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1%%²%%Spoiler tagging trope names is forbidden. Spoilered trope names have been unspoilered on this page. Please either show the trope name or don't list the trope at all.²%%²[[quoteright:350:]] ²''[[caption-width-right:350:[[TagLine Kill, or be killed!]]]]''²²->''"Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world, and you will all surrender to them, you pigs in human clothing!"''²-->-- '''Satsuki Kiryuin''', "If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle" ²²²''Kill la Kill'' is a 2013 anime produced by Creator/StudioTrigger. A relatively new studio's first television production wouldn't normally raise too many eyebrows [[ when announced...]] unless said studio happened to be made up of ex-Creator/StudioGainax and Creator/Studio4C members, and the production's director, writer, and lead character designer also worked together on ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' and a [[Music/HiroyukiSawano composer]] who did the music for ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. ''Kill la Kill'' was also ''heavily'' influenced by the [[TheEighties 1980s]] comedy/battle seinen anime film ''Anime/ProjectAKo'', which featured almost identical character dynamics and types amongst its main female protagonists, and a similar main conflict. ''Kill la Kill'' was originally conceived as a manga focused entirely on battle scenes, but it shifted during production to become more character-focused.²²Ryuko Matoi is a NewTransferStudent at Honnouji Academy, a high school ruled with an iron fist by president Satsuki Kiryuin and her AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil, which in turn has power over the city it is located. Satsuki maintains absolute control over the school using Goku Uniforms, which grant supernatural strength to their wearer and are distributed only to her most loyal students.²²When Ryuko shows up in search of [[YouKilledMyFather her father's murderer]], she immediately suspects that Satsuki knows something and declares war on her. With the aid of a [[TalkingWeapon sentient uniform called Senketsu]] and a [[ShearMenace red half-scissor blade]] that can destroy Goku Uniforms, Ryuko fights to avenge her father and take down Honnouji Academy in the process while learning more about the mysterious Life Fibers woven into the Goku Uniforms that lend such power to the people who wear them, and their origins.²²Part of the Fall2013Anime season, the series premiered on October 3, 2013 and ended on March 27, 2014, with an OVA released on September 3, 2014. It was simulcast with English subs on [[ Daisuki,]] [[note]]also with German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese subs, available for all users an hour after Japan broadcast,[[/note]] [[ Crunchyroll,]] [[ Wakanim,]] [[note]]In the UK and France,[[/note]] [[ Hulu,]] and [[ Aniplex Channel.]] It was one of the most requested shows for Creator/{{Toonami}} on Creator/AdultSwim, which aired the series from February 7, 2015 to August 1, 2015, before being replaced by ''Manga/AkameGaKill''.²²All tropes related to individual characters belong on the [[Characters/KillLaKill character sheets]], references to other works can be found in the [[Shoutout/KillLaKill Shout Out]] page. And, since the show is just that good, its [[Trivia/KillLaKill Trivia]] and [[Memes/KillLaKill Meme]] pages have been made. Also check out the [[Recap/KillLaKill Recap page]], which is in need of more work.²²On June 16, 2018, Creator/ArcSystemWorks announced a video game adaptation of the series, titled ''[[VideoGame/KillLaKillIF Kill la Kill-If]]'', for a 2019 release on the PC, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, and UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch.²²----²²'''LateArrivalSpoiler Warning:''' [- ''Kill la Kill'' was very popular on the Internet during its original broadcast in Japan. It appeared on sites like 4chan's anime boards, much like its spiritual predecessor, ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'', which this warning is borrowed from. Most of the spoilers below are marked, but a number of them are ''not'', and in a show where plot twists come right out of nowhere, this is very dangerous. As shown above, the anime is able to be viewed legally in North America, both subbed and dubbed in English. It is highly recommended that you view this show at least halfway through before venturing into the folders. '''Please self-advise.''' -]²²----²²----²!!''[[BossSubtitles EXAMPLE INDEX, MASTER LIST OF TROPES!]]''²²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:A]]²* AbilityMixing: During her battle with [[spoiler:Junketsu]] Ryuko, Satsuki combines [[WolverineClaws Senketsu Senjin]] and [[PowerGivesYouWings Senketsu Shippu]] to try and turn the battle in her favor. Later, Ryuko and Satsuki combine the forms [[spoiler:against their mother, [[BigBad Ragyo.]]]]²* AbnormalAmmo: Taken to its extreme. Name it, and it's almost certain that it will be weaponized at some point:²** Tsumugu's weapons of choice are ''sewing'' machine guns. They fire acupuncture needles that can disrupt Life Fibers, or cure the ills of people.²** Being a MerchantCity, the Osakan students use money as their ammunition.²** There's the Disciplinary Committee's ''iron clad'' rulebook, capable of destroying a tank when thrown at it.²* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: {{Exaggerated|Trope}} [[UpToEleven to high holy hell]]. They rule over the school literally like a totalitarian regime. They expect total obedience from the normal students and routinely execute rule breakers. They also appear to be capable of annexing other schools. What's more is that they have full control of the ''city'' surrounding the school; a student and their family's quality of life depends on how well they fare in school, and if they're expelled, they lose their home as well. And because Satsuki's mother owns the school, the faculty can't really do much about it. During the Tri-City Schools Raid Battlefield Trip, it turns out that many high schools in Kansai are militarized.²* AcademyOfAdventure: Honnouji Academy. In the "everyone's trying to kill you" kinda way. ²* AchievementsInIgnorance: Satsuki first puts on her kamui in order to counter Ryuko, reasoning that she can control it if Ryuko can. In fact, [[spoiler: Both Ryuko and Senketsu are unusual and have a special ability to work together]]. Not knowing this, Satsuki succeeds in dominating Junketsu through force of will.²* ActOfTrueLove: Mako does several of these for Ryuko, usually in the form of a CooldownHug, and [[spoiler:Senketsu sacrifices himself to protect her]]. Gamagoori [[spoiler:takes a sword in the gut for Mako]]. [[spoiler:The Elite Four would do ''anything'' for Satsuki.]] Satsuki [[spoiler:defied the most powerful woman in the world to avenge her father and sister, but, much more touchingly, ran to catch her little sister ''falling from space'', [[NotSoStoic screaming her name with no restraint or shame]]]]. ²* ActionGirl: ''Every'' single named female character in the series is a certified badass capable of kicking ass. Even [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mako]] has her moments to shine. The least action-oriented female is Mako's mom. However, to balance this, she's completely unfazed by even the most blatant and bizarre uses of otherworldly power throughout the series.²* ActionMom: ²** [[ This mom here is relaying military intelligence via a field radio and firing a submachine gun, all while breastfeeding her baby]].²** Ragyo Kiryuin, who establishes herself as the most powerful character in the series after Episode 18 [[spoiler:when she brutalizes both of her daughters, Satsuki and Ryuko, without breaking a sweat. She manages to rip Junketsu off of Satsuki, and Ryuko's ''still-beating heart'' out of her chest.]]²* ActorAllusion: [[BloodKnight Uzu Sanageyama]] is essentially a tribute to [[Creator/NobuyukiHiyama his voice actor]], who previously played [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Viral]]:²** Sanageyama's middle school [[ShounenHair shounen-haired]] scrawny physicality and fashion sense in episode 6 is heavily based on [[spoiler: [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Hiei]]]]. ...And that goes with their FinishingMove [[ panel shots as well.]] The growth of Sanageyama from his scrawny PintSizedPowerhouse to the tall and badass [[{{Hunk}} handsome]] [[TheAce Ace of the Elite Four]] is pretty much Trigger's way of acknowledging Hiyama's accomplishment as the voice actor risen to represent the {{Hotblooded}} [[TheHero Hero]] characters of their industry.²** Episode 19 features a scene where Sanageyama faces flying enemies with a damaged Goku uniform, pleading for it to "hold on just a bit longer", in a similar matter to when Viral faced flying enemies with his damaged Gunmen. Additionally, the two scenes featured a near [[ identical shot from above.]]²** An [[Shoutout/KillLaKill ironic backlash]] was made known when Nui shreds his Goku Uniform:²---> '''Nui''': "Go back to being a [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann naked ape]]!"²** Even though this was not a direct allusion, Director Imaishi was more than happy to slip in [[EasterEgg a hidden mirror]] [[Shoutout/KillLaKill featuring]] one of [[Anime/BtX Hiyama's old protagonists]] [[{{Expy}} through a girl]] name [[ Ryuko]]. Which further confirms Sanageyama's DistaffCounterpart stats with Ryuko.²* AdultsAreUseless: Honnouji Academy ''does'' have a proper staff, but they're little more than puppets to Satsuki and the Student Council. The principal even acknowledges this.²* AerithAndBob: First names like Ragyo, Barazo, Satsuki and just about every other character, major or minor have their names written in kanji. Then we have Mako, which is written in katakana. Then there is club president Jack Naito, whose name is also written in Western order.²* AnAesop: The overarching themes seem to be:²** Having TrueCompanions, versus simply using people, as demonstrated by Ryuko and Senketsu, Ryuko and Mako, as well as [[spoiler:Satsuki]] and [[spoiler:the Elite Four]], who play the trope straight, vs. Satsuki and Junketsu, [[spoiler:who seem to actually be fighting each other for dominance]].²** That [[AmbitionIsEvil power corrupts]], as demonstrated time and time again, notably by Ragyo Kiryuin, the [[spoiler:berserk Ryuko/Senketsu hybrid]] in Episode 12, and [[spoiler:Ryuko and Junketsu]] in Episode 20, though more notably averted by [[spoiler:Satsuki Kiryuin]].²** Individuality, as batshit crazy as it can be, is what makes us human.²** Clothes do ''not'' make the man. ²* AffectionateParody: Of the MagicalGirl genre and of fighting anime in general. Later in the show it starts moving into DeconstructiveParody and finally into {{Reconstruction}}.²* AlienLunch: SubvertedTrope: Even though the croquettes made by Mako's mom contain some weird stuff, some of it is still moving when served, they are considered to be tasty.²* AllClothUnravels²** [[spoiler:Nui]] demonstrates the ability to pull apart whole Goku Uniforms by [[spoiler:tugging on the ''banshi'', a uniform's core Life Fiber that keeps the whole thing together]].²** {{Subverted|Trope}} when [[spoiler:she tries it on Senketsu, as he has accumulated several extra Banshi into his design by that point. So Nui cuts him the old-fashioned way.]]²* AllMenArePerverts: ²** Apparently, all of Honnouji Academy's No-Star male students are this for Ryuko. Whenever male nudity is shown, it's treated either as comedy and/or the other characters are visibly uncomfortable with it. [[ Well, almost.]]²** Mako's father, brother, and their '' dog'' Guts. And [[AmbiguouslyGay probably]] [[ChivalrousPervert Mako]] [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers herself]].²* AllThereInTheManual: A good deal of detail regarding the personal lives of the Elite Four of Honnouji Academy is barely touched upon in the anime itself, and can only be found in the notes accompanying the light novel written for the series, such as the following:²** Sanageyama's family are well-known [[ konjac]] producers, him being the second son, and he uses the Honnouji-provided allowance he gets (for being a Three-Star student) to support his old gang back in North Kanto.²** Gamagoori is half-American -- his father being a American G.I. stationed at Yokosuka -- and his mother is a nurse. He sends the monetary stipend he gets from Honnouji back home to support his mom.²** Inumuta's father is a policeman, and what's more, deputy director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, which is currently investigating the activities of the Kiryuin Conglomerate. Oh, and he apparently ''framed his father'' to put a stop to the older Inumuta's investigations, and forced him to resign.[[note]]The alternative was letting the man get assassinated for nosing into Kiryuin secrets.[[/note]]²** Jakuzure actually found Satsuki boring and uninteresting back when they were kindergartners, but when Satsuki's personality suddenly changed later that year, she decided that she wanted to be close to her. She was also supposed to attend a prestigious middle school for the rich, but passed on this to instead follow Satsuki. ²* AlphaBitch: ²** Honnouji Academy is a whole school of alpha bitches. In an ironic twist, [[spoiler:while they are genuinely alpha bitches, they're working for the greater good of stopping Satsuki's EvilMatriarch from literally destroying the world. They get much better after revealing their intentions to save the world, which allows them to talk about their serious issues.]]²** [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mako]] has her own episode where she slowly turns into one but stops herself near the end.²** [[spoiler:Nui]] is a [[BitchInSheepsClothing lone-wolf]] alpha bitch, constantly insulting/degrading the cast while blocking their PowerArmor augmented attacks without wearing any power armor herself.²* AlwaysABiggerFish:²** Satsuki acts as Bigger Fish to the thugs in Gamagoori's backstory, using her vastly richer parents' power to nullify theirs.²** [[spoiler:Nui]] is this to Uzu. Just when Sanageyama, the most grueling opponent Ryuko has faced yet, is about to face off against Ryuko in the King of the Hill Final Battle, [[spoiler:she]] appears and defeats him in seconds.²* AmusingInjuries: All over the place. Taken UpToEleven in Mako's case; by all accounts, she should have ''died'' within the first two episodes from the sheer amount of slapstick heaped upon her.²* AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The Primordial Life Fiber]] is an extraterrestrial entity that is responsible for [[spoiler:mankind's evolution.]]²* AndShowItToYou:²** Possibly the only variant that's combined with LukeIAmYourFather. Who does this, you ask? [[spoiler:Ragyo to Ryuko.]]²** There is also an interesting variation to this when Nui [[spoiler:''pulls her own heart out'', showing Ryuko that she is made out of Life Fibers.]]²** In Episode 24, [[spoiler:Ragyo pulls her own heart out and [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]] [[HonorBeforeReason rather than surrender]]]].²* AnimalMotifs: ²** The Elite Four's surnames contain characters meaning "toad", "monkey", "dog", and "snake". They even shout these during the scene where they [[spoiler:curbstomp a bunch of COVERS after receiving their final Three-Star Goku Uniforms]]. A minor one is Mako being associated with bunnies, like on the third BD cover.²** Satsuki herself tends to be more subtly associated with eagle imagery (see character page for details), while Ryuko is compared occasionally to a dragon or a lone wolf.²* AnimatedOuttakes: The mistakes made by the English voice actors were turn into animated video, and [[ was shown at Anime Expo]].²* AnimationBump: Episode 3's fight scene of Ryuko vs. a Kamui-sporting Satsuki, as well as the transformation scenes in that same episode. [[spoiler:Later, when Satsuki makes the final sword-strikes to decapitate her mother in episode 18]], the animation is much smoother than anywhere else in the series.²* AntiSchoolUniformsPlot: The series prominently features superpowered school uniforms that are used to keep students in line with the punishment of death in order to support the student council president's tyrannical rule. The larger themes of the series are about how clothing is used to enforce conformity.²* AntimagicalFaction: Nudist Beach is an anti-uniform organization of which Aikuro and Tsumugu are members.²* AppliedPhlebotinum:²** The Goku Uniforms are made using a certain percentage of "Life Fibers" that determines their PowerLevel: One-Star uniforms are 10% Life Fiber, Two-Star uniforms are 20% Life Fiber, Three-Star uniforms are 30% Life Fiber, and so on. Kamui such as the ones worn by Ryuko and Satsuki are made out of 100% Life Fibers.²** Kamui need to drink the blood of their wearers to function. Being embarrassed due to their {{Stripperiffic}} forms or otherwise rejecting them not only makes them less powerful, but also requires them to drink more blood to keep functioning.²* AreaOfEffect: [[spoiler:Ryuko defeats Inumuta when he uses his optical camouflage by turning Senketsu's eye gigantic enough to swat the entire platform ring they are on]].²* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In Episode 21, Satsuki asks one of these to Nui:²-->'''Satsuki:''' [[spoiler:If Ryuko Matoi has truly gone over to your side, body and soul...why haven't you given her your Scissor Blade?]]²-->'''Nui:''' ''*speechless for perhaps the first time in the entire series thus far*''²* ArtMajorBiology: In Episode 16, during TheReveal and the associated {{technobabble}}, it's discussed how [[spoiler: Life Fibers chose]] ''homo sapiens'' [[spoiler:to accelerate the evolution of]]. However, the ape-man shown on the screen before the ParodyOfEvolution was clearly not ''homo sapiens'', but more likely an australopithecine or ''homo habilis''. ''Homo sapiens'' is around a million years down the evolutionary road from furred hominids.²* ArtShift: ²** Much like Simon and Kamina from ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'', Ryuko is drawn in a much rougher and sketchier style when she gets both really passionate and really powerful [[spoiler:(after absorbing Shinra-Koketsu)]] in the final episode.²** Barazo's staredown with Gamagoori in Episode 17 has him shift from his normally simplistic design into an extremely detailed and rugged one. It's for less serious reasons.²** Just about the only sequence in the entire series completely devoid of DerangedAnimation is the end credits.²** A minor example: flashbacks are shown in a 4:3 {{letterbox}} style and generally use a uniform color palette.²* AsideGlance: Ryuko throws one at the camera in Episode 1, after Mako makes a scene attempting to get to school on time.²* AssimilationAcademy: It's pretty noticeable that all One-Star students look the same and even seem to act like a {{hive mind}}. Meanwhile, all No-Star students are different-looking even in crowd scenes. This is even reflected by the city where the slums the No-Star students and their families live in being highly individualistic looking, while the upper city the One-Stars live in being all identical mass family buildings. Interestingly enough, everyone else above the rank of One-Star looks individualistic.²* AssimilationBackfire: Ryuko manages to get inside Ira Gamagoori's Shackle Regalia's first form, to which he responds by strangling her with it. Ryuko then counters by [[spoiler:turning Senketsu into a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] to tear and break out]].²* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Invoked in Episode 8. Satsuki makes the students fight for the spots in the student council, [[SocialDarwinist outright calling it natural selection]].²* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Mrs. Mankanshoku keeps getting distracted by Mikisugi's shiny purple crotch glow, on several occasions. Her daughter Mako is much worse, getting mostly distracted by food, or falling asleep in the middle of a conversation.²* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: Inverted, then subverted in the second opening. Ryuko, and then Satsuki, explode from a pile of bodies, and then clash on top of a third, much bigger pile. [[AwesomenessIsVolatile Which then is also blown apart]].²* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Student Council members, club presidents, and select students get special uniforms that power them up according to their rank.²* AwesomeMcCoolname: Family names like Kiryuin (鬼龍院, "spectral dragon palace"), and/or Mankanshoku (満艦飾, [[ "decked out"]]) are both unusual and hammy.²* AwesomenessIsVolatile: When Two-Stars, Three-Stars or Kamui fight, expect things to blow up. Lots and lots of things. Heck, Ryuko's and Satsuki's first major fight in Episode 3 caused a massive explosion simply by ''glaring'' at each other. This is lampshaded by the Elite Four (Satsuki's [[TheDragon second-in-commands]]).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:B]]²* BadassFamily: The Kiryuiuns, Ragyo and Satsuki. The family more or less rules the entire world and they have more than enough power to maintain it. In Episode 18, [[spoiler:Ryuko]] is revealed to also be a part of the family.²* BadassNormal:²** Tsumugu, who is able to easily take down Goku Uniform users without wearing any ability-enhancing clothing himself. Even Ryuko wearing Senketsu proved to be no match for him at the time.²** While nowhere near Nui's level, [[spoiler:Sanageyama is able to stand up against attacks that effortlessly destroy One-Star, and likely a few Two-Star, uniform students with just a wooden sword, without his own uniform.]]²** In Episode 18, Satsuki's elderly butler Mitsuzo Soroi [[spoiler:rescues his wounded nephew and half a dozen other full grown men, carrying them ALL AT ONCE on his back and RUNNING them to safety.]]²** In Episode 19, [[spoiler:after the Student Council's Goku Uniforms are destroyed]], we see that Gamagoori, Jakuzure, and Sanageyama [[spoiler:can still hold their own against the Life Fibers even without their regalia enhancements]].²** Further expanded on in Episode 21 where [[spoiler:[[BadassCrew the Elite Four]] stand up to Ryuko to protect Satsuki. Particularly, Sanageyama goes toe to toe with Ryuko using only knives and Gamagoori manages to immobilize her.]] Also, [[spoiler:Satsuki manages to fight Nui to a standstill without a Kamui]].²** Mako is a very weird example. Even though she has zero combat ability and is [[GenkiGirl a hyperactive]] [[TheDitz ditz]], when push comes to shove she will ''never'' hesitate to throw herself in the middle of battle just to be by Ryuko's side and support her, and this UndyingLoyalty earns her a lot of badass points. She also has the apparent superpower of [[TalkingIsAFreeAction never being attacked or otherwise interrupted while making her long and bizarre pep talks]]. [[spoiler:Becomes an EmpoweredBadassNormal while wearing her Two-Star Goku Uniform.]]²** In the OVA, Gamagoori, Inumuta, Jakuzure, and Sanageyama, without wearing any enhancing regalia (hell, barely wearing ''anything at all''), [[spoiler:are able to easily destroy Life Fiber clones of their younger selves, all of which ''were'' using Goku Uniforms in addition to their enhanced abilities as Life Fiber creatures]].²* BarbieDollAnatomy²** Every time Ryuko, Satsuki, and the Elite Four transform their uniforms, their nipples and privates are missing.²** Averted in Episode 17, you can actually see Mataro's private parts (though they're covered in BodyPaint).²** Also averted in that Aikuro has very visible nipples, as do most male members of Nudist Beach. The pink glowing that they do is probably meant to censor them since their groins glow in the exact same way, but it does absolutely nothing [[NakedPeopleAreFunny and very likely isn't supposed to do anything anyway]].²** The last episode [[spoiler:where ''every'' character is naked, and only Mataro and Guts have visible privates. Every other character is missing them.]] It's all smooth, like an orb.²** Partially averted in the Blu-ray volumes, where male nipples are shown normally, especially in the case of Aikuro, but all female nipples are still MIA.²* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Apparently, this is another ability of the Life Fibers. In the final episode, [[spoiler:Ryuko and Ragyo's final battle takes place in low-earth-orbit. They both have Life Fibers incorporated into their body, and Life Fibers, being alien beings hurled to earth, probably can survive without oxygen.]]²* BatmanColdOpen: After the OP plays in Episode 5, we cut to the end of a fight Ryuko is having with a school club.²* BeamOWar: Between Ryuko and Jakuzure, using [[LoudOfWar sound waves]]. Notably, whenever one of them gets an edge, their {{Leitmotif}}'s volume swells.²* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Jakuzure gets constantly hit with it in her fight against Ryuko. [[spoiler:First Senketsu learns how to fly and easily outmaneuvers Jakuzure's flying tank, then Ryuko uses Jakuzure's own flute missile to destroy her tank and finally she hijacks Jakuzure's sound waves and sends them back at her.]] ²* BeautyIsNeverTarnished:²** Averted with extreme prejudice. Ryuko is the most frequent victim, especially in Episode 7 when her whole face gets covered in bruises, but by no means the only one.²** Part of what makes Episode 18 such a WhamEpisode. [[spoiler:Satsuki, who at worse got her face dirtied during a fight up until now, gets completely demolished. She gets reduced into a bloodied, battered husk of her former pride and glory.]]²** Nui, on the other hand, plays it straight most of the time. It serves effect of emphasizing how powerful she is in comparison to most other characters, and also goes hand in hand with that whole "[[{{Kawaiiko}} cutesy]]" theme she has going on with herself. Notably, when it ''is'' averted, it means that she just got taken down a major notch (ex. [[spoiler: getting her arms chopped off]].²* BestServedCold: [[spoiler:Satsuki]] took thirteen years to enact her revenge for [[spoiler:her father and sister's murder at the hands of Ragyo.]]²* BeyondTheImpossible: [[spoiler:When Ryuko wore Junketsu, it was stitched directly into her personal Life Fibers, so ripping it off by force would kill her. Whoops, looks like she just ripped it off, [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank rained an ocean of blood]] and went back to normal, because she's just that immortal.]]²* {{BFS}}: An oversized half-scissor which can transform into an even bigger sword, and then extend to three times its length. That's "Big Freaking Scissors".²* BigBadassBattleSequence: ²** Almost the entirety of Episodes 14 and 15.²** Also the final two episodes, which practically ''every'' named character is participating in some way, whether against fighting [[spoiler: Ragyo, Nui, the COVERS]] or just supporting the fighters.²* TheBigBadShuffle: The series starts off with StudentCouncilPresident [[KnightTemplar Satsuki Kiryuin]] as the BigBad. Halfway through, it's revealed that Satsuki actually been working to fight the real BigBad, her mother, Ragyo Kiryuin, who is also TheDragon to the [[GreaterScopeVillain Primordial Life Fiber]].²* BigFancyHouse:²** The Kiryuin manor, which is shown to be a large facility located separate from Honnou Town that is usually accessed by helicopter. It's staffed by an army of bodyguards and maids.²** Club presidents are permitted to live in mansions, as shown in Episode 7 when [[spoiler:Mako makes a name for herself as Fight Club President.]]²** Ryuko's old house is shown to have been a pretty decent sized mansion as well. It's big enough that Mako ask if Ryuko was TheOjou when she first sees it.²* BigRedButton: The SS Naked Sun has one, which Inumuta gets to press in Episode 21. It fires guns the size of rocket boosters. ²* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Kiryuins. There is Ragyo Kiryuin, an abusive EvilMatriarch plotting TakeOverTheWorld. Soichiro Kiryuin, a MadScientist who [[spoiler:experimented on his daughters and encouraged the eldest to kill Ragyo since she was five]]. Satsuki Kiryuin, who is an EvilOverlord SocialDarwinist and [[spoiler:has been plotting her mother's death since she was five]]. And finally the most normal one, [[spoiler:Ryuko Matoi, who is just a neglected, friendless and aggressive delinquent, but [[AwfulTruth gets ''better'' as the series progresses]]]]. [[spoiler:As of Episode 20, it appears that [[CuteandPsycho Nui Harime]] was genetically engineered by Ragyo with Life Fibers making her a "soul sister" of Ryuko]]. Plus there's [[spoiler:the whole [[VillainousIncest "screwed"]] bit when it comes to [[DepravedBisexual Ragyo]] and [[PsychoLesbian Nui]]. While never directly referred to as such, Senketsu could be considered among the family as well, being the second human Life Fiber hybrid created by Soichirou.]]²* BioPunk: Variably sentient and living clothing is used as a means of oppression.²* BishounenLine: Happens to the Elite Four (minus Inumuta, who's kind of the odd man out) and their Goku Uniforms. At the beginning of the series, Gamagoori's Shackle Regalia and Sanageyama's Blade Regalia transform into large, bulky suits of armor, while Jakuzure's Symphony Regalia in its basic form transforms into a massive flying tank. After the Naturals Election, they are given new, more powerful uniforms that are noticeably smaller and more streamlined than the originals when transformed. [[spoiler:And finally, in Episode 23, they are given a THIRD set of further-upgraded Goku Uniforms that are more like skintight bodysuits than armor and are a lot more {{Stripperific}} given their time in Nudist Beach, and also leave their faces uncovered, which at least in the case of Gamagoori and Sanageyama is new, as well as most of their torsos.]]²* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ragyo is defeated and the world is saved (temporarily) from the Life Fibers, but Senketsu [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] to save Ryuko from [[ItMakesSenseInContext burning up in Earth's atmosphere]].]]²* BizarreAlienBiology: [[spoiler:The Life Fibers coming from the Primordial Life Fiber that transform into clothing. Ideally, the Life Fibers would have integrated totally into their host's body, but the majority of lifeforms didn't survive such a symbiosis. The plan to cover them as clothes followed from there.]]²* BlackAndGrayMorality: ²** Very much so, with morally grey [[MemeticMutation NUUUUDISTO BEACHU]] and [[AntiHero Ryuko]] being unafraid to force students into poverty to get to Satsuki, as well as the mysterious Ragyo.²** In the last few episodes, the shades become [[BlackAndWhiteMorality more pronounced]], with [[spoiler:Ragyo and Nui essentially aiming to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy all life on the planet with the Life Fibers and COVERS]], against the newly reformed Nudist Beach coming to stop them, for the sake of everyone.]]²* BlackComedy: About to be fried in front of the powerless masses purely for guilt by association? Worry about your uniform turning see-through SexySoakedShirt! Your classmate brutally and publicly killed by Disciplinary Committee? That happens on a regular basis, nothing to be too concerned about. Don't have power? No problem, there is this powerful magical uniform who will gleefully force himself upon you! Are you a doctor but accidentally killed a patient? At least they won't sue!²* BlandNameProduct: There's "Cadiva" chocolate.²* BloodMagic: Kamui literally consume their wearer's blood, so this is to be expected. Ryuko runs facefirst into this during the first few episodes when still figuring out how, exactly Senketsu works. She loses consciousness (or comes close to losing it) more than once.²* BloodierAndGorier: Compared to its predecessor ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the show has far more blood and gore.²* BloodyHilarious: When a certain someone gets their arms cut off, the blood [[HighPressureBlood Just. Keeps. Flowing]], to the point where their assistant is trying to speak through a faceful of blood spraying from the stumps.²* BodyHorror: ²** One case [[spoiler:of when Ryuko's rage completely dominates her mindset]] in Episode 12. [[spoiler:Senketsu transforms into a much more repulsive looking form including bared breasts, but Ryuko's left arm becomes massive, her Scissor Blade merging into her right arm and her head coming out of Senketsu's eye (her left shoulder) with a stump where it should be normally. Not to mention the massive fangs that also cut through her face, the spikes that pierce through her legs, the green skin and her massive vacant eyes save for the right one with a cross-hair in it]]. [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Throughout the whole fight, blood]] is literally spraying out of [[spoiler:Ryuko's]] body by the gallons.²** Then later, [[spoiler:Nui sews Junketsu and Ryuko together so tightly that separating them would kill her. Ryuko does eventually manage to take Junketsu off without dying, but it still hurt like hell and she would probably indeed have died if it weren't for her healing factor from being fused with Life Fibers, when she was a baby.]]²* BoldInflation: Big, loud, bright red block capital text introducing everything and everyone.²* BookEnds: ²** Used in the first episode which starts with Gamagoori [[NoSell shrugging]] off a hit from someone wearing a One-Star uniform before delivering an [[CurbStompBattle epic beatdown]], followed by Satsuki making a declaration from the top of the school down to the students. The same episode ends with Ryuko [[NoSell no-selling]] a hit from Takaharu who wears a Two-Star uniform before delivering her own epic beatdown ending with her making a declaration to Satsuki who's in the same place as she was earlier.²** The beginning of Ryuko and Sanageyama's first and third matches create parallels of their CharacterDevelopment inbetween their meetings. Sanageyama looking forward to facing Ryuko, Ryuko saying she won't run away from a match with him, Sanageyama saying he admires her fighting spirit in the first and her evolution as a fighter in the third. Their matches also introduce Ragyo beforehand in the first meeting and Nui after the third meeting.²** [[spoiler:In the final episode]], Gamagoori woke up from his coma and came flying down out of the sky [[EvilLaugh laughing]] in the same way as he did in Episode 1.²* BossRush: The Naturals Election becomes one when the Elite Four propose that they all get to fight Ryuko. ²* BossSubtitles: A particularly [[ExaggeratedTrope ludicrous]] example. Whenever a character is introduced, they have their name displayed on the screen. It's displayed in ''huge'', incredibly dramatic red letters. A character can be introduced ''multiple times'' during the same episode!²* BrainwashedAndCrazy: ²** [[spoiler:Ragyo's]] "Mental Refitting" forces special Life Fibres called Marionette Threads into her victim's brain, turning them into mindless drones that do her bidding without question. In Episode 18, we first see this used to [[spoiler:enslave the entire One-Star student body of Honnouji Academy.]] Made even worse when she used it on [[spoiler:Ryuko. She managed to fight it off, though, and ''physically pull the Marionette Threads out of her own brain with her bare hands!'']]²** This also happens when somebody is "worn by their clothes", and the Life Fibres in their garments forcibly bend the wearer's will to their own. [[spoiler:This happens to Ryuko when she's forced to don Junketsu in Episode 20. This instance in particular, however, is nothing short of MindRape.]]²* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: ²** Senketsu has two notable alternate forms, [[SpikesOfVillainy "Senketsu Blade"]] and [[JetPack "Senketsu Gale"]]. In Episode 21, both are used in quick succession, followed by the new form "Blade Gale", with both bladed armor and flight capability. Later, Satsuki adapts these forms for use with Junketsu, resulting in "Junketsu Edge", "Junketsu Whirlwind", and their combination, "Whirlwind Edge".²** In Episode 8, Gamagoori explains that the punks they're facing are members of the Automotive and Airsoft clubs who joined forces to become the Automotive Airsoft Club. ²** In Episode 4, after [[spoiler:Maiko tries on Senketsu]]:²-->"Oh, I can feel it rushing into me! The strength! The power! ''The strepower!''"²* BreatherEpisode:²** Episode 8. While everyone else is fighting for election candidacy, Ryuko, the Elite Four, and Mako take time off for their personal business, Ryuko visiting her ruined home and Gamagoori practicing his driving. Each of them also have their share of {{Flashback}}s. ²** After a few brutal, tragic episodes, Episode 14 lightens the mood considerably with a light-hearted class trip, albeit one with massive amounts of explosions.²** Episode 22 follows a handful of intense, dark episodes, and mostly deals with [[spoiler:Satsuki and her allies adjusting to the Naked Sun, hanging out with Ryuko and co.]]²* BrickJoke: In Episode 23, Sanageyama still cannot drink tea without being hurt by the heat.²* BroughtDownToBadass: ²** [[spoiler:The Elite Four]] after their defeat at the hands of [[spoiler:Ryuko]]. Even after [[spoiler:losing their Three-Star uniforms]], they're able to sit comfortably through all the mayhem in the stands while they crumble around them.²** Even after their [[spoiler:MKII (or in Sanageyama's case, MKIII) Three-Star]] uniforms break down, [[spoiler:the Elite Four]] still manage to hold their own against [[spoiler:COVERS and save the remaining parts of humanity that haven't been consumed by them.]]²* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Mako's Two-Star Uniform]] makes a comeback for [[spoiler:Episode 22]]. Relatively minor, but every single club president Ryuko fought in Arc 1 returns when [[spoiler:they are all saved by the Elite Four ejecting them from the COVERS after they were absorbed offscreen]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:C]]²* CagedInsideAMonster: The COVERS pull people inside them trapping them leaving only a small face visible. ²* CallingParentsByTheirName: Satsuki refers to her mother by her name, several times even on a FullNameBasis. [[spoiler:Her mother is [[AbusiveParents physically, emotionally,]] and [[ParentalIncest sexually]] abusive, along with being the BigBad of the series. They have no familial bond and Satsuki literally backstabs her.]]²* CallingYourAttacks: Plenty, from Ryuko's FinishingMove to Sanageyama's SpamAttack.²* CannonFodder: The One-Stars.²* CassandraTruth: When Mikisugi honestly tells Ryuko the name of the guerilla organization he works for, she refuses to believe it [[MyGodYouAreSerious at first]] because he and the name "Nudist Beach" are just too ridiculous.²* CastFromMoney: How Takarada the Osakan's power works. ''Everything'' he does relies on his Takarada Bucks, bonds issued by his conglomerate. This proves to be devastatingly effective against Sanageyama's Raid Trip division, not in the least because Takarada's force just keep getting bigger as people are lured by so much money laying around. Their guns even fire money, which doesn't work on Mako, who merely catches the ammunition and spends it. ²* CastingGag:²** Japanese version:²*** Satsuki physically she bears a striking resemblance to Arashi from ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', one of Creator/{{Ryoka Yuzuki}}'s famous earlier roles.²*** Creator/MayumiShintani provides the voice for Nonon Jakuzure, a RoseHairedSweetie with [[BitchInSheepsClothing a vicious streak]] who uses [[InstrumentOfMurder instrument-themed weaponry]]. In her concept art, she was even going to use a guitar as a weapon [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Sound familiar?]]²*** [[Creator/YujiUeda Shiro Iori]]: A feminine-looking, long-haired {{Megane}} in a lab coat in charge of developing battle gear? [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Sounds a lot like Billy Katagiri]].²*** [[Creator/ShinichiroMiki Aikuro Mikisugi]]:²*** When Ryuko goes on a berserk rampage after [[spoiler:Nui reveals herself as her father's killer]], he is tasked with taking her down with a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 sniper]] [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic rifle]].²*** He's also a goofy, disheveled mentor figure that knows more than he's letting on, kinda like [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kisuke Urahara]].²*** [[CuteAndPsycho Nui Harime]] is voiced by Creator/YukariTamura, who also voiced MagicalGirl [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha Takamachi]]. Why is this an example, you ask? When she pulls out the other half of Ryuko's scissor blade, she twirls and spins it around the same way a MagicalGirl would.²*** Yukari Tamura is also the voice actor of [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Bernkastel]], who has a reputation as a troll.²*** Creator/MitsuoIwata, who plays here boxing expert Takaharu Fukuroda, played another great fighter in ''Anime/ShootfighterTekken''.²** English version:²*** Creator/SarahWilliams provides the voice of a girl with music-themed [[spoiler:power-ups]]? Must be [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Sayaka Miki]].²*** Creator/StephanieSheh also voiced [[Manga/SailorMoon another cheerful blonde with twin tails and blue eyes]].[[note]]In the Viz dub, anyway.[[/note]]²*** This isn't the first time Creator/CristinaValenzuela voiced a character named "[[Manga/SailorMoon Rei]]".²* CensorSteam: During the scene in Episode 16 with Satsuki and Ragyo in the Kiryuin Manor's Grand Bath, they are both naked with steam moderately covering their breasts and genitalia.²* CentralTheme: What ties the world together is not conformity, but diversity. ²* CerebusSyndrome: The series was pretty dark to begin with, but when [[CuteAndPsycho Nui Harime]] and [[BigBad Ragyo Kiryuin]] show up, things start to become SeriousBusiness. ²* ChainsawGood: One of the kids in Mataro's gang from Episode 1 wields a chainsaw.²* CharacterDevelopment: By the end of the series, [[spoiler:Satsuki has developed from a hypocritical AlphaBitch to a CoolBigSis for Ryuko and the TeamMom.]]²* ChekhovsGun: ²** Whenever Ryuko destroys a Goku Uniform, a Life Fiber thread is shown getting absorbed into Senketsu. [[spoiler:In the final episode, Senketsu absorbs Junketsu and all the Goku Uniforms to achieve his final form, and then absorbs Shinra Koketsu so Ryuko can use its Absolute Submission power to undo the Life Fiber cocoon.]]²** Subverted in the case of Nudist Beach's Anti-Life Fiber Bullet, seemingly important but never used or even mentioned again.²** Isshin [[spoiler:putting out Nui's eye with the combined Scissor Blades]] in a flashback. Later on, it turns out that [[spoiler:Nui is a Life-Fiber HalfHumanHybrid and immune to Ryuko's single Scissor Blade until she steals back the other blade and [[DualWielding Dual Wields]] them, finally managing to dismember Nui.]]²** In a flashback in Episode 9, Gamagoori wears steel armor made by his family's ironworks under his uniform when he tries to stop Satsuki from taking over his school. [[spoiler:He wears it again in Episode 24, which saves his life when he protects Mako from Nui.]]²* ChekhovsBoomerang: Much like its [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann spiritual predecessor]], ''Kill la Kill'' has no throwaway characters. For instance, [[spoiler:Fight Club Mako]] was a funny and poignant episode, highlighting the emotional ties between Mako and Ryuko, ultimately having her give up the role. [[spoiler:She makes a ''[[BigDamnHeroes big]]'' comeback at the end of episode 22 when she fights the COVERS EldritchAbomination]].²* CherryBlossoms: During Episode 9, a flashback of Satsuki and Gamagoori has them fighting with the blossoms around them, signifying the transition of Satsuki's rise to power and influence over the schools and signifying the start of Gamagoori's worship of Satsuki.²* TheChessmaster: Satsuki Kiryuin, to the [[XanatosGambit certain]] [[XanatosSpeedChess degree]].²* ChromaticArrangement: Ryuko is red and Satsuki is blue. Episode 12's PastelChalkedFreezeFrame assigns yellow to Nui Harime.²* ClingyCostume: When Junketsu is put on Ryuko it is sewn to her. It takes a huge amount of effort and Ryuko nearly dying to get the Junketsu off of her. ²* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: ²** It's both the main point of the plot and it refers to actual clothes, as opposed to PoweredArmor or other military hardware. If you don't have special uniform, then you're powerless. The uniforms contain fibers that enhance human abilities, with higher ranked ones containing a higher percentage of fibers. The Kamui are composed entirely of said fibers. However, the series is also an aesop about the inverse being true: it's all the more shocking when people who have [[BadassNormal no uniforms]] are capable of not only keeping up but even beating someone wearing a uniform, especially a Kamui.²** This series is so obsessed with clothing that the base of the school looks like the [[ collar and frontpiece of a sailor uniform]].²** Inverted with [[spoiler:COVERS]], whose power level depends on who they eat. When [[spoiler:Mako]] is eaten her [[spoiler:COVERS]] becomes significantly larger than the other COVERS who ate normal people.²* ClothingDamage: How almost every fight ends. The loser has his or her uniform ripped off, leaving him or her naked and [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman unable to fight back due to the loss of the Goku uniform]]. Depending on the circumstance, this is either played for {{fanservice}} or [[FanDisservice the opposite]]. This show turns this into an ''art form''.²* ClothingReflectsPersonality: ²** Ryuko's black SailorFuku and red gloves are [[HotterAndSexier sexier versions]] of [[ sukeban]] uniforms. Sukeban was a tough, delinquent girl subculture in Japan during the '70s that inspired its own movie genre during those days. Also, Ryuko's gray and white jacket from first episode is a reference to Black, a delinquent student from ''Series/MajisukaGakuen''.²** An underlying theme of the show also seems to be about how much people hide behind their clothes. The Goku Uniforms are able to alter a person's appearance into something much more appealing, as seen by the unfortunate thief in the first episode. In contrast, both Satsuki and Ryuko have their bodies exposed in their uniforms' super forms, which give them no chance to hide behind them.²** Pushed ''even further'' in Episode 13, when Satsuki's mother, Ragyo, gives a lecture to her henchmen about how clothing is sin, wherein she references [[Literature/TheBible the biblical story of Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil]], and that by controlling the world's clothing, they control humanity's sin and by extension, their lives.²* CombiningMecha: ²** {{Parodied|Trope}}. Senketsu breaks apart to avoid an attack from Nui and then 'combines' with Ryuko reminiscent of many Franchise/{{Gundam}} core fighter combinations.²** Played straight when Tsumugu and Aikuro combine their DTR to form the Ultimate Double Naked DTR.²* ComingOfAgeStory: Not only is the show a uniquely female coming of age story (which tend to be more rare), but it's [[UpToEleven cranked up until the knob pops off]]. Blood as a metaphor for menstruation, as well as other body image issues? Senketsu is a {{living|Clothes}} SailorFuku that drinks Ryuko's blood to transform into a {{Embarrassing but Empowering|Outfit}} ChainmailBikini. Bullies that the adults never do anything about? Satsuki, the StudentCouncilPresident, runs the school like a dictatorship, and everyone—including the teachers—are under her control. Feel like the entire school is against you? At Honnouji Academy, literally [[EverythingTryingToKillYou the entire school is actually trying to kill Ryuko]]. Worried about living up to your parents' expectations? [[spoiler:Ryuko and Satsuki, who are sisters, were designed by their parents to be weapons in various ways, and the high and mighty Satsuki is the ''failed'' version]]. Feel out of place among your peers? [[spoiler:Ryuko is a HalfHumanHybrid, infused by her parents with Life Fibers as a baby]]. And of course, ThePowerOfFriendship saves the day at the end, and everybody learns that not only does everybody have their own reasons, but they have their own crazy friends.