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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 小林さんちのメイドラゴン) is a Slice of Life Urban Fantasy manga by Cool-Kyou Shinsha.

Kobayashi was just a hard-working, otaku software programmer living in Tokyo until one night she got drunk. In her drunken stupor, she climbed a mountain, came across a wounded dragon named Tohru, and pulled a giant, divine sword out of her, saving her life. Before going home, Kobayashi told Tohru she could come live with her if she wanted. When she wakes up the next day, remembering nothing, she rushes off to work and runs into Tohru outside her apartment door. Having heard Kobayashi's drunken rants about maids, Tohru magically transforms into a mostly-human maid and devotes her life to being Kobayashi's maid. Knowing nothing about maids or human society, of course.

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In 2016, it was licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment and began release in North America in October. Shortly thereafter, a Spin-Off titled Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life began in December 2016, which is also licensed by Seven Seas. Another spin off titled Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Elma's Office Lady Diary began in August 2017, and is licensed by Seven Seas as well.

A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by Kyoto Animation ran during the Winter 2017 Anime season. It was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto, with Yuka Yamada serving as series composer, Miku Kadowaki serving as character designer, and Nobuaki Maruki serving as chief animation director.

It is available for worldwide streaming on Crunchyroll with subtitles, and with an English Dub on FUNimation here. A Latin American Spanish dub is also in works.

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This work contains examples of the following tropes:

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    Tropes A-B 
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Kobayashi asks Tohru and Kanna to play 'on her level.'
    Tohru: My back!! My back!!
    Kanna: I'm so tired I'm gonna die.
    Kobayashi: That's just mean. It totally is me, though.
  • Adaptational Modesty:
    • In the anime, (episode 3), the Imagine Spot scene where Kanna and Tohru licked each other clean was pixellated out, in the manga (chapter 11), it wasn't (even though genitals and nipples weren't shown).
    • In the anime, Kanna and Tohru had their clothes on when they meditated to gain (even more) superpowers (episode 5), in the manga (chapter 18), they hadn't (again, their nipples and genitals were covered by hair).
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: All of the female dragons were given Multicolored Hair in the anime.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime adds many things.
    • Episode 1 adds a scene to explain how Tohru knows what maids are supposed to look like. Long story short, she saw two girls advertising a maid cafe during her flight to Kobayashi's house.
    • Episode 3 kicks off with Kobayashi deciding to move house because there's not enough room for her, Tohru and Kanna.
    • Episode 4 sees the Kobayashi household buying school supplies for Kanna.
    • Episode 6 concludes with a look at Makoto and Fafnir's home life. Also, we actually get to see Kobayashi's and Georgie's conversation involving maids.
    • In Episode 7, the first half's Beach Episode features much more than the manga. Lucoa and Shouta also come with the group, and a sunblock-applying session, brief swimming race, watermelon smashing game, and Lucoa's swimsuit antics are all added.
    • The first half of Episode 9 shows Kobayashi working extra hours so she can get the day off to go to the sports festival at Kanna's school (it was Parents' Day in the manga). The second half is original to the anime, showing the sports festival itself.
    • Episode 10 is an anime original, featuring the cast putting on their own take on The Little Match Girl for an old folks' home at Christmas.
    • Episode 11 features an extended version of chapter 48 when everyone goes to a festival for New Year's. It also has several anime original segments of Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna staying under a kotatsu.
    • Episode 12 begins with an extended version of chapter 12, featuring Tohru doing the housework and shopping before making omurice.
    • Episode 13 is based off of chapters 19 & 20, except Tohru's father takes her home, she escapes to find Kobayashi, and he comes to take her back again. It ends with the Kobayashi household on a visit to Kobayashi's family home.
    • The OVA added extra scenes for the Valentine's Day segment focusing on the rest of the cast and more activities during the hot spring's trip.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication:
    • In the manga, Tohru used magic to make the necessary paperwork for Kanna to go to school. The anime cut out this scene, instead opting for a sequence of the two of them and Kobayashi going out to buy school supplies, with Fafnir and Tohru's house-hunting in the next episode explaining how dragons deal with paperwork.
    • In The Stinger for the dodgeball chapter, Tohru explained that she put a shell of magic around the ball to keep it from breaking while they were playing. The anime cut this out, leading to a minor case of Fridge Logic for the viewer.
    • In the manga, the Hot Springs Episode comes after Ilulu's attack on Tohru, with Takiya specifically suggesting the trip because he knew something heavy had happened and wanted to give the others a vacation to ease their minds, as well as maintaining the sense of community between the group. Since Ilulu didn't show up in the anime, the OVA simply removes that part and has Takiya use the community explanation.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • Due to the chapters being adapted out of order, Lucoa and Fafnir checking up on Tohru during the dodgeball chapter loses most of its meaning. In the manga, it happened right after the whole debacle with Tohru's father, but it happened beforehand in the anime.
    • Due to the change of how Kanna gets her hands on the chocolate that Tohru made, the anime adaptation of the Valentine's Day chapter leaves out the crucial plot point of how the Love Potion had no effect when consumed by a dragon (in the manga, Kobayashi is unaware of this, and ends up eating some of the chocolate when offered by Kanna because she assumed that if Kanna's eating it without any odd effects, it would be safe for her to eat as well).
  • Alien Lunch: Tohru tries to serve Kobayashi some exotic meals. Her attempts to serve her own tail are also a Running Gag.
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: Dragons aren't supposed to interfere on Earth.
  • All Myths Are True:
    • At the very least, Aztec, Norse, Japanese, Ainu, Basque, and Christian mythology are true. (Tohru's not a big fan of Jesus's dad.)
    • A chapter of Kanna's Daily Life where the Kobayashi household is telling ghost stories reveals that the Japanese urban legend of Mary-san is indeed true, with her visiting places where her story is told in hopes of finding her owner. However, only Kanna realizes this, with Kobayashi and Tohru assuming that Mary-san was one of Kanna's schoolmates coming over to their apartment to add some scare factor when Kanna told the tale.
  • Always in Class One: Averted in the anime (the manga never specifies what class they're in). Kanna and Saikawa are in class 3-2 and Shouta is in Class 5-3.
  • Amusement Park: Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna go to one in chapter 50 (Ilulu chose to stay home because she was really tired).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The Bandit does this to Tohru by accident when she asks her what the freedom of being a dragon is like. Tohru had never considered herself free and had never even wondered what she would do if she was.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Kobayashi gives one to Elma when she call her distracting. Pointing out that she destroyed her apartment with her entrance and should learn the rules of a world before trying to protect it.
  • Background Magic Field: It's mentioned during Kanna's introduction that Earth is lacking in ambient mana (unlike the other world). While Tohru and Lucoa are able to produce their own, the other dragons have to convert other forms of energy (like electricity from outlets or fire from gas stoves) in order to recharge themselves.note 
  • Beach Episode: Kobayashi, Tohru and Kanna visit the beach in Chapter 16/the first half of Episode 7. Shouta and Lucoa join them in the anime. While the anime version adds some traditional beach antics and fanservice, it's mostly an introspective discussion about family and adulthood.
  • Bee Afraid: In the bear-themed part of the 2nd blu-ray short, Kanna brings a bee hive with her for the honey, and the bees proceed to attack Kobayashi.
  • Big Applesauce: Chapter 62 involves Kanna spending a day in New York City after running away from home.
  • Black Blood: Downplayed. The blood from the wound that Tohru had when she first met Kobayashi was black, but the blood sent flying when Kobayashi pulled out the sword was dark red. Truth in Television, as blood turns a green-black color when it dries, implying that Tohru was bearing that injury for a while.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In the anime, Kobayashi has a checkerboard patterned game system that's labeled as "180". Another one of her systems is labeled "GS5".
    • Fafnir's private arcade in Kanna's Daily Life has cabinets for Sidewalk Warrior II, Codius, and Spooks 'n Spirits.
    • Chapter 70 features a toy store called TOY"S" PLUS (with the P in PLUS backwards).
  • Bleached Underpants: Lucoa's relationship with Shouta reads exactly like the start of the author's hentai works (big breasted monster girl putting the moves on a shy little boy), just cutting off before anything truly NSFW happens.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind:
    • When Kanna first moves into Kobayashi's apartment, Tohru takes her into town to teach her the "common sense" of Earth. While she does get a few details right, most of what she tells her is Entertainingly Wrong.
    • In one chapter of Elma's Office Lady Diary, Elma tries going shopping for trendy, work appropriate clothing. Naturally, the people she gets to help her are Lucoa, and Ilulu.
  • Bowdlerise: Tohru's enmity towards the Abrahamic God was considerably toned down in the anime, presumably so less people in the US object to it.
  • Brick Joke: In chapter 7 of ''Elma's Office Lady Diary", Kobayashi suggets that Elma get a pair of sunglasses for her first "Death March". It's not until the end of the end of the chapter that she finds out that they're to protect her eyes from sunlight once she finally leaves the office after working non-stop for three days.
  • Broad Strokes: Kanna's Daily Life is supposedly in canon with the main series, but it borrows several elements from the anime, such as the art style and the layout of Kobayashi's apartment. Chapter 19 in particular contains several references to episode 6.
  • Buffet Buffoonery: Elma ends up getting banned from a buffet in her spin-off after eating over 100 plates of food in the 2 hour time limit.

