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Manga / Rosario + Vampire
aka: Rosario To Vampire

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Not every mediocre high-schooler is this lucky.
This mediocre high-schooler doesn't want to be. note 

Tsukune Aono's an Ordinary High-School Student, as they all are. Then, completely by accident, he gets accepted to a school where youkai attend and are taught how to be human. Before he gets to school, he has a run-in with Moka Akashiya, who sucks his blood. Other than being a little light-headed, Tsukune now finds out he has a girlfriend. Thing is, every guy on campus is also after her. Fortunately, he's the only one who can remove Moka's rosary around her neck, turning her into a powerful super-vampire, albeit changing Moka into an utter ice queen. As a member of the school's newspaper club, he's also surrounded by a harem of cute monster girls; life just got a lot more interesting.

While the manga starts off as a harmless Monster of the Week Harem Series, it slowly becomes a lot Darker and Edgier. One of the two major recurring issues is that humans are forbidden in the monster realm. This is originally more of a precaution, though the Public Safety Commission has reinterpreted the mandate to be an instant death sentence for any "filthy human spies" they find. The second is something very serious that happens to Tsukune, about which to go more into detail would spoil a major plot point.

The manga is separated into two "seasons"; the first season was serialized from 2004 to 2007 in Monthly Shonen Jump and was compiled into 10 volumes, and the second season ran in Jump Square from 2007 to 2014 and was compiled into 14 volumes. The manga was also published in America via Viz Media. An anime adaptation aired in early 2008, and a second season titled Rosario + Vampire Capu2 aired later that year. The anime is noticeably Lighter and Softer than the manga; entire arcs are reduced to single episodes, the drama is played down, and the Panty Shots are played way up. Both seasons have been licensed by Funimation.

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  • Above the Influence:
    • First and foremost, Tsukune. No matter how many times girls have propositioned him (sometimes when half-naked), he will turn them down. Kurumu has propositioned him a lot, both naked and clothed; Yukari propositions threesomes all the time (but is also only 11 years old) and he keeps rejecting their advances. The most prominent example, however, has to be in the Flower Offering arc; Mizore (trying to avoid an Arranged Marriage) drugs him with a powerful aphrodisiac made from a local flower known to the yuki-onna, famous in the monster world for being among the best. She pretty much throws herself at him, literally begging him to knock her up. Even with all that Tsukune still turns her down, because he can tell she's only doing this out of desperation.
    Tsukune: If this is really what you want, why are you still crying?
    • Kurumu accidentally charms Tsukune in Rosario + Vampire II when showing a nagging Kokoa that she is indeed a powerful succubus. She's gotten strong enough that it's not a 5-minute spell that goes haywire whenever he thinks of Moka anymore. Despite the ability to abuse his new-found willingness to do anything she desires, she just takes him to her room, cooks him food and plays video games with him; she panicked and couldn't think of anywhere else to hide. The only really selfish thing she had him do was say that he liked her; and she had to EARN that: Apparently it was hard for him to force the words out, even hypnotized. The poor girl broke then down crying and, in the end, got beat up because the other girls walked in while she was taking off his shirt she had just soaked with her tears. Mind you, she could have just layered on the Charm until it worked and he literally did everything she wanted, but she likes to play fair.
    • As far as Tsukune is concerned, keep in mind that the only girl around who is NOT an actual Monster In Human Form is a witch, and is young enough to keep him from being interested, since he is NOT a paedophile. No wonder he's able to resist their advances!
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council:
    • The "Public Safety Commission" was originally a good, necessary institution that suffered heavily from Motive Decay. Now they're comparable to the yakuza who abuse their literal license to kill, and none of the faculty does anything about them.
    • Later it was revealed that group's leader Kuyou was in fact a member of Fairy Tale spying on the academy, which might explain some of why it got so evil.
  • A-Cup Angst: Kurumu teases Yukari about her breast size in episode 5 of the first season. Yukari, after the initial shock, counters by saying that Kurumu's breasts will sag. Then it devolves into a Rubber Face Cat Fight. Later, in Season 2, Yukari takes a temporary aging treatment and learns she'll fill out later; she's only small because she's young.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The first season anime only adapted about half of the first season manga's material, and skipped a lot of important details. The second season skipped directly to year two, and proceeded to turn it into an original alternate continuity without much of an underlying plot, filled to the brim with fanservice.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In chapter 2, Kurumu mentions that Outer-Moka's hair was actually light brown. Her hair is also shown as that color in some early full-color art. It was made pink in the anime, and the manga changed to match, both in the full-color work and in the characters' comments.
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • With wide inroads into Police Are Useless territory. There are students and teachers who attempt to rape, murder, mind-control, or otherwise commit felony-grade crimes against our protagonists on what seems like a weekly basis; our protagonists, in turn, defend themselves, often with near-lethal force. In the rare event that authority figures appear or that punitive measures are taken against the offenders, it's almost laughably minimal. The teacher who turned students to stone as "art" and the math instructor who mind-controlled students to force them to study were put on suspension, nothing more. Meanwhile, our protagonists are practically knee-deep in the casualties they turn out from these often-brutal fights, and there appears to be little or no action taken against them, either. (Perhaps monsters just have a much more casual view of rape and murder, seeing as how many of them can apparently survive anything short of actual decapitation.) And all this when the stated rules of the school even include not mentioning what Monster students are, let alone transforming into their true forms.
    • Mikogami definitely takes the cake. He is the principal of a school that promotes human/monster co-existence, and yet, among other things, he allows a Swimming Club full of mermaids to suck the life out of any males they persuade to join, as well as Kuyou (who happens to be an anti-human extremist and a terrorist) and the corrupt Student Police to abuse their authority and make the other students' lives miserable, leaving Tsukune and his friends to sort such things out. In fact, when Kuyou had Tsukune scheduled for Public Execution because he was human, Mikogami explicitly said he wasn't going to stop it and forbade Ms. Nekonome from doing anything to intervene, something she rightfully calls him out on.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Subverted, sort of. In Season 1, episode 8, Kurumu has Yukari tied up using a BDSM technique called shibari. It's a long story. Since it's Kurumu, we really shouldn't be surprised.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Every female in Tsukune's harem save Moka is this to him, including the eleven-year-old girl.
  • Almost Kiss: ​An Overused Running Gag. Interestingly enough, it's usually Moka (one of the participants of the kiss) who makes it so.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Gender-inverted. Moka's eldest sister, Aqua.
  • Always in Class One: The entire main cast gets moved to class 1 in season 2. In season 1, only Yukari was in class 1.
  • Angels Pose: During the second season, one is performed by Moka, Kokoa Shuzen and Ruby.
  • An Ice Person: Mizore
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Fairy Tale. The uniforms really drive it home (though they do look good on the main cast).
  • And the Adventure Continues: Season II ends like this, but gives us a taste of what's to come. See "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue below.
  • Anime Hair: Several examples, but the best is probably Mizore's hairstyle in her introductory arc.
    • Moka lampshades the situation at once point by describing her sister Kokoa as having an "anime-like hairdo."
  • Another Dimension: Where the Youkai Academy's located. It takes any tunnel and the Creepy Monotone-spouting non-human bus driver to bridge our world and theirs
  • Anti-Human Alliance: Fairy Tale, a monster terrorist organization who desires to subjugate humans under monster control.
  • Arranged Marriage: Played for drama. In the Flower Offering arc, Mizore gets forced into one against her will due to a custom that requires Yuki-onna to have a man by the time they're teenagers to ensure the preservation of the Yuki-onna race—but also because a member of Fairy Tale had threatened the village with total destruction if they didn't give him a wife (read: sex slave). Mizore makes her most serious attempt at getting Tsukune to have sex with her to avoid it, but fails due to Tsukune being so Above the Influence that not even a powerful aphrodisiac and Mizore pretty much throwing her almost-naked body at him works.
  • Art Evolution: Early and later issues of the manga might as well have been drawn by different people. It's no surprise, given that Rosario + Vampire is Akihisa Ikeda's very first manga. His art style barely began to be established when the manga started, so naturally, it looks different five years later.
  • Art Shift: Ruby suddenly takes on an 80s-ish appearance in volume 4, as a Shout-Out to older Shoujo Manga. Also gets a lampshade when Yukari presents her growth drops to Kokoa - the bottle is drawn quite realistically, but it's held by a circle instead of a proper hand.
    Oops! I messed up when drawing the hand.
  • Aside Glance: Kurumu appears to have gained awareness of the fourth wall in the anime; everyone else is oblivious. She goes so far as to express her complaints for being Out of Focus in the second season. To quote her in episode 6 of Capu2:
    Last week it was the yuki-onna... The week before, Yukari-chan... This time the episode should be centered on me! Yahoo-hoo! I'll make the most of this field trip... And, together with Tsukune, I'll... Huh? (she then notices that everyone's already left the bus) Hey! Don't leave me here!!!
    • Note that Yukari was watching her rant before she left halfway into it. Her dismissive look at Kurumu is further proof that only the succubus is aware of the fourth wall.
  • Assimilation Backfire: When Doppelgänger copies a person, he gets all their powers... and their weaknesses. He's defeated when he copies Moka, only for Tsukune to slap the rosary on him, weakening him enough for them to defeat.
  • Attempted Rape: Outer Moka is frequently the victim of this, but it usually gets turned around very quickly when Tsukune either removes her Rosary, or powered-up Tsukune arrives in time to express his displeasure. She never seems too upset by the experience.
    • Tsukune himself has been the victim of this a few times from various members of his Unwanted Harem, but thanks to the Double Standard, it is usually not treated that seriously.
    • Mizore also was the victim of this (in the anime, at least). To make things worse, the rest of the main cast see the teacher who tried to rape her frozen in ice and think she attacked him.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Monster of the Week; after all, they are monsters, and are neither known for civility nor self-control.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
  • Badass Abnormal: The doppelgänger villain compensates for his species' lack of inherent combat advantages with advanced martial arts skills. Thus, when he copies a body that does have such advantages, he's often able to put them to better use than the original.
  • Badass Family:
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Season 2, Chapter 43, everyone gets a badass new outfit.
    • In episode 6 of Capu2, the girls dress like this when they go to rescue Tsukune.
  • Badass Longcoat: Moka's father and eldest sister, Aqua as well as Kiria, though his is slightly shorter than average.
  • Bad Moon Rising: When Inner Moka comes out, the sky and moon go red.
  • Bait-and-Switch Character Intro: Kahlua Shuzen makes her debut as her little sister Kokoa gets uncharacteristically frightened. With her eyes mysteriously half-closed, she walks down the corridor... then trips over her own dress and sits up with a "Silly Me" Gesture. Kokoa was not frightened for nothing, though; Kahlua may be naïve and childlike, but she is a top assassin who does anything for her employer, as it soon becomes obvious when she innocently reveals her blindfolded and straitjacketed hostage in a wheelchair.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Fujisaki Miyabi pulls one on his right-hand man, Kiria.
  • Barely-There Swimwear: Ruby in Season II's Chapter 19. When the gang is lamenting a theft at the place they were staying could ruin their vacation, Ruby displays her swimsuit with the others. Kokoa has a major nosebleed as she notices that Ruby's swimsuit is nothing more than a glorified piece of string. She also wonders why the others aren't noticing this anomaly. Later on, as the gang works to help drum up business for the place they are staying, beach goers comment on the girls and their swimwear choices, with some noting Ruby is wearing nothing more than a string.
    Kokoa: Don't they see Ruby's bathing suit is nothing more than a string?
    (Later on at the beach) Beachgoers: A string! Her bathing suit is a string!
  • Batman Gambit: Though Hokuto. says "it's all gone according to plan! its still a Batman Gambit since his plan involved Tsukune reacting in the way he predicted
  • Battle Couple: "Mama" and "Papa" Huang — she's a fighter, he's a sorcerer, and together they're unbeatable until they meet Aqua.
  • Battle Harem: All the harem members are capable of holding their own in battle and spend much of the first season defending Tsukune. Justified in that while Tsukune is human, the girls are all Cute Monster Girls - the possible exception is Moka, who needs Tsukune to take off her Rosario in order to fight at full strength but even without that she is pretty strong. The show, while very fanservice-y, does also have a strong focus on romance especially in later arcs.
  • Beach Episode: In the manga's second season. Somewhat spoiled by the fact that the vampires can't swim and it's too hot for the ice girl.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Thanks to MASSIVE Art Evolution, now everyone who has the slightest bit of plot relevance is gorgeous looking, and there is s considerably lower number of Gonks by Season II. You think that dirty old man is just an ugly pervert? Think again.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Most of the monsters attending Youkai Academy, who range in morality from generally dickish to creepily amoral to psychotic, are concealing hideous monster forms with a human persona. Tsukune's harem, however, are all genuine Cute Monster Girls who, if they're concealing anything at all, are just hiding wings/tails or, in Moka's case, a scarier but still extremely conventionally attractive young woman.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The primary reason Tsukune is able to gain his harem.
