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''[[http://www.kagerou.org/ Kagerou]]'' is an ongoing {{webcomic}} about an androgynous young man who is [[TrappedInAnotherWorld transported to a fantastical]] AlternateUniverse, where he, as the ChosenOne, teams up with the rest of the FiveManBand to save the princess and vanquish the BigBad in the process. What? You've heard this one before? Oh, we forgot: the hero is a mentally unsound hippie-nerd with several alternate personalities, one of which is his neurotic 8-year-old self (maybe), another of which is actually a psychopathic, serial murder-rapist's vengeful ghost. And it's entirely plausible that the entire thing might just be a [[GainaxEnding head-trauma induced hallucination...]]

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Kano's father, if [[http://www.kagerou.org/49/23.html this]] is any indication. And apparently his mother, too, given that [[spoiler:Kid says that she went crazy and killed his and Dark's sister Nadia in a murder-suicide]]. WordOfGod is that both of his parents [[AcceptableReligiousTargets were Scientologists]] (freezoners, to be exact), which probably did ''wonders'' for Kano's mental state, but it's also said specifically [[spoiler:that Nadia's death was ''not'' because of their religion]].
* ActionGirl: Cho is a far more competent fighter than Kano. And now that she's got the magic weapon of one of the gods too...
* AfterTheEnd: The world already ended once, [[http://www.kagerou.org/45/01.html thanks to Wilsh Tree]], to cure the plague.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Heyoka can come off as this, but WordOfGod is that he/she is mixed African American and Native America, Lakota to be exact. His/Her name is also a clue about the latter, since it's a Lakota word for a trickster figure who embodies opposites, in this case gender, and it's implied this isn't in fact Heyoka's legal name and that he/she may have changed it.
%%* ArtEvolution
* ArtShift: In the flashback sections in chapters 45 and 49.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The way all the Gods came to be, but the major one in the backstory was Tcaolin's, which forced the above AfterTheEnd. BigBad Kuroyama is attempting the same thing.
* AttemptedRape: Red usually gets away with it, [[spoiler:but Kano distracted him just once... long enough for his victim to steal his gun.]]
** He attempts it again [[spoiler: on Fuuka]]. He's foiled again [[spoiler:by Kano]]. Violently.
* BackFromTheDead: Part of Mindi's magic is that she can do this to others.
* {{Badass}}: Quite a few. Perhaps [[http://www.kagerou.org/48/08.html Starless]] has the attitude down best.
* BadassLongCoat: Red is quite pleased when he finds one stashed in Cho's closet. Despite expressing disdain for said coat, Kano has yet to get rid of it.
* BadassNormal: Originally Cho, whose ''Imma punch you to death'' methods made her an equal fighter with all her comrades with God-given weapons. Now she can punch [[http://www.kagerou.org/48/14.html even harder]] and just fits the [[{{Badass}} Super]] [[SuperTrope Trope]].
* BadassPrincess: Fuuka's time in the Zones has resulted in her evolving into this, most notably through [[spoiler:fighting off the Karen Tentacle Monster with the Champion's Sword]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kano, if you're unlucky enough to get him angry.
* BigBad: Kuroyama, Tcaolin, and Red are all vying for this position.
* BigDamnHeroes: Cho had one of these recently when saving the team from the zombies.
* BiTheWay: WordOfGod is that sexuality is "[[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/189565139601622778 no big deal]]" in Grey World, and Cho is confirmed to have [[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/189977450288024850 had her first time with Mindi]], and their relationship is "semi-ongoing." Dark is also confirmed [[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/186493696806511444 to be bisexual]], though it hasn't come up in story yet, and Heyoka is "mostly into guys" but evidently has some interest in girls. As for Kano himself, he's just "Completely Fucking Confused".
* BlackBugRoom: Kano's mind seems to be composed primarily of them. The only section we've seen that isn't completely horrible (so far) is the warehouse room where Kid resides. And even that place has its problems.
* BlessedWithSuck: Kano has awesome psychic powers! Only he can't use them (voluntarily) and they drove him batshit crazy. He could probably rule the world if he got around to it, but he's too busy ignoring the [[HearingVoices voices in his head]] (some of which are really there) and blacking out so his alternate personalities (all of whom, [[{{Telepathy}} even the]] [[CheerfulChild eight-year-old]], can use his [[PsychicPowers tele-whatever]] better than he can), can save his life(/sanity)...and ruin it(/them) a little bit. Or a lot.
