History Manga / ElfenLied

29th Dec '16 11:06:19 AM nombretomado
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'''''Elfen Lied''''' (pronounced ''Elfen ''Leet'''', not ''Elfen "Lied"''), written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}}'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.

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'''''Elfen Lied''''' (pronounced ''Elfen ''Leet'''', not ''Elfen "Lied"''), written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}}'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch Creator/DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.
4th Dec '16 1:13:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* OvertookTheManga: See the CompressedAdaptation entry.
3rd Nov '16 9:43:00 PM gjjones
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* GeckoEnding:
** In the anime, [[spoiler:Lucy shows up casting a shadow on Kouta's house.]] The manga, however, has a definitive end, [[BolivianArmyEnding maybe]].
** Kurama [[spoiler:is killed in the anime, whereas he survives in the manga.]]

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* GeckoEnding:
** In
GeckoEnding: Due to the anime, [[spoiler:Lucy shows up casting a shadow on Kouta's house.]] The manga, however, has a definitive end, [[BolivianArmyEnding maybe]].
** Kurama [[spoiler:is killed in
anime being produced one year before the anime, whereas he survives in the manga.]]manga's conclusion, their endings are radically different.
31st Oct '16 2:42:11 PM DavidCowie
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* BullyingADragon: Brutally deconstructed. Various people (Nana and Bando in particular) continue to trash talk Lucy even after they've seen exactly what she's capable of. This decision ends badly for them.

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* BullyingADragon: Brutally deconstructed. Various people (Nana and Bando in particular) continue to trash talk Lucy even after they've seen exactly what she's capable of. This decision ends badly for them.
31st Oct '16 9:09:18 AM Monolaf317
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'''''Elfen Lied''''' (pronounced ''Elfen ''Leet'', not ''Elfen "Lied"''), written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}}'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.

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'''''Elfen Lied''''' (pronounced ''Elfen ''Leet'', ''Leet'''', not ''Elfen "Lied"''), written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}}'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.
31st Oct '16 9:03:21 AM Monolaf317
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''Elfen Lied'', written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}}'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.

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'''''Elfen Lied''''' (pronounced ''Elfen Lied'', ''Leet'', not ''Elfen "Lied"''), written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}}'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.
20th Oct '16 10:51:29 PM gjjones
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Added DiffLines:

** Both the manga and anime end with "Das Ende", which means "The End".
12th Oct '16 9:26:06 AM TheNerfGuy
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: A recurring theme.

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* %%* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: A recurring theme.



* AnArmAndALeg: Happens very often in the manga.
* AndTheAdventureContinues / NoEnding: The manga leaves off on a wild card: [[spoiler:Anna, who is revealed to be (or regresses nack into) an intact human, awakens to Nousou's {{Bifauxnen}} assistant/bodyguard, Nozomi's voice recovers, and Kouta begins his life married to (presumably) Yuka. The last page shows two twins (who are likely the reborn Lucy and Nyu) about a decade later arriving at the grave of Lucy's pet dog, to an older Kouta and his daughter.]]

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* %%* AnArmAndALeg: Happens very often in the manga.
* AndTheAdventureContinues / NoEnding: AndTheAdventureContinues: The manga leaves off on a wild card: [[spoiler:Anna, who is revealed to be (or regresses nack back into) an intact human, awakens to Nousou's {{Bifauxnen}} assistant/bodyguard, Nozomi's voice recovers, and Kouta begins his life married to (presumably) Yuka. The last page shows two twins (who are likely the reborn Lucy and Nyu) about a decade later arriving at the grave of Lucy's pet dog, to an older Kouta and his daughter.]]



* ArtMajorPhysics + NoArcInArchery: When an enemy is out of reach of their vectors, a Diclonius will typically use her vectors to instead throw objects at them. These thrown objects invariably behave like a bullet or arrow, regardless of the actual aerodynamic properties of the object in question.

