Follow TV Tropes


Manga / Great Teacher Onizuka

Go To
"But you need to be prepared... Our school is considered very prestigious, but internally, many problems are mounting... such as delinquency, bullying, problems with the opposite sex, and violence... even toward teachers. It is getting worse each year, and I can hardly handle it myself. Onizuka-kun, what I want from you is exactly what you showed us the other day: the German suplex."
Chairlady Sakurai

Meet Eikichi Onizuka: Twenty-two years old, current virgin, black belt martial artist, former delinquent, and seeking direction. What better job for such a man than teaching? Easy hours, and the potential of after-school study sessions with beautiful high school girls... At least, so go Onizuka's daydreams. The truth is, as a new hire at Holy Forest Academy (surprisingly, not a Two-Teacher School), he's been put in charge of a class who believe it is their sole mission to run any teacher they're given right out of town.note 

The manga dramedy Great Teacher Onizuka is the story of this (semi-indestructible) man and his continuing attempts to keep from being fired while straightening out the class which has been placed in his care. The series is humorous, if occasionally over-the-top, as the continual destruction of Vice Principal Uchiyamada's beloved Toyota Cresta (now a Toyota Crown Royal), will attest. Onizuka consistently gets into worse and worse scrapes, and just as consistently extricates himself with his own unique flair. The original manga by Tooru Fujisawa was serialized from 1997 to 2002 in Weekly Shonen Magazine, with an anime adaptation that aired from 1999 to 2000.


Often marketed as simply "GTO." Newcomers unfamiliar with the series should be aware it has (largely) nothing to do with the American muscle, Italian exotic, or Japanese import and sports cars, or the sportscar racing class.

A Live-Action version has also been made, toning down the abuse Onizuka takes (for obvious reasons) and distilling a number of storylines, leading to the real-life romances of the actors playing Onizuka and Azusa Fuyutsuki respectively.

An Interquel manga entitled GTO: Shonan 14 Days chronicles the adventures of Onizuka as he hides back in his hometown of Shonan, because he accidentally let it slip on national television that he almost buried a student of his alive. Luckily for us this means we got to see him in action once again. Another series titled Kamen Teacher, involves teachers in masks whipping delinquent classes into shape. It's heavily implied to be the result of Headmaster Sakurai's secret plan, set into motion near the end of GTO.


GTO: Paradise Lost, which has published since 2014 in Weekly Young Magazine, is the true sequel to GTO. The story picks up a year after GTO with Onizuka in prison retelling his reassignment by Holy Forest to a special class of equally dysfunctional teenage idols and his foray into the seedy underbelly of the teen idol business.

GTO is the sequel to Shonan Jun'ai Gumi, which ran for 31 volumes (longer than GTO, mind you) and featured the high school delinquent adventures of a much more badass Onizuka and his best friend Ryuuji Danma. Originally serialized by Tokyopop as GTO: The Early Years, Shonan Jun'ai Gumi (due to the fact that the Second Installment Wins) which was in danger of being Left Hanging when the company went belly up before being picked up by Vertical (who had published 14 Days In Shonan). Between Shonan Junai Gumi and GTO a single volume manga was released under the title Bad Company, chronicling the tale of how Ryuji and Eikichi first met. With the launch of GTO: Paradise Lost, Onizuka has now appeared as the main character of a total of five titles.

You can watch it legally on Crunchyroll.

This show provides examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Right at the start, when Onizuka thinks he didn't get his job at Holy Forest, he decides to ditch everything and become a trucker. Not too long after, he receives word that Mrs. Sakurai accepted his application and he comes back pretty quickly.
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The Cresta in Initial D First Stage-style, maybe as a parody.
  • Absurdly Divided School: Onizuka has to teach the G-class, where students are all teenage entertainers who are divided in three classes (A, B and C) ranked by celebrity and enjoying, for the higher ranks, more privileges such as being able to more easily leave during courses.
  • Accidental Pervert: Both played straight and subverted.
  • The Ace
  • A-Cup Angst: Fuyutsuki
  • Adaptation Distillation: The Live Action version trims the cast down to a small handful, which is also further segregated depending on the episode and makes some remarkably accurate guesses on what some of the students' (then unrevealed) teacher-bullying motives are.
  • An Aesop: Teachers are human beings, too. They have feelings that are no different than yours, and they deserve your respect. They really do care about you, and are willing to help you if you just let them. Of course, there are bad teachers, but they're the exception, not the rule.
    • Students should be given proper guidance, not used as tools for some dark agenda or treated as enemies.
    • Rousseau Was Right
  • Almost Kiss: Onizuka and Fuyutsuki in episode 23. Also happens between Onizuka and Urumi.
  • Alpha Bitch: Miyabi Aizawa, with a bit of Rich Bitch, too.
  • Anti-Villain: Uchiyamada clearly becomes one in the run of the series. Why else would so much focus be given on his inner stress? Chapter 107 just makes you feel bad to dislike him.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: What starts off Onizuka's transformation from a pervert who just wants to hook up with schoolgirls into a heroic teacher who wants to genuinely help his students. When Nanako Mizuki sets him up for blackmail by claiming she'd run away from home to get him to take her with him then gets him caught in a compromising position, a frustrated Onizuka asks her Was It All a Lie? Her answer causes an epiphany within him:
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Julia smacks some sense into Kunio after spouting that Onizuka is nothing but a pervert. Which is paired with one of the greatest lines in the series:
    Julia: Kunio, whatever poisoned your mind to start thinking like a loser?
