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Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a Slice of Life 12-Episode Anime spun off of Full Metal Panic!, in which Sōsuke Sagara, Military Brat and bodyguard to Kaname Chidori, tries to adjust to life at Jindai High School...with varying degrees of success (or lack thereof).

The show was produced by Kyoto Animation in 2003 (the first anime they produced on their own), and was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto, with Shoji Gatoh (author of the original light novels) and Fumihiko Shimo both serving as series composers, and Osamu Horiuchi serving as character designer and chief animation director. It is less of a sequel to Full Metal Panic! than a Lighter and Softer (and Denser and Wackier) series of side-stories (hence the question mark in the title). Though lacking mecha action, there are still more explosions than usual for a high school anime.

This series is based on various stories from the 8-volume short story collections, rather than the novels' main story—with the exception of the 2-parter A Goddess Comes to Japan, which was written especially for the anime—which is why many of the episodes are made up of two shorter episodes.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Hospital: Kaname takes Sousuke through one, which he treats as not much different than a bombed out building in a warzone.
  • Above the Influence: When the "Full Monty" bacteria deprives most of the student body of their clothes, Hayashamizu, who wears all natural fabrics and is thus not encumbered, he chivalrously drapes his coat over Ren Mikihara to preserve her modesty and dignity.
  • Accidental Innuendo: Happens In-Universe in Fumoffu episode 8, when Tessa says she's in the "water business" (mizushoubai); though she's obviously referring to her being a submarine captain, the term is Japanese slang for prostitution. The English version handles this by changing it to "getting wet is my business!" (which is also lampshaded as a poor choice of words by Kaname).
  • Accidental Pervert:
    • Happens to Mardukas in episode 8. He accidentally opens a door to a girl's locker room, then excuses himself immediately, but a rumor of a pervert running around the school causes Sōsuke to apprehend him. Hilarity Ensues after Sōsuke realizes who it is, and the mission Mardukas has for him, which adds more difficulty to a sleep-deprived Sōsuke.
    • Also in the last episode, Sōsuke accidentally brings a thermos containing "Full Monty Bacteria" (which is opened by his classmate Onodera), causing them to disintegrate all the girls' uniforms and undies (except Kaname's).
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Kaname muses that she'd like to install a device in Sōsuke's brain that would let her zap him whenever he did something embarassing. Kaname's voice actress, Satsuki Yukino, also voiced Kagome from Inuyasha, who did much the same to the title character via his Restraining Bolt necklace. The allusion is lampshaded when Kyouko protests that Sōsuke isn't a dog.
    • Sousuke's repeated inability to just conform to Good Old Fisticuffs (instead relying on Combat Pragmatism) when sparring with the karate club members is pretty hilarious when you remember his voice actor used to portray (rather famously) a robot-piloting martial artist.
      • Taking it a step further, in Episode 12 Ono D eats a "Bakunetsu God Curry Bread".
  • Angst Coma: Played for Laughs after Sosuke goes without sleep for four days straight and Tessa's persistent advances finally cause him to collapse.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Used as a gag in episode "The Hamburger Hill of Art", when Ono-D is "killed" by one of Sousuke's traps and, over the radio, asks Kaname for a final date. She responds "Not gonna happen", and he signs off by shouting "You're so mean!"
  • Axe-Crazy:
  • Bad News in a Good Way: Inverted when Sōsuke tells Kaname that Kyoko was a victim of the pony-masked stalker; the serious way he delivers the news makes Kaname (and the audience) believe that poor Kyoko was raped or killed; however, it turns out that all he did was style her hair into a ponytail. Kaname promptly beats the crap out of Sōsuke for scaring her like that.
  • Badass Adorable: The Bonta-Kun costume/Power Armor - especially when Sosuke is piloting it. It combines the mascot's cuteness with Sosuke's badassery.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Non-combat example. Some punks kidnapped Kaname and tried to use her as a hostage. Sousuke countered it with not only taking their Boss' brother as a hostage but also showing that he knew an awful lot about each of the punks, and pointed out how their precious people or belongings could suffer an unfortunate 'accident' if they don't release Kaname. Even if it is Played for Laughs, it's still a rather chilling scene.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 3 "Summer Illusion of Steel" sees Kaname, Sousuke, and most of the other named student characters making a group outing to the beach, complete with the obligatory watermelon-cracking game. Once again things go wildly counter to Kaname's expectations thanks to Sousuke, but at least this time they actually made it to the beach.
  • Bed Mate Reveal: Tessa likes to sneak into Sōsuke's bed, to the point where Mao handcuffs her to prevent it.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Pretty much defines Sōsuke's and Kaname's relationship in the series, mostly from the combination of Sousuke's inability to understand feelings and Kaname being Tsundere.
