the anime's posters. See Red Oni, Blue Oni below.
  • Coordinated Clothes:
    • The Sket Dan trio has custom-made T-shirts for each of its members.
    • Played for Laughs in chapter 101 when Jin suspects that Himeko and Bossun are dating. Both of them denied it while wearing the exact same T-shirt.
    • In chapter 208, Tsubaki, absolutely not influenced by the Sket Dan, tried to create a matching T-shirt for the Student Council.
    • Suzu, the daughter of professor Chuuma, apparently owns one of these, as well.
  • Corner of Woe: Bossun sometimes, particularly when he's being ignored.
  • Creator Cameo: Enta Hinohara is Shinohara's manga counterpart. An author that went to Kaimei to look inspiration for his new manga series.
  • Crossover: More noticeable with Gintama (both manga and anime, however, it is worthy to mention that this crossover happens a LONG WAY after "Switch Off" in the manga serialization), Bakuman。 (in the anime), and Inumaru Dashi (in one of the Biscuit Dance extras).
  • Cuteness Overload:
    • Himeko reaction to the shrunken Bossun.
    • Almost everyone's reaction towards the shrunken down Tsubaki. Daisy even went hysterical.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Himeko tends to melt down at the sight of small and cute things, up until the point where aforementioned small thing acts like a complete jerk.
  • Death Glare:
    • Tsubaki's default expression.
    • Momoka can give a pretty scary one, if someone pushes her berserk buttons.
    • Himeko, when she gets angry, can do that as well... Could you have expected it from the former Onihime? (and it seems its also a family trait, as well. Her mother was known as the Oniyome for a reason.)
    • Shonen-manga club member, Gaou's usual expression... since he is a lively reference to old 80s shonen characters such as Kenshiro.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first episode is about Teppei's first days at Kaimei Academy.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: A few of the culprits from the Sket Dan's cases eventually become their friends, and would even assist them on occasion.
  • The Ditz:
    • Roman Saotome. She even lampshades it herself.
    • Remi Misora and her entire family (with exception of her brother), to an extreme where they confuse words and phrasings.
  • Double Meaning Title:
    • "Switch Off" (The chapter about the past of Switch when he wasn't known with that nickname, and it's also referring to his little brother, Masafumi (and the original Switch)'s death) and "Switch On" (where it is not only concluding Switch's backstory when Kazuyoshi started to be known as Switch... a little bit before knowing his future Sket Dan's friends, and before becoming the Switch he is still up until this day).
    • "Happy Rebirthday" in a way, refers not only to the immediate continuation of Happy Birthday but, he discovering that Tsubaki is his biological brother and being not alone, it's also the birthday of both of them (reapeating birthday now in the present).
    • "Last Dance" is not only the name of the final arc of the series, but also the last job of the Sket Dan as well, before retiring and graduating.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Bossun is often on the wrong end of Himeko's Unstoppable Rage anytime he makes fun of her lack of certain skills or qualities, and especially during Accidental Pervert moments.
    • Bossun also takes the brunt of most of Koma-chan's attacks, even those aimed at other boys.
  • Dynamic Entry: In the first episode, when the Sket Dan realize that Jougasaki must be watching events from nearby Himeko figures out where he's hiding and smashes through a wall to get to him.
  • Education Through Pyrotechnics: For a chemistry teacher, Chuuma is quite skilled at blowing up experiments.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Used to trap a school criminal with the help of the PA system.
  • Everyone Can See It: The whole Kaimei Academy suspects that there is much more of Himeko and Bossun's relationship rather than just being Vitriolic Best Buds...
  • The Faceless: Himeko has a friend who is named Nakatani, but even though some of the characters know her (and it proves that she exists), Bossun doesn't know who is she or how she looks like, and goes a whole chapter looking for her to finally meet her. However, her appearance remains as a mystery.
  • Fanservice:
    • Despite the cast's insistence to avoid it, there is plenty of it in the "School Trip Rhapsody" chapters.
