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Hayate Yagami — Mistress of the Night Sky, Living Lost Logia
Voiced by: Kana Ueda
"This is the life that she, the first Reinforce, left me. I don't want anyone else in the world to be sad or have regrets like that. This is my purpose, the reason of life."Hayate starts out as a wheelchair-using Ill Girl with an apparent cosplay fetish. The Book of Darkness grants her four servants, the Wolkenritter, whom she adopts as a family. Her kindness towards them turns the once-coldhearted group into nice, caring people. Unfortunately, a Treacherous Advisor has it in for her, and when the Wolkenritter are killed in front of her, she snaps. The Book of Darkness takes control of her and attempts to destroy everything in sight. Luckily, she is able to regain control of herself and revive the Wolkenritter in time to help Team Nanoha neutralize the Book. After the death of Reinforce, she created her second Unison Device Reinforce Zwei and the Storage Device Tome of the Night Sky, which is modeled after the original one. And Mariel Atenza also created her Armed Device Schwertkreuz, which is modeled after the original Schwerzkreuz from the Grand Finale in A's. In short, Hayate is one of few mages who uses multiple Devices.Subsequently, she recovers from her paralysis and moves to Mid-Childa and joins the TSAB along with Nanoha and Fate, attaining a higher rank than either of them. In StrikerS, Hayate founds her own section which investigates the Relic incidents, the Riot Force 6, which is part of the Ground Forces. This section includes not only the three Aces and the Wolkenritter, but also the Forwards. Ultimately, the Riot Force 6 solves the Jail Scaglietti (short: JS) Incident and destroys the Saint's Cradle with the help of the Dimensional Navy, and Commander Hayate Yagami is praised and now famous for this success. With its completed duty, Riot Force 6 is disbanded and Hayate transfers back from the Ground Forces to the Dimensional Navy. She also adopts Signum's new Unison Device, Agito, into her family.Not long after, she convinces a randomly wandering girl, Miura Rinaldi, to try Strike Arts, who has become one of Zafira's strongest disciples. In ViVid, Hayate, Reinforce Zwei and Agito create, after Lutecia Alpine and Einhart Stratos' request, the Hybrid-Intelligent Device Asteion for the latter, so Einhart can participate in the DSAA Inter-Middle Championship. Hayate and her family watch the matches of Miura, who defeats Nanoha and Fate's daughter, Vivio, in this tournament. Later, the Mistress of Night Sky helps the four descendants of the Ancient Belkan Era (Vivionote , Einhart, Sieglinde Jeremiah and Victoria Dahlgrün) to learn more about their ancestors' past and visits with them and their friends the Infinity Library.In Force, Hayate founds a new section, Special Duty Section 6, which is investigating the Bible of the Silver Cross Incident, also known as the Eclipse Incident.
Tropes associated with Hayate:
- Abled In The Adaptation: She isn't paraplegic in INNOCENT due to the Book of Darkness not existing in that continuity.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: Up to Eleven. She's been calling the several hundred year old Wolkenritter her children ever since she was nine.
- Animal Motifs: Her older self eventually becomes compared to a tanuki, or a racoon due to her mischievous nature. People still tease her for it later on, though as shown in the Bunny-Ears Lawyer entry below, she embraces it. Also, in some promotional artworks of ViVid, whenever someone wears an animal costume, Hayate will always wear a tanuki costume, even when it doesn't fit to the costume theme.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. She has the most raw power out any living character by a wide margin, but (by her own admission) is near useless in an actual fight due to Crippling Overspecialization.
- The Atoner: Is driven by a desire to make up for the Book of Darkness Incident.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Her name means "Hurricane of the Eight Gods".
- Adaptational Badass: In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable . Compare the TV version, who claims she can't even beat Caro in single combat to the Battle of Aces version who goes toe-to-toe with copies of her friends and kicks ten types of ass in her own story mode. Her final stage is a practice fight with the real Nanoha, which she wins, despite Nanoha's attempt to Starlight Breaker her. Justified since in that continuity Reinforce is teaching her to use the Tome more effectively. Hayate also mentions in the introduction to her story mode that Shamal, Reinforce, Nanoha and Fate have been training her.
- Badass Bookworm: She likes reading books, is very intelligent, and her strength comes from her Tome of Night Sky.
- Badass Long Coat: In ViVid and Force.
- Handicapped Badass: Before her rehabilitation, she was confined to a wheelchair any time she wasn't transformed and thus able to fly in lieu of being able to walk.
- Colonel Badass: Her mage rank, SS, is the highest of any character in the series thus far. This is a composite rank though, so it's only an indication of mana capacity and raw destructive power.
- Beam Spam: Her long ranged spell Brionac in A's Portable.
- Hræsvelgr is a Wave Motion Spam.
- Big Bad: Subverted. She has no idea that her knights are extracting linker cores for her sake.
- Big Good: In StrikerS and Force, she commands the heroes' section. Especially interesting, given her status as Morality Pet in A's.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to Fate's blonde and Nanoha's redhead.
- Break the Cutie: Happens near the climax of second season. She gets better - mentally and physically.
- Broken Tears: During her Traumatic Superpower Awakening.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In addition to the perverted side, she also answers a videophone while wearing a tanuki mask in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. Einhart, who had pictured her as a powerful and imposing individual, is speechless.
- Casting a Shadow: Diabolic Emission, an area-of-effect spell that creates a black sphere of energy which collapses in on itself then expands outwards rapidly towards the enemy. The spell's area of effect is immensely large, yet no immediate buildings showed signs of damage.
- The Chosen One: Unique as she wasn't chosen in the typical sense, but chosen by a magical tome through random chance. Another unique trait of her being the chosen one is that she was chosen by another individual to be the last master of the book, as the circumstances of her life make her the ideal sacrificial lamb in order to seal the book, classified as a world destroying artifact that reconstructs itself when destroyed, permanently in a limbo dimension.
- Coat Cape: How she wears her coat in ViVid and Force''.
- Colony Drop: Hayate's chosen method of attack against the Huckebein family and their vessel was to summon a giant iceberg and then drop it on them. Alas!, the Awesome Moment was cut short by a Diabolus ex Machina In the Back.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Precia. They have similar backstories (loss of loved ones and terminal illness) but they went the complete opposite directions to deal with their pain. Precia cursed the entire world for taking her daughter away from her, spent twenty years trying to bring her back to life via cloning, and used the clone as nothing more than a tool because she wasn't a perfect copy. Hayate, on the other hand, never complained about the hand she'd been dealt and her reaction to gaining four loyal servants was to treat them as her family. Precia ordered Fate to collect the Jewel Seeds regardless of who was hurt while Hayate told the Wolkenritter not to collect Linker Cores specifically because people would get hurt (in fact, she was entirely unaware of what was going on until episode 9). Finally, Precia was the Big Bad while Hayate only qualifies as an antagonist in the loosest sense due to her family's actions and would later go on to be the Big Good.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She designs the mage armor outfits for her Knights. In fan works, this is subject to extreme Character Exaggeration, to the point that it is the most prominent aspect of her character.
- Cradle of Loneliness: Does this with Schwertkreuz in the last episode of A's. It was the only thing left behind after Reinforce Eins' Heroic Sacrifice.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Hayate's Schwertkreuz is the most obvious, but also present on her UNISON'd Knight Armor.
- Crippling Overspecialization: She can use very powerful, wide area bombardment magic, which the TSAB sends out evacuation warnings every time she's on the field. The problem is, this is all she's capable of doing, and the fact the she needs assistance to even aim her spells makes it more of a disadvantage for her. By her own admission, she thinks even Caro, without access to her dragons, would beat her in a one-on-one fight because of Nanoha's training.
- Cry into Chest: In chapter 6 of the manga, she finally stops hiding her pain and openly grieves for Reinforce while Nanoha and Fate comfort her. The scene was also adapted in the movie.
- Da Chief: The role she takes in StrikerS - giving the orders and dealing with the higher-ups.
- Dark is Not Evil: Despite having white colored magic, the Mistress of Night Sky has darkness magic and other destruction spells. For example, Diabolic Emission is a gigantic black sphere, and Ragnarök is a white Wave Motion Gun surrounded with black lightnings - the movie version of it becomes darker when it hits the target.
- Demoted to Extra: While still having a very important role to the plot, in StrikerS due to her commander status she gets less action than her two new friends, or even her bodyguards. The few times she takes to the field, she only gets to fight Mecha-Mooks. Force somehow makes it worse by having her get taken out before she managed to complete her first spell. Of course if she does use her powers properly, the incidents would be resolved pretty quickly, but still...
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: In the side-manga, Hayate informs us that mages who have enormous magical power, such as herself, find it very difficult to execute smaller, faster, more manageable attacks. Hayate's mainstay is wide-area bombardment, to the point that the military issues evacuation notices when she takes the field. Her partner, Reinforce Zwei, helps her with fire-control. Which is odd given that Reinforce Eins' usage of spells like Blutiger Dolch/Bloody Dagger shows a capacity for fighting at the anti-personnel level. When she is without Rein she needs the ENTIRE BRIDGE CREW for helping her aim at TARGET SITES MEASURED IN ACRE-AGE!
- Expecting Someone Taller: Apparently, if Einhart and the Grendels are to go by, people who don't personally know her seem to bear the assumption that she is an intimidating and serious sorceress befitting of the power and rank she holds. In reality, she is an adorable Bunny-Ears Lawyer who is one of the nicest people on Mid-Childa.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair changes twice. Once in the last chapter of the StrikerS manga, and then since ViVid.
- Expy: She casually evokes another Ill Girl with similar hair and also named Yagami.
- Famed In-Story: By the time of Force, even small-time criminals like the Grendels know about the Living Lost Logia, Destroyer of the Saint's Cradle, Strategic War Asset of the Bureau, and so on—and that you just don't mess with her or her people.
- Fashion Designer: Being a Cosplay Otaku Girl, she designs Magical Girl Warrior outfits in her spare time. She even designed her personal knights' combat gear.
- First-Name Basis: Her family, Graham and her friendsnote call her by her first name.
- Last Name Basis: Her subordinates and everyone else who appeared after A's call her [Commander] Yagami.
- Foil: To Chrono Harlaown. 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.
- Forced to Watch: The Liese Twins killed Vita in front of her to invoke a Traumatic Superpower Awakening. In the movie, the Book of Darkness killed all of the Wolkenritter under similar circumstances.
- Friendless Background: She's an orphan who spent most of her childhood in and out of the hospital, so the only people she interacted with on a regular basis (before meeting the Wolkenritter) were doctors.
- Full Potential Upgrade: After A's, the TSAB technicians were having enormous trouble creating a Device to handle Hayate's insane power output. She kept breaking all of them, so in the end she had to create one on her own.
- Fusion Dance: With Reinforce Eins, and later with Reinforce Zwei.
- Glass Cannon: Hayate is useless in mage-to-mage close combat and she knows it well, but she's perfectly capable of wiping out entire armies of Mecha-Mooks with her nuclear magic.
- Good Counterpart: To Precia Testerossa. Both are SS-Ranked mages who were suffering from terminal illnesses, lost family members, had the Undying Loyalty of respective season's Anti Villains, and an association with cats (Precia had Linith as her familiar and Hayate's first friend was Suzuka). Precia was a cold Abusive Parent who treated Fate (who was created to be her daughter) like a tool, while Hayate treats the Wolkenritter (who were created to be her servants) as her family. Precia was the Big Bad who ordered Fate to collect the Jewel Seeds while Hayate was oblivious to the actions of the Wolkenritter and would later go on to be the Big Good. Precia viewed Fate as a failed copy of Alicia while Hayate views Reinforce Zwei as a separate person from Reinforce Eins. And most tellingly, Precia had a cat familiar and Hayate has a Wolf Guardian Beast.
- Hair Decorations: Her hair clips.
- Hair Style Inertia: Subverted since post-StrikerS.
- Healing Factor: In Force, she mentions that she has "self-recovery", enabling her to withstand being stabbed in the stomach.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Turns four cold-blooded warriors into four kind-hearted people just by being her cheerfully optimistic self. Though in a slight twist, they don't adopt her — instead, she adopts them.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Often engages in this with regards to her career, and despite her unit stopping the cradle and arresting Scaglietti in StrikerS, believes she was a failure as a commander.
- Hollywood Heart Attack: Actually, she suffered from several "Linker Core attacks".
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In A's, when she is possessed by the Book Of Darkness. Also combined with Fighting from the Inside.
- An Ice Person: Her spells Atem des Eises and Heimdall are ice-based.
- Ill Girl: Due to the Great Big Book of Everything draining her life force. Once this stops, she gradually gets better.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: The Book of Darkness eating away at her Linker core was implied to cause her constant pain, but due to her nature as a Stepford Smiler she only showed it when no one else was around.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In chapter 13 of Force. She gets better.
- Instant Expert / Possession Implies Mastery: Played with. Since she cheated by having her head plugged into an ancient magical tome designed specifically to record spells and magical knowledge, she has an amazing amount of power and knew how to cast right after she first transformed. While she does have the highest Power Level in the series, most of her magic is too impractical in a straight up fight because she doesn't know how to tone down her power for small scale work or even aim properly without help from Mission Control or Rein.
- Invocation: Hayate always invokes her spells unlike Nanoha and Fate. This is possibly due to the fact that her spells are so complicated that invoking them provides her with control over the spell's power.
- Irony: At the end of A's, she mentions that she'll technically be working under Nanoha and Fate as their Kohai. Come StrikerS, she's their superior officer.
- The Kid with the Remote Control: She has absolute power over the Wolkenritter, but she never exercises this power since she views them as her family rather than her servants. She does give them orders in StrikerS and Force, but at that point they're all members of the TSAB and she's their commanding officer.
- There is a single time that she uses her authority over the book itself during the final battle in A's, making it stop with a single word (after Nanoha had spent the past episode and a half unable to even scratch it).
