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->''"Maybe on Earth, Maybe in the Future"''

''Blame!'' is a 10-volume {{cyberpunk}} {{Seinen}} {{Manga}} and a short six episode Web-{{Anime}} series created by Creator/TsutomuNihei.

The story follows Killy, a silent loner possessing an incredibly powerful gun known as a "Graviton Beam Emitter", as he wanders an immeasurably vast [[CyberPunk technological world]] known as "The City". The City is inhabited by scattered human and transhuman tribes, as well as hostile cyborgs known as ''[[ArtificialHuman Silicon Creatures]]''.

Killy's primary goal is to recover the [[MacGuffin Net Terminal Genes]], an extremely rare genetic marker that allows humans to access the "''[[{{Cyberspace}} Netsphere]]''", and gain control of The City's network. Doing so would allow him to halt the unhindered, chaotic expansion of The City, as well as stop the murderous horde known as ''The Safeguard'' from destroying what remains of humanity... or more correctly all humans who lack Net Terminal Genes (which is essentially all humans).

This story has a short spin off manga of three chapters, featuring all the characters of ''Blame!'' in...[[HighSchoolAU high school?]] That's right ''Blame! Academy'' -- Adventure-student Killy in the Cyber school quest! Creator/TsutomuNihei is obviously even more insane than we gave him credit for.

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!!''Blame!'' contains the following tropes:

* AbnormalAmmo: Darts that turn people into FacelessMooks, guns that fire a murderous sentient polymer that absorbs all surrounding raw materials to make itself larger, etc...
* AbusivePrecursors: The Safeguard.
* ActionGirl: Cibo, [[DarkActionGirl Sana-Kan]].
* AffectionateParody: ''Blame! Academy'' - A non-canon spin-off series by the same author, which involves putting his characters into stereotypical Japanese school-life comedy situations. The effect is very amusing given the [[{{Dystopia}} original]] [[WorldHalfEmpty series']] [[GreyAndGreyMorality tone]].
* AfterTheEnd: Or if you look at the prequel works, it's technically [[ApocalypseHow after, after, after the end.]]
* AnotherDimension:
** [[spoiler:Killy is trapped in one for a short period, and meets an alternate-reality (or future) Cibo, whose body is then [[TimeParadox brought to Killy's dimension]] and serves as a [[CloningBlues container]] for the present Cibo]].
** [[spoiler:Mensab and Seu]] apparently take refugee in one.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:The number of surviving characters can be counted on the fingers of one hand. That has recently been through a leaf shredder. Not that it's really surprising.]]
* ArmCannon: Sana-Kan.
* ArtEvolution: Nihei's style and character design changes dramatically at several points in the manga.
* ArtShift: Used in the spin-off, ''Blame! Academy'', for laughs. That girl with the ahoge is the Silicon Lifeform with the slasher smile Killy killed early in the manga. Same with the Gonk.
* BackToBackBadasses: Killy and Dhomochevsky in one chapter.
* BadAss: Many of them. Most notably Killy, Sana-Kan and Dhomochevsky.
* BadassBookworm: Cibo.
* BadassLongcoat: The [[AlmightyJanitor protagonist]] of ''[[{{Spinoff}} Net Sphere Engineer]]'' wears one of these. [[spoiler: Sana-Kan, when she returns and becomes Cibo's protector.]]
* BadassNormal: Seu, so very much. In a world where baseline humans are armed with {{BFG}}s or hyper-sophisticated hacking equipment, and ''still'' die by the dozens, Seu stands alone, as an almost-baseline human who fights off dozens of cyborgs, including the genuinely BadAss [[DarkActionGirl Ivy and Maeve]] while armed with nothing more than a perfectly normal {{BFS}}.
* {{BFG}}: Abundant, and frequently played with. The biggest and baddest guns are the Graviton Beam Emitters, of which Killy's tiny pistol seems to be the [[SuperPrototype most advanced]]. More of a [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion pistol]]. However, some unnamed characters are seen using BFG style weapons.
** GEB's have a range mesured in dozens of Kilometers, no mater what is in their way. Killy's GBE is stated to have a range of 70 kilometers.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Nihei's architecture is more improbable than bizarre most of the time. The amount of raw materials that would be needed to create most of the structures in ''Blame!'' is mind boggling.