    • The anime takes it Up to Eleven, ever since they start using the second opening (set on a beach so all the female characters are wearing either bikini's or swimming costumes... including Yabasawa). The third ending features the girls in their underwear, bubbling and Himeko is even stripping off her nightgown. But it gets featured much more in the second season, featuring poor Kura-chan and taking advantage of Saaya, as well. And there was official merchandise that used this as well. There were "oppai mousepads" featuring not only Mimorin but Himeko, too!
    • It is interesting to point out that Shinohara often avoided it in the manga (the only 'fanservice' present in the series besides the afforementioned School Trip Rhapsody arc is some covers of the volumes and the pervert talk of the Gesu club members, ESPECIALLY since the introduction of Cherry and his Chivalrous Pervert personality).
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Despite her appearance and her strange taste in candy, Himeko is a pretty good cook. She still can't match up to Michiru Shinba, apparently proof that Feminine Men can Cook as well.
  • Fiction500: Mimori, who has been set up as a super rich character since the beginning, has a self-sufficient underground city with an artificial sun as a house.
  • First Name Basis: Himeko considers it is a big step for Bossun and Tsubaki to refer to each other as Yusuke and Sasuke, respectively. But they strangely have never addressed each other as such, even a year after they found out they were siblings. They eventually do, with Bossun's initiative to do so, during "Inherit The Twin Stars".
  • Force Feeding: Bossun has been forced to drink a bottle of Cola in one go twice.
  • Forgotten First Meeting:
    • Bossun and Tsubaki met a few years ago in their birthday. Due to Tsubaki looking different back then, and Tsubaki also using his glasses, they shouldn't have recognized each other.
    • Bossun does not remember that he bumped into Switch, before he turned into a shut-in.
  • Fountain of Youth: A result of one of Chuuma's experiments is a youth potion (originally conceived as a hair tonic...) that makes the drinker seem ten years younger. He's also got one that makes the drinker seem ten years older. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues. Then, after too much experimenting it worked also decreasing the mental age of the user as well!
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: There is a chapter which dealt with the results of the character popularity poll. What makes this poll hilarious is the fact that not only the actual characters, but even the (in-universe) imaginary characters and character variants (e.g. the toddler Bossun after he drank the youth serum) were eligible. And it is repeated again in the following character poll results, when the Sket Dan has to guess what positions the other characters got... which isn't that easy later because it also featured one-shot characters and other joked voted non-characters of other series, as well (and the punishment of losing was becoming a "stickman" for the next chapter).
  • Fourth Wall Observer: Bossun, Himeko and Roman. Also Switch, times by times.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The School Trip Rhapsody arc starts badly when Bossun and Himeko have this... thanks to Chuuma's experiments.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Switch's inventions are either useful or Awesome but Impractical. There are some chapters that show the effectiveness of those if they are combined together, one in which Bossun creatively combined some of them to rescue a boy who is falling from a building, and another where it proves that Switch can be a Badass Bookworm if neither Himeko nor Bossun are with him all the time.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Bossun's goggles help him concentrate, though how much of it is all in his head (no pun intended) remains to be seen. He also uses them to focus on a target when he uses his slingshot and pachinko's balls.
    • His old Poppman goggles really didn't do anything, either. The lenses were so old that Bossun could barely see out of them, but they helped him block out distractions when he tried to think.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Himeko, and how.
  • Happily Married: Bossun and Tsubaki's biological parents, Ryosuke and Haru. And there are also Chuuma and Remi, at the end of the series.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Averted with Bossun, to a T. Just ask Saaya. In fact, if any of the Ship Tease in later chapters are to be taken to their logical conclusion, it's pretty clear that Bossun prefers blondes. He's just not fully aware of it, yet.
  • Hikikomori: While Switch used to be one (due to the unfortunate circumstances), the Sket Dan has to deal with another one, this time being Fumi's classmate and friend, Morino, during the "Christmas Card" mini arc.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Koma-chan, where her shyness is a rather often problem that just does not mix well with her, when she is already being too tall.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At one point, Switch calls Yagi "expressionless", and gets called out by his peers for it.
    "Like you're one to talk"
  • Important Haircut:
    • Switch had to go through one in his Back Story: He wanted to keep his brother's image in his presence.
