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In the early twenty sixth century, a wealthy elite live lives of sybaritic luxury in Tiphares (Salem in the original Japanese version), a city that floats in the sky. Below the city, though, is a city-sized scrap heap to which it constantly contributes its trash; scraping out a living there are all manner of thugs, criminals, scavengers -- and the occasional idealist.

One particular idealist is Ido, a cybernetic surgeon and outcast from Salem, who offers medical and mechanical repairs to those who have replaced parts of their bodies with machinery. One day, he finds the head and shoulders of a cyborg on the scrap heap. The brain within the head still lives, and he brings her home to rebuild her. Because the face and what little is left of the body appears to be that of a young girl, that's how he rebuilds her. She's a quiet, almost shy thing, practically mute, and he names her Alita (Gally in the original Japanese version).

Things get complicated when she discovers that her benefactor is also a bounty hunter... and decides that she, too, will hunt dangerous criminal cyborgs. What no one expects is that somewhere in her lost memory are all the skills needed to do so...

The manga series, written by Yukito Kishiro, initially ran from 1991 to 1995, at which point it was ended due to ill health on the part of its creator. In 2000 it was revived, initially for a limited run to provide an epilogue based on the final scenario of the Playstation game ''Gunnm: Memories of Mars'', but the new series, ''Last Order'', has since spiraled into a run longer than the original series, finally concluding with Volume 19, making it more than twice as long as the original.

In 1993, an anime OVA was released based on the first two volumes of the manga (it was later released in the United States by ADV Films under the name ''Battle Angel''). There are no plans to continue animated adaptations, but a [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437086/ live action version]] produced and directed by ''{{Terminator}}'' director Creator/{{James Cameron}} is currently wavering in and out of DevelopmentHell (although apparently Cameron and producer John Landau are [[http://io9.com/5484049/battle-angel-alita-plot-details-have-been-decided working on it again]] now that ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' is finally done, and it will be presented in the same glorious 3D format as that billion dollar cash cow). Thanks to Cameron grabbing the license, the OVA is no longer sold in the United States.

When the manga was released in English as ''Battle Angel Alita'' by Creator/VizMedia, the name of the main character was changed from Gally to Alita, which -- along with some other changes -- may cause confusion for some. The creator hung a [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] on this during a LotusEaterMachine sequence near the end of the original series; in the Japanese version Gally is renamed "Alita" in the dream, and vice versa in the English version.

There are also two short spin-off mangas. One, ''Ashen Victor'', stars Snev, the Crash King, a once-promising Motorball player who crashes in every race he runs. The other, ''Another Stories'', is a collection of four separate side stories that flesh out the universe a bit.

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!!''Battle Angel Alita'' provides examples of:

* TheAce: Zekka, Zekka, fucking Zekka. It's like someone put [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] in a cyborg body and gave him awesome Kung Fu skills, and he's such a LargeHam that his idea of being a true man, and therefore a true warrior, is to be able to destroy an entire planet with nothing but pure skill and HotBlood. Two FacelessGoons in the background promptly [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on this.
* ActionGirl: Alita looks like a short teenage girl, but is one of the strongest warriors in the galaxy.
* AdjectiveNounFred: The English version.
* AfterTheEnd: An asteroid impact wiped out most of the earth's surface, the survivors rebuilt most of their civilisation in space. Currently the world is so devastated it isn't even immediately clear the story takes place on Earth.
* AlasPoorVillain: Happens fairly frequently.
** It began with the first big villain Makaku, who up until then had been a body-hijacker who had such a severe addiction to endorphins that he ate other people's brains. During his final fight, he drops hints at a tragic backstory, and when he and Alita are seemingly consumed in a massive explosion, she reveals that she's holding it back with the Berserker body, and asks him why he is the way that he is, and it's heartbreaking.
** Zapan gets it, too, complete with a hallucination that his monstrous transformation and the unintentional murder of the woman he loved were both part of a horrible nightmare.
** Den is more of an AntiVillain, but he meets his death with one of the most moving arguments of sentience in a comic that regularly debates what it is that makes someone an individual.
** Rakan's case is even more tragic than Zapan's when we get to know his backstory. While Zapan was at least ''somewhat'' responsible for his fate, everything that happened to Rakan was just sheer bad luck.
** Even [[spoiler: Yoko, Alita's former self. Durring an [[DreamSequence internal dialog]] with the current Alita, the solar system's most dangerous assassin and bringer of the ''second'' EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt breaks down crying, revealing that no one ever loved her.]]
* AlternativeCalendar: The space colonies count their years as ''Era Sputnik'', dating from the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957.
** Spinoffs also use the tongue-in-cheek ''Anno Koyomi'' calendar tied to the birth of Koyomi K. at the very beginning of the story. It was actually the first AlternativeCalendar in the story, as ''Era Sputnik'' was introduced only in ''Last Order'' as a Keiran Farrel's invention, and Farrels weren't mentioned in the series before the Cognates arc. Just for the reference, the tenth Z.O.T.T. finals take place in A.K. 15 or E.S. 591 (or A.D. 2548, for that matter).
* AllPowerfulBystander: [[spoiler: Don Fua]], after his come back.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The Tuned Elf and Zwölf somehow ended up playing this exactly straight. Thinking like one and acting alike.
* AmnesiacDissonance
* AnimatedAdaptation
* AnimalMotifs:
** Alita is constantly compared to an octopus because of the way she forms her lips and how her hair is shaped. Her Imaginos body in Last Order can even change color. Similarly, Sechs was at least once compared to a shark on a chapter cover thanks to [[strike:her]] [[GenderBender his]] sharp teeth and [[SlasherSmile deadly grin]]. Sechs is called "octopus lips" too, by Zekka when they're thumb-wrestling. BTW, Zekka's head seems a damn wasp.
** Also, when Alita [[spoiler:is 'born' from Tunguska,]] she gets a cat tail. From that moment onwards, she starts behaving just like that (going wherever and doing whatever she wants, staying in high places, and appearing from vent conduits, to say some things).