- Kansai Regional Accent: A really strong dialect she has. This is strange, since she lives in the same city as Nanoha and her friends, but Hayate is the only character from that city who speaks with this dialect.
- The Leader: Hayate is the mistress of the Wolkenritter and head of the Yagami family, the commander of Riot Force 6 and later the commander of Special Duty Section 6.
- Light is Good: Played with. While Hayate is indeed a good character and has white as her magic color, it's not Light 'em Up. Hayate's magic is based of mainly darkness and destruction, and some of her spells are black (e.g. Diabolic Emission). In The Movie 2nd A's, her Ragnarök is a white Wave Motion Gun surrounded with black lightnings that turns it darker and darker after it hits the target, to the point that the attack is more black than white.
- Limit Break: Ragnarök in A's Portable, which deals 50% basic damage in the second game, that is above average.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She was the only one unaware of the Wolkenritter's activities up until episode 9. She wasn't really bothered by it when she found out, mainly due the the fact that she had more important things to worry about at the time.
- Magic Knight: She's referred as a "Mage Knight", somehow a combination of being a mage and a knight.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name Yagami is a homophone for "Night God". She's the master of the Tome of the Night Sky. Her first name, Hayate, means Hurricane, which could reflect how her magic is extremely powerful but also difficult for her to control properly.
- The kanji for her last name actually means "Eight Gods" though.
- Mission Control: Is often seen alongside the bridge bunnies in StrikerS.
- Morality Pet: Tragically deconstructed. Hayate's influence does end up making the Wolkenritter better people, but they end up doing terrible things for her sake (and hating themselves for it). It eventually reaches the point that they're willing to try and kill Nanoha and Fate to keep her identity as the Master of the Book of Darkness a secret despite previously swearing to avoid killing anyone.
- Never Accepted In Her Hometown: Like Nanoha, is quite famous in the Bureau, apart from those who denounce her as a criminal, but on Earth, is less well-known, and had no friends prior to meeting Suzuka.
- Nice Girl: Just got four eternally loyal slaves? Treat them as family. Offered the chance to heal your paralyzed legs? Refuse it because innocent people would get hurt. Family does the one thing you told them not to do? Forgive them because they were trying to save you. Become the most powerful person in the multiverse? Join The Federation to make sure that no one suffers the way you did.
- Nice Hat: Has a beret when her Knight Armor is active. She seems to ditch it in the ViVid and Force manga though.
- Not Afraid to Die: Prior to the Wolkenritter entering her life, she didn't have any friends or family, so the prospect of being killed by an illness didn't scare her.
- Number of the Beast: The Book of Darkness has 666 pages. Hayate Yagami herself is also associated with the number 6, who has seraph wings. Six years after the Book of Darkness Incident, she decides to found her own section to investigate the Relic incidents, four years later she achives her goal by founding the Riot Force 6. Six years after the JS Incident, she founds another section, Special Duty Section 6. The Yagami family has six members, Hayate herself, the four Wolkenritter and Reinforce Eins/Zwei. They adopt later a seventh member, Agito; but this can be interpreted as Hayate having six children now.
- Overranked Soldier: Made Lieutenant-Colonel after at most ten years in service, and let's not even talk about the Improbable Age. This is just not done in Real Life barring very unusual circumstances. Contrast with Nanoha's more reasonable non-Navy Captaincy. Several of the more experienced officers, however, still treat her like a young girl despite her position, and she suggests that rank is merely a "decoration" in the bureau.
- On the other hand, Hayate herself easily represents a concentration of raw power equivalent to (or more likely better than) the faux-battalion command she was given.
- Parental Abandonment: She is an orphan, economically sustained by a friend of her dead parents. It is revealed Gil Graham thought she would be ideal to awaken the Book of Darkness and be sealed away with it, so that few people would have to mourn her.
- Person of Mass Destruction: At least on the same level as Fate and Nanoha at the end of A's. By the time of StrikerS Hayate's lowest setting is about the same as a bombing run by a squadron of B-52s. Some of her more powerful attacks are easily in the tactical nuke range. She's even referred to as a "walking Lost Logia" in Force.
- When she starts using her bombardment spells, the TSAB sends out evacuation warnings.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Gets platinum-blond hair when unisoned with Reinforce Eins/Zwei.
- Power Gives You Black Seraph Wings
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: With her uniform, as shown in the picture.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes turn red during her Traumatic Superpower Awakening, signaling her Unison with Reinforce.
- Red Baron: In Force, the nickname "Living Lost Logia" is mentioned (appropriate enough, considering where she had gained her power from). There's also her official title, "Mistress of the Night Sky".
- Reformed, but Rejected: To a degree. Since she took responsibility for the Wolkenritter's crimes, she's treated as a former criminal, being allowed to serve in the Bureau but facing some suspicion and distrust from people. It's implied that she was made commander of Riot Force 6 because she would be expendable if it failed.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The names of most of her spells are taken from Norse Mythology.
- Resigned to the Call: An interesting case. Her initial reaction to being informed that she was The Chosen One can be summed up with the statement "Sure, I'll be the master." She never intended to use the Book of Darkness despite the limitless power it offered, content that it has provided her with people she can call family. After the Book of Darkness incident, she decides that it would be better if she used her power to help other people, and to atone for the crimes her guardians had committed.
- The Sacred Darkness: As "Queen of the Night Sky," she has a holy significance to the Wolkenritter, and her Casting a Shadow powers are a part of that.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut
- Scissors Cuts Rock: Although we never have seen how the results would turn out, Hayate is the only character in Force who can get away with using her magic in spite of how broken the Eclipse is due to sheer power. At the least, she has is able to intimidate both the Hückebeins and Grendels.
- Shock and Awe: Her spell Ragnarök is surrounded with black lightnings. The movie version have more lightnings which have more influence on it, as the beam becomes darker and darker when hitting the target, to the point that it's more black than white.
- Skinship Grope: In the Sound Stages, she seems rather fond of feeling up the other female characters, and she refers to it as "sexual harassment". She only gropes the girls she knows would consent, of course... but she's not above feeling Signum up when she's asleep so she doesn't have to ask.
- Soap Opera Disease: Inverted. While her doctors have no clue as to why the paralysis in her legs is slowly moving up her body, the Wolkenritter and the audience are all too aware that it's being caused by the Book of Darkness.
- Social Services Does Not Exist: While she did have financial support, Hayate apparently lived by herself before the Wolkenritter arrived. Really, nobody had a problem with the paraplegic nine-year-old living alone?
- Squishy Wizard: Claims that even Caro might be able to defeat her in single combat without her dragons. However, it's pointed out soon afterward that despite having difficulty in single combat, she's able to use her power to her fullest potential when surrounded by her allies.
- Stay with the Aliens: After graduating from middle school, she moves to live on Mid-Childa. Taking her entire family with her, there's even less that ties her to Earth than Nanoha, and after a visit to Earth for a mission, says that Riot Force 6 is her home.
- Stepford Smiler: Acts this way at times, as Shamal notes that she hides her pain from her family.
- Supreme Chef: Everyone who eats her food loves it, especially the ever cynical Vita. In fact, one of the Sound Stages of The Gears of Destiny revealed that her cooking skills are so significant, Lord Dearche accidentally got them when she copied Hayate's powers. This led to one of the only times that Lord Dearche complimented Hayate, since Dearche gets a lot of praise in her new home for her cooking.
- Taken for Granite: Mistilteinn, a spell that petrifies the target by throwing multiple energy "spears".
- Taking the Heat: She willingly took a majority of the blame for the Book of Darkness incident. Partially to protect her family, and partially because she felt responsible for their actions.
- Tareme Eyes: Matching to Nanoha and Fate's eyes.
- Team Mom: For the Wolkenritter.
- Terror Hero: As of Force, a mere mention of her name causes the Grendels to give up escaping from Section 6. To put in perspective, the Grendel are infected with a virus that makes them downright immune to magic, but are terrified of her power.
- That's an Order!: Hayate tries to invoke this on Reinforce twice: the first time to stop her from giving into despair and later to stop Reinforce from sacrificing herself.
- Took a Level in Badass: She went from Wheelchair Woobie to Person of Mass Destruction.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Invoked. The Liese Twins disguised themselves as Nanoha and Fate, told her that her illness was uncurable and fatal, and slaughtered her family in front of her on Christmas Eve; all so she'd unlock the power of the Book of Darkness.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Has incredibly powerful bombardment magic, but that takes a long time to cast and has little use in close-quarters combat.
- To the point that she says in the supplementary manga that she might be able to beat Caro in a fight. If Caro didn't have access to either of her dragons. ...then she realizes Caro's been training under Nanoha, and says she wouldn't win anyway.
- Useless Without Powers: At the end of A's, Hayate becomes the most powerful human mage in the multiverse. However, outside of Unison with Reinforce, she is just a crippled nine-year-old girl. It is especially evident in the last episode, where she is unable to even reach Reinforce in attempt to prevent her Heroic Sacrifice despite only being a few feet away. She gets better during Time Skip, however.
- Wave Motion Gun: Most notably her spell Ragnarök, a part of the famous Triple Breaker. Hræsvelgr is a Wave Motion Spam.
- When She Smiles: While none of them ever describe it, it's clear that the sight of her smiling is the greatest thing any of Wolkenritter can imagine.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: So far the champion of this trope in all of Nanoha, considering she was the mother figure of her adoptive family at the age of nine. In the movie she even calls Reinforce (who has full memories of her centuries if not millennia of existence) "my child" mere minutes after meeting her.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Briefly, although she got over it.
- Worth Living For: She had resigned to the fact that she was going to die from an unknown illness at the age of nine since she didn't have any friends or family. It was only after the Wolkenritter entered her life that she actually found herself actually wanting to survive. She still wasn't afraid of dying per say, but she was afraid of leaving her new family all alone. In a tragic case of irony, the very people that gave her the will to live were (through no fault of their own) causing her to die faster. She gets better, and in the process decides to live for more than just "my family and friends would be sad if I died".
They are the four guardians born out of the Book of Darkness. The ladies are Signum, Vita and Shamal, while Zafira is a wolf who can change into a wolfman. Their quest is to gather Linker Cores to complete the Book Of Darkness. Like most of the other antagonists in the show, they are very much Anti-Villains - they want to complete the Book of Darkness only to prevent it from killing Hayate. Their Linker Cores are eventually drained by Lieselotte and Liesearia, but Hayate is able to revive them. Thanks to Hayate reprogramming the system of the Book of Darkness, the Wolkenritter are separated from the Book now and they are finally able to escape from the cycle of the Book's history of destruction.At the end of the second season, they become good guys and later move to Mid-Childa with Hayate. Joining them is the actual Artifact of Doom, the Book Of Darkness, now known by its real name, the Tome of Night Sky, and Reinforce Zwei, a Unison Device similar to the Book of Darkness' original AI program. Later, another Unison Device, Agito, joins the family.
Tropes common to the Wolkenritter:
- Adaptational Villainy: Parodied in Iryou Shojo Medical Shamal, Signum, Vita and Zafira as well as Reinforce Eins are part of the villain group that opposes Medical Shamal. The former three play the villain part with gusto.
- Anti-Villain: In A's, they seek to save Hayate's life while minimizing harm, and according to Signum in Sound Stage 3 of A's, planned on turning themselves in after saving her.
- Artificial Human: The Wolkenritter are autonomous programs apparently run by the Book of Darkness. Fate compares them to herself.
- Ascended Extra: The four of them with Hayate and both Reinforces are the main characters in the Real Trailer, Fake Movie Mahou Kazoku Lyrical Wolken.
- The Atoner: Strongly motivated by a desire to make up for what they did in A's, and before.
- Badass Creed: They get a rather epic one in A's about their Undying Loyalty to Hayate after she revives them:Signum: We are the the guardian knights who gather before our mistress, she of the night sky.
Shamal: As long as our mistress exists, our souls will never extinguish.
Zafira: As long as we have life in our bodies, we will stand by each other.
Vita: We will always exist before our mistress, Queen of the Night Sky, Yagami Hayate.
- Badass Crew: Before Hayate came along they were simply comrades-in-arms, sworn guardians of the Book of Darkness and it's master. By the time of their introduction, this dynamic was replaced with...
- Badass Family: Along with Hayate and Reinforce Eins. The latter is succeeded by Reinforce Zwei, and Agito joins them later. In fact, they probably are the strongest good family in the series.
- Battle Butler: Inverted. The Wolkenritter's first and most important duty is to defend the Book's master or mistress. They just happen to have minor domestic skills as well.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Played with. They would have been loyal to Hayate regardless of how she treated them, but since Hayate showed them kindness (and treated them like her family), they were willing to go against her wishes to save her rather than follow her request to leave the Book of Darkness alone.
- Brought Down to Normal: Downplayed but present. In StrikerS, Shamal notes that she and the other Wolkenritter have lost their immortality, and are content with this. Not surprising, seeing as after the corruption of the Tome, their immortal lives were more like a series of reincarnations each one only lasting as long as their master, which typically wasn't very long. They also lost some of their memories between each cycle.
- It was also implied that other aspects of their powers also will be reduced with time like their resillence, stamina and strength. It finally took it's toll during the Force manga where they're noticeable weaker and frailer than in past seasons where their bodies were able to take much more punishment.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Averted. The only time they actually lose a fight during A's was against the Liese Twins and the Wolkenritter don't care for them at all.
- Disney Death: In A's and The Movie 2nd A's, they are killed due to their Linker Core's being drained by the Book of Darkness. However, Hayate is able to reprograms the Book of Darkness and reactivates the Guardian Knight System, following their revival.
- Don't Tell Mama: They tried to keep their hunting of Linker Cores a secret from Hayate because they knew that she would disapprove.
- Empty Piles of Clothing: After being "absorbed" into the Book of Darkness, only their winter clothes remain.
