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* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD may not be enough to completely redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while. He has more moments later, depicting him as ''less'' of a JerkAss.

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* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD HeroicBSOD may not be enough to completely redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while. He has more moments later, depicting him as ''less'' of a JerkAss.


** Possibly subverted when Misaki is very clearly willing, as in chapters 61-62 and the end of chapter 79. Their interrupted both times, leaving this open for interpretation.

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** Possibly subverted when Misaki is very clearly willing, as in chapters 61-62 and the end of chapter 79. Their They're interrupted both times, leaving this open for interpretation.interpretation. And [[spoiler:[[WackyMarriageProposal his proposal]] to her]] in chapter 81 complicates things further, considering its phrasing.


* ChickMagnet: Usui, who frequently rejects confessions and also has to deal with strangers taking random photos of him and stealing his things. Additionally, Usui is unanimously considered attractive, at least physically. Misaki is [[DudeMagnet something of a]] DistaffCounterpart herself, with at least ''nine people'' (Takumi Usui, the Idiot Trio, Tora Igarashi[[note]]The Student Council President of Miyabi Gaoka Academy[[/note]], Kuuga Sakurai[[note]]The lead vocalist of [=UxMishi=] (otherwise known as Yumemichi)[[/note]], Hinata Shintani, [[spoiler:Maria Miyazono (a confirmed lesbian), and Aoi Hyoudou]]) interested in her. One of the main differences is that Misaki's admirers are mostly named characters (with people in general not seeing her appeal until much later in the series), while Usui's are basically every random female who appears (so very few of them are named).

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* ChickMagnet: Usui, who frequently rejects confessions and also has to deal with strangers taking random photos of him and stealing his things. Additionally, Usui is unanimously considered attractive, at least physically. Misaki is [[DudeMagnet something of a]] DistaffCounterpart herself, with at least ''nine people'' (Takumi Usui, the Idiot Trio, Tora Igarashi[[note]]The Student Council President of Miyabi Gaoka Academy[[/note]], Kuuga Sakurai[[note]]The lead vocalist of [=UxMishi=] (otherwise known as Yumemichi)[[/note]], [=UxMishi=][[/note]], Hinata Shintani, [[spoiler:Maria Miyazono (a confirmed lesbian), and Aoi Hyoudou]]) interested in her. One of the main differences is that Misaki's admirers are mostly named characters (with people in general not seeing her appeal until much later in the series), while Usui's are basically every random female who appears (so very few of them are named).



** Lightly subverted when Misaki is very clearly willing, as in chapters 61-62 and the end of chapter 79. Their interrupted both times, leaving this open for interpretation.

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** Lightly Possibly subverted when Misaki is very clearly willing, as in chapters 61-62 and the end of chapter 79. Their interrupted both times, leaving this open for interpretation.



* {{Keet}}: Hinata, full-stop. He's cuter than a giant puppy made of puppies.[[note]][[FridgeHorror A puppy made of puppies is a terrifying concept though!]][/note]] He should honestly be the poster boy for the trope in general.

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* {{Keet}}: Hinata, full-stop. He's cuter than a giant puppy made of puppies.[[note]][[FridgeHorror A puppy made of puppies is a terrifying concept though!]][/note]] though!]][[/note]] He should honestly be the poster boy for the trope in general.


* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:In spite of Aoi's crush on Misaki, he likes it when Misaki is "lovey-dovey" with Usui because it makes her cuter, and Aoi likes it when Misaki looks cute]].

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:In In spite of Aoi's [[spoiler:Aoi]]'s crush on Misaki, he likes it when Misaki is "lovey-dovey" with Usui because it [[spoiler:it makes her cuter, and Aoi likes it when Misaki looks cute]].



** [[spoiler:[[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hinata]] later pulls this too. After Usui goes to Britain and gets kind of taken hostage by the Walkers, Hinata encourages Misaki to go to Britain herself and bring him back]].
** In chapter 75, the flashbacks show [[spoiler:Yuu Hirose, Usui's biological father, maintaining this attitude until Patricia revealed that she in love with but was dying and wanted to spend a little time with him before she died]].

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** [[spoiler:[[UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hinata]] later pulls this too. After [[spoiler:After Usui goes to Britain and gets kind of taken hostage by the Walkers, Hinata encourages Misaki to go to Britain herself and bring him back]].
** In chapter 75, the flashbacks show [[spoiler:Yuu Hirose, Usui's biological father, maintaining this attitude until Patricia revealed that she in love with him but was dying and wanted to spend a little time with him before she died]].


** This is also shown to have been the case for [[spoiler:Patricia and Yuu, in chapter 75, especially since the former was ''dying'' of the same illness which had also taken her own mother]].

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** This is also shown to have been the case for [[spoiler:Patricia and Yuu, in chapter 75, especially since the former two had been split up by Patricia's father and she was ''dying'' of the same illness which had also taken her own mother]].


* DraggedIntoDrag: Poor Yukimura never got a break [[spoiler:after [[ForcefulKiss the surprise kiss from Usui]]]]: to elaborate, [[spoiler:he got forced into a female school uniform by Usui (in order to corner Kanou); then the rest of his female schoolmates forced him into a dress during the school's open house event; ''[[RuleOfThree then]]'' he got shoed into a [[KimonoFanService kimono dress]] during their Kyoto field trip by his male classmates; and '''[[OverlyLongGag then]]''' he got pulled into wearing the Maid Latte Café uniform after the graduation ceremony]]. He wasn't exactly please by any on this, usually bursting into tears, not that it helped his case a bit.

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* DraggedIntoDrag: Poor Yukimura never got a break [[spoiler:after [[ForcefulKiss the surprise kiss from Usui]]]]: to elaborate, [[spoiler:he got forced into a female school uniform by Usui (in order to corner Kanou); then the rest of his female schoolmates forced him into a dress during the school's open house event; ''[[RuleOfThree then]]'' he got shoed into a [[KimonoFanService kimono dress]] geisha costume]] during their Kyoto field trip by his male classmates; and '''[[OverlyLongGag then]]''' he got pulled into wearing the Maid Latte Café uniform after the graduation ceremony]]. He wasn't exactly please ''exactly'' pleased by any on this, usually bursting into tears, not that it helped his case a bit.



* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: According to some of the students, Misaki has a "[[PrinceCharming prince-like]]" character when compared to the male students of the school, making her rather attractive to some, or especially attractive when she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks the part]]. Lesbians and bisexuals are similarly attracted. On the flip-side, many male characters see her as an ideal ''male'', resulting in the "Ayuzawa Club" and a few incidents for Yukimura.

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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: According to some of the students, Misaki has a "[[PrinceCharming prince-like]]" character when compared to the male students of the school, making her rather attractive to some, or especially attractive when she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks the part]]. Lesbians and bisexuals are similarly attracted. On the flip-side, many male characters see her as an ideal ''male'', resulting in the "Ayuzawa Club" and a few incidents for from Yukimura.



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:In spite of Aoi's crush on Misaki, he likes it when Misaki is "lovey-dovey" with Usui because it makes her cuter, and Aoi likes it when Misaki looks cute.]]

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:In spite of Aoi's crush on Misaki, he likes it when Misaki is "lovey-dovey" with Usui because it makes her cuter, and Aoi likes it when Misaki looks cute.]]cute]].



