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->''"Where monsters rampage, I'm there to take them down! Where treasure glitters, I'm there to claim it! Where an enemy rises to face me, victory will be mine!"''

'''''Slayers''''' ([[MarketBasedTitle marketed as]] '''''The Slayers''''' in the U.S.) started as a serialized novel in the Japanese ''Dragon'' Magazine (no relation to the American one of the same name). Originally it was supposed to follow the adventures of the Cephied Knight, a champion for good named Luna Inverse. However, when filling out her background the writer found her little sister Lina far more interesting.
A series of sword-and-sorcery light novels with equal parts comedy and drama that was adapted into an anime series. Has five TV seasons, six {{OVA}}s, five movies, six video games and a whole lot of manga made. Became extremely popular in the West, in part because of its quirk of having a female as the lead in a {{Shonen|Demographic}} series.

Lina is a young and very powerful sorceress. She wanders the world looking for treasure to steal and magic to learn. Unfortunately (from her point of view), she tends to end up in situations where she's got to save the world instead of just make a fast buck. She will attempt to wring money out of most situations, such as once extorting gold from a town that was actively being ravaged by a dragon. She's also got an amazing temper, having destroyed both the dragon and the town she was protecting with one spell because the dragon embarrassed her by ''not'' stepping on her. She still expected to get paid, too. She has earned the titles "Bandit Slayer" (it's not stealing if they've already stolen it!), "[[CulturalTranslation Dragon Spooker]]", and "Enemy Of All That Live" in a few short years.

Much to Lina's chagrin, she ends up with a [[TrueCompanions group of people]] following her around, usually because they're all trying not to get killed by something. In the {{OVA}}s, set before the TV show, this is the deranged sorceress Naga, who [[UnknownRival believes]] Lina is following ''her'' around as her [[TheRival rival]]. In the TV series, this is the dumb-as-a-jellyfish swordsman Gourry Gabriev, the justice-obsessed princess Amelia, the taciturn chimera Zelgadis, the self-proclaimed "mysterious priest" Xellos, and occasionally the shrine maiden Sylphiel.

She eventually comes to like them, and is beginning to fall for Gourry by the end of ''Next''. She'll deny it if asked, and insists she's only after Gourry's [[ForgottenSuperWeapon sword]].

The series alternates between serious fights and quests to save the world and silly slapstick humor. There is one [[{{Crossdresser}} Cross Dressing]] episode per season, and they will sometimes take breaks in the middle of serious story arcs or fights for [[BreatherEpisode semi-plot-related silliness]]. It manages to find a nice balance, and is one of the must-see series for MedievalEuropeanFantasy.

This show has the first two seasons up legally on [[http://www.hulu.com/slayers?c=Animation-and-Cartoons/Anime hulu]] and [[http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=89 Funimation's video portal]] (though Hulu and Funimation's site can't stream these outside the US). All five seasons are currently available on DVD. The English translations of the first eight novels are out of print, but still relatively easy to find used. Fan translations for most of volumes 9 through 11 can be found [[http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Slayers here]] and a project to translate the rest is ongoing [[http://ceiphiedknightandbanditsplight.wordpress.com/ here]] The manga are slightly harder to come by outside of Japan: while seven volumes of the manga following the main TV series arc were translated, they've been largely neglected, although fan translations have covered a lot of ground on the various manga miniseries, including [[http://www.turtle-paradise.net/manga/slayers-knight-of-aqua-lord/ Knight Of Aqua Lord]] and [[http://www.turtle-paradise.net/manga/slayers-the-hourglass-of-falces/ Hourglass of Falces]]. Lastly, the {{SNES}} Slayers game patch can be found [[http://www.dynamic-designs.us/slayers.shtml here]].

Not to be confused with the band Music/{{Slayer}} or ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.

Has a [[Characters/{{Slayers}} Character Sheet]].

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!!''Slayers'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Golden Lord/Lord of Nightmares was the original creator of both the Mazoku and the Gods, but seems to side with neither. When a powerful Mazoku gets the bright idea to use ''her'' power for his particular purpose (destroying the world), she just blasts him into nothingness. After making world-destroyers and world-protectors, she's mostly absent, but sometimes meddles anyway. If she has an agenda besides just sitting back and watching what happens, we never find out what it is.
* TheAbridgedSeries: projectshadow99's TheSlayersAbridged.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Naga, Martina, Eris, Mazenda.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: In the finale of Next, [[spoiler: when The Lord of Nightmares is floating away in Lina's body, Gourry goes after her in an attempt to get Lina back. Exactly what Gourry intended to do when he caught up with her is a mystery, as he can't exactly stab the creator of all things out of Lina. Fortunately, the Lord of Nightmares decides to give Lina back after witnessing this.]]
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Blast Sword, from the second arc of the novels, is so sharp that it can actually cut through astral beings like Mazoku, who can't ordinarily be harmed by physical attacks.
* ActionGirl: Lina, Amelia and several others.
* ACupAngst: Lina's not exactly flat as a board, but spending so much time with Naga and Amelia has made her rather sensitive about the fact that she lacks large breasts.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: There's a bit of it across each form of media, but both Rezo and Zelgadis transitioning from novels to anime (and Zelgadis again in the ''Hourglass of Falces'' manga) is the biggest change.
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Lina's hair color has shifted over the years: she began as a brunette (older novels), transitioning to a coppery red color (older anime seasons and later main novels), and finally to bright red (newer anime and ''Special'' novels).
** Amelia and Xellos both have black hair in the novels which are stylized purple, while both of their hair is straight-up purple in the anime. Also, Amelia's tunic is light yellow in the novels and white in both the anime and video games, and the ''Slayers Royal'' games, oddly enough, give her purple leggings in lieu of her pants.
** Finally, Zelgadis' skin in the older books is a greenish color, his hair is silver, and his eyes are purple. In the anime, his eyes and skin are blue and his hair is purple. ArtEvolution in the novels now has his novel design more resemble his anime design. His one unique trait in the novels, however, is a bridge of stone stuck between his left eyelids. Also, his white tunic becomes a deep tan in the anime and games.
* AerithAndBob: For example, Philionel and his brother, Randy.
* AffablyEvil: Rezo is a bishonen who is unsettlingly calm and polite. He's not exactly [[AntiVillain ''evil'']], however.
** Xellos, particularly the anime incarnation, is generally polite, well-mannered and charming... until he decides to remind the viewers that he's part of a race of ChaoticEvil {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: appears to be standard issue among Gold Dragons and Ancient Dragons, who can convincingly take human forms. Among the Mazoku, however, only the most powerful are masters of this ability; the middle-level Mazoku tend to have {{Red Right Hand}}s when pretending to be humans, and ones lesser still are limited to their true, monstrous forms.
* AlasPoorVillain: Eris and her creation Copy Rezo, especially in the anime.
** Real Rezo. [[spoiler: Particularly after Evolution-R, where his real goal is to be [[KilledOffForReal killed for good]], before the Shabranigdu fragment takes control again and blows up the world.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited:
** Novels only: [[TheRival Luke]], a former assassin, is in love with his partner (and the one who convinced him to change his ways) [[MoralityChain Milina]]; Milina does not acknowledge his feelings at all. In the ''Hourglass of Falces'' manga (in which both of them are regular members of the group), however, it's shown that she somewhat reciporacates them.
** Eris and [[spoiler:Ozzel]] to Rezo.
** Sylphiel to Gourry.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Averted in the first novel and an early episode of the anime. Lina lifts a load of treasure from bandits, but finds that most of the gems are flawed and not worth much. She then enchants them into protection amulets to up their sale value.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Chimeras, all whom are frowned upon for their appearances (which, in turn, tends to make them [[AxCrazy emotionally unstable]]). Beastmen also gain some flak, but not as much. On the other hand, Dragons tend to look down on ''all'' of the other races, save maybe the Elves, due to their...[[HolierThanThou nature]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Interviews with the author of the novels are found in the back of every ''Slayers'' novel. They're one of the few sources of info in regards to how the world works, because most of the media do not elaborate about how magic works, character backgrounds, and overarching stories (such as both the war between Shabranigdo and Ciefeed and the Mazoku war that made the Inner World barrier) beyond some basic facts. For example, almost everything about Gourry's backstory is in interviews only, save for one story released in a novel detailing an incident he got involved in a few weeks before meeting Lina. There are several guidebooks out now as well, but they're hardly elaborate - one of them has profiles for [[SatelliteCharacter Satellite Characters]] Luke and Millina, but they have no established backgrounds given.
** Even then, the established universe can be confusing to interpret because Kanzaka [[ShrugofGod contradicts himself about his canon's own work]] and often makes facts up on the fly.
* AloofBigSister: Luna Inverse hasn't even actually appeared in the series, yet just the implication of her is enough to strike mortal terror in Lina. In all fairness, [[AllThereInTheManual she brought it on herself]].
** Lina is capable of defeating gods, and even [[spoiler: summoning the creator of all things.]] Yet when a servant of the gods comes looking for someone to save the world, they contact Luna first. Think about that for a moment.
* AlternateContinuity: Numerous. It should be noted that all mediums have shared events and similar plot progressions (if involving different details and in different orders) up to the Hellmaster Fibrizzo arc, after which they all split into completely different directions.
** The main series of novels (''Slayers'') serves as the first. It is split into two arcs (1-8, 9-15), with the former storyline also existing in anime and manga form.
** The anime (''Slayers, Next, Try, Revolution, Evolution-R'', as well as the ''Premium'' movie), serves as the second, based on the first arc of the novels. Directly contradicts the novels in places (and also itself).
** ''The Knight of the Aqua Lord'' manga is officially recognized as a third continuity (splitting from the novel verse after volume 8), and exists as another alternate second arc, standing alongside novels 9-15 and ''Try'' as an original story directly following the first arc.
** The Lina and Naga adventures (the ''Special'' novels, ''Special'' and ''Excellent'' {{OVA}}s, and first four movies) are canon back story to all three.
** Additionally, manga counterparts exist for the first two anime seasons, ''Revolution'', and ''Evolution-R'', as well as two other manga series, ''Slayers: Light-Magic'' and ''Neo-Slayers: The Hourglass of Falces'', with ''Hourglass of Falces'' as possibly the first entry in a new ongoing fourth continuity.
** Additionally additionally, five video games, two named just ''Slayers'', then ''Royal'', ''Royal 2'' for SegaSaturn/PlayStation, and ''Wonderful'' for the PlayStation, none of which are considered canon.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Mazoku/Monsters.
--> '''[[BigBad Shabranigdu]]''': The power of the Monster race flows from [...] terror, anger, sorrow, despair.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: In this case it's [[GenderFlip Always Save The Boy]]. Lina uses a spell that might well destroy the world if cast incorrectly, simply because there's no other way to save Gourry.
* AnachronismStew: Quite a few, all PlayedForLaughs. The most prominent would be clothing, ranging from typical fantasy armors and robes, to modern-looking sun dresses and t-shirt/pants combos. Zelgadis wears a hooded sweatshirt of all things in an episode of ''Revolution''.
** There's the odd serious example from time to time, too. Episode 25 of the first series has Sylphiel trying to revive a fallen Lina with modern CPR, including chest compressions.
* AncientKeeper: Auntie Aqua in ''Slayers Next.''
* AndIMustScream: The original fate of Daymia in the novels is... not pretty.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Originally a serialized set of novels.
* AnimatedArmor: Nama and the Dullahan.
* AnimeThemeSong, sung by MegumiHayashibara. And not just one; all 14 of the anime theme songs have been sung by her.
* AntiMagic:
** The Spell "Flow Break" dispels everything but WhiteMagic and causes animation spells (such as armor and Golem) to stop working.
** There was a MagiTek train in ''Try'', the power source of which absorbed all magic, making attack spells about as useful as throwing toy squibs.
* ApocalypseHow: Across three of the five seasons of the anime and in a few novels, the BigBad usually shoots for Class X (obliteration of the planet), regardless of their reasons why.
* ArsGoetia: The series borrows the symbols in the Ars Goetia for use to symbolize the higher level Mazoku: http://kanzaka.wikia.com/wiki/Ars_Goetia
* ArtEvolution: It's obvious there would be some of this, considering that the first anime season aired in 1995 and the most recent came out in 2009, but even watching the third season (Try) and going back to the first is pretty jarring. Gourry and Lina's character designs in particular have changed quite a bit over the years, to the point that Lina's hair has even changed color from reddish-brown to bright red over time.
** This also occurs in the original novels' artwork. Older drawings of the characters and the first five novels or so are much more detailed in regards to the characters' clothing and the backgrounds, and the eyes and faces of the females are very rounded. Later novels and art overall are less detailed, the eyes (such as Lina's, Gourry's, and Amelia's) are sharper, and faces are a bit more deformed. Gourry in particular looks much, ''much'' different in the early years of the franchise, and in the final novel he almost looks like a different person.
** It's also worth nothing that, when the covers of the novels were re-drawn, Rui Araizumi drew Zelgadis a bit more in the likeness of his anime design, even making his skin blue (originally in the novels, his skin is greenish).
** And the art of the [[AlternateContinuity ''Super Explosive Demon Story'']] manga starts off similar to the novels (highly detailed, fluid poses, rounded figures) and deteriorates overtime (stiff poses, no conservation of detail, etc.).
* AscendedExtra: Technically Amelia and Zelgadis, considering the fact that they do not appear in the second arc of the novels at ''all'', whereas they are major characters in the anime and most of the manga and games.
** By contrast, Luke and Milina, Lina and Gourry's two other party members from the second arc, only appear outside the novels in the ''Hourglass of Falces'' manga, where they are part of a six-man band instead.
** Xellos only appears in five of the novels (cameoing in the last one), so technically he could be this, especially considering his role and given relationship with Filia in ''TRY.''
** And because of his role in the fourth and fifth seasons, Rezo also qualifies.
* AudibleSharpness: Most of the swordsmen, especially Gourry and Zangulus.
