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21st Sep '17 5:55:27 PM thatother1dude
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** This may simply be because of the 'choosing' of who gets to level-up their abilities, or that the ranking depends partially ON the versatility. If Dummy Check was leveled up, it could be [[ConfusionFu the controlling of the perceptions of others]] [[UpToEleven in general]].
18th Sep '17 6:04:10 PM Ogiga99
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* [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on a Plane]]: Touma foils a terrorist plot in a very Die Hard manner in Volume 17.

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* [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on a Plane]]: DieHardOnAnX: Touma foils a terrorist plot on a plane in a very Die Hard manner in Volume 17.



* [[PrettyFreeloaders Pretty Freeloader]]: Index, and thanks to his memory-loss, Touma doesn't even know why! [[spoiler:Othinus eventually becomes a second freeloader.]]

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* [[PrettyFreeloaders Pretty Freeloader]]: PrettyFreeloaders: Index, and thanks to his memory-loss, Touma doesn't even know why! [[spoiler:Othinus eventually becomes a second freeloader.]]



* [[TokenMinority Token Minorities]]: Within Necessarius, a British Anglican organization these three are the token minorities within the organization.

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* [[TokenMinority Token Minorities]]: TokenMinority: Within Necessarius, a British Anglican organization these three are the token minorities within the organization.



* [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer When All You Have Is The Ability To Cancel Magic or Esper Powers]]: Touma's complete lack of offensive power basically reduces his strategy to running at the enemy--using his hand to shield himself--and punching them really hard in the face. Some thought to [[PuzzleBoss figuring out the weakness]] in his enemy's flashy attack may be required first.

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* [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer When All You Have Is The Ability To Cancel Magic or Esper Powers]]: WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Touma's complete lack of offensive power basically reduces his strategy to running at the enemy--using his hand to shield himself--and punching them really hard in the face. Some thought to [[PuzzleBoss figuring out the weakness]] in his enemy's flashy attack may be required first.
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* AllYourPowersCombined: When she becomes a major villain, [[spoiler:Yuiitsu Kihara]] makes use of the tools and abilities of several other villains. [[spoiler:She uses Ayu's FIVE_OVER Outsider, allowing her to disguise herself as someone else. She infects herself with an attenuated strain of the St Germain virus, allowing her to use magic (especially magic that creates animalistic constructs). She also infects herself with modified Sample Shoggoth, giving herself a potent HealingFactor. Sample Shoggoth allows her to sever Kakeru's right hand and connect it to her own arm, while the St Germain virus lets her rewrite her own brain to fool World Rejector into accepting her as its user. Finally, in NT Volume 16 she creates her own version of the Anti-Art Attachment.]]



* CombiningMecha: The Anti-Art Attachment, a special form of powered suit consisting of numerous weapons which link together around the user.



* DemonicPossession: The demon Coronzon has been possessing [[spoiler:Lola Stuart]] for the entire series.



* HaremShow: Touma's harem includes but is not limited to: Index, Mikoto Misaka, Aisa Himegami, Kaori Kanzaki, Itsuwa, Misaki Shoukuhou, the 9,968 Misaka Clones, Lessar, Leivinia Birdway, Seria Kumokawa and [[spoiler:Othinus]].
[[UnwantedHarem Touma is genuinely bothered by his harem.]]

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* HaremShow: Touma's harem includes but is not limited to: Index, Mikoto Misaka, Aisa Himegami, Kaori Kanzaki, Itsuwa, Misaki Shoukuhou, the 9,968 Misaka Clones, Lessar, Leivinia Birdway, Seria Kumokawa and [[spoiler:Othinus]].
[[spoiler:Othinus]]. [[UnwantedHarem Touma is genuinely bothered by his harem.]]



* KillTheGod: [[spoiler:Noukan Kihara]] has the role of killing immortals. He first demonstrates this by [[spoiler:killing the High Priest.]]



* {{Magitek}}: The Elements, which resemble giant translucent robots modeled after different kinds of animals, and are powered by magical cores. They are created by [[spoiler:Yuiitsu, using her scientific expertise as a Kihara and the knowledge of magic she gained from the St Germain virus]].



* PowerCopying: Rensa is a cyborg with the ability to copy [[spoiler:the powers of all 7 Level 5s, as well as any other esper in a certain radius.]]



** Even further during [[spoiler:the onset of the Third World War between the world versus Academy City when Carissa fights against the Archangel Gabriel. Heck, she qualifies for the BoobsOfSteel trope as well]].
* RuleOfSymbolism: Academy City is a walled city-state inside another country, headed by a man assisted by a council of aides, and represents the center of an important ideological viewpoint of what is reality, or a "side". [[VaticanCity Now why does this sound familiar...]]?
** Also, every magical powers. Thanks to the Idol Theory, every magical powers derived from myths and religion are really depending on the actual contexts of those myths.

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** Even further during [[spoiler:the onset of the Third World War between the world versus Academy City when III, [[spoiler:when Carissa fights against the Archangel Gabriel. Heck, she qualifies for the BoobsOfSteel trope as well]].
* RuleOfSymbolism: RuleOfSymbolism:
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Academy City is a walled city-state inside another country, headed by a man assisted by a council of aides, and represents the center of an important ideological viewpoint of what is reality, or a "side". [[VaticanCity Now why does this sound familiar...]]?
** Also, every magical powers. All magic qualifies. Thanks to the Idol Theory, every magical powers derived from myths and religion are really depending magic is based on the actual contexts of those myths.myths and religion.



* RunningGag: Whenever Index is mad at Touma, she will take a bite out of him. Several, in fact. Even when she draws blood, it's PlayedForLaughs.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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Whenever Index is mad at Touma, she will take a bite out of him. Several, in fact. Even when she draws blood, it's PlayedForLaughs.



* 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.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The Book of The Law arc, Orsola's deciphering method was a fake, meaning that the contents of the book were in no danger. The only reason why the Anglican Church even got involved was to use the incident to bring the Amakusa Catholics into their sphere of influence, so that they would have more leverage on Kaori]].
** [[spoiler:As well as the Daihaseisai arc. Touma, Motoharu and Stiyl chase after someone who turns out to be plotting to use the Croce di Pietro to forcibly convert Academy City to Roman Catholicism. After finally figuring out the plan and beating her, she turns out to be a decoy, while the real mastermind is the one actually carrying out the ritual, and is too far away to stop in time. Fortunately, even if the heroes didn't get involved at all, the plan would've failed anyway, because the artifact requires starlight to function, and right at the exact time it's supposed to activate, a giant fireworks show starts, blotting out the stars.]]

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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 along, 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 hates 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 circumstances, so Touma's attitude towards his own harem infuriates him. Since Touma has already gone through 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.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The ShaggyDogStory:
** The
Book of The Law arc, Orsola's arc. [[spoiler:Orsola's deciphering method was a fake, meaning that the contents of the book were in no danger. The only reason why the Anglican Church even got involved was to use the incident to bring the Amakusa Catholics into their sphere of influence, so that they would have more leverage on Kaori]].
** [[spoiler:As well as Also the Daihaseisai arc. Touma, [[spoiler:Touma, Motoharu and Stiyl chase after someone who turns out to be plotting to use the Croce di Pietro to forcibly convert Academy City to Roman Catholicism. After finally figuring out the plan and beating her, she turns out to be a decoy, while the real mastermind is the one actually carrying out the ritual, and is too far away to stop in time. Fortunately, even if the heroes didn't get involved at all, hadn't done anything, the plan would've failed anyway, because the artifact requires starlight to function, and right at the exact time it's supposed to activate, a giant fireworks show starts, blotting out the stars.]]



** [[spoiler:Kaori/Touma]]: Motoharu seems to love teasing Kaori about this... and so do [[EveryoneCanSeeIt her former comrades from the Amakusa Catholics.]] [[spoiler:Later, ''half of England'' finds out about this]]
** [[spoiler:Itsuwa/Touma]]: Nee-chin, you're going to be in a very heated LoverTugOfWar with your kouhai. And to make things worse your former comrades are all cheering for her [[VerbalTic nya~]].

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** [[spoiler:Kaori/Touma]]: Kaori/Touma: Motoharu seems to love teasing Kaori about this... and so do [[EveryoneCanSeeIt her former comrades from the Amakusa Catholics.]] [[spoiler:Later, Later, ''half of England'' finds out about this]]
this.
** [[spoiler:Itsuwa/Touma]]: Itsuwa/Touma: Nee-chin, you're going to be in a very heated LoverTugOfWar with your kouhai. And to make things worse your former comrades are all cheering for her [[VerbalTic nya~]].



---> '''Shaige :''' "IT'S BECAUSE YOU INTRODUCED THAT MOVIE! YOU ACTUALLY INTRODUCED SUCH A STUPID MOVIE!!"\\

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---> '''Shaige '''Shiage :''' "IT'S BECAUSE YOU INTRODUCED THAT MOVIE! YOU ACTUALLY INTRODUCED SUCH A STUPID MOVIE!!"\\



* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil [=/=] SerialEscalation: Each villain is absurdly more powerful than the last, regularly topping the previous winner of the SuperpowerLottery. Even the BigBad, [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right]] is outclassed by three more characters. Currently, the biggest goes to Aiwass, but Kamachi may have an '''''[[UpToEleven even more]]''''' powerful character prepared.
** Divine Beings in this series go above the norm, in some ways absurdly so. We have Angels, who have the power to utterly destroy the world. God, who is above them. Then "The One Above God" [[spoiler: a position Fiamma briefly reached]], who is above God, and now [[spoiler:"The One Who Cleanses God"]], who, according to WordOfGod, is more powerful than even that. By the way, the latter two can both be translated as [[spoiler: Kamijou]]. And then Aiwass, as mentioned above, is stronger than all of the above.

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* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil [=/=] SerialEscalation: Each villain is absurdly more powerful than the last, regularly topping the previous winner of the SuperpowerLottery. Even the BigBad, [[spoiler:Fiamma Fiamma of the Right]] Right is outclassed by three more several other characters. Currently, the biggest goes to Aiwass, but Kamachi may have an '''''[[UpToEleven even more]]''''' powerful character prepared.
** Divine Beings in this series go above the norm, in some ways absurdly so. We have Angels, who have the power to utterly destroy the world. God, who is above them. Then "The One Above God" [[spoiler: ([[spoiler: a position Fiamma briefly reached]], reached]]), who is above God, and now [[spoiler:"The One Who Cleanses God"]], [[spoiler:the entity inside Touma]], who, according to WordOfGod, is more powerful than even that. By the way, the latter two can both be translated as [[spoiler: Kamijou]].that. And then Aiwass, as mentioned above, is stronger than all of the above.



** And then you have [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Fiamma of the Right]]]]. He is notable since he is the only one who is [[BornWinner born]] with his abilities (although, this being the magic side, he may had modifications even before birth) and is so ridiculously overpowered and towers over most of the cast in terms of power. The guy can teleport anywhere he wants, cast a gigantic 40 km FlamingSword, and has an ability similar to Accelerator’s “auto-reflect”...only with “auto-''destroy''” instead.
** Once characters [[spoiler:get stronger than ''God'']], you ''know'' the lottery is broken.

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** And then you have [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fiamma of the Right]]]]. Right]]. He is notable since he is the only one who is was [[BornWinner born]] with his abilities (although, this being the magic side, he may had modifications even before birth) and is so ridiculously overpowered and towers over most of the cast in terms of power. The guy can teleport anywhere he wants, cast a gigantic 40 km FlamingSword, and has an ability similar to Accelerator’s “auto-reflect”...only with “auto-''destroy''” instead.
** Once characters [[spoiler:get get stronger than ''God'']], ''God'', you ''know'' the lottery is broken.



* TalkingIsAFreeAction: A lot of people in this show have the strange habit of starting [[MrExposition long monologes to explain what they're about to do]] while attacking an enemy.

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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: A lot of people in this show have the strange habit of starting [[MrExposition long monologes monologues to explain what they're about to do]] while attacking an enemy.



* ThirdPersonPerson: The Sisters narrate everything they say in third person, complete with descriptions of how they are speaking and what they are doing at the time. [[spoiler:It probably goes with the HiveMind]].
** Last Order takes this a step further by stating said descriptions of intonation and current activity ''twice''.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Even though [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Touma's abilities aren't really that spectacular when compared with the abilities of everyone else]], they end up being the only thing that can save the day most of the time.
** Which is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because everyone (well, most of everyone) Touma has fought [[CripplingOverspecialization relied on their powers or items]]. When taken away, they become just like normal people. It also helps that his power is to negate the stuff they throw at him...unless it misses the right arm.

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* ThirdPersonPerson: The Sisters narrate everything they say in third person, complete with descriptions of how they are speaking and what they are doing at the time. [[spoiler:It It probably goes with the HiveMind]].
**
HiveMind. Last Order takes this a step further by stating said descriptions of intonation and current activity ''twice''.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Even though [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Touma's abilities aren't really that spectacular when compared with the abilities of everyone else]], they end up being the only thing that can save the day most of the time.
**
time. Which is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because everyone (well, most of everyone) Touma has fought [[CripplingOverspecialization relied on their powers or items]]. When taken away, they become just like normal people. It also helps that his power is to negate the stuff they throw at him...unless it misses the right arm. NT Volume 18 reveals that [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley deliberately invoked this trope, founding Academy City specifically to draw in the user of Imagine Breaker.]]



* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:The escaping Hound Dog from the factory battle who thought it would be a good idea to stop just before making it to safety, turn around, and [[DoNotTauntCthulhu taunt Accelerator]] about how his comrades were going to kill Last Order]].

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:The The escaping Hound Dog from the factory battle battle, who thought it would be a good idea to stop just before making it to safety, turn around, and [[DoNotTauntCthulhu [[spoiler:[[DoNotTauntCthulhu taunt Accelerator]] about how his comrades were going to kill Last Order]].



*** [[spoiler:And lets not talk about those European Catholic Battle Nuns lead by Italian Agnese Sanctis, once they join Necessarius]].

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*** [[spoiler:And lets not talk about those ** Then there's the European Catholic Battle Nuns lead led by Italian Agnese Sanctis, once they join Necessarius]].Necessarius.



* {{Tsundere}}: Mikoto over Touma, obviously.

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* {{Tsundere}}: {{Tsundere}}:
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Mikoto over Touma, obviously.



** [[spoiler:We never learn what Touma said to Etzali when the latter asked him to protect Mikoto. Whatever Touma said, Mikoto thinks she's misunderstanding him, but it [[ShipTease sure made her blush!]]]]

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** [[spoiler:We We never learn what Touma said to Etzali [[spoiler:Etzali when the latter asked him to protect Mikoto. Mikoto]]. Whatever Touma said, Mikoto thinks she's misunderstanding him, but it [[ShipTease sure made her blush!]]]]blush!]]



** In Vol. 22 [[spoiler:besides his memory loss, Touma tells something else to Index before disappearing after crashing the StarOfBethlehem on Gabriel. Whatever he said only Index and Touma himself knows.]]

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** In Vol. 22 22, [[spoiler:besides his memory loss, Touma tells something else to Index before disappearing after crashing the StarOfBethlehem Star Of Bethlehem on Gabriel. Whatever he said only Index and Touma himself knows.]]



** New Testament volume 9 has three "Chapter 6", named the same except for the English subtitles. It is to denote the fact that [[spoiler:Touma is living through different parallel worlds, each designed to make him suffer horribly]].

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** New Testament volume Volume 9 has three versions "Chapter 6", named the same except for the English subtitles. It is to denote the fact that [[spoiler:Touma is living through different parallel worlds, each designed to make him suffer horribly]].



** 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.]]
* UnwittingPawn: Touma might be the worst case. He is used by ''everyone'' for whatever reason, and sad thing is he doesn't realize it until it's too late. [[spoiler:The best example of this is during the Sisters arc, when he stops the Level 6 Shift Experiment, not realizing that it was a pretext for creating the MISAKA Network. By defeating Accelerator and saving the remaining Sisters, all he does allow Aleister Crowley to move on to phase two]].
** [[spoiler:The Pope. Under the belief that Touma is some heretic that will destroy the world by his former mentor Fiamma, he follows Fiamma's advice on what the Catholic Church should do during the series without even asking about it. By the time the Pope [[HeelRealization realizes that everything Fiamma told him to do was not for the church but for his selfish ambitions]], Fiamma casts a spell to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness destroy the the Vatican]]. The Pope diverts the spell [[HeroicSacrifice onto himself]] to save the Vatican. Though he survived, he is now hospitalized]].

