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->''"The power to stick my fingers into a person's nose and make them fat!"''

''The Law of Ueki'' is a manga series created by Tsubasa Fukuchi that was adapted as an anime. The story basically starts out when Mori Ai thinks that her classmate, [[TheDeterminator Ueki Kousuke]], is an alien. Not quite, but he does have the [[GreenThumb power to turn trash into trees and control them]]. This power was given to him by their teacher, a God Candidate involved in the [[TournamentArc Battle of the Supernatural Powers]], a tournament to decide who will be the next [[KingOfAllCosmos god of Heaven]].

Each God Candidate -- a hundred in total -- is required to choose a junior high school student to act as their fighter for some unspecified reason. Each candidate then [[TouchedByVorlons bestows their chosen student with a certain power]]. Of course, every given power ranges from [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway weird]], [[BlessedWithSuck near useless]], [[BlessedWithSuck potentially self-hazardous]], to AwesomeButImpractical. The winning God Candidate will become the new boss of Heaven and the winning student will receive the Blank Zai (or talent), a talent that can be anything they choose.

Naturally, this leads many students to thoughts of greed and selfishness. Being TheHero, Ueki decides to take it upon himself to win this tournament to keep that power away from those that would abuse such a gift, fighting for justice with Mori Ai in tow. Along the way they meet not one, but two [[CreepyMonotone creepy]] [[BigBad major enemies]], gather a loyal group of TrueCompanions, discover that Ueki is a Heavenly Being, stumble upon some sort of [[AncientConspiracy ancient heavenly conspiracy]], and indirectly promote recycling and environmentalism (uh, well, sort of).


Followed by the manga-only The Law of Ueki Plus (or The Law of Ueki+). Ueki and friends appear in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover game, VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen.
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!!''TheLawOfUeki'' provides examples of:

* AGodAmI: The goal of each Celestial Candidate is this.
* ALadyOnEachArm: God.
* AintNoRule: Part of a BatmanGambit by the current King. [[spoiler:He deliberately set up the rules so they did not specifically ban Celestial or Infernal children being chosen to fight, knowing that this would cause some of the King Candidates to think they were getting away with something by inserting "ringer" champions. It didn't turn out quite as well as the King hoped.]]
* AncientConspiracy
* ArtEvolution: While the art style of the manga may appear a bit strange throughout, there is a very noticeable improvement from the style in the first chapter to that of the later chapters.
* {{Autodoc}}: Heavenly Beasts release a healing machine which fully restores anyone inside it for exactly 10 minutes. However, if the healing process is interrupted in any way and the machine is damaged, the person inside it will die.
* AwesomeButImpractical - some powers and a lot of the Zai Ueki seems to get. Cheering Zai, anyone?
** Ueki's [[BoobyTrap Gulliver]]. Used succesfully exactly once. He seems to be aware of this fact and uses it to figure out his opponent's power.
** [[TheChick Mori]]'s power is basically [[GameBreaker completely unstoppable]] once it activates, but [[AwesomeButImpractical its limiting condition is downright]] ''[[AwesomeButImpractical absurd]]''. She mopped the floor with both of the enemies she tried it on... but it doesn't work unless the enemy is in a certain pose. 90% of the enemies in the series wouldn't be caught ''dead'' in that pose.
* AwesomeByAnalysis - Once Ueki figures out your power, you've lost. Same goes Sano. Although the fact that most of the power-users are stupid enough to [[CallingYourAttacks tell their opponent about their power (right up to their limitations)]] didn't helped much.
* BadassTeacher - Just because Kobayashi is [[ActualPacifist against violence]] doesn't mean it's a good idea to pick on his students.
** Inumaru also lampshades it at one point, surprised that someone so conniving but loves justice so much went into teaching junior high school.
* BagOfSpilling - Between Law of Ueki and the short five volume manga sequel Law of Ueki Plus. Justified, as if Ueki uses any of his old special abilities it would result in the loss of his Zai and he would die, because the tournament is over and therefore nobody is a combatant now.
** The strange part is that 9 from his 12 powers were weapons, and one is a Cancelator, but he has also some JetSkates, and a pair of wings. Also, he could try to use his powers in a way that wouldn't harm anybody.
* BadassNormal: Mori, since her power is pretty much useless and has only been used twice in the whole story. It's justified that her limitations is ridiculous (goody-two-shoe pose, anyone?). But when she fought in Dogura Mansion, it has been shown that she had fought to a tie with Kabara, who's an assassin to boot.