*** It's also worth noting that this is probably a reference to how her name was chosen because Ido once had a cat named Alita.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: No one is ever safe from the grim reaper in this series. Even our charming lead was very, VERY dead at one point, but Desty Nova just loves to break the rules.]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Desty Nova's nano machines. They allow him to create just about anything. [[{{ItAmusedMe}} Now if only he would do something constructive with them for once instead of just causing trouble...]]
* ApocalypseHow: Class 1; in 2012 (E.S. 55), a solar flare's EMP shut down all technology and a massive meteorite impact on Tokyo tilted Earth's axis and wiped out most of humanity.
* ArtEvolution: In series, and, more starkly, between Gunnm and Last Order.
* TheAtoner: Alita in the later half of the Last Order, see NiceJobBreakingItHero.
** [[spoiler: Averted with Nova X, who turns out to be just as much of a sociopath as the original.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: The aforementioned Koyomi K., who was born at the very same day as Ido found Alita's body in the scrap heap in the E.S. 576, launching the whole story.
* AuthorAppeal: Kishiro definitely has a thing for women with big lips. Not to mention: Tearing those same ladies to pieces.
* AxCrazy: A fair number of characters qualify for this at one point or another.
* BadassCrew:
** Alita spends most of the [[{{Bloodsport}} motorball]] arc gathering a band of powerful allies for the final battle against [[{{TheAce}} Jashugan]]. They do a really cool slow motion [[{{PowerWalk}} power walk]][[spoiler: but Jashugan still rips them all to shreds in ten seconds!]] It's so awesome it hurts...
** Even more pronounced in the Last Order. While they ''are'' a RagtagBunchOfMisfits in a lot of senses, you really ''don't'' want to face Space Angels in a serious fight. Given that even their IdiotHero of a {{Lancer}} Sechs led them through the semi-final with the Venusian team ''singlehandedly'' when all other finals were always Jupiter vs. Venus, and then fought the absolutely over-the-top [[TheAce Ace]] Zekka to a draw in the finals, it's actually quite terrifying to imagine what they are capable of when they're ''all'' giving it in full.
* BadassNormal:
** Ido's just about the only Hunter-Warrior in town with the body he was born with.
** Figure Four. A guy who didn't even grow up in the Scrapyard, who can take on Cyborgs in one on one fights. He also knows how to create a primitive but effective shockwave attack with a human body and survives a building falling on him... by pure luck.
** In ''Last Order'', Zazie, who is from a dirt poor Martian Kingdom, while a cyborg, has a body that is barely above the baseline human, while all other Space Angels have a state of the art bodies.[[note]]Alita has an Imaginos 2.1 body -- a nanolevel fusion of Desty Nova's Imaginos 1.0 with Fata Morgana and Jovian Tunguska weapon upgraded later by her subjugating their Zeus computer core while Sechs has a top-of-the-line Fizziroy slightly newer than Zekka's.[[/note]] It doesn't hinder her much.
* BattleTops: Motorball second league champion "Caligula" Armblessed has an ability to transform into one.
* {{BFG}}: Once the plot leaves the Scrapyard, these show up in various sizes.
* {{BFS}}: Dizaster, a stupidly gigantic sword with built-in engines that doubles as a WaveMotionSword. Its OldMaster cyborg wielder Getz, who's definitely of normal height, uses it to fight WARSHIPS, and he's not even a fifth its size.
* BerserkButton: Zekka's bike. [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse DO NOT TOUCH ZEKKA'S BIKE]]. [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry Bad things will happen]]. Sechs learns this the hard way, and when (s)he does HilarityEnsues.
* BerserkerTears
* BloodKnight: Zekka; no doubt quite a number of others over the run.
** From the first series there's the Bar Jack soldier Knucklehead, who openly admits he joined not for the cause but just to "Ride my motorcycle and fire my gun".
** Alita becomes this over time.
* BloodSport: Motorball, Z.O.T.T., and a number of others.
* BodyHorror: Many of the cyborgs, and anything/body from Venus. Especially Alduína of Venus's [[TournamentArc Z.O.T.T.]] team. Of course, she very, very quickly gets worse. And in the original series, the victims of [[MadScientist Desty Nova's]] Karma experiments seen in his first and second laboratories also qualify.
* BoisterousBruiser: Zekka, in spades, clubs, and sharp pointy things.
* BountyHunter: Ido, Alita, and a number of other characters durring the first arc.
* BornLucky: Figure Four is this. While a badass on his own and also capable of getting harmed, he has a long streak of insane luck. Including being on the same train as Alita, surviving a building falling on him because of the way the debris land and comming into a rainstorm filled with sucked up fishes while lost in the desert. Also in his appearance Last Order he so far [[spoiler:managed to escape Sechs when a lightning hits her titan blade and ending up in Ido's clinic after losing his arm in the fight with Sechs.]]
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler:All the citizens of Salem have their brains uploaded to and replaced with computer chips when they reach adulthood.]]
* BrokenAce: Alita is faster, stronger, more talented (and cuter) than almost any other cyborg. She also has a habit of [[{{NiceJobBreakingItHero}} unintentionally making a huge mess of things]] because of her inherent brashness and lack of foresight.
* BrokenAngel
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Elf and Zwolf, literally on one occasion.
* ButterflyKnife: Alita's Damascus Blade was made into an oversized one after she quit motorball. [[spoiler: Nova recovered the Damascus Blade after killing Alita with a powerful doll bomb but found out that it had sustained extreme fatigue. He decided to use it as a component for Alita's new Imaginos Body, further strengthening the link between blade and bearer.]]
* CantCatchUp: Sechs has this problem with Gally. Though not necessarily in terms of fighting style, but simply because Gally keeps getting a better cyborg body than what Sechs can get. Sechs' body always seem to be one step behind. Until their bodies are even it's hard to tell how evenly matched they are.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CanonDisContinuity: ''Last Order'' continues on from just before the end of the original manga; the last 150 or so pages never happened.
