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  • Tetsuya Tsurugi from Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger is serious, grim-looking and moody, and he seldom smiles. So when he grins, everyone freaks out and dons Oh, Crap! stares. Mainly Warrior Monsters, since it usually means they are about to die horribly and painfully.
  • Mark Ibaraki from 7 Seeds is usually very upbeat, friendly and goofy, with a constant smile on his face. When that smile disappears off his face? You know things are looking really, really bad.
  • Soul Eater:
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    • Inverted with Death — if he starts acting in character, you know you're in some serious shit. He does occasionally put on his old scary voice just to scare his staff into paying attention, and is even more likely to treat the most dire of circumstances (Asura's resurrection, Kid's abduction) casually, even jokingly.
    • Also played straight: if Black☆Star is not yelling and Death The Kid is not OCD'ing over symmetry, prepare for an asskicking. Kid's an interesting example because the occasions he faces disorder and doesn't have a fit over it tend to be when he instead fixes on another inherent characteristic, that of him being a Shinigami (e.g Mosquito, minor point in his second fight with Black☆Star).
    • The death scene of Crona's mother Medusa definitely fits, their mother Medusa who welcomed them back and praised her child with open arms along by offering Crona's favorite dish. Finally, she then hugged Crona, who knows that their mother would never be so nice to them, freaked out and killed her. Which is what Medusa wanted
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    • Crona themself is a weird two-in-one example; Crona's OOCness has different meanings depending on what side they're on. When evil, if Crona stops rambling like a lunatic then it's time to run. When good, Crona dropping their usual gloominess means that they're about to kick some serious butt. A possible third in the penultimate chapter of the manga. There, Crona calmly considers what has happened, what 'fear' is and what they can do about it and Asura. No fighting, no evil influence from Medusa. Just Crona. And it is awesome.
  • Angel Beats!: Shiina (who is The Quiet One) says something in the 10th episode. Everyone is shocked by this.
  • In InuYasha, as noted by Jaken, when Sesshomaru smiles, some serious shit is about to go down.
  • Bleach:
    • Shunsui (or Syunsui) Kyoraku never loses his temper, and his general demeanor never really elevates beyond "mildly concerned"—even when fighting his mentor who is implied to be thousands of years older than he is. However, when his Heterosexual Life-Partner Ukitake appeared to have been killed, he lost it. For extra emphasis, even in the context of that story arc, his reaction was pretty extreme.
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    • Chizuru Honshou is the local Genki Girl and Plucky Comic Relief. She has only cried twice in canon, both times when attacked in unusual ways: the first was when she was subjected to Body Horror by Numb Chandelier that made her attack Tatsuki and Orihime; the second was when Aizen was chasing her and her classmates — her ability to see the spirits is only revealed because, like Tatsuki, Keigo, and Mizuiro, she remains awake during Aizen's attack on Karakura Town, but unlike them she has never been told what's going on and is therefore terrified.
    • When Ichigo decides to murder Tsukishima (despite never having killed anything other than hollowsnote  at this point) on the off chance it will reverse his Fullbring's effect on his friends and family, you know he's pissed.
    • The usually cool-headed Byakuya completely loses his composure when As Nodt steals his bankai.
    • Much earlier on, on June 16, Ichigo begins acting oddly friendly to his classmates, and Orihime immediately picks up on the change, impressing her best friend and Ichigo's long-time friend Tatsuki, who took three years to figure it out. It's because it's the day before the anniversary of Ichigo's mother's death, which he blames himself for.
    • When the Vandenreich have invaded Society, Yumichika publicly uses kido and very nearly reveals his true shikai, despite knowing that the battle-obsessed Eleventh Division wouldn't approve.
    • Zangetsu (specifically, the side that reflects Ichigo's Quincy-ness) is normally pretty stoic and aloof. But when Ichigo's despair literally floods his inner world and weakens him in battle, the sword spirit makes his anger at his wielder's weakness loud and clear.
  • At the ending of Demon King Daimao: The student council member who always says "guga", said something else than guga.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Similar to the Bleach example is Kaede; when she opens her eyes, something big is going down.
    • Similarly to that, when Zazie shows up and starts talking in multi-syllabic sentences, you know there's something weird going on. Actually, turns out that it wasn't her.
  • Again like Gin, when Xelloss from Slayers opens his eyes, stops smiling, or volunteers unambiguous information, things have already gone completely downhill.
  • Monster:
    • There are exactly two moments where Johan isn't smiling softly, and you will crap your pants both times.
    • The show has a habit of doing this with drink orders — for instance, the workaholic decides against ordering a coffee, because he's chosen to vacation in earnest.
  • The phenomenon is examined with a "scientific experiment" in Cromartie High School.
  • Most fans of Sailor Moon recognize protagonist Usagi to be something of The Ditz. So when she tells classmates to stay out of an impending fight and study instead, everyone present wonder if she's coming down with something. No one at this point realized that concern for her friends happens to be the one thing above all else that makes her start taking things seriously.
    • An instance of the trope starts the series of events that triggers the major Reveals in episode 34. Usagi runs into Mamoru on the street and slaps him on the back (mostly to annoy him), but to her surprise, not only does he react in pain (she hit him right on the spot where Zoisite wounded him in the last battle), he doesn't talk his usual snide towards her. This immediately sets off alarm bells in Usagi which become klaxons when she discovers the blood on her hand. Which shows something since, in spite of all the grief he'd given her in the past, the moment something serious happens to him, she drops all her past animosity to figure out what's wrong. And things just start to come together from there.
    • An example in the manga is that Minako never cries or snaps at people. Thus the Inners are suitably shocked when she does just that at them, as that was the moment where Minako's happy act was dropped for a few moments.
    • A lesser example forms the start of the plot in SuperS episode 138. It basically boils down to, "Why has Ami the Bookworm suddenly turned Wrench Wench?" It's because she felt the impulse to help a widow mechanic in a pinch, which eventually gets the other girls involved.
  • In an episode of Samurai Pizza Cats, space-cadet Emperor Fred (who normally communicates by saying "Fuh-red!" and scat-singing) catches a nasty cold, and apparently upgrades from The Unintelligible to Talkative Loon ("This is to certify that kung pao chicken containing MSG may cause your BMW to have a headache...") This leads Al Dente to conclude that the emperor is very sick.
