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14th May '16 2:09:55 PM sampacm
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Mikoto was chosen to represent ''Index'' in the crossover FightingGame ''VideoGame/DengekiBunkoFightingClimax'' by Creator/{{Sega}}, with Touma and Accelerator as [[AssistCharacter support characters]]; Shirai Kuroko was introduced in the ''Ignition'' UpdatedRerelease as a playable character, with Kazari Uiharu as a support character.
25th Mar '16 4:02:21 PM passivesmoking
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: As stated above, Academy City keeps the rest of the world subdued with some pretty nasty tactics. Academy City itself seems like a haven of enlightenment and culture in comparison, but it's run by a fascistic regime that has no problem at all with creating an army of sentient clones to serve purely as cannon fodder for an emotionally damaged kid to kill over and over, the city is micromanaged by an all-knowing AI that may not have the best interests of the inhabitants at heart, and even ignoring all that if you're not an esper you're a nothing whose role in life is probably to serve as an innocent bystander who gets wasted when the espers start flinging lightning bolts or psychic projectiles at each other.
10th Mar '16 1:09:03 PM LazyHunter
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* HighlyVisibleNinja: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by Hattori Hanzou and Sugitani, who look like a gang member and a [[BadassInANiceSuit man in a suit]] respectively, and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with Kuruwa (she's obsessed with period dramas and the fictional image of ninja) and Oumi Shuri (she dresses in bright colors because her role is making the enemy focus on her so her teammates can attack from behind).


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* {{Ninja}}: Unlike what one would expect given [[FantasyKitchenSink the kind of series this is]], the ninjas in Index are a healthy dose of [[RealityEnsues reality]] and much [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] of the usual ninja image in fiction, like when Shiage can't help but feel dissapointed when a kunoichi trying to kill him pulls out a gun, not the kind of weapon people usually expect a ninja to use. They are normal humans trained as spies and assassins, without any supernatural powers, that will use any weapon or tool at their dispossal to win. In fact, at least one ninja faction is trying to acquire supernatural powers so as to not be left behind in the world they live.
6th Feb '16 5:31:45 PM ultimomant
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* ShoutOut: After Touma finally loses the delinquents in the aforementioned first episode, when Mikoto tracks him down.

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After Touma finally loses the delinquents in the aforementioned first episode, when Mikoto tracks him down.


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** At one point in the Index arc, Touma says, "[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight I don't want to be a hero, I will become one!]]"
3rd Feb '16 4:33:43 AM Saitsu
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** And then NT Volume 14 shows up and becomes a {{Deconstruction}} of the HaremShow. Simply put, [[spoiler: what happens when you give an UnwantedHarem to someone with crippling self-esteem issues?]]
3rd Feb '16 4:29:38 AM Saitsu
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* ShadowArchetype: In NT Volume 14 we meet the ultimate ShadowArchetype of Touma, [[spoiler: Kamisato Kakeru. Both have special right hands and a crazy big UnwantedHarem and a love for helping those who ultimately need it. You would think the two would get along famously but they hate each other from the absolute start due to their very conflicting philosophies. Kamisato feels immense guilt over his harem's feelings towards him and expresses hatred at himself for how an average high school boy could be so beloved. He believes it's selfish to think they would actually feel this way under normal circumstances so Touma's attitude towards his own harem infuriates him. Since Touma has already gone his crisis of conscience thanks to Othinus, he quite easily rebuffs Kakeru's claims. In the end we have two boys of similar age, similar backstory, similar side characters and power but one has accepted his place in the world and the other has crippling self-doubt of his own.]]
21st Jan '16 10:44:05 AM Willbyr
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** Does the restaurant that Accelerator goes to the day after he meets Last Order seem familiar? Julian Cafe has a [[ChibiVampire vampire]] working at one of the other branches...

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** Does the restaurant that Accelerator goes to the day after he meets Last Order seem familiar? Julian Cafe has a [[ChibiVampire [[Manga/{{Karin}} vampire]] working at one of the other branches...
10th Jan '16 2:30:52 PM Arcorann
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* UltraSuperDeathGorefestChainsawer3000: In New Testament vol. 1 Shiage and Fremea are hiding out at a private salon, and the room has a game console. Fremea picks out a game called Blood & Destroy, which apparently involves the player as a zombie attacking humans. Shiage tries to steer her towards more age-appropriate fare, without success.



** The ending of New Testament Vol. 8 [[spoiler:"These small fights are such a pain. I think I'll just end the world." And exactly as she had announced, everything was immediately destroyed.]]

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** The ending of New Testament Vol. 8 8: [[spoiler:"These small fights are such a pain. I think I'll just end the world." And exactly as she had announced, everything was immediately destroyed.]]
3rd Jan '16 12:56:45 PM LazyHunter
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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Most fights in the series, no matter if the participants are magicians or espers, are determined not just by who has the strongest or more destructive power, but by how the combatant is able to figure out what the enemy's power is and how to use their skills, allies and environment to win. Particularly, a lot of time in Touma's fights is spent with him trying to figure out a weakness in his enemy's magic/ability, and a lot of magicians also analyze their opponent's magic to come up with a counterspell. In short, this is a series where smarts and analytical skills pay off.


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* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: Subverted in a lot of cases, especially magicians, who will bluff and hide the true nature of their abilities, which makes sense given that magicians can come up with a counterspell once they know the source of the enemy's magic. In a rather sad subversion, it took thousands of clones dying before the Misaka Sisters figured out that Accelerator could reflect all attacks no matter the distance or direction, only for him to reveal that it was still not completely right: his redirection is merely a passive subconscious application of his power, control over all vectors.
**Spoofed with Gunha, the seventh Level 5 esper, who will happily try to explain his power to the enemy as he believes himself to be a Sentai hero. The problem? He totally makes up those explanations in the fly, as neither him nor the several scientists who have studied his powers understand how they work.
**Some particularly arrogant characters like Fiamma of the Right will explain what their powers are or how they are doing something because they truly believe that there's no way they can lose even if they reveal their tricks. And in Fiamma's and other cases, their beliefs are [[PhysicalGod not]] [[RealityWarper unfounded]].


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** In New Testament vol. 14 [[spoiler: this turns out to be a big part of Kamisato Kakeru's character, who was a normal highschool boy living a normal life until he got his special right hand, World Rejecter, and then proceeded to gather over a hundred girls in a few weeks. This legitimately freaked him out and caused him to blame his power and the Magic Gods who gave it to him for brainwashing the girls into chasing after him, not believing that a normal boy like him could gain their attention otherwise.]]
30th Dec '15 9:55:49 PM AtticusOmundson
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* TurnTheOtherCheek: Orsola Aquinas never holds a grudge against anyone, ''period'', even those who personally caused her harm. Also applies to Touma, to a somewhat lesser extent.
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