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->''It is a place that dwells in the memory of those who still dream of its ancient glory. A world revered for its beauty, mystery and danger, on a planet of endless adventure. Such a land is known as El-Hazard. If your spirit has wings to travel, even across the breadth of a thousand million nights, imagination will guide the way and the gates of El-Hazard will always be open to you.''

When he awakens a beautiful woman entombed in a mysterious chamber discovered under his high school, Makoto Mizuhara finds himself (along with several other people) catapulted across dimensions to the world of El-Hazard. Once the site of an unimaginably advanced civilization that destroyed itself in an apocalyptic war, it is now home to a culture in the ArabianNightsDays, sprinkled here and there with the [[LostTechnology remnants of ancient ultratechnology.]]

Once there, Makoto and his teacher, Masamichi Fujisawa, find themselves on the front lines of a BugWar between the human lands and the Bugrom, a civilization of immense insects. Makoto's life is complicated by his uncanny resemblance to a missing princess, whom he is drafted to impersonate. Meanwhile, Makoto's friend Nanami Jinnai is dropped in the middle of a desert; his arch-enemy, Nanami's brother Katsuhiko, finds himself among the Bugrom.

As Makoto, Mr. Fujisawa and Nanami struggle to help their new home of Roshtaria defend itself, Jinnai falls into the role of a military messiah to the Bugrom and begins leading them to victory after victory. Only the threat of the Eye of God, an unimaginably powerful weapon controlled by the royal family of Roshtaria, prevents the Bugrom from overrunning the human lands, but when Jinnai finds a disturbingly familiar superweapon of his own, matters begin to come to a head.

Meanwhile, the visitors from Earth learn that the transit to El-Hazard has changed them in unexpected ways, even as they discover that there is a secret, ''third'' side to the war. Add to that the revelation that there is more to Jinnai's superweapon than just a means of massive destruction. Plots revolve within plots, and victory may become defeat. Throw in a time loop, lovers separated, family reunited, a trio of elemental priestesses, an indiscriminately amorous teenaged lesbian and some broad comedy leavening the drama, and you have the makings for one of the better anime "miniseries".

''El-Hazard'' was created by Ryoe Tsukimura and Hiroki Hayashi, who also directed the {{OVA}}. The series is noteworthy for being [[SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing one of the first anime whose English dub is considered superior to the original Japanese voice work]]. In fact, Hayashi and other members of the production team at AIC consider the English cast to be the ''definitive'' voices of the characters, far superior to their Japanese counterparts. The animation is first-rate, and it has a lush orchestral soundtrack that perfectly evokes the "Arabian Nights" feel of the world, courtesy of Seikou Nagaoka.

''El-Hazard'' was remade/expanded into a TV series called ''El-Hazard: Wanderers''. This series generally followed the same plot outline, but there were significant changes to some of the characters, including a severe tuning-down of the lesbianism (though the hints are there if you look) and the exclusion of the Phantom Tribe. The {{OVA}} version itself had two sequels: ''El-Hazard: The Magnificent World 2'' (short and not bad, though not the equal of the original), and ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'' (which was CutShort, running to only 13 of its planned 26 episodes).

There is also a manga, which is mostly the storyline of the first {{OVA}} with some of the characterization from the first TV show.

!!This show provides examples of:

%%* AccidentalPervert: Makoto.
* TheAce: Makoto was this back in his own world, excelling in academics, physical education, music, art, and pretty much everything, much to Jinnai's chagrin.
* ActionGirl: Ifurita, Afura, Shayla and Miz.
* AdaptedOut: Fatora, Kalia & The Phantom Tribe don't exist in ''The Wanderers.'' Taking Aliellie's nymphomania & Nanami's original AntiMagic with them.
* AddictionPowered: Inverted with [[TheAlcoholic Fujusawa-sensei]]. He does gain super strength, but only when he ''stops'' drinking. When he stops chain-smoking, he gets even stronger. He's not happy about it.
* AGodAmI: Jinnai refers to himself this way in the second OVA. He is ''so'' TemptingFate.
* TheAlcoholic: Fujisawa. He keeps a bottle of booze tucked into an inside pocket. He goes into obvious withdrawal when he sobers up...
%%* AllMenArePerverts: Parnasse.
* AlternateContinuity: ''The Wanderers'' and the manga adaptation both exist in seperate continuities from the original one.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Why Jinnai hated Makoto at school.
* AmazonChaser:
** Alielle is initially drawn to Shayla's red hair and goes googley eyed when she starts to kick Bugrom ass.
** Fatora thinks Gilda is an AmazonianBeauty... at least until the latter decides to beat some information out of her.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: [[spoiler: When Makoto reads Kalia's memories, it's a horrifying MindRape utterly unlike Ifurita's mind.]]