  • Pippin, the Gentle Giant of the Band of the Hawk in Berserk, has his Eyes Always Shut and usually remains silent during missions. He only opens his eyes twice in the series, both times to indicate his alertness during situations of mortal peril. And if he raises his voice and tells you to do something, you had better believe it's your only chance for survival.
  • Ranma ½:
    • One episode of the anime has Happōsai, the resident Dirty Old Man, acting extremely despondent and unlike himself. It culminates when Female!Ranma is forced by the fathers to put on a swimsuit and give the Old Master a show in order to raise his spirits... and he just tells her to Please Put Some Clothes On. At this point, everybody know there's something very wrong with Happōsai.
    • Akane, when Ranma does something silly, but she doesn't make him pay by punching him to the sun or hitting him over the head with her hidden mallet. When she's really angry at him, she gives him the silent treatment. Ironically, Ranma is the main one who gets bothered by it.
  • Six Half has everyone react like this when they first see Shiori act differently from what they are used to. Justified, she has amnesia and cannot remember what she was like before.
  • In the Sinnoh seasons of Pokémon, how can you tell that Team Galactic is coming? Croagunk does nothing but stare at the door, and doesn't even move when Brock hits on Nurse Joy.
    • In Sun and Moon, Ash is concerned when the normally aloof-to-strangers stray Litten comes up to him extremely panicked and asking for his help- something it had never asked Ash for in previous episodes of the series. And it's doubly OOC, as here Litten is panicked. Normally, it's The Comically Serious, and while it had shown emotion before, it had never shown outright panic the way it does here. And it's no wonder, as the Stoutland that had essentially adopted it was dying.
      • Later in the same region arc, Professor Kukui is absolutely shocked seeing Rowlet awake in the morning after it pecks him awake. The reason? The Pokemon school students had prepared a surprise wedding ceremony for Kukui and his fiancee Professor Burnet!
    • And if you want more context, Rowlet has practically made a Running Gag out of its most inherent trait: being a Heavy Sleeper to the core. It's been seen sleeping in Ash's backpack most of the time, and has even been shown to sleep during a few battles. While it has been shown to be awake during many major battles, such as Trials, this case is a very serious one indeed. How serious, you ask? Well, Rowlet is a nocturnal Pokémon, meaning it mainly sleeps during the daytime in the early morning hours. Now keep in mind that this is not only the morning of Kukui's wedding ceremony, but it's also the early morning of Kukui's wedding ceremony. This is a time when Rowlet would be expected to be dozing away in Ash's backpack. Yet it's wide awake. In other words: Rowlet is awake at a time when it would normally be asleep. Kukui's shock is completely genuine- after all, how many days would you expect to see a nocturnal animal awake during the daytime?
      • It's immediately lampshaded by Kukui:
    Professor Kukui: ROWLET?! Rowlet, you're never awake! What's going on here?
  • Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin has a couple versions of this. The most obvious is that his entire demeanor changes, but more subtly he'll drop the use of the extremely humble "sessha" and use the aggressive masculine "ore"note , which is when you know what the Hitokiri Battousai is present. Also, any time Kenshin the Thou Shalt Not Kill Martial Pacifist seems to be seriously out for blood is cause to be very, very worried.
  • Trigun. Vash's reaction to Monev the Gale's wholesale slaughter of a small town in the anime is a definite example of this. Vash is usually a goofball and kind to the point of preferring to be injured himself rather than hurt anyone else, even when people are actively trying to kill him, but after seeing what happened to the town he puts a gun to Monev's head gets this close to just blowing his head off.
  • One Piece:
    • As a result of massive Despair Event Horizon, Luffy becomes so depressed that he admits his own weakness and renounces his worthiness for the title of the Pirate King.
    • Played for Laughs in an earlier moment, when Nami gave treasure to Lola. Luffy and Usopp were shocked, and actually shouted "A STORM IS COMING !"
    • Arguably any time that Luffy stops joking around and being a total moron it's clear that shit is about to go down.
    • It is actually applied for every member of the Straw Hat AND the Straw Hat crew as a whole. They are usually very goofy and would get into fighting with each other for very silly reasons. But if you manage to make them stop fooling around, you know a lot of shits are coming down on you.
    • Another moment where it was played for laughs is during a TV special: As the Straw Hats were performing a play, Robin started overacting, dancing around and singing as if she was in an opera. Understandably, Chopper was completely freaked out.
    • At one point in the Alabasta arc, Vivi says three words to Crocodile: "I'll Kill You!". Mind you, this is coming from a young princess who is such a Nice Girl that she can't stand the idea of a single person dying in a war.
    • Luffy actually uses this on purpose to relay a secret message to his crew after they've been separated to meet up in Sabaody after two years.
    • Corazon is thought to be mute by everyone, including his own brother. Which makes it so surprising when he finally talks to tell Law that he needs to get away from Doflamingo.
    • When Luffy points out the very harsh, but necessary truth that it's naïve to hope that all people involved in a war will survive, Nami gets angry at Luffy for being so blunt and not considering Vivi's feelings. It's extremely telling that Sanji is the one to tell Nami to shut up and not cut off Luffy. Usually, he would never show agreement with his male crewmates if he can please his female crewmates instead, but in this situation he apparently agreed with Luffy so much that he forgot his principles.
      • He later does this again in the Post-Enies Lobby arc, when Zoro is completely adamant that Usopp not be allowed back into the crew until he apologizes for disrespecting their captain. When Nami protests that Zoro is being too harsh, Sanji actually speaks up for the first time to say that, to his own chagrin, Zoro is absolutely right. The fact that Sanji openly sides with Zoro over Nami says a lot about just how strongly he must have felt about the issue.
    • During the Whole Cake Island arc, Sanji turns down a beautiful woman he's set to marry to stay with the Straw Hat crew. Even the other Straw Hats are amazed by it.
      • A much more serious example happens when Luffy vows not to eat any food unless it's prepared by Sanji, as an ultimatum to get him into the crew instead of going off to get married. Which Sanji clearly doesn't want, but he's being forced by explosive bracelets and assassins aimed at Zeff.
    • While Luffy usually believes Usopp's lies, when Usopp tries his "80 million followers" bluff on Luffy before their fight, as a Call-Back to their first meeting, Luffy bluntly says he knows Usopp doesn't have a single follower, which helps drive home how serious the fight is.