  • Becoming the Mask: Aqua, Moka's eldest sister, intentionally angled herself to go live with the Shuzen family so she could get close to Moka's mother and kill her as part of her attempts to become a Shinso. However, over time she found herself genuinely starting to care for her little sister Moka and admits that she held off on the attempt far longer than she meant to as a result of these feelings. Subverted in the end, unfortunately, as the mask proves not quite enough to overcome her drive for power...
  • Berserk Button: Inner Moka hates to be touched, even by Tsukune.
  • Berserker Tears:
    • Kahlua Shuzen. She doesn't cry because she's sad, but to "atone for" her opponent's impending death.
  • Betty and Veronica: Outer Moka is the Betty to Kurumu, Mizore and Inner Moka's Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • We also have Moka's mother — nice, gentle, looks like outer Moka and is a uber-powerful Shinso and the leader of the three great dark lords.
  • Big Bad: In the first season, Hokuto Kaneshiro is the president of the student festival committee, but is also the leader of Anti-Thesis and a leader of Fairy Tale who plots to reveal Yokai Academy's existence to humanity, provoking a human-monster war that will exterminate humanity and permanently destroy the academy's goal of coexistence between the races.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: In the second season, Gyokuro Shuzen and the Masked King are the commanders of Fairy Tale. Gyokuro is the mother of Kahlua and Kokoa who plots with the mysterious Masked King to revive Alucard and destroy the human world. The Masked King later reveals himself as the supposed henchman Miyabi Fujisaki and Alucard himself, originally an advocate of human-monster peace but now a Fallen Hero who wants revenge on humans after they destroyed his kingdom. The penultimate chapter reveals, however, that the whole thing was actually a Genghis Gambit to achieve said peace.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Fang-Fang and Tsukune make their own in volume 7.
  • Big-Breast Pride: Kurumu, who loves flaunting her large breasts as often as she can to tease A-Cup Angst Yukari and to seduce Tsukune.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Pretty much anytime Inner Moka shows up, although the other girls and Tsukune have their share of them as well from time to time.
    • Hiliariously subverted in episode 2 of Season 2. After Kokoa beats up Mizore, Kurumu, and Yukari, Gin and Ruby show up, as if to kick some butt. Tsukune even mentions that if those two are working together, even Kokoa won't stand a chance. They get a big dramatic reveal, then instead Gin just takes pictures of Ruby as she poses, which confuses Kokoa for a few seconds, then she gets right back to Moka. However, they do use the distraction to escape from Kokoa.
    • Season 2 Chapter 56 Alucard is awake, and Tsukune has been curb-stomped by Fairy Tale's leader and is about to be eaten when Hokuto shows up and pulls him out of the way. Then, the airship the second group was in crashes into Alucard and gives Gyokuro one hell of an Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Moka's family seems so in particular given their secrets.
  • Bishōnen Line:
    • Subverted by most other villains. The king would have to be Hokuto Kaneshiro, who starts off beautiful, but his final form can only be described as "a big, horrible thing".
  • Blood from the Mouth: Everybody, sooner or later. Usually of the cosmetic "hit in the mouth" variety, but plenty of the "internal injuries" type as well. It's by no means an accurate gauge of just how badly the bleeder is hurt, however, since everyone is Made of Iron.
  • Bloody Murder: "Creation", the ability to mix spirit energy into your blood and transform it into solid matter, such as armor or explosives. Displayed by Moka and Tsukune once they become full-blown Shinsos.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: Literally in Yokai Academy's case. It was founded in order to help its monster students live peacefully among humanity and on the surface it functions just like a normal high school. Despite it having been founded to foster peace between monsters and humans, the school's policy when it finds a human in its borders is to catch and kill them on sight. Many of the students and teachers tend to allow their baser instincts to overrun them, with many students and teachers either bully, murder, rape, eat or all of the above each other in an almost Darwinian model of dominance with no foreseeable oversight. The Absurdly Powerful Student Council has completely unchecked power over the student body and extorts the rest of its student body all it wants and is later revealed to have been run by a terrorist member of a Monster Supremacist group that would later reveal monster-kind's existence to modern-day humanity. It is revealed in the manga's climactic finale that the Chairman had intentionally allowed Tsukune attend his school despite being human as a gambit to help bridge their worlds together, implying that the Chairman knew that his school was hopelessly inept at its purpose and needed a Spanner in the Works to fix things.
  • Body Horror:
    • Tsukune's afraid he might turn into a vampire by taking Moka's blood; likewise, her true self informs him it won't happen. Turns out she was wrong. Oops!
    • He didn't turn into a vampire. He turned into something else entirely.
    • After Moka is taken away by Aqua, Tsukune seeks training from Touhou Fuhai, in order to save her. Touhou Fuhai decides to introduce Tsukune to his Human Modification Technique, which involves remolding Tsukune's body to use Yokai powers. The process of this technique involves inserting needles into Tsukune's body. Then, Touhou Fuhai reveals that this is just the first of 109 needles, and each successive one is going to be even more horrifically painful than the last. You do the math.
  • Body Snatcher: When Ijuuin Kotaro charms the girls in the second season of the animé, they are trapped in their own bodies, fully conscious but forced to love and obey him against their will.
  • Boob-Based Gag: Kurumu Kurono's boobs are massive to the point where they always sag down whenever she's either sitting or standing, and as such, she's prone to frequent Marshmallow Hell, Funbag Airbag, and Thanks for the Mammaries gags.
  • Book Ends: The first and last chapter have the bus driver ask Tsukune if he really wants to go to Youkai Academy, and that it's a dangerous place. The reasoning is different both times; the first because he's a human about to attend a school of monsters, and the second time because he's chosen as the new successor to Youkai Academy's Headmaster position. Of course Tsukune agrees both times.
  • Botanical Abomination: Lady Oyakata (Ruby in the anime) uses her magic to merge her body with that of her hanabake plant monsters and becomes a giant plant monster with the intent of destroying Tsukune, his Unwanted Harem and every human being within the neighboring town.
  • Bowdlerization: An early chapter of Season II has a fight with an originally male Doppelgänger that takes the form of Kurumu and then flashes Tsukune to distract him when his Superpowered Evil Side takes over. The Doppelgänger is bare-breasted in the original version, but in the American localization he inexplicably acquires a lace bra despite wearing men's clothing.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Vampire, actually. Quickly followed by Boy Becomes Ghoul.
  • Brass Balls: The English Dub plays this nearly word for word when Kou accidentally looks up Inner Moka's and Kokoa's skirts.
    Inner Moka: Well, you've got some big, brass ones, I'll give ya that much.
  • Breaking Speech: Alucard gives one to Tsukune after the latter's transformation into a Shinso. He reveals how Tsukune has been manipulated from the very beginning by the Chairman to become what he is now, and how this has forever separated him from his former human identity. Alucard then tells Tsukune that it's in his best interests to stop fighting and accept a place in the new world Alucard will create. However, while it does make Tsukune freeze up for a second or two, he quickly shrugs it off and tells the bastard to go stuff it.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Kurumu has come to the conclusion that, no matter what she does, Tsukune is going to try and make Moka his girlfriend and not them. Mizore states she won't give up or change in her feelings, Rubi seems to be of a similar mindset, but it has serious adverse effects on Kurumu. She's a succubus so she runs on love and when she is forced to acknowledge that Tsukune isn't going to love her, she breaks down and reveals that for a Succubi unrequited love is fatal, in chapter 40 of Rosario Vampire II. Though after they kissed it seems Kurumu has gained some insight and is no longer in danger of dying.
    • The Flower Offering arc included a very serious intent of doing this to Mizore.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A very humorous example. In chapter 23 of the second manga series, when Tsukune gets a very homoerotic request from the very androgynous-looking Fang-Fang, Tsukune grabs Moka's arm, pulls her along with him, and mutters to himself "I think I'm in the wrong manga..."
    • From episode 3 of the Anime:
      Kurumu: Hey, what the hell is this? I just debuted on the previous episode, can't you let me appear earlier?
    • Once Season 2 starts, the bat narrator turns out to be more than just Mr. Exposition when Kokoa shows up. Kurumu and the others immediately point that out.
  • Breast Attack: In episode 5 while playing chicken in the pool, Yukari actually bites Kurumu's left breast.
  • Breast Expansion: Animated Moka's breasts go up a couple of cup sizes whenever she transforms into a super-vampire.
  • Brick Joke: The tankobon volumes each feature a multiple-choice "test" about the monster or group that holds the most relevance to the volume's events. Volume 6 of season I is on Ghouls, since Tsukune is starting to get kinda bloodthirsty.
    The recommended treatment if you find yourself turning into a ghoul is...
    a. take a relaxing vacation in the human realm
    b. drink your vampire girlfriend's blood
    c. brains... brains...
    • Volume 4 of Season II is on Inner Ghoul, since Tsukune is trying to toughen up so he can deal with Fairy Tale.
      To get in touch with your inner ghoul...
      a. go shopping
      b. cuddle a teddy bear
      c. brains... brains...
  • Brown Note:
    • Kou's one-word love spell in "Pretty Boy And A vampire"
  • Bust-Contrast Duo: The first two love interests (of many) are Moka and Kurumu. Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Moka is, for the most part, sweet and wholesome, but has a Split Personality that borders on Superpowered Evil Side and is painfully Tsundere; the endlessly-lovestruck-succubus Kurumu is the trope-image for Buxom Beauty Standard. Moka has a good pair of boobs, but Kurumu's are certainly superior in size.
  • Butt-Monkey: At first, it was Tsukune for Rosario+Vampire because the series was a simple harem comedy, as of Rosario+Vampire II, and the subsequent Genreshift to action-adventure, now Kurumu is the one having jokes made at her expense.
  • Buxom Beauty Standard: Kurumu's popularity in the school is due to her large bust.
  • Came Back Strong:
    • Tsukune Aono combines this trope with came back wrong via liberal use of vampire blood to fix his wounds after ever Near-Death Experience. Later it's just this trope when he seals his Superpowered Evil Side, but keeps the power.
    • In season 2, his Superpowered Evil Side comes back with a vengeance, but this is a temporary thing and now he's even stronger.
    • Chapter 56 of S2 demonstrates that the ghoul nature is still there and in chapter 59 his body is now trying to consume itself and morph into even more of a monstrosity. Luckily for him, with his friends' help he managed to master his powers enough to held off The Corruption, save Moka by injecting his blood into her, and finally becoming a Shinso..
  • Car Fu: Courtesy of the Bus Driver in Ruby's introduction, just prior to a Big Damn Heroes by the main cast
  • Catchphrase: "Inner" Moka's "Know your place!" ("Mi ni hodo o shire!"), guaranteed to be delivered with every kick.
    • It's an inherited catch phrase, as Moka's sweet mother delivers it against Alucard in the manner "Inner" Moka has made her own.
    • In Capu2, even Ruby gets one: "A lot of things happened" as an explanation of her ever-changing jobs. She becomes sad when Moka beats her to it in episode nine.
    • In the manga, the new character Ling-Ling Huang (Sister of Fang-Fang) is a zombie, and uses "Because I am dead" (which is not saying much in a school of monsters) to excuse herself for any troubles she causes. Doubles almost as a Shout-Out if she says "Because I am already dead." She uses "Because I am already dead" when she uses a suicide attack to justify traumatizing her brother.
  • Censor Box:
    • The Mysterious Bat doubles as a censor when he needs to be. There seems to be very little rhyme or reason to his usage, however. In one scene there could be fully-visible Panty Shots, and in the next scene Kou will block our view at every turn.
    • Some episodes of Capu2 have teddy bear heads covering many panties.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The manga plays this HARD: it begins almost completely comedy-driven, with Tsukune the gag-hero in a typical harem-style setup. Then Mizore comes along as the first character with a serious, non-gag-driven plot arc comprising her introduction. Ruby's introduction during the Witch War arc doesn't pull any of the punches either. By the second manga serialization, they get really serious with the whole Fairy Tale organization, the truth behind Moka's Rosario, and the vampires.
  • Character Development: In the second manga, the supporting cast starts moving out of one-note gags and gain backstories and character of their own:
    • Kurumu develops from a girl defined by the Buxom Beauty Standard to someone who's tortured inside by the love she has for Tsukune but hides it with her external cheerfulness and who deeply cares about her friends. She is further torn by the love she has for Tsukune and the love she has for her friends when she knows she will never "win" him from Moka.
    • Mizore goes from yandere stalker to Sugar-and-Ice Personality with an absolutely tragic back-story, unwanted arranged marriage, attempted rape and attempted suicide from the shame of thinking she's betrayed her friends by being violated and some seriously repressed emotional baggage.
    • Token girl Yukari frets over being the Token girl and wants to grow up like everyone else, to the point that she tries to develop a "grow older" potion. What the experience tells her is she can't rush things; being a Child Prodigy simply comes with the baggage of being so young she's only now coming into adolescence. She simply needs to wait. And on the magical side, she becomes an exceptional sorceress with time.
