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->''"Come on now...give it your best shot! Maybe then it'll be a real battle! SO GET OFF YOUR ASS AND FIGHT ME!!!!"''
->--'''Kazuma'''

(Variously written as Scryed, [=sCRYed=], s.CRY.ed or s-CRY-ed)

Essentially, the Japanese take on ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''. With ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' [[XMeetsY thrown in]].

A massive disaster hits Japan, separating a section of Tokyo into a new island, known as the "Lost Ground". The disaster also causes [[BizarreBabyBoom 1% of the babies born there to develop superpowers]].

Before you pass this off as your standard {{Mutant}} story, remember that this is ''[[WidgetSeries Anime]]'' - instead of being born with StockSuperpowers such as [[HealingFactor healing fast]], [[{{Telepathy}} reading minds]] or [[SelectiveMagnetism controlling magnets]], these "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Alter Users]]" have the power to call upon and use '''mecha''' in battles. By [[ShapeshifterBaggage dismantling nearby matter]] (be it areas of landscape, vehicles, watermelons or dead bodies) and reassembling it, they can [[SummonMagic summon]] separate, [[MechanicalMonster machine-like]] beings, known as Alters, which personify a superpower of some sort.

One subset of Alter Users are "alloy-types", whose Alters form part of themselves, and one or two display the ability to affect other's Alters without summoning one themselves, but mostly the Alters are used like {{Mons}}... or, since a given person doesn't tend to acquire more than one, like [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stands]]. The nature of the superpowers varies from typical StockSuperpowers to really weird ideas: "Turn anything into water", "Turn any car into a pink [[Anime/SpeedRacer Mach 5]]", "Summon [[{{BFG}} an enormous gun]]" or even "[[GreenLanternRing Do anything, as long as it involves watermelons]]".

One organization (HOLY) strives to control the super-powered population while rebuilding civilization on the island, while rebels and thugs attempt to resist them, and small communities live independently of the government in the wilder lands.

The manga makes a number of changes from the anime. The anime uses subtle characterization and two mutually-antagonistic {{Antihero}} leads (the KnightTemplar and the IdiotHero) without overly favoring one or the other. The manga is more prone to [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villains]] and gives a different explanation as to the MetaOrigin of the Alters (EvolutionaryLevels). Actually, the ending of the manga is very much like [[GurrenLagann a later work we tropers love]] but with more gore, nudity, and profanity.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Kimishima likes Ayase who likes Kazuma who never notices her; Cougar likes [[strike:[[RunningGag Minori]]]] Mimori who likes Ryuhou, as does Scheris. (Ryuhou may like Mimori back but refuses to have a relationship because of [[spoiler:gult over Scheris' sacrifice to save him]].) The only character who gets a relationship with someone is Asuka Tachibana - and his girlfriend Cammy is only a minor character.
** [[spoiler:Possibly subverted in Alteration.]]
* [[spoiler:AndTheAdventureContinues: Alteration's ending.]]
* AnimeHair: Kazuma's Alter ability causes his hair to stand up.
* AnotherDimension
* AntiHero: Kazuma is a [[GoodIsNotNice Type III]], although during his RoaringRampageOfRevenge he veers into [[PayEvilUntoEvil Type IV]]. Kimishima is a [[ClassicalAntihero Type I]].
* AntiMagic: Kaname has a mild version. She's able to ignore Unkei's Mad Sprict power without even noticing, and instantly deduces that Kigetsuki's Tokonatsu Sisters aren't actually human despite the fact that there's basically no way to tell on sight. Both can be attributed to her being a latent psychic.
* AntiVillain: Ryuhou is a [[WellIntentionedExtremist Type III]] with a dash of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Type II]] thrown in. Urizane, Illian, and Scheris are all [[HeroAntagonist Type IV]]. Cougar may be a Type III or a Type IV; his motives are never really explained.
* AnyoneCanDie
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler: Ryuhou defends a settlement from a HOLY unit. Slight subversion in that he continues to do so even after recovering his memories.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Straight Cougar''.
* BadAss: Just about anyone with an Alter who isn't an JerkAss about it.
* BadassNormal: Kimishima
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Ryuhou and Kazuma eventually gain enough power that they can reach Earth orbit unaided, and their BattleAura evidently keeps them from asphyxiating while up there.
