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* LoveLetterLunacy: Saint Tail's love letters/warning notes took the forms of notes popping out from the strangest places (including ''a ball that had just hit Asuka jr. in the face''), messages written on his face while he sleeps, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming written with food in a lunchbox she prepared for him]], or ''[[CovertPervert his bath towel as he was taking a shower]]'', and even an announcement made to the whole town ''with a blimp''.

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* LoveLetterLunacy: Saint Tail's love letters/warning notes took the forms of notes popping out from the strangest places (including ''a ball that had just hit Asuka jr. in the face''), messages written on his face while he sleeps, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming written with food in a lunchbox she prepared for him]], him, or ''[[CovertPervert his bath towel as he was taking a shower]]'', and even an announcement made to the whole town ''with a blimp''.


* CallingCard: Saint Tail's use of stage magic is one. Also, Saint Tail has the habit of sending Asuka Jr. warnings of where and when she'll commit a caper ''on his request'' (he dared her, and she accepted), warnings that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming look suspiciously like spectacular and very romantic requests for dates]] ([[ObliviousToLove not that Asuka Jr. noticed the latter until it was shoved on his face...]]).

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* CallingCard: Saint Tail's use of stage magic is one. Also, Saint Tail has the habit of sending Asuka Jr. warnings of where and when she'll commit a caper ''on his request'' (he dared her, and she accepted), warnings that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming look suspiciously like spectacular and very romantic requests for dates]] dates ([[ObliviousToLove not that Asuka Jr. noticed the latter until it was shoved on his face...]]).


* JustLikeRobinHood: Saint Tail steals from thieves and gives them back to their owners.

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* JustLikeRobinHood: Saint Tail steals from thieves and gives them the items back to their owners.



* RoofHopping: Jumping from building to building is often used by Saint Tail to reach her target.

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* RoofHopping: Jumping from building to building is often used by Saint Tail to reach her target. It shows off how athletic she is.


*EvilPlan: There's a twist on this trope as Saint Tail intervenes ''after'' the criminal-of-the-week has succeeded in whatever scheme they used to steal the precious item. Their victim tells Seira about it so Saint Tail can reverse its success.



-->''Boys are so dumb!''


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%%%* ChristianityIsCatholic:

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* ChristmasEpisode: One caper involved a music box in a stuffed animal in a toystore around Christmas.
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ChristianityIsCatholic: The school chapel, its interior, and Seira's training all fit the Catholic segment of Christianity.



%%%* ClingyJealousGirl: Rina.

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%%%* * ClingyJealousGirl: Rina.Rina's usually involve grabbing Asuka Jr and pulling him along.



** Also, it could happen ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotSaveYou to the viewer]]'' when Ruby is on screen or whenever the characters are shown in {{Chibi}} form.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Kaitou Lucifer, i.e. Meimi's mother Eimi, before Meimi's father convinced Eimi to turn good and they married.
%%%%%%%%* DatingCatwoman
* {{Determinator}}: Asuka Jr doesn't give up on catching Saint Tail for pretty much the whole series no matter how many times he fails.

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** Also, it could happen ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotSaveYou to * DatingCatwoman: Starting with episode [[spoiler: 41, Asuka Jr. starts dating Meimi without knowing that she is secretly the viewer]]'' when Ruby is on screen or whenever the characters are shown in {{Chibi}} form.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Kaitou Lucifer, i.e. Meimi's mother Eimi, before Meimi's father convinced Eimi to turn good and they married.
%%%%%%%%* DatingCatwoman
thief he's been chasing.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Asuka Jr doesn't give up on catching Saint Tail for pretty much the whole series no matter how many times he fails.



* FlashedBadgeHijack: Asuka jr. once did it to the bicycle of a ''police officer on patrol''.
* GenerationXerox: Religious-themed phantom thief runs from chief detective Asuka, who dedicates his life to unmasking her. Now are we talking about Eimi and Asuka Sr. or Meimi and Asuka Jr.? One big exception, though: Meimi steals from thieves and gives to the rightful owners, but Eimi stole from the rich and gave to herself.

