Characters: Negima Ala Alba
aka: Negima Ala Alba Fighters
Meaning the White Wing, Ala Alba is an organization formed by class 3A to help Negi find his Disappeared Dad
. The group was named after the group Nagi was a part of, Ala Rubra, which is very famous among mages for their part in ending a massive war twenty years ago and saving the world. So, you know, no pressure guys. Just be ready with a Clubhouse Sandwich for this page.
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Negi is our ten year old
protagonist, a precocious Welsh
mage assigned to be the homeroom teacher
of an all-female Japanese middle school class as his on-the-job magic training. Just in case your Willing Suspension of Disbelief
isn't sobbing and cutting itself in a dark corner of your mind yet, he also develops into a pretty Badass Shōnen
protagonist, as well as the object of several of his students' crushes
Negi's principal goal is to find his father Nagi, a legendary mage and hero of a recent magical war, presumed to be dead for a decade or so
. With good reason, the boy thinks otherwise and devotes a lot of his energy, with the help of his friends, toward unveiling the secrets of his disappearance. Sadly, but predictably, the Ala Alba is often sidetracked by one or more of the Muggle
students being endangered by the various hazards of the magic underworld.
As a fighter, Negi specializes in wind, light and lightning spells, later supplementing his magic with martial arts when the weaknesses of a pure wizard become apparent.
- Abnormal Ammo: During the fight with Evangeline Negi uses Magic rounds.
- Accidental Pervert: Tends to stumble in on girls naked or magically make them naked on accident.
- Achilles' Heel: His lightning techniques that turn him intangible are vulnerable to exorcism techniques like the Shinmeiryu arts. Can't block those with deflector shields either. However, further mastery of this ability makes damage taken in this manner less serious.
- Adorably Precocious Child: He struggles hard to being formal and mature, which makes his students find him adorable.
- Adorkable: He can be so adorably awkward.
- Aesop Amnesia: Despite more than once getting his butt kicked after going into a fight alone, just to be saved by reinforcements, Negi just can't seem to get the idea of teamwork. This becomes a plot point later.
- All-Loving Hero: Negi has to be the single sweetest, kindest and most forgiving Shōnen Genre hero since Son Goku. Until someone touches his Berserk Buttons.
- All Your Powers Combined: Mile Vincula, his Pactio artifact from Theodora, is a notebook that lets him summon and use the artifacts of his Ministra Magi, such as Asuna's Ensis Exorcizans. The bigger his harem, the more powerful it becomes, which means he doesn't get to keep it past its debut fight.
- Always Need What You Gave Up: During an early arc, he sacrifices his magic to keep himself from the temptation to cheat. He promptly enters a situation where just his basic physical reinforcement would have been quite helpful.
- Anime Accent Absence: Despite being from Wales and teaching English, he still has no accent.
- Apologizes a Lot: Whenever he says "sorry", take a swig.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Forced to wear a miniskirt-style fox-girl kimono during the Mahora Festival. And again, due to Chamo's suggestion, wears a Sailor Fuku when asking for a favor from Ayaka. Ayaka nearly died from a massive nosebleed in both occasions.
- Badass: Whether he be taking on ageless vampire witches, or participating in the Dragonball-like fight scenes later on, undoubtedly so.
- Badass Adorable: He looks completely non threatening, but even as early as the Mahorafest tournament he could throw around adult men about ten times his size.
- Badass Bookworm: After his fight with Jack, both he and Evangeline observe that Negi's primary strength isn't raw power, but his skill at developing new forms of magical theory and application. At one point, Jack states that his degree of genius is such that the magic he has developed at age ten is superior to that of those who've been studying the same thing for decades, even centuries.
- Badass Teacher: During much of the manga one of the quickest ways to get into conflict with Negi is to attack his students rather than him directly.
- Brought Down to Badass: After having his magic sealed temporarily by Yuuna in a class event based around the idea of getting Negi to make relationship progress, he's challenged to a duel by Ku Fei after she confesses. With no chance to explain, he instead is forced to rely on sheer physical prowess and manages to throw her. It wouldn't have been enough to win, but it shows amazing reflexes even without supernatural power.
- Took a Level in Badass: The most obvious levels taken in badass were post Kyoto arc when he got some good teachers and later when picking up Magia Erebea.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Negi is definitely a Nice Guy, but Magia Erebea isn't exactly powered by rainbows and sunshine.
- Balloon Belly: In chapter 56, Makie prepared food for him knowing he was training for Evangeline's Apprenticeship Test and overdid it. Then she brought out the "secret" diet technique of the gymnastics club, which went too far the other way.
- Battle Aura: The first sign that Negi is actually angry. Being a wind mage, it also appears when he uses his more powerful spells. And then there's Magia Erebea Demon Form.
- Berserk Button
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's normally very gentle, but he's both the most flexible and most powerful character in the group despite his young age.
- Bishōnen: His teenage form, "Nagi", is ridiculously pretty and makes girls very uncomfortable.
- Bishonen Line: Upon using Magia Erebea he looked less and less human for many reasons, most notably its encroachment. Eventually he began mutating into a rampaging demon. However, while powerful, this form is not clever enough to fully utilize its strength. After mastering Magia Erebea by integrating it into his soul, he becomes nonhuman but retains the power and rationality of one.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: Negi and Asuna smooth out some initial conflict by bonding over their mutual parentlessness.
- Boring Yet Practical: Before he gains Magia Erebea, Negi's magic style revolves primarily around Sagitta Magica, a very weak and basic attack magic. However, after months of experimenting and developing ways to use it, by the time of his final battle with Fate, Negi has built it up to the point where it's the equivalent of a full-scale war spell.
- Born Winner: He's the son of the World's Strongest Man and the heir of an ancient magical bloodline, taught from a young age by an immortal dark sorceress and later another legendary hero. He's also intelligent, can plan quickly, has excellent looks and a diligent nature to keep his talents from going to waste.
- Broken Hero: Negi is an extremely kind and helpful little boy, but besides Parental Abandonment he has a traumatic Dark and Troubled Past where demons invaded his village and turned everyone to stone. Everyone was horrified to see his memories of said event, which worked exactly opposite to how it was supposed to.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: His village is attacked because his mother's enemies find where he is and tried to kill him.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: One sit of alcohol reduces him to a weepy drunk.
- Chaste Hero: Oblivious to girls' feelings because he hasn't even hit puberty and doesn't think of girls like that yet.
- Cheerful Child: Subverted. He's quite sunny and pleasant in early appearances, but it's just a surface attitude that covers up an obsessive attitude and a lot of negative emotions.
- Child Prodigy: Graduated from university-level education at age nine while primarily attending a magic school.
- Clear My Name: At the beginning of the Magic World arc he was framed for destroying the gate ports to the real world. This isn't addressed much for more than fifty chapters.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: He's ridiculously popular with girls and never really seems to pick up on that. It's suggested once or twice, mostly by Chisame, that they really ought to kill him while he's young before he grows up and breaks everyone's hearts.
- The Collector of the Strange: Though it isn't brought up too much, he has a bunch of weird stuff, both magical and mundane. This is where he got the magic gun he used a couple of times early on, for example.
- Crazy-Prepared: His fight against Rakan has him pulling out five different trump cards, many of which were merely to guide the flow of battle or stall.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When Negi was four years old, a horde of demons appeared and attacked his village. Just as a demon was about to attack Negi, his father Nagi appeared just in time to save Negi from receiving a fatal punch from the demon. With a few strikes and a powerful spell, he destroyed all of the demons but the village was already in ruins and most of the villagers had been already petrified.
- Death Glare: After gaining Magia Erebea he started to get some nasty, overpowering glares, likely complemented by his terrifying power.
- Declaration of Protection: He declares that even though she's not Asuna Shiori is important to him and that he'll protect her.
- Determinator: When Negi puts a goal in his mind, there is basically nothing that can stop him.
- Distressed Dude: When the group was sent to the future by Chao's trap, Negi was briefly captured and locked away without any of his tools, thus rendering him unable to actually use his magic. Interestingly, he apparently somehow managed to use magic despite having no staff or ring, which allowed him to escape and meet up with the group that had just arrived to rescue him.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Negi goes berserk when Rakan sneers at the training he went through for his tournament fight.
- Doppleganger Attack: His strategy to beat Kurt involves swarming him with waves of lightning clones so the latter has no idea which to attack, relying on his reserves of magical energy to overwhelm Kurt. Thus, while they do have some ability to do damage, it mostly functions as a Doppleganger Spin.
- Drowning My Sorrows: The kid Can't Hold His Liquor; he accidentally takes one sip of sake and crashes.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: With Magea Erebea, he can absorb spells to grant himself properties of the element in question. Incendium Gehennae, for example, grants him intense offensive power while Tempestus Fulguriens makes him incredibly quick. The Thousand Bolts makes him as fast as lightning while applying it twice basically makes him lightning for real, granting intangibility and thinking fast enough to keep up with his speed.
- Family Theme Naming: Negi, son of Nagi.
- First Kiss: With Asuna in Chapter 25. Asuna pretends that since it was a pactio it doesn't count, but she's obviously not even fooling herself.
- Fragile Speedster: The lightning based Magia Erebea techniques drastically increase Negi's speed, but lowers his defense. Later compensated for by turning intangible.
- Generation Xerox: Played with. Negi is reserved, intelligent, and studious, the complete opposite of his his father. But as the manga progresses his fighting style and relationships with his friends are becoming more and more like that between Nagi and his Ala Rubra. Personality wise he resembles his mother Arika quite strongly, although he's much more upbeat.
- The Gift: Negi is often called 'Prodigy' or 'a Genius' thanks to his ludicrous growth, amazing smarts and innate ability to master many fighting styles. Neither brash nor overconfident, he's instead insecure, self-sacrificing, somewhat power-hungry with a noted inferiority complex.
- Glass Cannon: Early in the series he had good offense, but was slow and easily interrupted.
- The Glasses Come Off: Later on in the story, Negi's glasses break/were never on in the first place/simply vanish whenever he becomes particularly violent.
- Guile Hero: Negi's no slouch physically, but what really makes him dangerous as a fighter is his planning ability. Other characters say that he'd probably be a supporting character in a different series.
- Hand Behind Head/Shy Finger Twiddling: Often seen doing one (or both) of these whenever he's nervous. Particularly when he has to say something he doesn't want to, like "confessing".
- Hates Baths: He doesn't like taking baths. He gets it from his father.
- Healing Factor: Magia Erebea starts granting him one the more he synchronizes with it. When he eventually combines with it entirely, he's capable of healing off disembowelment and holes being blown through his torso in mere seconds.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: He inherited his father's spiky red hair.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Negi slowly phases out his weapons after he gets a ring to serve the same purpose as his staff.
- Heroic Resolve: Capable of taking a massive spear to the chest and continuing on via willpower alone, though only briefly. Played straight during the tournament final.