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* ArtMajorPhysics + NoArcInArchery: ArtMajorPhysics:
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When an enemy is out of reach of their vectors, a Diclonius will typically use her vectors to instead throw objects at them. These thrown objects invariably behave like a bullet or arrow, regardless of the actual aerodynamic properties of the object in question.



* AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards Where do we start ?]]

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* %%* AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards Where do we start ?]]



* BarbieDollAnatomy: Common in the manga, and happens a handful of times in the anime as well. There are a number of full-frontal nude shots and while neither the anime nor the manga is shy about detailing nipples, the crotches are invariably left featureless.

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* BarbieDollAnatomy: BarbieDollAnatomy:
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Common in the manga, and happens a handful of times in the anime as well. There are a number of full-frontal nude shots and while neither the anime nor the manga is shy about detailing nipples, the crotches are invariably left featureless.



* BloodyHandprint: Which [[AdaptationDisplacement isn't show anywhere]] in the manga.

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* BloodyHandprint: Which [[AdaptationDisplacement isn't show shown anywhere]] in the manga.



** Sadly the R1 DVD sets don't include it.
*** They do as of 2013, and the Blu-Ray release.



* CompressedAdaptation: The anime cuts off at around chapter 63, instead ending with a somewhat vague cliffhanger. For those who want to know what the anime missed, well... [[spoiler:Kurama does not die with Mariko. A ton of other characters are introduced. Kakuzawa finally gets the death he deserves. Arakawa's role is bigger. When Kouta's memories return, his reaction to Lucy is... less positive.]] You know, just read it. It's kickass... and very sad.

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* CompressedAdaptation: CompressedAdaptation:
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The anime cuts off at around chapter 63, instead ending with a somewhat vague cliffhanger. For those who want to know what the anime missed, well... [[spoiler:Kurama does not die with Mariko. A ton of other characters are introduced. Kakuzawa finally gets the death he deserves. Arakawa's role is bigger. When Kouta's memories return, his reaction to Lucy is... less positive.]] You know, just read it. It's kickass... kickass and very sad.



* DysfunctionJunction: Nearly or just as bad as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** When the most normal and cheerful person in the cast is the one with no arms or legs, expect some serious issues.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Kind of. Could have been ''much'' worse.
** And really, despite it all, the ''very'' end is something wonderful. This is one of those stories that's ''well'' deserving of this trope.

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* DysfunctionJunction: Nearly or just as bad as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
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When the most normal and cheerful person in the cast is the one with no arms or legs, expect some serious issues.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: %%* EarnYourHappyEnding:
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Kind of. Could have been ''much'' worse.
** %%** And really, despite it all, the ''very'' end is something wonderful. This is one of those stories that's ''well'' deserving of this trope.



* {{Fanservice}}: A girl with the body of an 18 year old and the mind of a 2 year old. Not hard to imagine all the kinds of situations this creates.

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* {{Fanservice}}: {{Fanservice}}:
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A girl with the body of an 18 year old and the mind of a 2 year old. Not hard to imagine all the kinds of situations this creates.



* FanDisservice: Lucy walks around naked in the first episode while slaughtering people and splattering blood and limbs everywhere. Mayu in the scenes where she is molested by her stepfather. Also, many of the Diclonius are naked while they are tortured and the like. It's pretty much a given that if a character is nude or nearly so, something bad is either happening or about to happen, with few exceptions (see the previous trope). Erotic or traumatizing? You decide.

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* FanDisservice: Lucy walks around naked in the first episode while slaughtering people and splattering blood and limbs everywhere. Mayu in the scenes where she is molested by her stepfather. Also, many of the Diclonius are naked while they are tortured and the like. It's pretty much a given that if a character is nude or nearly so, something bad is either happening or about to happen, with few exceptions (see the previous trope). Erotic or traumatizing? You decide.



* FantasticRacism: Played straight in the fact that humans believe Diclonii to be murderous monsters that will wipe out humanity and hunt them down without mercy.

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* FantasticRacism: FantasticRacism:
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Played straight in the fact that humans believe Diclonii to be murderous monsters that will wipe out humanity and hunt them down without mercy.



