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[[caption-width-right:200:Adam Blade and Eve Neuschwanstein]]

'''''NEEDLESS''''': In the near future, mankind has suffered from WorldWarIII, leaving extreme damage all over. Mankind has been forced to evolve. From this chaos comes a new species: "Needless". The Needless are humans who have contracted a [[CursedWithAwesome "disease"]], as humans call it, which allows them to wield extraordinary powers. Their abilities include [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], ElementalPowers, [[GravityMaster gravity control]], adaptation, radioactive release and so on, all seemingly impossible.

The manga debuted in 2004 and ended in 2013, and an anime adaptation by Creator/{{Madhouse}} aired in the summer of 2009. The anime has been licensed for US distribution with an English dub track by SentaiFilmworks, and is [[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Needless/Watch available online]].

Not to be confused with TheNeedless.
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!!''NEEDLESS'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Cruz (aka "Yamada") and Teruyama (aka "Uchida"), both conferred upon them by Eve. Both of them don't like it very much.
** A flashback reveals that when Blade and Eve first met as children, she called him "Ishida".
* AccidentalPervert: A RunningGag in episode nine.
* ActionGirl
** Eve Neuschwanstein.
** Every female character in the show qualifies, really. The only one who doesn't do much fighting is Disk, and even she has some [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6BI-xxsam0 serious firepower]].
* AdamAndEvePlot: and they're not subtle about it. More specifically Eve was created for the sole purpose of bearing Blade's children, as said by Gido in Vol.7, due his DNA structure not being compatible with that of normal humans and other Needless. [[spoiler:Adam Neuschwanstein might be the result of Gido's project... maybe]].
** Actually in the manga it's reviled that [[spoiler:the "Apple of Eden" is what evolved some monkeys into humans, and now the 666 wanted to use it again to evolve humans into gods. The best of the Adam series and Eve project were supposed to be the first to become gods.]]
** And now it's been revealed that [[spoiler:Riru]] is the Eve created for [[spoiler:Arclight]].
* AirVentPassageway: Used when Disk and co infiltrates the Simeon building to save Blade. On the other hand, Seto and Solva aren't that subtle...
* AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome: Kafka. When you first meet him, he's the WarmUpBoss. In the alternate past, however, he's a {{Badass}} [[spoiler:His YouShallNotPass toward the end [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome further cements it.]]]]
* AmazonBrigade or LovelyAngels (3 persons!), TerribleTrio: Simeon's all-female Squad. They also star in the ED credits.
** Simeon ''actually'' owns an entire army of bishoujo Needless.
* [[spoiler:AndTheAdventureContinues]]
* [[strike:AfterTheEnd]] ApocalypseNot: The Third World War destroyed major cities in the world including [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo]], but nearly all of the world has been rebuilt and functions normally as depicted in Needless Zero. However, Black Spots remain as they were many decades ago.
* AndThisIsFor
* AndTheRest: The second exposition introduces the resistance as "A mysterious priest, Adam Blade! Eve Neuschwanstein! And the rest." followed by a group FaceFault.
* ArtShift: The Blade vs. Kuchinashi fight shifts into an odd sort of rough sketch style before reverting to normal.
** And briefly again in episode 13.
*** Perhaps the animators got lazy and decided to leave it in storyboard format.
* AssKicksYou: Mio uses both variations as her signature attacks.
** However in a battle in Blade vs the Girl Squad, he was smiling as Mio's slowly land on his face.
* AutobotsRockOut: 24/7
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Cruz. Though he lacks any actual superpowers, he does have possess incredible faculties of analysis and deduction, which lands him in the role of TheStrategist even before he realizes it.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Anyone who is cloned and has their original memories is considered this. Uten, Kafka, and Teruyama were brought back as clones.]]
** Double hits. [[spoiler: The real Teruyama has revived by Mio. Fans rejoice.]]
** [[spoiler: Same goes with Seto and Solva, after Blade gain god powers.]]
* BadAss: Overflowing with it.
** BadassAdorable: Most of the girls.
** BadassBiker: Eve.
** LittleMissBadass: Bishoujo Squad member Mio.
** BadassGrandpa: BQ, Geppetto's living doll
** BadassLongcoat: Adam Blade, Adam Arclight. Blade's longcoat is [[RuleOfCool torn]].
** BadassPreacher: Blade.
** BadassTeacher: More like Badass Dean, but Madam Black, the headmistress of St. Rose Academy, definitely qualifies.
** TookALevelInBadass: Later on, [[spoiler:[[strike:Yamada]] Cruz becomes one. The most interesting part is that he become one ''while being a WholesomeCrossdresser''.]] [[RefugeInAudacity That's NEEDLESS for you.]]