²* ConspicuousCG: Doesn't really stand out because the series constantly goes OffModel on principle:²** The walls of the school shown in several scenes, as well as some character sequences in Episode 3.²** The launch sequence of the SS ''Naked Sun''.²* CoolBike: ²** Tsumugu's motorcycle.²** Aikuro loans one to Ryuko when Senketsu gets cut up. Also, the AwesomeButImpractical purple chopper Ryuko, er, "[[HeroStoleMyBike borrows]]" from a dealership in Episode 20.²* CoolCar: Gamagoori's 1959 Cadillac convertible ([[RealMenWearPink it's pink]]). Unfortunately, it quickly becomes TheAllegedCar when Gamagoori is attacked during "Naturals Election" week (Episode 8).²* CooldownHug: Mako give Ryuko a big one in Episode 12, despite that her skin is being burned. It hilariously descends into a [[OverlyLongGag LOT of cooldown slaps]].²* CosmicHorrorReveal: The anime starts off with Ryuko fighting the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil, let by the dictatorial Satsuki. It turns out that [[spoiler:Satsuki was trying to rebel against her mother Ragyo. The Life Fibers that make up the clothing that [[ClothesMakeTheSuperMan give people superpowers]] are actually aliens, and Raygo wants to use them to become powerful.]]²* CrazyPrepared: ²** Satsuki had her real toenails surgically removed and replaced with fake ones made of hardened Life Fibers. Y'know, ''just in case'' she didn't have any other weapons handy.²** Maiko's "fake school" that she uses to thwart Ryuko and Mako in Episode 4, which she says she built on the off-chance that it might be useful.²** In Episode 24, [[spoiler:Nui tries to kill Mako by stabbing her, but Gamagoori gets in the way at the last second, taking a blow that seems to kill him moments after. However, he is revealed to be okay later due to having worn a titanium-metal plate that severely diminished the stab's effects]].²* CreationSequence: As Senketsu understands why he was created, memories of his creation returns to him. It involves carefully layering one Life Fiber over another, very different from normal clothes.²* CreatorProvincialism: When in the second half of the series, the BigBad's threat becomes global, all of the action is still happening in Honnouji and the immediate surroundings. The rest of the world is mentioned a couple times (REVOCS' acquisition of the clothing market in China and India, for instance) and is not even seen until the last episode, and even then it's just a few scenes with the EiffelTowerEffect in full force. Oh, and [[spoiler:during Ryuko and Ragyo's final battle in low Earth orbit]] Japan is ''still'' the only country that can be viewed from space.²* CreditsGag: In episode 23, [[spoiler:the second ending theme is interrupted by Nui, [[ seen here]].]]²* CurbStompBattle: ²** Both of Ryuko's fights with Fukuroda, with him easily winning the first, and her complete dominating him in the second. Ira's battle with a hapless mook in the first scene is also this.²** Ryuko ends up on the receiving end of quite a few of these as well with her two fights against Tsumugu, and [[spoiler:her rematch with Sanageyama]] is less of a fight and more of a massacre.²** [[spoiler:Nui Harime]] is the living, breathing incarnation of this, always standing out on top without a scratch in every fight. With the exception of [[spoiler:her fight with Isshin Matoi, who injured her several times, even managing to put out one of her eyes. In more recent episodes, Ryuko has proven to be an increasingly difficult foe for Nui to fight.]]²** In Episode 18, [[spoiler:Satsuki defeats Rei in literally two seconds, the "battle" ending with Rei being sent flying and slammed into a faraway wall.]]²** Ragyo gives a devastatingly one-sided beat down to [[spoiler:Satsuki, her own daughter.]]²** In Episode 22, [[spoiler:Ryuko defeats Nui thoroughly and [[JustForPun handily]]]].²* CurbStompCushion: During Nui's fight with [[spoiler:Isshin, she completely mops the floor with him, and the most he can retaliate with is two solid blows to her stomach that only wind her momentarily, and she strikes a mortal blow anyway. Then Ryuko shows up and distracts Nui for the moment needed for her father to pick up his weapon again and slash her eye out. This does little more than royally piss her off, and he still dies, but the injury is enough to make her abandon the mission without fully completing her objective, and she's still smarting about it long afterwards.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:D]]²* DarkIsNotEvil: ²** Honnouji enforcers wear white. Our heroine and Nudist Beach wear black.²** [[spoiler:Most of the Goku Uniforms upgraded for the final battle are black.]]²** [[spoiler:Ragyo]], whose main color scheme is white, especially with [[spoiler:her Shinra Koketsu]]. Adding to this, Ragyo's hair and backlighting are rainbow colored, meaning she can conceivably represent any color ''besides'' black.²* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', due to how the setting can be at times, and the fact that it got a TV-MA rating instead of a TV-14 since there's far more violence and profanity with a much more brutal and [[AxCrazy insane villain]] and Ryuko isn't [[AntiHero really that much of a hero]].²* DarkestHour: ²** The end of [[spoiler:Episode 13. [[AntiVillain Satsuki]]'s invasion begins, Mako is forced to take part of it, Nui [[CurbStompBattle completely defeats]] Ryuko and destroys Senketsu, and the shredded pieces are used to further her invasion.]]²** At the end of [[spoiler:Episode 18. Satsuki was completely crushed by her mother, her Bakuzan broken and Junketsu taken from her and her entire army sans Elite Four [[MindControl under Ragyo's control]]. The Elite Four are up against Nui's clones and Hououmaru while Ryuko just got her heart torn out by Ragyo in an even more twisted version than normal of LukeIAmYourFather. Oh and [[StarfishAliens COVERS]] have awakened and are apparently about to start eating people.]]²* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The fate of the uniform thief at the beginning of Episode 1.²* DeathCourse: On the annual No-Late Day, the No-Star students are put through a gauntlet starting at the 4 AM siren, and must make it to school before the bell rings at 8:30. Any who arrive late are expelled on the spot.²* DefeatByModesty: Subverted. When a character is defeated by having their clothes destroyed, it's not so much that they won't fight without their clothes so much as that they ''[[ClothesMakeTheSuperman can't]]''. Satsuki in particular during her first fight with Ryuko goes as far as to say that she'll bare all if it means victory. This is also subverted in the first episodes when it's revealed that Ryuko was ashamed of the amount of skin that was been shown when she wore Senketsu; once she overcomes her shame and shows her will to fight despite showing enough skin to violate many real-life dress codes, Senketsu becomes a ''lot'' stronger.²* DefeatMeansFriendship: How Satsuki recruited Gamagoori and Sanageyama into the Elite Four. Inumuta was a borderline case, and Jakuzure was with Satsuki since kindergarten. ²* DeliberateInjuryGambit: ²** Ryuko and Senketsu defeat Sanageyama in Episode 6 this way by cutting off a piece of Senketsu and using the scraps of cloth to blind Sanageyama. [[spoiler:It doesn't work in their rematch, since Sanageyama [[DisabilitySuperpower doesn't use his eyes any more]]]].²** It happens again in Episode 23, with Ryuko [[spoiler:letting herself get [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut in half]] by Ragyo, putting up just enough defense so her Life Fibers aren't completely severed, as part of a ploy to get to the core of the Primordial Life Fiber.]]²** And again in Episode 24. [[spoiler:Ragyo stabs Ryuko with a large spike in an attempt to fatally wound her. However, due to Senketsu's absorption ability, they ends up absorbing the entirety of the Shinra Koketsu along with the Absolute Domination ability which Ryuko uses to send a signal that frees humanity from the consumption of Life Fibers, putting a stop to the Primordial Life Fiber's plan.]]²* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The members of the Nudist Beach really like to clarify that they are ''naked'' Nudists. ²* DerangedAnimation: ²** It's a juxtaposition that makes each new scene even more jarring. [[AnimationBump One minute people are talking and moving on swivelling limbs that explodes into liquid animation the next.]] ²** Nui Harime really takes LimitedAnimation UpToEleven, [[spoiler:like in Episode 21, when she's being shot at in full fluid motion, but is floating around like a beginner's Flash animation.]]²* {{Determinator}}:²** Ryuko, the protagonist, is a determinator but she knows when she is outmatched and withdraws from combat on the first opportunity. Satsuki, the antagonist, is also a determinator but she actually never backs off no matter how hard the fight becomes for her.²** Both Ryuko and Satsuki are determined enough to wear 100% life fiber kamui uniforms even though it's been shown that anything over 40% life fiber will overwhelm the wearer. Ryuko has a secret advantage that helps but Satsuki pulls it off through sheer willpower.²* DiabolusExMachina: The Banshi only exist so that Nui can effortlessly fell two of the series' strongest characters. They are not brought up before or after her first fight with either of them.²* DiagonalCut: The Scissor Blade can do this to pretty much anything, [[SwordBeam at almost any distance]], up to and including skyscrapers.²* DismantledMacGuffin: The Scissor Blade, half of which is in Ryuko's possession, and the other in [[spoiler:Nui's]].²* DisproportionateRetribution: The Student Council are fond of using torture and execution as the solution for any crime. It's implied to happen on a regular basis.²* DistractedByTheSexy: ²** Takaharu accuses Ryuko of invoking this when she fights him wearing an activated Senketsu.²** No less than ''three'' times in Episode 4, where Mako's father, little brother, and ''dog'' all get distracted by the sight of Ryuko's panties and then crash whatever vehicle they were driving.²* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ²** When Ryuko first finds Senketsu, he tries to undress her and force her to wear him. Then the camera pulls back and we can see him ripping off her clothes while she protests, and then she [[TheImmodestOrgasm explodes with power]]:²-->'''Ryuko:''' "Stop! Ahhh!"\²'''Senketsu:''' "That's better! I'm a perfect fit!"\²'''Ryuko:''' "Ahhh! Stop it!"²** Satsuki putting Junketsu on for the first time. Considering Satsuki's father described it as her "wedding dress"... The undertones become much, ''much'' creepier when [[spoiler:Ragyo {{Mind Rape}}s Ryuko and she has a vision where she's standing beside a faceless groom at a chapel while in a wedding dress. Did we mention that [[BodyHorror Junketsu is being sewed to her skin]] while this is happening? Yeah...]]²** Tsumugu standing over Ryuko with one foot between her thighs and [[TakeOffYourClothes ordering her to strip]] in Episode 5. ²** In Episode 8, Gamagoori uses his CombatSadomasochist powered-uniform, and remarks that the "punishment makes it bigger and harder." He may not have just been talking about his uniform. Mako even calls him a "pervert" in response. He even states that once he absorbs a certain amount of damage, he'll "climax". Aaaaand the resulting explosion rather fits this description. Even during the damage absorption process Gamagoori sounds rather......excited by the damage inflicted upon him, screaming to "punish" him more. ²** The members of Nudist Beach holster their guns in front of their crotches, with the barrel facing down. At one point, Aikuro is holding a giant Tailor's Dagger at crotch height and offers it to Tsumugu, who takes hold of it very deliberately, and pulls it out of its sheath. ²** In Episode 18, [[spoiler:Ragyo]] beats the hell out of Satsuki and takes Junketsu from her by stroking her crotch, followed by an explosion which leaves Satsuki unconscious. In other words, she stole her "purity".²** Nudist Beach's already decidedly phallic battleship turning into a "naked blade" form and penetrating [[spoiler:the Primordial Life Fibre]]'s cocoon.²** In Episode 24, Ragyo [[spoiler:powers up Shinra-Koketsu using a dress made of a merged Nui and the Primordial Life Fiber]], and the noise she makes whilst taking off sounds very much like she's having an orgasm. Her speech at the time -- "[[spoiler:You feel amazing to wear, Nui!]]" -- lends credence to this.²** And then there's the giant [[spoiler:Life Fiber transmission]] tower that is, ahem, "disciplined" by Gamagoori, and proceeds to shoot liquid out the top. And was protected by a "big rubber barrier".²** The ending scene of the episode where [[spoiler:the whole of Honnouji Academy are lying naked in a pile]] has Satsuki and Jakuzure lying next to each other, with Jakuzure's hand in a...suspicious position, to say the least.²* DoubleMeaningTitle:²** It's ''everywhere''. To start, the "kill" in Kill la Kill is "kiru", which can mean kill, sever, cut, and ''wear'' depending on the kanji used and the "la" portion comes from "sera fuku" ("sailor uniform", the actual root of the modern school Japanese uniforms since they were based on the sailor suit).²** The DubNameChange of the Naked Sun into the Naked Sol adds an additional meaning; the way it's pronounced can be seen as Naked ''Soul'', which could refer to the strong wills of the protagonists.²* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: Averted with the sexual abuse of [[spoiler:Satsuki]] by [[spoiler:Ragyo]], since it's ''not'' portrayed as titillating and instead comes off as deeply disturbing, largely since [[spoiler:Ragyo is Satsuki's mother and it's implied the abuse may have been going on for ''years''.]]²* DrinkingGame: [[DrinkingGame/KillLaKill Has its own page]]. ²* DualWielding: Since the premise involves a pair of half-scissor blades, it's a given that someone eventually uses both at the same time. In the later episodes, Satsuki also wields a pair of short swords made from [[spoiler: the broken halves of her original sword]].²* DubNameChange: The ''Naked Sun'' is known as the ''Naked Sol'' in the dub. Played with in that the word "Sol" is "Sun" in Latin, making this more translating half the name into English and the other half into Latin. ²* DynamicEntry: There are plenty to be had. To name a few:²** Gamagoori kicks down a reinforced metal door within the first minute of Episode 1. ²** During their second fight, Tsumugu's boot (with him attached) flies through a window and straight into Ryuko, sending her crashing into the next room. ²** Ryuko even pulls one ''on a motorbike''. Unfortunately for Gamagoori, his face happened to be in the way.²** When Ryuko is goaded into attacking Ragyo and Nui, she uses Honnou Town's rail system to launch a cable car onto the academy grounds... and then launches her motorbike through a crowd of COVERS ''from'' said cable car.²** Ragyo ''is'' this trope. The amount of times that she DOESN'T make some kind of ludicrously [[LargeHam over-the-top]] entrance are few and far between. Satsuki lampshades this when Ragyo shows up at the Sports and Culture Festival.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:E]]²* EarlyBirdBoss: The first two [[QuirkyMinibossSquad club captains]] Ryuko fights, Takaharu Fukuroda (boxing) and Omiko Hakodate (tennis) have an entire episode in which they are a threat before being defeated, and give her a very tough time at that. After embracing Senketsu in Episode 3, later club presidents are lucky to last one minute against her, and many don't even get a line in beforehand.²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Almost no one dies throughout most of the series, but a student was executed in the first episode.²* EarnYourHappyEnding: After fighting to prevent a plot to TakeOverTheWorld, and then an [[spoiler:alien invasion.]] The series ends with all of the heroes alive [[spoiler:save for Senketsu]] and finally living a peaceful and normal life.²* EasilyForgiven: The Mankanshoku family cheerfully break bread with the people responsible [[spoiler:not only for Mako's kidnapping and assault, but for imposing a social order on the city that led to the Mankanshokus living below the poverty line. However, Ryuko ''did'' make sure they gave a proper apology for their actions in general.]]²* EatingTheEyeCandy: Almost always involving Aikuro. For example:²** Despite being annoyed by his antics, Ryuko generally can't help but blush when Aikuro shows off his manly physique.²** In Episode 16, Mako gawps at Aikuro and can later be seen blatantly checking out the male members of Nudist Beach. ²** Sukuyo spends almost all of her screen time in Episode 19 staring intently at Aikuro's "equipment".²* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The Primordial Life Fiber]], a cosmical monstrosity that requires the destruction of entire planets for its reproductive cycle. ²* EliteFour: Who oversee the organization of all of the clubs (Ira Gamagoori, Nonon Jakuzure, Uzu Sanageyama and Houka Inumuta). These four have the highest ranked Goku Uniforms after Ryuko and Satsuki herself, and are quite powerful in combat as a result.²* EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit: ²** Ryuko needs Senketsu's power to stand a chance against the student council. However, his transformed state is very skimpy and in her first couple of fights wearing it, Ryuko's blushing the entire time. [[spoiler:She soon decides to get over this, which allows her to use Senketsu's power for much longer]].²** Subverted with Satsuki, when Ryuko asks how she can wear Junketsu transformed without being embarrassed. She tells Ryuko that if it will help accomplish her ambitions, she simply doesn't care. ²* EmbarrassmentPlot: In the first three episodes, Ryuko is too embarrassed by the battle form that [[{{Stripperific}} Senketsu turns into]] to use it properly and without using up her energy quickly. This goes away at the end of the third episode, where her goofy friend Mako gives her a RousingSpeech.²* EmpathicWeapon: Kamui are made less powerful by being embarrassed to be [[{{Stripperific}} seen in them]], or otherwise rejecting them. It also causes them to drink far more blood than they normally would.²* EpicFail: Gamagoori tries to shake off pursuing drivers by ''[[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]]''. It ends badly:²--> '''Gamagoori:''' "We're out of control!"²--> '''Ryuko:''' "NO ''SHIT'' WE'RE OUT OF CONTROL YOU ''ASS!''"²* EstablishingSeriesMoment: A teacher is in the middle of a rather boring lecture on the rise of Hitler when an enormous foot breaks down the door, which [[StuffBlowingUp explodes]]. [[IncomingHam Gamagoori enters]], a student drops a tear-gas bomb, Gamagoori jumps out a window to intercept him, the student dons his power-enhancing school uniform, and several mind-boggling camera angles later an epic [[WhipItGood Whip-im To Groundpork punishment]] ensues. After said student is hung on display as a warning to future would-be thieves, we get Satsuki's EstablishingCharacterMoment. All within the first four minutes of the show.²* EverybodyLives: [[spoiler:All of the human characters in the show ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[HumanoidAbomination Ryuko]], [[HalfHumanHybrid who might as well be one]]) survive. This is made possible due to most combat focusing on [[ClothingDamage tearing off the opponent's]] [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Goku uniforms]] rather than trying to actually kill them.]]²* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Good luck surviving at the academy with its Darwinist code. Even the title means kill or be killed.²* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Life Fiber-infused clothes and weapons sometimes emit rainbow sparkles while doing something awesome. Ragyo has rainbows around her (especially in her hair) at all times, and they get more prominent as she becomes more powerful.²* EvilCostumeSwitch: Inverted as a matter of course:²** [[spoiler:When Satsuki and the Elite Four join Nudist Beach, they go from wearing modest white uniforms to strategically-placed black belts and little else]].²** [[spoiler:BrainWashedAndCrazy Ryuko dons the white Junketsu, resulting in a far more modest appearance than when she wears the {{Stripperiffic}} black-and-red Senketsu]]. ²* EvilGloating: Ragyo ''loves'' to just keep talking on and on about how pathetic humanity is and how everything they're doing is pointless. [[spoiler:Satsuki takes advantage of this to buy Ryuko time to save the day.]]²* EvilKnockoff: ²** Every star-ranked Goku Uniform is powered by a ''single thread'' of the same material Senketsu is made of. Senketsu absorbs the threads after destroying the uniform it was powering.²** [[spoiler:Turned about in Episode 16. It turns out ''Senketsu'' is the "evil" knock-off of the alien Life Fibers.]]²** In the OVA, [[spoiler: Rei creates [[ThePsychoRangers evil versions of the Elite Four and Satsuki via Life Fibers.]]]]²* EvilVersusEvil: It's difficult to say whether you should root for Takarada or Honnouji Academy in Episodes 14 and 15, given that they're both pretty villainous, but for different reasons. [[spoiler:And then, as it turns out, both of them were GoodAllAlong.]]²* EvolvingCredits: ²** After Satsuki first dons Junketsu in Episode 3, the opening in the following episode gets tweaked to show an aerial battle between Ryuko and Satsuki in their Kamui, replacing stock footage of Ryuko's debut from the first episode.²** Before Episode 9, the red sky during this battle breaks away to reveal a blue one. Afterwards, the colors are switched, matching the red sky that looms over the King of the Hill final battle.²** The second opening shows the main characters in fixed poses wearing a rapid sequence of outfits paper-doll or model sheet style. The sequence is updated with a new outfit for each character every episode, with the new outfit serving as a commentary on the events of the previous episode.²* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Anything and everything that Isshin gets to name winds up with a blunt description of what it is meant to do. Giant blades meant to cut Life Fibers apart? Rending Scissors. Secret organization meant to oppose a giant, tyrannical, clothing-based business empire? Nudist Beach. [[spoiler:Newborn baby girl used in an experimental {{Transhuman}} operation that seems to fail and gets literally thrown away?]] One possible translation of [[spoiler:Ryuko Matoi is "child abandoned by the collective".]]²* {{Expy}}:²** The designs of the main protagonist and antagonist are reminiscent of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' characters Simon and Rossiu, respectively. The entire show could even be considered as ''TTGL''[='=]s SpiritualSuccessor. For that matter, Ryuko fills in the role of Simon but has Kamina's personality, Satsuki fills in the role of Lordgenome, the Elite Four fill in the role of the Four Generals, and Ragyo fills in the role of the Anti-Spiral.²** Gamagoori is more or less a teenage, subservient [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]] (with a character design closer to Souther, though) and a reincarnated [[spoiler: Manga/HentaiKamen]]. ²** Ryuko and Satsuki are pretty much like [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante and Vergil]] and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna and Jin]]. [[RedOniBlueOni Red vs. Blue]], {{BFS}} vs. KatanasAreJustBetter, and [[spoiler: Siblings?]] Yup. ²** Tsumugu is Yoko genderbent. He's got a shock of red hair and excellent sniper skills, and he's extremely attractive, especially in his revealing battle uniform. Yoko could also be his mother, with Kittan as his father. Plus he's voiced by [[Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi Kamina himself]], even if he is more of a [[TheStoic reserved stoic]] who [[CombatPragmatist prefers sneaky tactics]], though it's not like [[ActorAllusion he hasn't]] [[ANime/GaoGaiGar voiced one of those either.]] ²** Nui Harime is heavily based off of Nia Teppelin, albeit an ''extremely'' dark take on her. Both are blonde GenkiGirl {{Artificial Human}}s created by the true {{Big Bad}}s of their respective stories and from the same materials (Anti-Spiral DNA for Nia and Life Fibers for Nui), share similar designs (including unusual eye features[[note]]Nui has the eyepath whilst Nia has ExoticEyeDesigns[[/note]]), have three-letter names that start with "N", are introduced with/after a massive turn of events that change the protagonist dramatically, and they both [[spoiler:die on their own terms]] (Nia [[spoiler:dies so that Simon can defeat the villains]], and Nui [[spoiler:kills herself so that Ragyo defeat the heroes]]).