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* FlashedBadgeHijack: Asuka jr. once did it to the bicycle of a ''police officer on patrol''.
patrol''. He's in charge of the Saint Tail investigation, after all. It's pressing business.
* GenerationXerox: Religious-themed phantom thief runs from chief detective Asuka, who dedicates his life to unmasking her. Now are we talking about Eimi and Asuka Sr. or Meimi and Asuka Jr.? One There's one big exception, though: Meimi steals from thieves and gives to the rightful owners, but Eimi stole from the rich and gave to herself.herself. [[spoiler: Also, Religious-themed phantom thief retires from thievery and ultimately marries the reason she did so describes both Eimi with Genichiro as well as Meimi and Asuka Jr.]]



* LoveLetter: [[LampshadeHanging As pointed out by Pandora]], Saint Tail's 'burglary warnings' double as such.
** LoveLetterLunacy: Said love letters took the forms of notes popping out from the strangest places (including ''a ball that had just hit Asuka jr. in the face''), messages written on his face while he sleeps, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming written with food in a lunchbox she prepared for him]], or ''[[CovertPervert his bath towel as he was taking a shower]]'', and even an announcement made to the whole town ''with a blimp''.
%%%%%%* MagicalGirl:

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* LoveLetter: [[LampshadeHanging As pointed out by Pandora]], Saint Tail's 'burglary warnings' double as such.
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invitations to met her somewhere, sometimes in romantic settings, and spend time together.
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LoveLetterLunacy: Said Saint Tail's love letters letters/warning notes took the forms of notes popping out from the strangest places (including ''a ball that had just hit Asuka jr. in the face''), messages written on his face while he sleeps, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming written with food in a lunchbox she prepared for him]], or ''[[CovertPervert his bath towel as he was taking a shower]]'', and even an announcement made to the whole town ''with a blimp''.
%%%%%%* * MagicalGirl: Sort of, as her magic is explicitly stated to be stage magic ([[ImpossiblyAwesomeMagicTrick not that you'd notice...]]) but she still fulfills other aspects of the trope such as the transformation sequence, wearing a costume that does nothing to hide her face, and using her "magic" to help others.



* MegatonPunch: Rina is rather prone to dish them out, having sent flying even a couple cops.

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* MegatonPunch: Rina is rather prone to dish them out, out when annoyed, having sent flying even a couple cops.



* MysteriousParent: Mysterious to us; Meimi knew all along, and it's strongly hinted from the beginning.

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* MysteriousParent: Mysterious to us; Meimi knew all along, along that her mother used to be a thief, and it's strongly hinted from the beginning.



* ObliviousToLove: Asuka Jr. is this about not only Meimi's feelings, but also the much more evident ones of Rina and Meimi as Saint Tail (whose 'burglary warnings' look suspiciously like love letters, with some being impossible to mistake for anything else). [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Pandora when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Asuka Jr. receives as promised the warning Saint Tail would steal him]] and calls it a burglary warning and she corrects him as it's an ''obvious'' love letter.

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* ObliviousToLove: ObliviousToLove:
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Asuka Jr. is this about not only Meimi's feelings, but also the much more evident ones of Rina and Meimi as Saint Tail (whose 'burglary warnings' look suspiciously like love letters, with some being impossible to mistake for anything else). [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] This is lampshaded]] by Pandora when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Asuka Jr. receives as promised the warning Saint Tail would steal him]] and calls it a burglary warning and she corrects him as it's an ''obvious'' love letter.letter.
-->''Boys are so dumb!''



%%%%%* PhantomThief: Meimi/Saint Tail
* TheRival: Rina to Meimi for Asuka's affections. Rosemary to Eimi/Kaito Lucifer in the past.
%%%%%* RoofHopping: Used often by Saint Tail.
%%%%* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Sawatari.
* SecretKeeper: Asuka jr., in the end (Seira doesn't count because she's an accomplice).

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%%%%%* * PhantomThief: Meimi/Saint Tail
Tail is a supremely talented thief who announces her targets ahead of time and performs her heists with flare.
* TheRival: TheRival:
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Rina is a love rival to Meimi for Asuka's affections. Rosemary affections.
**Rosemary
to Eimi/Kaito Lucifer in the past.
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past; both of them state that the other would target things that the other wanted for no other reason than that.
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RoofHopping: Used Jumping from building to building is often used by Saint Tail.
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Tail to reach her target.
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SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Sawatari.
Count on Sawatari' appearances in episodes to include him yelling "Scoop!" or searching for one.
* SecretKeeper: Asuka jr., in the end (Seira doesn't count because she's an accomplice).



