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** The Animax dub had Hayate refer himself as...[[CaptainObvious you guessed it.]]

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** The Animax dub had Hayate refer himself as...[[CaptainObvious you guessed it.]]


* PerpetualPoverty – Hayate. 150,000,000+ yen debt aside, if he is ever given any money he will certainly lose it. [[TheJinx Even people around him]] seem to spontaneously lose money just by being in his proximity. Later chapters of the manga even give him the title [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin “God of Poverty”]]. He [[GenreSavvy notices this trend]], and is quite dismayed.

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* PerpetualPoverty – Hayate. 150,000,000+ yen debt aside, if he is ever given any money he will certainly lose it. [[TheJinx Even people around him]] seem to spontaneously lose money just by being in his proximity. Later chapters of the manga even give him the title [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin “God of Poverty”]]. He [[GenreSavvy notices this trend]], trend, and is quite dismayed.



* {{Workplace Acquired Abilities}} - This is the explination given for many of Hayate's non-butler skills. Between the jobs he did for his father and the jobs he did to support himself since he was 8. His skills as a butler have a completely different origin.

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* {{Workplace Acquired Abilities}} WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities - This is the explination given for many of Hayate's non-butler skills. Between the jobs he did for his father and the jobs he did to support himself since he was 8. His skills as a butler have a completely different origin.



* WrongGenreSavvy - The usual cause of a GenreSavvy guess being wrong. While the characters often seem to know they're in an anime/manga, they just as often think they're in an actual fighting series, not a parody.

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* WrongGenreSavvy - The usual cause of a GenreSavvy guess being wrong. While the characters often seem to know they're in an anime/manga, they just as often think they're in an actual fighting series, not a parody.



** Given the amount of mistaken dialogue present, this could clear up most of the confusion of the story. One of the characters seems to have gotten {{genre savvy}} about this.
** Granted, sometimes it's refused, even when one of the girls is asked directly, she can't answer.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* {{You Must Be Cold}} - In the first episode/chapter Hayate gives his jacket to Nagi when she's freezing.

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** Given the amount of mistaken dialogue present, this could clear up most of the confusion of the story. One of the characters seems to have gotten {{genre savvy}} about this.
** Granted, sometimes it's refused, even when one of the girls is asked directly, she can't answer.
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%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* {{You Must Be Cold}} YouMustBeCold - In the first episode/chapter Hayate gives his jacket to Nagi when she's freezing.


* ShipSinking - Chapter 265 apparently sinks [[spoiler:Athena X Hayate]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming But in the best way possible!]] [[note]]Of course, given the fact that the mangaka is a TeasingCreator and certain spoiler material, who knows where this might go.[[/note]]

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* ShipSinking - Chapter 265 apparently sinks [[spoiler:Athena X Hayate]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments But in the best way possible!]] [[note]]Of course, given the fact that the mangaka is a TeasingCreator and certain spoiler material, who knows where this might go.[[/note]]



* StripPoker - In chapter 434, Miki reveal that she had her father's company make a deck of cards where half of them were transparent, creating some interesting new strategies since your opponent could see at least some of your cards and vice versa. Hinagiku shows up after a demonstration and wants to play, with [[SchoolGirlLesbians Miki]] ''instantly'' declaring that Hina has to strip if she loses...and making Izumi strip instead of herself if Hina wins. After some obvious goading to her competitive nature, Hina agrees. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Miki realized how screwed she was when Hina got an all-transparent royal flush]]. For {{Fanservice}} Izumi did actually strip after each hand despite her complaints.

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* StripPoker - In chapter 434, Miki reveal that she had her father's company make a deck of cards where half of them were transparent, creating some interesting new strategies since your opponent could see at least some of your cards and vice versa. Hinagiku shows up after a demonstration and wants to play, with [[SchoolGirlLesbians Miki]] ''instantly'' declaring that Hina has to strip if she loses...and making Izumi strip instead of herself if Hina wins. After some obvious goading to her competitive nature, Hina agrees. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Miki realized how screwed she was when Hina got an all-transparent royal flush]]. For {{Fanservice}} Izumi did actually strip after each hand despite her complaints.