  • In Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, it's clear that Fay's mental state has taken a turn for the worse not because he grows his hair out after losing his eye and takes on a generally more gloomy disposition, but it's because he drops the cutesy nicknames and actually calls Kurogane by his name, with the framing of the scene making it clear it's intended to be a Wham Line. Later on when he starts using the nicknames again it's a huge relief to everyone since it indicates that he's getting better.
  • Bakuman。:
    • Hiramaru, infuriated over the reasoning behind putting Detective Trap on hiatus until Mashiro graduates, storms off to work on his manga.
    • Eiji Nizuma is a manga enthusiast who reads everything in Jump, especially the main characters' work, since they're his rivals. When he says he isn't reading Tanto, it's proof of how strongly he believes that it's inferior to their previous work and they are not living up to their potential by working on it.
  • Mai-Otome:
    • Arika's friends take note of how she isn't eating sweets when she's thinking about love, and become worried about her.
    • During Nagi's coup, when Natsuki objects to Shizuru holding off the enemy forces herself to allow her to escape, Shizuru angrily tells Natsuki not to act like a spoiled child and that she, as headmistress, has a duty to escape and help retake Garderobe and Windbloom, raising her voice for the only time in the series.
  • Squid Girl: Similar to the Bleach and Negima examples — when Chizuru opens her eyes, you're screwed. Except for the one time she was trying to be friendly instead of intimidating. And it was adorable.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • There is just ONE time in which Goku was in no mood to eat a meal. When he sensed that his best friend Krillin was in danger and rushed to help him. It was too late: Krillin was already dead.
      • Following which, the typically happy-go-lucky Goku screams that he'll make whoever killed Krillin pay, and rather brutally does just that. He then fights King Piccolo and eventually strikes an honest death blow on him.. It's the first time that Goku becomes truly, irrevocably enraged to the point of no forgiveness.
    • Goku also blows his top when Frieza kills Krillin. He becomes so enraged, it triggers his transformation into a Super Saiyan, the usually easy-going Goku now warning his son to get the hell out of Dodge before he loses what little restraint he has left, then subjecting Frieza to a vicious Curb-Stomp Battle. As Goku says in Dragon Ball Kai, he's "pure of heart, awoken by fury".
    • Played for Laughs in the Cell Saga. When Goku actually agrees with Chi-Chi that Gohan should study for once, Gohan, Krillin, and especially Chi-Chi are absolutely shocked; Chi-Chi goes so far as to check Goku's temperature.
    • In the first half of a Dragon Ball Super Two-Part Episode, Goku was on guard for Hit's planned assassination to the point where he doesn't eat his lunch with gusto like he usually does or go train at Beerus' place.
    • Any time Gohan goes from "reluctant warrior" to "enraged doombringer" (or even worse, "calmly confident badass") you better believe someone is about to be hurt. Doubly so when he's up against Cell and is pushed to Super Saiyan 2, where he wants to ouright torture him before is death (this bites him in the ass later).
    • During the fight against Vegeta and Nappa, the cocky and enraged Nappa tries to kill his opponents before Goku had arrived, causing Vegeta to harshly berate Nappa for disobeying a direct order. This makes Nappa clam up and apologize, tipping Piccolo off that Nappa is not the strongest of the two.
    • Vegeta was the Big Bad of the first story arc of Dragon Ball Z and a cold bastard that didn't seem like he could care about anything besides himself; one arc later, when Goku arrives on the scene to find Vegeta on his death bed at the hands of Frieza. Vegeta cries, reveals that Frieza was the one that wiped out the rest of the Saiyans, and begs Goku to kill Frieza to avenge them.
    • Another Vegeta example involves him blowing himself up in order to destroy Majin Buu and save the world, while expressing his love for his wife, his son, and even his rival.
    • Rounding out the trifecta, one of Vegeta's most recognizable character traits is his overwhelming arrogance and pride; even when fighting someone who vastly outclasses him and being aware of it, he tends to enjoy the challenge and trash talk them like none other. Therefore it is a major shock in two of the movies when Vegeta is so terrified of his opponent that he initially cannot muster the will to fight, a sign that these characters are seriously bad news:
      • In the Broly case, he finds Broly such a titanic opponent that he abandons all pretense of fighting. An appeal to his pride eventually kicks in and finally gets him to show his guts.
      • For Beerus he was willing to get up on stage, dance and perform karaoke just to keep Beerus entertainednote . When the fighting does start and he refuses to partake in it, it's witnessing Beerus slap Bulma into the ground that gets him angry enough to get in the fray.
      • Previously happens during the Cell arc. After he's beaten by Super Perfect Cell and Gohan gets his arm broken saving him from being killed by Cell, Vegeta apologized for getting in the way of Gohan's fight. Gohan realizes just how dire the situation is.
    • One of Beerus and Champa's notable traits is that as the God Of Destruction, they are shown to be highly egotistic and expect others to bow before him as a sign of respect or else they get wiped out. But when Zen-Oh, the ruler of the multiverse appears, they suddenly became terrified of his presence and immediately try to humble themselves right in front of him. This all makes sense when you realize that Zen-Oh could destroy the entire multiverse on a whim if he so pleases, so they obviously have a good reason to fear him.
    • Frieza is an arrogant narcissist who would sooner blow up a planet than admit that he was weaker than someone. However, when Jiren trounces Goku and ring-outs Hit, probably two of the strongest fighters people know, Frieza is so unnerved that he gives Goku some of his ki to heal him and flat out tells him he's not fighting Jiren.
  • Mawaru-Penguindrum
    • The few times Shouma does not attempt to solve problems via words, things have got really bad. Specially the last one.
    • Similarly, his penguin #2, a Big Eater Extreme Omnivore, only once decided to share his meal with his "sister" #3. She refused it and left him all dejected — a foreshadowing of her and Himari leaving the Takakura family home. And later, the "Handsome Lech" older brother penguin, #1, ignoring the sexy pictures that #3 is waving at him, and #2 cracking raw eggs on his forehead instead of cooing and eating them. This foreshadows the Grand Finale, where Shouma and Kanba will be ret goned.
  • This is a general (but important) plot point in Darker Than Black. Contractors are completely emotionless and self-serving, so when some of them aren't, people always make note of it. Likewise, Dolls are so completely empty that they won't even eat without proper programming. At one point, one uses her specter to call for help, which is about the same as your cell phone calling to tell your friend you're getting mugged.