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: The Bishoujo Squad do well... Overwhelmingly LesYay things in the ED sequence, but once finally introduced, are nothing of the sort.
** Setsuna and Mio, at least. Kuchinashi is later revealed to actually ''be'' a lesbian, and in the manga, is currently crushing over [[spoiler:a crossdressing Cruz.]]
** Also in the DVD version. Where she likes to [[spoiler:Strip naked while sleeping with Cruz.]]
* BattleAura
* BeehiveBarrier: Eve can shape her arms to form a hardened, metallic shield of this type.
* BigBad: Adam Arclight. [[spoiler:Partially. The Adam Arclight that Team Blade have been fighting the whole time was a clone. The real Adam Arclight is actually Saten who shares the BigBad spot with Gido, the leader of the 666.]]
** In the anime, [[spoiler:it turns out that the 666 committee were [[ManBehindTheMan behind Arclight's rise to power the whole time.]] However, thanks to Saten/Kyouji putting the BoardToDeath and Arclight in turn [[KilledOffForReal killing]] ''[[KilledOffForReal him]]'' [[KilledOffForReal off]], Arclight returned to the top of the evil food chain.]]
* BizarreBabyBoom, CursedWithAwesome: The titular Needless, who are banished to the Black Spot.
* BodyHorror: Needless' regeneration will always be this, with Eve way ahead of the pack. Dr Mengrozes creations qualify as well.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: "You are the main character of this anime!"
** Kana:"You're (Hatfield) not the main character of this MUSTACHE ARC!!!"
* BringMyBrownPants: Mio wets herself when Satan walks up to her (it's hard to see in the shadow).
* ButtMonkey: [[strike:Cruz]] Yamada.
* CallingYourAttacks: Practically anyone who can fight is prone to this.
** And Subverted with [[CuteMute Kuchinashi]], [[TalkingWithSigns who simply writes down the names of her attacks on a sketchpad]]. [[spoiler:When she ''does'' call her [[LotusEaterMachine ultimate attack]], it's deadly.]]
** Also before someone's fragment is revealed. They attack without saying their specail abilites.
*** Disc:'''Shout out a skill name and hit people!'''
*** Cruz:Wouldn't I be revealed instantly?
* CaptainObvious: Cruz. Also Disk, who's ability is to couch analyses in wads of cool-sounding {{Technobabble}}, but only ever uses her scan after the practical result, the only useful part of her observation, is already apparent to everyone.
* CatchPhrase: "It's judgment time!" "Your sentence... IS DEATH!"
* CerebusRetcon: [[spoiler:You know how Eve has a really hard time remembering names? That's because she was trying really hard to remember Onda Shizuma.]]
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted with Uten and Mio. And See-chan[[spoiler:Adam Cyclops]] from NEEDLESS 1.5
* {{Confessional}}: Subverted with Momiji Teruyama's introduction, the booth winds up getting destroyed.
* ClothingDamage: Eve is a frequent victim...as if her outfit wasn't {{Stripperific}} enough already.
** Heavily lampshaded and subverted by the head mistress of St. Lily Academy. [[spoiler:After deflecting Rin's attack]], she says that ClothingDamage acts as the LifeMeter [[NoFourthWall in this manga]] and thanks to her steel clothes, she is invincible against ClothingDamage and real damage.
* CoolShades: Blade's. If they were a bit more pointy and orange, they'd look almost like [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's]].
* CombatTentacles: Arclight's preferred method of attack.
* ComedicSociopathy: To levels that start [[SerialEscalation continually increasing]] halfway through the first episode.
* ConfusionFu: Saten keeps his ''actual'' ability secret and throws people for a loop with what appear to be multiple fragments. In the Anime original material (beginning episode 22 or so) And he takes this even ''further'' by hiding his ''true'' status as [[spoiler:an artificial Adam Project subject, having had the "Zero" fragment infused into him.]]
* ContinuityCameo: [[spoiler:Adam Neuschwanstein]], Adam Blade's [[spoiler:rumored future clone/transexual form/daughter from NEEDLESS 1.5]], makes an appearance in the 82th chapter of the main series, a very brief and almost purposeless one.