  • Berserk Button: Mr. Onugi the janitor is infinitely patient and kind, until you kill his pet koi. Then he really isn't himself anymore.
  • Beta Couple: The final episode offers the potential in this Tsubaki Issei & Mizuki; Atsunobu Hayashimizu and Ren Mikihara; and Onodera-Kyoko Tokiwa.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The janitor in episode 5. After Sosuke and Issei's competition result in him getting injured, they are ordered to take care of him. However, both go completely overboard in their attempts to win his favor, and cause even more problems. After they finally work together, they feed him a fish, and when they explain where they caught it, the janitor finally loses it, and goes Chainsaw Crazy on them. Despite Issei's attempts to fight him, and Sosuke both shooting and lobbing grenades, neither one is able to stop him.
    Sosuke: (The next morning): Live ammo has no effect on this guy...
  • Boot Camp Episode: Sōsuke organizes a boot camp on two occasions, playing the Drill Sergeant Nasty in it.
  • Brick Joke: Near the start of episode 10, Sosuke laments that although he modified and mass-produced the Bonta-kun costume he used earlier into a powerful weapon, he had little luck finding buyers, as only the Miami FBI and police force ended up buying some. At the end of the episode, we see a news report from Miami, stating that a large-scale drug dealing operation was exposed and put a stop to, thanks to the Bonta-kun costumes they bought.
    Pretty blond reporter: Good job officer! Tell me, did you feel at risk during this operation?
    Miami Police Officer: Fumoffu!
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: This is takes this to its logical conclusion in the Hot Springs Episode. Rather than merely bathing with guns, Mao and Sousuke decide it would be better to plant landmines and install Sentry Guns in every square foot of the bathhouse, turning Kurz's attempt at some Outdoor Bath Peeping into a reenactment of Saving Private Ryan.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Spoofed. After fishing Sousuke out of the school's pool, Tesse insists on giving him CPR. Sure, that makes sense — Except for one thing: he's already breathing. Seeing as Tesse's mostly just trying to take advantage of the situation for some good ol' lip-locking, Kaname's irritated attempts to point this out don't deter her very much.
    • Prior to this, fun is had from Sousuke's complete failure to differentiate kissing from CPR.
  • Casting Gag: Akiko Hiramatsu as Yoko Wakana. Yoko's a walking parody of Miyuki Kobayakawa, except that she's a bit nuts and has an obsession with taking down Sousuke for ruining her kei patrol car.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kaname more than usual when Tessa is near to Sōsuke. She really snap when Tessa tries to do a CPR to him.
  • Clothing Damage: The final episode, where the scary, deadly, biotoxin turns out to be a bacteria that disintegrates synthetic fibers. Which the entire school's uniforms are made of.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: You believe that Sōsuke's outburst when defeating Gauron was bad? Then here's a little example...
    Sōsuke: Right now you guys are less than human, you got that?! You're nameless slaves! Once you survive my training, then and only then will you become a weapon! Until that time you lowly maggots are nothing but a bunch of [censored]suckers! I despise and look down upon you. Let's make one thing clear: my job is to find the limp [censored] among you and weed them out! I won't have any stinking [censored] on our team keeping us from victory! There will be no laughing or crying. You are NOT human beings! You are KILLING MACHINES! If you couldn't kill, your lives will be worthless! You [censored] would be better off in a corner [censored] your meat! You want to lose on purpose just to stand out? Pretend it hurts to gain some sympathy?! You pathetic loser scum! The best part of you ran down the crack of your mother's [censored] and ended up as a [censored] stain on the mattress! Quit draggin' your feet, you [censored]! If you whimper, I will unscrew your head and [censored] down your neck! That ball is your only girlfriend! You don't need a Mary Jane [censored] [censored] with a large backside! Think of your ball as a wet [censored] and [censored] her as hard as you can!
    • Of course he got it from "Mao's Pocketbook: How To Abuse A Training Recruit" (Mao, in turn, seems to have gotten it from Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann). Kaname speculates that he doesn't even know the actual meaning of what he's saying.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Mizuki's 3 friends who visit have Colorful Theme Naming for red, yellow, and green, and each of them wears the same color. Kaname even comments that they're colored like a street light.
  • Color Failure: Kaname in one episode, upon finding out that Sosuke was ready to beat her kidnappers at their own game.
  • Collective Death Glare: Sousuke recieves a canister in the mail that is decidedly not the scope he ordered. So, of course, he brings it to school, where, because it's that kind of show, one of his classmates opens it. Sousuke immediately confines everyone to the classroom and explains that it was a bioweapon and they're all infected. Cue death glares, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom, from all parties in the room.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Sousuke defeats the students at the karate club by using his military weapons and equipment, and is baffled when they complain about it, insisting that one should always use the best tools to win a fight.