%%* AnnoyingLaugh: Jinnai.
* AntiMagic: Of the very specific kind. In the OAV Nanami's ability is to see through the illusions of the Phantom Tribe.
%%* AntiVillain: Ifurita, a Type II.
* ApocalypseMaiden:
** Kalia, [[spoiler: whose reason for being is to wipe out all existence as retribution for those races and tribes who were victimised by the Eye of God.]]
** Being an Apocalypse Maiden is also [[spoiler: Ifurita's true purpose in ''The Wanderers'' TV show.]]
* ArtificialHuman: Ifurita is some kind of... machine?
* AscendedExtra: Rune in The Wanderers, Fatora in the sequels of the OVA.
* ATwinkleInTheSky: Happen to Alielle and Fatora in the final episode of ''The Alternative World''.
%%* AxCrazy: Kalia.
%%* BaitAndSwitchCredits
* BattleAura: Technological in origin.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Ifurita's powers allow her to do this easily, as she does with Shayla-Shayla.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Time loop variety.
* {{Beergasm}}: Fujisawa, any time he gets his hands on some alcohol.
* BelatedHappyEnding: [[spoiler: The ending shows that Makoto does manage to get back together with Ifurita, but the anime does doesn't show how Makoto manages to do it.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't touch Kalia.
* BestForLast: It takes awhile, but Makoto learns he has a power that easily tops the others.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Queen Diva and Jinnai are co-rulers of the Bugrom.
* BigBadEnsemble: In the first OVA, there's Jinnai and the Bugrom Empire competing with [[spoiler: Galus and the Shadow Tribe.]]
* BigGood: [[PrincessesRule Princess Rune Venus of Roshtaria]] is the commander of the Alliance in the first OVA. Afterwards, this is downplayed as her leadership role becomes less important to the plot.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: An InUniverse example occurs in the first episode when Makoto and Fujisawa are first stranded in El-Hazard and a... mumbling dolphin-headed mowhawked bear-thing... comes wandering out of the bushes, runs past them and dives back into the bushes, leaving the two gobsmacked humans staring and verbally wondering what the hell just happened. Subverted in that it does serve a purpose to the audience: to let them know that this isn't Earth anymore.
* {{Bishonen}}:
** Makoto and Galus (in his human guise) are actually the only male characters who qualify.
** Nahato, though young, as well.
* BitchInSheepsClothing:
** Don't let Kalia's cute and clueless act fool you.
** There was also [[spoiler: Galus posing as a well meaning prince]] in the first OVA.
* BlatantLies: Alielle says that "I haven't been able to think of anyone else since [Fatora] was gone!" Of course, while Fatora was imprisoned, she had been busy trying to get into Shayla Shayla and Nanami's pants.
* BlessedWithSuck: Fujisawa's opinion of the condition required for his power to work: [[spoiler: sobriety]].
* BrokenHeel: When Ifurita attacks the palace in episode 4, one of the palace maids trips and falls while fleeing from her.
* BrotherChuck: The Amazing Vanishing Love Interest Guy.
* BulletproofVest: Ura, the armor cat and the cutest flak jacket you'll ever wear when he's on the job.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: No matter how petty or crazy he is, one has to give props to OAV Jinnai for being able to quickly marshal a force capable of conquering the world; stoppable only by MacGuffin.
%%* CallingYourAttacks: Including subversion: played for laughs.
* CanonImmigrant: The silly version of Ifurita from ''The Wanderers'' became as popular as the serious original one, so a radio drama taking place in the OVA's continuity imported her in under the name of "Ifurina".
* CardCarryingVillain: In the ''Wanderers'' continuity, Jinnai is evil and proud of it! OVA Jinnai doesn't call himself "evil"; he's more interested in "conquest" and "killing Makoto."
* TheChessmaster: Jinnai, especially in the OVA, is a rather capable politician and leader [[BunnyEarsLawyer despite coming across as a complete buffoon]]. While his plans appear amateurish and simple-minded to the viewer, they usually ''work'' quite well. To add to that, he apparently launches a number of military campaigns that result in quick and easy conquests with an army that had utterly failed to be effective for ''centuries'' before his arrival. While the viewers don't get to learn much about what exactly he's doing, he apparently makes an excellent [[TheStrategist tactician]], and this is why he comes so close to conquering El-Hazard.
%%* ChickMagnet: Makoto.
* ChivalrousPervert: When on her own, Alielle is actually rather sweet, and manages to get away with some rather outrageous flirting with Nanami and Shayla-Shayla. However, this is not the case when Fatora's around; Fatora is an unrepentant {{Jerkass}} and Alielle [[YesMan loses any of her own morals when the Princess is giving orders]].