  • Ass Shove: The class (specifically Urumi) punishes him for trying to use them as a free work force by forcing him to wear an S&M outfit. The whip naturally goes up his ass.
  • Author Appeal: The author seems to have a spanking fetish.
  • Badass Teacher
  • Bandage Babe: Tomoko gets put in a bandage bikini as part of a side story.
  • The Baroness: Misuzu Daimon.
  • Beach Bury: Happens to Onizuka, in revenge for taking his students on a treasure hunt they wanted no part of, and lying to get them to come.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The fancy PDAs that Daimon hands out to students and faculty tracks all transferred personal data that she uses to coordinate her Angel operations.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The final two episodes of the anime involve the school going up against the school board for their attempts to cover up a teacher's affair with a student and their cover up of that same student's suicide to prevent the possibility that she was pregnant with the teacher's child from leaking and try to pin an attempted murder charge on Miyabi for stabbing the teacher when it is confirmed that, after hearing about his student love's suicide, the teacher tried to commit suicide as well. While the school faces being shut down as they refuse to turn over Onizuka for an (obviously fake) assault charge and Miyabi, Onizuka steps in and gets the media involved to cause a storm around the events to expose the school board's cover up. Then Onizuka takes the blame for the attempted murder despite his students having evidence that it was an attempted suicide and Miyabi finally coming around and trying to rescue him. Onizuka is nearly taken into custody but, as per the norm, he manages to escape as the teacher wakes up from his injuries. It's all but confirmed that the School Board will be unable to deny the charges of covering up the suicide and suicide attempt and all the students in class 3-4 are able to trust teachers. Onizuka goes on the run and ends up in The United States of America at a California Junior High in charge of a class full of delinquents. Sadly it's implied that Onizuka will be unable to return to Japan after this despite his role in exposing the coverup and his students and Azusa will never see him again.
  • Blind Shoulder Toss: In one episode, Urumi tosses a bottle over her shoulder. It hits a Yakuza boss on the head.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The earlier Running Gag of Principal Uchiyamada getting haematuria from self-perceived stress of Onizuka's misbehaviours. He grew out of this post Character Development though.
  • Bookends: In the beginning it was Onizuka who kept saving Yoshikawa's ass, but near the end it was he who managed to pull Onizuka from death through a "We need you" speech.
  • Broken Ace: Teshigawara's father pushed him to be successful in everything which led to his mental instability.
  • Big "NO!": More a big "MY CRESTA!", but the intent is obviously the same.
  • Blue with Shock
  • Broken Bird: Misuzu Daimon, Ai Tokiwa, Urumi to an extent.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Urumi.
  • Butt-Monkey: Several, but vice-principal Uchiyamada gets especially cruel treatment. His wife has grown cold and seems to be having an extramarital romance, his daughter sees him as a gift dispenser, his own dog bullies him (and unfortunately shares the first name, appearance, and lecherous nature with the man who's giving Uchiyamada hell outside of home), his dreams of his brand new pearl white Cresta bringing his family back together are repeatedly wrecked... The Cresta also is repeatedly wrecked. In escalating degrees of destruction.
  • Buxom Is Better: Onizuka generally loves female beauty but big boobs are his favourite.
  • Call-Forward: In GTO Shonan 14 Days, Onizuka's nose tends to bleed a lot. It's because of his aneurysm!
    • Also in the sequel, he got in trouble for his story in burying a girl in the forest. Said girl was Urumi back when she was toying with him!
  • Car Cushion: Courtesy of Uchiyamada's good old Cresta.
    • Lampshaded/subverted at the end of the series, when Uchiyamada himself drives the car closer so the student and Onizuka dangling off a curtain would survive if they fell, at the cost of his car. Doubly so because he had parked it away from the roof exactly to prevent this from happening again, and had in fact put an inflatable kiddy pool on the roof to protect it as extra protection measure. It didn't help; the car was still totalled.
  • Catchphrase: "Onizuka Eikichi, 22 years old."
    • The German Suplex is also something of a non-verbal "catch-phrase".
    • Also, the Vice Principal's variations of the theme: "My- my Cresta!!"
  • Caught with Your Pants Down
  • Cavalry Betrayal:
    • Anime only. When the three punks who try to blackmail Onizuka are gloating about how much money they're about to get, they accidentally anger a large group of biker thugs who are going to wreck them for their arrogance, when Onizuka shows up and punches his way through the crowd, cowing the bikers who recognise his fearsome reputation. The students are practically crying with relief at being saved by their teacher, only for Onizuka to declare none of the bikers can touch them... because they're his prey.note 
    • Zig-Zagged later on in Episode 8. After his students at another school have pranked him (by gluing his fingers to bowling balls) and run off, they also find themselves threatened by a gang. Onizuka shows up and at first refuses to help, even going so far as making them bungee jump off a bridge to prove their manliness. However, he then punches all but one of the gang members off the bridge, and Drives Like Crazy after the last one (in the vice principal's Precious Precious Car)
  • Cerebus Retcon: Done gradually. During one of his later admissions to the hospital, the eponymous character gets what looks like a serious nosebleed until everyone comes to the conclusion that it was only because he was turned on by the nurses' uniforms and got a peek under their skirts after "pretending" to fall down. Later in the same chapter, a panel suggests that the nosebleed actually is as serious as it first appeared. In the final story arc, the audience learns that Onizuka has had chronic internal bleeding and cerebral aneurysms in the head for quite some time, which shines a different light on some of the nosebleed gags throughout Great Teacher Onizuka as well as the various head injuries, comedic or serious, he has gained throughout the entire series.