    • Moka is losing control to "Inner" Moka, who doesn't seem to be so ready to give up control as often. Both Inner and Outer gain more focus, as Inner is slowly starting to defrost and Outer expresses some regret over being a "copy" of Akasha. Ultimately, the two personalities meet somewhere in the middle, with Outer's aspects tempering Inner's darker ones.
    • Even Gin, the Handsome Lech gets his by taking the fall for an ex-girlfriend who's suspected of causing damaging "pranks" to other students for reasons he doesn't seem willing to admit even to himself. Then he plays a Batman Gambit, pretending to get captured so he could find out more information about the "Fairy Tale" group that's threatening the Newspaper Club. He proceeds to beat the crap out of his "captor" and make a threat of his own if they ever mess with his friends again. Then decides to take down all of "Fairy Tale" for the simple reason that they threatened San, who he considers the most important person to him. Whoo! Talk about an inversion...
    • Fang-Fang gets in on this— he goes from the Butt-Monkey and comic relief to an heir to his clan who's very frustrated about his magical shortcomings, who also gets reminded of these shortcomings in every serious fight he's in, and one who had tried to help make amends with his family's rival clan, but couldn't, due to his friend's circumstances. He eventually finds his footing at least, in physical combat rather than summoning.
  • Charm Person: Kotaro Ijuuin, an anime-only mysterious, beautiful transfer student whose voice can captivate any woman...and some men.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Tsukune, since female monsters are attracted to him for both his compassion and sweet, sweet human scent.
    • Gin hangs a lampshade in ep. 8 of the second anime season pondering on what Aono's secret is, Gin decides is his hairstyle and we see him copying it. It fools Moka for a moment... Until he turns around and she makes a comment on Gin's hair maybe being messed up when he woke up.
  • Clear My Name: The end result of Tsukune being hazed in chapter 4 of the first serialization. Luckily for him, Kurumu had witnessed the hazing from a distance.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Moka isn't too fond of Tsukune paying attention to other girls, even if they forced themselves onto him. Also, at the end of the last episode of Season 2, after Outer Moka comes back, she gives Tsukune a really big squeeze (to the point he was hurting), then mentions being jealous of her inner self getting close to him.
  • Collapsing Lair: Issen Shuzen's castle in the anime. According to Kou, he has a policy of destroying his castles if they're infiltrated.
  • Colony Drop: In the final arc, Gyokuro specifically exploits this trope in order to start off the second phase of her plan. She wants to crash her lair into the human world to kill off as many people as possible at first, and then use Alucard and the other monsters to wipe out humanity leaving only a world for monsters to inhabit.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • In the second chapter of the manga Moka is stated to have brown hair, but in all artwork and the anime her hair is pink.
    • Two in season 2.
      • When Kokoa is first introduced, the flashback has young Moka telling Kokoa that she is moving to the human world with her mother. However, in chapter 31 of capu 2 it has Moka's mother telling her daughter that she will be going alone without her. This could be due to Moka's memories being affected by the rosary however.
      • In a flashback of Moka's childhood in chapter 31 of vol 2 we see that Unsealed Moka was unable to carry Kokoa’s transformer bat (which was Moka's reason to ket Kokoa keep it rather than receive it as a birthday present). However, in the eighth chapter of vol 2 we see a de-aged version of OUTER Moka (who is far weaker than Inner/unsealed Moka) wielding the bat efficiently. Then again, this was also a memory so it’s possible that the events may have been exaggerated.
  • Combination Attack: Kurumu and Mizore's "Black and White Duet".
  • Coming of Age Story: Tsukune. Over the course of the manga he has changed a lot. From a nervous but brave teenager that freaks out at anything, to a young man willing partaking in assault missions at a moment's notice, while still retaining his positive outlook on life and his exasperation to the absurd. It's done so gradually that he remains completely believable while Taking Levels In Badass.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Ruby and Yukari's reaction to Inner-Moka talking down on the idea of polygamy.
    Inner-Moka: "Claiming women like some daily bento. I won't allow it."
    ​Ruby: [Blushing, eyes a bit glazed] "Daily bento..."
    ​Yukari: "That seems like a wonderful idea."
    • The translation makes it a bit funnier simply by hanging a massive lampshade on the fact that the girls find anything Tsukune does to be attractive. note 
      Inner-Moka: "We're not talking about having lunch together, you know. You can just forget it, Tsukune."
      ​Ruby: "Lunch together..."
      ​Yukari: "That sounds kinda... hot."
  • Cool Airship: The Fairy Tale dirigibles.
  • The Corruption:
    • Vampire blood. Injecting Tsukune with it, for example, slowly turned him into an unstable and ultra-violent ghoul. He needed a major stabilizing item in order to make his body work with the infusion.
    • Monster blood in general has this effect.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How Tsukune and Moka first met.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Mizore's mother Tsurara had a store of close-combat weapons and ammunition, detailed plans of the area Mizore is being held captive in, as well as a plan of action to offer Tsukune's True Companions when they decided to go after Mizore.
  • Creepy Crosses: Vampires wear crosses as jewelry that represses their power until they need to fight at full strength. The main heroine, Moka, wears a cross on her choker. Her Wicked Stepmother Gyokuro and half-sister Kahlua wear crosses as a hair accessory and earrings respectively. Moka's younger half-sister, Kokoa, wears a Sailor Fuku with the emblem of a cross on the collar, but in her case, it's merely for fashion purposes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kurumu, although completely overshadowed by Inner Moka is surprisingly formidable if you threaten someone she cares about. Certainly Kokoa seems impressed as indeed does Inner Moka.
    • Both Gin and Haji qualify. While they're both shameless perverts, and Moka and Company wiped the floor with them during their first meeting (because in this series, having a destructive battle is like shaking hands), readers are rather abruptly reminded that Gin is a werewolf (a class S monster like a vampire, albeit with more strings attached) and Haji is an insanely skilled martial artist when both of them tear apart the Fairy Tale HQ. They don't even appear to be working all that hard, either, and Gin certainly doesn't have the full moon going for him at the time. They didn't bother to change into their monster forms and even throw some snarking in while wiping the floor with mooks.
    • He might be the Butt-Monkey to every member of the class (including enemies), and his magical output is abysmal at worst and subpar at best, but Fang-Fang Huang actually has it in him to kick serious ass when time comes for a physical fight.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Tsukune, in the last two episodes of the first season of the anime.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The manga is littered with them, with the justification that just because they're all monsters doesn't mean they're properly trained to fight. Logically, this leads to weak monsters beaten on by stronger monsters, stronger and weaker monsters beaten on by trained fighters (who are usually strong anyway) and finally, really strong and trained monsters getting taken down by Inner Moka. She's never been at the receiving end of one, but she's been at a disadvantage.
    • In the anime, when Invincible Hero Inner Moka comes out, the Monster of the Week goes down. The bats even lampshade it by counting the seconds that this episode's fight took; Kurumu taking 72 seconds to defeat is a sign that she's actually a pretty powerful monster.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The whole school's littered with them... well, the female half, anyway.
  • Cute Mute:
    • San Otonashi. Uses a sketchbook to communicate... until she closes it and starts to talk.
    • Yukari's mother. She has a wide array of expressions to communicate in the anime, but that's only because she doesn't speak in the manga.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When Kokoa gets turned into a little girl, Kurumu and Mizore seem to find it completely impossible to stop hugging her and dressing her up, much to her frustration. This is not entirely Played for Laughs, as Kokoa already had serious self-esteem issues, and is actually very hurt by people not taking her seriously, especially when Moka, despite a conscious effort to treat her the same as she usually does, accidentally finds herself patronizing Kokoa anyway.
  • Dancing Theme: Capu2 opening "DISCOTHEQUE"; it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • A Day In The Life: Episode 8 of Season 2, which shows what various characters do throughout the day. Ruby gets the two long parts, which gives her more screentime that episode.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • In the anime, Inner Moka gets to spend the day as a High School student. Well, a bit longer than that.
    • A later chapter in the manga has done the same but this time it looks like it's gonna take a story arc before we see Outer Moka again.
    • Mizore and Yukari get episodes that focus largely on them in Season 2. Kurumu even lampshades this trope during the school trip, mentioning that its her turn since the other two girls had one already. Ruby's is covered partly in the A Day In The Life episode.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Sunlight is no problem for Moka (but water is).
  • Dead All Along: ​Huang Ling-Ling is a Chinese zombie/"hopping ghost". Her catchphrase is "Because I am dead".
  • Deadly Prank: Mizore tricking Kurumu into thinking Gin took her virginity. It fits the bill because the prank had the potential to kill her, as hurting a succubus's heart too much can be fatal.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Lady Oyakata uses the last of her own life force to nurse Ruby, who had gone out of her way to save her after her own powers backfired on her, back to health. Keep in mind that Oyakata had critically wounded her for betraying her mere minutes earlier and also believed up to this point she was far over the Moral Event Horizon and not even Ruby could bring her back.
  • Death from Above: Yukari's mother in the Anime. How does she help her daughter fight? BY SUMMONING A METEOR SHOWER OF GOLDEN WASHTUBS FROM OUTER SPACE.
  • Debut Queue: Moka, Kurumu, Gin and Yukari each get a chapter/episode dedicated to their introduction, plus a chapter dedicated to them deciding which club to join. That's a five chapter/episode Debut Queue (plus one filler episode in the anime). Ruby and Mizore followed a bit later, after which the story finally seemed to have some real direction. It's notable that Ling-Ling was introduced the chapter after Fang-Fang.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Notice how every girl in the harem after Moka wanted to kill Tsukune before she literally kicks the living daylights out of them? And Gin too?
    • You could also say this is why Gin cares about San so much, and why messing with her is a gigantic Berserk Button.
    • Averted with Hokuto Kaneshiro who makes it clear that even after his defeat, he is definitely not Tsukune's friend. Despite having come to Tsukune's aid twice after his defeat, the first of those times to help stop his own scheme.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • Inner Moka, not that she's willing to admit warming up to Tsukune. She insists she only tolerates him for Outer Moka's sake... but when somebody hurts him... while he was defending her...
    • Played With in an episode of the anime where, to help the girls rescue Tsukune (who has been abducted by a youkai gang during a field trip to the human world), Ruby has them dress up in sukeban uniforms (which are Sailor Fuku with long skirts, typically associated to female juvenile delinquents) and wield various gangster-like weapons.
  • Delicate and Sickly: Moka was very sickly as a baby, which is why she knew that injecting monster blood into someone could save them.
  • Demoted to Extra: First season manga-only; Gin gets severely shafted in screen-time in the later volumes. The end-of-volume omake in the 10th volume lampshades this.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In his own words;
    Tsukune: "Hiii, scary Yukari-chan is the scariest!"
  • Determinator:
    • Tsukune; long before he gets his Power-Up, after ridiculously severe beatings, he absolutely refuses to lay down and die like anyone can reasonably be expected to. Of course, then, there's his chance to get Moka's rosary off...
    • Akasha. The only way to seal the Big Bad Alucard is to allow yourself to be torn to shreds and then somehow seal his power from inside him. Which, by the very nature of the attempt, means regenerating From a Single Cell and then clawing your way out without using your powers, since Alucard awakens if you use them. Something Akasha did the first time. And the only reason she didn't succeed the second time she'd just created Moka's rosario seal and also had to regenerate a few times already... And the only thing she failed to do the second time was actually get out.
    • For a few issues after his introduction, Gin. No matter how many times the girls beat him down, he gets back up and keeps flirting. After a few more issues he gets a badass Upgrade if his friends are threatened, which he still uses as an excuse to try to grope the girls...
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Several times during the series, but one particular instance:
    Inner-Moka: You know, I... I... I also took part in making that lunchbox [for Tsukune]! I'll have you face death for trampling it!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Moka's sucking of Tsukune's blood. Sometimes accompanied by the line "Let me suck."
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Nana Mizuki (Moka's voice actor) sang all the opening and ending themes.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Tsukune gets beaten up a lot by the girls, usually out of jealousy.
    • Probably the most extremes cases of Inner-Moka's are an instance where because the other girls suggested he join the mafia so they could all have polygamy marriage, and Kurumu teased her of getting jealous when the idea was suggested, Inner-Moka beats up all the girls, and for no good reason also beats Tsukune, and of course denying that she was jealous (she lied of course). The other is when after a set of hijinks with the other girls getting jealous and trying to separate them, and because Tsukune picked up her up at one point, which she didn't give him permission to do, she beats after everything is done.
    • After Tsukune becomes a ghoul, he resolves that he must fight tooth and nail to resist the urge to suck Moka's blood, saying it would be an unspeakably horrible thing to do. Which is a little jarring, since Moka's been sucking his blood repeatedly for basically the entire series, almost never with permission, and it's treated as nothing more than a running gag. To be fair though, Moka seems to have independently come to the conclusion that she shouldn't do it anymore just before this starts, so it's not like the double standard persists, but the way she goes about trying to stop is incredibly bizarre and roundabout and winds up making the scenes where Tsukune almost gives in to the urge to bite Moka look almost like attempted rape in contrast to the comically harmless portrayal of Moka's bites.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male:
    • At one point, out of resentment for an Arranged Marriage to an utter asshole, Mizore drugs Tsukune with an extremely powerful aphrodisiac and throws herself at him. Amazingly he has the willpower to turn her down, but when she's found out, nobody is upset at her for trying to date-rape Tsukune, but rather they're upset with her for her dishonesty and going behind the other girls' backs. The aforementioned asshole arranged fiancee's later Forced Kiss and groping of Mizore, on the other hand, is treated extremely seriously and causes Mizore to attempt suicide.