²** [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Ryuko and Mako]] are comparable to [[Manga/KillMeBaby Sonya and Yasuna]], though Ryuko never abuses Mako and Mako can handle ''much'' more nasty beatings. Funny enough, there are fans [[JustForPun who make puns with the two anime's titles]].²** The Tennis Club Captain, Omiko Hakodate, looks and acts like a female version of Viral from ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann''.²** Takaharu Fukuroda is very similar to Ziria from the ''VideoGame/TengaiMakyou'' series, up to sharing [[Creator/MitsuoIwata the same voice actor]].²** Senketsu and Isshin Matoi seem like expies of Mazinger Z and Dr. Juzo Kabuto. Isshin created a super powerful uniform then was killed by the antagonist which propelled Ryuko into her RoaringRampageOfRevenge. She also uses her father's creation to exact her revenge similarly to Kouji Kabuto. ²** Ryuko's situation is also similar to that of another Creator/GoNagai creation, ''Anime/CuteyHoney''. Honey, like Ryuko, is also out for revenge after her father was killed. Said father was also responsible in some way for her powers. Both also wear highly {{Stripperiffic}} outfits in battle.²** Ryuko's situation and personality also bares a striking resemblance to that of [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna the Bloodedge]]. Both of them are [[GoodIsNotNice mean]], but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold good-natured]] loners who wield [[{{BFS}} really large swords]] that can [[MorphWeapon transform into an even bigger sword.]] They're primarily motivated by revenge for the death of a loved one and go against an established government to do so, and end in up a conflict with [[KatanasAreJustBetter a Katana user]] [[spoiler: Who later is revealed to be their sibling.]] Bonus points for the actual culprits of their messed up lives being revealed later, and [[{{Troll}} taunt them over their weakness which massively pisses them off]]. The BigBad of each respective series is also revealed to be [[spoiler: a relative]] of theirs as well, who is also under the control of [[spoiler:an otherworldly menace]].[[note]]The main difference here is, unlike what happened so far in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma'' [[spoiler:Both Ragyo and Nui worked and died together at the end]] compared with what happened with [[spoiler:Terumi (Nui's counterpart), who was betrayed by Izanami (Ragyo's counterpart) and killed by Hakumen at the end.]][[/note]] They also both have a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} MoralityPet as a best friend (Mako and Taokaka).²** Ryuko's situation also bares a striking resemblance to that of [[Franchise/MortalKombat Scorpion]]. Both of them use otherwordly powers. They're primarily motivated by revenge for the death of a loved one and go against an established government to do so, and end up in a conflict with a member of the organization [[spoiler: who later is revealed not to be one responsible for the death of their loved one]].[[note]]The main difference here is, unlike what happened so far in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', [[spoiler:Ryuko does not kill Satsuki]] compared with what happened with [[spoiler:Sub-Zero[=/=]Bi-Han (Satsuki's counterpart), who was killed by Scorpion (Ryuko's counterpart) after the latter was manipulated by Quan Chi (Nui's counterpart).]][[/note]] Bonus points for the actual culprits of their messed up lives being revealed later, and [[{{Troll}} taunt them over their weakness which massively pisses them off]]. The actual culprit of each respective series is also revealed to be working with the GreaterScopeVillain who seeks to conquer and rule the world in their image.²** Character design-wise, Ryuko looks a helluva lot like [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Seija Kijin]], enough for many Japanese fan artists to create lots of crossover art featuring both Ryuko and Seija switching clothes and/or situations. In less degree, many artists love to depict Mako as Shinmyomaru Sukuna, also from ''Double Dealing Character''.[[note]]It does help both ''Double Dealing Character'' and this series debuted in the same year, with few months of difference.[[/note]]²** Maiko Ogure looks like she could be the sibling of Rue from ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. ²** Houka Inumuta is like a more cynical version of [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Miki Kaoru]]. Several people have noted he also bears a physical resemblance to [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Ishida Mitsunari]] from another HotBlooded series. ²** If Ryuko is [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]] and Satsuki is Rossiu, then Mako is the Kamina of the three. There are many similarities, both are rather crazy, have weird perception of the world, has no real power when compared to the protagonist, are utterly fearless and will charge into any situation without much thinking. What is the most important however is that both serve as enormous moral support to the protagonist in their moments of need.²** The Original Life Fiber is basically [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]] right down to ''its entire modus operandi''. For bonus points, Ragyo assumes a role very similiar to Queen Zeal.²** Some fans point out the similarities to ''Anime/SCryed''. Both are conflicts between a chaotic AntiHero and an AntiVillain working for the established order, [[spoiler:who end up working together when a larger threat comes around]]. Kazuma and Ryuhou even have similar personalities and a similar dynamic between them to Ryuko and Satsuki.²** Sanageyama's character and development is a condensed version of [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong's]].²** Doesn't Mako look exactly like [[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} Chie]]?²* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: In Episode 22, [[spoiler:Ryuko uppercuts, headbutts, knees, and finally dropkicks Nui through several meter-thick pieces of metal, having finally had it with her shit. To say nothing of the beatdown that follows.]]²* ExtremeSpeculativeStratification: Honnouji Academy has harshly separate, but socially mobile castes as part of its extreme approach to meritocracy. Most students are "no-stars", who live in a shantytown around the base of the academy. If they distinguish themselves in some way, they're given one-star uniforms and live in conditions comparable to the upper middle class. Two-stars, club captains and other members of the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil, have {{Big Fancy House}}s near the top of the facility, while the handful of Three-stars and the student council president live in the massive complex on top of the Academy. ²* EyeScream: Two examples: the first being when [[spoiler:Sanageyama gets his eyelids sewn together in order to advance his powers]], the second being when [[spoiler:Ryuko's father catches Nui Harime off guard during their battle and cuts her left eye out. Blood is shown literally ''gushing'' out of the socket. Nui's horrified scream doesn't help, either.]]²* EyesDoNotBelongThere: ²** Both [[ Ryuko]] and [[ Satsuki's]] Kamui have eyes right under their collars.²** Sanageyama's Blade Regalia has eyes in every opening, greatly enhancing his ability to see everything with precise detail. [[spoiler:The second model ditches these eyes once Sanageyama [[EyeScream gets rid of his own]], essentially ''becoming'' his eyes]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:F]]²* FaceFramedInShadow: Satsuki's parents during their first appearances.²* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: It says something about how horrible a beatdown [[spoiler:Ragyo]] gave [[spoiler:Satsuki]] when, in a series with such over the top violence as ''Kill la Kill'', many fans claim it was too much to bear.²* FanDisservice:²** Egregiously occurs in Episode 12 after [[spoiler:Ryuko [[ suffers from]] BodyHorror.]]²** [[spoiler:Ragyo massaging Satsuki]] in the bath in Episode 16. What would normally be a case of GirlOnGirlIsHot fanservice is seriously offset by the [[spoiler:undertones of ParentalIncest]] and the visible discomfort from the latter. There's a ''reason'' [[spoiler:Ragyo]] is known as [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Mama Bad Touch]]]] by the fandom.²** You can see Mataro's penis several times in Episode 17, as his suit is painted on. There are also a few instances where you can see it with his [[spoiler:Nudist Beach]] uniform.²** The scene of [[spoiler:Satsuki naked and chained up in a cage being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused by Ragyo]] in Episode 19. It's designed to be very unappealing to view, really amplifies [[spoiler:the implied ParentalIncest]], and even ends with the disturbing image of [[spoiler:Satsuki giving a DeathGlare to the camera as Ragyo spanks her ass]] that would do away with any feelings of arousal.²** Even worse than the Episode 16 incident is [[spoiler:a similar scene with Ragyo, Nui, and BrainwashedAndCrazy Ryuko in the beginning of Episode 21. Ryuko even ''kisses'' Nui near the end of it.]]²** There's actually a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar nipple slip]] on Ryuko's part in Episode 22. Of course, any arousal that this would have inspired is instantly void because [[spoiler:she just ripped Junketsu off of her body, leaving her soaked in gallons upon gallons of her own blood.]]²* {{Fanservice}}: ''Rampant''. Using clothing as a source or symbol of power is a recurring motif in the series, and the concept of being (metaphorically, but also literally) naked is used as a sign of resolve. But at the end of the day, there's no shortage of scenes that are probably there for the sake of the fans as well.²* FauxAffablyEvil: Nui Harime.²* FightingSeries: The main focus of ''Kill la Kill'' is the furious fighting scenes involving the main cast and whatever opponents get thrown their way.²* FlintstoneTheming: The basic idea of empowering clothing is expanded as a motif that pervades the entire series: fashion-based visuals are everywhere. To begin with, there's the series' iconic weapon, a giant pair of scissors. Aikuro uses sewing pins as both weapons and acupuncture needles; Tsumugu fires sewing needles from weaponized sewing machines, and smoke grenades shaped like bobbins; Nui makes clones of herself from scraps of cloth; the [[spoiler: Original Life Fiber]] looks like a ball of yarn; Ragyo's comms satellite is shaped like a pair of lips, and both of its transmitters are shaped like tubes of lipstick; the facade of Honnoji Academy resembles a sailor fuku!²* {{Flynning}}: ²** If any combination of Ryuko, Satsuki, Nui, or Ragyo are fighting one another, expect this to be the order of the day, with sword-on-sword strikes [[UpToEleven occurring numerous times each second]], with nobody really scoring so much as a glancing hit. Bonus points for numerous [[BladeLock Blade Locks]].²** However, if the fight is any of those four vs. anyone else, it's usually over pretty quickly. Its also averted in the second opening sequence when Ryuko & Satsuki cross blades where they are very clearly drawing blood from one another with every strike. ²* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: In Episode 7, [[spoiler:the Fight Club brings the Mankanshoku family into Two-Star lodgings, that is, until Satsuki pits Mako against Ryuko with a Three-Star uniform on the line, and Mako intentionally loses.]]²* ForegoneConclusion: A surprisingly subtle one, but the end credits show Ryuko wandering around a normal town in regular clothing. At first, it just seems like an alternate universe where things were different, especially since we see her standing next to a poster with her wearing Senketsu. Implying the ''Kill la Kill''-verse seen in the show is fictional in that world. [[spoiler: But it's later revealed this is ''after the end'' of the series, after Ragyo and the Life Fibers are defeated and Honoji has sunk into the ocean, with Ryuko now living a normal life. The 24th episode even changes the credits so that Mako and Satsuki are with her and hanging out. This likewise leads to a bit of CallForward too as that ending showed the island where Honoji was is now gone, to which the special 25th and final episode showed how that happened.]]²* {{Foreshadowing}}: ²** In the first episode, Gamugori kicks in the door of Aikurō's classroom. It bounces off the window frame and crashes back into the room, which knocks everyone for a loop. [[spoiler:Everyone except Aikurō, who [[FreezeFrameBonus dodges the impact without even dropping his book]]. Because he's not a sleepy, lazy teacher, he's actually a physically capable NudistBeach operative.]]²** In the beginning of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ryuko has a nightmare where Senketsu gets cut into pieces]]. In Episode 13, [[spoiler:this actually happens.]] And then they really hammer it in your head in the ColdOpen in the subsequent episode, where [[spoiler:Ryuko has the same dream.]]²** Episode 12 has [[spoiler:Ryuko's Scissor Blade fusing into her enraged form]], while Episode 15 has [[spoiler:Bakuzan giving off Life Fiber sparkles when tapped by Satsuki]], both of which reveal that they are [[spoiler:made from hardened Life Fibers]], something not revealed until Episode 23.²** Two cases from the second opening:²*** What are implied to be Junketsu's "eyes" are shown to be far more alien in appearance compared to Senketsu, [[spoiler:implying the [[StarfishAliens true nature of Life Fibers]].]]²*** In the same sequence, Senketsu is shown with ''both'' of his eyes open.²** Early on, there was a brief discussion of the origin of Japanese school uniforms being derived from actual military uniforms. [[spoiler:Appropriately enough, Satsuki has been building a student army to fight against Ragyo.]]²*** At the height of their power, a charismatic and ruthless leader is struck down by one of their subordinates leading an army against them in a place where they brought no guards and were celebrating their victory. [[spoiler:Now did I just describe Satsuki backstabbing Ragyo or Akechi Mitsuhide killing Oda Nobunaga? Either way, both occur at Honnouji.]]²** There were several cases concerning Ryuko:²*** Isshin Matoi [[RomanticismVersusEnlightenment gave things names which were accurate but not necessarily pretty]], and Ryuko's name can be read as [[spoiler:"abandoned child"]]. This [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] the fact that [[spoiler:she is the daughter Ragyo abandoned.]]²*** Ryuko starts out with a red lock of hair. After a fashion, it looks somewhat like a life fiber. This suggests that [[spoiler: Ryuko is infused with life fibers]].²*** The underside of Ryuko's hair changes color when she uses Senketsu. One could think it is one of the effects of the transformation, but there is another character whose hair does the same thing, [[spoiler:namely her mother, Ragyo Kiryuin.]] This detail [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] their connection and the fact that [[spoiler:both Ragyo and Ryuko are half-human hybrids due to having some Life Fibers inside of them.]]²*** In Episode 1, right as Ryuko's cloak is torn off by Fukuroda, [[ "Blumenkranz"]][[note]][[spoiler:Ragyo Kiryuin]]'s leitmotif[[/note]] starts playing. In Episode 18, it's revealed that Ryuko is [[spoiler:Ragyo's daughter.]]²*** In the first opening, Ryuko is shown to appear at the center of a rainbow-colored light [[spoiler:not unlike Ragyo.]]²*** In the first ending, the wedding dress which Ryuko stares at through a shop window is the same one she [[spoiler:wears in her mental world after being brainwashed by Ragyo.]]²** Satsuki's EvilOverlord speech from the very first episode contains quotes like "Fear is freedom" and "Subjugation is liberation". This is just propaganda in the vein of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' to establish Satsuki as a ruthless dictator, right? [[spoiler:Nope, it actually foreshadows Satsuki's use of dictatorship to create an army intended to topple Ragyo and the Life Fibers. [[WellIntentionedExtremist She uses fear and subjugation with an eventual goal of freedom and liberation]].]]²* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In Episode 23, [[spoiler:Nui interrupts the end credits.]]²* FreezeFrameBonus: The show plays with this a lot, stuffing {{Funny Background Event}}s and {{Shout Out}}s whenever and wherever they can.²** The first episode alone is [[TropeOverdosed overflowing]] with this:²*** Random items, including a gun, are thrown up during the scene when [[IncomingHam Gamagoori]] kicks the door of the classroom open.²*** Anime/{{Yatterman}}-1's weapon can be seen under the table of one of the students.²*** A student playing with action figures for ComicBook/TheHulk and [[Comicbook/IronMan Iron Man]] with a third figure for [[Comicbook/XMen Sentinel]] inside his desk during the scene where [[NewTransferStudent Ryuko]] is being introduced to the class.²*** Mako is briefly backlit by the [[Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon Ide Gauge]].²*** A male student groping the butt of an oblivious female classmate during the scene where Ryuko calls out Satsuki.²*** A student with GagBoobs for eyes staring at Ryuko when she shocks everyone by shrugging off Takaharu's punch.²*** Senketsu's and Ryuko's transformation as seen from the outside can reveal some rather creepy looking bits.²** Nekomusume from ''Anime/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' appears as a [[ No-Star student]] at Honnouji Academy in Episode 4. She also looks like the version of the character from the 1980s, which fits with the overall style of the series.²** Also in Episode 4, the cast of ''Film/PulpFiction'' appears in the background during the [[ Senketsu delivery scene]].²** In Episode 4, you can also see [[ a thumb sticking]] out as a reference to ''Film/TheTerminator''.²** In Episode 7, the head of the Table Tennis Club uses balls [[ that are marked]] like the [[Franchise/DragonBall seven Dragon Balls]]. It could be also a reference to ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' since the stars on them are black.²** In the same episode, Mako's mother uses a dishwasher that is similar to the [[ Famicom pad.]]²* FriendlyEnemy: Mako and Gamagoori seem to have a somewhat amicable relationship; such as when Gamagoori tries to take the Scissor Blade from Mako by threatening to give her no mercy, [[IneffectualDeathThreats yet doesn't attack her.]]²* FromBadToWorse: Episode 12 had [[spoiler:Ryuko having just recovered from her berserker rage]] getting [[spoiler:beaten up by her father's killer, Nui]], and ended with Satsuki revealing that she had [[spoiler:used all the information from Ryuko's fights to create an advanced army for her to conquer Kansai]]. In ''Episode 13'', we have [[spoiler:Ryuko having a BSOD over the events of the last episode]], a student she inspired to fight [[spoiler:turns out to be Nui just trying to mess with her]] ''and'' [[spoiler:Senketsu gets ripped apart by Nui.]]²* FullFrontalAssault: ²** Sanageyama has attempted to keep fighting naked no less than twice. ²** This is also standard procedure for Nudist Beach combatants since they're, ya know, nudists.²** Both Ryuko and Satsuki do this in Episode 20; [[spoiler:Ryuko slaughtering numerous COVERS, storming the academy on motorcycle and getting in another fight with Nui wearing nothing but a sheet cape, and a completely-nude Satsuki breaking out of her cell in the same academy and fighting her way outside with her hands bound and wielding nothing but sharpened fake toenails.]]²* FunWithSubtitles: Huge red blocks of text appear to complement practically everything that happens. Sometimes these are treated as diegetic: At one point, Ryuko is shown fighting on TV and one of her attack names appears on the television screen; also, Nui Harime likes to lean on her own name while talking to someone.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:G]]²* {{Gainaxing}}: Ryuko and Satsuki's {{Transformation Sequence}}s are ''full'' of this. When they run or there is a power wind blowing (i.e. ALL the time in every fight), there is a lot of jiggling. This is to be expected, considering most of Studio Trigger used to work for Gainax.²* GondorCallsForAid: [[spoiler: Literally every Two-Star Uniform wearer from Honnouji, from the Tennis Team Captain, to the Boxing Team Captain, to the Garden Club Captain, join Ryuko, Satsuki, Nudist Beach, and the Elite Four against the final battle against Ragyo and her skyscraper-sized Life-Fiber construct, Shinra Koketsu.]]²* GratuitousForeignLanguage:²** "Nudist Beach" is GratuitousEnglish.²** Ragyo's theme, "Blumenkranz", is sung entirely in GratuitousGerman, albeit a BlindIdiotTranslation with incorrect pronunciation. Also, her {{Catchphrase}}, [[GratuitousFrench "La vie est drôle!"]] Not to mention that several other tracks from the OST feature GratuitousEnglish, or are sung purely in it.²** The Mankanshoku family has engaged in some GratuitousEnglish a few times. Barazo has addressed the others as "my family", and Mako as "my daughter". Mako herself has let out a shout of "Let's goooooo!" twice in one episode. Another has Sukuyo respond to a demand by Barazo with "Aye aye, sir!" while they all run out of the house.²** One of Harime Nui's attacks is named [[GratuitousFrench "Mon mignon prêt-à-porter"]][[note]]"My cute ready-to-wear"[[/note]] in which she massively clones herself.²* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:The Primordial Life Fiber]] fills this role, given that the existence of Life Fibers is because [[spoiler:it came crashing down to earth, and [[BigBad Ragyo Kiryuin]] serves it loyally. Said BigBad later flies it around like a giant ship.]] Ragyo can be seen as this during the period of time when Satsuki is the primary antagonist, though her spot as big bad is made clear after the Naturals Election finishes. ²* GroinAttack: ²** Almost. When Tsumugu slides on his knees to avoid one of [[spoiler:Berserk Ryuko's]] attacks, Nui is waiting to plant her scissor blade between his legs. ²** From [[spoiler:Sanageyama]]'s position after the attack, it's implied that he also got hit with one of these courtesy of Nui. ²* GroundShatteringLanding: In Episode 6, [[spoiler:Ryuko slams into the ground head first after Sanageyama (after being intentionally blinded) does a number on her. A zoom-out shows that the ground fractured for quite a distance.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:H]]²* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The first 11 episodes were a quirky little tale about trying to take on an oppressive school council while searching for the killer of Ryuko's father. However, once Nui and later Ragyo show up, more of the plot is revealed and it essentially becomes [[spoiler:an AlienInvasion story.]]²* HamsterWheelPower: Turns out this is the [[CoolBoat Naked Sun's]] power source. When two of the three wheels are shot to pieces, Naked Sun has barely enough energy to move forward...[[spoiler: until Mako, in her special Fight Club Two-Star Uniform, kick-starts it and is then promptly joined by ''every'' Two-Star seen in the series, all the way to the Tennis Captain and the Boxing Captain Ryuko defeated way back in Episodes 1 and 2.]]²* HateSink: As soon as Nui is introduced, her [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil initially overpowered]] status and [[SmugSuper unbearably smug]] attitude make her easy to loathe, both for the audience and Ryuko.²* HeartTrauma: Ryuko watches in pure horror as [[spoiler:Ragyo ''holds up her heart in front of her face after she removed it from her body'', infused with Life Fibers and revealing that she's her long-lost daughter.]]²* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Satsuki goes up against Ragyo, her mother and CEO of REVOCS and the Kiryuin Conglomerate, revealing that her purpose for making the academy in the first place was to defeat her mother and rise up against the Life Fibers. Proving she needed Ryuko's help.]] Similarly, [[spoiler:the Elite 4 and the rest of the remnants of Satsuki's forces join Nudist Beach, their former enemies, to fight the Life Fibers and save the world.]]²* HenshinHero: Every single major character has a TransformationSequence to awaken the powers their clothes give them. ²* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler:Senketsu, after absorbing Shinra Koketsu's power, finds out post-battle that it was too much for him to handle, and has caused him fatal, irreparable damage.]]²* HeroicSacrifice: Immediately following his realization of the HeroicRROD (see above), [[spoiler:Senketsu makes it his final action to ensure Ryuko reaches Earth safely, using himself to shield her from the heat and friction of atmospheric re-entry, but burning up himself in the process.]]²* HeroStoleMyBike: Ryuko forcefully appropriates a scooter from a soba-delivery man to get away from Honnouji quickly. At least she has the decency to not appropriate the soba itself. [[NiceGirl Later, the scooter is brought back to the school with a note of apology]].²* HesBack: ²** [[spoiler:Honnouji Academy Fight Club President, Mako Mankanshoku, back in action!]]²** [[spoiler:After having, shall we say, lost her way for several episodes, Ryuko tears off Junketsu and resynchronizes with Senketsu in awesome fashion.]]²* HighHeelPower: There are several close-ups on Satsuki Kiryuin's heels clicking before she makes a speech or does something badass. Same goes for her mother, Ragyo.²* HighPressureBlood: Characters do not bleed often, but if they do, it will fountain out in the most exaggerated way possible.²* HomingLasers: Nonon Jakuzure's transformed Symphony Regalia Mk. II fires ones made ''[[RuleOfCool out of music]]''!²* HomoeroticSubtext:²** Ryuko and Mako's relationship has some clear romantic undertones to it, though nothing ever really happens between them. [[spoiler:Ryuko does agree to go on a date with Mako if she survives the final battle, but it's ambiguous whether that has any romantic implications. On the one hand, not only is it common in Japan for girls to go on platonic "dates" with each other, but the end credits of the final episode also show Satsuki joining in on the date. Although, when Mako pictures their date, they're shown holding hands and kissing, but that, of course, may just be [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mako being Mako]].]]²** In the OVA, when Satsuki's evil clone made from her dark side tells Ryuko that Satsuki is a woman who "had her heart broken"!²** Jakuzure's relationship with Satsuki has hints of this. She's the first one to refer to Satsuki affectionately, swore to always hold her hand while in kindergarten, and hasn't left her side since. She's also the only person Satsuki calls by their first name. Jakuzure's story in the light novel all but outright states that she is in love with Satsuki, with all those references to Jakuzure's "feelings" and how she wants to make Satsuki's beauty hers alone. ²* HostageSituation: The club presidents quite commonly use this tactic with Mako to lure Ryuko into a fight.²* HotBlooded: Taken UpToEleven and used ''literally''. Even ''Gurren Lagann'' looks mild next to this show!²* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Mako and Gamagoori, who are surprisingly [[FriendlyEnemy friendly enemies]] and seem to receive more and more ShipTease with each new episode. ²* HumanoidAbomination: ²** [[spoiler:Ragyo Kiryuin]], who can survive having her ''head cut off'', save for [[spoiler:one Life Fiber]] connecting the two severed ends of her neck. And this is ''after'' being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and crucified! She even admits that she isn't fully human anymore, due to being [[spoiler:symbiotically fused with Life Fibers.]] By her own admission, [[spoiler:Ryuko]] is the same as them.²** [[spoiler:Nui Harime]] also qualifies, due in part to her unnatural strength and speed, PsychoticManchild tendencies, and sheer demonic presence, which is so terrifying that so much as a touch from them even scares the crap out of Senketsu. Also her ability to [[ImplacableMan survive being engulfed in multiple C-4 blasts]] unscathed! All without the apparent help of Life Fibers. Confirmed by [[spoiler:the lady herself]] in Episode 20.²* HumansAreBastards: There's a good reason why Satsuki refers to people as "pigs". [[spoiler:Her system prevents people from becoming truly virtuous revolutionaries by offering all the pleasures in the world to those who have the power to challenge her.]]²* HumansAreFlawed: On the other hand, Mako ([[SimpleMindedWisdom yes]]) believes that humans are not pigs. [[spoiler:She and her family turn their back from the pleasures the system can afford them because that system ground their friend Ryuko to dust.]]²* HumongousMecha: Averted [[spoiler:until the OVA]], a lot of people were disappointed that at no point in the series did it turn out that Honnouji Academy was a giant robot. [[spoiler:The OVA reveals that it was, but Satsuki never got to use it because Ragyo wrested control of the school from her. Rei, however, is a different story.]]²* {{Hypocrite}}: The series calls to attention the fundamental hypocrisies in Satsuki and her subordinates' philosophies and actions as it progresses,[[spoiler: though the series [[TheReveal reveals]] later that the underlying intent of all of them is firstly to deceive Ragyo to believe they are building her an army and secondly to build that army in such a way as to oppose her]]:²** This is clear as early as Episode 1. "Contradiction is truth!"²** During Ryuko's confrontation with Omiko, Sanageyama declares that Ryuko loses their match because she broke the rules of tennis by slashing up the tennis balls. Yes, ball''s'', because Omiko was backed by a dozen or more of her club members, all of whom were hitting balls at Ryuko. This is, of course, also against the rules of tennis.²** During middle school, Satsuki looks down upon some bullies who rely on their parents' social standing for their impunity; when she is called out for doing the exact same thing, Satsuki yells with her [[LargeHam usual bravado]] that she's different because [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections unlike the bullies who mainly leech off their power to get their way]] she ''uses'' [[VisionaryVillain it as a means to further her goal to]] TakeOverTheWorld. This may also count as an exaggerated version of ValuesDissonance; some areas of Japanese culture consider someone with lofty ambitions to be morally superior to someone who does the same thing for pettier ambitions. This attitude [[EvilIsPetty also exists outside of Japan]], but Japan folded it into their [[JapaneseSpirit own cultural beast]].²** Gamagoori despises Ryuko's [[{{Stripperiffic}} school-inappropriate]] Senketsu, but when she points out that Satsuki's Junketsu is just as skimpy, Gamagoori simply yells that Satsuki is an exception to the rules. Unlike the incident with Satsuki above, he doesn't even offer an argument, weak or not, for this.²** During the Naturals Election, which is all about putting your position on the line to see if you're worthy of holding it, Satsuki spends the entire time camped out behind an impenetrable wall of Life Fibers. It's pretty hard to be tested for your position if you never allow anyone to reach you so you can be tested in the exact same way you are testing everyone else, right Satsuki? ²** Though Satsuki states that the Elite Four would be removed from their positions [[spoiler:if they lose]] and a new Elite Four will be formed out of the most worthy students, after the Naturals Election, [[spoiler:Satsuki reinstates the Elite Four, and it's doubtful she removed any of her favorites from their positions]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:I]]²* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler: Ryuko doesn't take the truth of Life Fibers in body quite well.]]²* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and then [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Midway through Episode 1, Ryuko learns that the boxer's gloves are made of steel. She then says she has no reason to hold back, flips her blade to the sharp side and...[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown proceeds to have the crap beaten out of her]].²* IControlMyMinionsThrough: Two contrasting examples appear in Episode 15. Takarada controls his people with money, but Kiryuin shows him that fear is a much more controlling force by striking his people's hearts and making them scatter.²* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The episodes' titles are all taken from J-pop oldies. See the [[Shoutout/KillLaKill Shout Out]] page.²* TheIdiotFromOsaka: {{Inverted}} with Takarada. He's all the stereotypes of Osakan rolled into one character and he turns all those traits into his forte, allowing Osaka to effectively resist Satsuki's Raid Trip. Until Satsuki herself appears.²* ILied:²--> '''Aikuro Mikisugi''': A man's word is only good on the day it's made.²--> '''Nui Harime''': When a lady changes her underwear, she leaves the past behind her!²* ImagineSpot: When Ryuko learns that [[spoiler:her father]] founded Nudist Beach, Mako then has one of these with the character in question on a beach with naked women surrounding him.²* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Due to the low-detailed art style, a large number of female characters are given this when nude. A prominent example of this is Ryuko, whose waist is ''tiny'' compare to the rest of her already lithe body, even when the series gives her a more [[ detailed appearance]].²* IncomingHam: See EstablishingSeriesMoment.²* IndividualityIsIllegal: Satsuki seems to be keen on turning every qualified student into a drone with her One-Star uniforms while only those who excel them being allowed to have individuality again.²* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: All the One-Star Goku Uniform wearers are identical carbon copies of each other, either the male model or female. Similarly, every one of Ragyo's managers looks exactly alike. At first, it just seems to be an artistic (and [[RuleOfFunny humorous]]) choice to indicate "large amount of generic antagonists". [[spoiler:However, the "inexplicable" part is eventually subverted as it's shown they stylistically and sometimes ''literally'' mold individuals into those forms as part of a progression of "mindless sheep". Only those with enough physical strength AND individuality to surpass that conformity rise to Two or Three-Star ranks.]]²* InfantImmortality: Subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Satsuki's younger sister]] was experimented on with Life Fibers and then [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath disposed of]] when the experiment failed. It's one of, if not the most, gut-wrenching scenes in the entire series. [[spoiler:Not five minutes later, it's DoubleSubverted when Ragyo reveals that, not only did the baby survive, [[LukeIAmYourFather Ryuko is that baby.]]]]²* InsistentTerminology: Aikuro will have you know that it's a DTR, not a Dotonbori Robo. [[SeriousBusiness And don't you dare tell him it doesn't matter. It does and he will gladly spell it out for you.]]²* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: The name of the anti-Life Fiber rebel group is "Nudist Beach", much to the consternation of Ryuko.²-->'''Ryuko''': "You mean that stupid title was for real?"²* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: These tend to come up occasionally. Two examples are "No-Chikoku Day" (No Late-to-School Day) and "Chikara-Power" ([[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Power-Power]]).²* InterclassFriendship: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with Ryuko Matoi and Mako Mankanshoku. The latter's family are so poor that they use very questionable meat for their croquettes and the former was implied to be rich since her former house was a giant mansion. Though, by the time the two became friends, Ryuko is a orphan vagabond. Then it's revealed that Ryuko is [[spoiler:a Kiryuin and the daughter of Ragyo and sister of Satsuki]].²* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Satsuki]] impales [[spoiler:her mother Ragyo]] from behind with her sword, then picks her up and ''throws her'' onto a protruding roof spike. [[spoiler:Satsuki]]'s real motive was to [[spoiler:eliminate the Life Fibers and take down COVERS.]]²* IronicEcho: Episode 18 is full of echoes to Episode 1:²** Satsuki delivers a speech on DoubleSpeak in Episode 1, using it to belittle and oppress her subjects. [[spoiler:She repeats the speech in Episode 18 when she finally springs her trap at the Festival, but in the context of hiding her true motives from Ragyo and how her iron-fisted rule over her students is the only way to create an army capable of successfully rebelling against the Life Fibers.]]²** When Ryuko and Satsuki first fight, Satsuki comments that Ryuko's goal of revenge is pathetic. Fast forward to episode 18. [[spoiler:Ragyo says the same thing when Satsuki reveals she's rebelling to avenge her father and sister.]]²** At the start of Episode 1, Satsuki has a student who stole a One-Star uniform beaten, told he's not worthy of it, and then smashed into a wall after having the uniform removed. [[spoiler:Ragyo does the same to Satsuki]] at the end of Episode 18.²** In Episode 19, [[spoiler:Satsuki]] is imprisoned inside a metal cage in a large, boxy room. That is probably the [[PunishmentBox Time Out Chamber]] which Mako would have been thrown into for a month for distribution of anti-Satsuki newspapers. Now it's [[spoiler:Satsuki]] herself who got thrown in there for a month for [[spoiler:going against Ragyo.]]²** In Episode 10, during Nonon's flashback, Satsuki tells Nonon "a castle that is blown away with the first gust of wind is worthless" when talking to her about sandcastles. In episode 21, [[spoiler:Ryuko, after beating Satsuki & Senketsu down]], calls Satsuki "a pathetic princess standing atop a mere sandcastle" and remarks "one wave is all it takes to wash her kingdom away".²** In Episode 24, Ragyo dismisses Ryuko and Senketsu's [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech affirmation]] of [[spoiler:being both ''and'' neither human or clothing]] as utter nonsense. Ryuko [[ShutUpHannibal screams back]] "Nonsense is how we roll!" [[spoiler:while absorbing Shinra-Koketsu and freeing mankind from the Life Fibers.]] Later in the OVA, [[spoiler:Rei shocked at Satsuki's offer [[LastSecondChance to join her]] at the post-Ragyo REVOCS in making a better world and welcoming Rei to kill her if she disagrees, asks Satsuki how can she spout such nonsense. Satsuki calmly replies [[PatrickStewartSpeech "Nonsense is how we roll."]]]] It serves double as [[spoiler:Satsuki]] initially dismissed Ryuko and Mako's logic in Episode 3 as nonsense. ²* {{Irony}}: By the last episode, Aikuro and Tsumugu are [[spoiler: two of, if not ''the'' only people on Earth that are wearing anything at all.]]²* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In the second episode, Ryuko is [[RunningGag yet again accused of being an exhibitionist AND a masochist.]] She says she's ''not'' an exhibitionist.²* ItMakesSenseInContext: The entire series is about the relationship between humans and clothing. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds It's actually really awesome]]. ²* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Invoked by Maiko Ogure (who has a broken arm) during the No-Late Day DeathCourse. After Ryuko takes her word for it, Maiko plays up the pain in the hopes of tagging along, and succeeds.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:J-K]]²* JapaneseDelinquents: ²** More than a few characters seem to have them as part of their backstories, either by being delinquents themselves (Ryuko, Sanageyama) or by fighting them (Gamagoori).²** [[spoiler:Even Satsuki herself is shown wearing a typical uniform of a ''sukeban'', or female delinquent, in flashbacks. This serves to {{foreshadow|ing}} and Ryuko's relationship, involving tropes like LongLostRelative and NotQuiteDead.]] ²* JapaneseSchoolClub: A large number of them serve as the minions of Satsuki. They range from the common such as the Tennis Club, to the absurd such as the Tightrope Walking Club (it's stated that the number of them has significantly increased since Ryuko's arrival, since Satsuki's standing challenge means that more of them have the chance to apply for Two-Star Uniforms and a chance to win a Three-Star).²* JapaneseSpirit:²** Ryuko Matoi is unbelievably determined, even at the start of the show. She's driven by a desire to find the person who killed her father and believes that Satsuki Kiryuin is either that person or knows who is. However, in the beginning, she is no match at all for [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Goku Uniforms]], even with the enchanted scissor she wields and winds up retreating or needing to be saved multiple times in the beginning. But when Ryuuko gains access to Senketsu, her superpowered sailor uniform, her true hidden powers, and talents come to light. At that point, she is more than a match for Two-Star Uniforms, and she even gains new abilities/skills as she fights the Three-Star Uniforms and stronger opponents. Satsuki herself expresses admiration for Ryuko's spirit. Much later in the show, it turns out that [[spoiler:Ryuko is a BornWinner, with a body that is infused with Life Fibers that allow her to handle a Kamui (essentially the equivalent of a Ten-Star Uniform), where 50% is enough to drive most people insane. However, [[TomatoInTheMirror finding this out]] sends her into a massive HeroicBSOD.]]²** Satsuki Kiryuin is not only willing to take risks but believes that the power of sheer badassery will allow her to overcome any challenge (and it ''does''). [[spoiler:This is despite the fact that she is not as infused with Life Fibers as Ryuko is because she was too old to accept them at the time of the experiment while Ryuuko was experimented on from the moment she left the womb.]] She also fits the archetype of the Japanese Spirit villain[=/=][[TheRival Rival]] like a glove. She generally believes in a very cynical and harsh worldview and looks down on anyone who doesn't fit her ideals. [[spoiler:However, it's revealed that her LongGame involves waiting for the perfect moment to betray her mother, the true BigBad. Further, her worldview isn't completely unjustified; she needs soldiers with enough spirit and resolve to resist being controlled by Life Fibers, and doesn't have time to waste on "half-baked allies".]]²* {{Joshikousei}}: The two main leads, plus Mako, all with very distinctive SailorFuku.²* KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler:Following Ryuko entering a [[HeroicBSOD downward spiral]] caused by Ragyo's revelations about [[LukeIAmYourFather her past]] and [[HalfHumanHybrid true nature]], and Ragyo [[MindRape Mind Raping]] her with Junketsu and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing]] her into serving her, Mako and Senketsu enter her mind to try and bring her back to her senses. Mako eventually tells her to kill her if she refuses to put Senketsu back on and return to their side, and while Ryuko does, this allows her to break free of Ragyo's brainwashing and get over her depression.]]²* KirkSummation: When they meet in Osaka during the Tri-City School Raid Trip, Ryuko tells Satsuki to [[SceneryGorn look at the destroyed city]] and asks her if she considers all of this a necessary sacrifice to fulfill her ambitions.²* KungFuSonicBoom: Several large ones occur during the confrontation between Ryuko and Satsuki. The final sonic boom was powerful enough to blow away all the nearby air, creating a vacuum strong enough to pull everything back in towards the point of impact with such speed that the colliding air and dust particles cause a secondary sonic boom. Considering that this happened in the third episode, [[SerialEscalation this will probably be topped later down the road]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:L]]²* ALadyOnEachArm: When it's revealed that [[spoiler:Isshin Matoi founded Nudist Beach (which is full of almost-nude individuals)]], Mako imagines [[BrainBleach an old man on a beach with nubile ladies fawning over him]]. [[InnerMonologueConversation Ryuko quickly dismisses such imagination]].²* LargeHam:²** Most characters qualify, though Ira easily takes the cake with his fierce and undying ''loyalty'' to the rules and the president.²** Ragyo. Even without hearing her talk, the mere fact that the kinds of clothes she wears makes her this. ²* LastEpisodeThemeReprise: The last episode plays not one but both opening themes during the final battle. And then the original closing theme over the ending sequence.²* LayeredMetropolis: The entire city is built like this, with the school on top, nice looking houses beneath, followed by identical concrete apartment buildings and ending in a giant slum. The star ranking of a student also decides which layer they and their families live.²* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:²** Most noticeable during the final episodes where Ryuko repeatedly states that "Nonsensical is what we do!" Now consider the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann previous]] [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt works]] of the people behind this...²** Nui has a knack for this, whether it's interrupting the credits by force, or simply leaning on the giant letters that introduce her.²* LeaveTheCameraRunning: ²** Near the end of Episode 16, we're treated to a minute of just watching Ryuko and Mako just sitting. Mako is (failing) to stay awake, while Ryuko spends the whole time wrapping her head around TheReveal.²** Done to horrible effect in Episode 18 [[spoiler:when we get a first person view of Ragyo beating the tar out of Satsuki, immediately preceded by a first person view of Satsuki receiving said beatdown.]]²* {{Leitmotif}}: ²** Mako gets the hallelujah chorus from [[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Handel's]] "Messiah" every time she makes a dramatic speech. Her official leitmotif is "Light Your Heart Up". ²** [[ Ragyo Kiryuin]] has [[GratuitousGerman "Blumenkranz."]]²** Part of "鬼龍G@キLL"[[note]]Read "Kiryu ga Kill"[[/note]] serves as Satsuki's theme.²** "犬Kあ3L"[[note]]Read "Inu ka Saru"[[/note]] (often called "Ping Pong Circulate") pulls triple duty as Inumuta, Mikisugi and Sanageyama's leifmotifs, in that order.²** "goriLLA蛇L"[[note]]Read "Gorilla Jaru"[[/note]] covers Gamagoori and Jakuzure.²** "Kiる厭[=KiLL=]" [[note]]Read "Kiru Akiru"[[/note]] is Nui Harime's theme.²** Doubles as ThemeMusicPowerUp; the "don't lose your way" portion of "Before My Body Is Dry" (in its normal version or some form of TriumphantReprise) usually starts playing when Ryuko is about to kick some serious ass.²* {{Letterbox}}: Flashbacks are presented in 4:3 ratio with black bars on the sides.²* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: In episode 4, when Senketsu is being ironed by Mako's mom, the music starts sputtering out once Senketsu gets used to the feel and starts enjoying it.²* {{Leitmotif}}: Most major characters have one, but the soundtrack is notable that some tracks are two characters' theme songs fitted together to play back-to-back (such as Aikuro's theme playing for the first half of one track while the second half is Sanageyama's.)²* LimitedAnimation: ²** Gamagoori is literally tweened past a window in Episode 1 with no animation whatsoever.²** Episode 4. It's not too far from being a glorified, poorly done Website/{{Newgrounds}} animation. ²** This was also applied to [[spoiler:Nui Harime when she fights Uzu Sanageyama, sliding when she finds the Banshi and again when she defeats him a few seconds later.]]