Nanoha, the protagonist of the series, is introduced as a sweet little Ordinary Elementary School Student with a normal life. However, this changes when she answers a psychic call for help. Finding an injured ferret, Nanoha responsibly takes it to a nearby vet. Later that night, however, she hears another call, and arrives in time to see the ferret under attack from a monster. The now-talking ferret explains that he's a mage, and gives her an Intelligent Device, Raising Heart, to fend off the attacking monster. With Raising Heart's help, Nanoha quickly learns the basics of magic, defeats the monster, and agrees to help Yuuno find and seal the remaining twenty Jewel Seeds before any more harm is done. Things proceed smoothly until another girl, Fate, appears, and attacks Nanoha with a scythe-like Device. Even while she's defending herself, Nanoha realizes that Fate looks... sad. Nanoha is no stranger to sadness, having spent most of her childhood in an empty house. She resolves to do everything she can to learn about the mysterious girl and her reasons for fighting, and if possible, to become a friend she can count on. Nanoha temporarily joins the Time Space Administration Bureau, which had been monitoring unusual activity, but takes matters into her own hands when they decide to let Fate exhaust herself to more easily capture her, a method she deems far too cruel. The two finally decide to stake everything on a final match, which Nanoha wins. Fate is taken into custody by the TSAB, but before Nanoha has a chance to speak with her, Precia interrupts, and Nanoha watches as Fate's world crumbles around her. Angry at Precia's cruel treatment of Fate, she joins the TSAB Enforcer Chrono and Fate's own familiar Arf in an attack on Precia and Fate's home: the Garden of Time. The three are outmatched, until Fate returns to settle matters with Precia. Nanoha once again encourages Fate, and the two stop Precia from her mad plan to break reality. Precia dies in the collapse, but Nanoha manages to save Fate, and the two have a chance to talk several days later. Nanoha and Fate make official their friendship, and exchange hair ribbons as parting gifts.Nanoha was later attacked by unknown forces, the Wolkenritter, and beaten to near-unconsciousness without warning or explanation. Despite her exhaustion and wounds, Nanoha fights alongside her new friends to drive off the enemies. As she recovers, Raising Heart is upgraded with a magic cartridge system. Nanoha puts her strict training to use fighting the Book of Darkness and its four knights, ultimately saving both them and Hayate Yagami, who was at the center of the incident.She subsequently joins the TSAB, and moves to Mid-Childa where she serves as a Combat Instructor for the Air Force, becoming known as 'The Ace of the Sky'. Joining an elite task force, Riot Force 6, under the command of her friend Hayate, Nanoha spends her time training four promising young recruits, the Forwards. Hoping to save them from making the same mistakes that almost cost her her life, Nanoha stresses safety over risk, although she doesn't always practice what she preaches. With two of the Forwards, Subaru Nakajima and Teana Lanster, as her subordinates as well as Vita her sub-commander, Nanoha leads the StarS unit of Riot Force 6. She inadvertently becomes attached to a young girl named Vivio, a mysterious girl her squad rescued while on a mission. Vivio, however, is captured once again, and forced to power a nigh-indestructible warship. Faced with a situation not unlike Fate's, Vivio is left questioning her own creation. As she and Nanoha are forced into combat, Nanoha goes to incredible lengths to save Vivio, and decides to officially adopt her.Now, Nanoha's life as a mother as depicted in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid are interrupted by the rise of the the Eclipse Virus. She joins Hayate's new task force, Special Duty Section 6, dons a new weapon called the Fortress to combat the Anti-Magic threat, and ends up saving Thoma from his own power and subsequently becoming his group's trainer.
Tropes befriended by Nanoha:
Absurdly Youthful Mother: To Vivio, with whom she has a mere 13-year age gap. This has led to a few jokes about how Nanoha's parents would react.
The Ace: She's the TSAB's best combat instructor, and also their best aerial mage. She's known in the bureau as the "Ace of Aces."
All-Loving Hero: She's very self sacrificing and will do whatever it takes to save anybody she can. She also accepts people for what they are, regardless of how they were born, and she always sees the inherent good within people.
Actually, the anime version has this but in a much smaller way; Before becoming a Magical Girl, Nanoha reflects that she feels like a bit of a third wheel in her family because her mother and father have each other and her two older siblings likewise spend a lot of time together.
Angst: See the above. Notable in that this is only present in the movie manga, otherwise Nanoha doesn't have any angst.
Bare-Handed Blade Block: In the "White Devil" training incident against Teana. Her hand did bleed a little, but then again it was a magical energy blade and she was holding Teana in midair by it... with her weak hand.
Blood Knight: Though greatly exaggerated by the fandom, Nanoha really loves fighting as a magical girl. Good thing she's also incredibly kindhearted. Signum is even more of a Blood Knight than her, so when these two clash, results aren't pretty.
Boom Stick: Raising Heart, which is later upgraded to Raising Heart Exelion.
Bridal Carry: Does this to Fate after defeating her in the original series (In the light novel, Nanoha loses and gets carried), and in a Vivid side chapter, does this to Vita, who fell asleep in her car.
Raising Heart has its own catchphrase: "Standby, ready".
Chekhov's Skill: Wide Area Search, which played a minor part in one season but reappeared in a big way in another one.
Code Name: StarS 1 in Riot Force 6, and Aggressor 1 in Special Duty Section 6.
Curb-Stomp Battle: As the Ace of Aces, Nanoha lives so far down the superhuman side of the magic power ladder, that any attempt to fight her as a relatively normal (by Mid-Childan standards) combat mage end up in this. Granted, Fate defeats her relatively easily in their first two encounters, owing to Nanoha's lack of experience of fighting fellow human mages. But come StrikerS, she defeats Dieci in passing, and Vivid, she takes down Einhart with ease (even though she cannot completely knock her out). In Force, she takes down the entire Grendel family with a single shot during their escape attempt—after it took the younger protagonists several chapters to apprehend them in the first place.
In A's there is a downplayed version. She fights Vita a number of times but the Iron Hammer Knight doesn't become her ally until the series is over. It happens during the Time Skip. It's noteworthy that she never defeated Vita nor she hit her directly during the Book of Darkness Incident.
After shooting down Teana during a training match, their relationship has become closer and Teana respects her much more.
In StrikerS, several of the Numbers join the TSAB or Saint Church after Riot Force 6 foils their plan but averted with Quattro who remains extremely loyal to Jail Scaglietti.
Determinator: Nanoha never gives up and always takes challenges head on: be it self-imposed note having Raising Heart run training simulations in her mind every moment, sleeping or awake, which was not one of her Device's functions, adversities note such as managing to recover from injuries doctors stated would end her career as a mage and possibly cripple her for life. and downright life-threatening situations note such as when she casted Starlight Breaker despite having a hand stuck through her chest. This trait seems to have rubbed off on her device Raising Heart herself, who has always supported Nanoha with her somewhat reckless ideas, even actively suggesting reckless ones herself.note Like suggesting they use, the still then experimental, Excelion mode against the Book of Darkness, despite the possibility of her breaking. .
The Dreaded: Not as much as Hayate, but some people really fear the "Ace of Aces". Teana and Subaru are still afraid from her if they disobey orders ever again. Those two even admit that they are feared themselves by other people because they are trained by Nanoha, and that people are terrified of Yuuno when they just learn that he trained her.
Uses her Devine Buster to blows through half the Cradle from the inside to get Quattro in StrikerS.
And in INNOCENT she uses her protective shield to go through a bunch of empty buildings Flying Brick style as a shortcut during an aerial race.
Energy Absorption: Her Starlight Breaker works by absorbing the residual energy left by magical attacks in a battlefield and firing it in a massive beam. This makes it both deadly and cost-efficient since it doesn't completely rely on a mage's own power, which is the main reason why Nanoha decided to teach it to Teana after StrikerS.
Expository Hair Style Change: Since her teens, she wears a side-ponytail as her casual hairstyle. A year after the JS Incident, she completely drops her Girlish Pigtails for the side-ponytail in her Barrier Jacket outfit.
Feather Motif: Despite her fan reputation as a devil, Nanoha is often portrayed with pink glowing feathers, an attribute to her All-Loving Hero nature. They always appear in her Transformation Sequences and whenever she flies. The feather motif is one of her most defining attributes, similar like Fate's lightning motif.
Fingerpoke Of Doom: She fired Cross Fire Shoot with her index finger at Teana. Notably, it was her right and weak hand.
Finishing Move: Starlight Breaker. Justified in that the later it's used the more effective it is. The only time it did not end the battle immediately was when it was used by The Book of Darkness Incident early on, though, it was Raising Heart who requested it and the Wolkenritter were forced to escape.
Vivio: "Fate-mama, it looks like you fainted the instant that it hit you." Fate: "Anyone would go out after taking something like that. Just like turning off the lights, I lost conciousness as soon as it touched me." Vivio: "Ah, I know that feeling. At the very moment that you can't withstand it."
First Name Basis: Prefers being addressed by her first name, even by her subordinates.
Gamer Chick: According to Sound Stage 1, she's into and really good at fighting games. Makes sense.
Girlish Pigtails: As a child, she has two small pigtails. In StrikerS, she wears pigtails when she wears her Barrier Jacket. A flashback shows, when Nanoha was very young, she had only one pigtail (on the left side), which would explain her side-ponytail in her adolescence and adulthood.
