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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Playfully invoked when Hotaru thinks she hears Masamune with one of his female clients from the host club; when she barges in on him, however, it turns out that he's just talking to his gun.
    • Played for Drama with Midori's TGC interactions with Masamune, which comes uncomfortably close to invoking an abusive relationship as a faux-friendly Midori corners an obviously terrified Masamune who immediately goes pale and starts trembling in fear, unable to look Midori in the eye until he's ordered to while Midori sarcastically praises him and starts grilling Masamune about what he did while they were apart. And there's plainly unwanted touching.
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    • Apparently standard for Midori, considering what he does to Masamune during the TGC match, how he pins Tohru against the counter in the airsoft store, and the way he suggests "taking" them while taunting Hotaru at the firing range.
    • Played for Laughs again when Midori threatens to open Tohru's brand-new ero-game, with Midori grinning evilly as he undoes the seal and a horrified Tohru begging him to stop and calling him a "beast."
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Midori, for all the terrible things he does to people just because it's fun, has his share of fans; apparently his Bitch in Sheep's Clothing routine works through the Fourth Wall.
  • Foe Yay: Between Midori and Masamune as well as Midori and Tohru; Midori refers to them as his 'toys' and adds Hotaru to the list once he realizes she's part of the team.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Early on, Tohru is complaining about not wanting to train and Masamune jokingly responds that someone with Tohru's lack of stamina would be useless in survival games, spurring Tohru to suddenly take interest. We later learn that Tohru is genuinely worried that Masamune will leave him if he's not good enough in the field.
    • Pretty much all of Masamune's interactions with Midori before and during the TGC match becomes even more wince-inducing after the extended flashbacks revealing their past.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Abundant between Masamune and Tohru. They come across as more of a couple at times, if not for Masamune's host job and continuous flirting with girls; may be rooted in the fact that the original oneshot was all about them.
      • In the anime special, Masamune comments that Tohru's maid outfit fits him well and Tohru keeps talking about how cute Masamune is in his own costume as the latter gets increasingly embarrassed.
    • Kanae and Hotaru, especially after Hotaru's Heroic BSoD.
    • Fujimon acting as a masochistic housewife towards Midori. He cooks for him, does the chores (in an apron) and freaks out every time Midori praises or punishes him. Even though Midori treats Fujimon like shit, he keeps on talking about how much he adores him.
  • Incest Subtext: Haruka is uncomfortably ready to invade Haruki's personal space: The first time they see each other in years, Haruka grabs Haruki and embraces him from behind, whispering lovingly into his ear about how much he missed him. When Haruki says that he doesn't want to see Haruka, Haruka blankly states that "Nii-san must be lying." Of course, it just squicks Haruki out.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: So far the only positive trait Haruka's displayed is his love for his brother, and even that's debatable. However, he's one of only two people who immediately dislikes Midori, stating that he "hates liars" and finds Midori's smile "disgusting." Haruka's definition of Midori is definitely closer to the real thing than the idealized impression most people get.
    • Could be a case of Strange Minds Think Alike, as Tohru has a similar reaction the first time he sees Midori. Midori describes Tohru as "twisted" and Haruka's feelings for his brother are clearly warped, but they both immediately see through Midori's Nice Guy facade.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The premise of the series is airsoft and airsoft competitions, but there's probably a sizable number of fans who stick around solely for the attractively-drawn cast and their interpersonal drama.
  • Memetic Molester: Midori often receives this treatment in the Aoharu X Kikanjuu fandom, targeting Masamune and to a lesser extant Tohru, likely due to their being his favorite victims in canon. The fact that he's shown no compunctions about restraining them or invading their personal space doesn't help.
  • Wangst: They really milk the Hotaru-is-secretly-a-girl thing for all its worth, even after Midori and then Haruki find out.
    • Depending on how you feel about Masamune's backstory, it can become this. He's definitely The Woobie, but after a while it becomes clear that Toy ☆ Gun Gun's problems stem from Masamune's inability to deal with his own; this can get tiresome, especially when paired with Masamune's fixation with Midori and the narrative's need to remind us of it.
  • The Woobie: Masamune's Dark and Troubled Past and the way it still affects him qualifies him for this, as elaborated on in his Character section. He then spreads this status to every other member of Team Gun Gun, past and present.
    • The team's former female member, while we don't learn much about her, is depicted as being a cheerful type who enjoyed airsoft before being terrorized by Midori and shot point-blank in the face. It didn't have anything to do with her, being just another way for Midori to torture Masamune, and the girl was so traumatized that she quit without saying a word to anyone.
    • Haruki used to love airsoft since it was a refuge from his demanding family and his obsessive brother, but he was also a victim of the Masamune vs. Midori conflict and grew to hate the game, cutting off contact with everyone and locking himself in his apartment. He gets better thanks to Hotaru and makes up with Tohru and Masamune, but he's clearly become more cynical, is stalked by Haruka and is locked in his family's home by his father on the day the TGC begins.
    • Downplayed with Hotaru, who goes through quite a few hard knocks as a result of getting involved with airsoft and Toy Gun Gun, including having to hide her gender from her new friends, and even briefly enters a Heroic BSoD after Toy ☆ Gun Gun loses their TGC match and Hotaru's ideals are called into question. However, her resilient personality, strong morals and ties to her friends have kept her from sinking too deeply into this trope.
    • Similarly downplayed with Tohru, mostly because his issues don't initially get much focus and his personality means he rarely lets it show. Still, let's not forget that he was bullied and betrayed before being forced to move away from his only friend, becoming a shut-in until meeting Masamune again and spending years trying to pick up the pieces Midori left behind. Pretty much everything he's done since has been to help Masamune move on, only for him to realize that Masamune is still seeking Midori's acknowledgement. Tohru is incredibly insecure about losing Masamune's friendship and has a fear of abandonment that matches Masamune's, worrying that Masamune will abandon him if he can't be of use on the battlefield.


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