** [[spoiler:[[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hinata]] later pulls this too. After Usui goes to Britain and gets kind of taken hostage by the Walkers, Hinata encourages Misaki to go to Britain herself and bring him back.]]

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** [[spoiler:[[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hinata]] later pulls this too. After Usui goes to Britain and gets kind of taken hostage by the Walkers, Hinata encourages Misaki to go to Britain herself and bring him back.]]back]].
** In chapter 75, the flashbacks show [[spoiler:Yuu Hirose, Usui's biological father, maintaining this attitude until Patricia revealed that she in love with but was dying and wanted to spend a little time with him before she died]].



* LampshadeHanging: Naturally, many episodes focus on this. Misaki-chan spends all of Episode 3 reluctantly learning how to act like a "moe little sister!"

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* LampshadeHanging: Naturally, many episodes focus on this. Misaki-chan spends all Especially since some of Episode 3 reluctantly learning how to act like a "moe little sister!"the Maid Latte cosplay requires heavily playing into tropes.



* LoveConfession: [[spoiler:Usui actually gives one ''very'' early in the series [[note]]Chapter 4 to be precise[[/note]], but since it's not reciprocated (yet) it causes nothing but intense awkwardness on Misaki's part. He pretends it was a joke so he can recover their previous relationship. Unfortunately, [[ForcefulKiss Yukimura didn't think it was funny at all]]]].

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* LoveConfession: [[spoiler:Usui actually gives one ''very'' early in the series [[note]]Chapter [[note]]chapter 4 to be precise[[/note]], but since it's not reciprocated (yet) it causes nothing but intense awkwardness on Misaki's part. He pretends it was a joke so he can recover their previous relationship. Unfortunately, [[ForcefulKiss Yukimura didn't think it was funny at all]]]].



** In the {{flashback}} concerning [[spoiler:Patricia's affair, she is shown to have hid her feelings for years until she found out that she was dying of the same illness which had taken her mother before her. She then gave Yuu a DyingDeclarationOfLove, which ultimately lead to Usui's birth]].

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** In the {{flashback}} concerning [[spoiler:Patricia's affair, she is shown to have hid her feelings for years until she found out that she was dying of the same illness which had taken her mother before her. She then gave Yuu a DyingDeclarationOfLove, which ultimately lead to Usui's birth]].birth. She also left another one as the final passage in her diary for everyone she loved regardless of the type of love involved]].


* ChivalrousPervert: Usui teases Misaki endlessly about the fact that they're attracted to each other but he doesn't actually do anything naughty to her, even when it's heavily implied that he's in a position to do so (chapters 61 and 62, anyone?). In fact, he is chivalrous to the point that in chapter 48, Misaki is not only completely unworried about leaving Sakura alone with him, she's baffled at Kuuga's suggestion that she ''should'' be worried, in spite of her usual opinions about men.

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* ChivalrousPervert: Usui teases Misaki endlessly about the fact that they're attracted to each other but he doesn't actually do anything naughty to her beyond kissing her, even when it's heavily implied that he's in a position to do so (chapters 61 and 62, anyone?). so. In fact, he is chivalrous to the point that in chapter 48, Misaki is not only completely unworried about leaving Sakura alone with him, she's baffled at Kuuga's suggestion that she ''should'' be worried, in spite of her usual opinions about men.men.
** Lightly subverted when Misaki is very clearly willing, as in chapters 61-62 and the end of chapter 79. Their interrupted both times, leaving this open for interpretation.



** This trope also applies to [[spoiler:Gerard Walker]]'s reasons for hating his illegitimate younger brother.



** Usui apparently has at least one in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father]]]]. Additionally, Usui's stubbornness, looks like a ''very'' toned down version of [[spoiler:his grandfather]].

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** Usui apparently has at least one two in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). of) and [[TheStoic the stoicism, especially when troubled.]] [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk.quirks. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father]]]]. Additionally, Usui's stubbornness, looks like a ''very'' toned down version of [[spoiler:his grandfather]].father, Yuu Hirose]]]].


* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:Usui is revealed to be this. Being the illegitimate child of an Englishwoman accounts for his blonde hair. His birth name is revealed to have been "Takumi Walker," but due to the scandal that would ensue if the situation were found out, his grandfather had him adopted into his late-wife's family, the Usui household]]. Specifically, the English Walker family has some Japanese lineage: [[spoiler: Patrica Walker]] was half English, half Japanese; her English-born son, [[spoiler:Gerard Walker]], is a quarter Japanese, while her Japanese-born son, [[spoiler: Usui Takumi]], is a quarter English. Accordingly, in the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:Misaki and Usui's children are an eighth English (Gerard's wife's background is not mentioned, so his son's percentage of Japanese heritage cannot be confirmed, but is probably an eighth)]].

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* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:Usui is revealed to be this. Being the illegitimate child of an Englishwoman accounts for his blonde hair.hair and green eyes. His birth name is revealed to have been "Takumi Walker," but due to the scandal that would ensue if the situation were found out, his grandfather had him adopted into his late-wife's family, the Usui household]]. Specifically, the English Walker family has some Japanese lineage: [[spoiler: Patrica Walker]] was half English, half Japanese; her English-born son, [[spoiler:Gerard Walker]], is a quarter Japanese, while her Japanese-born son, [[spoiler: Usui Takumi]], is a quarter English. Accordingly, in the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:Misaki and Usui's children are an eighth English (Gerard's wife's background is not mentioned, so his son's percentage of Japanese heritage cannot be confirmed, but is probably an eighth)]].



* MixedAncestry: This proves to be the case with several characters, most notably [[spoiler:Usui, his brother, and their mother]]. This is also evidently the case for Maria Miyazono.

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* MixedAncestry: This proves to be the case with several characters, most notably [[spoiler:Usui, his brother, and their mother]]. This is also evidently the case for Maria Miyazono. (See ButNotTooForeign.)



* NotSoStoic: Usui proves to be rather more childish than your standard inscrutable bishounen love interest.

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* NotSoStoic: Usui proves to be in some ways rather more childish than your standard inscrutable bishounen {{bishounen}} love interest.



* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD may not be enough to redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while. He has more moments later, depicting him as ''less'' of a JerkAss.

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* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD may not be enough to completely redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while. He has more moments later, depicting him as ''less'' of a JerkAss.



** Usui apparently has at least one in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father]]]]. Additionally, Usui's stubbornness, looks like a toned down version of [[spoiler:his grandfather]].

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** Usui apparently has at least one in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father]]]]. Additionally, Usui's stubbornness, looks like a ''very'' toned down version of [[spoiler:his grandfather]].



** In the Ayuzawa family, Suzuna's calmness and Misaki's loyalty are clearly from their mother, and both girls share their mother's rational outlook. Similarly, Suzuna's love of cooking comes from her father, which is also the source of Misaki's expressiveness (but not the form of said expressiveness), and both girls have their father's stubbornness (yet again, the form differs).

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** In the Ayuzawa family, Suzuna's calmness and Misaki's loyalty are clearly from their mother, and both girls share their mother's rational outlook. Similarly, Suzuna's love of cooking comes from her father, which is also the source of Misaki's expressiveness (but not the form of said expressiveness), and both girls have their father's stubbornness determination (yet again, the form differs).