²** Mako seems to be given this treatment in almost all of her scenes. Same applies with Nui.²** Episode 22 is hit pretty hard with this, too.²* LivingClothes: While Life Fibers ensure all Goku Uniforms are this to a degree, Kamuis like Senketsu and Junketsu have full personalities.²* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Ryuko spends the first half of the show just trying to figure out what's going on. She isn't even necessarily seeking to avenge her father so much as to understand why he was killed. She finally gets an InfoDump in episode 16.²* LongGame: ''Several'', to the point of GambitPileup.²** The Kiryuin family have been building their base of power at Honnouji Academy ever since the school was founded.²** Satsuki has been waiting to [[spoiler:rebel against her mother ever since she was a child.]]²** Isshin Matoi has been planning against the Kiryuin family [[spoiler:ever since he became disgusted with the way Ragyo discarded their daughter when she was just a baby. He even died before the plan was finished.]]²** [[spoiler:The Primordial Life Fiber]] has waited ''since before mankind evolved'' to execute its plan, and actually [[spoiler:[[AncientAstronauts helped humans evolve]]]] to make it happen.²* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Satsuki and Ryuko]] are sisters and [[spoiler:Ragyo is Ryuko's mom.]]²* LostInTranslation: ²** Mako's rants are full of kanji-based visual puns that the official dub couldn't translate in a meaningful way. ²** In Japanese, REVOCS is referred to as the "Kiryuin Zaibatsu" where "''zaibatsu''" roughly translates to "conglomerate" in English, but implies a specific sort of monopolistic business empire (linked to a powerful family) found in pre-WWII Japan. It carries connotations of a "large, sinister corporation" and is actually the first hint to anyone Japanese that REVOCS and Ragyo are very important to the plot, something which can't really be communicated to non-Japanese viewers.²** Similarly, the dub and official subtitles fail to translate certain terms. Such as the "Goku" (極制服) Uniforms being translated into English as "Goku" ([[GagSub which conjures up the image]] [[Anime/DragonBallZ of something else]]), but the term "Goku Uniform" (極制服) roughly translates to 'Uniform of Ultimate-Oppression'. Since that doesn't really sound right in English, some fansubbers instead substituted the term [[{{Woolseyism}} "Ultima".]]²** Senketsu's final form, [[spoiler:Kisaragi, is named after an old Japanese word for February, which was traditionally the time when one would start wearing spring clothes. Naturally, this is a hard concept to get across to non-Japanese, so some fansubbers instead settled for "Fashion Week", which is held in New York in February.]] ²** In Japanese, certain concepts are conveyed through homophones. The pronunciation of "fashion" is similar to "Fascism", for instance, and "school uniform" sounds the same as "conquest". These puns can't be translated. ²** In Episode 22, Inumuta makes an untranslatable pun when Sanageyama picks a fight with Jakuzure: he uses the term "''konnyaku mondou''", which roughly means "useless chatter", but also contains the word for "konjac", since Sanageyama's family owns a konjac shop. ²** The official translations (both sub and dub) don't bother much with localization or Woolseyism, terms like "Goku" and "Kisaragi" are simply left untranslated. ²** The ''Kyu Kyu Kyumei Kyuin Gu'' ("Emergency Rescue Suction Device") got translated by some fansubs as the "Super Suction Saver".²*** Similarly, when Gamagoori equips nine of them, he calls it the "Kyuren Kyu Kyu Kyumei Kyuin Gu", and the translation calls it the "Seven Plus Two Strong Super Suction Saver". When Mankanshoku equips 999 of them, she calls it the "Kyuhyaku Kyuju Kyuren Kyu Kyu Kyumei Kyuin Gu", and the fansub calls it the "Seven Hundred Plus 299 Super Suction Saver".²* LovecraftLite: It is revealed that the Life Fibres incorporated into REVOCS' clothing and the Goku Uniforms are actually [[spoiler:part of an ancient extraterrestrial entity that has been guiding human evolution, and intends to devour all of humanity before blowing up the earth to scatter its progeny throughout the cosmos.]] The protagonists' response: [[spoiler:impale it with a battleship.]]²* LowerDeckEpisode: Episode 19 focuses on [[LaResistance Nudist Beach]] and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Elite Four]] right up until the last couple minutes.²* LuckyCharmsTitle: Not of the anime itself, but of many of the tracks from the OST contain numbers and symbols such as "=", "@", "◎" and "♪".²* LyricalDissonance: During Episode 8, Mako sings a road song about going on a drive to hell in a cheery tone.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:M]]²* TheMafiya: The Kami-Kobe High School American Football team has the Russian mafia smuggle in a (probably) Russian tank and improve its armor. The tank is defeated, but it still looked cool.²* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:Nui]]: '''YOU PISS ME OFF! PISS ME OFF! PISS ME OFF!'''²* MagicalGirlWarrior: The series borrows a lot from the [[UrExample prototypical example]] of the trope, Creator/GoNagai's ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', from Ryuko's revealing costume to her murdered father starting her quest as well as also being responsible for the source of her powers (in this case, her uniform, a keepsake from her father). Interestingly enough, one of the original ''Cutey Honey'' manga was written by ''Manga/GetterRobo'''s Ken Ishikawa, someone who ''Kill la Kill'' writer Kazushi Nakajima is a [[AscendedFanboy big fan]] of. Ishikawa also influenced the team's previous work, ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann''.²** The series is particularly heavy on the ''Warrior'' part of this trope, as there are very few wand- or blaster-type weapons, and the only "magic" is the Life Fibers that create the Kamui. That, and beauty is MOST definitely tarnished, as Ryuko (and several other characters) are realistically beaten bloody and bruised.²* MagicalSecurityCam: The TV showing the Naturals Election.²* MagicPants: Given that this is a "magical clothes" anime, no amount of shape-shifting from Gamagoori can destroy whatever he's wearing.²* MakesSenseInContext: The Kamui are deliberately made stripperific in order to decrease direct skin-contact with Life Fibers, thereby reducing the risk of losing one's mind to a sentient piece of clothing.²* MartialArtsAndCrafts: Overlaps with IKnowMaddenKombat. Apparently, just about every school club activity, including but not limited to sports, can become a deadly fighting style - assuming you wear the right uniform for the task. However, actual fighting techniques are more effective. Lampshaded by Ryuko, when she is challenged by the tennis club president to a tennis duel and wonders why she can't just beat her up without any regard for sport rules, like she did with her previous opponent, the boxer. Eventually, she decides that beating the enemy at their own game would be more humiliating and decides to roll with it.²* MeaningfulEcho: When [[spoiler:Satsuki reveals that the entire series she's been planning to fight against the Life Fibers to her mom]], her "Fear is Freedom" speech takes on a whole new meaning.²* MeleeATrois: ²** Episode 5 can be summarized as Ryuko vs. Tsumugu with Nonon's cultural clubs in the crossfire.²** Episode 12 can be summarized as [[spoiler:Berserk]] Ryuko vs. Nui Harime vs. Tsumugu [[spoiler:vs. Junketsu Satsuki.]]²* MetaphoricallyTrue: Aikuro eventually reveals that [[spoiler:Ryuko's father told him that he created Nudist Beach as a resistance group against Ragyo and REVOCS, after having worked for her to research Life Fibres before turning against her. While this is true, he leaves out several pertinent details, namely, that he was Ragyo's husband and Satsuki's father Soichirou, that Ryuko is his and Ragyo's child who was infused with Life Fibres, and that he faked their deaths and took up the false identity of Isshin Matoi in order to plot against Ragyo.]]²* MexicanStandoff: How the fight between [[spoiler:Ryuko and Satsuki in Episode 15]] ends. [[spoiler:They both accept the draw.]]²* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Elite Four get an improved set of uniforms in Episode 15.²* MightMakesRight: In a city ruled by a hierarchical system based on the strength of their uniforms, this is to be expected.²* MiniDressOfPower: Omiko (a tennis dress with a skirt made of balls), Nonon (a feminine drum major's outfit), and Nui (a sweet lolita-style gown). ²* TheMole: Episode 17 reveals that [[spoiler:Satsuki, the head of the Sewing Club, and the Elite Four]] have all been working against the Kiryuin agenda for ''years''.²* MoneyMauling: There are machine guns that shoot paper bills during the invasion of Osaka. Mako [[BulletCatch takes advantage of this]] to sample the local cuisine.²* MonochromePast: Typically, majority of the flashback sequences are shown in some sort of sepia, as shown [[ here]] and [[ here]].²* MoodWhiplash: The second ED -- which is incredibly cute, sweet and adorable -- plays when the show gets {{Darker and Edgier}}, and can really offset moments like [[spoiler:Ragyo revealing herself to be Ryuko's mother.]] On the other hand, given the much darker nature of the second half of the anime -- as well as the anime's tendency to leave off on hard-hitting cliffhangers -- it can serve as a well-needed pick-me-up afterwards. While Episode 23 ends on a high enough note for the ending to not count as one, there's one mid-credits [[spoiler:once Nui shows up and Ragyo reveals her master plan.]]²* {{Mook}}: One-Stars; Ryuko can beat whole gangs of them into a pulp even without her Kamui.²* MoralityPet: Mako towards Ryuko, being the one who [[spoiler:brings Ryuko back to her senses the couple of times she goes off the deep end]].²* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The most powerful men in the series aren't even close to the level of 3 of the 4 main female characters.²* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Ryuko's [[OneWingedAngel monstrous form]] not only has a mouth full of fangs so long they impale her skull, she has a second mouth [[VaginaDentata where her hips should be]]. [[spoiler:When the Primordial Life Fiber attempts to eat the Naked Sun, it opens a huge four-sided maw lined with thousands of pointy teeth and dripping with red drool.]]²* MosesInTheBulrushes: As revealed in Episode 18, [[spoiler:Ryuko was coldly discarded by Ragyo, thinking her Life Fiber experiments on the infant Ryuko were a failure, but she had her death faked by her father, Soichirou, who assumed the cover Isshin Matoi and raised her in secrecy.]]²* MundaneMadeAwesome: ²** It's about a transfer student going to a school kept in line by an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil. The school seems to look more like a city state, the council form a totalitarian government, and the tone is exactly that of ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann''. ²** Much of the early series runs on this, as Ryuko's opponents are club presidents. When ClothesMakeTheSuperman, everyone from the [[GreenThumb Gardening Club]] to the [[DanceBattler Folk Dance Club]] fight with appropriately themed superpowers. Most, however, don't get much further than their introductions before they are defeated.²** This is taken to absurd lengths in Episode 14, where the Kansai region schools defend themselves with any and all clichés associated with the area, from Kobe beef to gossiping Osakan grannies. ²* MysteryMeat: Mrs. Mankanshoku's croquettes are made of unidentified substances, but nevertheless delicious.²* MysteriousParent: Both Ryuko and Satsuki have them: Ryuko's father designed a Kamui that was apparently intended for her and was later killed; Satsuki's father had one prepared for her, and her mother is head of the academic board. [[spoiler:When you put them all together, the mystery vanishes: Ryuko and Satsuki are full blooded sisters; Isshin Matoi is Soichiro Kiryuin after faking his death and changing his appearance, making Isshin/Soichiro Satsuki's father and Ragyo Ryuko's mother.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:N-O]]²* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Nudity is played for laughs just about as often as it's played for titillation. And sometimes it's played for both.²* NemesisWeapon:²** Ryuko's WeaponOfChoice is one half of a giant pair of scissors [[spoiler:created by her father to cut Life Fibers]]. The other half is wielded by the insane Nui Harime, [[spoiler: the woman who murdered her father while stealing said weapon]].²** Ryuko's Kamui is a black school uniform named Senketsu, and her main rival, Satsuki, wears a Kamui named Junketsu, which is a more militaristic white school uniform. These two are the only ones capable of wearing Kamui [[spoiler:apart from their mother Ragyo]]. And toward the end of the series, [[spoiler:Ryuko and Satsuki are forced to battle while wearing the other's Kamui]]. ²* NeverTrustATitle: Despite the series's name and giant, blood-spattered logo, [[spoiler:there are only a handful of character deaths at the end. The only actual killing is in a flashback (Isshin Matoi's murder, which kicks off the show), and all the rest are suicides of some variety.]]²* NoIAmBehindYou: Ryuko does this to [[spoiler:Nui in Episode 22 in order to show-off her newly acquired powers as an awakened Life Fiber hybrid wearing a perfectly synchronized Kamui.]]²* NoEnding: The manga ends after Ryuko's first confrontation with Nui.²* {{Nosebleed}}: In Episode 4, Maiko accidentally pulling down Ryuko's pants and invoking a PantyShot is used as a RunningGag that triggers this for the men of the Mankanshoku family.²* NoSell: Takaharu's attacks on Ryuko, after she acquires her super-uniform, are about as effective as spitwads fired at a tank. This generally happens when someone strikes an opponent with a higher-level uniform.²* NotMeThisTime: Inverted. Ryuko tends to blame everything on Satsuki, [[spoiler:from her father's death, which Nui and Ragyo are responsible for, to destruction of Osaka which was actually caused by Takarada's reckless army.]] Instead of claiming innocence, Satsuki usually takes the blame in order to further manipulate Ryuko and keep the vengeful girl focused on her.²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At the end of Episode 21. Ryuko [[spoiler:throws her scissor blade into Nui, impaling her and flinging her across the ship and into a wall. All this accomplishes is giving Nui both halves of the scissor.]] Subverted, as [[spoiler:Nui is swiftly disarmed, in ''both'' senses of the term, early in the next episode.]]²* TheNudifier:²** Battles against Goku Uniform-clad combatants almost always end with the loser butt-naked. It is sometimes either PlayedForLaughs and/or {{Fanservice}}. Ryuko's finisher can even be translated as "Stripped of the will to fight".²** Episode 19 introduces a weapon that literally sucks a person out of their clothes [[spoiler:that have been imprisoning people and using them as a power source. It doesn't do anything besides immobilize Ryuko when she wears Junketsu though, because Nui sewed them together.]]²* OffhandBackhand: The Elite Four, sans [[TheDarkChick Jakuzure]], do this repeatedly while walking through a crowd of No-Stars in Episode 8.²* OffModel: ²** Episode 4 is drawn in a very cheap-looking style, and uses a bare minimum of animation when it can get away with it. The quality is used as much as a stylistic homage to the infamous fourth episode of ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' as it is to cut down on costs.²** Mako's face is constantly lacking a nose. Given the series' art style, it's hard to tell when it's intentional, and when it's just bad outsourcing.²* OldRetainer: Soroi, and old butler who seems to have been in the Kiryuin family for a long time and is staunchly loyal to Lady Satsuki. He's also a badass, as seen in Episode 18.²* OminousFog: Always seems to be drifting around Honnou Town, particularly the academy.²* OncePerEpisode: Mako interrupting whatever conversation Ryuko is having with one of the villains, or whatever exposition is taking place, and giving a speech, prefaced with her crossed wrists in a PillarOfLight and the Hallelujia Chorus. They're usually only tangentially related to the current situation and always accompanied by excessive gesturing. [[ChewbaccaDefense They're also extremely effective at baffling villains into silence and dropping whatever subject they were currently on]].²* OneLastSmoke: Before Satsuki and the Elite Four [[spoiler: start their rebellion against Ragyo]], they drink sake and smash the cups, as they don't expect to survive this battle.²* OnlyTheChosenMayWield:²** In a sense, anyway: Kamui can only be worn by certain individuals (see PowerLevel below). Even a Five-Star uniform made with 50% Life Fiber turns its user into a mindless [[TheBerserker berserker]]. Kamui (made ''entirely'' out of Life Fibers) require a truly exceptional (or at least [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl shameless]]) person to wear them properly.²** It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Satsuki isn't actually "properly wearing" Junketsu, so much as forcing it to let her wear it. This is evidenced by how drained it leaves Satsuki, how it has to be forcibly removed from her, subdued, then restrained and trapped behind reinforced glass. And it ''still'' thrashes wildly even then.]]²** It's even more specific with Senketsu who will allow only Ryuko to wear him and will resist anyone else, due to her inborn resistance to the effects of Life Fibers. [[spoiler:That said, Senketsu allows Satsuki to wear him in Episodes 20 and 21 in order to try to subdue the brainwashed Ryuko.]]²** Only Ryuko can truly use Senketsu to full effect anyway, since [[spoiler:Ryuko's DNA was used in Senketsu's creation.]]²** If you pay close attention, you'll notice that Ryuko's ActivationPhrase for Senketsu is "Life Fiber Synchronize" but Satsuki's ActivationPhrase for Junketsu is "Life Fiber Override": Ryuko synchronizes with her Kamui while Satsuki dominates hers through sheer force of will.²* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank:²** Whenever characters bleed HighPressureBlood, this is usually the case. It's particularly egregious in Episode 12, when [[spoiler:Ryuko mutates into a twisted berserker form]], spurting blood all over the place like a leaky fire hose, in volumes that simply could not exist in a human body.²** Even the credits take this to its LogicalExtreme, with Ryuko and Satsuki literally painting the title logo red with the blood they spill while fighting. [[ See here, at 1:03.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:P]]²* PantyFighter: Skimpy costumes for the protagonist and major antagonist, usually with acrobatics and upskirts. And the loser ends up stark naked.²* PantyShot: Surprisingly for a show with such heavy fanservice, these are few and far-between, and generally so subtle that it counts as a FreezeFrameBonus:²** {{Exaggerated}} with Jakuzure's Symphony Regalia: Finale, which features the least amount of clothing of all the Elite Four's final Goku Uniforms; the only thing she's wearing is a [[ c-string]].²** Episode 24 abandons any subtlety and gives a [[ screen-filling shot]] of Ryuko's underwear.²* ParentalAbandonment: Ryuko's parents are dead. Her mother died when she was young, while her father died on the hands of the one carrying the other half of the Scissor Blade. [[spoiler:It turns out her mother is still alive. She's Ragyo, and she really did abandon her for dead as a failed experiment.]]²* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:Ragyo, who molests both of her daughters almost every chance she gets.]]²* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: ²** Happens at least OnceAnEpisode. ²** Aikuro once uses his acupuncturist skills on Mako and turns her into a living one.²* ThePeepingTom: Barazo and Mataro can't help but peek in whenever Ryuko is changing or bathing. Seems to be a case of PoorMansPorn. ²* PieInTheFace: One of the many traps in Episode 4, hidden under a BoxAndStickTrap [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking baited with cheese]]. Mako is easily suckered into it, but Ryuko pushes her away and realizes the pie's there once it's too late.²* PlanetEater: [[spoiler:The Life Fiber's ultimate form of reproduction.]]²* PleasePutSomeClothesOn:²** Gamagoori would prefer that Sanageyama not engage in {{Full Frontal Assault}}s.²** He does the same later with Mako, this time giving her his back.²* PluckyComicRelief: Mako provides this role to relieve tense moments.²* PostKissCatatonia: [[spoiler:A BrainwashedAndCrazy Ryuko passionately kisses Nui before heading off to kill Satsuki, leaving Nui rather dazed.]]²* PoweredArmor: Goku Uniforms don't have to resemble this to augment the wearer's abilities, but the [[ Scourge]] and [[ Blade]] Regalia are very much your standard bulky mechanized suits.[[spoiler: Until the final version that is.]]²* PowerGlows: ²** Satsuki's mother is constantly emitting a bright, ''rainbow-colored'' glow from [[RuleOfCool the underside of her hair]]. ²** The red lines on Senketsu start glowing pink after he and Ryuko achieve their highest level of synchronization. [[spoiler:The same happens to Junketsu once it's donned by Ragyo.]]²* PowerLevel:²** The power of a particular uniform is signified by the percentage of Life Fiber sewn into it, which in turn is denoted by the number of stars it has: One-Star uniforms are 10%, Two-Star uniforms are 20%, and so on. Kamui such as Senketsu and Junketsu, which are made entirely out of Life Fiber (making them ''Ten-Star uniforms!''), are the most powerful kind of uniform.²** An even more literal version in Episode 23 when we're shown a simulation of Mako without her uniform and then with it, showing the power levels of her various body parts to go from 0000 to [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale 9999!]] [[TheDitz Except her head]].²* PowerNullifier: ²** The Scissor Blade, half of which is possessed by Ryuko. They exist to cut Goku Uniforms to bits. The Blade also has a very important secondary application. Life Fibers cannot regenerate when both are being used by one person. [[spoiler:This is why Nui couldn't regenerate the eye that Isshin cut, and Ryuko later slices off her arms permanently once she recovers both blades.]]²** Tsumugu's ammunition is designed to sever the connection between a Goku Uniform and its wearer. They are ''much'' less effective at the job than the Scissor Blade though, requiring a substantial amount of needles to take effect. In their second fight, he spends the entire fight nailing Ryuko with enough needles to make a hedgehog jealous before he ''finally'' brings her down. To his credit, if it had been anything other than a Kamui, it would have fallen a lot earlier.²* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Honnou Town is this as every aspect of life is controlled by the Student Council. It's mentioned that "If the Kiryuins approve it, anything is allowed".²* ThePsychoRangers: In the OVA, [[spoiler: Rei creates evil copies of Satsuki and the Elite Four.]]²* PublicDomainSoundtrack: A lot of classical music is used in the show.²** The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah" is used frequently as Mako's {{leitmotif}}.²** Episode 4 also uses "The Blue Danube Waltz" and [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bach]]'s "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor".²** Ryuko's battle with Jakuzure in Episode 10 uses a number of orchestral songs (see SoundtrackDissonance below for more info).²* {{Pun}}: "[[FinishingMove SEN'I SOUSHITSU!]]" "Sen'i" can either be "fiber" or "fighting spirit". As such, the attack can be interpreted as not only destroying the opponent's fiber, but their ''will to fight'' as well.²* PunBasedTitle: ²** The "''kiru''" in the title can be rendered as {{Engrish}} for "kill", or as Japanese which means "to cut" or "to wear (put on)". One could render the title as ''Dressed to Kill''.²** And "''la''", or "''ra''", is a homophone for "naked" (most commonly as "''zenra''", "completely naked").