** So the original canon basically ends with [[spoiler: Alita being blown into a million pieces and Desty Nova sweeping up her remains.]] It would be sad if that had been [[{{LeftHanging}} the definitive ending]]...
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Figure Four, a "straight meat hick", can punch a cyborg [[BoomHeadshot in the head to destroy its brain]]. This is in a universe where an average cyborg can punch through a brick wall.
* ChekhovsGun: The [[SpellMyNameWithAnS P/F]] box. First seen on the last page of Chapter 5 of ''Last Order'', and stated by Nova in Chapter 6 to contain, "The most valuable thing in the world," is revealed in Chapter 61 to contain [[spoiler:'''Alita's organic brain.''' Nova created a Tipharean brain chip containing Alita's personality, and the chip-brained Alita is only one to appear in ''Last Order.'']]
* {{Chickification}}: Nova tries to defeat Alita with a variation of this trope. [[spoiler: He puts her in a {{Lotus Eater Machine}} where she can live out her life happily and peacefully with Ido and Nova himself as her father figures. This is supposed to reprogram Alita into a harmless and sweet little girl.]] It doesn't work. In fact, Nova is the one who is (somewhat) [[VillainDecay softened]] by the experience.
* CloningBlues: Often resulting in BetaTestBaddie themes.
** Desty Nova deserves a special mention. In ''Last Order'', Alita, having Acquired both of Desty Nova's brain chips and using them as [[IncrediblyLamePun Bargaining Chips]], stages a break-in with the help of another Virtual Portable Desty Nova ([[spoiler:"We call it the [=NovaPod=]!"]]). They're all ready to go in when they are interrupted by... Evil FunnyAfro Desty Nova ("Let's call me.. Super-Nova!") , who [[JustBetweenYouAndMe tells them all about how he will be destroying Alita now]], but he's interrupted by a transmission from... Desty Nova, Flan Cook.
** And earlier was a somewhat darkly humorous moment in Tiphares, when it's revealed that nanobot pods growing into cloned Desty Novas have actually become a rampant pest, and are only kept under control by teams of exterminators with flamethrowers incinerating all the ones they find.
** Alita's 12 TUNED AR-Series Replicas also qualify, even though by the time ''Last Order'' begins, AR-6 Sechs [[spoiler:ruthlessly hunts down and kills all of the others save for Elf and Zwolf, who managed to kick her ass with their WaifFu WonderTwinPowers]] just to prove to herself that she's not a [[WhatHaveIBecome cheap imitation]] and show that she's as good as or better than Alita. When she tries the same with Alita, even with Elf and Zwolf backing her up she gets [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]].
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Motorball player Zafal Takie appears to be based on GraceJones as Zula in ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''.
* CrazyPrepared: In Last Order, Zazie's level of preparedness for the ZOTT probably rivals Batman.
** She gets plenty moments of awesome in all her appearance, but it shows the most during the final with Space Karate Team. Let's do a listing here: First, she brought enough weapon and ammo to fill an entire room (but is not allowed to bring most of them in due to the weight restriction). She still looks like a walking armory entering the match. During the match, she effectively use a combination of pistols, grenades and a few [[AwesomeYetPractical exotic weaponry]]: An Assault Rifle / Grenade Launcher / Shotgun [[SwissArmyWeapon combination gun]], and a Metal Storm - like [[MoreDakka stacked projectile machine gun]]. However, the true aces up her sleeves are gradually revealed later. [[spoiler: The pair of arms that she is using since the beginning was just a pair of [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Exo-Arms]]. Her overcoat is actually a DeployableCover. She has three hovering bunker-buster missile hanging in the air from the match's beginning. Last but not least, the two [[HandCannon giant revolvers]] she has been carrying around shoots bullet made from [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells Osmium]], in-universe being the densest stable element. She ended up using all these to win the fight, with only one round left.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler: Zapan]] is a case study of this. You should have apologized back in volume one, Alita.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Knucklehead, to a moderate degree. After being degraded by Colonel Bozzle and his unit, he finally snaps, nearly killing Bozzle, sabotaging the socket-soldiers, and pretty much blowing up the entire mechanized company. Not only that, but he frees Alita and snaps her out of the pit of despair she'd fallen into. It's such a big moment for her that he's featured among the faces of people she sees (during Last Order) who had a profound role in her life.
** There is also Tiegel, "the lamest motorballer ever" who is so bad at motorball everyone simply ignores him. However he is a true {{Determinator}} who uses the {{Metagame}} for maximum effect and [[spoiler: sacrifices himself to save Alita from certain defeat in the final battle.]]
* CuteBruiser: Apparently one of the reasons why the [=OVAs=] didn't do too well (and thus never had any sequels) was, reportedly, the fact viewers didn't think Alita ''wasn't cute enough''.
* CyberPunk
* DataCrystal: A MacGuffin in ''Last Order''.
* DeathIsCheap: As long as the brain is reasonably intact, you can be brought back, but DeaderThanDead still happens frequently.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Alita gains a lot of friends and allies through this.
** Jokingly averted in one of the omake strips of volume 14, where one of the Guntroll members cheers for the Karate team to beat the Space Angels.
* DiedStandingUp: Jashugan, along with at least one member of Guntroll.
* DownerEnding: The OVA, which ended on what is possibly the most depressing point in the whole manga ([[spoiler: except ''any'' of the references to [[TheWoobie Lou Collins]]]]).
* DropTheHammer: Ido's rocket-hammer thing.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Den gets his own when he not only rampages through Factory security, but does so after Kaos had attempted a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speech]] on him. Den completely smashes Kaos' accusations that Den is nothing more than a 'figment', and refuses to leave his body even in the face of death.]]