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** In New Testament vol. Volume 14 [[spoiler: this turns out to be a big part of Kamisato Kakeru's character, who character. He was a normal highschool high school boy living a normal life until he got his special right hand, World Rejecter, and Rejecter. He 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 (and the Magic Gods who gave it to him him) for brainwashing the girls into chasing after him, not believing that a normal boy like him could gain their attention otherwise.]]
* UnwittingPawn: UnwittingPawn:
**
Touma might be the worst case. He is used by ''everyone'' for whatever reason, and sad thing is he doesn't realize it until it's too late. [[spoiler:The best example of this is during the Sisters arc, when he stops the Level 6 Shift Experiment, not realizing that it was a pretext for creating the MISAKA Network. By defeating Accelerator and saving the remaining Sisters, all he does allow Aleister Crowley to move on to phase two]].
** [[spoiler:The The Pope. Under [[spoiler:Under the belief that Touma is some heretic that will destroy the world by his former mentor Fiamma, he follows Fiamma's advice on what the Catholic Church should do during the series without even asking about it. By the time the Pope [[HeelRealization realizes that everything Fiamma told him to do was not for the church but for his selfish ambitions]], Fiamma casts a spell to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness destroy the the Vatican]]. The Pope diverts the spell [[HeroicSacrifice onto himself]] to save the Vatican. Though he survived, he is now hospitalized]].



* WhamLine: "Conclusion: [[spoiler:Dark Matter is within this building]]."
** "Begin the invasion. I now have Curtana Original, the sword that decides the king, within my grasp. This makes me, [[spoiler:Carissa]], the ruler of the United Kingdom. Anyone that does not want to see the country decay under the rule of the previous pacifist queen, stand up of your own will. [[OhCrap To bring about the new United Kingdom, leveling some things will be necessary and some destruction will be necessary.]]"
** "We are deeply concerned over the likelihood that Academy City personnel intervened in the recent issues in the Hawaiian Islands. We do not wish to hold power that can easily influence the flow of events of an entire nation, especially one large enough to be known as the world police. We began cooperating with Academy City in order to increase the benefits for both parties, but our roots remain in our respective countries. Dispatching personnel to alter the history of other countries like this is not what we would call "cooperation". We may work for Academy City, but we are not its slaves. As the twenty-seven largest cooperative institutions, we are now ending all cooperation with Academy City. This is a necessary step to protect our own countries."

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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"Conclusion: [[spoiler:Dark Matter is within this building]]."
** "Begin the invasion. I now have Curtana [[spoiler:Curtana Original, the sword that decides the king, king,]] within my grasp. This makes me, [[spoiler:Carissa]], the ruler of the United Kingdom. Anyone that does not want to see the country decay under the rule of the previous pacifist queen, stand up of your own will. [[OhCrap To bring about the new United Kingdom, leveling some things will be necessary and some destruction will be necessary.]]"
** "We are deeply concerned over the likelihood that Academy City personnel intervened in the recent issues in the [[spoiler:"the Hawaiian Islands. Islands]]. We do not wish to hold power that can easily influence the flow of events of an entire nation, especially one [[spoiler:one large enough to be known as the world police.police]]. We began cooperating with Academy City in order to increase the benefits for both parties, but our roots remain in our respective countries. Dispatching personnel to alter the history of other countries like this is not what we would call "cooperation". We may work for Academy City, but we are not its slaves. As the twenty-seven largest cooperative institutions, we [[spoiler:we are now ending all cooperation with Academy City.City]]. This is a necessary step to protect our own countries."



** Two different ones from the ending of New Testament Volume 11
-->[[spoiler:“The esper cyborg Rensa was created to crush the seven Level 5s in case they all rebelled against Academy City at once. My role is similar, but unfortunately, my target is not those homemade espers...[[CompleteImmortality Ladylee Tangleroad, Fräulein Kreutune, and Codename Dragon]].”]]

-->[[spoiler:“Now, how about you use the power I have returned to you. Use it to destroy all those irregularities known as magic.”]]

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** Two different ones from the ending of New Testament Volume 11
-->[[spoiler:“The
11:
-->'''Noukan Kihara:''' [[spoiler:“The
esper cyborg Rensa was created to crush the seven Level 5s in case they all rebelled against Academy City at once. My role is similar, but unfortunately, my target is not those homemade espers...[[CompleteImmortality Ladylee Tangleroad, Fräulein Kreutune, and Codename Dragon]].”]]

-->[[spoiler:“Now, -->'''Noukan Kihara:''' “Now, how about you use the power I have returned to you. Use it to destroy [[spoiler:destroy all those irregularities known as magic.”]]



-->[[spoiler:'''[[TheChessMaster Lola Stuart]]:''' (Normally, I would wait until they had worn each other down and then make my move, but that would be meaningless if I can’t fully control both sides’ actions.)]]

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-->[[spoiler:'''[[TheChessMaster -->'''[[TheChessMaster Lola Stuart]]:''' (Normally, Normally, I would wait until they had worn each other down and then make my move, but that would be meaningless if I can’t fully control both sides’ actions.)]]



* TheWorfEffect: In Volumes 16 and 18, Kaori becomes the target of this. [[spoiler:She's unable to beat Acqua on her own, and is instantly defeated by Knight Leader when she challenges him.]]

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* TheWorfEffect: TheWorfEffect:
**
In Volumes 16 and 18, Kaori becomes the target of this. [[spoiler:She's unable to beat Acqua on her own, and is instantly defeated by Knight Leader when she challenges him.]]
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley]] genuinely loved his daughter, and his current actions are motivated by revenge for her death.



* HealingFactor:
** Motoharu's esper ability, Auto-Rebirth, is a very weak version. It stops bleeding by reconnecting damaged blood vessels, but because it's a Level 0 ability, it doesn't work 100% of the time.
** Touma's right arm regenerates if severed. The reason for this remains unclear, and the other two characters with a special right hand don't have this ability.
** Magic Gods can instantly regenerate from any injury, including a split-open head, a pierced chest, or a broken neck.



* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Accelerator, the most powerful Esper in Academy City, is constantly challenged and attacked by Espers wishing to prove themselves. [[TechnicalPacifist He just wants to be left alone and live in peace]]. He figures if he got even stronger then he would outclass everyone to such a degree that nobody would ever dare to attack him. So he accepts a proposal by Academy City researchers to slaughter more than 10,000 clones of Misaka Mikoto for a program that is intended to level him up exponentially. The clones appear soulless to him and they never made an effort to plead for their lives. Because of this, he never faltered. But after being defeated by Touma he comes to realize that he was the bad guy. After meeting a ten year old clone of Mikoto, he goes about atoning for his sins while simultaneously denying his intention to become a hero. He loathes the dark side of Academy City, which he considers himself to be a part of, and directs the majority of his animosity at them]].

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* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Accelerator, the most powerful Esper in Academy City, is constantly challenged and attacked by Espers wishing to prove themselves. [[TechnicalPacifist He just wants to be left alone and live in peace]]. He figures if he got even stronger then he would outclass everyone to such a degree that nobody would ever dare to attack him. So he accepts a proposal by Academy City researchers to slaughter more than 10,000 clones of Misaka Mikoto for a program that is intended to level him up exponentially. The clones appear soulless to him and they never made an effort to plead for their lives. Because of this, he never faltered. But after being defeated by Touma he comes to realize that he was the bad guy. After meeting a ten year old clone of Mikoto, he goes about atoning for his sins while simultaneously denying his intention to become a hero. He loathes the dark side of Academy City, which he considers himself to be a part of, and directs the majority of his animosity at them]].



** Touma suffers one when he thinks he can't do anything to stop [[spoiler:Index's memory from being erased]] to save her life until he [[spoiler:remembers something [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain about her brain]]]].
** A sad one goes to [[spoiler:Itsuwa]] as she [[spoiler:tries desperately to heal Touma after he appears to have been killed by Acqua]].
** [[spoiler:Accelerator suffers a major emotional break down when Misaka WORST taunts him about the Sisters hatred for him and how Last Order's emotions for him are false (her claims about Last Order are false of course; those about the Sisters are warped). Plus, WORST is sent to kill the sick Last Order and Accelerator has to chose to either protect Last Order, or not hurt another Misaka clone. It was so bad that he went into black wings mode, and he lost faith in all good. He then beat WORST into the ground, then rampaged to the point where WORST feels bad for having done this to him]].
* HeroicRematch: After [[spoiler:Fiamma]] becomes the BigBad of the first series, Touma encounters and battles him multiple times until their final confrontation.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Realizing [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption all of her attempts have failed]] to stop the Level 6 Shift experiment and save the Sisters, Mikoto decides to do the one thing the Scientists in charge of the experiment didn't want her to do: [[HeroicSacrifice fight and die against]] Accelerator. The reason they don't want this happen is because, Tree Diagram, the Super Computer that help calculate the experiment was destroyed, forcing the Scientists to stick to their plans of Accelerator fighting against the Sisters without interruption. Mikoto [[SpannerInTheWorks intervening in the experiment]] would mess up their current calculations since they don't have Tree Diagram to help calculate the new data thus ruining the experiment (and also getting them heat from the Higher Ups since Mikoto is one of the 7 Level 5s). However, Touma tries to stop her from doing it because he claims even if she did it, [[SenselessSacrifice it would have been all in vain]] since the Scientists might still continue the experiment, [[ForScience all to make Accelerator a Level 6.]]]]
* HeroicSafeMode: Index has a literal safe-mode installed onto her that activates any time the main consiousness goes down. The computer analogy is quite literal. The safe-mode even shouts out status messages.
** It’s later revealed that [[spoiler:Touma himself has this, in the form of his Imagine Breaker]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Mikoto gets her own SpinOff story in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''. Later, Accelerator also gets his own, ''A Certain Scientific Accelerator''.

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** Touma suffers one when he thinks he can't do anything to stop [[spoiler:Index's Index's memory from being erased]] to save her life until erased. Though he then [[spoiler:remembers something [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain about her brain]]]].
** A sad one goes to [[spoiler:Itsuwa]] Itsuwa as she [[spoiler:tries desperately to heal Touma after he appears to have been killed by Acqua]].
** [[spoiler:Accelerator Accelerator suffers a major emotional break down when Misaka [[spoiler:Misaka WORST taunts him about the Sisters hatred for him and how Last Order's emotions for him are false (her claims about Last Order are false of course; those about the Sisters are warped). Plus, WORST is has been sent to kill the sick Last Order and Accelerator has to chose must choose to either protect Last Order, or not hurt another Misaka clone. It was so bad that he went into black wings mode, and he lost faith in all good. He then beat WORST into the ground, then and rampaged to the point where WORST feels bad for having done this to him]].
* HeroicRematch: After [[spoiler:Fiamma]] Fiamma of the Right becomes the BigBad of the first series, Touma encounters and battles him multiple times until their final confrontation.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Realizing Realizing [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption all of her attempts have failed]] to stop the Level 6 Shift experiment and save the Sisters, Mikoto decides to do the one thing the Scientists in charge of the experiment didn't want her to do: [[HeroicSacrifice fight and die against]] Accelerator. The reason they don't want this happen is because, because Tree Diagram, the Super Computer that help calculate the experiment was destroyed, forcing the Scientists to stick to their plans of Accelerator fighting against the Sisters without interruption. Mikoto [[SpannerInTheWorks intervening in the experiment]] would mess up their current calculations since they don't have Tree Diagram to help calculate the new data data, thus ruining the experiment (and also getting them heat from the Higher Ups higher-ups since Mikoto is one of the 7 Level 5s). However, Touma tries to stop her from doing it because he claims even if she did it, [[SenselessSacrifice it would have been all in vain]] since the Scientists might still continue the experiment, [[ForScience all to make Accelerator a Level 6.]]]]
]]
* HeroicSafeMode: Index has a literal safe-mode installed onto her that activates any time the main consiousness consciousness goes down. The computer analogy is quite literal. The safe-mode even shouts out status messages.
** It’s later revealed that [[spoiler:Touma himself has this, in the form of his Imagine Breaker]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Mikoto gets her own SpinOff story in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''. Later, Accelerator also gets his own, ''A Certain Scientific Accelerator''.''Manga/ACertainScientificAccelerator''.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Aleister Crowley. [[spoiler:His motivation to create Academy City and wipe out all magic is because he believes that the Magic Gods' actions lead to innocent people (such as his daughter) being hurt. In the process, he became a schemer who causes suffering for countless people... just like the Magic Gods he despises.]]



* HiveMind: In yet another unexpected use of a power, [[spoiler:the Sisters (clones of Mikoto) use their electrical powers to maintain a collective memory]].
* HolierThanThou: The Catholic Church, the Saints, [[spoiler:and God's Right Seat]].
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Index has mastered, functional knowledge of ''all'' magic, but [[spoiler:her ridiculous power, culminating in destroying a satellite by accident with a giant her [[FrickinLaserBeams magical laser beam]], is only seen once when Touma trips her auto-defense program (and subsequently destroys it)]]. If someone would just [[spoiler:''tell'' her that she really ''can'' use magic]], Index would become a [[PhysicalGod nigh-unstoppable force of nature]]. As it is, [[AwesomenessByAnalysis she just makes sporadic analyses]] and is of little direct plot relevance.
** Justified since Index becoming an unstoppable PersonOfMassDestruction is something Necessarius wants to ''prevent''. Her [[spoiler:LaserGuidedAmnesia and their lies about her true abilities]] act as a RestrainingBolt on someone who could very well destroy the world, though with the former no longer in place...
*** Not only that. Only four people were present that night. Touma--whose memories were destroyed. Index - who was specifically excluded memory-wise. The fire mage (Stiyl), and the Saint (Kaori)--who came there ''after'' Index began her rampage. Touma was the only one who actually realized that the John's Pen defense program ran on Index's own magic. Index herself believes herself incapable. And the other two are either witholding information (they ''are'' Church agents after all), or never made the same realisation as Touma. This fact may just be lost to everyone.
** Depending on the interpretation of Stiyl's letter at the end of the first volume it's possible that he, Kaori and Index all know just how powerful she could really be but she intentionally holds back since fully unleashing would force Necessarius into action against her. As things stand everyone can basically just sit back and pretend that while the status quo isn't ideal it's at least acceptable.

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* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Index Librorum Prohibitorum is officially Index's name.
* HiveMind: In yet another unexpected use of a power, [[spoiler:the the Sisters (clones of Mikoto) use their electrical powers to maintain a collective memory]].
memory.
* HolierThanThou: The Catholic Church, the Saints, [[spoiler:and and God's Right Seat]].
Seat.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Index has mastered, functional knowledge of ''all'' magic, but [[spoiler:her ridiculous power, culminating in being capable of destroying a satellite by accident with a giant her [[FrickinLaserBeams magical laser beam]], is only seen once when Touma trips her auto-defense program (and subsequently destroys it)]]. If someone would just [[spoiler:''tell'' her that she really ''can'' beam]]. She refuses to use magic]], Index would become a [[PhysicalGod nigh-unstoppable force of nature]]. As it is, this power, limiting herself to [[AwesomenessByAnalysis she just makes sporadic analyses]] analysing magic]] and is of little direct plot relevance.
**
rarely fighting directly. Justified since Index becoming an unstoppable PersonOfMassDestruction is something Necessarius wants to ''prevent''. Her [[spoiler:LaserGuidedAmnesia LaserGuidedAmnesia and their lies about her true abilities]] abilities act as a RestrainingBolt on someone who could very well destroy the world, though with the former no longer in place...
*** Not only that. Only four people were present that night. Touma--whose memories were destroyed. Index - who was specifically excluded memory-wise. The fire mage (Stiyl), and the Saint (Kaori)--who came there ''after'' Index began her rampage. Touma was the only one who actually realized that the John's Pen defense program ran on Index's own magic. Index herself believes herself incapable. And the other two are either witholding information (they ''are'' Church agents
world. Even after all), or never made the same realisation as Touma. This fact may just be lost to everyone.
** Depending on the interpretation of Stiyl's letter at the end of the first volume
memory wipes are stopped, it's possible likely that he, Kaori and Index all know just how powerful she could really be but she intentionally holds back since fully unleashing using her full power would force Necessarius (and every other magical faction) into action against her. As things stand everyone can basically just sit back and pretend that while the status quo isn't ideal it's at least acceptable.



* HumanWeapon: The Level 5 espers get this to varying degrees. Accelerator, Teitoku, and Shizuri are the big ones. Teitoku and Shizuri are the leaders of powerful black ops groups, where they serve in the "blaster" role. Accelerator is in many ways ''literally'' treated as a weapon, especially once he needs a special device to use his powers, which his superiors can turn off remotely if they don't like what he's doing.
** The Sisters Project started off as an attempt to clone a Level 5 [[spoiler:(Misaka Mikoto)]] for this purpose. When that didn't work, it was recycled into the Radio Noise Project, which created a HiveMind of 20,000 espers for use as a military. That was scrapped as well, and the project turned into [[spoiler:LevelGrinding fodder for Accelerator, so that he could become a more effective weapon]]. Subverted because [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley wanted the Sisters Project to fail. The true purpose of the Sisters Project is to spread them throughout the world in order to blanket the world under an AIM field and thus create Aleister Crowley's Artificial Heaven]].