- Forced into Evil: They spent centuries having to follow the orders of their masters to fill the Book of Darkness, and when they finally got a master who had no interest in power, they still had to fill it because she would die otherwise.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Vita is choleric, Signum is melancholic, Shamal is sanguine and Zafira is phlegmatic.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: They all wear heroic colors (pink, red, mint green, and blue respectively) despite being introduced as antagonists, foreshadowing the fact that they were Anti-Villains (and eventually heroes).
- Good Costume Switch: Back when they were serving masters in ancient Belka who wanted the book's power, their armor looked "rough," according to Hayate, and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid shows them wearing Knight Armors that look like typical plate mail. Justfied because each master designs the armors they wear.
- Gratuitous German: Their Armed Devices, except for Zafira, since he doesn't use one. In The Movie 2nd A's, Graf Eisen and the Book of Darkness got more lines while Laevatein and Klarwind got less lines.
- Happily Adopted: By Hayate, despite the fact that they are older than her by several orders of magnitude.
- Heel–Face Turn: They and Hayate joined the TSAB to redeem their sins.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: The Arc Words of A's, "It was a simple wish" refer to their desire to simply live out a normal life with Hayate. However, it's downplayed since they take great pride in their powers and abilities.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: All four of them were impaled by the Book of Darkness' vines when they were absorbed in The Movie 2nd A's. Right in front of Hayate.
- Japanese Pronouns: If they refer themselves in plural, they usually use "wareware". In singular, they usually use "watashi", with the exception of Vita who uses "atashi".
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Since StrikerS.
- Magic Knight: Pretty much literally.
- Meaningful Name: "Wolkenritter" is German for "Cloud Knight(s)". They are the knights who guard the Mistress of the Night Sky.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: In INNOCENT, where they (except Zafira) got Yagami as their family name.
- Mundane Luxury: They spent centuries killing and fighting for their lives pretty much non-stop, so the idea that they can wear casual clothes, eat home-made food, and go to sleep at the same place every night is both revolutionary and extremely intriguing to them. So much so that they are prepared to sacrifice pretty much anything for it to continue just a little bit longer.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: They are bound to obey whoever was the master of the Book of Darkness, no matter how unreasonable the master was. After the events of A's, they are no longer bound to the book and this gets replaced with pure Undying Loyalty.
- The Oathbreaker: They were forced to break their promise to Hayate when her life was in danger. Given their ancient Belkan values, this caused them a great deal of grief.
- Only One Name: Subverted in INNOCENT, where they (except Zafira) got Yagami as their family name.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Hit with this trope during most of the events in Force, including Hayate, Agito and probably Rein.
- Really 700 Years Old: The Wolkenritter date to some period in Ancient Belka. Actual age is vague but is at least centuries and probably more like millenia. Vita, of course, doesn't look the part at all, but none of the others look over the metaphorical hill either.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Technically speaking, they're magical AIs with artificially constructed bodies made of mana that never age. In every other aspect (appearance, emotion, hunger, exhaustion, pain, ect...), they're human.
- Relatively Flimsy Excuse: After Hayate summons the Wolkenritter and wakes up in the hospital after fainting from shock, she tells her doctor that they are her foreign relatives. She later goes on to refer to them as her family.
- Sadistic Choice: When the Book of Darkness started to slowly kill Hayate they had two options: do nothing and let her die, or betray her trust and try to save her. They took the second option, leading to the events of A's.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: While they personally don't have any problems killing should the need arise, they swore not to kill anybody while collecting pages for the Book of Darkness to avoid defiling Hayate's name with blood.
- Undying Loyalty: Hayate was the first person in hundreds of years (possibly their entire lives) to bring them happiness. And they would throw away that happiness, their lives, and their honor without a second thought if it meant that she would live to smile another day.
- Vehicular Theme Naming: Signum, Vita, and Zafira are model names from the German car manufacturer Opel. Shamal is a model from Italian car manufacturer Maserati.
- Villains Out Shopping: They have various hobbies that serve as excuses to get out of the house and hunt Linker Cores; Signum teaches at a dojo, Vita plays croquet with senior citizens, Shamal gossips with neighborhood wives and Zafira follows the others around.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Wolkenritter's previous masters apparently didn't consider them to be people. Hayate does think they're people though, and that makes all the difference, turning them from coldhearted killers into a happy family.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: After being freed from the curse of the Book of Darkness, they slowly show signs of being more human, as their immortality had disappeared and their healing and resilience started deteriorating. A conversation between Shamal and Vita during StrikerS state that all four of them are aware of this but don't particularly care about it, since all of them want to spend their last life with Hayate.
Signum — Knight of the Sword, General of the Raging Fire
Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (Japanese), Bailey Chadwick (English)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Laevatein)
"I'm an old knight. [...] All I can teach them is to get up close and slice the enemy to pieces."The Stoic leader of the group, armed with the flaming sword Laevatein. She lives for battles and as a result is the best fighter among Wolkenritter. Fate's Worthy Opponent. Later the two become close friends.By StrikerS, she's moved to Mid-Childa with Hayate and the other Wolkenritter, and become one of the vice-captains alongside Vita of Hayate's Riot Force Six and is Fate's sub-commander in the Lightning unit. Her callsign is Lightning 2. Unlike Nanoha, Vita and Fate, Signum doesn't teach the Forwards in combat, but she teaches Erio Mondial her Signature Move, Shiden Issen, which he uses to defeat Garyu. Signum defeats Zest Grangaitz by killing him and fulfills his last will by becoming Agito's new master, who is later adopted by the Yagami family.In ViVid, she has taught Zafira's disciple, Miura Rinaldi, which is reflected in Miura's sword-slashes resembling fighting style. Presumely, Signum taught her Bakken: Hiryū, which is based of her Hiryū Issen, and Tenka Kūga, which is based of her Kūga techniques.In Force, she's a member of Hayate's Special Duty Section Six, and she encounters her new rival, Cypha Hückebein, who defeats Signum in their first battle. Fortunately, Signum recovers from her grievious injuries and she and Cypha cross their blades a second time, this time Signum is victorious. The Knight of the Flaming Sword also has become a swordsmanship mentor to Thoma Avenir.
Tropes associated with Signum:
- Action Girl: Duh!
- Affectionate Nickname: Levi the Slasher calls her "Bushido".
- Archer Archetype: She's mainly a female swordsman, but for her strongest attack Sturmfalken she has to transform her Laevatine from a sword and sheath into a bow. She has characteristics of the trope, being graceful in battle and cool-headed.
- Badass Longcoat: In Force.
- BFS: Her AEC-Equipment, CW-AEC05X Gladiator, in Force ended up being a giant wide blade◊.
- Big Sister Mentor: She becomes the swordsman teacher of Thoma Avenir who views her as one of his many Cool Big Sis. Also the mentor of Erio Mondial, but she may or may not fits the big sister type for him.
- Blood Knight: More so than Nanoha, despite the latter's reputation among the fandom. She never passes up a chance to brawl with a Worthy Opponent.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Of the "Bow and sword are the same weapon" variety. Laevatein can combine with it's sheath to form a bow, although she almost never uses it.
- Code Name: Lightning 2 in Riot Force 6, and Riot 2 in Special Duty Section 6.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: In the space of a single episode, says she won't thank Fate for saving her from a monster (because she destroyed it and the Linker Core she wanted to collect), and is outraged when the Mysterious Protector intervenes by ripping out Fate's Linker Core (presumably because of Fate being a Worthy Opponent).
- Connected All Along: It's never flat out stated, but it is heavily implied that she was Agito's original lord.
- Contralto of Danger: Signum has a very low and powerful voice, as befits a tough swordswoman—which is also her singing voice, as one of the Sound Stages reveals.
- Cool Big Sis: Becomes sort of this during StrikerS, but specially to Fate, Vice and Alto. In Force she seems to be heading to be this for Thoma as she feels responsible for not being able to save him (see Failure Knight below). More or less confirmed in The Gears of Destiny PSP game where Thoma calls her Signum-oneesan.
- Cool Sword: Laevatein is a mechanical sword with a bolt-action cartridge system that can burst into flame, split into sections as a Whip Sword, and combine with its sheath to form a bow. Plus, it's a Large Ham that speaks German and is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Though her fights tend to end in a draw, she's never lost a battle as far as we know, until chapter 7 of Force, where Cypha of Hückebein nearly kills her.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She can't do smaller tasks variation. Once she refused to heat up water for bathing because of that. Also breaking your own freaking sword with the sheer force of your attack is a truly impressive proof of your strength.
- Energy Bow: Her Sturmfalke, an energy projectile launched from her Device Laevatein when it assumes its rare bow form.
- Evasive Fight-Thread Episode:
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Reinforce always calls her "general", but rarely calls her by her name.
- Expy: She is also noted by fans to be a magnificent one of Lamia Loveless from Super Robot Wars. They don't look much alike, but share many traits, including having the same voice actress.
- Failure Knight: During Force chapter 20 Signum talks about the irrepressable remorse that comes with defeat when there are important things at stake. All while she apologizes to Thoma and Lily, twice, for being unable to save them from Cypha, showing that she indeed feel guilt about her failure.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flaming Sword: Laevatein. Signum's Shiden Issen is her signature spell.
- When using Karyu Issen, Signum and Agito create a shaft of flames and holds it as if it were a sword. By swinging her arm, she can throw the condensed flames against enemies that are far away.
- Fragile Speedster: Against the anti-magic weaponry of the Huckebein, she has to rely on parries and evasion because her usual magic-based shields don't work.
- Fusion Dance: With Reinforce Zwei and with Agito. Signum is the character with the most seen Unisons in the series, having been in Unison with Rein twice, and with Agito three times. Two of them in StrikerS, and three of them in Force.
- Germanic Depressives: One of the most serious characters among the cast, even compared to the other Wolkenritter. Hayate and Fate attempt at various points to get her to relax.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: Signum delivers a "Signum Punch" to Teana in order to straighten her up at one point, saying that she will get spoiled if Nanoha listens to her complaints.
- Notably Teana was launched meters back and Signum assures the rest of the shocked crew that it's okay because she "held back".
- Handicapped Badass: She managed to raise from bed and even have a sparring match with Thoma right of the bat but, while still a decent fighter, her body hasn't fully recovered yet and it's even implied that the injuries sustained in her fight with Cypha could leave permanent sequels on her... and the next time she fought Cypha, Signum utterly trounces her.
- Hellish Pupils: In Unison with Agito.
- Idiot Hair: Not as long as Vita's.
- I Gave My Word: Subverted. She promised Hayate that she and the other Wolkenritter wouldn't try to fill the Book of Darkness, but when Hayate is revealed to be dying she is the one to come up with the idea that they use it to save her. As a person who greatly values her honor, this should tell you how much Hayate means to her.
- Keigo: In A's, Signum occasionally uses the extremely polite keigo expressions in dialogue.
- Lady of War: She's an honorable knight who invokes the cool, collected demeanor of the ideal Samurai. Her use of Laevatein as a Whip Sword or Energy Bow give her attacks a sense of grace, which is also present in her smooth movements par being an Aerial Mage.
- The Lancer: To Hayate. And to Fate in the Lightning Unit.
- Large Ham: Her device Laevatein tends to pronounces his words in this way.
- Last Name Basis: Refers to Fate as "Testarossa" even after Fate changes that to her middle name after being adopted by the Harlaowns. Interestingly enough, she refers to most of her other friends by their first names.
- The Leader: Of the Wolkenritter.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Her fighting style in Force so far. It worked as well as one can expect.
- Lightning Bruiser: Signum keeps up with Fate's Sonic Form with ease. She also trashes pretty much anything that's looked at her funny. Her Knight Clothing is lighter than Vita's Knight Armor, allowing her more agile maneuvering, but Signum's defense spells are very powerful.
- Seeing as how the effectiveness of her defensive and offensive powers/skills got ruined by the new rules installed by the Force manga Signum will probably be in need of adapt a new hit-and-run strategy from now on. Passing into Fragile Speedster territory in order to not be kicked out of the Competence Zone.
- Confirmed in chapter 20 as Signum fights against Thoma and leaves almost all of her protection in the hands of Agito and Laevatein, preferring to parry and dodge than turtling like in past battles.
- Seeing as how the effectiveness of her defensive and offensive powers/skills got ruined by the new rules installed by the Force manga Signum will probably be in need of adapt a new hit-and-run strategy from now on. Passing into Fragile Speedster territory in order to not be kicked out of the Competence Zone.
- Limit Break: Sturmfalken in A's Portable, which deals 42% basic damage in the second game, that is below average.
- Logical Weakness: The nigh-undefeatable Knight of the Sword does have one key vulnerability — as a magical construct, Anti-Magic weaponry is especially dangerous to her. Brutally demonstrated once the Hückebein show up.
- Mage Marksman: Her attack "Sturmfalken" has her create a magical arrow that creates a big explosion. In the movie adaptation of A's, the energy around the arrow takes the form of a fire falcon.
- Master of All: She can match Nanoha in offensive power, Fate in speed, and Vita in defensive strength, and can even approach Hayate's power with large-area bombardments. She is never defeated on-screen until Force. Once that happens, this is averted; she adopts the tactics of a Fragile Speedster to battle against Cypha, who can cut through her magic shields unopposed.
- My Greatest Failure: She apologized to Thoma twice in their first conversation for getting captured because she was defeated.
- Near-Death Experience: Is put through one at the beginning of Force. She wakes up in chapter 18 and fully recovers later.
- Non-Indicative Name: Shiden Issen is translated as "Purple Lightning Flash". Signum's version is not purple and it's a fire elemental sword slash. She teaches it to Erio in StrikerS, but his version has at least something to do with lightning.
- Not So Stoic: Pounding a wall in frustration after hearing about Hayate's illness being potentially life-threatening, and shedding a single tear in response to Fate's suggestion that they could still be friends. She also doesn't exactly take it very well when Vita calls her "Boob Demon", or when her Mysterious Protector intervenes on her behalf during her third fight with Fate.