²** The series in general is filled with puns and double meanings of words related to clothing and oppression, the two major themes. ²** The show's Chinese name translates to both "The Girl Who Cuts Cloth" and "The Girl Who Cuts by Dual-Wielding".²** Episode 17 reveals that [[spoiler:Satsuki and Nudist Beach]] take the title literally: [[AntiHero Kill the Wearables]].²* PunishmentBox: Gamagoori claims that Mako's actions in episode 13 would normally merit one month in the academy's Time-Out Chamber. ²* PyrrhicVictory: The defense of Osaka. [[spoiler:Honnouji Academy forces are successfully beaten back by the combined forces of Takarada, Nudist Beach, and Ryuko, but all the parties involved have suffered devastating losses, not to mention that Osaka itself is a smouldering ruin.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:R]]²* RageBreakingPoint: Ryuko was never the calmest person, but when [[spoiler: Nui Harime]] reveals herself to be Ryuko's father's killer at the end of Episode 11, ''all hell breaks loose''. ²* RatedMForManly: It's called the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' and for good reason: even though the main characters are female, it oozes testosterone, blood and raw fighting spirit from every episode. It doesn't have ''Kill'' for nothing.²* RealityEnsues: ²** Newbie driver Gamagoori tries to evade pursuers by spinning his car. He promptly loses control and crashes.²** Senketsu [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands gains the ability to fly]] during Ryuko's fight with Jakuzure. Ryuko immediately decides to just [[SequenceBreaking skip the]] [[BossRush boss gauntlet]] [[SequenceBreaking and just make a beeline for Satsuki.]] Might as well go for her ''real'' target, right? It doesn't work though, since Jakuzure [[GoThroughMe isn't having anyone attack Satsuki on her watch]] [[IAmYourOpponent (or ignore her, for that matter).]]²** Ryuko [[spoiler: charges into Ragyo's stronghold after being taunted into coming by her and Nui. She is surrounded, overpowered, and converted to their side via MindRape.]]²** More or less happens when Satsuki [[spoiler: catches Ryuko after she fell all the way from space. Instead of instantly stopping, the motion just changes horizontally. It takes everyone such as Elite Four, the Mankanshoku family, and all the other students to slow them down safely.]]²* RecapEpisode: Parodied in Episode 16 where Senketsu {{Motor Mouth}}s the summary of the series up to that point in about 90 seconds. ²* {{Reconstruction}}: ²** Much like ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' rebuilt the SuperRobot genre after ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', this is essentially the antithesis to shows like ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Rather than focusing on the negative consequences of being a MagicalGirlWarrior, it instead draws attention to the fun of it all.²** The PantyFighter genre as a whole. It has all of the over the top {{Fanservice}} but without the ExcusePlot this usually entails.²* RedHerring: ²** Meta-example. [[spoiler:A shot from an early episode displayed some numbers reflected off of sunglasses that Mako was wearing. If flipped over, these numbers could be read as the phrase "21 I DIE". Come Episode 21, Mako comes ''extremely'' close to being killed by Nui and Ryuko at different points, but she survives the episode, albeit sans clothes.]]²** It's also hinted that Ryuko may be related to Kinue and Tsumugu Kinagase due to their physical resemblance, specifically the red streaks in their hair. This is Jossed, however, when we find out that [[spoiler:Ryuko is actually a Kiryuin]] meaning that the resemblance was quite literally a [[JustForPun red hairing!]]²** The REVOCS building looks like TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon or something like that, but our protagonists never visit it and the final confrontation turns out to happen at [[spoiler:Honnouji Academy.]]²** When the murder of Ryuko [[spoiler:and Satsuki's]] father is shown in a flashback, the fleeing killer's silhouette is shown. In the original TV version, it is in the shape of [[spoiler:Satsuki. In the DVD/Blu-ray version, it is in the shape of the true killer, Nui.]]²* RedOniBlueOni: Ryuko and Satsuki, respectively.²* RedShirt: The One-Star students all appear to be this: not only do they absorb the brunt of this series' massive amounts of collateral damage, but they appear practically identical, and even live in identical, featureless homes.²* ReforgedBlade: A surprisingly realistic example: after [[spoiler: Satsuki's sword]] is broken, it's reforged into two smaller blades.²* RefugeInAudacity: All over the place, but the scene where Senketsu forces Ryuko to wear him definitely qualifies. It's filled with molsety overtones, but the concept of a sentient set of clothing forcing someone to wear it, coupled with Senketu's hilariously [[SlasherSmile psychotic expression]], giant eyebrows, big yellow eyes and [[FalseReassurance hilariously ineffective attempts at reassuring Ryuko]] make the scene too absurd to really be creepy.²* RefusalOfTheCall: ²** Episode 3 sees Ryuko unable to unlock Senketsu's full power due to embarrassment over her {{stripperific}} uniform. After she has resolved this, the series' conflict gets a formal declaration.²** The end of [[spoiler:Episode 16]] has Ryuko refusing to [[spoiler:cooperate with Nudist Beach because she no longer sees Senketsu as a weapon simply to be used for their cause]].²* TheRemnant: [[spoiler:Rei comes back during the Graduation Ceremony bonus episode]] to put up one hell of a last stand against Honnouji Academy - IN THE WORLD'S FIRST [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann GUNMEN]]! ²* LaResistance: ²** The Anti-Kiryuin group, Nudist Beach. They stand against the Kiryuin regime by "not becoming their pigs in clothing", therefore deliberately code themselves as "{{Stripperiffic}} [[ShamelessFanserviceGuy People]]." Currently, we have Mikisugi and Tsumugu who are part of this group, which explains why they act the way they do, ''seriously''.²** Episode 17 reveals that [[spoiler:Satsuki and the Elite Four]] have been working as an entirely separate resistance group this entire time. Episode 18 has them all [[spoiler:except Satsuki, who's been captured]] joining Nudist Beach. [[spoiler: Eventually, Satsuki joins as well.]]²* {{Retraux}}: It emulates the visual style of anime of the '80s.²* {{Revenge}}²** The murder of Ryuko's father is her main motivation for going up against Satsuki. Her main theme as described by Trigger as "UNIFORM X REVENGE".²** And in Episode 18, it's revealed that [[spoiler:this is Satsuki's motivation for going against her mother]], extending to all the way back when she was five years old.²* RewatchBonus:²** After the reveal from episodes 17 and 18, the craziness of Honnouji Academy in the earlier episode makes sense [[spoiler:given its actual goal of raising an army to destroy Life Fibers.]] With this reveal, it becomes pretty obvious that Satsuki was [[spoiler:training Ryuko]] to help in her [[spoiler:rebellion against Ragyo]]. This is confirmed in episode 22.²** If one were to rewatch the second fight between Fukuroda and Ryuko from the first episode, they'd notice that [[spoiler:[[ThemeSongReveal "Blumenkranz", Ragyo's theme]], starts playing]] once Ryuko's cloak comes off. Considering the revelation in episode 18, this may have been intentional.²** The wedding dress from the first ED makes a reappearance in episode 20, in [[spoiler:Ryuko's implanted fake memories.]]²* TheRightHandOfDoom: [[spoiler:Ryuko's berserker form]] has one of these, approximately the same size as her body. In this case, it's a left one.²* RocketJump: How Ryuko, Mako, and Maiko clear the Two-Star district. In a ''bus''.²* RunningGag:²** Ryuko is an exhibitionist, which she vehemently denies. Also counts as LampshadeHanging over her ridiculous uniform.²** Mako being picked up, and then put down again in a standing position without her even so much as flinching.²** Mako's melodramatic explanations for things. They come off as stupefying even for people living in a WorldOfHam.²** Whenever Aikuro explains something, he's bound to do it while stripping and sparkling.²** Sanageyama has a habit of being beaten by women the first time he challenges them; Satsuki in middle school, Ryuko when he issues a challenge, and [[spoiler:Nui Harime when she interrupted his second rematch with Ryuko.]]²** Mikisugi hates the name "Dotonbori Robo" and will insistently correct anyone who uses it.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:S]]²* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:Upon defeating Ragyo, Ryuko tries to convince her to come back to humanity and try to live a normal life. However, in one last act of defiance, Ragyo crushes her own heart, refusing to allow anyone to control her fate.]]²* SchizoTech: Despite severe technological advances in the clothing industry, even the most advanced of computers (including portables and handhelds) still use monochrome [=LCDs=]. Furthermore, these devices resemble contemporary smartphones.²* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: ²** The AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil exists as such because its president's mother is head of the academic board.²** A pair of thugs in Gamagoori's old school overrule his authority as StudentCouncilPresident because one of their fathers owns an important company, and the other's father is the chief of police.²* SdrawkcabName: REVOCS, the corporation that controls 90% of the world's clothing distribution, is a shell for Ragyo's ulterior plot, COVERS.²* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: ²** Ryuko spends the first three episodes complaining how skimpy Senketsu's combat form is. Satsuki expects a level of chivalry from her subjects, but otherwise doesn't care how skimpy her outfit is if it means more power.²** Inverted in the long run, as clothes are [[PuttingOnTheReich fascist]]. The trope actually gets an explanation in Episode 21, where Satsuki reveals that [[spoiler:minimizing direct skin contact reduces the Life Fibers' mind control, also explaining the brainwashed Ryuko's much more conservative version of Junketsu]].²** When Satsuki puts on Junketsu for the first time, the fabric of its skirt is seen stretching towards her feet while she struggles with it for dominance. When [[spoiler:Ryuko]] is later forced to wear the same outfit, her skirt extends into ankle-length [[ hakama]] as well.²* SequelHook: Episode 24 has a couple of loose ends that raise the possibility of a sequel.²** Just before [[spoiler:committing suicide]], Ragyo says there are plenty more Life Fibers left in the universe and that one day, they will return to haunt the earth.²** There's also [[spoiler:Rei]] whose ultimate fate is unclear at the end of the series, but that gets fixed in the bonus episode.²* SeriousBusiness:²** Literally everything related to school life is considered serious business. Students can be executed for breaking rules. Tennis matches against rival schools are referred to as "armed suppression" and considered part of a larger pattern of conquest. Even the ''sewing club'' is less of a school club and more of an R&D laboratory for creating and further developing the weaponized uniforms. ²** Nothing in the world is more SeriousBusiness to [[MegaCorp REVOCS]] than clothing. ²--->'''Ragyo Kiryuin:''' "What is clothing?!"²--->'''Managers:''' "Clothing is sin! Mankind's original sin!"²* SetBonus: Both halves of the Rending Scissors, used together, can [[spoiler: cut Life Fibers completely so that they don't regenerate]].²* ShamefulStrip: Inverted. Satsuki lectures Ryuko about being ashamed of being seen in her Kamui in Episode 3, saying "This is the form in which a Kamui is able to unleash the most power! The fact that you are embarrassed by the values of the masses only proves how small you are! If it means fulfilling my ambitions, I will show neither shame nor hesitation, even if I must bare my breasts for all the world to see!"²* ShipperOnDeck:²** Nui is an extremely twisted example, as she squees with delight commenting how Ryuko and Satsuki are ''in your own little world! There is no room for anyone else!'' in Episode 12, as Satsuki and [[spoiler:berserk]] Ryuko fight to the death. ²** The series' ending shows the rest of the Elite Four being this for Mako/Gamagoori.²* ShipTease: A small but growing amount between [[OppositesAttract Mako and Gamagoori]], kicking off from their first meeting in Episode 4. By Episode 19, the rest of the cast has started commenting on it, resulting in a rather flustered SuspiciouslySpecificDenial from the latter.²* ShooOutTheClowns: Surprisingly averted. Despite the plot getting progressively darker and serious in the second half of the series, [[PluckyComicRelief Mako]] continues to be a relevant character and never loses too much focus, and that includes the finale and her comic relief tendencies are kept in tact. Even her family, whom have a far less active role, aren't kept out of the loop completely. ²* ShouldersOfDoom: Both Kamui Senketsu and Junketsu provide their owners with huge shoulder pauldrons. Though, Satsuki's are bigger and point up, while Ryuko's are thinner and point to the sides.²* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/KillLaKill own page]].²* ShownTheirWork: This show touches upon how ordinary Japanese school uniforms were originally based on military uniforms, and also contains myriad references to the fashion world and sewing in general. ²* SingleStrokeBattle: Episode 7 sees Ryuko dishing this out quite a few times, as she takes on the many club presidents who attempt to rise to Three-Star by defeating her.²* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Just because there's lots of {{Fanservice}} and ClothingDamage doesn't mean the female characters aren't immune to getting brutalized as much as the male ones.²* {{Sleepyhead}}: Mako appears to suffer from Narcolepsy, & will fall asleep at the drop of a hat, even if you're talking to her.²* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: ²** Invoked, then subverted; the Student Council is forbidden from attacking Ryuko until she has defeated all club presidents, and Satsuki herself will only fight herself when the council has also been defeated. Defied by [[BloodKnight Sanageyama]], who wants to (and gets to) fight early on. In addition, during the Naturals Election, the supposed strongest of the Elite Four is first due to not having participated before then. [[spoiler:Satsuki deliberately holds back to ensure Ryuko survives and grows in experience so Ryuko can be incorporated into Satsuki's revenge plan. Her manipulation keeps Ryuko away from the far more dangerous REVOCS, but eventually ensures Ryuko rebels against her allies and falls into Ragyo and Nui's hands.]]²*** [[spoiler: Subverted again in the OVA to wrap up the series. The last enemies fought chronologically are QuirkyMinibossSquad and Satsuki as they were in the beginning of the show. They only put up a fight because everyone lost the series finale gear.]]²** Defied again in Ryuko's fight with Nui. Ryuko jumped straight from fighting the 1st Season's QuirkyMinibossSquad to fighting the 2nd Season's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. ²* SoundtrackDissonance: ²** Episode 4 has Mako, Ryuko, and Maiko being blown through the air after the bus they hijacked is hit by two [=RPGs=]...while "The Blue Danube Waltz" plays in the background.²** Part of Episode 5 is set to upbeat classical music conducted by Jakuzure, while Ryuko stumbles upon traps and hordes of slaughtered {{Mook}}s Tsumugu has scattered about.²** In Episode 10, Ryuko and Jakuzure's battle is set to several other StandardSnippet classical pieces, specifically Josef Wagner's "Under the Double Eagle," Franz von Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture", [[Creator/GioachinoRossini Rossini's]] "William Tell Overture", Jacques Offenbach's "Infernal Galop" (a.k.a. "Music/TheCancanSong"), and [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] "Fifth Symphony", the last of which averting the dissonance of the previous pieces.²** Nui Harime's introduction is set to an ominous sounding music, despite being a cute ElegantGothicLolita [[PerpetualSmiler who always wears a big goofy smile.]]²** Compared to how HotBlooded and [[LargeHam hammy]] the series can get, the second ED easily fits, being a fluffy, rainbow-infested romp through Mako's dream world.²* SpaceIsNoisy: During Ryuko's [[spoiler:final battle with Ragyo]], the two manage to converse outside of the ozone layer with no difficulty shown. Given that this is [[spoiler:the climactic fight against the antagonist]], it is done to allow all the characters' thoughts and feelings to be verbalized.²* SpecialEditionTitle: In episode 23, as described above.²* SpellingForEmphasis: Aikuro Mikisugi takes the naming of DTR seriously and insists on referring it by acronym instead of its full name Dotonbori Robo. In episode 19, he types "DTR" on [[spoiler: Inumuta's]] screen to get the point across.²* SpikesOfVillainy: All over the place, particularly on high-tier Goku Uniforms like those of Gamagoori and Sanageyama.²* SpinToDeflectStuff: Ryuko spins the Scissor Blade at high speed to deflect Gamagoori's whip attacks in Episode 9.²* SpiritualAntithesis: To ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.²* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann''. It's also very likely consciously one to a much older FanService-laden comedy-action anime from TheEighties that involves three teen female protagonists (a rambunctious fighter, a stoic popular student, and a WomanChild) who get caught up in a bizarrely comic alien invasion plot... namely, ''Anime/ProjectAKo''. ²* SplitScreenReaction: Used very...artfully during Satsuki, Senketsu and Ryuko's conversation in Episode 21. ²* SpoilerOpening: ²** Averted with the second OP, which shows just enough hints about the fact that [[spoiler:Satsuki and Ryuko are both gunning for Ragyo]] without outright spoiling it. The fact that Ryuko and Satsuki's rivalry is heavily emphasized helps a lot.²** Of course, only later does one realize that it has [[spoiler:Ryuko's and Satsuki's groups walking parallel-yet-different paths heading towards Ragyo]], which is telling in that it symbolizes [[spoiler:different methods towards the same end goal.]]²** It was, however, played straight in a meta sense, since Trigger didn't want to show it until after Episode 16 (instead of the traditional switching of the opening at the halfway point in a two-cour series), when the Elite Four get some upgraded outfits.²* SpoofAesop: Greedily going for instant short-term rewards is bad. Instead, wait until everybody else is worn out and pickpocket them afterwards.²* SpotOfTea: Satsuki regularly enjoys a cup of tea served by her butler from an English-style tea set. Her lieutenants sometimes partake as well.²* SquishTheCheeks: After Ragyo [[spoiler:brain washes Ryuko and turns her to her side, Ryuko grabs Nui and to her shock, squishes her face, causing her to pucker, then kisses her.]]²* StarfishAliens: [[spoiler:Life Fibers arrived on Earth back when homo sapiens first began to walk, and have been uplifting humans to be their ideal food source ever since.]]²* StatesOfPhlebotinum: Life Fibers come in normal and hardened varieties, the latter is what is able to cut the former.²* StatusQuoIsGod: Episode 7 is pretty much about this. ²* StealthPun: ²** During Ryuko's UnstoppableRage in Episode 12, where Nui ''literally'' makes her blood boil (and don't forget how HotBlooded she is).²** At the end of Episode 17, Ragyo Kiryuin is [[spoiler:impaled in the back by Satsuki with Bakuzan and thrown onto a crucifix-like platform.]] Satsuki then reveals that [[spoiler:she actually led Honnouji Academy as a way to stop the Life Fibers from controlling humanity. Satsuki backstabbed her mother both figuratively and ''literally''.]]²* TheStinger: ²** In episode 12. Ryuko confronts Satsuki about Harime Nui, but Satsuki reveal's that she was the one who sent Nui after Dr. Matoi.[[note]]Though this is later revealed to be a lie in order to prevent Ryuko from going after Nui on her own.[[/note]] She also reveal's that the Naturals Election and the King of the Hill Battle was all to improve her army and upgrade the Goku uniforms for her final invasion of the Kansai region.²** In Episode 19. It reveals that [[spoiler:Satsuki has false toenails made of the same material as her sword Bakuzan, and was thus indeed prepared to escape her confinement.]]²** Episode 23 has one hell of a long stinger, which starts with [[spoiler:Nui BreakingTheFourthWall and [[DoNotAdjustYourSet interrupting the credits]] to deliver it.]] You can see it in its entirety [[ here]].²* StrangerBehindTheMask: The driving motivation of Ryuko is to find the person [[YouKilledMyFather who killed her father]]. The person in question appears about midway through the series, and it's no one that has been seen before. [[spoiler:It also took some time to confirm that the person who ordered it was, at that time, someone who hadn't made a full appearance yet.]]²* {{Stripperific}}:²** Ryuko in Senketsu and Satsuki in Junketsu bare a ''lot'' of skin. [[spoiler:This turns out to be an important design point: Life Fibers better control their host by covering more skin]]. As such, [[spoiler:Junketsu on a BrainwashedAndCrazy Ryuko is a much more modest outfit]].²** Nudist Beach completely take the cake by going to war wearing only gloves, boots, and utility belts.²** The Elite Four's [[spoiler:Ultimate Configuration Three-Star Uniforms]] are much more skimpy than their usual getup, looking [[ChekhovsGun much more like a Kamui.]]²* SuperPowerMeltdown: Using too much Life Fiber in a uniform eventually will make the user lose all control, becoming a raging hulk. Conversely, Kamui are too powerful for most people to be able to use.²* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: "Before My Body Is Dry" is sung by a Japanese woman in slightly accented but clear and grammatically correct English. The actual text though lacks in rhymes, places AccentUponTheWrongSyllable and in general can be best described as {{Narm}}. No wonder many English speakers trying to make a cover of the song [[ end up remaking it from scratch]].²* TheSymbiote: [[spoiler:The nature of Life Fibers is revealed to be alien lifeforms that feed on the neural impulses of living organisms. To survive through centuries, they cover the skin of humans and feed on their energy without overwhelming their host.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:T]]²* TakeMeToYourLeader: The first time she sets foot inside Honnouji Academy, Ryuko demands an audience with whoever is running the place. Well, it doesn't take long for that to happen.²* TakesOneToKillOne: Only Life Fibers can combat fellow Life Fibers. To this end, [[spoiler:Nudist Beach]] experimented with them and developed Senketsu. To the point that the [[spoiler:Rending Scissors]] and all other anti-Life Fiber blades are made of compacted Life Fibers themselves.²* TalkingIsAFreeAction: ²** Milked for all its worth in Episode 18, when [[spoiler:Satsuki seems to run on the spot for about a minute while exchanging threats with Ragyo.]]²** Invoked and averted near the end when Satsuki intentionally distracts Ragyo by getting her to start [[EvilGloating gloating]] so that Ryuko can attack the Primordial Life Fiber. Satsuki then mocks Ragyo for [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim wasting time to brag.]]²* TeenageWasteland: The principal and teachers of Honnouji Academy are painfully aware that they are merely slaves to the StudentCouncilPresident. In this case, however, it's said president's connection to her mother, the chair of the academic board, that gives her such authority.²* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Whenever Ryuko is about to deliver an epic beatdown, the "Don't Lose Your Way!" portion of her theme, "Before My Body is Dry" fires up. The epic orchestral version of the music in question also gets played, especially during later episodes.