* BlindSeer: Dee, spidery goddess of dreams and recurring character. She seems to have...''misplaced'' her eyes. She's sure she'll find them eventually!
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Karen]]'s bizarre tentacle monster form.
* CallingYourAttacks: Dee. Perhaps it adds whimsy to her life.
* TheCaptain: Moko holds the rank and commands the role.
* CheerfulChild: Kid.
* TheChosenOne: The Champion is an integral part of the Triad Bond. Unfortunately, Tcaolin and Tonbo each choose a separate Champion, resulting in... some confusion. Neither of them seems terribly intent on being a very useful Champion, besides.
** TheChosenZero: A common reaction towards Kano.
* CloudcuckooLander: Dee, who in the author's own words is "a little bit crazy" but in a nice way.
* CommonEyeColors: Kano's eyes are [[GreenEyes green]], Kid's are [[InnocentBlueEyes blue]] and Red's are.... [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]]. Both Kano's and Kid's eyes eventually change to orange, though, after [[spoiler:beating the tar out of Red ]] and WordOfGod is this is to signify [[spoiler:that both Kano and Kid have "[[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/180153615825008203 taken on a bit of Red]]".]]
* CoolSword: The Blade of Sigmr Ch'k, no question. It's a floating magic katana, the handle of which is covered in teeth. When Kano uses it, it hovers six inches away from his hand, connected to his arm by the ''quetzalcoatlic personification of the dragon-god of war.'' If that's not a CoolSword, I don't know what is.
* CouldntFindAPen: Dark scribbles the names of Red's victims on glass using [[spoiler:blood leaking from his [[EyeScream empty eye sockets]], which he had scratched out on the journey there.]]
* CoveredWithScars: Dark. Kano has quite a few as well, mostly on his hands.
* CreepyDoll: Kuroyama's demons.
* CreepyMonotone: According to WordOfGod, Kano's regular voice is an example of this.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: When Kano gets angry, shit gets real. Of course, this happens VERY rarely, and Kano tends to get interrupted (read: stabbed) before he can do any real damage.
* CrowbarCombatant: [[spoiler: Kano, when he's beating Red.]]
* CuteBruiser: Cho may barely hit 5 feet, but she will happily kick your ass from here to Sunday.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Cho, and Heyoka. WordOfGod is that [[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/180562241739856126?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notifications&utm_campaign=answered?1302272991162 Heyoka bleaches or uses wigs]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Kano does it best, when he's not being SnarkBait.
--->'''Starless:''' Is everyone ready?
--->'''Cho:''' Just about.
--->'''Kano:''' Speak for yourself. I need at least another month.
--->'''Cho:''' Oh, hush. You'll do fine.
--->'''Kano:''' Sure, so long as BigBad agrees not to use any advanced fighting techniques. I hope I don't cry. I look all blotchy when I cry.
* DeathIsCheap: Several characters, including Kano himself, have technically "died" at least once, but thanks to walk-ins and Mindi's powers, which can bring someone BackFromTheDead, it doesn't mean much.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Tcaolin.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Gray World is, um, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gray]]. Utilizes {{Splash of Color}}, see below.
** Separately, when visiting a god on a spiritual plane everything is vibrantly colored but for our black-and-white protagonist, in a sort of reverse of {{Splash of Color}}.
* DepopulationBomb: Wilsh Tree resorted to this to stop the plague caused by Tcaolin's rise to godhood, but she spared one place, Ir City.
* DiscussedTrope: Kano is a big offender, constantly calling the BigBad "Big Bad" (with caps) and [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] hallmarks of the adventure-fantasy genre he runs into, often with [[ShoutOut references]].
* TheDragon: Tcaolin to Kuroyama, [[spoiler: Red to Tcaolin.]] Each is a...
* DragonWithAnAgenda.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Kano.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Red's whole name, in fact: [[spoiler:James Valentine Beethoven.]] Yes, you may laugh at him.
* EmpathyDollShot: A noteworthy feature of a house Cho and Kano visit in Grey World, a place that was ravaged by the devastating [[DepopulationBomb cure]] for a [[MysticalPlague plague]] before the illness itself could hit, is a mangled red wagon caught up in a tree. [[{{Flashback}} We even get a]] [[DeadHandShot glimpse]] [[{{Flashback}} of its owner!]]
* EnemyWithin: Red fits this trope pretty much to a T.