  • In the season 1 finale of Code Geass, the typically whimsical Lloyd freaks out when he notices Nina ready to detonate a homemade nuclear bomb. The Black Knights' chief engineer Rakshata immediately calls for a ceasefire because she was college classmates with Lloyd and realizes that if he's scared enough to act serious, it's definitely something to be afraid of.
  • In Aquarion Evol, there's one way to make even the seemingly unflappable Zen Fudo go stiff in horror: the sight of Mykage killing off Jin, supposedly his ally, for pulling off a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Katekyō Hitman Reborn!, Reborn always pushes Tsuna to succeed in any given situation and never gives him a break because he knows that Tsuna has the potential to pull it off. So it's a huge shock to Tsuna when Reborn tells him that he has no chance of defeating the strongest member of the Vindice.
  • Once in Axis Powers Hetalia, Germany joined Japan on a diet and gave up beer. This leaves various Germans completely stunned and his older brother Prussia is nearly brought to tears out of fear. Of course, this being Hetalia, it's all presented as hilarious.
    Random German Guy: ZE VORLD IS COMING TO AN END!!!!
  • My Hero Academia: All-Might is a Perpetual Smiler in his hero form; he's a Stepford Smiler, true, but he knows that the smile makes him seem more confident and reassures people. When hears that his students (including his protege, Izuku Midoriya) have been ambushed by villains while on a training field trip, he rushes to the scene. Once he arrives, the first thing that Izuku notices is that he's so enraged that he's not smiling.
    • Even worse, when All For One drops the true identity of Tomura Shigaraki as the grandson of his beloved master, All Might is so break downed and distressed that he can't help but screaming, realizing the full implications of what he just heard.
    • Immediately after hearing that his brother has been hospitalized, Tenya Iida not only rushes over, but even runs in the halls of the hospital, something he'd scolded others for doing.
    • In the aftermath of the above incident,Midoriya notices that something's wrong when Iida fails to promptly respond to one of Midoriya's texts, despite having read said text, and when he abandons his post. It turns out that he's hunting down Hero Killer Stain for revenge.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Kyoya Otori is a very cold, calculating, selfish man who never does anything that he can't gain from (at least, nothing that he'll admit to.) So when he blows up in Yuzuru Suou's face near the end of the manga and delivers an angry Reason You Suck Speech to him for forcibly wresting control of the Suou family businesses from Grandmother Suou and dashing Tamaki's hopes of someday reconciling his entire family in the process, despite there being nothing to gain and everything to lose from it.
  • In 3-gatsu no Lion, the normally meek Rei eventually becomes irritated over Nikaidou's taped lecture over his MHK Cup loss and is vocal about it as he shouts back at the screen. Someji and Momo's reactions play it off like a joke as they look in amazement and surprise over Rei actually getting angry. However, Hina, in a slightly more serious moment, is happy to see a side of Rei that she never gets to see.
  • In Legend of Galactic Heroes, Alex Cazerne is renowned for his Nerves of Steel even in the deadliest conflicts (being a Desk Jockey undoubtedly helps). However, he broke down once over the death of Yang Wen-li, showing the seriousness of the situation.
  • Bakemonogatari:
    • In Hanekawa's arc, when told that she knows everything, she responds "I don't know everything, I don't know anything." By comparison, her catch phrase is "I don't know everything, I just know what I know."
    • Played for Laughs in Nisemonogatari. Araragi is so freaked out by seeing his tomboyish little sister Karen wear a skirt that he assumes she was bullied into it.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • In the first arc, Rena and Mion or so we're lead to believe act... oddly, prompting Keiichi to become defensive, ignore them outright, and to even carry a weapon around. This in itself triggers a very serious reaction from Mion and Rena, who believe what's happening to him is what happened to Satoshi a year prior — just before he vanished.
    • Those little moments where Rika acts oddly mature? It's not a product of delusion or faulty narration. It's because she's a major Stepford Smiler, and really ''is'' centuries older than she looks. It's not eventual reveal that makes this important; it's the fact that if she's willing to break her persona, it's damn important.
    • When Satoko (a.k.a. the Master of Traps) doesn't respond well (or at all) to her friends' playful jokes, it means it's her turn to break.
    • If Rena is serious, it has two possible meanings: she's snapped from Hate Plague and is about to kill (or has already killed) someone, or one of her friends is in serious danger.
    • If Mion's genkiness goes away for a while, she's either acting more girly (read: impersonating her twin sister) to get closer to Keiichi, or if it's played for horror, it's not her at all; it's Shion instead. And, like Rena above, she becomes very serious when her friends' lives are in danger, or when attending family meetings.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Throughout the Endless Eight arc, Yuki is frequently seen looking mildly bored or sad, which is pretty much the equivalent of a Heroic BSoD for her from being trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop for almost 600 years.
    • In the story "Snow Mountain Syndrome", when the Brigade gets lost on a mountain and finds a mysterious mansion, Yuki is even more listless and detached than normal, not saying a single word to anyone and barely nibbling her food. When pressed, we find out her link to the Data Overmind has been cut, and she has no idea how. So this is her freaking out.
    • Later during "Snow Mountain Syndrome", Yuki actually faints, which shocks Kyon, Koizumi, and Mikuru so much they can't even move to catch her when she falls. Thankfully, Haruhi (who is unaware that Yuki is a Physical God in all but name) isn't quite so stunned, and is there to grab her before she hits the ground.
    • One good way to check the seriousness of a situation is to check whether or not Koizumi is smiling. There have been two major times his perpetual smile has broken: when Mikuru accidentally began firing actual lasers from her eyes (nearly taking off his head with them), and when Kyon nearly strikes Haruhi in anger when she seriously crosses the line, which Koizumi fortunately steps in to stop.
    • In the anime, the last one involves maybe three other OOC moments: the usually deadpan Kyon being angry enough to go from snark to physical violence (which he lampshades) and the cheerful and selfish Haruhi being brought to tears. Even Tsuruya, who's almost always smiling and yukking it up, is shown totally silent and with a serious expression as Kyon and Haruhi almost come to blows.
  • Girls und Panzer:
    • Mako is typically coolheaded at her most energetic and lethargic and lazy at worst. When she hears about her grandmother collapsing, she becomes especially determined to reach the hospital as soon as possible, even considering swimming an impossible distance if necessary.