- Old Soldier: Signum becomes this after being transported to the modern Mid-Childan society, where her old Belkan sensibilities undergo a transformation to adapt to a society based on (non-)humanism rather than wartime duty and knightly honor. Unlike Vita, who finds herself in training the new generation of mages in this new world, Signum continues doing what she did her entire, very long life—fighting—and declining opportunities to do anything else (see her old knight quote above). While not as grumpy as the typical examples of this trope, she does call out the rookies (e.g. Teana) on their mistakes.
- Playing with Fire: She's not called General of the Raging Firenote for nothing. Her magical fire, however, is still magical and thus gets dispelled like everything else by Cypha of Hückebein's Reacted form.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: In Unison with Rein, she gets violet hair; and with Agito, she gets reddish blond hair.
- Power Gives You Wings: When unisoned with Agito, she gets two pairs of flaming wings, which go nicely with Laevatein.
- For some reason the wings dissapeared when she unisons with Agito after her return to the battlefield in Force.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her magic color is purple and she's the strongest of the Wolkenritter. In Unison with Rein, her hair and the magenta parts of her Knight Clothing turn violet.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: With her uniform and her casual outfit in A's.
- Quit Your Whining: Has this attitude toward Teana in StrikerS.
- Rank Up: She's a Second Lieutenant in StrikerS and is a Captain since ViVid.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail reach past her waist and let down her hair go past her knees, making her one of the longest-haired characters of the series.
- The Rival: Was one to Fate in A's. Later gets her own rival in the form of Cypha in Force.
- Samurai Ponytail: Is a bushido like character and has a ponytail that fits her character.
- She's Got Legs: Her Knight's Clothing shows off her legs from her thighs all the way down to her ankles. Given the fact that Hayate designed it, this was definitely on purpose.
- Signature Move: Shiden Issennote and Schlangebeißen.
- Single Tear: After Fate says they could still be friends.
- Slipknot Ponytail: In the 3rd season - a nod to Miyuki from Triangle Heart 3.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Laevatine, Levantine, Laevatein etc.
- Stone Wall: Her combat style when fighting opponents of equal power. She wears down their energy by turtling, then when they're out of steam and leave themselves open, knocks them flat. Most visible in her second duel with Nanoha.
- Subverted in Force where Cypha of Hückebein slices through her defenses like a hot knife on butter. Having a Logical Weakness kind of sucks like that.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Another thing that comes with her Expy package.
- Super Strength: Like all Belka-style magic users, she enhances her body with magic to fight. Even an unaugmented punch from her can send someone flying across the room, and when fighting at her full strength, she has managed to break her sword.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Laevatein.
- Tomboy: One of the least feminine character, if not the least feminine. However, that doesn't stop her from being a Lady of War.
- Tsurime Eyes: Fitting for her stoic and serious character.
- Vocal Evolution: Her voice became deeper after early episodes and even deeper after A's. In post-StrikerS media, her voice has became even deeper yet again.
- Wave Motion Sword: Throws curtains of fire with Laevatein, Sturmwinde. Her non-fire spell Hiryu Issen is also this (which is fire elemental in the video games).
- When using her bombardment spell Karyu Issen, she and Agito create a shaft of flames and holds it as if it were a sword. By swinging her arm, she can throw the condensed flames against enemies that are far away. It destroys over 50 Type-II Gadget Drones with a single attack.
- Weak, but Skilled: After her defeat by Cypha, due to the conditions of the battlefield in Force.
- Whip Sword: Laevatein's snake form, combined with Variable-Length Chain.
- Worf Had the Flu: Actually inverts this during her rematch against Cypha. Despite technically still being under medical rehabilitation, she sends the so-called Ace fleeing in the span of a single chapter.
- Worthy Opponent: She views Fate as this in season 2.Signum: "Had we not met like this, we could have been good friends."
- Wrecked Weapon: Laevatein and CW-AEC05X Gladiator in Force.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.
- You Monster!: In the last chapter of the StrikerS supplementary manga, she calls Nanoha a monster after the draw of their mock battle and thought she would die. Nanoha thinks in a similar way about her.
- You Will Not Evade Me: Laevatein can be used for this in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable .
Vita — Knight of the Iron Hammer, Crimson Iron Rider
Voiced by: Asami Sanada (Japanese), Elisabeth Rick (English)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Graf Eisen)
"The Knight of the Iron Hammer, Vita, and the Steel Count, Graf Eisen. There's nothing in this world we can't destroy."The Child of the bunch. She develops not-so-obvious romantic feelings for her Mistress. She wields the Armed Device Graf Eisen, an Expy of the Goldion Hammer. During the 2nd season, she serves as Nanoha's rival, but after Hayate is saved by the TSAB, Vita's rivalry disappeared. Three years later, when Nanoha and Vita are assigned to a mission, Vita fails to protect Nanoha which nearly causes the latter's death; after this event, Vita swears to protect her.By StrikerS, she has become a combat instructor on Mid-Childa, and is one of the vice-captains of Hayate's Riot Force Six alongside Signum and is Nanoha's sub-commander in the StarS unit. Her callsign is StarS 2. She and her unit commander, Nanoha, train the four Forwards whom Vita help several times during the season unlike the other higher ranks. Vita plays a major part at the destruction of the Saint's Cradle as she destroys its engine.In ViVid, she helps Zafira training children and is a second teacher to Miura Rinaldi, whom she presumely taught Hammerschlag which is based of Vita's Tödlichschlag, and Blazing Comet which is based of her Kometfliegen. For the DSAA Inter-Middle Championship, Vita is one of Miura's second.In Force, Vita and Nanoha are members and combat instructors of Hayate's Special Duty Section Six and they train the eight Forwardsnote .
Tropes associated with Vita:
- Action Girl: Don't mess with the little girl or with someone she care for!
- Badass Adorable: Oh boy. Probably even more moeGAR than Nanoha.
- Badass Armfold: Pictured above. And she does this several times in StrikerS.
- Badass Boast: From StrikerS: "This is what Eisen and I are best at. You know that? Destroying and smashing. The Knight Vita of the Iron Hammer, and the Steel Count Graf Eisen. There's nothing in this world we can't destroy."
- Badass Long Coat: In Force.
- Badass Teacher: Unlike Nanoha, Vita plays this trope straight as she helps the Forwards several times during missions. She saves Subaru from Teana's misshot and later helps the Forwards against Lutecia, Garyu and Agito.
- Little Miss Badass: She is smaller than most other characters, but she kicks asses.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT mess with her hat.
- The Berserker: Vita appears constitutionally unable to retreat from a fight unless joining it or continuing it puts the other Wolkenritter or Hayate at risk. Her strategy in combat boils down to getting right up in someone's face and hitting them with Graf Eisen until they stop moving.
- Berserker Tears: While hunting Linker Cores after Hayate is hospitalized, as she's trying to deal with the very real possibility that Hayate might die. They also show up during the famous "White Devil" scene. Both cases (especially the former) are far more pronounced in the movie version.
- Big Eater: Partly because of her being a Belkan knight, which tends to result in users having to eat more than Mid-Childian mages. However, she also eats a fair amount even when she was living with Hayate and not fighting, and claims that it's because she's growing.
- Blood Knight: Averted. Despite her aggressive attitude, she's not really interested in battles, and she calls Signum, Fate and Einhart "battle maniacs" in The Gears of Destiny.
- Braids of Action: She has two braids and is a hell of an Action Girl.
- Bring My Red Jacket: Tends to get badly wounded and bleed all over her red Knight Armor. In fact, she's the poster girl of the trope.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: She had a stuffed rabbit whose design can be seen on her Nice Hat.
- Butt Monkey: In INNOCENT. Everyone assumes she lost to Nanoha, even though she never did, much like in canon. She is curb-stomped by Stern, she has to work with Nanoha in the Sky Dodge game despite Vita doesn't like her, and she's almost taken down by Stern again in Sky Dodge.
- Code Name: StarS 2 in Riot Force 6, and Aggressor 2 in Special Duty Section 6.
- Cool Big Sis: To Agito and Rein. Agito calls her even "Anego" which means "big sister", but it can also mean "boss".
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Her Knight Armor is covered in them.
- Cry Cute: During the A's finale.
- Cry into Chest: Her first order of business after being resurrected in A's was to take part in a Badass Creed with the rest of the Wolkenritter. Her second order of business was to hug Hayate and let out every last bit of emotion she'd kept pent up since the whole Book of Darkness incident started.
- Cute Bruiser: Loli Bruiser!
- Cynical Mentor: To the trio in Force in Chapter 18. She basically tells them she is training them so they don't drag down the main team and wasn't keen on the idea of working with them until Nanoha convinced her due to their instability.
- Death Glare: Gives one to Nanoha when she encounters her when she's visiting Hayate in the hospital.
- Determinator: She is quite possibly an even bigger determinator than Nanoha, or at least it looks more impressive since she has insane endurance. Near the end of StrikerS, she is fighting through hordes of combat machines, getting stabbed right through the chest, and upon realizing that they was the same type of drones that injured Nanoha she completely flips and wrecks them all. Then she arrives at the ships engine heavily injured, tries to destroy it with no success, only to be greeted by automatic defense systems. And her response?Vita: "Bring it on."
- Dramatic Pause: Vita's attacks. Most notably her Raketenhammer.Vita: "RAKETEN-...(flying to the enemy before hitting) ...HAMMER!"
- Drop the Hammer: Graf Eisen, particularly its Gigantform and the
HIKARI NI NAREGigantschlag attack.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Thanks to Hayate, who designed her costume.
- Establishing Character Moment: In her first battle against Nanoha, she's Chewing the Scenery with her Large Ham, and defeated Nanoha by breaking Raising Heart and her Barrier Jacket with Unstoppable Rage.
- Evil Laugh: Parodied in Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal.
- Expy: Graf Eisen, of the Goldion Hammer.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Schwalbefliegen/Schwalbenflug and Kometfliegen.
- Fiery Redhead: She has a very hot temper. Her hair turns orange when she's in Unison with Rein.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Unlike Signum, who viewed Fate as a Worthy Opponent, Vita was more hostile to Nanoha until they fought alongside each other against the Book of Darkness.
- Fusion Dance: With Reinforce Zwei.
- Glacier Waif: She provides the trope image.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Tends to get fairly badly injured somewhat regularly, but manages to recover every time. However, in StrikerS, it's revealed that since she separated from Reinforce, it has been taking her longer and longer to heal.
- Go Through Me: Tries pulling this on Nanoha and Fate to protect Hayate in the movie version of A's. She gets scolded by Hayate for her efforts since Nanoha and Fate weren't doing anything wrong.
- Gratuitous German: Both, Vita and Graf Eisen. While Vita's attacks are German compared to Signum's Japanese attack names, Graf Eisen has the most lines among the Belkan Devices of the Wolkenritter.
- Grumpy Bear: She was even more of a Grumpy Bear before Hayate became their mistress. She is still grumpy, but not as bad as she used to be.
- Hat Damage: Took some in the first episode of A's from a Divine Buster. She didn't take it well.
- Hellish Pupils: In The Movie 2nd A's whenever she's really pissed of.
- Hidden Depths: Vita has a rather vulgar and provocative speech pattern, but she has a hidden polite side. In The Gears of Destiny, she uses Keigo when she speaks to Chrono. And only to him.
- Hyperspace Mallet: Graf Eisen is one of the few non-comedic examples.
- Idiot Hair: A very long one.
- Immortal Immaturity: Despite being as old as the other Wolkenritter and claiming to be an adult, Vita tends to act like a child. But in contrast to normal children, she prefers to play with senior citizens instead with children.
- Implausible Deniability: "I'm not glaring! I was born with eyes like these!" while giving Nanoha a Death Glare.
- Improbable Weapon User: Graf Eisen is a croquet mallet and during A's and StrikerS she frequently uses iron croquet balls as projectiles.
- In-Series Nickname: Agito calls her often "Anego" which can mean "big sister" or "boss", but Lutecia calls Vita like this, too.
- Jerkass: During much of her existence, she refused to let the other Wolkenritter get close to her, and was almost constantly angry and rebellious out of combat.
- Just a Kid: Even after becoming aware of her true nature and true age, Nanoha still often treats her like a kid, addressing her as "Vita-chan", petting her on the head, and in one case carrying her in her arms when she's asleep, because she didn't want to wake her up, much to her annoyance.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: During her third encounter with Nanoha, she decides to retreat because as she cannot absorb her Linker Core again, fighting her would be a waste of energy.
- The Lancer: To Signum among the Wolkenritter, and to Nanoha in the StarS Unit.
- Large Ham: Vita is the loudest Wolkenritter and tends to scream every attack name. Graf Eisen is a mild example, compared to its master and Laevatein.
- Last Name Basis: Like Signum, she calls Fate "Testarossa".
- Let's You And Her Fight: Attacks Fate during Fate's route in Battle of Aces while mistaking her for a Memory. She does this again in Gears of Destiny this time with Arf, again thinking she's a Dark Fragment.
- Limit Break: Gigantschlag in A's Portable, which deals 45% basic damage in the second game, that is average.
- Little Miss Snarker: Quite willing to point out when she thinks someone is being stupid, especially with regards to the forwards.
- Made of Iron: There's a reason both of her titles contain the word "iron" in them. She may very well have the most endurance and fortitude out of all the main characters. Best exemplified during the finale of StrikerS when she was throwing around attacks that were Cast from Hit Points for an hour-and-a-half while she had a hole straight through her chest.
- Mighty Glacier: To quote her and Graf Eisen - "There is nothing in the world we can't destroy". While her movement speed isn't bad, her attacks are slow and heavy and she has no dodging skills to speak of. One of the reasons is her Knight Armor, which provides maximum protection, but less agile maneuvering like the Knight Clothings of the other knights.
- My Greatest Failure: Vita is haunted by an incident between A's and StrikerS in which, while the two were on a mission together, Nanoha was taken by surprise, injured and nearly crippled, partly the result of her having overextended herself. Vita then dedicates herself to protecting Nanoha about as much as she is dedicated to protecting Hayate.Vita: I was with her when we left... I should have noticed before anyone else. That day... that memory... I'll never let it happen again.