*** It's a complex problem. [[spoiler:Diclonii begin to use vectors around age 3, when KidsAreCruel as well as intractable and still without inhibitions, notwithstanding that they can't even properly understand death. It's pretty hard for a 3 year old child with the power to destroy anything nearby with minimal effort to NOT commit brutal murders and antagonize humanity, and set in motion the whole conflict. It takes an exceedingly gentle personality, in fact, which is not a survival advantage and therefore rare. Even Diclonii would have trouble raising Diclonius children, except if they kept them at vector's length all the time, which is impractical. Although the Institute completely screwed it up with the whole torture business, the best bet is probably raising such children in isolation and gradually socializing them and increasing human contact AFTER they know that, well, tearing people apart with vectors is... well, wrong.]]

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*** ** It's a complex problem. [[spoiler:Diclonii begin to use vectors around age 3, when KidsAreCruel as well as intractable and still without inhibitions, notwithstanding that they can't even properly understand death. It's pretty hard for a 3 year old child with the power to destroy anything nearby with minimal effort to NOT commit brutal murders and antagonize humanity, and set in motion the whole conflict. It takes an exceedingly gentle personality, in fact, which is not a survival advantage and therefore rare. Even Diclonii would have trouble raising Diclonius children, except if they kept them at vector's length all the time, which is impractical. Although the Institute completely screwed it up with the whole torture business, the best bet is probably raising such children in isolation and gradually socializing them and increasing human contact AFTER they know that, well, tearing people apart with vectors is... is, well, wrong.]]



* FinalSolution: Pretty much every Diclonii in the series has been abused by humans to the point where their biological survival instinct has fused with their psychosis, which insists that humans must be eradicated or they will eradicate Diclonii. [[spoiler:Turns out that this is absolutely correct. Once knowledge of Diclonii is widespread, all Diclonii babies are killed at birth until human scientists develop a vaccine capable of keeping them from being conceived at all.]]

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* FinalSolution: Pretty much every Every Diclonii in the series has been abused by humans to the point where their biological survival instinct has fused with their psychosis, which insists that humans must be eradicated or they will eradicate Diclonii. [[spoiler:Turns out that this is absolutely correct. Once knowledge of Diclonii is widespread, all Diclonii babies are killed at birth until human scientists develop a vaccine capable of keeping them from being conceived at all.]]



* GeckoEnding: In the anime, [[spoiler:Lucy shows up casting a shadow on Kouta's house.]] The manga, however, has a definitive end, [[BolivianArmyEnding maybe]].

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* GeckoEnding: GeckoEnding:
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In the anime, [[spoiler:Lucy shows up casting a shadow on Kouta's house.]] The manga, however, has a definitive end, [[BolivianArmyEnding maybe]].



* GenocideDilemma: A major theme of the series is this, due to the [[KillAllHumans nature]] of the Diclonii. [[spoiler: Once a vaccine is developed, they're effectively wiped out as a species.]]
* GenreShift
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Used in a very prolific manner, In fact, a key characteristic of a Diclonius who's been pushed too far is a piercing, glazed-over look in their eyes, signifying their descent into murderous misanthropy (basically every Diclonius in the show goes through this at one point or another, given that HumansAreBastards).

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* GenocideDilemma: A major theme of the series is this, due to the [[KillAllHumans nature]] of the Diclonii. [[spoiler: Once [[spoiler:Once a vaccine is developed, they're effectively wiped out as a species.]]
* %%* GenreShift
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Used in a very prolific manner, manner. In fact, a key characteristic of a Diclonius who's been pushed too far is a piercing, glazed-over look in their eyes, signifying their descent into murderous misanthropy (basically every Diclonius in the show goes through this at one point or another, given that HumansAreBastards).misanthropy.



*** Even being chopped in half might not kill you, [[spoiler:especially if you're [[KarmaHoudini Bando]].]]

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*** Even being chopped in half might not kill you, [[spoiler:especially if you're [[KarmaHoudini Bando]].Bando.]]