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler: Red/James]] also manifests this trope elegantly when he is able to manifest a more or less physical form after [[spoiler:Tcaolin "fed him some souls".]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Tonbo, who looks a lot like someone Kano used to know... from a mental hospital. The "everything's better" part is also subverted in that Tonbo was raised to be Tcaolin's SoulJar and wasn't even allowed to use her hands, and if she does merge with Tcaolin she essentially dies. WordOfGod is that Tonbo is, in part, based on Anthy from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', which similarly deconstructs princess tropes.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: [[http://www.kagerou.org/45/21.html Wow.]]
* TheExile: Formerly Cho, who caused too much trouble among the Old Ones and was kicked out, residing in the slums of Ir. Currently the nick, more or less self-inflicted, and also resulting in a new residence in the gutter.
* EyelessFace: Dee. She used to have eyes, but apparently misplaced them somewhere.
* EyeScream: [[http://www.kagerou.org/46/19.html Oh dear God.]] (Spoilers, {{NSFW}}.)
* FacelessGoons: Used to somewhat disturbing effect, close to that of GasMaskMooks, with the [[http://www.kagerou.org/48/13.html guards]], formerly real people, corrupted by the Mask King.
* TheFairFolk: Fae in Gray World are severely persecuted by humans, and treated as third-class citizens. Everyone thinks of them as thieves and tricksters, a stereotype the nick... plays into perfectly happily. Whoops.
* FantasticRomance: [[spoiler: We seem to be heading towards Kano and Cho having one.]]
* FemmeFatalons: Dee's fingernails, which she also paints with [[PoisonedWeapons poisoned polish]]. Unfortunately for Kano she [[TheDitz forgot the second part]] and wound up poisoning him by accident (she meant to hit him, but not kill him) but luckily she keeps an antidote on her.
* {{Fingore}}: When Kano isn't busy hallucinating that there are maggots in his veins or the like, he often feels his fingers burning, sometimes indicating unrest in the [[MentalWorld Zones]]. May or may not be related to why he tried to chop his left hand off, but hey, at least he missed and only got two fingers! His ring and pinkie finger don't work too well, incidentally.
* FiveManBand: Could be configured various ways. Kano as the Hero, the nick as the Lancer, Cho as the Big Guy, Starless as the Smart One, and Tonbo as the Chick tends to work out pretty nicely, though Kano's not a very effective Hero.
* FloatingContinent: The fae's continent.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite frequently.
* TheFool: Kano fits a few aspects of this trope, especially in his initial bumble through Gray World. [[AvertedTrope Averts]] [[KarmicProtection others]] [[BornLucky pain]][[BornUnlucky fully.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: [[spoiler: Kano's father]] by a long shot. For the zero soul part, [[http://www.kagerou.org/49/24.html just watch]].
* FreudianExcuse: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by [[spoiler: Red when Dark writes the names of all his victims on his prison walls.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Red''']]:You want a movie of the week sob story about why I turned out the way I did, or should I just say I was born like this and can't help it?
* FreudianTrio: All accounted for in the personalities of [[TheHero our hero]], simultaneously adhering to and deviating from the original model more than ever.
** Kano is the ego and also TheFace personality, the closest thing to a balance between the extremes of the others.
** The superego is Kid, TheEmpath who insists on kindness and moderation in a way which would be so very annoying if it weren't adorable.
** Dark begins as the id, before being usurped by Red. Dark was formed as a personality to defend the system from the outside world, but by the time we see him he functions with a deceiving pragmatism and capricious brutality, eventually becoming TheAtoner. Now Red, role-accroaching ghost of a SerialKiller, is left to represent all the worst of a humanity's basic instincts plus a cunning, malicious deviousness, and without him actions such as violence cannot be expressed.\\
Notable interactions here are Red's attempts to provoke Kano, Kid's dynamic with Dark (which was originally one of symbiosis and is now...not), and Kid's utter inability or unwillingness to stand up to Red, while he still reasons with his big brother (to decreasing effect).
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Red/James was unremarkable when younger but grew up into a serial killer and rapist. Likewise BigBad Kuroyama was originally a humble dollmaker.
* GenreBlindness: You've just fallen [[DownTheRabbitHole down the rabbit hole]], Kano! Now that you're in a mysterious magical universe, why don't you tell your [[IKnowYourTrueName real name]] to the first [[LivingToys creepy nonhuman]] you meet, who seems strangely interested in it? [[SarcasmMode It certainty couldn't cause any problems]].
* GenreSavvy: Red has made several jabs at the plot, mentioning once that it sounds like a "really bad anime."
