* SaintlyChurch: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in Misora's [[ADayInTheLimelight focus chapter]] after Mahorafest. She pretends to be a kindly old priest in the confessional, but she is actually very mischievious and sometimes downright sneaky.
* SandInMyEyes: Used by both Konoka and Yue.
* SapientCetaceans: [[FishPeople Dolphin-men]] are one of the many denizens found in the MagicWorld. One of them works as a trucker who pilots an airship.
* SayItWithHearts: Almost always used ironically; sometimes Konoka will fall into it, though.
* SceneryPorn: Done with CG models of the environments, many of which are ridiculously detailed and have huge polygon counts.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors
* ScheduleSlip:
** "''Negima'' will be taking a break next week" "Negima will be taking a break next week" "Shonen Magazine (which ''Negima'' is in) will not be sold next week" "Negima will be taking a break next week" Repeat ''ad infinitum''.
** The scanlations can be even worse given that the translators are unpaid, and tend to be students with exams and suchlike.
* SchematizedProp: Logistifying Chiu's artifact.
* SchoolFestival: Quite possibly the largest one in fiction. It runs for about a week and takes in several million dollars.
* ScienceDestroysMagic: Side material adds in the interesting fact that the ability to use magic is based on a certain way of thinking the world works, such as the four classical elements. As science advances and disproves these theories, the number of magic users dwindles.
* SealedEvilInACan: Waking up a legendary demon was the motivation for the villains during the Kansai arc. Also, Eva technically qualifies; although she was sealed less for her evil (which was, if you believe her, considerable) and more because Nagi couldn't get her to [[StalkerWithACrush leave him alone]]. Ironically, the protagonists defeat the first abovementioned Sealed Evil by temporarily breaking the seal on the other one.
* {{Sensei-chan}}: Negi is a rare male version.
* SerialEscalation: Negi vs. [[spoiler:Rakan]]. Negi reveals that [[IAmNotLeftHanded he isn't left-handed]] at least ''five times'' before the match is over, culminating in a spell that definitely deserves the name "Titan Slayer". And [[spoiler:Rakan]] still stands up like nothing happened.
* SeriousBusiness: A tense meeting between Fate and Negi derails for one page into a heated argument over coffee and tea -- Negi ''is'' [[SpotOfTea British]], after all. Negi prefers milk tea [[KickTheDog and refers to coffee as "muddy water"]]. Fate drinks seven cups of black coffee every day, and occasionally lemon tea.
** Later [[JustifiedTrope justified]] for Fate [[spoiler: in his (extremely sad) backstory]].
* SeizaSquirm: During the [[SeriousBusiness Claim Negi's Lips Tournament]] Asakura organizes in Kyoto, almost everyone gets caught and made to seiza by Nitta-sensei.
* SexSlave: Averted in the Magical World. Slaves may not have many rights but they are protected from being used as sex slaves.
* SexySecretary: In Chapter 337, [[spoiler: Evangeline tells Chachamaru]] to become this to Negi as he's working himself to death (apparently enough to literally kill a normal human), even mentioning that she is the only one of the girls who can really help him this way. After confronting him directly about it and telling him that she truly wants to be there to help him, [[spoiler: it looks like Chachamaru is in fact going to be Negi's new secretary]].
** Naturally there is also a hilarious daydream before that where [[spoiler: Chachamaru]] envisioned herself working in this role starting with simple help, moving into what might be several years in the future where they've gotten quite familiar, and ending with [[spoiler: Negi insisting on winding up Chachamaru to show his thanks for her help...right before Asakura and Negi himself walk up to her]]. Cue DidIJustSayThatOutLoud.
* ShadowWalker: Teleportation magic works by sending the user through their element in some way. Dark magic uses shadows (as Evangeline demonstrates at the end of the Kyoto Arc).
* ShipperOnDeck:
** ''Every''one ships Konoka and Setsuna.
** Jack Rakan ships Chisame/Negi.
** The '''ENTIRE''' Ala Rubra ships [[spoiler: Nagi/Arika]].
** Evangeline sometimes ships Negi/Chachamaru and derives endless amusement from poor Chachamaru's plight, though deep down she really is quite supportive.