** Moreso: Li Ho, who never ever uses his ability.
* BatmanGambit: See AintNoRule, above.
* BerserkButton: It's not a very good idea to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/law_of_ueki/v14/c000/66.html insult Rinko]].
* BerserkerTears: [[spoiler: Marilyn, after Ueki exposes her DarkAndTroubledPast]].
* BlessedWithSuck - a lot of the powers have rather detrimental parameters for them to work(one has to hold one's breath, keep hands in pockets, hold hands, ''give up a year of life per usage''...)
* BlindWithoutEm: Averted by Mori, who only needs her glasses to read.
* BlueWithShock - [[spoiler:The ''entirety'' of Team Ueki experience this when Rinko snaps during her match.]]
* BossSubtitles - for every opponent
* ButNotTooForeign - Rinko is implied to be half-Japanese.
* ButtMonkey - the creator said so himself that Inumaru exists to be bullied by Kobayashi. [[spoiler:Although subverted nicely in the end, when [[ThrowTheDogABone the kids decide to name him as the next god.]]]]
* CallingYourAttacks
* CapeWings - Kabara's ability
* ChewToy - Ueki gets into a ''lot'' of situations that end up with him getting hurt in some way. Mori Ai even notes that this happened to Ueki even before the tournament started. Although most of those were the fault of Ueki's brashness, a lot of random events also seemed to be detrimental to him. It is later explained that this was due to the loss of a good luck zai of some sort.
* ConspicuousCG
* ConspiracyRedemption
* CreepyChild - Robert and Anon, both of who mostly talk in...
* CreepyMonotone
* {{Cross Dressing Voices}}: Romi Paku played the voice of the main character, Ueki Kousuke, who is a guy - and shows not one bit of girliness in him.
* {{Determinator}} - Ueki. In fact one of his opponents is defeated by his determination.
* DiscardAndDraw - Ueki loses all his abilities at the end of the manga. In the sequel he gains a new power: The power of "grabbing" in the form of "a mop".
* DisproportionateRetribution - the punishment for a god candidate helping their junior high school student in a battle is to be put on celestial death row. Even if they only do it to save a kid's life.
* DudeLooksLikeALady - [[GenderBlenderName Margaret]], Anon, Kapucho, and Barrow.
* ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay - Real iron isn't nearly as strong as the iron that Sano can turn towels into.
* EvilChef - Marco Maldini, who can change tomatoes into magma. He is also very angry if you waste his soup.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Sano especially loves this tactics.
* Exposition: outrageous amounts.
* {{Fetish}} - [[spoiler: Mori's power gives her opponent a HUGE eyeglasses fetish. ...And then there's Kill Norton, who glued his glasses to his head. Granted, it was in case he got paired up with Mori so he could have a way to counter her power, but still... Also, his glasses are named Bianca. Later, he asks Mori to make him an eyeglasses lover again, so he can work up the nerve to go help his teammates fight Anon. The last time we see him, in the epilogue, he's muttering "Glasses... glasses... glasses..."]]
* FiveManBand -
** Ueki is TheHero
** Mori is TheChick
** Sano and Rinko flip-flop which one is TheLancer and TheBigGuy. Before Hideyoshi joins, Rinko also plays TheSmartGuy.
** Hideyoshi is TheSmartGuy
* ForTheEvulz - Anon helps humans then proceeds to harm them immediately afterward just to find out what kind of reaction he will get [[spoiler: (like rescuing a boy's puppy and trying to throw that puppy to an electric pole)]].
* FunnyAfro - Ueki temporarily gains one along with a Disco Zai ("talent to dress stylishly" in English). Apparently, Ueki was following the good ol' Saturday Night Fever style. He was immediately beaten up by Mori.
** And one celestial beast wears one near the end, and immediately gets a lampshade hanged on it.
* GenderBlenderName - Margaret is a girl's name, and Margaret [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks female]], but Margaret is definitely ''not'' a woman.
** An early volume of the Viz translation actually said he was a woman in the character profiles at the beginning.
* TheGenericGuy - Or girl. Mori (at least initially, before she gets BlessedWithSuck)
* GreenThumb - Ueki's power. A rare example of TheHero using this power.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower - The premise of the whole show.
* HannibalLecture - Some of the less friendly God Candidates and team leaders are prone to these- and not just at the heroes.