* GratuitousRape: It certainly seems like this. There's Lucy who was on the receiving end of AttemptedRape, and Mayu who ran away from a sexually abusive stepfather. And in the manga, there's the Unknown Man. How do we know he's evil? Because of the atrocious rape he gleefully commits on Diclonii. Even when he's on a time frame to find Lucy, he still stops to try and rape Mayu.

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* GratuitousRape: GratuitousRape:
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It certainly seems like this. There's Lucy who was on the receiving end of AttemptedRape, and Mayu who ran away from a sexually abusive stepfather. And in the manga, there's the Unknown Man. How do we know he's evil? Because of the atrocious rape he gleefully commits on Diclonii. Even when he's on a time frame to find Lucy, he still stops to try and rape Mayu.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: A huge part of the show, but [[{{Jerkass}} Bandou]] ''really'' [[UpToEleven pushes the envelope]], and the Unknown Man pushes it off a cliff. Sometimes it seems that the Diclonii are more human than the actual humans, but usually not for long.
** FantasticRacism: Basically, more or less every human or Diclonius is pretty unpleasant to its own kind, but especially nasty to the other. It may just be the humans we see that are nasty, but that's pretty much everyone except Kouta, Kanae, Yuka, Mayu and Nozomi.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: HumansAreTheRealMonsters:
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A huge part of the show, but [[{{Jerkass}} Bandou]] ''really'' [[UpToEleven pushes the envelope]], and the Unknown Man pushes it off a cliff. Sometimes it seems that the Diclonii are more human than the actual humans, but usually not for long.
** FantasticRacism: Basically, more Mmore or less every human or Diclonius is pretty unpleasant to its own kind, but especially nasty to the other. It may just be the humans we see that are nasty, but that's pretty much everyone except Kouta, Kanae, Yuka, Mayu and Nozomi.



* IllKillYou

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* %%* IllKillYou



* InformedAbility: The Diclonii 'drive to kill humans' is ([[TheHeartless almost]]) only ever seen in diclonii who have been [[MoralEventHorizon horrifically]], [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivably]] abused by humans. There are very few times this seems to 'not' be the case, and all but one of those could be a situation of [[TykeBomb children with terrible power not knowing how to control it]]. Until the very, VERY end of the manga (as in the last chapter), we are only shown a single example of this not being the case, and even that one is questionable.

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* InformedAbility: InformedAbility:
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The Diclonii 'drive to kill humans' is ([[TheHeartless almost]]) only ever seen in diclonii who have been [[MoralEventHorizon horrifically]], [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivably]] abused by humans. There are very few times this seems to 'not' be the case, and all but one of those could be a situation of [[TykeBomb children with terrible power not knowing how to control it]]. Until the very, VERY end of the manga (as in the last chapter), we are only shown a single example of this not being the case, and even that one is questionable.



* InVinoVeritas: A bonus chapter of the manga is devoted to this. Mayu is knocked out very soon, Nana gets mad over Kouta's treatment of her, Nyu and Yuka try to have sex with him... [[HilarityEnsues then Lucy awakens]].
* KarmaHoudini: Mayu's AbusiveParents never get punished for their actions.
** [[spoiler: Director Kakuzawa,]] anime version only. While he eventually gets some comeuppance in the manga, thanks to the series' GeckoEnding he's still alive and completely unharmed at the end of the anime.

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* InVinoVeritas: A bonus chapter of the manga is devoted to this. Mayu is knocked out very soon, Nana gets mad over Kouta's treatment of her, Nyu and Yuka try to have sex with him... him. [[HilarityEnsues then Then Lucy awakens]].
* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Mayu's AbusiveParents never get punished for their actions.
** [[spoiler: Director [[spoiler:Director Kakuzawa,]] anime version only. While he eventually gets some comeuppance in the manga, thanks to the series' GeckoEnding he's still alive and completely unharmed at the end of the anime.



* KillAllHumans: Most Diclonii. Whether it's because HumansAreBastards or because of a genetic drive is unclear.