    • Tsubaki wanted to cut his hair as a meaning of wanting to be stronger and manlier. During his first encounter with Bossun, he was inspired by his courage to be able to stand and face others.
    • Himeko zigzags it because it's also a Expository Hairstyle Change. She had a shorter black natural colored haircut when she was a kid, but later she grew it up and dyed it to be blonde to go with the delinquent image she already was having in middle school. After the Sket Dan was officially formed, she cut it out (but decides to keep herself as a blonde) to start fresh and forget her "Onihime" past.
    • Kiri decided to dye his hair after not longing trusting people when his friend from middle school, Kihara, transferred because he was being bullied by other classmates and the teachers. As a result, Kiri decided to isolate himself.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Himeko usually lays the law with a field hockey stick.
  • Inelegant Blubbering:
    • Bossun usually cries loudly and it becomes a mess with his speech (also often ends up blubbering "dummy, dummy, dummy!"). Such as when he was worried about Himeko and Captain Takahashi arriving just in time to save them in "Ogress", or when Captain told the Sket Dan about her Missing Mom.
    • Shinba was crying as such when he was expressing his grateful wishes to the Sket Dan during the Seniors graduation in February 2010. Bossun even mentions that he doesn't understand his words en between the tears.
    • When Switch finally speaks to his friends, the three of them became so emotional affected that they started laughing about this event (with snot and saliva) until it finally weighs down on them about what just happened.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Kiri Katou could even have the title of the "last living ninja" with his entire family.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Poor Himeko. She almost confessed her feelings to Bossun, just to be interrupted in time.
    • After what she went through in chapter 232, she decides to confess to Bossun when she already accepted that she saw him more than just a friend. She gets interrupted by Switch, who was previously knocked out.
    • When she realizes that there is not much time left from High School, Switch convinces her that she should confess her feelings, already. And when it was the moment, Bossun tells her that he finally decided to go to the same University as her, making her to postpone the confession... until it backfires badly before their graduation.
  • I Owe You My Life:
    • As we find out from the flashbacks, the pre-Sket Dan days were miserable for Himeko and Switch.
    • Kiri thinks it is like this towards Tsubaki after the events of "Solitude", who doesn't quite enjoy it and finds it incredibly irritating at first, but he gets used to it.
  • It's Always Spring:
    • Chapters 15 through 138 all take place in the autumn.
    Narrator: And this long, long, really, really long autumn comes to an end...
    • As a slice of life, the series averts it in its entirety after the events from "School Trip Rhapsody", indicating that the characters would have the opportunity to grow up and graduate from High School.
  • It Runs in the Family: The Misora family are mostly insanely clumsy, and the Morishita family are all very tall and very strong, too.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: The Koma cannon, which Koma-chan unleashes when she's feeling embarrassed. Although it was initially only a slam to the face.
  • Large Ham: Switch, Dante and Roman in particular.
  • Late for School: Lampshaded and parodied, as Roman is incapable of writing a manga without including this opening.
  • Legacy Character: There has been at least three different generations of a group or club of helping other people.
    • The Sket Dan was this (without they knowing about it) to the Otasuke-gumi (which leader was no one but the Director of the Disciplinary Commitee when he was a high school student).
    • The Pocket Dan, formed by Tact, Silk and Smile. They originally wanted to take over the Sket Dan when they met, and wanted to rob their "clients" (as there couldn't be two simultaneous groups with the similar interests, approved by the Student Council). However, they start realizing that next year when Bossun and the others got graduated, there wouldn't be another Sket Dan, so they dissolve their group and formally become part of the Sket Dan.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: A certain incident that happened during the School Trip Rhapsody arc. Really, just don't mention it at all.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • Bossun and Himeko usually see their relationship this way. However, they act much more similar to an old married couple.
  • Long-Lost Relative: As it turns out, Bossun has a twin brother, Sasuke Tsubaki.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Regarding Saaya's feelings... at least in her brother Soujiro's mind.
    • And it's actually more of a Love Triangle for Saaya, since she has confessed already her feelings to Bossun (and it was hinted to Himeko when she was in Bossun's body during the School Trip Rhapsody arc when she told him (her) about it), but he's still somewhat unaware of what Himeko truly feels for him.