* ShipperOnDeck: Mainly Satsuki, who constantly fangirls over even the smallest hint of sexual tension between Misaki and Usui, leading to nosebleeds, moe flowers and tears of joy. A few other characters do this in far more low key way, notably Misaki's mother and Suzuna (the later goes so far as to refer to Usui as Misaki's husband [[spoiler:long before that's actually the case]]).

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* ShipperOnDeck: Mainly Satsuki, who constantly fangirls over even the smallest hint of sexual tension between Misaki and Usui, leading to nosebleeds, moe flowers and tears of joy. A few other characters do this in far more low key way, notably Misaki's mother Minako and Suzuna (the later goes so far as to refer to Usui as Misaki's husband [[spoiler:long before that's actually the case]]).


** Also Kuuga from [=UxMishi=], but [[spoiler:LoveRedeems for the latter later on. When he gets sick and is cared for by Sakura, he reciprocates her feelings genuinely this time around.]]
** Most recently, [[spoiler:Gerard is filling this role, for the purpose of preventing Usui and Misaki's relationship from progressing]].
* {{Keet}}: Hinata, full-stop. He's cuter than a giant puppy made of puppies. He should honestly be the poster boy for the trope in general.
** [[FridgeHorror A puppy made of puppies is a terrifying concept though!]]

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** Also Kuuga from [=UxMishi=], but [[spoiler:LoveRedeems for the latter later on. When he gets sick and is cared for by Sakura, he reciprocates her feelings genuinely this time around.]]
** Most recently, [[spoiler:Gerard is filling this role, for the purpose of preventing Usui and Misaki's relationship from progressing]].
around]].
** Later on, [[spoiler:Gerard fills in this role, for the purpose of preventing Usui and Misaki's relationship from progressing, however, by the end of the series he has changed his tune]].
* {{Keet}}: Hinata, full-stop. He's cuter than a giant puppy made of puppies. [[note]][[FridgeHorror A puppy made of puppies is a terrifying concept though!]][/note]] He should honestly be the poster boy for the trope in general.
** [[FridgeHorror A puppy made of puppies is a terrifying concept though!]]
general.



* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:While it's fairly obvious that the primary lead characters (Misaki and Usui) were eventually gonna end up together, and with [[spoiler:Sakura already confirmed to have been with Kuuga as early as Chapter 62]], the final chapter added the following pairings into the mix: [[spoiler:Hinata and Suzuna, Erika and Kurotatsu, and Aoi and Honoka]] (the latter two, much to Misaki's surprise). A supplementary chapter also supports the notion that Tora eventually married his fiancé Chiyo. ''And'' he married early, which is both stated to be the case and evinced by his son being ''five'' years old in the DistantFinale, meaning that his son was born when he was twenty-three]].

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* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:While it's fairly obvious that the primary lead characters (Misaki and Usui) were eventually gonna end up together, and with [[spoiler:Sakura already confirmed to have been with Kuuga as early as Chapter 62]], the final chapter added the following pairings into the mix: [[spoiler:Hinata and Suzuna, Erika and Kurotatsu, and Aoi and Honoka]] (the latter two, much to Misaki's surprise). A supplementary chapter also supports the notion that Tora [[spoiler:Tora eventually married his fiancé Chiyo. Chiyo]]. ''And'' he married early, which is both stated to be the case and evinced by his son being ''five'' years old in the DistantFinale, meaning that his son was born when he was twenty-three]].only twenty-three.


** Misaki pulls the SweetPollyOliver act on her own at one point in order to help her fellow maid/friend Erika avoid a bad situation with an overly-devoted customer. Basically, she gets made over Visual Kei-style into "[[PaperThinDisguise Bisanki-kun]]" and has to enter a dessert eating contest. Everyone at Maid Latte ends up figuring out it's her by the end of it. HilarityEnsues in the process, since not only is the Idiot Trio ''and'' Hinata Shintani competing in the contest, but LovableSadist Usui is the chef behind it all, and intentionally heaps on the sweets to tease Misaki.

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** Misaki pulls the SweetPollyOliver act on her own at one point in order to help her fellow maid/friend Erika avoid a bad situation with an overly-devoted customer. Basically, she gets made over Visual Kei-style into "[[PaperThinDisguise Bisanki-kun]]" and has to enter a dessert eating contest. Everyone at Maid Latte ends up figuring out it's her by the end of it. HilarityEnsues in the process, since not only is the Idiot Trio ''and'' Hinata Shintani competing in the contest, but LovableSadist Usui [[TheGadfly Usui]] is the chef behind it all, and intentionally heaps on the sweets to tease Misaki.


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** In the {{flashback}} concerning [[spoiler:Patricia's affair, she is shown to have hid her feelings for years until she found out that she was dying of the same illness which had taken her mother before her. She then gave Yuu a DyingDeclarationOfLove, which ultimately lead to Usui's birth]].


* BastardAngst: [[spoiler:Usui Takumi]], the product of an illicit affair between a British woman (Patricia) and a random Japanese man she met on her travels. Later it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Walker family had lied because her actual partner was her valet/butler, Yuu Hirose]]. As a result, he has a strained relationship with his biological family and avoids bringing them up as much as possible. That said, his biological family is shown to be far more agnsty about the whole situation than the man himself. [[spoiler:Their relationship gets ''a lot'' less strained by the time the story ends]].

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* BastardAngst: [[spoiler:Usui Takumi]], the product of an illicit affair between a British woman (Patricia) and a random Japanese man she met on her travels. Later it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Walker family had lied because her actual partner was her valet/butler, Yuu Hirose]].Hirose (Patrica was too sickly to travel nor did she try)]]. As a result, he has a strained relationship with his biological family and avoids bringing them up as much as possible. That said, his biological family is shown to be far more agnsty about the whole situation than the man himself. [[spoiler:Their relationship gets ''a lot'' less strained by the time the story ends]].


** [[LikeFatherLikeSon Cedric Morris and his father, Gilbert]] are practically identical apart from age.

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** [[LikeFatherLikeSon Cedric Morris and his father, Gilbert]] Gilbert Morris,]] are practically identical apart from age.



** On a darker note, chapter 75 revealed that [[spoiler:Patricia Walker's illness was the same illness which her mother died of, and its hinted that Gerard also suffers from it]].



* LethalChef: Misaki can't even make rice balls correctly. Usui insists on eating her cooking anyhow. The {{irony}} of her complete lack of cooking skills when her father is a chef is later taken note of.

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* LethalChef: Misaki can't even make rice balls correctly. Usui insists on eating her cooking anyhow. The {{irony}} of her complete lack of cooking skills when her father is a chef is later [[LampshadeHanging taken note of.]]


** [[LikeFatherLikeSon Cedric Morris and his father]] are practically identical apart from age.

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** [[LikeFatherLikeSon Cedric Morris and his father]] father, Gilbert]] are practically identical apart from age.



** Cedric Morris is [[GenerationXerox exactly like]] [[LikeFatherLikeSon his father]] to an absurd extent.

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** Cedric Morris is [[GenerationXerox exactly like]] [[LikeFatherLikeSon his father]] father, Gilbert Morris,]] to an absurd extent.


