History Manga / GunslingerGirl

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* MyNewGiftIsLame: Hilshire keeps giving Triela teddy bears as gifts, being MaternallyChallenged and figuring that all GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals. Eventually their relationship develops enough for him to ask what she wants, but she just asks for another bear so [[LuckySeven she'll have seven]]. To her annoyance, she gets another bear from someone else, leaving her with eight bears.
18th May '16 9:55:11 AM Willbyr
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** The cover art for the 5th omnibus has Rico in a belly-baring shirt and short shorts, a very "girly" outfit which clashes sharply with the utilitarian clothes she normally wears.
18th May '16 9:35:22 AM Willbyr
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** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxoH_5CnhM The Lighte Before We Land]]," a melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidentally, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]

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** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxoH_5CnhM The Lighte Before We Land]]," a melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidentally, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]"Child Killers"]].
18th May '16 9:21:37 AM Specialist290
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** A melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidently, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]

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** A "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxoH_5CnhM The Lighte Before We Land]]," a melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidently, Incidentally, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]
12th May '16 10:25:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* KnightsTemplar:

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11th May '16 4:10:53 AM Willbyr
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In Italy, the Social Welfare Agency scours the country for little girls who have been traumatized or abandoned ostensibly to give them a second shot at life. In reality, the Agency (as it is usually called) subjects the girls to [[WeCanRebuildHim cyberization]], drugs and brainwashing and uses them to do the government's dirty work. Each girl in the Agency is partnered with a male [[TheHandler handler]] to form a unit called a "fratello". Her handler oversees the girl's training, determines the level of drugs and conditioning she receives and is ultimately her control when out on a mission.

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In Italy, the Social Welfare Agency scours the country for little girls who have been traumatized or abandoned abandoned, ostensibly to give them a second shot at life. In reality, the Agency (as it is usually called) subjects the girls to [[WeCanRebuildHim cyberization]], drugs and brainwashing and uses them to do the government's dirty work. Each girl in the Agency is partnered with a male [[TheHandler handler]] to form a unit called a "fratello". Her handler oversees the girl's training, determines the level of drugs and conditioning she receives and is ultimately her control when out on a mission.



** Jose and Marco. Jose has some serious mental issues and a drinking problem to boot. Marco is too straightforward and simple a person to make a good handler. Jean's a Knight Templar with a personal vendetta (and way too much influence over his brother), and Sandro is in it for himself, period. Hilshire ''is'' an actual hero-slash-KnightInSourArmor but he is in way over his head (not for the first time).

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** Jose and Marco.Most of the handlers. Jose has some serious mental issues and a drinking problem to boot. Marco is too straightforward and simple a person to make a good handler. Jean's a Knight Templar KnightTemplar with a personal vendetta (and way too much influence over his brother), and Sandro is in it for himself, period. Hilshire ''is'' an actual hero-slash-KnightInSourArmor but he is in way over his head (not for the first time).



** Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments [[spoiler: Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 [[note]]"Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility. Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things."[[/note]] to Rico. She never names chapter and verse, she simply answers Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's biblical".

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** Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments [[spoiler: Henrietta's such as [[spoiler:Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 [[note]]"Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility. Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things."[[/note]] to Rico. She never names chapter and verse, she simply answers Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's biblical".Biblical".



* BookEnds: "[[MeaningfulEcho I heard a rumor, about a government agency that uses children as assassins]]."

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"[[MeaningfulEcho I heard a rumor, about a government agency that uses children as assassins]]."



** [[spoiler: Minor one, First story about Triela in chronological time as backstory is Mario Bosci, Hilshire, and a female doctor (Rachelle Belleut) saved Triela, with Mario help them into warehouse and said doctor died. It ends with Triela rushes to save Hilshire but both die. Another woman (this time a prosecutor, Roberta Guellfi) asked to take Triela's ovum and smuggled out of building with Mario's help. As both Rachelle and Roberta are idealist, smart, and Meganekko also make Hilshire and Triela the latter remind to the former.]]