* AudioAdaptation: Ten, all of them made well after the three early anime seasons aired. Among them is a crossover with the cast of the ''SorcerousStabberOrphen'' series.
* AutobotsRockOut: The whole cast in the end of ''Evolution-R'' fighting to the tune of "Give a Reason".
* AvengingTheVillain: Eris, Valgaav, [[spoiler:Jillas]].
* BadassAdorable: Amelia and Pokota.
** Lina Inverse herself.
* BadassCape: All the main characters have these, along with most other fighters and magicians.
* BadassLongcoat: Gaav.
* BadassNormal: Gourry, helped slightly by a legendary magical sword.
* BedtimeBrainwashing: In ''The Slayers Perfect'' (Slayers the Motion Picture), it's played for laughs as Lina awakens and sees the King and the Queen chanting too loudly at her. The laughs are made even more potent by the fact that Lina already has mysterious dreams, but this one turns to be a fake.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Brought to you by ShipTease courtesy of Filia and Xellos.
* BerserkButton: Lina has ''lots'' of these. Particularly involving interrupting (or stealing) her meals, her appearance, her [[IHaveManyNames 1,001 nicknames]], or [[ACupAngst her status as a]] UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}}.
** Filia herself has a Xellos-shaped berserk button. Well justified since Xellos [[spoiler: has murdered thousands of other dragons]].
** Zelgadis has a much more subtle one and it's ''not'' played for laughs most of the time: his chimeric body. The only times he ever loses his cool is when he thinks he's found a way to be human again then finds out he's wrong.
* BetaBaddie: Copy Rezo.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Amelia's normally a sweet girl, but if you endanger someone she cares about, ''watch out!''
* BeyondTheImpossible: The magic of the series is theurgic magic (meaning it draws from faith in Gods or Demons). Martina uses a curse, on raw willpower, drawing from the energy of a spirit that doesn't exist, since ''she made it up''. Granted, it isn't nearly as impressive as the magic others but that she can use this at all, even for minor curses or dowsing, is insane. For the long explaination, click the note [[note]] Curses are a form of BlackMagic (drawing from the Demons/Monsters, per WordOfGod and in several forms of media), so technically, Martina is drawing power from the Mazoku and ''thinks'' that it's from the spirit she made up. However, considering her magic is like "any random Mazoku that will listen to me" and it goes off without a hitch. [[AchievementsInIgnorance Not even knowing who you're calling upon, and still managing a spell is still impressive]]. [[/note]]
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* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Prince Phil]] does this at the end of the first season to help Lina and the others. It leads to the rest of them having to save ''him''.
* BigEater: Part of the world's background details is that magic burns up calories when cast and so mages need to eat more than usual. It's most prominently exemplified by Lina, mainly because she is a very powerful sorceress and casts potent spells at the slightest excuse. Gourry, despite (or perhaps because of) being a BadassNormal, regularly eats just as much as she does. Amelia also frequently eats just like Lina does when travelling with her, partially for the same reasons as Lina, partially for the funny in seeing a princess wolfing down tons of food like an animal. Zelgadis, on the other hand, is rarely seen eating and certainly not in the same fevered manner, possibly because of his chimera nature.
** Filia the dragon priestess is seen gulping down an entire cauldron's worth of hotpot as a once off gag about halfway through the [[OddlyNamedSequel TRY season]].
* BigLittleMan: The first episode doesn't give any way of determining Lina's height until she meets up with Gourry.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: WordOfGod states that Gourry came from one, and this is why he [[WanderingTheEarth became a lone mercenary in the first place]]. His entire family screwed itself over in who would possess the Sword of Light, and it's implied that most of his immediate family is dead because of it.
** The Seirune royal family is almost just as bad, as there seems to be a lot of conniving and backstabbing over the throne. Prince Phil has faced two assassination attempts now, one by his own brother and the other by his nephew!
* BilingualBonus[=/=]MeaningfulName: In Spanish, Rezo's name means "prayer." In the Latin American dub, Lina is known as Rina. Her name is similar to riņa, which means "quarrel."
* {{Bishounen}}: This show may actually beat out Yu-Gi-Oh for the sheer amount of girly-looking men in it. Gourry, Xellos, Zangulus, Rezo, the list goes on.
** Prince Phil is the only exception, and jokes are made about him NOT being Bishounen. Apparently in the ''Slayers'' universe, being strong and not bishounen makes you a bandit.
** Gaav is an exception as well. The only bishounen thing about him is his hair.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lina, despite her cute and petite appearance, qualifies for this so much.
* BittersweetEnding: As of the ending of ''Evolution-R'' Pokota has [[spoiler: got his kingdom and father back, but he's still stuck as a stuffed toy, his real body destroyed in the fight against Shabranigdu]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The villains are more villainous than the heroes are heroic.
* BlackComedyRape:
** Only in the Japanese version of the first light novel, in regards to Noonsa and the "mating joke"; Zolf suggested raping Lina when Zelgadis captures her in that version. When it was translated by Tokyopop, the kiss joke was inserted instead; the Japanese version of the anime carried the "kiss" notion as well. In the ''Super Explosive Demon Story'' manga adaptation, Zolf again suggests rape (and this is also censored when it was translated)
** Happens again in the third light novel when Lina and Gourry are incarcerated by guards near Sairaag. One of them eggs the idea of rape again, until Gourry intervenes by making a highly inappropriate joke about Lina being sick "in certain places." Lina is not amused in the least.
* BlackMagic: Actually used by name, refers to any spell that draws its powers from [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Mazoku]].
* BlackMage: Any wizard who specialises in casting BlackMagic or the FireIceLightning spells from [[ElementalPowers Shamanism]] can be considered this, though the in-universe terminology seems to be "sorcerer". [[PersonOfMassDestruction Lina Inverse is a black mage by both definitions]].
* BlindingBangs: Luna.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Happens during the [[MoodWhiplash rougher battles]] regularly, but it happens to Zelgadis the most. Reasonably, it notifies when his [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]] is waning, thus signifying that shit will hit the fan.
** It randomly happens to him in TheReveal of episode 10 of ''Evolution-R'' when Rezo tells him [[spoiler:that he cannot become a human again]]; of course, it's presumably symbolic.
* BloodlessCarnage: In all of the anime adaptations, this is played straight until roughly the final third of each season, when [[MoodWhiplash the plot finally sets into its climax and the battles become more intense]].
* BodyguardCrush: Gourry towards Lina, at first only in the anime but then eventually in all mediums despite Kanzaka's original intent of no romance.
** Also [[spoiler: Jillas towards Filia]] at the end of ''Try'', though it seems to be less romantic then simple devotion for her kindness.
* BodyHorror: The ''Ragunut Rushavna'' spell, only seen in the novels, turns the victim into [[AndIMustScream a fleshy piece of meat]] [[NightmareFuel that is repeatedly eaten by snakes for eternity]]; the victim suffers from this pain endlessly until the caster - usually a Monster - is destroyed. Daymia, a minor character, suffers this fate in the novels (whereas in the anime, [[TakenForGranite he was merely turned to stone]]).
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Rezo-Shabranigdu is the first major enemy that Lina and her crew battle in the first season and he comes back as the final villain at the end of Evolution-R.]]
* BoringInvincibleHero: Regularly quite averted when things get serious. Multiple times Lina and co. have defeated their massively more potent adversaries purely through sheer luck. To make a list, [[spoiler: Shabranigdo was killed the first time using a spell that had an equal chance of ending the entire world as it did just being the ultimate offensive spell, and Lina wasn't even sure if the spell would work in the first place, and even then she only had the time to do it because Rezo held back his defenses. Gaarv was heavily wounded by Lina's Ragna Blade, but it STILL wasn't enough to kill them and would have slaughtered them if Fibrizio hadn't intervened. Fibrizio obviously massively outclassed the group when he demonstrated that he could kill them at will without any real effort on his part while effortlessly shrugging off all of their attacks, and only won because L-sama didn't really give much of a toss about what was going on either way. So far the only Big Bad's in the series that Lina has killed without casting an incredibly risky spell that has a fifty percent chance of ending reality are Copy Rezo and Dark Star Dugradigdu. At the end of Evolution-R, Lina casts successful Giga Slave for exactly the second time ever to kill Shabranigdo yet again, and though he was massively weakened from the form she encountered originally, the team STILL couldn't really kill him without Pokota's act of self-sacrifice doing the same thing Rezo did the first time.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Pokota definitely had his moments of this.
* BreathWeapon: Most dragons seem to have one. Golden Dragons in particular have ''laser'' breath, which they're shown to be able to use even in human form -- Filia's tendency to use hers when she's aggravated with Xellos is frequently played for comedic effect.
* BrokenPedestal: Zelgadis once fought on Rezo's behalf, believing he was the generous healer most people believe (and also because Rezo is his guardian and great-grandfather). This all changed when he found out how far Rezo was willing to go to cure his blindness, including experimenting on Zelgadis, and worse, [[spoiler: willing to risk the destruction of the entire world.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Bandits.
** Noonsa the Fishman
** Luke the swordsman, who gets [[AllLoveIsUnrequited shafted]] by Millina frequently.
** Zelgadis in the anime, namely during filler episodes where he's either being used (Lina using him as a boat anchor in ''Next'' comes to mind) or is teased for his GrumpyBear attitude when everyone else dives headfirst into embarrassing situations.
** Amelia during earlier seasons of the anime and a lot of manga adaptations. Taken UpToEleven in the ''Slayers Premium'' movie, where she spends the first half ranting, nearly gets murdered by demonized octopi, and winds up abandoned on an island unable to speak by the end of the movie.
** Gourry becomes this when he either falls into traps or is [[OnceASeason forced to cross-dress]].
** Naga the Serpent, occasionally.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Literally, with [[spoiler:Amelia]] in ''Evolution-R'' breaking her arm trying to ''hold back one of the BigBad's attacks [[BadAss with her bare fists.]]''
* CallingYourAttacks:
** Every magic spell. Justified in [[AllThereInTheManual non-anime material]] -- mastery of magic in the ''Slayers'' setting is accomplished by skill with "Chaos Words", the incantations. The more powerful a sorcerer is, the less words they need; simply invoking the name is all the good wizards actually need to cast a spell. And if they use more Chaos Words than they actually need, the power of the spell is amplified further. This also means that only the very best wizards in the world can actually cast a spell without even speaking its name.
** Also exploited: Lina once called Fireball, causing her opponents to flee in terror, but cast only a simple Light spell.
** Amelia's dad Phil also likes doing this ("Pacifist Crush!", "Kindness to All Creatures Kick!", "Good Will Towards Men Smash!", "Joyful Reunion Bearhug!", "Benevolent Giant Swing!", "Brothers Unite Hand Slap!").
* CampGay: The dragon in Episode 17 (first season). Yes, dragon.
* CanonForeigner: Any of the original characters from the video games, which are officially non-canon.
* CareBearStare: In one episode of ''Try'', Amelia, Gourry and Zelgadis incapacitated Xellos by singing songs of love and joy.
* CatchPhrase: Xellos's "Sore wa himitsu desu" or "That... is a secret".
* CerebusSyndrome: By roughly the eighteenth episode of ''all'' of the anime seasons, the battles suddenly get more violent, with the plot reaching its height and bloodier battles creating a rather scary twist. The most jarring example may be by the 20th episode and beyond of ''NEXT,'' when, after nearly three episodes of hilarious slapstick, [[spoiler:a mazoku nearly kills Amelia, Zelgadis is severely wounded (for the first time) protecting Amelia from the Mazoku Lord Gaav, and Gourry is kidnapped and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] to kill Lina and the others]].
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: Lina and Gourry in the first episode.
* ChefOfIron: There's such thing as ''Dragon Cuisine''.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Hureika]] from ''Knight of the Aqua Lord'' fancies herself one of these, even treating the entire thing as her "game."
** Hellmaster Phibrizzo definitely qualifies as one of these too, [[spoiler:manipulating almost the entire list of events of season two, be it through Xellos or directly]].
* ChickMagnet: [[IdiotHero Gourry]], so very much. He attracts [[{{Tsundere}} Lina]], [[TheChick Sylphiel]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Martina]], [[TheDitz Nama]] [[spoiler: a.k.a. Naga]], [[FishPeople Kuppi]], [[RichBitch Gioconda]], and almost every main female character in the show.
* TheChosenOne: Lina's sister Luna is the Knight of Ciefeed and is able to wield his strength; alledgedly it can rival that of high-level Mazoku such as Xellos. Lei Magnus, Rezo, and [[spoiler:Luke]] are the known holders of the [[PiecesOfGod seven split pieces]] of Shabranigdo (the other four are unknown). And in the third season of the anime, Lina is chosen by Filia to take on Dark Star Dugradigdu; it is revealed by the final episode that she was an ideal choice over Luna because [[spoiler:of her ability to wield the Lord of Nightmares' power, and, unlike Luna, who is affiliated with the gods,(mainly specializing in White/Holy power), Lina has affiliation with neither side, and could easily combine Black and Holy magic to create the magical power needed to defeat Dugradigdu]].
* CloningBlues: Vrumugun, Copy Rezo.
* CloseCallHaircut: Lina gets a magic suppressing circlet latched onto her head. Gourry throws a surprised Lina up into the air and slashes at her face with his sword. A small piece of hair falls off, but the circlet is successfully sliced off her head. She repays him by bashing him over the head [[BreakingTheFourthWall with her own SWEATDROP]] for doing something so dangerous.
* CloudCuckoolander: Gourry, Amelia, and Nama.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Lampshaded; Amelia thinks things really works this way.
-->'''"Everyone knows the bad guy always wears black!"'''
* ComedicSociopathy: One of Lina's major traits.
* ComicallySerious: Zelgadis, poor guy.
* ConspicuousCGI: ''[[NonSerialMovie Slayers Premium]]'' (the jars the octopi carry and the water) and both ''Slayers Revolution'' and ''Evolution-R'' (some spells, water, and structures in the opening sequences).