** Counts as either a CrowningMomentofAwesome or sheer Narm depending on how you look at it.

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** Counts as either a CrowningMomentofAwesome SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome or sheer Narm depending on how you look at it.


** Chapter 382 is also a huge wham episode, specifically the moment Luca [[spoiler: kisses Hayate]].
* WhamLine: From Episode 10 of ''Can't Take My Eyes Off You!'', [[spoiler: Hayate telling Nagi "I quit being your butler."]]
** Chapter 404 had a similar line where [[spoiler: Hayate told Ruka that he doesn't wish to be Nagi's butler forever and will quit the day his debt is cleared and Nagi can live on her own]]. This time with heavy foreshadowing that said day is not all that far off.

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** Chapter 382 is also a huge wham episode, specifically sgiws the moment Luca [[spoiler: kisses Hayate]].
* WhamLine: From Episode 10 of ''Can't Take My Eyes Off You!'', [[spoiler: Hayate telling Nagi "I quit being your butler."]]
**
"]] Chapter 404 had a similar line where [[spoiler: Hayate told Ruka that he doesn't wish to be Nagi's butler forever and will quit the day his debt is cleared and Nagi can live on her own]]. This time with heavy foreshadowing that said day is not all that far off.
** Ultimately defied in another wham (counter-wham?) in chapter 510, where, [[spoiler:even after paying off his debts, he decides to continue working for her]].



** Ultimately defied in chapter 510, where, [[spoiler:even after paying off his debts, he decides to continue working for her]].



* WillTheyOrWontThey - Despite being a HaremGenre series, the manga is a pretty rare case where there is no OfficialCouple that is all but waiting to be confirmed. The first chapters alone set up a LoveTriangle between Hayate, Nagi, and Maria and swiftly added Sakuya and Isumi soon after. Then Nishizawa was added and the main LoveTriangle seemed to shift to Nagi/Hayate/Nishizawa. ''And then'' [[BreakoutCharacter fan-favorite]] [[StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku]] [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Katsura]] was officially confirmed as a LoveInterest and the shipping base went wild. Add in Hayate's NewOldFlame Athena and even more minor characters...

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* WillTheyOrWontThey - Despite being a HaremGenre series, the manga is a pretty rare case where there is no OfficialCouple that is all but waiting to be confirmed. The first chapters alone set up a LoveTriangle between Hayate, Nagi, and Maria and swiftly added Sakuya and Isumi soon after. Then Nishizawa was added and the main LoveTriangle seemed to shift to Nagi/Hayate/Nishizawa. ''And then'' [[BreakoutCharacter fan-favorite]] [[StudentCouncilPresident then''[[StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku]] [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Katsura]] was officially confirmed as a LoveInterest and the shipping base went wild. Add in Hayate's NewOldFlame Athena and even more minor characters...



*** As of Chapter 483 this seems to have shifted into [[spoiler: "they would, but..."]] after a rather heartfelt conversation. Given that Hayate had just [[spoiler: turned down minor character Konoha's love confession after a surprise kiss from her earlier]] he was in a surprisingly open mood when Hinagiku approached him to ask him about it. When Hinagiku asked the critical question, [[spoiler: what if it had been her that confessed her feelings to him instead]], Hayate for once gave a serious and direct answer: [[spoiler: he would be very happy if Hinagiku were to say that she loved him and he truly feels that being loved by someone as wonderful as her would be a dream come true]]. This leaves the current situation as, [[spoiler: Hayate pretty much told Hinagiku outright that he likes her, but still doesn't believe she could actually fall for him, Hinagiku now knows that Hayate would return her feelings if she told him, but that she can't right now because Hayate couldn't go out with her even if she told him, not because he doesn't like her, but because of his massive debt. Now Hinagiku will be looking for ways to help get Hayate's debt payed off, and she certainly seems to believe that "they will" once he's debt free]].