* CrossDressingVoice: Cruz is played by Creator/AyaEndo, usually playing the CoolBigSis.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Second.
** CloneJesus: The goal of [[strike:Shimeji]] Simeon. Adam Blade can supposedly become this if he memorizes enough Fragments... If he's smart enough to actually do that.
* CuteAndPsycho: Solva
* CuteBruiser: Mio, whose ability is "[[SuperStrength Power]]".
* CuteMute: Bishoujo Squad member Kuchinashi. [[spoiler: [[IAmNotLeftHanded Subverted]].]]
** Everyone: [[spoiler:'''KUCHINASHI JUST SPOKE!?!''']]
* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler: Pretty much anyone can be cloned and brought back through such a manner. Though [[CameBackWrong how]] [[CameBackStrong they]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy come]] [[SendInTheClones back]] is a different story]].
** Though, the author just forgot to revive [[KillTheCutie some]] [[DiscOneFinalBoss people]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:Solva]] in a flashback.
* DelayedReaction: Many, many times.
* DistaffCounterpart: Adam Neuschwanstein from NEEDLESS 1.5, the counterpart of Adam Blade whose conection to him and Eve remains a mystery.
* DistressedDamsel: Eve, as of episode 6.
** BadassInDistress: Even captured, she just don't stop to show her badassery. Just ask Arclight.
* TheDitz: Eve Neuschwanstein combined with her [[ForgetfulJones inability to remember]] get into this trope.
* TheDragon: Saten is the strongest of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Quirky Miniboss Squad]], [[spoiler: as proven when he reveals he is [[DragonWithAnAgenda also]] part-God and [[TheStarscream obliterates Arclight and the 666]] [[GeckoEnding in the anime]].]]
** CoDragons: Saten and Rira in the manga.
* DueToTheDead: in the anime while Setsuna keeps an impassive face when Blade threw the corpse of another member of the Pretty Girl Squad, [[spoiler: Kurumi]], at her; Mio and Kuchinashi take the time to compose the corpse into a serene pose as Setsuna faces Blade down.
* EnigmaticMinion: Saten.
** Well, at least until episode 22 came around...
* EyeCatch: A voice growls [[TitleDrop "NEEDLESS"]].
** In the dub, It plays a guitar riff.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Arca]]
** One of the Bishoujo Squad has the power of 'Black Attraction' to force this via Brainwash.
** [[spoiler: Teruyama. Though it turns out it's a clone of the original who is dead.]]
** [[spoiler:And And Gido who was actually one of the two bigbad of the series.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: So, so much...Although the EDs and episode 6 take it to near-extremes.
** In the words of Adam Blade, "There's always room for more {{Panty Shot}}s!"
** For Part II, the fanservice for [[spoiler: WholesomeCrossdresser Cruz]] escalates ever single chapter. The latest one even has [[spoiler: the front of his skirt ripped off, exposing his panties, ''with bulge and everything''.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:The Pretty Girl Squad sans Mio in ch 109.]]
* FearfulSymmetry: Eve, as Setsuna, forces her to fight herself.
* FishOutOfWater: the very presence of police officers in a somewhat still stable society in Tokyo, Blade and friends had a hard time trying to figure out what ''these people are'' while raiding the city, since in The Black Spot ThereAreNoPolice it was a completely new experience to the team.
* FourIsDeath: Simeon has a QuirkyMinibossSquad of four.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Heavily Subverted. [[spoiler: Arca]] complains that [[spoiler: "Our family name is not Yamada"]] to a comically surprised Eve... While in the background, [[spoiler: Cruz]] is holding his RECENTLY CUT OFF ARM in pain.
* {{Gainaxing}}: So, so much...
* GambitPileup: Especially noticeable in the manga, by chapter 110 it is revealed there were at least five different agendas on the table. Commitee 666, Adam Arclight, Adam Blade, Saten - are only four of the involved planners, and very little you have seen in the early chapters, will remain unchanged by this moment. City Arc as a whole is one big TheReveal.
* GeckoEnding: Starting from [[spoiler:Saten interrupting the fight between Arclight and Blade, though the scenes with Saten after the elevator scene are anime-only too.]]