* GhostInTheMachine: Kano's [[SplitPersonality personalities]] all exist with semblances of physical forms in his MentalWorld, disappearing from it and taking over in the real world when they're "driving".
* GoodBadGirl: Cho is "[[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/180430118513043627 kind of a player]]" when not on the job.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The nick and the Princess. Whenever they can.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Dark was meant to be a sort of guardian angel/older brother to Kid, and had fluffy red wings. When the functioning disorder of Kano's [[MentalWorld Mental World]] was disrupted, they rotted off and were replaced by wings basically made of darkness, or as the author says "pure oh shit run away." When they show up, [[OhCrap you're in trouble.]]
* {{Gorn}}: The author actually apologizes when things get especially bloody, claiming to dislike all the blood. Given how often and how copious the bleeding is, however, [[LyingCreator this is most likely bullshit.]]
* GreenAroundTheGills: Kano turns a pretty sickly shade after being stabbed in the stomach by Dee's [[PoisonedWeapon poisoned]] FemmeFatalons.
* HairColorDissonance: WordOfGod is that [[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/180154322204531323 Tonbo's hair is actually black]], but it's portrayed as purple for Tonbo and green for Fuuka for the comic, and it has to do with how Tonbo sees herself.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Justified in-world by the presence of Grims, a floating talking cloud, who seems to serve no purpose in the story other than to carry around the characters' changes of clothes and Kano's sword.
* HappilyMarried: Moko and Kail.
* HatesBeingTouched: Kano, oh so very much.
* HeadPet: Djinko and Djanko tend to [[http://www.kagerou.org/11/07.html ride in Kano's hair]].
* HearingVoices: Kano does regularly, though we're not shown this until quite a few chapters in.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Oh, nick.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Fuuka's reason for stopping [[spoiler: Kano's NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Red.]]
* IKnowYourTrueName: Nearly gets Kano killed at the beginning of the story when he gives it away. [[spoiler:''Does'' get him killed at one point, but [[UnexplainedRecovery he comes back]].]]
* {{Immortality}}: All over the place. The Old Ones can heal their wounds by briefly becoming trees, and it is the norm for them to eventually forsake their bipedal bodies to live forever as trees, their consciousness part of a greater root system. It is pretty much unheard of for Old Ones to die, and they are descended from a god. There are [[OurZombiesAreDifferent plague victims]] running around who can only be neutralized by growing sacred trees ''[[{{Squick}} through]]'' [[BodyHorror them]] with god-related magic. Ghosts of the dead [[ISeeDeadPeople rattle around]] [[PsychicPowers Kano]]'s [[BlackBugRoom mind]] like candy in a gumball machine. [[spoiler:Red/James]] is still wreaking havoc there long after his brain was blown out by one of his would-be victims.
* ImmortalitySeeker: [[BigBad Kuroyama]] is clawing his way there.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Kid is the poster child for this trope.
* JerkassGod: [[spoiler:Tcaolin.]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Fuuka's entire story arc to date has been one long journey through Kano's mind, meeting and dealing with the various denizens therein, while looking for a way out.
* {{Keet}}: Kid.
* KickTheDog: Red does this frequently.
* KindheartedCatLover: Dee resides in a self-described but otherwise unelaborated "safe home with cats"[[note]]which likely doesn't make her a CrazyCatLady[[/note]].
* KissOfDeath: Tcaolin [[http://www.kagerou.org/27/09.html attempts this]] on Kano. Doesn't work out so well for her.
* KissOfLife: Subverted. [[http://www.kagerou.org/34/02.html Poor Cho]]...
* TheLancer: The nick fits this rather well.
* LadyOfWar: Starless. Graceful, poised, dignified, scholarly, crushed a guy's head into gooey bone chips with her staff in one blow. Didn't ruffle her clothes doing so. [[WordOfGod On Gray World, the clergy doesn't fuck around.]]
* LivingMemory: Karen, like many of [[SerialKiller Red]]'s victims, exists as a ghost within Kano's mind. Unlike the others, she made it away alive. [[WordOfGod Real life Karen is doing normal people things.]][[note]]Luka's exact quote[[/note]] Her ghost is in Kano's mind with the very deceased victims. [[spoiler:She turns into a very nasty monstrosity and attacks Kano('s mind self) because he won't let her out. Not that he can.]]
** Fuuka exists similarly, being [[AnatomyOfTheSoul part of a soul]] which fled from her body and somehow ended up in the [[MentalWorld Zones]].