** Seeing as how the City is at least the size of the solar system...
** Construction bots apparently beam stuff into existence. If availability of matter was of any relevance, the setting simply couldn't happen.
* BigDamnHeroes: It seems everyone gets at least one Big Damn Heroes moment in ''Blame!'' Even ''Cibo''...
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Sana-Kan, in her first appearance.]]
* BodyHorror: A common occurrence. Cibo fighting Sana-Kan for [[spoiler:control of her body]] springs to mind.
* BoomHeadshot
* BottomlessMagazines: Justified, seeing as how the GBE takes its power from Killy himself.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: ''Blame! Academy'' chapter 2 has fun with this when a pair of Silicon Life Forms appear, and ask Killy if he remembers them. Cibo nonchalantly identifies them from the second half of ''Blame!'' volume 1, and concludes that they must be out for revenge, but it turns out they're just mad because of all the characters shown in chapter 1, ''they'' didn't appear.
* [[CityPlanet City Solar System]]
* {{Chiaroscuro}}
* CloningBlues: In one chapter, Killy and Cibo stumble across a machine that [[spoiler:has been continually cloning the same woman for untold centuries.]] The worst part? [[spoiler:the original woman - hooked up to the machine and completely incapacitated - [[AndIMustScream is apparently ''alive and conscious'' for all that time]]]]
* ClothingDamage:
** Oddly averted - Killy's outfits seem to be as resilient as he is. It's revealed to be "Second Skin." Whatever that means, it's probably tough.
*** After [[spoiler: being nuked]] Killy is revealed to be a [[spoiler: safe-guard / robot]], thus the cloths are literally a part of him.
** Played straight in ''Blame! Academy''. [[RunningGag Several]] [[FanService times]].
* CompositeCharacter: In the compressed anime "demo" of ''Blame!'', it is implied that Cibo is ''every'' female character that Killy has ever met, including the girl on the elevator with the dog at the beginning.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Applies to the Safeguard.
** Justified in that there are apparently several different classes of Safeguard.
* CoolGuns: Again, lots of these.
* CoolSword: The Safeguard Sword. Think GBE, but instead of shooting you get cutting. Strangely enough, only Silicon Life like Pcell are seen using this blade. Seu and Ivy have cool swords too.
** The one wielded by Susono in the {{Prequel}} Noise is a powered up version, easily slicing through an enormous building.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Both the Authority and the Safeguard exist within the Netsphere, a Cyberspace that also [[spoiler:[[TheMetaverse houses much of humanity]]]].
* CrypticBackgroundReference: Ubiquitous.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Has its roots here. Monolithic [[MegaCorp megacorporations]], TheGovernment inept or out to get you, [[AntiHero anti-heroes]], and transhumanism that creates as many problems as it solves, are all taken to such extremes that, like Film/TheMatrix, it becomes less like traditional cyberpunk. Post-post-cyberpunk, if you will.
** Neo-Cyberpunk.
* DecompressedComic: ''Blame!'' personifies this style.
* DeflectorShields: [[spoiler:The Silicon Life Knights carry shields that emit an energy field powerful enough to deflect low-level Graviton Beams]]. The GBE often act as such.
* DentedIron: Though Killy spends most of the series as a [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] {{Badass}}, by the [[DistantFinale final volume]] he is visibly tired and injured - even forced to use a piece of bent metal as a crude prosthetic leg.
* TheDeterminator: Killy is the epitome of the Determinator trope. Sana-Kan and Dhomo fit, too.
* DullSurprise: At first justified due to Killy's stoic nature, but with the benefit hindsight it's mostly due to Nihei's character designs not being particularly emotive. Cibo does show some surprise early on, though.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Probably the strangest example in recent history, but every time someone meets up with the Authority, this is pretty much how it feels. And in a dystopian cyber-punk post-apocalyptic wasteland who better to count as an EldritchAbomination than an ancient omniscient A.I-like ruler who is essentially a god?
* {{Dystopia}}: ''Blame!'' is a prime example of dystopian fiction.
* EarthThatWas: As the ending of ''[[{{Prequel}} NOiSE]]'' shows, the Earth is completely engulfed by The City's automated construction system. By the time ''Blame!'' takes place, nobody even remembers that there ''was'' an Earth. One chapter towards the end implies that the machinery has swallowed most, if not all, of the Solar System.