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* HumanWeapon: The Level 5 espers get this to varying degrees. Accelerator, Teitoku, and Shizuri are the big ones. Teitoku and Shizuri are the leaders of powerful black ops groups, where they serve in the "blaster" role. Accelerator is in many ways ''literally'' treated as a weapon, especially once he [[spoiler:he needs a special device to use his powers, which his superiors can turn off remotely if they don't like what he's doing.doing]].
** The Sisters Project started off as an attempt to clone a Level 5 [[spoiler:(Misaka Mikoto)]] ([[spoiler:Mikoto]]) for this purpose. When that didn't work, it was recycled into the Radio Noise Project, which created a HiveMind of 20,000 espers for use as a military. That was scrapped as well, and the project turned into [[spoiler:LevelGrinding fodder for Accelerator, so that he could become a more effective weapon]]. Subverted because [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley wanted the Sisters Project to fail. The true purpose of the Sisters Project is to spread them throughout the world in order to blanket the world under an AIM field and thus create Aleister Crowley's Artificial Heaven]].



* IdiotBall: The Roman Catholic Church very nearly succeeded in planting the Cross of St. Peter in Academy City, which would have begun a citywide conversion to their religion with no resistance. A complete, eternal, bloodless victory. They were thwarted by fireworks. Had anyone thought to read a flyer, or a program, or asked a passing hobo, they would have known the fireworks display occurred that night to celebrate the ending of the sports festival; ''the same festival they were using to smuggle the Cross into the city in the first place''.

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* IdiotBall: IdiotBall:
**
The Roman Catholic Church very nearly succeeded in planting the Cross of St. Peter in Academy City, which would have begun a citywide conversion to their religion with no resistance. A complete, eternal, bloodless victory. They were thwarted by fireworks. Had anyone thought to read a flyer, or a program, or asked a passing hobo, they would have known the fireworks display occurred that night to celebrate the ending of the sports festival; ''the same festival they were using to smuggle the Cross into the city in the first place''.
** When Yuiitsu [[spoiler:steals World Rejector]], she initially has no idea how to use it. Touma shouts to Salome to be careful of [[spoiler:World Rejector]], in the process ''explaining how to use it''. The stupidity of this is immediately lampshaded by Salome, who already knows this information.



* ILetYouWin: In Volume 10 of NT Touma goes up against a BossRush of big names from the series. [[spoiler:Many of them just let him pass rather than him actually winning. Accelerator loses on purpose after making a big flashy scene in order to demoralize anyone that comes after him, Agnese makes a distraction for him, Kaori saves him when it's a choice of letting him die or letting him go and then holds back the three Saint level fighters that came with her, Roberto Katze is convinced to let Othinus go on the condition that she face justice later, Mikoto makes no real effort to use actual lethal force on Touma but still beats him before letting him go while destroying the Academy City mechs that he couldn't deal with. Even Mjolnir lets him through after he beats Marian. Though in theory a single touch from him would kill her and she was quite close. Surprisingly, Index and Leivinia do genuinely turn on him.]]

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* ILetYouWin: In NT Volume 10 of NT Touma goes up against a BossRush of big names from the series. [[spoiler:Many of them just let him pass rather than him actually winning. Accelerator loses on purpose after making a big flashy scene in order to demoralize anyone that comes after him, Agnese makes a distraction for him, Kaori saves him when it's a choice of letting him die or letting him go and then holds back the three Saint level fighters that came with her, Roberto Katze is convinced to let Othinus go on the condition that she face justice later, Mikoto makes no real effort to use actual lethal force on Touma but still beats him before letting him go while (while destroying the Academy City mechs that he couldn't deal with.with). Even Mjolnir lets him through after he beats Marian. Though in theory a single touch from him would kill her and she was quite close. Surprisingly, Index and Leivinia do genuinely turn on him.]]



* {{Irony}}: Of the [[DramaticIrony rather cruel kind]]. Touma manages to prevent [[spoiler:the yearly erasure of Index's memories]], just to [[spoiler:lose his own when he was hit on the head by those white feathers which were a side effect of the FrickinLaserBeams cast by Index in [[SuperpoweredEvilSide John's Pen Mode]]]].
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty
* KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler:While the heroes may have stopped the invasion of Hawaii in New Testiment Volume 3, it isn't even the true goals of the true membership of GREMLIN. Their goals were already achieved when the volcano erupted, as part of their long-term goals of creating Gungnir.]]

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* {{Irony}}: {{Irony}}:
**
Of the [[DramaticIrony rather cruel kind]]. Touma manages to prevent [[spoiler:the the yearly erasure of Index's memories]], memories, just to [[spoiler:lose lose his own when he was by being hit on in the head by those white feathers which were a side effect spell from a brainwashed Index.
** Accelerator slaughters over ten thousand Sisters for the sake of increasing his power. [[spoiler:He then makes a great effort to save the Sisters, making himself vulnerable enough to be shot in the head. The resulting brain damage means that he's no longer able to use his power on his own. He's now dependent on the surviving Sisters to use his power.]]
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Accelerator kills many
of the FrickinLaserBeams cast by Index Sisters in [[SuperpoweredEvilSide John's Pen Mode]]]].
the Level 6 Shift Project. He starts to make a HeelFaceTurn and [[spoiler:goes out of his way to help the Sisters... only to get shot in the head, causing brain damage that leaves him unable to function without external aid.]]
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty
* KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler:While
KansasCityShuffle:
** While
the heroes may have stopped the [[spoiler:the invasion of Hawaii Hawaii]] in New Testiment Testament Volume 3, it isn't even the true goals of the [[spoiler:the true membership of GREMLIN. Their goals were already achieved when the volcano erupted, as part of their long-term goals of creating Gungnir.]]
** In NT Volume 8, it turns out that [[spoiler:Othinus could create Gungnir herself all along. All of GREMLIN's previous schemes, supposedly needed to construct the spear, were no more than a distraction.
]]



* LampshadeHanging: Touma acknowledges his tendency to break into long monologues: "Quit getting depressed in this kinda long prologue!"

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* LampshadeHanging: LampshadeHanging:
**
Touma acknowledges his tendency to break into long monologues: "Quit getting depressed in this kinda long prologue!"



* LanguageBarrier: Lampshaded when Touma's first reaction to finding out about the possibility of [[spoiler: World War Three]] is to make plans to learn English, so he can communicate with his enemies. He never does get around to it, and really, this is actually a subverted trope because even though Touma only speaks Japanese, anyone who is anyone in this world ''also'' speaks Japanese! May be justified by the influence of Academy City, whose official language is Japanese. The only times Touma faces someone who doesn't understand Japanese are nameless people he interacts with on his travels.

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* LanguageBarrier: Lampshaded when Touma's first reaction to finding out about the possibility of [[spoiler: World War Three]] III is to make plans to learn English, so he can communicate with his enemies. He never does get around to it, and really, this is actually a subverted trope because even though Touma only speaks Japanese, anyone who is anyone in this world ''also'' speaks Japanese! May be justified by the influence of Academy City, whose official language is Japanese. The only times Touma faces someone who doesn't understand Japanese are nameless people he interacts with on his travels.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The very first major thing to happen on [[spoiler:Touma]], in fact.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler:Touma loses his memories, permanently!]]
** Some fans find this as a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot waste]]. However, [[FanDumb most seems to forget]] that [[spoiler:Touma's memory loss is ''permanent'']], so there's no way for him get them back and even [[spoiler:Touma]] keeps it a secret. However, given that we're talking about a world of magic and science, anything is literally possible.
** [[spoiler:In Volumes 14 and 16, it gets partially addressed when Mikoto learns about Touma's memory loss and later confronts him about it. He asks her to keep it a secret]].

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The very first major thing LaserGuidedAmnesia:
** Index had her memory wiped each year,
to happen on [[spoiler:Touma]], prevent her brain from becoming overloaded with information ([[spoiler:actually a lie to keep her under control]]). This practice stops after Volume 1.
** Volume 1 also ends
in fact.
* LateArrivalSpoiler:
Touma loses all of his memories, ironically while trying to stop the above happening.
** NT Volume 11 reveals that
[[spoiler:Touma had a second, very specific case of this prior to the start of the series. He was badly injured and Misaki used her power as an emergency anesthetic. However, it somehow damaged his brain in such a way that he lost his memories of her ''and'' can no longer form new memories of her.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler:
** Touma
loses his memories, permanently!]]
**
permanently! Some fans find this as a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot waste]]. However, [[FanDumb most seems to forget]] that [[spoiler:Touma's Touma's memory loss is ''permanent'']], ''permanent'', so there's no way for him get them back and even [[spoiler:Touma]] Touma keeps it a secret. However, given that we're talking about a world of magic and science, anything is literally possible.
** [[spoiler:In Volumes 14 and 16, it gets partially addressed when Mikoto learns about Touma's memory loss and later confronts him about it. He asks her to keep it a secret]].



* LethalHarmlessPowers

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* LethalHarmlessPowersLethalHarmlessPowers: Numerous seemingly-weak powers can be used to fight with great effect. For one example, teleportation can be used to [[TeleFrag teleport objects into a person's body]].



* LevelGrinding: According to the Tree Diagram supercomputer, [[spoiler:Accelerator needs to kill]] about [[spoiler:20,000 Sister clones]] in order to become a Level 6. And so the project begins.
** In the ''Railgun'' manga, when [[spoiler: Shizuri]] finds out about the project, she literally describes [[spoiler: Accelerator]]'s actions as [[spoiler: "Killing 20,000 slimes to level up."]]

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* LevelGrinding: According to the Tree Diagram supercomputer, [[spoiler:Accelerator Accelerator needs to kill]] kill about [[spoiler:20,000 20,000 Sister clones]] clones in order to become a Level 6. And so the project begins.
** In the ''Railgun'' manga, when [[spoiler: Shizuri]] Shizuri finds out about the project, she literally describes [[spoiler: Accelerator]]'s Accelerator's actions as [[spoiler: "Killing 20,000 slimes to level up."]]"



* LostInTranslation: [[spoiler:Laura's]] name is actually a mistranslation due to the difficulty of differentiating "l" and "r" in Japanese. It should be [[spoiler: Lola]] instead. Even the official translations gets it wrong, which only adds to the confusion when her name becomes plot important.

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* LostInTranslation: [[spoiler:Laura's]] name is actually a mistranslation due to the difficulty of differentiating "l" and "r" in Japanese. It should be [[spoiler: Lola]] [[spoiler:Lola]] instead. Even the official translations gets get it wrong, which only adds to the confusion when her name becomes plot important.



* LoveConfession: From [[spoiler:Index]] towards [[spoiler:Touma]] in the end of the first arc.
** Of course, he avoided any answer by changing the theme of the speech because [[spoiler:he permanently lost his memories]].

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* LoveConfession: From [[spoiler:Index]] Index towards [[spoiler:Touma]] Touma in the end of the first arc.
**
arc. Of course, he avoided any answer by changing the theme of the speech because [[spoiler:he he permanently lost his memories]].memories.



* MadScientist: The scientists behind the Level 6 Shift Experiment. Or it's better to say [[spoiler:half of Academy City's scientists]].

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* MadScientist: The scientists behind the Level 6 Shift Experiment. Or it's better to say [[spoiler:half of Academy City's scientists]].Also the entire Kihara family.



* MagicVersusScience: One of the main conflicts in the series. It's important to note that most Espers and residents of Academy City are completely unaware of magic or that there ''is'' a conflict in the first place.

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* MagicVersusScience: One of the main conflicts in the series. It's important to note that most Espers espers and residents of Academy City are completely unaware of magic or that there ''is'' a conflict in the first place.



* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: After Volume 14 establishes [[spoiler:Terra of the Left]], the end of the volume sees [[spoiler:Acqua of the Back]] become the bigger fish.
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley]] is the founder of Academy City together with Heaven Canceler a.k.a [[spoiler:the frog faced doctor]], and controls the Board of Directors of Academy City [[spoiler:making him the real ruler of Academy City and one of the minds behind the Level 6 Shift Experiment]]. Despite this, the Directors are still in charge of the City's everyday affairs.

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* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: MakeWayForTheNewVillains:
**
After Volume 14 establishes [[spoiler:Terra of the Left]], the end of the volume sees [[spoiler:Acqua of the Back]] become the bigger fish.
** At the end of NT Volume 13, [[spoiler:the Magic Gods]] are instantly and easily defeated by [[spoiler:Kakeru Kamisato]].
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley]] ManBehindTheMan:
** Aleister Crowley
is the founder of Academy City together with Heaven Canceler a.k.a [[spoiler:the frog faced frog-faced doctor]], and controls the Board of Directors of Academy City [[spoiler:making (making him the real ruler of Academy City and one of the minds behind the Level 6 Shift Experiment]].Experiment). Despite this, the Directors are still in charge of the City's everyday affairs.



* MarshmallowHell: Poor Sphinx, stuck in Hyouka's breasts like that. [[spoiler:Also, Touma with Oriana Thompson's breasts during the Daihaisei sports festival. And just prior to that, his face gets up close and personal with Seiri's bosom]].

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* MarshmallowHell: Poor Sphinx, stuck in Hyouka's breasts like that. [[spoiler:Also, Also, Touma with Oriana Thompson's breasts during the Daihaisei sports festival. And just prior to that, his face gets up close and personal with Seiri's bosom]].bosom.



** Touma is another case, [[spoiler:his last name, Kamijou, means "The One Above God", but he seems not to know that fact for now. Only few people know, like Fiamma of the Right, who thinks that Touma is the holy stone "[[AntiMagic Imaginary Killer]]", Terra of the Left was about to tell the truth about Touma's right hand but gets killed. Kaori is lately suspecting as well upon learning his name also means "One that cleanses God and exorcises the Devil"]].

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** Touma is another case, [[spoiler:his last name, Kamijou, means case. "Touma" and "Kamijou" have the same pronunciation as "Invisible Demon" and "The One Above God", but he seems not respectively. "Kamijou Touma" can also be read as "The One Who Purifies Gods and Slays Demons". The first two names may be referring to know that fact for now. Only few people know, like [[spoiler:the strange entity inside Touma, which was considered terrifying by Fiamma of when the Right, who thinks that Touma is the holy stone "[[AntiMagic Imaginary Killer]]", Terra of the Left latter was about to tell the truth about more powerful than God]]. The third name is referenced in-universe, apparently [[spoiler:reflecting Touma's right hand but gets killed. Kaori is lately suspecting as well upon learning his name also means "One that cleanses God role of understanding the Magic Gods and exorcises the Devil"]].acting as their "scorer".]]



* MeleeATrois: A huge one in Volume 15 involving [[spoiler:GROUP, ITEM, SCHOOL, BLOCK, and MEMBER]]. The arc is even unofficially called "Battle Royale arc".
* MortonsFork: [[spoiler:Pulled on Olay Blueshake in New Testament Volume 3. As she is hiding, not wanting to be prosecuted for treason against America, President Robert Katze uses his influence to make it look like that Lindy is meant to inherit Olay's corporate empire at a young age while Olay's still alive. Now Olay has two options, either she reveals herself to regain her assets, risking prison time or assassination, or do nothing as everything she owns is given to her estranged daughter. In any case, she loses everything]].
* MuggingTheMonster: See RescueRomance below.
* MundaneFantastic: Esper powers such as teleportation and invisibility are just facts of life.
* MundaneSolution: Touma defeats Stiyl's indefinitely regenerating fire summon by [[spoiler:tripping his apartment's sprinkler system, thus washing away the runes sustaining it]].
** [[spoiler:An injured Awaki was scared and exhausted in her fight with Kuroko, who is already injured and was about to slam her with a [[ImprovisedWeapon lamp]] when... BANG!! Problem solved]].

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* MeleeATrois: A huge one in Volume 15 involving [[spoiler:GROUP, GROUP, ITEM, SCHOOL, BLOCK, and MEMBER]].MEMBER. The arc is even unofficially called "Battle Royale arc".
* TheMole:
** Motoharu was originally sent to Academy City by the Anglican Church as a spy. However, he instead became a DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent, passing information to both factions.
** [[spoiler:Fran]] is another spy sent by the Anglican Church, this time to infiltrate [[spoiler:Kamisato Faction. Unlike Motoharu, she eventually became more loyal to her new group.]]
* MortonsFork: [[spoiler:Pulled on Olay Blueshake in In New Testament Volume 3.3, this is how [[spoiler:Olay Blueshake is defeated. As she is hiding, not wanting to be prosecuted for treason against America, President Robert Katze uses his influence to make it look like that Lindy is meant to inherit Olay's corporate empire at a young age while Olay's still alive. Now Olay has two options, options: either she reveals herself to regain her assets, risking prison time or assassination, assassination; or do she does nothing as everything she owns is given to her estranged daughter. In any either case, she loses everything]].
* MuggingTheMonster: See RescueRomance below.
Mikoto is targeted by delinquents surprisingly often, with none of them recognizing her as a Level 5.
* MundaneFantastic: Esper powers such as teleportation and invisibility are just facts of life.
life in Academy City.
* MundaneSolution: MundaneSolution:
**
Touma defeats Stiyl's indefinitely regenerating fire summon by [[spoiler:tripping tripping his apartment's sprinkler system, thus washing away the runes sustaining it]].
it.
** [[spoiler:An An injured Awaki was scared and exhausted in her fight with Kuroko, [[spoiler:Kuroko, who is already injured and was about to slam hit her with a [[ImprovisedWeapon lamp]] when... BANG!! Problem solved]].