* TheChosenOne: The Bugrom regard Jinnai as this. Considering he single-handedly turned them into an effective fighting force and damn near took over El-Hazard, this may be justified.
* ChristmasCake: Miz Mishtal, and it worries her ''so'' much. [[spoiler:Subverted towards the ending, when she marries Fujisawa-sensei.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl:
** Nanami and Shayla-Shayla in the OVA continuity, both toward Makoto.
** Miz towards Mr. Fujisawa.
* CloudCuckooLander: TV![[RobotGirl Ifurita]] is somewhere between this and TheDitz.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Makoto just ''happens'' to look exactly like Princess Fatora. Despite being male.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Jinnai with a feather duster on TV!Ifurita in one episode.
%%* CoolOldGuy: Dr. Schtalubaugh.
%%* CoolTeacher: Mr Fujisawa.
%%* CreepyChild: Nahato. Oh boy, Nahato.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Makoto. The palace staff dress him up as the princess in order to hide the fact that she is still missing.
%%* CuteAndPsycho: Kalia.
* CuteKitten: Why is Makoto's armor also a talking cat? Because [[RuleOfCute he's adorable]].
* CuteMonsterGirl: The Bugrom are basically humanoid beetles that stand, on average, twice the size of a human being. Queen Diva, on the other hand, is a beautiful woman with pink hair, diaphanous wings, cute antennae and small black spots on her forehead that are presumably extra eyes. At the end of ''The Alternative World'', she actually takes Jinnai as her mate.
* CutShort: ''The Alternative World'' was chopped at 13 of 26 episodes; the last two episodes were horribly rushed messes of trying to resolve a half-dozen subplots at once. And some of them don't even get ''mentioned'', let alone resolved (like the LiteralCliffHanger that Amazing Vanishing Love Interest Guy was left in before he, well, vanished).
%%* DarkActionGirl: Kalia.
%%* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Shayla Shayla.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Alielle and OVA Ifurita's hair are blue or purple.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Jinnai suggests that the Bugrom population has become too small, and that Queen Diva needs to make more little Bugrom. The Queen agrees, but needs Jinnai to help. Jinnai is horrified by the implications.
%%* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu
* DistaffCounterpart: Parnasse to Alielle.
* DistressedDamsel: Rune in the TV series, Fatora in the original OVA.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: Alielle and Fatora sexually harassing many women, particularly Shayla-Shayla, and this is PlayedForLaughs.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: In the final episode of ''The Alternative World'', Queen Diva rapes Jinnai to have new Bugrom.
* DraggedIntoDrag: Londs and Princess Rune meet Makoto and Fujisawa during the time of Fatora's abduction and decide to use Makoto's likeness to her to their advantage, in order to assure their allies that the Eye of God could be used at any time should the need arise. When Makoto refuses to go along with it, they imprison him and Fujisawa in the tower until he reluctantly agrees to do it.
%%* DramaticWind
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Makoto is a dead ringer for Princess Fatora, which becomes a crucial plot element for the first half of the series.
* DungeonBypass: Jinnai gets tired after following Kalia through some hallways in the second OVA, so she tells him about the shorter route through a wall. Which, of course, she opens up.
* {{Ecchi}}: Extremely so, with many naked girls in every episode.
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: TV Ifurita
%%** Also, there's Jinnai.
* ElementalHair: The three great priestesses of Mt. Muldoon: Shayla is easily identifed as the priestess of fire, thanks to her flaming red hair. Miz Mishtal, who presides over water, has lavender hair. And while Afura Mann's a brunette, her blue/sea green attire shows she controls wind.
* ElementalPowers: The Priestesses of Muldoon.
** PlayingWithFire: Shayla Shayla.
** BlowYouAway: Afura Mann.
** MakingASplash: Miz Mishtal (and her successor in one of the continuities, Qawool Towles).
* EmergencyImpersonation: In the OVA, Makoto is shanghaied into pretending to be Princess Fatora almost as soon as he arrives in El Hazard. She's disappeared, and two princesses absolutely have to be seen together to reassure the Alliance that activating the Eye of God is an option.
%%* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
%%* EnemyMine
%%* EnfantTerrible: Nahato.
* {{Engrish}}: "El Hazard", being a Spanish prefix appended to an English word, does not make any sense in context to describe an Arabian Nights world. It's often assumed the land's name, and by extent the title, is supposed to be [[ShoutOut "Al]] [[Creator/HPLovecraft Hazred"]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Fatora and Rune.
* EvilerThanThou: The Phantom Tribe to Jinnai and the Bugrom.