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* KillAllHumans: KillAllHumans:
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Most Diclonii. Whether it's because HumansAreBastards or because of a genetic drive is unclear.



*** One interpretation is that the "genetic voice" of the Diclonii to be a simple case of egoism. It's mentioned often in the manga that human beings have a drive to expand and survive that is based primarily on egoism; it is only natural the ''Homo sapiens diclonius'' would have a similar drive. Since they are competing with humans for a place in the world, and since their vectors give them a huge advantage, it isn't difficult for them to associate their capabilities with manifest destiny and a sense of superiority, ''particularly'' after the abuse many of them receive at the hands of human beings. This serves as [[AnAesop a particularly brutal aesop]] regarding both the consequences of mistreating fellow human beings ''and'' the objective insignificance of human life.
*** A different interpretation however is that the "genetic voice" is just regular insanity and the humans simply misinterpreted the Diclonii based on that.
* KillEmAll: Explicitly states that Lucy could singlehandedly cause Diclonii to outnumber humans (guaranteeing their extinction), but doesn't actually occur in the series.
** And then the situation is turned around in the manga: [[spoiler: through various genetic-modifying TechnoBabble, humans create a "vaccine" that removes the Diclonii genes from humans, extinguishing them as a racial offshoot. Yeah, that's right; the Diclonii end up being the ''victims'' of genocide and rendered totally extinct. A case of GreyAndGrayMorality in that, no matter what happened one species was going to wipe out the other.]]
* LighthousePoint

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*** ** One interpretation is that the "genetic voice" of the Diclonii to be a simple case of egoism. It's mentioned often in the manga that human beings have a drive to expand and survive that is based primarily on egoism; it is only natural the ''Homo sapiens diclonius'' would have a similar drive. Since they are competing with humans for a place in the world, and since their vectors give them a huge advantage, it isn't difficult for them to associate their capabilities with manifest destiny and a sense of superiority, ''particularly'' after the abuse many of them receive at the hands of human beings. This serves as [[AnAesop a particularly brutal aesop]] regarding both the consequences of mistreating fellow human beings ''and'' the objective insignificance of human life.
*** ** A different interpretation however is that the "genetic voice" is just regular insanity and the humans simply misinterpreted the Diclonii based on that.
* KillEmAll: KillEmAll:
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Explicitly states that Lucy could singlehandedly cause Diclonii to outnumber humans (guaranteeing their extinction), but doesn't actually occur in the series.
** And then the situation is turned around in the manga: [[spoiler: through [[spoiler:through various genetic-modifying TechnoBabble, humans create a "vaccine" that removes the Diclonii genes from humans, extinguishing them as a racial offshoot. Yeah, that's right; the Diclonii end up being the ''victims'' of genocide and rendered totally extinct. A case of GreyAndGrayMorality in that, no matter what happened one species was going to wipe out the other.]]
* %%* LighthousePoint



* MuggingTheMonster: The kids who picked on Lucy and killed her dog didn't know just what they were messing with.

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* MuggingTheMonster: MuggingTheMonster:
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The kids who picked on Lucy and killed her dog didn't know just what they were messing with.



* NoNameGiven: Numerous examples, especially near the Manga's end. The [[TheStoic Agent]] and the Unknown man are the most prominent. The Operatives in [[spoiler:the Vector Craft]], the Fleet Captain, and The Bakery Lady are also never named.

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* NoNameGiven: NoNameGiven:
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Numerous examples, especially near the Manga's end. The [[TheStoic Agent]] and the Unknown man are the most prominent. The Operatives in [[spoiler:the Vector Craft]], the Fleet Captain, and The Bakery Lady are also never named.