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** [[spoiler: Minor [[spoiler:Minor one, First story about Triela in chronological time as backstory is Mario Bosci, Hilshire, and a female doctor (Rachelle Belleut) saved Triela, with Mario help them into warehouse and said doctor died. It ends with Triela rushes to save Hilshire but both die. Another woman (this time a prosecutor, Roberta Guellfi) asked to take Triela's ovum and smuggled out of building with Mario's help. As both Rachelle and Roberta are idealist, smart, and Meganekko also make Hilshire and Triela the latter remind to the former.]]



* {{Brainwashed}}, which tends to end up being MoreThanMindControl as the [[FireForgedFriends mutual danger]] makes handler and cyborg closer.

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* {{Brainwashed}}, {{Brainwashed}}: A central part of the conditioning process, which tends to end up being MoreThanMindControl as the [[FireForgedFriends mutual danger]] makes handler and cyborg closer.



* CainAndAbel: Jean and Jose. They lost their parents, sister, and Jean's fiance to a roadside bomb aimed at their father. Jean has become completely obsessed with vengeance. Jose's feelings are much more conflicted; he's turned Henrietta into a ReplacementGoldfish, [[spoiler: and has confessed to having been distant from his father (who was just as obsessed as Jean)]]. Hinted at in the manga by Jean's reaction to Claes's movie. In the manga chapter "Fantasma", things move in an even more blatantly Cain-and-Abel direction, what with Jean now ''hallucinating'' about Enrica being angry over Jose's surrogating of Henrietta. The implication of her words at the end of that chapter were ''not'' particularly encouraging.

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* CainAndAbel: Jean and Jose. They lost their parents, sister, and Jean's fiance to a roadside bomb aimed at their father. Jean has become completely obsessed with vengeance. Jose's feelings are much more conflicted; he's turned Henrietta into a ReplacementGoldfish, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and has confessed to having been distant from his father (who was just as obsessed as Jean)]]. Hinted at in the manga by Jean's reaction to Claes's movie. In the manga chapter "Fantasma", things move in an even more blatantly Cain-and-Abel direction, what with Jean now ''hallucinating'' about Enrica being angry over Jose's surrogating of Henrietta. The implication of her words at the end of that chapter were ''not'' particularly encouraging.



** On several different dramatic occasions, Jose tells Henrietta the story of Orion and Artemis. In the very first issue, shortly after they first meet and he's looking for a way to connect with her, as well as[[spoiler: after she is turned into an automaton by the Agency and he wants to know if she still has any memories of him]]. Then, dozens of chapters later, you see how [[spoiler: they die...]]
** During the investigation of Elsa and Lauro's deaths, Henrietta is the one to figure out what happened (that Elsa killed Lauro and then herself). While demonstrating, she heavily implies that she would take the same course of action were she to learn that her affections for Jose were hopeless. [[spoiler: After Henrietta frags Jose and he lies there dying, she remembers this moment through her LaserGuidedAmnesia, and Jose holds a gun to her eye and tells her to fulfill her promise.]]

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** On several different dramatic occasions, Jose tells Henrietta the story of Orion and Artemis. In the very first issue, shortly after they first meet and he's looking for a way to connect with her, as well as[[spoiler: after she is turned into an automaton by the Agency and he wants to know if she still has any memories of him]]. Then, dozens of chapters later, you see how [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they die...]]
** During the investigation of Elsa and Lauro's deaths, Henrietta is the one to figure out what happened (that Elsa killed Lauro and then herself). While demonstrating, she heavily implies that she would take the same course of action were she to learn that her affections for Jose were hopeless. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Henrietta frags Jose and he lies there dying, she remembers this moment through her LaserGuidedAmnesia, and Jose holds a gun to her eye and tells her to fulfill her promise.]]



* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Done plausibly as the Social Welfare Agency only selects girls who don't have extended families who'll be concerned about them. As a victim of child sex trafficking, Triela's background is unknown even to the Agency. Henrietta's entire family was murdered and Angelica's parents are in prison. Petra's family are too poor to travel to see their daughter -- which is just as well as her appearance has been altered completely. One of the final chapters hinted that they (and the dance school she attended) were told that she died of her cancer. As Rico is one of the few cyborgs who retains memories of her previous life, the occasional visit from her estranged parents is no doubt enough to reassure them that their IllGirl is receiving the best of care, and the Agency would have no trouble getting Rico to play along.

