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* BreaktheCutie: Inverted. [[spoiler:Both Kira and Rei are already psychologically broken in their own ways. Part of the story is them learning how to cope and heal.]]

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* BreaktheCutie: BreakTheCutie: Inverted. [[spoiler:Both Kira and Rei are already psychologically broken in their own ways. Part of the story is them learning how to cope and heal.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Escalated to an absurd level in the final volume, when [[spoiler:Masao knifes Rei in the gut on the way to the party celebrating his marriage to Kira. He survives with little or no permanent injury, they get married, and everyone works out their emotional issues.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Escalated to an absurd level in the final volume, when [[spoiler:Masao knifes Rei in the gut on the way to the party celebrating his marriage to Kira. He survives with little or no permanent injury, they get married, and everyone works out their emotional issues.]]issues]].



* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Not really a villain, but Rei's father Takayuki is initially set up as an antagonist until it is eventually revealed that he's a {{Woobie}} of the first order.
* InterclassRomance: Downplayed and averted. [[spoiler: Rei lives in near destitution because he refuses his father's money. But once he agrees to accept his help, we learn that Rei is the son of very wealthy CEO. His tour of his childhood home makes Kira a bit overwhelmed.]]

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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Not really a villain, but Rei's father Takayuki is initially set up as an antagonist until it is eventually revealed that he's a {{Woobie}} TheWoobie of the first order.
* InterclassRomance: Downplayed and averted. [[spoiler: Rei lives in near destitution because he refuses his father's money. But once he agrees to accept his help, we learn that Rei is the son of very wealthy CEO. His tour of his childhood home makes Kira a bit overwhelmed.]]
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** OvershadowedByAwesome: Its not that Kyoko skills are any less then any of the unnamed male racers as much as Kyoko's skills can not match Rei's skills. The settings on the bike were set for Rei preference after all.

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** OvershadowedByAwesome: Its It's not that Kyoko skills are any less then any of the unnamed male racers as much as Kyoko's skills can not match Rei's skills. The settings on the bike were set for Rei preference after all.


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* UptownGirl: Gender-inverted, but downplayed and averted. [[spoiler: Rei lives in near destitution because he refuses his father's money. But once he agrees to accept his help, we learn that Rei is the son of a very wealthy CEO. His tour of his childhood home makes Kira a bit overwhelmed.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: Neither of the two most notable men who sexually assault Kira in the series, Mr. Yoshioka or [[spoiler:her stepfather]] face any lasting consequences for their actions. Mr Yoshioka quits as a teacher after Rei threatens him, but escapes without any further punishment or even a spot on his reputation, despite attempting to murder Rei. [[spoiler:Kira's stepfather]] gets mildly beaten up and the fear of death put in him when he's dangled off the edge of an apart block roof, but aside from that nothing happens to him; [[spoiler:Rei's father]] even offers him a substantial bribe to make him back off pressing charges and ultimately the closest thing he ever faces to a "punishment" is the fact that he'll never get the chance to [[spoiler:rape Kira again]].
** Masao Kirishima basically gets off scott-free as well, despite being a complete sociopath who [[spoiler:murdered at least one person in the past and nearly killed Rei as well]].

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* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Kira's step-dad raped her when she was in the 8th grade and Rei's biological mom isolated him and his brother and tried to kill him before he was even six.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played with. Rei is extremely popular in his high school and outside of it. However, [[spoiler: his sometimes violent and borderline sociopathic tendencies scares Harumi away and becomes a major point of division between him and Kira.]]


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* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:Harumi and Tatsuya who hook up later on in the series.]]


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* BreaktheCutie: Inverted. [[spoiler:Both Kira and Rei are already psychologically broken in their own ways. Part of the story is them learning how to cope and heal.]]


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* ChastityCouple: What Rei and Kira are for a large part of the series to the surprise of all other characters given Rei's reputation. [[spoiler:It has everything to do with Kira's aversion to men.]]


