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Tropes to Drifters as a whole:
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: What the group has been assembled as thanks to Murakami.
- Sociopathic Hero: Really, one could pretty much place every Drifter under this category. In any other story, they would be the bad guys. However, the Ends are much worse.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His nodachi and wakizashi.
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: Toyohisa does some form of this to Jeanne d'Arc by throwing her into a well while pounding her, as seen when her pyrokinetic powers fade and her madness subsides somewhat. Unusual in that Toyohisa had absolutely no wish to do that (he had honestly no way of knowing that would happen), and that he left her alone after that, because he believes there is no honor in killing a woman.
- Berserk Button: Doing something dishonorable like raping prisoners. Dissing the Shimazu clan is a more comedic one.
- The Berserker
- BFS: That nodachi is almost as tall as he is.
- Blood Knight: Toyohisa. Nobunaga outright thanks Rasputin for giving them the excuse they needed to start a war against the Black King, and smiles insanely as he sees a building full of enemies go up in flames, as he fondly reminisces how good it feels.
- Expy: A Hot-Blooded and slightly dense young samurai in a red leather jacket brings to mind Sanada Yukimura from Sengoku Basara.
- Contrasting Franchise Main Character: Toyohisa's outfit is prominently red, as opposed to Alucard's black one. While both are eager for a fight, Alucard has this tendency to play with his food while Toyohisa's good side is much less ambiguous.
- Covered with Scars: Given how we're first introduced to Toyohisa and his near suicidal tendencies in fights, is it any wonder his body is riddled with battle scars? And after his bout with, Hijikata Toshizō, his growing collection shows no signs of slowing down.
- Genre Savvy: Toyohisa surprisingly realizes that the Drifters propping themselves up as rulers is likely to end really badly (particularly since the Orte Empire they are overthrowing is, like them, human and it's unlikely that the Elves are going to be happy exchanging one set of human rulers for another).
- Honor Before Reason: He'll show mercy to any enemy that discards their weapons and will never kill a girl. Unless they've done something like raping prisoners.
- I Shall Taunt You: Olminu comments half-seriously that although he doesn't do it deliberately, Toyohisa is a genius at provoking his enemies into fits of rage and frustration; as, Joan of Arc, and Hijikata Toshizo, and even the Bigger Bad EASY found out the hard way.
- Idiot Hero: Not that it stops him from being a scarily competent strategist when he wants to be.
- Improbable Age: At only 30 (and, this being a seinen manga, that's acknowledged as pretty damn young), he's an odd choice for commanding La Résistance, compared to the much older Nobunaga...however, you have to remember that Toyohisa has been fighting wars since he was a teenager, and thus already has over 10 years of experience under his belt, which make his talents more believable.
- Japanese Language: Toyohisa notably speaks in a Kyushu dialect (for instance using "oi" instead of "ore", and "omaa" instead of "omae"), which for the uninitiated can be hard to understand and makes him sound a little like some backwater hick (which is why Nobunaga and Yoichi tease him).
- Not So Different: Olminu thinks that the way he fights makes him no different from the Ends.
- Off with His Head!: Likes to do this to his enemies in battle.
- Pet the Dog: Toyohisa tells an elf not to kill an unarmed soldier.
- Pure Is Not Good: Oda calls him pure when he doesn't want Toyohisa to dirty his own hands, yet he's an Anti-Hero Blood Knight who loves cutting off his foes' heads.
- Replacement Goldfish: Played with in Chapter 13, with Nobunaga hinting that he may see Toyohisa as a replacement for his lost son. He gets shot down pretty quickly by Toyohisa. And promptly ribs him about being a replacement for his father instead. This pushes one of Toyohisa's many Berserk Buttons, leading to an improptu Big Ball of Violence Yoichi joins in for absolutely no reason.
- Sheath Strike: Aram is on the receiving end of a brutal beatdown with Toyohisa's sheath.
- Shirtless Scene: Barely three chapters in and the only things covering his torso are a few bandages.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!!: How does Toyohisa deal with the trolling garbage spewing from Rasputin's mouth. Why he just kills his soldiers and beats the crap out of his political pawns in front of him. I think that would shut most evil manipulative bastards up. Not that Toyo was really listening in the first place.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Wouldn't kill one if he can help it, but he does kick Jeanne in the gut then knock her out with a headbutt when she refuses to surrender.
Nasu no Yoichi
- Archenemy: To Scipio.
- Badass Grandpa: When tested by Toyohisa to determine whether or not he would be an asset to them, and thus allowed to stay with the group, he stops the much younger, stronger, opponent dead in his tracks with a twig. Sure, it's used to emphasize a point with him, and he doesn't actually try to fight him (having gone senile and being obviously aged as he is), but that he was actually able to stumble Toyo with an object lesson and convince him he would be valuable to them definitely counts as an example of this trope.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Has definitely gone senile, that's for sure. However, he does have his moments of clarity, and when he does, it's usually wise to listen to him, even if he explanations are difficult to comprehend at first.
- Eyepatch of Power: Just like Oda.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's senile and decrepit, which gets worse when Scipio isn't around. Though he does show the occasional bit of military insight.
- Heroic BSOD: Hannibal gets a major one after losing contact with Scipio.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: To Scipio.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Scipio.
Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus
The Wild Bunch (Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid)
- Ace Pilot: See Cool Plane.
- Cluster F-Bomb / Sir Swearsalot: Though not in the North American translation.
- Cool Plane: Kanno's Kawanishi N1KJ-2 Shiden-Kai! Apart from being an Imperial Japanese Navy fighter plane that is obviously not the venerable Zero, it is a super-performing flying tank in this world. Even better, the shells from its four 20mm auto-cannons can pierce through dragon scales, for crying out loud! Unfortunately, the plane is useless with no fuel available.