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* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Done plausibly as the Social Welfare Agency only selects girls who don't have extended families who'll be concerned about them. As a victim of child sex trafficking, Triela's background is unknown even to the Agency. Henrietta's entire family was murdered and Angelica's parents are in prison. Petra's family are too poor to travel to see their daughter -- daughter, which is just as well as her appearance has been altered completely. One of the final chapters hinted that they (and the dance school she attended) were told that she died of her cancer. As Rico is one of the few cyborgs who retains memories of her previous life, the occasional visit from her estranged parents is no doubt enough to reassure them that their IllGirl is receiving the best of care, and the Agency would have no trouble getting Rico to play along.



* CulturedWarrior: The girls are exposed to varying amounts of culture, depending on their aptitudes and handlers. Henrietta is a skilled violinist, Claes is very well-read, and she and roommate Triela have discussed Balzac and the opera "Theatre/{{Tosca}}" in a "matter of fact" way. Rico expressed great interest when she visited an art museum, and Angelica can barely remember anything anymore. Triela notes that she knows virtually nothing of pop culture while guarding Mimi. Likewise Pinocchio can play the piano, but only the one tune. He also has little interest in cars or girls unlike other Italian boys his age. Lampshaded when Raballo shows Claes his extensive library and says that reading makes you a good soldier... then notes ironically that he's reading a book on [[CallToAgriculture growing vegetables]].

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* CulturedWarrior: The girls are exposed to varying amounts of culture, depending on their aptitudes and handlers. Henrietta is a skilled violinist, Claes is very well-read, and she and roommate Triela have discussed Balzac and the opera "Theatre/{{Tosca}}" ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'' in a "matter of fact" way. Rico expressed great interest when she visited an art museum, and Angelica museum. The exception is Angelica, who can barely remember anything anymore. Triela notes that she knows virtually nothing of pop culture while guarding Mimi. Likewise Pinocchio can play the piano, but only the one tune. He also has little interest in cars or girls unlike other Italian boys his age. Lampshaded when Raballo shows Claes his extensive library and says that reading makes you a good soldier... then notes ironically that he's reading a book on [[CallToAgriculture growing vegetables]].



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** The self-destructive nature of the spiral of revenge and recrimination is a central theme and oft-repeated motif in ''Gunslinger Girl''. One chapter is even entitled "To break the cycle of retaliation" and an entire story arc is entitled "Vendetta".

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** The self-destructive nature of the spiral of revenge and recrimination is a central theme and oft-repeated motif in ''Gunslinger Girl''.motif. One chapter is even entitled "To break the cycle of retaliation" and an entire story arc is entitled "Vendetta".



* DiabolusExMachina: Just when you thought [[spoiler: Petrushka]] might have escaped the EverybodyDies ending, [[spoiler: she's told that the implants she received only cured the ''symptoms'' of her cancer (by allowing her to function normally and so on), not the disease itself, which has now already spread throughout her remaining organic parts and will soon kill her. Mind you, the SWA knew all along - they just didn't consider worthwhile to pay for treatments for a cyborg who's going to die young anyway.]] To make things worse, [[spoiler: Petrushka]] was a second generation cyborg, meaning she would've otherwise lived far longer than the other ones (if still not nearly as long as a normal human).

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* DiabolusExMachina: Just when you thought [[spoiler: Petrushka]] [[spoiler:Petrushka]] might have escaped the EverybodyDies ending, [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's told that the implants she received only cured the ''symptoms'' of her cancer (by allowing her to function normally and so on), not the disease itself, which has now already spread throughout her remaining organic parts and will soon kill her. Mind you, the SWA knew all along - along, they just didn't consider worthwhile to pay for treatments for a cyborg who's going to die young anyway.]] anyway]]. To make things worse, [[spoiler: Petrushka]] [[spoiler:Petrushka]] was a second generation cyborg, meaning she would've otherwise lived far longer than the other ones (if still not nearly as long as a normal human).