  • Comedic Work, Serious Scene: A light-hearted high-school romantic comedy, Fumoffu plays up Sousuke's Fish out of Water tendencies and Kaname's exasperation with them. Then there's the episode "The Patient Of Darkness". After a series of scary stories fail to impress Sousuke, he, Kaname, and Mitsuki go to an abandoned hospital as part of a Scare Dare. Mitsuki bails almost immediately after seeing a woman in a 4th floor window. Kaname becomes futher agitated when Sousuke confirms that the woman was there. The two go through the hospital, seeing a series of strange, unnatural things, which freak Kaname out, but do not phase the Seen It All veteran, Sousuke, culminating in them coming across a blood soaked young girl holding a hammer saying "Go home or drop dead". Utterfly infuriated by Sousuke's lack of reaction, Kaname advances on the girl...only for the floor to give way under her. Cut to her lying in a pool of red and Sousuke worriedly finding a way down to check on her. Fortunately, it turns out the red liquid was a spilled can of paint, and Kaname is unharmed, if a bit dazed. It was the only time we see Sousuke truly scared, which even he himself admits.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • In one episode, Kaname takes Sōsuke through an Abandoned Hospital. While her intention was to scare him, he's more worried about possible traps and ambushes. When one of the girls gets scared and runs away because she saw an old lady staring at them from the hospital, Sōsuke nonchalantly mentions seeing her too, freaking out Kaname. But he wasn't worried because the old lady was simply looking at them, and didn't have a gun or RPG, the first of many frustrations as she tries to scare him.
    • When he receives a love letter in one episode, he misunderstands it as a challenge and instead stakes out the meeting spot in full camouflage and a sniper rifle. It's not until Kaname walks up and sees him almost sniping an innocent girl that he realizes (sorta) his mistake.
    • Then there's the time when Sousuke enters a school contest where the goal is for male students to pick up the most women in an allotted time period. Sousuke doesn't understand what "pick up" means, so he simply resorts to kidnapping random women off the street to win the contest.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: After Sousuke saves Kaname from a street gang, she chews him out for his methods, which involved taking the gang leader's little brother Yoshiki hostage and threatening to kill him unless Kaname was released. However, her anger is soon quelled when she learns Yoshiki and Sousuke were actually working together to carry out the plan.
  • Conveniently Interrupted Document: Played for laughs: after detonating his shoe locker due to signs of tampering, Sousuke recovers and reconstructs the burned shreds of a love letter. From the few bits of surviving text, he completely misinterprets it as a death threat.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Sōsuke is faced with a hand-to-hand combat with 3 karate fighters, he subdues the first one with a non-lethal projectile from a gun, the second one (after explained he can't use guns) with some sort of gas and for the third one (after being beaten by Kaname) he used a hand grenade as a decoy to bring him down.
    • Also, in the first episode, Sōsuke is asked to lay off all his weapons. Clang! Clink! Clang! and next shot from the camera shows him standing next to a heap of weapons almost half his size. (Including several grenades and a Bazooka).
    • When they're at the Hotsprings and Sōsuke suspects that Kurz and the other guys will attempt to peak at the girls, he ended up boobytrapping the entire mountainside with live ammo sentry guns and landmines a mere day before the trip.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: There's a couple in episode 3, "Summer Illusion of Steel":
    • The scene where Sousuke confronts the knife-wielding cook is a homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • The chauffeur Washio is strikingly similar to Oddjob from Goldfinger, from his attire right down to his combat style, including his signature bowler hat throw. He also dodges a grenade with a slow motion Matrix-style backflip.
  • Cute and Psycho: Yoko Wakana is a pretty and young policewoman, but she also happens to be batshit insane.
  • Denser and Wackier: Being a comedy spinoff to the original Full Metal Panic! light novels and anime, Fumoffu focuses more on crude humor and parodies of both other anime and itself than the typical mecha action or political intrigue.
  • Dope Slap: Several times per episode, usually from Kaname's Paper Fan of Doom.
  • Dragged by the Collar: Kaname hauls Sousuke off in this manner in the final episode as he reiterates the importance of keeping a canister sealed.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Yoko Wakana! Her first scene involves chasing Sousuke and Kaname, who are on a bicycle - sideways through an alley, up stairs, and over and down a hill. It ends with the police car engine exploding.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Kaname is held hostage by a gang, he uses this against them (threatening one's sister, one's girlfriend, one's pet, one's mother, and so on). To the leader, he traded the life of Kaname for the life of her younger brother. Fortunately, being a good dude deep down, these were all hollow threats, and even the little brother was merely acting (with Sosuke promising him a toy car as payment for his services).