* ShipSinking: In chapter 353, Negi tells [[spoiler:Asuna]] that he likes someone. The reaction makes it clear that it's not her. Two chapters later, [[spoiler:Nodoka and Yue's ships are sunk, Chisame's ship is sunk and Evangeline's ship is sunk. Even Makie's appears to be sunk. Yes, Akamatsu went out of his way to sink the four or five most popular ships, and Makie's, without saying who he ''did'' like. So... any Chachamaru fans out there? Akira?]]
* ShipTease: [[ShipTease/MahouSenseiNegima So much]] that it is impossible to make any truly definitive declarations as to which girl will "win". [[spoiler:At the end, [[NoRomanticResolution none of them does]], at least not on-screen.]]
* ShirtlessScene: In-universe, on the poster advertising [[spoiler:Negi's and Rakan's fight, and in the fight itself]].
* ShockCollar: Applied to the girls under slavery in the magical world.
* ShootTheMedicFirst:
** During the [[WhamEpisode Gateport Incident]], Fate uses the confusion caused by [[spoiler: nailing Negi through the back with a stone spear]] to try to petrify [[TheMedic Konoka]].
** A variation happens when Fate's subordinate [[CatGirl Koyomi]] targets Ako over other low-tier fighters, although Ako is not a healer but a [[StatusBuff support-type]].
* {{Shotacon}}: Poor Negi is such a ChickMagnet that half of his fourteen-year-old class is outright discussing how to confess their love for him within days of his arrival. It's made somewhat less {{squick}}y by the fact that at least a few of them are more concerned with how badass he's going to be in a few years, but at least one girl is ''very'' happy to have herself a yummy little ten year old -- although to be fair it's less about sex and more about replacing a baby brother who died at birth.
* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/MahouSenseiNegima its own page]]
* ShowgirlSkirt
* ShownTheirWork: Shown mainly in the compiled volume extras and magazines, which give descriptions on both in-universe physics and real world data, such as the use of surprisingly good [[CanisLatinicus Latin]]... [[GratuitousForeignLanguage And Greek. And Sanskrit.]] Other examples are the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajiquan Hakkyokuken]], Negi and Ku-Fei's martial arts style and the physics behind Negi's [[FlashStep Raisoku Shundo]]. And [[spoiler:the geography of Mundus Magicus, which appears to be Mars with oceans -- which is finally pointed out by one of the characters in a July 2009 installment]]. And [[spoiler:Chisame's battle against a TCP tuna swarm; she repels it setting up a '''bucket filter''', even using the correct sentence to implement it in [[http://iptables-tutorial.frozentux.net/other/iptables.html iptables]]!]]
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Mahou Shojou Biblion'', a MagicalGirlWarrior series.
* ShrinesAndTemples: Mana is [[OlderThanTheyLook ostensibly]] the {{Miko}} of Tatsumiya Shrine, near Mahora.
* ShyFingerTwiddling: Negi when he asks Asuna if she'd like to see his past before anyone else does on account of being "partners".
* SingleStrokeBattle
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Most of the girls who have a crush on Negi fall under this. Negi himself is a very kind, caring, protective boy, and most of the time the girls initially fall for him because they see that kindness as they become friends with him or he helps them out.
* SkilledButNaive:
** Negi is an incredibly skilled mage, but he's still a ten-year-old.
** In another light, Negi is an incredibly skilled (natural) ChickMagnet nicknamed the Thousand Pimpster by some of the fans, but he's still a ten-year-old.
* SkinshipGrope: [[PsychoLesbian Chichigami-sama]] is a ''serial groper'' to the point of UnfortunateImplications. See PsychoLesbian above.