- Nice Hat: Vita's hat, with its two stuffed bunny-head adornments and Creepy Cool Crosses, tops out all the rest. It was also a personally-designed gift from Hayate so it would be unwise to damage it.
- Panty Shot: Only once in A's.
- Playing with Fire: Not her main power, but Vita has Flammeschlag ("Flame Blow") as a fiery variation of Tödlichschlag which causes extra flaming effect after hitting the target. It's also the attack that caused Nanoha's infamous Out of the Inferno scene.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: In Unison with Rein, her hair becomes orange.
- Rank Up: She's a Second Lieutenant in StrikerS and is a First Lieutenant in either ViVid or Force.
- The Rival: To Nanoha in A's.
- Say My Name: "Hayate!"
- Screaming Warrior: Dear god. Try to count the times when she doesn't scream while attacking or calling her attacks with her Large Ham.
- Sergeant Rock: More critical of the Forwards' performance than Nanoha is, and occasionally suggests that Nanoha is being too lenient, but cares for their development. Also when Vita tells you to shield, you shield, or else get hammersmashed.
- Signature Move: Raketenhammer.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Vita might the worst character regarding this trope. Due to her hot-tempered nature, this happens a lot.
- Tempting Fate: She guilty for this in A's and StrikerS. Suposedly she wises up in Force
- In her second fight with Nanoha, Nanoha surrounds her with a lot of Magic Missile and she perform Panzerhindernis to protect herself while saying: "Are you stupid?! There's no way you control all these bullets!" A moment later, the bullets start speeding up, and the Panzerhindernis slowly took damage. Good job.
- In her third encounter with Nanoha, she was using Eisen Geheul to distract Nanoha, giving her time to escape her. After a while, she muses, "OK, this is far enough...." Cue Nanoha charging up Divine Buster. She was saved by a third party intercepting the beam and binding Nanoha.
- In StrikerS, "I'm almost there. I still have cartridges. I'm fine. It'll be easy." Cue invisible Elite Mecha-Mook stabbing her through the back and her having to prove just how big a Determinator she is.
- Several episode earlier, she boasts, "The Knight of the Iron Hammer, Vita, and the Steel Count, Graf Eisen. There's nothing in this world we can't destroy." Yes, she manages to live the reputation, But it is clear that she was on her last legs while acomplishing it.
- This Is a Drill: Graf Eisen's Raketenform und Zerstörungsform.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Vita is loud, brash, aggressive and has a kind of a filthy mouth. But she loves her plush bunny.
- Trigger: Chapter 2 of the StrikerS manga revealed that the sight of ruined battlefields cause her to flashback to when Nanoha was nearly killed. Since she never shows any signs of this during the show proper, it can be assumed that she either underwent therapy in the intervening years or somehow overcame her PTSD through sheer force of will.Vita: Every time I see the ruins of a recent battle... I remember something that I'd rather forget.
- Tsundere: Can be irritable, blunt and often rude, but is intensely devoted to Hayate, and later, to Nanoha. In one scene, she reassures Shamal that she "won't make a certain worrywart Knight of the Lake who's terrible at cooking cry".
- Tsurime Eyes: You can tell that she's not really nice just by looking at her eyes.
- Unstoppable Rage: When Nanoha takes a shot at Vita, she only manages to blow away her hat. Vita proceeds to beat her within an inch of her life.
- She had the exact same reaction when she realized that the Type IV Gadget Drones were the ones responsible for nearly killing Nanoha.
- Finally stopped in Force by Curren Hückebein. After making her debut by impaling Hayate a furious Vita rushes at her with the Strike Cannon. Curren loses her sword, Vita loses the fight.
- Whole Costume Reference: The author being a Super Robot Wars fan, Vita's costume and even some of her powers are pretty much reproductions of the Alteissen.
- Woman in White: In Unison with Rein, her Knight Armor turns white.
- You Monster!: Vita calls Nanoha a "devil" in A's. Nanoha does not disagree with her. And the rest is history.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Has one in her civilian outfit.
Shamal — Knight of the Lake, Hand of the Healing Wind
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (Japanese), Shelby Lindley (English)
Voiced by: Alexandra Haefelin (Klarwind)
The Mother of the three, taking care of most house-related chores, except cooking. She doesn't usually take part in combat, but she has healing power, and her communication and portal magic means she generally acts as Mission Control. She also makes most of the cartridges for Vita and Signum. Her Armed Device, Klarwind, resides in her rings.In StrikerS, she's mostly relegated to the background as a magical doctor on Mid-Childa. Like the other Wolkenritter, Shamal is part of Hayate's Riot Force 6 and is the chief doctor. She and Zafira fail to protect the Long Arch from Otto, Deed and the Gadget Drones, but later they recover from their injuries and arrest Otto.In ViVid, she has taught Zafira's disciple, Miura Rinaldi, some of her skills, but it's not mentioned what exactly. She, Hayate and the rest of the family watch Miura's matches in the DSAA Inter-Middle Championship, and later Shamal nurses Vivio after her match with Miura who defeated her.In Force, she is a member and chief doctor of Hayate's Special Duty Section 6.
Tropes associated with Shamal:
- Adaptational Badass Adorable: In Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal, where she's an adorable child who can transform into a stereotypical Magical Girl, but also has an Adult Mode with a very destructive Wave Motion Gun.
- Ascended Extra: Shamal is the main character in the Real Trailer, Fake Movie Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal with Nanoha and Fate as her Fairy Companions, and Hayate/Kanae Kagurai as her foster mother. She is called Yuzuko Kagurai in this series, and her alter ego is called "Medical Shamal".
- Barrier Warrior: Excellent at creating barriers for various purposes and blocking attacks.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being the most soft-spoken member of the Wolkenritter, Shamal is still a warrior forged on the battlefields of the Belkan Wars like the rest of them. Anyone failing to acknowledge her as a major threat (like Nanoha in A's and Otto in StrikerS) is in for a very nasty surprise. Also, as Nanoha mentions in Sound Stage M3, she can be very scary when she wants to be, such as when her patients don't do as she says.
- Blow You Away: The Battle Of Aces video game reveals a variety of wind spells she could use when she needs to fight.
- Combat Medic: While Shamal normally keeps out of combat, she's hardly helpless in other fields. She has the ability to stick her hand through you and rip out your magic. From a mile away. Or at least she did back when they still had the Book of Darkness.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Subverted — she tries to disguise herself when spying on Nanoha and Fate, but Dr. Ishida recognizes her immediately.
- Cool Shades: Combined with the Conspicuous Trenchcoat above.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Yuuno in A's
- Drives Like Crazy: Implied. At one point, Vita and Signum hear her parking a car. Vita wonders if it's Hayate, but Signum comments on how the driver is having difficulty parking it, and concludes that it's Shamal.
- Expy: She looks like what Ritsuko Akagi might look like if she were in the Nanoha-verse. This is especially apparent with her first appearance in StrikerS, when she's wearing what appears to be a white doctor's coat. Considering the number of mecha anime shout outs in Nanoha, it could be intentional.
- The Face: Of the Wolkenritter. Look at the contrasts between her and her fellows: the most feminine, the one who can't cook, the Team Mom. She's also Mission Control because her magic is focused on communication and teleportation.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted — Shamal is the only member of the cast who is shown to be a bad cook, while Action Girls Nanoha, Fate and Hayate are quite skilled at cooking.
- First-Name Basis: She refers to friends by their first name. There was one notable exception with Fate in A's, where she called her "Testarossa-chan", but she changed it later to "Fate-chan". Even in The Movie 2nd A's, she never calls her by her last name.
- Gemstone Assault: Klarwind's Pendelform turns the jewels of the Ringeform into pendulums which can create portals, find Linker Cores, and bind opponents. It can be used in close combat when necessary.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When Adult Mode Medical Shamal fires her Shamal Beam, her right eye is glowing in pink. Arcueid Brunestud, anyone?
- Healing Hands: Her speciality is healing. She's even called "Hand of the Healing Wind".
- Improbable Weapon User:
- Canonically, her weapons are rings whose gemstones can be used as pendulum-like weapons.
- As Medical Shamal, she carries a giant syringe that fires Divine Buster-like beams.
- Ironic Fear: Despite being the Knight of the Lake, she is afraid of swimming. Well, her powers have nothing to do with water either.
- Lethal Chef: This was originally an Informed Flaw - on one of the two occasions the Wolkenritter actually taste her cooking, Signum and Vita admit that it's not as good as Hayate's cooking, but still not bad, while Hayate likes it. It wasn't until the PSP fighting game, released four years after her introduction, that we received visual confirmation of her cooking skills.◊
- Limit Break: Her Linker Core Removal technique in A's Portable, which deals 60% basic damage in the second game, that is the strongest Full Drive Burst alongside Precia's.
- Mission Control: Shamal usually stands outside of the battlefield and observes the territory while supporting the other knights. She also does this for Riot Force 6 during the second mission.
- Mundane Utility: In one scene of A's she uses Klarwind to phone Hayate's house. According to information with the DVDs, she has a cell phone, but left it at home that time.
- Nice Hat: Part of her Knight Clothing.
- Older Alter Ego: In Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal, she's the main character Yuzuko Kagurai, but she's a child in that version. One of her Magical Girl forms is an Adult Mode like Vivio.
- Proper Lady: She has strong parallels to a Yamato Nadeshiko. In addition to her loyalty to Hayate, she is kind, soft-spoken obedient, and, like the others, a knight with magic powers and the will to use them.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: With her military uniform.
- Ring of Power: Klarwind has the form of a set of four rings, two in each hand. Its Standby Form has the form of golden rings, its Ringeform adds two blue jewels on both index finger rings and two green jewels on both ring finger rings.
- Secret Identity: In Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal, Yuzuko Kagurai's magical alter ego is Medical Shamal.
- The Smart Girl: Of the Wolkenritter.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Klarer Wind or Klarwind? It's officially the latter. Klarer Geheul or Klargeheul?
- Squishy Wizard: Shamal is the least combat-orientated knight.
- Tareme Eyes: Pretty much the nicest Wolkenritter.
- Team Mom: Of the Wolkenritter.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Signum's tomboy. In Mahou Kazoku Lyrical Wolken, Signum is the father figure while Shamal is the mother figure.
- Villains Out Shopping: She is often seen literally shopping with Hayate. In the manga, it is shown that she spends her free time chatting with the neighborhood wives.
- Wave Motion Gun: In Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal, Adult Mode Medical Shamal has the Shamal Beam, a pink massive beam which looks like a Divine Buster. The weapon is... a giant syringe.
- Wind is Green: Her Knight Clothing, casting circles and even many of her casual clothes are green.
Zafira — Shielding Guardian Beast, Blue Wolf
Voiced by: Kazuya Ichijo (Japanese), Jonathan Meza (English)
Bit of an oddball — he's not only The One Guy of the Wolkenritter and Hayate's family, he's a Non-Human Sidekick. His specialty is said to be a Barrier Warrior. He forms a rivalry and later friendship with Arf.In StrikerS, Zafira is a member of Hayate's Riot Force 6 and he apparently ends up as something of a big canine babysitter for Vivio, and is only seen in his humanoid form once, in the final panel of Chapter 15. He and Shamal fail to protect the Long Arch from Otto, Deed and the Gadget Drones, but later they recover from their injuries and arrest Otto.In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, he trains children in Strike Arts. One of his best pupils, Miura, is set to compete against Vivio in the DSAA Inter-Middle Championship. Zafira's pupil ranks very high for a newcomer, being able to defeat the Inter-Middle veterans and tournament favorites Micaiah Chevelle and Erie Stout, and wins against Nanoha's daughter, Vivio.In Force, Zafira is a member of Hayate's Special Duty Section 6... but he has actually to do something, yet.
Tropes associated with Zafira:
- Animorphism: He's able to change between a wolfman and a wolf.
- Ascended Extra: In Zafira's route of The Battle of Aces, he wins against all four (Dark Piece) Wolkenritter (with Shamal being the only original one), and all three Materials (including extra stages), not to mention that he's the only character who fights all Materials. He has the lowest rank among the Wolkenritter, and later in The Gears of Destiny he's upgraded into an A.I. Breaker.
- The Big Guy: Of the Wolkenritter.
- Bishounen: You can argue about this. However, in The Battle of Aces, there is a CG where he really looks like a Bishounen◊.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: This guy has really thick eyebrows.
- Counter Attack: While everyone in The Battle Of Aces has one in melee range, Zafira also has one in ranged mode. Well, later in The Gears of Destiny, he is not the only onenote .
- Dark-Skinned Blond: White-haired variation.
- Demoted to Extra: Loses some of his screentime in StrikerS but really gets hit hard in the Sound Stages. In the first and second sound stages of A's and StrikerS he's either away for most of the story or absent for some reason. On the other hand, in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid where he's the trainer of Miura Rinaldi/Linard, he appears more frequently and talks more than in his entire screentime on StrikerS. Still a support character but with a much better treatement.
- Dynamic Entry: How he "introduced" himself to Arf. He also tried this to the Masked Men who were about to kill Vita, but failed.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's a villain in Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal, where he's not only more talkative than usual, but also hammier.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Hagane no Kubiki means Steel Yoke, and the blades are made of magical steal.
- Familiar: Insists on being called a "Guardian Beast", to which Arf retorts that it makes no difference. However, unlike Familiars, he has no contract and is not dependent on Hayate to exist.
- Friend to All Children: Especially pronounced in Sound Stage M4, when he teaches children martial arts, and reveals that he gave rides to Hayate and Nanoha in the past, around the time Hayate was practicing walking and Nanoha was in rehabilitation.
- Gentle Giant: He's one of the tallest characters and he's not really aggressive until the situation calls for it. Outside of combat, he's calm and friendly.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Despite what the name implies, he's fairly cool-headed.