* EvilIsHammy: Jinnai, UpToEleven. Also, [[spoiler: Galus goes from calm and understated to loud and commanding after revealing his true evil form.]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler: Jinnai woke up Kalia without making sure that she was controllable.]]
* EvilLaugh:
** Jinnai '''''LOVES''''' doing this.
** Also Queen Diva, [[spoiler:Galus]] and Kalia.
** Princess Fatora gets in some cackling of her own, and while she's on Roshtaria's side, she's also a ''massive'' bitch.
%%* EvilVersusOblivion
%%* EyesAlwaysShut: Fujisawa.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Afura Mann's only got one pantleg.
* FatBastard: Jinnai turns into a massive {{Gonk}} at one point after being fattened up as cattle by bugs.
* FieryRedhead: Shayla-Shayla, literally. Also Nanami.
* FirstGrayHair: Mis Mishtal goes into hysterics after finding a single gray hair.
* FlatCharacter: Londs is the chief servant of the royal house of Roshtaria and this is pretty much all you can say about him.
* {{Foil}}: Afura and Shayla Shayla in the TV series.
* ForgedMessage: In the first episode, Makoto walks blindly into a trap, after receiving a love letter from his childhood crush, Nanami, asking him to [[ShmuckBait meet her alone, after school.]] In truth, the letter was from her brother, [[LaughablyEvil Jinnai]], who reveals it was one of several, from her ample collection of 'practice notes'. At which point, Makoto correctly guesses she had written them as part of a "creative writting" assignment.
* ForgottenSuperweapon: Ifurita is one, from a long-dead civilization.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Part of what killed ''The Alternative World'' was that the party split in four directions, so it took four episodes to advance the plot of all of them.
* FreudianExcuse: TV Jinnai was often alone during his childhood.
* TheGlomp: Alielle has a tendency to latch onto any attractive female she can when Fatora's not around.
* GodzillaThreshold: The Eye of God's unsealing was due to Ifurita's unsealing and the increased threat that the Bugrom, who now control her, pose.
%%* HairColors
%%* HandsOffMyFluffy
* HandsomeLech: Both Alielle and Fatora.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: The underage Shayla Shayla is no stranger to sneaking a couple of bottles, and can match Mr. Fujisawa's capacity.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ifurita in the original OVA.
** Averted in the TV series, since [[PunchClockVillain it's Ifurita is so un-evil]] that leaving her on the side of the villains really does no harm.
%%* TheHero: Makoto
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Yuba gives his life to rewind Ifurita in the second OVA.]]
* HiddenDepths: Interestingly enough, [[spoiler:Jinnai actually exhibits a strong paternal instinct for his subordinates at times.]] He shows this in different ways depending on what continuity of ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El-Hazard]]'' it is, but it actually seems to be a genuine quality of his...
** In the first OVA, [[spoiler:he is generally respectful of his Bugrom soldiers, only insulting them for doing something genuinely bone-headed and making a point of memorizing the names he gives them. He even seems keen on accompanying them into battle on some occasions, when he really never had to, though this may be to more properly direct them. It still involves risking his own neck alongside theirs, which is rare for any sort of general, let alone one so megalomaniacal. All this makes him seem like a FatherToHisMen (or, rather, women as the Bugrom are most likely female, being soldiers in a hive-like system.) He even dresses up in the style of a Bugrom in the second OVA for presumably no other reason than to strengthen camradarie with them!]]
** While he lacks the above attitude in the ''Wanderers'' continuity, [[spoiler:Jinnai acts more paternal toward Ifurita, especially near the end when she's unconscious and he doesn't have to worry about acting like a DrillSergeantNasty. [[HeartwarmingMoments He picks her up and carries her off]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther as if she's his daughter.]]]]
* HotConsort: 15-year old Alielle for Fatora. Her parents are actually okay with this, as it means a steady job and an education.
* HotSpringsEpisode: One in the first OVA and one in ''The Alternative World''.
* IdenticalStranger: Makoto and Fatora. ''And they don't have the same gender.''
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In the OVA, the episodes are named "The World of _____."
* IdiotBall: Afura Mann grabs it in the OVA when Ifurita attacks Roshtaria's palace. Ifurita takes out Miz and Shayla by using their own attacks against them. She then explains to Afura (the only one left standing at this point besides Makoto) that her power allows her to absorb and learn any attack thrown at her. Afura then ''immediately'' attacks Ifurita with her Badger's Slash attack which not only fails to hurt her, but then allows Ifurita to learn it herself, which she then uses to defeat Afura. She might have seen that coming.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: When Alielle [[UnsettlingGenderReveal realizes that Makoto is a guy]], she still seems to be rather attracted to him...at least when he's dressed as Fatora.
