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* AmbiguousDisorder: Kiyotaka's penchant for manipulating people, seeing people only as tools to be manipulated in order to further his own goals, a shallow emotional affect, self-centered attitude, and an abusive childhood all point to traits consistent with Antisocial Personality Disorder. Furthermore, his aloof attitude and him wanting to isolate himself from others also adds traits from Schizoid Personality Disorder.
** Kiyotaka is more of a Broken Ace than legitimately suffering from mental disorders. The LNs make it VERY clear that he's not so much much emotionless as naive and awkward when it comes to what 'normal' social interactions are all about. Couple this with his upbringing in the White Room and his utter lack of having had any real affection growing up, and you'd be hard pressed to NOT act like a blank slate.

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* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: Compare to the LNs, where he was more socially awkward and can be emotional at times, he's practically TheStoic in the anime.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Kiyotaka's penchant for manipulating people, seeing people only as tools to be manipulated in order to further his own goals, a shallow emotional affect, self-centered attitude, and an abusive childhood all point to traits consistent with Antisocial Personality Disorder. Furthermore, his aloof attitude and him his wanting to isolate himself from others also adds add traits from Schizoid Personality Disorder.
** Kiyotaka is more of a Broken Ace BrokenAce than legitimately suffering from mental disorders. The LNs make it VERY clear that he's not so much much emotionless as naive and awkward when it comes to what 'normal' social interactions are all about. Couple this with his upbringing in the White Room and his utter lack of having had any real affection growing up, and you'd be hard pressed hard-pressed to NOT act like a blank slate.




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* AdaptationExpansion: Due to the anime being a CompressedAdaptation, Kushida has been promoted to being the Tritagonist of the series, with [[{{Deuteragonist}} Suzune]] being the female lead. In the Light Novel, the female lead [[RotatingArcs changes from arc to arc]].
* AdaptationRelationshipOverhaul: In the LNs, she claims to hate Kiyotaka at first sight and the latter is fully weary of her, and their relationship doesn't get better as the series goes on. In the anime, however, they have plenty of ShipTease moments with Kushida even asking Kiyotaka if he would either choose to be with her or Suzune.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: Her reasons for secretly resenting [[spoiler:Suzune]] is much more sympathetic in the anime, and she also starts to develop [[ShipTease feelings for Kiyotaka]] whereas, in the LNs, [[spoiler:she wholeheartedly [[HateAtFirstSight hates him at first sight]]]].



** [[spoiler: It's revealed that Suzune and Kushida went to a previous school together where Kushida causes a huge scandal there. While Suzune merely heard rumors about the event, Kushida is not taking any chances and tries desperatedly to get her expelled.]]

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** [[spoiler: It's revealed that Suzune and Kushida went to a previous school together where Kushida causes a huge scandal there. While Suzune merely heard rumors about the event, Kushida is not taking any chances and tries desperatedly desperately to get her expelled.]]



* ShipTease: Averted in the light novel. They have more antagonistic relationship, as she hates him and he is wary of her. Zigzagged in the anime.

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* ShipTease: Averted in the light novel. They have a more antagonistic relationship, as she hates him and he is wary of her. Zigzagged in the anime.


* DeclarationOfProtection: Makes one to Kei after saving her from Ryuuen and company:
--> "If anything like what happened today ever happens again, if anything bad ever happens to you, please remember that I will definitely come and save you."

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* DeclarationOfProtection: Makes Gives a rather epic one to Kei after saving her from Ryuuen and company:
company in LN volume 7:
--> "If anything "I'm the one who hurt you. I won't ask you to forgive me. But please just remember this one thing. If something like what that happened today ever happens again, if anything bad ever happens to you, please remember that you again, I will definitely come and save you."you".