* SleepCute:
** Happened to Ako & Makie, Konoka & Setsuna, and Negi & Asuna. Kazumi & Ayaka, and Haruna & Yue were close...
** The credits of ''Negima!'' (Awww...)
* SmokeShield
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: [[spoiler: Sextum, the Averruncus of water and the only female averrnucus.]]
* {{Sneezing}}: Negi used to be affected by frequent bouts of [[ClothingDamage clothing shredding]] sneezes in the early volumes of the manga. The sneezing decreased when the story grew more serious, the {{Fanservice}} didn't: Notably, sneezing mostly occurs in the downtime between major, action-filled arcs.
* SnotBubble
* SnowMeansDeath:
** The destruction of Negi's village.
** Nearly literal when Eva strands Asuna on a blizzard-wracked mountain as part of her training. Asuna freezes solid while sleeping, then wakes up dead. Ask any doctor. Being Asuna, however, this is not sufficient to keep her down. Evangeline later hits her with an insta-kill freeze spell; once again this is insufficient, although in this case her ability to cancel magic may have helped. She was still stuck in an ice crystal long enough to suffocate.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* SparklingStreamOfTears
* SpellConstruction
* SpiderTank: Literally. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded to hell and back]] during Mahorafest, when Misora finds the Martian Army stashed in the sewers.
* SpitTake
* SpotOfTea: Negi takes tea with [[spoiler: Fate]], and each criticizes the other's tastes in a truly epic bout of passive-aggressiveness.
* SpottingTheThread: Yue figuring out that [[spoiler: Takahata]] was an illusion in [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v16/c143/17.html Chapter 143]].
* SqueakyEyes
* StableTimeLoop: The three days of Mahorafest. Done inconsistently, though: Their week-long jump back does end up changing the past, but it ends up being stable due to it being consistent with Chao's timeline. Basically it's a sort of destiny thing, otherwise there would be like a huge paradox, and if they hadn't succeeded, Chao would never come back in time to do it.
* [[StripPoker Strip English Lesson]]
* SummoningRitual: Typically, these invoke Valkyries, Undines or Salamanders, or other types of spirits, for offensive spells.
* SummonMagic
* SuperDeformed: Infrequently, and usually only when characters are under stress. Except Misora. She does it more often.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: What happens when Negi's BlackMagic gets out of his control.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Chachamaru serves tea. She also has a BFG, Kung Fu skills, and ''transforming blade arms''.
* SuperpowerLottery: Pactios act as this, giving a artifact with a different ability depending the individual's personality. Some are good for fighting, some are stuff outside of fighting. [[spoiler:During Negi's fight with Rakan, he entered a pactio that allowed him to use the artifacts of anybody he entered a pactio with, which he canceled after the fight.]]
* SuperSpeed: Raiten Taisou. Koyomi's artifact ability. Also one of the effects of [[spoiler:Ako's]] [[SuperSerum artifact]].
* SupportingHarem: At least it started out as such, lately it's more of a BalancedHarem.
* TheSweatDrop
* SwirlingDust
* {{Synchronization}}: [[spoiler:Haruna's golems have a slight version of this since when one is used to defend from an actual attack, it gives her a PsychicNosebleed and knocks her out but doesn't pass on the full damage from the attack.]]
* TakeAThirdOption:
** [[spoiler: After the group realizes that the Asuna with the group might be a fake, Tatsumiya attempts to unmask the impostor using a magic bullet. Negi, however, doesn't want to see her hurt, impostor or not. Faced with the option of either allowing a spy to run free or hurting a real Asuna (despite assurances from Tatsumiya that the bullet would be harmless in this case), he instead forms a Pactio with the impostor, with the added side-effect of stripping away the disguise.]]
** [[spoiler:Both Cosmo Entelecheia (the secret society/terrorist group) and Zazie's sister believe that the inhabitants of Mundus Magicus must ''either '' be sealed in Cosmo Entelecheia (the LotusEaterMachine) ''or '' die/end up in a desperate war with Earth when their home dimension inevitably collapses. Chao Lingshen tried (or claimed [[WMG/MahouSenseiNegima to be trying]]) to reveal magic to the inhabitants of Earth at large so as to make the latter option less disastrous, given that the former apparently [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble didn't]] happen. Negi, on the other hand, has an idea to ''prevent the collapse.'']]