* EldritchAbomination: Faceless organic-machines that morph out of ordinary people and six-story tall monsters with guns for mouths certainly qualify.
* ElevatorActionSequence: Though it quickly ends up outside.
* EliteMooks: Higher level Safeguard and Silicon Life.
* EnergyWeapon: Lots of these.
* EvilMinions: Davine has a small army of them.
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler:A [[BaldOfEvil hairless]], Safeguard-controlled copy of Killy appears in the final chapter and shoots the original in the head.]]
* FaceFramedInShadow
* FacelessGoons: Safeguard. Killed in the thousands, mostly because they [[HollywoodTactics line up]] and ZergRush the guy who has a pistol that can penetrate 50 miles of steel.
* FanNickname:
** Killy = Mr. Expressive
** Cibo = Albino Girlfriend, or Jesus Chick because she comes back to life or escapes certain death by stealing or making new bodies
** Graviton Beam Emitter = [[Film/MenInBlack Noisy Cricket 2.0]], Limb-Breaker 9000
** Sana-Kan = Loli [=McBeamspam=] since she carries a [=GBE=] and is very small when she first appears, Sana-Kan the Forever Girl since she survives so much punishment, S. Snacks which is a 4chan reference
* FeelNoPain: Killy just seems to be used to massive physical trauma by now. Maybe he still ''does'' feel pain, but since he's TheStoic, it's hard to say.
* {{Flashback}}: One of these is used to introduce Dhomochevsky...
** FlashbackCut: ...and Killy has multiple single-frame flashbacks [[spoiler:as he reboots after 40.82% of his body is obliterated]].
* ForgotICouldFly: Killy's ability to scan things with his eyes, among other things, got restored after he was hit with darts from a safeguard.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Here and there.
* TheFogOfAges: Killy is incredibly old, and admits to having forgotten a lot. This could be averted by the reactivation of the Netsphere, which is implied to house the memories of all humans. Though it isn't certain that [[spoiler:an ancient pre-Safeguard construct]] like Killy would be included in the deal.
* GainaxEnding: Although it is actually a good ending, its utter vagueness has confused many readers, perhaps because, in a way, the whole point of the series is for the Gainax Ending. Some consider it to be a DownerEnding since [[spoiler:Cibo dies in the end]].
* GangstaStyle: Killy has a notable fondness for firing the GBE this way. As with most things about ''Blame!'', whether or not there's a reason for this is anyone's guess.
* GiantMook: Some giant Safeguard units and Silicon Life, proving that size [[LevelFiveOnix doesn't matter when you have a GBE.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Killy
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Averted. Killy could easily pass as a bad guy in any other series, if one were to judge on looks alone.
** Actually the character design tends to purposely lean towards pale, sickly and generally depressing.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Especially when you have a gun that can snap your arm in half on its lowest settings.
* TheGovernment: The Authority and The Safeguard. The former is a benevolent yet mostly impotent system that requires regular humans with a extremely rare genetic marker to tell them what to do, while the latter acts like an anti-virus system that happens to see all humans without said gene as viruses.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Since everyone is technically human they do what humans do best, fight so that their faction can prosper at the expense of others. Who do you side with? The freedom loving but [[AnarchyIsChaos utterly insane]] Silicon Life who want to maintain the chaotic decay of the City, and are willing to exterminate humans who have the net terminal gene to prevent the Authority from regaining control? The KnightTemplar Safeguard who will kill anyone to keep the City from decaying further than it already has, even though it is evidently [[HopelessWar hopeless]]? The inept bureaucrats of Authority who want to reverse the decay of the Megastructure and employ sometimes heroic, sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo ruthless]] protagonist on a quest that has gone on for millenia without tangible results? Or the more human factions that struggle to get by in this crapsack dyson sphere?
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: The Silicon Life have been hunting humans since the dawn of the city, as they pose a threat to the established state of the Net Sphere. Humans fare no better: [[spoiler:when they get a hold of the architects, they find no guilt in destroying entire hives, as told by Pcell in the sequel one shot.]] Neither seem to consider coexistence to be possible, even though the City is big enough to house both their civilizations. [[spoiler:She seems to value human life, however, so there might be hope after all]].
* GunPorn: Nihei ''loves'' his guns.