* ContinuityLockout: The belated ''Revolution'' and ''Evolution-R'' seasons of the anime attempted to avoid this by conveniently not mention the fact that the four leads had defeated an incarnation of Zanaffar before. It would've worked, had it not been for the fact that both seasons played this painfully straight in the first place - absolutely no prior establishment of what had happened before both seasons - and the end result was most of the viewers being those who had seen the first three seasons from eleven years back. Along with the issue with Zanaffar, there is also the fact that ''why'' Lina and Gourry are seeking a new sword (and the importance of the Sword of Light), and they also don't mention directly that Zelgadis and Rezo are related by blood, getting rid of some of the depth that Zelgadis' emotional turmoil against Rezo.
** This is also a massive problem with the ''Slayers Special/Smash'' novels. There are over fifty of those versus the fifteen "main" novels. Mind you, those fifty are supposed to serve as a ''prequel'' to the fifteen, and they're [[LongRunner still going]], whereas the last of the main books came out in 2000. It also doesn't help that both series began around the same time, in the early 90's.
* ContinuityNod: The ending for ''Revolution'' features the plane chart that notes the hierarchy of the five Mazoku generals, the four Dark Lords, and the Lord of Nightmares suspended in the background. The two spots on the chart reserved for [[BigBad Fibrizzo]] and [[TheBrute Gaav]] are destroyed (as they were KilledOffForReal in ''Slayers NEXT'').
** Meanwhile, the spot on the hierarchy representing Dark Star Dugradigdu is unblemished, despite the fact that he was destroyed in ''Try''; it seems to be a DiscontinuityNod due to the fact that Kanzaka [[CreatorBacklash has officially proclaimed he does not like or consider canon the events of Try]], except for the fact that the opening ''Evolution-R'' acknowledges Valgaav, the final {{eyecatch}} for the series (one of them serving as the page image) features characters from all the seasons, including Try, the army of Saillune has cannons made by Jillas (both the character and the technology is from the Outer World), and Gourry having lost the Sword of Light and needing a replacement only makes sense if "Try" ''happened''.
** In an odd meta-version of this, it is revealed that Gourry's Sword of Light's true name is "Gorun Nova" [[spoiler:which in the Anime/LostUniverse series takes the form of one of the Five Lost Ships created by the ubervillain of that world, Dark Star Dugradigdu. In the Slayers part of the multiverse (which only exists in the series, and not the Slayers novels) [=DarkStar=] Dugradigdu's five generals became the Weapons of Light instead of spaceships.]]
** Vurumugun (the real one) is in attendance at [[spoiler: Zangulus's wedding at the end of NEXT]].
* ConvergingStreamWeapon: The Dark Star Weapons in ''Slayers Try''. At the end of the season, all five weapons are combined with a YinYangBomb into a WaveMotionGun.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: WordOfGod states that both Zelgadis and Gourry also lack parental figures.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Zolf's ideas of torture are...really strange.
* CoolBigSis: Averted with Luna Inverse who scares Lina more than anything else in the world, but played straight with Martina [[spoiler: who unknowingly looks after the child form of Hellmaster Fibrizzo while Lina and the others fight Gaav]].
** Also averted with [[spoiler:Naga, who is actually Amelia's sister]]; her time with the group as "Nama" proves it so. Also, when they ''did'' actually meet (in a radio drama taking place after ''[[NonSerialMovie Slayers Premium]]'', [[spoiler:Naga]] disguised herself in front of Amelia and claimed she was a friend of Lina's.
* CoolHelmet: Filia wears a helmet (more of a circlet, really) with gigantic Christmas ornaments stuck to the sides.
* CoolOldLady: Auntie Aqua.
* CoolSword: Gourry's Sword of Light. At first, it appears as a regular old sword, but once the blade is removed, Gourry can summon forth a blade of pure monster-slaying light. Lina's Ragna Blade also qualifies, being a blade of raw magical energy that draws its power from the Lord of Nightmares, the creator of the world.
* CreepyChild: Hellmaster Fibrizzo in ''Slayers Next'', and [[spoiler: Rezo-Shabranigdu in Pokota's human body]] in ''Evolution-R''. Technically, neither of them are really children at all, but the fact that they take the forms of same makes everything they do that much creepier.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Gourry. Normally he comes across as dimwitted and scatterbrained, sometimes to the point of seeming completely incompetent (although he was more competent in the novels, to be fair, and underwent more {{Flanderization}} in the anime than any other character did), and his memory is so bad that he frequently can't remember past enemies they've fought or even what happened a few days ago. However, when he senses a threat, his fighting skills push BadassNormal about as far as it can go in this series.
* CrystalPrison: One of Fibrizzo's abilities is to create a crystal gem around a person to [[spoiler: slowly drain their life energy.]]
* CulturalCrossReference: One bandit dresses up as Colonel Sanders while trying to lure Lina with chicken.
* CurseCutShort: Episode 11 of ''Slayers TRY'' -- Just as Amelia was about to say "piece of shit" (referring to a dropping-shaped mountain they were about to scale), Lina cuts her off, noting how improper it is for royalty to swear.
* CursedWithAwesome: Zelgadis is part golem due to Rezo, meaning that some attacks can't phase him (most apparent when trying to choke him) and on rare occasion will beaming him with a rock work. It was also because of this transformation that Zelgadis became a great sorcerer, but even with all the positives, Zelgadis wants to be fully human again.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Xellos, who has purple hair, also has [[TechnicolorEyes purple eyes]].
** Lina has red eyes and red hair.
* CuteLittleFang: Lina sometimes has one. It was permanent by ''Revolution''.
* DaddysGirl: Amelia adores her father.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Giga Slave, if miscast, destroys the entire universe. Several episodes are devoted solely to Lina attempting to find ways to NOT cast the Giga Slave, because it's basically the worst solution to any problem. Unlike many series, however, the Giga Slave is successfully avoided on a number of occasions. In the third season, for example, it's use is repeatedly mentioned as a last resort, but it is never actually used.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The novels in general to the anime (though in a different way).
** ''Slayers Try'' to the earlier series. It really pushes the GreyAndGrayMorality to the maximum, featuring, among other things, a clan of Shinzoku (which are {{Physical God}}s in the shape of dragons and which are devoted to the Forced of Light) who are willing to let some other world be destroyed if it assures the protection of their own and who committed ''genocide'' against another tribe of Shinzoku because they envied their power, and the revelation that the Creator Deity basically started the battle between good and evil simply to amuse "herself", a fact that pushed the Mazoku Lord Dark Star Dugradigdu and his Shinzoku Lord counterpart Night Dragon Volpheed over the DespairEventHorizon and convinced them to fuse into a single creature in hopes of destroying the world and remaking it on their terms, beyond the interference of the Lord of Nightmares.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Three of the prequel light novels each have one-shot stories featuring Amelia (set before the series proper, where she takes down a shady drug dealer and his gang), Zelgadis (a story of him fighting against a fellow chimera with the same sense of pessimism he has), and Gourry (more or less a backstory of what he did before he met Lina). All three stories were eventually compiled into one novel later on.
* DeathByAdaptation: The anime, in spite of its lighter tone, tends to be ''a lot'' more bloodthirsty than the novels where side characters are concerned. [[spoiler:Noonsa]] and [[spoiler:Dilgear]] on the comical side; [[spoiler:Rubia]] and [[spoiler:Abel]] on the less so; to name a few. [[spoiler:Duclis]] from ''Revolution'' [[SparedByTheAdaptation inverts this precedent]].
* DealWithTheDevil: Played with on Rezo towards Shabranigdu; [[spoiler: as he planned to kill Shabranigdu after having his blindness cured.]]
* DeusExMachina: The Blessed Blade at the end of the first series. It comes out of nowhere with very little explanation behind it in the second to last episode, and can somehow hurt [[spoiler:the merged Copy Rezo/Zanaffar]], which contradicts what we've heard several times about Gourry's Sword of Light being able to hurt it. This is further made strange when in Slayers Evolution and Evolution R it is shown that the Sword of Light CAN destroy it as a major plot point.
* DestructiveSaviour: Lina will blow up your village in the process of saving it.
* DevilInPlainSight: Xellos, and it was [[IdiotHero designated-idiot]] Gourry who noticed; he didn't say anything because he thought it was so obvious.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Lina is slowly murdering her way up the Mazoku hierarchy and she started with Shabranigdu himself.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Xellos, as a monster, wants to destroy all things, and has in the past, committed several acts of genocide. This doesn't stop him from adventuring with Lina... though, granted, this wasn't revealed until near the end of NEXT where [[spoiler: it showed him wiping out a whole clan of dragons with a flick of a wrist]]. To be fair, it's just as much Lina accepting that she can't get rid of him (As Xellos is for most intents and purposes a god), than her actually wanting him around.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Rezo and Shabranigdo, Gaav.
** [[spoiler:Also, if you count ''Revolution'' and ''Evolution-R'' as the same season due to each only having 13 episodes, Zanaffar.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Lina's most famous example may be in the first episode, where she blows up a town she was trying to save while attempting to kill a dragon... because it had deliberately stepped over her rather then crushing her.
** Happened once over sausages, of all things.
--> '''Gourry:''' You were just staring off into space, so I figured you didn't want any.
--> '''Lina:''' Well, I did! So if you can take my food, I can take yours! (Eats about five) And I hope that taught you a lesson.
--> '''Gourry:''' Yeah, that you eat more than me.
* DissonantSerenity: Rezo (but [[BetaBaddie not his replica]]) and most Mazoku are quite calm or even mildly amused when fighting. Shabranigdo even [[HannibalLecture explained]] to the party why and how much ResistanceIsFutile and almost rolled his eyes seeing how they just don't get it.
** Xellos almost never gets angry, even when reminding the audience that he is a monster. When his cool does dissipate, it's downright disturbing.
* DistractedByTheSexy: In the video games, Gourry actually meets Naga. This happens to him with her a few times, especially in the ''Slayers Wonderful'' game, where he actually gets a {{Nosebleed}}.
* TheDitz: Gourry.
** [[spoiler:Naga as]] Nama, mostly due to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory loss]]... though, to be fair, she was pretty ditzy in the [[TheMovie movies]] and {{OAV}}s too.
** Amelia in earlier seasons of the anime.
* DivineConflict: It is explained that countless millenia ago, the universe was nearly destroyed in a war between the forces of [[GodOfGood Flare Dragon Cifeed]] and [[GodOfEvil Lord Shabranigdo]]. Cifeed just barely managed to defeat Shabranigdo, and save what was left of the universe in the process.
* DopeSlap: It's pretty common in this series.
** Lina gives Gourry these on a normal basis.
** Zelgadis gave one to Amelia after she said that all villains have to wear black.
** Gourry gave one to Zelgadis after he mentioned Amelia's lost sister and upset her.
** Lina once slapped Zelgadis, but immediately regretted it.
* DoubleEntendre: Lots of jokes about the townsfolk's balls in Revolution episode 6, which involves a town festival dedicated to rolling a giant stone sphere up a mountain.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: This is exactly how Lina and Gourry's relationship works a lot of the time.
* DraggedIntoDrag[=/=]CrossDresser: [[OncePerEpisode Once per season]], sans (R)evolution-R, (and always in episode 17) the party ends up needing to be in a disguise for some reason or another. Lina and Amelia happily dress up the male members of the cast as pretty girls.
** Only NEXT shows Zelgadis and Xellos doing it, but poor Gourry is always involved when it happens. Xelloss has the time of his life.
* DumbassNoMore: In ''Evolution-R'', Gourry is still an idiot, but he's much more alert, intuitive, and all around competent than he is in most of the previous anime seasons (the first being the only exception) when it comes to non-combat situations. He even manages to correctly assert most situations, much to Lina's surprise and praise.
* DyingAsYourself: Played with for Rezo's [[spoiler:first]] death in the anime--it is implied that, however desperate he was to find a way to open his eyes, in the end even he did not want to truly destroy the world and that his whole gambit was actually encouraged if not outright caused by [[spoiler:Shabranigdo possessing him]]; during the final battle he is able to hold back enough of his power (and by extension [[spoiler:Shabrangido's]]) to give Lina a chance to win with the Giga Slave, implying that when he dies, he does so as himself. However, events in later seasons cast doubt on what Rezo's character was truly like, and it is also likely it was the Lord of Nightmares, not Rezo himself, holding back his power so the Giga Slave would work, since her presence had surely been summoned just as it had when [[spoiler:she possessed Lina in the second season finale]]. Played a little more straight for Duclis in ''Revolution'', since it's implied by Zanaffar's taunts when he is dying and in danger of [[TheCorruption turning into a second Zanaffar]] that much of his actions, or at least his increasingly insane and obsessive search for {{Revenge}}, had been caused or influenced by Zanaffar working through his armor; he certainly seems more like his old self in that moment. Ends up being subverted however, since [[SparedByTheAdaptation he doesn't actually die]] thanks to Pokota--but it is still his ability to resist Zanaffar and remain himself that gives Lina the distraction she needs to win, and later allows him to have his life spared.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness
** Most of the novels tend to be very episodic in narrative, moreso in the ''Slayers Special'' novels. While the second arc of the main novels was like this, the first arc is one long narrative.
** The series as a whole began as a self-aware parody of HighFantasy and various TabletopRPG tropes, albeit with a dogma of its own - the novels and manga, for example, poke fun at various stereotypes, like greasy, dumb bandits, and the anime broke the fourth wall quite a bit. As CerebusSyndrome kicked in, moreso in the anime, the self-awareness angle was dropped, and the fourth wall was no longer addressed.
** In the older anime series, the characters were far more cooperative than they were later on. Also, one nice novelty from older episodes that were dropped later on was that new magic or world-related trivia were given an explanation for the viewer; new seasons dropped this.
* EldritchAbomination: Darkstar has the look and feel of one, as does Shabranigdo in the flashback story in the first season where Lina explains his origins, but the best example is the Lord of Nightmares, who is extremely alien, even by mazoku standards.