Hidden Eyes: Happens a few times during the "White Devil Incident".
Hypocritical Humor: During The Movie 1st'sDVD Commentary, Nanoha complains to Fate that her Photon Lancer: Phalanx Shift is destroying the buildings. When the movie finally shows Starlight Breaker the Forward Team, Fate and Vivio are horrified by its extremely destructive power, which is obliterating the entire city.
I Am Not Right-Handed: She has proven several times that she's someone you don't want to underestimate. In A's, it was her Exelion Mode, and since StrikerS, her Exceed Mode and Blaster System prove that she does not hold back.
Inverts this trope during the "White Devil Incident". She calls Raising Heart changing back to her Standby Mode, she catches Teana's stab attack with her right hand, is holding her midair and shoots her down with her right index finger.
Innocent Blue Eyes: In contrast to Fate's red eyes. However, Nanoha's eyes are more indigo than blue, that's why some installments portray her with purple eyes.
Instant Expert: Subverted. Nanoha displays an immense amount of talent with magic and amazes Yuuno with her natural affinity for shooting magics in particular, but the Sound Stages show her struggling to learn other spells like Restrict Lock, and the A's manga makes a point of showing off what kind of hellish training regimen she goes through on a daily basis.
Played straight in INNOCENT. Nanoha learns pretty quick how to play the game if someone explain her new features she doesn't know. Or she just copies other people, which would be like copying the moves in a fighting game, without seeing the input commands.
Improbable Age: She is a combat instructor for the TSAB Air Force at age 14.
In StrikerS, she uses yobisute for her subordinates.
Junior Counterpart: Nanoha is this to Gil Graham. Her backstory is very similar to Graham's. Graham was once a normal boy from England who found an injured TSAB soldier in a forest and helped him. The young Graham got contact with the world of magic for the first time and he eventually became a TSAB officer himself later.
It's also her Full Drive Burst in A's Portable, which deals 47.5% basic damage in the second game, which is slightly above average.
The Load: Desperately subverts this trope during the first battle with the Wolkenritter. After being injured by Vita, she spends most of the time inside a healing barrier and is forced to see how her friends are getting beaten up slowly. Then, she and Raising Heart decide to destroy the Phantom Zone of the Wolkenritter with Starlight Breaker, and she doesn't stop it even when Shamal is sticking her hand through Nanoha's chest.
Magnetic Hero: In the original series, Yuuno contacted her because of Nanoha's huge magical potential. In A's, Vita assaults her because of that huge magical potential. And in INNOCENT, Stern challenges her because of Nanoha's huge potential in Brave Duel.
Mama Bear: Do not touch Vivio. In Vivid, she's less of a mama bear because Vivio is strong enough to take care of herself.
Mercury's Wings: Her spell, Flier Fin, causes wings to appear on her feet. It's later upgraded to Axel Fin.
Mighty Glacier: Nanoha isn't exactly slow in terms of agility, but her attacks are usually Wave Motion Guns that take significant time to charge and go off with a huge boom. Power and Endurance are still the things Nanoha excels at.
In The Movie 2nd A's, she is absolutely terrified by the GIGANTICdrill which Reinforce summons to kill her. The situation: Nanoha is bound and helpless; she doesn't know what is going on above her, because a rock is blocking her sight, then the said drill penetrates through the rock, which immediately causes her "Oh Crap I'm going to die"-reaction. It lasts only for a few seconds as Fate immediately slices it in two and saves Nanoha.
Older and Wiser: During StrikerS, she acts as a mentor to the new recruits, and tries to make sure that they don't make the same mistakes that she did.
The Paragon: Became a combat instructor to teach young mages the skills and attitudes necessary for them to make the correct decisions with regards to their futures and be strong enough to realize their dreams.
The Movie 1st takes this trope Up to Eleven with her Starlight Breaker.
Phrase Catcher: Something associated with the You Monster! trope. Vita calls her a devil in A's, Dieci wonders if she's a human (in StrikerS), Signum calls her a monster a year after that, and Isis calls her (not directly) a demon instructor. It's Played for Drama, when Quattro tells Vivio that Nanoha is a devil who pretends to be the "real Nanoha", so she would fight her.
Rebuilt Pedestal: Subaru was not happy when Nanoha "befriended" Teana, but once Nanoha had a chance to explain her reasons she regained any respect she might have lost. The same goes to Teana when she and her have a talk.
Also, if Subaru is really GaoGaiGar, then Nanoha is King J-Der, since both are white, overpowered, unleash pink Beam Spam on a regular basis, both have a red jewel tied to their power source, and both love flying in the sky.
Red Baron: Officially, she's known as the "Ace of Aces." Fan fiction, however, generally treats the nickname "White Devil" as an in-universe title.
Renowned Selective Mentor: Gives more time and individual attention to the Forwards than most of her students in StrikerS, as she trains the four of them for a year. In normal cases, she teaches entire platoons in advanced combat tactics for only a short time.
Required Secondary Powers: A hilariously justified inversion bordering on Mundane Utility. The manga confirms that due to all her practice with Mid-Childan magic, which uses mathematics to cast spells, Nanoha and Fate's best subject is math.
In the beginning, Nanoha saved a psychic ferret and agreed to become a magical girl simply because no one else was capable of doing it, and she was a responsible girl who wanted to help people. She had her doubts about magic and getting into dangerous fights, but she got over those in a hurry. But it wasn't until her first slip-up with a Jewel Seed that Nanoha started taking the Jewel Seed incident personally, and resolved never again to give anything less than her all to her performance as a magical girl, a resolution that became even stronger once she met Fate and decided to try saving her from herself.
Her adoption of Vivio basically repeats this process in miniature. At first, she's reluctant to take the girl on, since she didn't actually want to be a mother at the time (partially influenced by her concerns that something similar to her almost being crippled would happen to her again). She compromises by deciding to look after Vivio until her real mother can be found, but regular interaction with the child acclimates her to the idea. Pretty soon, she legally declares herself Vivio's mother, and is perfectly happy with the arrangement.
Say My Name: In a soft-spoken and adorable example she asks Fate to do this in the last episode of season 1. Awww.... Even the name of the episode and the music that plays at this moment is "Namae wo Yonde", which more or less is Japanese for "Call my name".
School Uniforms are the New Black: Her Barrier Jackets' designs are based on her elementary school uniform. Justified in the first season, as it was the first thing that came to her mind when asked for a design for her barrier jacket.
In the prototype, her Magical Girl outfit is the school uniform of the final product.
Spell My Name with an S: Raising Heart vs. Raging Heart. The confusion stems from the fact that while it's written as "Raising Heart", but the Japanese voice cast pronounce it as "Raging Heart", because for all intents and purposes, Raising and Raging may as well be homonyms, and pronounced the latter way, in Japanese due to the lack of a "zi" syllable. It took until the R1 release of A's for the dubbers to realize that it's supposed to be "Raising Heart".
The DVD materials prove that "Exelion" is not spelled as "Excelion", and that the Aggressor Mode is not supposed to be spelled as "Agressive Mode" like in Raising Heart Exelion's gem during the Transformation Sequence.
Axel Shooter vs Accel Shooter. In The Movie 2nd A's, the latter variant is used.
With Yuuno as her master, even though she overshadowed him very quickly.
Subverted in StrikerS, where she rarely fights alongside with the Forwards on the battlefield.
In the first mock battle of the training camp in ViVid, she teams up with Erio to fight Fate. Even the narrate box names this situation "Riot Force 6 Instructor and Student vs. Fate". According to Lutecia, Nanoha and Erio could take anyone down with their agility and power.
Subverted in Force, when Nanoha fights Thoma. Her student Subaru comes to save her, but they don't actually team up and then Isis, Fate and Lily do the rest.
Stepford Smiler: Shamal says that when Nanoha was recovering from her potentially crippling injuries, she was cheerful around her friends, but this likely hid her true feelings.
Super Cute Super Powers: Played With: at the start of the original season, the eponymous protagonist is the Token Mini-Moe of her family and her powers manifest themselves in a pink-and-gold staff with a heart-shaped jewel that shoots pink beams. It then, however, turns out that little Nanoha is a stone-cold badass and her pink beams-o-friendship are weapons of mass destruction.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Nanoha loves this trope. Just look at the other entries on this page. It's a good thing that in this series, purely-magical attack like hers can be set to do only "magical damage" to targets like mages and magical objects, or else she'd cause a lot of collateral damage. But she can also set her attacks to "indiscriminate" whenever she needs to blow holes through entire buildings.
In The Battle of Aces, if Nanoha uses her Limit Break against Hayate in the latter's route, she says that she wouldn't lose against her and then... "STARLIGHT BREAKER! FULL BURST!" It should be noted that Hayate is just a mage freshman at this time, who just have learned magic about a month.
Training from Hell: Played straight in that it gave her incredible power and skill, allowing her to fight on the same level as artificial mages, combat cyborgs, the defense programs of the Book of Darkness, and a clone of the Sankt Kaiser. Subverted in that too much of it almost got her killed.
Tranquil Fury: Displays this during the mock battle with Teana and Subaru, when it becomes clear that the two of them chose to ignore all of her instructions in favor of reducing the mock battle to an all-out brawl. She never raises her voice, but her actions and demeanor make her anger and disappointment very apparent.
