History Franchise / LyricalNanoha

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* AbandonedCathphrase: Nanoha originally had the cutesy catchphrase "[[GratuitousEnglish Lyrical Magical]]". This was phased out in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', and replaced with the far more appropriate "Zenryoku Zenkai!" ([[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Full Power! Full Throttle!]])[[labelnote:*]]The latter half is also a homophone for "[[StuffBlowingUp Total Annihilation!]]"[[/labelnote]]

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* AbandonedCathphrase: AbandonedCatchphrase: Nanoha originally had the cutesy catchphrase "[[GratuitousEnglish Lyrical Magical]]". This was phased out in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', and replaced with the far more appropriate "Zenryoku Zenkai!" ([[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Full Power! Full Throttle!]])[[labelnote:*]]The latter half is also a homophone for "[[StuffBlowingUp Total Annihilation!]]"[[/labelnote]]



* RiddleForTheAges: The series has piled up a lot of questions over the years that have not been answered in the seasons they were introduced and will likely remain unanswered, given the series' tendency to steer the plot into completely new directions with every new installment. For instance, where exactly did Raising Heart come from (before being found by Yuuno)? Who was Alicia's father? Did Precia Testarossa ever reach Al-Hazard? How was the Book of Darkness corrupted? Who created the Type Zero cyborgs?
* RousseauWasRight: Mostly. Any given antagonist a has at least a 50% chance of joining the good guys in the next season. Well, the Hückebein will probably break the trend considering how they're all {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s and all.
* {{Seinen}}
* SequelEscalation: Between the three anime series, the stage just gets bigger and bigger. However, ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' and later series consciously averted the ''DragonBall'' method of power-level inflation; in ''[=StrikerS=]'' and ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'', the Riot Force 6 elites (Nanoha, Fate, Hayate and Signum) are the strongest mages in the story, and their opponents are dangerous because of new capabilities and tactics rather than greater raw power.
** The stakes arguably get smaller with series, from "disrupt all dimensional travel" to "destroy this backwater planet" to "possible political coup with a city held hostage".
* SheIsTheKing: Various Ancient Belka Kings still keep that title even if they are female. Specific examples are Sankt Kaiser Olivie Segbrecht and Ixpellia, the king of Garea.
** To a lesser extent, Bardiche addresses Fate as "Sir" and, to a much lesser extent, Raising Heart addresses Nanoha as "Master". This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] as a RunningGag in TheAbridgedSeries:
--> '''Bardiche:''' Yes, sir!
--> '''Fate:''' That's '''''ma'am'''''!
* ShipSinking: ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' had Nanoha/Chrono as canon, with none of the major alternative partners for Nanoha or Chrono available. Naturally, in this universe, it's the one suggested Nanoha pairing that we're explicitly told ''doesn't'' happen, as Chrono marries Amy between ''A's'' and ''[=StrikerS=]''.
* ShockingDefeatLegacy: [[AllThereInTheManual In the backstory]], the Belkan Homeworld's disappearance into the interdimensional void was a major turning point in the Belkan Wars.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: [[EarnYourHappyEnding STARLIGHT]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship BREAKER!]] It fixes everything!
* SmartGun: Many of the armed devices are magical variations of a semi-autonomous ranged weapon.
* SmokeShield: At least once each season, if not more.
* SpellLevels: Spells are ranked by power output: D is pretty much a parlor trick, S is a tactical nuke.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Regarding the use of [[FanTranslation fan spellings]] of certain names as opposed to the official ones: examples include "Raising Heart"/"Raging Heart" and "Harlaown"/"Haraoun."
* TheStinger: At the end of the Kaleid Liner crossover special when everyone goes back to their home dimensions, Ilya thinks of the pair of wonderful friends she made... then suddenly realizes she's holding Raising Heart, and Ruby is nowhere to be seen.
* StockFootage: Surprisingly little, but there.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Mostly spoken by the computers, but also one of Nanoha's friends at school. They're correctly accented, and make sense in context, although the grammar leaves something to be desired. The movie has the best English so far. They actually have native English-speaking voice actors for the computers -- Australian-born [[http://us.imdb.com/name/nm1051234/ Donna Burke]] for Raising Heart and an unknown named Kevin J. England for Bardiche. The German-speaking devices sound pretty good too, because Creator/TetsuyaKakihara grew up in Germany.
* TalkingWeapon: Devices.