  • Character Development: Most of the cast, thanks to Onizuka.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Happens often, as one of Onizuka's gifts is to recognize the potential hidden in his students that either no other teacher has acknowledged or that the students themselves are not aware of. For example, Cloudcuckoolander Tomoko turns out to be an awesome actress because she played with dolls to help ease her loneliness and made up all sorts of crazy stories about them.
  • Chaste Hero: Onizuka, unintentionally (at least when it comes to females he's actively pursuing) and to his immense chagrin.
  • The Chew Toy: Poor Noboru.
  • The Chikan: The vice-principal was introduced molesting Azusa on a train.
    • Onizuka intended to do the same when he was beaten to it.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Onizuka, of course. He'll perv out shamelessly over his female students, but he also genuinely cares about them and has their best interests at heart.
  • Chronically Crashed Car: The Vice-Principal's beloved Toyota Cresta/Crown, which is constantly damaged and destroyed by accident.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Miyabi, in her backstory; Urumi is pretty terrifying, too, if she thinks that Onizuka is making moves on someone else.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Tomoko, whose trips to cloud cuckoo land is a mask for the loneliness she feels.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Cool Big Sis: In Bad Company, the Origins Episode prequel to Shonan Junai Gumi, middle school-aged Onizuka and Ryuji meet 18-year-old Natsuki, who takes them riding in her car, and even lets Ryuji try driving it (which she quickly regrets). She lets Ryuji sleep over at her place when his parents lock him out, and gives him her old motorcycle. Ryuji is willing to die for her (and almost does, when her abusive ex-boyfriend shows up).
  • Cool Loser: Onizuka used to be in a gang, rides a motorcycle, and beats people up. But he's also a 22-year old demented otaku virgin who can't hold down a job, and he's so broke he doesn't even know who's on the 10,000 yen bill.
  • Cute Bruiser: Tokiwa.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Nanako finds a lot of objects in Onizuka's apartment that show he masturbates frequently, even using an instant noodle cup. Fuyutsuki and others even stumble on Onizuka masturbating while watching a porn movie, and he tries his best to tell this is Not What It Looks Like.
  • Dating Catwoman: Noboru and Anko.
  • Daydream Surprise: When Onizuka is having a job interview with Uchiyamada and the latter is rejecting him with insults, we are shown our hero punching the vice-principal in the face and totally beating him up. He was just daydreaming this.
    • Uchiyamada also has a waking nightmare when Onizuka catches him being The Chikan; in the fantasy, he loses his job and reputation, stabbing Onizuka in a fit of murderous rage.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Azusa gets that from time to time, which gives the audience a chance to look into her character a bit, and saves her from being a young, cute and idealistic Satellite Love Interest.
    • Uchiyamada's personal life gets examined, parts of which build up sympathy for the poor guy.
    • There are a number of intermezzos showing a first-person view of Onizuka as he's visiting his 'friend' Saejima. These pieces invariably show the crooked cop trying to pull Onizuka into pyramid schemes, black market dealings, smuggling and a lot worse, all the while pretending it's all perfectly legal.
  • Delinquents
  • D-Cup Distress: Tomoko has grown her breasts early and it's making her miserable; she's still a child at heart and not at all ready for the attention they get her.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Onizuka's main method of converting students to his side. Also happens fairly regularly in Shonan Junai Gumi.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Anko was probably more this before she became what's now considered a Tsundere, since she was violently bitchy to Yoshikawa before the events in Okinawa.
  • Demon Head
  • Determinator: Onizuka will do anything to help his students, no matter how hard and radical it is.
  • Dirty Old Man: Most of the male teacher's body. Well, basically almost any male who may qualify as old. It says something that Onizuka, in all his lecherous behaviour, is mild in comparison.
  • Driven to Suicide: All the freaking time.
  • Enjo Kosai: It's a dramedy about teacher-student relationships that takes place in late 90s Japan. Of course it's going to have this.
  • Enthusiasm vs. Stoicism
  • Escalating War: Ultra-bitch Miyabi goes further in her plans each time to topple Onizuka.
  • Even Bullies Have Standards: Anko strongly disapproved of Miyabi's attempts to get rid of Onizuka not because she supported the teacher, but because she manipulated her friends and the entire class to do so.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Uchiyamada's car eventually explodes just by having Onizuka and Miyabi fall on its roof.
  • Fallen Hero: Arguably Uchiyamada. Flashbacks show that he had the same idealism as Onizuka had when he first started teaching. Only when he became older did he lose all that zeal for teaching making him the...
  • Fanservice: From Male Gaze to Shirtless Scene, everyone is served!
  • Fan Disservice: Onizuka spends an awful lot of time with his ass exposed.
  • Fast-Roping: When Onizuka decides to have a game of paintball with his students, two of them elect to arrive in this manner.