Vocal Evolution: Raising Heart. She was Machine Monotone in the original series, but she gets more emotion in her voice in A's and StrikerS. And her voice becomes even more emotional since the the movies came out.
Warrior Therapist: In the first two seasons, she starts almost every battle by asking what her opponent hopes to accomplish. She realizes that the antagonists have reasons for what they are doing, but has to fight to get them to explain themselves.
Wave Motion Gun: Her most powerful spells, Divine Buster and Starlight Breaker. Others are Exelion Buster, Barrel Shot, Lock-on Buster, Cross Smasher, Strike Smasher (probably an imitation to Fate's Thunder Smasher), Strike Stars, and Excellence Cannon Variable Raid.
Wise Beyond Her Years: While other nine-year-old children are busy thinking about what should they do with their friends tomorrow, Nanoha wants to find her place in the world. She also has a good perception of people's thoughts; this skill enabling her to see through other people's outward appearances.
With Due Respect: Does a variant on this to Hayate when discussing her continuing to give orders despite having been stabbed in Force. While Hayate is her friend, Nanoha treats her like any other superior while on duty, and bows and apologizes after making her point.
At one point, Nanoha says "This is going to hurt a bit" to her daughter during the finale of StrikerS. That is, right before blasting her with fiveStarlight Breakers.
And in Force she says nearly the same to Thoma, before bathing him in plasma with her main Fortress cannon. He was in his Black Knight form though, so while it likely did hurt very much, it didn't do much to stop him.
"Nanoha told me: 'He's my magic teacher who is also the legendary Chief Librarian who manages to organize and maintain the Infinite Library. My most admirable friend. Moreover, long a ago a very cute ferret...'" [...] "Weren't you a ferret that evolved into a real human?" — Chrono, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st Sound Stage Side F, Track 4: "Claudia - Yuuno and Chrono"
Though the viewer gets to see him introduced first as a human mage, he's been badly injured and assumes the form of a ferret to better heal and recover. This is how Nanoha finds him, and he doesn't end up revealing his human form to her until halfway into the first season (not that he meant to keep it secret, it simply slipped his mind that he hadn't actually told her). In any case, Yuuno is looking for twenty oneJewel Seeds. Being unable and unsuited to use the Intelligent Device, Raising Heart, he gave it to Nanoha, with whom it is remarkably compatible. Yuuno assists Nanoha in most of her adventures during Season One, acting as a cross between a mentor and The Lancer (of the rare gentle-and-sweet variety).The second season sees Yuuno having less action time, and more relegated to the backseat. However, his presence is still crucial as he helps in the battles against the Wolkenritter and the season's Big Bad. His research in the Infinite Library also provides crucial information about both.The third season has him effectively Put on a Bus — he only appears in three cameos in StrikerS, and at least once in ViVid so far... and not at all in Force. He has settled down as the Chief Librarian of the Infinite Library, in the same organization as his friends.
Tropes associated with Yuuno:
Accidental Pervert: Before Nanoha knew that he's actual a Shapeshifter, she undressed in front of him. It didn't help that he believed that Nanoha met him in his original form.
Covert Pervert: In the first season, he licks on Nanoha's face to comfort her when he's in his ferret form. It's not unusual for animals to do that, but he's not an actual ferret, which left that behaviour ambiguous. And he did never remind Nanoha that he's a human boy when she's undressing or taking him into an onsen, regardless if Nanoha knew it or not.
Adventurer Archaeologist: Established in his backstory. Given all of the skills Yuuno possesses, as well as how dangerous Lost Logia artifacts can be, and how there are sometimes very dangerous people who want to steal them, one can infer that this is a particularly hazardous occupation.
Barrier Warrior: In Gears of Destiny, one of his long range attacks is Barrier Smash, where he dashes straight at his opponent in a flying tackle while protected by a barrier. He also possesses two "field-type" spells, which create magical circles that trap opponents caught within their boundaries; one field works as his grab move, and he causes it to explode underneath them. The other field is his counterattack, and seems to electrify the opponent before exploding and sending them flying back. Using fields, he can also obscure fights from observation by normal people, or even trap magical opponents, forcing them to fight when they would otherwise flee.
Berserk Button: Don't call him a familiar or make fun of his ferret transformation.
Boy of My Dreams: Nanoha dreams of Yuuno via telepathy in the very first episode.
Brother Chuck: Despite the time that Vivio spends in the Infinite Library in Sound Stage X, Yuuno makes no appearance and no mention is made of him. Likewise, after the second season, no one thinks to ask him about all of the ancient history, cultures, figures of interest, or pieces of forbidden technology that continue to plague and perplex people in the modern day, despite Yuuno being the most qualified man alive to come up with the answers.
Butt Monkey: Most of the series' humor was originally lighthearted abuse of him: Making him an Accidental Pervert with Nanoha, Chrono making fun of his ferret form etc. As he lost significance, this dropped off. Of course, in A's, we get Nanoha biting him in her sleep...
The is unfortunately kept up in the manga omakes, wherein Yuuno is nothing more than "That ferret guy". All the humor involving him either makes fun of him being a ferret or his (failed) relationship with Nanoha.
Can't Catch Up: Realizes that Nanoha is considerably better at offensive magic than he is. In the Megami sound stage for A's, he says he realizes he'll never be as good at combat as Nanoha, which is part of the reason for deciding to support her by doing research. Of course, he's also the only mage in the entire extended series without even the most basic Device, and he still manages feats of power equaling those of the other mages. Now, maybe if he got one of hisown...?
Crippling Overspecialization: Despite his exceptional level of power (A+ ranked mages are the few elite, and far fewer who can participate in high-speed aerial combat) and many, many skills, Yuuno has little conventional firepower for knocking suspects or wanted criminals unconscious through magical, non-lethal damage. It's never explained whether he has no talent for projectile magic, or simply never tried to master it.
Gears of Destiny finally reveals that this is not quite the case. Yuuno does in fact know offensive magic, including a magical projectile spell (a heat-seeking variant of Shoot Bullet, which is otherwise the most basic shooting magic in Midchildan system). However, his long range Chain Bind, Chain Anchor and Protection Smash attacks are mostly meant to get him into close range without getting shot, and he displays more varied, powerful and specialized attack spells in close quarters. He's still mostly defensive, with short combos and counters that let him blast his opponent back if he needs to create some room. He fights by controlling how far or close his opponent is, working to keep them at the range where they are weakest.
Demoted to Extra: He gets phased out more and more during subsequent seasons, to the point that he doesn't merit a mention in anything after StrikerS. He isn't even playable in the A's-centric Battle of Aces PSP game and appears only in Nanoha's route, though he finally appears in Gears of Destiny, but with no CGI appearances, all of his battles are optional and he has little relevance in the game's plot (but his battles are all funny). In INNOCENT, he's really just Nanoha's pet ferret (who seems to talk), making him less of a threat to NanohaXFate. And the movies reduces his appearances even more. He may be in the wrong series...
His absence during the first battle against the Wolkenritter in the movie seemed to influence the whole battle, because without his teleportation techniques, Fate couldn't save Nanoha. The result: Vita, not Shamal, extracted Nanoha's Linker Core, and even Fate and Arf's Linker Cores were extracted by the other knights.
Did Not Get the Girl: The ending of A's definitely implied that he had feelings for Nanoha, but per Word of Gay, she ended up with Fate. They remained friends, but that was about it.
Excuse Me While I Multitask: Other mages use Devices to help them do this, but Yuuno does it just fine on his own, even when dueling a superior opponent with far more combat experience. His abilities here, coupled with his talent for search magic, helped make him the head of the Infinity Library before he turned 10.
Japanese Honorifics: Tends to use “-san” for older people, but none for people in his age group. He initially referred to Nanoha this way, when she first started helping him with the Jewel Seeds, until she told him to cut it out. He once gets into an argument with Chrono over whether Chrono gave Yuuno permission to use yobisute towards him.
After defeating Stern, she calls him Shishou/Master, which confuses Nanoha to believe he's Stern's master as well.
Minored In Ass Kicking: Considering that Yunno's Chain Binds can rip apart the body of a Superweapon Doom Program and that he can forcibly teleport people into space to suffocate to death, his merely average firepower belies how deadly he could really be in a fight if he put his mind to it. The Gears of Destiny game also reveals that he is able and willing to smash his enemies in the face with battering ram charges, melee-range shots delivered through palm-strikes, close-range chain lashing, and explosive capture fields.
Non-Action Guy: Kinda sorta. Yuuno is certainly not shy about charging off into danger when people need his help, being just as reckless about that as Nanoha. However, he's first and foremost a scholar. While Nanoha pursues a career in the armed forces, Yuuno gets a job as chief librarian of the Infinite Library so he can purse his love of archaeology and research.
Quickly Demoted Leader: Quickly gets to the point where he has nothing to teach Nanoha, at least in the realm of combat magic. Canonically, he still continues to teach her spells like Chain Bind and Physical Heal, after the second season.
Razor Floss: His Chain Bind is used this way in the final battle of the second season. A different version called Aleister Chain (or "Arrester" Chain) serves as his super-attack in Gears of Destiny; he binds his target up in two chains, then circles the target with two more, then yanks the second set tight. The second chains shatter and explode, followed by the first set.