* LivingToys: [[WhatIf If]] title villain Kagerou hadn't been an evil aspiring god, he would have been a [[WordOfGod toymaker]]. Most of his [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]] are creepy, deformed living dolls.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: For most of the comic, Kano is unaware of his other personalities, though he's slowly figuring it out. Dark's entire purpose is to keep Kano from remembering a bunch of things about his past.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: [[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/184587878775428288 Red]] in life had this problem.
* MagicalLand: Grey World.
* MadEye: Kano's pupils are often drastically different sizes. Kid has it too, inside Kano's head.
* TheMaze: The slums of the city of Ir are the outskirts of a labyrinth imposing enough that not even the children of the slums go in too deep, at the center of which lie some ruins which the purpose of the labyrinth is to protect people from.
-->'''Starless:''' No one can withstand the Labyrinth.
** All to keep people safe from a monument called The Eye...which Kano has a somewhat unpleasant encounter with.
* MeaningfulName: The villain, Kuroyama (which means "mirage"), as well as Heyoka, which is the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heyoka a trickster in Lakota mythology]] who was known for being contrary in nature, fitting in with the fact that Heyoka identifies as genderqueer (and according to WordOfGod had a Native American grandfather who taught him/her all about the myths and let him/her experiment with his/her gender representation) and is apparently an invoked thing since Heyoka is not his/her birth name.
* MeaningfulRename: He goes by [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red]].
** Also probably the titular villain Kuroyama. It roughly means "mirage," and at the very least references the story's [[SurrealHorror nature]].
** Kid named his older brother/[[GuardianEntity guardian angel]] Dark because he wasn't afraid of the dark, and Kid himself is known by this nickname because he doesn't seem to have a real one and will introduce himself by a new ridiculous title every time you ask him.
--->'''Kid:''' [[color:#0000FF:I am J. R. "Bob" Dobbs.]]
--->'''Cho:''' [[color:#F660AB:No, he's not.]]
--->'''Mindi:''' [[color:#E8A317:...]]
--->'''Kid:''' [[color:#0000FF:Then can I be Harry Potter?]]
* MentalWorld: A good chunk of the story is Fuuka's journey through Kano's chaotic, nightmarish mind, and the horrible things that happen while she is there.
* MercyKill: Moko does this to an injured woman [[spoiler: during the attack on Nishi Village.]] Mindi also does it to a woman who was crushed (see ContestWinnerCameo) though due to the nature of her powers Mindi can always bring her back later.
* MetaGuy: Kano, combining DiscussedTrope, DeadpanSnarker and AscendedFanboy.
* MindHive: Kano, in addition to having a SplitPersonality.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Inverted. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Not only do Kano's perceptions of his alters affect the way they appear in his [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind mind-Zones-things]][[note]]WordOfGod states that Red, for example, has been getting taller and less spindly than Kano despite sharing an appearance, altogether more imposing.[[/note]], Kano will gain or lose scars as different personalities take charge, depending on who they "belong" to. It's all ruled by his perceptions. And he can't control it [[BlessedWithSuck at all]].
* MindOverMatter: How Kano wields his sword.
* MindRape: Poor, poor Kano...
* MindScrew: And ''how.''
** Also, TrueArtIsIncomprehensible. [[http://www.kagerou.org/47/12.html What]] [[http://www.kagerou.org/47/13.html the]] [[http://www.kagerou.org/47/14.html fuck]] [[http://www.kagerou.org/47/15.html is]] [[http://www.kagerou.org/47/16.html going]] [[http://www.kagerou.org/47/17.html on]] [[http://www.kagerou.org/47/18.html here?]]
* MonochromaticEyes: [[http://kagerou.org/49/17.html Utilized]] for artistic effect, amping up the creepy [[spoiler: of Dark's appearance]]. An example of [[ProphetEyes Prophet Eyes]], below.
* MoodDissonance: Look at all the pretty colors! Even the blood... and gore... is... nice and vivid... dear god.
* MoodWhiplash: During the middle of an intense fight between Monster and Kano... we cut to a chibi Monty Python reference and an apologetic note from the author. At the time it was a semi-joke page to cover for an extended hiatus, but in an archive read it... feels very out of place.
* MysteriousEmployer: [[PhysicalGod At first]] [[JerkassGod Tcaolin]], still [[BigBad Kuroyama]].
* MysteriousParent: It's been implied that Kano's father (known so far only as The Doctor) is very important somehow.
** [[MysteriousParent Cho's mother]] is said to have died "[[CrypticConversation of the age]]," when it is unheard of for an [[{{Immortality}} Old One]] to die.