* BattleAura: Ryuhou and Kazuma both have one when particularly pumped up.
* BerserkButton: Call Cougar slow.
** That's nothing. Kidnap Kanami, and [[IdiotHero Kazuma]] and [[KnightTemplar Ryuho]] will hunt you down.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Emergy Maxfell's Alter basically ''is'' this trope. Due to severe trauma he experienced as a child, Emergy's Alter only activates when he feels he's in extreme peril ("a pinch situation", as he likes to call it), at which point a HumongousMecha bursts from the ground to "save him from the pinch".
** More conventionally, Kazuma and Ryuho get plenty of these moments.
* BizarreBabyBoom
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Kazuma's arm and eye are pretty messed up by the end.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Biff once captured by HOLY. It's so bad that all he can say is "HAMMER!!" in different volumes and tones of voice.
* BullyingADragon: When Kazuma ends up at an Alter fight club, he quickly becomes the strongest competitor. Regardless, he's technically a prisoner, the "technically" being the fact that the one and only thing keeping him there is what amounts to a HeroicBSOD. When Kazuma finally decides he wants to leave and explosively releases himself, two regular humans actually think it's a good idea to make him get back in his cell. Kazuma quickly schools them. Then there was the club leader, who tried to shoot him, only to think better of it after Kazuma warned against such an action.
* CallBack: When Kazuma first fights Ryuhou, [[spoiler:he gets his ass kicked, and tries to raise his arm and form a fist before collapsing.]] in the final episode, [[spoiler: an unidentified arm rises up and forms a fist.]]
* CallingYourAttacks
* ClingyJealousGirl: Scheris to Ryuho.
* CombatClairvoyance: Eventually, [[spoiler: Kyoji Mujo]]. It allows him to dodge any attack thrown at him... including those from a character who can move and react faster than the speed of sound.
* ConflictKiller: [[spoiler:Kyoji Mujo]]
* CoolCar: Cougar's secondary ability is to morph any car into a hot pink hot rod with incredible speed, though they are prone to explode after he's done with them.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadAss: [[spoiler: Cougar. He's probably the strongest alter user in existence other than the protagonists and Mujo.]] In the manga, he's just a BadAss.
* CurbStompBattle: Many of the fights are this. Just about anyone Kazuma or Ryuhou fights between [[spoiler: the timeskip and them entering Mujo's fortress]] gets their ass handed to them effortlessly.
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:Upgrading one's Alter ability causes gradual but irreversible damage to one's body. (e.g., the [[SuperSpeed Speedster]] character walks oddly because when not in his superspeed form, his legs are "seriously messed up".) The unnatural version, as Courgar's is, seems to be more immediately damaging, while "natural" evolution is more gradual. Kazuma and Ryuhou both seem to suffer minor physical deformations from using their Alters, Kazuma moreso since his body-reshaping Alter modifies him at all three stages. Ryuhou has an independent Alter that just becomes a suit of armor at level 3, so his changes are minor.]]
** It seems to be implied that by [[spoiler:upgrading one's Alter ability, the damage eventually causes the person to die. Ayase holds on out of sheer willpower, but once her brother dies she loses all of the will to fight anymore and passes away. Cougar goes out in a more peaceful manner, but dies far younger than he should have]].
* DeathWail: Ryuho does this twice, once at the beginning after his family is killed and again when [[spoiler: Scheris dies]]. Hikaru Midorikawa is excellent with such scenes.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Averted, not for Kazuma
* DefenceMechanismSuperpower: Emergy Maxfell, as noted in BigDamnHeroes.
* DefiantStoneThrow
* DeliberatelyBadExample(s): Lots of characters demonstrate Ryuhou's sincerity by doing what he would do if he had ulterior motives. Several also demonstrate that Kazuma is a lot better than most of the alter-users out in the wild.
** Tatsunami demonstrates what a slave-driver in Ryuhou's position would do.
** Emargy demonstrates a development-arrested brat's behavior in the same position.
** Kyoji demonstrates what a power-hungry control freak would do with the same amount of power.
** "Big-Kun" shows the way a lot of the other alter users besides Kazuma use their powers to oppress others.
** Other unnamed villainous alter users in one of Mimori's historical flashbacks are shown proudly posing with their alters for the camera in front of the destruction they've just caused.