* ElementalPowers: Shamanism calls upon the powers of elemental spirits and the [[SpiritWorld Astral Plane]]. This makes it a good all-rounder lore, as it can [[RedMage mimic the effects of black and white magic, as well as having spells unique to it]], with its only weakness being that it's really not very good at facing off against Mazoku.
* EmotionEater: All Mazoku are said to be this, feeding off the negative emotions of other beings.
** Shinzoku/Gods feed off positive emotions.
* EmptyEyes: The Mazoku, as well as any humans [[DealwiththeDevil affiliated]] with them, have flat eyes devoid of shine or reflections.
* EnemyCivilWar: Chaos Dragon vs. Hellmaster is the most obvious example. It's not like Gaav just allied with mortals, while Fibrizo plainly wants TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It also seems to be the main reason behind the actions of Xellos.
** The minor one happens at the end of the second arc of the novels. [[spoiler:Luke-Shabranigdo]] wants to face Lina and Gourry (the two people who can possibly kill him) while [[spoiler:another part of Shabranigdo who is imprisoned does not wish to see that (and would have Luke-Shabranigdo free him)]]. This causes the Mazoku to divide into two factions.
* EvilCounterpart: Zangulus and Vrumugun. They even have elementally opposing magics and weapons; witness The Sword of Darkness vs the Sword of Light, both legendary weapons wielded by mercenary swordsman with PeekABangs to drive the point home.
* EvilMinions: Inverted. Zelgadis's henchmen Zolf and Rodimus are actually good guys, as is Zel himself. VillainWithGoodPublicity Rezo misleads Lina into thinking they're evil.
* EvilPlan: The entirety of the ''Knight of the Aqua Lord'' manga is an extremely intricate (but not [[GambitRoulette unreasonable]]) scenario planned by [[spoiler:Hureika]].
** Put as simply as possible: [[spoiler:getting Deep Sea Dolphin to lead an army against the gods specifically for the purpose of driving Lina to obtain the Wind Lord's power to use against it, thus destabilizing Lyos's power allowing her to take control, in effect [[AGodAmI becoming a Mazoku with the power of the gods]].]] And it worked. {{Chessmaster}}, indeed.
* EvilRedhead: Gaav.
* ExcaliburInTheRust: Gourry wields a normal-looking sword that suits him just fine. However, the blade on the sword is actually just attached to the hilt of the Sword of Light.
* {{Expy}}: Amelia for Naga in the novels (only at first), according to WordOfGod.
* EyesAlwaysShut:
** Xellos in his friendly mode.
** Rezo, the blind priest, who ''can't'' open his eyes [[spoiler:due to the shard of the greatest evil in the world sealed in them]].
* EyeCatch: The second and third seasons feature these with the characters in pairs, and there are also a few special ones for the final episodes. The fourth and fifth seasons had a different eye catch for each episode, and it often correlated with whatever was happening in the episode. Strangely, the first season had no eyecatches at all.
* FaceFault
* FailureGambit: While his defeat in the first season was not necessarily intentional or foreseen, in Slayers Evolution-R, [[spoiler:the Red Priest Rezo]] reveals that he intentionally [[spoiler:set up a situation in which he would be defeated by Lina and the evil lord Shabranigdo sealed inside of him would be released. In true HeroicSacrifice style, he realized that this was the only way for the mighty demon lord to be erased from existence once and for all, making Rezo less of a villain at the end of the day]].
* FairytaleWeddingDress: [[spoiler:Martina]]'s dress at the end of ''Next''.
* FantasyGunControl: Played straight and justified, sort of. In short, the backstory of the setting is that the peninsula where the story mostly takes place was the sight of a great battle against the Mazoku long ago, a war that drew magically gifted individuals from all over the continent; when the war ended, one of the DemonLordsAndArchDevils, Hellmaster Phibrizzo, cast a spell that sealed the entire peninsula away from the outside world. As a result, magic remained strong, even flourished inside the barrier, but outside magical skill and lore was lost, forcing them to turn to technology instead. This causes an issue when the gunner Jillas appears in ''Try'', as he seemingly uses muskets, but all of their bullets are non-fatal.
** The beginning of ''Revolution'' shows that Outer World technology is at least being exported to the Old, as a ship in the first episode and Saillune's army in the twelfth both use cannons.
* FantasticNuke: The Dragon Slave.
** Also Jillas build an ICBM that was "as powerful as a dragonslave" from barrels and blackpowder, and much like the dragon slave wrecked a whole town but also made the surroundings visibily into a wasteland.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FantasyPantheon: The gods and dragons vs the demons and Mazoku. Somewhat tweaked by the fact that there is a power above those two factions.
* FieryRedhead: Lina Inverse has the personality down pat, even though it takes until about Slayers TRY for her to get the hair color right (it starts off as more of a coppery brown).
* {{Filler}}: This series is noteworthy for pulling it off beautifully. The filler episodes were stand-alone comedies that never got in the way of the main plot and always managed to be entertaining in their own right.
* FiveBadBand: The Mazoku Lords:
** Hellmaster Fibrizo -- BigBad
** Greater Beast Zelas Metallium -- TheDragon
** Dynast Grausherra -- EvilGenius
** Chaos Dragon Garv -- TheBrute
** [[FluffyTheTerrible Deep Sea Dolphin]] -- TheDarkChick
*** And their bosses, local CosmicHorror Ruby-Eye Shabranigdu, and even Cosmic'er Horror, The Lord of Nightmares (aka [[spoiler:[[AllThereInTheManual Lucifer]]]]/L-sama).
* {{Flanderization}}: All the characters have suffered from a little of it over the years but it's gotten pretty bad for Lina and Gourry, especially in ''Slayers Revolution''.
** Lina's vindictiveness and temper have been played up to the point that she's on a hair trigger (although [[spoiler: it has to be granted that Pokota really does push all the wrong buttons with her]]) whereas in the first ever episode a comment about her bust only elicited a scowl.
** Nowadays, Gourry tends to act like such an IdiotSavant that you wonder how on earth he puts his armor on in the morning or remembers who Lina is (as opposed to the fairly competent, if rather ''tactless'' and sometimes absent-minded, swordsman we see in the first episode) - and if it's at all possible the English dubs take it even ''further''. This is ''finally'' somewhat reversed come Evolution-R, where he appears to have been given back shades of his former competency.
** Amelia was flanderized from the novels to the anime in general; her justice-loving ways were more of a quirk in the novels, but in the anime, they became a defining trait. By the end of ''Revolution'', her flaunting is toned down.
** Zelgadis is far more of a JerkAss in the novels than in the anime. The same can be said for Xellos, who is far more malevolent in the books.
*** Xellos is just as malevolent in either media (He DOES want to destroy the world, remember), it's just that in the anime he comes off as goofier and mildly annoying when not actively engaging in atrocities.
* FlashbackNightmare: Zelgadis has one about being turned into a demon/golem chimera. Which helped [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn]].
* FlyingBrick: Zelgadis. Not his only powers.
* ForgetsToEat: In ''Slayers Try'', Lina and the group decide to immediately set sail for adventure... only to remember later, after they're stranded at sea, that they forgot to bring food. Cue them pretending to be dead so they can [[DogFoodDiet catch seagulls]].
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: The Lord of Nightmares usually appears as a slender woman with golden blond hair and a long black dress.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Zelgadis is the Cynic, Amelia is the Optimist, Gourry is the Apathetic, and Lina is the Realist, but shows shades of the Apathetic herself. As for their secondary allies, Pokota is also an Optimist, while Sylphiel, Martina, and Filia are all the Conflicted.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Zelgadis is Melancholic, Amelia is Sanguine, Gourry is Phlegmatic, and Lina is most certainly Choleric. Xellos, meanwhile, is Supine.
* FreakinessShame: Not even stone-studded green-blue skin can deter Amelia's (nor the fangirls') interest in Zelgadis.
* FreakyIsCool: The reaction of Amelia, and most of his fans, to Zelgadis's appearance. That it comes with SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and being NighInvulnerable just adds to the coolness.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Used in the form of subliminal frames in the earlier seasons of the anime: a gag frame, usually of a super-deformed version of a character, would appear as someone gets hit. There are some nifty sight gags as well, such as when Gourry rips off [[WholesomeCrossdresser the dress he's forced to wear]] in the first season, the viewer can spot a stuffed bra full of fruit and what appears to be a Zelgadis plush doll.
* FullNameBasis: Several villains ''always'' call Lina Inverse by her full name. Amelia also introduces herself with her full (and ridiculously long) name when she wants to wow someone.
** Also averted with Zelgadis, as outside of one mention by Filia in episode one of ''TRY'', Zel's last name (Graywords) is NEVER said at any point in the anime.
* FunctionalMagic
* GagBoobs: Naga, queen of Gainaxing! Literally in one of the movies; as she and Lina are edging along a narrow ledge halfway up a cliff, faces (and other things) to the rock, they go 'bwoing' and push her off.
** And Amelia is catching up rather quickly in Hourglass of Falces
* {{Gainaxing}}: See GagBoobs. While Naga is the usual suspect of this, Amelia isn't, surprisingly, with the exception of the ''Slayers Premium'' movie (it's also a part of how she's TheChewToy in that film...)
* GameMaster:
** The Lord of Nightmares. Fibrizo tries ''arguing'' with her and she bitchslaps him out of existence.
** It's implied that the reason Dark Star and Volfeed merged in Try is because they are aware of her game to pit the two against each other and are absolutely sick of it.
* GeniusDitz: Despite his stupidity, Gourry is still quite a formidable swordsman
* GenkiGirl: Amelia.
* GenreBlindness: Amelia seems to actively cultivate it in the first season.
* GenreBusting: Have fun listing it as a single genre of anime. Set in a fantasy world, it includes {{Comedy}}, action, and large amounts of drama...often into a single episode!
* GhostlyGlide: Copy Rezo begins exhibiting eerie symptoms, including this trope. Later melds with PowerFloats when its revealed he merged himself with Zanaffar's spirit.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Amelia does this a lot, and gets called on it several times in the final episode of the first series.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Being a fantasy series, you'd expect a lot of these.
* GodzillaThreshold: Anything that justifies asking [[DestructiveSaviour Lina Inverse]] for help has to be something that poses a risk of absolute annihilation, otherwise... just let bandits and/or rampaging dragon do whatever they want, they're liable to cause significantly less of a mess.
* GoKartingWithBowser: At least once a season Lina is usually forced into participating in some tedious competition either with or against someone who's spent much of the season trying to kill her. Also, Lina goes on whole adventures with Xellos, who could, at any moment, turn around and kill her without a word... And she's okay with that.
%%* TheGodsMustBeLazy: What are the gods in this world doing while the Mazoku are busy manipulating people into destroying the world? Let's see least two of them are ''dead'', according to background material. Flare Dragon King Ceipheed, the Shinzoku Lord, either exhausted his strength and has to continuously reincarnate within mortal souls in an effort to rebuild his power, or was sealed inside a mortal host, just as he sealed away the fragments of Shabranigdo -- the Knight of Ceipheed, Luna Inverse, is either his latest host or [[SealedGoodInACan the "can" he's sealed inside]]. The Water Dragon King, meanwhile, was slain during the War of the Monsters' Fall; only a ghost of the god remains inside its library.
%%** Keep in mind, we've only seen a relatively small fragment of the Slayers world, and that fragment spent most of its time sealed away inside a mystical barrier. It's probable the other gods are more active in other lands and simply couldn't get inside the area where Slayers takes place.
* GoodIsDumb: Gourry constantly proves this all on his own.
* GoodIsImpotent: In one OAV, Lina and Naga are on the trail of a villain searching for a McGuffin called the "Shadow Reflector" that creates copies which are the opposite of those who look into it. Predictably, they look into it, resulting in a hopelessly pacifistic and nice Lina and a painfully shy Naga. Cue horror from the villain realising what this makes the ''real'' Lina.
* GoodIsNotNice: With the exception of [[IdiotHero Gourry]], [[LoveFreak Amelia]], and [[ProperLady Sylphiel]], all of the main characters are fundamentally self-centered jerks, ''especially'' Lina. Lina's [[AloofBigBrother sister]] Luna is the avatar of Ceipheed, one of the world's most powerful gods, but is arguably worse. Xellos is perhaps a case of NiceIsNotGood taken to extremes. He's by far the most charming, affable, and pleasant of the group... and also an elemental being of pure ChaoticEvil -- the sole reason for the existence of his creator's creator is to annihilate everything.
* GottaCatchEmAll: Amazingly averted. In the first season Lina destroys one [[spoiler: of the seven shards of Shabrinigdo]], and the rest never come up. The same applies for the two [[spoiler: of Shabranigdo's five generals]] that she kills.
* GratuitousEnglish: Many spell names, though this is {{handwave}}d with a short explanation that the names had been corrupted over the years. Lina's most powerful attack used to be known as the "Dragon Slayer" before it became what it was.
* GratuitousJapanese[=/=]NonSingingVoice: (Dub only) The spell song. After Lina and Amelia's acapella rendition in English, Lina yells that they're going to do the fully orchestrated reprise in Japanese.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Moreso in ''Slayers TRY'' than in any other season, with the questioning of the battles between Mazoku and Shinzoku coming into question and the cowardliness of the Golden Dragons among other things. Even the main party is affected from this.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Claire Bible is the physical manifestation of all the Water Dragon's knowledge, which is a lot to say the least. It's an example of what happens when you try to make one of these without access to magic or super science: the manuscripts are compact but the physical copy spands an entire pocket dimension of giant stone slabs.
* GroinAttack: In Episode 6 of ''Slayers NEXT'', Martina had placed a curse on Lina, in which any pain she inflicts on others is magnified and directed back at her. Naturally, she ends up kicking Gourry in the groin after he had accidentally grabbed her breasts (courtesy of Xellos) and made a remark about how small they are and...well, HilarityEnsues.
* GuardianOfTheMultiverse: The Lord of Nightmares.