Satellite Love Interest: Effectively treated this way by the creators, despite actually having a developed personality, loads of plot-potential, and plenty of combat power. Beyond his use as a romantic possibility for Nanoha, the writers simply were not interested in developing anything more about him; they don't even explain where or how he gained Raising Heart. So when they decided, as of Sound Stage X, not to Ship Tease Yuuno with Nanoha anymore, he disappeared entirely from the plot and never receives another mention. Even back when he was on-screen he had vanishingly few interactions with anyone else in the cast, even counting the supplementary material manga and drama CDs.
Shapeshifter: He is able to transform into a ferret. In the first season, he did this to recover from his injuries quicklier. However, this doomed him to become Chrono's sole target of his jokes, and INNOCENT doesn't bother to make him an actual animal.
Shield Bash: Has literally an attack called Shield Bash. It's magical, though.
Spear Counterpart: To Shamal in A's. He's The Medic, is a defensive mage with low offensive powers, has blond hair, green magic color and a mild personality.
Stone Wall: Even without a Device, Yuuno's defenses are stronger than Nanoha's, as Nanoha clarifies in the first Megami Sound Stage drama disk; she needs to use her full-strength with Raising Heart to pierce through. Exactly how strong his defenses are is a matter of debate; the issue is tricky, considering his lack of a Device versus the quality of the other character's Devices, and the fact that he doesn't fight as often.
The rest of the cast have repeatedly called upon Yuuno to invert this defensive strength, creating force-fields to contain the massive firepower that Nanoha, Fate, Signum and Hayate throw around in practice matches, either to prevent normals from seeing the light show in the sky or to prevent damage to space-station facilities. However, a firecracker that goes off on your open palm will leave only a small burn, while closing your fist around it will blow off your hand. There is not a single canonical instance of Yuuno successfully containing a Starlight Breaker (even before Nanoha discovered the barrier-piercing ability), let alone the destruction that Nanoha and Fate and Hayate threw at each other.
Useless Accessory: His side pouch once contained Raising Heart, but ever afterwards goes unused.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2 with Chrono. Chrono tends to tease him about his ferret form and pile on work for him to do, and while Yuuno doesn't take either without complaint, he and Chrono are essentially friends.
Weak, but Skilled: A-rank magewithout firepower, do the math. Of course, one of his powers is forced teleportation, which was good enough to send a target out into the deadly vacuum of space (or to potentially bury them underground or drown them in the ocean). He doesn't need to blast you to beat you. Perhaps the fact that Yuuno is the last person who'd want to kill, while the most obvious offensive application of his skills would be very lethal, explains why he prefers staying out of the action.
Wise Beyond His Years: How many nine-year-olds do you know who feel so responsible for cleaning up their messes that, even when the mess isn't really their own fault, they'll travel to a world they've never heard of, all alone, without any family or friends, to face danger to life-and-limb in order to fix the problem before anyone gets hurt, even when they could have just waited for the regular authorities to eventually travel there and fix the problem themselves?
Fate Testarossa-Harlaown (orginally Fate Testarossa) — Ace of the Navy, Golden Flash
"She has such beautiful, kind eyes... Yet, for some reason, she really looks... incredibly sad." — Nanoha
First introduced as Nanoha's rival, Fate is the daughter of the Mad ScientistPrecia Testarossa, and constantly yearned for her approval. Unfortunately for her, Precia had snapped, abused Fate constantly, and thoughtlessly threw her into dangerous and painful situations. When outside, Fate was usually assisted by her familiar Arf and armed with the Intelligent Device Bardiche. She first met (and fought) Nanoha Takamachi over the Jewel Seeds, which Fate had been ordered to capture. Considering herself unfit to be friends with such a pure-hearted and kind girl as Nanoha, Fate rejected her attempts at negotiation, determined to win back her mother's affection. Ultimately, she pushed herself far beyond her limits in a desperate gambit to obtain all the remaining Jewel Seeds at once, though Nanoha intervened when it became evident that Fate would not emerge unscathed. Shortly afterwards, Precia revealed Fate's origin; a failed clone of Precia's daughter, Alicia. Precia cruelly destroyed Fate's fragile hopes, and denounced her as both a daughter and a person. With her identity, memories, and motivation shattered, Fate fell into despair. However, with the encouragement of Arf, Bardiche, and Nanoha, she decided to face Precia one last time, and reaffirm her feelings as real, even if she herself is fake. Despite Fate's efforts, Precia died in the collapse of The Garden. Afterward, Fate was adopted by Lindy Harlaown, and awaits trial as a material witness, keeping in constant contact with her new friend, Nanoha.The trial concluded quickly, and Fate quickly joined Nanoha in both everyday school life and the sudden battle against the Wolkenritter. During this time, she begins to develop her Fragile Speedster fighting style, with an upgraded, revolver-type magic cartridge Bardiche. She established a close bond with Signum based on mutual respect, and helped Nanoha defeat the Book of Darkness, thus freeing Hayate and her knights.Years later, Fate is an Enforcer; a powerful agent of the Space-Time Administration Bureau. Known throughout the galaxy as "The Ace of the Navy", Fate investigates various incidents, but takes a particular interest in cases involving children, even adopting and raising two herself: Erio Mondial, a clone created with the very technology her mother helped develop, and Caro Ru Lushe, a young summoner with immense power, who was thrown out of her tribe and sent to a high-security special-protection building. Both her and her children joined Hayate's Riot Force 6, where Fate is the captain of the Lightning unit along with her two children and her sub-commandar Signum. During the climax of the JS Incident, she encountered Jail Scaglietti, the man who started the project which ultimately led to her creation: Project Fate. Fighting him, Fate is forced to recognize the traits she and her mother have in common, namely, having her kids fight for her, but after some quick encouragement from Erio and Caro, Fate turns the tables and captures Jail. She also co-adopts Vivio alongside Nanoha, and the three are shown to be living happily together.Currently, she and Teana Lanster are the two Enforcers of Hayate's Special Duty Section 6 and are investigating the Bible of the Silver Cross Incident, also known as the Eclipse Incident.Herrelationshipwith Nanoha is the subject of much debate.
Tropes associated with Fate:
Absurdly Youthful Mother: To Vivio, Erio and Caro, whom she adopts at a young age, young enough so that Lindy has to be the one to officially become Erio's guardian.
Academic Athlete: As shown in side-materials. She gets perfect marks in nearly every subject (except for Japanese language) in school and being so good at math that she helps Nanoha's older sister with her math homework. On the other end, even without using her powers, she's second to only resident Passionate Sports Girl Suzuka in terms of athletics.
The Ace: She, Nanoha and Hayate are the three top Aces of their generation. Fate, who is known as the "Ace of the Navy" is in par with Nanoha, the "Ace of Aces". Furthermore, she's an Enforcer, who are the elite agents of the TSAB, counting among both its top investigators and its most powerful or skilled mages.
Action Mom: To her adopted children, Erio, Caro, and Vivio.
Badass: Oh, so much. When she becomes an adult, in StrikerS, she defeats Tre, Sette and Scaglietti in one battle, and in Force, she fights Cypha and DeVille without getting injured, but she injures them (well, they can regenerate).
Badass Adorable: Her Woobie status in season one puts her squarely in the "adorable" category, as does her softspoken, caring nature in the later seasons. In either case, the magical beam scythe takes care of the other part.
Badass Longcoat: Her Barrier Jacket's Impulse Form has one and an additional white cape.
Beam Spam: Bardiche's first spoken words in the franchise were "Photon Lancer. Full Autofire." and Fate seems infatuated with this and Macross Missile Massacre attacks in the first series, but has outgrown it by A's.
Big Damn Heroes: She has a habit of saving Nanoha from deadly situations in the nick of time.
The first time, she helps Nanoha defeating Precia's mechas.
In the first episode of A's, she, along with Yuuno and Arf, save Nanoha just in time from Vita.
In the Movie 2nd A's, she can't save Nanoha from Vita because Signum interferes her and defeats Fate as well, not to mention that Yuuno is Demoted to Extra. The rescue moment is delayed to Nanoha's fight against Reinforce Eins. In the original A's, there wasn't a rescue moment in that fight because Nanoha wasn't in danger.
In INNOCENT, Fate saves Nanoha from Vita again. It should be noted that Fate and Nanoha don't know each other at that time and continuity.
She intercepts DeVille's attack on Nanoha in Force.
And one more if you count the Kaleid Liner crossover special, where she isn't even properly befriended yet.
Boobs of Steel: Fate has always been better in close combat than Nanoha, and in StrikerS her breasts are quite noticeably larger than Nanoha's. It also perhaps reflects how she's more of a classically-maternal person than Nanoha.
Tends to get a fair amount of teasing from her friends, especially in the Comic a la Carte one shots, as she is socially awkward and easily embarrassed.
In ViVid, during the team battle chapters. Erio deals a critical hit to her the moment she switches to Sonic Form, inducing heavy Clothing Damage. Then later, she suffers furtherClothing Damage and is left with basically a few scraps left after Nanoha and Teana's Starlight Breaker collision.
Calling The Old Woman Out: Averted. Instead of denouncing her for her cruel acts - especially revealing her status as a Replacement Goldfish and deeming her worthless at that - Fate says that even if Precia doesn't consider her a daughter, she still brought her into the world, and is her mother. Precia brushes it off, though.
