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1[[quoteright:260:]]²->''No, they're not a couple... They're a superhuman tag team...''²²Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female Student Council President of Seika High School, a former all-boys school which, despite recently having turned coed, remains a den of masculine crudeness -- stinking sports equipment, litter, sloppy hygiene and racy magazines... not exactly a welcoming atmosphere for its nascent female student body. Misaki is determined to change all that, and, having won the presidency through a shockingly slim margin, she proceeds to rule (read: terrorize) the male majority with an iron fist.²²Takumi Usui is the most popular boy in Seika High and, like Misaki, is a model student to boot -- intelligent, strong, and popular with boys and girls alike -- but he frustrates Misaki to no end by making any girl who comes to confess to him cry with his flat rejections. Misaki can't stand such men, let alone [[DoesNotLikeMen all men in general]] ever since her father walked out on her, her younger sister, and their mother with a huge debt to boot.²²Misaki and Takumi's lives, however, would truly cross for the first time the moment the latter discovers Misaki's best-kept secret: she works part-time in a [[{{meido}} maid]] costume at the "Maid Latte" MaidCafe in order to support her family. Despite this discovery, which Misaki fears will dash any respect left for her at school, Takumi does nothing... except become a frequent customer at the café, much to Misaki's confusion and chagrin. Is he planning to blackmail her? Is he just a jerk? Or, did the unthinkable happen -- he fell in love with her?²²Whatever the cause, [[AnAmusingCircumstanceOfSomeSortOccurs Hilarity Ensues]].²²''Kaichou wa Maid-sama!'' ("''The Student Council President is a Maid!''") -- ''Maid-Sama!'' for the US release -- is a {{Shoujo}} {{Manga}} written by Hiro Fujiwara, with an anime adaptation which first aired in the Spring 2010 anime season, and is now available in the US by Creator/Section23Films. What's more, an OVA titled ''Kaichou wa Maid-sama! [=LaLa=] Special'' was released with the magazine [=LaLa=]. It featured character introductions and a voice swapping comedy. The last DVD/BD of the anime also contained a short OVA featuring an extra story.²²The manga wrapped up in September 2013 at 85 chapters. An extra side chapter followed by another volume of extras was also released.²----²!!This manga provides examples of:²²* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Well, most of the said power radiates from the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President]].²* AccidentalMisnaming: The reason why Kanou lost the student council president election by one vote. People either kept misspelling his name or just put down "that guy with the glasses (No, not ''[[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses that one]]'')," leading to said ballots being discounted.²* TheAce: Usui is:²** "Really ''[[Film/{{Zoolander}} really really]]'' ridiculously good-looking".²** Always has free time.²** Highly intelligent.²** Prone to appearing out of nowhere [[StalkerWithACrush to tease Misaki]] or [[MysteriousProtector bail her out of a tight spot]].²** A SupremeChef.²** [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Very good at chess]].²** A talented violinist.²** The star player of every sports club in the school. Not that he is a member of any of them.²** Capable of leaping off the school's roof [[MadeOfIron without serious injury.]]²*** Is he even human? Probably not. Misaki [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]], taking to calling him a "perverted space alien." He eventually comes to reference this a lot himself.²** Misaki herself counts, as, in most fields, she's second only to Usui. In her case, she's a genius of hard work, rather than an instant genius like Usui.²** Later on in the series, [[spoiler:Usui's relatives are also shown to be aces in their own rights, most notably, Gerard and Yuu]].²* ActionGirl: Misaki is not only strong, she's also more than willing to use it. Especially when it comes to solving problems and saving others.²* AdaptationDyeJob: Some minor characters among the Maid Latte staff and the Seika student council have some adjustments made to their hair colors in the anime. Additionally, Kou, the bassist of the band [=UxMishi=], gets teal hair.²* AlertnessBlink: All the time. Once by a cat!²* AllJustADream: In the anime, the ''entirety'' of the Momotaro spoof side-story is engineered by Usui with a recording and a set of headphones.²** DroppedABridgeOnHim: The story ends with [[spoiler:Usui killing off the three idiots]]. And they all lived happily ever after.²** EatTheDog: The three idiots (as Momotaro's monkey, pheasant and dog partners) are always being told that if worse comes to worse, they will be used as food.²** HonestAxe: Suzuna appears in this role.²** StorybookEpisode: Mashing together several fables in the process.²*** [[LampshadeHanging All of which are lampshaded multiple times by Usui/Misaki.]]²** {{Hammerspace}}: Usui pulls out a freaking ''rocket launcher'' from out of his cape. The Three Idiots could only exclaim, ''[[LampshadeHanging "That's impossible!"]]''²** The manga does this in the form of {{omake}} chapters... more than once. (Usui only arranges it for the Momotaro one.)²* AllMenArePerverts: Seika High is like this, with a few exceptions.²* AmazonChaser: Misaki is a [[DudeMagnet magnet]] for these. Many of the guys who fall for her (such as Usui and Tora Igarashi) do so because of her strength and determination.