* TakenForGranite: Adds to the horror feel of the series, without too much {{Squick}}.
* TakingTheBullet: Several times, including a 'defendee-tossing-would-be-defender-out-of-the-way-to-take-the-hit' subversion.
* TalkingInYourSleep: "No way, lady, I can't smoke that..."
* TalkingToHimself: The American dubs.
* TasteTheRainbow: [[http://www.seaslugteam.com/caps/negima/roster.jpg Here's the class roster]]. And that's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters only the starting point.]]
* TeacherStudentRomance: The entire idea is lampshaded and deconstructed on multiple occasions. Negi constantly worries about maintaining a normal student-teacher relationship with all the girls of his class while several of them keep developing crushes on him.
* TheTeam: The Kyoto Arc starts it off by combining the original BattleCouple-and-mentor trio of [[SquishyWizard Negi]] (TheLeader), [[ActionGirl Asuna]] (TheLancer) and [[EccentricMentor Chamo]] (TheMentor) with [[{{Samurai}} Setsuna]] (TheBigGal) and [[MindProbe Nodoka]] (SmartGal). The group evolves over the Mahora Festival to include several others. By the time the Magic World Arc begins, the Team has reached over 10 people in membership.
* TeleFrag
* {{Telepathy}}
* TeleportersAndTransporters
* TemptingFate: Ayaka [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v20/c185/12.html says]] that she has a bad feeling about going to the Magic World and Asuna claims that Ayaka's premonitions are usually wrong. Guess what happens to Ala Alba.
* [[spoiler:{{Terraform}}]]: [[spoiler:Negi's ultimate plan to save the Magic World as revealed in Chapter 338. His theory: Magic/Mana is fueled by life, and because Mars as it is is a dead world, it's the main reason for the ultimate collapse of the Magic World. By Terraforming Mars and making it Earth-like, the Magic world can eventually thrive there without problems. The immense size and cost of this project is also why Ayaka and Chizuru are now sponsoring it. Also, given how long it would take (Negi estimates between 30 and 100 years), it explains how busy Negi's become and how it could be a "lifetime" project.]]
* ThatDidntHappen: Twice. Both times involve {{Forceful Kiss}}es from [[NotRightInTheBed Negi]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists:
** And Negi, from what [[MindReading Nodoka's diary]] showed us, needs one [[NightmareFuel ''badly'']].
** Subverted early on, however, when Negi gets cheered up by Satsuki during Mahorafest.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Weirdly inverted -- the girls understand and accept that no matter how many beds are present, Negi is likely to crawl into one a girl is already occupying. (Especially Asuna.) They even turn it into a game of KeepAway on one occasion, fighting over who gets him. [[spoiler:The one girl who ''doesn't'' want him there, of course.]] Of course, it's debatable whether [[spoiler:she ''still'' doesn't]]...
* ThirtySecondBlackout
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: As of Chapter 285, this seems to be [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Fake Eva-chin's]] preferred method of dealing with Negi's SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
* ThunderingHerd
* TickleTorture: Happens several times (especially to Asuna) to the point of veering into RunningGag territory.
* TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace
* TimelineAlteringMacGuffin: Chao's "ultimate weapon."
* TimeMachine
* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:In chapter 350, five months have passed from the "Get Negi to confess" to "Asuna's 'graduation'" seeing as she's going to be sealed again at Mars.]]
** [[spoiler:And then again in chapter 352, ''130'' years have passed, as Asuna wakes up late in a future world to find all of the plans succeeded... and to find that Negi has apparently somehow died, in addition to all of her old classmates with the exceptions of Chao and Eva, who bring Asuna back to the original timeline next chapter.]]