  • Magic Versus Science: Convoked in the supernatural/occult vs technology/science debates which Reiko and Switch usually engage into.
  • Medium Awareness: Roman can tear through pages to travel through space and time, wield speech bubbles and tone as weapons, and manipulate narration boxes. It goes Up to Eleven in the "Back Then" chapter when she is clearly manipulating her 1st-year-student flashback with everything the page appears with. The narrator gives up at the end of her segment.
  • Meido: Himeko has one of these outfits, from when her class ran the obligatory Maid Cafe for the school festival. It turns up in a later chapter.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Part way through the series, the Sket Dan gets Remi Misora, a former host of a children TV show (similar in the veins of Sesame Street) as as their assistant homeroom teacher.
  • Mood Whiplash: Along with Gintama, the series run with it in Shonen Jump by mix-and-matching comedy and drama. The series is usually comedy-themed, but it could suddenly be stroke with a dramatic arc that could affect permanently the series, in contrast to some of slapstick that invokes Status Quo Is God.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Bossun's "Concentration Mode" is usually heralded by dramatic techno music and swirly space imagery, since a minute-long shot of Bossun sitting very still while wearing goggles would admittedly be boring. He screams "Concentration Mode" before putting his thoughts and details he perceived with attention, because he wanted to have a cool catchphrase as well.
  • New Transfer Student: Teppei Sugihara is introduced as such at the very beginning of the series.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. There's even a full chapter dedicated to Bossun's Potty Emergency.
  • Non-Action Guy: Switch, who is always at the sidelines, since force is not actually his strength.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Soujiro Agata, who is really a Magnificent Bastard when he proposes it into mind, however... he is a bit of a Ditzy Genius, and quite a case of Brilliant but Lazy.
  • Off Model: It happens often, from off modeling the Gintama characters in the crossover episode (justified since Gintama is produced by Sunrise and Sket Dance by Tatsunoko), depending on who is directing the episodes... and who is also animating. Try to not cringe in the first episodes when they start to use the 3rd opening animation. Hopefully, this was corrected later in the airings and subsequent DVD releases.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Parodied with the Kaimei Academy Disciplinary Commitee (referring even to SEELE, for lord's sake...). The academy's principal is not part of this council, and it's also implied that Prof. Yamanobe belongs in it as well, as many other teachers from the high school.
  • One Steve Limit: Inverted in one chapter (full of Japanese writing/pronunciation puns) and taken to its logical conclusion.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Himeko calls Bossun as"the number one in Japan when it comes in finding a way of breaking out of a warehouse with long arms" during the first part of "Costume Break".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The notoriously obvious afro costume (which is only a wig), and, of course, Deer Man and the Sket Squad Kyeunja. Cue Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • The Pilot: As many other series of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, Sket Dance counts with two one-shots: one that was published in Akamaru Jump in 2006, and another one in the Shonen Jump magazine.
  • Potty Emergency: There's a full chapter dedicated to Bossun with a touch of Toilet Humour... really, poor Bossun... And in the School Trip Rhapsody arc this also happens again, to Bossun... while in Himeko's body and Himeko in Bossun's body as well.
  • Power Trio: Bossun (ego), Himeko (id), and Switch (superego) of course.
  • Punny Name: The author takes an advantage a little too far in naming his characters.
    • Onizuka Hime
    • The Anime club president is called Otakura.
    • Episode 15 gives us J-son-sensei and Omi Aiko.
    • Yuuki Reiko. The kanji is different, but "Yuurei" means "ghost" in Japanese. In fact, using differnt kanji, you can interpret "Yuuki Reiko" as something like "Dark willed, spirit child." Perfect for our resident occult-freak.
    • Usami Hani, implying her double personality problem ("Hani" is how Honey is pronounced in Japanese (like, say, Cutey Honey), "Usa" comes from bunny, mostly referring to the Ms. Fanservice ones).
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Sket Dan, the Student Council... though, almost the entire Kaimei student body have their quirks and individual characteristics.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red: Himeko, Blue: Switch
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Chuuma-sensei has, on his way to inventing an effective hair restoration topical (which alone would net him billions), a freaking de-aging potion! Its only flaw? That it might be permanent! It's strictly Played for Laughs.