** [[spoiler: And a little bit of fail when his sword breaks. Ba dum ba daa![[http://read.homeunix.com/onlinereading/?image=Battle%20Angel%20Alita%20Complete/Volume%209%20-%20Angel-s%20Ascension/ba09-134-135.jpg&server=nas.html]]]]
* {{Dystopia}}
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: a lot of techniques and attacks require spinning moves or are enhanced by them. Jashugan's "maschine clash" is a martial art focused on causing harmonic resonance with spinning gears built into your limbs.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: If you are a pure meat human living in the scrapyard, chances are you will not stay that way forever since there are thousands of cyborgs creeping around who may want to mug you with bulldozer-like force or accidentally rip your arm off when they tap you on the shoulder to ask for directions. On the plus side: mechanical replacement limbs are always available IF you have the cash to afford them.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Desty Nova. Utterly amoral in his pursuit of "Karma".
* {{Expy}}:
** Ido shares an awful lot in common with a certain animated version of [[TheRealGhostbusters Dr. Egon Spengler]]...
** In Last Order, Tzykrow is a very obvious expy of Zycrow from ''{{Aqua Knight}}''. In retrospect, it's kinda easy to see why so many ZOTT participants were actually of the [[ContestWinnerCameo fan-submitted variety]]; a single author can only come up with so many unique and varied character designs before they start to run a little dry.
** Kinuba the champion gladiator, who was murdered by Makaku, is the expy of Slaine the Horned King from {{2000AD}}. He is even wearing Slaine's signature Horned Helm, clan tartans and boar's head belt.
** Franchise/{{Predator}} + {{Lobo}} + [[StarWars Kit Fisto]] = Zekka
** Yani and Derossi, Space Angels' mechanics, are basically {{Patlabor}}'s Sakaki and Shige in cyborg bodies.
* EyePatchOfPower: Sechs has one.
* FaceFault: A few occasional instances but a special mention goes to the Ladder meeting when the new martian "queen" brought a teddy bear named Konig (German for King) that greeted the council. The Venusians and Jovians began panicking at the idea that the supposedly dead king had survived assassination by hiding a brain chip in the bear. Turns out the new queen has a talent for ventriloquism, which led to this trope.
* FacialMarkings: Alita's trademark "antiglare patches" on her cheeks. One of the first indications that she has a back story is when she instinctively reaches down to a pool of oil and paints them onto her cheeks.
* FanDisservice: '''RAKAN!''' [[BrainBleach Rakan Rakan Rakan Rakan Rakan!]]
** Also planet Mercury's The Anomaly's "''Battering Ram''"... yuck! See Squick below
* FantasticDrug: Quite a lot, including one that triggers lycanthropy.
* FantasticFightingStyle: Alita's Panzer Kunst for starters, and with the exception of Figure's Anti-Cyborg Style, that's about it for Gunnm. Last Order takes it up a notch with Qu Tuang and her Ahat Mastade, and literally [[UpToEleven thousands]] of Space Karate sects.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Desty Nova. He also counts as AffablyEvil, depending on his mood and [[CloningBlues which]] Desty Nova you're talking about..
* FingerInTheMail: When Alita shows up at Desty Nova's lab looking for [[spoiler: her foster father, Ido,]] she demands that Desty tell her where he is, who casually tosses her a head-sized metal box and tells her to take a look for herself.
* [[ForScience For]] [[strike:[[ForScience Science]]]][[ForScience KARMATRON DYNAMICS!!!]]: Anything and everything that Desty Nova does. He's VERY big on his pet theory, y'know...
* FrenchJerk: The Venusians are descended from French space colonists and all seem to have a very callous attitude toward living things, as expressed by their cavalier use of OrganicTechnology.
* FriendlyEnemy:
** Desty Nova to Alita, except that, as he often [[MrExposition goes to the great lengths to explain]], neither "friend" nor "enemy" has any meaning under Karmatron Dynamics theory.
** Caerula Sanguis to Alita at certain moments.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The "Great Karate War" raging on in the background while Toji and Alita hold a tea ceremony.
* FutureMusic: Subverted into hyperspace. Our Earth isn't even recognizable anymore, but somehow Yes and Gram Parsons are still part of the pop culture. Alita performing "Big Generator" like a pro and all the cyborgs knowing the lyrics should tell you something about [[{{ThePowerOfRock}} the durability of progrock]].
* GagPenis: Anomaly has a [[WaveMotionGun massive plasma cannon]] for a penis.
* GeckoEnding: Inverted, due to health issues the author ended the original manga rather quickly. Last Order started as a ReWrite for a rushed ending of the original manga, and to flesh out a then-released video game. It then spiraled into the epic twice the original's size, finally ending by wrapping up hanging plot threads while noting that Alita's [[AndTheAdventureContinues adventure will continue]], likely on Mars.
* GenderBender: [[OreOnna Sechs]], a rare female-to-male example, and even rarer for the genderbending being completely voluntary.
* GenreShift: The series turns into a sports series (a futuristic BloodSport, but still) with some fighting elements during the Motorball arc.
* GrandTheftMe: Makaku's signature ability is pushing his worm tail into your spine wile simultaniously ripping your head off so he can steal your superpowered body. In the Alita verse you could theoretically survive even this, but Makaku likes to [[BrainFood eat your brain]] too. He isn't exactly the nicest fellow around.
* GenkiGirl: Shumira.
* GratuitousGerman: Most notably the names of Panzerkunst techniques. They appear to be translated [[LostInTranslation from Japanese to English and then further to German.]]
** GratuitousFrench: The République Venus.
* GrievousHarmWithABody
* GroinAttack: A suitably epic one to take out that critter in the Squick example below.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Tiphares adults who discover the secret of Tiphares ([[spoiler:having your brain replaced with a chip]]) almost never keep their sanity.
* {{Gorn}}: Even with most of the characters being cyborgs, the series can still easily reach {{Gantz}} levels of ultra-violence.
* [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Half The Girl She Used To Be]] Poor Alita ends up like this about once per story arc. Sometimes in one hit, sometimes piece by piece. She always gets rebuilt into something even stronger, though.
* HeartDrive
* HeroAntagonist: Several show up, but team Guntroll is the most straight example, being a group more altruistic than Alita herself, though (aside from Saya, who decides to root for Team Karate) they recognized that there was no need for animosity between them pretty early.
* HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt: The setting of ''Battle Angel Alita: Last Order'' marks time according to the Era Sputnik, counting from the launch of the Sputnik 1 in 1957.
** Before that there was a half-joking, half-official ''Anno Koyomi'' calendar, tied to the birth of Koyomi K. at the very beginning of the story, which Kishiro still uses to trace the continuity. The fact that [[MeaningfulName her very name means "Calendar"]] in Japanese [[AudienceSurrogate isn't accidental]] in the slightest.
* HollywoodCyborg: You know how many people in {{Eagleland}} drive cars? That's approximately the percentage of the Scrapyard which has replaced everything but their heads with prosthetics. The SUV percentage replace everything except their ''brains'' - and often with bodies more than a story high. And sometimes ''wide''. Given the CrapsackWorld they all live in, it's not that surprising.
* HorrorHunger: Part of Homme de Feu's backstory involves him and his caretaker, Olympe, with Homme de Feu realizing as he grows older that he wants to ''eat her.'' [[spoiler: When he finally does, though, he realizes that she was a RobotGirl all along.]]
* HumiliationConga: Alita's [[{{EstablishingCharacterMoment}} first encounter with Trinidad]] gets pretty painfull pretty fast. [[spoiler: First he casually pats her on the head like she's a first grader. Then he easily overpowers her, makes her KISS HIS FEET, snaps her in half, puts her into a block of plastic and finally flushes her out of the airlock like a piece of trash. Desty Nova also gets outwitted completely for the first time ever.]] So basically: [[{{Badass}} Don't mess with this guy!]]
** Ironically, [[spoiler: Trinidad gets his own Conga after some meddling by The Weasel until the end the finals of the ZOTT tournament, to the point that everyone but Caerula (who dices his head to pieces in the end) just stops paying attention to him]].
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:Zazie has her arm cut off, then reveals that she was hiding her real arms under her coat, and what her opponent got was a [[MultiArmedAndDangerous "servo arm"]].]]
* IconicOutfit: Alita's sleeveless black jumpsuit with baggy boots and metal knee-guards (sometimes with a duster coat as well) is Alita's first outfit, and the one people remember her in most.
* ImmortalityImmorality: A hundred years before the events of Last Order, nanotechnological immortality was controlled by a powerful elite that ruled the solar system with an iron fist. Unfortunately, [[PlayfulHacker Weasel's]] attempt to break their monopoly [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only made things WORSE]]. Thanks to him, everyone in space became functionally immortal, causing populations to skyrocket. Children became illegal, and the lucky ones are kidnapped by the government and forced to fight wars for sport. The Republique of Venus ''[[ImAHumanitarian eats]]'' the unlucky ones.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Morse, a member of the Cognate, prefers to use a length of mooring rebar and whatever chunk of building it was attached to as his main weapon.
** Springfoot Jack, a cybernetic monster clown, used a hynpotized young girl as club and did the same with Elf using her as boomerang.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Jovians. For all their scientific, engineering and [[TheEmpire jingoistic-totalitarian-evil-empire]] cred, their main ''raison d'etre'' in the series seems to be to [[ButtMonkey fail amusingly]] and let the main character subvert their achievements to her good. They are also kind of cute.
** The fact that they also act very human despite their cold and machine-like appearance helps. Especially when compared to their rivals the Venusians.
* GunsAreWorthless: Played straight and subverted. Alita defeats one of her biggest enemies with a small handgun and later uses guns to great effect. Last Order character Zazie, while good in unarmed combat, is at her best with her guns. However guns are also often useless. It seems to depend on the gun, ammo user and ''target'' - {{Hollywood Cyborg}}s are basically bipedal tanks.
* KickTheDog: Played straight in the OVA. [[spoiler: More than kicked. Sliced into slices]].
* KillSat: The Sword of Damocles is a series of them.
* KnightTemplar: He might think that [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans his ideal justifies his means]], but everyone and their dog agree that [[BigBad Aga Mbadi]] is a [[JerkAss colossal dick]] with a [[ManipulativeBastard control mania]].
** The factory authority is this to the extreme. So you just defeated the unstoppable monster that our strongest troops couldn't even scratch? Nice work doing our job for us, but you still used a gun, and those are a grade one violation of factory law. [[spoiler: To the incinerator with you!]]
* KungFuSonicBoom: A lot in Last Order, and justified by the fact that almost everyone is a superhuman cyborg. Sechs and Zekka take it up to eleven by causing injuries to bystanders and collateral damage this way; By ''thumb wrestling''
* LadyOfWar: Caerula Sanguis, full stop. Alita would've qualified too, but her style of WaifFu is just too direct.
* LaResistance: What many saw the Barjack Army as.
* LargeAndInCharge: Den; seen to some extent with various other characters.
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler: Kaos and Lou get together in the original ending with only a tiny hint of a crush preceding it.]] It doesn't exist at all in Last order.
* LikeCannotCutLike: Monofilament wires.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler:Den and Kaos]].
* LiveActionAdaptation: As of 2010 ''still'' in DevelopmentHell, mostly due to Creator/JamesCameron's various other projects.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Half of them get killed off quickly, but the majority is quite memorable because of their impact on Alita or their insane design/fighting style.
* LostSuperweapon: Last Order [[http://www.mangareader.net/1047-39633-25/battle-angel-alita-last-order/chapter-67.html mentions]] the [[EvilWeapon "Five Demonic Inventions of Humankind"]], which include:
** The Berserker cells (like those used in the body that Ido gives Alita)
** A parasitic weapon called a PIPT (Parasitic Intention Plant Trooper, likely a Venusian invention)
** [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo The atomic bomb]]
** [[ReturnOfTheLivingDead 2-4-5]] [[http://zombie.wikia.com/wiki/Trioxin Trioxin]]
** The antimatter bomb
* LotusEaterMachine
* MadeOfPlasticine
* MadScientist[=/=]MadDoctor: Desty Nova, with emphasis on the "mad".