** Kiyotaka is more of a Broken Ace than legitimately suffering from mental disorders. The LNs make itvVERY clear that he's not so much much emotionless as naive and awkward when it comes to 'normal' social interaction. Couple this with his upbringing in the White Room and his utter lack of getting any real affection growing up, that you'd be hard pressed to NOT act like a blank slate.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: He undoubtedly [[spoiler: does morally ambiguous deeds the others wouldn't do, but they can benefit from. Sure, his only goal is personal gain, but he subconsciously helps others]].

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** Kiyotaka is more of a Broken Ace than legitimately suffering from mental disorders. The LNs make itvVERY it VERY clear that he's not so much much emotionless as naive and awkward when it comes to what 'normal' social interaction. interactions are all about. Couple this with his upbringing in the White Room and his utter lack of getting having had any real affection growing up, that and you'd be hard pressed to NOT act like a blank slate.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: He undoubtedly [[spoiler: does morally ambiguous deeds the others wouldn't do, but they can can, and do, benefit from. Sure, his only goal is personal gain, gain and maintaining his sense of freedom, but he still subconsciously helps others]].others m9re often than not. Many an inner monologue is dedicated to his contradictory nature.]].



** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally turned down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' at the time and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.

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** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Sakura Airi likes him him, and even personally turned down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' at the time and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.



** Hints of this show up WWWAAAYYY earlier in the LN, as far back as volume 1, namely in his inner monologue over why he wanted to help Suzune after the encounter with her brother.

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** Hints of this show up WWWAAAYYY earlier in the LN, as far back as volume 1, namely in 1. For example: his inner monologue over why he wanted to help Suzune after the encounter with her brother.



* NominalHero: He's actually [[spoiler: anything but heroic and cares only about his own freedom. On a D&D chart, he would be TrueNeutral. This changes as the series goes on and as he makes more meaningful personal relationships.... but only to the extent that he's not a totally lost cause. Later events force him to fight to maintain his freedom.]]

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* NominalHero: He's actually [[spoiler: anything but heroic and cares only about his own freedom. On a D&D chart, he would be TrueNeutral. This changes as the series goes on and as he makes more meaningful personal relationships.... but only to the extent that he's not a totally lost cause. Later events force him to fight act more proactively to maintain his freedom.]]



* SecretlySelfish: The big reveal at the end of Episode 12/Volume 3 is that despite his seemingly [[PetTheDog uncharacteristic altruistic actions]], [[spoiler: in actuality the only thing he actually cares about is securing his own freedom. He has no qualms about [[UnwittingPawn using his classmates as pawns in his schemes, withcthe sole exception of Sakura Airi]] to do so]].

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* SecretlySelfish: The big reveal at the end of Episode 12/Volume 3 is that despite his seemingly [[PetTheDog uncharacteristic altruistic actions]], [[spoiler: in actuality the only thing he actually cares about is securing his own freedom. He has no qualms about [[UnwittingPawn using his classmates as pawns in his schemes, withcthe with the sole exception of Sakura Airi]] to do so]].



* SociopathicHero: It's revealed later on that the face he puts on in front of everybody in the cast is pretty much a mask; truthfully, [[spoiler:he cares nothing for any of his other friends and sees them as tools to use to further his own goals, subverted in his inner monologuesin that it'snot that simple]].

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* SociopathicHero: It's revealed later on that the face he puts on in front of everybody in the cast is pretty much a mask; truthfully, [[spoiler:he cares nothing for any of his other friends and sees them as tools to use to further his own goals, subverted in his inner monologuesin monologues in that it'snot it's not that simple]].simple. There's a lot of internal zig-zagging there.]].


* GoodCounterpart: Kei's this to Kushida. Both have DarkAndTroubledPast; both of which found out by Ayanokouji. Kushida's relationship with Ayanokouji is fully antagonistic and she wants nothing more than seeing him expelled to ensure her secret is safe. Kei, on the other hand , develops a genuine bond with Ayanokouji and later forms a romantic relationship with him. Even when pushed to a corner, Kei protects her boyfriend first and foremost.