    • Averted in one instance in season 2 of the anime, where the concept of Tsukune getting raped does get a horrified reaction from his loved ones, although it's actually a misunderstanding being Played for Laughs:
      Moka: Um, hi there. I'm Moka Akashiya. And I'm a... well, Tsukune's the first person I ever did it with (referring to sucking blood).
      Kyoko: YOU DID IT!?
      Tsukune: [screams] No, it's not what you think! Please, tell 'em, Moka!
      Mrs. Aono: My poor baby lost his innocence?
      Tsukune: No, wait listen!
      Kurumu: And what's worse is that you attacked Tsukune and just took it from him without asking!
      Kyoko: [weakly] ...Without asking?
      Mrs. Aono: [also weakly] ...You mean you violated my sweet little boy?
  • Dysfunction Junction: Pretty much everyone has a seriously troublesome life:
    • Tsukune gets a Deadly Upgrade and some Body Horror.
    • Moka was shunned during her childhood and her mother was eaten by an Eldritch Abomination.
      • Worse the revelation that not only is Omote actually some kind of accidentally created artifact spirit, most likely Akasha has as little idea about Omote's existence as Omote does of her true nature. Heroic BSoD waiting to happen.
    • Kurumu takes Love Hurts to a new level: unrequited love can actually kill her.
    • Mizore is an Old Maid who was abandoned by her first crush due to her heritage and nearly forced into an Arranged Marriage.
    • Yukari was hated for being a witch had trouble making friends, and was afraid of the human world.
    • Ruby's parents were killed by a drunk human driver, and the master who took her in raised her to hate humans.
    • Ginei's old Newspaper Club comrades were apparently "taught a lesson" when he was a first year. He was also a friendless loner.
    • San was left behind as a child and grew up isolated and lonely due to her powers. She was also afraid to reveal her true nature to her mother-figure.
    • Fang-Fang is the heir to a powerful Triad family, utterly inept and unprepared for it, and well aware of that fact.
    • Xia-Long, Fang-Fang's Rival Turned Evil has to destroy the Huang family or die because Xia-Long's father signed a peace treaty with the Huang family leading to his murder by the Miao family's true head.
    • Hokuto Kaneshiro was an illegitimate child who grew up abused by his father after his mother died, then when he enrolled in Youkai Academy to escape, went through hell in order to survive.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kurumu appears in the first episode of the anime, which is lampshaded in the next episode (where she is introduced).
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Ruby, who apparently stabbed Tsukune at the end of episode 9, pressing the Berserk Button everyone of his main harem, making Inner Moka come out despite the rosary still being on her, and a huge beam of light emanating from the area as the episode ends, is seen in the very next episode laying down in their tent, with Tsukune no worse for the wear, and no one apparently upset at what happened a few moments earlier.
    • Half of the harem (Kurumu, Mizore, and Ruby if you count her) has attempted to kill Tsukune or another main character in their introductory story, and these attacks are all justified as being the result of emotional problems and forgiven.
  • Eldritch Abomination: This is the only way to desribe the... thing that is Alucard.
  • Emergency Transformation: What's that Lassie? Little Tsukune fell in a well? *bite* Ghoul Tsukune saves the day!
  • Erotic Dream: Tsukune gets one (of Inner Moka, to the delight of many fans) prior to his Training from Hell, but Kurumu fantasizes on seducing him during class.
  • The Everyman: Tsukune starts off as this before he Took a Level in Badass
  • Expy:
    • While his goal and background are quite different, Hokuto definitely brings to mind Light Yagami. There's some visual resemblance, his plan is built around and he even uses a couple of Light's better-known lines. Not to mention that he looks just like Aizen and is a complete mastermind/nigh-invincible dude wearing glasses who managed to infiltrate an organization, rise to the top, with everybody loving and trusting him. Only to turn around, kill a bunch of dudes, and become the Big Bad. He also turns into a pretty boy when he takes off his glasses by the way (not that he needs to take them off to be sexy in Season II).
    • Haiji Miyamoto's appearance and devotion to karate make him a paedophiliac version of Ryo Sakazaki.
    • The Bus Driver too. Let's see... drives people around as a profession, hands out advice on the path on should take in life to the hero, implied to be a mega-powerful badass though he never steps in directly, we will most likely never know what all of his face really looks like, is that you Caine?!
  • Eyes Always Shut: Nekonome-sensei, except when the Lilith Mirror turns her into her native catwoman monster form. Tsukune's mom too.

  • The Family for the Whole Family: The Huang family are some of the nicest, goofiest, most helpful people the cast have encountered in the whole series. They are also the Chinese mafia.
  • Fanservice: To a minor degree in the manga version, but completely overused and abused in the anime, to the extent that the writers sacrificed the entire plot and Character Development of the original manga in favor of breast and panty shots. Cue cries of outrage from fans of the manga.
  • Fantastic Nature Reserve: The Headmaster has one of these in a pocket dimension. It's for monsters that could never adapt to the Masquerade.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Security Committee, upon finding out that Tsukune is a human, sets out to execute him. To be fair, monsters aren't exactly well-received by humans either, and have been reduced to small numbers thanks to expanding human control and population, so their hatred of humans isn't entirely unjustified. However, some random characters do mention that not all Humans Are the Real Monsters, but are promptly knocked out by the Security Committee. The rest of the students seem to call for his blood.
  • First Girl Wins: Moka's the only girl who Tsukune actively demonstrates any desire for. Technically, this could be a case of Last Girl Wins at the same time, given the fact Tsukune doesn't meet "Inner" Moka long enough to talk with her until much later, especially with the growing hints that eventually it's going to be "Inner" Moka all the time. But since technically both Mokas are the same person...
    • Becoming a plot point as the manga progresses — Tsukune has expressed a wish for both Mokas to become one — and both Inner and Outer Moka have begun to work together (shown during the flight to Fang-Fang's home) The distinction between them is starting to blur, to say the least.
  • Five Rounds Rapid:
  • Flanderization:
    • Kurumu's character is much more noble in the manga: in spite of her love for Tsukune, she also loves her rivals in the harem-like sisters and staunchly supports them with warm kindness in their hours of need. Her kind-hearted character is replaced by the bitchiness stereotypical "flirty" character in the anime, making her far less sympathetic.
    • Kokoa as well. In the manga, she treats everyone in a much friendlier way than in the anime, where she's tsuntsun from the very start. While she's still a Blood Knight (for instance, enjoying creating mayhem as a distraction at the Flower Offering arc) and obsessed with Inner Moka, she is more willing to join whatever the core group of friends want to do, instead of an out-and-out problem child who simply wants to beat them all up just because they're close to Moka like in the anime.
  • Foe Romance Subtext:
    • Hitomi constantly rants about how beautiful Moka is, while trying to kill her or turn her to stone.
    • In the anime, Kurumu and Yukari's fights often devolve into mocking each others' breast sizes, and they aren't afraid to touch each other to make a point.
  • Forced Orgasm: Trying to teach Tsukune to control his abilities as a ghoul, Ruby ties herself to him with a magical whip that will inflict painful shocks on her when his powers overflow. Ruby inadvertently turns out to be a masochist and gets off on the constant shocks, to the ire of the rest of Tsukune's harem when they arrive on the scene.
  • Foreign Queasine: The monsters consider the monster durian to be a mouth-watering delicacy. Tsukune describes it as smelling like blood and dirty socks. In fact, he goes to the hospital for trying to eat it.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Haiji's love of young girls is a hint at his monster type: a Crow Tengu, a monster that loves children.
    • The bow Moka wears in Chapter 12 is a direct hint to Outer Moka being a clone of Akasha the entire time.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode: Episode eight of Capu2, which is a series of short stories revolving more around the side cast than the main.
  • Four Is Death: In episode 4 of the anime, Tsukune arrives at the bus stop at 4:44 pm and is attacked by rivals for Moka's love. Later, 4:44 pm is the scheduled time for his execution after he's discovered for being human. There's also something to be said for Moka having three sisters, meaning four kids in the family.
    • The Fairy Tale Agent's .mp3 file with "God's" death song on it is listed as track 4.
    • Also, it takes four injections of Moka's blood before Tsukune starts ghouling out.
    • The busline, as revealed in Chapter 39, is called Bus-44.
    • Apparently, Kurumu got 44 on her final exam so she has to attend the dreaded summer school.
  • Frameup: In his introductory arc, Gin sets Tsukune up to look like The Peeping Tom to cover his own trail; while Moka easily falls for it, Kurumu and Yukari play detective and manage to expose Gin as the real peeper to the entire school.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens with Yukari and Fang-Fang. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Hokuto has one of these: My father beats me and monsters at school beat me as well, so I must destroy the world and recreate it in my image!
    • Aqua's less than exceptional actions over the course of the story all center around the idea that she thinks she's the only one that could love and understand Moka (Inner Moka, not the Moka the rosario projects) completely. And it has a lot to do with the fact that Inner Moka looks quite a bit like her dead sister Jasmine, basically serving as Her Greatest Second Chance.
  • Friendless Background: Most of the girls, it seems. Outer Moka lived a lonely life in the human world. Yukari was ostracized for being a witch and being a prodigy who was younger than the rest of her class. Mizore was a weird loner who missed school due to trauma, finding solace in Tsukune's articles due to their outsider's perspective. Ruby was raised in isolation, her only friend being the master who taught her to hate humans.
  • Gecko Ending: A lot of things were changed around in the anime, particularly in Season 2. It's also a lot Lighter and Softer compared to the manga; for example, Tsukune only uses Moka's blood once (against Kuyou) and doesn't turn ghoul.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • In Capu2, Kurumu and Mizore's rivalry over Tsukune echoes that of their mothers' over a male student during their time at the academy. Neither won and the guy (who is Saizou's dad) turns out as a Gonk over the years.
    • In the manga, San, Ginei and Haiji have a very similar relationship as the Three Dark Lords. San and Akasha are both the Smurfette Principle, Akasha is the strongest of them and the leader, San is the strongest in Yokai Gakuen's history and she led Ginei and Haiji's paths in their school life. Ginei and Touhou Fuhai are both Chivalrous Perverts and they have a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with Haiji and Mikogami, respectively, and they are more beautiful than the latter. Haiji and Mikogami are both more of muscles. Ginei and Haiji admire San, and it's revealed that both Touhou Fuhai and Mikogami have flirted with Akasha. Also, all of them are high-class yokai.
    • Fang-Fang's mother and father are a Sword and Sorcerer duo, with his mother being a martial arts expert, and his father having superb summoning ability. He's later teamed up with Yukari, who fulfills the summoning half, and Fang-Fang himself is revealed to have insane martial arts skills in the final arc of Season II. And in addition, the both of them are still a pair (romantically or otherwise) after Fang-Fang ascends to the chair of the clan's head.
  • Genre Deconstruction: Of numerous tropes related to the Harem Genre. Tsukune being a Non-Action Guy with a badass Unwanted Harem nearly gets him killed on multiple occasions early on, and we even get a somber look at what being runner-up in the Unwanted Harem actually does to a girl. The anime, however, plays all of the above painfully, obliviously straight.
  • Genre Shift: The manga started out as a comedy harem series, but the current presence of the Fairy Tale organization has shifted it over to a more traditional Shonen series.
  • Garnishing the Story: Soooo...there's dragons now. Apparently.
  • The Glomp: Tsukune is an all-too-frequent victim of this.
  • Godiva Hair: Near the end of the season 1 opening, Moka is seen floating upside down naked underwater, modesty preserved by her long hair.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Once or twice when the absolute last resort is to release Tsukune's uncontrollable and potentially irreversible ghoul aspect.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Alucard turns out to be this, as he has a hand in the foundation of the Miao family, was the reason why Moka had to be sealed in the first place, and was the leader of Fairy Tale.
  • Greek Chorus: The bats love chiming in with random exposition.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: What Aqua does to apparently dispatch Moka's mom in Chapter 32 which triggered Moka to gain the power she has today in her inner self. Later, she does it to Fang-Fang's older sister. Conveniently, they're the two characters who absolutely cannot be killed by such an injury.
  • Handicapped Badass: Hokuto, as of Season II. Being paralyzed below the waist isn't stopping him from using powers or still kicking ass.
  • Handsome Lech:
    • Gin. He's just so charming that even attacking Moka in an early chapter couldn't get rid of him. Getting his ass kicked just made him try harder.
    • Kotaro Ijuuin greatly beats Gin to it in the anime, if only for a single episode (because he's nothing but Kou-chan transformed). A single utterance of "Je t'aime" is enough to make anyone instantly fall in love with him... Even Gin himself!!!