* OneGenderRace: Subverted, as there are male diclonius but they so incredibly rare that we only see one in the manga, [[spoiler:Lucy's half brother.]] There are two other cases, but it's not clear whether they're descended from Diclonii whose ancestors bred with humans to the point that the only part of the Diclonius heritage remaining is the horns (there ''are'' two of them), or if they just have a birth defect that changes the shape of their skulls.
** The manga makes it clear on this front: The Kakuzawas [[spoiler:are only Humans with a slight genetic mutation. Lucy could not sense them at all; Her Diclonius are a separate evolution altogether as a result of genetic manipulation as opposed to being descendants from demons]].

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* OneGenderRace: OneGenderRace:
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Subverted, as there are male diclonius but they so incredibly rare that we only see one in the manga, [[spoiler:Lucy's half brother.]] There are two other cases, but it's not clear whether they're descended from Diclonii whose ancestors bred with humans to the point that the only part of the Diclonius heritage remaining is the horns (there ''are'' two of them), or if they just have a birth defect that changes the shape of their skulls.
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The manga makes it clear on this front: The Kakuzawas [[spoiler:are only Humans with a slight genetic mutation. Lucy could not sense them at all; Her Diclonius are a separate evolution altogether as a result of genetic manipulation as opposed to being descendants from demons]].



* PoweredByAForsakenChild : Much of Kakuzawa's scheming involves the use and abuse of Kurama's Diclonius daughter, Mariko. While at the Institute, she is essentially a hostage to ensure Kurama's complete obedience. Her use as a weapon against Nana and Lucy distracts Kurama and prevents him from acting in time to stop the [[spoiler:virus-carrying missile]]. Even when Mariko herself is gone, her many and varied [[spoiler:clones]] provide both weaponry and, most nightmarishly of all, [[spoiler:the organic material used to build the Vector Attack Craft which have a dubious track record against the masses of Clone Diclonii, and fail completely against Lucy]] making this trope literal and even more loathsome.

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild : Much of Kakuzawa's scheming involves the use and abuse of Kurama's Diclonius daughter, Mariko. While at the Institute, she is essentially a hostage to ensure Kurama's complete obedience. Her use as a weapon against Nana and Lucy distracts Kurama and prevents him from acting in time to stop the [[spoiler:virus-carrying missile]]. Even when Mariko herself is gone, her many and varied [[spoiler:clones]] provide both weaponry and, most nightmarishly of all, [[spoiler:the organic material used to build the Vector Attack Craft which have a dubious track record against the masses of Clone Diclonii, and fail completely against Lucy]] making this trope literal and even more loathsome.



* RRatedOpening: One of the most notorious openings in anime history.

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* %%* RRatedOpening: One of the most notorious openings in anime history.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: Practically every Diclonius in the anime.

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* %%* RedEyesTakeWarning: Practically every Diclonius in the anime.



* RelativeError: A horrific one; Lucy mistakes Kouta's sister as his girlfriend when they were all younger. She promptly kills her and Kouta's father.

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* RelativeError: RelativeError:
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A horrific one; Lucy mistakes Kouta's sister as his girlfriend when they were all younger. She promptly kills her and Kouta's father.



* ShamefulStrip: When Mariko first faces off against Nana, her opening attack basically blasts Nana right out of her clothes. Mariko's follow-up comments suggest this was not unintentional.
* ShooOutTheClowns: In the fastest Shoo-out ever, the general feel of ''Elfen Lied'' is realized when the cute {{Dojikko}} secretary gets her head cut off in the first five-seven minutes of the first episode (and she had done ''nothing'' except walk in on Lucy's battle!). And it doesn't help that Lucy uses her beheaded body as a [[BulletproofHumanShield human shield next.]]

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* ShamefulStrip: When Mariko first faces off against Nana, her opening attack basically blasts Nana right out of her clothes. Mariko's follow-up comments suggest this was not unintentional.
* ShooOutTheClowns: ShooOutTheClowns:
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In the fastest Shoo-out ever, the general feel of ''Elfen Lied'' is realized when the cute {{Dojikko}} secretary gets her head cut off in the first five-seven minutes of the first episode (and she had done ''nothing'' except walk in on Lucy's battle!). And it doesn't help that Lucy uses her beheaded body as a [[BulletproofHumanShield human shield next.]]