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*** As of Chapter 483 this seems to have shifted into [[spoiler: "they would, but..."]] after a rather heartfelt conversation. Given that Hayate had just [[spoiler: turned down minor character Konoha's love confession after a surprise kiss from her earlier]] he was in a surprisingly open mood when Hinagiku approached him to ask him about it. When Hinagiku asked the critical question, [[spoiler: what if it had been her that confessed her feelings to him instead]], Hayate for once gave a serious and direct answer: [[spoiler: he would be very happy if Hinagiku were to say that she loved him and he truly feels that being loved by someone as wonderful as her would be a dream come true]]. This leaves the current situation as, [[spoiler: Hayate pretty much told Hinagiku outright that he likes her, but still doesn't believe she could actually fall for him, Hinagiku now knows that Hayate would return her feelings if she told him, but that she can't right now because Hayate couldn't go out with her even if she told him, not because he doesn't like her, but because of his massive debt. Now Hinagiku will be looking for ways to help get Hayate's debt payed off, and she certainly seems to believe that "they will" once he's debt free]].



* WorfHadTheFlu - There actually is usually a reason for Hayate losing fights or having a much harder time than he should. The primary reason is that he's actually [[spoiler: a trained swordsman, though he lied about early on]] and limits himself to fighting unarmed which, could put him at a disadvantage. Also he apparently has access to an [[BigFreakingGun MG3]] and plenty of skill with it even before the start of the series - if he brought ''that'' thing to every fight [[CurbStompBattle he could win]] [[TheJuggernaut just by waving it around (one-handed no less)]]. Aside from that the biggest contributing factor is probably that he doesn't want to fight in the first place leading to him putting up with way more than he'd have to simply because he doesn't fight back.

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* WorfHadTheFlu - There actually is usually a reason for Hayate losing fights or having a much harder time than he should. The primary reason is that he's actually [[spoiler: a trained swordsman, though he lied about early on]] and limits himself to fighting unarmed which, could put him at a disadvantage. Also he apparently has access to an [[BigFreakingGun MG3]] and plenty of skill with it even before the start of the series - if he brought ''that'' thing to every fight [[CurbStompBattle he could win]] [[TheJuggernaut [[FiringOneHanded just by waving it around (one-handed no less)]]. Aside from that the biggest contributing factor is probably that he doesn't want to fight in the first place leading to him putting up with way more than he'd have to simply because he doesn't fight back.


-->Nagi: Hayate still has three transformations left!
-->Hayate: No, I'm not [[DragonBallZ Fr** za.]]

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-->Nagi: Hayate still has three transformations left!
-->Hayate:
left!\\
Hayate:
No, I'm not [[DragonBallZ [[Manga/DragonBallZ Fr** za.]]


* {{Shotacon}} - The Chairman of Hakuo Academy is both a {{Shotacon}} '''AND''' a {{Lolicon}}, at least in the anime.



** More like he has low self-esteem. Not to mention he sees half of them as kids, and because he's quite explicitly ''not'' a {{Lolicon}}, can't even imagine them as love interests.

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** More like he has low self-esteem. Not to mention he sees half of them as kids, and because he's quite explicitly ''not'' a {{Lolicon}}, paedophile, can't even imagine them as love interests.



** While the series is a rare example of a series where "they won't" is a real possibility and it's up in the air if main heroines Nagi and Maria are indeed who the author intended the readers to root for, the early part of the series did toy with the possibility of Hayate/Nagi a bit more than others. Mostly on Nagi's end as Hayate never really displays that sort of interest...and is explicitly not a {{Lolicon}}. It does a good job overall of making all of the girls very sympathetic and developing several quite well at the expense of having a single "main" couple to root for.

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** While the series is a rare example of a series where "they won't" is a real possibility and it's up in the air if main heroines Nagi and Maria are indeed who the author intended the readers to root for, the early part of the series did toy with the possibility of Hayate/Nagi a bit more than others. Mostly on Nagi's end as Hayate never really displays that sort of interest...and is explicitly not a {{Lolicon}}.paedophile. It does a good job overall of making all of the girls very sympathetic and developing several quite well at the expense of having a single "main" couple to root for.

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** Chapter 553. After over 500 chapters, Hayate [[spoiler:finally realizes Nagi has been in love with him the whole time and is left gobsmacked by this 'misunderstanding']].