²* AnimalMotifs: A [[!/Kaichou%20wa%20Maid-sama!%20-%2025%20-%20Large%2015.jpg Doberman for Usui]], while [[ Shinitani's is a Shiba Inu]]. Wonder what animal best represents Misaki...²* ArtEvolution: The first two or so volumes show a good deal of this before stabilizing into the style which is maintained through the rest of the series and in the mangaka's subsequent works.²* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The name of [=UxMishi=]'s drummer, Yuuji William Adam (ゆぅぢ), seems likely to be a stage-name he chose himself (though the probability of him being half-Japanese, half-something else is not impossible).²%%* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Tora Igarashi]] to Misaki.²* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Usui and Misaki have a boy and a girl in a bonus chapter illustrating the epilogue. In addition, Suzuna is also revealed to be pregnant with Hinata's child, Sakura is pregnant with hers and Kuuga's second child, and Igarashi has a son]]²* BattleAura: Misaki usually accompanied with GlowingEyesOfDoom. ²* BastardAngst: [[spoiler:Usui Takumi]], the product of an illicit affair between a British woman (Patricia) and a random Japanese man she met on her travels. Later it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Walker family had lied because her actual partner was her valet/butler, Yuu Hirose (Patrica was too sickly to travel nor did she try)]]. As a result, he has a strained relationship with his biological family and avoids bringing them up as much as possible. That said, his biological family is shown to be far more agnsty about the whole situation than the man himself. [[spoiler:Their relationship gets ''a lot'' less strained by the time the story ends]].²* BeachEpisode: Complete with a beach volleyball tournament and an aborted onsen visit. ²* BelligerentSexualTension: Usui and Misaki, although they aren't nearly as bad about it as many other manga/anime couples, going from ''completely'' belligerent to very nearly a confirmed couple about thirty-two chapters in. And while, [[spoiler:they [[RelationshipUpgrade became]] an OfficialCouple as of chapter 57]], there's still an element of this which seems to be integral to their relationship regardless.²* {{Bifauxnen}}: The employees from Misa's café sometimes have "girls only" day, were the employees dress like guys. "Misaki-kun" is very popular.²** Misaki pulls the SweetPollyOliver act on her own at one point in order to help her fellow maid/friend Erika avoid a bad situation with an overly-devoted customer. Basically, she gets made over Visual Kei-style into "[[PaperThinDisguise Bisanki-kun]]" and has to enter a dessert eating contest. Everyone at Maid Latte ends up figuring out it's her by the end of it. HilarityEnsues in the process, since not only is the Idiot Trio ''and'' Hinata Shintani competing in the contest, but [[TheGadfly Usui]] is the chef behind it all, and intentionally heaps on the sweets to tease Misaki.²* BigDamnKiss: This happens several times between Usui and Misaki. Following chapter four's ForcefulKiss, it first reappears in chapter 32; after that they gradually get more frequent.²* BigDamnHeroes: Usui at times, most notably when Misaki was nearly raped by [[spoiler:Igarashi]], although she was holding him off a bit.²** In the anime, he also gets to come to the rescue when [[spoiler:Misaki is ambushed at Maid Latte after closing by a pair of stalkers; he kicks a stun gun out of one guy's hand while Misaki handles the other one]]. It's subverted in the manga, however: he tries, but [[spoiler:Misaki [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] both of them]] before he manages to do more than break in a window, so he only gets to help with the cleanup.²* BigEater: Hinata Shintani. He used to be an overweight, lazy kid in his younger years; he slimmed down while living in the country, but he ''still'' packs it away like nobody's business. He claims the reason he never gains any weight from it anymore is from all of the vegetables he ate while living with his grandparents.²* {{Bishounen}} / {{Biseinen}}: Most of the important younger male cast.²** Usui, especially when he makes the effort (otherwise its just not drawn, but is represented to still be the case, given other people's reactions to him), and [[spoiler:his half brother Gerard Walker]], who looks like an older and more polished version of [[spoiler:him]]. One could also make a case for Tora Igarashi and Kuuga.²** Soutarou Kanou, too, if he had any confidence in himself, could likely pull this off. Also: a number of fangirls consider The Idiot Trio to be this, on the rare [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys occasions when they're drawn normally.]]²** Aoi, when he's in male clothing.²* BlandNameProduct: Misaki's laptop sports a logo which is a pear version of the Apple Computer logo.²* ButtMonkey: Yukimura. It's harder to name times when the guy ''isn't'' being teased, tossed around, or made to cross-dress.²** The Idiot Trio. Even by the author herself, as shown in the sidebar sections of the manga. It's lampshaded a lot.²* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:Usui is revealed to be this. Being the illegitimate child of an Englishwoman accounts for his blonde hair and green eyes. His birth name is revealed to have been "Takumi Walker," but due to the scandal that would ensue if the situation were found out, his grandfather had him adopted into his late-wife's family, the Usui household]]. Specifically, the English Walker family has some Japanese lineage: [[spoiler: Patrica Walker]] was half English, half Japanese; her English-born son, [[spoiler:Gerard Walker]], is a quarter Japanese, while her Japanese-born son, [[spoiler: Usui Takumi]], is a quarter English. Accordingly, in the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:Misaki and Usui's children are an eighth English (Gerard's wife's background is not mentioned, so his son's percentage of Japanese heritage cannot be confirmed, but is probably an eighth)]].²** Maria Miyazono, the woman who becomes [[spoiler:Seika High's English teacher]]. No explanation is given beyond her being [[spoiler:a relative of Usui's]]. That said, it probably has something to do with her relationship to the Walker or Usui families.²* CatGirl: One of the the boss's ideas for making her café even more {{Moe}}.²* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: [[WholesomeCrossdresser Aoi]] to Usui, [[spoiler:not that it works]]. Misaki to Usui in the final episode.²* CharacterDevelopment: Quite aplenty among the cast. This is most prominent for Misaki and Usui (along with a healthy does of [[spoiler:CoupleGrowth]]), but other characters also get screen-time for this (e.g. [[spoiler:Kanou, Kuuga, Aoi, Ruri, and Gerard]]).²* {{Chickification}}: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] early on: [[spoiler:It looks like Misaki is going to need Usui to rescue her from assault after a couple of guys catch her alone in the café after hours. Misaki]] ''breaks out of her restraints'' in a fit of rage and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps them]] before Usui can do more than kick in a window.²** Usui gets a ''little'' more to do in the anime version of the scene, [[spoiler:kicking the stun-gun out of one of the guy's hands while Misaki is busy beating the other one to a pulp]]. In the scene from the manga, however, she handles everything herself.²* ChickMagnet: Usui, who frequently rejects confessions and also has to deal with strangers taking random photos of him and stealing his things. Additionally, Usui is unanimously considered attractive, at least physically. Misaki is [[DudeMagnet something of a]] DistaffCounterpart herself, with at least ''nine people'' (Takumi Usui, the Idiot Trio, Tora Igarashi[[note]]The Student Council President of Miyabi Gaoka Academy[[/note]], Kuuga Sakurai[[note]]The lead vocalist of [=UxMishi=][[/note]], Hinata Shintani, [[spoiler:Maria Miyazono (a confirmed lesbian), and Aoi Hyoudou]]) interested in her. One of the main differences is that Misaki's admirers are mostly named characters (with people in general not seeing her appeal until much later in the series), while Usui's are basically every random female who appears (so very few of them are named).²** Out of universe as well. The majority of the {{Periphery Demographic}} seem to have fallen in love with her to some degree or another, due to being one of the more [[CharacterDevelopment properly-developed]] characters of the {{Tsundere}} archetype.²* ChivalrousPervert: Usui teases Misaki endlessly about the fact that they're attracted to each other but he doesn't actually do anything naughty to her beyond kissing her, even when it's heavily implied that he's in a position to do so. In fact, he is chivalrous to the point that in chapter 48, Misaki is not only completely unworried about leaving Sakura alone with him, she's baffled at Kuuga's suggestion that she ''should'' be worried, in spite of her usual opinions about men.²** Possibly subverted when Misaki is very clearly willing, as in chapters 61-62 and the end of chapter 79. They're interrupted both times, leaving this open for interpretation. And [[spoiler:[[WackyMarriageProposal his proposal]] to her]] in chapter 81 complicates things further, considering its phrasing.²* ChristmasCake: [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki Hyodou]] who is already at her early thirties in the story. Subverted with Maria Miyazono, as while she is quite old enough to qualify, she has a fianceé, not to mention the fact that she's revealed to be [[spoiler:[[LesYay lesbian]]]], making this really not apply to her.²* ColourCodedEyes: Usui's a fairly aloof and mysterious guy with green eyes, reaching nearly superhuman level feats. In the anime, he's even got a cat with eyes the same colour (it's a slightly different shade).²* CosplayCafe: Misaki works at a MaidCafe. Not only that, they also have cosplaying events (e.g. little sister day and witch-maid day).²* CurbStompBattle: Basically any time Usui gets involved in any kind of competition. [[spoiler:Even if [[UpToEleven he has a broken arm]]]]. Misaki also delivers a few curbstomps herself (see above).²* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Quite a few characters with the exception of Usui and, most of the time at least, Misaki.²* [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Does Not Know Her Own Strength]]: Misaki, big time. Thus [[LethalChef her rice balls]]. It usually isn't so much that she uses too much strength as it is her not realizing how absurdly strong she is relative to a typical adult male in his prime.²** Hilariously played with in the first Sports' Festival arc: Misaki was "exercising" by substituting her usual waiting tray with a material that apparently weighed several tons. Satsuki was more than shocked to discover this when she tried to help Misaki out by taking the tray and finding it so heavy that she droped it and it weighed enough that damaged the floor.