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Tropes for Haruhi Suzumiya, T to Z:

  • Taking the Bullet: Partially subverted. Yuki doesn't sustain lasting damage shielding Kyon with her own flesh.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Somehow, Kyon in the anime, when thinking or narrating (you can hardly tell the difference between the two). Especially obvious during "Someday in the Rain".
  • Tanabata: One of the festivals the SOS Brigade celebrates in Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody. Also the day when Haruhi first met Kyon.
  • Team Mom: Haruhi is actually turning into this, starting around Disappearance, but especially obvious in the preview chapter of novel 10.
  • Teasing Creator: Kyoto Animation's "trolling" regarding this show has become legendary. The worst so far just had its punchline delivered. Let me outline it for you:
    1. Drive the fans crazy by temporarily replacing the show's website with a Disappearance reference and make everybody assume it'll be in the second season.
    2. Air "Endless Eight" and act as if the above never happened.
    3. Expect everybody to buy four DVDs of said. To say nothing of the volume numbering gag, which just comes off as condescending.
    4. Hint at an Endless Eight movie.
    5. Win every single fan back with a 30-second, unanimated commercial.
  • Techno Babble: Every time Yuki, Mikuru and Itsuki explain something to Kyon, who normally lampshades it.
  • Technology Porn: The futuristic videogame "world," with tons of ships and views of torpedoes being loaded everywhere.
  • Temporal Paradox: Future Mikuru would not have showed her star-shaped breast mole to Kyon as a Trust Password if Kyon didn't tell Present Mikuru that she had one after Future Mikuru told him, because she didn't even know until Kyon told her.
  • Temporal Sickness
  • Tempting Fate: Or rather, Tempted Fate In the infamous "Endless Eight" arc, Koizumi said that Haruhi is so happy and could not possibly do anything horrible. Guess what happens.
    • "Stop yelling contest over and over. If those words reach Haruhi's sharp ears..." (HARUHI KICK!)
    • In Kyon's opening narration in the very first episode, he says he just wants a quiet life, passing through high school uneventfully. Then he meets Haruhi...
    • Real-life example: When the first Endless Eight episode was aired and it didn't end the plot conclusively like the original novel did several fans jokingly said that there'd be Endless Eight repeating for the whole season. Others jokingly responded that KyoAni would never do such a thing. Guess what happens.
    • Mikuru almost catches Kyon looking at his folder full of pictures of her, but he quickly closes the window, thinking smugly that he doesn't make mistakes. Immediately...

 Mikuru: "Huh? What is this? This MIKURU folder."

Kyon: Gah! I slipped up.

  • Ten Little Murder Victims: "Remote Island Syndrome"
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Haruhi as the wife, Yuki as the child and Mikuru as the seductress.
  • Time Travel: The novels get really complex about this later.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: One of the reasons Kyon hates Time Travel.
  • The Door Slams You: Kyon happens to be leaning against the clubroom door the first time Haruhi yanks it open. It opens inward, slamming him against the floor rather than the wall. He avoids the door after that.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Kyon's sister hums "Bouken Desho Desho" in "Melancholy VI", and Haruhi sings a few lines of "Hare Hare Yukai" while stripping Mikuru in "Someday in the Rain".
  • The Time Traveller's Dilemma
  • There Are No Therapists: Early Haruhi hit a fair few points of the criteria for Psychopathy (or similar social disorder), and as far as we know, never gets taken for therapy of any kind, even though she really could have used it. Then again, you could make a decent argument that Kyon is acting as her therapist.
    • Psychopathy is normally not diagnosed in minors, and there's disagreement over whether therapy can help with it at all.
  • Theme Naming: Twice called out over Yuki Nagato's name in the books, once in Wavering and again in Indignation.
    • Mikuru's name can be read to mean "Sees it coming."
    • Kimidori can be read to mean "green" -- something lampshaded in Haruhi-chan.
    • Itsuki means "tree." Mori means "forest."
    • There is a large hotel chain in Japan named "Tsuruya" (similar to Hilton or Marriott in the United States).
    • Haruhi itself means "spring day" (as in the kind of day that makes one energetic) and can also mean various things depending on what kanji are used.
  • This Is a Work of Fiction: In Sigh, Kyon actually uses this to save the world from talking cats, Mikuru Beams and autumnal cherry blossoms.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Movie!Asakura's way to vaguely threaten Kyon should he happen to start dating Yuki and not take it seriously. The official English translation in the novel is a bit less threatening ("...if you intend to go out with Nagato, you'd better be serious about it. Or else I won't allow it.")
  • Those Two Guys: Taniguchi and Kunikida -- though we see a lot more of Taniguchi.
  • Throw It In / Hilarious in Hindsight: The infamous "Supersize me!" line was in one of the fansubs before Crispin Freeman made it official. Hmm...