%%* ImpossiblyCoolClothes
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Fujisawa, constantly.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: The Bugrom and ''The Wanderers'' versions of Jinnai and Ifurita.
* InsectQueen: [[CuteMonsterGirl Queen Diva]] is the ruler of the Bugrom Empire. As such, part of her duty is to ensure there are a sufficient number of troops for their army and to sustain the Bugrom Citadel, which requires that she mate with someone. So, when [[LaughablyEvil Jinnai]] notes the shortage of troops and suggests she lays more eggs, [[FunnyMoments she takes him up]] [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale on the offer.]]
* InterspeciesRomance:
** In the TV series, a Bugrom has a crush on Nanami.
** Makoto and Ifurita's relationship is this, given she's an ArtificialHuman of vague origin and he's a human being.
** In the ''Alternative World'' continuity, Queen Diva (CuteMonsterGirl bug) ends up mating with Jinnai (human).
*** Though, considering Jinnai [[DidntThinkThisThrough was not at all willing and had to be forced into that one]], it's more like [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale Interspecies Rape]] than any sort of romance. With that said though, in some continuities, Queen Diva ''does'' show signs of romantic interest in Jinnai. It's never reciprocated though.
* IntimateMarks: Both Ifurita and Kalia's activation modules are located directly above the cleft of their buttocks. Each must be inserted with a keystaff to turn them on, and is every bit as suggestive as it sounds.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: Nanami and Phantom Tribe illusions; she often doesn't realize that she isn't seeing what everyone else is. For example, we discover her powers during a scene when a female Phantom Tribe assassin approaches the group disguised as a scantily-clad blonde bombshell; since her true form is a blue-skinned [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Kiyone Makibi]] expy, Nanami doesn't notice anything odd about the men's dropped jaws right away. Later on, in Roshtaria:
-->'''Nanami:''' (ecstatic) How cute! A wedding between the Royal House and the Phantom Tribe!
-->'''crowd murmurs in confusion'''
-->'''Londs:''' (chuckling) Lady Nanami, surely you jest? This is [[spoiler: Galus, her Royal Highness' fiance.]]
-->'''Nanami:''' I surely doth not. His skin be blue.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: The plot proper of the first OAV begins when a beautiful woman comes out of that mysterious capsule and lovingly embraces Makoto by name and neither he or the audience has any idea of why how she knows that or why she is acting that way. At the very end, you see that same event from her point of view and it makes perfect sense by then.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jinnai and Fatora, though the latter has some rare JerkWithAHeartOfGold moments, and in ''The Wanderers'', even ''Jinnai'' had a big PetTheDog moment at the end.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dahl from ''The Alternative World'' is a horrible pervert and HaremSeeker who takes all the women in Cretaria for his harem, while callously brushing aside the woman who ''does'' love him, and using his army to tax and terrorize the colonies. [[spoiler: However, he did actually care about Gilda; he pushed her away because she was a member of the Royal Family of El-Hazard and he didn't want to bring her into the mess surrounding the Eye of God.]]
* JokerImmunity: El Hazard without Jinnai and the Bugrom would be boring, so they escape all the time.
%%* KarmaHoudini: Nahato.
%%* LackOfEmpathy: The Phantom Tribe.
* LargeHam: Both Fujisawa-sensei and Jinnai, especially in the English dub.
* LastNameBasis: Jinnai (except for his sister Nanami), Mr Fujisawa and Dr.Schtalubaugh.
%%* LaughablyEvil: The main reason why Jinnai has so many fans.
* LaughingMad:
** Miz completely loses it when Mr. Fujisawa stands her up at the altar, breaking into a mad cackle before she finally goes berserk.
** The jury's out on Jinnai; he definitely has the cackling down, but how sane he is is up for interpretation.
* LeParkour: Fujisawa-sensei's power includes a bit of impossible free-running.
* LighterAndSofter: ''El-Hazard: The Wanderers'', save for [[MoodWhiplash the last three episodes.]]
* TheLoad: Aside from having authorization to command the Eye of God, Fatora is worse than useless, and her nymphomania gets the group into trouble more than once.
%%* LostTechnology
* LovableSexManiac: Alielle and Parnasse.
* LoveDodecahedron: More or less; Makoto is rare in that he decides who he's interested in rather quickly and makes it pretty damned obvious to the other girls. The sequels tried to ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' things up a bit, throwing three other love interests at him to complicate his life. Then again, [[spoiler:the girl he's interested in isn't actually present in the sequels, which take place ''before'' the final scene of the original in which Makoto is reunited with Ifurita]].
** In ''The Wanderers'', Makoto makes it pretty clear he's interested in Rune Venus early on, and it's not so much about Nanami and Shayla-Shayla competing for his affection, but coming to terms with his decision.