* SoundtrackDissonance: The ending theme, Chieko Kawabe's "Be Your Girl", in contrast to pretty much all that the viewer's seen for the previous 20 minutes or so.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: SoundtrackDissonance:
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The ending theme, Chieko Kawabe's "Be Your Girl", in contrast to pretty much all that the viewer's seen for the previous 20 minutes or so.



* SpiderLimbs: Vectors.

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* SpiderLimbs: Vectors. Mariko uses hers to walk and float in the air while trying to kill people in the facility. Lucy and Nana use theirs to give themselves a boost.



* TearsFromAStone: From a stone UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}}.
** Also BerserkerTears, TenderTears, OcularGushers... justified in how [[BreakTheCutie so very broken]] everyone is.
* TearsOfRemorse

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* %%* TearsFromAStone: From a stone UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}}.
** Also BerserkerTears, TenderTears, OcularGushers... justified in how [[BreakTheCutie so very broken]] everyone is.
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%%* TearsOfRemorse



* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Zig-zagged, particularly in the manga. The trope at first appears to be played straight, with Mayu and the "cute" diclonii (Nyu and Nana) winding up on the good guys' side while evil diclonii are either given DullEyesOfUnhappiness or are outright masked to make them appear less cute. However, as the series continues, even cute diclonii like [[spoiler: Mariko and her clones, or Number 28]] suffer gruesome deaths and the penultimate event of the entire manga is [[spoiler: Lucy suffering a horrific and painful death where she basically [[PowerDegeneration melts herself with the entropy of her own powers]]]]. Oh, and while cuteness provides you with a measure of protection against sudden, messy deaths, it's no protection against [[OnlyAFleshWound maiming]], [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], or [[HeroicBSOD psychological breakdown]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: When [[spoiler:the survival of humanity]] is at stake, humans are willing to do lots of things.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Zig-zagged, particularly in the manga. The trope at first appears to be played straight, with Mayu and the "cute" diclonii (Nyu and Nana) winding up on the good guys' side while evil diclonii are either given DullEyesOfUnhappiness or are outright masked to make them appear less cute. However, as the series continues, even cute diclonii like [[spoiler: Mariko and her clones, or Number 28]] suffer gruesome deaths and the penultimate event of the entire manga is [[spoiler: Lucy suffering a horrific and painful death where she basically [[PowerDegeneration melts herself with the entropy of her own powers]]]]. Oh, and while cuteness provides you with a measure of protection against sudden, messy deaths, it's no protection against [[OnlyAFleshWound maiming]], [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], or [[HeroicBSOD psychological breakdown]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
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When [[spoiler:the survival of humanity]] is at stake, humans are willing to do lots of things.



*** [[spoiler:Barbara]] is just shot in the head. This is one of the least gruesome deaths in this series.



*** [[AndIMustScream Except Number 28]] and Saito.
30th Aug '16 12:15:14 PM Yalsaris63
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* BullyingADragon: Various people (Nana and Bando in particular) continue to trash talk Lucy even after they've seen exactly what she's capable of. This decision ends badly for them.

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* BullyingADragon: Brutally deconstructed. Various people (Nana and Bando in particular) continue to trash talk Lucy even after they've seen exactly what she's capable of. This decision ends badly for them.
3rd Jun '16 10:30:07 PM Tehrannotaur
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''Elfen Lied'', written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.

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''Elfen Lied'', written by Creator/LynnOkamoto, is a ''{{gorn}}ographic'' {{manga}}, which has been likened to a [[XMeetsY combination]] of ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', ''Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}}'', ''Manga/LoveHina'', and ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of mutant battles, PsychicPowers, split personalities, pseudo-harem antics, cute girls, the male lead who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of {{Gorn}} - and it's more than happy to [[MoodWhiplash swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat]]. It has also been compared to ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' [[XMeetsY as done by]] DavidLynch and Creator/WesCraven. There is also a short {{anime}} series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with [[GeckoEnding an alternative ending]] before the real plot kicks off.
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