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Mai, Mikoto and Natsuki

When Mai Tokiha and her little brother Takumi take up residence at Fuuka Gakuen, their new boarding school, Mai discovers that the prestigious academy is the center of some very disturbing paranormal events. Mai also discovers that she is a HiME -- supernaturally gifted with the ability to summon her "Element" (a set of strange artifacts that grant her great powers) and also bonded to a strange mecha-like creature called a CHILD. Mai realizes instinctively that the price of her new power is responsibility -- but there's an additional, far more terrible price as well.

At least she's not alone -- a secret organization called the First District has been gathering HiMEs to Fuuka Gakuen, at least nine of them; it seems the HiMEs are part of an ancient myth with a special destiny the First District wants to make sure comes to pass. But a powerful conspiracy based in America thinks it deserves to control their powers, and takes steps to make the HiMEs its own. And just when the HiMEs seem poised to become a unified force for good, an even deeper, darker secret about their purpose is revealed, completely and irrevocably altering the burgeoning connections between the girls.

One of the better anime to appear on Japanese television in the 2004-2005 season, Mai-HiME is well-written and is lushly and beautifully animated. Like Futari wa Pretty Cure, it seems intent on bringing a Post Modern sensibility to the aging Magical Girl trope. This it does with a sly misdirection, by first presenting what appears to be an "ordinary" Magical Girl show stripped of some of the trope's more "fairy tale" characteristics. (There are no fancy costumes or over-the-top speeches, no real transformation sequences, surprisingly few pieces of Stock Footage, and from the beginning, matters are significantly darker than the genre normally allows them to get.)

But once you've settled in to what appears to be just an unusual Magical Girl show, the tables are abruptly turned and everything you expected is changed. The true purpose of the HiMEs, the role of the Orphans, the very reason for their powers and what they have to do with them -- is nothing like what you expected. And unlike so many other Magical Girls, the HiME and what they do are not Invisible to Normals; some are in fact being influenced or manipulated by agents of the "mundane" organizations around them.

As one by one the HiME fall, the monstrous orchestrators of the carnival finally appear on the stage, leading to an apocalyptic final confrontation.


Mai-HiME was conceived as a multimedia project, spanning anime, manga and video game editions, all produced independently of each other with each one following a different continuity. The anime turned out to be by far the most popular imagining, but the manga has its followers. The video game, a Dating Sim created by the people behind Da Capo, was never released outside of Japan.

Followed in the 2005-2006 season by Mai-Otome, a completely separate series which still contains connections back to Mai-HiME. Another disparate series is Mai-HiME Destiny light novel series, which not only shifts the action to Hokkaido, but replaces Mai with a shiny new protagonist named Mayo Kagura and the HiME with MiKOs -- so, strictly speaking, it's neither "Mai" nor "HiME"...

Originally available in the US via bittorrented fansubs, but in late spring 2005 it was licensed for release in North America. As of summer 2006, it can be found in retail outlets in the US under the title My-HiME.

For more information on the characters within the series, check out the character sheet.

Tropes used in My-HiME include:


Alyssa: Just because it's a satellite, that doesn't mean it travels at a constant speed.

  • Expy: From Neon Genesis Evangelion; one character is a very transparent Rei Ayanami clone (cute, but creepy). Another is a blatant Kaworu Nagisa. His name? Nagi. Last but not least: they have the same seiyuu.
  • Eye Scream: Nao gets stabbed in the eye by a stinger from her own CHILD. Ouch.
  • Face Heel Turn: Mikoto, largely after Mai constantly rejects her help, and decides to go help her brother instead.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Takeda has two goals throughout the series: get Yuuichi back on the kendo team and get Natsuki to fall for him. He succeeds at neither.
    • Subverted on that first one in the Directors Cut of the last episode: Yuuichi mentions obliquely that he's back on the team.
  • Fan Service: Lots of it.
  • Festival Episode: Two of them.
  • Fille Fatale: Nao; See Enjo Kosai, above.