** [[spoiler: Asuka jr., in the end, agrees not to tell anyone that Meimi is Saint Tail (Seira doesn't count because she's an accomplice).]]



* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Asuka Jr.
** Also his father Asuka Sr., who in his youth chased [[spoiler: Meimi's mother when she was the phantom thief Lucifer]] and is shown being the one chasing Saint Tail before Asuka Jr. nearly catches her, getting the mayor to make him take over. He's still the one who arrests the crooks exposed by Saint Tail.
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* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: SympatheticInspectorAntagonist:
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Asuka Jr.
Jr. is charged with arresting a thief, which Saint Tail freely admits that she is. There's nothing wrong there.
** Also his father Asuka Sr., who in his youth chased [[spoiler: Meimi's mother when she was the phantom thief Lucifer]] and is shown being the one chasing Saint Tail before Asuka Jr. nearly catches her, getting the mayor to make him take over. He's still the one who arrests the crooks exposed by Saint Tail.
%%%%* TransformationSequence* TransformationSequence: Meimi's stage magic means she's just switching from her day clothes into her magician costume, but the anime includes a sequence that has a more magical-themed switch.


*NaughtyNun: Played with: Seira keeps her vow of chastity, but ends up as Sawatari's love interest (and, [[ObliviousToLove when she finally realizes his feelings]], there are hints she may reciprocate them, even if she'll keep them strictly platonic), and her good looks are remarked multiple times, ''especially when wearing her nun garb''.



** NaughtyNun: Played with: Seira keeps her vow of chastity, but ends up as Sawatari's love interest (and, [[ObliviousToLove when she finally realizes his feelings]], there are hints she may reciprocate them, even if she'll keep them strictly platonic), and her good looks are remarked multiple times, ''especially when wearing her nun garb''.


* AnimeCatholicism
* BelligerentSexualTension: Meimi and Asuka Jr. Oh boy... out of all magical shoujo, they should be FAMOUS for this.

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* %%%%%%* AnimeCatholicism
* BelligerentSexualTension: Meimi and Asuka Jr. Oh boy... out of all magical shoujo, they should be FAMOUS for this.Jr constantly bicker and fight, and are always jealous when someone gets the other's attention.



* ChristmasEpisode

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* %%%%* ChristmasEpisode



* ClingyJealousGirl: Rina.

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* %%%* ClingyJealousGirl: Rina.



* DatingCatwoman

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* %%%%%%%%* DatingCatwoman



* MagicalGirl: Both figuratively and literally.

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* %%%%%%* MagicalGirl: Both figuratively and literally.



* PhantomThief: Meimi/Saint Tail

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* %%%%%* PhantomThief: Meimi/Saint Tail



* RoofHopping: Used often by Saint Tail.
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Sawatari.

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* %%%%%* RoofHopping: Used often by Saint Tail.
* %%%%* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Sawatari.



* TransformationSequence

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* %%%%* TransformationSequence


* ChristianityIsCatholic: And so is the whole town, apparently, despite being in a [[FridgeLogic predominantly Shinto country.]]
** It's not actually clear that the story takes place in Japan, or at least, ''our'' world's Japan. Many shots around the town show locations and architecture borrowed from other places in the world. A notable example is the climax setting, referred to as simply "the Monastery" in the series--it's clearly Mont Saint-Michel, an famous island monastery in France. Not to mention there are multiple fictional countries mentioned in the series, like "Astoria" and "Reyche." While "New Tokyo Airport" is relatively close by, the characters make it clear that their geography isn't like ours, so who's to say their religions are?

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* %%%* ChristianityIsCatholic: And so is the whole town, apparently, despite being in a [[FridgeLogic predominantly Shinto country.]]
** It's not actually clear that the story takes place in Japan, or at least, ''our'' world's Japan. Many shots around the town show locations and architecture borrowed from other places in the world. A notable example is the climax setting, referred to as simply "the Monastery" in the series--it's clearly Mont Saint-Michel, an famous island monastery in France. Not to mention there are multiple fictional countries mentioned in the series, like "Astoria" and "Reyche." While "New Tokyo Airport" is relatively close by, the characters make it clear that their geography isn't like ours, so who's to say their religions are?



* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Lizards?]]: Meimi is absolutely terrified by lizards. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensued]] when a pet Saint Tail was supposed to steal happened to be a particularly large one.

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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Lizards?]]: WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Meimi is absolutely terrified by lizards. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensued]] when a pet Saint Tail was supposed to steal happened to be a particularly large one.


''Kaitou Saint Tail'', translated as ''Phantom Thief Saint Tail, Mysterious Thief Saint Tail, Saint Tail'' or, as known by {{Tokyopop}}, ''Sweet Tales of Saint Tail''. Based on the manga by Tachikawa Megumi.

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''Kaitou Saint Tail'', translated as ''Phantom Thief Saint Tail, Mysterious Thief Saint Tail, Saint Tail'' or, as known by {{Tokyopop}}, Creator/{{Tokyopop}}, ''Sweet Tales of Saint Tail''. Based on the manga by Tachikawa Megumi.



* MarketBasedTitle: The first release of the anime and manga, from TokyoPop, called it ''Sweet Tales of Saint Tail'', because the phantom thief genre on its own wouldn't attract young girls.

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* MarketBasedTitle: The first release of the anime and manga, from TokyoPop, {{Creator/Tokyopop}}, called it ''Sweet Tales of Saint Tail'', because the phantom thief genre on its own wouldn't attract young girls.


* GenreSavvy: Both Asuka jr. and his father know that Saint Tail steals only to help people. With time, Saint Tail's warning she'd steal something became enough to make Asuka sr. investigate how it was obtained and if it was the genuine article, just in time to find out why he has to arrest the 'theft victim' immediately after the caper.


* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: In spite of all characters going to a catholic school, the one hit by this is ''Seira'', whose good looks have been remarked by complete strangers and has a love interest who ''knows'' she's a nun-in-training. Too bad that Seira is not only not interested (to the point she's oblivious about a rather romantic romantic tradition of the school that even the ''transfer student'' knows), but completely ObliviousToLove...

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* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: In spite of all characters going to a catholic school, the one hit by this is ''Seira'', whose good looks have been remarked upon by complete strangers and has a love interest who ''knows'' she's a nun-in-training. Too bad that Seira is not only not interested (to the point she's oblivious about a rather romantic romantic tradition of the school that even the ''transfer student'' knows), but completely ObliviousToLove...


* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The setting is vaguely Japanese, with places like New Tokyo Airport being mentioned, and all the characters have Japanese names. However, the architecture that makes up the different settings varies between Japanese, Italian, French, German, and British (with Japanese architecture actually being the least common of the styles, and French being the most common), and famous locations from other countries often show up in the scenery. It doesn't help that the only other countries they mention are all fictional (besides America), implying this story occurs in a different world than our own--likely one in which Japan had far earlier and more extensive contact with Western culture.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The setting is vaguely Japanese, with places like New Tokyo Airport being mentioned, and all the characters have Japanese names. However, the architecture that makes up the different settings varies between Japanese, Italian, French, German, and British (with Japanese architecture actually being the least common of the styles, and French and Italian being the most common), and famous locations from other countries often show up in the scenery. It doesn't help that the only other countries they mention are all fictional (besides America), implying this story occurs in a different world than our own--likely one in which Japan had far earlier and more extensive contact with Western culture.


* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The setting is vaguely Japanese, with places like New Tokyo Airport being mentioned, and all the characters have Japanese names. However, the architecture is a unique blend of Japanese, Italian, French, German, and British (with Japanese architecture actually being the least common of the styles), and famous locations from other countries often show up in the scenery. It doesn't help that the only other countries they mention are all fictional (besides America), implying this story occurs in a different world than our own--likely one in which Japan had far earlier and more extensive contact with Western culture.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The setting is vaguely Japanese, with places like New Tokyo Airport being mentioned, and all the characters have Japanese names. However, the architecture is a unique blend of that makes up the different settings varies between Japanese, Italian, French, German, and British (with Japanese architecture actually being the least common of the styles), styles, and French being the most common), and famous locations from other countries often show up in the scenery. It doesn't help that the only other countries they mention are all fictional (besides America), implying this story occurs in a different world than our own--likely one in which Japan had far earlier and more extensive contact with Western culture.

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