- I Can Still Fight!: In the final battle of StrikerS, he goes out to fight with Vice, despite having been hospitalized for the week since the attack on Riot Force 6.
- An Ice Person: Hagane no Kubiki has shades of this.
- In-Series Nickname: Vivio and Lutecia call him Zaffy, as well as the fans.
- Large Ham: For someone who doesn't talk that much he's pretty loud in battle and rivals Vita in volume.
- Limit Break: Hagane no Kubiki in A's Portable, which deals 40% basic damage in the second game, that is the weakest Full Drive Burst alongside Yuuno and Arf's.
- Little Bit Beastly: His humanoid form has prominent kemonomimi.
- Megaton Punch: He is able to charge magical energy in his fists to deliver very strong punches.
- Mighty Glacier: He has strong attacks, but he's rather slow.
- Not So Different: He argues that he and Arf serve their respective masters regardless of what they're doing is right or wrong. Arf is unable to articulate a rebuttal, especially given her role in the first season.
- The One Guy: A reason why he didn't go to the bathhouse with the others in the first A's Sound Stage, because he wouldn't spend time together with them anyway. The other reason was someone had to guard the house.
- Precious Puppy: His form in the A's epilogue.
- The Quiet One: Erio and Caro don't even realize that he can talk until their second mission. Even Hayate notes that he doesn't speak often. And then there are episodes where he doesn't talk at all.
- Rated M for Manly: The manliest good guy in the franchise when he's not in his wolf form.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's not evil though, but he's a beast.
- Screaming Warrior: Like Vita, he tends to scream everytime he attacks. This is especially blatant in his wolf form, as it seems he can only cast Hagane no Kubiki with screams, while in his humanoid form he doesn't need to scream.
- Ship Tease: Subtle with Arf. She's his Distaff Counterpart, she feeds him with meat in the StrikerS manga, and Arf appears in his 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.
- Signature Move: Hagane no Kubikinote . It's not only powerful, but also very flexible.
- Spear Counterpart: To Arf, made especially blatant when they fight in their animal forms.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is often written as "Zafila".
- Stern Teacher: Has shades of this in his instruction of Miura in Vivid, as he notes she will get quite the talking-to after she barely wins her first round despite losing most of her life in the opening moves.
- The Stoic: Possibly even more so than Signum.
- Not So Stoic: When attacking the masked men after Signum and Shamal have been absorbed
- Talking Animal: When in wolf form.
- Team Pet: For the Yagami family and for the entire Riot Force 6 because he's always in his wolf form. The only time we see his humanoid form in StrikerS was in the last chapter of the supplementary manga, a year after Riot Force 6 was disbanded. Even his official ID card has his wolf form as its photo.
- You Gotta Have Blue Fur
- Wolf Man: Unlike Arf, he prefers going around in this wolf unless he's teaching children martial arts. In StrikerS you won't see him in human form at all.
Reinforce Eins — The Will of the Book of Darkness / The Blessed Wind
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi
Voiced by: Alexandra Haefelin (Book of Darkness/NachtWal)
"I'll give you a new name. I won't let people call you 'the Book of Darkness' or the 'Cursed Tome'. I won't let them. All the time, I've thought a perfect name for you. So strong and supportive. The 'Blessed Wind'... blessing us all. 'Reinforce'.Formerly known as the Book of Darkness, and before that, the Book of the Night Sky until the defense program, also known as NachtWal (movie only), was corrupted and the book's entire purpose changed. After Hayate is absorbed into the Book of Darkness, she manages to reach out to her, giving her a new name. Reinforce sacrifices herself for Hayate's sake after enabling the Wolkenritter to live on outside of her. Generally believed to be the most powerful character in the franchise (at least in the canon timeline).
Tropes associated with Reinforce:
- Affectionate Nickname: Levi the Slasher calls her "Kurohane" ("blackwing").
- All Your Powers Combined / Power Copying: Can use techniques from the mages whose Linker Cores the Book of Darkness absorbed and turn them into even bigger versions of the original. Demonstrated when she cast Starlight Breaker at Nanoha and Fate, who promptly fled as far away as they could, because the explosion it created was as almost as large as Uminari City itself.
- Anti-Villain: She doesn't want to kill her masters and to destroy worlds.
- Art Evolution: Justified, as the the art style of the franchise got better during the years. But the most drastic change are her eyes. In the A's and in the Portable continuity, she's portrayed with emotionless eyes with no light reflection. Since StrikerS Sound Stage 3, she's portrayed with light reflection and more life in her eyes. The Movie 2nd A's also removes the wings on her head and adds two more small wings on her back.
- Ascended Fanon: After fans called her "Eins" to distinguish from Zwei.
- She called herself Eins in The Battle of Aces when she and Hayate discussed that a second Reinforce will be born. She does this again in a promotion video for the The Movie 2nd A's, and in the Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal Real Trailer, Fake Movie. In the other Real Trailer, Fake Movie Mahou Kazoku Lyrical Wolken, she is also called Eins.
- INNOCENT has another instance.◊
- She is frequently called Eins in the DVD Commentary of The Movie 2nd A's and in The Gears of Destiny drama CDs.
- Berserker Tears: Right after her awakening. In the movie, they don't stop until Hayate regains control.
- Big Bad: Technically the main "villain" of A's. Technically. But NachtWal fits this definitely who is also a Bigger Bad before its confirmed that NachtWal is the cause of the eternal cycle of destruction the Book is best known for.
- Boobs of Steel: Has a big chest size, and kicks everyone asses. Also, pretty much invulnerable.
- Brought Down to Normal: The option presented in the PSP games as she started slowly but surely losing her powers as a consequence of being separated from the defense program and by the time of the 2nd game she's considerably weaker, still a capable mage but nowhere close to the titanic powerhouse she used to be.
- But Now I Must Go: To prevent NachtWal's return, Reinforce sacrifices her life, so the cycle of darkness can finally be broken.
- Casting a Shadow: Diabolic Emission is city-sized black sphere and Schwarze Wirkung is an Elemental Punch.
- Catch Phrase: "Yes, my Master"note or just "My Master"note . She says this so often in the various media, it's basically her Catch Phrase.
- Chain Pain: In The Movie 2nd A's, she uses Arf's bind.◊
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The only character so far who has given Nanoha this treatment, not only withstanding Nanoha's best attacks without batting an eye, but also giving her a very hard beating.
- Dark is Not Evil: At some point in her long existence, she was corrupted for evil purposes and thus has no control over her actions. Before that, she was simply a tool to gather various magical knowledge.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In The Movie, Reinforce appears briefly two, three times before her actual appearance.
- Elemental Punch: Schwarze Wirkung.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: In her route of The Battle of Aces Hayate acts as a Unison Device for her!
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted in A's, she showed almost no emotion before her Heel–Face Turn, but she still cried. And other adaptations drop her emotionless part completely.
- Expy: Silver hair, red eyes with Hellish Pupils, and black wings. Don't tell this troper you wouldn't think of Suigintou.
- Extremity Extremist: Only uses her hands in melee combat, rarely her feet.
- Facial Markings: When she's controlled by NachtWal.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One of her stockings is short, the other is long.
- Fingerless Gloves: Part of her Knight Clothing.
- Flechette Storm / Reverse Shrapnel: Her Blutiger Dolch/Bloody Dagger spell can be used as both.
- Fusion Dance: With Hayate.
- Go Out with a Smile: In A's episode 13, when she's deleted by Nanoha, Fate and the Wolkenritter and says good bye to Hayate. In The Movie, she smiles even happier than in the TV version.
- Good All Along: She never wanted to harm people by herself. Her whole system was corrupted.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Her melee attacks in The Battle Of Aces involve... punching people stupid. This was previously seen in A's, where she punched through Nanoha's shield. With her bare hands.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Reinforce has black angel wings. In The Movie, Reinforce has six wings, not four, on her back. The wings on her head are removed there.
- Hellish Pupils: In the TV series and in The Movie. In The Movie, her pupils disappear when her system is reprogrammed by Hayate.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- To prevent Hayate's life from being threatened again, and to enable the Wolkenritter to exist outside of the book.
- Defied in The Battle Of Aces, where, depending on the story path, Signum, Vita, or Hayate are having none of Reinforce's plan to absorb the Dark Pieces and sacrifice herself. Then again, even if the sacrifice does not take place, Reinforce does not have much time left.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Asks Nanoha and Fate to seal her away.
- Image Song: Snow Rain, both the original and version Eins from the movie (only the latter is actually sung by Sanae Kobayashi).
- In Spite of a Nail: In The Battle Of Aces, realizes that she cannot serve as Hayate's Unison Device forever, and asks Hayate to make a new one. She and Hayate are both aware, although neither says anything to the other, that she will disappear in the relatively near future.
- In-Series Nickname: "Rein" is actually the nickname of Zwei, but Eins is called this at least on two occasions. In StrikerS, Vita refers her as the "first Rein". In The Gears of Destiny, Unison Hayate calls her Rein when they are about to fight U-D.
- The Juggernaut: As an enemy, she was completely unstoppable.
- Last Name Basis: In the Portable continuity, she calls Fate by her last name. Probably influenced by Signum.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Subverted, as she has no qualms with using external barriers, even for attacks that can't really hurt her.
- Limit Break: Yaten no Ikazuchi in A's Portable, which deals 50% basic damage in the second game, that is above average.
- Made of Iron: In A's, where Nanoha injures her only a little bit. In The Movie 2nd A's, she provides No Sell.
- Meaningful Rename: Hayate gives her her name to indicate her as one who supports others.
- Mighty Glacier: Not fast enough to be a Lightning Bruiser, way too powerful and resilient to be a Jack-of-All-Stats.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Her Knight Clothing.
- Mission Control: Often serves this role in Battle Of Aces.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: "Reinforce" is an English word and "Eins" is a German number. In INNOCENT, she has also Yagami as her last name.
- Mystical White Hair: She's the physical incarnation of a powerful Weapon of Mass Destruction.
- Nigh-Invulnerability / No Sell: Reinforce doesn't appear to even notice some of the stuff Nanoha throws at her, and no-sells the rest.
- Not Herself: Played with. It's NachtWal who controlled her body in the battle, but Reinforce had still her own will and had limited control of herself.
- Number of the Beast: The Book of Darkness has 666 pages.
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Subverted with "I'm the happiest magical tome in the world". It doesn't matter if there are more magical tomes going around or not, she said it when she felt the happiest.
- Well, the Book of the Azure Sky, the Bible of Silver Cross, and the Tome of the Purple Sky exist; the former two being canon.
- Person of Mass Destruction/Weapon of Mass Destruction: She fits the trope more than any other character in this show. This lady has killed planets before.
- Physical God: For all intents and purposes. She was fully capable of blowing up planets (something she had done countless times in the past) and No Selled everything that Nanoha threw at her. Not to mention the fact that she had Resurrective Immortality and the ability to copy spells and make them bigger.
- Purposely Overpowered: During her story path in the Battle of Aces video game, she becomes Unison Reinforce, i.e., Reinforce with Hayate acting as her Unison Device, giving her all the passive skills in the game. It's as broken as it sounds.
- Rapunzel Hair: Like Signum, she has very long hair.
- Recurring Element: She's the second "girl with sad eyes" in the franchise.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has blood red eyes.
- Redemption Demotion: Much less broken on the good team in The Battle of Aces than when still on team evil.
- Schrödinger's Cast: Lives in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable .
- Shock and Awe: The Book of Darkness has a spell called Hakai no Ikazuchinote , which is cast by Shamal in episode 5. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable , Reinforce's Finishing Move is Yaten no Ikazuchinote .
- Signature Move: Diabolic Emission. She used it only once, but it is one of her few own spells she used in her battle against Nanoha and Fate. It's also a very unique and memorable spell and the only other mage who used this spell was Hayate.
- Snow Means Death: Coincidently, it was after Christmas.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: As Unison Reinforce.
- Sweater Girl: In The Battle of Aces.◊
- Tender Tears: She spends about half of her screen time crying for various reasons, starting from the moment she first shows up. Makes sense, given that her centuries long life has consisted of repeatedly being trapped in a book then destroying planets against her will.
- Tentacle Rope: Some of the beast whose Linker Cores were absorbed in the book have tentacles. She uses them on Nanoha and Fate.
- Tin Man: She repeatedly states that she's just a tool who has neither emotions nor heart. Unsurprisingly, Nanoha and Fate call bullshit on that since she says that while tears are streaming down her face.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
- Uses a city-sized Starlight Breaker to try and kill Nanoha and Fate.
- The extremely HUGE drill she summons to kill Nanoha in The Movie.
- During her Full Drive Burst in A's Portable, she uses Diabolic Emission, followed by a Yaten no Ikazuchi.
- This Is a Drill: In The Movie 2nd A's, she summons a gigantic drill to kill a bound and helpless Nanoha. Nanoha can't even see it until it penetrates through the rock which is blocking her sight. Fortunately, Fate slices it with Bardiche Assault's Zanber Form before it could hit Nanoha.
- Token Good Teammate: In Iryou Shoujo Medical Shamal, where she's ironically the president of the villains (Signum, Vita and Zafira). Vita lampshades that she lacks evil tension.
- Too Many Belts: In evil mode.
- Too Powerful to Live: She is the most overpowered character in the series, but she doesn't survive the end of A's.
- Tsurime Eyes: Goes with her Stoic Woobie character.
- Up to Eleven: Takes copied spells and makes them even more powerful.
- Vocal Evolution: She had a emotionless voice in A's, but in later adaptation her voice has more emotion. Justified, in other adaptations, Reinforce isn't so emotionless anymore.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. She's technically the main "villain" of A's, but she actually is not evil.
- Winged Humanoid: In battle, she has four big wings on her back. Unlike Hayate, Reinforce's wings are really on her back.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She plays it straight, but also inverts this trope by being a woobie because she's a destroyer of worlds.
- Your Days Are Numbered: In The Battle of Aces, it's said she doesn't have long to live in spite of having avoided sacrificing herself. This becomes obvious in The Gears of Destiny where she is nerfed.