During the first A's sound stage, Fate struggles with telling Nanoha that they could resolve the issue of who goes into the bath first by going in together, but gets interrupted by Amy and Miyuki's arrival and the subsequent decision to go to the public baths.
In the "Magical Cooking" short side story, Vivio lets her and Nanoha try her salt cookies with baked caviare and a whole bottle of brandy added as seasoning. Fate can't even swallow it and has to put significant effort to not spit it out, while wondering what to say when Vivio asks how it was. Luckily Nanoha has no such problem and simply says "It's terrible" with a smile on her face.
In the second StrikerS Sound Stage, she has difficulty talking to Erio and Caro about her concerns for them (specifically that they are hiding their problems from her), causing some unspoken tension between them.
The Cape: Between The Trickster Hayate and Combat Pragmatist Nanoha, Fate is easily the most classically heroic one of the Three Aces and, possibly, the entire cast. Her post-A's combat attire even includes a long white cape.
Character Exaggeration: Following the original series, she is, for the most part, a relatively calm individual who is sometimes insecure. In the Comics A La Carte one shots, she gets exaggeratedly depressed over the smallest things, such as Vivio delaying giving her a gift for Mother’s Day until Father’s Day, or choosing to take a bath alone.
In the original series, her Barrier Jacket gets torn up pretty badly in the final battle with Nanoha after she blocks a Divine Buster.
In the movie manga, it is instead caused by Precia using area magic on the entire field with no regard to whether or not Fate got caught up in the blast.
In Vivid, she goes Shin Sonic Form against Erio, but his speed allows him to keep up with her and he ends up shredding her outfit entirely, leaving just scraps covering anything important. And then Teana and Nanoha bombard the field with Starlight Breakers, leaving Fate in even fewer scraps of clothing than before.
Code Name: Lightning 1 in Riot Force 6, and Riot 1 in Special Duty Section 6.
Dark Is Not Evil: Fate's Barrier Jacket is black and frequently includes a Dracula-esque high-collared black and red cape. Black is even stated to be her favourite color and she fights with an axe/scythe. While she was a Dark Magical Girl, after her Heel-Face Turn she became the closest friend Nanoha "befriended".
Expy: She's got the equivalent of a dead sister, in the first season she served as the hero's rival, she was the product of a project, and she had a Heel-Face Turn. In this sense she's a Gender Flipped, kinder version of Shadow.
Take all of that, then add in the blonde hair and a form that lets her go Three Times Faster and she's a CHAR.
Flawed Prototype: Technically speaking, she is one for Project F. She's among the first clones produced via the tech, but wasn't identical to her original, which was the project's goal.
Super Prototype:Taking Precia's issues with the result aside; her magical capabilities are hinted to be equal to or have exceeded that of her original. In fact, attempts to replicate the result Fate was couldn't be done.
Fragile Speedster / Glass Cannon: Not noticeably so in normal combat despite being relatively weak in defensive magic, but her Sonic Drive Super Mode combined with Bardiche's Zanber Form turns her into a hypersonic One-Hit-Point Wonder with a BFS. Fate is still alarmingly fast when in her Lightning Form, but her Sonic Form (and later Shin Sonic Form) weakens her defenses and turns her inherent speed Up to Eleven.
Just to drive the point home: In Force, she fights DeVille of Hückebein, whose special skill is short-distance teleportation in combat, to a standstill. DeVille first thinks Fate can teleport as well, before realizing that no, she's just that fast. And she wasn't using her Sonic Form, either.
"Living with the memories of the past in her heart, her cloak/Barrier Jacket is her snow-white wings for protecting her loved ones. It can be said that it is Fate's will to embrace the future given form."
Girlish Pigtails: Five months after the "Book of Darkness Incident", she wears her hair straight outside of combat. A year after StrikerS, she ultimately replaces her two pigtals for a ponytail.
In A's, blushes and looks somewhat uncomfortable after Lindy takes her hand, prompting Lindy to apologize.
In Vivid, she blushes when Vivio cups her face in her hands.
In the Movie manga, Linith makes note of this and suggests that it's because Precia did not give her much affection.
In the The Movie 2nd A's, Lindy reaches out to touch her in a maternal manner, which she enjoys. However, when in Precia reaches to touch her in the Lotus-Eater Machine, she instinctively pulls away, showing that she's come to view Lindy as the mother she always wanted.
Heroic BSOD: Winds up with her finding that she's a placeholder while Precia tries to revive her daughter. She gets pushed over the cliff after Precia admits that she has always completely hated Fate despite Fate's unwavering dedication to her "mother" up till then.
Honor Before Reason: Fate helps free Signum from a monster's clutches rather than take the opportunity to capture her. Even Signum tells her she shouldn't have done that, albeit largely because Fate cost her a Linker Core by destroying the monster.
Jack-of-All-Trades: Fate is well versed in all forms of magical combat; able to use powerful ranged spells and fight in close range. This is in contrast with Nanoha, who excelsin ranged combat, and Hayate, who can only usenuke-level spells. This makes her one of the best Enforcers in the TSAB, as the position requires a mage to have a wide array of skills to fit any possible situation.
Weak, but Skilled: Although not really weak in any sense of the word, Fate doesn't pack as much raw firepower as either Nanoha or Hayate. However, she makes up for it by having a much more balanced skillset without any real holes and by being extremely fast.
Japanese Sibling Terminology: She wonders what she should call Chrono once she joins his family as his younger sister. She occasionally calls Chrono "Onii-chan" much to his embarrassment, but otherwise tends to just use his first name, (or "Admiral Chrono" when she's on duty in front of people she doesn't know).
Love Martyr: Towards her first mother, Precia. Even after being rejected by her, continues to love her because she brought her into the world, and to Fate, is still her mother even if she doesn't acknowledge her as a daughter.
To incredibly awkward levels in the DVD Commentary of the movie; as she's defending her mother as Precia is whipping her. "She never gave wounds that magic couldn't heal." This is actually a painful bit of Truth in Television, seeing as it's not uncommon for abuse victims to sugarcoat or outright defend the behavior of their abusers.
The Maiden Name Debate: When she's adopted by the Harlaown family, takes on "Testarossa-Harlaown" as her family name, as she considers both Precia and Lindy her mothers; the former for bringing her into the world and the latter for raising her. Most fans just call her Fate T. Harlaown.
In Force, when Curren asks for her name, Fate responses with "It's Harlaown".
Married to the Job: Her job as Enforcer requires her to travel around space most of the time. In the Megami Sound Stages, she laments the fact that she can't spend as much time as she wants with her adopted children Erio and Caro, and in Vivid, she was away so often that she was the last person to hear about her other adopted daughter Vivio's Adult Form (Nanoha kinda forgot to mention that little detail to her). In the 2nd Mother's Day one-shot, when Vivio teases Fate about how often she is absent from her life (prompting Fate to angst that Vivio will no longer consider her one of her mothers).
Martial Pacifist: According to Shari, she greatly enjoys mock battles, but doesn't like actual combat.
My Beloved Smother: In contrast to her usual soft-spoken self, many people note that Erio and Caro And Vivio are actually pretty spoiled by her, despite being very capable children. Considering her upbringing and their similar origins, this is actually pretty justified.
Pet the Dog: Sound Stage 2, which deals with her backstory, set while she was still an antagonist, shows that she made Arf into a familiar solely to save her life, and set the contract open so that Arf can live the way she wants to, without having to worry about herself disappearing when it's fulfilled.
Phlebotinum Rebel: Subverted - while she's an indirect products of Jail's illegal research and the one in charge of Jail's capture, she doesn't treat him any differently than she would every other criminal.
Purple Is Powerful: Many of her spells as well as Fate herself are surrounded by purple sparks. Think about it. Purple? Sparks? Makes you wonder if these sparks represent Precia in any way. Additionally, when Fate is about to perform her most powerful spell Plasma Zanber Breaker, purple lightnings fall from the sky and charge the Zanber.
The Quiet One: Bardiche. He talks less as much as Raising Heart (even less in the movies, while Raising Heart got even more lines). The Forwards lampshade that Bardiche is a really quiet Device. However, Teana thinks his silence is one of his greatest things of him. Doing things through action and not words, protecting his master as her weapon at all times.
Rapunzel Hair: In the first two seasons, her hair reaches almost down to her feet, and she reportedly has difficulty washing it on her own.
Red Baron: She is known in the TSAB as "The Ace of the Navy" and the "Golden Flash"note Kin no Senkou.
Required Secondary Powers: Inverted. Just like Nanoha, she's bad in English but became very good in math due to her Mid-Childan magic.
Save the Villain: Saves Signum from a desert monster, and in [[Striker(s)Striker(s)], while it is not her primary goal, saves the lives of Scaglietti and several of his defeated cyborgs by stopping the self-destruct sequence.
Unlike Nanoha, Fate has not really a particular spell which she uses frequently, with the exception of her Photon Lancer and Plasma Lancer, but these spells are very ordinary and less memorable. Her Smasher spells are used very rarely, and her Plasma Zanber Breaker was used only once. Thanks to Bardiche's Scythe/Haken/Crescent Form, the closest example would be Arc/Haken/Crescent Saber, which can be considered as Fate's most "iconic" spell, and in contrast to her Smasher spells, these Saber spells have the least differences to each other.