Misaki and Takumi's lives, however, would truly cross for the first time the moment the latter discovers Misaki's best-kept secret: she works part-time in a [[{{meido}} maid]] costume at the "Maid Latte" MaidCafe in order to support her family. Despite this discovery, which Misaki fears will dash any respect left for her at school, Takumi does nothing... except become a frequent customer at the cafe, much to Misaki's confusion and chagrin. Is he planning to blackmail her? Is he just a jerk? Or, did the unthinkable happen -- he fell in love with her?

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Misaki and Takumi's lives, however, would truly cross for the first time the moment the latter discovers Misaki's best-kept secret: she works part-time in a [[{{meido}} maid]] costume at the "Maid Latte" MaidCafe in order to support her family. Despite this discovery, which Misaki fears will dash any respect left for her at school, Takumi does nothing... except become a frequent customer at the cafe, café, much to Misaki's confusion and chagrin. Is he planning to blackmail her? Is he just a jerk? Or, did the unthinkable happen -- he fell in love with her?



** Capable of leaping off the school's roof [[NighInvulnerable without serious injury]].
*** Is he even human? Probably not. Misaki [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]], taking to calling him a "perverted space alien."
** Misaki herself counts, as, in most fields, she's second only to Usui.
%%* ActionGirl: Misaki.

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** Capable of leaping off the school's roof [[NighInvulnerable [[MadeOfIron without serious injury]].
injury.]]
*** Is he even human? Probably not. Misaki [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]], taking to calling him a "perverted space alien."
" He eventually comes to reference this a lot himself.
** Misaki herself counts, as, in most fields, she's second only to Usui. In her case, she's a genius of hard work, rather than an instant genius like Usui.
%%* ** Later on in the series, [[spoiler:Usui's relatives are also shown to be aces in their own rights, most notably, Gerard and Yuu]].
*
ActionGirl: Misaki.Misaki is not only strong, she's also more than willing to use it. Especially when it comes to solving problems and saving others.



* AllJustADream: In the anime, the ''entirety'' of Episode 9, engineered by Usui with a recording and a set of headphones.

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* AllJustADream: In the anime, the ''entirety'' of Episode 9, the Momotaro spoof side-story is engineered by Usui with a recording and a set of headphones.



** The manga does this in the form of {{omake}} chapters... more than once. (Usui only arranges it for the Momotaro one.)



* ArtEvolution: Not nearly as dramatic as some other longer-running series, but compare the 1st Course with [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/525980 the 48th Course]].
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The name of [=UxMishi=]'s drummer, Yuuji William Adam (ゆぅぢ), seems likely to be a pseudonym he chose himself (though the probability of him being half-Japanese, half-something else is not impossible).

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* ArtEvolution: Not nearly as dramatic as some other longer-running series, but compare The first two or so volumes show a good deal of this before stabilizing into the 1st Course with [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/525980 style which is maintained through the 48th Course]].
rest of the series and in the mangaka's subsequent works.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The name of [=UxMishi=]'s drummer, Yuuji William Adam (ゆぅぢ), seems likely to be a pseudonym stage-name he chose himself (though the probability of him being half-Japanese, half-something else is not impossible).



* BastardAngst: [[spoiler:Usui Takumi]], the product of an illicit affair between a British woman (Patricia) and a Japanese man [[spoiler:Her butler, Yuu]]. As a result, he has a strained relationship with his biological family and avoids bringing them up as much as possible.

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* BastardAngst: [[spoiler:Usui Takumi]], the product of an illicit affair between a British woman (Patricia) and a random Japanese man [[spoiler:Her butler, Yuu]].she met on her travels. Later it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Walker family had lied because her actual partner was her valet/butler, Yuu Hirose]]. As a result, he has a strained relationship with his biological family and avoids bringing them up as much as possible. That said, his biological family is shown to be far more agnsty about the whole situation than the man himself. [[spoiler:Their relationship gets ''a lot'' less strained by the time the story ends]].



* BelligerentSexualTension: Usui and Misaki, although they aren't nearly as bad about it as many other anime couples, going from ''completely'' belligerent to very nearly a confirmed couple about thirty-two chapters in.
** [[spoiler:Made it to OfficialCouple as of chapter 58. There's still a bit of [[BelligerentSexualTension BST]] but now it's almost entirely for the sake of their schoolmates. The two of them (even Misaki) seems to ''know'' they're both putting on airs but still "play along" instead of pushing the other person on whatever issue brought up.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: The employees from Misa's cafe sometimes have "girls only" day, were the employees dress like guys. "Misaki-kun" is very popular.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Usui and Misaki, although they aren't nearly as bad about it as many other anime manga/anime couples, going from ''completely'' belligerent to very nearly a confirmed couple about thirty-two chapters in.
** [[spoiler:Made it to
in. And while, [[spoiler:they [[RelationshipUpgrade became]] an OfficialCouple as of chapter 58. There's 57]], there's still a bit an element of [[BelligerentSexualTension BST]] but now it's almost entirely for the sake of their schoolmates. The two of them (even Misaki) this which seems to ''know'' they're both putting on airs but still "play along" instead of pushing the other person on whatever issue brought up.]]
be integral to their relationship regardless.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: The employees from Misa's cafe café sometimes have "girls only" day, were the employees dress like guys. "Misaki-kun" is very popular.



* BigDamnHeroes: Usui at times, especially when Misaki is nearly raped by [[spoiler:Igarashi]].
** In the anime, he also gets to come to the rescue when [[spoiler:Misaki is ambushed at Maid Latte after closing by a pair of stalkers; he kicks a stun gun out of one guy's hand while Misaki handles the other one]]. It's subverted in the manga, however: he tries, but [[spoiler:Misaki [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] both of them]] before he manages to do more than break in a window, and he only gets to help with the cleanup.
* BigEater: Hinata Shintani. He used to be an overweight, lazy kid in his younger years; he slimmed down while living in the country, but he can ''still'' pack it away like nobody's business.
* {{Bishounen}}:
** Usui, when he makes the effort, and [[spoiler:his half brother Gerard Walker]], who looks like an older and more polished version of [[spoiler:him.]] One could also make a case for Tora Igarashi and Kuuga.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Usui at times, especially most notably when Misaki is was nearly raped by [[spoiler:Igarashi]].
[[spoiler:Igarashi]], although she was holding him off a bit.
** In the anime, he also gets to come to the rescue when [[spoiler:Misaki is ambushed at Maid Latte after closing by a pair of stalkers; he kicks a stun gun out of one guy's hand while Misaki handles the other one]]. It's subverted in the manga, however: he tries, but [[spoiler:Misaki [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] both of them]] before he manages to do more than break in a window, and so he only gets to help with the cleanup.
* BigEater: Hinata Shintani. He used to be an overweight, lazy kid in his younger years; he slimmed down while living in the country, but he can ''still'' pack packs it away like nobody's business.
business. He claims the reason he never gains any weight from it anymore is from all of the vegetables he ate while living with his grandparents.
* {{Bishounen}}:
{{Bishounen}} / {{Biseinen}}: Most of the important younger male cast.
** Usui, especially when he makes the effort, effort (otherwise its just not drawn, but is represented to still be the case, given other people's reactions to him), and [[spoiler:his half brother Gerard Walker]], who looks like an older and more polished version of [[spoiler:him.]] [[spoiler:him]]. One could also make a case for Tora Igarashi and Kuuga.