    • Also done by Onizuka to foil Urumi's plot to kidnap Aizawa and her cronies for ransom in order to fund Onizuka's promise of a field trip to Okinawa.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Urumi drags Onizuka out on a not!date, and tries to kiss Onizuka, but he's too honorable to go through with it and so knocks himself unconscious. Which is pretty impressive, considering he got into teaching solely so he could hook up with hot Joshikousei.
  • Festival Episode: Anko and Noboru go on a date to a matsuri.
  • Fingertip Drug Analysis: Saejima tries to give Onizuka bags of what looks like cocaine, but Kikuchi pokes his finger in them and tasting it, finds out it is just flour.
  • Foster Kid: The Shonan 14 Days arc of Great Teacher Onizuka has Onizuka hiding and working inside the "White Swan" foster care center where it tries to whole-heartly raise several misbehaving but good-at-heart youths (especially some with experience with abusive parents) in a safe environment. A big later issue within the arc is the attempt of politicans and previously mentioned self-centered abusive parents trying to pull the children out of the foster care for their own selfish motives.
  • Freudian Excuse: Every single bully/unsympathetic character is given a backstory explaining their behavior.
    • Teshigawara tries to justify his doings to Onizuka and Fuyutsuki by talking about his Freudian excuse. They both refute it and insist that he is just a loser who indulges in self-pity and that this is not a reason to act like a psycho.
    • Shibuya has the most literally Freudian Excuse of all — he was the victim of incestuous abuse from his mother.
    • Mr. Uchiyamada has his shares of this as well, and unlike Teshigawara, they're actually very effective and really makes you understand why he acts the ways he do.
    • Subverted when Onizuka confronts Mayu's gang and every member starts shouting why they hate all teachers. It is subverted because some of their reasons are very petty, and Onizuka calls them loser idiots that blame everyone else for their behaviour and their troubles, and states he also got expelled and got a ton of troubles with teachers and cops, but he got his act together.
  • Gag Series: Shonan Jun'ai Gumi started as this, then it progressivly genre shifted into a more serious drama/fighting genre with some comedy from time to time.
  • Gag Penis: Good Christ.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Mainly in the final volume of the manga where Onizuka is targeted by a group of baseball bat wielding motorcycle riders who hit him in the head multiple times. What really makes this fight dramatic is that Onizuka is suffering from a brain condition in which if he suffers one more major blow to the head, he will die. The biker gang is well aware of this information.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Vice-Principal is running around naked (It Makes Sense in Context). He runs into Onizuka. His reaction?
    Onizuka: Thought you'd give someone a scare? Yeah, most people are terrified of earthworms.
  • Girl of the Week: While it seemed that Fuyutsuki was Onizuka's girlfriend to be, the Interquel and Sequel set him up with another girl. Hell, the sequel shows that he doesn't get together with Fuyutsuki at all.
  • Going to the Store: When Anko goes out to meet Noboru, she tells her mother that she's going to the store. Her mother wonders "You took a shower to go to the store? And is that my perfume?"
  • Gonk: Onizuka in intense moments of surprise, exasperation, fear, hunger, or pretty much anything else. A lot of the male cast, in fact.
    • The main examples: other Fukada girl (nicknamed "Jaws"), the biology teacher (nicknamed "Chihuahua") and Takao (aka "Big Red").
  • Gratuitous English: Mr. Sakurai/Sakurada often says some English words in his speech, just inserting them randomly and for no reason. Even complete exclamations like "OH MY GOD!" But at least he seemed to be aware of what he was saying.
  • Gratuitous French: Urumi is fluent in French in-story.
  • Groin Attack: Onizuka gets bitten by a snake in his "thing".
    • Anko and her clique used to practice some variations of this on Yoshikawa. Though Anko insists it wasn't her, but Mayuko, and she "just kinda... watched...".
  • Hands-On Approach: Onizuka once tries this on Fuyutsuki to teach her how to play video games.
  • Hard Head: Onizuka's head is the body part he gets hit in the most, and it tends to have little effect. The damage has been accumulating over the years, though (see Game-Breaking Injury above).
  • The Heart: Tomo-chan plays this role between her two much smarter and way bitchier "friends" Miyabi and Urumi.
  • Hidden Depths: Tomo-chan is good at two things: 1) superb acting and 2) impeccable improv.
  • High Turnover Rate: Warning: being the teacher of one of the worst classes in the school may be hazardous to your health. Side effects include: madness, suicide attempts, cult-worship, eating disorders, brushes with death, public humiliation (which, considering this is Japan, is a Fate Worse than Death) and broken arms.
  • Hollywood Healing: Onizuka is able to recover from life-threatening injuries easily, and this surprises the others who emit the hypothesis he could really be an alien or demon. (Well, his name is Onizuka...)
  • Hospital Hottie: Naoko.
  • Hot-Blooded: Onizuka. Especially when played by Steve Blum.
  • Hot for Student: Played straight with Erika and her lover, subverted in the case of Miyabi and Ogi.
  • Hot for Teacher: Miyabi's backstory.
  • How Unscientific!: Onizuka is momentarily possessed by ghosts after he takes on the very stressful job of picking up the remains of those who committed suicide by jumping in front of trains. Miyabi and Fujiyoshi also meet the ghost of a child killed in a road accident, though they don't realize it after seeing a sign talking about his death.