* GunsAkimbo: A Killy does this once, and [[spoiler:in addition to her GBE, Sana-Kan's battle form has a hand that fires darts which transform organic life into Exterminator units.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Common fan speculation is that the series title is a mistranslation of the English onomatopoeia for gun-fire, "BLAM!". The Author has yet to comment on this.
* HardHead: Killy, literally, has half his head blown off ''and survives''.
* HealingFactor: Killy has the most resilient one. Various high level Safeguard and Silicons also have the ability to reform their bodies much more quickly, but no one sticks around like [[MadeOfDiamond Killy]] does.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Sana-Kan]].
* HighSchoolAU: ''Blame! Academy''.
* [[spoiler:HomosexualReproduction: Sana-Kan and Cibo are the mothers of the child with the Terminal Net Genes]]. Just [[HandWave go with it]], okay?
* IAmWho?: [[spoiler:Killy is related to the Safeguard. It is also theorized (and {{Lampshaded}} by the [[WordOfGod author]]) that he is also a kind of ''Internet Ghost'' that appears whenever humanity is in danger... And judging by the sequel, not only humanity. Everyone is [[TranshumanTreachery human]] in Blame! anyway.]]
* IdealHero: Seu
* InASingleBound: Justified, seeing as how most characters are augmented in some way.
* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains]]: The two nameless Silicon Creatures killed off near the beginning of ''Blame!'' return in ''Blame! Academy'' 2&3 as a pair of these.
* InfantImmortality: Haha, [[AnyoneCanDie no.]]
* InherentInTheSystem: Doubly so, seeing as how ''the system'' is literally trying to wipe out humanity at the same time.
* InstantDeathBullet: Justified in that even the most ''mundane'' weapons in this [[TheVerse 'verse]] are quite powerful.
* TheJuggernaut: Killy, Sana-Kan. But especially [[MadeOfDiamond Killy]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Some volumes of the English translation go for roughly nine hundred dollars used.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In chapter 4, Killy finds a factory were baby cyborgs are born. After eating all their food the nursebot becomes angry with him. His response? Blow things up. In the next chapter he taunts a pair of Silicon Life about killing their kids. Keep in mind that the Silicon Creatures as a whole are on a campaign to wipe out all of humanity, except for the one Silicon Life member who is apparently nothing more than a dedicated amateur [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior astromoner]]. Killy shoots him just to be safe.
** [[spoiler: He appears to have mellowed out somewhat in Blame! 2 - he is now shown to protect Silicon Life from the Safeguard, presumably because they are no longer the destabilising threat they used to be.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Cibo and Sana-Kan don't survive until the end]].
* LargeAndInCharge: In the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} grim darkness of the far future]] every president of every remaining corporation is literally [[ThirdRockFromTheSun The Big Giant Head]]. [[BoomHeadshot Many headshots ensue.]]
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Averted spectacularly. At it's lowest setting, firing the Graviton Beam Emitter causes Killy's arm to violently jerk backwards; at higher levels, it sends him flying; and even tears off his arm at maximum output.
* LegacyCharacter: Another "version" of Pcell is the main character in Blame! 2. It's not entirely clear if she is a [[BrainUploading reincarnation of the same Pcell]], or a descendant.
* LittleMissBadass: Again Cibo, when [[spoiler:she takes over Sana-Kan's sleep-mode body]].
* LostTechnology: ''Lots'' of this. Even Killy's own weapon is considered as such.
* MadeOfIron: Many characters.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Killy seems to be on some kind of a mission, and towards the end it is shown that his actions are being monitored by some unknown authority. He is actually shown to be in contact, or at least on friendly terms, with said Authority several times prior to that.
* TheMedic: Again, Cibo.
* MegaCorp: Toha Heavy Industries. A subversion, as despite being a monolithic and once mighty organisation, they lack any real power outside of their jurisdiction.
** The Bio-electric Corporation are a smaller but more conventional example. Although small fry compared to Toha, they'd be an NGOSuperpower in any other 'verse. They also seem to have done a surprisingly good job [[TheExtremistWasRight rebuilding civilization from scratch]] without the help of the Safeguard or Authority.
* MessianicArchetype: Killy, and later [[spoiler:the Net Gene Child]].
* MindScrew: You'll be lucky if you catch everything the first read through.
* {{Mooks}}: Basic Exterminator units. At least if you have a [[{{BFG}} GBE]]. The Safeguard is apparently commanded by [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Zap Brannigan]], since they ZergRush targets armed with [[strike:kilo]] [[strike:mega]] teraton class weapons.