* HappinessInSlavery - Rinko, who [[LoveMartyr loved]] Robert. Although, she does get out of it soon after meeting Ueki, [[HeelFaceTurn joining his group]].
* HeyItsThatVoice - The afforementioned [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Romi Park]] as Ueki, [[ChronoCrusade Kawakami Tomoko]] as Mori, [[GundamSeed Soichiro Hoshi]] as Sano, [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} Mamiko Noto]] as Rinko and [[GundamSeed Akira Ishida]] as Wanko, among several others.
* HyperspaceArsenal: [[PhysicalGod Celestials]] have the Sacred Weapons.
** ArmCannon: Kurogane is a Type 2.
** AwesomenessIsAForce: Maoh / [[DubNameChange Arch-Enemy]]. [[HeroicWillpower It takes up the form and power of its user's will]]. [[TooAwesomeToUse It can only be used six times in a lifetime, though]].
*** [[spoiler: RuleOfSymbolism]]: [[spoiler: Ueki's takes the form of Kobasen/Mr. K, symbolizing his desire to protect his TrueCompanions, while Anon!Robert's is an EldritchAbomination symbolizing [[KillAllHumans his hatred for humanity]].]]
** [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily My]] PowerFist [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Will Protect Me]]: Hood
** {{BFS}}: Ranma
** ExtremeOmnivore: Mash
** RetractableWeapon: Pick.
*** DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ueki's resembles a black-and-yellow roadblock.
*** ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Barrow's is a pencil-shaped spear made of stone.
*** ThisIsADrill: Robert's.
** SprintShoes: Raika
** BoobyTrap: Gulliver.
** CombatTentacles: Namihana
** PowerGivesYouWings: Seiku.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming - All episode titles begin with "The Law of..."
* IdiotHair - Many characters. Some have 2.
* IdiotHero - while Ueki does have several brilliant insights, especially in battle, for the most part he seems rather simple-minded and clueless. On first meeting Tenko's gigantic dog-like form he thinks it's just a really big ''chicken'' of all things.
** This is actually ''explained'' early on in the series, when Ueki loses his Study Zai ("talent to study") for attacking a non-combatant before the tournament begins.
* ImportantHaircut - Rinko's [[TraumaticHaircut pigtails getting chopped off]] coincides with her HeelFaceTurn to Ueki's side.
* IncrediblyLamePun - One of Ueki's opponents has the ability to change his IncrediblyLamePuns into reality.
* KingOfAllCosmos - The winner's God Candidate gets this job. The incumbent KingOfAllCosmos is a DirtyOldMan dressed in an unbuttoned button-down shirt, shorts, sandals, and wears a ten-gallon hat with CoolShades on it.
** And the new God is [[spoiler:a ButtMonkey]].
* KirkSummation - [[spoiler: The purpose of the tournament was so the King could try to get the Protectorates to see that times had changed and they had to stop living in the past and start looking to the future. He even gives a speech about it to the Protectorate controlling Margaret. It doesn't go as planned.]]
* LastMinuteHookup - Ueki and Mori officially become a couple at the end of ''The Law of Ueki Plus''.
* LethalChef - subverted in Mori's case. Her cooking looks [[AlienLunch disgusting (and alive)]] but [[TastesLikeChicken tastes very good]].
* {{Meganekko}} - Rinko, Mori has glasses too ([[spoiler: and her powers are based around them]]) but she doesn't ever wear them over her eyes.
** well almost never since the Q&A in the final volume sates that she is long sighted and so they are reading glasses
** It's implied Mori's glasses are purely to invoke this trope, as she carries over a hundred pairs with her, even before [[spoiler: she found out about her power]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: The setting is not consistent with those rules, though. It's explicitly said that every power has its limiting conditions. And yet not only some of the power users don't have any conditions - Sano, whose condition (holding his breath) is explicitly stated, [[TalkingIsAFreeAction freely talks while using his power]].
* MentorOccupationalHazard - If a god candidate helps their student in battle in ''any'' way, [[DisproportionateRetribution they get sent to Hell and put on death row there]].
* NietzscheWannabe - Robert Haydn.
* OddlyNamedSequel - The Law of Ueki Plus
* OffModel - Happens relatively often in the manga. Some panels just look ''weird''...