- Heroic RROD: After pushing himself too hard with Magia Erebea, the encroachment finally becomes too much and eventually causes him to collapse and give him magical poisoning. After this is temporarily dealt with, his body petrifies itself to begin a metamorphosis process right in the middle of battle.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He is insecure and has a noted inferiority complex.
- Honor Before Reason: He really would win his battles a lot quicker if he didn't pull his punches against even the most black-hearted villains so much.
- Hot-Blooded: He starts out averting it, but eventually grows to enjoy fighting.
- How Much More Can He Take: Beaten so hard during his graduation match with Rakan that he begins puking blood.
- I Am Your Opponent: During the gateport incident, he attempts this one, but he's taken too much damage by that point.
- Idiot Hair: Negi has one, but it's only when to comes to matters of the female heart and how to be a child. Otherwise he's a genius.
- Idiot Hero: Averted, he's intelligent and thoughtful. Aversion lampshaded, it becomes obvious that he thinks too much about things. Invoked, he tries to find out a way to act with more thoughtless confidence. Averted again. Which turns out to be a good thing: Idiot heroes have their strengths, but solutions more complicated than 'Punch bad guy in the face' tend to be beyond them.
- Immortality: One of the consequences of Magia Erebea is speculated to be that he'll become a mindless, immortal demon, though he tries to work out countermeasures. The mindless demon phase is temporary, so he gets through this stage by accelerating it as quickly as possible. After completing the transformation, he has a powerful healing factor and at best only a few more years of aging before maturation ceases.
- Improbable Age: He's ten years old and capable of teaching English while also being a magical prodigy that ends the series as one of the most powerful beings in existence.
- In a Single Bound: Using wind magic with Flash Step, Negi can jump across the street and on top of buildings.
- Inept Mage: Early on, before the series started taking a more serious turn.
- Innocent Prodigy: He is very intelligent, but naive likewise.
- Instant Expert: Due to possessing The Gift, Negi learns things like martial arts and magic techniques far too fast, something that's sometimes commented on.
- It's All My Fault: He blamed himself for the destruction of his hometown when he was younger because he wanted to see his father. When his father did show up, it was during a massive demonic attack. It is his fault indirectly after all, though, because it was an assassination attempt on him.
- Keigo: Negi converses with this to mostly anyone he doesn't consider as really close friends or family. When this is pointed out, the girls with crushes on him become worried that there is an emotional wall between them and Negi.
- Kid Hero: He's a ten year old hero, though he's less immature than the trope usually calls for.
- Kung-Fu Kid: With the tutelage of Ku Fei he becames an accomplished martial artist almost overnight. As shown late in the story, even without using any magic at all he's able to land an effective counter on super powered opponents.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: When it became clear his Squishy Wizard ways weren't good enough, he picked up martial arts from Ku Fei and started blending magic and martial arts together.
- Lightning Bruiser: At the end of the story, he's the fastest known character with good but not amazing attacks and the best or second best defenses.
- Limited Wardrobe: Negi wears the same green suit for much of the story, but during the Magic World and school festival he shows a lot more outfits.
- Living with the Villain: He's had to fight at least three of his own students. Has occasionally gone Go-Karting with Bowser.
- Love You and Everybody: Akira gives him a Love Confession on behalf of Ako and Makie and he responds that he likes them too, causing her to go back and have to explain it again. He also pulls this off earlier on with Asuna twice.
- Marked Change: Magia Erebea causes black runelike tattoos to appear beneath his skin when used.
- Martyr Without a Cause: He always throws himself into the most dangerous situations and rarely factors in personal harm when coming to decisions, which makes people uneasy more than impressing them.
- Meaningful Name: "Negi" means "spring onion" in Japanese, which is a reference to how the leek is the national symbol of Wales. Negi-Bozu is slang for newbie.
- Mighty Glacier: His Incendium Gehennae mode, as opposed to the Lightning Bruiser Jovis Tempestus Fulguriens, grants amazing offense and improved defense, but leaves him quite slow. He never really makes use of this form.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: He prefers The Smart Guy approach and diplomacy, but in a fight his performance is exceptional.
- Multicolored Hair: He has red hair on the top and black hair in the back.
- Nice Guy: He is very kind and friendly, though rather serious.
- Nigh Invulnerable: In his lightning form, he's the Made Of Air variant: Almost all attacks just pass right through him.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Rock spear to the chest. It would have been fatal were Konoka not around.
- Oblivious to Love: The only way he ever learns if a girl has feelings for him is if she straight-out tells him.
- Older Alter Ego: "Nagi", his teenaged form that he takes after taking a series of age-disguising pills. Everyone finds him ridiculously hot though a few girls decide he's simply out of their league and go for Kotaro instead, who is only very attractive.
- Opera Gloves: Negi's outfit designed to hide his Magia Erebea tattoos includes these.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: Negi gets to meet his berserk form in person this way. He is guided by Evangeline's avatar, who is also naked. Not that she ever cares.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The Thousand Bolts, a spell he learns when first on the borderline of the monster tier with Rakan or Eva, is an anti army ability and the ultimate lightning spell. In theory, since Negi comes up with a few lightning spear techniques.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: After his second kiss with Nodoka. Also, Ayaka's pactio leaves him twitching on the floor.
- Power Copying: Mile Vincula, his artifact with Theodora, gives him the power to copy the artifact of anyone he has a Pactio with, and his arsenal would improve with each new Pactio. It's canceled after the fight with Rakan for apparently political reasons. The obvious reason, though, is simply because Asuna's sword alone is far too powerful, let alone all the others.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair turns white when using Raiten Taisou.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When using Raiten Taisou, his hair becomes as long as he is tall.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: When Negi fights Rakan, he brings out his new ultimate move, turns into lightning and pinballs Rakan around for an entire chapter, at which point Rakan falls down. The next chapter starts with Rakan getting up, unharmed, and beating the crap out of Negi.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Negi values his minuscule pince-nez glasses as they are a present from Nekane, but they do not seem to serve any purpose regarding his eyesight or anything else beyond marking him as bookish.
- Rags to Royalty: Ostensibly a normal kid from a backwater village in Wales who just happens to have a famous father. His mother, however, is from an ancient royal bloodline and possibly deceased. However, his mother is the enemy of an organization that controlled the senate and was vilified for it, so his parentage was hidden and he was hidden away.
- Red Baron: Eva remarked that he is called 'Boy Genius Mage' and later he's referred to as 'Thunder God Negi.'
- Red-Headed Hero: His hair is red and he's a hero.
- Relatively Flimsy Excuse: When Negi uses some magic pills to age himself into a teenager, he identifies himself as his own cousin.
- Replacement Goldfish: It's implied that Ayaka sees the little brother she never had in Negi.
- Right Man in the Wrong Place: Negi starts off as just a fresh magic school graduate assigned to teach English at another magic school (sort of) halfway across the world. However, just because he doesn't know he was sent doesn't mean he wasn't: Merdiana's choice of assignment and the dorm he ends up in are just a little too convenient to be coincidence.
- Rubber Face: Asuna stretches his mouth when she thinks he's been withholding information.
- Scars Are Forever: During the Mahorafest tournament he gets a scar on his cheek from Setsuna and another during the finals. He could get them fixed, but he has an emotional attachment to both. They both disappear after his Magea Erebea transformation completes.
- Shipper on Deck: At the very least, he likes teasing Setsuna about Konoka.
Setsuna: In any case, I already have Konoka ojou-sama as...
Setsuna: N-NO! That's not, um... That's not what I meant!
Negi: Ahahahahaha! Setsuna-san, so it really is Konoka-san!
- Shirtless Scene: More than once. Most prominently when he's put in the hospital.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: The youngest and shortest of the main cast, but also one of the smartest.
- Shower of Awkward: With Setsuna in Kyoto. He also caused an awkward shower situation when he attempted to do Asuna a favor by enchanting her brushes. She wasn't appreciative. And there was also the time he spotted Chachamaru bathing in a river, but she didn't mind.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Negi reveals to Godel that he is well aware of his plan and the truth behind the Magical World.
- Sins of Our Fathers
- Evangeline was not happy to see the son of the man who sealed in Mahora. Justified by the fact that she also wants Negi for his blood, as it mitigates his dad's curse.
- There's the supported theory that the Megalomesembrian Senate were responsible for launching the attack on Negi's village solely to kill Negi, because he is the son of their old foe Arika Entheofushia and Nagi Springfield.
- Skilled, but Naïve: A highly talented mage who at 10 years old has the sort of power and skill that most don't get even after decades of study and training, but he's still a ten year old and he thinks like one.
- Sky Surfing: Courtesy of his staff.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Negi's ponytail has a habit of coming undone during significantly violent battles later in the story. Together with the removal of his glasses, this serves to give him a much rougher look.
- Smart People Speak The Queen's English: In the dub.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Smartest character in the story barring maybe Chao and he wears glasses despite likely not even needing them.
- Stepford Smiler: While he's a genuinely Nice Guy, it is revealed that his berserker fury at Godel wasn't something that come out of nowhere.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks almost identical to his father Nagi, especially when he magically ages himself up.
- Super Intelligence: Negi's great strength later in the manga lies in his ability to rapidly learn and create new techniques and strategies. It's remarked that governments would love to sit him behind a desk to just work on magical theory all day.
- Super Mode: The base form of Magia Erebea gives him a 50% power boost before he even starts using the actual Magia Erebea abilities.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Magea Erebea has an effect on his emotions because it's fueled by them. When the encroachment goes out of control, he turns into a berserking monster with some rather heavy mutations. Surprisingly, this is never really used in combat after he's interrupted during its first real occurrence.
- Survivor Guilt: Being one of the only two survivors of his Doomed Hometown, Negi has lots of it.
- Sweetheart Sipping: During a shopping trip with Konoka. It gets misunderstood by the Date Peepers to hilarious ends.
- Swiss Army Hero: It's noted early that by changing the spells he absorbs with Magia Erebea that he can give himself different strengths such as a Stone Wall, Fragile Speedster or Glass Cannon. However, he almost always uses the Fragile Speedster effect.
- Tareme Eyes: Likely to complements his "innocent little boy" traits.
- Tranquil Fury: After Quartum bisects Chachamaru, Negi appears and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Unstoppable Rage: First happens against Graf, though Kotaro manages to smack some sense into him. Later occurs multiple times starting during a fight with Godel.
- Unwanted Harem: Does the collection of powerful girls crushing on him strike you with pity, envy, or fear for the day he hits puberty?
- Vocal Dissonance: When the 3rd OAD came out, his adult self is still voiced by Rina Sato.
- Willfully Weak: At one point decided that he would seal his magic and fulfill his duties as a teacher without relying on magic. He chose a bad time for it.
- Wise Beyond His Years: Despite being ten, he is very wise, though this has pointedly come at the cost of sacrificing a real childhood.