* MookMaker: Conversion Towers
* MotiveDecay:
** The Silicon Life start out attempting to destroy all traces of the Net Terminal Genes and forever seal humanity from the Netsphere - but by the time Blame 2 takes place, the new generation of Synthetic Life are being hunted down and simply want to be left in peace.
** The Safeguard was originally set up to keep unauthorized users like Silicon Creatures from logging onto the netsphere and screwing things up [[{{KnightTemplar}} by killing them]]. Now due to a combination of programming decay and desperation they usually just kill everyone everywhere and hope that things will work out.
* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]]: Cibo fills this role at times, if only to give the story a semblance of coherency. This is justified though as she was a scientist, and so most of the time she is trying to sort things out.
* MysteriousPast: Again, Killy. May also apply to [[TheLancer Dhomochevsky]].
* NervesOfSteel: Killy, don't expect his composure to crumble under any sort of situation.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Killy is just a stoic, less muscle-headed version.
* NonindicativeName: But only if you assume the title is supposed to be ''Blame!'' in the first place. It's believed it may be a misspelling of ''Blam!'', and there's certainly a lot of gunfire going on.
* NotQuiteDead: Happens quite often. It is [[MindScrew arguable]] that no one really dies in the world of ''{{Blame}}!'', thanks to the [[spoiler:{{Cyberspace}} backups]].
* NotSoStoic: Though his expression never changes, Killy ''rips into'' the trader and the dock workers of the Bio-Electric Company when [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he realizes that he had unwittingly helped their operation for harvesting organs from the Dry Men]] (but especially after noticing that the girl he had previous rescued was among the bodies). And though he may not mourn their passing, he does seemingly go out of his way to save his companions from harm.
** He has been seen grinning several times while causing total mayhem. The guy seems to get off on violence that has been cranked UpToEleven.
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Completely and thoroughly inverted. Humans who haven't been altered in some way or another are completely extinct, and it is unlikely a normal person would be able to survive in The City. The MacGuffin itself is a result of averting this trope: only humans with a very ancient gene are allowed to access the "series of tubes" in this future. Attempting to log onto the Internet without said genes will result in an immediate permaban by the Safeguard.
** "Permaban" in this case means [[BodyHorror exploding into a mass of Safeguard Exterminators]] that kill every living thing in sight.
* TheNudifier: Women's Clothing Disintegrating Beam Emitter
* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Killy is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld well over 3000 years old]], but looks to be somewhere in his 20's.
** Almost all characters, for that matter: Dhomochevsky was fighting Davinel's gang for at least 300 years before Killy arrived.
* OneManArmy: Killy, Sana-Kan.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Killy has a habit of losing limbs, only to shrug it off. Dhomochevsky also has a similar outlook:
--> ''"[[FeelNoPain By the way, you might see my arm lying around somewhere.]] [[DeadpanSnarker If you could pick it up, that'd be great.]]"''
* OnlySixFaces: While non-human characters have a great variety facial features, the human ones have a much more limited one.
* OrderVersusChaos: In Noise, the main character is a cop investigating a cult who worship the power of chaos who are kidnapping children to use for human sacrifices in their bizarre MagiTek rituals. When they kill her, she is resurrected by the Safeguard, protectors of order, but they turn out to be a pack of fascists who plan on disenfranchising or killing everybody who can't afford network implants and brainwashing the ones who do. Then in Blame!, we see the aftermath of this; the cult succeeded in throwing the world into chaos, but since they're so poorly organized their descendants, the Silicon Creatures, don't amount to much more than a bunch of roving cyber-barbarians. The Safeguard doesn't fare much better, as their directives become so corrupted that they essentially believe that everything that's not them must be exterminated with[[AbusivePrecursors extreme prejudice]].
* OverlyLongName: Davinellulinvega, usually shortened to Davine.
* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath: One of the last scenes shows Killy being drenched by rain for the first time in the series, [[spoiler:right before he has an encounter that leaves him pretty much dead.]]
** Although there is a sequel, [[spoiler: Killy's alive]], although there a rather endless number of ways to get around the whole being dead thing in Blame.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Chapter 2. One of the few humorous moments in ''Blame!''
