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* BattleAura: Ryuhou and Kazuma both have one when particularly pumped up.
* BerserkButton:
** Calling Cougar slow pisses him off.

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* BattleAura: Ryuhou Ryuuhou and Kazuma both have one when particularly pumped up.
* BerserkButton:
**
BerserkButton: Calling Cougar slow pisses him off.



* CombatBreakdown: The final battle between Ryuho and Kazuma has the cycle through all their Altar forms and back down to normal. By the end, they can both only manage to summon a fraction of their power for one last strike (Kazuma armors his fist and Ryuho generates a small spike) and both collapse after the final blow.

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* CombatBreakdown: The final battle between Ryuho Ryuuhou and Kazuma has the cycle through all their Altar Alter forms and back down to normal. By the end, they can both only manage to summon a fraction of their power for one last strike (Kazuma armors his fist and Ryuho generates a small spike) and both collapse after the final blow.



* DeliberatelyBadExample(s): Lots of characters demonstrate Ryuuhou's sincerity by doing what he would do if he had ulterior motives. Several also demonstrate that Kazuma is a lot better than most of the alter-users out in the wild.
** "Big-Kun" shows the way a lot of the other alter users besides Kazuma use their powers to oppress others.
** Other unnamed villainous alter users in one of Mimori's historical flashbacks are shown proudly posing with their alters for the camera in front of the destruction they've just caused.
** The villainous behavior of certain normal human crime bosses out in the bad lands also stands in contrast to both Kazuma and Ryuhou's nobler intentions.
** George Tatsunami demonstrates a slave-driver's behavior in Ryuuhou's position.
** Emergy Maxfell demonstrates a development-arrested brat's behavior in his position.
** Sou Kigetsuki demonstrates a narcissistic sociopath's behavior in his position. Notably, he demonstrates this to an amnesiac ''Ryuuhou'', showing him the world from Kazuma's perspective - what he used to seem like to the Inners. Result: HeelFaceTurn. Kazuma still pisses him off by ''breathing'', but that's just TeethClenchedTeamwork.
** Kyoji Mujo demonstrates a power-hungry control freak's behavior in his position.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Definitely Kazuma has developed a brief philosophy regarding this trope: "If there's a wall in front of me, I break it down no matter what!" with the wall variously being "Ryuhou", "HOLY", "lack of medicine" and "Kujo Mojo".
** Ryuhou searched for the Crystal Alter for a decade and similarly breaks down "walls" in front of him.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The answer is [[spoiler:yes, Kazuma did, when Mujo returned from The Other Side looking like a CosmicHorror.]]

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* DeliberatelyBadExample(s): Lots of characters demonstrate Ryuuhou's sincerity by doing what he would do if he had ulterior motives. Several also demonstrate that Kazuma is Quite a lot better than most of for both HOLY and the alter-users out in Lost Ground, with regards to Alter Users on both sides.
** In
the wild.
** "Big-Kun" shows the way
Lost Ground, Biff's arrogant bullying is meant to be a lot of the heavy contrast to Kazuma's more free-wheeling, live-and-let-live lifestyle. Similarly, other alter users besides Kazuma use their powers to oppress others.
** Other
unnamed villainous alter users Alter Users in one of Mimori's historical flashbacks are shown proudly posing with their alters Alters for the camera in front of the destruction they've just caused.
** The villainous behavior of certain normal human crime bosses out in the bad lands also stands in contrast to both Kazuma and Ryuhou's nobler intentions.
**
On HOLY's end George Tatsunami demonstrates a slave-driver's behavior in Tatsunami, Emergy Maxfell, Sou Kigetsuki, and Kyouji Mujou are all prime examples of how Ryuuhou's position.
** Emergy Maxfell demonstrates
nobler intentions act as a development-arrested brat's behavior check for the potential excesses he could get up to in his position.
**
pursuit of revenge and justice. In particular, Sou Kigetsuki demonstrates a narcissistic sociopath's behavior in his position. Notably, he Kigetsuki's smug arrogance demonstrates this to an amnesiac ''Ryuuhou'', showing him the world what he looked like from Kazuma's the perspective - what he used to seem like to of Kazuma and the Inners. Result: HeelFaceTurn. Kazuma still pisses him off by ''breathing'', but that's just TeethClenchedTeamwork.
** Kyoji Mujo demonstrates a power-hungry control freak's behavior in his position.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Definitely
{{Determinator}}: If Kazuma has developed can breathe, he can fight, and he pretty much never gives up. It takes [[spoiler:losing his best friend]] to make him slow down, and even then after a brief philosophy regarding this trope: "If there's a wall while he gets back up and keeps going. Ryuuhou is equally determined in front both his pursuit of me, I break it down no matter what!" with Kazuma and the wall variously being "Ryuhou", "HOLY", "lack of medicine" and "Kujo Mojo".
** Ryuhou searched for the Crystal
Alter for a decade and similarly breaks down "walls" in front of him.
User that killed his mother.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The answer is [[spoiler:yes, Kazuma did, when Mujo Mujou returned from The Other Side looking like a CosmicHorror.]]



* PowersDoTheFighting: Ryuuho hangs back and allows his Altar, Zetsuei, to do most of the fighting for him. Ryuuho is one of the most powerful Altars in HOLY, and Zetsuei is more than capable of defending Ryuuho from attacks while dominating other Altars simultaneously. Kazuma taunts him about this early in the series, before Ryuuho socks him in the gut with his bare hand.

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* PowersDoTheFighting: Ryuuho Ryuuhou hangs back and allows his Altar, Alter, Zetsuei, to do most of the fighting for him. Ryuuho Ryuuhou is one of the most powerful Altars Alters in HOLY, and Zetsuei is more than capable of defending Ryuuho Ryuuhou from attacks while dominating other Altars Alters simultaneously. Kazuma taunts him about this early in the series, before Ryuuho Ryuuhou socks him in the gut with his bare hand.
13th Mar '17 4:04:27 PM ZeroSennin
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%%** [[spoiler:Possibly subverted in Alteration.]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The final scenes of the anime are Kazuma and Ryuho continuing to fight against ''someone'', likely mainland invaders. [[spoiler: This is also Alteration's ending.]]

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%%** [[spoiler:Possibly subverted in Alteration.]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The final scenes of the anime are Kazuma and Ryuho Ryuuhou continuing to fight against ''someone'', likely mainland invaders. [[spoiler: This is also Alteration's ending.ending, albeit focusing more on trouble-making Native Alter Users.]]



* AnotherDimension: The source of Alter Power. [[spoiler:The Alter User that killed Ryuuhou's mother hails from this dimension, and is the true origin of Alter Power.

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* AnotherDimension: The source of Alter Power. [[spoiler:The Alter User that killed Ryuuhou's mother hails from this dimension, and is the true origin of Alter Power.]]
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One subset of Alter Users are "alloy-types", whose Alters form part of themselves, and one or two display the ability to affect other's Alters without summoning one themselves, but mostly the Alters are used like {{Mons}}... or, since a given person doesn't tend to acquire more than one. The nature of the superpowers varies from typical StockSuperpowers to really weird ideas: "Turn anything into water", "Turn any car into a pink [[Anime/SpeedRacer Mach 5]]", "Summon [[{{BFG}} an enormous gun]]" or even "[[ImaginationBaseSuperpower Do anything, as long as it involves watermelons]]".

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One subset of Alter Users are "alloy-types", whose Alters form part of themselves, and one or two display the ability to affect other's Alters without summoning one themselves, but mostly the Alters are used like {{Mons}}... or, since a given person doesn't tend to acquire more than one. The nature of the superpowers varies from typical StockSuperpowers to really weird ideas: "Turn anything into water", "Turn any car into a pink [[Anime/SpeedRacer Mach 5]]", "Summon [[{{BFG}} an enormous gun]]" or even "[[ImaginationBaseSuperpower "[[ImaginationBasedSuperpower Do anything, as long as it involves watermelons]]".