- God Guise: The Kobolds that serve him think he's a God of the Skies.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Sudden Name Change: Naoshi Kanno is Sugano Nao in the North American translation. No word from Dark Horse if this is a mistake from translation or if it's due to something else.
- Smoking Is Cool: Is seen smoking with a cigarette after an Orte Empire shipping fleet was wiped out.
Tropes to Ends as a whole:
- Anti-Human Alliance: What the group is going to do eventually.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Omnicidal Maniac: Originally all Ends wanted to destroy everything else in the world thanks to what they had suffered through in the old world. The Black Kings arrival changed everything.
- A God I Am Not: Makes it clear that he's not immortal, which is why he is teaching monsters how to farm and build a civilization for when he's gone.
- Benevolent Boss
- Big Bad: Of the entire series.
- Break the Haughty: The Black King easily did this to the Bronze Dragon.
- Buxom Is Better: In the omakes, he proclaims his love of big breasts.
- Covered with Scars
- Dark Messiah: Heavily implied to be the actual Messiah himself.
- The Faceless
- Good Powers, Bad People: His power is life itself. With him being capable of healing any wound, creating a endless supply of wood and organic supplies, and even capable of creating cancer in his enemies by making a excess of life.
- Healing Hands: The Black King han heal effortlessly. Too much life, though, and his powers transform the healed flesh into cancer.
- In the Hood: His face has not been yet.
- Kill All Humans: One of his many goals.
- Villainous Breakdown: The Drifters are able to push the Black King into a minor one, enough for him to all but scream the retreat order at Hijikata.
- Visionary Villain: The Black King seems strangely interested in enlightening the inhuman races, giving them culture and basic technology, for the day he's no longer with them.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one.
- Dual Wielding
- Expy: He physically looks like Walter.
- Hate at First Sight: The second Hijikata saw, Toyohisa sporting the Shimazu Clan Crest it didn't matter whether he was a Drifter, a End, or even a god. He wanted that man dead.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Hijikata does this to his enemies.
- The Quiet One: Which surprised Rasputin when he talks after the Black King effortlessly makes the Bronze Dragon join them.
- The Shinsengumi: Was historically a part of one.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Can't really blame him for losing his cool when he was faced with a ancestor of one of his most hated enemies responsible for the deaths a lot of Shinsegumi. That and unnerving enemies is a natural gift to Toyohisa.
Joan of Arc
Gilles de Rais
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
- Combat Pragmatist: Doesn't concern himself with honor and considers those that do to be fools.
- Evil Mentor: Suggested to have been one to Yoichi.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Wild Card: The Black King allows him to do whatever he wants. It's never made clear whether he's a End or Drifter, but currently he's allied with the Ends.
- Driven to Suicide: After founding the Orte Empire he ended up committing suicide, though nobody knows why. Interestingly, this means he essentially killed himself twice.
- Fantastic Racism: Naturally considering he's the one who begins the Orte Empire.
- Mythology Gag: Ties in how Nazi Germany would have been created if the Beer Hall Putsch hadn't failed.
- Posthumous Character
- Alchemy: Is a alchemist.
- Break Them by Talking: Tries it on Toyohisa. It achieves Epic Fail status.
- Camp Gay
- Cassandra Truth: None of the other Orte Nobles listened to him when he told them not to take a certain shipping route after declaring war on the Trade Federation.
- Defector from Decadence: He's not sticking around to see Orte fall.
- Depraved Homosexual: Implied.
- Drag Queen
- Expy: The Count of Saint Germi looks and acts a lot like pre-takeover Kefka Palazzo.
- Not to mention he's heading the same way, given he's way smarter than the Orte generals and realizes they're going to lose.
- Oh, Crap: When he hears the new Drifters have made gunpowder and are moving in to free the Dwarves to make firearms, he realizes there is no salvation for the Orte Empire.
- Older Than They Look: He hasn't aged a day since the founding of the empire. Makes sense considering that he was supposed to be immortal in life too.
- A possible hint that his identity is Aleister Crowley, given his knowledge of alchemy, hermetics, and longevity.
- Skyward Scream: The Count, upon a particularly bad Oh, Crap moment, yells at the sky for Murasaki.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Everyone mocks him for his virginity.
- Butt Monkey: Was spared because of his virginity, but now everyone makes fun of him because of that very reason. Even St. Germi can tell that he stinks of virginity.
- You Will Be Spared: Mills, the single officer in the fortress who did not participate in the rapes is left alive, conveniently for Oda to spirit him away to explain the Orte Empire's bureaucracy and to serve as manager for the conquered resources. He's not particularly happy about this, mostly because the Drifters now use him as a paperwork sink. Having his virginity routinely mocked does not help his mood.
Octobrists as a whole:
- Onmyodo: The organization uses fuda magic.
Abe no Seimei
- Berserk Button: Starts throwing a tantrum and cursing when she sees the Drifters doing things like freeing the Elves.
- Bigger Bad: Appears to be the one supporting the Ends and who took them to the other world.
- Fun with Acronyms: Implied with Easy, as her door has her name spelled E.A.S.Y., with a partly obscured title, beginning with Eternal.
- Psychotic Smirk: When she looks on her laptop and sees news about the Black King's actions.
- Wicked Cultured: Listen to opera while reading the news on her laptop.
- Suicide Mission: Considers spying on the Ends and their army to be this. He only accepts since the Octobrists are the one giving the mission.
- Unusual Ears: Appears to have animal ears on his head.