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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: If his usual slasher smile wasn't already a dead giveaway, take note that his first kill on the battlefield was at age 14.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: In terms of combat tactics, Toyohisa is right up there with, Nobunaga. However when it comes to long term political strategies and conspiracies many consider him an incapable idiot. However, Nobunaga believes it's not a matter of, Toyohisa being incapable of such cunning, but rather he just decided not to bother trying in the first place and focus solely on combat. Nobunaga goes on to say that this was probably a trait he got from the rest of the Shimazu clan, as he states they had a lot of talent and potential in many fields of governing, but combat was always their top priority above all else.
- 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 constant 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.
- Humble Hero: A rare seinen version. It's clear to everyone around him that, Toyohisa has the talents and skill of a great general, but he himself has never, and probably will never, view himself this way. No matter his accomplishments he has always seen himself a "brat of the battlefield" unfit to be held in such high regards.
- 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, Hijikata Toshizo and even the Greater Scope Villain 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).
- Magnetic Hero: A seinen version of type 2 & 4 for demi-humans, with type 5 reserved for the OCT members and his fellow Drifters. It's shown early on that despite most people seeing him as a terrifying killing machine (which he definitely is on the battlefield), Toyohisa posses a natural talent in breaking down cultural barriers and turning almost anybody he meets into an ally (and even they are scared of him at times). The first example of this was when he convinced the elven serfs to kill the Orte Knight for massacring their people despite not understanding Japanese. He gets along best with the Dwarves however since they both have similar traits thanks to belonging to a warrior clan/race.
- Morality Chain: He serves as one along with Yoichi for Nobunaga. And is slowly becoming one for Yoichi as well.
- Not Afraid to Die: Toyohisa's main mindset, which borders dangerously close to that of a Death Seeker, what with his repeated use of suicidal attacks, remarks about wanting to die a glorious warrior's death, and his belief that his death would be used as fuel for his comrades to achieve more in their pursuits. This outlook on his own life has unnerved friend and foe alike. His companions are especially fearful of this, knowing that without him all their plans will fall apart, and are constantly trying to talk him out of this way of thinking.
- 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's quickly shot down by Toyohisa. So he 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.
- Rousing Speech: Prone to giving one of these before each battle. Nobunaga mentions that one of Toyohisa's greatest talents is to be able to get people to willingly follow him onto the battlefield. Gives an epic Tired of Running speech to a bunch of desperate refugees and soldiers begging for the Drifter's help to stop the, Black King's genocidal army. Most of it involved him flat out challenging their resolve to fight for survival. The result of which gains him more manpower for the cause.
- 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. That would shut most evil manipulative bastards up. Not that Toyo was really listening in the first place.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Well he wouldn't kill one, as is his personal code, but he does kick Jeanne in the gut then knock her out with a headbutt when she refuses to surrender.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When trying to intimidate Olminu, he proclaims his villainy, which includes arson, mass murder, making toasts with the skulls of men he has killed, taking over the country, and dancing Atsumori.Nobunaga: "You know me. The one they call the devil. My hobbies are burning everything down and killing everyone. Then sipping toasts from the skulls of the vanquished. Great fan of power through the sword. Loved to dance Atsumori."
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Oda is more than willing to get his hands dirty to ensure they win. But he will not accept Toyohisa getting his hands dirty.
- Bi the Way
- Blood Knight: 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Enforced. Oda clocks Toyohisa out to prevent him from shouting out the "execute" order on some POWs. He sighs in relief, smiles, and then proceeds to give the command himself. As he explains to the recovering Toyohisa, it is he who will "shoulder" the "burden" of being the Card-Carrying Villain of the group. Toyohisa is understandably both skeptical and pissed.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Cool Old Guy
- Dirty Old Man: He didn't need to grab Olminu's breasts while speaking to her.
- Eyepatch of Power: Though, judging by how the eyepatch has been shown on both eyes, he might still have them both.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He realizes that he can't see the hearts of the people, which is why he has been betrayed so much during his life.
- Mythology Gag: He compares Saint Germi to a man who "made a bomb out of a tea kettle" - his old enemy Matsunaga Hisahide. He's promptly surprised when it turns out Saint Germi reveals he knows about Matsunaga, and refuses to be compared to him. He also occasionally comes across something that reminds him of his own military experience, and almost always takes the time to fondly reminisce about the massacres he's committed.
- Morality Chain: Hannibal makes it painfully clear that its thanks to the influence of Toyohisa and Yoichi that keep Nobunaga from reverting fully back to his evil warlord ways, and that if something happened to one or both of them then the true "Devil Lord of The Sixth Heaven" would be set free once again.
- Mundane Luxury: Nobunaga is, maybe unsurprisingly, familiar with refeeding syndrome, and urges the people serving food to the dwarves not to allow them to gorge themselves too full lest they inadvertently kill themselves by eating too much.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He was known as "the Fool of Owari", after all. But don't let your guard down for a second, he's cunning all the way through.
- Slasher Smile: Nobunaga has an impressive one. He invites Rasputin, whose plans are slowly crashing around him, to join him in one.
- Take Over the World: Currently Oda Nobunaga's plan to fight the Black King is to take over the countries that haven't already been conquered by him.
- The Strategist: Being an experienced military commander, he uses this to help the elves and fellow Drifters subdue Orte forces.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Unable to Cry: After hearing about what happened to his son.