** Touma is unable to use either magic or esper abilities due to possessing Imagine Breaker.



** After his [[spoiler:memory loss]], the first '''mature woman''' that [[spoiler:Touma]] saw totally naked was [[spoiler:'''Kaori Kanzaki''']].



** On the magic side: Index (in her John's Pen mode), Vento of the Front, Terra of the Left, Acqua of the Back, Fiamma of the Right, The Leader of the Knights of England, Ollerus, The Power of God (ArchangelGabriel), The Likeness of God (ArchangelMichael). Later, there is the Magic God (or, Majin in romaji), the title for the BigBad of ''New Testament'', [[spoiler:One-Eyed Othinus]].
** Finally, not connected to either magic or science, are "The Invisible Thing", one of the most powerful being in the series, [[spoiler:currently being sealed by Imagine Breaker.]]

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** On the magic side: Index (in her John's Pen mode), Vento of the Front, Terra of the Left, Acqua of the Back, Fiamma of the Right, The Leader of the Knights of England, Ollerus, Knight Leader, The Power of God (ArchangelGabriel), The Likeness of God (ArchangelMichael). Later, there is the Magic God (or, Majin in romaji), the title for the BigBad of ''New Testament'', [[spoiler:One-Eyed Othinus]].
One-Eyed Othinus.
** Finally, not connected to either magic or science, are "The Invisible Thing", one of the most powerful being beings in the series, [[spoiler:currently being sealed by Imagine Breaker.]]



* NarratingThePresent

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* NarratingThePresentNarratingThePresent: The Sisters have this as a VerbalTic. There are hints that this is to upload information to their network.



** New Testament Volume 4 reveals that this [[spoiler: At least ''one'' of the reasons Academy City keeps such a tight lid on its technological advances and esper research. The Kihara family that have served as major antagonists throughout the series are the natural outgrowth of rampant scientific development. If Academy City allowed their technological developments to spread unchecked, "Kiharas" would start popping up everwhere and would be utterly impossible to contain or control. This is why Academy City only shares the dregs of their research and why they crack down so hard on anyone who tries to advance without their consent. Or so they say]].
* NewTechnologyIsEvil: [[spoiler:[[HolierThanThou Vento of the Front]] sees people who use technology and Espers as Heretics and thinks they deserved to be killed]]. All because [[spoiler:[[FreudianExcuse her older brother died from a Ferris Wheel accident that she survived]]]].
* NewTransferStudent: Subverted when Komoe-sensei announces that Touma's class will be getting a new student. Index walks into the classroom, only it turns out she was lost and looking for Touma. Aisa is the actual new tranfer student.
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: 85% of Index's mind is taken up by the grimoire collection. This leaves her only able to maintain one year of memories. [[spoiler:Subverted when Komoe-sensei not only reveals that the 15%=one year explanation was completely wrong, but goes on to explain in layman's terms how the brain works with memory]].
** Also averted in the fact that the 85% thing is about her memory, not "brain function" as the claim usually is with this trope.

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** New Testament Volume 4 reveals that this [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:is at least ''one'' of the reasons Academy City keeps such a tight lid on its technological advances and esper research. The Kihara family that have served as major antagonists throughout the series are the natural outgrowth of rampant scientific development. If Academy City allowed their technological developments to spread unchecked, "Kiharas" would start popping up everwhere and would be utterly impossible to contain or control. This is why Academy City only shares the dregs of their research and why they crack down so hard on anyone who tries to advance without their consent. Or so they say]].
At least, according to Yuiitsu Kihara]].
* NewTechnologyIsEvil: [[spoiler:[[HolierThanThou [[HolierThanThou Vento of the Front]] sees people who use technology and Espers espers as Heretics and thinks they deserved to be killed]].killed. All because [[spoiler:[[FreudianExcuse her older brother died from a Ferris Wheel accident that she survived]]]].
* NewTransferStudent: NewTransferStudent:
**
Subverted when Komoe-sensei announces that Touma's class will be getting a new student. Index walks into the classroom, only it turns out she was lost and looking for Touma. Aisa is the actual new tranfer transfer student.
** Played straight when Kakeru transfers to the same school that Touma's has temporarily merged with.
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: 85% of Index's mind is taken up by the grimoire collection. This leaves her only able to maintain one year of memories. [[spoiler:Subverted when Komoe-sensei not only reveals that the 15%=one year explanation was completely wrong, but goes on to explain in layman's terms how the brain works with memory]].
**
memory]]. Also averted in the fact that the 85% thing is about her memory, not "brain function" as the claim usually is with this trope.



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: The first time Touma tries to help people? [[spoiler:He lost his memories]].

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
**
The first time Touma tries to help people? [[spoiler:He lost He loses his memories]].memories.



* NoNameGiven: There are a lot of people or things that don't get named. Touma's school, which usually gets described as A Certain High School; the sixth Level 5 has yet to be named; the girl in the red dress, a member of [[spoiler: SCHOOL]] never gets named; Heaven Canceller goes just by that; Accelerator's real name is never given; the same for Aogami. Index has taken that as her name, if she ever had a real one to begin with.

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* NoNameGiven: There are a lot of people or things that don't get named. Touma's school, which usually gets described as A Certain High School; the sixth Level 5 has yet to be named; the girl in the red dress, a member of [[spoiler: SCHOOL]] SCHOOL never gets named; Heaven Canceller goes just by that; Accelerator's real name is never given; the same for Aogami. Index has taken that as her name, if she ever had a real one to begin with.



** A hilarious one happens when [[spoiler:Touma]] accidentally walks into [[spoiler:Seiri]] topless. Instead of doing the usual response in these kind of scenarios, he makes fun of her big breasts.

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** A hilarious one happens when [[spoiler:Touma]] Touma accidentally walks into [[spoiler:Seiri]] Seiri topless. Instead of doing the usual response in these kind of scenarios, he makes fun of her big breasts.



* NunsAreFunny: Index in general. Volume 16 has much more nuns running around.

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* NunsAreFunny: Index in general. Volume 16 7 has much many more nuns running around.



** Perhaps the best part is that the first one he notices is Mikoto as his cousin, and he just went through the Sisters arc. So he (and the audience) are thinking "Well, I guess Mikoto has one more clone than I thought, so I guess this makes sense..." and then Index shows up as his mother.



** Later parodied by [[spoiler:Kakeru Kamisato]].

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** Later parodied and deconstructed by [[spoiler:Kakeru Kamisato]].Kakeru Kamisato. [[spoiler:Like Touma, he constantly calls himself an ordinary high school student, even while doing extraordinary things like defeating Magic Gods. Unlike Touma, he actually was one until receiving a unique power in his right hand.]]



* OurVampiresAreDifferent

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* OurVampiresAreDifferentOurVampiresAreDifferent: Apparently, they're identical to humans save for their immortality and thirst for blood. It's also claimed that they have infinite magic power (due to immortality giving them an infinite life force) and an unlimited capacity for memories. Aisa's esper ability, Deep Blood, makes her blood irresistibly attractive and also a fatal poison to vampires. However, no vampires have actually appeared on screen.



** Saten often flips up Uiharu's skirt for this, even in public, to her great embarressment.



* ThePlan: {{The Chessmaster}}s seem to have long-running, series-spanning plans. They are gradually revealed over time, but besides [[spoiler:Fiamma's]], the full extent of their plans aren't clear. One of Aleister's ultimate goal is revealed, but whether that is his only goal or he has another is unknown. Lola on the other hand is completely mysterious.
* PlayingWithSyringes: The entirety of Academy City was created to allow for the large scale human experimentation of psychic powers on children. While a lot of it seems relatively harmless to the students (although "The Curriculum" involves quite a bit more invasive brain surgery and untested drugs than implied by the pamphlet), the series it positively ''littered'' with examples of more dangerous or unethical experiments conducted in the background. It's practically a MetaOrigin for many [[Characters/ACertainMagicalIndexDarkSide Dark Side characters.]]
* [[PrettyFreeloaders Pretty Freeloader]]: Index, and thanks to [[spoiler:his memory-loss, Touma doesn't even know why!]]

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* ThePlan: {{The Chessmaster}}s seem to have long-running, series-spanning plans. They are gradually revealed over time, but besides [[spoiler:Fiamma's]], the full extent of their plans aren't clear. One of Aleister's ultimate goal is revealed, but whether that is his only goal or he has another is unknown. Lola on the other hand is completely mysterious.\n
* PlayingWithSyringes: The entirety of Academy City was created to allow for the large scale human experimentation of psychic powers on children. While a lot of it seems relatively harmless to the students (although "The Curriculum" involves quite a bit more invasive brain surgery and untested drugs than implied by the pamphlet), the series it is positively ''littered'' with examples of more dangerous or unethical experiments conducted in the background. It's practically a MetaOrigin for many [[Characters/ACertainMagicalIndexDarkSide Dark Side characters.]]
* [[PrettyFreeloaders Pretty Freeloader]]: Index, and thanks to [[spoiler:his his memory-loss, Touma doesn't even know why!]]why! [[spoiler:Othinus eventually becomes a second freeloader.]]



* PowerBornOfMadness: It's rather downplayed until you look at the Level 5s, but the basis for an esper ability is that the user denies the world so strongly that their view of reality warps what is actually true into how the user wants it. Their delusion becomes real and the world changes accordingly. Thus, when you look at the Level 5s, you realize that Accelerator is a twisted mess inside, Kakine is twisted to insanity by jealousy, Shizuriis psychotic, Misaki is incredibly paranoid and manipulative, and Gunha believes he's a superhero. Mikoto is viewed as the only one normal enough to actually be presentable to society while three or four of the other known Level 5s are murderers or criminals.

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* PowerBornOfMadness: It's rather downplayed until you look at the Level 5s, but the basis for an esper ability is that the user denies the world so strongly that their view of reality warps what is actually true into how the user wants it. Their delusion becomes real and the world changes accordingly. Thus, when you look at the Level 5s, you realize that Accelerator is a twisted mess inside, Kakine is twisted to insanity by jealousy, Shizuriis Shizuri is psychotic, Misaki is incredibly paranoid and manipulative, and Gunha believes he's a superhero. Mikoto is viewed as the only one normal enough to actually be presentable to society while three or four of the other known Level 5s are murderers or criminals.



* PowerGivesYouWings: More prevalent in the Science side than the Magic side, but once you reach a certain tier, you're most likely going to grow wings. Just ask [[spoiler:Accelerator, Kakine, Hyouka and Index]].

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* PowerGivesYouWings: More prevalent in the Science side than the Magic side, but once you reach a certain tier, you're most likely going to grow wings. Just ask [[spoiler:Accelerator, Kakine, Teitoku, Hyouka and Index]].



* PowerTrio: The Delta Force, consisting of Touma, Motoharu, and Pierce, is a group of idiots who basically do nothing but screw around... [[spoiler: except Touma is TheHero, Motoharu is a Super Spy and no one knows what's going on with Pierce, but considering that isn't his actual name, there a theories he's not what he first appears to be]].

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* PowerTrio: The Delta Force, consisting of Touma, Motoharu, and Pierce, is a group of idiots who basically do nothing but screw around... [[spoiler: except Touma is TheHero, Motoharu is a Super Spy and no one knows what's going on with Pierce, but considering that isn't his actual name, there a theories he's not what he first appears to be]].be.



* PrivateMilitaryContractors: [[spoiler:Trident, introduced in New Testament Volume 3, hired by a media mogul to assist GREMLIN and defeat the American military stationed there]].

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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: [[spoiler:Trident, Trident, introduced in New Testament Volume 3, hired [[spoiler:hired by a media mogul to assist GREMLIN and defeat the American military stationed there]].in Hawaii]].



** With his street fighting experience and AntiMagic, Touma Kamijou can handily defeat street thugs and people who rely exclusively on their powers. Against people who actually know how to fight, and people who are way stronger and faster than him, he gets his ass kicked, a lot. Also, despite his HealingFactor, he gets hospitalized a lot, since it tends to work too slow to matter in a fight.
** When enemies pull out guns, Touma is forced to run, hide, and use trickery to win.
** Touma's extremely poor grasp of [[GlobalIgnorance history, geography]], and [[LanguageBarrier language]] bites him in the ass as he travels around the world. It's convenient for him that most of the characters are fluent in Japanese.
*** Touma did attempt to learn another language besides Japanese, but shows that learning another language takes time and doesn't give him instant fluency.

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** With his street fighting experience and AntiMagic, Touma Kamijou can handily defeat street thugs and people who rely exclusively on their powers. Against people who actually know how to fight, and people who are way stronger and faster than him, he gets his ass kicked, a lot. Also, despite his HealingFactor, he gets hospitalized a lot, since it tends to work too slow to matter in a fight.
**
fight. When enemies pull out guns, Touma is forced to run, hide, and use trickery to win.
** Touma's extremely poor grasp of [[GlobalIgnorance history, geography]], and [[LanguageBarrier language]] bites him in the ass as he travels around the world. It's convenient for him that most of the characters are fluent in Japanese.
***
Japanese. Touma did attempt to learn another language besides Japanese, but shows that learning another language takes time and doesn't give him instant fluency.



** Mikoto Misaka trying to go OneManArmy on the clone facilities without resting or telling anyone what she is doing ends up with her running herself ragged and almost getting killed by Frenda and Shizuri. Also, the company outsources, so no matter how many facilities she destroys, it doesn't affect the project.

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** Mikoto Misaka trying to go OneManArmy on the clone facilities without resting or telling anyone what she is doing ends up with her running herself ragged and almost getting killed by Frenda and Shizuri.Shizuri (as revealed in ''Railgun''). Also, the company outsources, so no matter how many facilities she destroys, it doesn't affect the project.



** [[spoiler:Acqua of the Back's sword Ascalon is 3.5 meters long and weighs 441 pounds. He's forced to leave it behind when he loses his powers, since he needed his SuperStrength just to pick it up.]]
** [[spoiler:Othinus was so arrogant about her immortality and invulnerability that she wore a skimpy outfit so show off that she can't be harmed. Then she loses her powers, almost freezes to death, and has to rely on Touma to keep her alive from all the people who want her dead. Without her powers, she can't do feats that she once considered child's play, like jumping onto a moving truck.]]
** [[spoiler:Although Touma seemed pretty well adjusted after his conflict with Othinus, he reveals he has PTSD when he sees scenes reminding him of it.]]

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** [[spoiler:Acqua Acqua of the Back's sword Ascalon is 3.5 meters long and weighs 441 pounds. He's [[spoiler:He's forced to leave it behind when he loses his powers, since he needed his SuperStrength just to pick it up.]]
** [[spoiler:Othinus [[spoiler:Othinus]] was so arrogant about her immortality and invulnerability that she wore a skimpy outfit so to show off that she can't be harmed. Then she loses her powers, almost freezes to death, and has [[spoiler:has to rely on Touma to keep her alive from all the people who want her dead. Without her powers, she can't do feats that she once considered child's play, like jumping onto a moving truck.]]
** [[spoiler:Although Touma Although [[spoiler:Touma]] seemed pretty well adjusted after his [[spoiler:his conflict with Othinus, he reveals he has PTSD when he sees scenes reminding him of it.]]
* RealityWarper:
** [[spoiler:Aureolus]] appears to be an example of this trope when using [[spoiler:Ars Magna]], but it's actually a combination of MasterOfIllusion and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve.
** Magic Gods can warp reality on an incredible scale. [[spoiler:Rewriting the entire universe is nothing to them.
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* ArchEnemy: Kakine Teitoku vs. Mugino. Aleister Crowley vs. Laura Stuart.

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* ArchEnemy: Kakine Teitoku vs. Mugino.Mugino Shizuri. Aleister Crowley vs. Laura Lola Stuart.



** In reality, lightning travels ''extremely'' fast (about 92,000 miles per second, or 148,000 kilometers per second) so dodging or blocking [[ShockAndAwe Misaka's attacks]] should probably be out of the question. That's just the ''first'' one. This series isn't about the clash of Magic and Science, but the clash of Magic and TechnoBabble. Given it opens with acknowledged psychic powers, you should really expect that sort of thing.