    • Mako, who detests having to get up early and is often shown napping, is said to be losing sleep over her grandmother's condition, since the previously mentioned collapse is not the first one.
    • Mako typically snarks at Sodoko, calls her by her nickname against her wishes, and displays a calm and stoic personality. When Sodoko deletes all of Mako's tardinesses and absences, ensuring that she will be able to graduate on time Mako lets out a whoop and glomps her.
    • Katyusha is quite arrogant, and enjoys sitting on the shoulders of Nonna to seem taller than everyone else because of her short height. When she's defeated by Oarai, she gets off Nonna's shoulders and shakes Miho's hand, something she had refused to do earlier, to congratulate them.
    • In the Little Army prequel manga, Miho, upset by Maho's aloof behavior after admitting to having shot an enemy flag tank when it went to rescue one of hers, questions her mother on whether it was necessary, despite her timidity and unwillingness to call her own mother out. Her mother shrugs this off, but Maho makes note of this and later comes to speak with Miho privately to apologize and tell her to pursue her own style of tankery.
      Maho: I was surprised today, to see Miho talk to Mother like that. That shows you were quite desperate... I'm sorry.
    • Momo typically alternates between being relatively calm and getting comically angry over things like missing or being called "Momo-chan". On some occasions, though, she seems genuinely upset, such as when the team doesn't care whether or believe they can win, especially considering the school will be shut down if they don't win the tournament.
    • Miho is generally a polite girl who can't find it in her to say anything bad about other people, even the Jerkasses. When Emi begins saying she hates Miho's sister despite never having gotten to know her, Miho loses her temper and, in her anger, declares she hates Emi. Miho's friends are shocked at how Miho got angry, and Sakuyo notes that it's rare for Miho to get angry.
    • Anzu is typically a Perpetual Smiler, generally loses the smile under similar circumstances as Momo's own OOC Is Serious Business behavior.
      Anzu: (not smiling) Losing is not an option for us...
      Yukari: (thinks) The president became serious for once.
    • After Saunders loses to Oarai, Kay, typically a cheerful Large Ham who likes competition, walks up to Arisa, whose unsportsmanlike intercepting radio transmissions backfired and cost them the match, and tells her in a calm, yet stern tone of voice that they will be discussing what happened, prompting an Oh, Crap! reaction from Arisa.
    • Maho, typically stoic and outwardly unquestioning of her mother's methods and beliefs, expresses her opinion about Oarai High School's victory over Pravda High School when said mother states that Oarai only won because Pravda became careless. Notable as her opinion is the opposite of her mother's, stating that Oarai won because of clever tactics and strategies and that Miho, who is viewed by their mother as a failure and a disgrace to their traditional sensha-do practice, is as skilled and talented as herself.
    • In the anime's final episode, the perpetually stoic Maho smiles as she congratulates Miho for winning the tournament despite seemingly insurmountable odds, especially since Miho won against her. Notable in that despite her loss, Maho is proud of her younger sister for finding her own take on sensha-do, which was what Maho wanted for her since the beginning.
    • In Der Film, Shiho, who's generally calm and composed, slams her glass down on a table while telling the official who reneged on his promise to keep Oarai open if they won the tournament, that there's no luck in sensha-do, implying that Oarai (which Shiho otherwise looks down upon) deserved its victory.
  • During Urusei Yatsura, Ataru usually has either a goofy look or a perverted look on his face. When he's caught looking serious, things just got real. It's even pointed-out during the Anime itself.
  • In Shakugan no Shana, when Shana goes out of her way to avoid saying "Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!!!" for the most part, you know that some very serious shit is going down.
  • In episode 9 of Kotoura-san, Daichi stops puffing up his lips strangely in front of people (he previously only stops doing that in front of Childhood Friend Yuriko) in order to discuss a series of serial muggings Haruka might have psychically picked up on.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Ling Yao typically has his Eyes Always Shut. When he does open his eyes, it's either because he means business or after about the halfway point, Greed is currently in control of his body.
    • Ed is extremely sensitive about his height and will fly into rage whenever someone points it out. But when you see a character press this button yet Ed's reaction is to cower in fear, that character instantly gains The Dreaded status.
    • In the 2003 anime, you know Gluttony is upset over the death of his platonic life partner, Lust, when the thought of eating doesn't even cross his mind.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • In chapter 23, Reiner is surprised that Jean is looking out for others.
    • Likewise, Annie's usual dreary-eyed expression giving way to wide-eyed, cocky, high-pitched laughter should make people very very afraid.
    • Related to the above, Eren, is a guy who swore to exterminate every single Titan on the planet because they killed his mother and destroyed his home town, and generally has a world view bordering on Black and White Insanity. Upon learning his friend Annie is a traitor responsible for the deaths of a large number of people including some of his teammates, he first reacts with denial. Even after he gathers the resolve to use his special ability, he still shows her a surprising amount of compassion, and seems willing to hear her out. In other words, he simply cannot bring himself to completely dehumanize her like he does any of his other enemies.
  • ×××HOLiC: If Yuuko is wearing something she's has ever worn before, things are getting serious. note 
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun:
    • In the second season, after first discovering the Sisters, Mikoto is sufficently rattled that the next morning she fails to punch Kuroko for groping her and pays for something from the evil vending machine instead of kicking or electrocuting it. Kuroko becomes concerned that she may have been replaced by an impostor.
    • When Mikoto is suffering from a Level 6 Shift attempt, and is destructively mutating into an angel, the extreme Cloudcuckoolander and Idiot Hero Gunha Sogiita starts talking clearly and calmly, and defers to Touma to come up with a plan, since the situation is that serious.
  • At the end of episode 12 of Servant × Service, the perpetually slacking Yutaka Hasebe comes into the office on Monday and... settles in to work with barely a word. His colleagues are massively creeped out to the point of staging an intervention to find out what's going on with him. Turns out there is some serious business afoot - he's just recently learned that his own father is the civil servant who approved Lucy's Overly Long Name, i.e. the person that the girl he's in love with wants revenge on. And worse, his father's justification for approving such a ridiculous name is that he was distracted because Yutaka was ill with a fever at the time, making Lucy's situation indirectly his fault.