* SexForServices: [[spoiler:She is so terrified abut her past being uncovered that she willing offers her body to Ayanokouji to buy his silence. This ends up [[AvertedTroped averted]] as Ayanokouji just wants a helper in his schemes.]]


** [[spoiler: It's revealed that Suzune and Kushida went to a previous school where Kushida causes a huge scandal there. While Suzune merely heard rumors about the event, Kushida is terrified that Suzune would reveal this to the entire student body and tries desperatedly to get her expelled.]]

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** [[spoiler: It's revealed that Suzune and Kushida went to a previous school together where Kushida causes a huge scandal there. While Suzune merely heard rumors about the event, Kushida is terrified that Suzune would reveal this to the entire student body not taking any chances and tries desperatedly to get her expelled.]]



* ProperlyParanoid: She, like Suzune and Ayanokouji, realizes that [[spoiler:Kushida is faking her personality.]]
* SexForServices: [[spoiler:She is so terrified abut her past being uncovered that she willing offers her body to Ayanokouji to buy his silence. This ends up [[AvertedTroped averted]] as Ayanokouji just wants a helper in his schemes.]]



* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Sae's plan is to blackmail Ayanokouji into helping her reach to Class-A. However, Ayanokouji's father's presence at the school was more than enough for Ayanokouji to know that Sae doesn't know jack to use as leverage against him.]]

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Sae's plan is to blackmail Ayanokouji into helping her reach to Class-A. However, Ayanokouji's father's presence at the school was more than enough evidence for Ayanokouji to know that Sae doesn't know jack to use as have any leverage against him.]]


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* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:When stripped of all her bravado, Sae is pretty weak and pathetic. Ayanokouji realizes that she has nothing to blackmail him against and decides to just ignore her threats much to Sae's dismay.]]


* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:The real reason why Kushida is trying everything in her power to get Suzune expelled who knows or at least have some knowledge about the former's DarkAndTroubledPast. She even extends this threat against Ayanokouji who discovered the truth as well.]]



** Volume 7 ends up [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] it as it's revealed that Ayanokouji was never in danger in being expelled. The teacher was given out BlantantLies in order to manipulate Ayanokouji and further her own goals.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Sae's plan was to lie to Ayanokouji about the threat of expulsion under his father's orders and use him to reach to Class-A. However, Ayanokouji's father appearing at the school undermines it.]]

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** Volume 7 ends up [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] it as it's revealed that Ayanokouji was never in danger in being expelled. The teacher was given out using BlantantLies in order to manipulate Ayanokouji and further her own goals.gain Ayanokouji's compliance.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Sae's plan was is to lie to blackmail Ayanokouji about the threat of expulsion under his father's orders and use him to into helping her reach to Class-A. However, Ayanokouji's father appearing father's presence at the school undermines it.was more than enough for Ayanokouji to know that Sae doesn't know jack to use as leverage against him.]]

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** [[spoiler: It's revealed that Suzune and Kushida went to a previous school where Kushida causes a huge scandal there. While Suzune merely heard rumors about the event, Kushida is terrified that Suzune would reveal this to the entire student body and tries desperatedly to get her expelled.]]


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** Volume 7 ends up [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] it as it's revealed that Ayanokouji was never in danger in being expelled. The teacher was given out BlantantLies in order to manipulate Ayanokouji and further her own goals.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Sae's plan was to lie to Ayanokouji about the threat of expulsion under his father's orders and use him to reach to Class-A. However, Ayanokouji's father appearing at the school undermines it.]]


* NominalHero: He's actually [[spoiler: anything but heroic and cares only about his own freedom. On a D&D chart, he would be TrueNeutral. This changes as the seriesgoes on and as he makes more meaningful and personal relationships.... but 9nly to the extent that he'snot a totally list cause. Later events force him to fight to maintain his freedom.]]