* PerpetualFrowner: Killy again, though to be fair, he does smile once... Sort of.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Killy, Sana-Kan. Emphasis on ''mass.'' [[spoiler:Level 9 Safeguard Cibo.]]
* PetTheDog: Killy indiscriminately destroys any Silicon Life he encounters, regardless of whether they're hostile to him or not. [[spoiler:Until Blame 2, where he rescues a heavily injured SL from the Safeguard and takes her to safety.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: [[spoiler:Dhomochevsky and Iko.]]
* PowerGivesYouWings: Slight subversion. Most wings seen in ''Blame!'' are black, but they do coincide with the character having a notable upgrade. Considering that most power upgrades coincide with being able to change your body shape, it's fairly reasonable that you would want to have wings in a superstructure with huge chaisms of hundreds (or thousands) of kilometers.
* RedBaron: In the epilogue, the silicon beings referred to Killy as "The Calamity"
* ResurrectionSickness: Seu suffers from this, seems being the BadassNormal isn't always enough to survive in Blame!, since this happens to him a lot. The constant amnesia of being healed also interferes with his love life...
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: [[spoiler: Killy, apparently. He needs to eat and sleep (at least at first), feels pain and doesn't show up as anything but human to doctors like Cibo who heal him, but he's revealed to be much more than that eventually.]]
* TheRival: Killy and Sana-Kan, Seu and Ivy, Dhomochevsky and Davinel.
* RobotWar: Both Safeguards and Silicon Life are mechanical constructs trying to hunt down what remains of humanity. In fact they come from the same template: the former made to secure access to the Netsphere and the latter reprogrammed to serve the machinations of a chaotic sect.
* RussianGuySuffersMost: Considering how crap every other character's life is, "''most''" might be an overstatement, but Dhomochevsky's certainly wasn't pleasant. It should be noted that Dhomochevsky isn't Russian, he just has a Polish sounding name. It's [[{{Ruritania}} all the same place]] anyway.
* ScarsAreForever: Killy gains several noticeable facial scars throughout the course of the series.
* ScavengerWorld: almost everything that's still working is running on automatic. Killy gets by by finding equipment caches set up centuries in advance; the Electrofishers and tech-nomads have put their suits and guns together out of stuff they found. Partially averted by Cibo's people and Silicon Life, who are both developing new technology and rediscovering the secrets of the City, but tend to [[PossessionImpliesMastery overestimate their own abilities]].
* SceneryPorn: It is impossible to read this manga and ''not'' stop on a double page dedicated entirely to depicting a single piece of [[SceneryGorn gritty, abstract architecture]] and think, "Wow... Just, wow."
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: Having found herself on the outside of the City itself at the end of Blame! 2, Pcell decides to leave and find a new home where she can peacefully restart the Silicon Creature civilization using the recorded archive of her home she's carried with her.]]
* SecondaryFire: Kind of. The GBE has 4 modes of firing. Though this is more of an UpToEleven thing, really.
* SequelHook: ...And it got ''two''. One was planned to be a full length manga, but the author dropped it after just one chapter. The second was in full colour and ''also'' a single chapter long, but it served to show that [[spoiler:Killy is alive and kicking]].
* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon: Killy has a habit of being in spitting distance of his target before pulling the trigger, despite his weapon having an unstoppable 70km range. [[SelfDestructiveCharge It helps to be sure.]]
* SilentSceneryPanel: Many, many, MANY of these.
* SlasherSmile: Most Silicon Creatures have mastered the Slasher Smile. Dhomochevsky is often depicted with one in artwork, and both Killy and Sana-Kan do it at least once.
* SleepModeSize: Sana-Kan's one is a little creepy girl
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Largely idealistic, even if it wears a mask of cynicism.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Hits the [[SeriousBusiness Serious]] end and ''keeps sliding''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Early scanlations translated Sana-Kan's name as "Sanakan", but Tokyopop insists Sana-Kan is the correct spelling.
* TheStoic: Killy defines stoic. Killy is also the latest and possibly leading contender for the title of [[VisibleSilence master of the ellipses]].
* StormingTheCastle: See Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
* StuffBlowingUp: When your gun does [[WeaponOfMassDestruction more damage than an atomic bomb]], it is hard not to make some explosions.
* SuperSenses: Killy, Dhomochevsky, Cibo... In fact, ''most'' beings in ''Blame!'' seem to possess superhuman senses. Though it isn't surprising, seeing as how they all live in futuristic dystopian hell-hole where it pays to come prepared for ''anything''.