  • Saki:
    • Mihoko keeps her right eye constantly shut, since it's a different color from her left one, and she's sensitive about it. When she becomes surprised, she sometimes opens that eye, such as when she played Hisa for the first time three years ago.
    • In the quarterfinals, an interesting case happens when Hisa's teammates notice that she's not herself. Saki becomes worried when Hisa isn't trying for her "hell waits"- Hisa has a strategy for choosing waits that are unlikely to work, knowing that she's only likely to win with them- while Nodoka, who plays more logically, is happy that Hisa is not playing that way. Mako notices that Hisa was less than confident going into the match, and wonders if she really is alright after seeing her with a suddenly renewed confidence.
    • In Saki Shinohayu -dawn of age-, Kanna is a short-tempered and fairly abrasive girl. As such, when she declines Kyouka's offer to hang out together with a smile and an apology, Kyouka knows something is amiss; Kanna had hoped to apologize to her friends for upsetting them, but none of them showed up, leading her to think she had driven them away.
  • Skip Beat! has spent a lot of time developing Ren's (psychotic) Hidden Depths, but mostly from the reader's perspective. In chapter 194 we have a literal out-of-character be Serious Business when he freaks out at Kyoko for a personal matter while they're supposed to be the Heel siblings, and Kyoko is more astonished that he's breaking character while acting than that he's going full-on Bastard Boyfriend psycho on her. Even though they're alone in a hotel room. And they are not a couple.His breaking character as "Tsuruga Ren" and letting suppressed emotions and behaviors like rage appear was used this way at first, but it became enough the norm that it's gone to the next level. Earlier in the course of being Cain Heel he actually lost his temper while rehearsing a fight scene as a psychotic murderer and enjoyed the attempt to kill his co-star much more visibly than the character would, but luckily at that point he was about four cover identities deep, so no one was able to accurately interpret what had just happened. Though some came close, even working with false information.
  • In a story arc near the end of Anatolia Story, when Urhi fakes holding Nakia hostage to keep everyone from learning about her involvement of the previous king's assassination, he whispers to her that he wishes they could start over where they first met. This initially just seems like him expressing sorrow at missed opportunities, but Nakia is confused over the uncharacteristic sentimentality Urhi is showing. She realizes that it's a hint from him to go back to the pool where they first met. He hid Yuri's present-day clothing there, which she can use to magic Yuri to a different time period.
  • Fruits Basket: While Tohru Honda is normally sweet and upbeat to the point of silliness, there are a handful of times when she truly breaks down and shows despair. The first is when she admits to Kyo that she secretly thinks her father was a "bad man", even though she knows he loved her and her mother and took good care of them. A later one would be when Kyo rejects her, causing her to run from the house in sorrow and run into an insane Akito. This is lampshaded at one point by her friend, who says that "hell would freeze over" if Tohru became overcome by sadness and stopped smiling. Also, alongside sweet and upbeat, Tohru herself is incredibly polite and well-mannered. The moment she pushes someone away from another person with her own hands happened when a very uncomfortable-looking Yuki was passive-aggressively harrassed by someone Tohru had never been before until then — Akito.
  • Naruto:
    • Asuma is almost always seen smoking, except for a few occasions. One instance is around the time his father, the Third Hokage, died. Another is when two Akatsuki members kill his friend Chiriku, and the rest of the members of his temple.
      Shikamaru: It's been two days since your last cigarette. When a chain smoker like you lays off, something's always up.
      Asuma: Sharp eyes, Shikamaru. If the likes of you can read my heart, then I'm still a rank amateur.
    • Kakashi usually acts like a total flake, but when Guy tells him he taught Lee the Hidden Lotus Kakashi is almost too mad to speak. Guy, who's usually Hot-Blooded and quite goofy, responds in kind, angrily telling Kakashi that he has no right to comment when he knows nothing of Lee, making this a case in which the relatively comedic "rivalry" between the two turns into a serious dispute.
    • Kakashi does it again during the Fourth World War arc, when Edo Tensei technique makes him angry for the first time in the series.
    • Sai, who'd been forced to repress his emotions, acts similarly when a resurrected Deidara blows up Sai's "brother" in front of him, giving the perpetrator a terrifying Death Glare.
  • Alucard from Hellsing is incredibly hammy, especially while fighting. The one time he acts completely solemn during a fight is when he begs Anderson not to become a monster like him.
  • Played for Laughs during the Hot Springs Episode of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. When the class and Nozomu learn about a hot springs' detoxifying qualities, Nozomu goes on a rant about the dangers of recklessly detoxing. Cue the students coming out of the spring without any of their character flaws, like the lawsuit-happy Ms. Fanservice tripping and revealing a wetsuit underneath her towel, while just asking for a band-aid instead of threatening to sue, and the Stalker with a Crush respecting Nozomu's personal space and staying away from him. Nozomu, being Nozomu, is horrified by all of this.
  • Death Note
    • Near figures out Light's otherwise brilliant plan because Light's Dragon, Teru Mikami, otherwise an obsessive Creature of Habit, goes to the bank two days in a row, when he would normally only go once a month.note 
    • Just after receiving the call from Halle about The Plan to kidnap Takada, Mello puts down his barely-eaten chocolate bar. And he obviously told Matt what was up, because Matt turned off all the electronics he had going. It's a very poignant moment for the two of them, whether you view them as a couple or whether you view them as nothing more than close friends/roommates.
    • In the first live-action film, Raye Penber suddenly behaves very uncharacteristically, courtesy of the instructions Light used when writing his name in the Death Note. It tips both L and Naomi Misora (Raye's fiancée) off that something is wrong, and further implicates Light in the case.
  • In Full Metal Panic! Kaname begins acting completely differently after visiting the ruined lab at Yamsk 11, including pulling a voluntary Face–Heel Turn. It turns out she's doing this because it's not Kaname.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rei is normally The Stoic and, other than her few close relationships, so indifferent to other people that she basically acts they don't really exist. When she meets Karowu, however, she is instantly on guard and eyes him with deep suspicion throughout their short conversation.
  • Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0: Rei says "Good Morning". The entire classroom flies into a panic. There's also her reaction to seeing the Dummy System and being pulled to respond to an attack: she reacts about the same as she might finding a nuke.
    Toji: Well that was unexpected.