  • Tin Man: Subverted with Yuki, who legitimately appears to lack normal human emotions... at least, at first glance.
  • Together Umbrella: The anime-only episode "Someday in the Rain". D'awww...
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Haruhi and Mikuru, respectively
  • Touched by Vorlons: Espers. But if you apply it strictly, then every super-natural being only exists because Haruhi created a world like that 3 years ago..
    • If you believe what Itsuki has to say. Mikuru's camp seems to have the exact opposite perspective on the matter.
  • Trapped in Another World: Kyon in Disappearance. Subverted in that the timeline of the original world has been altered instead of going to another world directly.
  • Triang Relations: Nagato poses a math puzzle that has Kyon -> Mikuru -> Haruhi -> Kyon in a type 2 and herself and Itsuki towards Kyon in a type 3, or perhaps it was just a dream.
  • Troperrific: Five trope pages and an impressive character sheet. The Genre Busting nature of the series helps.
  • Trope Overdosed: Really, it was inevitable.
  • True Companions: Subverted in the first few novels, at least for a while; neither Itsuki nor Mikuru trust the other fully, if at all, and Yuki warns Kyon not to trust anything any member of the SOS Brigade tells him. Kyon in particular is annoyed by most of the members, particularly Itsuki and Haruhi, and explicitly only cares about Mikuru, and regards Yuki as no more than a part of the furniture. The fact that the entire group has been brought together against their will is often a point of contention, and though Haruhi treats the group as True Companions, no-one else sees it as such until Disappearance. After that, however, the characters begin to treat each other in a manner that befits the trope, with Itsuki in particular saying he would gladly betray the Organization for the SOS Brigade.
    • The 11th book REALLY showcases this trope, with Itsuki once again being the main one to show it, saying that the SOS Brigade has become a part of him now.
  • True Love's Kiss: Kyon kisses Haruhi to convince her to turn the world back to normal -- or at least give her an interesting romantic subplot with Kyon, keeping her from getting TOO bored....
  • Trust Password: A crowning moment of awesome for Kyon in Disappearance -- "I am John Smith."
    • There's also "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" -- first, Kyon proves himself to three-years-ago!Yuki with a note from present!Yuki. She then proves herself to Kyon -- after synchronizing with herself from three years from then, Yuki pulls off her glasses as if to say "Yes, Kyon, you don't have a glasses fetish."
    • Adult Asahina attempts to use her mole as a Trust Password with Kyon. It doesn't quite work.
      • Similarly, in the movie, Kyon tries to use this with younger Asahina, but it doesn't work out either.
    • In "The Melancholy of Mikuru Asahina," Kyon says that his option of telling Asahina his knowledge of her future self is a trump card comparable to telling Haruhi that he is John Smith.
    • Kyon might also be the key to unsealing Yuki's full power. Yuki says she has willingly sealed off her ability to synchronize, and that she cannot unseal it herself. She says the password to unsealing is in someone else's hands, but doesn't actually say who.
  • Twelve-Episode Anime: Plus two, originally. The second season's episodes (also presumably a Twelve-Episode Anime) are interspersed in the rerun of the first season, making it twenty-eight in total.
  • Two Haruhi Limit: With one exception, this Haruhi is the only memorable one.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Ryoko Asakura.
  • Un Confession
  • Unequal Pairing: the Kyon x Haruhi pairing hinted by the series comes with a really big double bind: Haruhi can't be Kyon's equal as long as he actively continues to deceive her about her true nature, but Kyon can't be Haruhi's equal if she becomes aware of her true nature.
    • The fans who want Kyon with Yuki (also hinted by the series) notice the all-powerful data entity probably doesn't want to see Yuki actually liking someone. SHOCK. And loli-Mikuru can't have any (sex) relations with anyone not from her future.
  • Unfamiliar Ceiling: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya combines this with Timey-Wimey Ball. Kyon wakes up after experiencing being stabbed by Asakura, but by the time he wakes up, the past has been rewritten so that he fell down a set of stairs and hit his head.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Kyon, quite obviously. He's quite Genre Savvy about it, too, although having a world-changing demiurge as a friend/boss kinda forces him to be.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Mikuru Asahina and by extension everyone except Yuki.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Kyon is odd. There are contradictions and quirks in what he says as a narrator and as a person that are just out of place.
  • Unreliable Voiceover: Sometimes Kyon's narration is contradicted by what's on the screen, with no reason to doubt that the visuals are anything other than the truth. The best example is in the first chronological episode, when he says he's not interested in Haruhi, despite having just spent several scenes very obviously checking her out.
  • Unwanted Harem: It seems like the rest of the SOS Brigade is this to Kyon.
  • Vaporware: Subverted. The tenth novel was delayed for over three years, but was finally confirmed with a release date of May 25, 2011.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the 11th novel, when Fujiwara meets Future!Mikuru (whom he believes to be his older sister) he completely loses it.