* [[MysteriousWatcher Mysterious Pursuer]]: Upon his introduction the nick was a shadowy, darting silhouette pursuing the heroes' pursuit, taking [[MysteriousEmployer mysterious orders.]]
* NeuralImplanting: Kano. Once, accidentally, to Heyoka. Later [[TheVoiceless Dark]], the [[SplitPersonality alter]] who can [[HowDoIShotWeb actually control]] Kano's powers, grants Cho a [[SarcasmMode lovely]] [[http://www.kagerou.org/49/23.html image]] from Kano's childhood. This is apparently how he says hi.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Dark appears to be fond of introducing himself by [[NeuralImplanting implanting]] traumatic memories in people's minds. When they come to screaming, he will smile blankly.[[note]]When asked to describe Dark's idea of a romantic date, the author said, "He takes you to see his morgue, then you go away. May involve exchange of traumatic flashbacks via psychic interface and/or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking flowers."]][[/note]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Kano's UnstoppableRage moment, which manages to instill a strange mixture of triumph and pure horror in readers.]]
* NoNameGiven: The nick, Red [[spoiler:(at first)]], and a few others.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Dee's childish quirks mask the true expanse of her insight and power, which are vast.
--->'''Tcaolin:''' Little Dee, playing the madwoman and laughing at everyone from behind her veil.
* OhCrap: [[http://www.kagerou.org/48/18.html Yeah.]] Kano does this supremely well.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Red, Kid, and a few others.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Kano has to go to Ir to retrieve the Blade from a statue. There is some conflict over who should've drawn it, though, as the nick shows up claiming to the title of Champion.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Quetzalcoatl-type.
* OurGodsAreGreater: In Grey World, gods are are normal beings who AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ([[AnimalMotifs a tree, a spider, a dragon, a fox]]). Others can ascend similarly through a corrupt version of this process, through collecting [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]]: [[BigBad Two]] have tried this so far. Every person is born affiliated with one of the gods in a life-steering capacity, and gods' existences are reflected in the stars, which mold fate a bit. Each god represents certain aspects (such as [[AnthropomorphicPersonification wisdom, dreams, or the destiny to change the world]]) which they seem to have some [[ElementalPowers functional influence]] over and are probably tied into on a worldwide scale to some extent.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Tcaolin gets power by absorbing the souls of humans; their abandoned bodies then become [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]]. Kano's mind is sort of like a [[SoulJar vacuum]] for any soul that isn't tied down. In Gray World, people's souls can leave their bodies at will, but if they stay away too long they become [[FaceHeelTurn demons]]. Part of Tonbo's soul is currently [[LivingMemory existing independently]] of her otherwise functional self, and they're evolving into separate characters. Souls function in other mysterious ways as well in the Kagerou universe.
* OwMyBodyPart: Invoked by [[http://www.kagerou.org/17/18.html Kid]]. "[[InherentlyFunnyWords My]] [[UselessSpleen spleen!]]"
* PalsWithJesus: Dee is positively tickled by the occasional chat and it's not unusual for the gods to stop by and chat.
* PerpetualMolt: Originally [[InvertedTrope seems to be the case]] with Dark's wings in a flashback, but it [[JustifiedTrope turns out]] they were [[EvilMakeover rotting off entirely]] at the time.
* PhysicalGod: Very much so. Tcaolin loves showing up to taunt people in person, and Firefox and Dreamwalker seem to have joined the party.
* PoisonedWeapons: The enemy's weapons, sometimes. Notable is a later incident with poison darts. Oh, and [[BlindSeer Dee]]'s [[FemmeFatalons nails]].
* PowerAtAPrice: Kano's PsychicPowers seem to have damaged his mind to the point of being completely unable to use them, [[{{Hallucinations}} plus other drawbacks]].
** [[DeityOfHumanOrigin The gods]] gained their status by [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence evolving]] in an experience [[GoMadFromTheRevelation too horrible for a sentient being to handle]], as observed in Tcaolin.
* ProphetEyes: [[spoiler: Dark]]'s [[MonochromaticEyes Monochromatic Eyes]] (above) can be considered an example, since he may be more or less omniscient.
* PunnyName: Dali-Dalai. He is most commonly referred to simply as "Dali." Don't get it? Try saying it out loud. Still don't get it? [[spoiler:It's a homophone of [[DontExplainTheJoke "dolly."]] ]]
* RebelliousPrincess: As Tonbo's soul, Fuuka is very much this.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Red's eyes are, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin red]]. Did we mention he's a sadistic serial killer?