  • In Chapter 75 of My Monster Secret, an incident happened which causes the weather to get worse whenever someone acts out-of-character, and gets better when they act normal. When Akane starts being nice, there were a huge storm with ''meteors'' falling down from the sky, as well as the Emperor of Fear descending to earth. Everything went back to normal, however, when Akari shows up in a homely outfit. The chapter is also a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, as it was never explained what caused the phenomenon.
  • Kantai Collection:
    • Fubuki is normally obsessed with Akagi. So in episode 10, Kaga points out how weird it is for Fubuki, who has become obsessed with training in order to get her remodel, to just run past Akagi with only a perfunctory greeting.
    • In episode 12, Haruna and Hiei are surprised when Kirishima does a Glasses Pull.
  • In One-Punch Man, if Saitama drops his laidback attitude, then he has come across someone that has pissed him off.
  • Exa from Superior is normally a nice guy, bordering on All-Loving Hero, but when he finally finds out that his love interest Sheila is the Demon King, he becomes single-mindedly obsessed with killing her, flat out stating that he will slaughter his friends and walk over their corpses if they get in his way.
  • Nanoha from Lyrical Nanoha is famous for being a Determinator of epic proportions. So when she suffers a Heroic BSoD in StrikerS due to Vivio getting kidnapped, it holds that much more weight since it is the only time in the entire franchise that she acts that way.
    • Teana's usually a Tsundere toward her best friend Subaru, so when she drops that attitude, Subaru usually takes notice. In the manga about their days at the academy, Teana once calmly informs Subaru that she has no desire to become friends with her, which saddens Subaru, although Teana does eventually change her mind. In StrikerS, after Teana gets reprimanded for nearly shooting Subaru during the hotel incident as a result of a desperate need to prove herself, she politely tells the other forwards that she wants to train by herself, which concerns Subaru.
  • Kofuku in Noragami is generally carefree, bubbly and ditzy but when Bishamon, who is looking to kill Yato, asks her about his whereabouts, she drops her childish personality and calmly tells her what happens between Yato and her is their business but if Bishamon does end up killing Yato, Bishamon better watch her back. And as the God of Poverty, she has the ability to summon more than enough damage-inducing gloom to make Bishamon back off.
  • Played straight in the ninth Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note novel which is animated as episodes 9-12, when everybody else's being gravely concerned with Uesugi's well-being after (1)Dropping off Top 50 in math when he always gets the first place, (2) skips both Cram School and The Team's proposed investigation, and (3) for an Academic Athlete, the impossible feat of slipping off the staircase. Kuroki has to skip the case because of it, possible to handle Uesugi's problem. Turns out the serious business is his vision has deteriorated to a point that he is already unable to read and a complete loss of vision is not impossible.
  • In Black Butler, Tanaka is usually shown in super deformed style, and only saying "ho ho ho". When he's shown normally, and actually talking, it's when things are getting serious.
  • Accel World
    • Kuroyukihime is generally cool, collected and self-confident at all times, a persona that nicely fits her being one of the handful of Burst Linkers at Level 9 out of 10. When Haruyuki suggests that she's spending time with someone like him out of a secret need to punish herself, a statement that's insulting to both of them, she angrily slaps him, calls him an "idiot,"note  and bursts into tears, seeming much more like the 14-year-old girl she is. This is not lost on Haruyuki, who realizes how much he hurt her feelings by saying this.
    • The usually goofy and boisterous Bush Utan suddenly turns cold, desperate and violent around the time he activates his IS "kit."
  • In the 11th volume of Yotsuba&!, Yotsuba's prized teddy bear Juralumin is attacked by a dog. It smells afterwards, so she and the other children give Juralumin a bath. However, this damages Juralumin's voice box, meaning it no longer 'speaks'. Yotsuba leaves Juralumin with Asagi to 'have an operation'. As Yotsuba waits for it to be fixed, she is listless, morose, practically depressed, finding no joy in things she normally does like stacking blocks and making origami. It's not just surprising from a five-year-old; it's particularly surprising from Yotsuba, who is normally extremely energetic and constantly bouncing back when she gets upset. It's so rare that her father tries to take a picture of her being sad, only for her to bluntly remind him that it's rude to take pictures of people without asking.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Porluscyia, a crotchety and grumpy old lady, actually breaks down in tears during the Battle of Fairy Tail arc when it looks like Makarov might die.
    • Millianna, an ardent cat-lover, is depressed enough after the end of the Grand Magic Games arc, during which time she learns that her former friend Jellal, who's manipulated her into completing the Tower of Heaven and killed their friend Simon, was actually also a victim of manipulation himself, initially doesn't respond when Erza pulls Happy, a cat-like creature known as an Exceed, out of her bosom. As such, Erza does it again with Carla and Pantherlily, and Millianna actually enjoys it this time.
    • Gajeel's usually a rude Blood Knight whose confidence borders on arrogance. As such, it's significant when, upon learning that the two wizards he's fighting on Sirius Island belong to Grimoire heart, he insists that Levy run away to warn the others, since much more dangerous opponents will be coming.
  • In Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Bebel has a lung ailment that keeps him mostly bedridden or in a wheelchair; he only walks a handful of times in the series. However, when he sees how upset his sister Amy is about Ledo leaving the fleet, he runs across the ship to talk to him, gasping for air.
    • Chamber, being a robot, is always logical and polite...except in the final battle, as he performs a Heroic Sacrifice:
    "Chamber's response to Striker's final warning: Go to hell, tin can!"
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has one which comes after that duel when Yami played the Seal of Orichalcos simply because he couldn't stand to lose a children's card game, and it caused Yugi to lose his soul. After a guilt-ridden Yami arrives at a mystical place where he can make contact with Yugi, Mr. Incorruptible Pure Pureness gives him an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech before challenging him to a duel in which he uses the Seal of Orichalcos against Yami. It turns out to be a Cruel to Be Kind situation, where Yugi lets himself become the darkness that Yami must defeat in order to move forward, but still...
  • Haru of Rave Master is a pretty friendly guy who tries to be nice to everyone. When he happens to run into his sister's physically abusive ex-boyfriend Branch during a stop at one town, the others have to hold him back from physically assaulting the guy, and Haru admits Branch is the only person he outright hates.