%%* AnotherDimension
* AntiHero:
** Kazuma is a jerk and a BloodKnight but he is very good hearted, although during his RoaringRampageOfRevenge he veers into KnightTemplar territory.
%%** Kimishima
* AntiMagic: Kaname has a mild version. She's able to ignore Unkei's Mad Sprict power without even noticing, and instantly deduces that Kigetsuki's Tokonatsu Sisters aren't actually human despite the fact that there's basically no way to tell on sight. Both can be attributed to her being a latent psychic.
* AntiVillain: Ryuhou is ruthless and inflexible when it comes to dealing with Alter criminals and dismisses the oppressive operating style of HOLY based on the idea that it is necessary. Urizane, Illian, and Scheris are all part of HOLY by such reasonable means as a paycheck or SubordinateExcuse. Cougar's motives are never really explained but based on his actions the only reason he counts as an "anti-villain" is by association with HOLY.
%%* AnyoneCanDie
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler: Ryuhou defends a settlement from a HOLY unit, after regarding them as evil. When he is told about his past, he finds it strange that he would oppress people in such a manner. He continues to do so even after recovering his memories.]]

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%%* AnotherDimension
* AntiHero:
**
AnotherDimension: The source of Alter Power. [[spoiler:The Alter User that killed Ryuuhou's mother hails from this dimension, and is the true origin of Alter Power.
* AntiHero:
Kazuma is can be kind of a jerk and a BloodKnight BloodKnight, but he is very good hearted, although during fiercely loyal to his RoaringRampageOfRevenge friends and will always stand up for people being oppressed even if he veers into KnightTemplar territory.
%%** Kimishima
doesn't know them that well. He becomes a bit edgier after [[spoiler:Kimishima dies,]] but still fights to protect people despite that.
** Kimishima is cowardly and somewhat self-centered, but when it comes down to it he'll fight to the bitter end also.
* AntiMagic: Kaname Kanami has a mild version. She's able to ignore Unkei's Mad Sprict power without even noticing, and instantly deduces that Kigetsuki's Tokonatsu Sisters aren't actually human despite the fact that there's basically no way to tell on sight. Both can be attributed to [[spoiler:the clairvoyance that her being a latent psychic.
Alter Power provides her.]]
* AntiVillain: Ryuhou is ruthless and inflexible when it comes to dealing with Alter criminals and dismisses the flaws in the oppressive operating style of HOLY based on the idea that it is necessary. Urizane, Illian, and Scheris are all part of HOLY by such reasonable means as a paycheck or SubordinateExcuse. Cougar's motives are never really explained but based on his actions the only reason he counts as an "anti-villain" is by association with HOLY.
%%* AnyoneCanDie
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:By the time the show ends, Ayase, Biff, Scheris, and Kimishima are all dead.]]
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler: Ryuhou Ryuuhou defends a settlement from a HOLY unit, after regarding them as evil. When he is told about his past, he finds it strange that he would oppress people in such a manner. He continues to do so fight against HOLY even after recovering his memories.]]



* BashBrothers: It took about 20 episodes but Ryuho and Kazuma eventually work together (on principle). It doesn't stop them from trying to bash each other's face in afterward but that's more of a friendly brawl than a fight to the death.

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* BashBrothers: It took about 20 episodes but Ryuho Ryuuhou and Kazuma eventually work together (on principle). It doesn't stop them from trying to bash each other's face in afterward but that's more of a friendly brawl than a fight to the death.



* BigBrotherInstinct: Kazuma far and away for Kanami given their age difference and how much he cares about her and keeping her safe. Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Ryuho develops this for her after he lost then regained his memories. She even calls him "Ryu-kun" like "Kazu-Kun".]]
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Emergy Maxfell's alter invokes this trope. Due to severe trauma he experienced as a child, Emergy's Alter only activates when he feels he's in extreme peril ("a pinch situation", as he likes to call it), at which point a HumongousMecha bursts from the ground to "save him from the pinch".
** Kazuma and Ryuho get plenty of moments to save others.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Kazuma far and away for Kanami Kanami, given their age difference and how much he cares about her and keeping her safe. Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Ryuho [[spoiler:Ryuuhou develops this for her after he lost then regained his memories. She even calls him "Ryu-kun" like "Kazu-Kun".]]
* BigDamnHeroes:
**
BigDamnHeroes: Emergy Maxfell's alter invokes this trope. Due to severe trauma he experienced as a child, Emergy's Alter only activates when he feels he's in extreme peril ("a pinch situation", as he likes to call it), at which point a HumongousMecha bursts from the ground to "save him from the pinch".
** Kazuma and Ryuho Ryuuhou get plenty of moments to save others.



* CallingYourAttacks: Many
** Kazuma/Cougar: "Shocking first bullet!" and variations.

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* CallingYourAttacks: Many
Aside from calling out the name of their Alter while using it, some characters have more specific attack names:
** Kazuma/Cougar: Kazuma: "Shocking first bullet!" and variations.First Bullet!" "Obliterating Second Bullet!" "Annihilating Last Bullet!" "Shell Bullet Burst!"
** Cougar also uses "Shocking First Bullet" in addition to "Rapid Kill Bullet", [[spoiler:which is where Kazuma got the habit.]]



** Others merely say the name of their alter itself when using it.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Scheris takes a dislike to Mimori merely because she is a love rival for Ryuho and spends as much time as she can with him.

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** Others merely say the name of their alter itself when using it.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Scheris takes a dislike to Mimori merely because she is a love rival for Ryuho Ryuuhou and spends as much time as she can with him.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadAss: Cougar. He's a might alter users [[spoiler: probably the strongest alter user in existence other than the protagonists and Mujo,]] and an odd individual who constantly talks about how he "shortens the world" with his speed.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadAss: Cougar. He's a might alter users powerful Alter User [[spoiler: probably the strongest alter user Alter User in existence other than the protagonists and Mujo,]] and an odd individual who constantly talks about how he "shortens the world" with his speed.



* DeadlyUpgrade:
** [[spoiler:Upgrading one's Alter ability causes gradual but irreversible damage to one's body. (e.g., the [[SuperSpeed Speedster]] character walks oddly because when not in his superspeed form, his legs are "seriously messed up".) The unnatural version, as Courgar's is, seems to be more immediately damaging, while "natural" evolution is more gradual. Kazuma and Ryuhou both seem to suffer minor physical deformations from using their Alters, Kazuma moreso since his body-reshaping Alter modifies him at all three stages. Ryuhou has an independent Alter that just becomes a suit of armor at level 3, so his changes are minor.]]
** It seems to be implied that by [[spoiler:upgrading one's Alter ability, the damage eventually causes the person to die. Ayase holds on out of sheer willpower, but once her brother dies she loses all of the will to fight anymore and passes away. Cougar may or may not have died in the anime, but if he does then he goes out in a more peaceful manner, but dies far younger than he should have]].