- Worthy Opponent: Kotaro thinks of Negi as being the first mage he's gone up against that wasn't a loser who couldn't take a punch.
- Would Hit a Girl: Despite being an "English gentleman", he doesn't hesitate to fight Takane. Asuna does not approve; Setsuna and Evangeline do.
- You Shall Not Pass: Stays behind to stop horde of demons from catching Ala Alba. He's not in any real danger though.
- Zettai Ryouiki: When his students capture him, they make him crossdress as a foxgirl complete with long stockings.
Asuna is a girl Negi speaks to on the first day, informing her that her love is going to end unrequited. After this charming start, he's asked by the principal to move into her room and after a bit of initial friction ends up as his protective big sister figure among hints of other kinds of affection.
She is fairly dim, but she's also a hard worker with a strong sense of responsibility. Though intellectually weak, she's physically superhuman even more magic enters the equation, capable of running as fast as a bicycle and having both sight and hearing well above that of a normal human.
She becomes his first Ministra Magi and possesses incredibly rare antimagic abilities that confuse others due to Asuna being an apparently ordinary middle school student. Her artifact is a large metal fan with properties suited for exorcism, though as she gains more control over her abilities it gradually gets replaced by her actual artifact, a massive sword with antimagic properties. Both are known as either the Ensis Exorcizans
or the Hama no Tsurugi
depending on reading.
Despite being supposedly ordinary, strange dreams and abilities hint that she is far from it, leaving her something of a mystery for most of the story to the reader.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her outfit during her second capture.
- Action Girl: She is the first to come to Negi's aid early in the series, and also the first to get a pactio.
- Amnesiac Hero: From early on, it's hinted that Asuna isn't the normal schoolgirl she believes herself to be and has a mysterious past she can't remember.
- Anti-Magic: She has the ability to cancel magic, which is initially assumed to be because of her contract with Negi. Though initially unpredictable, she eventually gets control of this and can extend it as a field, punching out 100% unbreakable seals and dispelling giant falling pillars with a wave of her sword. Magic Cancel is a rare ability, which causes no end of confusion to experts who wonder why a normal person like Asuna can use it. However, the true nature of this ability is actually considerably more complex and even rarer, a throwback to the found of the Ostian dynasty and creator of the Magic World who used the same ability to create it. Properly speaking, it's known as the Magic of Creation and Destruction and is extremely potent.
- Apocalypse Maiden: Fate needs Asuna's Anti-Magic abilities to erase Mundus Magicus and put its inhabitants into a Lotus-Eater Machine to keep them from disappearing when Mundus Magicus collapses on its own.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: So powerful it goes straight through Evangeline's shields, though it turns out to be due to Anti-Magic.
- Badass: She grows into an excellent melee fighter with some really rare techniques
- Badass in Distress: After meeting Fate's team, she gets surrounded and captured by one of Fate's partners, who assumes Asuna's form and joins the group pretending to be her. Asuna was held captive by Fate, with Fate successfully undoing her Laser-Guided Amnesia, to cause her to remember her past and go into a week-long Heroic BSOD.
- Barrier Maiden: Near the conclusion of the story, it was revealed that she'll be sleeping for 100 years in the Gravekeeper's Palace, serving as the literal cornerstone for the plan to save the Magic World. Time travel hijinks make it complicated, however, since she technically doesn't go back to her own world when she wakes up and meets Chao.
- Becoming the Mask: To Fate's surprise, Asuna Kagurazaka is a fully fledged identity that grew from her originally Emotionless Girl state.
- Big Sister Instinct: She says she sees Negi as a little brother she must protect. Chamo's charts◊ say that her sisterly/motherly feelings for Negi are the strongest out of all the girls.
- Book Dumb: Her grades are so terrible that she is the one with the lowest scores out of all the Baka Rangers.
- Broken Bird: When she showed up in Mahora, she was an Emotionless Girl that annoyed Ayaka with her blank expression, so she kicked her. At that point, she had a very limited time of actually being a human, instead having been treated as a living weapon for a century or more.
- Character Exaggeration: Asuna goes from being a regular Tsundere, having a job and more or less just trying to survive in the craziness around her in the manga and first anime series, to being completely nuts in Negima?!
- Cool Big Sis: She acts as a big sister towards Negi, though there are hints of romantic interest.
- Cute Little Fangs: To match her aggressive personality she occasionally has little fanglike teeth.
- Dark and Troubled Past: We don't really know the details, but she underwent Laser-Guided Amnesia so that she could forget all that she had been through. What we do know is that it includes being imprisoned in a tower and used as a human weapon, and the destruction of a Floating Continent.
- Declaration of Protection: Asuna is Negi's ministra magi and thus responsible for protecting the Squishy Wizard while he casts his spells. In resppnse, Negi pushes himself to become stronger so she doesn't have to protect him and put herself in danger. While competing in Mahora Fest's Tournament she loudly declared to Negi that she was plenty powerful enough to protect him. Then she became profoundly embarrassed because she was fighting at that moment and the entire crowd interperted her declaration as a love confession.
- Dies Wide Open: In the first anime's ending, she hits her birthday and then falls from the World Tree. Negi catches her, but she only fell because she was already dead. Negi magically undoes it with the help of his class.
- Don't Call Me Sir: Gets very upset when Setsuna starts acting like her servant and calling her "princess" after she learns about Asuna's origins.
- Emotionless Girl: As a kid she had a flat expression that irritated Ayaka. In the present, she's rather excitable. And irritable.
- Epic Fail: Trying to light someone's cigarette and instead setting their beard on fire. Then she tried putting it out with hot tea.
- Expressive Hair: In Negima!? her pigtails move according to her mood.
- Expy: She's stated to embody the "protective" aspect of Naru's personality.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a fiery Tsundere with red hair.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: After she wakes up from sleeping for 130 years, Asuna finds herself alone in a strange time and place with all her friends gone. She at least hoped Negi (having a body like Evangeline's) would still be alive, but he died and after seeing all that her friends did in their lives while she was sleeping she breaks down in tears. However, Evangeline and Chao send her back in time and she reunites with her friends.
- Full-Frontal Assault: After getting Clothing Damaged for the umpteenth time during the Aggressive Negotiations with Goedel. She's been stripped enough that she just ignores it, proves herself immune to Defeat by Modesty and presses the attack. The viewers get a Godiva sword tassel. Although that was actually Fake!Asuna/Shiori.
"Like I care!"
- Gag Boobs: She gets them in one episode where the girls are using breast size for a contest to see who gets to share a room with Negi.
- Generic Cuteness: Judging by the startled reactions of her friends at the ball and during her 'date' with Takamichi, Asuna is apparently supposed to look fairly plain most of the time.
- Girlish Pigtails: Befitting her Tsundere personality. When the topic comes up, her friends note that its rather childish and that she looks better with her hair down.
- Godiva Hair: Her hair reaches her waist, which really helps, since being around Negi has a tendency to suddenly leave you without clothing.
- Goofy Print Underwear: A... bear?
- Hair Decorations: She wears a pair of bells on her Girlish Pigtails. They're also a Memento MacGuffin since she wears those bells because they came from Takamichi, not because she thinks they make her look cuter. And on the rare occasions that she takes them off everyone notes that she looks better without them.
- Heavy Sleeper: Flanderized in Negima!?. Then the manga reveals that she slept for thirty more years to wake up to a world where the otherwise immortal Negi inexplicably died, only for Eva and Chao to return her back 130 years to a world identical to where she came from mere seconds after her departure. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that her extended sleep was partially caused by a war on Mars in the 22nd century, of which Mana was a participant.
- Heroic BSOD: Chapter 284 showed the tail end of a week-long one. Fate didn't expect her to come out of it at all.
- Home Run Hitter: Does this to Evangeline using a thrown boat as the bat in Negima!?.
- Hot for Teacher: Has a crush on Takahata-sensei.
- I Am What I Am: The most difficult mental issue she has is the duality between who she was as Princess Asuna and who she is now as Asuna Kagurazaka. At the end of the Magic World arc, she's at terms with both sides of herself, proclaiming herself a genuine magic princess as she fixes all the devastation wrought by Cosmo Entelechia.
- I Am Who?: Asuna certainly isn't who she believes herself to be and she has a long forgotten past that is slowly hinted throughout the series. She's actually a princess from the magic world who was used as a human weapon because of her Anti-Magic powers.
- Identical Stranger: She looks very similar to Negi's cousin Nekane.
- Idiot Hair: It fits thanks to her being an Idiot Hero.
- Idiot Hero: It's pointed out more than once that she far more closely resembles the trope than Negi himself. Kotaro even compares her to Nagi due to her idiocy and determination.
- Inelegant Blubbering: When things don't go well with Takamichi, Negi bumps into Asuna streaming tears and with snot running out of her nose. After this, she spends a few days moping in Eva's resort before getting over it.
- Instant Expert: Though she's nearly as dim as Negi is brilliant, she picks up fighting and even kanka almost as quickly as he does magic and martial arts. However, in her case it's because she already learned at least some of this stuff when she was a kid. Of course, she also performed kanka perfectly almost instantly as a child as well, though in that case it was due to being 'empty' from having no life experience, social interaction or anything for over a hundred years while being used as some type of weapon.
- Kemonomimi: Her disguise in the Magic World has cat ears and a tail.
- Kick Chick: Negi even notes in his class rooster how she has a very powerful kick.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She doesn't have any memories from before ten years ago after Takamichi had her memory sealed on behalf of the dying Gateau Vanderburg.
- Lethal Chef: Briefly, in the anime; looked like an Alien Lunch. Negima!? also gave us a glimpse of her cooking. She burned down the kitchen.
- Lightning Glare: Frequently to Negi after he manages to upset her yet again.
- Likes Older Women: Gender Flipped. She has a preference for older guys. Ayaka calls her an "Ojicon" because of it.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's part of the Ostian bloodline just like Negi and his mother, though where she fits on the family tree is rather unclear.
- Marilyn Maneuver: Does this once during the Pactio spell, since there's wind blowing up.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Right eye green, left eye blue. It's difficult to notice unless she's looking straight at the camera. She's definitely not normal either.
- Meido: During the Tournament Arc, Asuna and Setsuna get pressganged into wearing maid outfits to appeal to the crowd.
- Modesty Shorts: After Going Commando in a skirt in Kyoto, this is a big issue for her.
- Mysterious Past: Especially when when she turns out to be far older than she looks.
- Mystical Waif: She shows the canonical catatonic personality in flashbacks.
- No Sell: Her Magic Cancel stops any magic.
- Not a Morning Person: She is known for being bad at mornings. She gets up early for her job during the week, but sleeps in late on the weekends.
- Older Sidekick: To Negi. He is only ten and she is a teenager.
- Older Than She Looks: Before too much time passes, it's clear that Asuna has a history she doesn't remember and is at least a little older than she appears. She was used as a human weapon for at least a century, was involved in the War and only after that did she begin to age normally. Thus, she should be at least a hundred and thirty years old.