** Aoi, when he's in male clothing.



** The Idiot Trio. Even by the author herself, as shown in the sidebar sections of the manga.
* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:Usui is revealed to be this. Being the illegitimate child of an Englishwoman accounts for his blonde hair. His birth name is revealed to be Takumi Walker, but due to his unfavorable status within the family he abandoned the name at a young age and was later adopted into the Usui household]]. Specifically, the English Walker family has some Japanese lineage: [[spoiler: Patrica Walker]] was half English, half Japanese; [[spoiler:her English-born son, Gerard, is a quarter Japanese, while her Japanese-born son, Usui, is a quarter English]]. Accordingly, in the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:Misaki and Usui's children are an eighth English (Gerard's wife's background is not mentioned)]].
** Maria Miyazono, the woman who becomes [[spoiler:Seika High's English teacher]]. As of chapter 58, no explanation has been given for her name. That said, it probably has something to do with her relationship to the Walker or Usui families.
* CatGirl: One of the the boss's ideas for Moefying her Cafe even more.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: [[WholesomeCrossdresser Aoi]] to Usui, [[spoiler:not that it works.]] Misaki to Usui in the final episode.
* CharacterDevelopment: Quite aplenty among the cast but Misaki and Usui, in the later chapters at least, gets the most screentime.
* {{Chickification}}: Subverted early on: [[spoiler:It looks like Misaki is going to need Usui to rescue her from assault after a couple of guys catch her alone in the cafe after hours. Misaki]] ''breaks out of her restraints'' in a fit of rage and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps them]] before Usui can do more than kick in a window.
** Usui gets a ''little'' more to do in the anime version of the scene, [[spoiler:kicking the stun-gun out of one of the guy's hands while Misaki is busy beating the other one to a pulp.]] In the scene from the manga, however, she handles everything herself.
* ChickMagnet: Usui. Misaki is also a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender inverted]] example, with at least ''nine people'' (Takumi Usui, the Idiot Trio, Tora Igarashi[[note]]The Student Council President of Miyabi Gaoka Academy[[/note]], Kuuga Sakurai[[note]]The lead vocalist of [=UxMishi=][[/note]], Hinata Shintani, Maria Miyazono, and [[spoiler:Aoi Hyoudou]]) interested in her.

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** The Idiot Trio. Even by the author herself, as shown in the sidebar sections of the manga.
manga. It's lampshaded a lot.
* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:Usui is revealed to be this. Being the illegitimate child of an Englishwoman accounts for his blonde hair. His birth name is revealed to be Takumi Walker, have been "Takumi Walker," but due to the scandal that would ensue if the situation were found out, his unfavorable status within the family he abandoned the name at a young age and was later grandfather had him adopted into his late-wife's family, the Usui household]]. Specifically, the English Walker family has some Japanese lineage: [[spoiler: Patrica Walker]] was half English, half Japanese; [[spoiler:her her English-born son, Gerard, [[spoiler:Gerard Walker]], is a quarter Japanese, while her Japanese-born son, Usui, [[spoiler: Usui Takumi]], is a quarter English]]. English. Accordingly, in the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:Misaki and Usui's children are an eighth English (Gerard's wife's background is not mentioned)]].
mentioned, so his son's percentage of Japanese heritage cannot be confirmed, but is probably an eighth)]].
** Maria Miyazono, the woman who becomes [[spoiler:Seika High's English teacher]]. As of chapter 58, no No explanation has been is given for beyond her name.being [[spoiler:a relative of Usui's]]. That said, it probably has something to do with her relationship to the Walker or Usui families.
* CatGirl: One of the the boss's ideas for Moefying making her Cafe café even more.
more {{Moe}}.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: [[WholesomeCrossdresser Aoi]] to Usui, [[spoiler:not that it works.]] works]]. Misaki to Usui in the final episode.
* CharacterDevelopment: Quite aplenty among the cast but cast. This is most prominent for Misaki and Usui, in the later chapters at least, gets the most screentime.
Usui (along with a healthy does of [[spoiler:CoupleGrowth]]), but other characters also get screen-time for this (e.g. [[spoiler:Kanou, Kuuga, Aoi, Ruri, and Gerard]]).
* {{Chickification}}: Subverted [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] early on: [[spoiler:It looks like Misaki is going to need Usui to rescue her from assault after a couple of guys catch her alone in the cafe café after hours. Misaki]] ''breaks out of her restraints'' in a fit of rage and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps them]] before Usui can do more than kick in a window.
** Usui gets a ''little'' more to do in the anime version of the scene, [[spoiler:kicking the stun-gun out of one of the guy's hands while Misaki is busy beating the other one to a pulp.]] pulp]]. In the scene from the manga, however, she handles everything herself.
* ChickMagnet: Usui. Usui, who frequently rejects confessions and also has to deal with strangers taking random photos of him and stealing his things. Additionally, Usui is unanimously considered attractive, at least physically. Misaki is also a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender inverted]] example, [[DudeMagnet something of a]] DistaffCounterpart herself, with at least ''nine people'' (Takumi Usui, the Idiot Trio, Tora Igarashi[[note]]The Student Council President of Miyabi Gaoka Academy[[/note]], Kuuga Sakurai[[note]]The lead vocalist of [=UxMishi=][[/note]], [=UxMishi=] (otherwise known as Yumemichi)[[/note]], Hinata Shintani, Maria Miyazono, [[spoiler:Maria Miyazono (a confirmed lesbian), and [[spoiler:Aoi Aoi Hyoudou]]) interested in her.her. One of the main differences is that Misaki's admirers are mostly named characters (with people in general not seeing her appeal until much later in the series), while Usui's are basically every random female who appears (so very few of them are named).



* ChivalrousPervert: Usui teases Misaki endlessly about the fact that they're attracted to each other but he doesn't actually do anything naughty to her. In fact, he is chivalrous to the point that in chapter 48, Misaki is not only completely unworried about leaving Sakura alone with him, she's baffled at Kuuga's suggestion that she ''should'' be worried, in spite of her usual opinions about men.
* ChristmasCake: [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki Hyodou]] who is already at her early thirties in the story. Subverted with [[LesYay Maria Miyazono]], as while she is quite old enough to qualify, she has a fianceé, not to mention the fact that she's revealed to be [[spoiler:lesbian]], manking this really not apply to her.
* ColourCodedEyes: Usui's a fairly aloof and mysterious guy with green eyes, reaching nearly superhuman level feats. He's even got a cat with eyes the same colour (it's a slightly different shade).

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* ChivalrousPervert: Usui teases Misaki endlessly about the fact that they're attracted to each other but he doesn't actually do anything naughty to her.her, even when it's heavily implied that he's in a position to do so (chapters 61 and 62, anyone?). In fact, he is chivalrous to the point that in chapter 48, Misaki is not only completely unworried about leaving Sakura alone with him, she's baffled at Kuuga's suggestion that she ''should'' be worried, in spite of her usual opinions about men.
* ChristmasCake: [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki Hyodou]] who is already at her early thirties in the story. Subverted with [[LesYay Maria Miyazono]], Miyazono, as while she is quite old enough to qualify, she has a fianceé, not to mention the fact that she's revealed to be [[spoiler:lesbian]], manking [[spoiler:[[LesYaylesbian]]]], making this really not apply to her.
* ColourCodedEyes: Usui's a fairly aloof and mysterious guy with green eyes, reaching nearly superhuman level feats. He's In the anime, he's even got a cat with eyes the same colour (it's a slightly different shade).