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* NominalHero: He's actually [[spoiler: anything but heroic and cares only about his own freedom. On a D&D chart, he would be TrueNeutral. This changes as the seriesgoes series goes on and as he makes more meaningful and personal relationships.... but 9nly only to the extent that he'snot he's not a totally list lost cause. Later events force him to fight to maintain his freedom.]]



** [[spoiler: And not just in the entrance exams but also in his tests. The novels goes into more details: Chabashira revealed that he not only solved a difficult problem - only solved by 3% of all students this year - he also included a complex formula and used it flawlessly while getting the wrong score on a question with a correct answer rate of 76%.]]
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: By his own admission, Kiyotaka has no distinctive characteristics, hobbies or interests and makes no effort to stand out.
* SecretlySelfish: The big reveal at the end of Episode 12/Volume 3 is that despite his seemingly [[PetTheDog uncharacteristic altruistic actions]], [[spoiler: in actuality the only thing he actually cares about is securing his own freedom. He has no qualms about [[UnwittingPawn using his classmates as pawns in his schemes]] to do so]].

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** [[spoiler: And not just in the entrance exams but also in his tests. The novels goes go into more details: detail: Chabashira revealed that he not only solved a difficult problem - only solved by 3% of all students this year - he also included a complex formula and used it flawlessly while getting the wrong score on a question with a correct answer rate of 76%.]]
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: By his own admission, Kiyotaka has no distinctive characteristics, hobbies or interests and makes no effort to stand out.
out. Too bad it's all a lie, minus the 'not wanting to stand out' bit. Kiyotaka actually likes reading, as evidenced throughout the LNs.
* SecretlySelfish: The big reveal at the end of Episode 12/Volume 3 is that despite his seemingly [[PetTheDog uncharacteristic altruistic actions]], [[spoiler: in actuality the only thing he actually cares about is securing his own freedom. He has no qualms about [[UnwittingPawn using his classmates as pawns in his schemes]] schemes, withcthe sole exception of Sakura Airi]] to do so]].



* SociopathicHero: It's revealed later on that the face he puts on in front of everybody in the cast is pretty much a mask; truthfully, [[spoiler:he cares nothing for any of his other friends and sees them as tools to use to further his own goals]].

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* SociopathicHero: It's revealed later on that the face he puts on in front of everybody in the cast is pretty much a mask; truthfully, [[spoiler:he cares nothing for any of his other friends and sees them as tools to use to further his own goals]].goals, subverted in his inner monologuesin that it'snot that simple]].



* TheStoic: Hardly reacts to anything.

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* TheStoic: Hardly reacts to anything. Averted in the LNs where just comes off as kind of really awkward.



* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: [[spoiler: His monologue in volume 7.5 is this, when he was preparing for his Christmas date with Maya Satou.]]

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* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: [[spoiler: His monologue in volume 7.5 is this, when he was preparing for his Christmas date with Maya Satou.]] He ends up thinking about Kei.]]
* RelationshipUpgrade: The epilogue of volume 11.5.


** Double subverted in that Kiyotaka isn't nearly as selfish in the extreme as the anime makes him out to be. If anything, he's less selfish and more socially darwinist and pragmatic about his actions. That said, it's a mindset born out of having had next to no real meaningful relatio ships prior to the story.

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** Double subverted in that Kiyotaka isn't nearly as selfish in the extreme as the anime makes him out to be. If anything, he's less selfish and more socially darwinist and pragmatic about his actions. That said, it's a mindset born out of having had next to no real meaningful relatio ships relationships prior to the story.


** Hints of this show up WWWAAAYYY earlier in thd LN, as far back as volume 1, namely in his inner monologue over why he wanted to help Suzune after the encounter with her brother.

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** Hints of this show up WWWAAAYYY earlier in thd the LN, as far back as volume 1, namely in his inner monologue over why he wanted to help Suzune after the encounter with her brother.


** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally turned down another girl's [[Maya's]] confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' at the time and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.

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** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally turned down another girl's [[Maya's]] confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' at the time and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.


** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally ruened down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.

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** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally ruened turned down another girl's [[Maya's]] confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' at the time and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.


** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BithcInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally ruened down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.

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** Averted HEAVILY in the [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's [[BithcInSheepsClothing [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally ruened down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.


** Kiyotaka is more of a Broken Ace than legitimately suffering from mental disorders.
The LNs make itvVERY clear that he's not so much much emotionless as naive and awkward when it comes to 'normal' social interaction. Couple this with his upbringing in the White Room and his utter lack of getting any real affection growing up, that you'd be hard pressed to NOT act like a blank slate.

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** Kiyotaka is more of a Broken Ace than legitimately suffering from mental disorders.
disorders. The LNs make itvVERY clear that he's not so much much emotionless as naive and awkward when it comes to 'normal' social interaction. Couple this with his upbringing in the White Room and his utter lack of getting any real affection growing up, that you'd be hard pressed to NOT act like a blank slate.



** Averted HEAVILY in the LNs as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's Kushida so.... Also, there's his relatiinship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally ruened down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.

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** Averted HEAVILY in the LNs [=LNs=] as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's Kushida [[BithcInSheepsClothing Kushida]] so.... Also, there's his relatiinship relationship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally ruened down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.


** Kiyotaka is more of a Broken Ace than legitimately suffering from mental disorders.
The LNs make itvVERY clear that he's not so much much emotionless as naive and awkward when it comes to 'normal' social interaction. Couple this with his upbringing in the White Room and his utter lack of getting any real affection growing up, that you'd be hard pressed to NOT act like a blank slate.



* BrilliantButLazy: Despite his insistence that he's just an average guy, he seems to be quite skilled and competent not just in academics, but also martial arts.

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* BrilliantButLazy: Despite his insistence that he's just an average guy, he seems to be quite skilled and competent not just in academics, but also martial arts. This changes somewhat over the course of the series.



** Averted HEAVILY in the LNs as he, like damn near every other guy, showed a pretty obvious attraction to Kushida, but she's Kushida so.... Also, there's his relatiinship with Karuizawa Kei. He's also well aware that Airi likes him and even personally ruened down another girl's confession. Though it's because he genuinely didn't understand 'romantic love' and didn't want to lead her on... which actually led him to seriously think about and look into it more. Again, Kei.



** Hints of this show up WWWAAAYYY earlier in thd LN, as far back as volume 1, namely in his inner monologue over why he wanted to help Suzune after the encounter with her brother.
--> "I was starting to sound worked up, or perhaps I was actually feeling worked up. Maybe because Iíd started to, rather selfishly, consider her a friend. I didnít want Horikita to come to regret her decision."



** Double subverted in that Kiyotaka isn't nearly as selfish in the extreme as the anime makes him out to be. If anything, he's less selfish and more socially darwinist and pragmatic about his actions. That said, it's a mindset born out of having had next to no real meaningful relatio ships prior to the story.



* MistakenForRomance: Many of his classmates mistakenly think that he's Suzune's boyfriend, because he is the only guy and the person in general with whom she communicates.

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* MistakenForRomance: Many of his classmates mistakenly think that he's Suzune's boyfriend, because he is the only guy and the person in general with whom she communicates. He does, in his own broken and awkward way, actually consider her a friend of sorts.



* NominalHero: He's actually [[spoiler: anything but heroic and cares only about his own freedom. On a D&D chart, he would be TrueNeutral.]]

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* NominalHero: He's actually [[spoiler: anything but heroic and cares only about his own freedom. On a D&D chart, he would be TrueNeutral. This changes as the seriesgoes on and as he makes more meaningful and personal relationships.... but 9nly to the extent that he'snot a totally list cause. Later events force him to fight to maintain his freedom.]]

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