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* DeadlyUpgrade:
**
DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:Upgrading one's Alter ability causes gradual but irreversible damage to one's body. (e.g., the [[SuperSpeed Speedster]] character walks oddly because when not in his superspeed form, his legs are "seriously messed up".) The An unnatural version, upgrade, such as Courgar's is, the mainland's "refinement", seems to be more immediately damaging, while as evidenced by Cougar's odd walk and the gray streaks in his hair, and Zigmarl's RapidAging; in extreme cases such as Ayase's refinement, the process does enough damage that the Alter User can die from extreme stress. In contrast, "natural" evolution is more gradual. gradual in these damages. Kazuma and Ryuhou Ryuuhou both seem to suffer minor physical deformations from using their Alters, Kazuma moreso since his body-reshaping Alter modifies him at all three stages. Ryuhou Ryuuhou has an independent Alter that just becomes a suit of armor at level 3, so his changes are minor.]]
** It seems to be implied that by [[spoiler:upgrading one's Alter ability,
minor, but in the damage eventually causes the person to die. Ayase holds on out of sheer willpower, but once her brother dies she loses all epilogue of the will series, it's pretty clear that continuous use is catching up to fight anymore and passes away. Cougar may or may not have died in the anime, but if he does then he goes out in a more peaceful manner, but dies far younger than he should have]].him too.]]



* DefeatMeansFriendship: Kazuma eventually becomes...not "friends" as much as "rivals with an understanding" with [[spoiler: Tachibana]] after defeating him, but it took ''two'' defeats. In the main series [[spoiler: he never defeats Ryuhu but still comes to a similar relationship. The movie, Alteration, implies that he is the victor of their last fight.]]

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: Kazuma eventually becomes...not "friends" as much as "rivals with an understanding" with [[spoiler: Tachibana]] after defeating him, but it took ''two'' defeats. In the main series series, [[spoiler: he Kazuma never defeats Ryuhu Ryuuhou but still comes to a similar relationship. The movie, Alteration, implies that he is the victor of their last fight.]]



* DefiantStoneThrow: A little boy confronts Ryuhou openly when a fight is going on between Ryuhou and adults in a given Inner settlement. Ryuhou says that he respects the boy for his courage and uses it as part of his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the adults for sneaking around and taking hostages.
* DeliberatelyBadExample(s): Lots of characters demonstrate Ryuhou's sincerity by doing what he would do if he had ulterior motives. Several also demonstrate that Kazuma is a lot better than most of the alter-users out in the wild.

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* DefiantStoneThrow: A little boy confronts Ryuhou openly when a fight is going on between Ryuhou Ryuuhou and adults in a given Inner settlement. Ryuhou Ryuuhou says that he respects the boy for his courage and uses it as part of his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the adults for sneaking around and taking hostages.
* DeliberatelyBadExample(s): Lots of characters demonstrate Ryuhou's Ryuuhou's sincerity by doing what he would do if he had ulterior motives. Several also demonstrate that Kazuma is a lot better than most of the alter-users out in the wild.



*** The argument is still in Kazuma's favor, as many [[NotSoDifferent similar]] examples simply joined HOLY and achieved their desires as compensation for service. Criminals have ulterior motives; authority has ''"privileges."''
** George Tatsunami demonstrates a slave-driver's behavior in Ryuhou's position.

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*** The argument is still in Kazuma's favor, as many [[NotSoDifferent similar]] examples simply joined HOLY and achieved their desires as compensation for service. Criminals have ulterior motives; authority has ''"privileges."''
** George Tatsunami demonstrates a slave-driver's behavior in Ryuhou's Ryuuhou's position.



** Sou Kigetsuki demonstrates a narcissistic sociopath's behavior in his position. Notably, he demonstrates this to an amnesiac ''Ryuhou'', showing him the world from Kazuma's perspective - what he used to seem like to the Inners. Result: HeelFaceTurn. Kazuma still pisses him off by ''breathing'', but that's just TeethClenchedTeamwork.

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** Sou Kigetsuki demonstrates a narcissistic sociopath's behavior in his position. Notably, he demonstrates this to an amnesiac ''Ryuhou'', ''Ryuuhou'', showing him the world from Kazuma's perspective - what he used to seem like to the Inners. Result: HeelFaceTurn. Kazuma still pisses him off by ''breathing'', but that's just TeethClenchedTeamwork.



* DoubleEntendre:
** Asuka Tachibana's Alter is eight "treasure balls" so other meanings happen frequently.
** George Tatsunami and his "Big Magnum."
* TheDragon: Ryuhou is Commander Jigmar's best warrior, the one he sends to problem areas, and the biggest challenge to our AntiHero {{Protagonist}} Kazuma

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* DoubleEntendre:
**
DoubleEntendre: Asuka Tachibana's Alter is eight "treasure balls" so other meanings happen frequently.
**
frequently. As listed above, we also have George Tatsunami and his "Big Magnum."
* TheDragon: Ryuhou is Commander Jigmar's best warrior, the one he sends to problem areas, and the biggest challenge to our AntiHero {{Protagonist}} Kazuma Kazuma.



* EvolvingCredits:
** There are at three basic versions of the opening, for Kazuma and Ryuhou and one for when they have equal focus, each with a different verse of the opening theme; each episode mixes elements together reflecting the episode and the plot to date. Only two episodes share the exact same opening credit sequence.

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* EvolvingCredits:
**
EvolvingCredits: There are at three basic versions of the opening, for Kazuma and Ryuhou and one for when they have equal focus, each with a different verse of the opening theme; each episode mixes elements together reflecting the episode and the plot to date. Only two episodes share the exact same opening credit sequence.



* FacelessMooks: The HOLD officers, the Darths, all wear masks. [[spoiler: This is to hide the fact that they are all refined alter users and people who have been brainwashed in working for HOLY.]]
* FingerlessGloves: Kazuma wears one on one hand, which he refuses to remove. It's possibly to hide scarring from overuse of his alter ability - certainly the scarring was there when we saw the glove removed later on in the series. In flashbacks his hand is bloodied and bandaged, hinting that as a child not knowing how to use his first-form alter he may have made some mistake in re-forming the split arm.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** Present in both the opening theme (Yasuaki Ide's "Reckless Fire") and the closing theme (Mikio Sakai's "Drastic My Soul", which gave us the infamous line [[IntentionalEngrishForfunny "I believe in drastic my soul!"]])

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* FacelessMooks: The HOLD officers, the Darths, Darz, all wear masks. [[spoiler: This is to hide the fact that they are all refined alter users and people who have been Alter Users, brainwashed in into working for HOLY.]]
* FingerlessGloves: Kazuma wears one on one hand, which he refuses to remove. It's possibly to hide scarring from overuse of his alter ability - certainly Shell Bullet--certainly the scarring was there when we saw the glove removed later on in the series. In flashbacks his hand is bloodied and bandaged, hinting that as a child not knowing how to use his first-form alter Alter he may have made some mistake in re-forming the split arm.
* GratuitousEnglish:
**
GratuitousEnglish: Present in both the opening theme (Yasuaki Ide's "Reckless Fire") and the closing theme (Mikio Sakai's "Drastic My Soul", which gave us the infamous line [[IntentionalEngrishForfunny "I believe in drastic my soul!"]])



%%* HandsomeLech: Cougar.



* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: The last part of the final battle sees both Kazuma and Ryuhou [[spoiler:burn out their alters completely and just start fighting each other barehanded.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:Zetsuei's "little person" form is its basic form. Ryuhou learned how to transform it to the more dragon-like form pre-series and brought it out when Kazuma got powerful enough for him to need it.]]

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* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: The last part of the final battle sees both Kazuma and Ryuhou Ryuuhou [[spoiler:burn out their alters completely and just start fighting each other barehanded.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:Zetsuei's "little person" "childlike" form is its basic form. Ryuhou Ryuuhou learned how to transform it to the more dragon-like form pre-series and brought it out when Kazuma got powerful enough for him to need it.]]



* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** Urizane uses watermelons as his weapon. He frees energy darts from it. Perhaps people are willing to overlook the strangeness when they consider how he can do almost anything with them. He can make them grow huge until they crush you to death, turn an entire building into a watermelon for a second (thus destroying it when it turns back), and can even teleport, sort of, by stepping inside a giant watermelon, having it shrink to nothing, then having it grow anew in a different location, with him still inside it.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser:
**
ImprobableWeaponUser: Urizane uses watermelons as his weapon. He frees energy darts from it. Perhaps people are willing to overlook the strangeness when they consider how weapon, but he can do almost anything with them. He can make them grow huge until they crush you to death, turn an entire building into a watermelon for a second (thus destroying it when it turns back), and can even teleport, sort of, by stepping inside a giant watermelon, having it shrink to nothing, then having it grow anew in a different location, with him still inside it.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kazuma gives the reward money he earned for saving the mainland official in the first episode to a kid whose father was injured and couldn't work. He's a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk With A Heart Of Gold]] from the start, at least up until [[spoiler: he fails to rescue the captive Native Alters from HOLY, Kimishima is killed, and he triggers the Second Uprising]], and he slips into an epic HeroicBSOD. He gets better, but he's a bit more cynical afterward. It's less him being bipolar and more him hiding what he does/is from Kanami in the beginning.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kazuma gives the reward money he earned for saving the mainland official in the first episode to a kid whose father was injured and couldn't work. He's a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk With A Heart Of Gold]] from the start, at least up until Once [[spoiler: he fails to rescue the captive Native Alters from HOLY, Kimishima is killed, and he triggers the Second Uprising]], and he slips into an epic HeroicBSOD. He gets better, but he's a bit more cynical afterward. It's less him being bipolar and more him hiding what he does/is from Kanami in the beginning.



* RunningGag:
** Straight Cougar getting people's names wrong, e.g. "Minori" for Mimori and "Kazuya" for Kazuma. Kazuma himself occasionally does this too [[spoiler:which is foreshadowing the fact that Cougar raised Kazuma as a younger sibling figure.]].

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* RunningGag:
**
RunningGag: Straight Cougar getting people's names wrong, e.g. "Minori" for Mimori and "Kazuya" for Kazuma. Kazuma himself occasionally does this too [[spoiler:which is foreshadowing the fact that Cougar raised Kazuma as a younger sibling figure.]].



* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Toward the end of the anime, [[spoiler: Scherris Adjani uses her "Eternal Devote" alter power on Ryuhou shortly after he's killed by BigBad Kyouji Mujo. His agony and gratitude upon seeing her deceased boost his power.]]

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* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Toward the end of the anime, [[spoiler: Scherris Adjani Scheris uses her "Eternal Devote" alter power on Ryuhou Ryuuhou shortly after he's killed by BigBad Kyouji Mujo. His agony and gratitude upon seeing her deceased boost his power.]]



* SinglePowerSuperhero: Many alter-users have one and only one power, such as creating the "alter" {{Mon}} creature. Others can push this limitation like Straight. His ability to "make anything go faster!" can be used to grant himself super speed, create armor that enables him to move even faster, and the ability to turn any car into a bright pink hot rod so that it can move faster.

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* SinglePowerSuperhero: Many alter-users have one and only one power, such as creating the "alter" {{Mon}} creature. Others can push this limitation like Straight.Cougar. His ability to "make anything go faster!" can be used to grant himself super speed, create armor that enables him to move even faster, and the ability to turn any car into a bright pink hot rod so that it can move faster.



** Kazuma gets slapped around by Ryuhou in their first meeting, and [[spoiler: again in their second after Zetsuei shows that he's [[IAmNotLeftHanded not left handed]].]] Then, after it appears Ryuhou's won their third encounter [[spoiler: Kazuma whips out his second form... or at least he tries to. He loses control over it and sends himself and Ryuhou to the Other Side, and causes the Second Uprising.]]
** Ryuhou sees the Crystal after [[spoiler: he and Kazuma get thrown into the Other Side]], but he doesn't get a chance to fight him before he's blown away. The second time, [[spoiler: the crystal ''kills'' him, at least until Scheris revives him.]] The third fight [[spoiler: he wins, after fusing with Zetsuei.]]

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** Kazuma gets slapped around by Ryuhou in their first meeting, and [[spoiler: again in their second after Zetsuei shows that he's [[IAmNotLeftHanded not left handed]].]] Then, after it appears Ryuhou's won their third encounter [[spoiler: Kazuma whips out his second form... or at least he tries to. He loses control over it and it, briefly sends himself and Ryuhou Ryuuhou to the Other Side, and causes the Second Uprising.]]
** Ryuhou sees the Crystal after [[spoiler: he and Kazuma get thrown into the Other Side]], but he doesn't get a chance to fight him before he's blown away. The second time, [[spoiler: the crystal Crystal ''kills'' him, at least until Scheris revives him.]] The third fight [[spoiler: he wins, after fusing with Zetsuei.]]
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* WideEyedIdealist: Mimori is one, evidenced by her insistence that the Lost Ground can be made into a peaceful and prosperous place without the heavy-handed approach of HOLY. She was even more of one as a child when she thought that Alter was universally a good thing. Several characters lampshade this, some more sardonicly than others.

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* WideEyedIdealist: Mimori is one, evidenced by her insistence that the Lost Ground can be made into a peaceful and prosperous place without the heavy-handed approach of HOLY. She was even more of one as a child when she thought that Alter was universally a good thing. Several characters lampshade this, some more sardonicly than others. It's not that she's wrong, just naïve. [[spoiler: In the end, while Kazuma and Ryuhou are off fighting the Lost Ground's enemies, she is teaching its children.]]
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* SmugSnake: Emergy Maxfell and Kigetsuki.
** Kyoji Mujo is a pretty smug bastard too.
** Also, George [[BigFreakingGun Tatsunami]]?

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* SmugSnake: Emergy Maxfell acts like Kazuma is just another toy to play with [[spoiler: and Kigetsuki.
completely losses his shit when he losses their fight.]]
** Kigetsuki is a narcissistic parasite but in Cougar's words [[spoiler: "rejected by your own alter? You're pathetic."]]
** Kyoji Mujo is [[AGodAmI has a pretty smug bastard too.
god complex]] that only gets more inflated the more power he gains.
** Also, George [[BigFreakingGun Tatsunami]]?Tatsunami]], the guy who enslaves a town.



* SpotlightStealingSquad: Ryuho definitely gets the lion's share of screen time in the second half, and is in every episode, whereas Kazuma misses a few. In the finale, Kazuma is relegated to fighting Biff and a bunch of mooks while Ryuho fights the actual villains.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Ryuho definitely gets the lion's share of screen time in the second half, and is in every episode, whereas Kazuma misses a few. In the finale, Kazuma is relegated to fighting Biff and a bunch of mooks while Ryuho fights the actual villains.Crystal Alter and Jigmar. However, it is Kazuma who ultimately hands the BigBad his final defeat.



* SuperSpeed: Straight Cougar's ability.

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* SuperSpeed: Straight Cougar's ability.ability is to "make anything go faster!"



* TunnelOfForeshadowing: Most versions of the opening sequence, but the opening changes both as the story progresses and acording to which character has the spotlight this episode.

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* TunnelOfForeshadowing: Most versions of the opening sequence, but the The opening changes both as the story progresses and acording to which character has the spotlight this episode.



* WickedCultured: Between his undeniably good fashion sense and condescending attitude towards Native Alters, Kyoji Mujo definitely qualifies for this Trope.
* WideEyedIdealist: Mimori is one. Several characters lampshade this, some more sardonicly than others.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Most, if not all, Alter users are usually missing a few screws. And those who aren't? Constant use of their power changes that.