- Vicariously Ambitious: At the start he was planning to put Toyohisa in charge of the Orte Empire.
Nasu no Yoichi
- Archer Archetype
- Bishounen: Though he mentions his brothers are even prettier.
- Blood Knight
- Dark Secret: His association with Yoshitsune.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Referred to as a "she-male" by Jeanne.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Being an archer can do wonders.
- Morality Chain: He serves as one along with Toyohisa for Nobunaga. And it seems Toyohisa is slowly becoming this for 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 his 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
- Archenemy: To Hannibal.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: To Hannibal.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hannibal.
- White Man's Burden: Tries to "enlighten" Naoshi to the ways of Rome since he doesn't know Latin.
The Wild Bunch (Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid)
- Gatling Good: Sundance uses one against some monsters.
- The Gun Slinger: Both of them.
- Outlaw: Both of them.
- 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.
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 can heal effortlessly. Too much life, though, and his powers transform the healed flesh into cancer.
- In the Hood: His face has not been seen 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, an 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 an ancestor of one of his most hated enemies responsible for the deaths of a lot of Shinsengumi. That and unnerving enemies is a natural gift to Toyohisa.
Joan of Arc
- A-Cup Angst: In the omakes where the Black King mocks her for it.
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: Toyohisa does this accidentally when he throws her into a well, which causes her to lose her fire powers and her madness to fade somewhat.
- Break the Cutie
- Burn the Witch!: Victim of it before she got thrown into the other world, despite explicitly not being a witch.
- Dark Action Girl
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Does not like being shown mercy by Toyohisa because of her gender.
- Irony: Joan was burned at the stake and now she uses fire to burn all in her path.
- Kill IT With Fire: Goes on and on about how she'll burn the Drifters and anything else in her path.
- Knife Nut: Uses knives during her fight with Toyohisa.
- Playing with Fire: Her main magic skill.
Gilles de Rais
- Chained by Fashion
- Eye Scream: Yoichi shoots him in the eyes. It doesn't stop him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Did this to an elf.
- Implacable Man
- Killed Off for Real: The first of the Ends to die.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Gilles de Rais finds this out the hard way when Butch shoots him to pieces.
- See You in Hell: Says he'll wait for Joan in hell as he dies.
- Super Strength: Able to slice through a stone wall with ease.
- Too Many Belts
- Would Hurt a Child: A bit of an understatement for Gilles De Rais, who in Real Life was a child serial killer.
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
- An Ice Person
- Emotionless Girl: Due to her and her family being executed by pro-Bolshevik revolutionaries.
Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
- Fanboy: Of the Black King in an omake in Volume 2.Rasputin: "You're so cool, Black King! I wanna be just like you!"
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Break Them by Talking: Subverted: Tried to do this to the Drifters when they first entered Orte... he didn't get too far until he was shown exactly who he was up against.
- The Spymaster: Serves as one for the, Black King's army by convincing humans from different countries to spy for the Ends and betray their fellow man.
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 an End or Drifter, but currently he's allied with the Ends.
- Samurai: Another one in the Ends alongside Yoshitsune and Hijikata.
- Body Horror: The Black King turns her body into cancer to make her join his alliance.
- Break the Haughty: She really shouldn't have tried to attack the Black King.
- Giant Flyer
- Join or Die: The Black King's choice to the Bronze Dragon who he will no longer allow to sit on the sidelines.
- Large and in Charge: Of her Dragon servants.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Archer Archetype: All elves are natural born archers.
- Enslaved Elves: Initially at least. Then the Drifters help them rebel against the Orte Empire.
- Fantastic Slurs: Some Elves call humans "short ears".
- La Résistance: Turn into one with help from the Drifters.
- Older Than They Look: Live 5-6 times longer than humans, but age at a slower rate.
- Our Elves Are Better
- Training the Peaceful Villagers: The Drifters turn them from serfs into a resistance force that rebels against the Orte Empire.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Kick the Dog: Giving the command to kill the elves for helping any Drifter who arrives in the world.
- Killed Off for Real
- Starter Villain: The first enemy encountered by the drifters in the other world.
- 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 an 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. Being threatened by the Elves and having his virginity routinely mocked does not help his mood.
Octobrists as a whole:
- Onmyodo: The organization uses fuda magic.
Abe no Seimei
- Beauty Mark: Has one on his face.
- Dirty Old Man
- Nice Hat: Wears a beret.
- Older Than They Look: He's 83.
- Onmyodo: Special mention since he invented it.
- Sociopathic Hero: Maybe even crossing with Knight Templar when he thinks all Ends must die, no matter how tragic their pasts.
- Barrier Warrior: Her magic is based on creating stone walls for defense.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Any nickname given to her by Oda.
- Heroic BSOD: When she catches on with the devastation her ofuda are being used for.
- Mega Twintails
- Ms. Fanservice: What Oda seems to be trying to turn her into.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Olminu is unsurprisingly horrified by the many creative ways the Drifters have used her wall-creating ofuda for, such as walling enemies to pelter them with bombs and sealing exit doors to an exploding building.
- Berserk Button: Starts throwing a tantrum and cursing when she sees the Drifters doing things like freeing the Elves.
- 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: Appears to be the one supporting the Ends and who took them to the other world.
- 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.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Murasaki is either this, or a Sufficiently Advanced version; he sends people from death to other worlds through queues and paperwork.
- Smoking Is Cool
- The Stoic
- Stoic Spectacles