** Between drugs and conditioning all of the girls are more than a bit emotionally stunted. Beatrice however, is an extreme case, we never see her get angry, excited, or anything.

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** Between drugs and conditioning all of the girls are more than a bit emotionally stunted. Beatrice however, is an extreme case, case; we never see her get angry, excited, or anything.



* FrontOrganisation: The Social Welfare Agency carries out legitimate research and charity work involving cybernetics and hypno-therapy, which provides a cover for the few patients who get diverted into Section Two's assassination program.

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* FrontOrganisation: The Social Welfare Agency carries out legitimate research and charity work involving cybernetics and hypno-therapy, which provides a cover for the few patients who get diverted into Section Two's assassination assassin program.



* HeelRealization: Angelina [[TakingTheBullet shields Marco from a car bomb]], but Marco -- relieved that he didn't lose his sight in the blast -- doesn't even ask about her until Jose brings the subject up. The realization that shes dying finally causes him to start comforting her; in fact it makes all the handlers rethink their relationships with their cyborgs -- Alessandro and Petrushka share a FirstKiss, Jean's JerkassFacade slips when he's moved to hug Rico, and Hilshire becomes overly protective of Triela [[spoiler:to the extent of leaving her in a hotel room while taking on an assassination himself -- leading to a further HeelRealisation when he realizes that hes been letting Triela do all the killing as a means of avoiding guilt.]]

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* HeelRealization: Angelina Angelica [[TakingTheBullet shields Marco from a car bomb]], but Marco -- relieved that he didn't lose his sight in the blast -- doesn't even ask about her until Jose brings the subject up. The realization that shes dying finally causes him to start comforting her; in fact it makes all the handlers rethink their relationships with their cyborgs -- Alessandro and Petrushka share a FirstKiss, Jean's JerkassFacade slips when he's moved to hug Rico, and Hilshire becomes overly protective of Triela [[spoiler:to the extent of leaving her in a hotel room while taking on an assassination himself -- leading to a further HeelRealisation when he realizes that hes been letting Triela do all the killing as a means of avoiding guilt.]]guilt]].
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* Theatre/{{Tosca}}: One of the missions takes place during a showing of ''Tosca'', and we see just about every important scene at least in part (see kids, anime can be educational). Claes has apparently memorized Tosca's whole ''cry to God'' speech/aria, which seems somehow appropriate.
10th May '16 8:11:06 AM JackG
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* ScarpiaUltimatum: Not in-story, but one of the missions takes place during a showing of ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', and we see just about every important scene at least in part (see kids, anime can be educational). Claes has apparently memorized Tosca's whole ''cry to God'' speech/aria, which seems somehow appropriate.


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* Theatre/{{Tosca}}: One of the missions takes place during a showing of ''Tosca'', and we see just about every important scene at least in part (see kids, anime can be educational). Claes has apparently memorized Tosca's whole ''cry to God'' speech/aria, which seems somehow appropriate.
28th Mar '16 10:19:05 AM Pichu-kun
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* AnimeThemeSong: A melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely.
** Incidently, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]

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A melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely.
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nicely. Incidently, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]



* ArtEvolution: The character designs [[http://www.dannychoo.com/cgm/ecommerce/dannychoo/images/large/3791299aa34b2f6a773ae0a6a756f485.jpg?1250851476 change]] quite a bit between the first and second seasons of the anime due to a new studio. It matches the manga better but the fanbase was less than pleased.

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The character designs [[http://www.dannychoo.com/cgm/ecommerce/dannychoo/images/large/3791299aa34b2f6a773ae0a6a756f485.jpg?1250851476 change]] quite a bit between the first and second seasons of the anime due to a new studio. It matches the manga better but the fanbase was less than pleased.



* AsTheGoodBookSays: Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments [[spoiler: Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 [[note]]"Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility. Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things."[[/note]] to Rico. She never names chapter and verse, she simply answers Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's biblical".

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Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments [[spoiler: Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 [[note]]"Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility. Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things."[[/note]] to Rico. She never names chapter and verse, she simply answers Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's biblical".