* CurbStompBattle: Basically any time Usui gets involved in any kind of competition. [[spoiler:Even if he has a broken arm.]] Misaki also delivers a few curbstomps herself (see above).

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* CurbStompBattle: Basically any time Usui gets involved in any kind of competition. [[spoiler:Even if [[UpToEleven he has a broken arm.]] arm]]]]. Misaki also delivers a few curbstomps herself (see above).



** Hilariously played with in the first Sports' Festival arc: Misaki was "exercising" with a waiter's tray that apparently weighed several tons, and was horrifically discovered by one of her co-workers to be heavy enough to smash through the floor tiles when dropped.

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** Hilariously played with in the first Sports' Festival arc: Misaki was "exercising" by substituting her usual waiting tray with a waiter's tray material that apparently weighed several tons, tons. Satsuki was more than shocked to discover this when she tried to help Misaki out by taking the tray and was horrifically discovered by one of her co-workers to be finding it so heavy that she droped it and it weighed enough to smash through that damaged the floor tiles when dropped.floor.



** She gets a SpearCounterpart in Soutarou Kanou who initially [[HeManWomanHater hates girls]] because of a similar but gender flipped reason as Misaki -- his mother abandoned his family when he was younger.[[note]]Although the reason isn't quite exactly the same as the mother left because Kanou's dad was a violent, chauvinist brute.[[/note]]

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** She gets a SpearCounterpart in Soutarou Kanou who initially [[HeManWomanHater hates girls]] because of a similar but gender flipped reason as Misaki -- his mother abandoned his family when he was younger.[[note]]Although the reason isn't quite exactly the same as the mother left because Kanou's dad was a violent, chauvinist brute. But she didn't take him with her, so it still follows.[[/note]]



* DraggedIntoDrag: Poor Yukimura never got a break [[spoiler:after the surprise kiss from Usui]]: to elaborate, [[spoiler:he got forced into a female school uniform by Usui (in order to corner Kanou); then the rest of his female schoolmates forced him into a dress during the school's open house event; ''[[RuleOfThree then]]'' he got shoed into a [[KimonoFanService kimono dress]] during their Kyoto field trip; and '''[[OverlyLongGag then]]''' he got pulled into wearing the Maid Latte Café uniform after the graduation ceremonies.]]

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* DraggedIntoDrag: Poor Yukimura never got a break [[spoiler:after [[ForcefulKiss the surprise kiss from Usui]]: Usui]]]]: to elaborate, [[spoiler:he got forced into a female school uniform by Usui (in order to corner Kanou); then the rest of his female schoolmates forced him into a dress during the school's open house event; ''[[RuleOfThree then]]'' he got shoed into a [[KimonoFanService kimono dress]] during their Kyoto field trip; trip by his male classmates; and '''[[OverlyLongGag then]]''' he got pulled into wearing the Maid Latte Café uniform after the graduation ceremonies.]]ceremony]]. He wasn't exactly please by any on this, usually bursting into tears, not that it helped his case a bit.



* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: According to some of the students, Misaki has a "[[PrinceCharming prince-like]]" character when compared to the male students of the school, making her rather attractive to some, or especially attractive when she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks the part]]. Lesbians and bisexuals are similarly attracted.

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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: According to some of the students, Misaki has a "[[PrinceCharming prince-like]]" character when compared to the male students of the school, making her rather attractive to some, or especially attractive when she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks the part]]. Lesbians and bisexuals are similarly attracted. On the flip-side, many male characters see her as an ideal ''male'', resulting in the "Ayuzawa Club" and a few incidents for Yukimura.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The title roughly translates to "The President is a Maid!", which is pretty much the premise of the manga.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Maki, the vice-president of Miyabigaoka and Igarashi's right-hand man, and Gerard Walker's father.
* FairytaleMotifs: Maid Latte translates to Milkmaid.
* FanDisservice: Meido doesn't necessarily equates to Moe: [[spoiler:Usui in Meido uniform]].

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The title roughly translates to "The [Student-Council] President is Is a Maid!", which is pretty much the premise of the manga.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Maki, the vice-president of Miyabigaoka and Igarashi's right-hand man, and Gerard Walker's father.
father, Edward.
* FairytaleMotifs: Maid Latte translates to Milkmaid.
Milkmaid in the Momotaro spoof.
* FanDisservice: Meido doesn't necessarily equates to Moe: [[spoiler:Usui in Meido uniform]].uniform, or worse, the Idiot Trio]].



* FoodPorn: Usui is an [[SupremeChef exceptionally good cook]]. You will be drooling by the end of chapters in which he cooks.
* ForcefulKiss: Usui gives one to Misaki in chapter four. Later, [[spoiler:Igarashi gives one to Misaki at the latter parts of of Chapter 80. ''In full view of Usui'']].

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* FoodPorn: Usui is an [[SupremeChef exceptionally good cook]]. You will be drooling by the end of chapters in which he cooks.
cooks. There's also anything cooked by Suzuna or by [[spoiler:Sakuya]].
* ForcefulKiss: Usui gives one to Misaki in chapter four. Later, [[spoiler:Igarashi gives one to Misaki at in the latter parts of end of Chapter 80. ''In full view of Usui'']].



* FreudianExcuse: Misaki's dislike for men stems from her father's abandonment of her family.
* TheGadfly: Usui ''really'' likes pushing Misaki's buttons. Sometimes it's just because he likes her violent, emotional side and other times it's just because it's funny.
* GenderFlip: The {{omake}} "The Student Council President is a Butler!" gender-flips all of the characters and has "Mikai" working at a ButlerCafe. Ironically, Mikai's complaints about women are almost a word-for-word copy of the initial [[HeManWomanHater girl-hating issues]] of Misaki's SpearCounterpart Kanou.
* GenerationXerox: This is shown to be case for [[spoiler:Usui's family]]. As far as appearances go, the brothers look a lot like each other and their mother despite having different fathers (this is despite [[spoiler:Usui's resemblance to Yuu Hirose]]). For other aspects, see SharedFamilyQuirks.

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* FreudianExcuse: Misaki's dislike for men stems from her father's abandonment of her family.
family. Kanou's dislike of female stems from the opposite situation.
* TheGadfly: Usui ''really'' likes pushing Misaki's buttons. Sometimes it's just because he likes her violent, emotional side and other times it's just because it's funny.
funny. He does this to a lesser extent with other people he's fond of.
** Later in the series, there's Gerard Walker, who practically trolls his valet/butler, Cedric Morris ("Nin-nin," indeed). [[spoiler:They come by it honestly: they both got it from their mother, Patricia Walker]].
* GenderFlip: The {{omake}} "The Student Council President is a Butler!" gender-flips all of the characters and has "Mikai" working at a ButlerCafe. Ironically, Mikai's complaints about women are almost a word-for-word copy of the initial [[HeManWomanHater girl-hating issues]] of Misaki's SpearCounterpart SpearCounterpart, Kanou.
* GenerationXerox: This is shown to be case for [[spoiler:Usui's family]]. As far as appearances go, the brothers look a lot like each other and their mother despite having different fathers (this is despite [[spoiler:Usui's resemblance to Yuu Hirose]]). For other aspects, see SharedFamilyQuirks.