    Tropes C-D 
  • Call-Back:
    • When Kanna goes to the park with Saikawa in the manga, she refers to the seesaw as a catapult, the same way that Tohru did on their first day together after Kanna moved in with Kobayashi. In the anime, after Kobayashi explains seesaws are actually something kids play on, the dragons get the idea that you use it by having someone jumping up and down on each end, sending the person on the other end flying, so when Kanna goes to the park with Saikawa, she instead refers to the seesaw as "the thing you fly with".
    • While Tohru is teaching Kanna about how the human world works in episode 2, they see a guy talking on a cellphone and saying "that's wicked" over and over again. Tohru says that they're magic words to get you through most conversations. Kanna repeats this every time one of her classmates tries to show her something in episode 4.
    • In episode 12, Tohru does the same cleaning song that she did in episode 3.
    • In chapter 43, Tohru is asked to join a neighborhood watch committee because of her actions stopping the purse snatcher back in chapter 5.
    • The medicine that Tohru gave to Kobayashi in chapter 42 returns in chapter 35 of Kanna's Daily Life, with Kanna spending a day sporting cat ears after mistaking it for a supplement drink. Kanna also hides her cat ears when she goes outside by wearing the hat from the outfit that Tohru wore at the end of chapter 4.
    • During the OVA, Takiya and Fafnir repeat the dance routine they were practicing in episode 6 while playing ping pong.
    • When being driven to their new apartment in episode 3, Kanna says "so this is a car" in reference to her desire to ride in one back when Tohru was first "teaching" her about human society.
    • When Chloe comes to visit in Kanna's Daily Life, Kanna mentions having seen the Statue of Liberty.
    • Fafnir mentions that he judged the cooking competition when Tohru helps him and Elma prepare bentos in chapter 10 of Elma's Office Lady Diary.
  • The Cameo: Several from other Cool-kyou Shinsha works.
    • Miki is shown to own a crepe stand in chapter 7, has a photo in Tohru's cookbook in chapter 10, and is on the friends list of Takiya's handheld in chapter 54.
    • A photo of Haru appears on the newspaper that Kobayashi was reading in chapter 13. Kobayashi also happens to work for a company owned by her family. Haru and Aki would later both be mentioned (indirectly) by Takiya in chapter 55. And Gramps can be seen watching Kanna skateboard in chapter 62.
    • The Horiuchi Butchery from RaButa appears in chapter 25. Tohru also mentioned that she learned about Christmas from Mr Horiuchi (either Harundo or his father).
    • Frau Rabbit (from the oneshot of the same name) makes appearances in various forms of merchandise, ranging from a keychain Kanna got from Kobayashi after her first day of school to a stuffed animal hot water bottle cover that the Kobayashis pick up when they buy a new kotatsu in Kanna's Daily Life. The actual Frau Rabbit also shows up at Comiket.
    • Cool-kyou Shinsha's hentai Author Avatar can also be seen standing right behind Frau Rabbit at Comiket.
    • Houka from Metsuko ni Yoroshiku can be seen as a member of the "Dragon Busters" in chapter 43, wielding her signature steel pipe. Kanna is also reading Peach Boy Riverside at the beginning of the chapter.
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Tohru and Kanna end up believing that humans on Earth can fire energy blasts and perform feats of superhuman strength after watching "The Ma·rix". To be fair, they come from World of Badass where such things are commonplace.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Chapter 55 uses the 5 symbol scene transitions seen in the anime.
    • While she never shows up in the main series, the design for Saikawa's mother from episode 9 was used in Kanna's Daily Life.
  • Caretaker Reversal: Invoked, then subverted in Kanna's Daily Life. Kanna takes care of Saikawa when she comes down with a fever, then tries to catch a cold herself a few days later so Saikawa can take care of her. Being a dragon, she has Ideal Illness Immunity, so her attempts to get sick fail.
  • Cat Smile: Tohru sports one in episode 5 while peeking in on Kobayashi at her workplace.
  • Censored for Comedy:
    • Fafnir's "Curse Anthology", his attempt at making a manga, is completely pixelated to the viewers. Tohru points out that he put actual instructions of real curses, including how to kill people. She also mentioned that selling it at 1000 yen is quite a bargain.
    • Tohru's Christmas present for Kobayashi was some weird and still living thing from her world she'd have to grind up and apply to her back to get rid of her back pain.
    • Some of the leftover ingredients from Tohru's omurice are still wriggling by the time Kobayashi gets back home.
  • Character in the Logo: The anime version featured Tohru's horns and maid headdress.
  • Cheeky Mouth: Happens in the anime adaptation especially for characters further back in a scene. The anime generally sticks to front shots of speaking characters. Profile shots and many characters in the background however end up falling into this trope.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • Chapter 8 in the manga. It was also when Fafnir and Lucoa were formally introduced.
    • The anime did its own with episode 10, featuring the cast putting on a play for an old folks' home.
    • Kanna's Daily Life has a chapter where Kanna and Saikawa give out cookies to their friends and the people in their neighborhood on Christmas Eve.
  • Clue, Evidence, and a Smoking Gun: The final sketch in in the sixth DVD special has Tohru do this while playing the part of Sherlock Holmes, pointing out that Lucoa just came out of the bath because of her wet hair, sweaty body, and complete lack of clothing.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Downplayed since the characters barely wear their associated colors. The dragons also have patterns to go along with it in the opening/ending.
    • Kobayashi: Green
    • Tohru: Red plaid
    • Kanna: Pink polka dots
    • Lucoa: Purple horizontal bars
    • Elma: Blue vertical bars
    • Fafnir: Bluish purple with an elaborate paisley pattern.
  • Color Failure:
    • Kobayashi when she sees Tohru in her dragon form the first time after sobering up.
    • Kobayashi and Takiya when they see Fafnir in his monstrous humanoid form for the first time (episode 3).
    • Fafnir walks away from Comiket 90 completely dejected and devoid of color, because he wasn't able to sell even one copy of his manga. It happens again when no-one wants to buy the sequel at Comiket 91.
  • Cooking Duel: In chapter 23, Kanna wanting a bentou lunch for her school picnic causes Kobayashi and Tohru to square off over who's the better cook between them in order to decide who makes said lunch.
  • Cool Code of Source: Occasional shots of Kobayashi's computer in the anime reveal that she codes in Python.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Kanna was able to track down Tohru after she used a Wave Motion Gun to clear some rain clouds and used her super strength and speed to catch a purse snatcher.
  • Creative Sterility: Dragons are very good at performing magic, but almost all spells were created by humans, since dragon nature isn't exactly conducive to the sort of long-term cooperative effort it would take to create them.
  • Cue the Sun: It's dawn when Tohru's father leaves in the final episode, and the sun starts peeking from over the horizon just after Tohru glomps Kobayashi.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Tohru and her friends play a game of dodgeball against some people who were bullying Saikawa in chapter 21. Kobayashi's narration even points out how overkill it was to have 4 superpowered dragons take on a group of ordinary, untrained humans.
    • Shouta wins a Wizard Duel against William in about five seconds in chapter 66. Just to add insult to injury, neither of the spells he cast were offensive in nature.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: In the dub, when Fafnir introduced himself to Kobayashi and the others, he expressed his total disdain for the human world and asked to be killed to spare him the pain of being there. In the Japanese original and the manga, he didn't wish to meet his end, but wished to end the world.
  • Cuteness Overload: Riko Saikawa frequently short-circuits whenever Kanna compliments her or does something cute.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: A double whammy. Not only do the various dragons have issues understanding humans due to being dragons, but all their information on humans up till this point is based off an entirely different culture whose values are nearly as alien to modern Japan as they are to the dragons.
  • The Dentist Episode: Volume 4 of Kanna's Daily Life has a short bonus chapter where Saikawa goes to the dentist for a cavity and Kanna accompanies her for emotional support (and helping her open her mouth wider by holding her hand).
  • Derailed Fairy Tale: Episode 10's version of The Little Match Girl, thanks to the cast deciding to make the story more interesting, involves two Magical Girls, one of whom's the old man from the Japanese Kasajizo folktale, who set a mansion on fire, then team up with Kuranosuke Oishi to fight Kouzuke-no-suke Kira, who turns out to be a dragon.
  • Diet Episode: Kobayashi goes on one during one chapter of Kanna's Daily Life.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At the beginning of episode 5, Tohru blasts a couple of birds that were pulling on the laundry she hung out to dry. Said blast presumably destroys the birds, along with the clothing, and the balcony, though it seems she fixes it after the opening credits are done.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: During the fifth grade cavalry battle on sports day, Shouta's team was able to defeat the other classes single-handed because they were too distracted by Lucoa cheering for him. Kobayashi gets a dose of this too in Chapter 37 after Ilulu switches her genitals, constantly struggling against lust for Tohru.
  • Dodgeball Is Hell: Especially when the players are dragons with Super Strength.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme for the anime was sung by Tohru, Kanna, Elma, and Lucoa's voice actresses.
  • Doomed New Clothes: Elma spends chapter 8 of her spin-off trying to buy a new outfit. She doesn't even manage to make it out the front door of the store before the clothes get torn to shreds (by her own Gag Boobs, no less).
  • Do You Want to Copulate?:
    • Tohru almost immediately professes her love for Kobayashi, then clarifies (thus defying Love You and Everybody) with "I mean sexually!"
    • After Kanna and Saikawa's kiss gets interrupted, Kanna mentions in the manga omake "I wanted to *** her." The last two words were muted in the anime.note  The Funimation dub of this scene has most of Kanna's dialogue muted save for the last two words, "dragon style".
    • When asked what she wants to do following her Heel–Face Turn, Ilulu's response is "I wanna breed with Kobayashi."
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • During a flashback chapter, Tohru tells a bandit that she'd never let a human ride on her back. In the present day, she often complains about how Kobayashi refuses to ride her to work.
    • After Tohru showed up in retaliation for him hurting Kobayashi, Clemene tried calling Elma for help. It's far more likely that — if Elma had shown up — she might have struck an Enemy Mine situation with Tohru and been conflicted instead due to her own relationship with Kobayashi.
    • Tohru's father has no idea that him teaching her to always repay her debts is partially the reason for her staying with Kobayashi.