  • Finger-Lickin' Evil: Nao's claws.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Mikoto in episode 2.
  • First Kiss: Mai gives up hers to Mikoto via CPR, but she insists That Didn't Happen.
    • Shiho forces Tate to give her one in epiosde 19. Unbeknownst to him, Mai was sitting on a swing in a playground below where they were at, and he does it right in full view of her. Unlike when Mai nearly kissed Reito, she doesn't stop him, but he hears her getting off the swing in time to realize the trap Shiho forced him in.
  • Follow Your Nose: Mikoto in episode 2.
  • The Four Loves: Present in the Himes' bonds with their Most Important People
    • Storge: Mai->Takumi, Mikoto->her brotherReito, Nao->her mother, and Alyssa->her father.
    • Phileo: Yukino->Haruka
    • Eros: Mai and Shiho->Yuuichi, Yukariko->Ishigami, Shizuru->Natsuki (and possibly visa versa), Akane->Kazuya
  • Freak-Out: This happens a lot.
  • Freudian Trio: Mai, Natsuki, and Mikoto as Ego, Superego, and Id respectively.
  • Fun with Acronyms: "HiME" stands for Highly-advanced Materializing Equipment.
    • Let us not forget Miyu Greer: Multiple Intelligencial Yggdrasil Unit.
  • Gainaxing: On Mai, though interestingly Haruka actually has the largest bust of any female character (88cm) and mostly avoids this treatment.
    • Maybe her bust is the biggest, but her cup size is obviously significantly smaller than Mai's. In fact, Yukariko the nun has the largest bust measurement (89 cm), but she's not as busty as Mai.
  • Gambit Pileup: There are two separate groups of Illuminati involved, just for starters. One such group is in the middle of a power struggle between two Eldritch Abominations, has one human Starscream with his own pet HiME, has one Defector From Decadence independently working with Natsuki to bring the whole thing down, and had another member who tried to defect to the other side. The other group is more or less taken off the board in the middle of the series, but still works with Natsuki to trade information, and the immortal cyborg superweapon they lost control of proves key to stopping the Big Bad.
  • Genre Blindness: Many characters in the "vampire" episode.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: While Mai is remembering her promise to their mother about protecting Takumi, Natsuki gives her a big slap.
  • Gilligan Cut: In episode 15, Midori attempts to form a Hime protection group. Both Nao and Natsuki both claim they're not interested. In the very next scene, Midori is giving her speech about it, and both girls are there, albeit against their will and tied up, with the implication that Midori knocked them out and brought them there.
  • The Glomp: Mikoto -> Mai, a lot; likewise Shiho -> Yuuichi.
    • Shizuru -> Natsuki in the ending.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Mikoto (gold), Nao (red), and Shizuru (both).
    • Shizuru, as she dumps Nao into the drink.
  • Goldfish Scooping Game
  • Grand Finale
  • Gratuitous English: Natsuki and Duran's called shots.
  • Hachimaki
  • Hard Light: the "ghost Mashiros" in the finale
  • Heavy Sleeper
  • Hermetic Magic: The sigils on Mikoto's sword. Also Miyu's Platinum Dress, as she's powering up to break the seal on the pillars.
  • Heroic BSOD: This happens a lot, too. Half the examples are due to an Applied Phlebotinum effect, though, rendering the girls nearly catatonic.
    • Mai suffers a particularly brutal one in episode 19 after accidentally overhearing her brother mention that he didn't want to burden her anymore, and then seeing Shiho force Tate to kiss him shortly afterwards. She snaps out of it briefly when Nao gloats to tell her she's going to attack Takumi, then falls into it again when Takumi disappears in front of her.
    • Natsuki has one when she learns that her mother was going to sell her before she died. She loses the ability to use her Element or Child, and is thus no longer able or willing to fight back against Nao before Shizuru shows up. Shizuru's actions for the sake of "helping" Natsuki push her further into it, but she eventually recovers and regains her powers
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Done twice, and subverted both times: Mai shielding her friends from Artemis' laser beam with Kagutsuchi and then flying out to space to destroy it, and Yuuichi ordering Mai to take out Shiho's Yatagarasu, knowing that it will kill him. Mikoto jumps in and does it for Mai. They get better.