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* WickedCultured: Between his undeniably good fashion sense and condescending attitude towards Native Alters, Kyoji Mujo definitely qualifies for this Trope.
trope.
* WideEyedIdealist: Mimori is one. one, evidenced by her insistence that the Lost Ground can be made into a peaceful and prosperous place without the heavy-handed approach of HOLY. She was even more of one as a child when she thought that Alter was universally a good thing. Several characters lampshade this, some more sardonicly than others.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Most, if not all, Alter users are usually missing a few screws. And those who aren't? Constant use of their power changes that.
others.



* WordSaladTitle: The manga gives it a meaning, but otherwise... {{Fanon}} has appended it for [[spoiler:the name of Kanami's Alter, which lets her read minds]].
** Well, to "scry" is to see via magic or clairvoyance which is what she uses her alter for while dreaming, and she does seem to scry out the events of most of the episodes in this way, so it could relate to her Alter even if that isn't its name...
* WorthyOpponent: The first half of the show embodies this trope.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Scheris' cute and sexy uniform.

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* WordSaladTitle: The manga gives it a meaning, but otherwise... {{Fanon}} has appended it for [[spoiler:the name of Kanami's Alter, which lets her read minds]].
** Well,
minds since to "scry" is to see via magic or clairvoyance which is what she uses her alter for while dreaming, and she does seem to scry out the events of most of the episodes in this way, so it could relate to her Alter even if that isn't its name...
* WorthyOpponent: The first half of the show embodies this trope.
*
name.]]
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ZettaiRyouiki: Scheris' cute and sexy uniform.
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* MegatonPunch: Kazuma's basic ability. At his base level, he once punched a mook across a football field. In the finale, [[spoiler:he punches Mujo into ''another dimension''.]]
* MookHorrorShow: Kazuma's UnstoppableRage after [[spoiler:Kimishima's death]].
* MoralityPet: Kanami for Kazuma; Scheris for Ryuhou
* MotherlyScientist: Dr. Mimori Kiryu. Feeling compassion for how Kazuma is tortured, she lets him escape, and later gets interested in the Inners. [[spoiler: (eventually forming a community with them) ]]
* MotorMouth: Straight Cougar, of course.
* MutantDraftBoard: HOLY. Alter users have choice to either join or become a test subjects. It's a good deal, too, as HOLY doesn't really police its members; Inners are considered lowlife scum to be abused at will even by the normal members of the organization.

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* MegatonPunch: Kazuma's basic ability.ability is a super punch. At his base level, he once punched a mook across a football field. In the finale, [[spoiler:he punches Mujo into ''another dimension''.]]
* MookHorrorShow: Kazuma's UnstoppableRage after [[spoiler:Kimishima's death]].
death]] is pretty scary for HOLY mooks.
* MoralityPet: Kanami for Kazuma; Scheris Mimori for Ryuhou
Ryuhou. Both of them demonstrate the kindness and compassion the latter possesses outside of battle and form a significant part of their motivation for good.
* MotherlyScientist: Dr. Mimori Kiryu. Feeling Kiryu feels compassion for how Kazuma is tortured, she tortured and lets him escape, and later escape. Later she gets interested in the Inners. [[spoiler: (eventually forming a community with them) and becoming a school teacher.]]
* MotorMouth: Straight Cougar, of course.
course, who talks as fast as he drives.
* MutantDraftBoard: HOLY. Alter users have choice to either join HOLY or become a test subjects. It's a good deal, too, as HOLY doesn't really police its members; Inners are considered lowlife scum to be abused at will even by the normal members of the organization.



* NotQuiteFlight: Kazuma and Straight Cougar's alter ability provide a powerful acceleration for their attacks. Though this effect is used only for horizontal movement, they can achieve a pretty impressive flight time when propelling themselves from an elevated surface.
** Potentially averted with [[spoiler: Kazuma's second form]], which basically tacks a propeller onto their back. Though we're never shown just how long they can maintain flight, it is seen being used to hover for short periods, as well as gain higher ground.

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* NotQuiteFlight: NotQuiteFlight:
**
Kazuma and Straight Cougar's alter ability provide a powerful acceleration for their attacks. Though this effect is used only for horizontal movement, they can achieve a pretty impressive flight time when propelling themselves from an elevated surface.
** Potentially averted The trope is downplayed with [[spoiler: Kazuma's second form]], which basically tacks a propeller onto their back. Though we're never shown just how long they can maintain flight, it is seen being used to hover for short periods, as well as gain higher ground.



* [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead: Straight Cougar. Turns out he really was just sleeping, as Alteration shows.]]
* ObliviousYoungerSibling: Kanami, though she's not blood related.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Averted in Straight Cougar's final battle
* OneSidedBattle
* OneWomanWail
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Kazuma and Ryuho view each other like this.

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* [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead: NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Straight Cougar. Turns Cougar; turns out he really was just sleeping, as Alteration shows.]]
* ObliviousYoungerSibling: Kanami, though she's not blood related.
related, is Kazuma's surrogate little sister and has no idea that he's an Alter user [[spoiler: until HOLY rips up her community.]]
* OneDimensionalThinking: Averted in Straight Cougar's final battle
* OneSidedBattle
*
battle where he attacks [[spoiler: Kyoji Mojo]] from numerous angles.
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OneWomanWail
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Kazuma and Ryuho view are obsessed with defeating each other like this.and get upset when someone butts into their grudge match.



* PainfulTransformation: For Kazuma, once he gets his level 2 Alter.
* PersonalityPowers: Tachibana even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this when speaking about Kazuma.
* PowersDoTheFighting: Ryuuho hangs back and allows his Altar, Zetsuei, to do most of the fighting for him. Ryuuho is one of the most powerful Altars in HOLY, and Zetsuei is more than capable of defending Ryuuho from attacks while dominating other Altars simultaneously.
* PowerFist: Kazuma's, naturally.
* PowerOfRock: Akira and Mary Jane in the manga.
* PsychoForHire: George Tatsunami, and in the manga Urizane.
* PsychopathicManChild: Emergy Maxfell
* RealMenWearPink: Cougar not only dresses this way but transforms any car he's driving into a hot-pink street rod.
* ReallyDeadMontage: Several times.
* RedOniBlueOni: Kazuma and Ryuho, respectively.

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* PainfulTransformation: For Kazuma, once he gets his level 2 Alter.
Alter, complains about how much pain he feels in his arm.
* PersonalityPowers: Tachibana even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this how fitting alter powers are to their users when speaking about Kazuma.
Kazuma; a PowerFist is perfect for punching down walls.
* PowersDoTheFighting: Ryuuho hangs back and allows his Altar, Zetsuei, to do most of the fighting for him. Ryuuho is one of the most powerful Altars in HOLY, and Zetsuei is more than capable of defending Ryuuho from attacks while dominating other Altars simultaneously.
* PowerFist: Kazuma's, naturally.
* PowerOfRock: Akira and Mary Jane
simultaneously. Kazuma taunts him about this early in the manga.
* PsychoForHire: George Tatsunami, and
series, before Ryuuho socks him in the manga Urizane.
* PsychopathicManChild: Emergy Maxfell
* RealMenWearPink: Cougar not only dresses this way but transforms any car he's driving into a hot-pink street rod.
gut with his bare hand.
* ReallyDeadMontage: Several times.
PowerFist: Kazuma's alter is a "harmonization" type that reforms his right arm.
%%* PowerOfRock: Akira and Mary Jane in the manga.
* PsychoForHire: George Tatsunami is a thug and a brute that does dirty work for HOLY. In the manga Urizane is similar.
* PsychopathicManChild: Emergy Maxfell is a grown man but he acts like a child with his games and his action figures. He even thought that putting explosives in toys he gave to children was amusing. [[spoiler: His defeat at Kazuma's hands regresses him mentally so he fits this trope in a literal sense.]]
* RealMenWearPink: Cougar not only dresses in pink but transforms any car he's driving into a hot-pink street rod. It certainly makes him look fruity but one changes their mind when they're beaten in a fight.
%%* ReallyDeadMontage:
* RedOniBlueOni: Kazuma and Ryuho, respectively.respectively; the former is hotheaded and aggressive and the later is more focused and uses finesse in fights.