* TechnologyPorn: With the exception of ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', the {{Transformation Sequence}}s focus just as much time on the individual components of the Devices snapping together in place as it does [[MaleGaze on the characters themselves]]. Every time a Device [[SwissArmyWeapon switches forms]], it will dominate the screen while it goes through the process. ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'' takes this further by having a mini feature devoted entirely to new weapons and armor designs.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: All the insert songs sang by Creator/NanaMizuki act as this, as they play during part of the climactic showdown of each season. The TV series have "Take a Shot", "BRAVE PHOENIX" and "Pray", while the movies substitute the first two with "Don't Be Long" and "Sacred Force".
* TimeSkip: Between each installment.
* TimeyWimeyBall: In the VideoGame/GearsOfDestiny drama CD, the supposedly fictional movie versions of Fate and Nanoha are accidentally pulled into the PSP verse - itself an AlternateContinuity to the one that spawned their movie - to a time before said movie should existed, [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble even if it will exist in that timeline.]]
* TrainingFromHell: One particular subversion aside, most of the mage training in the series is shown to be very grueling.
* TranslationConvention: Messages displayed and spoken by Mid-Childa's Magitek devices are usually in English or German[[note]]Exceptions being humanoid Unison Devices such as Reinforce Zwei and Agito, Tohma's device Steed and Isis' device from ''Force''[[/note]], but all non-device characters exclusively speak Japanese. Since no explanation is ever provided, and it's possible that Mid-Childa could have picked up any or all of these languages through dimension-hopping shenanigans, it's unclear where the TranslationConvention is being applied, or whether it is being applied at all.
* TransformationSequence: Present, but unusually for a MagicalGirl series, ''not'' used as time-wasting StockFootage. In fact, each main character gets ''at most'' two of these per season and only the first few times they transform.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: While the aforementioned full sequences are pretty long, whenever we see a transformation happen "from the outside", it takes less than two seconds.
* TroubleFromThePast: The interdimensional community in the series is more or less a technological Utopia still reeling from the Belkan War 80 years ago. Every season so far has revolved around a piece of Belkan legacy from said war.
* UnskilledButStrong: Each of the main girls started out this way to some extent. Hayate's the only one who remains so even into adulthood, needing Rein just so she can properly aim her attacks.
* VehicularThemeNaming: As in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', characters from the magical worlds are named for cars -- (Ferrari) Testarossa, Scaglietti, (Opel) Zafira, Signum, Vita, (Maserati) Shamal, (Nissan) Teana, Subaru, etc. In total, there are around ''forty'' characters/devices that share names with cars.
* WaveMotionGun:
** The Arc-En-Ciel is a good example of a traditional one.
** The others are all powered by a PersonOfMassDestruction. In the movie, Nanoha's Starlight Breaker ''levels an entire city''.
* WeaponizedBall: Vita's long-range weapons of choice are iron spheres that she launches towards her targets by striking them with the [[DropTheHammer polo mallet-like]] [[SwissArmyWeapon Hammer form]] of her [[EmpathicWeapon Armed Device]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Rampant. You'd be hard pressed to find a child in this series that isn't at least a ''little'' more mature than you'd expect them to be for their age.
** The closest thing to a normal child would be Vivio, but only when she was 6. By the time that she's 10, she has the emotional maturity that her adult form would suggest.
* WizardsFromOuterSpace
* WorldOfActionGirls
* WorldOfBadass
* WorldOfBuxom: There isn't much variety in breast sizes for the characters who are at least in their teens or are already adults (physically); the two most common sizes that you'll see are "big" and "bigger". They're realistically sized rather than being [[GagBoobs extreme]] like some examples of this trope can get, though. Downplayed in the first two series where a large portion of the female characters are children, but becomes more obvious after the TimeSkip to ''[=StrikerS=]'' since at this point most of the female cast are either in their adolescence or adults. However, the rule doesn't apply to everyone: characters like [[{{Bifauxnen}} Otto]] or [[ACupAngst Iris]] are flat-chested, [[TheNapoleon Caro]] is as well once she gets older, and Sein is the only character in the animated canon who has small (but not nonexistent) breasts and isn't physically a child. Once ''[=ViVid=]'' comes around the trope starts to fade a bit; while some of the new characters are still buxom, overall they have a far more diverse variety of breasts sizes. For example, Lutecia from [=StrikerS=] [[SheIsAllGrownUp shows up as a teen]] in that manga, and turns out to be one of the small breasted characters.