On the other hand, Thunder Rage and its variations seem to be the signature spell of her family, since not only Fate knows these spells, but also Precia and Erio.
In Force, she is one of the five girls who fight and save Thoma; the other four are Nanoha, Isis, Subaru and Lily. Fate attacks only twice, but she doesn't target him, but the Bible of the Silver Cross and damages it, which is a major turn during the battle. She is the only one to do such a smart move.
Spirited Competitor: Likes sparring with Signum and Nanoha, although Shari implies that she stopped sparring with Nanoha for some time after she was injured (possibly for fear of her overexerting herself).
Stripperiffic: Her regular outfit in season one, quite possibly even more so than her Barrier Jacket. This also applies to her True Sonic Form in the Third season.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Initially seems unfeeling, but after becoming friends with Nanoha, shows a kinder, gentler and often somewhat shy side.
Super Soldier: An unintentional case as she was meant to be just a clone of Alicia.
Super Speed: Her best asset, which is enhanced by her Sonic Form at the cost of her defense. By Force, she has become so fast she's able to keep up with a guy whose ability is to teleport, with said guy actually mistaking her fast movement as teleportation too. The kicker, that time she has not yet activated Sonic Form.
AxeOn A Stick: The "Axe of Flash" Bardiche's default combat mode, which is, well, a bardiche. It's called Device Form in the original series, Axe Form in The Movie 1st, Assault Form in A's, and Bullova Form in The Movie 2nd A's.
BFS: Bardiche's Zanber form, with Jet Zanber putting even more emphasis on the "B". Riot Zanber Calamity is the combination of the two Riot Blades, resembling a larger Zanber Form. In FORCE, we have Riot Zanber II.
Blade on a Stick: Bardiche's Sealing Form in the original series, and Glaive Form (or Grave Formnote Listening to Bardiche carefully, he really says "Grave Form") in the movie.
Dual Wielding: Bardiche's Riot Zanber Stinger. And one of the forms of Riot Blade II.
Laser Blade: Actually, all of Bardiche's blades are this, except his default combat mode. The form which traditionally fits this trope is the single Riot Blade. Also one of the forms of Riot Blade II.
Sinister Scythe: Bardiche's Scythe Form, later upgraded to Haken Form (or Crescent Form in the movie).
Sword Beam: The Blade Impulse is a classical sword beam, performed with Bardiche's Zanber Form. Arc/Haken/Crescent Saber is the scythe variant, throwing the energy blade from Bardiche's Scythe/Haken/Crescent Form.
The Unfavorite: A weird version; her sister is clearly the favorite of their mother because Fate is a clone of her 'sister' Alicia, and Fate is hated because she was "too" different from (and some ways, like magical aptitude, actually better than) the original.
Vocal Evolution: Bardiche's voice is much higher in the The Movie 1st and sounds much less Machine Monotone. In The Movie 2nd A's, his voice is deeper and more monotone, but not as deep as in the TV series.
Wave Motion Gun: Spark Smasher and Thunder Smasher are fired by striking Bardiche's Device Form onto/through the magic circle muzzle.
Wave Motion Sword: Her most powerful spell, Plasma Zanber Breaker, Fate's equivalent to Nanoha's Starlight Breaker and Hayate's Ragnarök.
Well Done Daughter Gal: In the first season, she desperately wants Precia's approval, despite it clearly being a lost cause.
Fate's familiar, who accompanies her on her quest to find the Jewel Seeds. She despises Fate's mother and is only loyal to Fate. Late in the series, when she is injured after attacking Precia over her mistreatment of Fate, she retreats to Earth and seeks help from Nanoha, later helping in the assault on the Garden of Time. She fights alongside the heroes in A's, primarily facing off against Zafira.In StrikerS, she takes on the form of a small child in order to use as little of Fate's mana as possible and stays behind to do household chores, believing that Fate has become strong enough to fight on her own. She helps the Harlaown family in the household and is Karel and Liera's babysitter, the children of Chrono and Amy.
Tropes associated with Arf:
All There in the Manual: In the Sound Stages, there is a given explanation why she has the appearance of a child in StrikerS. Only-anime viewers wouldn't get the idea why Arf shrunk while Fate grew up.
Animorphism: Looks like a giant fox, though she's said to be a wolf and is mistaken for a dog on Earth.
Badass Cape: Part of her Barrier Jacket. Like some other characters, she also has those "waist capes".
Demoted to Extra: Six years after A's, Arf retires from active duty because Fate is strong enough to fight on her own. She spends most of her time around the Harlaown house, doing chores and looking after Chrono and Amy's children. She wasn't playable in the A's-centric Battle of Aces (though she is in the sequel). She has yet to appear in ViVid or Force. And despite Yuuno and Chrono are the infamous Butt Monkeys regarding the lack of screentime, Arf had it always worse than them outside the first two seasons. Arf has less screen time than both of them in StrikerS, and Yuuno appears in ViVid before her. Though, she does appear in The Movie 1st Sound Stage Side F (which take places in ViVid), but she does not appear in The Movie 2nd A'sDVD Commentary, despite even Yuuno and Chrono are part of the 21 commentary members. Instead, Lutecia Alpine "takes her place", who tries to imitate her voice twice.
Fire-Forged Friends: Strongly dislikes Nanoha at first, thinking she's weak and is trying to trick Fate into abandoning her quest. She eventually decides to cooperate with Nanoha for Fate's sake, though, and starts to like her after seeing how happy Fate is after becoming Nanoha's friend.
Friend to All Children: Better pronounce in post-A's, she used to play with Erio and Caro when they were younger, and is babysitting Karel and Liera now. She also played with Vivio.
Heel-Face Turn: In Episode 10 of the first series, attacks Precia over how she treats Fate, and is defeated. After being found by Alisa, Nanoha and Yuuno meet her, and she agrees to help them save Fate.
Hey, You!: Has quite a few insulting nicknames for Nanoha at first, before she's ultimately forced to work with her in saving Fate.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: In the first two seasons. Without Arf, Fate would be arrested much earlier; Fate nearly defeated Vita thanks to Arf's assistance, if Signum and Zafira hadn't interferred. Like Yuuno to Nanoha and Reinforce to Hayate, Arf is Fate's Hypercompetent Sidekick in The Gears of Destiny, where Arf can defeat even Levi the Slasher if the player choose her instead of Fatenote the player has to choose Arf fighting Dark Piece Precia first.
I'm a Humanitarian: While it's probably not something she does on a regular basis, Arf threatens, and possibly attempts, to swallow Nanoha whole, though it's debatable whether she was following through on this threat.
My Master, Right or Wrong: She hates Precia and tries to convince Fate to give up looking for the search for the Jewel Seeds on a few occasions, but nevertheless continues to help her. Fate later regrets not listening to Arf and causing her pain by persisting.
Non-Human Sidekick: Wolfgirl sidekick, but Arf is in fact a magical construct, though the series tends to view magical constructs and even sufficiently advanced Magitek devices as human enough. In A's, typically takes on the form of a small red dog when she's on Earth so as not to attract suspicion, and recommends that Zafira do the same toward the end of the last episode.
Older Than She Looks: In StrikerS, which takes place 10 years after A's, she takes the form of a small girl to consume as little of Fate's mana as possible.
Only One Name: Due to her nature as a familiar, she hasn't even adopt the name Harlaown.
She's All Grown Up: Inverted. She shrunk since StrikerS. Justified, she has the ability to change her physical age.
Ship Tease: Subtle with Zafira. He's her Spear Counterpart, Arf feeds him with meat in the StrikerS manga, and she appears in Zafira's route in The Battle of Aces; the only three other routes in which she appears are Nanoha, Fate and Chrono's. In Fate and Chrono's cases, she's a part of their family, in Nanoha's case, she appears alongside with Fate. In Zafira's case, there is no given reason, except maybe this trope. And at one point, she contacts Fate when the latter defeats the Dark Piece version of Zafira.
Spell My Name with an S: Spellings include Arf, Aruf and Alph. And to make things more confusing, the English dub uses... all of them. More recently, the official English subtitles from the home release of the movie used "Alf".
Undying Loyalty: Toward Fate, as a result of affection and appreciation rather than contract. Fate only made Arf a familiar to save her life, and made the terms of her contract to live as she wished. Fate also left the contract completely open in duration - only actual physical death will end it.
Younger than She Looks: Her typical form in the first two seasons is a girl in her late teens or early twenties, but she was created by the nine-year-old Fate, and is thus younger than her. Interestingly enough, her "official" age is 16 as of the original series, despite being chronologically much younger. Since Nanoha knows that Arf isn't as old as she appear, Nanoha drops calling her "Arf-san", but only "Arf".
The main antagonist of the original series, who seeks the Jewel Seeds to travel to Al Hazard to resurrect her dead daughter Alicia. Apparently died when she and the capsule containing Alicia's body fell into the trans-dimensional void.
Fond Memories That Could Have Been: When Alicia died, she realized just how she has neglected her daughter and wished that she had spend more time with her. Too bad she went off the deep end.
A second one occurs in the movie, where as she falls to her death, Precia remembered that Alicia once wanted a little sister and realized that she could've treated Fate as another daughter instead of a failed replacement for Alicia. Unfortunately, there is no longer enough time left to make amends or even apologize.