* OfficialCouple - Ueki and Mori. While not explicit in the anime (although there are are a few subtle ShipTease moments) it is made clearer in the manga and becomes fully canon by the end of the sequel series, ''[[OddlyNamedSequel The Law of Ueki Plus]]''.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome - intentionally done twice, with characters describing how awesome a DangerousForbiddenTechnique was, after it was used ''off-camera''. It is then [[{{handwave}} explained]] as the result of a lack in special effects budget.
-->'''Sano:''' And my new special attack Magnetic Screw Choqa Zanbil didn't work at all.
-->'''Teammate:''' Yes, it was an amazing attack.
-->'''Subtitles:''' ((Please imagine the attack for yourselves))
* {{Ojou}} - Rinko, whose status and wealth had been exploited to no end by her schoolmates, leading her to join the Robert's Ten.
* OmnicidalManiac - Robert and Anon. Possibly Margaret.
* PantyShot - A grand total of one in the anime, obscured by a black shadow in one version.
* {{Portmanteau}} - The creator, fans, and most of the characters refer to Kobayashi-sensei as "Kobasen." (In English, it gets shortened to "Mr. K.")
* QuirkyMinibossSquad - Robert's 10. Almost every team in Round 3 is another squad.
* RuleOfFun / RuleOfCool - The series runs on these.
* ScaryShinyGlasses - seems to be Kobayashi's natural state, coupled with OpaqueLenses.
* {{Screw This Im Outta Here}}: Hideyoshi does this to Team Ueki at the end. However, he couldn't abandon his friends in the end, and by coming back at the last minute, [[spoiler: He saves Kosuke's life by getting knocked out by his Kurogane attack]].
* SinkOrSwimMentor - while Koba-sen, Ueki's God Candidate, has a strong sense of justice, he is laid back to the point that he pretty much leaves Ueki to figure out his powers by himself. To be fair, though, those are the rules. When he does step in to save Ueki from certain death--against the tournament's rules--he promptly suffers from the MentorOccupationalHazard. Though he doesn't die, he is [[spoiler:sent to Hell]].
** However, Kobayashi never told Ueki about the tournament, its rules, or the prize until after he'd already gotten into a fight. Everybody else knew all the specifics well before then.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick - Tenko, although he quickly loses his initial snarkiness and becomes more of a standard NonHumanSidekick later on.
* SplitScreenReaction
* SpoilerOpening - the second OP spoils quite a few things, most significantly the fight against Team Marilyn.
* SuperpowerLottery
* TalkingIsAFreeAction - it may be more of a premise of the whole show than HeartIsAnAwesomePower.
** Early in the series a candidate was dragged into Hell instantly. Later, [[spoiler:Kobasen]] suffers from the same problem, but he retells a five-minute-long flashback in the process.
*** Not to mention that [[spoiler:Inumaru]] does the exact same thing in Dogura Mansion.
** Let's not forget that the guy who can only use his power when he's not breathing can ''talk while he's using his power''.
** And that part with "safe zones". It's said that if you spend 10 seconds in a safe zone, you instantly lose. A guy stands there while everybody else dumps exposition for more than half a minute.
** Delivering exposition while dodging lasers. Try to beat that.
* [[TalkToTheFist Talk To The Tree]]
-->'''Enemy:''' Do you want to know what my ability is? I'll show you. When I squeeze a stone, I can... *tree hitting a face, knockdown*
* TeensAreMonsters - All of the contestants in the tournament are supposedly junior high school students, yet a lot of them want to be the champion in order to take over the world, and have no qualms about '''''killing their opponents'''''.
* TooDumbToFool - BJ starts off trying to win fights by claiming to be Robert Haydn, which causes people to run in fear. While Mori falls for this, Ueki just remembers that BJ introduced himself as BJ earlier that day, and just can't seem to understand BJ's claims that his name is really Robert Haydn... And keeps insisting that he's really BJ. The fact that he doesn't even know who Robert Haydn is probably helps.
* TournamentArc: well, nothing more than that.
* TrueCompanions
* {{Tsundere}} - Mori, who leans much more toward ''tsuntsun'' than ''deredere''
* TunnelKing - One character has, as he calls it, "A power to turn my beautiful hair into a drill!" which allows him to dig extremely fast.
* WeakButSkilled - Sano. Just Sano. (leads to awesome fights)
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway - so very subverted.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair - Ueki and Mori have green and aquamarine hair respectively. Not to mention Rinko, whose hair is pink.
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