    Tropes E-F 
  • E.T. Gave Us Wi-Fi: According to Shouta's father, wizards gave us JavaScript.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: When Kanna flies to New York City in chapter 62, she lands at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Elemental Absorption: Dragons can regain mana by absorbing their respective elements. This can lead to cute moments like Kanna having her own personal outlet so she can plug in her tail or Ilulu carrying around a lighter for snacks while at work. They can also use the ambient mana that Tohru produces, but Ilulu claims that it tastes awful.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Saikawa and some others outside of the main cast are under the impression that Kobayashi is Kanna's mother. This is not an unreasonable assumption. Kanna lives in Kobayashi's home, goes by "Kanna Kobayashi" at school, and Kobayashi is a Parental Substitute to Kanna. Further, Kobayashi doesn't really argue against the description, even as she's shown to dislike it, and she herself notes she's old enough that some of her classmates have children of their own. Saikawa does note some inconsistencies in that, such as Kanna calling her mom "Kobayashi" and referring to their maid as "Lady" Tohru, but is so overwhelmed by Kanna's cuteness that she never pursues this line of thought.
  • Everyone Can See It: Most people wonder if Ilulu and Taketo are a couple when they see them together. Taketo does the whole She Is Not My Girlfriend routine, while Ilulu has no idea what they're talking about due to not understanding what dating is.
  • Eyes Are Mental: The dragons keep their reptilian pupils when they take on human form, though the distribution of color on the iris changes (instead of a darker color outlining the pupil it becomes a gradient from top to bottom). Lucoa is an exception to the rule, though that's probably because she was originally a goddess.
  • Fake Wizardry: Played for Laughs when Tohru and Kanna mistake a spoon bending illusion on the TV for actual magic. They spend the rest of the chapter trying to learn how to do it (with a stereotypical martial arts training montage). It's not that it's more powerful than their own magic (Tohru is practically a full blown Reality Warper), but their pride as dragons doesn't let them accept that humans can do something that they can't.
  • False Camera Effects: From the OP: We watch a countdown featuring each of the dragons, followed by false film damage such as vertical lines and dirt on the projector lens. As if we were watching a documentary rather than an anime!
  • Family Business: Ilulu gets a job at the Aida family's candy store in chapter 51. Taketo is set to inherit it, but he's mentioned to not really be interested (though given all the Ship Tease he has with Ilulu, it probably will end up staying in the family anyways).
  • Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables:
    • During the cooking contest with Kobayashi, Tohru brings back something from her world that looks fruit-like, but which has teeth and bites like an animal.
    • Tohru goes back to her dimension to get some ingredients for an omurice meal Kobayashi asked for earlier. Some of the items she retrieves include fruits from that region.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Tohru's less than stellar view of humans (Kobayashi being the exception, of course) comes up multiple times, but it slowly dies down as she adjusts to living on Earth. Other dragons also show signs of this, but it only really gets focus in Ilulu's character arc.
    • Interestingly, Lucoa never shows any signs of racism (most likely due to the fact that she has spent the most time directly interacting with humans and advancing their development).
  • Fantastic Romance: Every dragon/human relationship is this by default.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Takiya suggests that Tohru could do this to cure Kobayashi's fever in chapter 42. Tohru shoots down the idea, saying that Kobayashi's body wouldn't be able to handle it.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The "Other World" that the dragons hail from is a Medieval European Fantasy world with aspects of various mythologies and folklores.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Emily is introduced with her snake familiar wrapped around her neck as if it was a scarf.
  • First Day of School Episode: Chapter 13 focused on Kanna's first day of school and her first meeting with Saikawa. The anime (episode 4) also had a section where she, Kobayashi, and Tohru go shopping for school supplies.
  • Fish out of Water:
    • Tohru has no idea how to properly interact with humans. Kanna even less so. Although they get better as time goes on.
    • Then there's Elma, who's utterly at a loss when it comes to figuring out office work.
  • Flashback Nightmare: The first episode ends with Tohru having one of her battle against the gods, followed Kobayashi's detached attempt to comfort her.
  • Flower Motif: Episode 13 is centered around one. First it's discussed when Saikawa gives Kanna a Shepherd's Pursenote  after finding out that it means "I offer you my all". After Tohru is abducted by her father, the camera shows the flower many times. It is finally echoed by Tohru after the Final Battle, where she tells Kobayashi she can have her all.
  • Flowers of Romance: Saikawa gives Kanna a Shepherd's Purse in episode 13 after finding out that it means "I offer you my all".
  • Food as Bribe: Kobayashi convinces Elma to help Tohru fight against Ilulu by offering her sweets. Early as Elma's debut, Tohru got her to forget about their duel and go away by offering her a whole bag of cream bread.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Several of the cosplayers at Comiket are actually creatures from Tohru's world.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Several wizards try to sense Kobayashi's magic powers after she got first place on a mage exam. They end up sensing Tohru instead (who was sitting next to her), which causes Kobayashi to be Mistaken for Badass. All of the dragons can also be seen reacting when Tohru's father shows up in the anime.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Tohru calls Takiya, Kobayashi's work colleague and target of her hate for purportedly trying to seduce Kobayashi (only in Tohru's love-addled mind), "stultus", which is Latin for foolish, stupid and so on.
  • Foreshadowing: Elma's true reason for following Tohru to Earth (reigniting their friendship) was hinted at way back in her first appearance when she said she was going to bring her back to the other world. Not kill, not defeat; bring back.
  • Formulaic Magic: Magic resembles JavaScript. Or, to be more accurate, it was the basis for JavaScript
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The butterfly seen in episode 2 is an owl butterfly, which would place the field somewhere in Central or South America.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang:
    • The dragon characters frequently interact as a group but, on their own, usually only socialize with Tohru or the humans of their acquaintance. Chapter 61, however, has the normally very anti-social Fafnir seek out Lucoa, who's typically only seen with either Tohru or Shouta, for help as a model for the manga he wants to draw.
    • The Kanna's Daily Life spinoff rectifies this with Kanna. In the main series, she interacts primarily with the others in the Kobayashi household and her classmates. The spinoff features chapters such as she and Saikawa finding Fafnir's secret arcade and bribing Lucoa for help. The main series also has a chapter of Elma taking Kanna, Saikawa, and Shouta fishing and one where Kanna asks her fellow dragons for their opinions when figuring out which dragon faction she should side with.
    • Chapter 6 of Elma's spinoff opens with her hanging out with Lucoa at a festival, but it becomes more about her babysitting Kanna and Ilulu.
  • Friendly Enemy: Tohru and Elma were like this in the backstory, having become close friends despite being members of opposing dragon factions. Their friendship has long since deteriorated into a fierce rivalry by the time the story starts due to personal issues (mainly related to Elma's eating habits), albeit one with strong Vitriolic Best Buds undertones and they end up reigniting their friendship later on.
  • Funny Background Event: Every crowd shot with Lucoa in episode 9 features very happy men and annoyed women.