* TheGlassesComeOff: Blade takes off his glasses when things gets really serious, or he never goes with them to said fierce battle in the first place. After the PF Blast, Blade never used them again, it also served to quite mellow him out, he got noticeable less of a {{Jerkass}} ever since.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: This is the most reasonable explanation for why the first ED is the way it is.
** And/or because of Blade's personal tastes.
* AGodAmI: Arclight. [[spoiler: Judging from the history of the NEEDLESS world, what he said is not very far from the truth. Ouch.]]
** [[spoiler:Saten]] claims this, too. Unfortunately for him, Arclight disagrees.
** It seems that quite a few needless have developed god complexes, comparing themselves to God either because they're truly that megalomaniacal, or to intimidate their opponents.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Arca sacrifices herself to save Cruz.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: You know, the, uh, ''title of the show''. Also in the OP/ED songs. "Are you ready to THE ACTION?!" "Jumping Prince Songs~" Also one thing you must [[MoreDakka remember]].
** Disc: DESTROY EVOLUTION!!!
* GravitySucks: Seto's "Graviton" fragment.
* {{Gorn}}: Thankfully the anime largely averts this, but [[spoiler: in the manga, Eve really destroyed Arclight's head with her drill... only to see it reform in front of her.]]
** In a similar case, Setsuna, Mio, and Kuchinashi have a fight with two other members of the Bishoujo Squad, Nanami and Misaki. In episode 7 of the anime, the scuffle is played played mainly for laughs, but in Chapter 10 of the manga, [[spoiler:Mio cracks Nanami's head open and Setsuna ''eviscerates'' Misaki.]]
** Also in the manga [[spoiler:Where Arclight eats everyone as well as other Needless in order to gain their powers.]]
* HammerSpace: Even if Kuchinashi is [[spoiler:stripped off, she still has her pen and paper to write down her words.]]
** Episode nine gives us Disc producing a HyperspaceArsenal made up of numerous guns from underneath her skimpy one-piece dress.
* HeadbuttThermometer: Setsuna gives one to Cruz in the specials. However, she only does it to get a rough estimate, and then flips him around to try and get a more accurate reading using an... unpleasant... measuring technique.
* HealingFactor: Part of Eve's doppelganger power. Not energy conserving. [[spoiler:Also, Adam Arclight.]]
** [[spoiler:Later used on Yamada to save his life, thus opening speculation about Yamada having a fraction of Eve's power.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Mio, teaming up with Yamada after the Eden's Piece massacre.]]
** And the anime allows [[spoiler:Aruka]] to make one right before the final battle.
** Also in the manga, [[spoiler:Geppetto's Living Doll replica BQ and Rin, the St. Rose Academy serial bomber.]]
** Let's not forget Saten, [[spoiler: or should I say Kannazuki Kyouji, Dr Gido's assistant?]]
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Cruz]] after learning of [[spoiler:Aruka's defection. [[BreakTheCutie Her slicing him open]] [[KickTheDog didn't exactly help.]] ]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Blade, though to a slightly lesser degree than most examples. ''Slightly''.
* HeroicSacrifice: Aruka. [[spoiler: Subverted, it's just a facade to defect to Simeon.]] [[spoiler: Later played straight in the manga.]]
** A more straightforward example is [[spoiler: when Yamada had to drag Eve out of the underground junkyard while climbing as it collapsed..]]
*** [[TheCavalry Also subverted]].
* HighSchoolAU: While the show has a school of sorts, the [=DVDs=] contain a series of bonus shorts set at St. Lily Academy, an [[OneGenderSchool all-girls' school]] with Cruz attending as "Yamada Nadeshiko". Disc is the teacher.
* HumongousMecha: The Darumi GT Mk. 32 [=EX68000=] Nitro FC, a giant mecha daruma doll built and piloted by Kanna and her underlings.
* IconicItem: The Bishoujo Squad's panties. It gets to the point where Cruz is able to tell it's Setsuna just by looking up her skirt.
* IdiotHero: ''All'' the good guys except Cruz and Gidou. Momiji Teruyama is a borderline case.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: This exchange between Cruz and Kuchinashi (with her sketchpad)...
-->'''Kuchinashi''': Don't worry, I'm not [that] interested in guys.
-->'''Cruz''': I'm pretty sure "that" is written really small in there!
-->'''Kuchinashi''': ...guys who make good traps are a-ok.