  • Replacement Goldfish:
    • Initially invoked, but eventually deconstructed with Kazuyoshi to his little brother, Masafumi. A year before the actual start of the series, he copied his image, and took his original nickname, "Switch". Kazuyoshi used to be laid back and fairly normal, until he was guilt tripped due to the circumstances that led to his little brother's death. He knew that he would never replace him but, at the end, he only wanted to preserve Masafumi's image in himself just for a little longer.
    • In the pre-serialization pilot chapter, it was deconstructed and invoked, as well. Ichiro's girlfriend Nanako died in an accident. Her twin sister, Namiko intended to replace her in order to help him cope.
  • Sadist Teacher: Daijirou Kutsuwa. Especially when he was tranferred to Kaimei, imposing rules to anyone, and mostly threatening Himeko because she was formerly known as a delinquent. He was a teacher from the middle school where Kiri was one of its students. He was the main reason on why Kiri didn't trust in anyone, as a result of bullying some of the students, such as Kiri's friend, Kihara. Of course, he was pretty shocked when Kutsuwa was transferred in Kaimei. And then he threatened him with his life as revenge.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Switch often falls into this, especially since his expression rarely changes at all. See the Stoic Spectacles example below.
  • Sensei-chan: Remi Misora and Kunio Yamanobe (being himself a male example).
  • Separated at Birth: Bossun and Tsubaki
  • The Seven Mysteries: As any Japanese school, the academy has its own "The Seven Mysteries of Kaimei". It was a relevant topic in one of the novels, and it was referred again in the Fanbook... hosted by the resident Occult specialist, Reiko Yuuki.
  • Ship Tease:
    • There's plenty towards Bossun and Himeko through all the series. Be it in the manga or in the anime. It doesn't help both are Oblivious to Love in some ways or another, ever since Bossun helped her in the first place (she gave her red hat and some time later, he gave her a "necklace"). He even admitted that she would be a "great wife", they had the entire incident of Samurai and Purin... the list goes on and on. She even tried to confess... but she was interrupted and the final attempt backfires badly.
    • There's some teasing for Tsubaki and Daisy, in one chapter when he goes to save her from being blackmailed.
    • Kiri and Usami shared some moments especially since they had to start communicating to each other if they were going to stay in the Student Council, when Tsubaki and the others got graduated.
    • Switch and Momoka also have some teasing, and it plays some important factors here and there for later arcs when it is revealed that she has a crush on him.
    • Switch and Reiko, perhaps, would be a little too involved in their usual argumental debates and fights, and it is shown that Switch and Reiko do care and respect each other, even if they do not think of themselves as "friends".
    • In episode 28 of the anime, there are some scenes with Agata and Shinba that are invoking this, but they aren't present at all in the manga, besides the fact that Michiru do worry about his friend, a lot.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page!
  • Show Within a Show: Quite a lot of them, and, more often than not, completely uncomprehensible.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Suzu, Chuuma's daughter, wants him and Remi to be together. And she succeeds in making them into a couple. Chapters later, they get married.
    • It's strongly hinted at that both Captain and Switch favour Bossun/Himeko. In fact, Switch even lampshades that he was shipping them together since the very beginning!
  • Shrinking Violet:
    • In the past, Tsubaki was pretty shy and often couldn't stand up for others. He gets inspired by Bossun, who saved him from some bullies from his middle school.
    • Koma-chan from all people, is shy and often to not speaks up louder than her classmates. Combined with Charles Atlas Superpower, making her embarrassed is a terrible idea.
    • Hani Usami, who has a fear of men (and being touched by one, makes "Bunny" to come out) and does not speak directly to them... however, this changes as soon as she realizes that her friends at the Student Council, the Sket Dan and their other classmates are rooting for her.
  • Sliding Scale of Fourth Wall Hardness: Most of the time it stays at Lampshade Hanging, with occasional slipping into Medium Awareness. Then, Roman shows up and completely shatters it to pieces.