  • Hidden Eyes: Shizuru, right before she challenges Haruka and Yukino.
  • Hollywood Tone Deaf: Natsuki and Nao are terrible singers, although their seiyuus do much better jobs at their image songs.
  • Homage: Episode ten's Cooking Duel, which is an extended parody of Iron Chef.
  • Honor Before Reason: Subverted and reaffirmed: Shizuru and especially Shiho would gladly let the world burn for the people they love, and Mai heroically refuses the offer to become the goddess-wife of the Big Bad, remake a world where her brother is happy and healthy, and chose to fight his tyranny with almost no apparent hope of victory.
  • I Have the High Ground: Is there a time when Nagi's not hovering above everyone?
    • Several times in relation to the headmaster, and a few more to the Obsidian Prince. Makes sense, since these are the only people he might consider his equals.
  • Ill Girl: The best categorization for Takumi is a Gender Flip of this character.
  • Immortality: The Big Bad is of course unaging, but he's also an Eldritch Abomination. Tokiha Mai gets blown up at least once, possibly twice; this counts as type VII or IV depending on who you ask. She doesn't seem to realize, and is almost certainly depowered at the end.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Natsuki shoots several magical darts out of the air with her pistols.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Midori.
  • Instant Bandages
  • Instant Seiza
  • Invisible to Normals, subverted: Yukino's CHILD can do this, but people still see the collateral damage.
    • And between the Searrs-attack and Mai's Berserk Button being pressed, along with several other incidents, it gets bad enough that all the normals flee the school near the end of the anime.
  • It Got Worse: This accurately describes every episode in the second half of the series, minus the last one.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Natsuki uses kisama on Nao. Akira uses ore while pretending to be a boy.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Natsuki after the finale, but she's rebuffed when her Mysterious Informant tells her she needs to make up for all the time she's missed class.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Shizuru speaks Kyoto-ben. The dub has her speaking in a Southern accent, and viewers are divided over whether it's a close approximation to her clearly different way of speaking or completely ridiculous.
  • Karaoke Box: Appears in Episode 16 and the ending. Mai apparently enjoys this greatly, but has to go last the first time.
  • Keigo
  • Kendo Team Captain: Takeda.
  • Kikuko Inoue: As Sister Yukariko.
  • Kill Sat: Artemis, a gigantic orbiting mon.
  • Killed Off for Real: Joseph Greer and the Obsidian Lord won't be coming back.
  • Laser Hallway: Subverted -- Mikoto jumps into the laser grid at the abandoned First District Lab before Natsuki can formulate a plan to infiltrate it. The guards don't immediately come after them, anyway.
  • Last Kiss: Yukariko and Ishigami, then Mai and Yuuichi, in the same episode. The first one is played straight, but the second one is a near-miss, as Mai's lips just barely touch as Yuuichi is dissolving. The series ends without them having kissed at all.
  • Lethal Chef: It's not clear whether Mikoto, Nao, or Natsuki is responsible, but their cake not only sends the judges (almost every significant male character in the series!) to the hospital, it makes an Orphan sick to it's ... whatever it uses to digest food.
    • The team with Haruka, Yukino, Shizuru and Youko made the mistake of heating the chocolate directly, which causes it to explode outward and might have made the cake inedible even before Haruka dropped it on the floor.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The core cast consists of twelve Magical Girls, as well as a bunch of other named characters associated with the school, including staff members. About 25 cast members are introduced within the first four episodes... and there are still 22 more to go after that.
  • Looming Silhouette of Rage: Shizuru.
  • Lotus Eater Machine: Mai gets one of these. We already know she's in one from the start, though.