* SweetPollyOliver: In ''Blame! Academy'', the [[TheNudifier "Women's Clothing Dissolving Beam"-Emitter]] reveals that [[spoiler:Iko is actually female.]]
* SynchronizedSwarming: Issue 7 has the main character briefly interacting with a swarm of microorganisms, which assumes various simple forms -- :) for "hello", O for "yes", X for "no", etc -- to answer his queries.
* TabletopGames: [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Blam! Blam!]]
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: This may be Cibo's motivation when she double registers using Seu's Net-Terminal Genes, and Sana-kan's motivation for advising Cibo against trusting the [[TheGovernment The Authority]] after Cibo fuses with the Level 9 and transcribes the Genes into herself, and then going on to be her bodyguard. This makes sense once you realize that, in the prequel (NOiSE), The Authority and the Safeguard were planning to disefranchise all humans without Net-Terminal Genes and install a fascist government of some sort. This would also explain The Authority's "new plan" that involved a 1st Level Exterminator trying to eat the Sphere.]]
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted constantly.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Graviton Beam Emitter. It apparently becomes too much overkill for Killy near the end, as he takes the first opportunity to invest in a more... [[BoringButPractical subtle weapon]].
* TimeAbyss: One caption reads off how many seconds later it's been...in the quadrillions. A quadrillion seconds is about ten billion years.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Played with. Cibo comes from an area where humans are much taller than Killy is and she's at least as tall (if not a little taller) than him. When both of them get through to an area where humans are ''short,'' she looks like a beanstalk. When Cibo moves into her next body, she's half Killy's size.
* {{Transhuman}}: In It's entirety, we do not see a single purely biological human. Everyone is heavily modified, be they cyborgs, human-descended androids, or gene-modded superhumans. The closest to "pure" human we get is Seu, and he's an eight-foot giant with enough enhancements to fight in hand-to-hand combat with advanced Silicon Life warriors, who has been reconstructed and had his personality restored from backup countless times. Most "normal" humans were exterminated by either the Silicon Creatures or the Safeguard, given the events of ''[=NOiSE=]'','' {{Blame}}!'s'' prequel.
* UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot
* UnnecessarilyLargeInterior: At least one a chapter. ''Blame!'' is ''set'' in an endless series of Unnecessarily Large Interiors. One of the rooms Killy walks through is roughly ''the size of Jupiter'', and judging from the ending of the prequel comic ''[=NOiSE=]'' [[spoiler:where the Earth and Moon are enveloped by the machines]], it's implied that this room is where Jupiter used to be.
** [[AllThereInTheManual The artbook explains]] that The City itself extends out from the Sun to roughly Jupiter's orbit (~5 AU; roughly 750 million km), while "the world" extends to the edges of the system. In this verse, the planets, along with the Sun, have been absorbed for energy, DysonSphere-style. This is what happens when you let mindless nanomachines go rampant.
* VisibleSilence: Take a shot every time someone shows the reader their best impression of [[DullSurprise Mt. Rushmore]] accompanied by ellipses. Enjoy your liver transplant.
* [[WalkTheEarth Walk The Solar System]]
* WaveMotionGun: This is Killy's ''handgun'' the Graviton Beam Emitter. A pistol so powerful it can carve a four meter diameter shaft through 55km of steel. It is so overpowered that there are actually a couple of situations where it's a bad idea for Killy to use it, but most of the time he just blasts away, heedless of how much damage to the artificial environment he's causing. Thankfully, most of the [=MegaStructure=] is uninhabited.
* WeaponOfChoice: The GBE for Killy and Sana-Kan, the 'Electro Rod' for Cibo, The multi-purpose multi-firing-mode gun for Dhomochevsky, etc.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So what ever became of that girl with the dog who Killy seemed to know?
* WhatTheHellHero: Killy gets one of these when he kills a [[spoiler:Non-hostile Silicon Creature]] and his companion calls him out on it.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Killy's immediate answer to most situations is to shoot first and leave questions to those who talk more.
* WorldHalfEmpty
* WorldOfChaos: some of the architecture is just bizzare or large; some of it clearly has more going on. Toha Heavy Industries also has one of these ''inside'' it.
* ZergRush: Safeguard exterminator units.
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