  • Something Completely Different: Given its primary genre is comedy, this is something that happens when you less expect it, from its episodic normal chapters, to the "alternate world" ones, and jump into the dramatic (even the back stories) arcs that help in provide some character developments in the middle, and then pretty much returns to its normal formula. It happens often.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played with in the worst way in "Switch Off", where it is revealed that Sawa's stalker was actually her best friend, Yukino, who was jealous of her.
  • The Speechless: Smile from the Pocket Dan is mute. Tact and Silk have to interpret what he is trying to say to other people, or he would use a board to speak.
  • Split Personality: Hani Usami, is a quiet girl who does not like boys. When she touches one, she turns into her alter-ego, Bunny, who flirts with every boy she sees. She will revert back to Usami when touched by a girl.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Daisy and Yagi. Subverted with Switch, who despite never changing his facial expression, is pretty clearly a Deadpan Snarker Large Ham.
  • Stylistic Suck: Any time where we got to see any character's manga, or any Show Within a Show, it's almost certain this trope is in effect.
    • Roman and Himeko are terrible, terrible artists, but Roman has its own merit.
    • The Sainon and Magarfunkle duo of the Shonen Manga Club and their completely incoherent story, "Space Cosmos Universe", from the manga battle chapter. Much to Himeko's disdain.
  • Talking with Signs:
    • Switch is forced to communicate thusly if his computer stops working.
    • In episode 4, whenever Roman does an Art Shift into Manga style panels her dialogue appears in speech bubbles, even though it can still be heard.
    • Smile reccurs to this when speaking to his teammates.
  • Team Mom: Himeko cooks, cleans and fawns over small adorable things. Also doubles as the Team Momma Bear.
  • Team Pet: Housuke, the Scops owl.
  • Terrible Artist: Himeko is a terrible artist. Roman is somehow even worse, and as an aspiring manga artist she creates nigh-incomprehensible works that read like a combination of shojo and JoJo. Shojojo. She even won a competition.
    • Tsubaki as well. His idea of a good T-shirt is two kanji characters on a plain white design. He almost got a Heroic BSOD when Agata pointed out how lame it is. And then he tried to make a "stylish" T-Shirt... which is so lame Agata cried when wearing it.
  • Tomato Surprise: Who would have ever thought that "An-chan" was Kazuyoshi Usui all along, who was narrating "Switch Off"? Or that the guy who stars "One Guy's Quiet Day Off" was actually, Ryosuke, Bossun and Tsubaki's dad? The Reveal was well too played in both sides of the manga and the anime, since Masafumi and Kazuyoshi are brothers who share similar physical characteristics, and Bossun is actually a Generation Xerox of his dad in his youth. The anime disguised this as well, especially regarding their voice actors. Neither Kazuyoshi nor Masafumi are fully credited in the first part of the arc, and Hiroyuki Yoshino HAD to act for Ryosuke and Bossun, as well).
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the Ninja AU, Roman and Reiko turn from a Damsel in Distress and a ghost, respectively, into highly trained ninjas less than a page in.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Himeko loves Pelollipop Candy, a candy brand that has a gallery of weird flavors such as: Sea Cucumber, Soft-Roe and Liver. Anyone else who eats them usually vomits.
  • Troll: Oh, Switch... In one chapter, Bossun and Himeko has an anti-tsukkomi competition. What did a nice, good friend like Switch do? Invite Roman and Cherry to the clubroom, of course!
  • Tsundere: Parodied and exemplified by Saaya ever since her introduction, which started with the discussion of the trope itself due to a dating sim's character. However, Himeko fits as a tsundere as well, especially with Bossun, amplified during their awkward moments.
  • Twin Switch: While Bossun and Tsubaki are fraternal twins rather than identical ones, they take advantage of this as a tactic... which has its good and down sides.
    • In order to defeat the the fortune teller in chapters 103 and 104, Bossun and Tsubaki (with freshly trimmed eyelashes) switch places. When she tries to tell Bossun's future, it's proved that the fortune teller uses intel on the subject she's reading to make a fortune seem more legitimate.
