[[caption-width-right:350: CardGames and {{Magical Girl}}s.]]

One of the fun things about the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise is how the flexible ScienceFantasy Multiverse setting allows it to dabble in practically any genre. Still, some genres simply won't fit in ''Nanoha''. Take the Gaming series genre. It's rather hard to go all SeriousBusiness over a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's card game]] when your average grade schooler could already throw around energy blasts.

Enter ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT''.

''Nanoha INNOCENT'' is a multimedia SpinOff of the ''Nanoha'' series, composed of a web-based CardBattleGame and a manga published in [=CompAce=] that provides background info on the game. Unlike the other ''Nanoha'' installments, ''INNOCENT'' is set in an AlternateUniverse with neither magic nor alternate dimensions. All the characters are either ordinary humans on earth, or ordinary pets in the case of the familiars.

The story revolves around Brave Duel, a recently created card-based virtual simulation game jointly released by Hobby Shop T&H, House Yagami, and the [[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable Granz Research Center]]. Instead of magic battles, the characters duel with each other through the card game, hoping to win for the sake of their team.


!!!''Nanoha INNOCENT'' provides examples of:

* TheAce: Miss Number One in Japan, Stern Starks.
* AdaptationNameChange:
** The Wolkenritter and Reinforce Eins now share the Yagami family name;
** The Materials also now come with their own family names: Stern Starks, Levi Russell, and Dearche Kings Claudia;
** Rynith has Teana's last name Lanster. Curiously, there seems to be two Ryniths, one is Precia's pet, and one is human. The cat is named Rynith the 2nd.
* AdaptationalCurves: ''All'' of the adult female characters in the mainstream canon that were noticeably (but still closer-to-realistically) busty had their chests ''greatly'' upsized for their counterparts in ''Innocent''. The chief offenders are the Wolkenritter sans [[TokenMiniMoe Vita]], especially Reinforce Eins.
* AlternateUniverse: The ''INNOCENT'' universe doesn't seem to have magic at all, and many dead characters are alive while most non-human characters are human now.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents[=/=]DotingParent: ''Precia'', of all people, a far cry from the [[AbusiveParents abusive]] EvilMatriarch of the original series.
* ArtShift: The art can quickly change from the usual cutesy {{moe}} to gritty and dark when the situation warrants it (particularly, when the Materials are going full {{badass}}).
* TheArtifact: Some relationships here ''don't make sense'' by themselves, so some familiarity with the original series may be required.
** Alicia is still Fate's "older sister" despite looking very physically younger than her; there are no PeopleJars to prevent her aging;
** Hayate doesn't go to school and is the "Master" of the Yagami family, and referred to as such. As mentioned, Reinforce, Shamal, and Signum share her last name, but are also listed as "employees". It's not clear how they're related to her. [[{{Lampshading}} Lampshaded]] by Dearche, who is mystified by this.
*** It's later revealed that Hayate is not only [[ImprobableAge the owner of the book shop, but also graduated from university]].
** The Materials are no longer magic doppelgängers of Nanoha, Fate and Hayate. They just [[IdenticalStranger look just like them completely by coincidence.]] Furthermore, Stern, Levi and Hayate always address Dearche as "my king", even though her "Ruler of Darkness" title is just part of her in-game persona.
* AscendedExtra: Arisa, Suzuka ''and'' Alicia become main characters, the former two finally become [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]]. At least while they're playing Brave Duel.
* AscendedMeme: The card game included a card called "Arisa the Burning", a reference to the "Burning Arisa" meme. The manga indeed turns Arisa's avatar into a [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]] MagicalGirl, obviously alluding to [[Creator/RieKugimiya her voice actress']] role as [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana Shana]].
* BlankWhiteEyes: Most of the characters does this. Nanoha does this more often and Yuri's [[SuperDeformed Chivit]] Petit Successor seems to have a permanent one.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Precia shows a little part of her dark persona in chapter 4. It's PlayedForLaughs, though. But remember, it's ''Precia''.
* BigLittleSister: Fate to Alicia, much to the latter's annoyance.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Precia is the boke, and Lindy is the tsukkomi.
* ButtMonkey: Vita. Everyone assumes she lost to Nanoha, even though she never did, much like in canon. She is curb-stomped by Stern, she has to work with Nanoha in the Sky Dodge game despite Vita doesn't like her, and she's almost taken down by Stern again in Sky Dodge. At the finale of Sky Dodge, when Nanoha and Stern use the last back right, Vita is the only one of the field players who is out, and the only player on the opponent side is Stern.