* CainAndAbel: Jean and Jose. They lost their parents, sister, and Jean's fiance to a roadside bomb aimed at their father. Jean has become completely obsessed with vengeance. Jose's feelings are much more conflicted; he's turned Henrietta into a ReplacementGoldfish, [[spoiler: and has confessed to having been distant from his father (who was just as obsessed as Jean)]]. Hinted at in the manga by Jean's reaction to Claes's movie.
** In the manga chapter "Fantasma", things move in an even more blatantly Cain-and-Abel direction, what with Jean now ''hallucinating'' about Enrica being angry over Jose's surrogating of Henrietta. The implication of her words at the end of that chapter were ''not'' particularly encouraging.
* ChekhovsGun: On several different dramatic occasions, Jose tells Henrietta the story of Orion and Artemis. In the very first issue, shortly after they first meet and he's looking for a way to connect with her, as well as[[spoiler: after she is turned into an automaton by the Agency and he wants to know if she still has any memories of him]]. Then, dozens of chapters later, you see how [[spoiler: they die...]]

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* CainAndAbel: Jean and Jose. They lost their parents, sister, and Jean's fiance to a roadside bomb aimed at their father. Jean has become completely obsessed with vengeance. Jose's feelings are much more conflicted; he's turned Henrietta into a ReplacementGoldfish, [[spoiler: and has confessed to having been distant from his father (who was just as obsessed as Jean)]]. Hinted at in the manga by Jean's reaction to Claes's movie.
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movie. In the manga chapter "Fantasma", things move in an even more blatantly Cain-and-Abel direction, what with Jean now ''hallucinating'' about Enrica being angry over Jose's surrogating of Henrietta. The implication of her words at the end of that chapter were ''not'' particularly encouraging.
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On several different dramatic occasions, Jose tells Henrietta the story of Orion and Artemis. In the very first issue, shortly after they first meet and he's looking for a way to connect with her, as well as[[spoiler: after she is turned into an automaton by the Agency and he wants to know if she still has any memories of him]]. Then, dozens of chapters later, you see how [[spoiler: they die...]]



* CulturedWarrior: The girls are exposed to varying amounts of culture, depending on their aptitudes and handlers. Henrietta is a skilled violinist, Claes is very well-read, and she and roommate Triela have discussed Balzac and the opera "Theatre/{{Tosca}}" in a "matter of fact" way. Rico expressed great interest when she visited an art museum, and Angelica can barely remember anything anymore. Triela notes that she knows virtually nothing of pop culture while guarding Mimi. Likewise Pinocchio can play the piano, but only the one tune. He also has little interest in cars or girls unlike other Italian boys his age.
** Lampshaded when Raballo shows Claes his extensive library and says that reading makes you a good soldier... then notes ironically that he's reading a book on [[CallToAgriculture growing vegetables]].

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* CulturedWarrior: The girls are exposed to varying amounts of culture, depending on their aptitudes and handlers. Henrietta is a skilled violinist, Claes is very well-read, and she and roommate Triela have discussed Balzac and the opera "Theatre/{{Tosca}}" in a "matter of fact" way. Rico expressed great interest when she visited an art museum, and Angelica can barely remember anything anymore. Triela notes that she knows virtually nothing of pop culture while guarding Mimi. Likewise Pinocchio can play the piano, but only the one tune. He also has little interest in cars or girls unlike other Italian boys his age.
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age. Lampshaded when Raballo shows Claes his extensive library and says that reading makes you a good soldier... then notes ironically that he's reading a book on [[CallToAgriculture growing vegetables]].



* Main/CycleOfRevenge: Both handlers and terrorists are obsessed with avenging family members killed by the other side. Those who aren't are invariably either corrupt leaders or {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s.
** The exception that tests the rule is Hilshire, who works for the program for personal reasons that have nothing to do with Italian civil wars.

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Both handlers and terrorists are obsessed with avenging family members killed by the other side. Those who aren't are invariably either corrupt leaders or {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s.
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Veteran}}s. The exception that tests the rule is Hilshire, who works for the program for personal reasons that have nothing to do with Italian civil wars.



* ADayInTheLife Of Claes is a surprisingly moving episode (especially in the anime with its rendition of "Scarborough Fair") showing how Claes tries to mourn a handler she no longer remembers.