* SanitySlippage
* ScaryShinyGlasses: [[http://www.kagerou.org/49/21.html Oh God what is happening.]]
* ScheduleSlip: Unfortunately, our beloved author isn't very consistent with updates. This is somewhat forgivable, due to the author not exactly having the most comfortable lifestyle.
* ScrewDestiny: The nick quite openly turns his back on his role as Tcaolin's Champion to save Tonbo. Red seems to have taken his place in that role, somehow.
* SerialKiller: Guess who.
* SeriesHiatus: Kagerou has gone on a few of these over the years, often over the summer (aka Con Season).
* SexyDiscretionShot: The nick and Tonbo are not always appropriate for the common viewer, but we hope you enjoy their partial silhouettes while you wait.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Kano, normally. Whether or not that's his natural eye color is sort of [[ShrugOfGod muddled]], but the [[FieryRedhead fire imagery]] of the hair is [[WordOfGod definitely]] intentional, though Kano [[InvertedTrope cannot usually be described as passionate]].
* SlasherSmile: Red sports one [[http://www.kagerou.org/05/10.html every once in a while]], but then who else were you expecting to? Dark's vacant close-lipped grin is too creepy to be this. Yeah.
* SpeechBubbles: While everyone sticks to the same font in bubbles, their font color changes. Quite a few characters who communicate without speech bubbles (Dark comes to mind) have rather creepier fonts. This is often one of the only ways you can tell who's talking, and who's in control of Kano's body.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Not even the author is sure if it's spelled Gray World or Grey World.
* SpiritAdvisor: In a thoroughly disturbing example, Red. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in that while only Kano can perceive him, Kano [[SelectiveObliviousness can't]] ''[[SelectiveObliviousness actually]]'' perceive him.
* SplashOfColor: Gray World is monochromatic save a few noteworthy features. In the first chapters, Kano takes on its palette as he walks through it, but his [[SpeechBubbles text]] is green and there are vibrant colors in other objects not from the World such as Tonbo and her spirit animal, and there are sometimes hints of green in [[GreenEyes Kano's eyes]]. In his second visit, people not from Gray World have color, and the landscape is largely gray with muted color throughout, especially on points of interest.
* SplitPersonality: The premise of the series centers around this. The main character has quite a few folk living in his head at this point. It's taken quite seriously, as the author is rather a crazy person himself, and VERY knowledgeable about DID.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Red seems quite intent on doing this to Kano.
* StarCrossedLovers: Tonbo and the nick.
** [[spoiler:They don't look ''that'' star-crossed as of chapter 38]].
** [[spoiler:And by that we mean they mate like rabbits.]]
* TheStoic: Starless. Cool and calm, we have yet to see her fazed. By ''[[JerkassGods any]][[ZombieApocalypse thing]]''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Cho, who usually claims skimpy clothes are better for fighting in... but does eventually admit she wears it just because she can. Her half-sister Moko also [[http://www.kagerou.org/29/15.html mocks her for it]].
* SummonEverymanHero: The premise is a deconstruction of this trope. Not only is Kano a ''breathtakingly'' screwed-up hero, the summoning process itself has been used for a long time to enable a deeply unpleasant sacrifice.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Red, who has an excellent grasp on the magic Kano possesses but doesn't seem to know how to use; the most Kano seems capable of is making lights flicker out. Kid seems to control a different part of Kano's powers than Red and Dark appears capable of controlling them completely but has a shaky grasp on them due to his current state - though Dark's not evil so much as...confused.
* SurrealHorror: Expect to say "What the hell is happening and ''why is it so creepy?''" a lot. The swarms of shadowy dragonflies are particularly memorable in this regard.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Cho isn't super cagey about expressing her exasperation with the team she's been saddled with.
* TalkingInYourSleep:
--->[[color:#348017:"There's monsters under my bed again. Muh. Republicans. Nooo, be careful with that. It's on fire."]]
* TalkingToThemself: Kano's introduction to Red is when Red hangs him from the ceiling for a little chit-chat, inside the skull they both live in.
* TeachHimAnger: What Red seems to be attempting to do to Kano.
* TeasingCreator: Luka tells us lots of things, but he can't tell us [[{{Spoiler}} everything]]! Also seems pretty happy to play along with fan silliness.
* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Before becoming the [[{{EnemyWithout}} Enemy Without]]]] Red fits this trope very well, ducking in to make a snide comment (or press Kano on a harsh decision) or to get Cho and Kano out of trouble (note: snark and saving intermingle) before flitting away.
* TookALevelInBadass: ... in theory. We have yet to see Kano's sword practice be very useful. On the other hand, Cho has wasted no time putting her new god-backed fisticuffs to use.
* {{Transsexual}}: Heyoka is genderqueer. Again, played very realistically, as the author is genderqueer as well. In Heyoka's case, she got put in a mental hospital by her parents for it. Fortunately, the staff at the hospital seem very friendly and are fine with letting her right back out. (Though she does dress considerably more masculine for her release hearing...)
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Kano in the Gray World.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Kano has it, though it's unclear how extensive it is. It's confirmed that he doesn't know who [[spoiler:Nadia]] is, despite [[spoiler:her being his sister.]]
* TheUnchosenOne: Tonbo, instead of [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing herself]] as the [[DemonicPossession vessel]] for Tcaolin's immortal soul, chooses to defy her and start working against her with the rebel army.
* TheUndead: Zombies attack the heroes when [[PhysicalGod the Gods]] start to [[ThePlague lose their grip]] [[TheVirus on things]]. Kano is surprised that they are really there, as he frequently [[{{Hallucinations}} hallucinates]] that corpses are attacking him (he tries to discreetly shoo the visions away). Ghosts are some of the many residents of Kano's head, though whether they are real souls or [[OurGhostsAreDifferent just impressions]] is unclear. Either way, they're equally creepy.
* UnexplainedRecovery: This trope is not a true definition of Kano's death-and-revival, but he invokes it later to explain.
--->'''Kano:''' [[color:#348017:I think I died over there one time.]]
--->'''[[TheStoic Starless]]:''' [[color:#5E5A80:Indeed.]]
--->'''Kano:''' [[color:#348017:...I got better.]]
* TheUnreveal: WordOfGod is that [[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/186004839170348445 we'll never clearly see what Red looked like in life]] because it's [[NothingIsScarier scarier for the audience to fill in what he looked like for themselves]], and he was a relatively normal looking guy.
* UnstoppableRage: [[spoiler:Kano, when Red attempts to rape Fuuka.]]
* VerbalTic: Kano has used "we" interchangeably with "I" most of his life, as well as other plural conventions when referring to himself. (He doesn't notice, because he's crazy.) Cho, who reacts to this with some condescension, has speech including hints of Middle English Ye, aye, and the like.
* TheVoiceless: Dark. Included in his repertoire of scars are those from when he once sewed his mouth shut. May communicate with mostly nonsensical, tortured psychic vibes.
* WakingNonSequitur:
--->[[color:#348017:...You're not a Republican!]]
* WeaponOfChoice:
** Kano, surprisingly, is big on blades (if you trust [[TheTrickster Re]][[{{Jerkass}} d]], anyway). He is ''[[{{Squee}} very enthusiastic]]'' about his [[CoolSword magic sword]].
** Cho is [[GoodOldFisticuffs all fists, all the time]]. When granted a god-weapon, she insists it be related to punching things.
** Starless trained in ancient languages and entered a priesthood to gain the [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers know-how]] necessary to use her [[MagicStaff Wilsh Tree Staff]], tied to the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification goddess]] herself.
** The nick uses [[KnifeNut knives]], preferably [[FlechetteStorm throwing knives]], which he has arranged with [[PhysicalGod Firefox]] to be able to pull pretty much inexhaustibly out of HammerSpace.
* WebcomicTime: Kagerou started in 2001. Kano has been in Gray World... a few months?
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Heyoka.
* WingedHumanoid: Cho. She can grow wings, and even change their color to match her outfit. Certain other Old Ones fit this as well, as do other residents of Gray World. [[TheLancer The nick]] is a Fey, an entire species with gossamer wings (supposedly--they are [[WordofGod very withdrawn]] and we have only seen the nick as he has been cast out. Of another sort is Dark, whose wings are a psychic construction and ''probably'' don't actually function for flight.
* WordOfGay: [[http://www.formspring.me/antiFAQ/q/186493696806511444 Starless]] is a lesbian. When she gave the name of her previous lover as "Rose" many fans (and Moko) assumed this was a man's name, but it seems it was in fact a woman.
* WordOfGod: The author enjoys throwing readers a bone by revealing trivial (yet entertaining) information about various characters, including their favorite foods, what their voices sound like, and what kind of underwear they prefer.
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