** Blade agrees about good traps being a-ok.
* ImAHumanitarian‎: There are several cases of this but [[spoiler:what happens to riru at the hands of the black attraction controlled pretty girl squad (sans mio) in chapter 109 takes the cake.]]
* ImColdSoCold: Cruz says this in episode 17 after [[spoiler: being burned/stabbed close to the heart by his sister and enemies.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Lots and lots of people, but the one with (literally) strongest impact is [[spoiler:Kurumi's death. The wooden stake that pierced her was almost her the size of her body.]] And that is not even the worst death-by-impaling in the manga. [[spoiler:And don't forget Arclight.]]
** [[spoiler:That last one didn't stick.]]
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: When Strom, leader of the Overlord Guild, is introduced, he is draped with a floral-patterned cape. Then, he decides to fight and his cape lifts up, revealing his HomemadeSweaterFromHell.
* INeverToldYouMyName: [[spoiler:Mio]] sneaks her way in Cruz's team. Though he doesn't find out for sure she's a mole until she turns on them, Cruz quickly becomes suspicious of her when she calls him "Cruz" as opposed to "Yamada" (his nickname, which everyone in the team uses instead of his real name).
* JerkAss: ''Everyone'' except Cruz. Even ''the protagonists'' are JerkAss.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold / TookALevelInKindness: Most of the characters have mellowed out by the time they are reintroduced in Part II.
* {{Jobber}}: An entire squad of would-be heroes get introduced in episode 7 and [[spoiler:are immediately killed by Adam Arclight.]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: From chapter 76 onwards, [[spoiler:Blade]] gets [[spoiler:his memories]] materialized in physical form in order to Simeon know [[spoiler:all his and Eve's secrets]], but something goes wrong as [[spoiler:Blade destroys the gimmick which invaded his mind]], [[spoiler:Cruz]] is hit with one of [[spoiler:Blade's memories ''shards'']] which triggers the plot, with [[spoiler:Cruz and Saten]] visiting the world sometime [[spoiler:around 7 years ago]], also borders with AlternateUniverse as [[spoiler:Blade's memories somehow shuffled joining his present and past memories]] thus creating a different [[spoiler:7 years ago setting.]]
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Mio, who comes dangerously close to [[TastesLikeDiabetes tasting like diabetes]].
** Just remember Blade's reaction when he sees her.
* LaResistance: The resistance that Cruz was in. ''[[KillEmAll Was]]''.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The Fourth Elite. The story talks about how Simeon's Fourth Elite has never been seen, and how they wear a mask to hide their face. When they finally do show up, the series makes no attempt to hide the color of their hair and eyes, making it painfully obvious who it is. The 3rd disc menu of the dub blatantly reveals it, as do the next episode preview of the episode right before TheReveal.. as does the episode title of said episode.
* LensFlare: Especially when it's involving Blade's CoolShades.
* LighterAndSofter: The anime compared to the manga though only with a few cases. Otherwise [[BloodierAndGorier it just has more blood.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Played straight since this is an anime. ''However'', Eve's power actually allows her to change her clothes, which she seldom does.
** She has two oufits. Normal and Battle.
** Somewhat justified because the entire part 1 (events of the anime) seems to takes place in the same day, and a lack of clothes can be an actual issue for the characters due to fights and lack of residence.
*** After becoming a Girl Squad member, Cruz was later prone to losing his clothing to the point where he's often [[WholesomeCrossdresser wearing tiny shreds to cover himself with, despite having to keep the Girl Squad facade]]. He later wears a thin cloth to disguise as his sister, only to have that torn off again, giving Eve an inspiration for her current attire and [[ClothingSwitch having that literally taken from him as well]]. Also humorously stripped again by Saten just before returning from Blade's memories. Yamada finally gets another Girl Squad uniform and panties in perfect condition... for now.
*** The Bishoujo Squad lose their original outfits getting past an Iron Mountain security system, and switches to uniform. Nonetheless, they get the clothes back in part 2.
*** Disc has multiple bodies (with clothes) she can conveniently swap depending on the situation. Seen so far: Disc's Iron Mountain body, her smaller travel form which holds more data, and lastly (currently), her Full Armor Mode, which turns Disc into a full-fledged fighting character.
*** Eve obtains and adds stockings to her clothes as a result of Blade's fetish (due to Yamada's influence) in the alternate timeline. Eve later sticks with her Doppelganger clothes, possibly due to having to fight constantly. There's a lot about clothes to NEEDLESS.