- Zettai Ryouiki: On one leg.
Reinforce Zwei — The Blessed Wind
Voiced by: Yukana
Hayate's Unison Device, who specializes in ice magic. She was created about two years after the Book of Darkness Incident, but is introduced in the last scene of A's. She can fuse with Hayate, Vita or Signum to increase their power. She typically exists as a small flying girl a few inches tall, but can transform into a normal-sized young girl. Commonly known as "Rein". Possibly the only Device that has its own (Storage) Device: her Book of the Azure Sky, created by Hayate and herself.In StrikerS, she's a member of Hayate's Riot Force 6 and acts as her right hand alongside Griffith Lowran. However, Reinforce Zwei always enters the battlefield on almost every mission. The other Unison Device, Agito, develops a rivalry with her, but the antagonistic part of it disappears after Agito was adopted into the Yagami family and both becoming sisters.In ViVid, she, Hayate and Agito create, after Lutecia Alpine and Einhart Stratos' request, the Hybrid-Intelligent Device Asteion for the latter, so Einhart can participate in the DSAA Inter-Middle Championship. Rein and the rest of the family watch the matches of Zafira's disciple, Miura Rinaldi, who defeats Nanoha and Fate's daughter, Vivio, in this tournament. She later appears in the Infinity Library to help Vivio and the other major Inter-Middle participants there.In Force, she is a member of Hayate's Special Duty Section 6 and is her right hand again. As a Unison Device, Reinforce Zwei acts as the Big Sister Mentor to Lily-Strosek, Thoma Avenir's Reactor Plug.
Tropes associated with Reinforce Zwei:
- Badass Adorable: You can say that she's a better mage than Hayate. Rein is one of the characters who is regularly on the battlefield in StrikerS.
- Big Sister Mentor: To Lily-Strosek in Force.
- Dead Guy Junior: To Reinforce Eins.
- Elemental Eye Colours: She has the bluest eyes of the series, emphasizing the childlike innocence of the character, as well as her magical nature (The first Unison Device created since the days of Ancient Belka) and her affinity to ice.
- Fairy Companion: Acts like one to Hayate.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Like Eins, one of her stockings is short, the other is long.
- Fingerless Gloves: Part of her Knight Clothing.
- Fun Size: Usually. Being tiny conserves her magical power, but she can switch to the size of a young child when she needs to do housework.
- Despite her tiny size, other characters do take her seriously. This is kinda funny to watch.
- Fusion Dance: With Hayate, Signum and Vita.
- Genki Girl: In contrast to the calm and more or less sad predecessor.
- Genre Savvy: "Remember, Thoma. Evil will always approach you with a smile." And this was after Thoma receives an extremely friendly message from Curren Hückebein.
- Gratuitous German: Some of her spells. She also used to call Hayate with "Meister".
- Hair Decorations: She has the same hairclips like Hayate's.
- Healing Hands: Demonstrated in the first StrikerS episode with Teana.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Hayate. She helps Hayate to control her spells. Oddly enough, Rein is shown to be very competent by her own, even if Hayate isn't there. Additionally, unlike Agito who has trouble with supporting Zest, Rein is compatible with both, Vita and Signum.
- Hypocritical Humor: After Shamal points out that, like Vivio and Subaru, she once went from crying to smiling in a matter of minutes, Rein insists "Rein was an adult from the very beginning!"
- An Ice Person: She seems to be specialized in ice magic.
- Idiot Hair: Fitting for her childlike innocent character in contrast to Eins.
- Improbable Age: She held the rank of Sergeant Major at the age of eight. Partially excused due to the fact that she was Born as an Adult (relatively speaking).
- In-Series Nickname: Most people call her "Rein".
- Killer Rabbit: Reinforce Zwei looks even less intimidating than the rest of the cast, but she can definitely hold her own, even without Hayate.
- Last Episode, New Character: Her first appearance is in the closing scene of the Distant Finale of A's.
- Light is Good: Her magic color is white like Hayate's.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: "Reinforce" is an English word and "Zwei" is a German number.
- Nested Ownership: She's a Unison Device with her own Storage Device.
- Older Than She Looks: Gradually becoming this, as she's 14 in Force, but looks the same as she always did.
- The Rival: To Agito due to being both Unison Devices and surrogate sisters.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has identical hair to Reinforce Eins, who has very long hair (but no Idiot Hair).
- Spell My Name with an "S": She is also officially credited as "Reinforce II", but it's still pronounced "Reinforce Zwei".
- Tareme Eyes: In contrast to her adult and dark counterpart Eins.
- Third-Person Person: Distinguishing her from Older Than They Look characters like Vita.
- Verbal Tic: "Desu~"
- Vocal Evolution: Justified, Rein had only a single linenote in A's. Since StrikerS, her voice is very high-pitched.
- Walking Spoiler: When you consider that "Zwei" is German for "2", you have to wonder what happened to the first one.
- Weak, but Skilled: She's not nearly as strong as Reinforce Eins or Hayate, but Reinforce Zwei is still a more competent mage than Hayate and is completely independent from her, while Hayate is dependent on others.
NachtWal / The Automatic Defense Program / The Darkness of the Book of Darkness
Voiced by: Alexandra Haefelin, Sanae Kobayashi (the humanoid part)
"The program that gave the Tome of the Night Sky the name 'Cursed Book of Darkness'. NachtWal's infective destructive form... The Darkness of the Book of Darkness."The Automatic Defense Program is a part of the Book of Darkness whose programming was corrupted under undisclosed circumstances a long time ago. Said corruption is the cause of the eternal cycle of destruction the Book is best known for, therefore the Defense Program is the main antagonist of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's and The Movie 2nd A's and the antithesis to Reinforce. It's also referred as the Darkness of the Book of Darkness and NachtWal.Hayate reprograms the system of the Book of Darkness and seperates the Defense Program completely from the Book, so NachtWal can be destroyed without killing Book itself.
— Hayate, The Movie 2nd A's
— Hayate, The Movie 2nd A's
Tropes associated with NachtWal:
- Adaptational Badass: Subverted. The Movie version of NachtWal does fight back, but it can do nothing against its enemies.
- Adaptational Villainy: Since Graham and his Familiars are Adapted Out in The Movie, NachtWal is portrayed as an even more evil entity than it already was. NachtWal kills the Wolkenritter and breaks Hayate to complete the Book of Darkness. The Movie blames everything on the Defense Program.
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: It's the corrupted part of the Book of Darkness and caused the cycle of destruction. Also, thanks to Adaptational Villainy, NachtWal suddenly decides to sacrifice the Wolkenritter for the Book's completion, even when Hayate orders it not to do it.
- Art Evolution: An understatement. The TV and movie versions of the Eldritch Abomination look very different.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: An extremely large Eldritch Abomination.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Played with. It looks like this trope, but there are a few shots where the humanoid part has nipples.
- Black Eyes of Evil: In the movie version, the humanoid part of the Eldritch Abomination has black or dark blue eyes.
- Big Bad: It caused every tragedy involving the Book of Darkness, it's corrupted and evil and is the Final Boss.
- Bigger Bad: It's mentioned in the very end of the series that NachtWal is the cause of the Book's history of destruction.
- Bound and Gagged: By Yuuno and Arf in the beginning of the Final Battle. Also nailed by Zafira.
- Break the Cutie: To Hayate in The Movie.
- Composite Character: In The Movie, NachtWal also takes the role of Graham and the Liese twins who are Adapted Out.
- Conspicuous CG: The movie version of it is entirely made of CG.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: NachtWal has no chance against the heroes and the Wolkenritter.
- Dark is Evil: It's referred as the Darkness of the Book of Darkness. It's the reason why the Book was so messed up.
- Deader Than Dead: NachtWal is destroyed by TSAB and the Yagami family, but to prevent its regeneration, Reinforce sacrifices her life.
- Deflector Shield:
- Devour the Dragon: In The Movie, it's NachtWal who drained the Linker Cores of the Wolkenritter to complete the Book of Darkness and then killed them.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Pretty much the description of the Final Battle.
- Dumb Muscle: The result of being seperated from the Book of Darkness.
- Eldritch Abomination: After being separated from the Book of Darkness, it's embodied as a mix of all creatures whose Linker Cores were absorbed. The result looks ugly.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: The result of its regenration has eyes everywhere.
- Enemy Without: To Reinforce, after NachtWal is separated from the Book.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In The Movie, the humanoid part has a really deep voice and sounds and growls like an animal, a big contrast to it's TV counterpart.
- Facial Markings: When controlling Hayate's/Reinforce's body. The humanoid part of the Eldritch Abomination has also red markings.
- Faux Affably Evil: Especially in The Movie, where it's polite to Hayate even while killing the Wolkenritter in front of her.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: In the TV version, it has no chance to use them. In the movie version, it fires them, but they are not much of a help.
- From a Single Cell:
- NachtWal was the reason that the Book of Darkness always regenerated herself after every destruction.
- It can regenerate from its Linker Core rapidly. It looks even uglier than it's "centaur" form.
- Even when it's completely destroyed, as long its origin exists, NachtWal will regenerate out of nowhere.
- Game Face: In The Movie, when it recovers from Unison Hayate's Mistilsteinn, the humanoid part looks even more monstrous than before.
- Godiva Hair: In The Movie, the humanoid part of the Eldritch Abomination has Godiva Hair.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: In The Movie, NachtWal is genuine horror. It takes the form of several black snakes that cover the Book of Darkness completely.
- Meaningful Name:
- The Automatic Defense Program is called Darkness of the Book of Darkness because it's the Book's entire evilness.
- NachtWal is German for NightWhale. The "Wal" part can be a pun to the German word "Wall" which means "wall". However, the A in "Wal" is definitely pronounced longly, so it's rather unlikely that it's supposed to be "Wall".
- Messy Hair: In the TV version, the humanoid part has long, messy hair. In the movie version, it has straight hair.
- Named by the Adaptation: The Movie gives the Automatic Defense Program aka the Darkness of the Book of Darkness the name "NachtWal".
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: One of its names is "The Darkness of the Book of Darkness".
- Not Quite Dead: Even after it's destruction, there is still the chance that it will regenerate after a short time as long as Reinforce exists. The solution: Reinforce must die.
- One-Way Visor: In The Movie, the humanoid part of the Eldritch Abomination has a red and blue visor that hides its eyes. It eventually loses the visor.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: In the end of both versions, NachtWal takes the form of a very gross looking, gigantic centaur beast. On top of the beast is the upperbody of a female humanoid.
- Power Fist of Evil: In the movie adaptation, Reinforce uses NachWal as a gauntlet-like weapon.
- Purple Is Powerful: In the TV version, the Eldritch Abomination is mainly purple colored.
- Rapunzel Hair: In The Movie, where the humanoid part of the Eldritch Abomination has very long hair.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the TV version, the humanoid part of the Eldritch Abomination has red eyes.
- Spell My Name with an "S": NachtWal's name is written like this in the official English subtitles and in other official materials, like the OST tracklist or the DVD/Blu-ray chapters.
- Superpowered Evil Side: The Automatic Defense System is Reinforce's corrupted part which killed her previous masters. It also takes control of Hayate's/Reinforce's body during the battle against Nanoha and Fate.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: It gets smashed by a gigantic hammer bigger than itself, burned by an detonating arrow, sliced by a BFS, petrified, frozen, the body obliterated by a Triple Breaker, its Linker Core is teleported to space and destroyed by an even bigger Wave Motion Gun. And finally, Reinforce does a Heroic Sacrifice to prevent its return forever.
- Voice of the Legion: In the TV version, the humanoid part sounds like Reinforce, but its voice echoes.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that it's Reinforce Superpowered Evil Side that caused all the deaths involving the Book of Darkness is a big spoiler. It's fate is also a spoiler.
- White Hair, Black Heart: In the TV version, the humanoid part of the Eldritch Abomination has white hair like Reinforce. In the movie version, the hair is dark brown.
Liesearia and Lieselotte
Liesearia ("Aria") and Lieselotte ("Lotte")
Voiced by: Asuka Tanii (Aria), Miyu Matsuki (Lotte), Nobuyuki Hiyama (Masked Men)
The twin catgirl familiars of Admiral Gil Graham, who are better known as Aria Liese and Lotte Liese in the fandom. They usually go with their shortened names, Aria and Lotte. Served as Chrono's magic and martial arts teachers. They turn out to be the mysterious masked men who aid the Wolkenritter, and are working to help them complete the Book of Darkness so they can seal it away as part of Graham's plan.
Tropes associated with Aria and Lotte:
- Adapted Out: They don't appear in the movie adaptation. Justified Trope, as the movie is supposed to be an in-universe adaptation of the anime's events, and details about their role in said events were classified.
- Break the Cutie: Responsible for doing this to Hayate in the TV version.
- Broken Pedestal: For Chrono.
- Carnivore Confusion: Lotte can tell that Yuuno's a ferret, and being a Catgirl, asks if she can eat him. It's somewhat ambiguous what she means by that (consider how she treated Chrono) and either way she was kidding. Probably.
- Catgirls: Both were originally cats and can transform into cats.
- Cats Are Mean: Lotte likes teasing Chrono and playfully threatening to eat Yuuno, and both of them get quite a bit meaner when trying to break Hayate.
- Color Blind Confusion: Comes with the territory of being cats. See Imposter Forgot One Detail below.
- Costume Copycat: They transform into Nanoha (Aria) and Fate (Lotte) when they finish off Vita as Hayate watches.
- Creepy Monotone: As the Masked Men who have quite and nearly emotionless voices. And they sound creepy.
- Creepy Twins: As the Masked Men.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They easily trap Signum, Vita, Shamal, Nanoha and Fate in binds and then absorb the Linker Cores of the three knights. When Zafira appears, Aria justs defeats him as well.
- Death Dealer: The Devices they use as the Wolkenritter's Mysterious Protectors resemble a deck of playing cards. Aria is the only one who uses the cards in combat.