Glass Cannon: In The Gears of Destiny, Precia has the lowest defense after Fate and Levi in their Sonic/Sprite Forms and she's slow. A single Limit Break either kills her or she barely survives it. However, Precia's attacks are very powerful and she has one of the two most powerful Limit Breaks alongside Shamal's in the game.
Hey, You!: Tends to refer to Fate as "that girl" when talking about her to others, possibly to reflect her contempt for her as a clone, but tends to address her by name when speaking to her.
Hoist By Her Own Petard: Desperate to reach Al Hazard before dying of her disease or being arrested by the TSAB, she tried to go do the dimensional transference when she had nine out of 21 Jewel Seeds, short of even the 14-seed bare minimum she suspected she would need. She falls to her death as the transference fails and her lair collapses.
Ignored Expert: In the movie, Precia tried to explain to her superiors that accelerating the timeline for the final stage of her reactor project from one month to one week was a bad idea. They didn't listen, and the disaster that resulted from that foolish management decision cost Precia her daughter and, eventually, her sanity.
Incurable Cough of Death: Suffering this as early as the second Sound Stage of the original series, which takes place two years before the series begins.
Keigo: Her speech pattern is very formal, even in her worst moments.
Not Quite Flight: One of her abilities is levitation, which she sometimes uses on herself.
Older Than She Looks: Looks in her 20s to early 30s, but is actually age 54 at the time of her introduction in episode 7. She doesn't even have a single middle/old age wrinkle on her face. Time has been very kind to her appearance. And she needed only 22 years to clone Alicia and create Fate.
Orcus on His Throne: It's made clear from the first time we see her that she's much stronger than Fate, but due her terminal illness, relies on her to find the Jewel Seeds anyways. She also lacks actual combat skills.
Peek-a-Bangs: Has it when the story began, but not in flashbacks or in INNOCENT.
Psycho Electro: In addition to her being mentally unstable, most of her powers are electricity-based.
Purple Is Powerful: The color of her dress/Barrier Jacket, Device, and magic. Furthermore, she is the character with the highest magic rank (SS) introduced so far and has her power naturally.
Rapunzel Hair: In the flashbacks, her hair was already really long. Currently, her hair is almost reaching the floor.
In INNOCENT, her hair is as long as the past Precia from the original series.
Superpower Lottery: One of only two SS rank mages in the series, and unlike Hayate, Precia's power is entirely natural. She performs what is quite possibly the most impressive feat of magic in the entire series when she casts a spell powerful enough to disable a spaceship from another dimension, and she effortlessly slaughters the TSAB personnel sent to arrest her. And this was after years of suffering from insanity and an Incurable Cough of Death. It boggles the mind to think how powerful she must have been in her prime.
Some of her feats include: hitting a large target in dimension space (as noted above) and a small target in another world (the spell that hit Fate after her battle with Nanoha) from her lair, implied to be quite deep within dimension space itself, Severely injuring Arf without batting an eye and summoning an entire army of Mecha-Mooks that can give a highly trained Enforcer a run for his money. Again, as noted above, all of this while suffering from insanity, an incurable disease, and is practically living on borrowed time.
Telekinesis: She display this ability from time to time.
Unskilled, but Strong: Precia is one of the most powerful mages in the entire franchise, being a SS-rank mage like Hayate. However, like Hayate, she lacks actual combat skills, which is mentioned by Fate in The Movie 1stDVD Commentary.
Vapor Wear: Look at her dress/Barrier Jacket (?)! There is no way she wears underwear.
Precia's familiar, who was created to further Fate's education and make Bardiche. Although she cared greatly for Fate, she was unable to go against Precia, even at the end of her life. The records she left behind, however, helped prove Fate's innocence in the Lost Logia case.
Tropes associated with Linith:
All There in the Manual: In the TV series, she only appears once, in Fate's Lotus-Eater Machine sequence with no explanation of who she is. However, she is central in the second Sound Stage, and is frequently referenced in the other Sound Stages and the manga. She is also in the flashbacks in The Movie and her role is further expanded in its accompanying manga.
Familiar: Precia's. Created to teach Fate as the sole purpose of her contract.
Fragile Speedster: In The Gears of Destiny, it's shown that she has a spell called Fast Step that allows her to move faster than any other character's accelerationnote not to confuse with the Gears' Accelerator that is even faster than Linith's Fast Step. Her defense is still bad.
Limit Break: Plasma Saber in The Gears of Destiny, which deals 48% basic damage, that is slightly above average and deals 0.5% more basic damage than Nanoha's Starlight Breaker and Stern's Shin Luciferion Breaker.
Meido: Not the typical maid uniform, but you can see she's one.
Morality Chain: Precia still showed some bits of her lost humanity when Linith was around. After she disappeared, well, things went worse. Arf suggests that Linith would have told Precia off for hitting Fate for the book she retrieved not having what she wanted if she had still been around.
Nice Hat: It's not clear whether her hat covers her cat ears or that she can perfectly hide her ears.
The Obi-Wan: Linith was specifically created by Precia to be this for Fate, complete with her contract expiring together with her life once she's finished training Fate. When a pseudo-revived version of hers appeared in The Gears of Destiny, she showed just how much more skilled she was compared to Fate, beating everyone she met from Nanoha, to Signum, to Reinforce (albeit a weakened one) despite not taking the fights too seriously, and eventually being the only one capable of defeating a similarly pseudo-revived version of Precia.
Parental Substitute: The closest thing to a mother figure Fate has until her adoption. When she "dies", she tells Precia that she regretted that Fate was not her own daughter.
Servile Snarker: Has little respect for Precia, and is not above talking back or using sarcasm even during her Famous Last Words ("my never kind master, Precia"). Has a better relationship with Fate, but is not above teasing her a little over her being sleepy in her Lotus-Eater Machine dream.
Gears of Destiny shows that she actually loves Precia a lot. Just like Fate want to be loved as Precia's daughter, so too she wants to be loved as Precia's familiar. She does reconcile with Precia at the end of her story arc.
Spared by the Adaptation: In INNOCENT. Interestingly, both her human form and cat form appearing seperately in this manga. The human Linith has the surname Lanster, and the cat is refered as "Linith/Rynith the 2nd".
Spell My Name with an S: Does it begin with an L or an R, and does it end with an s or a th? One of the most unfortunate names from a Romanization standpoint.
Precia's deceased daughter, for whom Precia went completely nuts, and for whom Fate was cloned as a temporary replacement. Precia sought the lost technology of Al Hazard to resurrect her. If she wasn't already irreversibly dead, she became so when her pod fell into the trans-dimensional void alongside Precia. A false version of her was created in Fate's Lotus-Eater Machine, where she regretted not having met in real life, and offers Fate some encouragement.Outside the main continuity, she is one of the five main characters in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT.
Informed Flaw: When comparing her with the gentle Fate, Precia mentions Alicia as always talking egotistically, but we never see her behaving like this. The nearest thing we get is her portrayal in Fate's Lotus-Eater Machine, where Alicia is simply shown as somewhat cheeky and carefree.
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (S2U), Thomas King (Durandal in A's), Wayne Doster (Durandal in The Movie 2nd A's)
One of the top Enforcers on the Arthra and the son of Captain/Admiral Lindy Harlaown. While not as powerful as Nanoha or Fate, Chrono (initially) has far more experience. Stoic and logical, Chrono prefers to assess a situation and wait for a chance to strike, and he can get somewhat annoyed by Nanoha's impulsive actions. Chrono singlehandedly determines cause of the unusual events in season 2, but hardly appears in season 3.Currently an admiral himself, he's the captain of the Claudia and is married with Amy and has fraternal twins with her, Karel and Liera. Chrono has yet to appear in ViVid or Force, but he appears in The Movie 1st Sound Stage F and in The Movie 2nd A's audio commentary, both taking place in the ViVid timeline.
Combat Pragmatist: Chrono is a Trap Master who never fights fair. He also prefers to appear very late and catch his enemies off guard (and mostly from behind or out of nowhere).
Cool Starship: In the season 1 and 2, he is stationated at the Arthra, later he is the captain of the Arthra, and later the captain of another spaceship, the Claudia.
The Comically Serious: He claims he called Yuuno "ferret boy" as a joke, though you'd never tell from his tone.
In the final chapter of the A's supplementary manga, before the mock battle against the Yagami family begins, he says "For the reputation of the three of usnote Nanoha, Fate and himself within the Bureau command and our two Familiars!" He still makes a joke about Yuuno being an actual ferret with a totally serious face.
Chrono just ignores jokes and he continues his conversations straight forward.
He mellows out as an adult, and he still jokes about Yuuno's ferret past.
Dark Is Not Evil: The reason why the Enforcer uniforms are black in the first plays was his villain role in Magical Toybox.
His relationship with Fate in the first season became ironic since A's: When they first met, Chrono injured Fate and Arf had to escape with a bleeding Fate. And when Fate was fighting against sixnote seven in The Movie typhoons, Chrono suggested that their crew should wait until Fate would either lose against the typhoons or die by exhaustion. A season later, both became siblings.
Chrono had a hard childhood, losing his father in the age of three and he forced himself to become a strong person. His two children, three years old in StrikerS, live in a warm family and have a happy childhood.