  • Harsh Word Impact: In one chapter, Tsurara hits Tsukune very hard with the word "chicken", which doubles as a Stealth Pun, since Tsukune when written with different kanji can refer to a type of Japanese chicken dish.
  • Hate Sink: Gyokuro Shuzen is one of the heads of the anti-human terrorist organization Fairy Tale, and is the vilest one. Holding a grudge against Akasha Bloodriver for stealing her husband Issa's attention away from her, Gyokuro seeks to start a war between humans and monsters solely for the sake of spiting Akasha's dream of co-existence between monsters and humankind. Along the way, she conditions her eldest daughter Kahlua into a mindless killing machine, attempts to have her youngest daughter Kokoa killed by her own sister, and takes every opportunity to physically and psychologically torment Akasha's daughter Moka. Finally, she fuses with Alucard and attempts to destroy the whole world. Lacking the sympathetic backstories of Hokuto and The Masked King, Gyokuro is a monster both literally and figuratively.
  • Hellish Pupils: A trait common in vampires (except Outer Moka), along with pronounced canines.
  • Hero Insurance: Subverted with the Belmont incident; Moka and her friends were lucky to simply be put on probation for the effort. It helps that Moka had no intention at all to pawn it off.
  • Heroic BSoD: Hey, turns out Outer Moka is just a fake personality, and in chapter 34 of season 2 Tsukune finds out and he loses all hope he had with her. Poor guy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Akasha gave her life to protect her precious daughters, Moka and Aqua.
    • When Moka is mortally wounded by Alucard, it looks like there is no way to save her, other than injecting vampiric blood into her, but Aqua doesn't have enough power to seal the deal, so Tsukune, without a way out, resolves to break his seal, enlarge his fangs (since in ghoul mode they aren't big enough) and inject his blood into Moka. Subverted closely, since the crew used The Power of Friendship to help him finally get a grip on his shinso blood and the result not only saved Moka, but allowed Tsukune to stop being a ghoul and becoming a Shinso vampire.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Used most often in a gags, usually one where Kurumu hits Tsukune with a Marshmallow Hell, only for Mizore to hit Kurumu in the head with a kunai formed of ice. The next panel shows the kunai popping free, complete with lots of blood. Appears in other gags, as well.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Kiria is very devoted to Hokuto and Miyabi, and when Miyabi is destroyed and Hokuto falls indefinitely unconscious, he curses Tsukune and his lot for taking away the two people that he loved. It's understandable in Miyabi's case as he is Kiria's "father", but in Hokuto's case you can't exactly give him the same excuse. Suspiciously, Kiria also mentions in an omake that he's not interested in girls...
  • Honor Before Reason: Kurumu when competing for Tsukune's affections. She absolutely will not exploit anything that would give her a chance to win viewing it as unfair - one of her most endearing and, sadly, tragic traits. Especially since unrequited love can be fatal to a succubus.
  • Hope Spot: Volume 13 ends with a massive one. Gyokuro has been defeated and consumed by Alucard. Moka's rosario has been reclaimed and Outer Moka is restored. All of Fairy Tale's leaders have been taken out. Kahlua is dead too. The Bus Driver has taken control of the floating island and is directing it away from human civilization. Everything seems like it's going to turn out all right...then the secret Big Bad of the series shows up.
  • Hopeless Suitor: None of the girls aside from Moka has any real shot with Tsukune. It doesn't stop them from trying however, even if they realize it. In Season II, this trope hits Kurumu over the head again and again, which isn't good for her in the slightest since succubi live for love, and heartbreak is a very powerful, and very dangerous thing for a succubus to suffer through.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • Poor Tsukune has to listen to this a LOT from the Monsters he encounters. No matter how hard he tries to show by example that his kind are at the least redeemable to any Big Bads, their views seldom, if not never, change.
    • Played With an interesting case: Aqua's backstory shows that her pseudo-sister Jasmine was lynched and dismembered by a group of angry humans who figured out that they were vampires. Except the reason they were out for blood is because Aqua killed a human that Jasmine liked, because she was that sure that any human would be out to get them and didn't want to see Jasmine get hurt, even if he hadn't even done anything yet.
    • This is the only motive Fairy Tale needs.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Double subverted with Kokoa in her introductory arc. Tsukune guesses that her desire to fight Moka stems from missing her sister and just wanting to spend time with her. Nope, seems she doesn't care for her after all. Then the rosario comes off and Kokoa launches herself at inner-Moka, who she really does love and is overjoyed to see.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Inner Moka, after being (inadvertently) smooth-talked by Tsukune. Goes hand-in-hand with her current Tsundere status.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: While they know Tsukune won't be able to have feelings of love for them, the girls in his Unwanted Harem still help him out, in both the anime the manga. Both Kurumu and Mizore seem resigned to the fact that they'll be happy so long as they can spend time with him at least, even if he's not romantically interested in them.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "[insert episode theme here] + Vampire"
  • Idiot Ball: Tsukune's inability to realize the other girls want him just as badly as (if not more than) Moka does. He will always, by default, try and save Moka first, then the others, and then will apologize for doing so. This goes hand in hand with his Chaste Hero status because, if he wasn't so intent on being with Moka, he'd have probably spend more time with the other girls a bit more when there isn't a crisis happening. He will ALWAYS default to being in Moka's company first, even if the girls are doing him a favor.
  • Imagine Spot: Kuruma has one when talking with Tsukune in episode 2, having mentioned they're in the same class, showing where she sits in relation to him - he's confused when she simply asks "See what I mean?"
  • Incest Subtext: With Aqua's feelings for Moka.
  • Infantilization Retaliation: The first chapter of Season II has two randos, who are mostly there so the mains can have someone to exposit Season I to, talking baby talk to Yukari. Cue Hyperspace Mallet.
  • Insert Song:
    • A good portion of episode 5 is devoted to showing off Kurumu and Yukari's Image Songs. The other girls have their songs inserted in, too.
    • Episode 3 of Capu2 also. Kurumu gets another, but this time her competitor is Mizore.
  • Instant Fan Club: Moka, Kurumu and Yukari have three rather lame fanboys in the first season, but by the second season, they've developed large, screaming, mostly female fanclubs. ESPECIALLY Moka.
    • Then again, it's perhaps due to them having made a name for themselves after the end of first year.
  • Instant Runes: Mikogami, and recently Tsukune have used these.
    • Averted in the case of Touhoufuhai, who drew his runes by hand (midair, very quickly), but as he is Tsukune's mentor, he's most likely capable of this to some degree.
    • Possibly averted by Fang-Fang's father Feihong; it is possible he draws them like Touhou Fuhai, but it's hard to be sure.
    • Justified in Tsukune's case as Touhou Fuhai basically reformatted his body to be able to use magic, thus meaning that the spells are essentially inscribed into Tsukune's flesh, allowing him to produce spells on command without having to use the more complex steps in the casting process that others need.
  • Interspecies Romance: Tsukune is human, sort of. The girls pining for him... not so much.
    • Technically, almost any romance at Youkai Academy qualifies. Season one's antagonists were an organization of hybrids. While everybody there is a monster except Tsukune and Hokuto (and in both cases it's relative), very few characters are the same type of monster.
  • Inverted Portrait: Near the end of the season 1 opening, the "camera" pans over Moka floating upside down naked underwater and surrounded by fruit, her rosary glowing.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Moka apparently was sickly and near-death at birth and her mom had to inject her with her blood to save her which eventually led to Moka getting her powers...guess who had to inject her blood to save Tsukune which eventually led to him taking a level in badass by becoming a ghoul.
    • If Shinso Blood is needed to awaken Alucard, and Moka transferred it to Tsukune through the blood transfer...Oh dear, Aqua won't like this! Touhoufuhai already said that Tsukune's new Ghoul form smells like Alucard...
  • Japanese Delinquents: Almost all hybrid youkai (localized as "Monstrels") are practically the resident delinquents, but Moka and Kokoa send just as much terror down the spines of the most troublesome gang leaders, more specifically, the "inner" Moka.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Kurumu with added levels of You Never Asked. Technically, it's more levels of "Not sure it will work"; it's the first time she's done it, and although Tsukune's Anguished Declaration of Love towards Moka certainly didn't help, she is feeling weakness from doing a complex spell like this and she did get lost on the way. Cue Touhou Fuhai's internal Big "WHAT?!" and disbelief.

  • Kiss of the Vampire: "Kapuchuu~". Hilariously, the manga as translated for dead-tree gives the sound effect as a loud "Chomp!"
  • Knight Templar: Fairy Tale, a pro-monster/anti-human terrorist organization. They're firmly convinced that all humans are scum who deserve nothing but death, and that includes any monsters who dare to associate with humanity.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At least, but possibly outright breaking it, Yukari-chan.
  • Lecherous Licking:
    • Kokoa licks the blood off Tsukune's face. From her point of view, she's just feeding, but from his point of view it's creepy.
  • Lethal Chef: Inner Moka, of all people. Her first attempt to make pumpkin pie somehow creates a gigantic slimy thing that destroys the Home Ec room and traumatizes poor Yukari (Inner Moka's quite careless with knives, and accidentally sliced Yukari's clothing badly). That "Thing" she creates turns out to be edible, however it manages to knock out Kokoa of all people. She was taken away on a gurney while hooked up to an IV. There was a puddle of... Something, oozing out of her mouth. This is beyond Lethal Chef. Nobody has ever made poison strong enough to make a vampire keel over and barf before, out of simple dough and pumpkin.
    • Her second attempt looked more like someone had detonated an explosive device in the kitchen than anything that could be called 'cooking'. Later it turns out to be a cake, more burned than charcoal, and pretty hard as well.
  • Lighter and Softer: Whereas the manga underwent Cerebus Syndrome, the anime remains a lighthearted romantic comedy. Especially Capu2, where most of the plots center on goofiness and fanservice.
  • Lightning Glare: Kurumu and Moka often do it to each other in the anime when fighting over Tsukune.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Especially in the manga. With a few exceptions, everyone keeps wearing their school uniforms anywhere they go (the most ridiculous example being the trip to Mizore's hometown - before the Flower Offering day, everyone else is still in uniform, with only a scarf added "because they are somewhere cold"), in spite of how different they dress from one another (Mizore only uses the skirt on her standard outfit, for example).
  • Literal Split Personality: The Lilith Mirror splits Moka into two separate beings, yet to Kokoa's disappointment, they must rejoin.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: At least in the last episode of Capu2; every time Moka's father leaves the castle, it collapses (also mentioned offhand)
  • Loophole Abuse: In a contest where using superpowers is not allowed, everyone starts using weapons and outside interference.
  • Loss of Inhibitions: Lilith's Mirror is capable of revealing a monster's true form and unleashing their hidden desires. In the anime, the girls in Tsukune's become more lustful towards him than usual when the mirror is used on them.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac:
    • Gin, who wants to grope one of the girls at any chance he gets, and Yukari, whose stated plans involve her, Moka, Tsukune and a bed (which can run to Troubling Unchildlike Behavior because she's eleven years old and only mentally precocious). Pillow fight?
    • Ruby, especially during Tsukune's training with Belmont...
    • Subverted with Kurumu; despite her pretenses of sexual confidence and aggressiveness, she's very chaste and pure-hearted with endearingly innocent views on love.
  • Love at First Sight: Tsukune and Outer Moka "make friends" at their first encounter. Inner Moka's first encounter with him also includes her giving him a surprisingly tender Marshmallow Hell embrace, though Tsukune doesn't like her quite as much at first.
  • Love Bubbles
  • Lovely Angels: Kurumu and Mizore in Season II. They started training together off-page with Gin in order to compete with Inner Moka. It paid off when they were able to use Combination Attacks against their enemies.
  • Lover Tug of War: How Tsukune is not literally snapped in half by now seems like a mystery — but then even before his Power-Up, he was Made of Iron: smashed into the ground hard enough to break rock, thrown onto vending machines...he just keeps getting up.
  • Luminescent Blush: Aqua breaks out in one of these after seeing her sister Moka for the first time in years. The other characters see this as a sign Aqua is completely insane since she's out to kill Moka.
  • Mad Artist: Hitomi Ishigami. She was already mad in her first appearance, but is mad with revenge when she returns.
  • Magic Is Feminine: The only male witch seen in the series is Yukari's father Tamanori.
  • Magic Pants: Lampshaded in an omake (seen in the trope's own page)
  • Magic Skirt: The author specifically stated in spite of the "other Moka's" penchant for high kicks, her panties will not be shown, ever (Yukari specifically laments this fact in one of the omakes.) And even Inner Moka, in the manga, has at least one Precision Panty Strike per season. Inverted in the anime, when Moka has many panty shots just walking in her regular school uniform.
  • Male Gaze:
    • Right before they take a field trip to the human world, Moka happens to sit next to Tsukune in street clothes. Her blouse has cleavage and Tsukune can't help looking down her shirt (the next three or so panels are shown from his POV).
    • The anime screams this trope the whole time. Especially when Kurumu appears or when Moka transforms.