*** Another even more meta joke is the nigh-impossibility of Hinagiku ever properly confessing her feelings to Hayate. Hata-sensei picked up on this one too and wound up having Hina confess and/or ''propose'' to Hayate at least four times in one chapter...but each time the meaning was lost because she couldn't bring herself to say it in a direct manner (she even broke out the old Showa Era "I want to eat your miso soup every day" which even the narrator notes would be completely misunderstood, unless they watched MaisonIkkoku).

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*** Another even more meta joke is the nigh-impossibility of Hinagiku ever properly confessing her feelings to Hayate. Hata-sensei picked up on this one too and wound up having Hina confess and/or ''propose'' to Hayate at least four times in one chapter...but each time the meaning was lost because she couldn't bring herself to say it in a direct manner (she even broke out the old Showa Era "I want to eat your miso soup every day" which even the narrator notes would be completely misunderstood, unless they watched MaisonIkkoku).''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'').


** On a more meta-note, it's been noted to much amusement that Hayate never gets to see {{Fanservice}} of Hinagiku despite seeing or being the ''cause'' of it for literally almost every other female in the cast. Hinagiku also never seems to be around when Hayate is providing the fanservice, with the only time she has ever seen him crossdressed was on the boat to Athens where we didn't see them together or her reaction to it.
*** Hata-sensei seems to have picked up on this and flipped it around. Hayate has seen ''plenty'' of {{Fanservice}} from Hinagiku and actually seems to get more of an eye-full than the ''readers'' as Hina implies that he walks in on her changing a lot off-panel. The fact that Hayate [[CovertPervert knows she's changing behind that door and keeps opening it]]...

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** On a more meta-note, it's been noted to much amusement A common meta-gag for years was that Hayate was never gets to see around for Hinagiku's {{Fanservice}} moments, leaving him with almost no instances where he saw Hina in various states of undress despite it being a common gag with him and the other girls. This coincided with several years of Hinagiku despite seeing or being the ''cause'' of it for literally almost every other female in the cast. Hinagiku also never seems to be around when Hayate is providing the fanservice, with just about the only character to not see Hayate any time he was forced to crossdress - the one time she has ever seen him crossdressed did was on all the boat to Athens where we didn't see them together or way into the Greece Arc and ended up being off-panel so the readers never saw her reaction to it.
unlike with the other girls.
*** Hata-sensei Hata seems to have picked up on taken notice of this and as the situation got flipped it around. around after the Greece Arc. Now Hayate has seen ''plenty'' plenty of {{Fanservice}} from Hinagiku and actually seems moments where sheer coincidence conspires to get have him catch Hina undressed. He even sees more of an eye-full than the ''readers'' as Hina implies that he walks readers do and is heavily implied to walk in on her Hina changing a lot regularly off-panel. The fact that Hayate [[CovertPervert knows she's changing behind that door and keeps opening it]]...



** Hayate's bad luck in general has got to be this, especially as everyone is aware of it.
** This one is part {{Bowdlerization}} and part AscendedMeme, but in the anime, the phrase "Very Nice Men" or somesuch adaptation thereof invariably refers to the {{Yakuza}} that Hayate's parents sold him to. This extends to pretty much all fan discussion of both the manga and the anime.

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** Hayate and Hinagiku's incredible similarities started on the level of BirdsOfAFeather and eventually morphed into a gag unto itself. Even the anime joked that Hayate and Hinagiku could secretly turn out to be siblings. By the later part of the manga you can bet that if Hayate is shown to have a trait, characteristic, or talent, then Hinagiku will be shown to also have it within a couple chapters and vice versa. One example is when Hayate is seen to be a BigEater for a contest at the end of summer break and not long after Hinagiku is shown to be able to eat just as much on the Class Trip...the same chapter that reveals both Hayate and Hina are Olympic-level snowboarders.
** Hayate's bad luck drives entire plotlines and provides much of the humor in general has got to be this, the series, especially as everyone is aware of it.
** This one is part {{Bowdlerization}} and part AscendedMeme, but in the anime, the phrase "Very Nice Men" or somesuch adaptation thereof invariably refers to the {{Yakuza}} that Hayate's parents sold him to. This extends to pretty much all fan discussion of both the manga and the anime.
it.


*** As of chapter 510, Hayate [[spoiler:ultimately chooses Nagi]].

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** Ultimately defied in chapter 510, where, [[spoiler:even after paying off his debts, he decides to continue working for her]].


