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◦Hanekawa at first seems like a very sweet and shy bookworm. However, later on itsrevealed that she has a much darker side, and is actually more of aManipulative Bastard.Even Senjogahara actively fears her.◦Both Araragi and Karen are terrified whenever Tsukihi gets angry.•Big Bad:◦The villain of the first two books is revealed in
to beDeishuu Kaiki, one of the five con men briefly mentioned by Hitagi. In addition to his exploits in
,he's the one responsible for the divorce of Hitagi's parents and spread the word about thesnake curse that eventually targeted Nadeko in "Nadeko Snake".◦Meanwhile, the villain of later stories in the series isOugi Oshino, a relative of Meme's.•Big Ball of Violence: Koyomi and Mayoi engage in this a couple times in episodes 3-5.•Big Brother Instinct: Araragi was apparently something of a bully to his sisters when he wasyounger, but in episode 8 of
(part 1 of
) while mistakenlybelieving that Karen is being bullied he demands the names and addresses of everyoneinvolved.◦Araragi also goes in something of a murderous rampage the moment he sees that hisyounger little sister gets torn in half in episode 10.•Bittersweet Ending: In contrast to the happy endings of the other arcs, the end of
in the anime hasKoyomi unable to defeat the Snake Constrictor. While he doesmanage to save Nadeko, Koyomi feels guilty knowing that the snake will attack the personwho originally placed the curse.•Black Comedy Rape: Even if it isn't exactly rape, it's certainly takingRefuge in Audacity:
There stood a high school boy who, forgetting himself, forcefully sexuallyharassed an elementary school girl with all his might. But I at least want to believe that wasn't me.
◦In episode 2 of Nisemonogatari,Koyomi himself gets a taste of this.•Blatant Lies: As would any child, Mayoi occasionally tells absolutely impossible lies. For instance, she claims to know three people named "Basugasu Bakuhatsu" (that's just aJapanese tongue twister, by the way).•Bob Haircut: Hitagi and Hanekawa in Nisemonogatari•Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Lots of the comical dialog between characters is performed thisway, with Araragi usually acting as theStraight Man.•Body Horror : May count for some of the afflictions.•Breaking the Fourth Wall:Invoked indirectly in episode 9, 20:20. Do you, the troper, also have
a secret fetish?
I can imitate your voice. So don't worry, leave it to me. After all, myvoice actressis excellent.
Voice actress!? What is this, an anime!?
◦Interestingly enough, the above line came straight from the original novel.◦This is also the reason why Oshino is often seen with a cigarette, but never with a
one. From the novels:
Well, if I lit a cigarette now wouldn't the anime adaptation become difficult?
•Broken Aesop: Maybe. Araragi's anger when Hanekawa reveals that her stepfather hit her ina fight kind of loses its effect when you realize that Araragi earlier in the series not only beatup, but proceeded to "shamelessly molest" a fifth grader he had just met that day.But it wasfunny when he did it.◦It should be noted that even when Koyomi beat up Mayoi, Tsubasa reprimanded him—it'sabuse if you hit a child without giving a reason.•Brother-Sister Incest: Since thetooth-brushing scenein
episode 8 iseffectivelyG-Rated Sex(well, more like PG)nearly escalating to R-rated sex before Tsukihi
intervenedand Koyomi and Karen decide to continue it, their relationship is pretty close tothis.•Butch Lesbian: Suruga, in that distinctly Japanese way: sure, she talks dirty and smacksKoyomi around (and more), but she still looks very feminine and caters directly to those with abicycle short fetish.•Call Back:◦The
opening alludes to the events of "Hitagi Crab" (Hitagi's staple attacks,falling through the school staircase, the red text that swims around the shell of theotherwise invisible weight crab) and also makes visual and musical references to itsopening song, "staple stable".◦Episode 6 of
("Karen Bee") has a short montage where Hitagi is shown inall the outfits she wore in
.◦Later on in the same episode, Hitagi strikes the same exaggerated backward lean she didin "Hitagi Crab".
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