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* AntiSchoolUniformsPlot: The series prominently features superpowered school uniforms that are used to keep students in line with the punishment of death in order to support the student council president's tyrannical rule. The larger themes of the series are about how clothing is used to enforce conformity.



* AntiSchoolUniformsPlot: Season one prominently features super-powered school uniforms that are used to keep students in line on the punishment of death in order to support the student council president's tyrannical rule. The larger themes of the show are about how clothing is used to enforce conformity.


* MenAreTheExpendableGender: So far, the vast majority of characters who have died are male.[[note]]All the many dead or dying nameless students that are shown during the No-Late-To-School Day and Naturals Election are male. All the mooks Gamagoori (presumably) kills and the student soldiers are male as well.[[/note]] Particularly foul in that the student population has been shown in various episodes to be a roughly 50/50 gender split...

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* AntiSchoolUniformsPlot: Season one prominently features super-powered school uniforms that are used to keep students in line on the punishment of death in order to support the student council president's tyrannical rule. The larger themes of the show are about how clothing is used to enforce conformity.


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* HighHeelPower: There are several close-ups on Satsuki Kiryuin's heels clicking before she makes a speech or does something badass. Same goes for her mother, Ragyo.

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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: All the One-Star Goku Uniform wearers are identical carbon copies of each other, either the male model or female. Similarly, every one of Ragyo's managers looks exactly alike. At first, it just seems to be an artistic (and [[RuleOfFunny humorous]]) choice to indicate "large amount of generic antagonists". [[spoiler:However, the "inexplicable" part is eventually subverted as it's shown they stylistically and sometimes ''literally'' mold individuals into those forms as part of a progression of "mindless sheep". Only those with enough physical strength AND individuality to surpass that conformity rise to Two or Three-Star ranks.]]


** [[spoiler:Even Satsuki herself is shown wearing a the typical uniform of a ''sukeban'', or female delinquent, in flashbacks]]. [[spoiler:This serves to [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadow]] her and Ryuko's relationship, involving tropes like LongLostRelative and NotQuiteDead.]].

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** [[spoiler:Even Satsuki herself is shown wearing a the typical uniform of a ''sukeban'', or female delinquent, in flashbacks]]. [[spoiler:This flashbacks. This serves to [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadow]] her {{foreshadow|ing}} and Ryuko's relationship, involving tropes like LongLostRelative and NotQuiteDead.]]. ]]


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* JapaneseSpirit:
** Ryuko Matoi is unbelievably determined, even at the start of the show. She's driven by a desire to find the person who killed her father and believes that Satsuki Kiryuin is either that person or knows who is. However, in the beginning, she is no match at all for [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Goku Uniforms]], even with the enchanted scissor she wields and winds up retreating or needing to be saved multiple times in the beginning. But when Ryuuko gains access to Senketsu, her superpowered sailor uniform, her true hidden powers, and talents come to light. At that point, she is more than a match for Two-Star Uniforms, and she even gains new abilities/skills as she fights the Three-Star Uniforms and stronger opponents. Satsuki herself expresses admiration for Ryuko's spirit. Much later in the show, it turns out that [[spoiler:Ryuko is a BornWinner, with a body that is infused with Life Fibers that allow her to handle a Kamui (essentially the equivalent of a Ten-Star Uniform), where 50% is enough to drive most people insane. However, [[TomatoInTheMirror finding this out]] sends her into a massive HeroicBSOD.]]
** Satsuki Kiryuin is not only willing to take risks but believes that the power of sheer badassery will allow her to overcome any challenge (and it ''does''). [[spoiler:This is despite the fact that she is not as infused with Life Fibers as Ryuko is because she was too old to accept them at the time of the experiment while Ryuuko was experimented on from the moment she left the womb.]] She also fits the archetype of the Japanese Spirit villain[=/=][[TheRival Rival]] like a glove. She generally believes in a very cynical and harsh worldview and looks down on anyone who doesn't fit her ideals. [[spoiler:However, it's revealed that her LongGame involves waiting for the perfect moment to betray her mother, the true BigBad. Further, her worldview isn't completely unjustified; she needs soldiers with enough spirit and resolve to resist being controlled by Life Fibers, and doesn't have time to waste on "half-baked allies".]]