* {{Lolicon}}: Adam Blade. To an ''EXTREME'' degree.
--> ''LITTLE GIRL. LITTLE GIRL. LITTLE GIRL. Well, she's technically a little girl. LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE GIRL.''
** It seems that even Arclight is too. Well they are brothers AFTER ALL!!
*** This would also explain why he has whole squads of pretty little girls.
* LoomingSilhouetteOfRage
* LoopholeAbuse: It's a commonly known fact that all Needless only have one ability. What is Adam Blade's ability? [[PowerCopying Copying the abilities of other Needless, allowing him to freely use them.]] And it's a loophole he gleefully abuses. [[spoiler: As it turns out, Adam Arclight and Saten share the same ability]]
* LotusEaterMachine: Kuchinashi's Lilith Temptation.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: In the anime Riru genuinely fell in love with Arclight after their first meeting... when he implanted Eden's Seeds into her in a NightmareFuel moment...
* LovecraftianSuperPower: Arclight, and Eve to a lesser extent.
* MadeOfIron: Adam Blade's bones are reinforced with metal. Needless in general seem to be more durable than the average human.
* {{Malaproper}}: Eve. Blade falls into too on occasion. Kuchinashi's TalkingWithSigns frequently includes a stricken homonym of whatever it is she's actually ''trying'' to say.
* MagicAIsMagicA: It is an established plot point that all Needless have exactly one power, not more. Although Adam Blade, Adam Arclight, and [[spoiler:Saten/Kyouji Kannazuki]] are kind of abusing a loophole with their PowerCopying ability.
* MagicSkirt: [[spoiler:Arca]]'s Simeon costume comes with one. Probably [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as she [[VaporWear doesn't seem to be wearing anything under it...]]
* MaskPower: [[spoiler:Arca, the fourth of Simeon's four strongest]] prior to TheReveal.
* MasterOfIllusion: Uten's "Bermuda Apport" power allows him to make things invisible. It's a somewhat limited ability, but he uses it quite effectively. [[spoiler: His clone has a stigmata and is now capable of making anything invisible.]]
* MindControl: [[spoiler:Kurumi.]]
* MsFanservice: Eve.
* MoodWhiplash: Everyone is worried when a holographic screen showing [[BigBad Adam Arclight]] appears on the sky, and right before he finishes introducing himself...the guy takes four naked girls to the head. Cue the "We're having technical problems" screen with a poorly-drawn cartoon rabbit and turtle with a ''very'' childish background before switching back to the ominous mood again. This is aided by the fact that Arclight wasn't used for humor up until that scene... nor after.
*** Should be noted that, when Arclight comes back online, his fist [[spoiler: is covered with ''blood.'']]
** Done a ''lot'' more after that. There will be a dramatic moment... then suddenly it's comedy for a bit. [[spoiler: Subverted after the flashback we get of Blade, Eve, Gido, Arclight, and even Kyouji's past, where humor disappears.]]
* NearDeathExperience: [[spoiler:Yamada had one, after he was sliced by his [[FaceHeelTurn big sister Arca.]] The guys that were already dead even greets him "Welcome to Hell" and reserves a seat for him in their Mahjong table.]]
** The anime gives Cruz a second one. This time, Blade pops up to give him some genuine words of encouragement for once.
* TheNickNamer: Eve.
* {{Nosebleed}}, WingdingEyes: Blade + loli = this.
** Kuchinashi [[spoiler:the first time Cruz starts crossdressing.]]
* NumberOfTheBeast: The 666 Committee [[spoiler: which oversee Arclight and Simeon's actions. They're all Needless and lead by Gido]].
* OneSteveLimit: There's both an Adam Blade and an Adam Arclight. Teruyama ends up mistaking one for the other.
** [[spoiler:To be fair, they are both clones of the Second, and he didn't have much information to go on.]]
* OpeningNarration: Every episode except the last five.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: They're EldritchAbomination aliens from another galaxy which spread the virus that is the Edens seed]].
* PantyShot: Several dozen an episode.
** [[spoiler:Subverted in the two flashbacks episodes 20 and 21 where there isn't a single one.Blade points it out in the preview.]]
** [[spoiler:Ever since Cruz started cross-dressing, he's gotten panty shots in droves, ''showing bulging junk and everything''. Looks like the artist is a trap fetish.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Momiji Teruyama, Arca Schild, and to a degree, Saten.