- Dynamic Entry: Lotte performs this on Chrono when he is about to arrest Shamal, then on Fate, after she attacks Aria.
- Easily Forgiven: By Nanoha, Fate and Hayate. By Chrono it's not sure, but the Wolkenritter, especially Vita, do not.
- Extremity Extremist: In The Gears of Destiny, all of their close ranged attacks are only kicks.
- Familiars: To Gil Graham.
- First-Name Basis: Prefer being called by their first name when addressed individually and "Liese" when addressed as a pair.
- Except that Liese isn't actually their surname, and Aria and Lotte are just nicknames.
- Genki Girl: Lotte.
- Hot-Blooded: Lotte, especially in The Gears of Destiny, where she starts many battles against her own comrades for personal reasons or because of misunderstandings. Though, Aria is not that better.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Lotte is able to impale her enemies with her hand, but it's not actually a lethal attack, as it only goes through the body without injuring it. She does this to Fate to take her Linker Core.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: When they disguise themselves as Nanoha and Fate, they get the colors on their Barrier Jackets wrong because cats are colorblind.
- In-Series Nickname: Their actual names are Liesearia and Lieselotte. Aria and Lotte are shortened versions of their names, but most fans assume, "Liese" is their surname. Together they are just called "Liese/Lise" by other characters.
- Karma Houdini: In order to activate the Book Of Darkness, they absorb Shamal and Signum's Linker Cores, beat up Zafira to do the same to him, and then finish off Vita in front of Hayate while disguised as Nanoha and Fate. While all the people in question get better, no one brings up what happened or proposes any punishment.
- Kick Chick: Lotte. In The Gears of Destiny, both of them use only kicks in close range combat.
- Jerkass: In The Gears of Destiny, Lotte acts a bit of a jerk towards the Yagami family. This causes a lot of trouble during the story and Aria has always to go in between the fights.
- Last Name Basis: In The Gears of Destiny, they call Hayate always by her family name, Yagami, without any suffix.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: The more feminine Aria has much longer hair than her tomboy sister Lotte.
- Limit Break: Mirage Assault in The Gears of Destiny, which deals 45% basic damage, that is average.
- Marshmallow Hell: Lotte inflicts this on Chrono twice in the span of 20 seconds, and then pretty much pounces on him. When Chrono resurfaces, he's Covered in Kisses.Lotte: "That was yummy!"
- Mask Power: They wear masks while serving as the Wolkenritter's Mysterious Protectors and are two of the strongest fighters in the season.
- Master of None: In The Gears of Destiny, the twins are arguably the worst characters, though their stats say otherwise. They have average defense (or stamina) and an average Limit Break, their close range damage output is not that bad and they can be Difficult but Awesome in long range combat. However, they still are not good characters to play with.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Willing to help Graham carry out his plan, and seem to have fewer reservations about it than he does.
- Mysterious Protector: They initially seem to be the Wolkenritter's allies, but are actually using them to complete the Book of Darkness.
- Name Order Confusion: Most fans assume that Liese is their surname and their names are written in eastern order, which is untrue. Their right names are Liesearia and Lieselotte, and Aria and Lotte as well as Liese are just their nicknames.
- Oh, Crap!: After Chrono both disables and unmasks them, with a spell that neither of them taught him.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: When Chrono tells them that their plan is illegal, Lotte angrily insists that innocent people, including Chrono's father, have died because attempts to stop the Book of Darkness have been constrained by the law. Graham, who has accepted that Chrono has thwarted his plan, cuts her off.
- Only One Name: Many fans assume that Liese is their surname, which is untrue since the names Liesearia and Lieselotte are written together in Japanese. In The Gears of Destiny, only the first names of all characters are written in the speech boxnote , including their real names, Liesearia and Lieselotte.
- The Reliable One: Aria is much more professional than Lotte and separates her personal problems from her job. In The Gears of Destiny, she's the one who ends most of the unnecessary fights that are caused by Lotte.
- Sibling Team: They fight in pairs, but they also appear alone and are still competent. In The Gears of Destiny, they only appear together and you can switch between them during the battle. However, in the Story Mode, only Lotte's character model is shown (excluding their CGI appearance), despite Aria is always with her. And when the twins are attacked by a Full Drive Burst, it's always Aria's character model who takes the attack.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The hyperactive and playful Lotte is Chrono's physical combat instructor, while the more reserved Aria is the magical instructor.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Liese, Lise or Lieze?
- Taking the Heat: Claim that the plan was entirely their idea until Graham points out that Chrono knows otherwise.
- Tomboy Lotte and Girly Girl Aria
- Walking Spoiler: The play a major part in A's, but that part is a spoiler.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They support Graham's plan to seal Hayate with the Book of Darkness away, but their methods look really vicious. Is the Break the Cutie moment really necessary?
- Zettai Ryouiki: Both of them.
Voiced by: Katsumi Chou
An admiral of the TSAB, who helps support Hayate. It turns out he planned for her to awaken the Book of Darkness and seal her away with it. His plan doesn't work out, and he resigns after the incident is over.
Tropes associated with Graham:
- Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the movie adaptation. Justified Trope, as the movie is supposed to be an in-universe adaptation of the anime's events, and details about his role in said events were classified.
- Anonymous Benefactor: Admiral Graham turns out to be Hayate's "uncle", who provides her with money.
- Alliterative Name: Gil Graham.
- Anti-Villain: Type III; he's committed to stopping the Book of Darkness once and for all, and sees sealing its innocent young master away for eternity as an acceptable price to pay, even if he's not happy to do so.
- Beard of Evil: Ironically, his beard became thicker after he left the TSAB and lives peacefully with his familiars.
- Broken Pedestal: For Chrono.
- Covert Pervert: He doesn't display it, but most characters who have familiars have only one, and there's little to no sexual subtext. Graham has a pair of horny catgirl twins. You do the math.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He believes that making Hayate happy until she has to be sealed away is the least he can do for her, although he also concedes that's a hypocritical gesture. He also doesn't seem to care for Lotte bringing up Chrono's father when saying that a lot of people died due to the TSAB being bound by the law in the fight against the Book of Darkness.
- Evil Brit: He's from England and he turns out to be the man who tries to seal Hayate away, but with good intentions.
- The Heavy: He's responsible behind most scenens in A's.
- Honorary Uncle: Hayate calls him "Graham-oji-san".
- Hypocrite: By his own admission, providing Hayate financial support so she could be happy before she had to be sealed away.
- Illegal Guardian: Supports Hayate so she will be happy in the time she has left.
- Junior Counterpart: Nanoha is this to him. His backstory is very similar to Nanoha'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.
- Karma Houdini: The Book of Darkness decides to kill Nanoha and trap Hayate and Fate in eternal dreams. The one responsible for setting up the whole thing turns out to be Graham. He thought it was the only way to get rid of the Book of Darkness once and for all. It took Nanoha's over-powered ten-member party, which included the current master of the book plus the Arc-en-Ciel to
finally destroytemporarily regain control of it. His fate at the end? Retiring back in his home country of England, Earth, with his two familiars to keep him company.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After Chrono catches him, he realizes he can no longer proceed with his plan, and tells Chrono to do what he wants with Durandal.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his last name, Graham.
- My Greatest Failure: Blames himself for Clyde Harlaown's death.
- The Plan: Graham, after discovering Hayate is the master of the Book of Darkness, plans to activate it on a world nominally beyond TSAB control and then seal her away by freezing her so that the Book cannot reincarnate elsewhere. He probably didn't count on his plan not working, or that a bunch of overpowered 9-year olds could destroy the defense program at the root of the problem.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The closest thing Fate has to a probation officer, and he puts no restrictions on her actions so long as she does not betray her friends or those who believe in her.
- Sadistic Choice: This guy had to make really hard decisions in his life.
- Destroying the Book of Darkness together with Clyde who requested him for that or saving his life, but risking the Book of Darkness running away. He took the former and he still feels it.
- Sealing the innocent mistress of the Book of Darkness away, killing her or just overlooking it. He thought sealing is the least cruel fate for her.
- Stay with the Aliens: Subverted. He moved to Mid-Childa when he joined the TSAB, but he moved back to Earth when he retired.
- Traitor Shot: The camera lingers on his face after his introductory scene, showing that he's slightly disturbed by the revelation that Chrono is handling the Book of Darkness case. This is the first hint that he's hiding something.
- Treachery Cover Up: Admiral Graham's plan to seal the Book of Darkness away with Hayate is largely overlooked outside of the upper echelons of the TSAB, and he merely resigns, only being officially accused of breaking into Bureau systems and interfering with the investigation.
- Treacherous Advisor: To Chrono, who investigates the Book of Darkness Incident.
- Walking Spoiler: There is a reason why many his tropes are spoilered.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His plan to seal Hayate with the Book of Darkness away is for the greater good, but his actions are illegal and are ethically dubious. And he's aware of it.
Voiced by: Naoko Suzuki (A's); Sayaka Ohara (The Movie 2nd A's)
Another admiral in the TSAB and a long-time friend of Lindy. Her son, Griffith, later becomes the right hand of Hayate Yagami in Riot Force 6.
Tropes associated with Letty Lowra:
- Alliterative Name: Depending on how it's spelled.
- Facial Markings: Four purple markings on her forehead, in exactly the same pattern as Lindy's green markings.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Drinks entire bottles of wine at the cherry blossom viewing festival.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lindy.
- Lemon Wacky Hello: Calls out to the "Wolkenritter" in front of Dr. Ishida, who is not aware who they are.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses and her son, too.
- Naughty by Night: Reasonably professional and serious at work, but drinks as much as she likes when she's off.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Letty/Leti and Lowran/Roland/Loulan.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To her son, Griffith, who becomes one of Hayate's subordinates. Their hairs have the same color and have similar bangs, and they borh wear glasses. Griffith lacks her forehead mark, though.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Her son got this, too.
Voiced by: Kayo Sakata
Mariel Atenza, commonly referred to as Mary, is the head of the precision engineering section of the TSAB Main Branch Engineering Division, who appears briefly in A's and StrikerS and is mentioned in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. In Force, she's a member of Special Duty 6 and the technical adviser.
Tropes associated with Mariel:
- Ascended Extra: She only had a few cameos in A's, but she replaces Amy in the Device scenes of The Movie 2nd A's.
- Big "WHAT?!": Her reaction to Vivio having two mommies.
- The Engineer: Mariel is responsible for the maintenance of Nanoha and Fate's Devices, as well as for performing medical checkups on the Combat Cyborgs Subaru Nakajima and Ginga Nakajima, and later for the other Nakajima sisters. She is the one who created Hayate's Schwerzkreuz and constructed Vivio Takamachi's Device, Sacred Heart.
- In-Series Nickname: Everyone calls her "Mari". The speech box in The Gears of Destiny credits her just with her nickname, despite even the Liese twins' real names are credited in the speech box.
- The Medic: In The Gears of Destiny, she claims to be a "doctor" for robots and cyborgs when Kyrie tells Shamal that a doctor can't help her if she's damaged. She actually is a "doctor" for the Combat Cyborgs in the main continuity.
- Meganekko/Smart People Wear Glasses: Not surprising for a technician.
- Put on a Bus: Notably, she's the only pre-StrikerS character to avert this in StrikerS Sound Stage X.
- Senpai Kohai: The Kohai to Amy Limietta, and the Senpai to Shario Finieno.
- Vehicular Theme Naming: After Mazda Atenza.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: The first of four characters (Verossa Acous, Einhart Stratos and Hegemon Claus G.S. Ingvalt) to have green hair.
Voiced by: Joji Nakata
The deceased father of Chrono and husband of Admiral Lindy. Admiral Clyde Harlaown was involved in a previous incident with Book of Darkness which took control of his spaceship when his team was about to seal it away. After the stuff was evacuated, Clyde sacrificed his life to keep the Book inside the ship which is blown up by the Arc-en-ciel fired by Gil Graham. This event drove his three-year old son to become a strong person and it burdened Graham and the Liese twins very deeply.
Tropes associated with Clyde:
- Ancestral Weapon: The origin of his death was rewritten in The Movie and he became the original owner of Durandal which is given to Chrono by Lindy due to the exclusion of Graham and the Liese twins.
- Badass Baritone: Which is not surprising, considering who voiced him.
- Death by Origin Story: The only flashbacks about him show how he died. His death heavily influenced Chrono, who grew up to become strong, and Graham, whose life goal is to stop the Book of Darkness.
- Hair Color Dissonance: His hair color is either black or blue.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrificed his life to keep the Book of Darkness inside his spaceship, so it can be destroyed by the Ar-en-ciel. This story is rewritten in The Movie, where he was just a victim of the Book of Darkness and the ship exploded.
- Posthumous Character: He died eleven years ago before the events of the first and second season.
- Shounen Hair: His hair is messier than Chrono's straight hair.
- Spared By Adaptation: In INNOCENT, but he still has to appear, yet.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Chrono looks very similar to him, just with straight and darker hair.
Doctor Sachie Ishida
Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma
Sachie Ishida is the doctor who treats Hayate Yagami in A's. She works at Uminari City University Hospital and is in charge of neurology. She is a kind but strict person and is very concerned for Hayate's well-being. Despite Hayate's ailment being magical in nature and beyond her efforts to cure, she never gives up.
Tropes associated with Dr. Ishida:
- Determinator: Despite Hayate's hopeless situation, she never give up to find a way to heal her.
- Hospital Hottie
- Muggle: She's unaware of the existence of magic, of the curse of the Book of Darkness and of the true nature of the Wolkenritter.
- Only One Name: In A's, she was just credited as "Doctor Ishida". Her full name is revealed in the movie.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: In the last episodes when she lectures Signum and Shamal, Vita notes that Dr. Ishida is a strict doctor, even Fate, who just sees her for the first time, finds her scary. But she's a very kind person and offered Hayate to eat cake together on Hayate's birthday, and Hayate likes her because of her kindness.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's either blue or dark purple.