  • Lovable Traitor: Nagi
  • Love Dodecahedron: Everyone wants Mai, and many of her pursuers are the vertexes of their own love triangles or worse, all with absolutely no regard for gender.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Shiho and Shizuru. In a non-romantic sense, Nao is motivated by a desire to avenge what happened to her parents..
    • Don't forget Sister Yukariko. Mai even calls her out on the fact that everything bad that happens in the last ten or so episodes is pretty much directly her fault, and she did it because her boyfriend told her to.
  • Love Triangle
  • Love You and Everybody: Mikoto at the Festival Episode.
  • The Magic Goes Away: With the Obsidian Lord's defeat and the HiME Star's destruction, all the HiME's Elements, Childs, and birthmarks vanish.
  • Magical Girl: The premise, duh; plus, one character ( Midori) seems to think she's Sailor Moon. Or maybe the Red Ranger.
  • Magical Girl Warrior
  • Malaproper: Haruka.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Nagi, Ishigami... hell, most of the male characters... except probably Takeda, Takumi, and Kazuya.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Doctor Sagisawa subjects Yuuichi to this in the manga, hoping he'll summon her CHILD.
    • Mikoto likes to force herself on Mai a lot this way as well.
  • Master of Illusion: St. Vlas' (Yukariko's CHILD) ability.
  • Meaningful Name: Mai-HiME. My princess? Dancing Princess? Princess Mai?
  • Meganekko: Yukino.
  • Meido: Fumi the pink-haired caretaker.
  • The Men in Black: the First District.
  • Mind Control Eyes: Fumi the Meido, which makes her even creepier than she already unintentionally was.
    • Mai, under the influence of Yukariko's CHILD.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Shiho's grandfather.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Yukariko is found standing over an injured Aoi with her Element in hand, and gets interrogated by the student council.
  • Moe Moe: On the first episode's next episode teaser, Mai asked "Isn't this supposed to be a school kid's story and have lots of moe in it?" There is moe, but not always the kind she's looking for. This is a pun on "moe" being a homonym for "fire" in Japanese.
  • Mons: The CHILD of each HiME.
  • Mood Whiplash: Invoked deliberately in Episode 16, which was written so as to lull the audience into a sense of security before dropping a plot bombshell on them. Also arguably the big reason why a lot of people had issues with the ending.
    • In the last episode, the battle concludes with what appears to be a death scene for Mikoto, and when she seems to pass on, Mai looks, and sees that she's merely extremely hungry, with Wingding Eyes. The scene then transitions to the lighter-hearted ending.
  • Motorcycle on the Coast Road: Just to make sure you know Natsuki's a rebel.
  • Mukokuseki: Most of the cast. In "Natsuki's Prelude," though, it's noted that Natsuki is suspicious of Yamada because he doesn't look Japanese, and suspects that it isn't his real name.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Orphan in the sixth episode, with... surprise, surprise... six arms.
    • So what is it called when the Orphan Akane fights in the eighth episode has eight legs?
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Attempted by Shiho, but Yuuichi sees through it.
  • Musical Assassin: Shiho's Element is a flute.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mikoto breaks down when she realizes she struck down Akira's CHILD and killed off Mai's brother Takumi. She was aiming for Yatagarasu, Shiho's CHILD that had attacked Mai earlier, but her conditioning took over and caused her to attack the first thing she saw, which unfortunately happened to be Gennai. A flashback immediately following that event shows that she was also responsible for killing her grandfather.
    • Later somewhat subverted and then reinforced when it turns out it was in fact Yatagarasu that struck the fatal blow against Gennai. Before realizing this however, Mikoto defeats both Fumi and Midori and still invokes the trope.
  • Mysterious Informant: Natsuki keeps meeting him for exposition purposes.
  • Name's the Same: The show has nothing to do with the 1890 story by Mori Ogai, which is notable for being a role-reversal of Madame Butterfly, published eight years before the latter was written.
  • Names to Know in Anime: Kikuko Inoue (Ah! My Goddess) provides the voice of Sister Yukariko.
  • Naughty Tentacles: Played light, not serious, in episode 4.