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* RiddleForTheAges: The series has piled up a lot of questions over the years that have not been answered in the seasons they were introduced and will likely remain unanswered, given the series' tendency to steer the plot into completely new directions with every new installment. For instance, where exactly did Raising Heart come from (before being found by Yuuno)? Who was Alicia's father? Did Precia Testarossa ever reach Al-Hazard? How was the Book of Darkness corrupted? Who created the Type Zero cyborgs?
* RousseauWasRight: Mostly. Any given antagonist a has at least a 50% chance of joining the good guys in the next season. Well, the Hückebein will probably break the trend considering how they're all {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s and all.
* {{Seinen}}
* SequelEscalation: Between the three anime series, the stage just gets bigger and bigger. However, ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' and later series consciously averted the ''DragonBall'' method of power-level inflation; in ''[=StrikerS=]'' and ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'', the Riot Force 6 elites (Nanoha, Fate, Hayate and Signum) are the strongest mages in the story, and their opponents are dangerous because of new capabilities and tactics rather than greater raw power.
** The stakes arguably get smaller with series, from "disrupt all dimensional travel" to "destroy this backwater planet" to "possible political coup with a city held hostage".
* SheIsTheKing: Various Ancient Belka Kings still keep that title even if they are female. Specific examples are Sankt Kaiser Olivie Segbrecht and Ixpellia, the king of Garea.
** To a lesser extent, Bardiche addresses Fate as "Sir" and, to a much lesser extent, Raising Heart addresses Nanoha as "Master". This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] as a RunningGag in TheAbridgedSeries:
--> '''Bardiche:''' Yes, sir!
--> '''Fate:''' That's '''''ma'am'''''!
* ShipSinking: ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' had Nanoha/Chrono as canon, with none of the major alternative partners for Nanoha or Chrono available. Naturally, in this universe, it's the one suggested Nanoha pairing that we're explicitly told ''doesn't'' happen, as Chrono marries Amy between ''A's'' and ''[=StrikerS=]''.
* ShockingDefeatLegacy: [[AllThereInTheManual In the backstory]], the Belkan Homeworld's disappearance into the interdimensional void was a major turning point in the Belkan Wars.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: [[EarnYourHappyEnding STARLIGHT]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship BREAKER!]] It fixes everything!
* SmartGun: Many of the armed devices are magical variations of a semi-autonomous ranged weapon.
* SmokeShield: At least once each season, if not more.
* SpellLevels: Spells are ranked by power output: D is pretty much a parlor trick, S is a tactical nuke.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Regarding the use of [[FanTranslation fan spellings]] of certain names as opposed to the official ones: examples include "Raising Heart"/"Raging Heart" and "Harlaown"/"Haraoun."
* TheStinger: At the end of the Kaleid Liner crossover special when everyone goes back to their home dimensions, Ilya thinks of the pair of wonderful friends she made... then suddenly realizes she's holding Raising Heart, and Ruby is nowhere to be seen.
* StockFootage: Surprisingly little, but there.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Mostly spoken by the computers, but also one of Nanoha's friends at school. They're correctly accented, and make sense in context, although the grammar leaves something to be desired. The movie has the best English so far. They actually have native English-speaking voice actors for the computers -- Australian-born [[http://us.imdb.com/name/nm1051234/ Donna Burke]] for Raising Heart and an unknown named Kevin J. England for Bardiche. The German-speaking devices sound pretty good too, because Creator/TetsuyaKakihara grew up in Germany.
* TalkingWeapon: Devices.
* TechnologyPorn: With the exception of ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', the {{Transformation Sequence}}s focus just as much time on the individual components of the Devices snapping together in place as it does [[MaleGaze on the characters themselves]]. Every time a Device [[SwissArmyWeapon switches forms]], it will dominate the screen while it goes through the process. ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'' takes this further by having a mini feature devoted entirely to new weapons and armor designs.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: All the insert songs sang by Creator/NanaMizuki act as this, as they play during part of the climactic showdown of each season. The TV series have "Take a Shot", "BRAVE PHOENIX" and "Pray", while the movies substitute the first two with "Don't Be Long" and "Sacred Force".
* TimeSkip: Between each installment.
* TimeyWimeyBall: In the VideoGame/GearsOfDestiny drama CD, the supposedly fictional movie versions of Fate and Nanoha are accidentally pulled into the PSP verse - itself an AlternateContinuity to the one that spawned their movie - to a time before said movie should existed, [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble even if it will exist in that timeline.]]