* {{Postmodernism}}: In spades.
* PowerCopying: Adam Blade's Fragment "Zero" Overcomes the "one fragment, one power" restriction by allowing him to memorize other fragments. [[spoiler:Adam Arclight has an even ''stronger'' version of this ability, "Positive Feedback Zero", and is using it to become [[AGodAmI unbelievably powerful]]. And then there's Saten...]]
* PowerPerversionPotential: Disk's Scan ability can gather information about anyone they might encounter. Blade's first question? [[spoiler: "Can you give me girl's measurements?"]] It's used that way [[ChekhovsSkill half-way through the series]] to "punish" Setsuna, Mio, and Kushinashi.
** [[spoiler:When Blade attains God-Powers, he resurrects Solva and Seto "naked". Then at the final part of the story...]]
* TheProfessor: CoolOldGuy Gidou.
* PunnyName: "Kuchinashi" is the Japanese name of the gardenia flower. It also means [[CuteMute "No-mouth"]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Many Needless gangs in the Black Spot are exactly this, as mentioned in [[AllThereInTheManual Needless Zero]]. [[spoiler: In the current manga arc, Yamada had to gather everyone -- from murderous living doll to serial killer drop-out to mad loli genius to a cyborg head to ward off an invasion by Simeone Clone Squad led by his sister.]]
* RazorFloss: Kafka's "Kandatta String" ability. Blade and, later, Arclight are able to do this after memorizing the move. Of course, it usually winds up being TheWorfBarrage.
* RearrangeTheSong: The Killer Girls IdolSinger trio that appears in episode 19 are singing a song that is, on closer inspection, a remixed version of the [[ThemeTuneCameo second ending theme]].
* RetIrony: Lampshaded by Teruyama in the preview segment at the end of Episode 18.
* RobotGirl: Disc the informant, who is technically a HollywoodCyborg, but comes across more as this. This also makes her ReallySevenHundredYearsOld (actually, only few decades older than she looks).
* RuleOfCool: Overloaded with it.
* ScarsAreForever: The doppleganger ability seems to leave no scars after healing any injury... on the anime, the manga shows it leaves scars, just ask Cruz.
* {{Shinigami}}: [[spoiler:[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Seto/Set]].]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Disc or Disk? Arca or Aruka?
* SpiderTank: Testaments.
* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''[[{{Scryed}} S-CRY-ED]]''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Riru's outfits. Eve's normal attire also comes very, VERY close.
* SuperDeformed: The second ending, which also features a FiveManBandConcert and more gratuitous fanservice shots.
* SuperheroSchool: Super''villain'', St. Rose High School which is owned by Simeon to train its army of bishoujo Needless.
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: Including {{Combination Attack}}s.
* SuperSpeed: Bishoujo Squad member Setsuna.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Every fragment/ability in the series is listed with Kanji and a good English equivalent.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: And for Kuchinashi, writing is, too
* TalkingWithSigns: Kuchinashi. The anime is courteous enough to actually show her writing them half the time.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Oh ''god''.
* ThereAreNoPolice: To extreme levels, The Black Spot has no known Law Enforcement Task Force and Police Units to speak of, it reaches culture shock later in the manga when Blade & Gang raids Tokyo, the presence of real police officers attempting to stop their raid manages to makes the team completely dumbfounded, with they living in The Black Spot since childhood, Blade and friends actually has never even heard of such concept to protect and serve before.
* ThisIsADrill: Eve likes transforming her hands into drills.
* TimeSkip: Even before ''Imai Kami'' started working on Needless in a official magazine like ''Ultra Jump'' he had the whole storyline set in his mind years ago, back then he just wrote a few doujinshi stories and ''Needless 1.5'' is one of them, Kami confirmed that the story is set 2 years after the current plotline; Needless 1.5 was collected officially in the Needless Zero volume which is filled with prequel - before the current Needless - stories after said "sometime" in the future chapter. The chapter itself doesn't explain much it just features a girl who [[spoiler:looks a lot like Blade]], her name is [[spoiler:Adam Neuschwanstein]] and she lives with [[spoiler:Eve in the same regular church]], [[spoiler:Blade]] is nowhere to be seem, the girl just fights a few Testaments and nothing really relevant happens. As Kami said the story is only set 2 years after the current Needless is hard to presume [[spoiler:Adam Neuschwanstein's]] conection with [[spoiler:Blade]] and [[spoiler:Eve]] as she is shown to be around the same age as [[spoiler:Eve]] in the current Needless, she might be a clone as she has [[spoiler:Blade's collar and a fragment on her forehead]], or a gender-bent [[spoiler:Blade]], or a [[spoiler:daughter]] with an absurd growth spurt...