  • Neutral Female: Gender Flipped with Yuuichi.
  • NGO Superpower: Searrs.
  • Ninja: Akira's from a whole clan of them, apparently.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Bonus points for actually including a Ninja and a Robot.
  • No Body Left Behind
  • No Social Skills: Mikoto.
  • Non-Action Guy: Yuuichi, a former kendo expert who had to give up his sport due to an injury.
  • The Nose Bleed: Natsuki gives Takeda these, to both their horrors.
  • Not So Different: Natsuki realizes that she, like Nao, was once bitter and refused to trust anyone after her mother died, and so saves Nao from Shizuru.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That / Sorry to Interrupt: Mai, to Natsuki, in episode 9.
  • Nuns Are Mikos: Yukariko Sanada aka Sister Yukariko. Joseph works at the church along with her, but he's also a Searrs agent.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: You may conclude early on that Midori is really as dumb as she seems, but later episodes paint her very, very differently.
  • Ojou: Shizuru
  • Older Sidekick: Miyu, to Alyssa (though, Miyu being a Robot Girl, she's actually younger than Alyssa.
  • Omake: Dozens of them on the Japanese and English DVD releases.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Mezame's broken Italian, but eh, close enough.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: The Obsidian Shrine EUB.
  • One-Woman Wail: Whenever Duran is summoned.
  • Oracular Urchin: Nagi.
  • Ordinary High School Student: Kazuya, Akane's boyfriend, has a perfectly average life at school and working with Mai and Akane at the dinner. He's also the first person in the series to die.
  • Panty Thief: An Orphan in an early episode.
  • Parental Abandonment: Several characters are missing parents when the series begins, and it is not taken lightly, at all.
  • Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Death: A lover's face Against the Setting Sun in place of the clouds.
  • Perpetual Molt
  • Personality Powers: Hot-blooded Red Headed Heroine? Fire. No-nonsense Defrosting Ice Queen Sidekick? Ice. Breezy and hyper-enthusiastic teacher/archaeologist? Wind... and so on.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: While Japanese characters have all kinds of unreal eye and hair colours (see the illustration above), the Tyke Bomb made by an American secret society has blond hair and green eyes, which are most likely intended to be her "real" appearance. Other characters aligned with the same organisation have similar appearances.
  • Pillar of Light: Artemis' laser.
  • Playing with Fire: Mai.
  • Point Defenseless: Prominent when Midori and Mai are attacking the Searrs ships.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Big Bad's primary plan is helped along at multiple instances by his Dragon's selective omission of information and other characters' outright deceptions, and one of the most bloody rampages of the show is caused by Shizuru not telling Haruka her reasons for leaving the school and the latter's suspicion-fueled digging up of all Shizuru's dirty secrets.
    • Natsuki cares for Shizuru significantly more than she lets on, and admitting the extent of her feelings might have averted some of the problems.
  • The Power of Love / The Power of Friendship: Used quite literally throughout most of the series, but played straight in the finale, as Mai's mutual admirations for Yuuichi and Mikoto helps her overcome her problems and defeat the Big Bad.
    • In a more conventional sense, Natsuki says in the 25th special, that Shizuru, Mai, and Mikoto helped her to open up, and that Shizuru's feelings for her and Mai and Yuuichi's feelings for each other helped her realize that people cannot live alone.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The show's Mons are powered by the life force of whichever poor sap is currently most important to the HiME with the leash.
    • Actually CHILDs are powered by the love that the HiME has for there Most Important Person. Not by that person's life force.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Shizuru, later in the series.
  • Puppy Dog Eyes: Mikoto
  • Railing Kill: Subverted in Natsuki's use against Nagi.
  • Razor Floss: Nao has some, which can cut through trees and steel beams.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: There is a trailer for a My-HiME movie with Arika as the main antagonist, which is apparently set to be released in almost eighteen millennia.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Inverted. Even the utterly selfish Nao and the Psycho Lesbian Shizuru come charging in from the sky after all the Childs and MIPs are resurrected.