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* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Masao killed his childhood friend who abused him so much, his torso is riddled with scars.]]


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* InterclassRomance: Downplayed and averted. [[spoiler: Rei lives in near destitution because he refuses his father's money. But once he agrees to accept his help, we learn that Rei is the son of very wealthy CEO. His tour of his childhood home makes Kira a bit overwhelmed.]]


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* LoveTriangle: Par for the genre. Kira (eventually) likes Rei who (eventually) likes her back, but feels mild guilt because his best friend Tatsuya has liked Kira since middle school. Moreover, every girl loves Rei.


** In a more symbolic example, Harumi and Kira become best friends after Kira finally stands up for herself and Rei makes it explicit that he has no interest in Harumi. [[spoiler:This is later invoked when Shiomi enters the picture, tries to get back with Rei, and Kira passively accepts it. In her words, she did not give up on Rei just so ''Shiomi'' could have him.]]



** And in arguably the most horrific non-romantic example, [[spoiler:Sei. Kira finds Sei's hidden suicide note in his old bedroom and learns that Sei was just as sociopathic as Maseo; he just used his tears to manipulate Rei into doing his dirty work for him and therefore only valued Rei's life. When Rei turned his maliciousness to Sei by [[TheUnreveal "revealing"]] they aren't their dad's biological sons, he decides to kill himself, knowing that it would leave Rei psychologically scarred and hoping it would force him into enough despair ''to commit suicide, too.'']]

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** And in arguably the most horrific non-romantic example, [[spoiler:Sei. Kira finds Sei's hidden suicide note in his old bedroom and learns that Sei was just as sociopathic as Maseo; he just used his tears to manipulate Rei into doing his dirty work for him and therefore only valued Rei's life. When Rei turned his maliciousness to Sei by [[TheUnreveal "revealing"]] "revealing" they aren't their dad's biological sons, he decides to kill himself, knowing that it would leave Rei psychologically scarred and hoping it would force him into enough despair ''to commit suicide, too.'']]

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** And in arguably the most horrific non-romantic example, [[spoiler:Sei. Kira finds Sei's hidden suicide note in his old bedroom and learns that Sei was just as sociopathic as Maseo; he just used his tears to manipulate Rei into doing his dirty work for him and therefore only valued Rei's life. When Rei turned his maliciousness to Sei by [[TheUnreveal "revealing"]] they aren't their dad's biological sons, he decides to kill himself, knowing that it would leave Rei psychologically scarred and hoping it would force him into enough despair ''to commit suicide, too.'']]


* RealityEnsues: Arguably one of the points of the manga's exploration of psychological trauma, but becomes especially relevant in the latter. [[spoiler:Rei tries to protect Kira from her pedophilic step-father by single-handedly supporting her, even going so far as to drop out of school, moving in with Kira, and asking her to marry him to gain legal guardian status. However, after the faults in this plan blow up in his face due to the fact that they're both young and Kira currently still is under the legal protection of her step-father, he begs for his father's help, despite saying he'd NEVER ask him for anything again and trying desperately to sever all familial ties with the older man.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Arguably one of the points of the manga's exploration of psychological trauma, but becomes especially relevant in the latter. latter half of the series. In particular, [[spoiler:Rei tries to protect Kira from her pedophilic step-father by single-handedly supporting her, even going so far as to drop out of school, moving in with Kira, and asking her to marry him to gain legal guardian status. However, after the faults in this plan blow up in his face due to the fact that they're both young and Kira currently still is under the legal protection of her step-father, he begs for his father's help, despite saying he'd NEVER ask him for anything again and trying desperately to sever all familial ties with the older man.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Arguably one of the points of the manga's exploration of psychological trauma, but becomes especially relevant in the latter. [[spoiler:Rei tries to protect Kira from her pedophilic step-father by single-handedly supporting her, even going so far as to drop out of school, moving in with Kira, and asking her to marry him to gain legal guardian status. However, after the faults in this plan blow up in his face due to the fact that they're both young and Kira currently still is under the legal protection of her step-father, he begs for his father's help, despite saying he'd NEVER ask him for anything again and trying desperately to sever all familial ties with the older man.]]