** As far as looks go, Suzuna greatly resembles her mother, while Misaki resembles her father.



* GratuitousEnglish: Usui speaks fluent English. He doesn't use it much, but does break it out at their class's school festival cafe, and it's apparently cool enough that everyone in the room (and even ''the hallway outside'') is instantly charmed. English manga scanlations KeepItForeign by having him speaking French, with [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench the same effect]]. That said, this trope is actually subverted, since [[spoiler:Usui is part English and was born there]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Usui towards Misaki's closeness to Hinata (though it's only out of their childhood friend status). A blatant obvious example is [[spoiler:Aoi]], who isn't very pleased when he realizes Misaki and Usui seem to have had a RelationshipUpgrade in Chapter 33.

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* GratuitousEnglish: Usui speaks fluent English. He doesn't use it much, but does break it out at their class's school festival cafe, café, and it's apparently cool enough that everyone in the room (and even ''the hallway outside'') is instantly charmed. English manga scanlations KeepItForeign by having him speaking French, with [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench the same effect]]. That said, this trope is actually subverted, [[SubvertedTrope subverted,]] since [[spoiler:Usui is part English and was born there]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Usui towards Misaki's closeness to Hinata (though it's only out of their childhood friend status). A blatant obvious example is [[spoiler:Aoi]], who isn't very pleased when he realizes Misaki and Usui seem to have had a RelationshipUpgrade in Chapter 33.[[spoiler:chapter 38]].



** This is also shown to have been the case for [[spoiler:Patricia and Yuu, in chapter 75, especially since the former was ''dying'' of the same illness which had also taken her own mother]].



* MadeOfIron: Usui against trees at high velocity. And leaping off the school's roof left him [[NighInvulnerable without any serious injuries]]. This is lampshaded a fair bit.

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* MadeOfIron: Usui against trees at high velocity. And leaping off the school's roof left him [[NighInvulnerable without any serious injuries]].injuries. This is lampshaded a fair bit.



* MixedAncestry: This proves to be the case with several characters, most notably [[spoiler:Usui, his brother, and their mother]]. This is also evidently the case for Maria Miyazono.



* MoodWhiplash: The first seven episodes are light and comedic, and portray Misaki as pretty much TheAce, except to MartyStu Usui. Then in episode eight, [[spoiler:she is easily incapacitated and nearly raped by Igarashi]]. The next episode is an over-the-top spoof of Japanese mythology.
* MrFanservice: Usui serves as both an in-universe and outside-universe example.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Usui's way of cooking in episode 4 is just too epic for words.

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* MoodWhiplash: In the anime: The first seven episodes are light and comedic, and portray Misaki as pretty much TheAce, except to MartyStu Usui. Then in episode eight, [[spoiler:she is easily incapacitated and nearly raped by Igarashi]]. The next episode is an over-the-top spoof of Japanese mythology.
** This trope does show up a few times in the manga, but not in that way nor to that extent.
* MrFanservice: Usui serves as both an in-universe InUniverse and outside-universe example.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Usui's way of cooking in episode 4 when it first appears is just too epic for words.words.
* MultiEthnicName: This is the case for Miyazono Maria, since, while it can be pronounced in Japanese, Maria is ''Italian'' and used in a lot of Western countries.
** When Misaki finds out that [[spoiler:Usui is the child of an Englishwoman]], she soon begins to ponder what his name originally was, resulting in this. While she thinks it might have been "[[spoiler:Takumi Smith]]," it was actually "[[spoiler:Takumi Walker]]." It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Takumi's father is Yuu Hirose, meaning that had his mother's family allowed his father to keep him, his name would have been "Takumi Hirose," a completely Japanese name]].



%%* NotWhatItLooksLike:
%%** [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-22/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html Misaki points out]] the possible misinterpretation of Kanou [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-21/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html trying to get a spider out of Yukimura's clothes]]. It [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-23/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html happens again]] with Usui.
%%** Aoi walks in on the cafe employees "acting out" various [[ImagineSpot scenarios]] of Usui and Misaki's relationship for [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki's]] [[NoseBleed benefit]], leading to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kaichou_wa_maid_sama/v12/c061.5/10.html this.]]
%%*** Also leads to a BigNo when their theories go a bit too far.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:While it's fairly obvious that the primary lead characters (Misaki and Usui) were eventually gonna end up together, and with Sakura already confirmed to have been with Kuuga as early as Chapter 62, the final chapter added the following pairings into the mix: Hinata and Suzuna, Erika and Kurotatsu, and Aoi and Honoka (the latter two, much to Misaki's surprise). A supplementary chapter also supports the notion that Tora eventually married his fiancé Chiyo, and he married early, which is both stated to be the case and evinced by his son being ''five'' years old in the DistantFinale]].

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%%* NotWhatItLooksLike:
%%** [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-22/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html Misaki points out]] the possible misinterpretation of
* NotWhatItLooksLike: This happens more than once and is [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged as such]].
** Notably, in chapter 53, when first
Kanou [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-21/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html and then Usui are trying to the help Yukimura get a spider out of Yukimura's clothes]]. It [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-23/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html happens again]] his clothes and are seen by the "foreign ninja" (i.e. [[spoiler:Cedric]]) at just the right moments such that it looks like they are in a sexual relationship with Usui.
%%**
Yukimura (with Yukimura as the {{uke}}, of course).
** There's also the time at the conclusion of an {{omake}} in volume 12:
Aoi walks in on the cafe café employees "acting out" various [[ImagineSpot scenarios]] of Usui and Misaki's relationship for [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki's]] [[NoseBleed benefit]], leading to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kaichou_wa_maid_sama/v12/c061.5/10.html this.]]
%%*** Also leads to a BigNo when their theories go a bit too far.
and it looks like the women are making moves on each other instead.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:While it's fairly obvious that the primary lead characters (Misaki and Usui) were eventually gonna end up together, and with Sakura [[spoiler:Sakura already confirmed to have been with Kuuga as early as Chapter 62, 62]], the final chapter added the following pairings into the mix: Hinata [[spoiler:Hinata and Suzuna, Erika and Kurotatsu, and Aoi and Honoka Honoka]] (the latter two, much to Misaki's surprise). A supplementary chapter also supports the notion that Tora eventually married his fiancé Chiyo, and Chiyo. ''And'' he married early, which is both stated to be the case and evinced by his son being ''five'' years old in the DistantFinale]].DistantFinale, meaning that his son was born when he was twenty-three]].



* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD may not be enough to redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while.
** Come the later chapters after their introduction, [[spoiler:Usui's classmates at Miyabigaoka (save for Koganei, who at the moment was suffering offscreen from a slow case of SanitySlippage) extend their assistance to Misaki, in order to prepare her for her trip to Britain. Well, it was ''still'' an order of sorts from Tora, but it's the thought that counts.]]
* PhenotypeStereotype: As with many Japanese works, Westerners, especially Brits, are assumed to be blond and blue-eyed. Only this expectation is actually played with in ''Maid-sama!'': Usui's hair colour does not cue anyone in to her heritage, and while many people with English ancestry are blonds (if not also having blue eyes), Gerard Walker has blue eyes and black hair, while his (presumably) English father has black hair (his eye colour is unknown).
* TheReveal: Usui's actual background gets this treatment. [[spoiler:Usui once mentioned to Misaki that he's an illegitimate child of a British woman who traveled a lot and a Japanese man whom the former met on her travels. This is much later revealed to have been a lie on the part of Usui's family: his biological father, Hirose Yuu, was actually a footman, valet, or butler serving his mother, and the two had in fact met in England, much to Usui's surprise]].