  • Repeat Cut
  • Revenge by Proxy: After Nao loses one of her eyes, she decides to get revenge on Mai by attacking Takumi.
  • Reverse Mole: Miyu, after being rebooted by Midori.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Mai really loses it when Mikoto inadvertently kills Takumi, by defeating Gennai, Akira's child. She's wrong about Mikoto being to blame, but doesn't realize this until later.
  • Robot Girl: Miyu.
  • Sarashi: Akira.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Nagi, after The Reveal in Episode 16.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Ishigami as the "scary" type, Yukino as the "hiding something" type.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Some fans argue that Shizuru represents a Deconstruction of this character type; others a simple Psycho Lesbian. Yukino might be a straight example; Haruka is her Key (in the manga) and Most Special Person, so she may be in love with her.
  • Screw Destiny: Midori's goal in the second-half episodes and general life philosophy.
  • Sentai: Parodied, as Midori attempts to form such a team.
  • Shape Shifter
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Both Tate and Mai claim they don't care about the other, which causes a lot of issues later on with Reito and Shiho.
  • Ship Sinking: Natsuki no Prelude completely sinks Natsuki x Takeda by noting that Natsuki sent Takeda a letter around the time the school shut down saying that she doesn't have feelings for him.
  • Show Some Leg: Natsuki trying to use her femininity to get a car home in episode 9. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Sick Episode: The two-part audio drama, "Demonic Uproar" and "Natsuki's Desperations", in which Natsuki becomes sick after the events of Episode 9.
  • Slow-Motion Pass-By
  • The Smurfette Principle: Director-claimed deliberate inversion.
  • Snow Means Love
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: Mai, in the opening.
  • Spiritual Successor: Mai-Otome.
  • Spot of Tea: Shizuru and Reito are avid tea drinkers, and Haruka nicknames Shizuru the "bubuzuke woman" as a result.
  • Squeaky Eyes
  • Standing in the Hall: During Mai's Lotus Eater Machine dream.
  • Stealth Hi Bye: Multiple characters do this from time to time. It always shocks the person when they show up.
  • Stock Footage: Various CHILD sequences early in the series.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Mai chides Mikoto a few times when the former tries to save her in episode 19 a couple of times.
  • | StraightWomanAndWiseGal: Haruka and Yukino, respectively.
  • Stripperiffic: Mild example: Midori usually wears a tight-fitting tube top that reveals cleavage and quite a bit of midriff. Even while teaching in class.
    • And then there's some of the outfits from the Karaoke episode, including Nao's Showgirl outfit and Mai's decidedly non-regulation police outfit.
  • Student Council President: Shizuru.
  • Suicidal Gotcha: Mai pulls one to punctuate a very emphatic, angry It's Not You, It's Me. She's got her own dragon, though, so she'll be okay.
  • Superpower Lottery: Mai's elements allow her to shield herself, fly, and hurl flame. Natsuki's are well, just pistols. Her Child is also one of the strongest of the lot, capable of sub-orbital flight, massive bombardment and is simply fricking huge compared to most of the other Childs.
    • This may be justified, however, since the Childs are powered by the love that the HiME feels for most important person. Natsuki, at least initally, denies that she even has someone she cares about that much. When she finally admits how she feels about Shizuru, Duran becomes enormous as any of the other Childs for their final confrontation.
  • Swirling Dust: Certain summoning sequences.
  • Sword Drag / Sword Sparks: Mikoto.
  • Synchronization: See the Powered by a Forsaken Child entry.
  • Taking You with Me: Natsuki does this to Shizuru
  • Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: Natsuki.
  • Team Shot: The opening.
  • There Can Be Only One: The HiME Carnival
  • This and That: Haruka doesn't even know what it means.
  • This Is My Side: Akira and Takumi's dorm room.