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Tessa, when she visits Sōsuke's class. ("She's so cute!")
  • Exact Words: Sousuke really abuses this when he fights the karate club. It's not intentional, however; he just honestly cannot comprehend that when they said "no holds barred," it doesn't actually mean that he's allowed to use any means at his disposal to defeat them.
  • Extended Disarming: Provided the previous page pic. Including a hilarious Reaction Shot from the watching thugs, which changes from smug satisfaction to Blue with Shock as Sousuke keeps producing more and more guns.
  • Faint in Shock:
    • In the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, Kaname takes Souske through an Abandoned Hospital to try and scare him. However, she ends up scared out of her wits by all the spooky stuff. Most of the scary things they encounter are actually tricks performed by a group of kids. Gen-san notes, however, that the old lady Sousuke and Kaname spotted was probably the ghost of a woman who died in a fire years ago. Kaname turns blue and faints before he can even finish his sentence.
    • When Sousuke tells the teacher that a lethal bacteriological weapon has been released in class, she keels over and spends the rest of the episode unconscious. Which is just as well, given all the lunacy that happens.
  • Failed Attempt at Scaring: Kaname tells a scary story, which very much terrifies Kiyoko and Mizuki. However, Sousuke is unphased. Suggesting that a trip to a real haunted location might prove more effective, Kaname and Mizuki take Sousuke to an abandoned hospital that is reputed to be haunted (Kiyoko is excused due to a recent run in with a sex-offender). Mizuki is immediately scared off when she sees an old woman in the hospital window. Kaname thinks Mizuki is just being paranoid...until Sousuke reveals he also saw the woman, but wasn't frightened because she wasn't armed. Throughout the hospital, Kaname and Sousuke encounter classic haunted house tropes, like mysterious phone calls from people claiming to be burning in a fire (the hospital was closed after a fire), whispering voices, things moving in the shadows, ghostly apparitions, and even a blood-soaked girl holding a hammer saying "Go home or drop dead." in a Creepy Monotone. All of this has Kaname freaked out, but Sousuke, a veteran of numerous battlefields, is utterly unphased. It turns out the whole thing was an effort by some local kids to keep teens and hooligans from using the hospital as a make-out spot or harassing the man who lives there (the son of the former hospital director).
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Sosuke's guns are generally loaded with non-lethal rubber bullets.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: At the start of episode 6, Sosuke informs Kaname that Kyoko was attacked by a pervert. However, while said pervert only tied her hair in a ponytail before letting her go, Sosuke unintentionally made it sound like she had gone through worse things. Kaname is quick to Dope Slap Sosuke for scaring her like that.
  • Feud Episode: Two episodes are variations, where Kaname being mad at Sosuke (but not the other way around) make up the bulk of the scenario. Of course, both times, everything turns out well in the end.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The rugby team started off as a bunch of prissy, tea-drinking, animal loving sissy boys on such a bad losing streak they are in danger of being disbanded by the school board. Three days with Sosuke turns them into 'Futako Tamagawa's Nightmare'.
  • Funny Background Event: In episode 5, during one of their many briefings in the student council room, a random member can be seen unboxing an anime figurine in the background (much to his delight). Moments later he peaks under the the figurine's skirt...and is promptly horrified at what he saw.
  • Genre Refugee: The basic premise leans fully into the main series's Fish out of Water elements by taking its shell-shocked mech pilot protagonist, Sousuke Sagara, and throwing him into a full-on Screwball Comedy. Kaname even has to explain to him On the Next episode preview that he's no longer in a Real Robot Show, a turn of events which he has no idea how to handle.
  • Goofy Suit: Bonta-kun, the cutesy theme park mascot.
  • Groin Attack: Sousuke/Bontu-kun repeatedly stomped on a man's groin while he was down and gave another 4 successive punches there.
  • Group Reacts Individually: In the final episode, believing they've all been exposed to a lethal bioweapon, and the seal on the classroom breached by a teacher, the students collectively say "The hell with it." But several have their own unique ideas about what to do before they expire. Shinji says he's got to delete all his naughty pictures before he dies. Tsubake just wants to beat the crap out of Sosuke, in part for the situation but in part because he has always wanted to beat the crap out of Sosuke, Mizuki is cheerfully trying to get Tsubake to ignore Sosuke and make sure she doesn't die a virgin, Kaname is just sitting in stunned silence, Ren decides she wants one final cup of tea in the Student Council Room, and Sousuke is reading the manual for the bioweapon (finally) and absently delivers a firearm version of Offhand Backhand to Tsubake, to which Kaname even says, "Wow. I have no energy left to yell at you for that." Turns out the bioweapon was The Nudifier, a variant on the bacteria used to clean up oil spills, with this version targeting synthetic fibers. When it kicks in, all the students agree on one thing... they all want to kill Sousuke.