- One Head Taller: Than Negi. The romance is debatable, but when she hugs him during the Magic World reunion the effect is obvious.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Asuna appears to be a normal schoolgirl who just happens to get involved in magic because of Negi, but her Anti-Magic powers and amnesia imply she's much more than that. Turns out she's a princess from the Magic World.
- Out with a Bang: PG version, after a World Tree-controlled Negi catches her in a deep kiss that ends after she's passed out from lack of oxygen.
- Overly Long Name: Her full name is very long, but most people don't know it. Her full name, Asuna Vesperina Theotanasia Entheofushia, notes her status as an imperial princess of the Ostian bloodline.
- Paper Fan of Doom: The weaker form of her pactio artifact is a fan that cancels all summons and dispels some forms of magic.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Her Anti-Magic actually caused a Floating Continent to crash and nearly destroyed the entire Magic World.
- Phlebotinum Girl: She was used as a human weapon at some point, but the story doesn't say how at the time. Her antimagic abilities are actually a little more extensive than that and allow her to be used as a catalyst for a ritual that could destroy the entire magic world. On a smaller scale, they're still quite potent.
- Plucky Girl: She's very brave and never gives up.
- Precocious Crush: She's had a crush on Takamichi for a few years now. She's turned down not necessarily because Takamichi doesn't like her (though he clearly doesn't) but because he feels he's unworthy of love in the first place.
- Put on a Bus: She's captured and disappears from the story for about fifty chapters, but she's replaced by a perfect copy during that time.
- Rags to Royalty: She's just a normal middle schooler, who is actually the last valid descendant of the Ostian bloodline. Negi is another, but his mother was imprisoned as a scapegoat, so Asuna is apparently considered the heir to the line.
- Rapunzel Hair: Even though she wears it in Girlish Pigtails, her hair reaches her knees.
- Red-Headed Heroine: A heroic Fiery Redhead.
- Rip Van Winkle: For Negi's plan to save the magic world to succeed, she has to be put into stasis for a century. She oversleeps by another thirty years. If she hadn't, she could have at least met Ayaka again.
- Sacred First Kiss: Initially reluctant to make a Pactio for this reason. Later she claims it doesn't count because it was a Pactio, not a real kiss. Judging by the way everyone else in the story views Pactios the only one she's fooling is herself.
- Shared Unusual Trait: She and Princess Arika have heterochromia. They have a common ancestor in the Lifemaker.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She receives several reactions from her classmates after seeing her actually taking care of her appearance such as at the ball.
- Shipper on Deck: She supports Konoka and Setsuna's relationship and enjoys teasing the latter about it.
- Split Personality: When her memories are forcibly returned to her, her former self as Princess Asuna comes into conflict with her Asuna Kagurazaka self and nearly destroys it. She ends up accepting both sides of herself, though the Kagurazaka personality is the one she actually displays.
- Super Senses: Asuna possesses both super sight and super hearing.
- Super Speed: Without using any magic she can run as fast as a professional bike.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Not only is she related to magic, she's flat out a magical princess.
- Took a Level in Badass: Her first level in badass was her pactio, her second was in learning kanka and finally after entering the magical world her growth rate skyrocketed due to subconsciously remembering how to fight and ended up about on par with Setsuna before being captured.
- Took A Level In Cheerfulness: Flashbacks show that Asuna originally was a smart-mouthed Emotionless Girl, but frequent, violent interactions with Ayaka turned her into the cheerful Fiery Redhead Tsundere of today.
- Tsundere: Aggresive type, though not as exaggerated as Naru. As Negi himself describes her, Asuna is "overbearing, crude and violent", but an incredibly kind and caring Cool Big Sis.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In sheer specs, she's both quite powerful and fast, but isn't a trained fighter like Kaede or Setsuna. Thus, by the early parts of the Magic World, she appears to be almost on par with Setsuna, supposedly the strongest of Negi's ministra and a skilled shinmeiryu swordsman, simply by virtue of sheer speed and power. By the end of the Magic World arc, she appears to be strong enough to actually work as Negi's partner while again showing no real sign of technique. Anti magic, of course, adds a great deal of utility to certain possible fights.
- You Can't Fight Fate: In the first anime's alternate story, Asuna was doomed to die on her 14th birthday due to a Deal with the Devil so the demons would stop following her and bringing destruction wherever she went. Nagi attempted to save her and was promptly crushed under a bridge. She has to die and comes back in time to break the deal.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S!
Setsuna is a swordsman and exorcist who was friends with Konoka when they were both young. However, she was also supposed to be her bodyguard and after failing to protect her she started to grow distant from Konoka, believing she could guard her better from the shadows. As such, the relationship between them starts strained and Setsuna tends to be very quiet and aloof from the rest of the cast. However, after the relationship between them is mended she starts becoming friends and possibly more
with Konoka once more, as well as getting along quite well with Asuna.
Setsuna practices the Shinmeiryuu sword style, a set of techniques designed to allow practitioners to combat demons and spirits. She herself is half
youkai and an outcast of the Tengu tribe, who feared her white wings, implied to be due to albinism. Though she has a complex about revealing her wings and is further rarely able to do so in public, they give her the ability to fly and are quite strong in combat. Further, she pactios with Negi early on, granting the artifact Sica Shishikushiro
, a wakizashi (short sword) that can have up to 16 flying duplicates using her mental power.
- Action Girl: Fights almost as much as Asuna.
- Adorkable: Can act like this when her cool demeanor flies out the window in the presence of her Ojou-sama.
- Aesop Amnesia: After seemingly getting over her self-image issues, she goes right back to being emo a few chapters later. Multiple times.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Setsuna's white wings mark her as an outcast of her species; she even was exiled by her tribe because of it. Viewing herself as an outcast is still an issue for her.
- Badass Adorable: She's one of the top three or four fighters in the group, but contrasting the tall and imposing Kaede she's small and waifish.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: During the ball she wears a nice suit rather than a dress. When it's pointed out, she says it's easier to move in. A valid concern at the time.
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with Konoka.
- Bifauxnen: She fooled everyone that didn't know her while in her male period clothes during her Not a Date with Konoka at the cinema town. Plus, they did make her look fetching.
- Big Damn Kiss: Her Pactio with Konoka. According to Chamo they even broke the length record.
- Bodyguard Crush: She is very devoted to Konoka. As early as post Kyoto the romance starts getting teased at.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of the Kyoto arc, she tries to run away after revealing herself as a half-Tengu to Negi and co., but gets a lecture from Negi and decides to stay by Konoka's side.
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: She bathes with her demon-hunting sword.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Akamatsu kept her Out of Focus until the Kyoto arc; Negi once referred to her as one of the students he'd like to get to know better. Needless to say, she becomes one of Ala Alba's most trusted fighters.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: Her family name contains Sakura, her attacks sometimes have a cherry blossom theme and she at least looks like a Yamato Nadeshiko in universe.
- The Comically Serious: Early in the series, her deadpan attitude comes off as funny in comical situations. It stops once she becomes more relaxed and easily flustered. In the anime Negima?!, most of her funny moments come from her taking everything far too seriously.
- Contralto of Danger: Setsuna has a low and powerful voice for such a slender and petite woman, as befits a tough swordswoman. This also extends to the fact that she can pass for a male.
- Covert Pervert: While detailing Asuna's abilities on a diagram featuring a naked Asuna, she mentions her Anti-Magic and her Super Speed... and then notes "Bust: Not bad", as well as a reference to Asuna's lack of hair anywhere aside from her scalp. Later, Zazie shows Negi Setsuna's "perfect world" in the Cosmo Entelechia dream world and apologizes for it being so perverse: Konoka making Setsuna breakfast... while wearing a Naked Apron. And later, Setsuna concludes that the best future for her is finally having sex with Konoka.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was exiled from her tribe due to her pure-white wings, which were considered to be a bad omen as she was born into the bird tribe of demons.
- Date Peepers: Joins the other girls watching Negi and Nodoka.
- Death Glare: Setsuna will give a good one of these to anyone who threatens Konoka.
- Demon Slayer: Setsuna's style of combat was developed specifically to exorcise demons by targeting them instead of the person they were inhabiting.
- Dual Wielding: She occasionally uses the massive Yuunagi in one hand and either its scabbard or Sica Shishikushiro on the other.
- Dye or Die: It's implied that she is an albino, but she uses hair dye and colored contacts to live in normal society after being exiled her from tribe.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Besides being paired off with Konoka and getting Tsukuyomi's psychotic attraction, Setsuna gains the admiration of many girls while wearing a Bifauxnen outfit.
- The Exile: She was exiled from the crow demon tribe for being a white-feathered half-demon.
- Failure Knight: During several years, she decided to protect Konoka from afar without speaking a word to her due to feeling ashamed of her failure to save Konoka from almost drowning when they were kids. All Konoka wanted was to be friends with Setsuna again.
- Fantastic Arousal: She appears to consider grooming her wings an intimate act, though since she uses them as shields or weapons they must be fairly insensitive.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair, shaped like a single wing, possibly alluding to her halfling heritage.
- Freakiness Shame: She's uncomfortable about her wings and half demon heritage. Nobody else minds.
Setsuna: "This is my true form. I'm a monster, just like them. Don't misunderstand, my desire to protect Oujo-sama is real! I've just kept this a secret... because I was afraid she would hate me in this ugly form..."
Asuna: "What are you talking about? I think they're cool!"
- Half-Human Hybrid: A half bird-demon.
- Heroic Albino: Implied. Eva mentions that she dyes her hair, and asks if she's wearing contacts.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Due to feeling she isn't strong enough to properly protect Konoka, Setsuna has some serious self-worth issues and tends to beat herself up every time she feels she has failed as a warrior, just like when Tsukuyomi nearly defeats her.
- Hunter Of Her Own Kind: While she is a half demon herself, Setsuna uses a style of combat that was developed specifically to battle demons.
- I Am What I Am: She's ashamed of her white wings, which the tengu believe means she's a sign of ill omen. Her friends tell her it makes her look like an angel and she relaxes about it in front of them, though Eva shows it's still a bit of a sore spot.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Played with. Admits to feeling some attraction towards teenaged Negi, but is pretty clearly a lesbian paired off with Konoka and expressing some attraction towards Asuna.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Shinmeiryuu-style, which allows her to cut twenty-foot balls of solid ice and a Humongous Mecha in half.
- Innocently Insensitive: She's rather socially dense, largely as a result of her having very strong ideas regarding social class. While most people don't seem to be bothered by her formality, those with a perceived higher status tend to get the princess treatment, which they hate. For example, she keeps referring to Konoka as ojou-sama/milady despite Konoka always telling her to use her name and near the end of the manga she even makes Asuna cry by acting like a servant instead of as one of Asuna's closest friends after Asuna is revealed to be a princess. The reaction was exaggerated somewhat to make Setsuna cut it out right this instant, but only a little.