** [[spoiler:And once again in chapter 354, this time 7 years after the original timeline, by which all the girls of Class 3A have long graduated, as shown by Yue who now works as a private investigator involving magical cases. This also introduces a few new characters, such as Maki's younger brother Kagehisa, who by this time is in high school.]]
* TimeStandsStill
* TimeTravel: StableTimeLoop as Negi starts running into earlier versions of himself...
* TimeyWimeyBall:
** ...until the part where he has to change the future after being sent ahead.
** [[spoiler: And the book Chao left which states Negi's wife is now blank.]]
** [[spoiler: It was fake.]]
* TitleDrop: The White Wing initially call themselves the Negima Club until the better name is suggested.
* ToBeAMaster
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Negi gets this from time to time, having to choose when to break laws and when to let things slide, often while under threat. He's fairly flexible, coming down on both sides depending on the severity of the issue.
* TokenYuriGirls: Setsuna serves as Konoka's [[BodyguardCrush protector]], and admits it precludes hooking up with anyone else. Naturally, other characters assume this is a complicated way of saying that they are a romantic couple, or will be. Konoka certainly has no problem being her partner in their ([[AMagicContractComesWithAKiss kissing-activated]]) magical contract. It's pretty much just Setsuna who isn't aware of this. Naturally, when Setsuna proved to be a [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular character]], the overtones became a lot more obvious in the ''Negima?!'' remake, with a more knowingly teasing Konoka and a more flusterable Setsuna, to the point of Setsuna stuck between embarrassment and ogling at Konoka in a swimsuit. Considering that in the early manga [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the way Setsuna acts around Konoka is exactly the same as someone with a really strong crush]] (complete with blushing and a loss of the ability to speak whenever she's around) makes the [[HoYay subtext]] already quite strong.
* TookALevelInBadass: Pretty much automatic if someone gets an artifact. This includes [[spoiler:Negi, though overshadowed by the fact that he had just gained about ''eight others''. Maybe, his artifact could be a GameBreaker because he has so many attendants, he can use all their powers, granted, one at a time, but still it gives him a lot more options than almost anyone. Has been PutOnABus for a while now.]]
** Yue is arguably the queen of this trope, having done this no less than three times. See her character entry for details.
** Yue's best friend Nodoka is the [[Pantheon/{{Combat}} goddess]] of this trope.
* TookALevelInJerkass: The class actually attacks Negi near the end of the manga in order to find out who he likes including using their pactios against him, removing his allies from the area and attempted to mind control him via [[AssShove Chizuru.]] Why? Because he was busy [[spoiler:saving billions of lives]] instead of responding to their romantic interest. Notably, a few of the girls like Chisame ''do'' have better intentions, but most do not while only Chachamaru, Asuna, Akira and Satsuki are actually decent enough to stand by him.
* TooMuchInformation: Asuna gets an earful from Makie during the shower scene: "Negi-kun's ''you-know-what'' is touching my ''you-know-where''! ... His ''you-know-what'''s getting ''you-know-what''-er!"
* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: The series' rather abrupt ending is the result of Akamatsu dropping the series in protest against his publisher's attempt to take ownership and copyright of the series away from him.
* TotalPartyKill: Discussed a few times after they entered the magical world arc as with so many other game tropes, especially when they were separated.
* TouchTelepathy: Negi Springfield is shown to have this ability via placing his hand on the forehead in the first chapter, though he can only catch a few thoughts at the most.
** Jack Rakan later gets to see a FlashBack from a defeated enemy he's holding.
* TournamentArc
* TrainingFromHell:
** Lampshaded with Ku Fei's martial arts training, as her trying to create a "quick-powerup" training regimen for Negi based on old manga and kung fu movies fails miserably. She then tries training him conventionally, which works, and teaches him so quickly that she gets depressed about it.
** Played straight, however, with Evangeline's training methods, which actually seem to work.
* TransformationTrinket: The pactio cards.