  • Hammerspace: Sōsuke, with Lampshade Hanging:
    Sōsuke: (upon dropping all his weapons) I've complied to your demand.
    Akutsu: Where the hell did you keep all that?!
  • Heel Realization: Well, not full "heel", but in Episode 2 Kaname blasts Sousuke out for leaving her notes at his apartment, forces him to rush there and then back to school in under an hour to retrieve them, and generally treats him like a crash test dummy-slash-punching bag. When they get back to school, Sousuke collapses and admits he's been nursing a fever all day, which makes Kaname realize how nasty she's been, leading to her apologizing and saying she forgives him for forgetting the notes.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Kaname and Sōsuke steal a bike in order to get back to school in time for their test. Hilarity Ensues when a crazy policewoman tries to pull them over, leading to a Chase Scene that results in her crashing her squad car. Which then explodes.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Tsubaki until he puts his glasses on.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Sōsuke. Without any personality adjustments, just removing all the mecha fights or serious drama, his behaviour goes from 'Fish out of Water' to 'Hilariously Over-The-Top Lunatic'.
  • Hero Insurance: Sosuke never seems to suffer any repercussions for the many times he blows things up and fires his guns in public.
  • Hey, Catch!: Sōsuke does one with a grenade with the pin still in to beat one of the karate team members.
  • Hostage Situation: Sōsuke imagines one in the 3rd episode. Ironically, Sousuke's vision in that episode is the only time in the anime when Kaname is kidnapped on screen (although she is kidnapped offscreen in other episodes).
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode 9, complete with the antics of Kurz Weber, where he desperately attempts to peep within the girl's bathhouses. Although his plans are foiled each time by Sōsuke.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Sōsuke has a lot of this.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Both Sosuke and Tsubaki claim they both weren't fighting full power during their fight. Sosuke was weighed down by weapons, and Tsubaki wasn't wearing his glasses.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Except for the first segment of episode 1 and the "Megami no Rainichi" double episode, every episode segment is titled as "[Japanese phrase] [English word in katakana]".
  • Immune to Jump Scares: During the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, the former Child Soldier Sousuke proves completely impervious to jumpscares, simply remarking that he's glad it's not a booby trap.
  • Inspector Javert: The female cop in episode 2 is way into trying to catch Sousuke and Kaname for truancy. She's still this way in episode 8, though while she doesn't try to turn the two in, she's hell bent on trying to catch the ponytail pervert and mistakenly thinks it's Sousuke-in-the-Bonta-Kun-costume, leading to the two to fight.
  • Insult Backfire: When Sousuke is training the Yakuza thugs, we have the following exchange:
    Sousuke (in Bonta Kun): "You're acting like street thugs.
    Gang member: "We are street thugs."
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: The entire rugby club, until Sousuke shapes them up.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: In the episode "Summer Illusion of Steel", Sameshima the cook runs up to Sōsuke with a knife in each hand, and starts twirling them around. He then switches over to rapidly slicing them through the air while stating his reputation as "Sammy the Slasher". It pays homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark, though, as Sōsuke just shoots him.
  • Intra-Scholastic Rivalry: The clubs at Jindai High are hurting for spaces to work in. This culminates in a competition where one club agrees to surrender their classroom to whichever club can draw in the most girls with various flirting techniques.
  • Killer Rabbit: After Sousuke stole a Bonta-kun costume to hide his identity while he saved Kaname from some yakuza who harassed her, he kept it, modified it for combat purposes, and mass-produced it. The end result was an adorable suit of Powered Armor, strong enough to turn a bunch of wimps into capable soldiers. This is best seen when Kaname and Ren are kidnapped by a rival yakuza group: Sousuke teams up with the other group (ironically, the one he beat up earlier) to save them, and thoroughly kicks their asses.
  • Lighter and Softer: This anime is based on Full Metal Panic's more comedic side stories rather than the main plot, and thus it emphasizes the high school romantic comedy aspects and the romantic tension between Sousuke and Kaname. None of the original series' mecha combat or political intrigue can be seen here aside from the Bonta-kun battle suit, which is a parody.
  • Locker Mail: Sousuke receives a love letter in his shoe locker. Unfortunately, as a former Child Soldier, his reaction is to blow up the school's entry hall because he (quite erroneously) expects the locker to have been booby-trapped. The shreds that remain of the poor girl's letter read like a death threat, leading to Sousuke's second crazy paranoid act of spending the time of the date/"challenge" lying in wait with a sniper rifle.
  • Male Gaze:
    • Unsurprisingly, both episode 3 and episode 9 have a fair share of this trope.