Foil: To Hayate Yagami. The Unskilled, but Strong Hayate is the warm and cheerful head of the Yagami family, while the Weak, but Skilled Chrono is the cold and stoic officer who is in charge of the Book of Darkness Incident. Their growth makes it more obvious: In private situations, Chrono became more relaxed and he mellowed out; in duty, Hayate became dead serious and shows little of her cheerful personality.
Generation Xerox: Chrono's role as an admiral and the captain of the spaceship Claudia in StrikerS is very similar to his mother Admiral Lindy, the captain of the Arthra in A's. In the Grand Finale of the respective seasons, both destroy an Artifact of Doom with their spaceships; Lindy with the Arc-en-ciel destroyed the Automatic Defense Program of the Book of Darkness, also known as Nachtwal, and Chrono with a fleet of spaceships destroys the Saint Cradle.
Guile Hero: In A's, behind the backs of everyone, he secretly investigates Gil Graham's past and current activities, revealing a major puzzle of the Book of Darkness Incident.
I Got Bigger: According to Nanoha in The Movie 1st's audio commentary, he suddenly grew up very quickly after the Precia Testarossa Incident and the Book of Darkness Incident.
Hey, You!: According to Nanoha and Teana, he rather calls people with "hey, you" than by their names.
An Ice Person: Specializes in temperature manipulation, and the Durandal allows him to freeze targets easily. His most powerful spell is the ice spell Eternal Coffin, an S+ spell which is even optimized by Durandal's specification in freezing magic and Chrono's training in his speciality.
Older Than He Looks: Despite looking as old as nine-year-old Nanoha (probably because that's also how old he seemed in Magical Toybox), he's actually five years older. After the first time-skip, however, he starts looking his age.
According to Nanoha, he grew up very quickly after the Book of Darkness Incident.
Pragmatic Hero: Chrono is not only a Combat Pragmatist, he would go so far to let a criminal die if it's the safest way to "catch" the person. When Fate was fighting typhoons, he figured that waiting until she would either win or die were the best option to arrest her.
No Pronunciation Guide: In Lyrical Party IV, Raising Heart pronounces his family name as "Harla'own". Considering how she pronounces other names ("Alf", "Rinis", "Plecia"), it's not a very reliable source.
Surpassed the Teacher: In A's, Chrono defeats Liesearia and Lieselotte, his combat magic instructors, and explicitly tells them that he has become stronger than both of them. And in The Gears of Destiny, he beats them again and the twins tell him that they can teach him nothing anymore.
Trap Master: His fighting syle in the Nanoha games. Instead of a stronger projectile attack, Chrono sets-up invisible Delayed Binds that trigger when his opponent flies too close to them.
This actually is his fighting style in the series, too. That's how he defeated Fate and the Masked Men alias Liesearia and Lieselotte. Nanoha states his fighting style in The Movie 1stDVD Commentary, when she asks Teana if she got a lot of binds when she sparred with Chrono, which Teana confirms.
Up to Eleven: Although Eternal Coffin is already an S+ ranked spell, Durandal was specifically optimized for it and Chrono is able to use its full power thanks to his past trainings.
Weak, but Skilled: As he says, it takes more than power to make a great mage. Chrono's first appearance has him intervening in a fight between Nanoha and Fate, each of whom has substantially more raw magical power than him. He also uses an obscure spell to capture and unmask the masked men in A'swho turn out to be his teachers. In the supplementary mangas, he likewise handily defeats Fate in a one-on-one match despite her superior power, although it's implied that she has improved to the point where he has to take her seriously to win.
In The Battle of Aces, Chrono can meet his Dark Piece counterpart. After defeating him, Chrono is surprised how weak his enemy was, wondering if he's actually that weak, too.
Chrono's mother and The Captain of the Arthra and an admiral. Despite her authority, Lindy is a gentle and easygoing woman, and like Nanoha, would rather talk things out before resorting to force. However, it's implied that she possesses incredible power, suppressing a dimensional tremor by herself. She is responsible for giving Nanoha most of her orders in the original series and A's. She adopts Fate, and serves as the legal guardian for Erio and Caro, as Fate was too young to officially do so.
Fee Fi Faux Pas: Drinks her Japanese tea British-style. Nanoha is extremely well-behaved in every other respect, but cannot stop herself from making◊ a face◊ at this while her back is turned. This may be an example of Lindy attempting to emulate Earth customs very, very badly, or else an example of how the TSAB has "borrowed" and mixed various cultures with their own. One possibility is that, knowing a fellow Admiral from England, she attempts to apply the way he drinks his tea to how she drinks Japanese tea.
Married to the Job: Lindy is dedicated to her job, but it's not depicted as a bad thing, unlike many examples of this trope. She is very devoted to her family and always makes time for them, even taking leave so she could help Fate settle into her new life.
Wave Motion Gun/Fantastic Nuke: The Arthra has a weapon called Arc-en-ciel, which could have destroyed a fair chunk of Japan's landmass had it been fired at the surface. Firing it even follows the Two-Man Rule and requires authorization by the highest authorities, heightening the similarities. Lindy used it to destroy Nachtwall, the Automatic Defense Program of the Book of Darkness.
An officer on the Arthra who is relatively playful, in contrast to the highly serious Chrono. Seven years after the Precia Testarossa Incident and the Book of Darkness Incident, she and Chrono marry and she gives birth to fraternal twins, Karel and Liera. Amy has retired from her duty to become a full-time mother.
Ditzy Genius: Ties a bow in Chrono's bandages, and when sending a message to Nanoha and Fate in the first Megami Sound Stage, instead of making comments on the characters and the story, asks them to pick up supplies. Nevertheless, she's a highly competent officer and is a master in gathering information.
Shipper on Deck: For Nanoha and Yuuno. She asks Yuuno how things are progressing with him and Nanoha in the Distant Finale of A's and the early part of the StrikerS manga at the same time, and seems disappointed that their relationship has not changed. She just supports the wrongship.
Nanoha's older brother, who is a college student in the first series. He was the hero in Triangle Heart 3, but the only things that carry over are his skill with swords, his relationship with Shinobu and his Seiyuu, Hikaru Midorikawa.
Tropes associated with Kyouya:
Covert Pervert: Hinted to be quite a big one at the audio dramas, as a Jewel Seed, which acts based on the desires of those who come into contact with it, turns into a water monster that tries ripping off girls' swimsuits.
Japanese Sibling Terminology: Her referring to Kyouya as "Kyou-chan" could suggest that she's his cousin, but Nanoha uses this as a way of suggesting that Fate doesn't necessarily have to use terms for older siblings on Chrono.
Nanoha's mother, who runs a cafe called the Midori-ya together with her husband Shirou.
Tropes associated with Momoko:
Absurdly Youthful Mother: In Triangle Heart 3, she wasn't neither Kyoya's nor Miyuki's mother. If she's the biological mother of both them in the Nanoha continuity, she must be 14 when Kyoya was born, and 16 when Miyuki's was born, and 24 when Nanoha was born.
Open Minded Parent: Fairly understanding about letting Nanoha go away for several days in season 1. Also didn't even blink when Lindy explained the situation, and nonchalantly greets her 19-year old daughter in the Sound Stage when she stops by to visit with her students after moving to another planet/dimension.
Students: "Her mom treats Nanoha-san like she's a normal girl!"
Rapunzel Hair: Has very long hair. Her youngest daughter get this hair, too.
One of Nanoha's schoolfriends. Alisa has the honor of being the first person to be on the receiving end of a Nanoha befriending, when Nanoha hit her for bullying Suzuka. She got better soon, thankfully. In the first season, she saves a wounded Arf who later sees a saviour in her.Outside the main continuity, she is one of the five main characters in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT.
Big Friendly Dog: Suzuka has cute kitties. Alisa has huge puppies. She even briefly takes in an injured Arf (in wolf form) after finding her by the road side one night.
Defeat Means Friendship: Holds the dubious honor of being the first person Nanoha "befriended"note At least in this universe. In Triangle Heart 3, Chrono had that dubious honor for himself, to stop her from bullying Suzuka.
Jerkass: Before becoming friends with Nanoha and Suzuka, notes that she didn't care at all about how other people felt, prompting Nanoha to slap her for taking Suzuka's ribbon to show her what pain is like.
Tsundere: It's Rie Kugimiya... need we explain more? In episode 6 of season 1, she gets upset with Nanoha for not confiding in her, but despite that, is the first to volunteer to copy her notes for her. When Nanoha returns, she welcomes her back, but doesn't get as emotional as Suzuka does.
Another of Nanoha's school friends, and the little sister of Kyoya's girlfriend Shinobu. She meets and becomes friends Hayate in A's, and helps introduce Nanoha and Fate to her.Outside the main continuity, she is one of the five main characters in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her arranging a surprise Christmas visit for Hayate leads Nanoha and Fate to see the Wolkenritter with Hayate, when they are trying desperately to keep Hayate's status as their mistress secret. A fight ensues, and things get worse from there because of outside interference.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Farin is cheerful, friendly, and relatively informal with the children of the family she serves and their friends. By contrast, Noel is more serious and formal in her speech and actions.
A veterinarian in Uminari City who tends to Yuuno when Nanoha and her friends take him to her.
Tropes related with Ai Makihara:
Demoted to Extra: She was one of the major heroines in Triangle Heart 2 and a side character in Triangle Heart 3, but has a minor appearance in Nanoha and in The Movie (yet she still has speaking lines in The Movie, unlike the rest of the Takamachi family).