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**Mako's rants are full of kanji-based visual puns that the official dub couldn't translate in a meaningful way.


* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Kiryuins. There is Ragyo Kiryuin, an abusive EvilMatriarch plotting WorldDomination. Soichiro Kiryuin, a MadScientist who [[spoiler:experimented on his daughters and encouraged the eldest to kill Ragyo since she was five]]. Satsuki Kiryuin, who is an EvilOverlord SocialDarwinist and [[spoiler:has been plotting her mother's death since she was five]]. And finally the most normal one, [[spoiler:Ryuko Matoi, who is just a neglected, friendless and aggressive delinquent, but [[AwfulTruth gets ''better'' as the series progresses]]]]. [[spoiler:As of Episode 20, it appears that [[CuteandPsycho Nui Harime]] was genetically engineered by Ragyo with Life Fibers making her a "soul sister" of Ryuko]]. Plus there's [[spoiler:the whole [[VillainousIncest "screwed"]] bit when it comes to [[DepravedBisexual Ragyo]] and [[PsychoLesbian Nui]]. While never directly referred to as such, Senketsu could be considered among the family as well, being the second human Life Fiber hybrid created by Soichirou.]]

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Kiryuins. There is Ragyo Kiryuin, an abusive EvilMatriarch plotting WorldDomination.TakeOverTheWorld. Soichiro Kiryuin, a MadScientist who [[spoiler:experimented on his daughters and encouraged the eldest to kill Ragyo since she was five]]. Satsuki Kiryuin, who is an EvilOverlord SocialDarwinist and [[spoiler:has been plotting her mother's death since she was five]]. And finally the most normal one, [[spoiler:Ryuko Matoi, who is just a neglected, friendless and aggressive delinquent, but [[AwfulTruth gets ''better'' as the series progresses]]]]. [[spoiler:As of Episode 20, it appears that [[CuteandPsycho Nui Harime]] was genetically engineered by Ragyo with Life Fibers making her a "soul sister" of Ryuko]]. Plus there's [[spoiler:the whole [[VillainousIncest "screwed"]] bit when it comes to [[DepravedBisexual Ragyo]] and [[PsychoLesbian Nui]]. While never directly referred to as such, Senketsu could be considered among the family as well, being the second human Life Fiber hybrid created by Soichirou.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: After fighting to prevent a WorldDomination plot, and then an [[spoiler:alien invasion.]] The series ends with all of the heroes alive [[spoiler:save for Senketsu]] and finally living a peaceful and normal life.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: After fighting to prevent a WorldDomination plot, plot to TakeOverTheWorld, and then an [[spoiler:alien invasion.]] The series ends with all of the heroes alive [[spoiler:save for Senketsu]] and finally living a peaceful and normal life.



** During middle school, Satsuki looks down upon some bullies who rely on their parents' social standing for their impunity; when she is called out for doing the exact same thing, Satsuki yells with her [[LargeHam usual bravado]] that she's different because [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections unlike the bullies who mainly leech off their power to get their way]] she ''uses'' [[VisionaryVillain it as a means to further her goal of]] WorldDomination. This may also count as an exaggerated version of ValuesDissonance; some areas of Japanese culture consider someone with lofty ambitions to be morally superior to someone who does the same thing for pettier ambitions. This attitude [[EvilIsPetty also exists outside of Japan]], but Japan folded it into their [[JapaneseSpirit own cultural beast]].

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** During middle school, Satsuki looks down upon some bullies who rely on their parents' social standing for their impunity; when she is called out for doing the exact same thing, Satsuki yells with her [[LargeHam usual bravado]] that she's different because [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections unlike the bullies who mainly leech off their power to get their way]] she ''uses'' [[VisionaryVillain it as a means to further her goal of]] WorldDomination.to]] TakeOverTheWorld. This may also count as an exaggerated version of ValuesDissonance; some areas of Japanese culture consider someone with lofty ambitions to be morally superior to someone who does the same thing for pettier ambitions. This attitude [[EvilIsPetty also exists outside of Japan]], but Japan folded it into their [[JapaneseSpirit own cultural beast]].