  • Mama Bear: Akasha Bloodriver. Come on, she gave birth to Moka, it can't be that much of a surprise!
  • Man-Eating Plant: The Witch War arc contains an entire army of these. In another chapter, it introduces the Dorian, a monster plant filled with tentacles and a taste for humans and monsters alike.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: The Evil Doppelgänger in the second part transforms into Kurumu. You can guess what happens next. Similar thing happens later on when Fang-Fang and Yukari switch bodies, but Yukari stops Fang-Fang before he can have any fun.
  • Marry Them All: Fang-Fang Huang attempts to lure Tsukune into the Chinese Demon Mafia (no, seriously) by pointing out that this would make it a simple matter for him to marry his entire harem. With the exception of Moka, the girls make it clear that they like the idea... and Yukari tries to put him on a leash and force him to accept. And Kurumu, Ruby, and Mizore dress to fit in with the Chinese... Then Inner Moka reiterates Outer Moka's objection. Except with a great deal more violence.
    • There's also the end of the anime, where Tsukune, faced with the question of "who will you end up with", tries using this in conjunction with loving everyone so as not to let the other girls down, especially because they busted their humps to help him before. It only earns him a kick in the face from Inner Moka.
    • Moka's father deconstructs this in the manga's epilogue too, saying that although he's not really in a position to go all Knight Templar Parent over his daughter being part of a harem since he's a polygamist himself, considering how his own polygamy turned out Tsukune may want to think very carefully before attempting anything similar. Tsukune confirms that the implications of the parallel have not been lost on him.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Kurumu's favorite form of greeting to Tsukune, but only so it annoys the competition; Tsukune's usually too busy suffocating to protest much.
    • She managed to invert this when they joined the swim club, launching herself crotch-first at his face.
  • Masquerade: The whole of point of Youkai Academy is to teach monsters how to blend into the human society. Hence, as a lucky break for Tsukune, their curriculum is directly based on the leading human (Japanese) schools.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Inner Moka's feelings successfully confuse not only Tsukune but the rest of the Unwanted Harem as well.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: It's not really brought up, but it's mentioned several times in-series that vampires, at least, are immortal, later proven by Moka's mother, who's definitely over 200, possibly much older, but looks like she's in her twenties or thirties. We've also seen a witch and a yuki-onna who are both over 100, (though the witch, at least, actually looked the part). Succubi probably have a different growth rate as well. And they're all after Tsukune.
    • By the end of the manga, Tsukune has become a full vampire thanks to the Holy Lock slowly but surely adjusting Tsukune's body to Moka's blood, so the problem may sort itself out on its own.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Youkai Academy's name means "Monster Academy", though it's a pun in Japanese and the Kanji actually makes it mean something completely different. It's basically like if a school called "Read Son (Red Sun) Academy" were secretly a school for Kryptonians.
    • Not to mention the names given to some of the characters:
      • Let's just take Mizore: her first name is Japanese for "sleet", and her last name is Japanese for "white snow." And her mother's name, Tsurara, means "icicle. " Additionally, Shirayuki-hime is the Japanese name for Snow White.
      • "Gin" means "silver", commonly linked to werewolves, and Gin's a werewolf.
      • "Yuki" means snow, and Mizore Shirayuki is a snow woman. And "Mizore" is the word for "sleet".
      • Their teacher's a cat girl, and she has "neko" ("cat") as part of her last name.
      • Otonashi San's family name phonetically means without sound. This is actually a subversion of the author's usual theme naming to keep her power a secret until the reveal.
  • Megaton Punch: Tsukune accidentally receives one from Moka in the first episode. She also gives one to Kurumu in episode 2, which knocks her outside of the school.
    • Most of Moka's fights end this way, usually with Moka shouting "Learn your place!" and a Megaton Kick
  • Mental Fusion: In the manga, Lady Oyakta transforms into a giant plant monster and then absorbs Moka, Kurumu, Mizore and Ruby into her body. After being absorbed, the girls fuse with Oyakata, becoming part of the monster's body and being mentally controlled by it.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: The second ED animation shows Inner Moka as she Sleeps in the Nude in her bed with a red blanket covering her up to her chest. She later gets up and wraps the sheet around herself as she walks up to the window. Then drops the sheet as her body turns into a Sexy Silhouette.
  • Monster of the Week: Mostly students, but there have been teachers who're Ax-Crazy sociopaths with hair triggers.
  • Monsters Anonymous: Yokai Academy teaches monster children to hide themselves from humans, and helps them live alongside muggles by remaining in human form and attending a school designed to resemble a human Boarding School.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Upon finding out Tsukune has attracted boys now, Mizore is impressed... Then threatens to stab him if he continues being unfaithful... Then Yukari mentions that boy's love is now considered 'wholesome' in the human world... While she's reading an example with a heavy blush on her face.
    • Kokoa's reading a boy's love book on the next page, while she and Ruby explain that the boy in question doesn't have that idea in mind... And Kokoa's Nosebleeding all over her uniform.
    • The chapters after the Snow Village arc have gone back to light-hearted comedy harem humor, adding a guy to the mix, right after a ton of Character Development and an awesome fight.
    • During the depressing Snow Village arc Mizore jumps out of a window, cue a heroic save, an epic kiss, a comic reaction, than Crowning Moment of Heartwarming IN FIVE PAGES! Now excuse me while I go to a chiropractor.
    • As dark as the current arc is, you can always continue to expect at least one silly, random or just plain goofy moment thrown in to lighten the mood, if only for a moment. Whether it be Aqua fangirling over her own sister, the hilarious training methods of the rest of the cast or something else entirely, the manga hardly goes one chapter without getting a good laugh in. If there's no humor at all...then something horrible is going down. But, if there are a few funny moments afterwards, then that means there's hope.
  • Mr. Exposition: The bat gives out info on types of monsters and gives the exact number of seconds it takes to defeat an opponent. The manga (and second season of the anime) reveals he's also a Morph Weapon. He'll also chide characters who try stealing his job.
    • In the manga, though, Kou-chan is mute.
  • Mr. Fanservice: From the regular cast alone, we have Gin and his shirtless moments, but Tsukune slowly starts becoming the main perpetrator of this as time goes on and the art style becomes more detailed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the manga, Kurumu provides more panty shots and ends up in states of undress more times than all the other characters combined (It certainly seems that way, at any rate).
    • Under another viewpoint, Ruby and her self-made uniforms.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: The very first opponent Inner Moka faces is a huge monster almost three times her size (Saizou's true form). It was quite obvious that she didn't even have to try.
    • Explained how she can do so in the final chapter of the first manga season. Vampires' strength isn't based on muscles.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: The Dimension Sword technique (detailed below under Telefrag + Vibroweapon) has three known users, and its effectivity is directly proportionate to how many "dimension shifts per second" it uses. Ling-Ling Huang uses sixteen ds/sec; Aqua Shuzen and Touhou Fuhai use one hundred ds/sec.
  • Mystical 108: The body transformation technique of Touhou Fuhai's involves 109 needles – Tsukune had 108 of them put into him before he passes out and Touhou Fuhai was getting low on energy and decided to suspend the operation to recover energy... but then suddenly Tsukune's holy lock starts breaking and he gets up and transforms something seemly far more monstrous than his ghoul form.
  • No Endor Holocaust: After the final battle, a good chunk of the human world is in disrepair. There were hundreds of buildings (including skyscrapers) that had received damage, but apparently, a good chunk of the town had been evacuated beforehand.
  • No Fourth Wall: In the second-season episode after Kokoa is introduced, she reveals that the narrator-bat can change into anything by turning him into a gigantic hammer (beforehand, she turned him into multiple envelopes). As she goes on a rampage against the protagonists, they lament how the writers were probably drunk when writing the episode. Plus, we get this gem:
    Yukari: They were keeping this idea in their back pocket the whole first season!!!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: As mentioned in the CMOA section, Hokuto does this to Tsukune, twice. Once when Tsukune gets the will to fight him when he unveils his evil plan, and again...immediately after the first, because Tsukune is a Determinator who just had to get up after the first one. Now, this isn't just one beatdown because Tsukune was able to take two really long beatings with the gap between them literally just him deciding to continue fighting, and charging at Hokuto, who had already dismissed him as defeated.
  • Nosebleed: Interestingly, the victim is Kokoa, in reaction to fanservice from women.
    • One noteable example in the anime is episode 11 of Capu2: Tsukune does this with high-pressure blood when Kurumu in a really skimpy outfit flashes him while under the effects of a magical mirror that not only reveals monsters' true forms, but also stops any resistance to their inner desires and natures.
    • Also happens once in the manga, when a Doppleganger who's taken Kurumu's form briefly incapacitates Tsukune by flashing him. This is notable because Tsukune was in ghoul mode and he still got a nosebleed.
      Ruby: Thank god! He's still human!
      • The same happens to the Doppelganger himself while he's... ahem... "test-driving" Kurumu's body.
      Kurumu (the real one): Stop squeezing them! They don't belong to you!
    • Mizore's eyes showing through the spray of Tsukune's blood makes for a particularly funny scene in Chapter 39 of the first season.
      • That same scene also happens in episode 7 of Season 2.
    • Not only Kokoa but her bat nosebleeds from watching Gin apparently speed-grope Kurumu and Mizore.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Bad enough from Kurumu's point of view, to wake up and find herself in bed with Gin — but when she sees a bloodstain on the sheets, it's a Berserk Button. And then Mizore slides out from under the bed and admits she put the bloodstain there as a prank.
    Mizore: Surprised you, did it?
    Kurumu: It didn't just surprise me!! I thought I had lost something!
  • Number of the Beast: The final numbered chapter of season II is 66-6: "Dawn of the Dark #6".
  • Official Couple: Of all of the characters who could have gone together or are hinted at getting together, Haiji and Kokoa are the only ones to take the next step and actually start dating at the end of the series. However, they have no clue about dating or what should happen, so they pretty much wing it.
  • Official Kiss: Tsukune and "outer" Moka finally have their first kiss near the end of Season II. But it's also their last, since the Rosario has broken and she's fading away. Eventually, though, some aspects of Outer Moka merge with Inner Moka (shown by her hair now having pink tips), tempering her just enough to allow her and Tsukune to become the official couple. Good thing, as both are now shinso.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Aqua isn't immune to this. Though she ultimately figures out a way to beat the attack that was frightening her.
    • Kuyou is subject to this when he witnesses Tsukune vamp out for the first time during their rematch at the Fairy Tale headquarters.
    • Sun-sempai sets aside her notebook and opens her mouth.
    • When Hokuto sees Tsukune cause a magical explosion that sends surrounding Fairy Tale members flying and deflect a thrown stone pillar with a single spell that is apparently supposed to be for close-range aerial combat.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Fairy Tale headquarters.
  • Once an Episode: One can practically time when the obligatory fight and final blood-sucking "kapuchu~!!" will happen by the start of episode 4. Also, possibly coupled with the blood-sucking, the exchange of Say My Name.
  • One Cast Member per Cover: The first manga series' volumes have a different character on each cover. The only volumes to feature multiple characters on the cover were 7, 9 and 10. The second series follows the same theme, but with some exceptions like Volumes 5, 7, 11 and 13 featuring two characters.
  • One-Gender Race: Both succubi and yuki onna are implied to be this; we've seen some hybrid monsters, so Only You Can Repopulate My Race only works if their racial traits are inherently dominant. It's possible that this contributes to their motivations to pursue Tsukune, a human - monstrels are said to be the result of inter-monster-species pairings, but it's never clarified what kind of being a human-monster pairing would produce.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • When the latest student causing trouble reveals their true form, it's time for Moka to go all out.
    • Also Kahlua, in a more literal form - her entire right arm becomes a writhing mass of bat wings sharper than blades. This is achieved by taking off one of two Power Limiter earrings. When she takes off both of them, her entire body becomes a humanoid mass of sludge that she mentions leaves her feeling almost not alive, as she says while casually decapitating herself.
    • Tsukune himself gained one.
  • The Only One: We all know Tsukune was the only one enabled to remove Moka's seal and unleash "inner" Moka, but for the most part we thought that it was because they were alike in terms of trying to protect their loved ones, but later on (chapter 34 season 2) we find out there is another purpose to it— the only one who can remove the seal has to be someone who truly loves Moka and means her no harm, and luckily for her Tsukune fits the bill.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Kurumu has expressed (eventually, in some cases) an unwillingness to capitalize on anything that would take Moka out of the picture, leaving her free to pursue Tsukune in Moka's absence. Only winning him over in some form of woman-to-woman confrontation would satisfy her.
    • Supposedly Mizore feels the same, so that makes this a sort of Defeat Triangle.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Tsukune is either blessed or cursed with the fact Kurumu and Mizore are able/willing to have him father their child.
    • Yet slightly averted: they decide to choose only him and no other guy on campus. Any guy would work, but they're thus far fixated on Tsukune.