²* DoesNotLikeMen: Initially Misaki thinks that most guys are irresponsible scum, although the majority of the male students are depicted as mostly harmless. [[CharacterDevelopment She improves.]]²** She gets a SpearCounterpart in Soutarou Kanou who initially [[HeManWomanHater hates girls]] because of a similar but gender flipped reason as Misaki -- his mother abandoned his family when he was younger.[[note]]Although the reason isn't quite exactly the same as the mother left because Kanou's dad was a violent, chauvinist brute. But she didn't take him with her, so it still follows.[[/note]] ²* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The male protagonist being a handsome lech [[spoiler:who turns out to be a [[ButNotTooForeign not-too-foreign]] illegitmate child, who was disowned by a grandparent, and is in love with a strong-willed, indifferent-to-romance heroine? [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub Why does that sound familiar?]]]]²* DraggedByTheCollar: Misaki constantly beats up and drags away the ComicTrio whenever they're being silly.²* DraggedIntoDrag: Poor Yukimura never got a break [[spoiler:after [[ForcefulKiss the surprise kiss from Usui]]]]: to elaborate, [[spoiler:he got forced into a female school uniform by Usui (in order to corner Kanou); then the rest of his female schoolmates forced him into a dress during the school's open house event; ''[[RuleOfThree then]]'' he got shoed into a [[KimonoFanService geisha costume]] during their Kyoto field trip by his male classmates; and '''[[OverlyLongGag then]]''' he got pulled into wearing the Maid Latte uniform after the graduation ceremony]]. He wasn't ''exactly'' pleased by any on this, usually bursting into tears, not that it helped his case a bit.²* EatingTheEyeCandy: Misaki towards Usui.²* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: According to some of the students, Misaki has a "[[PrinceCharming prince-like]]" character when compared to the male students of the school, making her rather attractive to some, or especially attractive when she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks the part]]. Lesbians and bisexuals are similarly attracted. On the flip-side, many male characters see her as an ideal ''male'', resulting in the "Ayuzawa Club" and a few incidents from Yukimura.²* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Usui in the anime adaptation, who's also the trope's current poster boy. Can't blame them; even straight guys in RealLife want to kiss him!²** The manga has some suggestions towards this as well, with Hinata walking up to a wet, half-naked Usui, [[EatingTheEyeCandy sizing him up]], and [[ cheerfully concluding that he probably would be completely hot for Usui if he actually swung that way]].²* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The title roughly translates to "The [Student-Council] President Is a Maid!", which is pretty much the premise of the manga.²* EyesAlwaysShut: Maki, the vice-president of Miyabigaoka and Igarashi's right-hand man, and Gerard Walker's father, Edward.²* FairytaleMotifs: Maid Latte translates to Milkmaid in the Momotaro spoof.²* FanDisservice: Meido doesn't necessarily equates to Moe: [[spoiler:Usui in Meido uniform, or worse, the Idiot Trio]].²* FirstKiss: Props to Usui for not wasting time and planting one on Misaki in the fourth chapter (the anime's sixth episode).²* FoodPorn: Usui is an [[SupremeChef exceptionally good cook]]. You will be drooling by the end of chapters in which he cooks. There's also anything cooked by Suzuna or by [[spoiler:Sakuya]].²* ForcefulKiss: Usui gives one to Misaki in chapter four. Later, [[spoiler:Igarashi gives one to Misaki in the end of Chapter 80. ''[[JerkAss In full view of Usui]]'']].²** In chapter five, Yukimura is the victim of this, courtesy of [[spoiler:Usui, [[ItMakesSenseInContext for Misaki's sake,]] of course]].²* FreudianExcuse: Misaki's dislike for men stems from her father's abandonment of her family. Kanou's dislike of female stems from the opposite situation.²** This trope also applies to [[spoiler:Gerard Walker]]'s reasons for hating his illegitimate younger brother.²* TheGadfly: Usui ''really'' likes pushing Misaki's buttons. Sometimes it's just because he likes her violent, emotional side and other times it's just because it's funny. He does this to a lesser extent with other people he's fond of.²** Later in the series, there's Gerard Walker, who practically trolls his valet/butler, Cedric Morris ("Nin-nin," indeed). [[spoiler:They come by it honestly: they both got it from their mother, Patricia Walker]].²* GenderFlip: The {{omake}} "The Student Council President is a Butler!" gender-flips all of the characters and has "Mikai" working at a ButlerCafe. Ironically, Mikai's complaints about women are almost a word-for-word copy of the initial [[HeManWomanHater girl-hating issues]] of Misaki's SpearCounterpart, Kanou.²* GenerationXerox: This is shown to be case for [[spoiler:Usui's family]].²** [[LikeFatherLikeSon Cedric Morris and his father, Gilbert Morris,]] are practically identical apart from age.²** In the DistantFinale this is shown to be the case for several progeny of characters earlier in the series: specifically, Tora's son, [[spoiler:Sakura and Kuuga's daughter]], and, later on, Sara and Rui, [[spoiler:Usui and Misaki]]'s daughter and son.²** On a darker note, chapter 75 revealed that [[spoiler:Patricia Walker's illness was the same illness which her mother died of, and its hinted that Gerard also suffers from it]].²* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Misaki, especially when she's in "Demon Prez" mode, or when she's irritated with Usui's antics.²* GoGetterGirl: Misaki, of course. ²* GodivaHair: [[ I'm sure some people didn't mind this]] DreamSequence.²* GratuitousEnglish: Usui speaks fluent English. He doesn't use it much, but does break it out at their class's school festival café, and it's apparently cool enough that everyone in the room (and even ''the hallway outside'') is instantly charmed. English manga scanlations KeepItForeign by having him speaking French, with [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench the same effect]]. That said, this trope is actually [[SubvertedTrope subverted,]] since [[spoiler:Usui is part English and was born there]].²* GreenEyedMonster: Usui towards Misaki's closeness to Hinata (though it's only out of their childhood friend status). A blatant obvious example is [[spoiler:Aoi]], who isn't very pleased when he realizes Misaki and Usui seem to have had a RelationshipUpgrade in [[spoiler:chapter 38]].²* {{Hammerspace}}: Lampshaded when Suzuna [[ apparently pulls a cherry pie out of nowhere and gives it to Hinata]].²--> '''Hinata's classmates:''' Hinata, what's going on? Is she a magician?²--> '''Hinata:''' Geez, I'm not sure myself...²* HandsomeLech: Though Usui only flirts with Misaki, the way he goes about it comes across this way.²* InterClassRomance: [[spoiler: the entire story is revealed to be this after Usui's backstory is revealed]].²** In Usui's backstory, [[spoiler: it's revealed that he's the product of one of these. [[StarCrossedLovers His mother was a wealthy heiress and his father turns out to be her butler]].]]²* IronicJuxtaposition: Angry face + LoveBubbles.²* {{Irony}}: Apparently a motif of the manga, particularly involving around Misaki in one way or another.²* ImagineSpot: Misa's Imagine Spots are directly correlated to the magnitude of her confusion.²* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In spite of [[spoiler:Aoi]]'s crush on Misaki, he likes it when Misaki is "lovey-dovey" with Usui because [[spoiler:it makes her cuter, and Aoi likes it when Misaki looks cute]].²** [[spoiler:[[LipstickLesbian Maria Miyazono]]]] also helps Misaki and Usui get some time alone in chapter 58, purely for the sake of making Misaki happy.²** [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hinata]] later pulls this too. [[spoiler:After Usui goes to Britain and gets kind of taken hostage by the Walkers, Hinata encourages Misaki to go to Britain herself and bring him back]].²** In chapter 75, the flashbacks show [[spoiler:Yuu Hirose, Usui's biological father, maintaining this attitude until Patricia revealed that she in love with him but was dying and wanted to spend a little time with him before she died]].²* {{Jerkass}}: ²** Tora Igarashi and Koganei Hirofumi from Miyabigaoka Academy definitely counts; though the former does develop into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in later chapters, while the latter [[SanitySlippage just gets worse]]. ²** Also Kuuga from [=UxMishi=], but [[spoiler:LoveRedeems for the latter later on. When he gets sick and is cared for by Sakura, he reciprocates her feelings genuinely this time around]]. ²** Later on, [[spoiler:Gerard fills in this role, for the purpose of preventing Usui and Misaki's relationship from progressing, however, by the end of the series he has changed his tune]].²* {{Keet}}: Hinata, full-stop. He's cuter than a giant puppy made of puppies.[[note]][[FridgeHorror A puppy made of puppies is a terrifying concept though!]][[/note]] He should honestly be the poster boy for the trope in general.²* LampshadeHanging: Naturally, many episodes focus on this. Especially since some of the Maid Latte cosplay requires heavily playing into tropes.²* LastNameBasis: The only people to even refer to Usui by his first name are Hinata and [[spoiler:later on, Gerard Walker]], making it very easy to forget he ''even '''has''' one.''²%%* {{Leitmotif}}: Quite a few. Usui's got [[ THIS]] goin'. :)²* LethalChef: Misaki can't even make rice balls correctly. Usui insists on eating her cooking anyhow. The {{irony}} of her complete lack of cooking skills when her father is a chef is later [[LampshadeHanging taken note of.]]²** This is subverted in the [[DistantFinale additional extras:]] [[spoiler:by the time she gets married, she's lived on her own for a while and actively worked at it, solving this problem]].²* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "You're like the main character in some sort of romantic anime." (AsideGlance)²* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Initially limited to the students of Seika High School, Maid Latte, and a few characters from Miyabigaoka Academy and Yumesaki High, the cast further increased in number [[spoiler:when the topic of Usui's parentage took center stage]].²* LostInTranslation: In episode 17 of the anime: "Your enemies aren't your only opponents!"²* LoveConfession: [[spoiler:Usui actually gives one ''very'' early in the series [[note]]chapter 4 to be precise[[/note]], but since it's not reciprocated (yet) it causes nothing but intense awkwardness on Misaki's part. He pretends it was a joke so he can recover their previous relationship. Unfortunately, [[ForcefulKiss Yukimura didn't think it was funny at all]]]].²** This is later followed up by an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove in chapter thirty-two, by [[spoiler:Misaki]] to [[spoiler:Usui]] with all but the words themselves. He does the same in response, only he ''does'' say the words.