* TranslationConvention: Scenes that take place in Britain are spoken in Japanese. The girls, even the ordinary ones, also have no trouble in the magical world -- averted though, in that it was colonized from Earth (Mundus Vetus, "the Old World"), and two of its major languages are "Anglicum" and "Japonense." Interestingly, though, the writing dotted around the Mundus Magicus suggest that the ''lingua franca'' is actually Latin.
* TranslationStyleChoices: Most fan translations fall into Category 2 or Category 3, while the former official translation was a solid Category 2.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The entire plot of the Magic World arc.
* TriangRelations
* {{Troperiffic}}: Akamatsu seems to be on a quest to use every trope ''ever''. He is disturbingly close to succeeding. Naturally, this leads to...
* TropeTrigger: Just be a girl in front of Negi and tickle his nose by accident...[[{{AccidentalPervert}} accidental nakedness]] will soon follow.
* TruceZone: Megalomesembria's public baths.
* TruerToTheText: An interesting case. The recent OVA releases have been faithful to the manga, but they're so deep into a story that none of its multiple previous adaptations properly covered, that they won't make much sense to anyone who hasn't read the manga.
* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: Father's or the Master's?
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: Variation: just as Fate finishes explaining the secret of the Magical World [[spoiler:to the captive Asuna and Anya]], the next chapter begins with [[spoiler:Shiori/Luna]] confirming the same explanation for Negi and company.
** [[spoiler:Negi has just bounced back from being comatose, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punched out Quartum's Entei Shoukan.]] Fate, still heavily beat up from his earlier fight against the Negi team, [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu beans Quintum in the face with a rock.]] Both shout out the exact same line on one page after doing so.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Fate''']]:[[spoiler:Those are '''his''' comrades. My prey... You have all just woken up...]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Negi''']]:[[spoiler:These are my comrades...]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Negi&Fate''']]:[[spoiler:I won't allow you to lay a finger on them!]]
* TwoTeacherSchool: In the entire ElaborateUniversityHigh, few teachers are shown other than Negi, Takamichi, Gandolfini, Nitta, Seruhiko, and Shizuna. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the manga focuses explicitly on the teachers who are also mages.
* UnblockableAttack
* UnlimitedWardrobe: When the girls are not attending class, and wearing the Mahora uniform, they each have fair amount of unique casual clothes. It's obvious reading the manga, that Akamatsu and company spent a lot of time coming up with fun looks for all of the girls.
* TheUnmasquedWorld: Negi and friends pay a brief visit to a "bad" future in which the current antagonist has recently succeeded in revealing the existence of magic, but aside from the excited attentions of some local girls and talk of all mages being recalled to the Magic World, we don't see much of the effects. [[spoiler:Magic is revealed for good off-screen during the final timeskip, and more integration between the worlds (including black market trade) is discussed.]]
* TheUnreveal: 355 chapters and we never learn [[spoiler: who Negi actually likes or ends up with. He does tell Asuna at one point, but the audience doesn't get to hear it, and her reaction doesn't make it clear who it is- except it doesn't seem to be her.]]
** We also never find out [[spoiler:[[WhatHappenedToTheMouse what happened to]] Negi's MissingMom Arika.]]
* UnsoundEffect: "Pettan" for Yue and Nodoka.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Chachamaru uses her booster jets to fetch a little girl's balloon at one point, and nobody comments on it except [[LampshadeHanging Asuna and Negi]].
* TheUnwantedHarem: DoubleSubversion: the professor surrounded by 31 female students sure looks like a set up for one of these, but, while the students may find Negi cute, they don't want to go out with him. Except, of course, that several of them do develop romantic feelings for Negi, though nowhere near as much as the premise would lead you to believe.
** Justified in that they develop romantic feelings for him after he shows how mature, badass or awesome he is, and most of them look at him and realize that the ten year old kid will turn into the epitome of sexy and badass in five years tops.
* UpgradeArtifact: Literally.
* UptownGirl: Konoka is basically a princess. Setsuna is adopted from a clan that threw her out and works as a bodyguard.
* UrbanFantasy: Though it's shifted to a more FinalFantasy feel as of the Entry to the Magic World arc.