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* MonochromePast: Typically, majority of the flashback sequences are shown in some sort of sepia, as shown [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/kill-la-kill/images/2/2a/EP8-08_Satsuki_Kiryuin.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140510211132 here]] and [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/kill-la-kill/images/a/ad/Ep17-kinue2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140206230127 here]].


** Also the final two episodes, which practically ''every'' named character is participating in some way, whether against fighting [[spoiler: Ragyo, Nui, the COVERS]], or just supporting the fighters.

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** Also the final two episodes, which practically ''every'' named character is participating in some way, whether against fighting [[spoiler: Ragyo, Nui, the COVERS]], COVERS]] or just supporting the fighters.fighters.
* TheBigBadShuffle: The series starts off with StudentCouncilPresident [[KnightTemplar Satsuki Kiryuin]] as the BigBad. Halfway through, it's revealed that Satsuki actually been working to fight the real BigBad, her mother, Ragyo Kiryuin, who is also TheDragon to the [[GreaterScopeVillain Primordial Life Fiber]].


** Senketsu [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands gains the ability to fly]] during Ryuko's fight with Jakuzure. Ryuko immediately decides to just [[SequenceBreaking skip the]] [[BossRush boss gauntlet]] [[SequenceBreaking and just makes a beeline for Satsuki.]] Might as well go for her ''real'' target, right? It doesn't work though, since Jakuzure [[GoThroughMe isn't having anyone attack Satsuki on her watch]] [[IAmYourOpponent (or ignore her, for that matter).]]

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** Senketsu [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands gains the ability to fly]] during Ryuko's fight with Jakuzure. Ryuko immediately decides to just [[SequenceBreaking skip the]] [[BossRush boss gauntlet]] [[SequenceBreaking and just makes make a beeline for Satsuki.]] Might as well go for her ''real'' target, right? It doesn't work though, since Jakuzure [[GoThroughMe isn't having anyone attack Satsuki on her watch]] [[IAmYourOpponent (or ignore her, for that matter).]]


** Senketsu [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands gains the ability to fly]] during Ryuko's fight with Jakuzure. Ryuko immediately decides to just [[SequenceBreaking skip the]] [[BossRush boss gauntlet]][[SequenceBreaking and just makes a beeline for Satsuki.]] Might as well go for her ''real'' target, right? It doesn't work though, since Jakuzure [[GoThroughMe isn't having anyone attack Satsuki on her watch]] [[IAmYourOpponent (or ignore her, for that matter).]]

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** Senketsu [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands gains the ability to fly]] during Ryuko's fight with Jakuzure. Ryuko immediately decides to just [[SequenceBreaking skip the]] [[BossRush boss gauntlet]][[SequenceBreaking gauntlet]] [[SequenceBreaking and just makes a beeline for Satsuki.]] Might as well go for her ''real'' target, right? It doesn't work though, since Jakuzure [[GoThroughMe isn't having anyone attack Satsuki on her watch]] [[IAmYourOpponent (or ignore her, for that matter).]]


** Senketsu [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands gains the ability to fly]] during Ryuko's fight with Jakuzure. Ryuko immediately decides to just [[SequenceBreaking skip the]] [[BossRush boss gauntlet]][[SequenceBreaking and just makes a beeline for Satsuki.]] Might as well go for her ''real'' target, right? It doesn't work though, since Jakuzure [[GoThroughMe isn't having anyone attack Satsuki on her watch]] [[YourOpponentIsMe (or ignore her, for that matter).]]

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** Senketsu [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands gains the ability to fly]] during Ryuko's fight with Jakuzure. Ryuko immediately decides to just [[SequenceBreaking skip the]] [[BossRush boss gauntlet]][[SequenceBreaking and just makes a beeline for Satsuki.]] Might as well go for her ''real'' target, right? It doesn't work though, since Jakuzure [[GoThroughMe isn't having anyone attack Satsuki on her watch]] [[YourOpponentIsMe [[IAmYourOpponent (or ignore her, for that matter).]]

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