** The villainous behavior of certain normal human crime bosses out in the bad lands also stands in contrast to both Kazuma and Ryuhou's nobler intentions.
** Kigetsuki actually demonstrates this trope to Ryuhou by threatening Kanami, reasoning that as a HOLY member the ends justify the means. Ryuhou sees this as cowardly, which allows him to see the world from Kazuma's perspective and realize what he used to seem like to the Inners.
* {{Determinator}}: Definitely Kazuma, and probably Ryuhou.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The answer is [[spoiler:yes, Kazuma did, when Mujo returned from The Other Side looking like a CosmicHorror.]]
* DistantFinale: Doesn't really add much.
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler:Kazuma starts carrying an injured Kimishima home, and doesn't notice until he gets there that Kimishima died along the way.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: This exchange between Kazuma and Kyoji Mujo.
-->'''Kazuma:''' So you must be the one who--
-->'''Mujo:''' Correct. I'm the one who refined her.
-->'''Kazuma:''' You'd better not be lying!
-->'''Mujo:''' You have my word of honor.
** Forget that! What about Tatsunami and his Magnum?
---> '''Tatsunami:''' It's big. It's hard. And it's coming to get you!
* DoubleEntendre:
** The entire purpose of Asuka Tachibana in this series seems to be to invoke this trope, over and over again.
** George Tatsunami and his "Big Magnum."
* TheDragon: Ryuhou, to Commander Jigmar. [[spoiler:Partial subversion in that Jigmar is more than capable of handing pre-fusion Ryuhou his ass, but if he uses his alter he ages decades in a matter of minutes.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Straight Cougar.
* DumpThemAll: [[spoiler:The Scheris/Mimori/Ryuhou love triangle ends with Scheris dead and Ryuhou rejecting Mimori despite his implied attraction to her because he feels it wouldn't be right. Although he displayed no attraction to Scheris either, she died for him because she loved him. So now that Mimori confessed her love for him, he fears her meeting the same fate so he turns her down.]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Biff]].
* EvolvingCredits: There are at three basic versions of the opening, for Kazuma and Ryuhou and one for when they have equal focus, each with a different verse of the opening theme; each episode mixes elements together reflecting the episode and the plot to date. Only two episodes share the exact same opening credit sequence.
** Also, whenever a character dies, their future appearance(s) in the opening become DeliberatelyMonochrome.
* FacelessMooks: The HOLD officers, the Darths
* FingerlessGloves: Kazuma wears one on one hand, which he refuses to remove.
** It's possibly to hide scarring from overuse of his alter ability - certainly the scarring was there when we saw the glove removed later on in the series.
** In flashbacks his hand is bloodied and bandaged, hinting that as a child not knowing how to use his first-form alter he may have made some mistake in re-forming the split arm.
* FiveManBand: Some of the more well-intentioned HOLY members could be seen as one.
** TheLeader: Ryuhou
** TheLancer: Cougar
** TheBigGuy: Urizane
** TheSmartGuy: Ilian
** TheChick: Scheris
* FramingDevice: Kanami's dream scrying.
* GeckoEnding: Inverted: the manga is an adaptation of the anime.
* GratuitousEnglish: Present in both the opening theme (Yasuaki Ide's "Reckless Fire") and the closing theme (Mikio Sakai's "Drastic My Soul", which gave us the infamous line [[IntentionalEngrishForfunny "I believe in drastic my soul!"]])
** Also, the eyecatch each episode uses.
---> "SCURAIDO!"
* GreyAndGrayMorality: The first half is a battle of wills between a [[AntiHero chaotic]] [[HotBlooded rageaholic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold who just wants to keep his independence]] and an [[TheRival equally determined]] [[AntiVillain cop]] [[KnightTemplar who will stop at nothing to bring peace to a lawless land.]] It's order and control vs chaos and freedom instead of good vs evil.
* GroundPunch: Kazuma's only power for most of the series is an [[PowerFist armored right arm.]] He often uses this to move farther than he can jump by punching the ground, or break a landing by punching the ground.