    • Shinba approaches this to put an end to the Love Dodecahedron around Saaya in Agata's mind to let him concentrate for the second chance of the Tokyo U entrance exams. However, Tsubaki doesn't know he is part of this plan.
    • In chapter 217, Bossun exploits this to trick the Student Council, and unexpectedly, they fell for it. Obviously, afterwards, Tsubaki finds out and he's not amused at all by it.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Not so much with the Sket Dan as it is with Ryosuke, Haru, and Akane.
  • Undying Loyalty: Himeko and Switch have unwavering faith in Bossun. Also, Kiri pronounced Tsubaki his master at the end of the Solitude arc.
  • Unflinching Walk: The Sket Dan convocates this after complications of being trapped inside a warehouse in the mini arc of chapter 76-77.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Bossun and Himeko, in spades, especially after the Ogress arc, with quite a few Ship Tease moments sprinkled every few chapters or so. In-universe nods to these make the pairing canon. A few guest characters will comment on their complicated relationship from time to time, most notably by Jin and Saaya, who have crushes on Himeko and Bossun, respectively.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite the constant bickering, Bossun and Himeko are shown to actually care for each other a lot, slowly approaching Belligerent Sexual Tension territory.
  • The Voiceless: Switch, who communicates via text-to-speech with a laptop.
  • Wacky Homeroom: After the Sket Dan pass to their Third Year of High School, their new class contains every recurring character in the same group.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Himeko is basically a street brawler (although a retired and reformed one), so she uses a field hockey stick as a weapon. Bossun and Switch are non-combative types, but Bossun, as a bratty type, can be very skillful with a slingshot if necessary.
    • Switch's laptop may count as a Gadgeteer Genius. During a mock duel, even though he's a horrible shot, his laptop and calm demeanor allows him to get the upper hand on Daisy.
    • Meanwhile, Shinzo swings a bamboo practice sword and Tsubaki uses boxing gloves when prompted.
  • Weirdness Magnet: While not supernatural, the Sket Dan members have noticed that it's usually the people with the most colorful personalities who tend to show up at their door.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Ogress", where it reveals Himeko's backstory.
    • "Happy Birthday" / "Happy Rebirthday", the arc that not only reveals the original motivations of Bossun to form the Sket Dan, but also reveals that he and Tsubaki are long lost twin brothers.
    • "Switch Off" and "Switch On", the backstory about Switch, on how he became a shut in, and how he integrated to the Sket Dan.
    • "Solitude" for Kiri.
    • The last chapter of "Last Dance", when Switch finally decides to speak.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Bossun has "the power... of incredible concentration" (admittedly pretty useful in a school environment) in addition to being a talented artist and impressionist, and a savant at riddles. But as others have pointed out, none of these are particularly heroic skills.
    • The Concentration mode is actually extremely helpful. Among others, it grants Bossun near photographic memory, extremely fast calculations, and ability to create an elaborate plan in minutes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Te-chan in episode 7 is only a supporting character but Bossun's rant at him is nearer this than a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Though considering his dedication to the girl he loves Te-chan could be seen as the Hero of Another Story.
    • Touched in "Switch On". Kazuyoshi is trying to play as a 'hero', just to apply justice and a well-deserved punishment to the 'bad people' that he digs dark info of, engaging them into a 'Death Fight' which the loser will have all of his 'sins' exposed to the world. He thinks he is one too, at the end, especially driven out of the guilt he still feels, months later after his brother's death. Bossun calls him off after discovering his charade AND receiving help from him to get straight... to him.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Kenta Shinohara's Author Avatar shows up at the school looking for inspiration for a new manga series. Bossun thinks that it would be perfect to make the Sket Dan incredibly popular. Unfortunately, "Enta Hinohara" decides that Bossun is too boring to be a shonen lead character and makes a manga about the Student Council instead.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Kendo club captain Shinzou Takemitsu dresses and acts like a samurai from a period piece (for the most part), while Roman Saotome loves old-school shojo to the point where she can mentally filter the world to match the tropes.
  • X Must Not Win: Telling the Student Council or the Sket Dan that the other group is involved in something is a perfect way get to them to join in. This is especially pronounced with Tsubaki and Bossun, due to Sibling Rivalry.