* MagicalParticleAccelerator: Jupiter Empire's Wormhole Reactor uses it as one of its parts.
* MarketBasedTitle: ''GUNNM''[=/=]''Battle Angel Alita''
* MarshmallowHell: [[spoiler: A perverted Space Karate assassin is smothered and ''crushed to bits'' under a pile of boobs, courtesy of the Venusians.]] He gets better though, since cyborg bodies are all but [[BuiltWithLego made out of LEGO blocks]].
* MeaningfulName: Alita/Gally may be an abbreviation of [[PygmalionPlot Galatea, the statue-turned-lover of Pygmalion.]] She and Ido share a similar relationship at first: Ido reconstructs Alita with the intention of giving her a sweet, peaceful life as his pseudo-daughter. Alita certainly puts a kibosh on THAT idea.
* MechaMooks
* MechanicalLifeforms: The Berserker and [[TheSameButMore Imaginos]] bodies are comprised of advanced nanotechnological "machine cells". Anomaly in ''Last Order'' is a HumanoidAbomination theorized to have evolved from GreyGoo on the planet Mercury.
* MidseasonUpgrade: Happens to Alita and Sechs. For Alita, her Imaginos body is advanced to 2.0 and 2.1 respectively in a quick and sudden fashion with the acquiring of Fata Morgana and the wormhole reactor. In retrospect, Sechs had to go through it the hard way where hir Fizziroy body is manually upgraded to the heavier gel so that it can withstand more pressure which by extension, increases the number of things he can do with it.
* MsFanservice: Parodied with [[{{TheVamp}} Eelai]] who even has an arrow on her forehead that points down. In the unlikely case you [[{{AbsoluteCleavage}} missed it]]...
* MostWritersAreWriters: In Last Order, [[http://www.mangareader.net/1047-39624-4/battle-angel-alita-last-order/chapter-58.html Ping Wu says that the net is like a manga artist without a deadline.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Anything with [[TheWoobie Lou Collins]]. Every time the girl is mentioned in Last Order is to let us know [[spoiler: of ''another'' terrible misfortune she suffered.]]
* TheMovie: Creator/JamesCameron's next project after ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. Though with Avatar's runaway success it seems to be put on the back burner ''again''.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Sechs and Zekka get in the world's most hardcore thumb-wrestling match.
** Supersonic knitting.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: Damn near every volume, almost.
* {{Nanomachines}}
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The main heroine. [[spoiler:It was Yoko who caused the ''last'' [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Of The World As We Know It]], but Alita didn't know of it until Volume 9, which doubles as ''one'' of her TomatoInTheMirror moments.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Poor Lou...
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When Alita runs into [[spoiler: AR-2]] she rapidly loses her confidence when she fails to find a weakness in her opponent. And then [[spoiler: AR-2]] starts to tear her apart... piece by piece. It's very scary since [[spoiler: it's Alita's own mirror image thats laying the smackdown on her.]]
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Not that Desty Nova has [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate ever been really big on morals]] from the start, but he's became utterly convinced that his knowledge of Karmatron Dynamics justifies just about everything he (in any of his incarnations, even ''Super Nova'') does.
* OpeningACanOfClones
* OppositeSexClone: Sechs eventually starts to think of him/her... err, whatever as male, and eventually gets a full male cyborg body to back it up. He basically DECIDES he's male, even if he started as a supposedly superior clone to Alita, down to being female as well. Interesting to notice, even his facial features, which are NEVER actually changed, are still much more masculine than Alita's, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/16g9zle_6679.jpg even though they're supposed to have the same face.]]
** Even body type was somehow more masculine at the start.
* OriginalVideoAnimation
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The "cognates".
* [[PerpetualFrowner Perpetual Frown]]: More like Perpetual Pout, which seems to be Alita's default facial expression. {{Lampshaded}} by Jim Roscoe in the first volume of the Last Order, where he asked Nova while they were rebuilding Alita's body, whether her lips are too thick? Lampshaded again by the twins posing as Alita in Vol. 6, with one of them noting that it's difficult to make "octopus lips" all the time, and the other that she has to look sullen and it isn't fun.
* PlayfulHacker: Weasel. In chapter 109 it's revealed that he [[spoiler: not only hacked Mbadi's cameras but also uploaded a virus that disabled Mbadi's mind control that coincidentally activated when Mbadi was caught on camera ordering his minister to fire Damocles and destroy the Space Angels.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild
* PowerUp: several, for Alita and other characters.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Col. Payne
* PutOnABus: A lot of characters from the original series in ''Last Order'', notably [[BadassNormal Figure Four]].
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: When Ido Daisuke saves Shumira from being raped in the begining of "Battle Angel Alita" #3 (Through nearly killing one of the would-be-rapists and actually (most likely) killing the other).
* RazorWire: Zwolf and Elf's weapon of choice.
** Frau X manages to use a ''shoelace'' like this.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: This time, it's no exaggeration. That's the extent of what Aga Mbadi knows, and he might ''underestimate'' it.
* RemoteBody: Desty Nova cures his son's [[EnemyWithout split personality]] by building a remotely controlled robot body to channel the other mind.
* RobotGirl
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Subverted, as Alita is none too happy to find out that this is what Ido was expecting her to be when he revived her.
* ScavengerWorld
* SceneryGorn: Countless detailed scenes of the Scrapyard and the surrounding desert wastes.
* SchematizedProp: Each manga volume features mechanical details of an element featured in the story.
* ScienceFiction
* SelfDestructiveCharge: [[spoiler:How Den chooses to go out, charging headlong into the fire of an entire division of the Factory's armoured forces.]]
* SendInTheClones: Alita after having fought 10 years for a shady organization, said organization uses records of said fights to create [[ThePsychoRangers 12 duplicates of her]], with all her skills (especially the deadly Panzer Kunst) and a copy of her high tech body.