- Insecure Love Interest: Through the entirety of the manga, she always feels unworthy of Konoka for one reason or the other.
- Kemonomimi: Her disguise in the Magic World and her outfit from her Pactio with Konoka have cat ears.
- Lady of War: At her best, she looks very graceful while she uses her sword.
- Letting Her Hair Down: She starts to stop wearing her hair in a Samurai style side-pony tail in the later chapters once she starts growing out of her intensely serious, near-deadpan demeanor.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Starts out as a loner Failure Knight, but eventually opens up and becomes close friends with Asuna and Negi.
- Luminescent Blush: Whenever the conversation turns to her relationship with Konoka, she goes bright pink.
- Magic Knight: Chamo calls Setsuna by the trope name after he sees her using spell tags to form a defense.
- Magic Pants: Appears to go between releasing her wings by lifting the back of her shirt to having them appear directly through the cloth without tearing.
- Married to the Job: She's very dedicated to her job as a bodyguard and seems to be unable to think of herself as something more than that, which usually makes it hard for her and Konoka to have a normal relationship.
- Meido: During the Tournament Arc, Setsuna and Asuna get pressganged into wearing maid outfits to appeal to the crowd. Also her outfit from her Pactio with Konoka.
- Mind-Control Eyes: During her Battle in the Center of the Mind.
- Modesty Shorts: She wears cycling shorts under her skirt.
- My Greatest Failure: Setsuna's initial Failure Knight nature has its roots in an incident where she tried to save Konoka from drowning, fell in herself, and both were rescued by someone else. As a result, Setsuna constantly tries to train harder so it won't happen again.
- Perpetual Molt: Setsuna always leaves a dramatic shower of feathers behind whenever she spreads her wings.
- The Pioneer: According to the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, she became one of the most famous first-generation pilots of the space age.
- Playboy Bunny: During the early Mahorafest arc, she gets dragged into a playboy bunny outfit. Chao snickers at her when she tries to use a cool line.
- Power Gives You Wings: In Negima!? her wings come from her pactio card.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is considered beautiful because of her incredibly pale skin and raven-black hair. However, it's implied that she actually has white hair.
- Sarashi: A trained swordswoman who wears the sarashi bra version.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: The subtext of her relationship with Konoka just kept getting more and more obvious, leading all the way to the Pactio with one of the longest kisses ever, then continues getting more blatant with Setsuna's Covert Pervert fantasy sequences. You're not fooling anyone there, Setsuna. This becomes MORE obvious in Negima?! and is the subject of several eyecatches.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: She is almost always seen wearing her school uniform.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: The traditional clothes of her people.
- Slipknot Ponytail: When Chao wants to show that Setsuna can't match her, she casually yanks off her hair band before Setsuna even notices.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She tries to show herself as a cold and levelheaded swordswoman, but she is actually very kind and caring. Konoka knows it and usually tries to bring out her warmer side.
- Super Senses: Setsuna's Ki allows her to at least triple her senses.
- Thunder Shock: At one point she makes a terrible joke and has to apologize for it after the thunder disappears.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's mostly a serious, samurai-like Action Girl and seems to feel comfortable to wear masculine clothing on occasion, but she still has her has her bouts of girliness.
- Took A Level In Cheerfulness: Started as cold as ice due to seeing herself as a Failure Knight, but after the events of the Kyoto Arc, she opened up a lot more and became friendlier. Lampshaded by Evangeline during their match in the Mahora Festival Tournament Arc.
- Transparent Closet: Setsuna is so obviously lesbian for her "Ojou-sama" Konoka that practically everyone knows it despite her frequent denials.
- Tsurime Eyes: She had much sharper eyes early on as a way to mark her as the serious and distant Action Girl obsessed with maintaining her abilities as a swordswoman she was at the beginning and to contrast Konoka's Tareme Eyes. When she starts letting her emotions out, they become noticeably rounder.
- Waif-Fu: She has a thin build and is quite short, but she's quite strong. However, she favors skill based techniques rather than strength.
- Winged Humanoid: Due to being a half bird-demon, Setsuna has a pair of wings that she can summon at will. Occasionally, Setsuna will have her wings in a cute little 'cupid' form, although this might just be for laughs.
- Wing Pull: During the end of the Kyoto trip Setsuna was forced to reveal the wings she normally keeps hidden.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Chamo thought she looked like one at first. She's not even close, though.
The only character without a Weirdness Censor
, Chisame was introduced as a strange girl with a double life
— a grumpy loner at school, but also internet idol "Chiu" at home. Her initial function was to snark about the implausibility
of the situations she finds herself roped in, and initially tries to deny or devise a mundane explanation
for the supernatural events she witness, until Chachamaru confirms that she is indeed a robot, that Negi is also a powerful mage, and that she stumbled upon a plot to reveal magic to the world. Chisame thus gets involved in the plot to help maintain the life she's familiar with.
Negi's best friend
ever since he got pummelled by him
during the Kyoto Class Trip
. In many ways, he's a textbook shonen
action protagonist, and often contrasted to Negi, to whom he sometimes (futilely) tries teaching how to act like a brash and overconfident
hero rather than a meek and polite Badass Bookworm
. Kotaro is still in the 'girls have cooties' stage of development, though Chizuru and Natsumi become surrogate older sisters for him.
As he's Half
, he can change shape
. Usually, he looks human, except for his ears and tail
, but can transform into a giant wolf-like dog or something in between
. He favors pure hand to hand combat, but also has the ability to control dog familiars and shadows.
- Adapted Out: Didn't appear in the anime until the new OAD series.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Because of being a half youkai, he was an outcast of both human and youkai tribes. This makes him value both his friendship with Negi, and living with Chizuru and Natsumi, as they become the only true friends or family he's ever had.
- Animal Stereotypes: He styles himself as a lone wolf, but often lapses into doggishness and ends up being "domesticated" by Chizuru and Natsumi.
- Animorphism: Puppy when powers sealed, giant wolf when fully released.
- Battle Aura: When unleashing his Shadow Hounds.
- Big Eater: He eats a lot.
- Bishie Sparkle: In his teenaged form.
- Bishōnen: His teenage form, much like Negi.
- Blood Knight: He loves fighting, though mostly because, as he admits, fighting is really the only thing he knows.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's rough and loud, but friendly to his allies.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's portrayed as a loud, overconfident, immature and troublesome kid, especially in his earlier appearances. This is why Ayaka can't stand him. Some Character Development allows him to become more mature.
- Canis Major: His strongest form Kuon Eisou, in which he completely transforms into a wolf beast.
- Casting a Shadow: He has the ability to summon vast swarms of autonomous spirit wolves made of darkness/shadow.
- Chaste Hero: Just like Negi, he's oblivious to the romance thing because he hasn't even hit puberty yet.
- Chick Magnet: He attracts nearly as many ladies as Negi at the ball.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth: Carries Asuna's BFS between his teeth in the Magic World tournament. Not that he had much of a choice since he had transformed into his monster wolf form.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Post-Heel-Face Turn since his secondary skillset is shadow based Ki Attacks.
- Declaration of Protection: Right before their Pactio, Kotaro tells Natsumi he will protect her because she's like family to him.
- Expy: By Word of God and obvious character design, he's a clear expy of Inuyasha's eponymous character.
- Girls Have Cooties: Plays this fairly straight (especially the romance thing), with a few exceptions in his adoptive sisters and girls who can fight. That said, he still thinks kissing is gross.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A Half-Dog Demon.
- Harbinger of Impending Doom: He returns after the Kyoto arc by being found injured by Chizuru and Natsumi.
- Healing Factor: He explains it as an "ability of the Inugami clan". It's not Wolverine-class, but he's taken multiple swords to the chest and recovered.
- Heel-Face Turn: He first appeared as one of Chigusa's lackeys.
- Hot-Blooded: He is much more of a classic shounen protagonist than Negi himself.
- How Much More Can He Take: During the tournament finals, Kotaro gets the unfortunate role of punching bag while Negi sets up for the finishing techniques. The mauling he gets is quite brutal.
- Idiot Hero: A proud and acknowledged one.
- Innocently Insensitive: He hurts Natsumi's feelings without realizing it when he says that having to form a Pactio with her is gross. After a series of misunderstandings, he explains to her that he meant that he thinks kissing is gross, not kissing her in particular.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rough, likes to fight and is much less of an overall Nice Guy than Negi, but still a good guy.
- Kansai Regional Accent: He speaks with this kind of accent.
- Kemonomimi: He has dog ears and a tail.
- The Lancer: Contrasting Negi, he's much more aggressive and impulsive, though he's still the closest thing Negi has to a partner after Asuna.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Between Kyoto and Graf Wilhelm, his memory is briefly wiped to prevent him leaking information.
- Limited Wardrobe: He always wears the same casual attire.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Kotaro never had any friends before meeting Negi.
- Magic Pants: His pants remain perfectly intact as he transforms into his beast form.
- Meaningful Name: "Inugami" means "dog spirit".
- Monster Roommate: Chizuru and Natsumi find an abandoned puppy, which turns into a little boy with a tail and sharp claws. They basically adopt him.
- Mr. Fanservice: What else do you call wearing a black leather jacket, black leather pants, sneakers and no shirt paired with said jacket?
- No Social Skills: Having been abandoned as a child and spent his whole life doing anything normal besides training to fight, Kotaro doesn't know how to socialize with people very well.
- Oblivious to Love: He doesn't understand why Natsumi has Luminescent Blushes and shows Tsundere tendencies when he's around her.
- Older Alter Ego: His teenaged form "Kojirou".
- The Rival: To Negi.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He always insults Negi, but he is also one of his most loyal friends.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Explicitly states that his school uniform is his battle garb.
- Sexier Alter Ego: His teenaged form "Kojirou" can be quite charming in a bad boy sort of way. Natsumi gets really flustered around him and even tends to forget his real age.
- Shonen Hair: He has spiky black hair like the stereotypical shounen protagonist.
- Short Hair with Tail: He has a tail tied at the nape of his neck coming from his Shonen Hair.
- Street Urchin: His backstory.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Kotaro is first greeted by Chizuru and Natsumi with a homecooked meal (after an appetizer of Marshmallow Hell); his constant complimenting of Chizuru's cooking pretty much seals it.
- Walking the Earth: At least seven years after Class 3-A's graduation, he simply ran off for some "ninja training". Natsumi would follow suit, and after years of Belligerent Sexual Tension, they finally marry.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: He even asks Is It Something You Eat?. By the ball he acknowledges familial love.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: It's actually presented as a deeply stupid comportment, and several of the Action Girls like Kaede have tried to literally beat it out of him.
Nodoka is a quiet and seemingly shy girl in the Library Exploration Club. She quickly develops a crush on Negi and forms a pactio during the Kyoto arc, gaining an artifact that allows her to read minds, which she uses to help acquire information for the group. Despite her Shrinking Violet
attitude, she's actually quite bold when it comes to pursuing Negi. She's normally associated with her club mates and close friends Yue and Haruna.