** Although he was a bad guy in the first season, Zangulus would technically count in NEXT.
* TheGunslinger: Parodied with Jillas.
* HairTriggerTemper: As stated above, Lina has so many {{Berserk Button}}s, it's hard to keep track of them all. Pokota practically presses all of them by the time EVOLUTION-R is over with.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Various humanoid animals, officially lumped together under the name "Beastmen" (or "Manbeasts", if one wants to insult them), are common enemies. The main villain of TRY is a hybrid of Ancient Dragon and Mazoku. Zelgadis is a human being who has been mystically merged with a brow demon and a rock golem.
* HannibalLecture: In ''NEXT'', Gaav gives one to Amelia (who had just delivered a sermon on JUSTICE), pointing out that Hellmaster's plans would be void if he killed Lina and that, by defending her, she was acting against the cause of JUSTICE. Cue HeroicBSOD.
** Considering that Hellmaster's plan was to [[spoiler: manipulate Lina to cast the Giga Slave, potentially destroying all of reality, and that Lina actually does it to save Gourry]], Gaav was 100% correct.
* HandBehindHead: Gourry does ''this'' a lot.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Naga the Serpent.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: "It's not too late!", sure. A rare case when even ''Gourry'' is too astonished to {{facepalm}}.
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler:Lina herself of all people becomes this in the closing episodes of ''NEXT'' when Hellmaster kidnaps Gourry and she is uncertain of his fate. She even breaks down crying over it in private.]]
** Also, in the manga counterpart of the fifth season, [[spoiler: Amelia is totally upset after Zelgadisīs supossed FaceHeelTurn. She cries and yells him to come back, with no response. After she hears about Zuumaīs threatening, she tearfully begs Lina to follow Zelgadis to protect him. And she cries again after Lina orders her to leave because she is going to fight Zelgadis. She is heartbroken the whole volume until Zelgadis comes back.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Zelgadis.
* HermeticMagic: Actually a hybrid between Hermetic and a typical {{Mana}}-based RPG models of magic, with summonings, enchantments and protections done with Hermetic-style magic circles, while fireballs and arrows thrown via almost [[VancianMagic vancian]]-style spells.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Gourry for Lina.
* HeroicBSOD: Several.
** ''Slayers NEXT'': Lina's begins when she [[spoiler:learns the true nature of the Giga Slave: drawing power from [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse The Lord of Nightmares]] is the exact same thing as summoning Her directly, and miscasting it can cause the ''entire universe'' to be consumed, making her friends die horrible deaths]]. Cue her being in a conundrum on how to defeat [[TheBrute Chaos Dragon Gaav]]. It gets ''worse'' when [[BigBad Hellmaster Fibrizo]] reveals himself and kidnaps [[spoiler:[[BrainwashedAndCrazy and brainwashes]] Gourry, [[BodyguardCrush just as she began to realize she was falling for him as he did for her]]. She is able to snap out of her funk, but TheStinger culminates when she casts the Giga Slave during the finale anyway.]]
** Same season above: Amelia has a brief one when Gaav gives her a HannibalLecture about her feeble notions of justice; he then proceeds to brutally wound her. Milgazia is able to heal her, but the screen of death comes back when Gaav tries to attack her again and the normally NighInvulnerable Zelgadis is severely wounded for the first time protecting her from his blade. [[NightmareFuel Pure horror for her and the viewers.]]
** Finally, ''Slayers Evolution-R'' has both Pokota and Zelgadis in the same episode: Rezo, [[SoulJar with his soul trapped in a jar]], [[spoiler:explains that he only helped and sealed away the people of Pokota's kingdom in order to experiment in gaining his sight back, and that he never intended to follow through with helping them]]. [[TearJerker The normally cocky Pokota cries and loses it]]. Zelgadis loses it ''big'' when Rezo confesses that [[spoiler:it is impossible for Zelgadis to ever become human again, and he might've ''known'' that it wasn't possible]]. Cue a crying Zelgadis to nearly go berserk until Pokota intervenes.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Pokota sacrifices his real body]] at the end of ''Evolution-R'' to save everyone else.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Lina.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Luna Inverse and the remaining three Mazoku lords -- Zelas Metallium, Deep Sea Dolphin, and Grausherra -- have yet to appear in the anime. Zelas and Dolphin appear in person in the novels, but there's yet to be any decent graphical depiction of Dynast Grausherra; however, Grausherra did play a major role in the second arc of the novels.
** Zelas Metallium's ''ass'' has had a couple of cameos in the series, however, and her beast form [[spoiler:(an armored, anthropomorphic wolf with wings)]] appears in one of the games for the [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super Famicom]]. Dolphin's beast form is still unknown.
** And Luna gets cameos in a couple of the opening songs and eyecatches. It's even {{Lampshade}}d in the opening of TRY, when she has a little arrow saying "Sorry, opening only" pointing at her.
** On the gods' side of things, between Ciefeed's four guardians, Earthlord Rangort has made absolutely ''no'' appearances in ''any'' part of the franchise. Aqualord Ragradia and Firelord Vrabrazard have been mentioned in passing and share importance in the anime and novels (Ragradia made the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Claire Bible]], and Filia served Vrabrazard), but otherwise do not appear, and Airlord Valwin only appears in the ''Knight of the Aqualord'' manga.
** [[spoiler:It is implied (if not flat-out stated) that "Auntie Aqua" is actually Aqualord Ragardia, or at least what's left of the god. Therefore being the only one of the gods that makes any sort of actual "appearance" in the anime.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Hellmaster's plan goes exactly as he wishes, except for the fact that he does not fully understand the nature of Lina's magic spell that is supposed to destroy the world. [[spoiler:So when Lina is taken over by the Lord of Nightmares, the Hellmaster fails to recognize the Lord of Nightmare in Lina and attacks her. The Lord of Nightmare responds by destroying Hellmaster utterly, saving the world in process.]]
* HotterAndSexier: While every form of media has its share of mild fanservice, it's taken UpToEleven in the ''Hourglass of Falces'' continuity:
** GagBoobs (Amelia, Millina, and Noa, the GuestStarPartyMember)
** Excessive crotch shots (Lina to compensate for her UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}} status, and Amelia in the form of {{panty shot}}s)
** Skimpified outfits (Amelia and Millina)
** BringMyBrownPants (Noa)
** WalkingShirtlessScene (The antagonist of the story, Gourry and Luke at certain points)
** SkinshipGrope (Amelia gets subjugated to this by Lina for no apparent reason)
** And in the ''Super Explosive Demon Story'' manga, Zelgadis is frequently [[WalkingShirtlessScene without a shirt]]. There's even a color splash page of him removing it.
** Later artwork of Lina, namely in later ''Slayers Special''/''Slayers Smash''. They feature her in more sensual poses, and every other drawing of her flaunts her nipples, irregardless of how modest she's dressed.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Amelia and her father. Lina and Gourry to a lesser degree.
* HumanDoorstop: Zelgadis and Gourry get used as an anchor and dragon-bait at the end of a giant fishhook respectively in the course of the same ''Next'' episode.
* HumanityIsInfectious: Though not too much, being "tainted" with humanity can cause distinctly unnatural behavior in Mazoku. The most famous example of this, in-series, is Chaos Dragon Gaav.
* ICallItVera: Filia's mace is named "Mace-sama".
* IceCreamKoan: when the heroes find Rezo's SoulJar in Evolution-R, it starts dispensing these, along with exotic [[spoiler:and supernaturally effective]] recipes for very mundane things like hangover cures and talismans against quarrels.
* IdiotHero: Gourry.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The first and fourth seasons do so alphabetically!
* IdolSinger: Spoofed. Lina and Amelia put on skimpy dresses and sing, thinking it's an ancient attack spell. It turned out to just be costumes and a regular song. Well, a regular song that summons pretty lights and a [[CherryBlossoms petals rain]] on a decent scale.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Eris to [[spoiler:Copy Rezo.]]
* ImageSong: They exist, but the theme songs sung by Creator/MegumiHayashibara greatly outnumber them. Lina, Sylphiel, Filia, and Valgaav have one, Zelgadis, Amelia, Gourry, Xellos, and Martina have two, and Naga has three. There is also the "Maiden's Prayer" duet sung by Amelia and Lina's actresses, and finally, one song where the four leads all sing together.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Amelia does this several times, including during her introduction.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Gourry, type 3,5, and 7.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Lina, Sylphiel, Eris, Martina, Naga, Gourry, and Naga again, just because.
** Hellmaster Fibrizo. Figuring out the layering makes cosplaying him quite difficult.
* InfallibleBabble: In the first episode, a village elder calls Lina the "Dragon Spooker", which means that dragons step past her out of clear revulsion. Later in the episode a dragon does exactly this.
* InformedAbility: Lina occasionally brags about being an accomplished swordsman as well as a sorceress, but she doesn't do much to back it up. Most of the time the sword gets knocked out of her hand before she can make much use of it, and one of the few times she didn't lose it she was was wounded early on and had to leave the rest to Gourry. To make matters worse, from season 2 onward, Lina's sword is replaced with a dagger inexplicably. Good thing she's usually dishing out heavy duty magic since she's by far the strongest sorcerer on the team and Gourry is usually around to handle the swordsmanship.
** She does get a good moment here and there, but Lina is, at best, an accomplished swordswoman, but a god-level magic user. Any situation where Lina's mere swordplay could handle things wouldn't even qualify as an episode.
* InsistentTerminology: Even though Filia is a dragon, don't ever refer to her as a mere reptile.
* InterspeciesRomance: In ''Slayers Try'', one of the filler episodes involves a love between a fish-girl (as in, a female fish with humanish arms and legs) and a male human... which ends up with the two taking a "cure" that simply turns her into a human and him into a fish-man, leaving them in exactly the same mess they were in before. They do consider it something of an improvement at least, as they now also find each other physically attractive.
** In the post 2000 series there's an episode where a fish-girl tries to flirt with Gourry, due to a mania that's coming over the locals.
** A ghost possessing Lina's body comes on to Gourry in one of the early episodes of the first season.
** The Amelia/Zelgadis relationship kind of falls into this as well, given Zelgadis is technically only 1/3rd human.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Amelia likes to smite (perceived) villains "in the name of Justice!".
* ISurrenderSuckers: [[spoiler:Zangulus]] wouldn't do that just to prevail over a man, but in such circumstances...
* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: Lina Inverse is hardly an everygirl, being one of the most powerful magic-users of her world. However, her usual modus vivendi is just being a wandering mercenary and treasure hunter; all that unwanted saving the world stuff happens to her due to seemingly insignificant choices, such as not agreeing to sell a particular statuette for cheap.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Lina's treasure, specifically the Orihalcon statue, in the first season.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lina and Zelgadis are jerkier versions of the trope.
* KissOfLife: Episode 7 of ''Slayers NEXT'' -- During a meal hunt for a dragon on a boat, Zelgadis almost drowns. Amelia suggests giving him mouth-to-mouth, in which he promptly blushes, expecting her to do it. Unfortunately for him, the (male) captain gives it to him. And to make matters {{squick}}y, the captain [[HoYay licks his lips after doing so]]. It accumulates even ''further'' when, at the end of the episode, it's revealed that Zel himself resembles the captain's late wife...
* KnightInShiningArmor: Parodied. Both Lina and Sylphiel has an image of a prince -- noble, heroic, handsome, blond, clad in white, riding on a white charger. Then they meet Amelia's father, Philionel el di Seyruun. He's the Crown Prince. Very impressive looking and quite BadAss. [[MartialPacifist Peace]]- and [[ForGreatJustice justice]]-loving. Merciful. Minor user of WhiteMagic. He even sometimes rides on a white horse. Problems? [[spoiler:He looks like a bandit who just climbed down the mountain, and is ''slightly'' nuts]].
* KnightOfCerebus: Rezo (after we find out about him), Gaav, and Valgaav are really the only ones that qualify. Most of the other Gods/Monsters don't have this profound an effect on the tone of the show since they have comic relief/lighter moments (even Phibrizzo).
* KonamiCode: PlayedForLaughs, one of Amelia's famous finger pointing moments that she usually gives with her all-empowering support speeches actually prompts the code to activate on screen.
* LadyLand: [[spoiler:Played with in ''Slayers Next'' episode 17 where a city of only women, which does not allow men to even enter. It is shown to have many men crossdressing as women (presumably all the sons of women of the city who did not wish to part with their children or move someplace else) in order to stay within the walls.]]
* LargeHam: Amelia and her father.
* LaserBlade: Gourry's Sword of Light.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Sylphiel, after Sairaag is destroyed.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Valgaav, after the other Ancient Dragons are killed by the Golden Dragons.]]
* LateToTheRealization: Gourry can take episodes to figure out someone's villainy.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Happens a lot throughout the series and [=OVAs=]. The dub for ''Slayers Return'' has a particularly notable example.
--> '''Lina:''' "Hey, wait a second! You're being too faithful to the rules of basic plot advancement! Wake up!"
* LethalJokeCharacter: Jillas. For someone with no magic and physically weaker than everyone else, he still managed to be mildly dangerous. Even Zelgadis was impressed with Jillas by the end of ''Try''. In ''Revolution'' he even has a cannon named after him, if you notice the soldier ordering them to fire the Jillas Cannon.
** On the heroes's side is Sylphiel, the group's [[GuestStarPartyMember on-again-off-again white mage]]. She knows exactly two black magic spells: Flare [[MagicMisfire Carrot]], and the Dragon Slave (which she casts better than Lina does).
* {{Leitmotif}}: Rezo has a particularly impressive one.
* LickingTheBlade: The shopkeeper in Season 1, Episode 2 does this after he becomes possessed by a cursed knife Lina tries to sell to him.
* LikeCannotCutLike: Gourry's sword to any other weapon made by the same people.
* LiteralGenie: When Zelgadis first met Rezo, the latter put on an affable facade and agreed to grant Zelgadis' wish for power, promising to make him "completely different" -- he gave him the power but transformed him into a monster.