* TheRival: Ryuhou.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Kazuma eventually has at least one of these, most notably midway when [[spoiler: Kimishima is killed and Kazuma goes off to utterly wreck the nearest HOLY unit to retrieve Kimishima's car back. He goes off again when he sees yet another unit pushing through but this one included Scheris.]]
* RunningGag: Straight Cougar getting people's names wrong. Kazuma occasionally does this too [[spoiler:which is foreshadowing the fact that Cougar raised Kazuma as a younger sibling figure.]]. Kimishima's mode of transport getting destroyed by accident is another one.
* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Toward the end of the anime, [[spoiler: Scherris Adjani finds and uses her "Eternal Devote" alter power on Ryuhou shortly after he's killed by BigBad Kyouji Mujo. His agony and gratitude upon seeing her deceased boost his power.]]

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* TheRival: Ryuhou.
Ryuhou and Kazuma are this for each other; an obstacle that the other wants to crush in order to validate their own stance.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Kazuma eventually has at least one of these, most notably midway when [[spoiler: when[[spoiler: Kimishima is killed and Kazuma goes off to utterly wreck the nearest HOLY unit to retrieve Kimishima's car back.car . He goes off again when he sees yet another unit pushing through but this one included Scheris.]]
* RunningGag: RunningGag:
**
Straight Cougar getting people's names wrong. wrong, e.g. "Minori" for Mimori and "Kazuya" for Kazuma. Kazuma himself occasionally does this too [[spoiler:which is foreshadowing the fact that Cougar raised Kazuma as a younger sibling figure.]]. ]].
**
Kimishima's mode of transport getting destroyed by accident is another one.
* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Toward the end of the anime, [[spoiler: Scherris Adjani finds and Adjani uses her "Eternal Devote" alter power on Ryuhou shortly after he's killed by BigBad Kyouji Mujo. His agony and gratitude upon seeing her deceased boost his power.]]



* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: This is HOLD's and Ryuho's attitude towards Mimori.
* SinglePowerSuperhero: Many alter-users have one and only one power. Others wind up with a couple completely unrelated powers (like Straight's super speed, armor, and ability to turn any car into a bright pink hot rod. Yeah.

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* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: This is HOLD's and Ryuho's attitude towards Mimori.
Mimori; namely that compassion and research aren't going to do any good in the Lost Ground and she should stop treating the "inners" like human beings because they are truly criminal scum that need to enslaved for the good of the region.
* SinglePowerSuperhero: Many alter-users have one and only one power. power, such as creating the "alter" {{Mon}} creature. Others wind up with a couple completely unrelated powers (like Straight's can push this limitation like Straight. His ability to "make anything go faster!" can be used to grant himself super speed, armor, create armor that enables him to move even faster, and the ability to turn any car into a bright pink hot rod. Yeah.rod so that it can move faster.



* SmugSnake: Emergy Maxfell and Kigetsuki. Oh dear God, Kigetsuki!

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* SmugSnake: Emergy Maxfell and Kigetsuki. Oh dear God, Kigetsuki!
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One subset of Alter Users are "alloy-types", whose Alters form part of themselves, and one or two display the ability to affect other's Alters without summoning one themselves, but mostly the Alters are used like {{Mons}}... or, since a given person doesn't tend to acquire more than one, like [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stands]]. The nature of the superpowers varies from typical StockSuperpowers to really weird ideas: "Turn anything into water", "Turn any car into a pink [[Anime/SpeedRacer Mach 5]]", "Summon [[{{BFG}} an enormous gun]]" or even "[[GreenLanternRing Do anything, as long as it involves watermelons]]".

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One subset of Alter Users are "alloy-types", whose Alters form part of themselves, and one or two display the ability to affect other's Alters without summoning one themselves, but mostly the Alters are used like {{Mons}}... or, since a given person doesn't tend to acquire more than one, like [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stands]]. one. The nature of the superpowers varies from typical StockSuperpowers to really weird ideas: "Turn anything into water", "Turn any car into a pink [[Anime/SpeedRacer Mach 5]]", "Summon [[{{BFG}} an enormous gun]]" or even "[[GreenLanternRing "[[ImaginationBaseSuperpower Do anything, as long as it involves watermelons]]".



The manga makes a number of changes from the anime. The anime uses subtle characterization and two mutually-antagonistic {{Antihero}} leads (the KnightTemplar and the IdiotHero) without overly favoring one or the other. The manga is more prone to {{Card Carrying Villain}}s and gives a different explanation as to the MetaOrigin of the Alters (EvolutionaryLevels). Actually, the ending of the manga is very much like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann a later work we tropers love]] but with more gore, nudity, and profanity.

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The manga makes a number of changes from the anime. The anime uses subtle characterization and two mutually-antagonistic {{Antihero}} leads (the KnightTemplar and the IdiotHero) without overly favoring one or the other. The manga is more prone to {{Card Carrying Villain}}s and gives a different explanation as to the MetaOrigin of the Alters (EvolutionaryLevels). Actually, the ending of the manga is very much like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann a later work we tropers love]] but with more gore, nudity, and profanity.\n



** There's also the novelist guy who attacks with paper. Though at least this is a last resort when his MoreThanMindControl gets broken.

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** There's also the novelist guy Sprict who attacks with paper. Though at least this is a last resort when his MoreThanMindControl gets broken.



* KnightTemplar: '''Ryuhou'''. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* LargeHam: Straight Cougar! Complete with Creator/CrispinFreeman voicing him in the dub.
* LightheartedRematch: Subverted. After teaming up and defeating the ConflictKiller, the two leads decide to fight it out to see who is best after all - but this takes up ''the entire [[GrandFinale last episode]]'' and is the longest and definitely most brutal fight in the entire series. It appears to end in a double knockout - but one last shot as the credits start imply that at least one is still moving. [[spoiler:A hand rises behind a curtain of dust, and does a gesture typical for Kazuma.]]
** Depending on how you interpret the ending, it may count as an EvasiveFightThreadEpisode as well.

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* KnightTemplar: '''Ryuhou'''. Ryuhou believes himself to be the one enforcing justice and peace on the lawless and violent wasteland of the Lost Ground, but the locals see him as an oppressive bully. [[spoiler: He gets better.CharacterDevelopment sees him become heroic over time; keeping his ideals while losing the heavy-handed actions.]]
* LargeHam: Straight Cougar! Complete Cougar has an enormous presence with his hot pink hot rod, MotorMouth and ''RADICAL GOOD SPEED''! It's present even when he's taking his time to enjoy a meal. He comes complete with Creator/CrispinFreeman voicing him in the dub.
* LightheartedRematch: Subverted. After teaming up and defeating the ConflictKiller, the two leads decide to fight it out have a friendly bout to see who is the best after all - but this takes up ''the entire [[GrandFinale last episode]]'' and is the longest and definitely most brutal fight in the entire series. It appears to end in a double knockout - but one last shot as the credits start imply that at least one is still moving. [[spoiler:A hand rises behind a curtain of dust, and does a gesture typical for Kazuma.]]
** Depending on how you interpret the ending, it may count as an EvasiveFightThreadEpisode as well.
]]
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Kazuma far and away for Kanami. Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Ryuho develops this for her after he lost then regained his memories.]]