* HandsomeLech
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Urizane, despite being the guy who does stuff with watermelons, seems to be able to [[GreenLanternRing do just about anything]] as long as he's holding a watermelon.
* HeroAntagonist: Scheris, Illian, and Urizane. Cougar may be as well. Ryuhou is an [[KnightTemplar aversion]].
* HeroicSacrifice
* HeroInsurance: ''Every'' use of an Alter power causes damage to the surroundings, even if no one fights, as nearby matter is disintegrated to form the body of the summoned Alter. However, since most of the Alter use is done outside the city, which is a total shit-hole, no one cares. [[spoiler:They don't care when the city is taken out, either, since ''the entire island'' is declared such.]]
* HotBlooded: Kazuma arguably qualifies. While he may slack at times, if he finds something he really cares about, he really goes at it.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: The last part of the final battle. Kazuma and Ryuhou [[spoiler: burn out their alters completely and just start fighting each other normally.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler: Zetsuei]]
** It seems to be more of a justified [[PowerLimiter power limiter]] as their energy is drained a lot faster when using it.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Subverted with Scheris' death, since rather than allow Ryuho and Mimori to get together, it causes Ryuho to distance himself from Mimori or any other woman who loves him because a romantic relationship doesn't feel right after the last girl who loved him gave her life for him. So in a twist of irony, Scheris ends up cock-blocking Ryuho and Mimori from beyond the grave.]]
* IdiotHero: Kazuma
** Kazuma himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
---> '''Mujo:''' Stupid. You are so stupid.
---> '''Kazuma:''' Tell me something I don't already know!
** Judging from other characters' assessments of him, however, this applies only to his being BookDumb; while he has virtually no formal education and isn't very sociable, he's shown to be very street smart and tactically deadly in a fight. As one of the others notes, "he isn't throwing his punches at random."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Urizane uses watermelons, and somehow this is not out of the ordinary.
** Or perhaps people are willing to overlook the strangeness when they consider how he can do almost anything with them. He can make them grow huge until they crush you to death, turn an entire building into a watermelon for a second (thus destroying it when it turns back, somehow), and can even teleport, sort of, by stepping inside a giant watermelon, having it shrink to nothing, then having it grow anew in a different location, with him still inside it.
** There's also the novelist guy who attacks with paper. Though at least this is a last resort when his MoreThanMindControl gets broken, and it was horrendously ineffective.
*** Of course part of that has to do with him fighting [[spoiler: unrestrained]] Zetsuei.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Sort of. The ending of the manga features a face-off between alien invaders (led by [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Neya and Commander Viscuess from ''InfiniteRyvius'' in a ship [[ShoutOut blatantly]] based on [[LivingShip Ryo-Ohki]] from ''TenchiMuyo'') and Kazuma and company, with Kazuma himself [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace perched atop the]] ''[[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Ryvius]]''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Oddly, Kazuma has to ''evolve'' into this from a bipolar personality... but Ryuhou is always like this.
** Debatable. Kazuma gives the reward money he earned for saving the mainland official in the first episode to a kid whose father was injured and couldn't work. He's a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk With A Heart Of Gold]] from the start, at least up until [[spoiler: he fails to rescue the captive Native Alters from HOLY, Kimishima is killed, and he triggers the Second Uprising]], and he slips into an epic HeroicBSOD. He gets better, but he's a bit more cynical afterward. It's less him being bipolar and more him hiding what he does/is from Kanami in the beginning.
* KnightTemplar: '''Ryuhou'''. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* LargeHam: Straight Cougar! Complete with Creator/CrispinFreeman voicing him in the dub.
* LightheartedRematch: Subverted. After teaming up and defeating the ConflictKiller, the two leads decide to fight it out to see who is best after all - but this takes up ''the entire [[GrandFinale last episode]]'' and is the longest and definitely most brutal fight in the entire series. It appears to end in a double knockout - but one last shot as the credits start imply that at least one is still moving. [[spoiler:A hand rises behind a curtain of dust, and does a gesture typical for Kazuma.]]