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** Another non-romantic example is [[spoiler:Masao. His idolization of Rei as someone who can finally understand the depths of his sociopathy and disregard for human life drives him to try to kill Kira when he realizes her influence helps keep the darker aspects of Rei's personality at bay.]]

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* AmbiguouslyBi: While romantically, Kira only seems to have eyes for Rei, she talks about the beauty of other female characters in similar terms, and admits to Tatsuya that she would have a crush on Rei even if he were a woman.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: Hamazaki, a thug upperclassman, tries to torture Rei after he storms into a senior classroom. This does not go as planned, with Rei easily thrashing Hamazaki ''and'' all of his friends. Once Rei returns from suspension, Hamazaki apologizes and becomes a friend to Rei and Kira, even going by personal nicknames like, "Hama," going to cheer Rei on in the Suzuka 8-hour endurance race, and giving Kira and her mother a discount when his family's company handles their move.

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* FaceFault: Realistic example. When Rei promises to protect Kira, he also jokingly offers to "lend [her his] body" if she feels like fooling around. As he's going down the stairs, Kira calls after him and asks him to lend her his body (to use as a model for her painting), causing Rei to slip and fall down the stairs in shock.


In 2004, Manga/{{Mars}} was adapted into a [[Series/{{Mars}} Taiwanese live-action drama]].

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In 2004, Manga/{{Mars}} was adapted into a [[Series/{{Mars}} Taiwanese live-action drama]].
drama]]. In 2016 a Japanese remake started airing under the name ''MARS ~Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru''


[[caption-width-right:337:Mars by Kira Aso]]

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[[caption-width-right:337:Mars [[caption-width-right:337: Mars by Kira Aso]]Aso]]


* GetOut: Takayuki shouts this at [[spoiler:Shoko after he stops her from killing Rei as a child]].



* MyBelovedSmother: Shoko again. By the time the boys were 4 she still wasn't even letting them leave the house.



* {{Yandere}}: In a non-romantic example, [[spoiler: Shoko]] is so insane and so devoted to keeping her children safe that she tries to strangle them and commit suicide rather than be separated from them.

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** Even more surprisingly, Takayuki as well. He slapped [[spoiler:Shoko after she tried to strangle Rei]].
* {{Yandere}}: In a non-romantic example, [[spoiler: Shoko]] is so insane and so devoted to keeping her children safe that she tries to strangle [[spoiler:strangle them and commit suicide rather than be separated from them.them]].

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* AllMenArePerverts / AllWomenAreLustful: Harumi argues this point with Kira when she's attempting to convince her that [[spoiler:she wasn't DefiledForever by her rape]].
-->'''Harumi:''' If you're dirty, what in this world isn't?! All the men are skeevy, and all the girls are selling themselves to those skeevy men. Guys roam around town just waiting for girls to hit on them.


* BigFancyHouse: Rei's father's house is like this. Rei, on the other hand, lives in a crappy apartment in a bad side of town.

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* BigFancyHouse: Rei's father's house is like this.this, to the point of awkwardness. Rei, on the other hand, lives in a crappy apartment in a bad side of town.


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* BrilliantButLazy: Rei is actually very intelligent. He just has zero interest in school.


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* ParentsAsPeople: One of the themes of the story is that the adults are just as mixed up and vulnerable as the teenage main cast. They love their children very much and always try to do what's best, but for one reason or another fall short. This discovery is healing for Rei, but probably not so much for Kira.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Rei was always very active and prone to getting himself into trouble while Sei was quiet, artistic, and something of a crybaby. [[spoiler: And then the real reason it turned out they were opposites was that while Rei had it in him to be well-adjusted, Sei was actually a sociopath who placed no value in human life aside from him and Rei.]]

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