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Kazuma far and away for Kanami. Kanami given their age difference and how much he cares about her and keeping her safe. Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Ryuho develops this for her after he lost then regained his memories.memories. She even calls him "Ryu-kun" like "Kazu-Kun".]]



* BizarreBabyBoom
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Kazuma's arm and eye are pretty messed up by the end.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Biff once captured by HOLY. It's so bad that all he can say is "HAMMER!!" in different volumes and tones of voice.

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* BizarreBabyBoom
BizarreBabyBoom: Only children born in the Lost Ground develop Alter power.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Kazuma's arm and eye are pretty messed up by the end.end due to his Level 2 Alter.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Biff once captured by HOLY. It's so bad that all he can say is "HAMMER!!" in different volumes and tones of voice.voice while carrying out his orders.



* ConflictKiller: Nothing can stop Kazuma and Ryuhou's rivalry, except [[spoiler:Kyoji Mujo's EvilPlan]]. After they take care of him, they go back to beating each up.

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* ConflictKiller: Nothing can stop Kazuma and Ryuhou's rivalry, except [[spoiler:Kyoji Mujo's EvilPlan]]. After they take care of him, they go back to beating each other up.



* DefiantStoneThrow

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* DefiantStoneThrowDefiantStoneThrow: A little boy confronts Ryuhou openly when a fight is going on between Ryuhou and adults in a given Inner settlement. Ryuhou says that he respects the boy for his courage and uses it as part of his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the adults for sneaking around and taking hostages.



** Sou Kigetsuki demonstrates a narcissistic sociopath's behavior in his position. Notably, he demonstrates this to an amnesiac ''Ryuhou'', showing him the world from Kazuma's perspective - what he used to seem like to the Inners. Result: HeelFaceTurn. Kazuma still pisses him off by ''breathing'', however.

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** Sou Kigetsuki demonstrates a narcissistic sociopath's behavior in his position. Notably, he demonstrates this to an amnesiac ''Ryuhou'', showing him the world from Kazuma's perspective - what he used to seem like to the Inners. Result: HeelFaceTurn. Kazuma still pisses him off by ''breathing'', however.but that's just TeethClenchedTeamwork.



* {{Determinator}}: Definitely Kazuma, and probably Ryuhou.

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* {{Determinator}}: Definitely Kazuma, {{Determinator}}:
**Definitely Kazuma has developed a brief philosophy regarding this trope: "If there's a wall in front of me, I break it down no matter what!" with the wall variously being "Ryuhou", "HOLY", "lack of medicine"
and probably Ryuhou."Kujo Mojo".
** Ryuhou searched for the Crystal Alter for a decade and similarly breaks down "walls" in front of him.



* DistantFinale: Doesn't really add much.
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler:Kazuma starts carrying an injured Kimishima home, and doesn't notice until he gets there that Kimishima died along the way.]]

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* DistantFinale: Doesn't really add much.
[[spoiler: The last scenes of the anime take place when Kanami has grown into a teenager. It shows that the Lost Ground has grown into a nice place to live, but there is still fighting going on in parts of it.]]
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler:Kazuma [[spoiler:In the anime, Kazuma starts carrying an injured Kimishima home, and doesn't notice until he gets there that Kimishima died along the way.]]



** Forget that! What about Tatsunami and his Magnum?

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** Forget that! What about ** This example with Tatsunami and his Magnum?Magnum.



** The entire purpose of Asuka Tachibana in this series seems to be to invoke this trope, over and over again.

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** The entire purpose of Asuka Tachibana in this series seems to be to invoke this trope, over and over again.Tachibana's Alter is eight "treasure balls" so other meanings happen frequently.



* TheDragon: Ryuhou, to Commander Jigmar. [[spoiler:Partial subversion in that Jigmar is more than capable of handing pre-fusion Ryuhou his ass, but if he uses his alter he ages decades in a matter of minutes.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Straight Cougar.
* DumpThemAll: [[spoiler:The Scheris/Mimori/Ryuhou love triangle ends with Scheris dead and Ryuhou rejecting Mimori despite his implied attraction to her because he feels it wouldn't be right. Although he displayed no attraction to Scheris either, she died for him because she loved him. So now that Mimori confessed her love for him, he fears her meeting the same fate so he turns her down.]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Biff]].
* EvolvingCredits: There are at three basic versions of the opening, for Kazuma and Ryuhou and one for when they have equal focus, each with a different verse of the opening theme; each episode mixes elements together reflecting the episode and the plot to date. Only two episodes share the exact same opening credit sequence.
** Also, whenever a character dies, their future appearance(s) in the opening become DeliberatelyMonochrome.
* FacelessMooks: The HOLD officers, the Darths
* FingerlessGloves: Kazuma wears one on one hand, which he refuses to remove.
** It's possibly to hide scarring from overuse of his alter ability - certainly the scarring was there when we saw the glove removed later on in the series.
** In flashbacks his hand is bloodied and bandaged, hinting that as a child not knowing how to use his first-form alter he may have made some mistake in re-forming the split arm.
* FiveManBand: Some of the more well-intentioned HOLY members could be seen as one.
** TheLeader: Ryuhou
** TheLancer: Cougar
** TheBigGuy: Urizane
** TheSmartGuy: Ilian
** TheChick: Scheris
* FramingDevice: Kanami's dream scrying.
* GeckoEnding: Inverted: the manga is an adaptation of the anime.
* GratuitousEnglish: Present in both the opening theme (Yasuaki Ide's "Reckless Fire") and the closing theme (Mikio Sakai's "Drastic My Soul", which gave us the infamous line [[IntentionalEngrishForfunny "I believe in drastic my soul!"]])
** Also, the eyecatch each episode uses.

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* TheDragon: Ryuhou, to Ryuhou is Commander Jigmar. [[spoiler:Partial subversion in that Jigmar is more than capable of handing pre-fusion Ryuhou his ass, but if Jigmar's best warrior, the one he uses his alter he ages decades in a matter of minutes.]]
sends to problem areas, and the biggest challenge to our AntiHero {{Protagonist}} Kazuma
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Straight Cougar.
Cougar will drive as fast as possible over whatever terrain is underneath him. He'll even drive straight into a cliff if it means he doesn't have to slow down in order to stop.
* DumpThemAll: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: In the anime, the Scheris/Mimori/Ryuhou love triangle ends with Scheris dead and Ryuhou rejecting Mimori despite his implied attraction to her because he feels it wouldn't be right. Although he displayed no attraction to Scheris either, she died for him because she loved him. So now that Mimori confessed her love for him, he fears her meeting the same fate so he turns her down.down and/or would be disrespectful to Scheris. In the manga, Scheris doesn't die and so she starts a relationship with him.]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Biff]].
In the moments of Biff's death, his mind control is shattered]].
* EvolvingCredits: EvolvingCredits:
**
There are at three basic versions of the opening, for Kazuma and Ryuhou and one for when they have equal focus, each with a different verse of the opening theme; each episode mixes elements together reflecting the episode and the plot to date. Only two episodes share the exact same opening credit sequence.
** Also, whenever Whenever a character dies, their future appearance(s) in the opening become DeliberatelyMonochrome.
* FacelessMooks: The HOLD officers, the Darths
Darths, all wear masks. [[spoiler: This is to hide the fact that they are all refined alter users and people who have been brainwashed in working for HOLY.]]
* FingerlessGloves: Kazuma wears one on one hand, which he refuses to remove.
**
remove. It's possibly to hide scarring from overuse of his alter ability - certainly the scarring was there when we saw the glove removed later on in the series.
**
series. In flashbacks his hand is bloodied and bandaged, hinting that as a child not knowing how to use his first-form alter he may have made some mistake in re-forming the split arm.
* FiveManBand: Some of the more well-intentioned HOLY members could be seen as one.
GratuitousEnglish:
** TheLeader: Ryuhou
** TheLancer: Cougar
** TheBigGuy: Urizane
** TheSmartGuy: Ilian
** TheChick: Scheris
* FramingDevice: Kanami's dream scrying.
* GeckoEnding: Inverted: the manga is an adaptation of the anime.
* GratuitousEnglish:
Present in both the opening theme (Yasuaki Ide's "Reckless Fire") and the closing theme (Mikio Sakai's "Drastic My Soul", which gave us the infamous line [[IntentionalEngrishForfunny "I believe in drastic my soul!"]])
** Also, the The eyecatch each episode uses.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: The first half is a battle of wills between a [[AntiHero chaotic]] [[HotBlooded rageaholic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold who just wants to keep his independence]] and an [[TheRival equally determined]] [[AntiVillain cop]] [[KnightTemplar who will stop at nothing to bring peace to a lawless land.]] It's OrderVersusChaos instead of [[BlackAndWhiteMorality good vs evil]].