    Tropes G-H 
  • Gainaxing:
    • Every girl with a large bust in the anime.
    • The opening involves a scene where 3 Lucoas bounce their chests like puppies on crack.
  • Geodesic Cast: The cast is broken up into pairs of dragons and the human that they most associate with (Tohru and Kobayashi, Kanna and Saikawa, Lucoa and Shouta, Fafnir and Takiya, Ilulu and Taketo, Tohru's father and Shouta's father, Kimun and Azad). The only exception to this rule is Elma, who is instead paired up with food.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • In episode 2, Tohru is about to take Kanna outside to play, and asks Kobayashi to come along. She declines, stating that "I don't exercise." Cut to a screaming Kobayashi in the talons of a flying Tohru, on their way to an empty field God knows where. At least Kobayashi's lungs got a workout...
    • In one chapter of Kanna's Daily Life, when Shouta talks to Kanna and Saikawa about how his classmates say he looks like a girl, Saikawa suggests that he dresses up like one. While Shouta states that he doesn't want to do it, Lucoa overheard the conversation while meeting up with him, resulting in Shouta being dressed like a girl in the next panel.
  • Going Native: None of the dragons seem to have any intention of returning to their world, and adapt very well to life on Earth. It even gets discussed in chapter 15/episode 5.
  • Go Through Me: Kobayashi does this for Ilulu when she's attacked by Clemene. Despite the rule that dragons are not supposed to harm people on Earth, Clemene just swats her aside. It does solidify Ilulu's Heel–Face Turn though, leading her to do the same thing for Kobayashi immediately after. It still doesn't make Clemene hesitate though. Instead, his thanking the gods for his good luck ends up summoning a very angry Tohru, who proceeds to beat him within an inch of his life for hurting Kobayashi.
  • Go-to-Sleep Ending:
    • Subverted in chapter 22. After working things out with their neighbors so they won't be so loud, Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna decide to lay down and take a nap. It would have been peaceful if Tohru didn't grind her teeth as she slept. Poor Kobayashi.
    • Played straight at the end of episode 1 (minus Tohru's short Flashback Nightmare).
  • Gratuitous Japanese: When Tohru saw a photo album with photos of Kobayashi as a little child, she squealed "Chibi Kobayashi!!" in the dub and "Miss Kobayashi's so adorable!!" in the Japanese original.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Discussed in chapter 28 when Tohru met a bandit who dreamed of being a maid. Being a dragon, Tohru had a hard time understanding why anyone would willingly submit themselves to another, especially someone who had just gained their freedom.
    Tohru: You are enslaving yourself, are you not?
    Bandit: But, it's by my own choice.
  • Healing Factor: In the first chapter, Tohru serves Kobayashi a grilled piece of her tail, then grows it back. In chapter 12, she's apparently ready to grill her tail for dinner. In chapter 26, she uses her tail for food again, serving Kobayashi and Kanna tail-meat sandwiches. Kobayashi also mentions that most of Ilulu's external wounds had healed by the time she rescued her from Clemene.
  • Hexagonal Speech Balloon: The anime uses ones that are personalized with the characters' respective draconian features (wings for Tohru, horns and tail for Kanna, etc.)
  • Hide Your Otherness: Unlike the other dragons, Elma and Kanna both hide their horns when they're in public. The others just pass it off as cosplay, but Elma works in an office and Kanna attends school (two places where cosplay wouldn't be allowed).
  • Holy Is Not Safe: Holy weapons are completely non-judgmental in who they hurt, with Tohru mentioned that the sword that pierced her back would have Mind Raped any mortal who touched it (Kobayashi was only able to remove it because she's an atheist). Also, the one named character shown wielding one was a blatant racist trying to bring about a war.
  • Horned Humanoid: All of the dragons have access to a Little Bit Beastly form, though male dragons tend to prefer their full human or full dragon forms.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: Chapter 59 has Elma chaperoning a picnic trip involving Kanna, Saikawa, and Shouta (although the tent does suggest that they were spending the night there). The typical problems of camping trips affect Elma (getting lost in the woods looking for the kids after they accompany Shouta with his mana research without informing her; having a run-in with a bear), only with her eventually going into full Dragon mode out of frustration, with Kanna and Shouta having to prevent Saikawa from seeing this side of Elma.
  • Hot Springs Episode: The main cast visit a hot springs town in chapter 33.
  • Human Sacrifice:
    • While Order-class dragons helped people grow stronger and become better, Elma reveals they typically required humans to sacrifice themselves to help others in their group.
    • Tohru actually complained about the cliche of young maidens always being the sacrifices back when she first met Kobayashi.
      Tohru: Yesh!! Don't think that all dragons are lolicons who ask for little girl sacrifices!! Princess moe my ass!!