  • How We Got Here: GTO: Paradise Lost has Onizuka starting in prison already, and tells his story to another inmate.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Fuyumi Kujirakawa. She has a Meaningful Name, as "Kujira" means "Whale".
  • Idiot Hero: Onizuka, big time.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Vice-principal Uchiyamada.
  • Instant Bandages
  • Interquel: Shonan: 14 Days takes place after the Teshigawara arc in Great Teacher Onizuka.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Several students try to kill themselves during the series; for that reason nobody succeeds.
  • Invincible Hero: Onizuka, obviously. The man has been shot and stabbed and yet, he still manages to win all his fights.
  • Jerk Jock: Murai, initially.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Joshikousei
  • Just a Flesh Wound: Teshigawara empties a gun in Onizuka's chest... he gets better. And not without kicking his ass first, and even jumping from a building to save him from suicide.
    • Not to mention going on a 14-day long adventure immediately afterwards, if the Shonan 14 Days spin-off is to be believed.
      • In which he gets stabbed and shot again.
  • Karma Houdini: The kids in Onizuka's class (Anko, Murai, Urumi, Miyabi, etc) get away with terrorizing and generally ruining the lives of several teachers before Onizuka shows up, but somehow it's all swept under the carpet like it never happened once Onizuka won them over.
  • Kawaiiko: Tomo-chan.
    • Later Tokiwa fakes one. Complete with a bunny backpack.
  • Kick the Dog: Aside from multiple evil actions which are "okay" because they're targeted towards "enemies", Miyabi is quite fond of this, especially with her treatment of Tomoko and once using her good-natured hard-working classmate Fujiyoshi as a pawn in her plan.
  • Kid Detective: Azusa's sister Makoto.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: Onizuka makes several low budget local commercials starring Tomoko, in order to give her a start in show business.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Figuratively. Onizuka probably has as little a reason as anyone to put up with the students of his class, and by all rights probably should have quit teaching from the very start. The fact that he genuinely cares and believes that students should be able to have fun at school (and he's too stupid to quit) allows him to strive to make school a better place.
  • Large Ham: Onizuka, again.
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Onizuka
  • Made of Iron: Onizuka is so resilient the others wonder if he is not really an alien. Every episode he's either been stabbed, been shot, been run over, fallen out of windows, bashed over the head, and seems to be eternally above the law.
    • Notably, this trope is Reconstructed for shocking effect during the final few chapters of the manga - while seemingly invincible, all this damage has eventually accumulated on Onizuka. This results in a brain aneurysm, which very, very nearly paralyzes him for life. In fact, his living by the trope might've been one of the reasons things got so bad, as his apparent immortality got him too cocky to get the problem treated before it became catastrophic.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Tomoko gets called "Slo-mo-ko" by the rest of the class because they think she's a Brainless Beauty.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mayu, bonus points for being the Chairlady's grandson. Also proud and perpetual Karma Houdini receiver.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Miyabi lives the trope, and God, she's gifted for it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Invoked by one of the students by putting a convincing poster of Onizuka and vice principal on the school board. It took another photo that was suspicious on closer inspection to have this jossed.
  • Model Scam: Subverted. Tomoko thinks this is what's going to happen to her, but ends up getting discovered by a real talent agent.
  • The Mole: Kinoshita.
  • Monster Mash: Played for comedy as Mayu's arm wrestling challenge escalates into this.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The shark-toothed small people who often show up.
  • Mugging the Monster: A couple of punks try this on Onizuka right at the beginning of the first episode. Counts as an Establishing Character Moment.
  • Murai's Mom
  • Naked Apron: While cramming under Fuyutsuki's coaching, Onizuka fantasizes about her wearing one while cooking.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Surprisingly in this series full of schoolgirls, a teacher, Azusa Fuyutsuki.
  • Nerd Glasses: Hiroshi Uchiyamada/Various students.
  • Non-Residential Residence: Onizuka lives in a space at the top of the roof access stairway of Holy Forest Academy.
  • Noodle Incident: What happened to class 2-4 to make it full of problem students, though the incident does eventually come to light in the final chapters.
    • Also, what happened to Mayu to make him sickly.
    • "GTO - Shonan 14 Days" gets it's story from one of these. At the end of the "Teshigawara" arc he wound up in the hospital for a gunshot wound, but escaped soon afterwords. He went missing for 14 days, and when he came back, there was a wanted poster floating around with a man that looked a lot like him.
  • Nosebleed: The North-American manga edition bothers to explain the Old Wife's Tale about sexual arousement giving nosebleeds.
  • No Swastikas: Surprisingly, the American dub kept the swastikas on the bosozoku's scarves in Episode 19. And it's not a manji backwards Buddhist swastika either (卍). It's a full-on tilted Nazi swastika.
  • Not So Different: It's mentioned in chapter 107 that Mr. Uchiyamada used to be a idealistic teacher who wanted to help his students with their problems, just like Onizuka, but after had helped too many ungrateful bastards to count, and becoming more self-aware of Japan's declining morals, he got tired of being the helper.
  • Oedipus Complex: Sho is very loyal to Miss Daimon, to the point of insanity when Daimon disavows her relationship with him.