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* ADayInTheLife ADayInTheLife: ''A Day In The Life Of Claes Claes'' is a surprisingly moving episode (especially in the anime with its rendition of "Scarborough Fair") showing how Claes tries to mourn a handler she no longer remembers.



* DiabolusExMachina: Just when you thought [[spoiler: Petrushka]] might have escaped the EverybodyDies ending, [[spoiler: she's told that the implants she received only cured the ''symptoms'' of her cancer (by allowing her to function normally and so on), not the disease itself, which has now already spread throughout her remaining organic parts and will soon kill her. Mind you, the SWA knew all along - they just didn't consider worthwhile to pay for treatments for a cyborg who's going to die young anyway.]]
** To make things worse, [[spoiler: Petrushka]] was a second generation cyborg, meaning she would've otherwise lived far longer than the other ones (if still not nearly as long as a normal human).
* DirtyCop: In the GSG world, a lot of them (Both mostly Polizia di Stato and Carabinieri) are on the side of the [=FRF=], most of them bribed.

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* DiabolusExMachina: Just when you thought [[spoiler: Petrushka]] might have escaped the EverybodyDies ending, [[spoiler: she's told that the implants she received only cured the ''symptoms'' of her cancer (by allowing her to function normally and so on), not the disease itself, which has now already spread throughout her remaining organic parts and will soon kill her. Mind you, the SWA knew all along - they just didn't consider worthwhile to pay for treatments for a cyborg who's going to die young anyway.]]
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]] To make things worse, [[spoiler: Petrushka]] was a second generation cyborg, meaning she would've otherwise lived far longer than the other ones (if still not nearly as long as a normal human).
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In the GSG world, a lot of them (Both mostly Polizia di Stato and Carabinieri) are on the side of the [=FRF=], most of them bribed.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The show lives for this trope.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The show lives for this trope. trope:



* EmotionlessGirl: Between drugs and conditioning all of the girls are more than a bit emotionally stunted. Beatrice however, is an extreme case, we never see her get angry, excited, or anything.

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Between drugs and conditioning all of the girls are more than a bit emotionally stunted. Beatrice however, is an extreme case, we never see her get angry, excited, or anything.



* HitmanWithAHeart: Franca and Franco, who try to avoid killing children.

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Franca and Franco, who try to avoid killing children.



* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: Apart for Triela's Winchester 1897, all of the guns used by the Social Welfare Agency are fairly difficult to find in Italy even for a government-sponsored assassination force, and ''all'' of them could have been easily replaced by actual Italian military hardware (the only exception being Petra's SITES Spectre submachine gun, that ''is'' actual Italian military hardware specifically made for special forces. It's the most properly placed weapon they could have possibly given them).
** Lampshaded in Chapter 4 - a SIG Sauer pistol is found at the scene of a dead SWA team by local police, who comment on the rarity of German-made automatics in Italy. It is possible that the agency deliberately sources its hardware outside of conventional channels to lessen the suspicion of government involvement.

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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: Apart for Triela's Winchester 1897, all of the guns used by the Social Welfare Agency are fairly difficult to find in Italy even for a government-sponsored assassination force, and ''all'' of them could have been easily replaced by actual Italian military hardware (the only exception being Petra's SITES Spectre submachine gun, that ''is'' actual Italian military hardware specifically made for special forces. It's the most properly placed weapon they could have possibly given them).
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them). Lampshaded in Chapter 4 - a SIG Sauer pistol is found at the scene of a dead SWA team by local police, who comment on the rarity of German-made automatics in Italy. It is possible that the agency deliberately sources its hardware outside of conventional channels to lessen the suspicion of government involvement.



* KillEmAll: The gruesome battle between the forces of the SWA and Giacomo's cell has brought the series right into this territory, and the face-off has resulted in [[spoiler: the deaths of three cyborgs with Beatrice being among the dead. After the battle, the government decides to shut down the SWA by declaring them terrorists and sending the army in to kill them.]]
** Out of all the first-gen cyborgs (and Petrushka) [[spoiler: only Rico, Petrushka and Claes survive to (almost) the end. In the second to last chapter, Rico's revealed to have succumbed to her shortened lifespan, and Petrushka succumbed to her leukemia, and it's probably safe to say that Claes didn't survive to the DistantFinale.]]