* LivingDollCollector: Episode 15 of ''Next'' has one of these, who also turns Lina's friends into dolls and attempts to kill her, for a filler related reason (re: None). [[spoiler: It turns out that the collector is actually a doll himself being manipulated by a doll-like Mazoku that he carried around.]]
* LongLostRelative: WordOfGod states that [[spoiler: Naga is actually Amelia's elder sister]], though neither [[spoiler: Lina nor Amelia]] appear to be aware of this. (Naga never told Lina her real name.) [[spoiler: Naga]]'s identity was concealed all three times she met [[spoiler: Amelia]] in continuity -- once intentionally.
* LongRunner: Began in 1989 as a serialized set of novels that are still running today; the anime aired from 1995-1997 (And was UnCancelled in 2008), and two [=OVAs=] and five movies were made across 1995 to 2001; numerous manga and games have also been made. Most of the products were released in [[TheNineties the 1990's]]; the bulk of the series' longevity after that was in the novels until ''Slayers Revolution'' aired.
* LongSpeechTeaTime: When Dilgear is ranting about punishing Zelgadis for his [[HeelFaceTurn treachery]] and the death of the fishman Noonsa, the other henchmonsters are eating Noonsa.
* LoopholeAbuse: Mazokus are fond of these.
** [[spoiler: Alfred, the true culprit behind the assassination attempt of Prince Phil, had Kanzel under contract to work under him. Kanzel no longer wanted to due to seeing Lina perform the Ragna Blade and sought to recruit her power for Gaav. Alfred angrily tells Kanzel that he can't back out since he was under contract and therefore can't act against him. Kanzel agrees that he was indeed under contract to follow Alfred. His partner Mazenda, however, was NOT, so she was able to kill Alfred on the spot]].
* LovableTraitor: Xellos is the contemporary epitome of this trope.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Halcyform in ''Next'', also Duclis in the manga version of ''Revolution''.
* LordErrorProne: Amelia.
** Gourry, again for exposition purposes.
* LoveFreak: Ditzy CuteClumsyGirl Amelia is a rather satirical example.
* TheMagicTouch: Astral Vine to enchant anything sharp including corporeal spell effects to damage targets immune to normal weapons. Amelia eventually creates the Visfarank spell to apply the same sort of general effect to her fists.
* MarketBasedTitle: The TV series was marketed as "The Slayers" outside of Japan. When Creator/ADVFilms licensed the OAV and films, they retained the original name.
* MartialPacifist: Parodied by Prince Phil, Amelia's father.
** Amelia herself, especially in the Hourglass of Falces.
* MagicAndPowers
** BlackMagic: Referred to by that name, this is magic that draws from the Mazoku. Spells of this kind range from attack magic to summoning to curses, like the kinds that [[RichBitch Martina]] uses.
** WhiteMagic: Also titled that way, most of these are healing and defensive spells, but can also be used for small things like putting out fires. Its source is ambiguous, but WordOfGod stated that it's a form of Astral Shamanistic magic.
** [[ElementalPowers Shamanistic Magic]]: Elemental magic, consisting of the classic elements of [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], and [[BlowYouAway Wind]], along with a fifth element, [[ElementNumberSix Astral magic.]] Attack spells for the four elements are physical in nature, while Astral magic consists of unconventional spells and attacks that target one's astral body (similar to one's "spirit" or soul). The Ra Tilt spell is the most well-known example for the latter.
** [[HolyHandGrenade Holy Magic]]: The polar opposite of Black Magic, drawing from the Shinzoku. Because of the barrier that covers the peninsula where the story takes place, Shinzoku are unable to either go in or escape, so Holy Magic is not accessible to humans during the course of the series. Golden Dragons are the main practitioners of this form of magic.
** There is also a form of WildMagic that draws from the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse creator]], the Lord of Nightmares. Due to its chaotic nature (as the Lord of Nightmares is chaos itself), almost no one knows about it, and devastating results can happen if it is misused. Lina is the only one known to wield this form of magic.
* MagicKnight: There's nothing stopping a person from being both a skilled sorcerer and a skilled swordsman. Zelgadis himself is equally good in both areas, and even Lina can swing a sword or use a dagger for her self-defense.
* MagicMissileStorm: The spells Burst Rondo (weak) and Rune Flare (strong) do this.
* MaskPower: Xellos' eyes are almost always hidden by his hair or closed. If they ever open, bad things are happening.
* MayDecemberRomance: Of the "in terms of maturity" variety: In the first season and the start of the novels, Lina is 15 and Gourry is 22. Amelia and Zelgadis have a very scant amount of chemistry in the novels, but they're 15 and 19 in those mediums if the very mild ShipTease means anything. Their ages in the anime are bumped down (13 and 16), and the differences in maturity apply to this trope.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Any possibilities of either Eris or [[spoiler:Ozzel]] getting together with Rezo (as both were in love with him) is more or less this, because they're a normal-aging human and a puppet respectively, and he's at least a century old.
** Gourry's ancestor Rowdy allegedly got together with a female elf, as addressed in one of the movies, [[NonSerialMovie ''Slayers The Motion Picture'']]; Rowdy is a human; elves age at half the speed humans do (similar to chimeras). Kanzaka {{Jossed}} the pairing, though, because of this trope.
** Zelgadis, being a chimera, ages slower than his friends (a WordOfGod fact), so he and Amelia could plausibly fall into the MayflyDecemberRomance trope.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MisplacedRetribution: Happens at least a couple of times in the series, and is even a driving force in the plot:
** Eris in the original series tries to kill Lina in revenge for killing Rezo, the man she loved. Technically, Rezo was killed by Shabranigdu, who had been possessing him up until then, and emerged when he was summoned (Rezo not knowing the demon was sealed inside of him). ''Then'' Lina killed Shabranigdu. So maybe Lina sort of killed Rezo, FromACertainPointOfView.
** In ''TRY'', Valgaav has a vendetta against Lina for allegedly killing his master Gaav. [[RevengeBeforeReason This one makes even less sense]], since Gaav was killed by Hellmaster, not Lina.
* ModelCouple: Lina/Gourry and Zelgadis/Amelia have similar clothes and hairstyles.
** Xellos and Filia, who are {{foil}}s (with some ShipTease), have hair with complementary colors, and wear the complementary colors to each other. In the later novels, Luke and Millina also follow the complementary color theme (Luke wears red, Millina wears green, and they have those respective eye colors also), and even have black (Luke) and white (Millina) hair.
* MoodWhiplash: Mostly applies to the anime (See BloodlessCarnage above), but can happen in the other mediums as well.
** Xellos can be silly, goofy and whimsical. Then he opens his eyes. At this point, something absolutely horrible happens. To put things into perspective, the least horrible thing he's done with his eyes open is gleefully torture someone with the intent to kill him. The shift in personality between his 'casual' and serious moods is about as extreme as can be.
* MoralityPet: Gourry at times, especially useful for moments when Lina can act genuinely cutesy without it imposing on her badassness.
* MrViceGuy: Lina.
* MsFanservice: Naga's standard outfit is a ''very'' low-cut bikini.
* {{Munchkin}}: All of the 'big five' (Lina, Gourry, Amelia, Zelgadis, and Naga) qualify as munchkins for any RPG system.
* MundaneSolution
* MysteriousWatcher: Xellos.
* NaiveNewcomer: Gourry.
* NeutralFemale: Parodied in the first episode, when Lina is attacked by bandits and Gourry comes to her aid. Lina is preparing to just blast the bandits into oblivion, but then realizes that she's supposed to be all passive and girly in these situations.
* NiceHat: Zangulus wears a cool old Pointy Hat that he never takes off, ''ever''. Probably because the one time it was off, in episode 21, he realized how ridiculous his hair looked without it.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Played with, for the first 3 seasons the BigBad ultimately just wants Lina dead, if she just let herself be killed many of the destruction would be averted... though not all of it.
* NighInvulnerable: Zelgadis has the combined traits and resiliences of a brow demon and a stone golem, making him virtually indestructible amongst humans. Dragons, high-level Mazoku, and the higher levels of magic are the only things that can actually hurt him seriously.
** Mazoku also count; not only are they effectively MadeOfIron and [[HealingFactor able to regenerate]], but their real bodies actually exist on a separate plane of existence, with their material form merely being a projection of their psyche. They're also immune to varying levels of Black Magic (as monsters are the power source of Black Magic). The more higher-ranked the Mazoku is, the harder it is to kill it, which leads rather nicely into AuthorityEqualsAsskicking.
* NobleDemon: Zelgadis. He's even one-third demon, making this more literal than most.
** Averted with Xellos.
* NoblewomansLaugh: '''Naga''', who emptied an entire ''town'' with it. Lina also does this in one of the final episodes of ''Slayers Try'', which scares Amelia.
** And in one of the movies, "Slayers Gorgeous," a villain appears with one of her own. Naga decides it's not good enough and tries to give her ''lessons''.
** Martina had a pretty good one also.
* NoFourthWall: Well, not quite, but they break it on occasion, usually when the show has been serious for too long. Also, the ''Pretty Miss Lina's Magic Lessons'' segments.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Hajime Kanzaka wrote the novels this way, explicitly stating that there would be no romance. {{Official Couple}}s Lina/Gourry and Zelgadis/Amelia are a product of the anime. He later admitted that, although he hadn't ''planned'' on romance, Lina and Gourry wound up developing feelings for each other anyway. In fact, at the end of the original novels, Lina thinks Gourry wants to propose to her (and becomes disappointed when it seems like it's not the case) after he asks her if they can visit her parents. The Amelia/Zelgadis pairing was wholly unintentional by the author, but later artwork by Rui Araizumi features the two together in mildly romantic situations.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: This is proven every time Lina does a high-level spell like Dragon Slave for a comedic effect.
* NonSerialMovie: Of the five Slayers movies produced, the first four (which includes TheMovie for ''Slayers'') are set some time before the series, during the "Lina and Naga" period, and the fifth one could be set after either the second or first season.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: {{Averted}}: Lina loses her magic powers for a brief period in Season 1, Episode 4, being able to only conjure a weak light spell. Gourry asks her whether it's "that time of the month", because the same thing happened to a fortuneteller he once knew.
** Used afterwards, as in 5 TV seasons, and a dozen movies and [=OVAs=], it hasn't come up again, ever.
** The first novel has a scene where the conversation is basically the same, but we get to see Lina fuming at him because she thinks it's a sign that he's cannier than he lets on, and is actively mocking her. In a later scene a villain catches on, and Lina in the narration rages, "Do I have a big sign on my forehead that says, 'I'm on my period. Let's discuss'?!"
** In the second volume of ''Super Explosive Demon Story Slayers'', the scene goes exactly as in the anime. The subject is mentioned briefly in the third volume, where Zelgadis, after capturing Lina, wonders why her spells were so weak... "Oh, I know! You're in THESE days!"
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Jillas from above. Despite being comic relief for the first quarter of Try, he manages to separated the gang from Filia and Xellos, get the others into a situation where they could't use magic, all through tactical and psychological manipulation. And he later outdoes himself by creating an explosive rocket, that is as powerful as a dragon slave.
* {{OAV}}: Six of these were produced, each of them set before the events of the TV series and covering the adventures of Lina Inverse and a solitary companion, a [[GagBoobs ridiculously buxom]] and extremely flaky sorceress called "Naga the Serpent", who served more or less as a one-woman GoldfishPoopGang and UnknownRival to Lina.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Inspector Wizer Freyon. He shows up and immediately tries to arrest Lina for the hideous crime of ''being herself''. Also has a bad habit of interpreting/ignoring everything to suit his theories and conveniently passing out just as a critical piece of evidence presents itself. [[spoiler: It's all just an act so he can conduct a real investigation under the guise of trying to bring in Lina, have her storm the bad guy's fortress and take him out by herself. Since the villain was being backed up by royalty, not to mention having hordes of monsters at his command, he couldn't act openly.]]
* OddlyNamedSequel: ''Slayers'' was followed by ''Slayers NEXT'', ''Slayers TRY'', ''Slayers REVOLUTION'' and now ''Slayers EVOLUTION-R''. The movies/[=OVAs=] are ''Slayers Perfect'' (or ''Slayers: The Motion Picture'') ''Slayers Return'', ''Slayers Special'' (or ''Slayers: The Book of Spells''), ''Slayers Great'', ''Slayers Gorgeous'', ''Slayers Excellent'' and ''Slayers Premium''. Most of the movies had alternate titles of the form "The Motion Picture R/S/G/GO".
* {{Ojou}}: Sylphiel.
** Amelia's sister [[spoiler: Gracia Ul Naga Seyruun]].
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Zuuma]] and [[spoiler:Abel]] in ''Evolution-R''. The family that [[spoiler:dies]] together, stays together?
** [[spoiler:Christopher]] to [[spoiler:Alfred]] in the original novels; [[spoiler:Christopher]] is forced to stab him for treason, whereas in the anime, [[spoiler:Alfred]] is killed off by [[spoiler:Mazenda]].
** On a technical level (and accidentally), Amelia to her uncle Randionel in the anime. This is averted in the novels, since Randy appears [[DeathByAdaptation (and dies)]] in the first ''Slayers Special'' novel (i.e the prequel series).
** Averted in the original light novel version of this storyline, where [[spoiler:Abel actually ''succeeds'' in [[DyingAsYourself reaching his father's humanity long enough for Lina to finish him off]], and [[SchrodingersCat survives]] to eulogize him afterward]].
* OlderIsBetter: Played with, when an ancient golem activates, takes a few steps forward, fires a superweapon into the distance that seems to dwarf the Dragon Slave, aims said weapon at Lina ... and falls apart.
* OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement: It's said that Lina's sister Luna was able to slay a powerful plasma dragon with a kitchen knife.
* OnlySaneMan: Zelgadis is usually this, but Gourry of all people was actually this when he and Amelia went to the "Village Of Justice".