    • Kunio to his mother Julia. This pertains to an interesting variation of the trope as he never knew his father but, because his father left his mother while she was still pregnant, Kunio is adamant on believing that all older men are skirtchasers and will do everything in his power to protect his mother. His stance is put to the test when Onizuka dates his mother. This logic ultimately backfires when Onizuka states that Kunio is simply running away from his problems while dragging along his mother. When Kunio's actions almost kill Julia by oncoming truck, she is saved by Onizuka, lowering his stance. Kunio's pride is reduced even lower when Onizuka says the date was a one-time deal.
  • The Ojou/Lonely Rich Kid: Miyabi makes a mild version of a mix of these. Arguably, Urumi has traits of this too.
  • Old Maid: Ms. Fujimori
  • Omniscient Morality License: Onizuka is a Class S holder of one! No matter what crazy, illegal, unethical, immoral thing he has in mind, it always turns out for the best for his students and all is always forgiven.
  • One Judge to Rule Them All: Warning Productions during the talent search Onizuka sets up for Tomoko, though she also does give the best, and most moving performance (ad-libbing completely off script and using action figures as props).
  • One-Man Army: Onizuka - so badass he armwrestled 99 local hardcore delinquents (some of them not exactly looking human) one after another.
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Look up at One-Man Army
  • One Steve Limit: This is subverted with Mr. Sakurai and Mrs. Sakurai, who are unrelated (in the manga only), and two female characters named Naoko, though one is just of those two girls hanging with Anko.
    • Two girls named Fukada are the focus of one chapter in which Kunio gets hooked up on a blind date with one of them.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Our lead shrugs off being hit by a truck, jumps off a building onto a car (twice), receiving only a broken arm that he doesn't even notice until it's pointed out the next day (and does push-ups on it), and even then continues to play computer games like a god (while keeping track of his winning streak on his still-untreated and horrifically swollen arm). He's also survived a number of gunshot wounds that should have been fatal.
  • Only Sane Woman: Though she appears in only one episode, Fuyumi Kujirakawa is one of the only female students who is more grounded and sane.
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Otaku - Yoshikawa Noboru - a gaming otaku; Yoshito Kikuchi - a computer otaku, and Onizuka has his otaku moments.
    • Not to mention The Gundam Brothers.
  • Pac Man Fever: The anime shows Onizuka playing Ape Escape. That said, the sound effects were just generic game-like sound effects, nothing from Ape Escape.
  • Panty Shot: Hell, that's the very first shot of the show! Although that premise is not followed.
  • Papa Wolf: Woe betide to those who dare to harm Onizuka's students.
    • Somewhat justified, in that in Real Life, if something happens to one's students, it can end up being your fault no matter what. Lawsuits abound, you get a bad reputation, etc.
  • Parental Incest: It's very, very heavily implied that Sho Shibuya was sexually abused by his mother; nobody believed him when he went to the authorities, so he murdered her (or at the very least attacked her with murderous intent) and then attempted suicide.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Onizuka's revenge on Anko and her clique for Noboru.
    • Though to be fair, that revenge was quite tame compared to what they did to him...
  • Pet the Dog: Tomoko serves as the "dog" for both Miyabi and Urumi (somewhat literally in Urumi's case, as lampshaded by the observers), and Urumi herself gets one at the end of her arc when it's revealed that the picture she hid behind a massive firewall was a picture of young Miyabi, Tomoko, and Urumi as friends.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: A memorable one from when Onizuka is about to go to town on Teshigawara's ass:
    Onizuka: Welcome to the new, most painful moment of your life!
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Uchiyamada's Cresta.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: Quite arguably Onizuka.
  • Product Placement: Onizuka's a fan of Ape Escape and Wild ARMs, and is a PlayStation gamer in general, if the anime's to be believed.
  • Purely Aesthetic Era / Present-Day Past: The fashion trends, pop culture, and level of technology in the original manga is implied to be from the late-1990s and the early-2000s, during the original run of the manga. Shonan 14 Days, however, feels more at home in the late-2000s and early-2010s, which is jarring as it's supposed to be set between major events in the original manga. Likewise, Paradise Lost is set in a decade where social media, smartphones and tablets are the norm, despite being set in the immediate school year after the original.
    • Another noticeable example is Uchiyamada's Toyota appearing as a late-2000s Crown Royal in the opening pages of Shonan 14 Days, only to inexplicably revert to the original Cresta design in following appearances in the manga. Paradise Lost finally officiates the Crown Royal as Uchiyamada's car.
  • Put on a Bus: Maruyama. Tomoko in the live action.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: Ai Tokiwa.
  • Rape as Drama: Again, Ai Tokiwa.
    • Also, Sakurako was abused by her father.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Souichi Aragi in Paradise Lost has a lot of connection in the entertainment industry and Yakuza, that he's considered The Don of the entertainment industry. But the moment Onizuka hijacked an actress who's been getting sexual harassment from one of his talent agencies, he told the agency head to let it go, since such conduct is so unbecoming. And when said head takes matter further and ordered a hit from the Yakuza, once Onizuka brought the matter up to him, he was pissed and used his connection to call the hit off.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Most of what Onizuka does. The first example that springs to mind being in episode 1 when a gang is holding and threatening the students who tried to blackmail him. Not only does he get them out safely he does so after having a serious man-to-man chat with them about the relationship between teacher and student in between torturing them with two flashlights strapped to his forehead for no clear reason. All with the willing assistance of the gang in question. As a result of this he is praised for being the first teacher to reform that delinquent class. The entire class praises him for his hard work, voluntarily cleans the school each day and commends him to the school as someone who must graduate as a teacher.