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** In reality, lightning travels ''extremely'' fast (about 92,000 miles per second, or 148,000 kilometers per second) so dodging or blocking [[ShockAndAwe Misaka's Mikoto's attacks]] should probably be out of the question. That's just the ''first'' one. This series isn't about the clash of Magic and Science, but the clash of Magic and TechnoBabble. Given it opens with acknowledged psychic powers, you should really expect that sort of thing.



* AttackOfTheTownFestival: Happens twice. The first time is during the Daihaisei sports festival, with magicians trying to forcibly convert Academy City to Roman Catholicism, and the second time happens two months later, during the Ichihanaran cultural festival, this time involving two rival magical factions fighting over a [[BrainFood brain eating]] immortal, and [[CameBackWrong a resurrected Level 5 esper]] looking for revenge.

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* AttackOfTheTownFestival: Happens twice. The first time is during the Daihaisei Daihasei sports festival, with magicians trying to forcibly convert Academy City to Roman Catholicism, and the second time happens two months later, during the Ichihanaran cultural festival, this time involving two rival magical factions fighting over a [[BrainFood brain eating]] immortal, and [[CameBackWrong a resurrected Level 5 esper]] looking for revenge.



* {{Awesome McCoolName}}: Many, with Accelerator and Kamijou being the most prominent examples. The former of which can be read in Japanese as "One-Way Road" which is fitting, [[CurbStompBattle considering what tends to happen to people challenging him]]. The latter is even more awesome, as it can be read: The One Above God. This makes sense, as he is [[CosmicPlaything immune to God's mirracles]]. [[spoiler:But later it's revealed that it's because of him housing a being ''actually stronger than God'']].
* BadassAdorable: Kumokawa Maria, Birdway, Misaka Mikoto and Index.

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* {{Awesome McCoolName}}: Many, with Accelerator and Kamijou being the most prominent examples. The former of which can be read in Japanese as "One-Way Road" which is fitting, [[CurbStompBattle considering what tends to happen to people challenging him]]. The latter is even more awesome, as it can be read: The "The One Above God.God". This makes sense, as he is [[CosmicPlaything immune to God's mirracles]]. [[spoiler:But later it's revealed that it's because of him housing a being ''actually stronger than God'']].
* BadassAdorable: Kumokawa Maria, Leivinia Birdway, Misaka Mikoto and Index.



* BalancedHarem: Touma still doesn't show any notable romantic interest in any member of his harem until lately with [[Misaka Mikoto]].
* BattleHarem: Touma has one. Among the girls interested in him are: a human repository of thousands upon thousands of spellbooks, the [[ShockAndAwe third most powerful Esper in Academy City]], a sword-wielding priestess and one of her spear-wielding subordinates, a magical spy/courier who wants to seduce him into working for her country, and the pre-teen leader of a magical cabal.

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* BalancedHarem: Touma still doesn't show any notable romantic interest in any member of his harem until lately with [[Misaka Mikoto]].
harem.
* BattleHarem: Touma has one. Among the girls interested in him are: a human repository of thousands upon thousands of spellbooks, the [[ShockAndAwe third third]] and [[{{Telepathy}} fifth]] most powerful Esper espers in Academy City]], City, a sword-wielding priestess and one of her spear-wielding subordinates, a magical spy/courier who wants to seduce him into working for her country, and the pre-teen leader of a magical cabal.



* BigBad: There are several that could qualify throughout the series, but the one that takes the cake is Aleister Crowley, always having a backup plan should one of his previous ones fail and acting as the grand [[TheChessmaster puppetmaster]] behind all of the events that happen in the ''Index'' series, apparently even things as uncontrollable as the [[spoiler:[[RealityWarper Magic God]], Othinus]]. However, it is quite ambiguous as of whether he is evil or not.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: [[spoiler:Free Compound Eyes, a computer program, is used by the antagonists in New Testament Vol. 3 to observe the actions of the heroes by tapping into every internet-capable device with a camera]].

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* BigBad: There are several that could qualify throughout the series, but the one that takes the cake is Aleister Crowley, always having a backup plan should one of his previous ones fail Crowley and acting as Lola Stuart are probably the grand [[TheChessmaster puppetmaster]] behind all of the strongest contenders for this position, being responsible for many major events that happen in the ''Index'' series, apparently even things as uncontrollable as the [[spoiler:[[RealityWarper Magic God]], Othinus]]. However, it The morality of both is quite ambiguous as ambiguous, however.
* BigBrotherIsWatching:
** Underline, a network
of whether he is evil or not.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: [[spoiler:Free
{{Nanomachines}} that [[spoiler:makes Aleister effectively omniscient in Academy City]].
** Free
Compound Eyes, a computer program, is used by the [[spoiler:the antagonists in New Testament Vol. 3 to observe the actions of the heroes by tapping into every internet-capable device with a camera]].



* BookDumb: Kamijou, Tsuchimikado, and Aogami Pierce.

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* BookDumb: Kamijou, Tsuchimikado, Touma, Motoharu, and Aogami Pierce.



* BossRush: NT 10 is essentially this. [[spoiler:It consists almost entirely of [[FightingYourFriend Touma's friends and allies]].]] The author even noted he wanted to subvert the usual manner of a Boss Rush by having the most powerful opponent attack ''first'' (not that this is saying the subsequent opponents were not extremely dangerous).

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* BossRush: NT Volume 10 is essentially this. [[spoiler:It consists almost entirely of [[FightingYourFriend Touma's friends and allies]].]] The author even noted he wanted to subvert the usual manner of a Boss Rush by having the most powerful opponent attack ''first'' (not that this is saying the subsequent opponents were not extremely dangerous).



** New Testament Volume 2. [[spoiler:Part of the novel is a RecapEpisode regarding all the magical incidents, justified in that Shiage and Accelerator are being introduced to magic, and Leivinia Birdway wants to provide context to the new magical threat targeting them. Other parts include the numerous comedic interactions between the characters, the fate of the other members of GROUP, and seeing how Touma's associates dealt with his disappearance. There was some drama involving a possible ColonyDrop, but there wasn't much combat in averting it.]]



** New Testament Volume 2. Part of the novel is a RecapEpisode regarding all the magical incidents, justified in that Shiage and Accelerator are being introduced to magic, and Leivinia Birdway wants to provide context to the new magical threat targeting them. Other parts include the numerous comedic interactions between the characters, the fate of the other members of GROUP, and seeing how Touma's associates dealt with his disappearance. There was some drama involving [[spoiler:a possible ColonyDrop, but there wasn't much combat in averting it.]]



** [[spoiler:In New Testament Volume 2, Birdway recaps everything about the magic side known so far, including how Espers can't use magic due to the backlash to their bodies. In Volume 3, it turns out that Umidori Kuroyoru was listening to the whole thing while imprisoned in Touma's bathroom. She collapses a cliffside on a bunch of mercenaries by using her Personal Reality to make the ground as part of her body, and then purposely attempts to cast magic, controlling the backlash to affect mostly the ground]].
** [[spoiler:In Volume 15 of the original series, Rikou tries to use her powers to hijack Kakine's Dark Matter, and fails. Volume 22 hints at her potential. Then in New Testament Volume 6, she inadvertently did manipulate Kakine's Personal Reality, which leads to a dark matter drone he created to claim to be the real Kakine Teitoku, hijacking control of Dark Matter in the process]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Misaki Shokuhou, the fifth Level 5 Esper, has been hinted at ever since Volume 1 and has finally made an appearance in Chapter 40 of the ''Railgun'' manga. Considering that there are several characters which can benefit from her power, it's heavily hinted that she'll have a part sometime soon. [[spoiler:She encounters Touma on another anti-magic mission in the 7th ''New Testament'' novel]].
** [[spoiler:Early in New Testament Volume 3, the President's aide reads a magazine article listing the most influential people in America. Later in the novel, it is revealed that media tycoon Olay Blueshake, one of the people mentioned in the article, is connected to GREMLIN's invasion of Hawaii]].
** [[spoiler:At the end of Volume 22, Ollerus name drops Othinus as the one who stole the title of Majin from him. In New Testament Volume 3, Othinus (referred to as Odin) is revealed as a true member of GREMLIN and one behind the novel's events]].
* TheChessmaster: Aleister Crowley and Laura Stewart being the most prominent. [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right]] too actually, but he gets demoted after volume 22.

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** [[spoiler:In In New Testament Volume 2, Birdway Leivinia recaps everything about the magic side known so far, including how Espers espers can't use magic due to the backlash to their bodies. In Volume 3, it turns out that Umidori [[spoiler:Umidori Kuroyoru was listening to the whole thing while imprisoned in Touma's bathroom. She collapses a cliffside on a bunch of mercenaries by using her Personal Reality to make the ground as part of her body, and then purposely attempts to cast magic, controlling the backlash to affect mostly the ground]].
** [[spoiler:In In Volume 15 of the original series, Rikou tries to use her powers to hijack Kakine's Dark Matter, and fails. Volume [[spoiler:Volume 22 hints at her potential. Then in New Testament Volume 6, she inadvertently did manipulate Kakine's Personal Reality, which leads to a dark matter drone he created to claim to be the real Kakine Teitoku, hijacking control of Dark Matter in the process]].
* ChekhovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman:
**
Misaki Shokuhou, the fifth Level 5 Esper, has been hinted at ever since Volume 1 and has finally made an appearance in Chapter 40 of the ''Railgun'' manga. Considering that there are several characters which can benefit from She makes her power, it's heavily hinted that she'll have a part sometime soon. [[spoiler:She encounters first appearance in ''Index'' in NT Volume 7, [[spoiler:running into Touma on another anti-magic mission in the 7th ''New Testament'' novel]].
when he's smuggled into Tokiwadai]].
** [[spoiler:Early Early in New Testament Volume 3, the President's aide reads a magazine article listing the most influential people in America. Later in the novel, it is it's revealed that media [[spoiler:media tycoon Olay Blueshake, one of the people mentioned in the article, is connected to GREMLIN's invasion of Hawaii]].
** [[spoiler:At At the end of Volume 22, Ollerus name drops Othinus as the one who stole the title of Majin from him. In New Testament Volume 3, Othinus (referred to as Odin) is revealed as a true member of GREMLIN and one behind the novel's events]].
events.
* TheChessmaster: Aleister Crowley and Laura Stewart Lola Stuart being the most prominent. [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right]] too actually, but he gets demoted after volume 22.22.
* ChewToy: [[spoiler:Othinus]] becomes a literal example of this after her RedemptionDemotion, being treated as a plaything by [[spoiler:Sphinx.]]



** [[InTheBlood Amusingly]], it seems his father Touya is one too, ending up in a MeetCute situation with ''Misaka's mother.'' Mrs. Kamijou was ''not'' amused nor pleased.

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** [[InTheBlood Amusingly]], it seems his father Touya is one too, ending up in a MeetCute situation with ''Misaka's ''Mikoto's mother.'' Mrs. Kamijou was ''not'' amused nor pleased.



* CityOfAdventure: Academy City, of course, which is justified by the city's entire goal being to produce Espers and research their abilities.
** This goal is ultimately implied to be a cover at the end of Volume 22: [[spoiler:One of the directors who ambushes Hamazura all but outright states that they will lock Rikou Takitsubo in a concrete cell and never let her out, if it means they can mass produce the army of Level 5s needed to make the world their plaything.]]

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* CityOfAdventure: Academy City, of course, which is justified by the city's entire goal being to produce Espers and research their abilities.
**
abilities. This goal is ultimately implied to be a cover at the end of Volume 22: 22. [[spoiler:One of the directors who ambushes Hamazura Shiage all but outright states that they will lock Rikou Takitsubo in a concrete cell and never let her out, if it means they can mass produce the army of Level 5s needed to make the world their plaything.plaything]]. NT Volume 18 provides the real reason: [[spoiler:Aleister created the city as a place of supernatural conflict specifically to draw in the user of Imagine Breaker.]]



* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Esper powers affect reality based on their users' internal reality. According to the pseudoscience of the series, if a UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat experiment was set up, Espers would find the cat in the state that they believed it to be, because they believed strongly enough that the cat was that way. Hypnosis, brainwashing, and drugs are used to throw the subjects internal reality out of whack. So, it might be argued that the strongest Espers like Mikoto and Accelerator are the most stubbornly out of touch with the reality normal people live in.
** By the same logic, that implies Touma is the most firmly grounded in reality human alive since his power actively denies all supernatural things.
*** Imagine Breaker might not be [[spoiler:(it isn't)]] an Esper ability. [[spoiler: Besides the fact that it destroys AIM on contact (and mana and Telesma for that matter) Hyouka, a being made up of AIM, outright states that Imagine Breaker does not make sense when looked at from a purely scientific view point, something which baffles Index because Imagine Breaker doesn't make sense from a purely magic view point either. In fact, the only people that seem to have any idea at all are all related to Angels, and even most of ''them'' don't know all the facts either. The only person who seems to understand Imagine Breaker is Aleister, a melting pot of scientific, magical and angelic knowledge, and even the limits of his knowledge are debatable.]]
** [[spoiler:Aureolus's RealityWarper[=/=]MasterOfIllusion magic is directed by his thought]]; the more he loses confidence in it and thinks it might go wrong, the more it ''will'' go wrong.
* ClassifiedInformation: Less than five people in the world knows about the truth behind [[spoiler:Touma's right hand, which existed before under a different name]]. And one of them [[spoiler:is dead]].

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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Esper powers affect reality based on their users' internal reality. According to the pseudoscience of the series, if a UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat experiment was set up, Espers espers would find the cat in the state that they believed it to be, because they believed strongly enough that the cat was that way. Hypnosis, brainwashing, and drugs are used to throw the subjects internal reality out of whack. So, it might be argued that the strongest Espers espers like Mikoto and Accelerator are the most stubbornly out of touch with the reality normal people live in.
** By the same logic, that implies Touma is the most firmly grounded in reality human alive since his power actively denies all supernatural things.
*** Imagine Breaker might not be [[spoiler:(it isn't)]] an Esper ability. [[spoiler: Besides the fact that it destroys AIM on contact (and mana and Telesma for that matter) Hyouka, a being made up of AIM, outright states that Imagine Breaker does not make sense when looked at from a purely scientific view point, something which baffles Index because Imagine Breaker doesn't make sense from a purely magic view point either. In fact, the only people that seem to have any idea at all are all related to Angels, and even most of ''them'' don't know all the facts either. The only person who seems to understand Imagine Breaker is Aleister, a melting pot of scientific, magical and angelic knowledge, and even the limits of his knowledge are debatable.]]
** [[spoiler:Aureolus's
[[spoiler:Aureolus's]] RealityWarper[=/=]MasterOfIllusion magic is directed by his thought]]; thought; the more he loses confidence in it and thinks it might go wrong, the more it ''will'' go wrong.
* ClassifiedInformation: Less than five people in the world knows about the truth behind [[spoiler:Touma's right hand, which existed before under a different name]]. And one of them [[spoiler:is dead]]. It's also hinted that some of these may be mistaken about its true nature.



** [[spoiler:Played straight once when she realizes Mikoto might like Touma and when Mikoto went on a date with him after he lost a bet in the sports festival, Kuroko tries to ruin their date. Ironically, Misaka 10032 and Last Order are the ones who ruin the date]].

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** [[spoiler:Played Played straight once when she realizes Mikoto might like Touma and when Mikoto went on a date with him after he lost a bet in the sports festival, Kuroko tries to ruin their date. Ironically, Misaka 10032 and Last Order are the ones who ruin the date]].date.



* CloningBlues

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* CloningBluesCloningBlues: The Sisters. It's hard to get much worse than being created solely to be killed [[spoiler:as a cover for their true purpose, to act as the catalyst in a summoning ritual.]]



* ColdBloodedTorture: Tsuchimikado's skills at extracting information can be quite brutal. At one point, he freezes a person's legs and threatens to shatter them if he didn't sing.

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* ColdBloodedTorture: Tsuchimikado's Motoharu's skills at extracting information can be quite brutal. At one point, he freezes a person's legs and threatens to shatter them if he didn't sing.



* ContinuityCreep: The first few novels mostly deal with events with little relation to each other, in a MonsterOfTheWeek fashion. Following that, Touma was involved in three incidents involving members of the Catholic Church, which leads to God's Right Seat entering the picture and driving the plot of the latter half of the first Index novel series. Then the New Testament series continues on with a new antagonist group, GREMLIN, formed in the aftermath of the first novels.
* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler:New Testament Volume 3 has a couple nods to the side stories. Olay Blueshake backed the Liberal Arts City featured in Railgun Side Story 1, as well as the Gemstone Esper hunt in Side Stories Volume 2. Brunhild Eiktobel and her connection to Gungnir, featured in the Norse Mythology Side Story, is acknowledged by GREMLIN]].