- A-Cup Angst: She laments her small bust size once.
- Apologises a Lot: Especially when she's either thinking an improper thought, or using her mind-reading ability in a diabolical manner (what else to be expected from a Shrinking Violet?)
- Covert Pervert: Despite her looks and usual personality, her subconscious tends to have some rather filthy fantasies, up to and including devising a kind of menage a trois as a solution to her Love Triangle with Yue; thanks to Diarium Ejus, she is aware of and mortified by her subconscious' rather direct approaches to such things. And so is everybody who was reading over her shoulder.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
- Cute Bookworm: She's shy, quiet and is part of a club devoted to exploring the library.
- Designated Victim: During the Magic World, she's first attacked by bounty hunters to lure out Kaede and Setsuna and later Shirabe, Fate and Dynamis all make attempts to eliminate her due to her mind reading artifact.
- Does Not Like Men: In the anime she had a level of androphobia.
- Dogged Nice Girl: In fact, Nodoka was the first girl in the class to confess her feelings to Negi all the way back in the Kyoto arc.
- Expy: She's clearly one to Akamatsu's earlier character, Shinobu Maehara. They look extremely similar and have the same shy, quiet attitude. Both are also know to be Covert Perverts.
- Heroic BSOD: After seeing Craig and Aisha get erased from existence in front of her her mind shuts down and Asakura is seemingly left alone desperately trying to think of a way out. She quickly recovers, however, and steals Dynamis' Grandmaster Key.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Not that good at receiving praise, even if it was well-earned.
- Hidden Eyes: She started with very long bangs obscuring her eyes, to highlight her terminal shyness. As her shyness subsided, she first became cyclopean then was drawn normally.
- Idiot Hair: She has one.
- In-Series Nickname: "Hon'ya", Japanese for "Bookstore" or potentially Bookstore keeper. The English translation at first jumped back and forth between "Librarian", "Bookshop", and variants thereof before eventually settling on the literal translation, "Bookstore". It can also mean "bookworm" (the "ya" being sometimes indicative of a character trait or an deep interest in something).
- Living Lie Detector: Diarium Ejus can read minds with a great deal of detail, so in situations where she's safe from retaliation it makes her excellent at information recovery with no chance of misinformation.
- Munchkin: After being separated from the group in Mundus Magicus she joined a group of treasure hunters. She eschews any valuable treasure, instead aiming for Comptina Daemonia and Auris Recitans. These items' powers combine with her Diarium Ejus to make it useful in real time instead of having to rely on the target willingly giving up their name and letting Nodoka sit down and read.
- Nice Girl: She's gentle and supportive even of her love rivals.
- Peek-a-Bangs: After opening up a little her eyes begin appearing more and more until finally the bangs essentially vanish.
- Plucky Girl: Negi getting his ass kicked by Fate? She gets Kotaro to teleport her in right next to Fate to figure out his plan. Friends get erased from existence right in front of her? Panic for a few seconds, then read his mind, steal his key and teleport to safety with critical information. Just because she's quiet doesn't mean she's a coward.
- Shrinking Violet: Subverted. She's quite shy, but it's note that she's actually very assertive when it comes to pursuing Negi including a quick confession and getting a date in during Mahorafest. There's a reason her Pactio card lists "courage" as her virtue.
- Weak, but Skilled: She has no combat abilities, very little magic, and effectively no experience. She does, however, have a mind reading artifact that allows her exploit an enemy's weak points in order to avoid their attacks despite being far slower and weaker than they are.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, to be precise. (becomes blue in Negima?! though)
Yue is an extremely intelligent
but cynical girl with demotivation
issues stemming from the death of her beloved grandfather
. She's normally quiet, distant and snarky but very supportive of her friends and Nodoka in particular, who reached out to her when she was isolated. This has some emotional consequences for her when she ends up in a Love Triangle
with her and Negi, who is largely oblivious. Most people find it difficult to read her emotions.
Yue has a fair talent for magic, but her primary strength is her intellect and quick thinking skills, which allow her to quickly come up with strategies.
Chachamaru is a robot designed by Chao and Hakase with a magic based power source fueled by Evangeline, her master. Despite looking older than many of her classmates, she is in fact the youngest person in the cast at only two years of age. She tends to appear emotionless, but is very kind and helpful. She also likes to tease Evangeline with a completely straight face. She has a crush on Negi, which causes issues for her since she's forced into conflict with him twice before she's able to act as an ally. During the second incident she makes friends with Chisame despite the latter's irritation with anything outside the ordinary, which definitely extends to humanoid robots going to middle school.
Chachamaru is designed to be quite tough and appears to know some form of martial arts. She also has many weapons hidden inside her body and as a robot has information warfare capabilities.
- Action Girl: She was Negi's entrance exam for Eva's training. Later, she beats up a dragon.
- Adorkable: She has her moments of cute awkwardness, especially around Negi.
- Animal Motifs: She has an association with the better qualities of cats. They even feature into her pactio.
- Arm Cannon: Part of her new Swiss Army Appendages from her Mid-Season Upgrade.
- Badass Adorable: This Robot Girl can make a Kill Sat look really cute.
- Bad Liar: When her teasing antics are turned against her, she gets badly flustered and makes some incredibly transparent denials.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her Pactio outfit.
- Berserk Button: Trying to harm a sick Negi while Chachamaru is around is a very bad idea. It's perhaps the only time Chachamaru has actually looked angry.
- BFG: Her body contains weaponry and thus she can morph her arm into a cannon.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Part of her new Swiss Army Appendages from her Mid-Season Upgrade.
- Blood from the Mouth: After Quartum cuts her in two she begins leaking hydraulic fluid from her mouth since she doesn't have actual blood.
- Cat Girl: Of the Little Bit Beastly variety; when her Pactio card is engaged she gains kitty ears.
- Covert Pervert: She feels pleasure from being refueled via the key in the back of her head, which grows more intense as more magic energy is put in. After Negi fails to realize the awkward parts of this she apparently starts looking forward to it, which Asakura teases her about. For her part, she wonders if she's heading down the wrong path in life.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
- Emotionless Girl: Although she is less 'emotionless' and more 'expressionless'. She has emotions, but her face doesn't display it very well.
- Eye Beams: One of her abilities. She frequently uses these for her ranged attacks.
- Fanservice Pack: Halfway through the story, Hakase equips her with a realistic skin to hide her robotic body, making her look like, well, pretty much a normal woman. It doesn't take long for it to be shown in a bath scene.
- Fantastic Arousal: The key winding gives physical pleasure similar to that of a pactio, only it lasts longer, can be more intense if more energy is added and has to be done every day if she's to be in top performance.
- Friend to All Children: When Negi and Asuna followed her in an early chapter, they found her surrounded by a lot of children who're playing with her while she goes around doing good deeds, like handing a balloon stuck in a tree back to the little girl who lost it.
- Friend to All Living Things: Along with helping all the townspeople as above, she also feeds a ton of cats, which all seem to love her.
- The Gadfly: After awhile it becomes clear that she's apparently fond of teasing Eva in a completely deadpan manner.
- Glass Cannon: Al-Iskandariya is quite possibly Ala Alba's most powerful weapon but it does nothing for her defenses. So with a full power blast, she not only knocked out Fate's shields, she knocked him out for a good ten minutes. In a single blow. And was immediately hit with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Quartum.
- Has Two Mommies: Hakase and Chao worked together to build Chachamaru with a little support from Evangeline on the power source. The former two are considered her parents and the latter her master.
- Hime Cut: One of her Yamato Nadeshiko traits.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's uncomfortable with showing her body when it looks obviously robotic, but after she gets artificial skin she's completely confused by Negi asking her to Please Put Some Clothes On.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: One of the first hints we get that Chachamaru is a lot nicer than being the minion of a vampire lord would suggest is her attitude towards cats.
- Magitek: She runs partially on magic.
- Meaningful Name: "Cha" is a common pronunciation of the Japanese character for "tea"; "karakuri" literally translates into "mechanism". The translated title for her pactio, Dreaming Doll, also ties in to her character arc.
- Morality Pet: Evangeline's treatment of her is one of the many signs that she's not as evil as she says. Sure, she picks on her, but she's also nearly her mother.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: She came into conflict with Negi twice despite her obvious feelings for him. Both times because were because she was unwilling to act against her parents or master.
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: Apparently just to pick on them Chachamaru at one point starts indicating the obvious signs of attraction the girls are feeling.
- Pick Your Human Half: When the series started, she had obvious mechanical joints, antenna ears and with only a human looking face, but also possessed the full emotional spectrum even if she couldn't always express it well. Later, though, she does look more or less completely human, retaining only the ears.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair acts as heat dissipator; thus the longer her hair, the greater the exposed surface area and thus increased efficiency in heat dissipation.
- Rescue Romance: Chachamaru started to have interest in Negi after he took the bullet from his own attack after he couldn’t bring himself to hurt her.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: She wasn't supposed to be one, but she is. Hakase programmed her with rudimentary emotions and to mimic human activities she cannot perform otherwise like drinking tea, but she was not supposed to develop subjectivity, which is the basis of the majority of her Character Development.
- Robosexual: Teased at. She has obvious feelings for Negi and feels an equivalent to sexual pleasure, but the idea of making a move on him doesn't even seem to occur to her. As far as being 'anatomically correct' goes, she refused upgrades several times.
- Robot Girl: She is a very beautiful female magic robot.
- Robot Hair: She has hair which is pastel green. It's a synthetic material which functions as her heat sink, but only the color visually distinguishes it from normal hair.
- Robot Names: To clarify the above, "Karakuri" means "mechanism".
- Rocket Punch: Usually played for laughs, such as punching Hakase for checking out her memory files that she wanted kept private.
- Sexy Secretary: Volunteers to work as Negi's secretary while works on the space elevator plan. It's a long term project with a lot of work involved and therefore suitable for an immortal being that doesn't require sleep.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is 174cm tall and has one of the more adult figures of the class.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's obviously a kind person and recognized as such, but she's almost always monotone and expressionless if not at an emotional peak.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Her new body's arms can morph into assault rifles or swords — and morph ''back'' into arms.
- Symbolic Blood: After being bisected by Quatrum she "bleeds" coolant.
- Tinman Typist: This is how she fights in the Mahora Battle.
- Unusual Ears: Her ears are actually antennae. Chisame is frustrated that she's the only one who seems to notice this.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played with. Because she can take more damage it's not unusual for this to be shown. She gets cut in half by Quartum at one point because he doesn't view her as alive. The scene is completely brutal with the level of violence inflicted upon her viewed as being as unacceptable as happening to anyone else especially with the damage shown: Her innards are showing, including a structural spine and Symbolic Blood everywhere.