%%* MagicFromTechnology
* {{Magitek}}: Most of the technology of El Hazard seems to be magical in nature or at least interacts effortlessly with magic. [[RobotGirl Ifurita and Kalia]] are both prime examples, as is the Eye of God, but Ura (a cat who turns into a BulletproofVest) also qualifies.
%%* TheManBehindTheMonsters: Jinnai
* ManipulativeBastard: Jinnai and [[spoiler:Galus]].
%%* MasterOfIllusion: The Phantom Tribe.
* MeaningfulName: Miz Mishtal, a priestess of water[[note]] :Miz = "mizu" = water[[/note]].
* MindlinkMates: [[spoiler:Makoto's ability to interface with ancient technology causes him to inadvertently link his mind with Ifurita's, leading to him seeing the whole of her past and suffering. He immediately falls for her.]] Note that they aren't linked when they aren't in physical contact, however.
%%* MinionWithAnFInEvil: TV Ifurita.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: In Roshtaria, the Eye of God's dimensional technology is solely used as a WeaponOfMassDestruction. [[spoiler: In Cretaria, their Eye of God is used to power the kingdom and maintain [[FloatingContinent farming colonies in the sky]].]]
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Ura is Fatora's armor-cat, and at first only serves Makoto because Makoto is Fatora's body double. Then when the real Fatora shows up and starts treating Ura like trash, Ura quickly decides that he likes Makoto better.
** Heavily implied with the Phantom Tribe, who were victims of the ancient war the the Eye of God created, and the fact that the survivors of it did not like having that reminder present.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Galus poses as a nobleman and Rune Venus' fiance, but is actually the leader of the Phantom Tribe]].
* MomentKiller: Quawool's specialty.
* MoneyFetish: Nanami doesn't want to spend the money she earns from her restaurant in ''The Alternative World''. She just wants to roll around in it!
* MrViceGuy: Alielle is a sweet girl but also a nympho who constantly sexually harasses girls. She's also an ExtremeDoormat to Fatora, who is anything but a good person.
* MustHaveNicotine: Fujisawa after running out of smokes in OAV episode 7.
* MysteriousPast: Kalia in the OVA 2. Arjah in ''The Alternative World''
* NailedToTheWagon: Fujisawa
%%* {{Narcissist}}: Katsuhiko Jinnai.
%%* NewSuperPower
%%* NiceGuy: Makoto
%%* NiceJobGuidingUsHero
* NoEndorHolocaust: The fact that Jinnai ordered to Ifurita the destruction an ''entire city'' in the first OVA and that she succeeded isn't important apparently.
* NominalHero: Fatora is theoretically an ally of the good guys, but she's a {{Jerkass}} with few redeeming features, never does anything particularly heroic, and often backstabs Makoto simply because he's making it hard for her to get girls.
* ObliviousToLove: Makoto's characterization in ''The Alternative World'' is that he doesn't notice the three girls fighting for his affections.
* OffhandBackhand: Ifurita delivers a magnificent example to [[spoiler: Jinnai]] in episode 7 of the OAV
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:Kalia]], and she was designed that way ''intentionally'' by her creators.
* OneeSama: Shayla Shayla earns this title from the nymphomaniac Alielle.
* OnlyOneName: Every Demon God, Phantom Tribe and Bugrom. Also Dr.Schtalubaugh and Londs.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Three of them. Makoto, Nanami, and Jinnai.
** Though Jinnai's ordinariness is somewhat debatable.
* OrganicTechnology: The Trigger of Destruction is apparently a hybrid of crystals, metal and organic matter.
* PersonalityPowers:
** The Priestesses with their ElementalPowers fit this well. [[PlayingWithFire Shayla-Shayla]] is HotBlooded, [[BlowYouAway Afura Mann]] is TheSmartGuy ([[SatelliteCharacter evidently]]), and [[MakingASplash Mizu Mishtal's]] personality tends to be rather fickle and adaptable.
** The travelers from Earth. Fujisawa, a boisterous gym teacher, gains SuperStrength (when sober). Makoto, a shy geek, becomes a {{Technopath}}. Nanami, a HighSchoolHustler, gains a ThirdEye. Jinnai, a ControlFreak, acquires the ability to speak to, and thus basically control, the Bugrom.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Ifurita, a horrible demon who already annihilated one civilization...actually, she's a sexy RobotGirl, who already annihilated one civilization.
* PetTheDog: In ''Wanderers'', Jinnai has one at the end where he helps save El Hazard and shows he really cares for Ifurita.
%%* PillarOfLight
* PowerCopying: Ifurita can copy any attack or ability used against her once.