** It gets worse in ''INNOCENTS'': [[spoiler: she gets stopped cold by Subaru, a complete newbie, allowing the Chivits to tag her out.]] Cue ColorFailure.
* CardBattleGame: The webgame that the manga provides the background for. Supposedly anyway, as the manga kind of forgets to show the cards after the first couple of chapters, since they are just ability tokens, and thus not visible from "inside" the game. And most Brave Duel sessions so far have not been straight-up battles anyway.
* ChekhovsGun: Suzuka's [[AllThereInTheManual dodgeball skills]] becomes immediately handy in Sky Dodge.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Hayate [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c001/59.html does it in Chapter .1]]
* ClothingDamage: Vita suffers from this in chapter 4. She doesn't care, as she has lost consciousness.
** It has gotten synonymous to "defeated in battle" as the chapters goes on.
* CurbStompBattle: Stern vs. Vita. Stern [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c004/27.html demolishes Vita]] in a [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c004/28.html one-shot fiery laser blast.]]
** Arisa and Suzuka did this to Yuri in a rematch battle, kicking the latter out early in the battle.
* DeathGlare: Reinforce delivers one to Dearche in ''inter mission: 01''.
* DemotedToExtra: Yuuno again. In this series, he is just a talking ferret.
* DontCallMeSir: Hayate doesn't want Rein to call her "master" in public.
* DungeonBypass: Nanoha, true to form. Building in front of you? [[CuttingTheKnot Blast right though with your newest card.]]
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Nanoha puts her mana into the ball and tries to hit Levi, just as she does to Stern. But Levi is too fast, even when Nanoha moves the ball with her magic, so she decides to aim for Dearche instead. The King gives her NoSell with a single finger. And then she puts her [[CastingAShadow element]] into the ball...
* TheGadfly: Levi scares the hell of Arisa by suddenly screaming "Boo!".
* GenderMisdirection: Teana thinks Subaru's a boy. Cue [[Funny/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT Funny Moment]] when the truth is revealed.
* GenkiGirl:
** Alicia. She sickeningly enthusiastic about Brave Duel, her younger sister, her mother, her job...
** And of course, [[NoIndoorVoice LEVI THE SLASHER!]]
* TheGlomp: Precia every time she sees one of her daughters.
* GradeSkipper: The Materials skipped into middle school, while Hayate is a ''[[UpToEleven university graduate]]''.
* {{Heir to the Dojo}}: Interestingly, unlike the rest of ''LyricalNanoha'', Nanoha ''has'' been trained in the [[VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever family martial arts style.]]
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]TakingTheBullet: Invoked by Petit Lord/Ō-chama, as she throws herself between Levi and the ball that is aiming for the latter. But since it's a combination throw of Suzuka, Arisa and Vita, the ball just thrusts Ō-chama aside and hits Levi anyway.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Precia and Lindy. Alicia doesn't call Lindy mom, but she does say the Harlowns and the Testarossas are basically one family. The game suggests Clyde is... somewhere.
* HighSchoolAU: Well, Elementary School AU, and one revolving around a card game.
* IdenticalStranger: The Materials from the ''A's Portable'' games are no longer doppelgängers of the three Aces, they're just three foreign competitors who happen to resemble them. [[ContrivedCoincidence And just happened to draw the same in-game character types]], playing up the resemblance that much more.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: When Alicia disappears from her sight, Precia immediately thinks that she was kidnapped for her cuteness since that's what she would do in regards to Alicia and Fate.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Nanoha and a spoon.
* ImprobableAge: Hayate has ''graduated from university''
* ImprovisedPlatform: Suzuka created a couple of them with ice for Arisa.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: A light version, Nanoha [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c005.5/14.html demonstrates]] throwing a spoon at a plastic cup using the family martial arts, causes a silver-dollar sized ''smoking'' hole. She's afraid she'll creep out her friends, who instead just roll their eyes except Fate, who is [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c005.5/15.html entranced.]]
* InstantExpert: Nanoha learns pretty quick how to play the game if someone explain her new features she doesn't know. Or she just copies other people, which would be like copying the moves in a fighting game, without seeing the input commands.
* JapaneseSiblingTerminology: Alicia complains when Fate doesn't call her "onee-chan", in contrast to Chrono getting embarrassed when Fate calls him "onii-chan" after being adopted.
* LighterAndSofter: Even more so than ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]''. To start with, Precia is alive, sane, and a doting mother to both Fate and a still-living Alicia.
* MagicalGirl[=/=]MagicalGirlWarrior: Cyber Magical Girl Warriors.
* {{Meganekko}}: Stern. In INNOCENTS, Fate becomes this.
* MixAndMatchWeapon: Arisa's weapon, Flame Eyes, is a whip/gun combo that looks like a gunblade.