* {{Orichalcum}}: Used as an AntiMagic metal
* OrphansOrdeal: Sylphiel loses her one remaining parent when [[BetaBaddie Copy Rezo]] destroys her entire homeland; beforehand, Lina and her group did meet her father. As if that weren't enough, [[spoiler:and just in case anyone thought he might have survived, he's [[AnimateDead brought back]] and then [[UndeathAlwaysEnds lost]] ''[[UndeathAlwaysEnds again]]'']] in the last few episodes of ''NEXT''.
* OurHeroIsDead: Lina suffers what's supposed to be a [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow fatal wound that goes straight through her chest]] at the end of episode 24.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Lina herself: "How could this happen?! I'm the star of the show!"
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: For starters, there seem to be at least two different general species of dragon; those which are basically giant monsters, and those which are capable of human-like intelligence, such as Golden Dragons, Ancient Dragons, and Black Dragons -- what makes it more confusing is that there are also Black Dragons which seem to be just beasts, one of which appears in the first anime episode. There are also Sea Serpent-like Sea and Lake Dragons as well, with the latter being known for incredibly delicious food that can be made from their flesh.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Even without the monsters/mazoku split, many of the creatures in the Slayersverse are pretty weird.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In the OAV "Explosion Array", werewolves can take on the forms of either humans or humanoid wolves, whenever they want. In the first season, Dilgear is a werewolf/troll hybrid; he never changes out of his (green furred) wolfman form and he can regenerate his wounds to a certain degree. In fact, canonically, his last words aren't an idle boast; he really does come back to life in the non-anime continuities and becomes "Spot", Luna Inverse's pet -- the only hint of this in the anime is an eyecatch showing her walking him in ''Try''.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Gourry, between [[spoiler: giving up the Sword of Light]] and [[spoiler: getting the Blast Sword]].
* PapaWolf: Prince Phil would do anything to protect his daughter Amelia, even if it means charging headfirst into obvious danger.
* PaperThinDisguise: Kanzel and Mazenda in NEXT. Literally the first time they appear, they don't even try to hide the fact that they're evil.
** Josephine in an episode of the OVA. Josephine is a proud mother who has hired Lina and Naga to make her son a successful military leader. They're initially skeptical as Jeffrey is skinny, sickly, poorly trained, and hilariously overconfident. It turns out that these aren't problems, because the instant someone says something disparaging about him, Josephine comes charging onto the scene, wearing a mask, to smash them with an oversized warhammer. Jeffrey is the only one who sees nothing odd about this, and the only one who buys her claims that she's an anonymous tourist passing by (it happens to him that often).
* ParentalAbandonment: Amelia's mother is dead, Naga's mother is dead, and Zelgadis is an orphan. Lina's parents are alive but Luna ''did'' have a major role in her upbringing.
* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath: Copy Rezo's death scene.
* PercussivePickpocket: A little boy does this to Lina.
* PerpetualPoverty: After Lina obliterates her kingdom, Martina sets off on a revenge quest but since she's now broke she's got to bankroll all her schemes by doing odd jobs. This continues even after she pulls a HeelFaceTurn and joins Lina.
* PeekABangs: Gourry, Zelgadis, and Zangulus.
* PettingZooPeople
* PiecesOfGod
* PimpedOutDress: Amelia and Martina wear a couple.
* PlayboyBunny: A cafe in the first season had [[FanserviceWithASmile bunnies serving the food.]] The costumes were even Easter colored (pink and yellow), with [[PrettyInMink fur necklines]] the matched their bunny tails.
* PlayerArchetypes: All of the main four characters fit the Munchkin File 'four types of role players'
** TheRealMan: Gourry
** TheRoleplayer: Zelgadis
** TheLoonie: Amelia
** TheMunchkin: Lina
* {{Pollyanna}}: Amelia.
* PowerDyesYourHair: Lina's hair temporarily turns white after she casts the Giga Slave. Explained in-universe as being because she completely drained all of her magical power doing so; once it refills, she's back to normal.
* PreExplosionGlow
* PreviouslyOn
* PrimordialChaos: The Sea of Chaos, from which the four worlds arose at the beginning of time.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Amelia's outfit has some pink touches, but she wore an actual pink dress in the first episode of ''Next''.
* PuppyDogEyes: Lina when she's trying to con someone, often Gourry.
** Amelia at times.
* PureMagicBeing: The Mazoku.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Xellos.
* PutOffTheirFood: In the light novel ''The Battle of Saillune'', Lina and Gourry are attacked by a number of lesser demons that possessed items of food, including a nasty tentacle monster that emerges from their squid stew. After the fight, they order more food, and Gourry requests they skip the squid stew — though Lina disagrees, saying it'll take more than that to make her lose her appetite.
* PutOnABus: Several cases. Zelgadis does not appear at all in the ''Knight of Aqualord'' manga. Also, while he does leave for eight episodes after the tenth episode of season 1, he is one of the three with bounties on his head two episodes later, but this is never mentioned when he returns. Finally, he, Amelia, and Xellos are bussed off when the first arc of novels ended; Luke and Milina replace the former two, and Xellos doesn't reappear until the final novel.
** Sylphiel is put on a bus after ''Slayers NEXT'' and is only mentioned once in ''Slayers TRY''; Filia replaces her for that season. Sylphiel does return at the end of ''Revolution,''. Zangulus and Martina are also sent off when ''NEXT'' ends.
** Finally, Filia herself is bussed once ''TRY'' is over, and any other characters exclusive to that season (Jillas, Valgaav, the "Overworld" inhabitants) go with her. None of them are ''ever'' mentioned again -- unless one counts the reference to "Jillas cannons" in ''Revolution''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: "Ruby Eye" Shabranigdu.
** Lina herself, what with being Enemy Of All That Live, and all.
* RedHeadedHero: Lina...though 'hero' is a bit strong of a word, and she starts off more of a brunette, her hair turning coppery as the anime progresses.
* RedMage: Shamanism is literally about this, as it combines defensive spells, offensive spells, and utility spells that neither BlackMagic nor WhiteMagic can replicate, such as flight and water-breathing. Its only weakness is that it is pretty bad at facing off against Mazoku, as only Astral Shamanism spells can really hurt them and most of those are far weaker than comparative BlackMagic or "Holy Magic" spells.
* TheReveal: Numerous instances where a character turns out to be a Mazoku or in cahoots with a Mazoku.
** The Lord of Nightmares' attitude and her statement that [[spoiler:her power is inseparable from her personal attention and even presence]], which shows her relationship with Lina in a new light.
** Eris created Copy Rezo and went after Rezo's legacy so she could get revenge on Lina for Rezo's death. [[spoiler: Too bad we learned three seasons later that he was never dead to begin with and the entire second half of season one's events, which included the destruction of Sairaag as well as Eris' death, could've been avoided entirely if Rezo had only told her about the Hellmaster's Jar.]]
* TheRival: Zangulus to Gourry, and Naga (and later in the novels, Luke) to Lina.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Happens several times, but the most notable case actually occurs in the novels, in which Luke [[spoiler:goes batshit crazy when his partner Milina is poisoned and denied of any medical care, thus having her die. The destruction of the shrines in the area he, Lina, and Gourry are in at the time is extreme, and it allows the [[SealedEvilInACan fragment of Shabranigdu in his soul to awaken in the next novel.]]]]
* RobotMaid: [[spoiler: Ozzel]] counts for this, although she is actually a doll.
* RoofHopping
* SapientTank: Present in ''Slayers REVOLUTION'', the "magic tanks" are apparently an offshoot of the Zanaffar Armor artifact created from animals, and thus do not need crew.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In ''Slayers Gorgeous'' the dragon army flees from Lina after being ordered to attack.
** Zelgadis also tries to do this a couple of times, but never succeeds.
** Zangulus feigns one of these at the end of NEXT to try and land a hit on Hellmaster. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Prince Phil, Amelia, Pokota, and [[spoiler: Naga]].
* SchrodingersCat: [[spoiler:Dilgear]] never actually dies in the novels, and makes later appearances just to harass Lina. The anime just uses random {{Mooks}} where needed.
* SealedEvilInACan: Shabranigdu, who is defeated by a power his sealer didn't have access to, and Zanaffar, who was just resealed.
** To be fair, Lina and company never actually fight Shabranigdu at his full strength, just the fragments sealed in humans.
* SealedEvilInASixPack: Shabranigdo and his seven parts.
* ShareTheMalePain: Through the manipulations of Martina and Xelloss in the sixth episode of Next, Lina is forced to feel Gourry's pain when she [[GroinAttack kicked him between the legs]].
* SheCleansUpNicely: As commented by other characters, Amelia always looks beautiful in a nice dress, and Lina and Martina looked great while wearing wedding dresses.
* ShellGame: Zelgadis with his band played "which bauble we [[MacGuffin need to collect]]?" with Lina for some time. This didn't work well.
* ShipTease: At the end of ''NEXT'' and ''[[NonSerialMovie Slayers Premium]]''. In the former, Gourry [[spoiler: chases Lina, possessed by the Lord of Nightmares, into a dimension beyond his own and begs for Lina back, the two kissing and then being sent back to their world]]. When they wake up, neither of them seems to remember in the slightest what happened. In the latter, after being placed under the Octopese Curse, Gourry tells Lina "I love you" at several points -- but Octopese is basically saying lots of random words that have an entirely different meaning for octopi ("flatchested", for example, is an expression of great dismay). When things clear up, Lina asks Gourry what "I love you" means in Octopese. [[spoiler: "I'm broke, so you'll have to pay for the hotel."]] This revelation causes Lina to explode, angrily chase Gourry across the beach and beat him senseless.
** [[TheChick Filia]] and [[AffablyEvil Xellos]] are positively ''rife'' with this, mostly in the form of BelligerentSexualTension topped with the fact that they're from the god and demon races respectively. They've actually become one of the most popular {{One True Pairing}}s in the show.
** Zelgadis and Amelia have a good deal of chemistry and moments together, especially in ''Next''. In the final credits of ''Try'', [[MaybeEverAfter it is left ambiguous whether they confessed anything to each other]], as [[spoiler: Zelgadis is seen with a reminder of Amelia: one of her characteristic bracelets. Meanwhile, she is shown looking through the window and thinking, clearly not devoted to her duties]]. Though most of the teasing is near - gone by ''Revolution'' (leaving aside the fact that Zelgadis has become Ameliaīs bodyguard and that they spend a lot of time together), the manga counterpart of ''Evolution - R'' has some of the most important [[LoveTropes evidence of feelings]] for this ship.
** Xellos is well known for frequently hitting on Lina throughout anime and manga. In novels she even asked him if he was hitting on her, though he didn't answer it. His song "Butbutbut" also has suggestive lyrics about somebody who is a gambler, loves delicious food and whose life is always adventurous
* ShockCollar: A captive Lina was restrained by a circlet that zapped her when she tried to use magic. They really haven't a slightest idea what [[AloofBigBrother her big sister]] used to [[GoodIsNotNice put her through]]...
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The dragon cuisine episode; after much whacky hijinks, Lina finally catches and kills herself a Lake Dragon... and is then told that even the simplest meal will require weeks to months of preparation, as it takes around a year of cooking to remove the lethal poisons from the dragon's meat.
* ShoutOut: Amelia is at least in part a parody of Franchise/SailorMoon, and Gourry's disguise in the first season's cross dressing episode has Usagi's distinctive hair style. Furthermore, an episode of ''NEXT'' has Amelia and Lina dressing up in what look like Sailor Senshi fuku for a humiliating musical number. Furthermore, most of Zel's initial appearances have him looking like Tuxedo Kamen's OTHER identity crisis, Moonlight Knight.
** The magic doctor Lina goes to when her powers are sealed looks exactly like a slightly older Chibiusa, right down to the pink Odango hair.
** The aforementioned episode of ''NEXT'' also has a pair of SingleMindedTwins who look exactly like Shampoo from RanmaOneHalf.
** There's episode 18 of ''TRY'' where Amelia visits the Village of Justice becomes either a Power Ranger or a member of G-Force. Visually, though, they resemble the RoninWarriors.
** The whole story of ''TRY'' is that beings from the "Overworld" (one of the other worlds seen in Lina's explanation of the War of the Monster's Fall) come to the Slayers world to try and destroy the BigBad; a fusion of their Arch God (Night Dragon Vorfeed) and Arch Lord (Dark Star Dugradigdu). For many years, fans thought that this meant that Hajime Kanzaka's sci-fi series ''Anime/LostUniverse'' and ''Slayers'' were part of the same [[TheMultiverse multiverse]], though WordOfGod was that he merely chose to reuse the names. This is not helped by the fact that the Translation Notes for the anime of the former do [[FlipFlopOfGod explicitly say that the two animes are part of the same multiverse]].
** Episode 3 of ''TRY'' has [[StarWars Jawas]]. Right down to an unintelligible ConLang.
%% commented out per HowToWriteAnExample (no "This troper" stuff) ** This troper's isn't sure if they were in the original, but in the English dub of the first movie, the Demon Joyrock introduces himself as "Joyrock, Michigan J." (for reference, it strongly resembles a frog). Later, as Lina [[spoiler:unleashes the Dragon Slave on him]] he says "Sufferin' Succotash" (complete with lisp) as he realises just what he was about to get hit with.
** In episode 14 of the original anime series, Lina and Gourry are lured by the smell of freshly cooked chicken prepared by a bounty hunter whose disguise [[http://i.imgur.com/84deLtl.png looked an awful lot like]] [[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken a certain fast-food mascot]]...
** '''Pok'''ota is apparently a {{Pokemon}} parody, but he looks more like a Franchise/{{Digimon}} (namely Terriermon).
** In ''Evolution-R'', the relationship between [[spoiler: Amelia and Nama/Naga brings to mind Manga/FullmetalAlchemist]].
** Sherra, the second general of Dynast Grausherra, in the Slayers novels looks like Ranma's female form, from RanmaOneHalf, this probably isn't a coincidence since Rui Araizumi also drew Ranma Hentai Doujinshi.