* TrainingFromHell: One particular subversion aside, most of the mage training in the series is shown to be very grueling.
* TranslationConvention: Messages displayed and spoken by Mid-Childa's Magitek devices are usually in English or German[[note]]Exceptions being humanoid Unison Devices such as Reinforce Zwei and Agito, Tohma's device Steed and Isis' device from ''Force''[[/note]], but all non-device characters exclusively speak Japanese. Since no explanation is ever provided, and it's possible that Mid-Childa could have picked up any or all of these languages through dimension-hopping shenanigans, it's unclear where the TranslationConvention is being applied, or whether it is being applied at all.
* TransformationSequence: Present, but unusually for a MagicalGirl series, ''not'' used as time-wasting StockFootage. In fact, each main character gets ''at most'' two of these per season and only the first few times they transform.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: While the aforementioned full sequences are pretty long, whenever we see a transformation happen "from the outside", it takes less than two seconds.
* TroubleFromThePast: The interdimensional community in the series is more or less a technological Utopia still reeling from the Belkan War 80 years ago. Every season so far has revolved around a piece of Belkan legacy from said war.
* UnskilledButStrong: Each of the main girls started out this way to some extent. Hayate's the only one who remains so even into adulthood, needing Rein just so she can properly aim her attacks.
* VehicularThemeNaming: As in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', characters from the magical worlds are named for cars -- (Ferrari) Testarossa, Scaglietti, (Opel) Zafira, Signum, Vita, (Maserati) Shamal, (Nissan) Teana, Subaru, etc. In total, there are around ''forty'' characters/devices that share names with cars.
* WaveMotionGun:
** The Arc-En-Ciel is a good example of a traditional one.
** The others are all powered by a PersonOfMassDestruction. In the movie, Nanoha's Starlight Breaker ''levels an entire city''.
* WeaponizedBall: Vita's long-range weapons of choice are iron spheres that she launches towards her targets by striking them with the [[DropTheHammer polo mallet-like]] [[SwissArmyWeapon Hammer form]] of her [[EmpathicWeapon Armed Device]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Rampant. You'd be hard pressed to find a child in this series that isn't at least a ''little'' more mature than you'd expect them to be for their age.
** The closest thing to a normal child would be Vivio, but only when she was 6. By the time that she's 10, she has the emotional maturity that her adult form would suggest.
* WizardsFromOuterSpace
* WorldOfActionGirls
* WorldOfBadass
* WorldOfBuxom: There isn't much variety in breast sizes for the characters who are at least in their teens or are already adults (physically); the two most common sizes that you'll see are "big" and "bigger". They're realistically sized rather than being [[GagBoobs extreme]] like some examples of this trope can get, though. Downplayed in the first two series where a large portion of the female characters are children, but becomes more obvious after the TimeSkip to ''[=StrikerS=]'' since at this point most of the female cast are either in their adolescence or adults. However, the rule doesn't apply to everyone: characters like [[{{Bifauxnen}} Otto]] or [[ACupAngst Iris]] are flat-chested, [[TheNapoleon Caro]] is as well once she gets older, and Sein is the only character in the animated canon who has small (but not nonexistent) breasts and isn't physically a child. Once ''[=ViVid=]'' comes around the trope starts to fade a bit; while some of the new characters are still buxom, overall they have a far more diverse variety of breasts sizes. For example, Lutecia from [=StrikerS=] [[SheIsAllGrownUp shows up as a teen]] in that manga, and turns out to be one of the small breasted characters.
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17th Aug '16 6:58:40 PM DustSnitch
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* AbandonedCathphrase: Nanoha originally had the cutesy catchphrase "[[GratuitousEnglish Lyrical Magical]]". This was phased out in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', and replaced with the far more appropriate "Zenryoku Zenkai!" ([[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Full Power! Full Throttle!]])[[labelnote:*]]The latter half is also a homophone for "[[StuffBlowingUp Total Annihilation!]]"[[/labelnote]]
6th Aug '16 8:44:58 PM Gamermaster
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* MasterApprenticeChain: Yuuno > Nanoha > the Forwards (Subaru, Teana, Erio, and Caro). Unlike most examples, they all use vastly different fighting styles, they're all roughly the same age (a ten year difference between the oldest and youngest), and there is only one case of a technique being passed down from master to apprentice ([[spoiler: Nanoha teaching Teana [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]]]]).