* MomentKiller: Arisa kills one of Nanoha and Fate's moment in chapter 4.
* MythologyGag:
** The title ''INNOCENT'' comes from the first opening theme, ''innocent starter''. And the Brave Duel system comes from ''A's'' insert song ''BRAVE PHOENIX''.
** Much like in ''A's'', Nanoha's first encounter with Vita ends with Fate appearing out of nowhere to block Vita's attack in a BigDamnHeroes moment.
** [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c001/2.html The setups for Brave Duel]] look suspiciously like Gadget Drones.
** After Chapter 14, the title has changed from ''INNOCENT'' to ''INNOCENTS'', derived from ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'' and marking the appearances of Teana, Subaru and several characters from the said season.
** Fate doesn't sport GirlishPigtails in INNOCENTS, mirroring her hairstyle from the above season.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Dearche ropes Alicia into a duel with her using this.
* NoodleIncident: Hayate briefly mentions to Alicia about doing something to their customers when Stern, [[CurbStompBattle after beating Vita in their duel]], refused to participate in a rematch. What they planned to do was never mentioned except she and Alicia apparently have done this "thing" before in Echigoya.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Poor Alicia.
* OneeSama: Everyone in the school calls Amitie this, except for Kyrie and their two friends.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]:
** Arisa.
** Lindy, in contrast to Precia.
* OverprotectiveMom: When Precia jumps to the conclusion of Alicia being kidnapped in chapter 4, she starts to project the [[BigBad Precia]] from the main continuity.
* ParentalAbandonment: Teana and Rynith's parents are away on a business trip.
** DisappearedDad: Alicia mentions that the men in the Testarossa-Harlaown family are on business trips.
** MissingMom: Amitie and Kyrie have a mother who is on a business trip.
* PaperFanOfDoom: One of Alicia's attacks.
* PlayboyBunny: Alicia wears this outfit while commentating for Hayate.
* PuppyDogEyes: ''[[TheStoic Stern]]'' uses these to get what she wants from Dearche.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Nanoha's idea for testing out her new defensive spell? [[DungeonBypass Smashing headlong through buildings]]!
* RedOniBlueOni: Fencer Arisa and Professor Suzuka.
* {{Roofhopping}}: Arisa.
-->"I could handle just floating! But humans aren't able to just ... start flying all of the sudden."
* ShipTease: Nanoha and Fate, of course. And pretty much more than in the main series.
** Subaru and Teana in ''INNOCENTS''. Teana even mistakenly assumes that Subaru has a crush on her.
* ShoutOut:
** Suzuka wonders if they should call her combination of [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c003/23.html "Song of Ice" with Arisa's Flame Whip]] "Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire".
** In addition, Alicia's custom Barrier Jacket is called Manga/LuckyStar.
** Stern surname is Starks. Are they refer to this [[ComicBook/IronMan Stark]], or this [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Stark]]? Or for that matter, maybe that [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Starrk]]?
* SlasherSmile:
** True to her name, this is Levi the Slasher's default expression when she joins the duel.
** Both, Dearche and Levi have [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_innocent/c005/28.html really dark and demonic slasher smiles in the last page of chapter 5.]]
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Stern, TheSmartGirl of the Dark Materials.
* {{Southpaw}}: Three of them. Nanoha, Stern, and Alicia.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Precia and Alicia Testarossa, Rynith, Reinforce Eins, Clyde Harlaown and Granz Florian are all alive here. INNOCENTS adds Quint Nakajima and Tiida Lanster to the list of spared characters.
* SuperDeformed: All over the place adding to the cuteness factor but Levi's three Friend [=NPCs=] take the cake.
** All three Materials have Friend [=NPCs=]. Steyn the Cat, Chivi the Treasure, and Petit Lord (Ō-chama).
** In general, Chivits (robots created by Professor Granz), are this.
* TalkingAnimal:
** Zafira. The Yagami family seems to aware of it. But nobody has pointed it out, yet.
** Yuuno. It was hinted early that he can talk. In chapter 8, he has a full-blown conversation with Nanoha.
* ThoseTwoGirls: Precia and Lindy.
** Amitie and Kyrie's two friends.
* TrainingMontage: After team T&H Elements' (composed of Nanoha and co.) defeat at the hands of Amitie and Kyrie, they had several weeks of training to hone their skills.
* TomboyishPonytail: Dearche sports one in ''inter mission: 01''. Yuri, too.
* {{Tsundere}}: Dearche, especially towards Hayate, much like she is in ''VideoGame/GearsOfDestiny''.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Teana spends the first few chapters of ''INNOCENTS'' assuming that Subaru was a boy. And according to her family, it's not the first time its happened. Teana's reaction is priceless.
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: Despite there being no magic in this alternate universe, Arf can apparently change her appearance.
* {{Yandere}}: Downplayed and PlayedForLaughs with Precia.