** One two-episode arc in TRY has a virtually identical plot to the [[SillySymphonies Silly Symphony]] "Music Land," even to the point of musical ThemeNaming for the two feuding kingdoms.
* SignatureMove: "'''[[FantasticNuke Dragon Slaaaaave]]!'''"
* SimpleYetOpulent: In the first season, Lina wears a grand, simple dress in an ImagineSpot.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Averted in that the first BigBad was a fragment of Shabranigdu, the most powerful of the mazoku, and no villain until Dark Star (the most powerful mazoku of another world, as powerful as the whole Shabranigdu) ever came even near his level of power.
* SoulJar: In ''Next'', the sorcerer Halcyform makes a pledge to the Mazoku (Monster Race) which makes him unkillable while the pledge stone is intact.
** Taken literally in ''Revolution'' and ''Evolution-R'' -- [[spoiler: Rezo's getting another sequel by having his soul in an actual jar]].
** Also from ''Evolution-R'', [[spoiler: Naga got her soul literally trapped in a jar at some point while adventuring solo, then it somehow got stuck in a suit of armour and became "Nama"]].
** An episode of ''Try'' has a ghost ship captained by the spirit of Captain [[MeaningfulName Jarlov]], a drowned pottery fanatic whose spirit has been sealed inside a jar until someone breaks the curse keeping him from going to the afterlife.
** Mazoku in a pot in ''Slayers Premium''.
* SphereOfDestruction: A lot of the most destructive spells in the series, including the Dragon Slave, work like this. The Giga Slave is powerful enough to potentially absorb the Universe.
* SpikeShooter: Noonsa shoots her spines.
* SpiritedCompetitor: Zangulus followed Gourry just to test who's the best swordsman.
* StealthParody: Lina's group is rumored to be based on D&D campaigns; Zelgadis being a 'serious' role-player whose epic backstory and angst is somewhat made silly by the antics of the rest of the group, Amelia an overdone LawfulGood type, Gourry is the guy playing for a good time who's only half playing attention, and Lina is the min-maxing spellcaster, and Xellos is the annoying, completely unkillable, and most definitely the overpowered GMPC who largely exists to re-rail the plot when the rest of the party derails it.
* StepfordSmiler: Amelia - noted more often in the novels, but the few times it's shown, her family's constant death threats and arguments have had their emotional toll on her. It also explains why [[DaddysGirl she's so close to her father.]] In this case, she [[AngstWhatAngst always tries to keep her head up.]]
** Also, by WordOfGod, Gourry. [[spoiler:His family's more or less dead because of the Sword of Light, save a grandmother and a brother who he hates. Combine this with having gone through wars and mercenary jobs, and you have one embittered individual. If it weren't for Lina's father telling him to find a purpose in life, he'd probably be a ByronicHero.]]
* SternChase: Chasers -- Zangulus and Vrumugun in season 1, Gaav and his minions in Next.
* StoneWall: Zelgadis, to a literal extent.
** In practice though, he's more of a MightyGlacier, due to his [[MagicKnight high proficiency in magic and swordsmanship]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Naga's outfit has a remarkable gap-to-fabric ratio.
** According to Amelia in ''Slayers: The Hourglass of Falces'', their mother made it a tradition that the women of the royal family "are expected to wear a sort of dress that evokes a 'bondage' image when they reach a certain age." Therefore, she abandoned her regulation pants for a very-mini-skirt, so she would be used to that sort of exposure when the time came. WordOfGod states that Naga found her IconicOutfit in their mother's closet after her funeral.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Zelgadis and Gourry when Lina and Amelia [[DraggedIntoDrag have access to surplus women's clothing]].
* SuperDeformed: In some of the NoFourthWall segments of the manga, and the mini-Gourrys and mini-Linas the cloning machine made in the anime.
* SwordAndSorcerer
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Wizer Freyon pursues Lina throughout the better part of Revolution for all of the destructive acts she's committed in the past. At some point in the series, he obviously realizes she's innocent and just keeps playing up the chase as ObfuscatingStupidity to use Lina to catch the real criminals, but it's not clear exactly when that point is.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Considering all the things Lina has faced, her sister Luna would have to be pretty tough to intimidate her. It helps that Luna is TheChosenOne.
* TalkingAnimal: There's a ton of these throughout the show, although most are just one-liners.
** Noonsa and Dilgear in season one.
** Jillas in ''Try''.
** Pokota and Duclis in ''Revolution''.
* TheSweatDrop: In one memorable episode, Lina becomes more exasperated than usual with Gourry's antics and actually ''takes her sweatdrop and beats him with it''.
* TheTeamNormal: Gourry.
* TeamShot
* TechnicalPacifist: Amelia and Prince Phil; ''especially'' Phil.
--> '''Amelia and Phil:''' "[[CallingYourAttacks PACIFIST CRUSH]]!"
* TeenGenius: Zelgadis displays a good deal of scientific knowledge and both quick-paced analytical and mathematical skills in the anime and a few of the games; while he does show some high intelligence in the novels, [[FirstPersonSmartass Lina's narration]] makes it less prominent.
* ThemeNaming[=/=]PunnyName: Rowdy Gabriev, Gourry Gabriev.
* TheyFightCrime: Parodied. If you have a bandit problem, Lina will solve it. Eventually bandits become endangered, so Lina switches to pirates.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Gravos and Jillas.
* ThroughHisStomach: Sylphiel is quite happy to hear "Gourry dear" really likes her cooking. Though, being [[IdiotHero Gourry]], he fails to notice her demure but [[EveryoneCanSeeIt obvious]] advances.
* TimeTravel: The first movie.
* TitleDrop: In the very last episode of ''Evolution-R'', Xellos comments after the latest bout of SerialEscalation that the heroes truly are "Slayers", having just [[spoiler:offed a god ''for the second time'']].
* TokenEvilTeammate: If ordered to, Xellos would gladly kill Lina and her friends, but he still likes hanging around them because 1) they're endlessly amusing, and 2) Lina is a PersonOfMassDestruction and bloody mayhem is like crack to Mazoku. Besides, he's not a glutton and is satisfied with suffering humans cause to themselves, what with his fancy for sports, pranks, and Martina.
** [[spoiler: Jillas]] at the end of Slayers Try.
* TooDumbToFool: Gourry, regarding Xellos' nature.
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: The magical gift comes in two measurable parts: "bucket capacity" and "pool capacity". High levels of either attribute are an in-born gift, but if you have those, you ''also'' need to study and learn magical lore. Gourry Gabriev, for example, has magical gifts but lacks the intelligence and memory to learn magical skill.
* {{Trickster}}: Who else but Xellos?
* TropeTrigger: Gourry Gabriev allows Lina Inverse to be [[{{MrExposition}} Mr Exposition]] just by being an average person.
* {{Tsundere}}: Lina is a tsun-tsun subtype, but she definitely has a few dere-dere moments. The reverse is Filia, ignorance-based holier-than-thou attitude aside, with her BerserkButton (which Xellos has a talent for finding and pushing).
* UnbuiltTrope: Both older and current critics of the show argue that Amelia is a TropeCodifier of the {{Moe}} character archaetype, alongside Rei Ayanami of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''; Amelia has the [[GenkiGirl energetic]] and innocent aspects of the character, complete with a short yet bodacious body, whereas Rei has the [[ExtremeDoormat more demure and shy]] aspects (ironically, Rei was meant to be a CreepyChild).
* UnCancelled: The third season of the TV series (''Try'') aired in 1997, the fourth (''Revolution'') in 2008. A fourth season ''was'' originally going to air right after ''TRY'' (''AGAIN'') in 1998, but production issues and various commitments the cast had made it dissipate.
* UnderwearOfPower: Lina wears what looks like yellow bra and panties over her tunic and leggings. Martina also wears a thong over leggings.
* UnholyNuke: Lina's Dragon Slave spell (when it is not PlayedForLaughs). Just listen to the incantation.
* UnknownRival: Naga thinks Lina is her rival. Lina tries her best to forget Naga exists.
* VanillaEdition: FUNimation's digitially-remastered re-release of the series lacks all of the outtakes, commentary, and other extras that CentralParkMedia's [=DVDs=] had. Stranger still, when the first three seasons were released in one box set, the washed-out video quality from CPM's release was used instead of the restored version.
* VillainTeleportation
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Red Priest Rezo, of course! Justified, as Rezo genuinely strived to help people... when he was not busy with increasingly extreme and amoral forms of magical research, meant to find the way of curing his blindness.
* VisibleSigh: Lina and Zelgadis do this most often, but Amelia, Filia, and even Gourry have been known to occasionally.
* VocalDissonance: Alfred was mistranslated as Amelia's uncle when he's actually her cousin. This resulted in him sounding much older than he actually is in the dub.
* VocalEvolution: Lina's voice is noticeably deeper now than it was when the anime began.
** Zelgadis also has gone quite a bit lower, while Gourry and Amelia's voices may have actually become a bit higher.
* TheWallAroundTheWorld: The magical barrier in seasons one and two.
* WalkingTheEarth
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Valgaav in ''Try'' is allergic to shirts. Lyos much, much more so in ''Knight of The Aqua Lord''.
* TheWatson: Gourry.
* WeddingsInJapan
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Valgaav from Slayers Try, after he merged with Darkstar (and apparently Vorfeed),]] wants to remake the world into a peaceful place where no one will get hurt or feel pain ever again. The problem is of course, that first everyone and everything has to be destroyed...
* WhatTheHellHero: Lina's actions sometimes go overboard in the eyes of one or more other characters.
** In episode 26 of ''Try'', it's Lina's turn to call someone out; specifically, Filia for [[spoiler:being indecisive as to whether or not to kill Valgaav when they all know full well he's on the verge of bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Miwan, a one-shot character from the [[OnceASeason crossdressing episode]] of ''Next,'' is forced to dress like this due to him being born to the royal family of a strictly-run LadyLand. Humorously, Zelgadis winds up falling for "her" until he [[GenderReveal reveals himself as a man.]]
** A lesser known one is a character from Zelgadis' [[ADayInTheLimelight side story]] in one of the ''Slayers Special'' novels: a female named Miranda who dresses as a man in order to bounty hunt.
* WideEyedIdealist: Amelia, and to a lesser degree, Filia.
* WidelySpacedJailBars: In Slayers: Revolution, Zelgadis caught Pokota in a cage with bars so far apart, the little guy had to spread his arms in order to hold onto two bars at once. But he still couldn't get out.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Lina is terrified of her sister. And slugs, because of her sister.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: A noteworthy [[AvertedTrope aversion]], given that many shonen series have at least one. The closest one we get is Episode 10 of ''Evolution-R'', which expands a little on Zelgadis' time as a human, following up to [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready his transformation.]]
* WildCard: Xellos. He switches from helpful to bullying and from saving the heroes butts to crossing them and back [[EyesAlwaysShut without as much as blinking]], when it advances his plans. He's also loyal only to his creator and instrumental in the demise of two other Dark Lords, without participating directly.
* WorldOfBuxom: Many, many females in the series are quite stacked, [[ACupAngst minus Lina.]]
* TheWorldTree: Holy Flagoon, which is Zanafar's prison.
* WorthyOpponent: Zangulus and Gourry.
* WouldHitAGirl: Zelgadis has no problems hitting Lina when they first met as enemies, and he even gave Amelia a DopeSlap when she said that all villains wear black.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Gourry is hesitant about fighting Gioconda in ''Slayers Revolution'' because he says he wouldn't feel right about striking down a woman.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Amelia, the self-proclaimed hero of justice in a show full of otherwise morally ambiguous characters. She's usually convinced her group are the good guys, even when they're clearly only in it to turn a profit, and often marks others as villains simply because they oppose her. In one episode, she can't decide which side are the heroes: either Lina, or a pair of bounty hunters out to arrest her. Confused about who to help, she sits on the sidelines of the battle agonizing over it until she has an epiphany: "Of course! Justice always triumphs! ''So whoever loses will be the bad guy!''" She then attacks BOTH groups at once, figuring whoever crawls out of the rubble was the hero.
* XanatosGambit: Hellmaster traps Lina with one during ''NEXT''. He wants to force her to use Giga Slave because it can destroy the world, which he thinks is the purpose of the Mazoku race. To do this he sets her against Chaos Dragon Gaav, who has rebelled against the Mazoku race. If Lina uses the Giga Slave, he wins. If she uses some other spell, such as the Ragna Blade, he can goad her himself. If Gaav survives the attack, then he finishes off Gaav. Since he's the Hellmaster, he can control her death to prevent her from dying until then. All outcomes work for him. [[spoiler: Lina does eventually cast the Giga Slave and summons [[EldritchAbomination the Lord of Nightmares]], but the latter "politely refuses" to cooperate with Hellmaster's plan.]]
* YouAndWhatArmy: In the first episode of ''Revolution'', Wizer brings a small army along to help him arrest Lina. [[spoiler: It's not enough.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Xellos, Phibrizo, Amelia, Naga, Rezo, and Sylphiel all have dark purple hair, and Zelgadis' hair is a light lavender color. Pokota has pinkish-purple hair. Many minor characters also have purple hair.
** If you count it as canon, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Luna Inverse]] is shown to have purplish hair in her cameos, although one manga makes it a more crimson red color.
** For more variety: Martina and Valgaav have light teal hair, and a minor character from ''NEXT'', Miwan, has dark green hair.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Eris created Copy Rezo so that they could kill Lina and her group in revenge for Rezo's death. Once Eris unleashed Rezo's Legacy, the Demon Beast Zanifar, she laughs believing she has won, but then gets shot from behind by Copy Rezo, who says that now that he has the power of Zanifar backing him, he no longer needs Eris. She dies pitifully.]]
* YouLookFamiliar: In ''Slayers Evolution-R'', the characters meet an enchanted armor whose looks and voice reminds Lina of someone she met before [[spoiler:and she's right: the enchanted armor is Naga!]]
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: Amelia says this to Shabranigdo while ''punching'' him! "I won't let you! You shall not go one step further!"]]

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