  • Askeladd from Vinland Saga is a veteran mercenary commander who commonly exudes an aura of devil-may-care confidence, with copious amounts of jokes, snark, and light-heartedness to inspire his men. The man underneath is considerably more sombre, introspective and philosophical, and this side emerges only when Askeladd is facing something that he's really serious about. Once Canute has undergone Character Development and Askeladd realizes he's found someone who can realize his dream of ending the Viking Age, he discards the persona entirely.
  • Carol Olston from Tomo-chan Is a Girl! repeatedly gets compared to cotton candy by her friends because she's a ditzy Perpetual Smiler who never seems affected by anything...but when she does drop the smile, everyone sits up and notices. It's Played for Laughs in one arc, where Tomo wanted to wear a boyish swimsuit to the beach and Carol shuts her down with a Blank Stare that immediately makes Tomo apologize. However, it's much less funny later on, when Misuzu tells Carol that her Love Interest Misaki only likes her platonically; Carol has a major breakdown and leaves school immediately while crying her eyes out. Everyone who sees her like this is utterly stunned, and Misuzu (who's normally the queen of Trolling) immediately realizes how badly she messed up and runs to find Misaki so she can make amends by sending him to go comfort Carol.
  • In the fourth season of of Hidamari Sketch, Yoshinoya talks with Hiro about the latter's future, dropping her usual wackyness and Womanchild tendencies and giving reliable, responsible advice, as a reasonable adult should. Yoshinoya might be a goofball, but she doesn't take such subjects lightly. She goes back to her usual self after Hiro leaves the room, and the school nurse Kuwahara lampshades the fact that Yoshinoya finally acted like a real teacher for once.
  • In Tiger Mask, Baba was surprised when the title character during a match used a tomoe nage against an opponent, noting it was an extremely unusual move for him. Then Tiger Mask kicked his opponent's back before he could land and started the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker, and Baba realized that this explained the odd move.
  • Mashin Hero Wataru Series: Due to being an extremely Genki Girl, Himiko never loses her smile, even when she should be scared.
  • In After War Gundam X, Roabea is the blue half of the Red Oni, Blue Oni pair on the Frieden, calm and world-wise compared to his Hot-Blooded friend Witz and the exuberant young protagonist Garrod. In the Estard arc, he takes a 10-Minute Retirement (itself significant) out of distaste that the ship has officially aligned with a government. It ends when a resistance fighter he'd fallen in love with is shot dead in front of him. He embarks on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, and it's Witz who has to tell him not to attack an entire nation's armed forces with a now very beat-up Gundam. Later, when the mechanic says that he has to wait on the ship because of the extensive repairs, Roabea throws an uncharacteristic fit of frustration and kicks over a stack of crates.
  • In Durarara!!, the rule is that if anyone goes out of character- shit will happen.
    • Mikado is a fairly frightening example. He’s usually an overwhelmed, confused high schooler who needs people to help him understand the chaos around him. He's also just a nice guy who doesn't want anyone to get hurt and feels really bad when people are caught in conflict. However, due to Izaya's influence and the pressure of secretly being the leader of the Dollars, he begins to crack. He begins to act more and more sociopathic, which is lampshaded by Aoba when he points out that, despite Mikado adamantly being against becoming the leader of the Blue Squares, he's smiling. After Aoba threatens Anri, Mikado takes a pen and jams it through Aoba's hand in anger, before immediately offering up bandages and returning to normal. He even outright dismisses Celty when she tells him not to use violence against people, which in of itself says a lot about who he's become. Mikado also calmly talks to Izaya and even trolls him, with no fear of the informant. He repeatedly goes in and out of character until the climax where he shoots Masaomi, and after realizing how far he's gone, shoots himself.
    • Mika is usually a very ditzy young girl utterly obsessed with Seiji and is often seen right next to him. It is known that she is a stalker, but even while breaking into someone's house and picking locks she retains the same cheerful demeanour. However, when Namie is about to splash acid in her face, she suddenly speaks calmly, revealing she knows far more than even some of the more dangerous groups in the show and is thus way more aware than anyone else.
    • If Izaya acts out of character, either it means he's lying or something has gone very, very wrong. According to Shinra, his whole deal is to pretending to predict things and smiling no matter the outcome, so in general it's hard to rile him up. When he for once has to have Tsukumoya tell him about what went down with Hollywood, he afterwards orchestrates the entire Akane incident just to feel better. He also goes out of character a couple of times in the final season, looking very distressed when Shizuo comes after him in their final fight and also when Mikado catches him not knowing about Celty's head being stolen. However, none of that compares to the OOC moments in his spin-off. Due to trauma from nearly being killed at the end of Durarara!!, Izaya has become known to freeze up or panic after seeing or hearing about anything remotely related to Shizuo.
    • When Shizuo hears from Akane that Izaya was the one to tell her Shizuo was a hitman, he merely smiles and says Izaya is his friend and that he was only playing a prank. Shinra immediately becomes afraid of his friend's calm demeanour, and while in the elevator with Tom, Shizuo goes back to normal and tells him 'if he commits murder, say [Shizuo] was fired yesterday'. When Izaya tries to kill him by dumping construction equipment onto him and Vorona, Izaya calls him to gloat. Shizuo's only response is calmly telling him goodbye (though, the wording means goodbye forever).
  • Black Clover: in "Two New Stars", when it's revealed that the Black Bulls have come in second place at the Star Festival—after only the Golden Dawneveryone is in complete disbelief, even the Black Bulls themselves, who were all convinced that they would come in dead last. It's shocking enough that Gordon, a Black Bull member who always mutters so softly that the audience can only understand him thanks to subtitles, says out loud without subtitles, "It can't be!"
  • Student of Yuusha Gojo Kumiai Kouryuugata Keijiban (AKA, Hero Union BBS) is a massive troll, who spends most of his time playing around or even insulting other heroes on the boards. On one occasion when he gives thoughtful advice to a new hero, the other regulars react as if the Apocalypse was imminent.
  • In Yuri Is My Job, Mitsuki Yano, Hime Shiraki's Childhood Friend, was an overly serious and strict girl around the time the two first met in elementary school. Around the time she first met Hime, the two paired up to play the piano accompaniment for the recital. Despite enjoying Hime's company, Mitsuki regularly scolded Hime whenever she got distracted chatting when they met up to practice. However, one day, after Hime supposedly went out with her other classmates, only to return and reveal to Mitsuki that she'd lied to them, thus spending the afternoon instead, Mitsuki is so touched that she and Hime spent the entire afternoon talking.
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