- Wild Card: Because of the whole "My Master, Right or Wrong" thing conflicting with her desire to help Negi it becomes difficult to guess how she'll act until the Magic World arc begins.
- Wind-Up Key: She needs to be wound up every so often. It feels very good to her, so it often causes her embarrassment in the hands of an overenthusiastic winder.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Seeing as how she was created to be acquiescent, it is not surprising that she would have this sort of Silk Hiding Steel programming; she fits many of the physical requirements as well. She's also part of the same tea ceremony club as Evangeline.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has long green hair.
- Younger than She Looks: The only character who is younger than Negi because she was built to look the age she does. During the ball, she also points out to an angsting Natsumi that she isn't the only one with issues. She's two years old, so what life experience could she have?
- Zettai Ryouiki: Apparently a permanent fixture in her synthetic skin. With Fingerless Opera Gloves to match.
Asuna's bubbly, energetic
friend and roommate. She's the heir of a rich and prominent noble family, specifically a fictionalized version of the Konoe family
itself a branch of the ancient and aristocratic Fujiwara clan which has provided marriages for the Imperial family and once effectively ruled Japan. She is also granddaughter of Mahora's Headmaster, Konoemon. Unknown to her, they are also a line of powerful magi, and she has the potential to match her ancestors: Her raw magical capacity surpasses that of Negi himself, though she isn't able to utilize it particularly well for combat purposes.
After being let in on the secret, she started training to become the group medic, though her role gradually lessened into orbiting around Setsuna.
Ku Fei is a Chinese exchange student with incredible skill in martial arts and immense strength. Seeing her skill, Negi asks her to teach him kenpo, which he picks up at a rate she considers unfair. Because she starts the series unable to use ki, she tends to lag behind the heavier hitters like Kaede despite being considered her superior when it comes to sheer skill in martial arts.
Her grades don't match her physical ability in the slightest and she speaks with an accent. She also has a rather straightforward and friendly personality.
Hazuki Tanaka (Japanese, Mahou Sensei Negima!
), Kana Asumi
(Japanese, Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
onwards), Cynthia Cranz
- Action Girl: She is the captain of the martial arts club.
- Anime Chinese Girl: She usually wears a qipao and knows martial arts. She even puts her hair up in a pair of odango sometimes.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: She is a good fist figther and wipes the floor with weapon-users routinely.
- Book Dumb: By her own admission, Ku Fei is good at "everything but studying", to the point where, when it becomes a concern of the other girls that Negi might be developing a crush on her, they initially dismiss it because they think she's an idiot.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: She's told to keep a secret during Mahorafest twice, once regarding Albireo's true identity and another time regarding Chao planning to leave the class. She blurts it out almost instantly both times.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: A bit ditzy, but not out-and-out crazy.
- Empowered Badass Normal: In a world filled with mages, vampires, half-demons, ninjas, robots and other beings somewhat cognizant of magic, she achieved exceptional strength in battle by training a lot in her chosen style. Once the difficulty spiked for her, she started using ki rather than pure martial arts as well as making a Pactio with Negi. Her relative weakness often makes her more impressive looking in universe
Chisame: "She's just close enough to human that we can tell how ridiculously good she is."
- Expy: Of Kaolla Su in terms of appearance and personality.
- Flash Step: Against Mana, during the MahoraFest Tournament.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is bound up in spiky tails.
- Heir to the Dojo: She is the successor to the Ku warrior clan. And as of the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, she has since set up a dojo to accommodate challengers and future followers alike.
- Improbable Weapon User: She weaponized cloth in her fight with Mana.
- Kung-Fu Kid: As far as martial arts go she's basically the highest level fighter in the group, but her control of ki lags behind the rest of the group.
- Verbal Tic: She uses "Aru" instead of the proper sentence endings, which is anime code for "I am an anime character with a Chinese accent." In official translations she gets Hulk Speak instead while fan translations leave it untranslated. For some reason, she loses it in the first anime but regains it in Negima!?.
- Waif-Fu: She looks rather scrawny, but when she flexes muscles suddenly start bulging everywhere.
- You No Take Candle: She turns into this starting from around Volume 7 of the English manga, possibly to make it clear that she's Chinese rather than Japanese. Prior to that she speaks like a normal schoolgirl.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Starting in Chapter 55, when she is first seen in a non-school outfit. The formal qipao she wore when she got her Pactio also counts, even though it is quite long, but the cut is also quite high so it shows off her legs and socks nicely.
As a Ninja
of considerable skill, Kaede is generally a wise mentor figure to the group when she's not serving as its muscle
. She is portrayed as more powerful than Negi himself in the early stages of the story despite initially not knowing about magic at all
and it is not until a decent length into the story that Negi manages to catch up to and surpass her. Her grades are not that great, but she doesn't appear to be unintelligent. Rather, she apparently spends too much time training.
Kaede fights using her ninja abilities, making her very fast, able to use many powerful shadow clones and having a high degree of strength and skill.
- Action Girl: Comes naturally with being a ninja. During Mahorafest she was able to match up against Albireo, who should be much stronger than her, though he was obviously unwilling to use potentially lethal attacks.
- Antiquated Linguistics: She uses a peculiar style of archaic speech patterns, notably ending her sentences with "de gozaru" or "nari", usually associated with Ninja or Samurai warriors. They are often left untranslated, or in the case of the anime, cut out entirely.
- Badass: Until around midway through the Magic World arc, she was probably the strongest fighter in the group. During the Mahorafest semifinals she demonstrated the ability to stall Albireo so well that in order to avoid losing by votes in overtime he was forced to pull out his Too Awesome to Use pactionote in order to subdue her non-lethally. In the Magic World finale she had the best showing of any allied fighter not named Negi or Chachamaru by briefly matching Quintum before going for a non combat victory.
- Badass Cape: Her artifact, Tengu no Kakuremino, takes the form of a ragged looking cloth worn as a cape.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: During the ball she wears a nice suit rather than a dress because she wants to be able to move around easily.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Negi and Kotaro. The charts say that her romantic feelings for them are low, but the sisterly/motherly ones are off the scale. She also seems to take care of the twins.
- Book Dumb: She doesn't seem as dumb as Ku Fei and is a good strategist to boot. She still manages to be one of the five worst students in the class with the most commonly accepted explanation being that the Ninja training is probably interfering with her studies.
- Cat Smile: Especially prominent due to Eyes Always Shut.
- Cool Big Sis: To Negi and Kotaro.
- Eyes Always Shut: So far she has only been seen with both eyes open about a dozen times; each time signifies she means business.
- Flat Character: Tall, protective and wise ninja. Not much more to say about her.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Her shuriken is at least six feet from tip to tip and provides the Page image. Deified, as well.
- Harem Nanny: Her romantic feelings are low, but her motherly feelings are very high. As a result, she's very protective and calm compared to the more emotional girls like Asuna or Ku Fei.
- Heir to the Dojo: Though it's only mentioned in her character design notes.
- Idiot Hair: As one of the Baka Rangers, she gets to have an idiot hair. She seems smarter than most of the group though.
- Ninja: Although she doesn't necessarily stick out like a sore thumb.
- Sarashi: Being a Ninja and everything, she uses sarashi as a bra.
- Short Hair with Tail: Her hair has a short part in a straight bob and a long part of her hair in a ponytail tied at the nape of her neck that reaches her feet.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Chao snatches her hair band to prove a point about the different levels of ability between the two and show Kaede can't hope to beat her.
- Static Character: She's already calm and sure of where she wants to go in life, leaving her as one of the more stable and mellow members of the cast throughout its run.
- Statuesque Stunner: One of the tallest girls in the series with 183cm tall and the second largest bust. She can't pass for her actual age at all.
- Tomboyish Sidetails: Her sidetails are longer than the short part of her hair.
- Tsurime Eyes: 95% of the time, she's Eyes Always Shut, but when she does open them, they are this shape.
- Vapor Wear: Just look at that picture. She is probably not wearing underwear.
- Walking the Earth: The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that she has since become a wanderer helping her friends along the way when not training on Earth with Ku Fei.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of frogs. This is based on a pun that doesn't really translate.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has greenish brown hair.
- Younger than She Looks: Neither she nor Mana can get their student discount when trying to get into the movies, so she uses a ninja technique to make her look much younger.
Haruna is the final member of the Library Exploration Club to join Ala Alba after getting involved during Mahorafest, where she Jumped at the Call
, much to Negi's terror. Unlike the other club members, Haruna seems motivated almost entirely by self amusement and plays tricks on Yue and Nodoka for laughs even while attempting to help them get closer to Negi. Thus, she has little personal involvement in anything Ala Alba does, but she views it as a good way to have fun.
- Captain Obvious: When attacked by Shirabe, she helpfully points out the obvious fact that her violin blows stuff up and that she works for Fate. Lampshaded both times.
- Date Peepers: During Nodoka and Negi's date at the festival, she kept following them around trying to push them into a more "interesting" direction. Why? Because it's fun!
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Her Suka form in Negima!?.
- Genre Savvy: She has a pretty good idea of how a shounen manga is supposed to work due to her obvious otaku status.
- Hair Antennae: She has hair antennae that seem to function as actual antennae, including the ability to home in on feelings of love.
- In-Series Nickname: "Paru". Doubles as a Lucky Translation in French, as "paru" can mean "published". Since she's a mangaka…
- It Amused Me: She has a tendency to act like a jerk and embarrass people for shits and giggles.
- Jerkass: It's generally Played for Laughs, but Haruna is often selfish, irresponsible, impulsive, rude and thoughtless. Though she does care about Nodoka and Yue at least, her attempts to help them with their love lives seem primarily motivated by amusement. She tags along to the action because it looks fun rather than really caring and phrases her refusal to withdraw the ship in terms of wanting to make a good name for herself for when she conquers the world.
- The Matchmaker: Started out pushing Nodoka heavily towards Negi, and then when she realized Yue also had a crush on Negi she backed off slightly and said she'd support both. Following this, she's begun pushing as many girls at Negi as possible as well as egging Natsumi on regarding Kotaro.
- Ms. Vice Girl: She's very greedy and selfish.
- Pet the Dog: She gets a nice moment at the very climax when her ship crashes in Mahora and she's extremely happy to see Madoka and gives her a huge hug.
- Rapunzel Hair: The length seems somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes it's to slightly above her waist and sometimes it trails a few inches below.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Whenever an idea pops into her head, her glasses reveal her true nature.
- Secret Chaser: She is rather fixated on finding out who, if anyone, Negi likes. Creepily, actually.
- Sequential Artist: Mahou Shojo Biblion doujins.
- Shipper on Deck: Begins with Negi/Nodoka, though she stops pushing the two together when she becomes aware of Yue's crush and opts to support both. Later, she becomes a Konoka/Setsuna and Kotaro/Natsumi fan.
- Token Evil Teammate: She seems completely uninterested in the actual goals of the group or helping people. She's also quite fond of making people look stupid and her long term goals include taking over the Magic World. She's friends with Yue and Nodoka, which is basically the whole reason she's in the group: They failed to keep the secret from her and she forced her way in.