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* ContinuityCreep: The first few novels mostly deal with events with little relation to each other, in a MonsterOfTheWeek fashion. Following that, Touma was involved in three incidents involving members of the Roman Catholic Church, which leads to God's Right Seat entering the picture and driving the plot of the latter half of the first Index novel series. Then the New Testament series continues on with a new antagonist group, GREMLIN, formed in the aftermath of the first novels.
* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler:New New Testament Volume 3 has a couple of nods to the side stories. Olay [[spoiler:Olay Blueshake backed the Liberal Arts City featured in Railgun Side Story 1, as well as the Gemstone Esper hunt in Side Stories Volume 2. Brunhild Eiktobel and her connection to Gungnir, featured in the Norse Mythology Side Story, is acknowledged by GREMLIN]].



** See ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve, above. A slight expansion of the definition of Touma's power is all that's really necessary to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this weirdness.



* CoversAlwaysLie: New Testament Vol. 7 has Mikoto and Misaki on the cover, with the summary explaining that Touma has to deal with a magic incident in Tokiwadai. [[spoiler:It's all a fabrication done by Tsuchimikado, since he wanted Touma out of the way somewhere, with the real story being absolutely nothing like what the reader would suspect]].
* CreepyCoolCrosses: A very creepy version goes to Vento of the Front. Now only does she wear two crosses earrings but also has [[{{Squick}} a cross hanging from a chain from her tongue]]. It doesn't help that her face is heavily pierced.
** Intentional on her part; her magic, God's Divine Punishment, [[spoiler:causes people who are hostile towards her (whether through thought or action) to suffocate. Her appearance facilitates this effect]].

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* CoversAlwaysLie: New Testament Vol. 7 has Mikoto and Misaki on the cover, with the summary explaining that Touma has to deal with a magic incident in Tokiwadai. [[spoiler:It's all a fabrication done by Tsuchimikado, Motoharu, since he wanted Touma out of the way somewhere, with the real story being absolutely nothing like what the reader would suspect]].
* CreepyCoolCrosses: A very creepy version goes to Vento of the Front. Now only does she wear two crosses earrings but also has [[{{Squick}} a cross hanging from a chain from her tongue]]. It doesn't help that her face is heavily pierced.
**
pierced. Intentional on her part; her magic, God's Divine Punishment, [[spoiler:causes people who are hostile towards her (whether through thought or action) to suffocate. Her appearance facilitates this effect]].



** For a character that the narrative repeatedly calls stupid, ugly, and a thug, Hamazura's quite the combat pragmatist.

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** For a character that the narrative repeatedly calls stupid, ugly, and a thug, Hamazura's Shiage's quite the combat pragmatist.



** Kanzaki when she couldn't figure out how to cancel a washing machine's wash cycle.

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** Kanzaki Kaori when she couldn't figure out how to cancel a washing machine's wash cycle.



** Accelerator has another one before that when [[spoiler:Awaki runs into him after fleeing Kuroko, Misaka, and Touma with the remains of the Tree Diagram and losing her subordinates to Anti-Skill. [[OhCrap The look on her face says it all.]]]]

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** Accelerator has another one before that when [[spoiler:Awaki runs into him after fleeing Kuroko, Misaka, Mikoto, and Touma with the remains of the Tree Diagram and losing her subordinates to Anti-Skill. [[OhCrap The look on her face says it all.]]]]



* CursedWithAwesome: [[spoiler:Kaori Kanzaki]] is actually a Saint, which has cause her a lot of angst in her life.
** [[spoiler:Touma himself, who isn't aware that Imagine Breaker is actually of divine origin]].

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* CursedWithAwesome: [[spoiler:Kaori Kanzaki]] CursedWithAwesome:
** Kaori Kanzaki
is actually a Saint, which has cause caused her a lot of angst in her life.
** [[spoiler:Touma himself, who isn't aware Kakeru considers himself this. While World Rejector is an incredible power that Imagine Breaker is actually of divine origin]].[[spoiler:lets him easily defeat Magic Gods]], he hates it for ruining his normal life.



* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: After having his life saved by Heaven Canceller, Aleister Crowley doesn't seem to bother going anywhere and stays floating upside down in his tube for most of the series. Well, this may be subverted in volume 22, [[spoiler:where he is outside ''[[RealityWarper and]]'' inside the tube at the same time, [[CurbStompBattle to one-shot]] [[BigBad Fiamma]]]]. It is debatable whether he is physically present at the time though, but as of ''New Testament'' [[spoiler:volume 12]], this trope is subverted for real, as Aleister [[spoiler:finally come out of the tube to confront a group of nigh-omnipotent gods]].

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* {{Cyborg}}: Several examples, most using the advanced technology of Academy City:
** [[spoiler:Accelerator]], after suffering brain damage that makes him unable to do most things (including using his power), receives a special electronic choker. It allows him to borrow the calculation ability of other people ([[spoiler:specifically, the Sisters]]).
** [[spoiler:Shizuri]] gains a cybernetic arm and eye after being injured in battle.
** Rensa is entirely cybernetic save for her brainstem. She can alter her body to [[spoiler:copy esper abilities.]]
** Salome is the odd one out for not using Academy City's technology. Using everyday objects, she's managed to replace most of her body aside from her head, giving herself SuperStrength, SuperSpeed and SuperToughness. However, it's noted that her rough construction makes her body susceptible to contaminants.
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: After having his life saved by Heaven Canceller, Aleister Crowley doesn't seem to bother going anywhere and stays floating upside down in his tube for most of the series. Well, this may be subverted in volume 22, [[spoiler:where [[spoiler:In later volumes, he is outside ''[[RealityWarper and]]'' inside the tube at the same time, [[CurbStompBattle to one-shot]] [[BigBad Fiamma]]]]. It is debatable whether he is physically present at the time though, but as of ''New Testament'' [[spoiler:volume 12]], this trope is subverted for real, as Aleister [[spoiler:finally come out of seemingly leaves the tube to confront handle things personally. It's eventually revealed that in these cases, he didn't leave the tube but instead sent out a group copy of nigh-omnipotent gods]].himself]].



* DayInTheLimelight: Episodes 19 and 20 of Season 1 casts former antagonist [[spoiler:Accelerator]] as the protagonist and shows the events that make him less of a jerk.

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* DayInTheLimelight: DayInTheLimelight:
**
Episodes 19 and 20 of Season 1 casts former antagonist [[spoiler:Accelerator]] as the protagonist and shows the events that make him less of a jerk.



** NT Volume 11 focuses on the #5 Level 5 Misaki, giving a deeper insight into her personality and explaining why [[spoiler:she loves and unconditionally trusts Touma.]]



* {{Delinquents}}: Academy City seems to be crawling with them sometimes. So far groups of them have hit on Misaka twice, been interrogated by/hit on Misaka and attacked Accelerator. Unfortunately, since they are usually drop-outs from the Esper program they are usually Level 0-1, and so not the ones you have to watch out for.

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* {{Delinquents}}: Academy City seems to be crawling with them sometimes. So far groups of them have hit on Misaka Mikoto twice, been interrogated by/hit on Misaka Mikoto and attacked Accelerator. Unfortunately, since they are usually drop-outs from the Esper program they are usually Level 0-1, and so not the ones you have to watch out for.



** [[spoiler: Exemplified by Touma in NT 9, as Othinus is said to have defeated him thousands of times, subjected him to mental torture over and over again, and yet he pushes forward.]]

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** [[spoiler: Exemplified by Touma in NT Volume 9, as [[spoiler:as Othinus is said to have defeated him thousands of times, subjected him to mental torture over and over again, and yet he pushes forward.]]



* DespairGambit: [[spoiler:One-Eyed Othinus tries to do this to Touma]] by attempting to make him feel worthless and a villain, by replacing him with someone else, who although different in large ways, has no effect on history, and how a simple change of perspective, without the assumption that he is a hero, turns his actions into that of a villain.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Touma's victories against a "RealityWarper" and an Esper who won about ten different [[SuperpowerLottery superpower lotteries]] feel a bit like this. Bonus points because he literally ''did'' punch them out.

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* DespairGambit: [[spoiler:One-Eyed Othinus tries to do this to Touma]] by attempting to make him feel worthless and a villain, by replacing him with someone else, who although different in large ways, has no effect on history, and how a simple change of perspective, without the assumption that he is a hero, turns his actions into that of a villain.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Touma's victories against a "RealityWarper" and an Esper esper who won about ten different [[SuperpowerLottery superpower lotteries]] feel a bit like this. Bonus points because he literally ''did'' punch them out.



** In ''New Testament'', he's finally come up against something even Imagine Breaker can't beat: [[spoiler:Othinus, who is pretty much an [[PhysicalGod actual god]] and who knows how to use RealityWarper powers to their full potential.]]

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** In ''New Testament'', he's finally come up against something even Imagine Breaker can't beat: [[spoiler:Othinus, who is pretty much an [[PhysicalGod actual god]] and who knows how to use RealityWarper powers to their full potential. He's killed by her so many times that she starts breaking down from the strain of killing him, then he uses the experience of these deaths to ''dodge her attacks''. This eventually leads to him destroying Gungnir by punching it! In the end, however, he's unable to defeat her in a fight (and doing so wouldn't have helped the situation, anyway). But because he now understands her as a person, he manages to talk her into a HeelFaceTurn.]]



* DisabilitySuperpower: [[spoiler:Episode 4 of Season 2 has Index subdue nuns by using the power of the magic books to point out the (supposed) contradictions in Christianity in rapid succession, causing the nuns to cry in pain. Their solution? ''Pull out a pair of fountain pens and stab their eardrums, permanently deafening them and thus rendering Index's attack useless.'']]

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* DisabilitySuperpower: [[spoiler:Episode Episode 4 of Season 2 has Index subdue nuns by using the power knowledge of the magic books her grimoires to point out the (supposed) contradictions in Christianity in rapid succession, causing the nuns to cry in pain. Their solution? ''Pull out a pair of fountain pens and stab their eardrums, permanently deafening them and thus rendering Index's attack useless.'']]''



* DownerEnding: New Testament 3. [[spoiler:The enemies essentially won and Birdway betrays Academy City and, by extension, Kamijou and his cadre.]]
** In New Testament 4, the body count in Baggage City was massive. Additionally, at the end of the volume, [[spoiler: Touma is soundly defeated by the new BigBad, Othinus.]]

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* DownerEnding: DownerEnding:
**
New Testament Volume 3. [[spoiler:The enemies essentially won and Birdway Leivinia betrays Academy City and, by extension, Kamijou Touma and his cadre.]]
** In New Testament Volume 4, the body count in Baggage City was massive. Additionally, at the end of the volume, [[spoiler: Touma is soundly defeated by the new BigBad, Othinus.]]]]
** New Testament Volume 8 ends with [[spoiler:Othinus gaining her full power, despite all the attempts at stopping her, and destroying the entire universe.]]
* DramaPreservingHandicap:
** Index' Walking Church initially has powerful defensive enchantments that protect her against most attacks. These are removed by Imagine Breaker, meaning she has to stay away from the front lines.
** [[spoiler:Accelerator]] suffers brain damage that renders him unable to use his power on his own, or even to walk or speak. To regain these functions, he needs a special choker that [[spoiler:borrows the calculating ability of the Misaka Network]]. The choker only has 24 hours of battery when used normally, and using his power increases power consumption to the point it only lasts 15 minutes (30 after an upgrade). The choker's signal can also be jammed or interfered with. Finally, he only has half of his original calculation ability even with the choker, weakening his power.
** [[spoiler:Othinus]] loses her incredible power and is turned into a tiny fairy that can't use any magic at all.



** In Episode 21, we meet a red haired girl who teleports Motoharu to [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley's Secret Lair]]. Novel readers might know her as [[spoiler:Awaki Musujime, the antagonist from Volume 8]].
** In the epilogue of Episode 24, we have the guest appearance of [[spoiler:Laura Stuart, the Archbishop of Necessarius]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Hamazura's goals and actions amount to this, especially in contrasting comparison to Accelerator and Touma.
* EasyAmnesia: Index remembers very little of her own life [[spoiler:because of her periodic mind-wipes]], and at the end of the first StoryArc, [[spoiler:all of Touma's memories are permanently destroyed due to magic-induced brain damage]].

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** In Episode 21, we meet a red haired girl who teleports Motoharu to [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley's Secret Lair]]. Novel readers might know her as [[spoiler:Awaki Awaki Musujime, the [[spoiler:the antagonist from Volume 8]].
** In the epilogue of Episode 24, we have the guest appearance of [[spoiler:Laura Lola Stuart, the Archbishop of Necessarius]].
Necessarius.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Hamazura's Shiage's goals and actions amount to this, especially in contrasting comparison to Accelerator and Touma.
* EasyAmnesia: Index remembers very little of her own life [[spoiler:because because of her periodic mind-wipes]], mind-wipes, and at the end of the first StoryArc, [[spoiler:all all of Touma's memories are permanently destroyed due to magic-induced brain damage]].damage.



** The second time, [[spoiler:after Amakusa is defeated, their leader tells Touma the truth, that Orsola's attempt to decipher a dangerous book would threaten the status quo the Roman Catholics had. Touma understandably doesn't believe him at first, until some nuns go a bit too crazy in attacking him and refusing his request to see Orsola. Touma ends up teaming up with the Amakusa and the Anglicans against the Roman Catholic church to save Orsola from execution]].

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** The second time, [[spoiler:after the Amakusa is are defeated, their leader tells Touma the truth, that Orsola's attempt to decipher a dangerous book would threaten the status quo the Roman Catholics had. Touma understandably doesn't believe him at first, until some nuns go a bit too crazy in attacking him and refusing his request to see Orsola. Touma ends up teaming up with the Amakusa and the Anglicans against the Roman Catholic church to save Orsola from execution]].



* EntertaininglyWrong: In NT 2 Kanzaki has a long elaborate theory about why Mjollnir allowed herself to be converted into a giant magical artifact, figuring that she must have wanted to save someone that died in WWIII and now has nothing to use her great power for. Mjollnir is actually just really loyal to Marian and would do anything for her friend. She doesn't care at all that she had to give up her human form to do it.

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* EntertaininglyWrong: In NT Volume 2 Kanzaki Kaori has a long elaborate theory about why Mjollnir allowed herself to be converted into a giant magical artifact, figuring that she must have wanted to save someone that died in WWIII and now has nothing to use her great power for. Mjollnir is actually just really loyal to Marian and would do anything for her friend. She doesn't care at all that she had to give up her human form to do it.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Pierce Aogami. It's not his real name, since it actually means Blue-haired guy with piercings. We have no idea what his real name is, since that's what Touma calls him. Also Accelerator, who refuses to reveal his original name, and a minor character named "Management" as well as the leader of the English Knights, Knight Leader.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Pierce Aogami. It's not his real name, since it actually means Blue-haired "Blue-haired guy with piercings.piercings". We have no idea what his real name is, since that's what Touma calls him. Also Accelerator, who refuses to reveal his original name, and a minor character named "Management" as well as the leader of the English Knights, Knight Leader.



* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Everything in this series takes place over the course of a couple of months. Even '''World War 3''' ends in couple of weeks.

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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Everything in this series takes place over the course of a couple of months. Even '''World War 3''' ends in a couple of weeks.



* FakingAmnesia: Inverted. [[spoiler:Touma]] loses his memory but passes it off as a joke so Index doesn't feel bad.

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* FakingAmnesia: Inverted. [[spoiler:Touma]] Touma loses his memory but passes it off as a joke so Index doesn't feel bad.



** This is '''also before''' the Parameter List (power estimation) incident, where management and a team of spec ops reveal to the remaining members of ITEM that the only reason why Level 0s exist is because Academy City doesn't want to waste money developing the powers of people whose abilities can't be militarized or can't be brought above a certain level without massive effort. Thus, the power development curriculum of schools that cater to people like Hamazura, Kamijou and Co. have been deliberately sabotaged via the omission of classes that would allow them to develop their powers.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Overlap with ScifiKitchenSink. It is to be expected [[MagicVersusScience from such a premise]], but even then it can get pretty ridiculous at times. So far, besides Espers and Magicians, this world has (long breath): vampires, clones, angels, ninjas, an artificial elf, dwarves, Valkyries, cyborgs, Martian microbes, zombies, AIs, at least one confirmed dragon, and possibly [[spoiler: multiple gods]].
* FastballSpecial: How [[spoiler:Acqua]] and Touma ultimately ended [[spoiler:Carissa's rebellion]] in Volume 18; [[spoiler:Acqua]] launched Touma with his sword, and Touma broke the Curtana Original and blew [[spoiler:Carissa]] a few hundred meters away from the final battle.