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*** As of chapter 510, Hayate [[spoiler:ultimately chooses Nagi]].


*** Her father is never seen and supposedly died before Nagi could remember him. She has a few memories of her mother though.

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*** Her father is never seen ([[spoiler: except in ''Can't Take My Eyes Off You'' and ''Cuties'']]) and supposedly died before Nagi could remember him. She has a few memories of her mother though.


* ParentalSubstitute - [[spoiler: Hinagiku to Loli!Athena. Holy. Shit. Basically there's a little girl who may or may not be an aged-down Athena who appeared on the campus out of nowhere and bumped into Hinagiku. When the others asked where her mother was she pointed to Hina and said "Mama". Cue absolutely everyone in the panel being completely stunned. Knowing Hata...and the advice Hayate got earlier in the chapter...there is a very good chance that Hayate will be playing fake!dad, which will result in mind-blowingly-large ShipTease with him and Hinagiku]].

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* ParentalSubstitute - [[spoiler: Hinagiku to Loli!Athena.Athena. Holy. Shit. Basically there's a little girl who may or may not be an aged-down Athena who appeared on the campus out of nowhere and bumped into Hinagiku. When the others asked where her mother was she pointed to Hina and said "Mama". Cue absolutely everyone in the panel being completely stunned. Knowing Hata...and the advice Hayate got earlier in the chapter...there is a very good chance that Hayate will be playing fake!dad, dad, which will result in mind-blowingly-large ShipTease with him and Hinagiku]].



** Chapter 300. Not only did it see the return of [[spoiler: Athena, who either appeared in a dream or broke into Hayate's bedroom]]. It also had Aika returning from Greece at last to set up a few possible plot points. Then things get weird when [[spoiler: Hayate and Hinagiku are talking and a little girl who looks like Athena from the End of the World Arc appears out of nowhere and bumps into Hina]]. Then just to ''really'' make us all wonder what the hell was going on, [[spoiler: loli!Athena calls Hinagiku "mama"]].

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** Chapter 300. Not only did it see the return of [[spoiler: Athena, who either appeared in a dream or broke into Hayate's bedroom]]. It also had Aika returning from Greece at last to set up a few possible plot points. Then things get weird when [[spoiler: Hayate and Hinagiku are talking and a little girl who looks like Athena from the End of the World Arc appears out of nowhere and bumps into Hina]]. Then just to ''really'' make us all wonder what the hell was going on, [[spoiler: loli!Athena Athena calls Hinagiku "mama"]].


** And even though he probably doesn't realize it, Hayate himself is quite good at this. [[AttractiveBentGender Especially when cross dressing]] as a [[MoeMoe super moe]] CatGirl. Or maybe that would be [[IncrediblyLamePun Kitty Cat Eyes]]?

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** And even though he probably doesn't realize it, Hayate himself is quite good at this. [[AttractiveBentGender Especially when cross dressing]] as a [[MoeMoe [[{{Moe}} super moe]] CatGirl. Or maybe that would be [[IncrediblyLamePun Kitty Cat Eyes]]?

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*** As of Chapter 483 this seems to have shifted into [[spoiler: "they would, but..."]] after a rather heartfelt conversation. Given that Hayate had just [[spoiler: turned down minor character Konoha's love confession after a surprise kiss from her earlier]] he was in a surprisingly open mood when Hinagiku approached him to ask him about it. When Hinagiku asked the critical question, [[spoiler: what if it had been her that confessed her feelings to him instead]], Hayate for once gave a serious and direct answer: [[spoiler: he would be very happy if Hinagiku were to say that she loved him and he truly feels that being loved by someone as wonderful as her would be a dream come true]]. This leaves the current situation as, [[spoiler: Hayate pretty much told Hinagiku outright that he likes her, but still doesn't believe she could actually fall for him, Hinagiku now knows that Hayate would return her feelings if she told him, but that she can't right now because Hayate couldn't go out with her even if she told him, not because he doesn't like her, but because of his massive debt. Now Hinagiku will be looking for ways to help get Hayate's debt payed off, and she certainly seems to believe that "they will" once he's debt free]].

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