%%* PreExplosionGlow
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Rune Venus in ''Wanderers'' becomes Makoto's LoveInterest, replacing Ifurita.
* PunchClockVillain: Ifurita is just with Jinnai because he released her.
* RepetitiveName: Shayla Shayla.
* RescueRomance: Parodied with Fujisawa and Miz and played straight with both Shayla Shayla and Makoto and later Makoto and Qawoor in the ''Alternative World''.
%%* TheResenter: Jinnai so much.
* RevengeBeforeReason: The [[spoiler:Phantom Tribe]] in the first OVA, and whoever designed [[spoiler:Kalia]] in the second one.
%%* RichBitch: Fatora
* RivalTurnedEvil: Jinnai. Well, he was always evil, it's just that in El Hazard he became ''professionally'' evil.
* RoadSignReversal: Subverted that while Jinnai sabotages a sign to get the heroes going onto a dangerous path, Mr. Fujisawa knows all along they are taking the tough path, but takes it anyway because he relishes the challenge.
%%* RobotGirl: Ifurita.
* SacredFirstKiss: Fatora steals Shayla-Shayla's by pretending to be Makoto. HilarityEnsues when she finds out.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Male example -- the Amazing Vanishing Love Interest Guy, who gets {{Brother Chuck}}ed not long after his introduction.
* ScalingTheSummit: Mr. Fujisawa is an avid mountain climber. During the final story arc, He tries to climb a mountain in the middle of a desert and falls in, finding a garden oasis inside instead.
%%* SchizoTech
%%* SchoolgirlLesbians: Alielle and Princess Fatora.
* TheScream: A RunningGag throughout the {{OAV}}.
-->'''Fujisawa:''' Oh shit! Someone else is out of alcohol!
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Jinnai bribes his way to victory in the student elections by promising certain clubs extra funds in the budget.
%%* SeriesFranchise
* SexySoakedShirt: What Makoto sees upon first meeting Rune Venus in the TV series.
* SharpDressedMan: For someone who's [[LimitedWardrobe pretty much never seen out of his school uniform]], Jinnai keeps it pretty neat.
** UnkemptBeauty: Makoto, on the other hand...
* ShoutOut:
** In the English dub, Jinnai nicknames his QuirkyMiniBossSquad of Bugrom [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, Gummo...]] [[OddNameOut ...and Margareth]] (After the Marx Brother's foil, Margareth Dumont).
** On one occasion, Ura(a cat-like animal that can envelop Makoto's torso and act as a suit of "living armor") exclaims "It's a job...", much like the dinosaurs-as-living-appliances would in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
* SkyFace: Sometime after arriving in El Hazard and finally accepting they're [[FishOutOfTemporalWater no longer on Earth]], Makoto has one of his unrequited crush, [[ChildhoodFriend Nanami]], while wondering where she was and if she was safe. He promptly dismisses it, believing she ''was'' probably still safe at school. Wrong.
%%* SkinnyDipping: Alielle and Fatora did that in the OVA 2.
%%* SmugSnake: Jinnai and [[spoiler:Galus]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Phantom Tribe had no way of knowing that Nanami would pop up and [[spoiler: reveal that Galus, Rune Venus' fiance, was actually one of them]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Miz's successor is Qawool... or Qawoor... or Qawoorl...or Kaoru...
%%* SpoiledBrat: '''Fatora.'''
* StableTimeLoop: Across dimensions even. Ifurita's actions at the end of the OVA send her to Earth's past, where she hibernates in an underground chamber beneath what will eventually be the site of the school; the discovery of her chamber and her subsequent awakening set off the chain of events which result in her being sent to Earth's past.
%%* StealthClothes
%%* StockFootage: The priestess' attacks.
* SunkenCity: The namless ruined city used to showcase the ancient destructive power of the demoness Ifurita.
* SuperStrength: Fujisawa's power in El-Hazard [[spoiler: but only when he's sober. And in the {{OAV}}s running out of cigarettes gives him an additional boost]].
%%* SwirlingDust
* TakeOverTheWorld: Jinnai and the Queen Diva's motivation.
* TalkingAnimal: The armour cats, or at least Ura. We see Rune Venus's cat on at least one occasion but it never speaks.
%%* TeamPet: Ura
%%* TeamShot
* {{Technopath}}: Makoto develops this to a very great extent.
* ThemeNaming: In the English dub, Jinnai's personal squad of Bugrom are named for the Creator/MarxBrothers and Margaret Dumont.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: Qawool, who only pops up in ''The Alternative World'', and only ''after'' Makoto has already chosen his girlfriend, nonetheless pops right into his harem. [[spoiler: It helps that said LoveInterest was PutOnABus at the end of the first OVA.]]