  • Open Relationship Failure: Discussed. Tsukune's Unwanted Harem gradually becomes more cognizant of the fact that despite their pursuit of him, he really is a one-woman man and prefers Moka, and if he ever manages to put his foot down about it, their group is likely to collapse. Subverted when the manga actually ends on a Marry Them All note.
  • Oral Fixation: Mizore and her lollipop; justified that all snow women need to have something in their mouths to stay cool from the heat. But she continues to keep it in her mouth even when in her rather cold homeland, because she likes it.
    • Not just a matter of taste: she states that the lollipop also symbolizes the good times she's been having with her friends and would-be lover, and she doesn't wanna let go of that.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: At first, with Tsukune. Then Hokuto gets thrown into the mix. And then the both of them gain powers on separate occasions, with the latter becoming a ghoul and then a full-blown vampire by the end of the series.
  • OT3: In-universe. This is Yukari's plan for her, Moka, and Tsukune, and she really goes into detail. invoked
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Episode nine ends on a cliffhanger with Tsukune apparently dead. He gets better.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Mermaids here are depicted as life-sucking creatures with More Teeth than the Osmond Family in their true form.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Most can shapeshift or approximate a human form. One student hangs a lampshade on the fact Nekonome-sensei has the most obviously non-human form. She smiles and proceeds to claw his face off before returning to the lesson.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: All vampires are seemingly unaffected by sunlight and clearly aren't undead. Water will paralyzes them, though it's uncertain if it's supernatural or psychosomatic. The eponymous Power Limiter rosary's a holy item. Then there's the matter of the first ancestor vampire, Alucard, who's more monster than humanoid...
  • Our Witches Are Different: Witches are monsters that look indistinguishable from humans, except they can do magic. They come in both male and female.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: In the second anime season a episode involves Curry Zombies via Mind Control really...
    • in the Manga proper Ling-Ling Huang, the sister of Fang-Fang Huang, is a Jiangshi while one of the translations for her kind's name is vampire they act more like traditional Hollywood zombies.
  • Overnight Age-Up: Yukari and Kokoa in the manga, while just Yukari in the anime. The manga version backfires into a Fountain of Youth, while the anime takes place on Measuring Day.

  • Pacified Adaptation: While Season II of the manga escalates the plot from a quirky Harem comedy with monsters to an action-packed Shonen drama with global stakes, the anime adaptation is Lighter and Softer, placing more emphasis on Fanservice and a more episodic format. This can be justified since Season II of the anime was released before the shift occurred in the manga.
  • Playboy Bunny: Ruby dresses as one in chapter 24.
  • P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: Moka is the primary driving force behind much of the plot (not to mention The Ace in just about any desperate situation), but Tsukune is the primary viewpoint protagonist.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Moka gains silver hair when she takes her rosary off and gains her true vampire power. Inverted in that is her Power Limiter that dyes her hair, and removing it restores her natural hair color.
  • Power Limiter: Moka's rosary necklace and Tsukune's rosary bracelet, after he becomes a ghoul. And Kahlua's rosary earrings. And San's notebook.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Inner Moka does this a lot, mostly by telling her enemies Know your place, but one of the best came from the most recent chapter and from Fong Fong no less.
    Fong Fong: If it's about supremacy then I'll give it to you, but in return I will protect her until the very end!!!note 
  • Punched Across the Room: Happens to Miyabi when Tsukune does a Megaton Punch on him.
  • Punny Name: The school is called "Youkai," but uses an alternate set of kanji than expected (陽海 instead of 妖怪).
  • Putting on the Reich: Fairy Tale as shown by the True Companions.
  • Rape as Drama: The Monster of the Week would get his ass handed to them because of attempting this with one of the girls in early stories. As the series progresses, it gets more serious. Mizore is treated to a brutal setup in the Flower Offering arc. Not treated as a gimmick or done overly heavy-handed or melodramatic, and one of the most moving, emotionally battering and awesome arcs of the whole series. Bear in mind that's the second rape attempt she's faced.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: 'Inner' Moka has no problems with delivering these. Most notably:
    "Tsukune, I'll give you my judgement. This is no good at all. You have vampire blood, so you must have the 'aptitude' to become stronger. You were dutiful originally, so you are a fast learner. However...They're light. I'm speaking about your weakness, your fists. The things needed to win, you have no 'will', nor do you have 'killing intent'. So who on earth are you planning to defeat?
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Appearance-wise Outer Moka and Kurumu.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Moka's super-vampire side has these. Tsukune too.
  • Rescue Arc: Rescuing Moka from the Sky Garden.
  • Retired Badass: Two hundred years of retirement have done nothing to dull Akasha Bloodriver, the Greatest Lord of Darkness or her fighting prowess.
  • The Reveal: If Moka's father had been an extremely powerful "Shinso" vampire, it would have been The Un-Twist at this point. It's her mother instead.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Tsukune. More and more averted as the series goes on.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Moka and Tsukune just say each other's names a few times in succession, complete with Bishie Sparkle. Sometimes the other girls butt in during those times.
    • Ruby saying "It's a long story" anytime she's asked about a new job. She even gets distraught in one episode after Moka steals that line from her.
    • The bat showing up to explain how long a battle took. Sometimes he may not mention the time however, or gets interrupted. It gets Lampshaded in the Anime by a member of the Security Commitee:
      "Kuyou": What? Keito was beaten?
      "School Police Member": Indeed, and in a matter of 117 seconds!
  • Sacred First Kiss:
  • Satellite Love Interest: Moka's outer personality was this at first, but she has become much less so in the later chapters of the manga, especially during Season II.
  • Say It with Hearts: Almost everyone in Tsukune's harem, but mostly Moka and Kurumu.
  • Say My Name: "Moka-san!" "Tsukune!". Repeat as many times as necessary, until someone or something interrupts.
    • Played with in episode 12 of Capu2, when Inner Moka asks Tsukune to do it with her. It doesn't work because 1. she does it in a very emotionless way and 2. he's unable to get "the other Moka" out of his mind.
  • School Festival: There was a fair amount of buildup, as Tsukune's role on the festival committee was a major plot point for the conflict with Hokuto, but the festival itself turned out to be a Breather Episode by comparison to the preceding arc.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Everything Ling-Ling does in the Sports Festival revolves around this. She's a shameless underhanded cheater who uses fellow hopping corpses to compete as students (by conveniently enrolling them at the Academy just one day before the Festival). She cannot afford to lose, but apparently words like "rule" and "regulation" don't exist in her vocabulary.
  • Secret-Keeper: The Newspaper Club, towards Tsukune (well, just Moka up 'til the end of the first season).
  • Ship Tease:
    • The Bus Driver and Shizuka Nekonome-sensei.
    • Chapters 39 and 40 really ramp up the implied Gin/Kurumu subtext, though it's still very one-sided. The beach episode and omakes opted for Gin/San instead.
    • And then Chapters 41 and 42 expanded on Kurumu's relationship with Tsukune quite a bit. She's actually made him blush a few times. Granted, it's still almost guaranteed he'll pick Moka.
    • This seems to be happening between Yukari and Fong-Fong.
    • Kokoa and Haiji have a little bit of this going on, but it's mainly one-sided because of Haiji's obsession with little girls. At least, until the end of Season II, where they get together.
  • Silent Bob: San Otonashi, who communicates by Talking with Signs. Turns out she's a siren and can talk, but doesn't to avoid the nasty effects of her enchanted voice
  • The Sixth Ranger: Ginei, who doesn't hang out with the others very often, but is very powerful. Huang Fang-Fang replaces him as this in Season II though, since Gin has been appearing less often.
  • Skewed Priorities: Outer Moka considers relationship issues more important than the monster trying to kill them - the other characters find at this least as odd as the audience.
  • Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness: Moka is so friendly, she suffers from anemia due to drinking only tomato juice. In the anime, her bite only causes the victim to feel faint temporarily (sometimes the animators even bother with drawing Tsukune with an emaciated face because of this). In the manga, Tsukune eventually becomes a zombie (of sorts, and not directly because of Moka drinking his blood), though his personality is not compromised.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Kurumu's family name is Kurono. Just like that other guy from that other manga. Yet, many people tend to misspell as "Kuruno". Might as well be the pronunciation.
    • Also, Fang-Fang Huang. Just like Yang Fang Leiden So many different sources (including This Very Wiki once or twice), refer to it as Fong-Fong Won/Wang/Wong that it is not difficult for a get-the-facts-right fan to turn it into a Berserk Button. The confusion likely stems from the fact that despite being Hong Kong based (mainly Cantonese), they are seen speaking Mandarin in the manga, Fang-Fang Huang would be correct for Mandarin, Fong-Fong Wong would be correct for Cantonese.
    • Aqua had her name spelled "Aqua" for the Viz translation.
  • Split Personality: Outer and Inner Moka have very different personalities, but they are not actually in conflict with each other and fully accept each other. There's a reason for this: it turns out a copy of her mother's consciousness was left in the Rosario and grew its own personality, while the real Moka was to be sealed off and protected by the Rosario. Thus, "outer" and "inner" Moka.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Vampires have become this in the latter half of the manga. More specifically, it's just the Shuuzen family, who are very quickly shown to have a hand in everything by one connection or another.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Mizore, lampshaded endlessly. She even out-and-out says at one point that stalking Tsukune is her hobby.
    • Heck, the girl treats stalking professionally. She suggests stalking methods as topics for the Newspaper every once in a while, for crying out loud. Goes into Stalking Is Funny if It Is Female After Male because of this.
      "Oh yeah Tsukune, Rock that forward bend."
  • Standard Female Grab Area: Used against Kurumu by Hokuto, and justified.
    Hokuto: Although your attacks are sharp, it becomes weak once you're caught.
  • Stranger in a Strange School: Though he does eventually start settling in...
  • Stripping Snag: In episode 7 of season 2, Tsukune is taking a bath when he's interrupted by Kurumu, who is only wearing a Modesty Towel trying to seduce him. But she also gets interrupted by other girls, including Yukari, who bursts into the bathroom and slips on a bar of soap, accidentally pulling off Kurumu's towel as she falls. Tsukune gets a violent Nosebleed at the sight as Kurumu has a Naked Freak-Out (the audience only sees her Toplessness from the Back).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The outer Moka looks (if not exactly) like her mother. Because she is her mother. Or, at least, a copy of her.
  • Suggestive Collision: Ageha and Tsurara are fighting. In an attempt to break the fight up, Tsukune is thrown at the two women — and lands in a very awkward position where his face is between Tsurara's legs and his hand is grabbing Ageha's chest.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Moka's super-vampire abilities has to be sealed away, released only when the rosary's removed. Doing so reveals her true personality: cold, ruthless and arrogant, but less evil than traditional vampires. Hard to believe that those two are the same girl. It's ultimately revealed that Inner Moka is the real Moka, making Outer Moka a Helpless Good Side.
  • Super Mode: Whenever Moka gives some of her blood to Tsukune (think Karin), he temporarily gains vampiric powers. There's just one little problem...
  • Supporting Harem: Moka is the only girl Tsukune clearly loves. The other girls try but there's nothing they can do.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Fang-Fang's parents, his mother as the fighter and his father as the mage. He eventually becomes the sword to Yukari's sorceress.
  • Take That, Audience!: One set of bonus yonkoma focuses on the gang trying to become a more moeinvoked series after a fan writes in about their lack of standard moe traits despite being a harem series. Their attempts come out with them first realizing that moe characters come from the same mold, then placing way more emphasis on physical cutesy traits to tell them apart.
    • The same set of strips also ripped on readers who didn't like the fact that the manga and anime (which was running concurrently at the time) go in two different thematic directions—a more actiony shounen manga with fanservice in the former's case, and a lighthearted Ecchi in the latter's. Their ultimate response? "The anime is the anime, and the manga is the manga!"
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Tsukune has a dangerous habit of jumping in front of attacks to protect his friends. It eventually leads to his emergency transformation.
    • Ginei once took a fireball in the fight against Kuyou.
  • Taking You with Me: via Kill It with Fire Ling-Ling attempts to do this with Aqua. It doesn't work, but fortunately Ling-Ling is saved.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Thanks to Art Evolution, every other man is either this or a pretty boy.
  • Technically-Living Vampire: In the setting, vampires are a race of monsters like any other instead of undead humans. Moka and her sisters were all born naturally from vampire parents.
  • Telefrag: Combined with Vibroweapon, the Dimension Sword technique. Let's let Touhou Fuhai explain it better:
    Touhou Fuhai: The Dimension Sword is like a 'saw' moving back and forth between dimensions. Watch. First, I'll put my hand through this block of wood by shifting dimensions.
    (does just that, causing the wood to ripple where his hand emerges while Tsukune stares closely)
    Touhou Fuhai: Nothing happens in this state. The block of wood is unharmed. But if I shift the dimension back...
    (does just that; wood SPLIN-TER!s, and Tsukune is sent flying).
    Touhou Fuhai: Two objects cannot exist in the same dimension at once. The moment my hand returns to this dimension, it pushes away the block of wood that was originally there. The Dimension Sword technique repeats this process a hundred times a second. My hand moves back and forth between dimensions as if pulling a saw, which enables me to destroy any object with ease.