²** In a much later chapter, [[spoiler:Misaki makes a valiant effort to confess to Usui, but he stops her because one of his brother's {{mook}}s is eavesdropping from the hallway.]]²** [[spoiler:Aoi]] makes the quickest confession in the world to Misaki in chapter 55. And he just moves on with the conversation without even batting an eye.²*** [[spoiler:And '''FINALLY''' they both confess in chapter 57! Misaki even manages to name Usui as her boyfriend in chapter 58, at least to the staff of Maid Latte. She insists on hiding their new status from anyone at Seika High for a while]].²*** [[spoiler:As of chapter 63, pretty much all of Seika High knows about the couple, after Misaki announces her feelings to Usui in front of ''everyone'' because no one believed that they were dating]].²** In the {{flashback}} concerning [[spoiler:Patricia's affair, she is shown to have hid her feelings for years until she found out that she was dying of the same illness which had taken her mother before her. She then gave Yuu a DyingDeclarationOfLove, which ultimately lead to Usui's birth. She also left another one as the final passage in her diary for everyone she loved regardless of the type of love involved]].²* LoveHurts: Hinata left the countryside to find the childhood friend he was in love with. Unfortunately, Misaki has already fallen for Usui, and pretty much everyone but her can tell. Hinata admits he tried to prepare for this possibility, but it still ''really'' hurts.²** This is also shown to have been the case for [[spoiler:Patricia and Yuu, in chapter 75, especially since the two had been split up by Patricia's father and she was ''dying'' of the same illness which had also taken her own mother]].²* LuminescentBlush: Misaki, very often in the presence of Usui. If Usui is around, she will display this within the next few panels, guaranteed.²** Usui will sometimes get this in reaction to Misaki.²** This crops up a fair bit in other characters, mostly in reaction to others' actions or to delusions. It also show up when any character has a crush or straight-up romantic involvement with another character, irrespective of their sex.²* MadeOfIron: Usui against trees at high velocity. And leaping off the school's roof left him without any serious injuries. This is lampshaded a fair bit.²** Misaki's ''[[LethalChef rice balls]]'' have a mild case of this.²* MediumAwareness: In both the manga and anime, characters have a somewhat partial awareness of things like thought bubbles, visual representations, and the like. For example, when Usui and Hinata are looking at each other, with visible/audible symbolism of two rival dogs growling threateningly:²-->"Is it just my imagination, or are there are ''dogs'' in here?"²* {{Megane}}: Kanou has them as default. So does Hideki Suzuki, Yukimura's friend in the Shogi club. Surprisingly, Usui has a pair as well, but he only wears them while at home or when he just finished bathing.²* {{Meganekko}}: Shizuko and Subaru have a pair of glasses as default. Satsuki also occasionally resorts to this as one of Maid Latte's gimmicks.²* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: As a non-romantic example ([[spoiler:except on Aoi's part]]), Aoi (a feminine boy) and Misaki (a masculine girl).²* {{Meido}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's in the friggin' title.]]²* MixedAncestry: This proves to be the case with several characters, most notably [[spoiler:Usui, his brother, and their mother]]. This is also evidently the case for Maria Miyazono. (See ButNotTooForeign.)²* MoeCouplet: Kanou and Yukimura. Misaki and Usui also counts as a more romantic variant since they both spark hilarious reactions in each other they don't normally express with other people.²%%* MomentKiller: Chapter 60. [[spoiler:''God damn it'' Hinata, why did you have to do it?!]]²* MoodWhiplash: In the anime: The first seven episodes are light and comedic, and portray Misaki as pretty much TheAce, except to MartyStu Usui. Then in episode eight, [[spoiler:she is easily incapacitated and nearly raped by Igarashi]]. The next episode is an over-the-top spoof of Japanese mythology.²** This trope does show up a few times in the manga, but not in that way nor to that extent.²* MrFanservice: Usui serves as both an InUniverse and outside-universe example.²* MundaneMadeAwesome: Usui's way of cooking when it first appears is just too epic for words.²* MultiEthnicName: This is the case for Miyazono Maria, since, while it can be pronounced in Japanese, Maria is ''Italian'' and used in a lot of Western countries.²** When Misaki finds out that [[spoiler:Usui is the child of an Englishwoman]], she soon begins to ponder what his name originally was, resulting in this. While she thinks it might have been "[[spoiler:Takumi Smith]]," it was actually "[[spoiler:Takumi Walker]]." It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Takumi's father is Yuu Hirose, meaning that had his mother's family allowed his father to keep him, his name would have been "Takumi Hirose," a completely Japanese name]].²* MysteriousProtector: Usui has some shades of this, somehow managing to appear whenever Misaki needs help. ²* NotSoStoic: Usui proves to be in some ways rather more childish than your standard inscrutable {{bishounen}} love interest.²* NotWhatItLooksLike: This happens more than once and is [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged as such]].