** With the proliferation of Novas in Last Order, it comes close to RefugeInAudacity.
* SerialEscalation: Last Order seems to be an experiment in how batshit insane the series can get. Supersonic knitting? Epic thumb-wrestling matches? A HumongousMecha with a comically oversized GagPenis that shoots [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Beams?]] Last Order's got it all!
* ShesAManInJapan: The German translations of Last Order continue for a while to refer to Sechs as a female after he gains the Fizziroy body.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: "Sadly the Space Angels were obliterated in a mysterious explosion just as they became the first independent team to win the ZOTT." At least, that's what Mbadi thinks will happen...]]
* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: [[{{Claymore}} If you can hit me just once]][[http://www.mangareader.net/battle-angel-alita-last-order/107/13 ... cue sword to the face]]]]
** [[http://img862.imageshack.us/img862/1594/340642nbfgglastorder071.png Aspects of Sechs as a character appear to be inspired by Luffy from One Piece.]]
** There are several references to Fred Saberhagen's ''Berserker'' shared-universe series.
** Zapan's forehead symbol is that of the Blue Oyster Cult. Sechs' boots twice refer to classic heavy metal songs on their underside. Blood Red Skies by Judas Priest and Aces High by Iron Maiden.
** Olympe and Homme du Feu are so obviously Beauty and the Beast.
** There's also a lot to various classic rock and metal bands.
** Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie appears at one point. "Aces High"/"Live to Fly" is stamped on Sechs' soles in chapter 66.
** BountyHunter Zapan has the Blue Oyster Cult logo on his face.
** One character owns an antique synthesizer with the name [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: alan parsons ]]
Dymotaped on the side.
** One really badass scene in Volume 5 is further enhanced by the imprints on the soles of Sechs' boots, which are "Blood Red Skies" and "You won't break me". A shout-out to a little known Judas Priest song from the "Ram It Down" album.
** Desty Nova's name and the name of the "Imaginos" armor are also BOC shout-outs, which makes a lot of sense considering that "Desty Nova" as said in [[Music/BlueOysterCult Imaginos]] means 'Eternal Light' and Desty Nova is pretty much unkillable... at least permanently.
** The fighter champion Kinuba from volume one is Slaine from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' with cyborg arms.
** Some of the Space Karate fighters are shout-outs to ''Radon/Rodan, KamenRider'', The Chupacabra, and Robby the Robot.
*** A Robby the Robot lookalike also appears as part of Ido's collection of scrap early in the manga.
** The first great cataclysm of their universe happened in E.S. 55 -- which translates to AD [[TwentyTwelve 2012]]. Well, most probably not to the movie itself, but to all those [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt crackpot theories]] it was based on.
** There's also a character [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed identical to]] GraceJones.
** Space Angels' engineers are basically Sakaki and Shige, {{Patlabor}} resident gearheads, in cyborg form.
** The Kudos! List has an extensive archive here: [[http://www.nick15.com/kudos.html]]
* SiblingTeam: Subverted somewhat in that while Sechs, Elf, and Zwolf are android copies of Alita created from over a decade of data gathered on her brain patterns, behavior and fighting style, they all indeed tend to act like siblings. Especially between Alita and [[MiddleChildSyndrome Sechs]], with a healthy portion of SiblingYinYang thrown in for good measure, while the twins Elf and Zwolf both neatly fill the role of AnnoyingYoungerSibling with a healthy sprinkling of GenkiGirl and FetishFuel.
** A meta example: in recent chapters Yukito Kishiro started to credit his brother Tsutomu, a longtime supporter and assistant, who also maintains their website, in a second billing on the manga covers.
* SimSimSalabim: Indians, or rather their descendants having become the dominant culture in Jeru/Ketheres, there's plenty of goofy Indian mysticism to go along with the rest of the goofy Eastern mysticism sprinkled thoughout the series. Prominent examples include Aga Mbadi and his cosmic yoga, as well as one of the members of the Starship Cult team, who is a cyborg or robot designed to look like an old-timey racist caricature of a fakir (although this has less to do with India and more with the snake charmer acts in old circuses, the Starship Cult being [[CircusOfFear circus]]-themed).
* SpaceElevator: Salem is at the bottom of one.
* SubordinateExcuse: The reason Kayna works for Ido in the new arc.
* TitleDrop: In Gunnm, Chapter 49 is called "Gun Dreams". There are also ones in Last Order (obviously spoilers if you click).
-->'''???''': ''[[TrustPassword Spirit.]]''\\
'''Alita''': ''Freedom.''\\
'''???''': ''Sword.''\\
'''Alita''': ''Scabbard.''\\
'''???''': '''''[[http://www.mangareader.net/1047-39603-21/battle-angel-alita-last-order/chapter-37.html Gun.]]'''''\\
'''Alita''': '''''Dream!'''''([[http://www.mangareader.net/1047-39603-22/battle-angel-alita-last-order/chapter-37.html The Panzer Kunst code!]])

-->'''???''': ''[[http://www.mangareader.net/1047-39621-33/battle-angel-alita-last-order/chapter-55.html Carry out the Last Order!]]''
* ThemeNaming:
** The sister city of Salem, at the top of the SpaceElevator, is called "Jeru" in Japanese.
** The other competitors in the Motorball story are all named for weapons (Scramasax, Flamberge, Arbelest etc.., (apparently taken from the Tunnels & Trolls Rulebook). This is less obvious than you'd think because the translator [[SpellMyNameWithAnS directly transcribed the katakana]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Sechs to Alita, Zekka to [[spoiler: Don Fua]] are two examples.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: [[spoiler: The enormous lotus flower Alita creates in the first ending. The lotus flower is a symbol of friendship in budhism.]] It's really sweet and poetic but unfortunately for Alita [[spoiler: not canon anymore.]]
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack
* ThirdPersonPerson: Shumira
* ThoseWackyNazis Whom We Haven't Seen Yet: "Why are there neo-nazis [[InSpace on Mars]]?!"