    Tropes I-L 
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In chapter 31 of Kanna's Daily Life, Kanna makes some homemade candles shaped like brands of chocolate and chocolate-shelled ice cream as her summer craftwork for school. The candles get accidentally eaten by Ilulu looking for a late-night snack.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Tohru and Kanna initially believe that Earth is a World of Badass like the one they come from after having watched "The Ma·rix". It comes as a genuine shock to them when Kobayashi reveals that Earth humans can't fire energy beams or perform feats of superhuman strength.
  • Ideal Illness Immunity: Dragons are immune to all diseases, which helps balance out the fact that their massive size often makes personal hygiene a hassle.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • Every manga chapter is titled "[Character] and [Subject of Chapter]". Up until chapter 38, the character in the title was always one of the dragons, even if the main focus was on one of the humans.
    • Chapters of Kanna's Daily Live are titled "[Subject of Chapter] Time".
    • The anime has conventional titles that describe the overarching theme of the episode, followed by a snarky comment in parenthesis.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: In the final Blu-ray short, Kobayashi has a subdued version of this in reaction to Kanna wearing traditional Russian clothing.
  • Impact Silhouette: Downplayed in episode 8. When Tohru blasts Elma out of the apartment, the hole doesn't really resemble her body... but her horn leaves an almost perfect outline at the top.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Subtitle example. In the preview for episode 10, Sanae introduces herself as "Josie" rather than "Georgie".
  • Instant Turn-Off: In chapter 37 of the manga, a Gender Bent Kobayashi ends up getting turned off by Tohru when she takes off her maid outfit (the narration compares it to the feeling of seeing a cosplayer out of their costume).
  • Interspecies Romance: Tohru and Kanna are both shown to be in love with a human (plus Lucoa attempting to seduce Shouta for room and board), but only Kanna's feelings for Saikawa are shown to be mutual.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: In the first chapter of Elma's Daily Life when Tohru demands to know if Kobayashi and Elma are having an affair, Elma asks, "Is [an affair] tasty?"
  • Kimodameshi: Kanna and Saikawa do this in chapter 8 of Kanna's Daily Life, exploring an abandoned building that people occasionally see lights from despite no electricity running in the place. It turns out that Fafnir had turned it into his own private arcade, using magic to power the cabinets.
  • Knight Templar: Clemene, who is willing to kill innocent bystanders and flat out ignore the Alien Non-Interference Clause in the name of peace and harmony.
  • Knockback Slide: Tohru does this when she catches Fafnir's ball.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: Tohru is apparently on bad terms with Leviathan, mentioning he once tried to kill her.
  • Language of Magic: The series crosses this over with Formulaic Magic and E.T. Gave Us Wi-Fi when it was revealed that certain programming languages (such as JavaScript) were actually created by wizards who migrated to Earth and modeled it off of their magic system. Coding doesn't have any magical effects though, since Earth doesn't have enough ambient mana for spells to be cast.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Chapters 74 and 75, it is revealed Kanna was tricked into playing with the a powerful magical item by Azad, a human wizard ally of her father's resulting in her banishment, and the trickster knew because of her history with other pranks, her trying to pass off blame to someone else would be ignored. Now, at the present time, Kanna meets the trickster and secretly records their conversation when he gloats about his actions, how he hates all dragon kind, and is playing both dragon factions against each other. Kanna records the whole thing on her tape recorder and when Kobayashi and Tohru arrive in the nearby battlefield where a battle is about to happen, sends the message to them by her cellphone, destroying his reputation on both sides.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In episode 1, Kobayashi tells Tohru "You can't wear the same clothes like you're in some anime."
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Tohru grills her own tail to feed to Kobayashi, though it helps that she can grow it back.
  • Lost in Translation: Those who have also read Ojojojo know Kobayashi's employer is owned by Haru Jigokumeguri's family. However, Jigokumeguri doesn't look or sound like a surname, so Seven Seas Entertainment translates it into "Hell Tours Ltd.," omitting The 'Verse implications.
  • Love Potion: In chapter 10/the OVA, Tohru tries to give Kobayashi some Valentine's Chocolate that she spiked with a love potion. Kobayashi suspects something, but she still ends up eating it by mistake later in the day. The chocolates had alcohol in them, thus nothing comes of them besides Kobayashi complaining about Tohru's maid outfit.