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* KillEmAll: The gruesome battle between the forces of the SWA and Giacomo's cell has brought the series right into this territory, and the face-off has resulted in [[spoiler: the deaths of three cyborgs with Beatrice being among the dead. After the battle, the government decides to shut down the SWA by declaring them terrorists and sending the army in to kill them.]]
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]] Out of all the first-gen cyborgs (and Petrushka) [[spoiler: only Rico, Petrushka and Claes survive to (almost) the end. In the second to last chapter, Rico's revealed to have succumbed to her shortened lifespan, and Petrushka succumbed to her leukemia, and it's probably safe to say that Claes didn't survive to the DistantFinale.]]



* KnightsTemplar: A deceptively named Intelligence Agency that uses brainwashed little girls to kill anyone who gets in their way or spots them on a job and occasionally handle unrelated kills as political favors. They get said girls by scouring the hospitals and are at best deceiving the staff/families about the nature of what is in store for them. Seems like they might be bending a few laws into pretzels in the name of anti-terrorism.

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* KnightsTemplar: KnightsTemplar:
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A deceptively named Intelligence Agency that uses brainwashed little girls to kill anyone who gets in their way or spots them on a job and occasionally handle unrelated kills as political favors. They get said girls by scouring the hospitals and are at best deceiving the staff/families about the nature of what is in store for them. Seems like they might be bending a few laws into pretzels in the name of anti-terrorism.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The girls have been conditioned out of their previous identities, but not of their basic social skills. Some of them show signs of things from before their transformations. When they start remembering more of their past life than what they did last year it's a very bad sign. [[spoiler: See Angelica.]]

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: LaserGuidedAmnesia:
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The girls have been conditioned out of their previous identities, but not of their basic social skills. Some of them show signs of things from before their transformations. When they start remembering more of their past life than what they did last year it's a very bad sign. [[spoiler: See Angelica.]]



* LeftHanging: We're shown a DistantFinale with [[spoiler:Triela's daughter]] and a page with Jean, but we're never really told of the fates of any other characters.
** That's from the original manga, the collections added a half-dozen pages about the remaining girls. They were [[PutOnABus put on a boat]], along with the technical staff.

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* LeftHanging: We're shown a DistantFinale with [[spoiler:Triela's daughter]] and a page with Jean, but we're never really told of the fates of any other characters.
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characters. That's from the original manga, the collections added a half-dozen pages about the remaining girls. They were [[PutOnABus put on a boat]], along with the technical staff.



* {{Lolicon}}: Basically all the girls except Petra and possibly Triela. Considering [[BleachedUnderpants *where* the series come from]], though...
** It's worth noting that, like the book {{Lolita}}, the story is actually written the other way around. Romantic and sexual relationships between the girls and their handlers exist and are discussed to a great depth, but in all cases it is made very clear (sometimes even to those involved themselves) that these relationships are wrong, unhealthy, and will only result in tragedy one way or another. As such, the characters, mainly the Handlers, consciously or unconsciously try to distance themselves from their charges to avoid becoming attached or too emotionally involved, from only seeing them as tools (Lauro and [[spoiler:Jose after crossing his DespairEventHorizon]] ), "being cold to be kind" (Jean and Raballo), being like an older brother (Jose), or being a distant father figure (Hilshire and Marco).

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* {{Lolicon}}: Basically all the girls except Petra and possibly Triela. Considering [[BleachedUnderpants *where* the series come from]], though...
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though... It's worth noting that, like the book {{Lolita}}, the story is actually written the other way around. Romantic and sexual relationships between the girls and their handlers exist and are discussed to a great depth, but in all cases it is made very clear (sometimes even to those involved themselves) that these relationships are wrong, unhealthy, and will only result in tragedy one way or another. As such, the characters, mainly the Handlers, consciously or unconsciously try to distance themselves from their charges to avoid becoming attached or too emotionally involved, from only seeing them as tools (Lauro and [[spoiler:Jose after crossing his DespairEventHorizon]] ), "being cold to be kind" (Jean and Raballo), being like an older brother (Jose), or being a distant father figure (Hilshire and Marco).