  • Viral Marketing
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: As Taniguchi said about him and Kunikida, "So I threw him out the window, and that's how we became friends." * Tsuruya laughs*
    • Haruhi and Kyon also have this sort of relationship.
    • Itsuki and Kyon as well, particularly because they're the only males in the SOS brigade and Itsuki is the most open and talkative compared to Mikuru and Yuki.
  • Viewer-Friendly Interface: Averted to extreme detail. The Literature Clubroom computer in Disappearance is a genuine PC-9821 running NEC Windows 95, complete with original start-up chime.
  • WAFF: Disappearance, but only at first glance...
  • Wager Slave: "You're late! Penalty!"
  • Weirdness Censor: It largely seems like nobody who hasn't had the Masquerade broken for them can connect the dots and notice the weird events that happen around Haruhi for what they are. Events or situations where this is evident:
    • Haruhi's herself, of course. Most incredibly in the "Snow Mountain Syndrome" story.
    • Many of the supernatural events in Sigh happen in the presence of Haruhi, Tsuruya, Taniguchi, Kunikida, and in one case the whole city, who either don't notice them or come up with mundane explanations for them (for example, "the fence must be really old" when it breaks in perfect, neat lines due to Mikuru's cutter beam).
    • Nagato's performance in "The Day of Sagitarius."
    • Nagato's "ventriloquism" in the student movie.
    • The SOS Brigade's baseball game -- though the Kamigahara Pirates become superstitious about Kyon's bat.
    • Possible exception: Tsuruya, as seen in Novel 7. She knows that the SOS Brigade isn't normal, but we don't know whether she's figured it out on her own, or whether she's been told.
  • Wham! Episode: Oh, there's been a couple so far.
    • To start with, Melancholy, part 5. Now that is how you peel back a masquerade!
    • The biggest Wham so far, though? Disappearance, entirely, in both book and movie form. It's basically three hours of having your face hit with a sledgehammer over and over -- and you'll love every second of it. By the end of it all, everything you knew about the universe of the show has been turned on its ear and all previous suppositions are called into question.
      • It all goes something like this: Wait, where'd Haruhi go? Wait, Ryoko can be revived?! Wait, Yuki really is madly in love with Kyon?! Wait, Yuki can steal Haruhi's power?!?! (And as an aside, wait, Yuki can defy the Data Entity like that?! (Later on: wait, oh crap, she can't. Which leads to the Crowner directly below.)) Wait, Kyon might not want the old world back?! WAIT, RYOKO STILL HAS A KNIFE AND OH SHI-"
      • And then, to cap it all off: "I AM JOHN SMITH." WHAT?! WHAT.
    • If the preview is anything to go by, Book 10 is going to pull this off rather nicely too. It's even called "The Surprise/Astonishment of Haruhi".
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: Kyon using Hot Blood to plan a day of homework and BREAK THE TIME LOOP in the anime version of "Endless Eight". It even had epic music to accompany it, and was preceded by the coolest and most dramatic "Oh Crap Haruhi's about to leave the restaurant" sequence of all eight episodes.
    • The music was most likely because the Kyo Ani staff knew the viewers would be celebrating.
      • Even if the visual for the Oh Crap looked like a bad acid-trip.
    • That five minute scene that climaxes in Kyon stomping on himself with his decision to go back to the world he knew in the Disappearance movie, anyone?
  • What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: In novel 11, Haruhi is crucified in the air by Kuyou, under the orders of Fujiwara. Yes, they finally did it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Shamisen, the talking cat, appears in episode zero (eleven chronologically) of the 2006 version of the anime, in the opening and ending animations, and nowhere else in that season. It's implied that Kyon takes the cat home with him after the filming incident, but he's never seen at their house in the later episodes (most of which take place earlier in the year). This can be confusing to first-time viewers, who might think of this as clumsy continuity until they figure out the gimmick of the first season. The 2009 version of the series, however, inserts the episode that introduces Shamisen into the proper place in the chronology.
    • Amusingly, the short story that expands on Shamisen is called "What Happened to the Cat?"
  • When It All Began: Three years ago...
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: The anime's "Endless Eight".
  • Who You Gonna Call?: The SOS Brigade.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him: Despite having "total data jurisdiction over [the classroom]," Ryoko insists on using her military knife to do the deed when she obviously could've crushed Kyon with flying desks (or done anything else, really).
  • Woman in White: Haruhi during the prologue of "Remote Island Syndrome".
  • Written Sound Effect: The opening of the new episodes.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Everyone has realistic hair colors, except for the Humanoid Interfaces and Tsuruya.
  • Younger Than They Look: Yuki is technically only 3 years old, until "Endless Eight" anyway.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Haruhi can alter reality unknowingly.
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