    (does just that without moving his hand, emitting a 'vrr' as it forces the air around it back)
    Touhou Fuhai: It moves extremely quickly, so it's a very difficult technique to master.
  • Thanks for the Mammary:
    • In the bonus chapter of the first season of Kurumu gives Tsukune the usual Marshmallow Hell treatment after seeing him looking drained after Moka sucked his blood. Tsukune tries to reach up to push her away... Stop me if you've heard this one before...
    • An occasion in Season 2 has Tsukune do this to Kurumu's mom twice. The first made by she herself for tease him, the second accidentally when he fall on her and Mizore's mother.
    • Gin, who wants to grope one of the girls at any chance. When in the manga he save Tsukune from Kuyou, he grope Kurumu claiming that this is his reward.
  • Theme Naming:
    • The vampire sisters (in order of appearance) Moka/Mocha, Kokoa/Cocoa, Kahlua and Aqua, all names after various drinks.
    • In addition, most major characters have a word referencing color somewhere in their names:
      • Red - Moka Akashiya, Kokoa Shuzen, Ruby Tojo, Akasha Bloodriver
      • Blue - Tsukune Aono, Ruby Tojo
      • Black - Kurumu Kurono
      • Violet - Yukari Sendou
      • White - Mizore Shirayuki
      • Silver - Ginei Morioka
      • Orange - Ruby Tojo
      • Gold - Hokuto Kaneshiro
      • Grey - Haiji Miyamoto
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: The reason why Tsukune, who is still genetically human, was the only one who could do anything against the Yakuza who kidnapped Moka and Sun (at least, without getting arrested). Which turns the fact that the Student Police have a death penalty for any human who discovers Youkai Academy into a serious case of Fridge Logic. The school itself doesn't have that severe a penalty for being human, but the Student Police, being the Knights Templar they are, interpret the rules as allowing them to kill any human that trespasses onto the school. Especially Kuyou strongly believes in that idea. It becomes a Fridge Horror when he reappears in the second serialization...
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Tsukune, several times. Hell, Season II has basically been one giant version of this for Tsukune.
    • More later, it seems that the entire Newspaper Club Took a Level in Badass. To rescue Moka from Fairy Tale.
      • Kokoa gets special mention for managing to defeat Kahlua (though the first half she needed saving at first and definitely needed her sword, the second half she needed Mizore.)
    • Both Moka and Tskune unlock their full shinzo power and use it to (temporarily) destroy Alucard. The epilogue shows that Moka’s father is going to be working with them to improve their skills and reach their full potential.
    • In the epilogue, Fang-Fang takes several more as the clan head of the Huang family, being considered the "second coming of Touhou Fuhai" once he figures himself out. And Kiria steps up to the plate as the new head of Fairy Tale.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Ruby; when Tsukune goes into training and is bound to Ruby by a chain that shocks her whenever he uses his power improperly, it seems like it's to encourage him to learn faster to spare her pain. Instead, she seems rather "disappointed" when she stops getting zapped after a day. She also ties herself up in the chain while he's unconscious, including passing it between her legs at the crotch level, excusing it as being like twisting a phone cord around one's finger when bored - an excuse Tsukune doesn't buy. She also likes the idea of him with the whip, and pleads him to order her around.
    • Coupled along with the fact that while fighting, the electrical current seems to give Ruby an orgasm before Tsukune learns to control his power.
    • ...and her dialogue while he's fighting: "Keep beating it.", "Harder", "Beat it", "His youkai power, it's getting larger and larger"...* ahem*
    • Also the incident where she joins the Newspaper Club as an adviser, and tells Tsukune, "Order me around, I'll do anything."
    • When asked what her relationship to Tsukune was, her answer was "toy".
    • When a doppelganger posing as Tsukune gives her what's intended to be a rib-breaking elbow smash, her response is to hug him with a blush of pleasure and beg him to hit her again.
    • Brought back to hilarious effect when the group confronts the first leader of Fairy Tale—Raika, a lightning user. One good blast and Ruby dusts herself off, saying that not only does she not need to defend, she wouldn't mind if he keeps going.
    • Incidentally, the "Meaningless End-of-Volume Theater" omake for Series II Volume 4 claims that Yukari and Outer Moka enjoy getting electric shocks through that chain, too.
  • Too Many Belts: Mizore has a couple of extra belts connecting her waist to her Zettai Ryouiki for no discernible reason.
  • Training from Hell: In the China arc, Tsukune's gets trained by "Inner" Moka that pushes his limits. Blood leaks from his mouth while Moka belittles his fighting ability, in comparison to her. Tsukune's will breaks at this and he's ready to quit. It's not until later in the arc he gets into a fight and fully unleashes his ghoul-strength without becoming the slightest bit crazed. And after weeks of trying to keep pace with Inner Moka, the humans he has to fight (and even the bullets they shoot at him) seem like they're in slow motion by comparison. Though he still sucks compared to Inner-Moka, he's grown by considerable leaps and bounds.
  • Tranquil Fury: Gin calmly and methodically disassembles the entire operation of the local Fairy Tale base because they threatened his friends, San in particular, and plans on doing the same to the rest of the organization.
  • Transformation Sequence: It seems the production company spent so much money animating the awesome fights in the closing credits they have to use this exact stock footage every damned episode just to get the cash back.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: Fang-Fang Huang is the only son of the boss of the biggest (Youkai) one in all of China. It's unclear whether his undead sister is part of it as well. And their grandfather is not just any strongest Youkai, but one of the three demonic kings (making him as strong as the Headmaster) named the Invincible East, and it was he who taught the Headmaster how to make the seals and barrier.
  • True Companions: Certainly by series two, no matter how much Kurumu and Inner Moka would deny it.

  • The Undead:
    • Not Moka, but Tsukune following his "upgrade".
    • Also, Chinese zombies.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In the animé, when Moka literally runs Tsukune over on her bike, he is perfectly fine afterwards.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Tsukune is very quick to accept that monsters exist and learn to operate within their realm.
  • Unmoving Plaid: A couple of pages of the manga feature this with the girls' skirts when they disguise themselves as members of Fairy Tale.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Tsukune gets like this when his ghoul side starts to take over. It takes a lot to even subdue the bastard when he gets like that.
  • Unusual Chapter Numbers: The final volume consists of chapters 66, 66-2, and so on, through to 66-6. There's also 65-2 from the previous volume.
  • Unwanted Harem: Currently provides the image for this trope. the Doesn't help that you want to cheer for each girl. Or the fact they all know only Moka has a shot with him. Beautifully Deconstructed, especially with Kurumu and Mizore, where we see the full effect of what they go through when they know have already lost but still try to have hope. Hilarity does not Ensue.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Inverted, Tsukune is the muggle hiding his identity from his non-muggle friends.
  • Verbal Tic: You could probably find a few, given how quirky everyone in the series is, but the most obvious example is Yukari's -desu. The bat adds "whee~" to his statements as well.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Every member of the Unwanted Harem will fight very viciously if Tsukune's in danger. Ironically, the one Tsukune truly wants as a girlfriend, Moka, isn't really much use until her Rosary is removed and she becomes Inner Moka, who will fight just as viciously as the others but does it for herself rather than for Tsukune ( at least at first).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Most of the girls' relationships with each other fall under this, especially where Kurumu is concerned.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Every single monster that doesn't already look like a human is capable of taking on a human appearance.
    • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Moka is restricted to her human form by the rosary cross, and transforms into her true vampire form when it's removed.
  • Voodoo Doll: Yukari used one to control Tsukune and make him humiliate himself.
  • Waistcoat of Style: As of Season Two, Kaneshiro Hokuto.
  • Wall of Weapons: Mizore's mother seems to have...interesting hobbies. Unexplained is exactly how she managed to acquire all those guns. Collecting submachine guns would be difficult enough in America, but the Yuki-Onna village is in hidden somewhere in Japan. Which has the strictest gun ban in the world.
    • All those weapons fire snowballs. Maybe that's how Tsurara manages to collect them: this kind of ammo could make the guns pass off as highly realistic toy/prop weapons.
  • The Watcher: This seems to be at least one role the bus driver plays.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The Doppleganger in early Season 2. He became highly proficient in martial arts to make up for a low level of natural strength/demonic power. When combined with his copying ability, it made him seriously dangerous for awhile.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Vampires can be weakened with just a splash of ordinary water, though oddly, herbal water has no effect. It's even pointed out vampires have far more weaknesses than any other monsters to compensate for their extreme power: silver, water, the rosaries... Indeed, this is one of the advantages Tsukune's ghoul form has over Moka; there are no weaknesses (except for a spell-binding crucifix and the risk of permanent insanity).
  • We Can Rule Together: Alucard makes this offer to Tsukune. He mentions that Tsukune after becoming a Shinso is also an enemy of humanity like himself, so it's in his best interests to abandon the humans to their fate.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 9, "Secret". The main cast other than Moka (who knew all along) learn that Tsukune is human, as does the Arc Villain Kuyou. The next chapter continues the wham by having Tsukune almost die and have to be given vampire blood to live, Inner Moka—up until then an archetypal Invincible Hero—getting her ass kicked and Tsukune stopping the bad guy.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In a school of badass monsters like vampires, it's got to suck to be the guy who can turn into an umbrella.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Inverted example, Tsukune is the only human amongst a school full of monsters, and humans are largely hated by them. Some of them even object to having to disguise themselves as people and learn the human way of life at the school.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
    • The main crew goes back to Youkai Academy, and Tsukune is given a bodyguard in the form of Issa Shuuzen, who's set to protect him because he's a target of Fairy Tale and a hopeful for the Youkai Academy Headmaster position. And Moka's silver hair starts to get a subtle pink tint at its tips, revealing that Outer Moka wasn't Killed Off for Real after all, and instead was subject to a Split-Personality Merge with Inner Moka.
    • Gin graduates high school, and goes to work at San's family hotel.
    • As it turns out, Kahlua isn't dead, and is taken by Kuyo after the final battle. She and Akhua are managing fine.
    • Hokuto fell unconscious after the final battle, since part of Alucard was inside of him as well. Kiria continues to take care of him until the day when he can finally wake up— but in the meantime, he's going to become the new head of Fairy Tale.
    • The Huang family and the Miao family are starting to make amends.
  • Window Love: Happens between Moka and Kurumu in season II. They are on opposite sides of a force field, and the latter has just been critically injured. They put their hands up against each others' from opposite sides of the force field before the latter collapses.
  • Window Watcher:
    • Mizore, the resident stalker, can be occasionally be seen looking in on people through the window.
    • Kokoa often shows up outside of a window, staring at her sister.
    • Ginei likes to look at girls in their rooms by zooming in on them with his camera.
  • Witch Classic: Witches in Rosario + Vampire are a species of "monsters" despite looking like humans, and conform to the traditional Witch stereotypes, including the pointed hat, cape, broomstick-riding, use wands with pentagrams on them. What breaks the traditional mold, though, is that men are members of this species as well, and they have hats, capes, and the works.
  • Wolverine Claws:
    • Part of Kurumu's power set.
    • Also, Mizore usually appears with ice claws over her hands whenever she uses her powers.
  • Word Salad Title: To the tune of "X and a Vampire" for the anime.
  • World of Badass: Given the story revolves around a school of monsters connected to a society of monsters, it's only natural that plenty of them would be capable in a fight. While the major characters are the ones with the greatest power, even the one-off mooks would be capable of threatening human society. Even the Token Human Tsukune gets in on the badassery, initially through being an Action Survivor who is also Made of Iron, before he personally Took a Level in Badass and became a genuine fighter.
  • World of Technicolor Hair: A rather downplayed example. Monster society is full of natural hair colors all across the rainbow, with sky-blue and violet-purple being quite normal, but humans in the story only have hair colors found in reality, such as black and brown.
  • Wrong Bathroom Incident: Gin tricks Tsukune into peeking into the locker room in his first appearance. Fanservice and lady beatdowns ensue.
  • Yandere: Mizore, at least at first, though Kokoa seems to have taken the spot ('course, not for Tsukune but for dear Moka onee-sama~!)
    • Mizore's definitely yandere at her introduction, but since being admitted into the Unwanted Harem, she's more of a Sugar-and-Ice Personality who, as mentioned above, finds it fun to continue "stalking" Tsukune.
    • Kahlua as well.
    • As if the last couple of chapters weren't enough, Chapter 38 seems to firmly push Aqua into this territory, with a slight mix of Tsundere.
  • You Are Too Late: Hokuto explains his master plan as a distraction to keep Moka and Tsukune away from him long enough to pull it off.
  • You Have Failed Me: If a Big Bad's underling has a change of heart, they're instantly a fool and a traitor. Monsters are really extremist like that.
  • Youkai: What kind of series do you take this for? though classical western monsters are often found alongside them.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: Kokoa was merely using "It's too childish!" as an excuse to remove her Arale-chan costume.

Alternative Title(s): Rosario To Vampire, Rosario Plus Vampire, Rosario And Vampire


"Je t'aime"

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