** [[spoiler: Based on the events of the final Chapter, the girl is actually Blade who had fused with Eve resulting in her current appearance]]
** Also is in Kami's plans to continue Needless 1.5 after the current Needless is finished, on [[http://imaikami.cool.ne.jp his blog]] he mounted [[http://imaikami.cool.ne.jp/jidai.jpg an image]] despicting a time-line flow chart with the current Needless to Needless 1.5, according to him if everything goes well it will eventually lead to Needless 2 after the current manga is finished.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Eve's Super ''De''rodoro Drink. Note that it's different from Super ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Do]]''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS rodoro]] ("Muddy") Drink - which is probably the generic version or somesuch. The former contains [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_energy 5000 kcal(!) per can]]; Eve needs much more than that to use her [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Doppelganger]] Fragment.
** This is spoofed in episode 6, where she cockily challenges the Bishoujou Squad after downing a can... Only to find out that it's Derodoro ''Light'', which contains no calories at all. As Eve herself puts it: ''"WHAT THE HELL'S THE POINT, THEN?!''
* TheTokyoFireball: The birth of the Black Spot.
* TwinkleSmile: Blade in the first opening, while [[ShirtlessScene showing off his six-packs]].
* UnsoundEffect: The most common is "dramatic" for when something dramatic happens or someone's just being overblown, but also [[http://mangafox.me/manga/needless/v15/c105.5/9.html "pleasant"]] used for punching someone in the face.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Blade. Yes ''that'' Blade. Gido wonders where he went wrong.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: In the [[GeckoEnding anime]], the reason [[spoiler:Arca]] joined Simeon was to create a paradise for all Needless.
* VaporWear: [[spoiler: Arca]], whilst in her Simeon costume. Lampshaded by Cruz in the preview segment at the end of episode 17.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Eve's Doppelganger ability.
* WaterfallPuke: When Blade and Momiji get a taste of Eve's Super Derodoro Drink.
* WaveMotionGun: Saten's power can be used for this, [[ConfusionFu amongst other things.]]
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 108 [[spoiler: has Arclight reveal that he plans to spread Edens seed across the world via clones to wipe out most of mankind and evolve the remaining ones, aliens are trying to appear on earth through a imprisoned dimensional gateway that is slowly breaking through its cage with mankinds only chance of fighting against them is by evolving via the edens seed, Solva and Seto are dead, and Gido is the leader of 666.]]
** Chapter 110 continues it [[spoiler:with Arclight being revealed to have been a clone of the real Adam Arclight all along who turns out to be ''Saten''. The real Arclight then devours the heart of his clone and has Riru devoured by the Girl Squad.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Yamada after the Eden's Piece massacre, due to him being on Simeon's wanted list.]]
* WorldOfHam: In and out of [[HamToHamCombat battle]]. Eve's doppleganging gives the potential for every voice actor to get in on the fun, even for the more subdued characters.
** Whenever any comedic scene is shown, there's more than likely guaranteed an all-out over-the-top "shock" reaction from the other characters nearby, especially Cruz. Even when comedy isn't involved, the fight scenes just love to ham it up in the anime. ''Creator/GregAyres'' once mentioned that many of the actors just loved dubbing the anime because it allowed them to just go all out and have fun with the reactions.
* WorldWarIII: In the backstory.
* XMeetsY: ''{{Anime/S-CRY-Ed}}'' meets ''[[{{Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann}} Gurren Lagann]]''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Eve and Setsuna.
** A LampshadeHanging occurs because both Eve and Setsuna have literally blue hair and similarly blue outfits, and they as well as Disc [[BreakingTheFourthWall comment about how having]] [[{{Expy}} very similar characters in an anime]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall is not exactly a good thing]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Adam Arclight pulls one on ALL his followers in the anime GeckoEnding.]]
** [[spoiler:In the manga, it turns out Adam Arclight is a clone created with a defect that would fully come into play when the real Adam Arclight, Saten, decided that he had no further use for him. Furthermore, he has Riru devoured by the Girl Squad.]]
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