    • Also, in the last episode, when Kyoko's clothes gets eaten by "Full Monty Bacteria", the camera pans to her chest and her butt for a short time.
  • The "Mom" Voice: A rare male example. When Commander Mardukas comes to Japan to prepare for Tessa to visit, he harangues Sosuke in a way that Kaname compares to "A mother-in-law in a bad sitcom", including questioning Sosuke on the cleanliness of the classroom, only to give it the white-glove treatment and criticizing the results.
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: Mizuki tries this on Issei, and Kaname also mistakes Sousuke's behavior for this. She should know better at this point...
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the seventh episode, next-episode teaser, Kaname accuses the show of using Tessa for fanservice.
  • Naked Freak-Out: Kyoko screams "NOOOOOOOOOO!" loudly after her clothes gets eaten by "Full Monty Bacteria", leaving her completely naked. The other students (which also suffer the same thing) freak out too.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Averted now that Kaname has full knowledge on how incapable Sōsuke is on acting on anything even remotely connected to sex.
  • The Nudifier: A clothes-eating bacteria.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: After Sosuke nearly drowns in the school pool, Tessa says she's going to perform CPR on him, saying that they have a special relationship due to being Childhood Friends, as her cover story to the other students. After Sosuke recovers on his own, the other students ask him if he has a "special relationship" with Tessa. Since he can't expose his or Tessa's real identities, and he thinks they're referring to his military relationship as her subordinate, he verifies it. Much Squeeing ensues from them, while Kaname storms off, telling a confused Sosuke to talk to Tessa, since they have a "special relationship".
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Garasuyama Rugby Club; they're classically big, intimidating, aggressive, and arrogant.
  • Paperwork Punishment: The first episode opens with the Vice-Principal showing a large amount of property damage reports and disciplinary actions being filled out for the last week, all the result of Sosuke Sagara, whom the Vice-Principal describes as a "chronic property wrecker" (He's not wrong). The Principal patiently explains that Sosuke was raised in one war-torn region after another, and it's their job as educators to guide him to live a more stable life in a peaceful society. Her willingness to overlook the paperwork has absolutely nothing to do with the rather sizeable donation that came from Mithril when Sosuke enrolled in the school.
  • Perpetual Frowner: One smile is when Sōsuke is struggling with studying and Chidori lends him her notes. She tells him to bring it back the next day and he accepts it with a smile and saying he'll return it. He forgets to. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Pervert Alliance: Though not given a formal name, Kurz, Kazama, and Ono-D team up to try and spy on the girls in the open-air baths. However, Sgt. Major Mao and Sgt. Sagara anticipated this tactic by Kurz, and so Sousuke had gone ahead of the group and laid the hills surrounding the baths with a series of booby traps and security devices design to thwart them. And in the end, Kazama got a face full of Sousuke wing-wang as the baths changed sides after 10pm.
  • Pixellation:
    • Used in a gag to hide the contents of a gory package.
    • Another to hide what looks like a rape scene (actually tickling with feathers).
  • Playful Cat Smile: Tessa displays one briefly when trying to sneak into Sōsuke's bed again in episode 9, right before Mao grabs her and handcuffs her.
  • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody: When Tessa turns up at Sōsuke's high school, her Number Two Richard Mardukas (well aware of Tessa's infatuation with Sōsuke) threatens a terrible revenge if he should attempt to molest her. Cut to an Imagine Spot involving Sōsuke dressed in his Bonta-kun costume attacking Tessa in the shower with a banana.
  • Redundant Romance Attempt: Jindai High School's social science club decides to hold a flirting contest in order to decide which school club will get to use the new classroom that has opened up. Shinji convinces Sousuke to join the photography club's team, assuming that having a handsome Chick Magnet on their side would guarantee them a win. Unfortunately, Sousuke is specifically a Clueless Chick-Magnet who unwittingly wins people over through endearing social awkwardness and who has absolutely zero experience with romance, courtship, or just plain people-ing. Even after Kaname gets him to understand that a "girl hunt" does not allow for literally capturing the girls in question, Sousuke winds up immediately scaring off every single woman he approaches (save for an old lady who leads him forget the contest entirely in order to help her pick out a present for her grandson), resulting in an embarrassing loss for the photography club.
  • The Rival: Sosuke to Tsubaki, Tessa to Kaname, and Bonta-kun to the policewoman.
  • Romantic Ride Sharing: Done twice between Sosuke and Kaname. The first time, they were riding a "borrowed" bicycle after retrieving Kaname's notes for a school assignment from Sousuke's apartment. It's a truly tender and touching scene... until a cop tries to bust them for riding double on a bike. Later, after a scare at an abandoned hospital where Sosuke thought Kaname had been hurt, he's carrying her on his bike and admits briefly that he'd been scared she'd been mortally wounded. Kaname was so happy about hearing this that she nearly causes him to crash, teasing him about it.