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** This is '''also before''' the Parameter List (power estimation) incident, where management and a team of spec ops reveal to the remaining members of ITEM that the only reason why Level 0s exist is because Academy City doesn't want to waste money developing the powers of people whose abilities can't be militarized or can't be brought above a certain level without massive effort. Thus, the power development curriculum of schools that cater to people like Hamazura, Kamijou Shiage, Touma and Co. have been deliberately sabotaged via the omission of classes that would allow them to develop their powers.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Overlap with ScifiKitchenSink. It is to be expected [[MagicVersusScience from such a premise]], but even then it can get pretty ridiculous at times. So far, besides Espers and Magicians, this world has (long breath): vampires, clones, angels, ninjas, an artificial elf, dwarves, Valkyries, cyborgs, Martian microbes, zombies, AIs, at least one confirmed dragon, and possibly [[spoiler: multiple gods]].
* FastballSpecial: How [[spoiler:Acqua]] and Touma ultimately ended end [[spoiler:Carissa's rebellion]] in Volume 18; [[spoiler:Acqua]] launched launches Touma with his sword, and Touma broke the breaks Curtana Original and blew blows [[spoiler:Carissa]] a few hundred meters away from the final battle.



** Hamazura gets constantly picked on for his love of [[PlayboyBunny bunny girls]].

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** Hamazura Shiage gets constantly picked on for his love of [[PlayboyBunny bunny girls]].



* FindTheCure: Volumes 1 and 2 involve various characters looking or discussing how they failed to cure Index's apparent mental condition. In fact however, there was no cure in the way that they, Stiyl, Kanzaki, and Aureolus, thought there was.
** Accelerator's main plotline in WW3 is to find a cure for [[spoiler:Last Order]].

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* FindTheCure: FindTheCure:
**
Volumes 1 and 2 involve various characters looking for a cure or discussing how they failed to cure Index's apparent mental condition. In fact however, there [[spoiler:Though this was no cure in the way that they, Stiyl, Kanzaki, based around a lie, as explained under ArtisticLicenseBiology]].
** In World War III, Accelerator
and Aureolus, thought there was.
** Accelerator's main plotline in WW3 is
Shiage are driven to find a cure cures for [[spoiler:Last Order]]. Order and Rikou, respectively.]]
** In NT Volume 18, [[spoiler:Aleister inflicts a curse on Maika, forcing the heroes to break into the Windowless Building to find some way of removing the curse.]]



** Trust us, you ''will'' want to see a [[spoiler:''crying'' Kaori after she messed up on her attempt trying to use a ''washing machine.'' To be fair, it was a new high tech washing machine so there was bound to be mistakes.]]

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** Trust us, you ''will'' want to see a [[spoiler:''crying'' ''crying'' Kaori after she messed up on her attempt trying to use a ''washing machine.'' To be fair, it was a new high tech washing machine so there was bound to be mistakes.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:In the first novel, Mikoto]] accuses [[spoiler:Touma of holding back]] and not using [[spoiler:his full power]] despite him saying he isn't. [[spoiler:Turns out she's right when in the 14th novel, Terra is wondering why Touma is holding back and not using his full powers to fight since Terra knows what his power really is.]]
** Taking it even further is the Deep Blood arc, where [[spoiler:Aureolus Izzard cuts off Touma's right arm. After figuring out how the alchemist's powers work, Touma makes a comeback and wins when a dragon head sprouts from his shoulder. At the time it was hypothesized that the dragon head was actually born from Aureolus's imagination, fueled by his fear of Touma. However, the events of Volume 22 seem to indicate that there was more to that scene than everyone thought.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:In {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In
the first novel, Mikoto]] Mikoto accuses [[spoiler:Touma Touma of holding back]] back and not using [[spoiler:his his full power]] power, despite him saying he isn't. [[spoiler:Turns out she's right when in [[spoiler:In the 14th novel, Terra is wondering wonders why Touma is holding back and not using his full powers to fight since fight. Terra knows what his power really is.(claims to) know the true nature of Imagine Breaker, and comes to the conclusion that Touma must have amnesia to have forgotten how to use it properly. The exact implications of this are unclear, as pre-amnesia Touma didn't understand Imagine Breaker either.]]
** Taking it even further is the Deep Blood arc, where [[spoiler:Aureolus Izzard cuts off Touma's right arm. After figuring out how the alchemist's powers work, Touma makes a comeback and wins when a dragon head sprouts from his shoulder. At the time it was hypothesized that the dragon head was actually born from Aureolus's imagination, fueled by his fear of Touma. However, the events of In Volume 22 seem to indicate that there was more to that scene than everyone thought.22, something again emerges when the right arm is severed (though it's not certain if it's the same entity.]]



** At one point, Touma sees wind turbines turning with no wind, and realizes that Misaka's electrical powers are causing them to turn. [[spoiler: This comes into play later in the fight against Accelerator, when she and the Sisters use the trick to disrupt his attempt at making a giant ball of plasma to finish Touma off with]].
** In the movie, Index was in awe upon seeing the Endymion Space Elevator and proclaims that the science side has managed to construct the Tower of Babel. [[spoiler:She's right]].
** In Volume 1, Touma tries to tell Kaori and Stiyl that there may be multiple ways of helping Index within Academy City, including an extremely powerful telepath whom can manipulate memories. As the audience learns more about the Level 5s and the character, Misaki Shokuhou, it looked like Touma was just grasping at straws and was simply hoping to buy time for Index. [[spoiler:Its highly likely that he wasn't, as its heavily hinted in New Testament Vol. 7 that he had known Misaki prior to his amnesia, and whom trusted him enough that she may have well had helped Index]].
** In Volume 1, Index talks about how a magician who reachs the pinnacle of magic is called a Magic God, being able to do anything with magic[[spoiler: More than 20 volumes later the new main antagonist is revealed to be a Magic God called Othinus]].

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** At one point, Touma sees wind turbines turning with no wind, and realizes that Misaka's Mikoto's electrical powers are causing them to turn. [[spoiler: This comes into play later in the fight against Accelerator, when she and the Sisters use the trick to disrupt his attempt at making a giant ball of plasma to finish Touma off with]].
** In the movie, Index was is in awe upon seeing the Endymion Space Elevator and proclaims that the science side has managed to construct the Tower of Babel. [[spoiler:She's right]].
** In Volume 1, Touma tries to tell Kaori and Stiyl that there may be multiple ways of helping Index within Academy City, including an extremely powerful telepath whom can manipulate memories. As the audience learns more about the Level 5s and the character, Misaki Shokuhou, it looked like Touma was just grasping at straws and was simply hoping to buy time for Index. [[spoiler:Its highly likely [[spoiler:It turns out that he wasn't, as its heavily hinted in New Testament Vol. 7 that he had known did know Misaki prior in the past. However, NT Volume 11 reveals why he never considered contacting her - he has another case of amnesia specific to his amnesia, and whom trusted him enough that she may have well had helped Index]].
her]].
** In Volume 1, Index talks about how a magician who reachs the pinnacle of magic is called a Magic God, being able to do anything with magic[[spoiler: magic. More than 20 volumes later later, the new main antagonist is revealed to be a Magic God called Othinus]].Othinus.



* {{God}}: There is God in this series, although “God” is also titles used by both sides to describe people who have reached a certain level of power. In the Science side, God is called the one who reaches SYSTEM (aka Level 6). In the Magic Side, God is called the one who reaches the status of "The One Above God". Things get interesting when the word "Kamijou" (Touma's last name) is discovered to have this meaning.

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* {{God}}: There is God exists in this series, although “God” is also titles a title used by both sides to describe people who have reached a certain level of power. In the Science side, God is called the one who reaches SYSTEM (aka Level 6). In the Magic Side, God is called the one who reaches the status of "The One Above God". Things get interesting when the word "Kamijou" (Touma's last name) is discovered to have this meaning.



* GoodWithNumbers: Not specifically lampshaded anywhere in the LightNovel, {{Manga}}, or {{Anime}}, but it's implied that powerful Academy City Espers are ''really'' good at Math and Physics, as mastery in these fields are RequiredSecondaryPowers for most of their abilities.

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* GoodVersusGood: NT Volume 10 features Touma fighting [[spoiler:the anti-GREMLIN forces for this reason. He wants to let Othinus give up her power so she doesn't need to be killed, while everyone else naturally wants to eliminate a major threat to the world.]]
* GoodWithNumbers: Not specifically lampshaded anywhere in the LightNovel, {{Manga}}, or {{Anime}}, but it's implied that All powerful Academy City Espers espers are ''really'' good at Math and Physics, as mastery in these fields are RequiredSecondaryPowers for most of their abilities.



** In connection with GoodIsDumb and NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, [[spoiler:Accelerator suffers major brain damage at the end of his first arc, requiring a cane and the Sisters' HiveMind to remain functional and use his powers]]. He's a badass since he can still use his incredible powers, [[spoiler:if only for 15 (and later 30) minutes at a time. But seriously, with that kind of power, few enemies would last 15 ''seconds'']].
*** [[spoiler:Although he completely throws away the handicap after growing wings]].

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** In connection with GoodIsDumb and NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, [[spoiler:Accelerator suffers major brain damage at the end of his first arc, requiring a cane and the Sisters' HiveMind to remain functional and use his powers]]. He's a badass since he can still use his incredible powers, [[spoiler:if if only for 15 (and later 30) minutes at a time. But seriously, with that kind of power, few enemies would last 15 ''seconds'']].
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''seconds''. [[spoiler:Although he completely throws away the handicap after growing wings]].



* HaremShow: Touma's harem includes but is not limited to: Index, Mikoto Misaka, Aisa Himegami, Kaori Kanzaki,Itsuwa and Misaki Shoukuhou, the 9,968 Misaka Clones,. The first turning irrelevant, the third only appearing as cameo, the fourth not getting a relevent role in over 20 novels, the fifth only appearing once in the past 18 novels and the last only serving as jealousy material for the second. And since [[spoiler:Volume 20, and Volume 2 of New Testament has some '''very''' heavy hinting from Seria Kumokawa, considering she went from [[TeenGenius genius]] to "blankly sitting around like an idiot" during his disappearance. In the same volume, Touma finally makes his [[DrunkenBoxing glorious]] return, making the papers and all, greeted by all of his female acquaintances in Academy including: Hyouka, Seria, Fukiyose, Komoe, Aisa, and '''AWAKI'''. Mikoto ends up complaining about the guy to girl ratio and yells at them to stop taking her scenes.]] [[UnwantedHarem Touma is genuinely bothered by his harem.]]
** The harem aspect is even bigger, seeing as other male characters develop harems of their own. Hamazura has ITEM, Accelerator has his 'family' and Etzali has two Kouhais. At a stretch, Misaka also has many girls who admire her.

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* HaremShow: Touma's harem includes but is not limited to: Index, Mikoto Misaka, Aisa Himegami, Kaori Kanzaki,Itsuwa and Kanzaki, Itsuwa, Misaki Shoukuhou, the 9,968 Misaka Clones,. The first turning irrelevant, the third only appearing as cameo, the fourth not getting a relevent role in over 20 novels, the fifth only appearing once in the past 18 novels and the last only serving as jealousy material for the second. And since [[spoiler:Volume 20, and Volume 2 of New Testament has some '''very''' heavy hinting from Clones, Lessar, Leivinia Birdway, Seria Kumokawa, considering she went from [[TeenGenius genius]] to "blankly sitting around like an idiot" during his disappearance. In the same volume, Touma finally makes his [[DrunkenBoxing glorious]] return, making the papers Kumokawa and all, greeted by all of his female acquaintances in Academy including: Hyouka, Seria, Fukiyose, Komoe, Aisa, and '''AWAKI'''. Mikoto ends up complaining about the guy to girl ratio and yells at them to stop taking her scenes.]] [[spoiler:Othinus]].
[[UnwantedHarem Touma is genuinely bothered by his harem.]]
** The harem aspect is even bigger, seeing as other male characters develop harems of their own. Hamazura Shiage has ITEM, Accelerator has his 'family' and Etzali has two Kouhais. At a stretch, Misaka Mikoto also has many girls who admire her.



* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Accelerator, the most powerful Esper in Academy City, is constantly challenged and attacked by Espers wishing to prove themselves. [[TechnicalPacifist He just wants to be left alone and live in peace]]. He figures if he got even stronger then he would outclass everyone to such a degree that nobody would ever dare to attack him. So he accepts a proposal by Academy City researchers to slaughter more than 10,000 clones of Misaka Mikoto for a program that is intended to level him up exponentially. The clones appear soulless to him and they never made an effort to plead for their lives. Because of this, he never faltered. But after being defeated by Touma he comes to realize that he was the bad guy. After meeting a ten year old clone of Mikoto Misaka, he goes about atoning for his sins while simultaneously denying his intention to become a hero. He loathes the dark side of Academy City, which he considers himself to be a part of, and directs the majority of his animosity at them]].

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* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Accelerator, the most powerful Esper in Academy City, is constantly challenged and attacked by Espers wishing to prove themselves. [[TechnicalPacifist He just wants to be left alone and live in peace]]. He figures if he got even stronger then he would outclass everyone to such a degree that nobody would ever dare to attack him. So he accepts a proposal by Academy City researchers to slaughter more than 10,000 clones of Misaka Mikoto for a program that is intended to level him up exponentially. The clones appear soulless to him and they never made an effort to plead for their lives. Because of this, he never faltered. But after being defeated by Touma he comes to realize that he was the bad guy. After meeting a ten year old clone of Mikoto Misaka, Mikoto, he goes about atoning for his sins while simultaneously denying his intention to become a hero. He loathes the dark side of Academy City, which he considers himself to be a part of, and directs the majority of his animosity at them]].



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Misaka gets her own SpinOff story in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''. Later, Accelerator also gets his own, ''A Certain Scientific Accelerator''.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Misaka Mikoto gets her own SpinOff story in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''. Later, Accelerator also gets his own, ''A Certain Scientific Accelerator''.



* HumanWeapon: The Level 5 espers get this to varying degrees. Accelerator, Kakine, and Mugino are the big ones. Kakine and Mugino are the leaders of powerful black ops groups, where they serve in the "blaster" role. Accelerator is in many ways ''literally'' treated as a weapon, especially once he needs a special device to use his powers, which his superiors can turn off remotely if they don't like what he's doing.

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* HumanWeapon: The Level 5 espers get this to varying degrees. Accelerator, Kakine, Teitoku, and Mugino Shizuri are the big ones. Kakine Teitoku and Mugino Shizuri are the leaders of powerful black ops groups, where they serve in the "blaster" role. Accelerator is in many ways ''literally'' treated as a weapon, especially once he needs a special device to use his powers, which his superiors can turn off remotely if they don't like what he's doing.



* ILetYouWin: In Volume 10 of NT Touma goes up against a BossRush of big names from the series. [[spoiler:Many of them just let him pass rather than him actually winning. Accelerator loses on purpose after making a big flashy scene in order to demoralize anyone that comes after him, Agnese makes a distraction for him, Kanzaki saves him when it's a choice of letting him die or letting him go and then holds back the three Saint level fighters that came with her, Roberto Katze is convinced to let Othinus go on the condition that she face justice later, Mikoto makes no real effort to use actual lethal force on Touma but still beats him before letting him go while destroying the Academy City mechs that he couldn't deal with. Even Mjolnir lets him through after he beats Marian. Though in theory a single touch from him would kill her and she was quite close. Surprisingly, Index and Birdway do genuinely turn on him.]]
* ImageSong: Index, Misaka, Touma, Himegami, Stiyl, Kanzaki, Misaka's sisters, and Kazakiri all have insert songs, sung by their voice actors. Many of the show's [=OPs=] and [=EDs=] seem to specifically describe Touma, his situation, or his feelings and ideals.

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* ILetYouWin: In Volume 10 of NT Touma goes up against a BossRush of big names from the series. [[spoiler:Many of them just let him pass rather than him actually winning. Accelerator loses on purpose after making a big flashy scene in order to demoralize anyone that comes after him, Agnese makes a distraction for him, Kanzaki Kaori saves him when it's a choice of letting him die or letting him go and then holds back the three Saint level fighters that came with her, Roberto Katze is convinced to let Othinus go on the condition that she face justice later, Mikoto makes no real effort to use actual lethal force on Touma but still beats him before letting him go while destroying the Academy City mechs that he couldn't deal with. Even Mjolnir lets him through after he beats Marian. Though in theory a single touch from him would kill her and she was quite close. Surprisingly, Index and Birdway Leivinia do genuinely turn on him.]]
* ImageSong: Index, Misaka, Mikoto, Touma, Himegami, Stiyl, Kanzaki, Misaka's Kaori, Mikoto's sisters, and Kazakiri Hyouka all have insert songs, sung by their voice actors. Many of the show's [=OPs=] and [=EDs=] seem to specifically describe Touma, his situation, or his feelings and ideals.



** They share another one later during the sports festival. They end up drinking from the same bottle of water. Touma doesn't seems to care, but Misaka and Kuroko do.

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** They share another one later during the sports festival. They end up drinking from the same bottle of water. Touma doesn't seems to care, but Misaka Mikoto and Kuroko do.



** In the ''Railgun'' manga, when [[spoiler: Mugino]] finds out about the project, she literally describes [[spoiler: Accelerator]]'s actions as [[spoiler: "Killing 20,000 slimes to level up."]]