²** Notably, in chapter 53, when first Kanou and then Usui are trying the help Yukimura get a spider out of his clothes and are seen by the "foreign ninja" (i.e. [[spoiler:Cedric]]) at just the right moments such that it looks like they are in a sexual relationship with Yukimura (with Yukimura as the {{uke}}, of course).²** There's also the time at the conclusion of an {{omake}} in volume 12: Aoi walks in on the café employees "acting out" various [[ImagineSpot scenarios]] of Usui and Misaki's relationship for [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki's]] [[NoseBleed benefit]], and it looks like the women are making moves on each other instead.²* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:While it's fairly obvious that the primary lead characters (Misaki and Usui) were eventually gonna end up together, and with [[spoiler:Sakura already confirmed to have been with Kuuga as early as Chapter 62]], the final chapter added the following pairings into the mix: [[spoiler:Hinata and Suzuna, Erika and Kurotatsu, and Aoi and Honoka]] (the latter two, much to Misaki's surprise). A supplementary chapter also supports the notion that [[spoiler:Tora eventually married his fiancé Chiyo]]. ''And'' he married early, which is both stated to be the case and evinced by his son being ''five'' years old in the DistantFinale, meaning that his son was born when he was only twenty-three.²* PaperThinDisguise: Misaki tried to disguise herself and enter the all-you-can-eat contest at Maid Latte in order to help Erika; and everyone who knew her basically recognized her immediately. Even Hinata got suspicious by the end of it.²* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet HeroicBSOD may not be enough to completely redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while. He has more moments later, depicting him as ''less'' of a JerkAss.²** Come the later chapters after their introduction, [[spoiler:Usui's classmates at Miyabigaoka (save for Koganei, who at the moment was suffering offscreen from a slow case of SanitySlippage) extend their assistance to Misaki, in order to prepare her for her trip to Britain. Well, it was ''still'' an order of sorts from Tora, but it's the thought that counts]].²* PhenotypeStereotype: As with many Japanese works, Westerners, especially Brits, are assumed to be blond and blue-eyed. Only this expectation is actually played with in ''Maid-sama!'': Usui's hair colour does not cue anyone in to his heritage, and while many people with English ancestry are blonds (if not also having blue eyes), Gerard Walker has blue eyes and black hair, while his (presumably) English father has black hair (his eye colour is unknown).²* TheReveal: Usui's actual background gets this treatment. In chapter 46, [[spoiler:Usui told Misaki that he's an illegitimate child of a British woman who traveled a lot and a Japanese man whom the former met on her travels, and that his mother died in childbirth. In chapters 74 and 75, this is revealed to have been a lie on the part of Usui's family: his biological father, Hirose Yuu, was actually a footman, valet, or butler serving his mother, and the two had in fact met in England, much to Usui's surprise]].²** There are also a few [[InternalReveal internal examples:]] Usui and Misaki's relationship (more than once) and Usui's actual status (again, more than once).²* SmartPeoplePlayChess: [[TheAce Usui,]] during their first trip to Miyabigaoka; for his opponent, it's more of a subversion.²* SharedFamilyQuirks: Most relatives seem to have at least a little of this, with a lot of LikeParentLikeChild mixed in.²** Usui apparently has at least two in relation [[spoiler:to his biological mother, Patricia Walker]]: the whole [[TheAce standing-above-others]][[TheGadfly -while-teasing-them]] (especially those they're fond of) and [[TheStoic the stoicism, especially when troubled.]] [[spoiler:His elder brother, Gerard]], has the same quirks. According to [[spoiler:Gerard]], Usui's unpredictability comes from the same source. It's also revealed that the way he is TheAce UpToEleven at everything he actually tries his hand at is similar to [[spoiler:his [[LikeFatherLikeSon biological father, Yuu Hirose]]]].²** Gerard Walker shares his mother's lack of physical health, way of showing affection, pathetically bad ability at non-specialties (especially household tasks), devotion to the Walker family, and skill at supporting said family. More subtly, he shares his father's lack of self-confidence in some ways.²** Cedric Morris is [[GenerationXerox exactly like]] [[LikeFatherLikeSon his father, Gilbert Morris,]] to an absurd extent.²** In the Ayuzawa family, Suzuna's calmness and Misaki's loyalty are clearly from their mother, and both girls share their mother's rational outlook. Similarly, Suzuna's love of cooking comes from her father, which is also the source of Misaki's expressiveness (but not the form of said expressiveness), and both girls have their father's determination (yet again, the form differs).²** The progeny of various characters, as shown in the DistantFinale and the extra epilogue chapters. This is especially true of [[spoiler:Usui and Misaki's children, Sara and Rui]], in basically any aspect you can think of.²* SheCleansUpNicely: In her day-to-day clothes, Misaki is pretty damn cute. When she's actually dolled up (usually for work, and thus usually in the maid costume) she's a knockout.²** Suzuna and Yi Hua Li are also good examples. Suzuna is usually plain but cute, but she looks gorgeous and cute when make up and such is applied. Yi Hua Li is very proud of taking this UpToEleven, since she was originally ugly but her financé's efforts resulted in her becoming a ''model''.