    Tropes M-N 
  • Magic from Technology: Inverted. The programming language used at Kobayashi's office is modeled after the series' Formulaic Magic (and is close enough that Kobayashi can pass a high level magic exam without studying). That said, programming does not actually have any magic powers since Earth lacks a Background Magic Field, though whether or not someone like Elma (who is both a coder and capable of using magic) could cast a spell with it is unspecified.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Poor Shouta ends up receiving this from Lucoa's Gag Boobs while sharing a bed in episode 8. The first two times cause Shouta to dream that he's being crushed by a giant ball, then suffocated by a bear's paw. The third time has him dream about fighting a sumo wrestler, indirectly feeling up Lucoa.
  • Masquerade: Various magical beings from Tohru's original world find refuge and conceal themselves as normal denizens on Earth, to escape their harsh Crapsack World. To them Earth's relative stability and lack of magical threats is a virtual paradise.
  • Mayfly–December Romance:
    • Fafnir brings this up when Tohru says she has no plans to return to their world. She doesn't have any problem with it.
      Tohru: If I treasure the time I spend here. I would indeed feel an equal amount of sadness. But, I don't think I will ever call that feeling of sadness "regret".
    • Kanna and Saikawa are also in love, with Kanna thinking about this situation after Saikawa mentions the short lifespan of fireflies in Chapter 27 of Kanna's Daily Life.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In chapter 62 where Kanna runs away to New York, while playing with her new friend Chloe, Tohru can be spotted watching her in the background of one panel. It's drawn small enough that you might not notice until the chapter end bonus page in the volume release points it out.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Kobayashi tries to help Ilulu overcome her Tragic Bigotry towards humans in chapter 38, the person says to Kobayashi "You're trying to trick me." When all is said and done at the end of the chapter, the person tearfully hugs Kobayashi and asks "Can you trick me?"
  • Medieval European Fantasy: The universe the dragons come from is indicated to be like this.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: Played for Laughs. Tohru and Kanna do this to learn how to bend spoons.
  • Mega Meal Challenge: Kanna and Saikawa both get extra large parfaits that are free (plus a photo with one of the maids) if they're eaten in less than half an hour when they go to the Maid Cafe that Tohru works at in Kanna's Daily Life. Kanna eats about half of hers in less than five seconds.
  • Meido: Obviously, there's Tohru herself, but maids are treated as incredibly Serious Business by the adult humans. Kobayashi, Makoto, and Saikawa's sister are all massive maid otakus (the latter to the point that she pretends to be one when guests come over); and the bandit that Tohru once met equated becoming a maid with freedom.
  • Moe Couplet: Kobayashi and Kanna. The fact that both of them are normally The Stoic makes all of their mother/daughter interactions all the more adorable.
  • Moment Killer: While seeking refuge from Kobayashi's Meido discussion with Saikawa's sister, Tohru ends up stopping Kanna and Saikawa from kissing (and given what Kanna was thinking at the end of the chapter, she prevented a lot more than that).
  • Muggles Do It Better: Minor example. Tohru and Kanna mention that Earth's vegetables and rice are superior to what is found in their world due to some magic called "selective breeding".
  • Muggle Sports, Super Athletes:
    • Saikawa challenges a bunch of playground bullies to a game of dodgeball, before realizing she doesn't have a team. Luckily she's best friends with Kanna, who then gathers up all her dragon friends to accept the challenge. Needless to say the dragons lay waste to the opposition. In fact they were so bored by the lack of any challenge they decided to continue the game between themselves without holding back, causing the ball to get thrown around at supersonic speed.
    • Subverted when Kanna partakes in her school's sports event. She has kept her dragon abilities in check so it's not apparent she's superhuman, though she still ends up as the top athlete of her class.
  • Multi-Part Episode: Several
    • "Ilulu and Part-Time Job", which focuses on Ilulu starting to work at Aida's candy store and meeting Taketo for the first time.
    • "Tohru and Legend", which deals with Tohru's past before she came to Earth.
    • "Shouta and the Magical School", where Kobayashi and Tohru accompany Shouta to a magic school promotion exam.
    • Kanna's Daily Life has "Time for Chloe", where the girl that Kanna met when she ran away to New York City comes to visit.
  • Multicolored Hair: Tohru, Kanna, Lucoa and Elma in the anime, all of whom have their hair shade from one color to another. And while Ilulu never showed up in the anime, Word of God stated that she would have had purple tips when asked by a fan on Twitter.
  • Mundane Luxury: Tohru and Kanna get excited by the idea of having their own room when they move to a new apartment since they were never able to stay in a single place for too long in the other world (for fear of being hunted down by human warriors).
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • In Chapter 21, after the Curb-Stomp Battle, the dragons decide to have a match between themselves. Their vast superhuman abilities turn the relatively modest sport of dodgeball into what amounts to an epic battle with massive amounts of property destruction... which gets fixed in a jiffy (and bystanders have their memories erased) through magic afterwards.
    • In Episode 2, Tohru and Kanna use the seesaw to toss each other sky high after Kobayashi tries explaining its correct usage to them.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Kobayashi takes Tohru and Kanna shopping for supplies for Kanna's first day of school, and the two dragons are fascinated by all the stationery they encounter.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Parodied.
    • Fafnir's first go to solution for any problem from cleaning to shopping to children's games is always "Kill them. Kill them all."
    • Tohru will often suggest killing any human she finds in any way annoying before getting more used to living on Earth.
    • After learning that Tohru is not returning back to the "dragon world" due to her being in love with Kobayashi, Kanna responds by trying to kill Kobayashi, but lacks the mana to do any real damage to her.
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: The first chapter of Kanna's Daily Life revealed that the pet rabbit for Kanna's elementary school class can sense her draconic nature and is terrified of her as a result.
  • Mythology Gag: The Playboy Bunny outfit that Tohru wore during the second DVD special was a simplified version of the one she wore on the cover of chapter 18.
  • New Year Has Come: Episode 11 covers all the basics: making mochi, shrine and festival visits in kimonos, watching the first sunrise, hatsuyume, hanging out under the kotatsu for days at a time eating oranges, New Year's cards, giving money to children, and complaining about all the anime being on break.
  • Nipple and Dimed:
    • During the Hot Springs Episode in chapter 33, Lucoa and Tohru are seen completely topless for once, but the other girls are not. The guys on the other hand have Barbie Doll Anatomy.
    • When Tohru undresses a sick Kobayashi, the nipples of her non-existing breasts are shown.
  • The Nose Knows:
    • When Elma joins Kobayashi's office to work, Tohru can smell the other dragon on Miss Kobayashi and accuses her of cheating on her.
    • Tohru is able to track down Kanna and Saikawa when they get lost in Kanna's Daily Life by following Kobayashi's scent on Kanna's backpack charm.
    • In the main series, Ilulu does this at Kobayashi's suggestion in order to find the owner of a lost doll. However, the rain washes away the scent before she can find them.

    Tropes O-R 
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The scene where Kobayashi and Tohru meet is shown three times. The first time in chapter 2 only shows Tohru in dragon form and with only the loosest amount of details (since Kobayashi is still suffering from a hangover while remembering it). The second time in chapter 32 shows it in much greater detail, such as why Kobayashi got so drunk, the sword wound on Tohru's back, and the full scope of the conversation that went down while Tohru is in human form. Then it's visited a third time in chapter 58 when the reader finally sees the circumstances behind how and why Tohru was wounded.
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Chapter 40 features several examples during an arm wrestling tournament. Takiya gets his wrist snapped like a twig by Ilulu, Kanna is unable to even budge Lucoa's arm despite using both hands, and the only reason Tohru didn't lose to Lucoa in the finals is because she bribed Shouta to distract her.
  • Opposites Theme Naming: Kanna and her father Kimun have a Sky/Earth contrast, being named after storm and mountain deities respectively. It helps underline their Like Father, Unlike Son dynamic.
  • Order Is Not Good: Within the "Order" faction are dragons who go out of their ways to cause strife among the humans, such as by demanding Human Sacrifices to solve problems they could easily amend, others who abuse human laws to make themselves revered as gods, some who just want the excuse to lawfully kill Chaos dragons, and some who are borderline Lawful Stupid. Dragons in the "Chaos" faction include Knights Templar who think that Humans Are the Real Monsters who kill their friends and family, many who object to humans labelling dragons as Always Chaotic Evil, Social Darwinists who think that dragons are never morally fallible as long as they can kill anyone who tries to stop them, and many who are simply Chaotic Evil.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Dragon society is divided into three factions: those who seek to keep the world in order, those who seek destruction and power, and those who seek neither. Tohru, Fafnir, and Ilulu are part of the chaos faction. Elma is part of the order faction. Lucoa is part of the spectator faction. Kanna is part of the Kanna faction.
  • Otaku: Several of the characters are otaku for maids.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Due to the Fantasy Kitchen Sink nature of Cool-kyou Shinsha's verse, all of the dragons have vastly different powers and appearances. The only real consistencies seem to be their ability to fly and use magic (generally to turn into human form). It's also important to note that Tohru's fight with the gods and Quetzalcoatl's backstory demonstrates that dragons are the level of power below godhood in the series.
  • Parents as People: Kobayashi's parents were like this while she was growing up, and she ends up as one when she becomes Kanna's Parental Substitute.
    Kobayashi: Parents' day... my parents never came. They were busy with work. It was to support the family, and I understood that.
  • Pen Pals: In chapter 71, Kobayashi and Kanna exchange letters with Kanna's father Kimun. While Kimun doesn't really understand what they're talking about (and mostly just writes about sake), he does view it as a chance to learn more about them.
  • Perception Filter: Dragons are able to prevent their presence from being perceived by humans' senses through "cognitive inhibition"; it's implied to be some kind of magic that all dragons are capable of, though apparently they have to train themselves in its use. Kanna can't use it yet, for example.
  • Portmanteau: Kobayashi occasionally calls Tohru a "chorogon" (from choroinote  and dragon).
  • Portmantitle:
    • The "Maid Dragon" bit in the kana of the Japanese title is read "Meidoragon".
    • Taken Up to Eleven with the BD special, Kobayashi-san chi no OODragon. The OO serves as a blank, and the audience is presented with things like Bandragon, New Zealandragon, Mermaidragon, Avocadoragon, and Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Doragon.
  • Ptero Soarer: Episode 6 showed a Quetzalcoatlus to associate with Quetzalcoatl/Lucoa, as the animal was named after the Aztec deity she's based on. Said Quetzalcoatlus is shrinkwrapped (the outlines of the bones are faintly visible), seemingly naked (though the art style makes it hard to tell), and has digitigrade feet and transparent wing membranes, but at least it has the right proportions and anatomical features (pteroid bone, wings supported by fourth finger, etc.).
  • Puppy Love: Kanna and Saikawa, with a dash of Mayfly–December Romance. Although, their relationship is far more adult in nature than is the standard for elementary school kids, so it dangerously borders on Schoolgirl Lesbians. Saikawa has a Squee-gasm whenever Kanna does something cute, and Kanna... well...
    Kanna: I wanted to ████ her.note 
  • Reality Ensues: Lucoa's extremely skimpy swimwear gets her dragged away for overexposure twice, and in the second DVD special, her "Dragon Milk Cow" cosplay even gets her arrested for indecent exposure.
  • Real Place Background: The anime is set in Koshigaya.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse:
    • Tohru and Kanna both masquerade as Kobayashi's cousins from overseas. Just like the horns, no one questions it.
    • In the anime, Shouta's classmates think Lucoa is his big sister.
  • Rule of Three: In the Blu-ray shorts, Lucoa's first two appearances end with her getting arrested for indecent exposure. When she turns up a third time, Kobayashi asks if it's going to happen again and Lucoa responds "That sort of joke isn't funny if you do it more than twice." It happens again, and it's still funny.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kobayashi's lower back pain. In the manga this is translated (probably rightly) as butt pain.
    • Tohru trying to feed Kobayashi her tail.
    • 48th Maid Art "Insert power that has nothing to do with maids"
    • Saikawa having a Squee-gasm whenever Kanna does something cute in the anime (she only did so once in the manga).