  • Rousing Speech: Parodied when Sousuke delivers a big one to the rugby team before the big game, which just ends up reinforcing how utterly messed up they've become.
    Sousuke: What is our specialty, ladies?!
    Team: KILL! KILL! KILL!
    Sousuke: What is our goal in this game?!
    Team: KILL! KILL! KILL!
    • Also Kaname inspiring her art class to capture Sousuke so they can use him as a model, and Kurt Weber inspiring Kazame to charge into a hot spring and perve on the girls — both of which require assaulting a hill in the face of ridiculously overdone Booby Traps set up by Sousuke.
  • Rugby Is Slaughter: Trope image, thanks to you-know-who. Sōsuke gives Training from Hell to a rugby team whose members thought scrumming is barbaric. The ending result is... not pretty for the opposing team. However, at the start of said game, Sousuke actually got sent off for kicking an opposing player in the face.
  • Scenery Censor: Parodied with singular joy in the Hot Springs Episode. It starts out subtly enough, with a peeping hole in the women's changing room being just out of focus of the girls' bits, or the logs in a fence being the right height to cover their breasts and crotch... but then you get increasingly absurd methods, like a ladybug flying from a nearby leaf, hands moving in synch with characters in the background, and ending up with Tessa slipping and falling spread-eagled on her rump, a rubber ducky covering her crotch from the camera (and her knees covering her breasts).
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: In "The Hamburger Hill of Art", the art teacher's incomprehensible rambling about the true nature of art somehow convinces Sousuke that Kaname and her group want to capture and/or kill him. He hides on the hill and lays out a series of traps to keep everyone away... and as a result, Kaname and her group want to capture and/or kill him.
  • Sequential Symptom Syndrome: Sousuke describes the effects of the trap he set as it shows the coach who set them off with the symptoms.
  • Shame If Something Happened: After Kaname is kidnapped by a street gang, Sousuke kidnaps the leader's little brother in turn and dangles him over them, threatening to drop him. To keep the other gang members from doing anything, he addresses each of them in turn by name, saying it would be a shame if their sister/girlfriend/sickly mother/lovebird/bike was to meet an...unfortunate fate. This thoroughly freaks out the gang members, who all run away in fear, leaving the leader, Kaname, and the brother who was in on the whole thing: Sousuke had bribed him to go along with it with a promise of an RC car
  • Shared Fate Ultimatum: When Chidori is kidnapped by a gang to get back at Sousuke, he retaliates by kidnapping the gang leader's little brother and tying him to the ceiling of the warehouse where the gang was holding Chidori hostage. The ropes are tied to detonators, and Sousuke has the trigger. He tells the gang leader she can either kill both Chidori and her own brother or save both of them. Subverted, as Sousuke was bluffing and the gang leader's brother was in on it.
  • Shirtless Scene: One scene stands out. Sōsuke has just gone 4 days without sleeping due to schoolwork and his job and driven over the edge. Before passing out, he ponders on why he has to suffer like this. For no reason at all, during the internal monologue, it shows a picture of Sousuke shirtless in a pose that would have any of his admirers absolutely screaming.
    • The reason for the odd position was most likely because Sousuke (subconsciously) associated Tessa's behaviour with torture (well, emotionally, it sort of was). The stripping and tying upside down is a common procedure of putting the tortured person in a position of vulnerability before any sort of pain is involved. Honestly, it's a classic scene in all books that depict war and/or espionage.
  • Slasher Smile: The policewoman has one to make the Joker proud, whenever she gets caught up in the chase.
  • Sleep Cute: Non-romantic example: after some time spent in hot springs, Kaname and Tessa sleep side-by-side on the way back. It's as adorable as it sounds.
  • The Spartan Way: Sōsuke (became an assassin due of this) subjects the School Rugby team to this method. It gets lampshaded when Kaname asks where he got the idea for such a brutal training method, at which point he produces a training book written by Melissa Mao. Let's just say, she's something of an expert on this.
  • Spit Take: As Kaname is talking with Ms. Wakana to apprehend a molester, the young policewoman mentions how she was demoted after she made her police car explode while chasing after some tough high-schoolers on a bike. Cue Kaname spitting her coffee, realizing she and Sosuke were those very high-schoolers;
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Ms Yoko Wakana.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: In the last episode, after a seemingly deadly virus spread to the school, Sōsuke drags Kaname to the infirmary and asks her to take off her clothes. Kaname reacts all flustered, believing he wants to make love to her before they die. But Sōsuke learned that the "virus" only attacks synthetic fibers, including clothes, and he's just asking her to undress to save her school uniform before it'd disintegrate.
  • Thanks for the Mammary:
    • In episode 3, Kaname walks into the groping hand of a Poor Little Rich Kid, who asks if her breasts are real. Cue Megaton Punch. "They're real!"
    • Also, Sousuke has a Bedmate Reveal this way, when he wakes up and puts a hand on Tessa's breast, Tessa having 'accidentally' wandered into his bed while sleepwalking.
  • This Is Going to Be Huge: The anti-personnel Bonta-kun miniature Arm Slaves. Sōsuke had high hopes for them - and they are incredibly effective - but with the exception of Miami PD's SWAT, it pretty much was a financial bomb. Still, at least they were able to use it effectively.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: During the Beach Episode, Sousuke completely destroys a watermelon with a blast from his shotgun. He pulls off the blindfold, commenting on how it was far too easy...until he sees Kaname, covered in splattered watermelon, walking by him. He knows what's coming as he does an Loud Gulp, and tries to excuse the others who were involved in the watermelon splitting game. He takes a baseball bat to the head as Kaname vents her outrage.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The series ends with the entire school hunting down Sōsuke, after he finally goes too far by bringing a biowarfare agent into the class.
  • Tongue-Out Insult: Kaname and Sousuke are assigned to assist Jindai High's rugby team. During a team meeting at a local fast food restaurant, they are accosted by a rival team, and most of Jindai's rugby team is beaten sensless, save for Sousuke, who is very capable at hand to hand fighting, and Kaname, who sees the rival team off by sticking her tongue out at them as they depart.
  • Training from Hell: Sōsuke inflicts this upon Jindai High's rugby team, with hilarious results.
  • Translation Convention: Episode 2 in the English dub renders Ancient Japanese as Old English, as a similarly incomprehensible language for Sousuke and the viewer. And then there's the council chairman's translation of gangsta-speak. Biatch.
  • Truth in Television: A lot of the people at theme parks who walk around wearing Goofy Suits are actually security guards. Obviously they're not Sousuke-level commandos, but messing with the kids playing with Mickey Mouse is a bad idea.
  • Two Shorts: Zigzagged. Some episodes are full-length, but most of them are comprised of two shorter episodes.
  • Unexpected Genre Change: Fumoffu, served mostly to give the fans something to watch in between the more serious first and third seasons of Full Metal Panic!. As a result, it goes from gritty realism to off-the-wall slapstick comedy and back again.
  • Walking Armory: Sosuke carries an impossibly huge arsenal with him wherever he goes, leaving both friends and foes baffled as to how he manages to carry so many weapons at once.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: Sousuke is shown to be completely unfazed by haunted hospitals, ghosts, horrific screams, and spooky children with hammers, thanks to having grown up in a war zone... but he is afraid when he thinks that Kaname died or was injured falling through the floor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Kaname got kidnapped in the first episode of Fumoffu and Sōsuke showed up at the negotiations with the offending gang leader's little brother as a hostage of his own. Turns out the kid was in on it.
  • White Glove Test: Commander Mardukas runs a finger down a windowsill in Sousuke's classroom while touring the school ahead of Tessa's visit. His criticism of Sousuke's housekeeping is another part of his protective tendencies towards her.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When everyone believes they're about to die from a lethal biowarfare agent, Issei Tsubaki ignores the girl who's literally throwing herself at him because he wants to spend his last moments kicking Sōsuke's ass. As Sōsuke calmly loads his shotgun, Tsubaki summons his Battle Aura and announces his Daidoumuyaku Style Final Master Move... until Sōsuke shoots him with a beanbag round.
    Sōsuke: I win.
    Kaname: I don't even have the energy to hit you.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Kaname's Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex Hold.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: While Sosuke is a Fish out of Water in the high school setting and is constantly prepared for trouble, in the main series it's justified because it is primarily action and in a lot of episodes things actually do go seriouly wrong. However, this time it's a straight up goofy comedy, so there aren't any legitimate threats this time around. Perfectly lampshaded in the first next episode preview, where Sosuke expects it to be another mecha action series and narrates the preview as such, only to be told otherwise by Kaname.
  • Young Entrepreneur: Sōsuke tries to patent and sell his Bonta-Kun combat suit entirely for the technological advantage it provides, without realizing its outward appearance was preventing sales. He succeeded in selling a few of them to the FBI, the Miami police and a local Yakuza gang.
    • The fact that Sousuke had enough money and contacts to do that implies that he's probably been moonlighting in the weapons business for a while.


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Sousuke Disarms

The bad guys have Chidori hostage and tell Sousuke to disarm. They don't find it as comforting as they though when he does.

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