²%%* {{Shoujo}}²* ShipperOnDeck: Mainly Satsuki, who constantly fangirls over even the smallest hint of sexual tension between Misaki and Usui, leading to nosebleeds, moe flowers and tears of joy. A few other characters do this in far more low key way, notably Minako and Suzuna (the later goes so far as to refer to Usui as Misaki's husband [[spoiler:long before that's actually the case]]).²* ShipTease: The series has a lot of it. Particular mention goes to:²** Suzuna and Hinata. First the manga showed a HeIsAllGrownUp moment from Suzuna's point of view, and since then Suzuna keeps finding reasons to [[ThroughHisStomach give stuff she's cooked to Hinata.]] In the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:they're revealed to have gotten married three years before Usui and Misaki's wedding (which occurs ten years after they graduate high school)]].²** Also, [[spoiler:Aoi]]'s crush on Misaki was blatantly obvious, given his {{Tsundere}} tendencies. This also changes in the DistantFinale, where he shows a toned down version towards his present girlfriend, [[spoiler:Honoka]]. Re-reading the series shows that [[spoiler:Honoka]] showed a lot of concern for [[spoiler:Aoi]] long before then, resulting in a retro-active version.²* SiblingTriangle: Hinata is in love with Misaki, while Suzuna has a crush on him. It isn't a straight example, since Misaki does not return Hinata's feelings or compete with Suzuna for him.²* SingleTargetSexuality: Usui and Hinata are both Misaki-sexual. [[spoiler:Later subverted for Hinata in the DistantFinale, where Hinata is HappilyMarried to Suzuna]].²** [[spoiler:Misaki]] also proves to be Usui-sexual, having zero understanding of romantic ''anything'' without relating it to him.²%%* {{Squee}}: Not hard to imagine every time [[spoiler:Misaki and Usui kiss or get into intimate proximity]]. Taken UpToEleven in chapter 57.²%%** Or for some, every time Usui comes onto screen.²%%* StalkerWithACrush: Usui, a bit.²* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Usui's parents. His mother was a wealthy heiress in an ArrangedMarriage. His father was her butler. They were never able to consummate their love because of their different social statuses. When she became [[IllGirl terminally ill]], however, she decided to give into her feelings for him to experience the love she always wanted to have with him before she died]].²* StrongFamilyResemblance: This is almost ''always'' the case for relatives in the series. While Satsuki and Aoi show this a little, later examples are pervasive and usually relate to spoilers.²** In the Ayuzawa family, Suzuna looks like her mother, while Misaki looks like a female version of her father.²** Basically everyone related to [[spoiler:Usui Takumi]]: the brothers both look like their mother, despite having different fathers and [[spoiler:Usui's strong resemblance to his father resulting in Gerard looking like a blue-eyed version of the man]].²** Cedric Morris looks like his father's much younger clone. This is also true of [[spoiler:Tora's son]] in the DistantFinale.²* StudentCouncilPresident: Or is that a bit too obvious? ²* TaremeEyes: Misaki, but only when she's not angry. Her sister Suzuna has them on default.²* TheyDo: [[spoiler: Usui and Misaki by chapter 57 in the manga]].²* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: The Three Idiots or The Idiot Trio. And yes, that's what the '''author''' calls them. They are also referred to that way InUniverse eventually.²** Misaki has her own set of ThoseTwoGirls, her friends Sakura and Shizuko. Kanou and Yukimura become this as well in later chapters.²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Shizuko isn't exactly a tomboy, but she fits the role in her relationship with Sakura (the resident girly girl), being much more plain, prosaic, and uninterested in things like bands and dating. ²** SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Like the above example, Kanou isn't really your stereotypical macho man, but fits the role in his relationship with Yukimura, being much taller and more brooding. ²* {{Tsundere}}:²** Misaki is very much a discipline sub-class, thanks to her status as StudentCouncilPresident; although there are traces of the tragic past sub-class in her as well (her justification for being abrasive against men due to her father leaving their family). [[LampshadeHanging Heavily lampshaded]] by the owner of Maid Latte in one chapter. She starts off as distinctly Type A (violent approach), but has mellowed a bit into a Type B over the course of the series.²** Also, Aoi. He's comes off as quite the spoiled brat, but he'll insist on making cute clothes for Misaki and is perceptive of her feelings for Usui.²%%* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Hinata.²* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Misaki and Usui, of course. [[spoiler:[[RelationshipUpgrade No longer as of chapter 57]], mostly]].²** Flashbacks show [[spoiler:Usui' parents to have had this for quite some time... until Patricia realized that she was dying of the same illness which had taken her mother]], it isn't actually shown, but obviously, it was resolved.²* WholesomeCrossdresser: Aoi, Satsuki's 14 year old nephew ''really'' enjoys dressing like a girl. ²* WineIsClassy: Tora indulges in this at times, as well as [[spoiler:Usui's elder brother Gerard]].²----


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