²* ThemeNaming: ²** The Kamui have names that end in "''-ketsu''" (although their meanings are different). This includes Senketsu, Junketsu, and [[spoiler:the gigantic "Ultimate Kamui" Nui made for Ragyo, Shinra-Koketsu.]]²** Appropriately, many characters also have names related to clothes or the making of them. ²* ThereWasADoor: In Episode 4, Ryuko and Mako narrowly escape the No-Late Day DeathCourse by crashing through their homeroom class's wall on a hijacked monorail just as Ryuko is being called for attendance.²* ThisCannotBe: A common reaction among people that are being defeated throughout the series is to cry out "Impossible!" or some variant.²* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:Between the end of Episode 24 and the credits scene - there is an establishing shot of Honnouji at the beginning of the credits sequence, followed by a shot of the same location, but with the school and town completely gone; this indicates that the scene in the credits likely takes place several months after the events of the series (and definitely after the OVA).]]²* TooAwesomeToUse: The infamous Anti-Life Fiber Bullet, mentioned halfway through the series by Aikuro and Tsumugu, and never once put to test or even shown again. It's possible that this was an aborted plot point, rather than an intentional choice by the characters.²* TournamentArc: The Naturals Election has shades of this, except that only the Elite Four are fighting Ryuko and not anyone else.²* TrainingFromHell: Living and studying at Honnouji Academy is a real exercise in survival, what with iron-fisted disciplinarians, navigating {{Death Course}}s, and dealing with abusive club presidents. It all starts to make sense, though, when Satsuki reveals [[spoiler:that the academy is actually a huge boot camp where she has been preparing herself an army to fight Ragyo and Life Fibers.]]²* TransformationSequence: Played with: Ryuko's transformation isn't shown the first time it happens, as it is forcibly caused by Senketsu. It's first shown in the second episode opening, and doesn't appear within that episode either- when Ryuko activates Senketsu, he just sort of goes "poof" and changes. It's only after she recognizes the value of her Kamui as an ally that she transforms properly and uses its real power. Satsuki's transformation is almost identical. This is also played with in that the transformation sequence itself is used as a weapon: when fighting Gamagoori, Ryuko uses it twice to break out of his restraints.²** TransformationIsAFreeAction: Played straight for most of the series, although subverted in Episode 24 when [[spoiler:Ragyo smashes the Ultimate Double Naked DTR during its transformation sequence.]]²** Somewhat justified as we see what transforming looks like from someone elses perspective at one point and it implies it takes around a second in real-time to actually happen.²** TransformationNameAnnouncement: ²** Anyone that owns a high rank Goku uniform would give a shout after transformation in the [[LargeHam hammiest]] way possible.²** There's also an utterly terrifying one for Ryuko's berserker form.²** The Elite Four all have one of their own, too.²** There's even one for [[spoiler:Ragyo, after she takes Junketsu from Satsuki]].²** As of Episode 22, we not only get one for [[spoiler:[[GadgeteerGenius Shiro Iori's Three-Star uniform]]]] but also a [[spoiler:side-by-side dual transformation sequence for sisters [[SiblingTeam Ryuko and Satsuki]]]].²** And finally, there's one for [[spoiler:Ryuko and Senketsu's transformation into Senketsu Kisaragi.]]²* TrashTheSet: ²** Happens every time there's a big battle, but most notably with Episode 12, which has [[spoiler:a berserk Ryuko]] trash Honnouji Academy to the extent that construction crews are seen working to repair it several in-universe days after.²** Then, there's [[spoiler:Osaka]], which is not only mostly destroyed by the [[spoiler:School Raid Trip]], but is completely razed when Ryuko and Satsuki fight using the full extent of their powers. SceneryGorn included as standard.²** By the end of Episode 24, the academy is completely and utterly demolished after the fight finishes. [[spoiler:Although, it doesn't pose a problem anyway, seeing as it's torn down later due to having already served its purpose as a base camp for Satsuki.]]²** TurnedUpToEleven in the OVA epilogue, in which [[spoiler: the Honnouji Academy Last Resort System, and its' subsequent defeat by Ryuko, destroys what's left of Honnouji Academy, Hounnou Town and even the island it's built on.]]²* TroperCriticalMass: Look at how extensive the main page is. Look at all the tabs (and they're all sizable pages, too). Look at how the character sheet had to be split into separate pages. The show has caught on like ''wildfire''.²* {{Troperiffic}}: Like you wouldn't believe. A HotBlooded loner who fights against an established rule to avenge her father along with her [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} wacky]] best friend, and gains a [[TheRival rival]] who's her complete opposite in every way. And that's just the beginning of the series; as it continues, it pours on ''even more'' tropes on top of the ones already established. Considering [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt the]] [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann works]] the directors have previously worked on, this was more than likely intentional. ²* TrueCompanions:²** Ryuko and Mako quickly become this.²** More importantly, a good amount of the plot is seemingly devoted to showing how Ryuko and Senketsu become this, in contrast to [[spoiler:Satsuki who has to dominate Junketsu and is exhausted after every time she uses it.]]²** [[spoiler:Later on, it's pretty obvious that Satsuki and the Elite Four are this as well.]]²** [[spoiler: And by the finale, all of the aforementioned groups are this to each other]].²* TsurimeEyes: The two main leads. Mako contrasts them both with her TaremeEyes. ²* TurnedUpToEleven: Referenced word for word in the dub version of Episode 22:²---> '''Ryuko (Speaking to [[spoiler:Satsuki]]):''' "Geez, even [[spoiler:your apologies]] are [[TurnedUpToEleven turned up to eleven]].²* TwitchyEye: Uzu has one in Episode 2 while warning Ryuko not to get too uppity about beating Omiko, and Ryuko herself gets one in Episode 6 when she learns how much paperwork is involved for her new Fight Club.²* TwinkleInTheSky: In Episode 7, Barazo, Mataro, and Guts get punched out like this by Ryuko when they peek in on her bathing.²* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: Ryuko Matoi transfers to Honnouji Academy armed with one half of a sword-sized pair of scissors, and is in search for the one who stole the other half of the blade from her father, his killer. ²* TykeBomb: [[spoiler:Both Ryuko and Satsuki. Their father motivated Satsuki to rebel against Ragyo, which fueled her desire and vendetta for ''thirteen years'' (meaning since she was '''five'''), while he raised Ryuko and created garments (Senketsu) and weapons (the Scissor Blade) for her to use against Ragyo when the time was right.]]²* TyopOnTheCover: According to the back of the first manga volume, the protagonist of the series is Ryuki Matoi.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:U-V]]²* UglyGuyHotWife: Barazo Mankanshoku and his wife, Sukuyo.²* UndyingLoyalty:²** The Elite Four to Satsuki (Gamagoori especially).²** Senketsu to Ryuko and vice-versa.²* UnflinchingWalk: Satsuki and her Elite Four casually stroll along as chaos and mayhem rage around them in Episodes 8 and 12.²* UnmovingPlaid: Whenever [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation Life Fibers temporarily form a three-dimensional object]], it's animated with TronLines arranged like this. Most commonly seen with Two-Star Goku Uniforms, but Episode 18 reveals that [[spoiler:Ryuko's heart has the same pattern, absolutely proving to Ragyo that Ryuko is her Life Fiber-spliced daughter. It also manifests during injuries to likewise augmented Nui and Ragyo herself.]]²* UnpleasantParentReveal: When [[spoiler:Ryuko]] meets her mother, the latter rips her heart out of her chest.²* VaginaDentata: A rather [[FanDisservice disturbing]] example appears in Episode 12, when [[spoiler:Ryuko transforms into her berserker form]], effectively turning her entire pelvis into a huge, toothy mouth. Just look at ''[[ this!]]'' '''Beware of spoilers in the link.'''²* TheVirus: [[spoiler: It turns out that Life Fibers are actually an extra-terrestrial organism that acts much like a biological virus. It floats in space until it finds a planet, which it then infects. When total infection is achieved, it covers the planet and causes it to explode, spreading more Life Fibers, much like how a virus infects a cell and forces it to produce more viruses until the cell explodes, spreading more viruses.]]²* VillainEpisode: ²** Sanageyama is effectively the protagonist of Episode 6 instead of Ryuko. In fact, when he's defeated halfway through the episode, it focuses less on Ryuko's victory and more on [[spoiler:the radical CharacterDevelopment Sanageyama undergoes in order to defeat her]]. ²** Also Episode 14, which focuses much more on the actions of Satsuki's army during their Battlefield Trip than on Ryuko running around Kansai [[spoiler:collecting pieces of Senketsu.]]²* VillainProtagonist: The show focuses on Satsuki and the Elite Four about as much as Ryuko, which makes sense [[spoiler: after it turns out they're not exactly villains]].²* VillainousBreakdown: Nui finally loses it when [[spoiler:Ryuko cuts off her arms and destroys them]] causing her to flip out while saying [[MadnessMantra everyone pisses her off]].²* VillainousFriendship: Satsuki and Jakuzure are shown to be ChildhoodFriends. [[spoiler: Later it turns out they're not villains.]]²* VillainousIncest: Ragyo molests Satsuki on several occasions, once in order to open her chakra gates and increase her attunement to Junketsu, and seemingly has a threesome with [[spoiler:Nui and a brainwashed Ryuko while attaching Junketsu to the latter.]]²* VillainousRescue: In Episode 13 [[spoiler:Satsuki steps in right when Nui tears Senketsu to pieces and is about to finish Ryuko off.]] She's even considerate enough to [[spoiler:provide her a blanket to keep warm, afterwards!]]²* VisualPun: ²** The seemingly irrelevant poses that Mako makes during her inspirational speeches are actually clever, fast-paced [[ word puns]]. Naturally, they make [[LostInTranslation no sense in English]].²** In Episode 14, Takarada calls Sanageyama "green", in the sense of being naive/inexperienced, several times. [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Sanageyama and his army happen to be wearing head-to-toe green]]. ²** Takarada's forces use literal clips to hold their [[AbnormalAmmo money]] together.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:W]]²* WakeUpCallBoss: ''So'' many. In the first episode, Takaharu Fukuroda is able to defeat Ryuko initially, after she blows through the One-Star {{Mooks}} with ease, which is also an EarlyBirdBoss. Episode 3 marks her first "real" fight against Satsuki, where she must embrace Senketsu in order to not suffer a CurbStompBattle. In Episode 6, she has to fight Sanageyama, and [[spoiler:after he TookALevelInBadass after sewing his eyes shut]], gets her ass kicked, only barely surviving. Then [[spoiler:Nui Harime shows up and gives Sanageyama a massive dose of TheWorfEffect, proceeding to spend the next few episodes making Ryuko miserable and causing a HeroicBSOD.]] Later ''still'', [[spoiler:[[BigBad Ragyo Kiryuin]] begins to take to the battlefield, and being NighInvulnerable isn't even the worst of her abilities.]]²* WarIsHell: Invoked when [[KirkSummation Ryuko calls Satsuki out on her ambition]], as it results in Osaka going up in flames.²* WeWantOurJerkBack: One change that alerts Ryuko to how much the Mankanshoku family has grown apart from their newfound wealth is that the men don't have the time or interest in peeping on her baths anymore.²%% * WeaksauceWeakness: While not stated here, but in the later anime ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'', [[spoiler:fire is the Life Fiber's weakness. Senketsu dies from burning up while protecting Ryuko during atmospheric reentry back to Earth]].²* WhamEpisode: Episodes 16 - 18 may as well be called a Wham Arc.²** Episode 16: [[spoiler:It's revealed that Life Fibers are extraterrestrial life forms that accelerated human evolution so that humans would start wearing clothes, allowing Life Fibers to be worn by, and subsequently feed on, humans. Ragyo is actively working with the Primordial Life Fiber by using REVOCS to spread clothes containing Life Fibers to every person on the globe. It is also revealed that Ryuko's father used to work for Ragyo before finding out the truth and founding Nudist Beach to combat her. He also created Senketsu specifically to destroy other Life Fibers.]]²** The end of Episode 17 through Episode 18: [[spoiler:Satsuki ''finally'' rebels against Ragyo, literally backstabbing her before announcing her intent to take down COVERS. She also reveals that everything she's done, founding Honnouji Academy, setting up the Elite Four and the Goku Uniform system, was all part of her plan to stop Ragyo and the Primordial Life Fiber's plot. Then not only is [[TheWorfEffect Satsuki savagely beaten]] [[CurbStompBattle by her own mother]] (who proves herself nigh-immortal, then steals Junketsu for herself), but Ragyo goes on to subdue Ryuko by ''tearing her heart out''...revealing that Ryuko is both fused with Life Fibers and is also ''Ragyo's daughter''. The fact that the Primordial Life Fiber is now entering the fray with an entire ''army'' of COVERS almost seems like an afterthought compared to everything else that happened!]]²** As if that wasn't enough, Episode 20 aired. We also find out that Nui is born out of the Primordial Life Fiber's womb, making her a HumanoidAbomination. We also see Ragyo [[spoiler:[[MindRape brainwashing]] Ryuko into believing that she has a normal, happy life with her, resulting in the latter donning Junketsu with the intent of finishing Nudist Beach on their ship.]] That's right. After being one of the series' main protagonists for 20 episodes, [[spoiler:Ryuko, of all characters, [[FaceHeelTurn turns heel.]] Finally, we find out that Satsuki escaped and is now wearing Senketsu in order to defeat her younger sister.]]²* WhamLine: ²** Episode 11:²---> [[spoiler:'''Nui Harime]]:''' "[[spoiler:I'm the one who killed your father!]]"²** Episode 17:²---> '''[[spoiler:Satsuki]]:''' "[[spoiler:I, Satsuki Kiryuin, am rising up to overthrow the Life Fibers! Honnouji Academy is the fortress I created in order to defeat you! Remember that, Ragyo Kiryuin!]]"²** Episode 18:²---> '''[[spoiler:Ragyo]] (speaking to [[spoiler:Ryuko]]):''' "[[spoiler:And here I thought you were dead, my daughter.]]"²** Episode 19:²---> '''[[spoiler:Ryuko]] (speaking to [[spoiler:Senketsu]]):''' "[[spoiler:Get away from me! I'm done with you! I'm never putting you on again!]]"²* WhamShot: Episode 11 ends with Nui Harime [[spoiler:pulling out the other half of Ryuko's scissor blade, revealing that she was the one that killed Ryuko's father]].²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: ²** Quite literally; we never find out what happened to Isshin Matoi's pet mouse.²** After she's ejected from Shinra Koketsu in the final episode, [[spoiler:Rei]] kind of just disappears. [[spoiler:In a last minute subversion, she returns as the BigBad of the OVA.]]²* WhatTheHellHero:²** In Episode 6, Ryuko has finally had enough of Aikuro's aloofness, and demands straight answers about what is going on, especially because she knows that the guy who just beat the living crap out of her was seen meeting him earlier.²** In Episode 7, [[spoiler:Mako calls out her own family for not trying to make her stop fighting Ryuko.]]²** In Episode 12 and with a combination of GetAHoldOfYourselfMan and CoolDownHug, [[spoiler:Mako does this to snap Ryuko out of her HeroicRROD and cool her down.]]²* WhereItAllBegan: It comes to pass that [[spoiler:Honnouji Academy is the theater of the final confrontation between the heroes and Life Fibers]], since [[spoiler:the Primordial Life Fiber needed to combine with the transmitter located there to broadcast the signal that will activate COVERS all around the world.]]²* WithOurSwordsScene: In episode 24, after she and the rest of the cast can no longer fight [[spoiler:Ragyo]], as she has just taken off to space to broadcast [[spoiler:Absolute Submission]] across the world, ''everyone'' present, from [[spoiler:the Elite Four]] to Mako's family, loan their clothing's power to Ryuko (getting naked in the process) to power Senkestu up for the [[spoiler:final battle]].²* WholePlotReference: The main protagonist finds [[AppliedPhlebotinum a powerful artifact]] and stands up against a powerful dictator who keeps the people subservient and oppressed, with the help of four elite generals. However, by the midpoint, it turns out that [[spoiler: the dictator is actually a WellIntentionedExtremist who stands opposed to [[StarfishAliens an evil alien race]], the leader of which seems to think that humanity is too chaotic. The former dictator joins forces with the main character, and eventually the alien leader is painstakingly defeated in an epic battle that takes place in space.]] [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Hmmm, now where have I seen that before?]] Both shows also introduce a new female character midway through the series, with an extremely girly personality and a name that starts with "N". [[spoiler:They play completely different roles in the story, though.]]²* AWildRapperAppears: In the soundtrack version of "Before My Body is Dry".²* TheWorfEffect:²** Sanageyama tends to suffer from this after Episode 6, in which his status as the strongest of the Elite Four is all but confirmed by him utterly curb-stomping Ryuko and Satsuki declaring his Shingantsu unrivalled. Then, in the Naturals Election, he defeats the greatest number of students and is slated for a dramatic rematch with Ryuko, only for [[spoiler:Nui Harime]] to drop in and defeat him in all of two hits. ²** Played horrifyingly straight in Episode 18. Until then, [[spoiler:Satsuki]] never lost a fight against any opponent. And then Episode 18 aired, where [[spoiler:Ragyo]] mercilessly beat the living shit out of her, before ultimately finishing her by [[spoiler:stripping Junketsu from her body]] and tossing her into a wall.²** [[spoiler:Nui]] also seems to be hit hard with this in the same episode, [[spoiler:where Ryuko, having finally reached total synchronization with Senketsu, outperforms her on such a scale that she completely drops her [[PerpetualSmiler usual overly cheerful and smug expression]] for one of [[OhCrap pure shock]].]] However, this just sets up ''another'' example, where [[spoiler:a Junketsu-wearing Ragyo can easily {{flash step}} behind Ryuko and effortlessly pluck out her heart without Ryuko having time to react]].²* WorkoutFanservice: There's [[ official artwork]] of Gamagoori, Sanageyama and Inumuta working up a nice sweat. Gamagoori is [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]], Sanageyama gets to show off his arms, and Inumuta...has unzipped his jacket halfway (revealing a t-shirt).²* WorldOfActionGirls: You've got the female protagonist Ryuko Matoi, her female best friend Mako Mankanshoku, her female rival and BigBad Satsuki Kiryuin, the female member of the Elite Four Nonon Jakuzure, the female GreaterScopeVillain[[spoiler:/[[ManBehindTheMan true]] BigBad]] Ragyo Kiryuin, and her female CoDragons Nui Harime and Rei Hououmaru. The former two and latter two are the most powerful characters in the series, and the others are just as strong as their male counterparts. The only notable male fighters are the two main members of Nudist Beach and two of the Elite Four.²* WorldOfBadass: Just how badass are these characters? The uniforms that the low-level {{Mooks}} wear boost their strength and reflexes to a superhuman level. Said mooks are sent flying in droves by the simplest of attacks from the named members of the cast.²* WorldOfHam: Dear lord. EVERY! SINGLE! LINE! Is delivered with CONFIDENCE! AND BRAVADO! AND HOT-BLOODED FURY! And GIANT RED BLOCK CAPITALS ALL OVER THE SCREEN! Taken UpToEleven in Episode 14.²* WorthyOpponent: After their battle in Episode 3, Satsuki considers Ryuko one. Sanageyama also feels this way about her. ²* WretchedHive: The slums of Honnou Town. Its citizens are well aware of this fact, even the ''kids''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:X-Y]]²* XanatosGambit:²** In Episode 7, [[spoiler:Satsuki tells the school that any club president who defeats Ryuko will be promoted to Three-Star, with all the privileges there-in. This causes most of the clubs to splinter, and dozens of newly minted presidents to throw themselves at Ryuko. If it had worked, Satsuki would have gotten rid of Ryuko and found a sixth student worthy of a Three-Star status. Instead, she is able to weed out dozens of weaklings and gain an excuse to call for a "Naturals Election".]]²** Another example from Episode 7: [[spoiler: Satsuki uses Mako's greed to set up a fight between Mako and Ryuko, and then rubs Mako and Ryuko's nose in it when she says that humans are greedy pigs who have to be kept in line by force. If Mako wins, she proves the greed part, Ryuko's off the board and Mako is the newest Three-Star. If Ryuko wins, then she still proves Satsuki's point by destroying Mako. In this case, though, Ryuko manages to TakeAThirdOption and bring things back to normal by refusing to fight, proving that humans aren't all as weak as Satsuki thinks.]]²** She then allows each of the Elite Four [[MookChivalry to fight Ryuko one-on one]] [[spoiler:so she can better pinpoint the weaknesses in their uniforms and fix them before her impending invasion]].²** Every fight [[spoiler:Satsuki]] sets up is either improving Ryuko or the students' capabilities.²%% JustForFun/XMeetsY is JustForFun, doesn't belong on work pages.²* XtremeKoolLetterz: The OST track names are written with a mix of kanji, kana, Roman letters, and/or numbers. This is a signature style of the composer, Hiroyuki Sawano.²* YouCantThwartStageOne: In Episode 3, Ryuko actually fights against Satsuki ''twice''. The first time is because she wasn't really focused, still embarrassed of her battle outfit. She overcomes it in the rematch and puts up a much better fight, but Satsuki handily defeats her again. Not that this rattles Ryuko's determination any.²* YouHaveFailedMe: ²** Any student with a Goku Uniform who's defeated in combat is immediately stripped of his or her uniform (most of the time literally) and demoted to a No-Star.²** Averted in Episode 6 when Sanageyama figures out what he did wrong, and [[spoiler:has his eyes sewn shut in order to hone his other senses.]] That is enough to earn him a second chance.²** ''Inverted'' in Episode 9 when [[spoiler:Satsuki stops Gamagoori from killing himself after losing to Ryuko. He still ends up demoted, though.]] In addition, [[spoiler:later on, Satsuki declares that despite the Elite Four's failures in the Naturals Election, she's not disappointed in them, feeling that they've grown stronger by learning from their mistakes. For that, she restores their ranks and eventually returns their uniforms, new and improved, to them.]]²* YouKilledMyFather:²** Part of the series involves Ryuko finding out just who to tell this to. [[spoiler:She finds out it was Nui Harime, and Ragyo Kiryuin was the one to send Nui.]]²** And then in Episode 18, we have [[spoiler:Satsuki]] saying this to [[spoiler:Ragyo]], after she explains her motivations for what she did in the previous episode.²** It gets kind of funny when [[spoiler:it's revealed that both girls are fighting to avenge the same person. Isshin Matoi was the alternate identity of Souchiro Kiryuin that he assumed after he faked his death to raise Ryuko in secret from his former wife, and the girls' mother, Ragyo]].²[[/folder]]²²----²'''''[[ClothingDamage "STRIPPED"]] [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman OF THE WILL]] [[FinishingMove TO FIGHT!]]'''''²²'''DON'T LOSE YOUR ''[[ThemeMusicPowerup WAAAYYYY!]]'' '''²----


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