    Tropes S-T 
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: The cast includes characters derived from myth, all as shapeshifting dragons. Quetzalcoatl has a Gender Flip and Fafnir goes from a dwarf to a Bishōnen who doesn't care much about treasure. Tohru, the eponymous dragon maid, is a subversion. While her name is derived from the Japanese translation of Thor, it's actually stated that it has a different In-Universe origin.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In episode 12, Tohru elaborates her memory of Kobayashi asking her to make her omurice good into something out of shoujo anime, with Tohru as the maid heroine and Kobayashi as the handsome bifauxnen.
  • Serious Business: Meido are a very serious thing to many people in the story.
  • Sex Sells:
    • This is the entire reason why Fafnir asked Lucoa to model for one of his doujinshis, because someone on an MMO told him that they're supposed to feature a lewd indecent woman.
    • Subverted in Kanna's Daily Life. Lucoa becomes the mascot for a farm she had been volunteering at, but she was chosen for being cute rather than sexy. It's also justified, since you couldn't ask for a better mascot for produce than a literal (former) goddess of agriculture.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Played with. Dragons are capable of using magic to alter their size and (with enough skill) take on human form, with the excess mass being converted into mana. While this doesn't cause any weight problems, Tohru compares the feeling of all that compressed magic with wearing a suit that's several sizes too small.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Played With in that the human forms the dragons normally appear in are indeed their true forms just as much as their draconic forms. It's explained as it being what their essence would look like if they were born as humans, IE a cute/beautiful form to dragons means a cute/beautiful form to humans. Basically while they can change species they have no control over what they look like.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Kobayashi and Tohru are the primary tease, but Kobayashi also gets some pretty discreet ship tease with Elma and more overt ship tease with Ilulu.
    • Though comparatively little, there is teasing between Kobayashi and Takiya. Unlike the other teases this is reciprocated on some level.
    • Ilulu and Taketo get quite a bit of teasing. Ilulu even states that Taketo "ranks right after Kobayashi" soon after they met.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: Downplayed; when Tohru explains to Kobayashi about how dragons get energy, the topic of how Kanna gets energy through plugging her tail to the electric outlet causes Tohru to realize that's why their electric bill was running high.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Most of the facts about the dragons are taken from actual mythology, such as Tohru's friend Herensuge being killed by an egg and the fact that Lucoa (aka Quetzalcoatl) slept with her own sister.
    • In the Wedding edition of the OODragon BD specials, Kanna's wedding scenario has her dressed in Russian attire, reflecting how Ushishir (the home of the actual Kanna Kamuy) is currently under Russian control.
  • Sick Episode:
    • In chapter 42, Tohru nurses Kobayashi who has fallen sick from a cold.
    • Kanna takes care of Saikawa in a chapter of Kanna's Daily Life. She also attempts (and fails) to invoke a Caretaker Reversal.
  • Sigil Spam: The silhouette of a rabbit's head shows up all over the place in the anime (representing Cool-Kyou Shinsha's Author Avatar).
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being one of the earliest dragons introduced in-series, Fafnir doesn't appear on any of the manga covers (until about 6 volumes after his debut), nor does he get any character art in the anime to himself. The most he gets is a signed shikishi that comes as a bonus with volume 4 of the anime's Blu-Ray release, and even that is shared with Takiya.
  • Sleep Cute:
    • After Tohru and Kobayashi get the neighbors to quiet down, Kobayashi falls asleep on the couch, and then Tohru does this to Kobayashi... only for the sound of Tohru's teeth grinding to wake her up.
    • A variant happens in Kanna's Daily Life: Kobayashi and Tohru discover how soft and cozy Kanna's fur is when she's in her dragon form, and both of them doze off on her. Kanna, on the other hand, does not find it so charming.
  • The Sleepless: Dragons don't need to sleep, though they are capable of doing so. Chapter 41 actually goes into this in depth.
  • Slumber Party:
    • The finale of the anime feature the tail end of one with Kanna staying over at Saikawa's house. Notable in that Saikawa doesn't have a Cuteness Overload despite being in the same bed as Kanna due to seeing how upset she was over Tohru being taken back to the other world.
    • Chapter 44 of Kanna's Daily Life has Saikawa hosting a slumber party for Kanna and Chloe when the latter comes to Japan. Being a Clingy Jealous Girl, she spends a good chunk of it trying to prove that she's closer to Kanna than Chloe is (before the two of them inevitably make friends).
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Played with. Emily having a snake familiar marks her as being a bully towards Shouta, but the snake itself appears rather benign.
  • Spoiler Opening: The anime's intro spoils many characters that join the main cast before their first appearances.
  • Spoon Bending: Torhu and Kanna see someone do this on television. They try to do it themselves but with no success.
  • Stealth Pun: It's only on-screen for an instant at a time but it appears that Kobayashi specializes in the programming language Python.
  • The Stinger: Episode 12 ends with a portal from the other world opening up, setting up Episode 13.
  • Summoning Ritual: Lucoa moved into Shouta's house after she intervened in a demon summoning he was performing. Of course, this has led him to believe that she is a demon, and her personality don't exactly help her attempts to convince him otherwise.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Tohru mentions during the Beach Episode that dragons can breathe underwater, causing Kobayashi to wonder if they have gills.
  • Synchronous Episodes:
    • Most of the events in chapter 12 of Kanna's Daily Life takes place around the same time as chapter 53 of the main manga.
    • Another chapter in Kanna's Daily Life, "Magic Time", takes place while Kobayashi and Shouta are taking the wizard exams.
  • Taking the Fight Outside: Between Tohru and Elma
    • When Elma first debuts she challenges Tohru to a battle in Kobayashi's home. However Tohru manages to trick Elma by invoking this, opening up a portal to where they were supposed to fight and after Elma steps through she closes the portal. Elma finds she's on another continent and spends all day returning back to Kobayashi's house.
    • While the main cast are on a train, Tohru and Elma start bickering again for no reason and look like they're about to tear each other apart, to which Lucoa tells them to fight outside.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: The clothing that the dragons normally wear are actually their shapeshifted scales. Said clothing is still removable, as shown when Tohru tries to seduce Kobayashi in chapter 37.
  • Teru Teru Bozu: Kobayashi makes some modeled after her, Tohru, and Kanna during a rainstorm in episode 6 (complete with horns in the case of the latter two).
  • The Tetris Effect: An in-universe non-gaming example in Elma's Office Lady Diary. Elma tries to erase Tohru by mashing delete on an imaginary keyboard after spending extra time at the office due to a deadline coming up.
  • Those Two Girls: There are two unnamed girls that are often shown playing with Kanna and Saikawa in Kanna's Daily Life, as well as Kobayashi and Elma's two female coworkers who appear in Elma's Office Lady Diary.
  • Time Abyss: Dialogue in chapter 19 implies that dragons are capable of living for billions of years.
  • Tonight, Someone Kisses: The trailer for the OVA has a shot where it looks like Kobayashi and Tohru are about to kiss. In reality, Kobayashi was telling Tohru to come closer so she could give a drunken rant about her maid outfit. Of course, anyone who had read the relevant chapter of the manga (chapter 10 for those interested) would know the outcome ahead of time.
  • Translation Convention: During Kanna's visit to New York City in chapter 62, everyone was speaking Japanese. Presumably, this also applies to flashback in the other world.
  • Trapped in Another World: While none of the dragons are natives of Earth, most of them have the ability to freely conjure up inter-dimensional portals. The only ones who are "trapped" on Earth are Kanna and Elma. Kanna could theoretically go back at any time with Tohru's help, but she'd just be sent back to Earth anyway because she had been banished. Elma, on the other hand, got stuck chasing after Tohru, lacks the ability to make her own portals, and isn't on the best of terms with those who can.
  • Tsundere: In Chapter 16, Tohru asks if Kobayashi is a tsundere... only for the latter to not only deadpanly deny it, but go on a rant over what a tsundere is and how modern fiction apparently misses the point of the character archetype.
    Kobayashi: No, tsunderes are people who are "tsun" most of the time, but turn "dere" when they're alone with the person they like. I don't wanna be a fundamentalist, but what I feel with tsunderes these days is that once they go "dere", they just stay like that...

