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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** In the prequel series by the original authors, Tomoko is less sympathetic than in the original, thanks to her {{jerkass}} treatment of SitcomArchnemesis Komiyama (because she doesn't want to [[LesYay "share" Yuu]] [[GreenEyedMonster with another girl]]).
*** This leads to the discussion about how Tomoko remains a jerkass, but being worse off in high school may make readers overlook her less savory traits. In the main series, she still has the same jerkish tendencies but she's [[JerkassWoobie depicted more pitifully]]. At present, Yuu, her only friend, attends a different school while she's making no new friends on her own, and she's also a massive ButtMonkey, whereas in the prequel, Tomoko is less pitiful since she regularly hangs out with Yuu and Komiyama, and isn't as much of a ButtMonkey. The main manga also mainly shows Tomoko's point of view while the prequel mainly shows what other people think of her.
** To what extent is Tomoko's situation really her fault, and to what extent is it under her control? Does she have some AmbiguousDisorder or is it more self-fulfilling?
** Is Tomoko [[BiTheWay bisexual]] or just so socially awkward that she doesn't know how to be friends with people? It doesn't help that her desperate need for some form of affection might be overriding her sexuality. Or alternately she could just be invoking [[SchoolgirlLesbians Yuri]] to be more popular.
** Could Tomoki [[AccompliceByInaction do more to help his sister]] - or does he have his hands full with her already, since she often acts like an AnnoyingYoungerSibling, apart from her issues (filching his drinks, etc.)?
** Tomoko's classmates typically don't bully or mock her, but they don't take much notice of her either. Though whenever they talk to her, they treat her normally. Even considering Tomoko's own issues, are her classmates more {{nice|Guy}} or [[AccompliceByInaction indifferent]] people?
** Did Komiyama really [[spoiler:want to reconcile with Tomoko for her sake]] or [[spoiler:did she just want to get close to her crush Tomoki? Or both? Was Tomoko ironically on the right track when she accused her of only craving his cock? On one hand, Komiyama only responded to Tomoko's own overtures of friendship when she found out Tomoki attended their school too. On the other hand, she honestly admitted to Tomoko that she didn't like her back then, and said she hoped they could get along now.]]
** Hina Nemoto is introduced as a NiceGirl, but in later chapters does things like bluntly telling Tomoko that she hates the anime that Tomoko is watching, or agreeing with Tomoko wishing death on their teacher. Some fans argue that deep down Hina might have [[{{Foil}} a similar personality to Tomoko, only with better social skills]].
** Is Yuu a DumbBlond, or is she actually ObfuscatingStupidity? There has been some evidence for the latter
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: If the show hits too close to home in a way that's uncomfortable or painful rather than funny, or if you've ever been compared to Tomoko (especially by people who find her irritating or hilarious), it might give you the urge to avoid the series altogether.
* AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAIAXFQ0T74 The opening]] has gotten very positive reactions. This could be because the music is more for a battle manga than a slice of life story.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Fans seem to either love or hate Yuu.
** Opinions are divided on Hina Nemoto. Some like her for her (usually) friendly attitude towards Tomoko. Meanwhile, others are more leery, seeing her as a more antagonistic figure who's [[BitchInSheepsClothing not as nice as she seems]]. Even in-universe, Tomoko doesn't know what to make of Hina. After getting in a few bouts of PassiveAggressiveCombat with her, Tomoko tends to act suspicious of Hina, only to get caught off-guard whenever she [[PetTheDog does something genuinely nice]].
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The beginning of the OVA. It's a trippy, fourth wall-breaking scene where Tomoko enacts some ExecutiveMeddling on her own show to boost ratings, going so far as to propose adding more lesbian subtext between her, Yuu, and [[KissingCousins Kii-chan]], all the while dressed as [[Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari in a place that looks like SEELE's meeting room]]. It has absolutely nothing to do with the plot for the rest of the episode, and is never mentioned again.
* BrokenBase:
** As the series goes on, it becomes apparent that Tomoko's [[CharacterDevelopment not as much as a social wreck]] as she was when she first starts high school. You'd be surprised at the amount of people who say that this is a ''bad'' thing for her, since it takes away from the fun of the story. On the other hand, others say that she becomes a bit of a WeirdnessMagnet, since as she becomes more normal, everyone ''else's'' quirks become more prominent.
** Due to the series leaning heavily into CringeComedy territory concerning Tomoko's Social Anxiety, there sprung a debate over whether the humor of the series was too mean-spirited [[DudeNotFunny given the subject matter]]. Others find it fair game since majority of the bad things that happens to Tomoko end up being [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist self-inflicted]].
* CounterpartComparison: Tomoko to Konata from ''Manga/LuckyStar''. Tomoko is a much less socialized, more awkward version of Konata (or for more cynical viewers, a more realistic version of her). They even both have green eyes and similar hairstyles. The resemblance is increased when you remember a series of popular ''Lucky Star'' fan-comics that depicted a "realistic" Konata, who is very much like Tomoko.