- Yaoi Fangirl: She dragged Negi to the Comiket and showed him yaoi doujins of what appears to be Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.
Asakura is the local School Newspaper Newshound
and an aspiring Intrepid Reporter
. She discovered Negi's secret early on and loosely followed the events with no real affiliation
apart from pursuit of interesting stories until integrating more fully into the group around the end of Mahorafest. She is Sayo's best friend and the two formed a partnership of sorts due to Sayo being almost completely undetectable, making her a great spy.
She tagged along to the Magic World without having formed a pactio with Negi.
Ayana Sasagawa (Japanese) and Monica Rial
- Anime Hair: Uhm, nice pineappe-shaped cut.
- Big Breast Pride: She's pretty proud of her bust and is offended when Negi notices that developed as she is she's still no Shizuna.
- Camera Fiend: Her class panics when being attacked by a ghost? She pulls out her camera immediately.
- Combat Commentator: She plays the referee during Mahorafest, though most of the more detailed. commentary is done by someone else.
- Expy: To Kitsune Konno, with the nosy, busybody traits turned Up to Eleven.
- The Gadfly: Shows signs of this when she starts to boast about her supposed First Kiss with Negi.
- Hot Scoop: Always out for the latest scoop and never short of bare skin to show.
- Intrepid Reporter: Her interest in revealing Negi as a mage is what kicks off her involvement in the plot.
- Pet the Dog: Often rather amoral, but there are lines she won't cross, even for a big scoop. In the manga, she immediately switches to Negi's side when she learns her current actions are going to get him turned into an ermine while in the anime she refuses to post a story about Sayo because the pictures she took were of a miserable crying girl
- School Newspaper Newshound: She dreams of the big scoop that will really make a mark and her investigative abilities appear to be top notch.
- Unfazed Everyman: Asakura seems to occupy a special niche somewhere between Chisame and Haruna. On the one hand, you have Chisame who absolutely freaks about magic while on the other hand you have Haruna who is jumping for joy when she hears about it. Asakura? She feels like she could probably write a good story about it or something, but isn't really that interested in getting too involved and never begins learning magic like the likes of Yue or even Makie.
- Wild Card: Her pursuit of the truth and rather carefree moral compass can result in her switching sides easily, though she definitely has everyone's best interests at heart.
Sayo is class 3A's resident ghost and a little too cute
and inept to be considered scary, despite her occasional efforts. Apart from being impossibly clumsy, she's also extremely difficult to detect. Upon being slightly noticed by Negi during a class vote, she attempted to make her presence known and after some mishaps more characters were able to see her fully and she became Asakura's best friend and assistant. She eventually gains a small doll that she can possess and joins Ala Alba as their ghost member.
She appears to have a bit of a crush on Negi, but this was never developed since post introduction they only spoke once or twice.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Tripping on flat pavement when you don't even have feet? That's pretty bad. Carries over to the little doll effigy as well.
- Cute Ghost Girl: She's too incompetent to be scary, though she tries. Most of the class thinks she's too cute.
- Fog Feet: Since she's a scary ghost, she gets scary ghost feet. And manages to trip over said nonexistent feet.
- Friendly Ghost: She's a ghost, but she's too nice and cute to be scary, and the only thing she wants is a friend.
- Fun Size: She gets a tiny, cutesy doll body to inhabit right before going to the Magic World.
- Ghost Amnesia: She remembers very little of her life, her death or any goals she might have that might be the reason she's hanging around. The first anime gave one version of her death, though.
- Ghost Lights: She tends to have little floaty lights around whenever she's being particularly ghostly.
- Ghostly Chill: Nobody takes her seat because it's always so cold.
- Head Pet: When she's possessing a small doll, she sometimes sits on people's heads, usually Asakura's.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Having been friendless and lonely for around 60 years, Sayo is very desperate for a friend. Unfortunately, her attempts of making friends are horribly misunderstood at first.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: Wears a Sailor Fuku, probably the school uniform when she died back in 1940.
- Joshikousei: She wears an obsolete uniform.
- Locked into Strangeness: When she was alive, she had black hair. As a ghost, it reversed to white.
- Missing Mom: In the anime, it's shown that her mom died in war sixty years ago.
- Mobile-Suit Human: She gets around in a tiny, vaguely humanoid doll which apparently makes her act energetic and ditzy. Haruna creates a robot body for her with her artifact. Her doll body drives it from inside.
- Mystical White Hair: It indicates that she's not human.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: She just wants to make friends, but all her attempts to communicate with people are interpreted all wrong.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: She has been tied to her seat for more than sixty years due to reasons still undisclosed, can't leave the school grounds until Asakura got a special doll for her to possess and is absolutely terrible at being a ghost.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has waist length hair.
- Reluctant Monster: She occasionally makes halfhearted attempts to scare people, but it's obvious she'd much rather be making friends. Reminders that she's a ghost tend to be depressing.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She is mistaken for one after Asakura takes a Scary Photograph of her. It gets to the point that they even call in two professional exorcists to take care of the problem before they finally figure out that she doesn't want to hurt anyone.
- Super-Deformed: She spends some time with Chachamaru and Negi in a chibi doll of herself.
- Verbal Tic: Says desuuu in a spooky ghost voice. Because she's a spooky ghost.
- Visible Invisibility: For 19 episodes of Mahou Sensei Negima!, she's invisible to everyone but the audience.
Chamo is a crafty, lecherous, talking ermine
and something between a familiar and a mentor to Negi. He provides comic relief, devises battle plans, forms the pactio circles and enjoys teasing the girls about their feelings for Negi, which he is apparently able to uncover via some form of weird magic. Despite mages being turned into ermines for breaking the masquerade, there is no indication that Chamo is such a case. Rather, he appears to be some sort of fairy.
Voiced by: Masashi Yabe (Japanese) and Chris Cason (English)
- Butt Monkey: Whenever he says something perverse, he gets beaten up. In the first anime series, he also gets smacked in the face with a flashlight that was still on, leaving a red mark over his face for the rest of the episode.
- Date Peepers: He has great interest in following everyone around on their possible dates and making lewd comments on them.
- Dirty Old Man: Being a short-lived ermine, Chamo is an old man despite being younger than Negi. Both he and author's notes refer to him as a dirty old man several times.
- Familiar: He moves into the story attempting to get Negi to accept him as an official familiar in order to evade responsibility for some crimes he committed involving underwear theft. Negi, being quite gullible, swallows his sob story whole.
- Funny Animal: An ermine who talks, smokes and is perverted.
- Head Pet: He often hangs out on people's shoulders and even sits on Sayo's head once, who acts like a Head Pet herself.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he's a Dirty Old Man in ermine form, and constantly tries to manipulate people for his own gain... but he never puts his own goals above the safety of the rest of group, tries to make sure everybody else benefits along with him, and generally tries to make himself as useful as possible, even when an ermine generally wouldn't be able to do anything.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He sneaks into a swimming pool with the 3-A girls and pulling their bathing suits off and steals underwear. The former is actually his debut.
- The Matchmaker: Loves to tell Negi to make more and more Pactios with the girls because he scores a bunch of money every time he does.
- Meaningful Name: かもがねぎをしょってくる (kamo ga negi o shotte kuru), which literally translates into "a duck comes bearing green onions", an idiom referring to something being too good to be true.
- Mentor Mascot: While he's usually just Negi's perverted familiar, he does a bit of mentoring about a particular aspect of the local magic system, but mostly so he can collect a hefty paycheck from somewhere or other every time Negi gets a partner.
- The Nicknamer: Chamo has a nickname for everyone. It's rare for him to call people by their actual names. It's much more common for him to give them names like Yuecchi or use terms like aniki, anego and nee san.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Small, white ermine that looks to Negi as his big brother and helps him form pactios.
- Older Sidekick: Unclear. He acts like a Dirty Old Man, but as an ermine it's unlikely that he's as old as Negi. On the other hand, he's an ermine fairy.
- Panty Thief: So much that his share of the Rainyday twins' Lotus-Eater Machine has him pretty much swimming in underwear.
- Punny Name: Chamo's name combined with Negi's refers to a Japanese legend about a duck carrying a leek that offers itself as a meal to lost and starving travelers, which has come to mean something too good to be true (you've got dinner with it's own seasoning), or to con-men, a sucker.
- Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: He's quite eager to get Negi as much tail as possible. He also likes to comment on all the Fetish Fuel and Fanservice that tends to go on around them.
- Weasel Mascot: With Dirty Old Man tendencies to boot!
Anna "Anya" Yurievna Cocolova
Anya is Negi's childhood friend and a fellow graduate from Merdiana Magic Academy
. Since she's known Negi longer than any of his students, he doesn't use Keigo
when speaking to her. She's extremely emotional
, especially when it comes to Negi
and is convinced that he is being led astray by all the pretty girls and their boobs. Though she shows up after Mahorafest intending to show him how much she has improved, she's stunned to see that he's way, way out of her league at this point. Further annoying her is the number of pactios he has at this point, which pisses her off until he manages to calm her down and invite her to the group officially.
She specializes in fire magic, of course, though her performance is less than stellar considering that the first time she tries to attack Negi she also sets her own clothing and hair on fire.
- A-Cup Angst: Seems particularly obsessed with her breast size relative to the older girls of the Ala Alba. At one point she states outright "those with big breasts are my enemies, those with small breasts are my allies". No wonder she made quick friends with Yue and Nodoka.
- Age-Appropriate Angst: Unlike the rest of the cast, she just has some body image issues that she'll grow out of and worrys that the boy she totally doesn't like or anything doesn't pay enough attention to her.
- Ascended Extra: Anya has a much bigger role in Negima!?, and an even bigger one in the Negima!? Neo manga partially based on the former, where she becomes the 32nd member of Class 3-A come Chapter 15, and is all set up to take ninja lessons from Kaede and actually become useful in combat. Akamatsu must've felt bad for her.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She comes across as violent, bossy and very bratty.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't like seeing Negi with other girls.
- Elemental Hair: She uses fire magic and her hair is red.
- Fiery Redhead: She's hot headed and what little offensive magic she does know is all fire based.
- Fortune Teller: Her assignment in London as a final mage test, akin to Negi's assignment as a teacher in Japan.
- Girlish Pigtails: As part of her stereotypical Tsundere appearance.
- Playing with Fire: She specializes in fire magic.
- Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Her standard attire before the Magical World trip.
- Shana Clone: She is a small Tsundere with Rapunzel Hair and a literal Fiery Redhead to boot.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's tiny, bossy and prone to comedic violence.
- Transliteration Trouble: Her surname. Until we got an official spelling, nobody knew how to spell it correctly.
- Tsundere: She's a definite aggressive 'hit first, ask questions never unless you have to' type.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S, combined with a Meido outfit to complement her pigtails and attitude.