** Depending on how you interpret the ending, it may count as an EvasiveFightThreadEpisode as well.
** This was foreshadowed when Kazuma was trapped in Mad Sprict. Uneki attempted to conclude his "script" with Kazuma and Ryuho facing off in a LightHeartedRematch, ending with them becoming friends and equals. Kazuma refused this, knowing that neither he nor Ryuho would accept anything less than victory. This refusal ultimately freed Kazuma from Sprict.
* MegatonPunch: Kazuma's basic ability. At his base level, he once punched a mook across a football field. In the finale, [[spoiler:he punches Mujo into ''another dimension''.]]
* MookHorrorShow: Kazuma's UnstoppableRage after [[spoiler:Kimishima's death]].
* MoralityPet: Kanami for Kazuma; Scheris for Ryuhou
* MotherlyScientist: Dr. Mimori Kiryu. Feeling compassion for how Kazuma is tortured, she lets him escape, and later gets interested in the Inners. [[spoiler: (eventually forming a community with them) ]]
* MotorMouth: Straight Cougar, of course.
* MutantDraftBoard: HOLY. Alter users have choice to either join or become a test subjects.
* NoFEMAResponse: The Lost Ground has been placed under the jurisdiction of HOLY, which doesn't seem to care about civilizing the area in any way other than getting Alter Users under their control.
* NotQuiteFlight: Kazuma and Straight Cougar's alter ability provide a powerful acceleration for their attacks. Though this effect is used only for horizontal movement, they can achieve a pretty impressive flight time when propelling themselves from an elevated surface.
** Potentially averted with [[spoiler: Kazuma's second form]], which basically tacks a propeller onto their back. Though we're never shown just how long they can maintain flight, it is seen being used to hover for short periods, as well as gain higher ground.
** [[FlyingBrick Completely averted]] with [[spoiler: Kazuma and Ryuho's final forms]], which let them fly right into [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace outer-space]].
* NotSoDifferent: Kazuma asserts this to Ryuho in the talk on the cliff, accusing Ryuho of using "justice" as an excuse to do whatever he wants.
* [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead: Straight Cougar. Turns out he really was just sleeping, as Alteration shows.]]
* ObliviousYoungerSibling: Kanami, though she's not blood related.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Averted in Straight Cougar's final battle
* OneSidedBattle
* OneWomanWail
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Kazuma and Ryuho view each other like this.
* OnlyOneName: Kazuma is the only major character without a family name, which symbolizes his status as an outcast from proper Japanese society.
* PainfulTransformation: For Kazuma, once he gets his level 2 Alter.
* PersonalityPowers: Tachibana even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this when speaking about Kazuma.
* PowersDoTheFighting: Ryuuho hangs back and allows his Altar, Zetsuei, to do most of the fighting for him. Ryuuho is one of the most powerful Altars in HOLY, and Zetsuei is more than capable of defending Ryuuho from attacks while dominating other Altars simultaneously.
* PowerFist: Kazuma's, naturally.
* PowerOfRock: Akira and Mary Jane in the manga.
* PsychoForHire: George Tatsunami, and in the manga Urizane.
* PsychopathicManChild: Emergy Maxfell
* RealMenWearPink: Cougar not only dresses this way but transforms any car he's driving into a hot-pink street rod.
* ReallyDeadMontage: Several times.
* RedOniBlueOni: Kazuma and Ryuho, respectively.
* TheRemake: s-CRY-ed Alteration Tao and Quan, which add extra scenes that give [[spoiler:Kyoji Mujo]] more presence and alter some of Kazuma and Ryuhou's fights.
* TheReveal: In Alteration, we find out [[spoiler: Kazuma really did win, since the credits this time around clearly show his fist morphing into the various forms of shell bullet.]]
* RewritingReality: "Mad Sprict" (sic) -- a HOLY agent attempts to use this as MoreThanMindControl on Kazuma to persuade him to join; unfortunately for him, he blows it by badly misusing DefeatMeansFriendship at the end of the script.
* TheRival: Ryuhou.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Kazuma eventually has at least one of these, most notably midway when [[spoiler: Kimishima is killed and Kazuma goes off to utterly wreck the nearest HOLY unit. Which included Scheris.]]
* RunningGag: Straight Cougar getting people's names wrong. Kazuma occasionally does this too [[spoiler:which is foreshadowing the fact that Cougar raised Kazuma as a younger sibling figure.]]. Kimishima's mode of transport getting destroyed by accident is another one.
* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Toward the end of the anime, [[spoiler: Scherris Adjani finds and uses her "Eternal Devote" alter power on Ryuhou shortly after he's killed by BigBad Kyouji Mujo. His agony and gratitude upon seeing her deceased boost his power.]]
* SayMyName: '''KAZUMAAAAAAAA! RYUHOOOOOOOOOOU!'''
* {{Sequel hook}}: the council of government officials at the end discussing things and that they have time to prepare combined with the unresolved conflict with the mainland.
* ShoutOut: The Crystal/Crystalline Entity bears a strong resemblance to Star Platinum of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Conceptually, the Alters are more than a little similar to the Stands of the older series as well.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: This is HOLD's and Ryuho's attitude towards Mimori.
* SinglePowerSuperhero: Many alter-users have one and only one power. Others wind up with a couple completely unrelated powers (like Straight's super speed, armor, and ability to turn any car into a bright pink hot rod. Yeah.
* SmugSnake: Emergy Maxfell and Kigetsuki. Oh dear God, Kigetsuki!
** Kyoji Mujo is a pretty smug bastard too.
** Also, George [[BigFreakingGun Tatsunami]]?
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Scheris, Kimishima and Ayase]] survive in the manga. Hooray!
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Ryuho definitely gets the lion's share of screen time in the second half, and is in every episode, whereas Kazuma misses a few. In the finale, Kazuma is relegated to fighting Biff and a bunch of mooks while Ryuho fights the actual villains.
* SuperSpeed: Straight Cougar's ability.
* ThirdTimesTheCharm: Played straight and subverted once each.
** Kazuma gets slapped around by Ryuhou in their first meeting, and [[spoiler: again in their second after Zetsuei shows that he's [[IAmNotLeftHanded not left handed]].]] Then, after it appears Ryuhou's won their third encounter [[spoiler: Kazuma whips out his second form...or at least he tries to. He loses control over it and sends himself and Ryuhou to the Other Side, and causes the Second Uprising.]]
** Ryuhou sees the Crystal after [[spoiler: he and Kazuma get thrown into the Other Side]], but he doesn't get a chance to fight him before he's blown away. The second time, [[spoiler: the crystal ''kills'' him, at least until Scheris revives him.]] The third fight [[spoiler: he wins, after fusing with Zetsuei.]]
* TitleDrop: Not literally, but the final thing Kazuma punches [[spoiler:spells out s-CRY-ed, which is the first thing shown in the opening.]]
* TunnelOfForeshadowing: Most versions of the opening sequence, but the opening changes both as the story progresses and acording to which character has the spotlight this episode.
* TheUnreveal: By the time the final episode rolls around [[spoiler: Kazuma and Ryuho have fought several times, with no clear winner. The last ep has them indulge in one last, decisive brawl. At the end, we see that only one is left standing...but we never find out which one it is. [[note]]however, the victor raises a hand and makes the symbol of the Zetsuei, then curls into a fist the same way Kazuma does when summoning his Alter...[[/note]]]]
* WeaponizedBall: Asuka Tachibana's Alter is called Eternity Eight, also know as the Eight Treasure Balls. For the most part, they're a SwissArmySuperpower, able to create energy constructs of a sort (making a LaserBlade by arranging them in a line, or a shield by making them flat). However, in the manga, they can combine into a giant ball which he can launch at enemies.
* WickedCultured: Between his undeniably good fashion sense and condescending attitude towards Native Alters, Kyoji Mujo definitely qualifies for this Trope.
* WideEyedIdealist: Mimori is one. Several characters lampshade this, some more sardonicly than others.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Most, if not all, Alter users are usually missing a few screws. And those who aren't? Constant use of their power changes that.
* WordSaladTitle: The manga gives it a meaning, but otherwise... {{Fanon}} has appended it for [[spoiler:the name of Kanami's Alter, which lets her read minds]].
** Well, to "scry" is to see via magic or clairvoyance which is what she uses her alter for while dreaming, and she does seem to scry out the events of most of the episodes in this way, so it could relate to her Alter even if that isn't its name...
* WorthyOpponent: The first half of the show embodies this trope.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Scheris' cute and sexy uniform.
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