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** In the ''Railgun'' manga, when [[spoiler: Mugino]] Shizuri]] finds out about the project, she literally describes [[spoiler: Accelerator]]'s actions as [[spoiler: "Killing 20,000 slimes to level up."]]



* LostInTranslation: [[spoiler:Laura's]] name is actually a mistranslation due to the difficulty to differentiate the letters L and R. It should be [[spoiler: Lola]] instead. Even the official translations gets it wrong, which only adds to the confusion when her name becomes plot important.

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* LostInTranslation: [[spoiler:Laura's]] name is actually a mistranslation due to the difficulty to differentiate the letters L of differentiating "l" and R."r" in Japanese. It should be [[spoiler: Lola]] instead. Even the official translations gets it wrong, which only adds to the confusion when her name becomes plot important.



* MagicOrPsychic: The verse has both mages and espers. Mages are defined by being able to learn magic incantations and stuff while espers are stuck with one superpower. A few, such as Tsuchimikado, are both (with difficulty). For some reason Touma's [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]] works on mages and espers alike.

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* MagicOrPsychic: The verse has both mages and espers. Mages are defined by being able to learn magic incantations and stuff while espers are stuck with one superpower. A few, such as Tsuchimikado, Motoharu, are both (with difficulty). For some reason Touma's [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]] works on mages and espers alike.



** [[spoiler:Laura is under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, but in reality she controls the Archbishop and thus is the real power behind the Anglican Church]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Aleister Crowley, Laura Stuart, and [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right]]. The last one is no longer this as of ''New Testament'', however.

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** [[spoiler:Laura Lola is under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, but in reality she controls the Archbishop and thus is the real power behind the Anglican Church]].
Church.
* ManipulativeBastard: Aleister Crowley, Laura Lola Stuart, and [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right]]. The last one is no longer this as of ''New Testament'', however.



* MundaneUtility: Many examples, notable examples are Misaka (who zaps a vending machine to get drinks) and Accelerator (redirects UV and irritating background chatter).

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* MundaneUtility: Many examples, notable examples are Misaka Mikoto (who zaps a vending machine to get drinks) and Accelerator (redirects UV and irritating background chatter).



** Esper powers rely on creating a "personal reality" and imposing it on the world, while magic relies on inviting concepts with heavy memetic weight (such as deities and popular stories) into the user's body to gain their power. Once a person has been trained as an esper, even if he has no real powers, he cannot use magic without disrupting his personal reality and causing massive hemorrhaging. Tsuchimikado, for example, is able to use magic anyway because his esper ability happens to be a mild HealingFactor, and another manages to pull it off by focusing all his esper abilities on holding his body together. Magic is said to have been created for people who couldn't use esper powers, back when they appeared only by chance.

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** Esper powers rely on creating a "personal reality" and imposing it on the world, while magic relies on inviting concepts with heavy memetic weight (such as deities and popular stories) into the user's body to gain their power. Once a person has been trained as an esper, even if he has no real powers, he cannot use magic without disrupting his personal reality and causing massive hemorrhaging. Tsuchimikado, Motoharu, for example, is able to use magic anyway because his esper ability happens to be a mild HealingFactor, and another manages to pull it off by focusing all his esper abilities on holding his body together. Magic is said to have been created for people who couldn't use esper powers, back when they appeared only by chance.



* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Stiyl is not disturbed at all upon coming to complain to the [[spoiler:Archbishop Laura]] bathing. Probably because [[BunnyEarsLawyer he's used to her doing this kind of thing.]]

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* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Stiyl is not disturbed at all upon coming to complain to the [[spoiler:Archbishop Laura]] Archbishop Lola bathing. Probably because [[BunnyEarsLawyer he's used to her doing this kind of thing.]]



* OneDialogueTwoConversations: A brief one occurs in Episode 18 of Season 2. Touma mentions to Misaka 10032 about getting her some jewelry to set her apart from the original Misaka since her goggles were stolen by Last Order. She immediately recalls an earlier conversation with other sisters about the significance of a ring, and assumes he wants to marry her. But he then mentions a ring not being flashy enough, so opts for a heart shaped necklace instead, although she laments about not getting a ring.

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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: A brief one occurs in Episode 18 of Season 2. Touma mentions to Misaka 10032 about getting her some jewelry to set her apart from the original Misaka Mikoto since her goggles were stolen by Last Order. She immediately recalls an earlier conversation with other sisters about the significance of a ring, and assumes he wants to marry her. But he then mentions a ring not being flashy enough, so opts for a heart shaped necklace instead, although she laments about not getting a ring.



** Averted by Mikoto and Mugino, both whom [[SkirtOverSlacks wear a pair of shorts under their skirt]] to avoid becoming MsFanservice.

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** Averted by Mikoto and Mugino, Shizuri, both whom [[SkirtOverSlacks wear a pair of shorts under their skirt]] to avoid becoming MsFanservice.



* ThePlan: {{The Chessmaster}}s seem to have long-running, series-spanning plans. They are gradually revealed over time, but besides [[spoiler:Fiamma's]], the full extent of their plans aren't clear. One of Aleister's ultimate goal is revealed, but whether that is his only goal or he has another is unknown. Laura on the other hand is completely mysterious.

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* ThePlan: {{The Chessmaster}}s seem to have long-running, series-spanning plans. They are gradually revealed over time, but besides [[spoiler:Fiamma's]], the full extent of their plans aren't clear. One of Aleister's ultimate goal is revealed, but whether that is his only goal or he has another is unknown. Laura Lola on the other hand is completely mysterious.



* PowerBornOfMadness: It's rather downplayed until you look at the Level 5s, but the basis for an esper ability is that the user denies the world so strongly that their view of reality warps what is actually true into how the user wants it. Their delusion becomes real and the world changes accordingly. Thus, when you look at the Level 5s, you realize that Accelerator is a twisted mess inside, Kakine is twisted to insanity by jealousy, Mugino is psychotic, Misaki is incredibly paranoid and manipulative, and Gunha believes he's a superhero. Mikoto is viewed as the only one normal enough to actually be presentable to society while three or four of the other known Level 5s are murderers or criminals.

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* PowerBornOfMadness: It's rather downplayed until you look at the Level 5s, but the basis for an esper ability is that the user denies the world so strongly that their view of reality warps what is actually true into how the user wants it. Their delusion becomes real and the world changes accordingly. Thus, when you look at the Level 5s, you realize that Accelerator is a twisted mess inside, Kakine is twisted to insanity by jealousy, Mugino is Shizuriis psychotic, Misaki is incredibly paranoid and manipulative, and Gunha believes he's a superhero. Mikoto is viewed as the only one normal enough to actually be presentable to society while three or four of the other known Level 5s are murderers or criminals.



** Touma, Accelerator and Hamazura may also count, despite the fact that any time they interact with each other they are trying to commit at least bodily harm to the other. [[spoiler:Until New Testament at least]].

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** Touma, Accelerator and Hamazura Shiage may also count, despite the fact that any time they interact with each other they are trying to commit at least bodily harm to the other. [[spoiler:Until New Testament at least]].



* RaceAgainstTheClock: A subplot in New Testament Vol. 2 involved Kanzaki trying to take down Radiosconde Castle before it found and crushed [[spoiler:Touma]].

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* RaceAgainstTheClock: A subplot in New Testament Vol. 2 involved Kanzaki Kaori trying to take down Radiosconde Castle before it found and crushed [[spoiler:Touma]].



** Mikoto Misaka trying to go OneManArmy on the clone facilities without resting or telling anyone what she is doing ends up with her running herself ragged and almost getting killed by Frenda and Mugino. Also, the company outsources, so no matter how many facilities she destroys, it doesn't affect the project.

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** Mikoto Misaka trying to go OneManArmy on the clone facilities without resting or telling anyone what she is doing ends up with her running herself ragged and almost getting killed by Frenda and Mugino.Shizuri. Also, the company outsources, so no matter how many facilities she destroys, it doesn't affect the project.



** In the side stories, shop owners refuse to sell jeans to Kanzaki, since she'll cut them up (necessary for her magic, but of course she can't say that).

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** In the side stories, shop owners refuse to sell jeans to Kanzaki, Kaori, since she'll cut them up (necessary for her magic, but of course she can't say that).



* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The Book of The Law arc, Orsola's deciphering method was a fake, meaning that the contents of the book were in no danger. The only reason why the Anglican Church even got involved was to use the incident to bring the Amakusa Catholics into their sphere of influence, so that they would have more leverage on Kanzaki]].
** [[spoiler:As well as the Daihaseisai arc. Touma, Tsuchimikado and Stiyl chase after someone who turns out to be plotting to use the Croce di Pietro to forcibly convert Academy City to Roman Catholicism. After finally figuring out the plan and beating her, she turns out to be a decoy, while the real mastermind is the one actually carrying out the ritual, and is too far away to stop in time. Fortunately, even if the heroes didn't get involved at all, the plan would've failed anyway, because the artifact requires starlight to function, and right at the exact time it's supposed to activate, a giant fireworks show starts, blotting out the stars.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The Book of The Law arc, Orsola's deciphering method was a fake, meaning that the contents of the book were in no danger. The only reason why the Anglican Church even got involved was to use the incident to bring the Amakusa Catholics into their sphere of influence, so that they would have more leverage on Kanzaki]].
Kaori]].
** [[spoiler:As well as the Daihaseisai arc. Touma, Tsuchimikado Motoharu and Stiyl chase after someone who turns out to be plotting to use the Croce di Pietro to forcibly convert Academy City to Roman Catholicism. After finally figuring out the plan and beating her, she turns out to be a decoy, while the real mastermind is the one actually carrying out the ritual, and is too far away to stop in time. Fortunately, even if the heroes didn't get involved at all, the plan would've failed anyway, because the artifact requires starlight to function, and right at the exact time it's supposed to activate, a giant fireworks show starts, blotting out the stars.]]



** Heavy Object is an action movie that Hamazura and Kinuhata watch together:
---> '''Hamazura:''' "IT'S BECAUSE YOU INTRODUCED THAT MOVIE! YOU ACTUALLY INTRODUCED SUCH A STUPID MOVIE!!"\\
'''Kinuhata:''' "At the climax right before the end, the super huge image of the Indian elephant jumping together with all the members was the super best. Right, Hamazura?"\\
'''Hamazura:''' "That's the hardest part to understand..."

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** Heavy Object is an action movie that Hamazura Shiage and Kinuhata Saiai watch together:
---> '''Hamazura:''' '''Shaige :''' "IT'S BECAUSE YOU INTRODUCED THAT MOVIE! YOU ACTUALLY INTRODUCED SUCH A STUPID MOVIE!!"\\
'''Kinuhata:''' '''Saiai:''' "At the climax right before the end, the super huge image of the Indian elephant jumping together with all the members was the super best. Right, Hamazura?"\\
'''Hamazura:''' '''Shiage:''' "That's the hardest part to understand..."



* SuperpowerLottery: There's a ridiculous amount of these in the series. Even some of the lesser [[SuperPowerLotteryWinner Super Power Lottery Winners]] like [[ShockAndAwe Misaka]] are so strong they can destroy building with one attack.

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* SuperpowerLottery: There's a ridiculous amount of these in the series. Even some of the lesser [[SuperPowerLotteryWinner Super Power Lottery Winners]] like [[ShockAndAwe Misaka]] Mikoto]] are so strong they can destroy building with one attack.



** [[spoiler:Motoharu Tsuchimikado]]: Japanese, Onmyodo, [[spoiler:Spy with questionable loyalties and a Magician/Esper Hybrid]].

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** [[spoiler:Motoharu Tsuchimikado]]: Motoharu Tsuchimikado: Japanese, Onmyodo, [[spoiler:Spy Spy with questionable loyalties and a Magician/Esper Hybrid]].Hybrid.



* VengefulVendingMachine: Touma puts in a 2000 yen bill into a vending machine to get a drink. When that doesn't work, Misaka comes and charges it with electricity, causing him to receive 2000 yen worth of drinks in return.

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* VengefulVendingMachine: Touma puts in a 2000 yen bill into a vending machine to get a drink. When that doesn't work, Misaka Mikoto comes and charges it with electricity, causing him to receive 2000 yen worth of drinks in return.



-->[[spoiler:'''[[TheChessMaster Laura Stuart]]:''' (Normally, I would wait until they had worn each other down and then make my move, but that would be meaningless if I can’t fully control both sides’ actions.)]]

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-->[[spoiler:'''[[TheChessMaster Laura Lola Stuart]]:''' (Normally, I would wait until they had worn each other down and then make my move, but that would be meaningless if I can’t fully control both sides’ actions.)]]



* TheWorfEffect: In Volumes 16 and 18, Kanzaki becomes the target of this.

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* TheWorfEffect: In Volumes 16 and 18, Kanzaki Kaori becomes the target of this.this. [[spoiler:She's unable to beat Acqua on her own, and is instantly defeated by Knight Leader when she challenges him.]]



* XanatosSpeedChess: Aleister does this for the entirety of the plot. When variables make changes to his plans, he rewrites, deletes, and truncates his plans. It is also implied that his opponent in this chess match is Laura Stuart.
* YouALLShareMyStory: As Kamachi's writing evolved and began to include more protagonists, many of the story arcs evolved into this. The WW3 arc is especially prominent, with five or more independent plots [[spoiler:(from Touma's chasing Fiamma, Mikoto's fighting Russians while looking for Touma, Hamazura's escaping AC with Takitsubo, Accelerator's looking for a cure, and the battle between England and France, and so on]] weaving in and out of focus as Kamachi progressed the war. Ultimately, however, many times, even with the focus shifting, it is usually Touma who gets the final, or most important, scenes.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: Aleister does this for the entirety of the plot. When variables make changes to his plans, he rewrites, deletes, and truncates his plans. It is also implied that his opponent in this chess match is Laura Lola Stuart.
* YouALLShareMyStory: As Kamachi's writing evolved and began to include more protagonists, many of the story arcs evolved into this. The WW3 arc is especially prominent, with five or more independent plots [[spoiler:(from Touma's chasing Fiamma, Mikoto's fighting Russians while looking for Touma, Hamazura's Shiage's escaping AC with Takitsubo, Rikou, Accelerator's looking for a cure, and the battle between England and France, and so on]] weaving in and out of focus as Kamachi progressed the war. Ultimately, however, many times, even with the focus shifting, it is usually Touma who gets the final, or most important, scenes.
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** [[spoiler:The [[YanksWithTanks US forces]] versus the Aztec Organization.]]

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** [[spoiler:The [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US forces]] versus the Aztec Organization.]]
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* ShipTease: Anytime Touma spends time with any of the girls, but especially Misaka Mikoto (who all have a crush on him)...they are just darn right adorable.

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* ShipTease: Anytime Touma spends time with any of the girls, but especially the Misaka Mikoto Clones (who all have a crush on him)...they are just darn right adorable.
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** Awaki apparently likes [[{{Shotacon}} little boys]].

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** Awaki apparently likes [[{{Shotacon}} [[PaedoHunt little boys]].
24th Jul '17 2:35:08 PM Malady
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* CaringGardener: Harzak Lolas is a gardener and he is the kind guardian of Lindy Blueshake, who indulges her with stories even when she should be studying.
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** There are multiple references to Kamachi's other works. Some light novel covers from HeavyObject or TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign appear in the background of color illustrations. Heavy Object and TheZashikiWarashiOfIntellectualVillage have also appeared as [[ShowWithInAShow in-universe fiction]]. Misaki Shokuhou sees a portion of a Zashiki Warashi series at a fast-food restaurant in the Prologue of NT 11, while Heavy Object is an action movie that Hamazura and Takitsubo watch together. Touma even uses a trick he learned from the movie in NT 17, with the narration even alluding to the series' anime adaptation by alluding to a recent "remake".

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** There are multiple references to Kamachi's other works. Some light novel covers from HeavyObject LightNovel/HeavyObject or TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign appear in the background of color illustrations. Heavy Object and TheZashikiWarashiOfIntellectualVillage LightNovel/TheZashikiWarashiOfIntellectualVillage have also appeared as [[ShowWithInAShow in-universe fiction]]. fiction]].
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Misaki Shokuhou sees a portion of a Zashiki Warashi series at a fast-food restaurant in the Prologue of NT 11, while 11
**
Heavy Object is an action movie that Hamazura and Takitsubo Kinuhata watch together. together:
---> '''Hamazura:''' "IT'S BECAUSE YOU INTRODUCED THAT MOVIE! YOU ACTUALLY INTRODUCED SUCH A STUPID MOVIE!!"\\
'''Kinuhata:''' "At the climax right before the end, the super huge image of the Indian elephant jumping together with all the members was the super best. Right, Hamazura?"\\
'''Hamazura:''' "That's the hardest part to understand..."
**
Touma even uses a trick he learned from the ''Heavy Object'' movie in NT 17, with the narration even alluding to the series' anime adaptation by alluding to a recent "remake".
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