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* MasterApprenticeChain: Yuuno > Nanoha > the Forwards (Subaru, Teana, Erio, and Caro). Unlike most examples, they all use vastly different fighting styles, they're all roughly the same age (a ten year difference between the oldest and youngest), and there is only one case of a technique being passed down from master to apprentice ([[spoiler: Nanoha ([[spoiler:Nanoha teaching Teana [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]]]]).
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* CastFromCalories: The magical energy mages use to cast spells is generated by their bodies, so they have to replenish their calories at every opportunity.
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* OffScreenRomance: Chrono and Amy go from snarky colleagues to married-with-two-children during the Time Skip between ''A's'' and ''[=StrikerS=]'' seasons, though some off-handed comments imply this was more of a Shotgun Wedding. Likewise, Griffith and Lucino complete their romance arc off-screen between ''[=StrikerS=]'' and ''Force'' and are married in the latter.
25th Jul '16 10:56:32 PM Gamermaster
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* AudioAdaptation: The Sound Stages. Most are [[AllThereInTheManual manuals]], but ''Audioplay/StrikerSSoundStageX'' is a self contained story and even has lasting consequences in the series canon.

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* AudioAdaptation: The Sound Stages. Most are [[AllThereInTheManual manuals]], but ''Audioplay/StrikerSSoundStageX'' ''Audioplay/StrikersSoundStageX'' is a self contained story and even has lasting consequences in the series canon.
10th Jul '16 3:07:53 PM Gamermaster
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* MasterApprenticeChain: Yuuno > Nanoha > the Forwards (Subaru, Teana, Erio, and Caro). Unlike most examples, they all use vastly different fighting styles, they're all roughly the same age (a ten year difference between the oldest and youngest), and there is only one case of a technique being passed down from master to apprentice ([[spoiler: Nanoha teaching Teana [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]]]]).
15th Jun '16 1:41:14 PM Gamermaster
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* CoolStarship: ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has the Cradle. And ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'' adds the "Wolfram" and "Esquad Hückebein".

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* CoolStarship: ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' The first two seasons hat the Arthra/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Asura]]. ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'' has the Cradle. And ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'' adds the "Wolfram" and "Esquad Hückebein".
15th Jun '16 1:40:00 PM Gamermaster
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** The Harlaowns. Admiral Lindy, Admiral Chrono, and [[spoiler:Fate Testarossa-Harlaown]]. Probably also [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice the late]] Clyde Harlaown]]. Any of them can and will befriend you into outer space if you make them mad. Erio and Caro probably count as members as well and Arf's the family pet.

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** The Harlaowns. Admiral Lindy, Admiral Chrono, and [[spoiler:Fate Testarossa-Harlaown]]. Enforcer Fate . Probably also [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice [[HeroicSacrifice the late]] Clyde Harlaown]].Harlaown. Any of them can and will befriend you into outer space if you make them mad. Erio and Caro probably count as members as well and Arf's the family pet.
14th Jun '16 11:52:03 PM Gamermaster
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* BattleBallgown

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* BattleBallgownBattleBallgown: Since Barrier Jackets and Knight's Armor can be customized, some characters (especially the slower ones) have rather elaborate outfits like [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vita_y_8940.jpg Vita]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/victoria-350_3917.jpg Victoria]].
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