** Newer chapters revealed, it's a group of martian extremists who thought the concept of national socialism appealing and created a hoax about having found the remains of a nazi UFO on Mars to claim the right of owning it.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Homme de Feu and Olympe.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror:
** Several. Most of them involve the main character.
** [[spoiler: Tiphares[=/=]Salem is an entire '''''city''''' of these.]]
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Played mercylessly straight with Sara, probably the nicest character in the intire series.
** Later brought up again with the soul hurting death of [[spoiler: Haruka]],an event so pointlessly tragic it ends up tainting the very future of the world and [[spoiler: forcing Vilma to reject her own husband.]]
* TookALevelInBadAss: Alita and others, multiple times. When you're a cyborg, increasing your power is as simple as upgrading your body.
* TournamentArc: Begins officially in series 2 volume 5; as of volume '''17''' only one team remains in competition, though there may still be some more fights to be had until a winner can be declared. Series 1 only ran for nine volumes. . .
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: "Flan is revolution!" - Desty Nova
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: The GR series Tuneds are the upgrades to Tuned Gally and GR-2 would have killed her if not for Lou interfering. Subverted with Gally's fight against Sechs 1 year later since Gally was given a brand new Imaginous body while Sechs only had a heavily damaged Tuned body.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The main motivation of Aga Mbadi, although what he considers a "utopia" might squick many.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** Nova suffered one at the end of the original manga after seeing Alita's world tree. [[spoiler:What burned his britches was one of his creations choosing to sacrifice itself to save him.]] He is later found with a flower growing out of his head and playing with a "Martian King" toy.
** [[SmugSnake Bigott Eisenburg]] got an utterly devastating one [[spoiler: upon finding out the "secret of Salem".]]It almost made you feel bad for the [[BigBadWannabe asshole]] due to sheer shock value.
** Aga Mbadi has been suffering one of these when [[spoiler: Alita in her Imaginos 2.0 body fuses with the Fata Morgana, manages to overpower his hacking, crushes his hand, humiliates him when he believes he was able to hold back one of her punches and tells him she let Mbadi live because he was needed alive in order to continue The [[TournamentArc Z.O.T.T.]].]] After this, he breaks out into a rage during his meditations, gives [[MadScientist Super Nova]] free rein on Mars and has lobbied for the use of a super weapon called [[{{WaveMotionGun}} The Sword Of Damocles]] from LADDER against the participants of The [[TournamentArc Z.O.T.T.]]
* WaifFu
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Inverted. Alita was named after Ido's recently deceased cat.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Aga Mbadi, though he very quickly establishes himself as the most {{Knight Templar}}ish variation of such, and his good intentions are ''extremely'' [[ValuesDissonance YMMV]].
* WhamEpisode: Volume 5 of the original manga: Alita finally has found balance, and is living a life as happy as she could in the Scrapyard. Oh, Zapan came back, even more twisted? No problem, and gets dealt with... Hey, we finally get to know the guy who got that much foreshadowing! Heh, insanely amusing... [[spoiler: What? He has resurrected Zapan's brain? And he is giving him the Berserker body? HE IS GIVING HIM A STRONGER VERSION OF THAT BODY? '''HE KILLED IDO?''' Then he gets to the scrapyard, and many of the characters you'd grown to know and love get killed like files, the survivors blame it on Alita, EVERY landmark of the early series gets blown to bits, and Alita has to take Zapan on with just a civilian body, an (illegal) gun, and nanomachines. And for all her troubles, the Factory wants her dead for firing a gun. Then Tiphares shows an interest for her, and HAS to work for them. Cue timeskip.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman - Mind that this is a universe where the definition of "human" is rather subjective.
** You have fully organic humans without an ounce of a soul, completely artificial machines with deep personalities, racing vehicles controlled by a human brain and [[spoiler: seemingly standard humans with chips for brains.]] The real question ultimately is about what a person is and being "human" isn't what really matters in the end.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Space Angels]] have nowhere near the budget that'd be realistically required to maintain a competitive Z.O.T.T. team. Justified in that Alita and the twins are basically Desty Nova's guinea pigs, and the guy can apparently ''create'' whatever he needs. Sechs on his part effectively hired Yani on credit, and the latter agreed mainly for the same reason as Nova — he needed someone to test his newest iteration of a Fizziroy body. Still, they mainly plodder through on credit, donations and Holy Ghost, with only the promise of a prize to back it. At least Zazie is officially "on the loan" from the Martian Kingdom army, which makes them a kind of semi-official Mars entrant, but given that TheKingdom is [[PerpetualPoverty just as poor]], it doesn't help much.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Two volumes of ''Last Order'' detail the {{Backstory}} of one Caerula Sanguis, which also serves as a HowWeGotHere.
* {{World Half Empty}}: The GUNNM world really isn't a nice place to live...
* WorldHalfFull: ...but sometimes Alita and others manage to make a difference, [[{{EarnYourHappyEnding}} with a lot of effort.]][[spoiler: See the first ending.]]
* WorldOfBadass: Last Order. Then again, most of it's taken place during a TournamentArc.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Zapan]].
** [[spoiler: Also Yoko, Alita's pre-amnesia persona]].
*** To be fair though, while she was a ruthless killer, she did not intentionally [[spoiler: start the system-wide war that literally destroyed the world ''a second time'']].
* WorldsStrongestMan: Zekka - "The Fist that extinguishes the light".
* WretchedHive: The Scrapyard.
* WritingForTheTrade: Last Order. The TournamentArc is much more exciting when you can see how it weaves in and out of Alita's [[spoiler:infiltration of Ketheres.]]
* {{Yonkoma}}: Various {{Omake}} parodying the events in the manga.
* YouAreNumberSix: When Alita is recruited by GIB she is only called A/G-1; her copies are called AR/GR-1 to 12. By Last Order only three are left and they renamed themselves Sechs, Elf and Zwölf, which are their numbers in German.
** Figure Four as well.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: How Verschlag works
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Lou Collins in Last Order. Every time Alita seems to be on a fast track to [[spoiler: finally save her]], she learns that [[spoiler:everything is worse than it seems]], and she has to continue.
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