  • Those Two Girls: Chie and Aoi
  • Thwarted Escape
  • Token Yuri Girls:
    • Shizuru and her obsessive love for one of the main characters, Natsuki. Fandom has rewarded this with a series of doujinshi, the tamest of which explore Shizuru's more publishable fantasies. The more extreme, well... let's just say that Shizuru is a very imaginative individual. One of the artbooks states that they "find happiness" at Natsuki's graduation. Shizuru's popularity in this series likely led to her Mai-Otome incarnation actually hooking up with that universe's Natsuki.
    • Speaking of Mai-Otome, there appear to be quite a few of them there, too, since most of the story takes place in the all-girls' Garderobe Academy. Chie, in particular, appears to have out-Chizuru'd Bleach's Chizuru in the "openly flirty" department. Furthermore, the Schizo-Tech that gives the girls their super powers is destroyed by sperm, and neither condoms nor vasectomies exist.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Father Joseph. He sneaks up on a now-powerless toddler and her incredibly powerful and loyal robotic bodyguard (that he built but knew he could no longer control). He kills the former first, and then starts bragging about it to the latter's face. That ends pretty much as you'd expect.
    • Arguably Haruka refusing to run away and continuing to taunt Shizuru despite Yukino's insisting while Shizuru points her Element at her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Yuichi's sword-using in episode 26, although there were at least allusions to him having championship-level kendo talent beforehand.
    • Also note that it was still played believably: the immortal swordsman disarmed him pretty quick.
  • Trailer Spoof
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Reito's clothing is all-black, as opposed to the outfits of everyone else, which are most often brown vests or blazers and skirts or pants with white dress shirts.
  • Transformation Sequence: Mostly subverted -- the girls do all of their fighting in their regular clothes -- but the activation of Elements and the summoning of Childs often get the full treatment.
  • Trauma Conga Line: All the poor girls of the cast, but Mai, Mikoto, and Natsuki in particular.
  • Trauma Swing: Mai in episode 19. And this is before It Got Worse.
  • Tsundere: Mai, though her "tsun" side is a little less violent than others. Surprisingly, so are Natsuki and Akira.
  • Tyke Bomb: At least two (Alyssa and Mikoto), plus a failed attempt at a third (Natsuki).
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Two of them: Miyu and Alyssa.
  • Unknown Rival: Haruka, to Shizuru.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Shiho. And she does NOT like it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Mai after... well, that would be telling.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Searrs' ultimate goal is to bring about a "golden age" by harnessing the power of the HiME Star.
  • Villain Pedigree: It starts with natural Orphans, progresses to Searrs-made ones, then the Searrs forces themselves, followed by each other.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Subverted. Midori pukes offscreen after a night of partying, but you can still see the aftermath and hear Nao scream because of that.
  • Waif Prophet: The apparently 11-year-old Director, Mashiro.
  • We Can Rule Together: The last episode. In an inverted parallel of Star Wars, the Big Bad offers Mai the place of The Dragon, Mikoto, who undergoes a Heel Face Turn because Mai is her parent/big sister figure, instead of the other way around. Mai says "no", twice, and then destroys the HiME Star with a little help from her friends.
  • Weird Moon: Besides appearing enormous, notice that the moon is somehow always full throughout the series.
  • Wham! Episode: Episodes 8 and 16.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Mikoto struggles with this a great deal.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Poor Yukino is pretty much relegated to a supporting role.
    • Although it is arguable whether Yukino qualifies for this trope, as her role is effectively to provide intelligence and communication for the other, combat-oriented HiMEs. A very valuable role in real life.
  • White-Haired Pretty Boy: Nagi.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Akira.
  • Wolverine Claws: Nao's Element is turning her hands into metal claws.
  • X Meets Y: Sailor Moon meets Highlander.
  • Yandere: Shiho turns into one later in the series.
    • Shizuru has that look on her face when she's "protecting" Natsuki.
  • You Can't Fight Fate
  • You Have Failed Me...: Do not intern with Searrs, kids.
  • You Killed My Father: A large part of Natsuki's beef with the First District. But with her mother instead of her father.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Nao, and (perhaps unexpectedly,) Haruka.