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* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD may not be enough to redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while.
while. He has more moments later, depicting him as ''less'' of a JerkAss.
** Come the later chapters after their introduction, [[spoiler:Usui's classmates at Miyabigaoka (save for Koganei, who at the moment was suffering offscreen from a slow case of SanitySlippage) extend their assistance to Misaki, in order to prepare her for her trip to Britain. Well, it was ''still'' an order of sorts from Tora, but it's the thought that counts.]]
counts]].
* PhenotypeStereotype: As with many Japanese works, Westerners, especially Brits, are assumed to be blond and blue-eyed. Only this expectation is actually played with in ''Maid-sama!'': Usui's hair colour does not cue anyone in to her his heritage, and while many people with English ancestry are blonds (if not also having blue eyes), Gerard Walker has blue eyes and black hair, while his (presumably) English father has black hair (his eye colour is unknown).
* TheReveal: Usui's actual background gets this treatment. In chapter 46, [[spoiler:Usui once mentioned to told Misaki that he's an illegitimate child of a British woman who traveled a lot and a Japanese man whom the former met on her travels. This travels, and that his mother died in childbirth. In chapters 74 and 75, this is much later revealed to have been a lie on the part of Usui's family: his biological father, Hirose Yuu, was actually a footman, valet, or butler serving his mother, and the two had in fact met in England, much to Usui's surprise]].



* SharedFamilyQuirks: Usui apparently has at least one in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father]]]].
** Gerard Walker shares his mother's lack of physical health, pathetically bad ability at non-specialties (especially household tasks), devotion to the Walker family, and skill at supporting said family. More subtly, he shares his father's lack of self-confidence in some ways.

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* SharedFamilyQuirks: Most relatives seem to have at least a little of this, with a lot of LikeParentLikeChild mixed in.
**
Usui apparently has at least one in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father]]]].
father]]]]. Additionally, Usui's stubbornness, looks like a toned down version of [[spoiler:his grandfather]].
** Gerard Walker shares his mother's lack of physical health, way of showing affection, pathetically bad ability at non-specialties (especially household tasks), devotion to the Walker family, and skill at supporting said family. More subtly, he shares his father's lack of self-confidence in some ways.



** In the Ayuzawa family, Suzuna's calmness is like her mother, and both girls share their mother's rational outlook. Similarly, Suzuna's love of cooking comes from her father, which is also the source of Misaki's expressiveness (but not the form of said expressiveness).

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** In the Ayuzawa family, Suzuna's calmness is like her and Misaki's loyalty are clearly from their mother, and both girls share their mother's rational outlook. Similarly, Suzuna's love of cooking comes from her father, which is also the source of Misaki's expressiveness (but not the form of said expressiveness).expressiveness), and both girls have their father's stubbornness (yet again, the form differs).



* ShipperOnDeck: Namely Satsuki, who constantly fangirls over even the smallest hint of sexual tension between Misaki and Usui, leading to nosebleeds, moe flowers and tears of joy.
* ShipTease: The series has a lot of it.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Namely Mainly Satsuki, who constantly fangirls over even the smallest hint of sexual tension between Misaki and Usui, leading to nosebleeds, moe flowers and tears of joy.
joy. A few other characters do this in far more low key way, notably Misaki's mother and Suzuna (the later goes so far as to refer to Usui as Misaki's husband [[spoiler:long before that's actually the case]]).
* ShipTease: The series has a lot of it. Particular mention goes to:



* StrongFamilyResemblance: This is almost ''always'' the case for relatives in the series. While Satsuki and Aoi show this a little, later examples are pervasive and usually relate to spoilers.
** In the Ayuzawa family, Suzuna looks like her mother, while Misaki looks like a female version of her father.
** Basically everyone related to [[spoiler:Usui Takumi]]: the brothers both look like their mother, despite having different fathers and [[spoiler:Usui's strong resemblance to his father resulting in Gerard looking like a blue-eyed version of the man]].
** Cedric Morris looks like his father's much younger clone. This is also true of [[spoiler:Tora's son]] in the DistantFinale.



** Flashbacks show [[spoiler:Usui' parents to have had this for quite some time... until Patricia realized that she was dying of the same illness which had taken her mother]], it isn't actually shown, but obviously, it was resolved.



* WineIsClassy: Tora indulges in this at times, as well as [[spoiler:Usui's elder brother Gerard.]]

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* WineIsClassy: Tora indulges in this at times, as well as [[spoiler:Usui's elder brother Gerard.]]Gerard]].


** In the DistantFinale this is shown to be the case for several progeny of characters earlier in the series: specifically, Tora's son,

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** In the DistantFinale this is shown to be the case for several progeny of characters earlier in the series: specifically, Tora's son,son, [[spoiler:Sakura and Kuuga's daughter]], and, later on, Sara and Rui, [[spoiler:Usui and Misaki]]'s daughter and son.



* SharedFamilyQuirks: Usui apparently has at least one in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his biological father]].

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* SharedFamilyQuirks: Usui apparently has at least one in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of). [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirk. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father]].father]]]].



** The progeny of various characters, as shown in the DistantFinale and the extra epilogue chapters. This is especially true of [[spoiler:Usui and Misaki's children, Sara and Rui]], in basically any aspect you can think of.



** Suzuna and Yi Hua Li are also good examples.

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** Suzuna and Yi Hua Li are also good examples. Suzuna is usually plain but cute, but she looks gorgeous and cute when make up and such is applied. Yi Hua Li is very proud of taking this UpToEleven, since she was originally ugly but her financé's efforts resulted in her becoming a ''model''.



** Also, [[spoiler:Aoi]]'s crush on Misaki was blatantly obvious, given his {{Tsundere}} tendencies. This also changes in the DistantFinale, where he shows a toned down version (bordering on [[SugarAndIcePersonality kuudere]]) towards his present girlfriend, [[spoiler:Honoka]]. Re-reading the series shows that [[spoiler:Honoka]] showed a lot of concern for [[spoiler:Aoi]] long before then, resulting in a retro-active version.

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** Also, [[spoiler:Aoi]]'s crush on Misaki was blatantly obvious, given his {{Tsundere}} tendencies. This also changes in the DistantFinale, where he shows a toned down version (bordering on [[SugarAndIcePersonality kuudere]]) towards his present girlfriend, [[spoiler:Honoka]]. Re-reading the series shows that [[spoiler:Honoka]] showed a lot of concern for [[spoiler:Aoi]] long before then, resulting in a retro-active version.



** [[spoiler:Misaki]] also proves to be Usui-sexual, having zero understanding of romantic anything without relating it to him.

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** [[spoiler:Misaki]] also proves to be Usui-sexual, having zero understanding of romantic anything ''anything'' without relating it to him.

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