    Tropes U-Z 
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Tohru is shown using magic to make the necessary paperwork when Kanna wants to go to school.
    Kobayashi: It even has the watermark...
  • Valentine's Day Episodes:
    • Chapter 10/the first half of the OVA, which involves a chocolate made by Tohru that's laced with a Love Potion that affects humans. While Tohru does decide against giving it to her after a stern warning, Kobayashi still ends up having some of it accidentally when Kanna gets her hands on the chocolate, with the young dragon then giving a piece to Kobayashi.
    • A Valentine's Day story also appears in Chapter 6 of Kanna's Daily Life, in which Ilulu assumes that the chocolate that Kanna made for Saikawa was for her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tohru and Elma were close friends in the backstory, until they had a falling out... in theory anyways. Despite claiming to be bitter rivals, they still act like friends (just ones that are in the middle of a bad argument), something which Kobayashi repeatedly lampshades. Of course, it helps that both of them secretly want to become friends again, something which comes to pass in chapter 64. The anime even made this the subject of their shared Image Song, despite never covering the chapters surrounding their friendship.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: A part of the cat-themed cosplay in the 2nd special blu-ray short is the display of cat allergy by Kanna and Tohru puking on the floor, but the vomit and their faces are thankfully pixelated out.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Discussed in episode 5, when a TV show Tohru watches claims this is thing that girls want their lovers to do the most.
  • Weirdness Censor:
    • Most bystanders seem to be utterly oblivious to the actions that any of the dragons take, like when Tohru used inhuman strength and speed to stop a purse snatcher, or when she fired a massive Wave Motion Gun in broad daylight that blew away storm clouds while in full dragon form. They do notice the horns, but everyone just passes that off as cosplaying. It's later explained as being caused by "cognitive inhibition" magic on the part of the dragons.
    • During the Dodgeball chapter where Tohru and friends end up fighting each other and destroy the park they're in, Lucoa states that she'll restore the park and manipulate bystander memory to keep their identities secret.
    • In chapter 38, Tohru also shows that she's capable of manipulating memories as she erases Clemene's memory.
  • Weredragon: The dragons are capable of changing between three forms. Their dragon form is their natural form, with various different appearances depending of the dragon. They can also adopt a mostly human form that retains some aspects of their dragon form, primarily their tails and horns, with the option of manifesting wings; their scales likewise shape-shift into clothing in this form. The third form is a completely human one, retaining only the scales-turned-clothing; Ilulu can't properly take this form as she has trouble hiding her claws and tail. Lucoa explains it as shifting their essence from how they naturally appear as dragons to how they would naturally appear as humans, but Fafnir's debut and Ilulu's difficulties imply they can alter their human form's appearance based on preference and experience.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Tohru and Elma traveled together for several decades before they began to hate each other. The outright malice between them didn't occur until Tohru grew disgusted with Elma abandoning her ideals for the sake of food and burned her palace to the ground in retaliation. That said, Kobayashi is convinced that they're more Vitriolic Best Buds than arch rivals (and Elma's dream in the first chapter of her Spin-Off hints that she would like things to go back to how they used to be).
  • Wham Line: The first chapter of Elma's Office Lady Diary has a line on the second-to-last page that casts her previous interactions with Tohru in a very different light.
    Elma: Next time for sure I'll bring Tohru back! And then... we could go back to those times... and stay together...
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Averted when Kobayashi initially said she wouldn't be able to attend Parent's day (Sports Day in the anime) at Kanna's school due to it being the launch day for a project she was working on, but she then worked even more insane hours than normal to go anyway after realizing how important it was to Kanna.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: There are several chapters showing flashbacks of Tohru's past, chapter 32 in particular showing how she and Kobayashi first met.
  • Wizard Duel: Shouta gets challenged to a duel by William in chapter 66. William tries to cast a fireball, but Shouta just teleports behind him and knocks him out with a sleep spell.
  • World of Badass: Not the current setting, but the world Tohru and the others come from. In episode 2, Tohru and Kanna have an awesome DBZ-like battle with cool explosions, battle aura, and power beams. They call it playing/roughhousing, since they're only at what is considered a human level in their world.
  • World of Buxom: All of the female dragons (barring Kanna) have large breasts, much to Kobayashi's annoyance.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?:
  • Yuri Genre: Downplayed and Played for Laughs, mostly; Kobayashi is shown to have little interest in anyone, romantically or sexually, let alone girls. It still doesn't stop the Tohru and Kobayashi Ship Tease.

Alternative Title(s): Kobayashi San Chi No Maid Dragon, Miss Kobayashis Dragon Maid

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