* CreepyCute: Tomoko. Her CreepyShadowedUndereyes, disheveled appearance, gloomy demeanor, extreme perversity, violent thoughts, and crippling awkwardness make her very uncomfortable to watch and be around, but her childish looks and inability to do anything right do much to make her endearing, instilling more sympathy than disgust. [[spoiler:In-universe, this seems to be Ucchi's opinion of her, as while she thinks Tomoko is creepy, she notes that there's a strange charm to her creepiness.]]
* CrossesTheLineTwice: A lot of the series comedy is built on Tomoko's social awkwardness and depravity going so far that they shoot past painful into absurd. [[BrotherSisterIncest Tomoko seemingly hitting on her little brother?]] Not funny. [[SkewedPriorities Tomoko hitting on her little brother for no reason other than she's trying to contract his cold so she can miss school?]] Hilarious.
* EarWorm: The opening and some of the endings, such as the cover of "Natsu Matsuri" featuring [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Komiyama, to the point where she's now featured in the main series.
** Even before she become an important and recurring character, Yoshida's popularity blew up not long after her first EstablishingCharacterMoment.
** Kosaka is much more popular than his limited appearances would suggest. This is most likely because he's currently the only viable heterosexual ship for Tomoko that doesn't involve her [[BrotherSisterIncest brother]].
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Happens sometimes in [[https://www.reddit.com/r/watamote/ the Subreddit]], in chapter threads.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Tomoko's petty annoyances on Tomoki, such as hogging the shower while he's getting sick and playing a prank on him purely on a whim, becomes less funny considering that this behavior is what made him start hating her in the first place.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** The manga rapidly gained a [[CultClassic fanbase]] outside of Japan via Website/FourChan's /a/ -- [[ThisLoserIsYou mainly out of empathy.]] It also has a fanbase on /v/ as well, despite their eternal rivalry with the former. The cover of the first volume even acknowledges the foreign fanbase.
** This has also become a ColbertBump - a significant number of people have bought copies of the tankōbon (despite not knowing the language) simply to support the authors, which in itself has drawn even more attention to the manga.
** So much so that Creator/SquareEnix ended up {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing it with an AprilFools [[http://www.world-three.org/2012/04/01/poor-little-japanese-girl/ announcement.]]
** The authors even said on Twitter that this act was responsible not only for the anime being made, but also the continuation of the manga itself.
** Early on, some fans on 4chan showed they cared by [[ItMakesSenseInContext tweeting the authors pictures of their penises]], which the authors acknowledged in an omake.
** [[https://www.reddit.com/r/watamote/ Reddit]] also loves this show.
** Heck, it's actually popular enough that it is given an English dub and BD treatment by Creator/SentaiFilmworks.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The manga club guy comments that he draws the same type of face for background characters because it is the easiest for him to draw. Later, Nico Tanigawa would publish ''Number Girl'', a 4-Koma about... clones.
** In chapter 9 of the manga, Tomoko has a [[SelfInsertFic self-insert fantasy]] about ''LightNovel/FateZero'', where she's [[SailorEarth an eighth Master]] and her Servant is [[TheShinsengumi Souji Okita]] as an Assassin. Several years later, ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' would introduce Souji Okita as a Servant, but Okita turns out to be a Saber-class Servant as well as being [[GenderFlip female]].
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' reintroduces the Hex Maniac trainer class - which now bears a striking resemblance to Tomoko (and the Fairy Girl trainer class to Yuu). Much MemeticMutation [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1992671?tags=kuroki_tomoko+naruse_yuu ensued.]]
** Unfortunately, local BD sales of the anime weren't good. But Tomoko was right since the very beginning: the title Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular is entirely true because it really is those Japanese guys' fault, as [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff she's more popular]] [[NeverAcceptedInHisHometown among foreign fans]].
** In Episode 8, the boy who brought Tomoko an umbrella sees Tomoko again, and she tells him her name. He mishears it as "Momoko" and Tomoko freaks out, which is incidentally the name of another character that Creator/MonicaRial played, from ''Anime/GhostStories''.
** Tomoko muses with Komi and Yuu that if her life was a show, she'd probably have it turn into a [[SchoolgirlSeries schoolgirl ensemble show]], increase [[LesYay yuri subtext]], and find a male friend for her brother so that [[YaoiFangirl people]] can [[PairTheSpares ship them together]]. By the end of Tomoko's second year and going into her third, she's amazingly achieved most of that list through no fault of her own.
* HollywoodHomely: Tomoko, though less so than most examples, especially by anime standards. For an anti-social shut-in, she actually looks the part, with dull, baggy eyes and regularly making some rather unflattering facial expressions.
* HoYay: [[HoYay/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Lovingly crafted here]]. It's a lot of LesYay.
* JerkassWoobie: Tomoko responds to her social isolation by becoming really embittered and mean spirited. It's a regrettably accurate depiction of the way a lot of people ''do'' react to social isolation, especially adolescents who are usually a bit self centered and immature to begin with. Viewers can recognize this as a counterproductive personal flaw, but it's also a very relatable one. Of course, Tomoko's jerkass tendencies are somewhat softened by the fact that she's either too introverted and inept to do any real harm, and nobody is sufficiently invested in their relationship with her for her to have much of an impact one way or the other.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Pick a named character. Any named character. Chances are good someone is shipping them with Tomoko. Popular people to pair her up with include Tomoki, Yuu, Megumi, Yoshida, and Ucchi.
* MemeticMutation: [[https://data.archive.moe/board/a/image/1357/54/1357545591445.png SERVES YOU RIGHT!]]
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: This manga about an unflatteringly, stereotypical geek owes its success to the very type of geek Tomoko herself is. This is primarily because, as at least one has said, it hits too close to home.
* MisaimedFandom: Despite Tomoko's dysfunctional nature, not to mention her more unpleasant traits (which show up more as the manga progresses), some readers and viewers are proud to claim [[AudienceSurrogate they're just like her]] without an ounce of SelfDeprecation - though [[ThisLoserIsYou she's usually not very admirable to start with.]] Relatable, pitiable, even sympathetic, yes - but admirable?
* {{Moe}}: Yuu fits well in this trope. [[spoiler: Except when it comes to innocence in regard to sex.]] Also, Tomoko's younger cousin Kii-chan.
** Arguably Tomoko in [[Laconic/{{Moe}} the original sense]], though it's offset by her less savory traits.
** The {{Author Avatar}}s of Nico Tanigawa as [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter little mammals]] in omakes, the avatar of the female artist in particular. When foreign fans sent them pictures of their penises, she claimed never to have seen one before. She was also bothered by the male writer perving over Tomoko's voice actress recording her lines, and by the conditions of workers in the animation studio.
* NarmCharm: The opening is so incredibly unfitting that it circles back to being awesome and makes you want to cheer for Tomoko.
* NightmareFuel: Some of Tomoko's expressions are unsettling, to say the least.
** For example: In the first episode where she threatens Tomoki that she would kill herself if he didn't talk to her. With the aforementioned expressions and dark atmosphere, it makes it seem like she would seriously kill herself.
** The Anime's Opening provides a good example during the sequence where Tomoko is posing like prison inmate. After a couple frames, Tomoko flashes a SlasherSmile. A half-second later, she [[CameraAbuse lunges forwards and claws the camera]] with a crazed expression on her face. The semi-stop motion way the sequence is animated, plus Tomoko's string black hair give bring Film/TheRing to mind. Tomoko's actual character is [[ShrinkingViolet hardly intimidating]], but still...
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Social anxiety is not "cute," nor does it make victims appear charming. It is a miserable experience because humans ''need'' to be social in some way or another, and the psychological damage of the inability to do so is very, very serious.
* {{Squick}}: Tomoko sure is bent on getting her little brother to be attracted to her. Though when he gets up close to her during such a moment (just to show her out) [[HypocriticalHumor she freaks out a bit.]]
* StoicWoobie: Yuri. While she puts up a convincing front of indifference throughout, she too is prone to feelings of loneliness and has trouble coping whenever she get separated from the few friends she has.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: You'd think Tomoko's parents would have a bigger role and maybe help Tomoko deal with her problems. [[AdultsAreUseless They're heavily ignored]], which is most likely due to ValuesDissonance (since in Japan many people look down on those who seek therapy; even the most compassionate parents would rather ignore the problem and hope their child just "grows out of this phase" rather than face the shame of seeking out a licensed professional. See also {{Hikikomori}}).
* UglyCute: Tomoko. It's certainly easy to see why she isn't considered attractive, but there's definitely a charm to her goofy appearance.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Guess who?
* ValuesDissonance: One of the bigger western gripes with the plot is the overall lack of input from Tomoko's parents, or [[AdultsAreUseless adults in general]], to get her help with her glaring antisocial tendencies. In context, this isn't that surprising: Japan's take on social therapy/counselling is nowhere near as common or acknowledged as the West's.
** Strangely enough, Tomoko's 2nd year homeroom teacher doesn't seem to have that memo and butts in, trying to get her to open up in very blunt ways, with Tomoko's expressions definitely looking of the "UnwantedAssistance" variety.
* TheWoobie: Tomoko, pretty much. You just have to feel sorry for a girl who just has no idea how to talk to people without making herself look like a total dork.
** JerkassWoobie: She can also be {{unsympathetic|ComedyProtagonist}} at times, which shows how she's self-defeating. The fact that she apparently can't read other people's basic emotions, to the point where she interprets an innocent crush as perverse lust [[spoiler:(see her incident with Komiyama)]], makes it easy for her to be extremely cruel and rude to other people, but also a very sad individual to behold.
** Kotomi has problems expressing her feelings for Tomoki, and each time she's turned to his sister for help, Tomoko would always humiliate her publicly purely out of spite. Later chapters show she's just as hopeless without Tomoko's meddling, as all Kotomi's efforts to connect with him end up just making her look like a pervy stalker that honestly creeps Tomoki out.
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