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* {{Het}}: Charlie and Hiro both have exclusively hetero pasts.


* NerdsAreVirgins: Hiro laments that not only has he never slept with a woman, but he's never been able to tell a girl he loves her, either. [[spoiler:He's done both by the end of the book.]]
** AManIsNotAVirgin: Hiro thinks that at twenty-four, he's not just a virgin, but an ''embarrassment''.

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* NerdsAreVirgins: Hiro laments that not only has he never slept with a woman, but he's never been able to tell a girl he loves her, either. [[spoiler:He's done both by the end of the book.]]
** AManIsNotAVirgin:
]] Hiro thinks that at twenty-four, he's not just a virgin, but an ''embarrassment''.

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* ColonCancer: The official full title is ''Series/{{Heroes}}: Saving Charlie: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A Novel]]''.

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** TheDulcineaEffect: This is despite the fact that Hiro's timeline means he first sets out to save Charlie only a few hours after first meeting her. Her "[[TimeTravelTenseTrouble first]]" meeting with him, meanwhile, is actually after a six-month relationship, so ''of course'' she was very fond of him.


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* GreasySpoon: The Burnt Toast Diner.


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** AManIsNotAVirgin: Hiro thinks that at twenty-four, he's not just a virgin, but an ''embarrassment''.


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* ReplacementGoldfish: While in the past, Hiro can't speak to Ando or he risks breaking the timeline, so he makes friends with fellow comic book geek PJ.


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''Saving Charlie'' is a ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' TieInNovel. It expands on the episode "Six Months Ago" in which Hiro travels back in time and begins a relationship with Charlie, culminating in his attempts to save her from Sylar.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: For both characters, but especially Charlie. While Hiro eventually went on to become a regular main character, at the point of the first Volume that this story takes place, he was fairly low on the cast hierarchy.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Despite the fact that [[GenreSavvy Hiro knows]] that every law of comic book time travel states that ''you are not allowed to use your powers to alter the past, '''especially''' for personal gain'', he can't help himself in the case of Charlie.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Hiro's English is quite terrible at the outset of the book, often resulting in him dropping helping verbs like "is".
* AutomatonHorses: Hilariously inverted by Hiro when he tries to come up with an excuse to stay at the diner a bit longer and tells Ando ''that their car needs to rest''.
* [[spoiler:DidNotGetTheGirl]]: A given if you know the outcome of the show.
* FirstLove: Charlie is the first girl Hiro has actually had any sort of relationship success with.
* ForegoneConclusion: Anyone who's seen the show will know that [[spoiler:Hiro DidNotGetTheGirl.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Charlie's ex Lloyd is not the least bit thrilled about her new love.
* {{Het}}: Charlie and Hiro both have exclusively hetero pasts.
* HotBloodedSideburns: Lloyd's sideburns are threatening to take over his face.
* HotterAndSexier: Hiro's TV character is written as a very pure, romantic, nigh-asexual man (in contrast to [[TheInternetIsForPorn his buddy Ando]]). In this novel, Hiro "gets pretty randy" [[http://www.upcoming-movies.com/interviews/Heroes2/default.asp by admission of his actor]], Creator/MasiOka.
* LoserProtagonist: Hiro is a nerd with basically NoSocialSkills when it comes to women.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: GenderFlipped, with a Japanese man and a white American woman. Charlie is still pretty domestic, though.
* MustHaveCaffeine: At the start of the book, Ando is quite grouchy before his morning coffee. Hiro knows better than to mess with him until after breakfast.
* [[spoiler:MustNotDieAVirgin]]: At the end of the book, just before [[spoiler:Charlie is killed by Sylar in order to keep the timeline in tact]], the two of them decide to [[spoiler:sleep together once, for TheirFirstTime.]]
* NerdsAreVirgins: Hiro laments that not only has he never slept with a woman, but he's never been able to tell a girl he loves her, either. [[spoiler:He's done both by the end of the book.]]
* OfficialCouple: Hiro and Charlie, obviously.
* {{Robosexual}}: Perhaps somewhat implied with Hiro, as he keeps comparing Charlie to the title character of the manga ''Robogirl''.
* [[spoiler:StarCrossedLovers]]: A given if you know the outcome of the show.
* TranslationConvention: When Hiro and Ando speak Japanese to each other, it's rendered as perfectly normal English. When Hiro teaches Charlie Japanese, it's still rendered as English, but this time in italics - mostly to note when she switches back to English (Hiro's switch to English, meanwhile, is marked by a flip back into [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish poor grammar]]).

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