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The first half is a battle of wills between a [[AntiHero chaotic]] [[HotBlooded rageaholic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold who just wants to keep his independence]] and an [[TheRival equally determined]] [[AntiVillain cop]] workaholic]] [[KnightTemplar who will stop at nothing to bring peace to a lawless land.]] It's OrderVersusChaos instead of [[BlackAndWhiteMorality good vs evil]].



* HandsomeLech: Cougar.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Urizane, despite being the guy who does stuff with watermelons, seems to be able to [[GreenLanternRing do just about anything]] as long as he's holding a watermelon.
* HeroAntagonist: Scheris, Illian, and Urizane. Cougar may be as well. Ryuhou is an [[KnightTemplar aversion]].
* HeroicSacrifice

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* %%* HandsomeLech: Cougar.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Urizane, despite being the guy who does stuff with watermelons, seems to be able to [[GreenLanternRing [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower do just about anything]] as long as he's holding a watermelon.
* HeroAntagonist: Several members of HOLY qualify as they just trying to manage Alter crime (of which there is a lot) and improve the situation in the Lost Gound. This groub includes Scheris, Illian, and Urizane. Cougar may be as well.well but he is less antagonistic to TheProtagonist. Ryuhou is an [[KnightTemplar aversion]].
* HeroicSacrificeHeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Scheris' Alter "eternal devote" is aptly named because it requires her to "devote" her life to the person she's reviving.]]



* HotBlooded: Kazuma arguably qualifies. While he may slack at times, if he finds something he really cares about, he really goes at it.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: The last part of the final battle. Kazuma and Ryuhou [[spoiler:burn out their alters completely and just start fighting each other normally.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:Zetsuei]]
** It seems to be more of a justified [[PowerLimiter power limiter]] as their energy is drained a lot faster when using it.
* IJustWantToBeFree: Kazuma's main motivation is often freedom to do what he wants. He gets especially angry when Tachibana tries to convince him to join HOLY as he "could really be happy living in the city".

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* HotBlooded: Kazuma arguably qualifies. While he may slack at times, if he Kazuma finds something he really cares about, he really goes at it.
it. He's also not one for strategy.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: The last part of the final battle. battle sees both Kazuma and Ryuhou [[spoiler:burn out their alters completely and just start fighting each other normally.barehanded.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:Zetsuei]]
** It seems
[[spoiler:Zetsuei's "little person" form is its basic form. Ryuhou learned how to be transform it to the more of a justified [[PowerLimiter power limiter]] as their energy is drained a lot faster dragon-like form pre-series and brought it out when using it.
Kazuma got powerful enough for him to need it.]]
* IJustWantToBeFree: Kazuma's main motivation is often freedom to do what he wants. He gets especially angry when Tachibana tries to convince him to join HOLY as he "could really be happy living in the city".



* IdiotHero: Kazuma
** Kazuma himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.

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* IdiotHero: Kazuma
**
Kazuma may be trying to help the Lost Ground by fighting off HOLY but he has a simple minded and brutish approach to it.
** He
himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.



** Judging from other characters' assessments of him, however, this applies only to his being BookDumb; while he has virtually no formal education and isn't very sociable, he's shown to be very street smart and tactically deadly in a fight. As one of the others notes, "he isn't throwing his punches at random."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Urizane uses watermelons, and somehow this is not out of the ordinary.
** Or perhaps people are willing to overlook the strangeness when they consider how he can do almost anything with them. He can make them grow huge until they crush you to death, turn an entire building into a watermelon for a second (thus destroying it when it turns back, somehow), and can even teleport, sort of, by stepping inside a giant watermelon, having it shrink to nothing, then having it grow anew in a different location, with him still inside it.
** There's also the novelist guy who attacks with paper. Though at least this is a last resort when his MoreThanMindControl gets broken, and it was horrendously ineffective.
*** Of course part of that has to do with him fighting [[spoiler: unrestrained]] Zetsuei.

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** Judging from other characters' assessments of him, however, him,, this applies only to his being BookDumb; while he has virtually no formal education and isn't very sociable, he's shown to be very street smart and tactically deadly in a fight. As one of the others notes, "he isn't throwing his punches at random."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: ImprobableWeaponUser:
**
Urizane uses watermelons, and somehow this is not out of the ordinary.
** Or perhaps
watermelons as his weapon. He frees energy darts from it. Perhaps people are willing to overlook the strangeness when they consider how he can do almost anything with them. He can make them grow huge until they crush you to death, turn an entire building into a watermelon for a second (thus destroying it when it turns back, somehow), back), and can even teleport, sort of, by stepping inside a giant watermelon, having it shrink to nothing, then having it grow anew in a different location, with him still inside it.
** There's also the novelist guy who attacks with paper. Though at least this is a last resort when his MoreThanMindControl gets broken, and it was horrendously ineffective.
*** Of course part of that has to do with him fighting [[spoiler: unrestrained]] Zetsuei.
broken.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Oddly, Kazuma has to ''evolve'' into this from a bipolar personality... but Ryuhou is always like this.
** Debatable. Kazuma gives the reward money he earned for saving the mainland official in the first episode to a kid whose father was injured and couldn't work. He's a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk With A Heart Of Gold]] from the start, at least up until [[spoiler: he fails to rescue the captive Native Alters from HOLY, Kimishima is killed, and he triggers the Second Uprising]], and he slips into an epic HeroicBSOD. He gets better, but he's a bit more cynical afterward. It's less him being bipolar and more him hiding what he does/is from Kanami in the beginning.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Oddly, Kazuma has to ''evolve'' into this from a bipolar personality... but Ryuhou is always like this.
** Debatable.
Kazuma gives the reward money he earned for saving the mainland official in the first episode to a kid whose father was injured and couldn't work. He's a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk With A Heart Of Gold]] from the start, at least up until [[spoiler: he fails to rescue the captive Native Alters from HOLY, Kimishima is killed, and he triggers the Second Uprising]], and he slips into an epic HeroicBSOD. He gets better, but he's a bit more cynical afterward. It's less him being bipolar and more him hiding what he does/is from Kanami in the beginning.
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* CombatBreakdown: The final battle between Ryuho and Kazuma has the cycle through all their Altar forms and back down to normal. By the end, they can both only manage to summon a fraction of their power for one last strike (Kazuma armors his fist and Ryuho generates a small spike) and both collapse after the final blow.
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* Hey, It's that guy!: For Gundam fans, the two lead [=VAs=] in the Japanese version should be familiar. As basically it's Kira Yamato vs. Heero Yuy , I mean Kazuma Vs. Ryuhou
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