%%* TimeTravel
* TokenYuriGirls: Alielle and Fatora.
* TornadoMove: One of the later episodes has TV Ifurita whip up a monster sized tornado, on Jinnai's orders to wreak havoc on Roshtaria's allies. But, being a [[TheDitz ditz]] and a [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Minion With an F in Evil]], it soon spirals out of her control, [[{{moe}} leaving her trapped inside it]], with no idea how to stop it. [[spoiler: In the end, the wind preistess, Afura Mann, [[HeartwarmingMoments sets aside her differences with Ifurita to help her]], by listening to the wind's "voice". Then they combines their powers to calm it, dispelling the tornado.]]
%%* TransferStudentUniforms
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Our four heroes. Makoto Mizuhara, Mr. Fujisawa, Nanami, and Katsuhiko Jinnai.
* TrollingTranslator: Jinnai does this deliberately during a meeting between Queen Diva and Princess Rune Venus. Having acquired the same immigrant superpower as her brother, Nanami eventually starts doing it too.
* TrueSight: Nanami's special ability is to see through illusions.
* {{Tsundere}}: Shayla-Shayla.
* TunnelOfForeshadowing: Makoto's transfer to El-Hazard.
* [[TwoKeyedLock Two Woman Rule]]: Roshtaria's WeaponOfMassDestruction, the Eye of God, requires both ruling princesses to actually fire: Rune and Fatora Venus, in the case of the series. Fatora's abduction becomes a major point of the series, since the Alliance, whom Rune Venus chairs, reserves the right to use it against Bugrom Empire. [[spoiler: It also what leads to Fatora's abduction in the first place by Galus' tribe-members.]]
** This might inadvertently be one of Fatora's few redeeming features: she seems to have no interest whatsoever in abusing the fact she's one of the two keys to the bomb.
* UnknownRival: Makoto is largely ignorant of Jinnai's hatred for him, and actually thinks they are, or were, on friendly terms.
** Subverted in the TV continuity where Makoto is much quicker to realize Jinnai is an enemy who has it out for him and his friends.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Nanami and Makoto have a mutual crush on each other, [[spoiler:which evaporates on Makoto's part as soon as he becomes MindlinkMates with Ifurita]].
* UnsettlingGenderReveal:
** The priestesses honestly think Makoto is Princess Fatora for a while, and are [[OhCrap stunned when]] Makoto falls into the springs during Shayla's fight with Nanami and the truth is revealed.
** Alielle screams her head off when she gropes "Fatora" and finds out that she's a he.
** Likewise, in ''The Alternative World'', when Fatora thinks she's hunted down Alielle, she actually gropes her brother Parnassus.
%%* UnstoppableRage: Kalia.
* UnwantedHarem: Makoto collects the interest of nearly every girl in the series. Usually, the one constant in either universe, OVA-continuity or TV-continuity, is that both Nanami and Shayla-Shayla tend to get the short end of the stick with Makoto usually falling in love with someone that's not them (either Ifurita or Rune).
* VillainDecay: In the first OVA, Jinnai is perhaps the most competent enemy that Makoto and co. face, and is almost unstoppable when he gains control of Ifurita. In the second OVA, he's lost none of his competence, but because [[spoiler: Ifurita is gone and his army has been annihilated]], he and his forces suffer from LoweredMonsterDifficulty and are far less effective. After this, he tends to be treated as a joke rather than a serious threat.
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: Jinnai saves Makoto and Nanami from Galus and Nahato at the climax of the original OVA, wanting to stop Galus under the pretense of "A true ruler doesn't destroy the land he wishes to conquer!"]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: Jinnai all the time.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Shayla-Shayla and Nanami snark at each other and fight over Makoto all the time, in a best-friends sort of way.
%%* WaveMotionGun
%%* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Eye of God.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Where the hell are the Phantom Tribe, especially Nahato, after the original OVA?
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: A series of still drawings at the end depict the characters in various situations on Earth.
* WhoWillBellTheCat: When Nanami and Shayla want to know what's up with Ifurita, they can't agree who will ask him.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Qawool does not like bugs.
%%* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Nahato.
%%* WorldOfActionGirls
* YamatoNadeshiko: Qawool, a priestess in love with Makoto Mizuhara and addresses him formally. In the TV series, Rune fits the bill.
* YesMan: Alielle is normally a sweet young lady and a loyal friend, if an uncontrolled nymphomaniac. Stick her in the same room as [[JerkAss Fatora]] though and she becomes this. And an uncontrolled nymphomaniac.
* YoungConqueror: Jinnai. Though his actual pre-existing skillset and mediocre success rate would relegate him to the level of would-be conqueror.