    • In the manga, Onizuka snapped and called the gang out himself; he realises it was a mistake the next morning. Then he gets praised.
  • Road Apples: Onizuka's. Rarely has a character shown as often his "business" in the world of fiction.
  • Rule of Cool: Onizuka personified.
  • Running Gag: Principal Uchiyamada's beloved Toyota Cresta/Crown being damaged.
    • Onizuka referring to his Nakama from his high school days while saying how they'd always be there for each other... only to be turned down.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Fuyutsuki, to some readers. She gradually grows out of it over the course of the manga, however—her personality, backstory, motivations, and insecurities, are all explored, and none have to do with Onizuka.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Suguru Teshigawara and Yoshito Kikuchi.
    • And Uchiyamada when he's talking about his beloved Cresta. And Anko's mom.
  • Sensei-Kun: He openly admits to trying to come off as this to his students.
  • Seppuku: Urumi threatens jigai with a pen (or mechanical pencil) to get her way, even drawing blood.
  • Schmuck Bait
  • Shipper on Deck: Makoto for Onizuka x Fuyutsuki
    "maybe you could be his super-sucker, then he wouldn't buy that kind of stuff anymore"
  • Shower of Angst: Miyabi, after being "betrayed" by her teacher.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Guess who.
  • Shout-Out: Tons, although a standout moment is when Onizuka draws Kenshiro's scars on his chest (plus some Cross-Popping Veins) and loudly says "I'm Kenshiro!" (and after saying "I'm here to save Yuria!" in which 'Yuria' (Kenshiro's Distressed Damsel of a lover) can also be spelled as 'Julia', the name of the mother of Kunio (who himself, is a shoutout to the Kunio-kun games), his student he's currently trying to save), then beats up some thugs with the Hokuto Hyakeretsu Ken. This is after he (with bowling balls on his hands) had drawn whiskers on his face and claimed to be Doraemon.
    • And in GTO - Shonan 14 Days, Onizuka paints a portrait of Haruhi Suzumiya on the hood of Uchiyamada's Toyota.
    • There several references to Go Nagai works, too: in one episode, he cosplayed like Devilman for no apparent reason in class. Shortly after he got one of her female students to dress like Cutey Honey. And in another episode he cut in half a human body anatomical model and dressed himself with one of the halves to dress himself, resembling a grisly Baron Ashura.
    • Noboru has the walls of his room plastered with Neon Genesis Evangelion posters.
      • Teshigawara is practically a walking reference to Gendo, what with his glove and constant Scary Shiny Glasses.
    • In a flashback with baby Murai and his mother, several toys that adorn his room are figures lifted straight out of GaoGaiGar
    • One instance has Fuyutsuki dying her hair and doing the same thing Sharon Stone did in Basic Instinct, only Fuyustuki was wearing a bathing suit.
    • Not to mention the Gundam trio, one of whom is even voiced by Toru Furuya himself and says many lines lifted straight from Amuro Ray - complete with a 'newtype flash' effect - as well as referring to Urumi as "Sayla".
    • Also in Shonan 14 Days, the abusive father of one of the girls calls himself "a walking Death Note".
    • In Lesson 127, Urumi's Otaku private tutor uses on two occasions a "DokuDoku Memorial 2" handkerchief. Three guesses on which famous Dating Sim the author threw a Take That! at.
    • He also wears a yellow jumpsuit a la Bruce Lee at one point.
    • During the Summer Festival mini-story with Anko and Noboru, Anko wears a mask on the back of her head that is clearly supposed to be Pikachu.
    • In chapter 112, the student is carving a statue that is clearly Belldandy without her facial markings, right down to the Hair Antennae.
    • At one point, Onizuka gets bowling balls glued to his hands and whiskers drawn on his face (don't ask). So he goes around calling himself Doraemon.
    • In that same arc, while Murai and his friends are hanging from a tree in sleeping bags as human boxing bags, the man holding practice mitts for a boxer looks just like the coach; Danpei Tange in Ashita no Joe.
    • The fighting game Murai is playing in one early chapter is a triple reference: it has blocky polygonal models like the first Virtua Fighter, the character Murai is playing as is clearly supposed to be Joe Yabuki (complete with reference to his death at the end), and his opponent is a bear named Kuma.
    • The last opponent in the 100 man arm wrestling competition is a guy named Jason who wears a hockey mask.
      • One of them was freaking HEIHACHI MISHIMA.
    • At one point Uchiyamada compares Onizuka to various kinds of real-life parasites and also to Migi (Lefty), the alien parasite from, well, Parasyte.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Class 2-4's former teacher, accused of taking humiliating pictures of a handcuffed and naked Miyabi, resigned rather than explain that he'd been framed by her, jealous that he was going to marry someone else.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Often a particularly jaded character (such like Urumi, Miyabi, Ms. Daimon...) will go in a rant about the rotting of the society, Adults Are Useless or abusive/perverted creeps, kids are delinquents, you can trust nobody or they shall abuse you or take advantage of you...
    • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Only for being confronted with the opposite trope and being told they are just blind cynics and that mindset is one of the roots of those troubles.