* MultinationalTeam: A bit averted since most of the [=SWA=] personnel are from Italian security forces and intelligence. A few however are recruited from other parts of Europe. Victor, for one, is a Polizei officer from Germany and formerly attached to Europol. Olga is from Russia and was an ex-Russian embassy employee.

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* MultinationalTeam: MultinationalTeam:
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A bit averted since most of the [=SWA=] personnel are from Italian security forces and intelligence. A few however are recruited from other parts of Europe. Victor, for one, is a Polizei officer from Germany and formerly attached to Europol. Olga is from Russia and was an ex-Russian embassy employee.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Henrietta's handler is variously called Jose, Guise, or Giuseppe (Spanish, French, and Italian variations of the same name) depending on the translation. Maybe we should just call him "Joe", the English form, and be done with it. His brother is unambiguously Jean (French), not Giovanni (Italian) like their father, so perhaps dad gave them cosmopolitan names as part of his strongly hinted rebellion against their grandfather, lending support to Jose, which is used by the most English translations.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: SpellMyNameWithAnS:
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Henrietta's handler is variously called Jose, Guise, or Giuseppe (Spanish, French, and Italian variations of the same name) depending on the translation. Maybe we should just call him "Joe", the English form, and be done with it. His brother is unambiguously Jean (French), not Giovanni (Italian) like their father, so perhaps dad gave them cosmopolitan names as part of his strongly hinted rebellion against their grandfather, lending support to Jose, which is used by the most English translations.



* TenderTears: The cyborgs have a habit of crying in their sleep as noted by the Agency doctors. Especially tragic as the audience knows why they cry but the girls can't remember their dreams so they don't understand why they feel sad on waking up (Claes dreams of her father figure/handler who was wiped from her conscious memory, while Triela dreams of a woman she believes to be her mother, but is actually the doctor who died resuscitating her in Amsterdam).

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* TenderTears: TenderTears:
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The cyborgs have a habit of crying in their sleep as noted by the Agency doctors. Especially tragic as the audience knows why they cry but the girls can't remember their dreams so they don't understand why they feel sad on waking up (Claes dreams of her father figure/handler who was wiped from her conscious memory, while Triela dreams of a woman she believes to be her mother, but is actually the doctor who died resuscitating her in Amsterdam).



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture / AlternateHistory: Nearly everything about the world seems modern except for the film cameras, which were phasing out even when the manga started, and the cyborg girls, who are well beyond today's technology. The nonexistent organizations, and events (like a nuclear incident in Serbia) make it at least one of these options.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture / AlternateHistory: AlternateHistory:
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Nearly everything about the world seems modern except for the film cameras, which were phasing out even when the manga started, and the cyborg girls, who are well beyond today's technology. The nonexistent organizations, and events (like a nuclear incident in Serbia) make it at least one of these options.



* UncannyValley (InUniverse): Sandro, a handler who's developed the ability to SherlockScan people, notes that he can't read anything from the cyborgs due to their memory-wiped personalities.

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* UncannyValley (InUniverse): UncannyValley:
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Sandro, a handler who's developed the ability to SherlockScan people, notes that he can't read anything from the cyborgs due to their memory-wiped personalities.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: There is mounting confusion about how to view the girls, who lose their human traits more and more as time progresses.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
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There is mounting confusion about how to view the girls, who lose their human traits more and more as time progresses.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Triela and Claes.
** In particular, do not try to hide things from Triela. She picks up on euphemisms and omissions very well for a 14-year old, (let alone a brainwashed cyborg one). Fortunately, she tends to be forgiving.

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Triela and Claes.
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Claes. In particular, do not try to hide things from Triela. She picks up on euphemisms and omissions very well for a 14-year old, (let alone a brainwashed cyborg one). Fortunately, she tends to be forgiving.
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* NewRomanLegions: Most of the [=SWA=] black ops personnel came from the police, military or the intelligence services.
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