      • Onizuka went so far as to tell Urumi her outlook is not logical. It is cowardly.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Tomoko's big boobs are considered beautiful by most males but unfortunately, they were also a source of bashing and jealousy. Urumi is a variation as her intellect used to make her feel alone and misunderstood.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace:
    • Kunio thinks his mother's getting married, so he hurries to the place where it's being held and starts a rampage. She's just posing for a photo shoot.
    • In the live action adaptation, Onizuka drags Miyabi to interrupt the wedding of the teacher she has a crush on, even pounding on the windows a la The Graduate. She, however, Cannot Spit It Out until Onizuka motorbikes her off a bridge (there was a net underneath).
  • Stacy's Mom: Once, Kunio and his buddies come home to see his mom asleep on the couch and wearing very little clothes...
  • Stalker Shrine: Tesigawara has one... no enshrined discarded tea bottles though.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Teshigawara.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Fuyumi Kujirakawa
  • Steve Blum: Onizuka, Fujiyoshi, and several others in the dub. As usual, he's playing the badass
  • Stun Guns: Used several times. By Miyabi on a 'customer' when she goes Enjo Kosai, by Kikuchi on Uchiyamada to steal his car and by Onizuka on himself to stay awake.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Onizuka, lots of times, but most triumphantly in chasing Fuyutsuki to Hakuba:
    Onizuka: But I swear, I wouldn't have dreamed of digging around in your panty drawer or anything! *panties come out of his pocket* Oooh, what is this?!
  • Take That!: When the three "Gundam Brothers" are using various Gundam series to analyze Urumi's personality, one of them says "the ones who watch that are kids" about G Gundam and another says that Zeta Gundam indicates "destructive impulses",a reference to the very high angst-quotient of that show. Additional humor is lent to this by the fact that one of the three is voiced by Amuro Ray himself.
  • Teenage Pregnancy: Kunio's mother was 13 when she got pregnant.
  • Teens Are Monsters: One of the reasons Onizuka's often quite extreme form of punishments are even tolerable, outside of Rule of Funny, is the sheer unrepentant cruelty displayed by many of his students.
  • Teen Genius: Urumi, of course. Also Kikuchi.
  • They Do: Onizuka and Fuyutsuki in the drama. And their actors in Real Life too.
  • Those Two Guys: Murai's two friends.
    • Also two pairs of Those Two Girls - Naoko and Mayuko for Anko, and Saeko and Chikako for Miyabi. They fit the trope even better than Murai's friends, since the guys sometimes do get to play more important role on their own, especially Fujiyoshi.
    • Those three girls who dabbe too much in witchcraft.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Uchiyamada, of all people, is influenced by Onizuka so much that he stands up to a sleazy pop singer and goes to the woods to look for a girl. And stands up to a bunch of thugs that want to run him out of town.
  • Trickster Mentor: Who do you think?
    • Add the Chairlady Sakurai.
  • Tsundere: After the Okinawa incident and her character development, Anko became a Tsundere Type A. Before she was cruel and mean-spiritied, but she had no love interest.
    • Azusa Fuyutsuki is a Dere type.
    • Shinomi in Shonan 14 Days.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Subverted: it is hinted that Yoshiko Uchiyamada may be the butcher's daughter, not the vice-principal's. Which makes sense, since her mother is not too hot, either.
    • Or it's another of his paranoid delusions. And maybe her mom was a looker back in the day.
  • Undead Child: Fujiyoshi and Miyabi stumble onto one at a road crossing late at night. They don't realize it until they wonder why a kid would hang around so late alone and they see a signpost telling about a child being killed here in a road accident.
  • Wacky Homeroom
  • Wallpaper Camouflage
  • Watch the Paint Job: Vice Principal Uchiyamada's Toyota Cresta/Crown is destroyed repeatedly, to the point of being Running Gag.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Murai and Fuyutsuki call Onizuka out in two separate occasions when he forgets his morals in favor of his career.
  • Wheelchair Antics: When Great Teacher Onizuka broke his foot, he passed the time by engaging other wheelchair-bound patients in high-speed races.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Minami Kikukawa is a training teacher who would love teaching in a private school because in a public school she would have got to deal with troubles such like bad students and administrative corruption. Fuyutsuki quickly warns her that she is Tempting Fate with that naive attitude. After meeting the class four students, she realizes things are not so simple.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Tokiwa doesn't even bother to get a bruise or two, being an innocent-looking little girl, while her victims are mostly male deliquents. Onizuka's stupidity helps a lot.
    Onizuka (after looking at a bunch of guys covered with blood and the obvious culprit faking crying): Girl's tears win!
    • Whereas Miyabi's gambit backfires horribly, causing one student to be arrested for assaulting a teacher and said teacher quitting the school rather than explain his innocence.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Onizuka sure loves that German Suplex. So does Makoto Fuyutsuki!
  • Yakuza: Mentioned briefly, GTO became a teacher because the only other path he thought he could succeed at was organized crime.
    • Well there is that part where he stops a kidnapping and beats up five Yakuza guys. And then aces an exam with multiple bullets in him.
  • Yandere: Urumi showed signs of this when she slit her wrists when she discovered Onizuka had his Game-Breaking Injury.
    • Not to mention Sho Shibuya.
    • And Teshigawara for Fuyutsuki.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: