Characters: Negima Ala Alba Fighters
Meaning "the White Wing" in Latin, this school club is Negi's True Companions
and Badass Crew
, dedicated to finding his Disappeared Dad
, having fun while doing so and training a lot
. This page is dedicated to the combat members of Ala Alba and those who have joined the group in all but name. Better go and make yourself a sandwich or something, because this is gonna take a while.
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Negi is our ten year old
protagonist, a precocious Welsh
mage assigned as 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's also developed 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 basic magic, particularly wind
spells. He also trains in martial arts under Ku Fei.
- 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.
- Adventure Rebuff: Usually targeted at his students as he's feeling responsible for their well-being. It never works.
- 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.
- Ancestral Weapon: Negi's staff was left to him by his father. He started by using it a lot in combat as a focus for his spells, but nowadays it's mostly used for airborne transportation, and to look cool while inexplicably sticking to his back.
- 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.
- Arch-Enemy: Fate Averruncus, who has ties to the demon that petrified Negi's hometown and to the town where Nagi disappeared. He also endangered several of Negi's students during the Kyoto trip and attacked his party, blew a hole through his chest, scattered his students across Mundus Magicus and framed him for a crime Fate himself committed. As for Fate, he wants Negi's skin because he's the only one to have punched him (twice) and now it's personal.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: During his fight with Jack, even Evangeline is stunned by the fact that he had developed a way to absorb his enemy's power with Magia Erebea, succeeding in a few days in completing a spell she had worked on for centuries.
- Badass: Whether he be taking on ageless vampire witches, or participating in the Dragonball-like fight scenes later on, undoubtedly so.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Kotaro at first, then in Chapter 294 with Setsuna.
- Badass Adorable: He may not look like it, but he's gone so far as to take down Jack Rakan in a fistfight.
- Badass Bookworm: After his fight with Jack, both he and Evangeline observe that Negi's real 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 Long Robe: Sometimes combined with In the Hood.
- Badass Teacher: Well, he is technically the girls' teacher.
- 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, is 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.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: His quest for power increases after many of his students become his mischievous followers, making him constantly worried for their safety. It doesn't help that he's surrounded by a lot of powerful people such as his more combat-trained pupils, his father's friends, and Evangeline, some of whom are game-breakingly powerful.
- 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.
- Bathtub Bonding: With Asuna, Kaede, and Evangeline.
- 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.
- Battle Couple: Asuna is his most consistent partner and her abilities match his almost perfectly.
- Beam Spam: He uses his Sagitta Magica in giant waves, which often act like a wave of missiles.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: When Negi was little, he usually got himself in trouble so that his father would come save to him. When his village was attacked, he believed it was because he wished for really serious trouble.
- 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.
- Big Damn Kiss: His Pactio with Chachamaru involved a huge explosion, and possibly creation of a soul.
- Bishie Sparkle: Occasional Twinkle Smile.
- 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 gains the power and rationality of one.
- Black Mage: He started out this trope before moving to "Magic Fighter".
- Black Magic: Magia Erebea draws power from negative emotions and is only usable by those who accept the entirety of their emotional spectrum, good and bad.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: The intended use of that spell that fanservice wind spell is a disarming spell by turning objects into flower petals.
- Blow You Away and Shock and Awe: His primary elemental affinities.
- 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 found where he is and tried to kill him.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He got drunk from one cup of amazake, which is a sweeter, low-alcoholic version of traditional sake.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: While Yue's new classmates identify Negi as a criminal and are trying to beat him up, he dodges all their attacks and tries to reason with them "Erm, please could you..." Then he tosses them effortlessly while making them land on their feet and tries again. "If you could all just calm down, there's something I'd like to discuss". Negotiations fail and he blows off everyone else's clothes.
- Chaste Hero: Oblivious to girls' feelings because he hasn't even hit puberty yet and doesn't think of girls like that yet.
- Cheerful Child: He's quite sunny and pleasant in early appearances, but he's got some trauma beneath that.
- 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.
- 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: Poor ten-year old Negi is also a Chaste Hero.
- 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.
- Combination Attack: He does one with Asuna during Mundus Magicus arc finale. It's powerful enough to destroy the projection of Lifemaker in one hit.
- Contagious Powers: Negi's normal students start picking up magic or pactios over time.
- Cooldown Hug: He receives one after he goes berserk on Godel, but it took slightly more to get him back to his senses.
- 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.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Magia Erebea was originally advertised as a technique quite dangerous to its user, though Negi seemed to have little trouble with it. At least, not until after his fight with Rakan, at which point it began affecting his soul itself. While Negi's body was able to deal with this on its own eventually, this was only by first petrifying him and then turning into something non human, though with Magia Erebea finally under control.
- 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Played with: a basic principle of Magia Erebea is accepting oneself, including one's worst emotions. In Negi's case, his explicitly murderous thirst for revenge. While not necessarily "evil", it still leaves him unstable and the desire seems to be amplified by Magia Erebea.
- Deadly Upgrade: In order to become strong quickly enough to beat Fate, Negi chose the "path of darkness" Magia Erebea, an ability set that isn't suited for human use. While first it appears okay, it begins badly affecting his health and mind. Eventually, it stops killing him, but only because he stops being human at all.
- 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.
- Dish Dash: When Chachamaru gets nervous and stumbles she sends her dishes flying into the air, Negi, with the help of Asuna and Setsuna, catches the falling dishes.
- Distressed Dude: Briefly captured during Mahorafest. The proto Ala Alba group comes to back him up.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Negi goes berserk when Rakan sneers at the training her went through for his tournament fight.
- Doomed Hometown: His village was invaded by demons and everyone was turned to stone.
- The Door Slams You: An early chapter has Asuna kicking the library door off its hinges and into Negi.
- 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: By absorbing powerful lightning spells he gains the ability to turn into a pseudo lightning elemental, which is both incredibly fast and almost impossible to damage.
- Energy Absorption: By constructing an elaborate spell circle, Negi can use Magia Erebea to absorb attacks his enemy uses. However, it's not very practical in large battles.
- Evil Is Easy: He chose Black Magic because the light path wasn't fast enough. The reward in this case was power. It's not quite evil, but it's psychologically damaging and a danger to himself and others.
- Exact Words: For Negi's apprenticeship test, Eva gave the conditions "If you can hit Chachamaru even once with your Kung Fu, then you'll pass. The match continues until you're dead and you can't attack anymore." This backfires on her when she declares the match over after Negi was completely thrashed, only for him to stand back up, stating that there's essentially no time limit since the condition was "until I die". He manages to get a hit in while Chachamaru is distracted.
- Fake Brit: Greg Ayres actually pulls off a convincing English accent. Although Negi is supposedly Welsh.
- Family Theme Naming: Negi, son of Nagi.
- The Final Temptation: Poyo puts him into a Lotus-Eater Machine that gives him the happy family he always wanted but can never have now. Negi chooses reality pretty quickly, knowing that spending too much time in there will cloud his judgment.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Pokes Sextum and causes some pretty heavy damage. Sextum is then incapacitated by the Gravekeeper.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Kotaro. They start out as enemies, have to join forces to defeat a demon, and are good friends after that.
- 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.
- Flash Step: A must when fighting professionals. Negi learns it from Kotaro before the Mahora Tournament.
- Fragile Speedster: The lightning based Magia Erebea techniques drastically increase Negi's speed, but lower his defense. Later compensated for by turning intangible.
- Friendly Rivalry: There's a brief scene where his students joke that Kotaro and Negi call themselves rivals but spell it 'friends,' a joke which doesn't really translate well.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Negi is forced to either stay behind and fight a giant monster so his students can escape with a magical book that can make them smarter (for the big exams) or dump the book so they can all escape safely. Subverted in that Negi ends up trying to stay behind, but Asuna decides to make the "right" choice for him anyway.
- 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.
- Give Him a Normal Life: Turns out that this is part of the reason that Negi ended up living with his cousin. As a war hero, his father made enemies that still hold a grudge on him for foiling their plans. And when your mother gets wrongfully accused for starting a war, then escapes her execution by faking her death, it's probably best for you that you don't hang around her. Or live in her home world. Just look at his hometown when they found where he lives...
- Glass Cannon: Early in the series he had good offenses, but was slow and had bad defense.
- 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".
- Harmful to Minors: Negi's backstory is full of Family-Unfriendly Violence.
- 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.
- High Pressure Blood: With Blood from the Mouth and outright Tears of Blood from the beating.
- Homoerotic Subtext: The story really plays up the subtext during the Magic World finale and after.
- 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: The whole of Negi's fight with Rakan, and later his fight with Fate.
- I Am Your Opponent: During the gateport incident, he attempts this one, but he's taken too much damage by that point.
- I Didnt Mean to Turn You On: Chachamaru feels sexual pleasure when her magic is being recharged. It's normally not a big deal since Evangeline normally does it and is pretty stingy. Negi doesn't understand, so he isn't.
- 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 they can't think of a way to save the Magic World view magic/tech synthesis which includes the construction of a space elevator, terraforming Mars and an elaborate ritual to stabilize the Magic World using Asuna.
- Ignored Enemy: When working with Kotaro, the pair tend to get distracted by their rivalry and ignore their opponents.
- 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 Cohabitation: With Asuna and Konoka.
- Innocent Innuendo: After being informed of a coming physical, Negi asks his students to take off their clothes.
- 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.
- I Will Find You: Negi wants to find his father someday.
- 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.
- Kirk Summation: Both Chao and Fate get one.
- Kissing Under the Influence: Due to a wish that Nodoka makes under the World Tree, Negi becomes magically compelled to attempt to kiss her. Asuna eventually intercepts him and nearly passes out due to how long it takes.
- 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 a great part of the story, but began changing clothes somewhat regularly after arriving in Mundus Magicus.
- Averted during the School Festival, where he changes into a bunch of different costumes in both his kid and teenage forms.
- 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.
- Magic Staff: He carries a staff most of the time when doing magic. It serves as a focus for his spells and he also uses it to fly in a manner resembling a Flying Broomstick. It also is a Memento MacGuffin since Nagi was the one who gave it to him.
- Malfunction Malady: He creates gusts of wind when he sneezes. Wind that seeks out and strikes girls' clothing like a heat-seeking missile.
- 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.
- Mental World: During his Magia Erebea training, a copy of Evangeline yanks his mind into a magic scroll and creates a world for him to train in.
- Me's a Crowd: Negi attempts to make a single copy of himself using a traditional Japanese magic that animates a paper doll, with which he is unfamiliar. Eventually he succeeds and goes away, but afterwards the four failed paper copies also come to life.
- Mighty Glacier: His Incendium Gehennae mode, as opposed to the Lightning Bruiser Jovis Tempestus Fulguriens.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: He prefers The Smart Guy approach and diplomacy, but in a fight his performance is exceptional.
- Missing Mom: Negi's absent mother gets absolutely no mention until we finally learn that his mother is/was Princess Arika Anarchia Entheophysia. He didn't know either.
- Multicolored Hair: He has red hair on the top and black hair in the back.
- Mundane Utility: Negi uses this almost continuously early on. He constantly infuses himself with magic so he can keep up with the girls as they sprint to school. It's more obvious after he temporarily seals his powers which makes him totally unathletic. He also tried to help Asuna do her paper route faster by giving her a lift on his flying staff, but it didn't quite work out.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Played straight and averted; he is a ten-year-old boy who buffs himself with magic while tossing aside foes larger than himself, then there are big changes in his body after several months of training.
- Neck Lift: The only thing missing is a Neck Snap; even then it is nightmarish enough to even terrify Tsukuyomi.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Negi royally screws this up during the Mahora Festival, requiring some quick damage control from Kotaro of all people.
- Nice Guy: He is very nice.
- Nigh Invulnerable: In his lightning form, he's the Made Of Air variant: Almost all attacks just pass right through him.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Absolutely shreds Quartum after he sees what he did to Chachamaru and tears him in two as well, though he knew it wouldn't be lethal.
- Nonchalant Dodge: First tournament fight in the Mundus Magicus arc. He and Kotaro dodge a really big attack combo... only to appear leaning on the big guy talking about how much that would have hurt.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Rock spear to the chest. It would have been fatal were Konoka not around.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: As a Magia Erebea demon, Negi will apparently cease aging with a few years and in the epilogue seems to be stuck at about 15. The only one to look on the bright side to the situation is Godel, who thinks about the advantages of being an immortal king.
- Not Right in the Bed: He crawls into Asuna's bed in his sleep, because that's what he did with his sister in Wales.
- 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.
- Sexier Alter Ego: "Nagi" is a very handsome Bishōnen. Even some of his students don't recognize him. Improbable as it sounds.
- One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When Negi asks Asuna to accompany him on a trip to search for traces of his father as his magic partner, Asuna misinterprets it as a love confession, as do Yue and Nodoka, who overhear it. Haruna doesn't, but she does enjoy the ensuing hilarity.
- Opera Gloves: Negi's outfit designed to hide his Magia Erebea tattoos includes these.
- Outdoor Bath Peeping: Chamo tries to bring Negi along to do so but Negi is too much of a gentleman.
- 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.
- Papa Wolf: Do not mess with his students. The best example is when Fate attacks the group at the gateport in the Magic World, impaling Negi in the chest with a stone spear. When he threatens the students, Negi pulls the spear out and sucker-punches Fate with it.
- Parents in Distress: His father Nagi was possessed by the Lifemaker and he asks Negi to come find and kill him. In the final chapter it's revealed that Negi somehow saved him.
- Pensieve Flashback: How Negi explains his past to Asuna (and half the class, since they were watching in).
- Person of Mass Destruction: The Thousand Bolts is an anti-army spell.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: After his second kiss with Nodoka. Also, Ayaka's pactio leaves him twitching on the floor.
- Power Copying: Mile Vincula gives him the power to copy the artifact of anyone he has a Pactio with, and his arsenal would improve with each new Pactio. Admittedly it was so powerful Negi ultimately cancels his Pactio with Theodora and loses it after his fight with Rakan.
- 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.
- The Power of Friendship: Saves him from becoming a demon. For awhile.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...
- Subverted when Rakan asks Negi to punch him as hard as possible. Activating all of his power-ups and channelling as much magic as he can to his arm, Negi punches Rakan in the stomach to no immediately apparent effect. In the following panel, Rakan suddenly coughs up a torrent of blood and hits Negi for punching too hard.
- Played straight later on when Negi actually fights Rakan. He brings out his new ultimate move, turns into lightning and beats the crap out of Rakan 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.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Enjoys his Spot of Tea.
- Rags to Royalty: A Sleeping Beauty type. It turns out he and Asuna are members of the royal family of the Vespertatia Kingdom in the Magic World. It subverts the Genre Blind guardian bit, as they were probably both safer before they started getting involved with their legacies.
- 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.
- Rescue Romance: Several of the girls interested in him fell for Negi when he helps them out. In the very first case, he met Nodoka by catching her in midair when she fell off some stairs.
- Right Man in the Wrong Place: Started off like this, tasked with teaching an Unwanted Harem after he graduated from magical school.
- Rivals Team Up: With Kotaro, against Graf.
- Rocket Punch: It's based on lightning magic.
- Royal Blood: His mother was the princess and last Queen of the kingdom of Ostia. In this case there's a good reason that this is important, as the person who started the royal bloodline is heavily implied to be the mage that created the Magic World.
- Rubber Face: Asuna stretches his mouth when she thinks he's been withholding information.
- Running Gag: He Hates Baths, prompting Asuna to give him regular dunkings.
- Scars Are Forever: Subverted. After having a noticeable scar on his face for half of the story (by choice), it disappears after an Angst Coma causes his skin to be turned to stone and arguably shed.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Kotaro's Manly Man.
- Serious Business: Tea, though to be fair he was already angry.
- 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 Naive: 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.
- Sneeze of Doom: A Magic Misfire. Anytime he sneezes, it will blow up several skirts, shred clothes, underwear or both.
- 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.
- Story Breaker Power: There's a reason his Pactio with Theodora had to go.
- 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: Magia Erebea demon mode is a rampaging monster run purely by Negi's id.
- Survivor Guilt: Being one of the only two survivors of his Doomed Hometown, Negi has lots of it.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: After Nodoka finally gets her courage and confesses to him.
Negi: "Nothing's wrong! No one confessed to me or anything!"
- 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.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Negi constantly worries about maintaining a normal student-teacher relationship with all the girls of his class while several of them keep developing crushes on him.
- Technician Versus Performer: Negi is the technician, Kotaro is the performer.
- Telepathy: With direct physical contact he can read someone's mind and pactio cards allow for two way communication.
- Tell Me About My Father: What he demands of Rakan if he wins the tournament.
- Thanks for the Mammary: All the frickin' time. Poor kid.
- Time to Unlock More True Potential: After the Kyoto arc, Negi realizes he isn't improving quickly enough and asks both Ku Fei and Evangeline to begin teaching him. Ku Fei teaches him martial arts and Evangeline gives him a hellish training regimen inside a time distorting alternate dimension, both of which lead to rapid growth. Later, he goes to Jack Rakan for more training and picks up the basics of Magia Erebea, though he's left to work out the details for himself.
- To Be a Master: He wants to be a world-class mage like his father.
- Tranquil Fury: After Quartum bisects Chachamaru, Negi appears and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Every time Negi learns something about his father, he wants to imitate him.
- 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. Magic Erebea appears to enhance emotions.
- 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.
- Warrior Prince: He is the son of the princess and last Queen of the kingdom of Ostia, making him a Badass prince.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: A lot of Negi's problem solving abilities seems suspiciously linked to kissing girls until the problem goes away.◊
- Wholesome Crossdresser: 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. He looks like a younger Asuna in the latter.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Two sides are presented when it's revealed that at best he only has a few more years of aging before maturation ceases. Godel thinks Living Forever Is Awesome because one can't be assassinated and can become an eternal king. Since Negi obviously cares not one bit for that, the downsides of "having kids is going to be difficult, you'll never look any older, any future lovers are going to be inconvenienced and you'll outlive everyone" are emphasized. Though Negi's not the only one who won't grow old.
- 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.
- The Wise Prince: Besides being a prince, he's very wise.
- Would Hit a Girl: Despite being an "English gentleman", he doesn't hesitate to fight Takane. Asuna does not approve; Setsuna and Evangeline do.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Magia Erebea is, quoth Evangeline, "the power to accept good and evil, strength and weakness, exactly as it is, and consume it all." What this means is that it means use of both light based magics and darkness based power ups. It requires accepting everything about yourself and a view that power is power with no moral qualities. This grants a power up by itself, but also allows for usage of a wide degree of magic and the ability to absorb them instead of use them directly.
- 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.
A excellent swordswoman and childhood friend of Konoka, she served as her bodyguard from the shadows until the events of the Kyoto Class Trip
forced her to reveal herself to Negi and Asuna, and to get closer to Konoka. She is a Half
of the Tengu
Tribe, allowing her to grow wings at will
, but this also gives her lots of misgivings about her bloodline, compounded by the fact that she was an outcast on account of her white wings — which, according to Tengus, is a harbinger of misfortune — and was schooled in a fighting style designed for demon extermination
She becomes close friends with Asuna, serves as Negi's lieutenant and has suspicious
reactions to her friend and charge, Konoka.
Setsuna wields the Yuunagi, a nodachi (long sword) given by Eishun, as her primary weapon, and has mild magical proficiency. Her Pactio artifact with Negi is Sica Shishikushiro
, a wakizashi (short sword) that can have up to 16 duplicates using her mental power.
- Achilles' Heel: After some Character Development to open up more, she becomes more susceptible to embarrassment and gets an Attempted Rape scene during a fight with Tsukuyomi as a result of getting distracted when her clothes are destroyed.
- 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.
- Affectionate Nickname: Konoka calls Setsuna "Secchan".
- 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.
- Almost Kiss: With Konoka. It was for a Pactio! Really!
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When she and Asuna are fighting Chigusa's minions, they end up back to back. Also in Chapter 294 with Negi.
- 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.
- Battle Couple: Her relationship with Konoka starts building towards a true partnership with hints of a pactio quite early on.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Against Evangeline during the Mahora Tournament.
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with Konoka.
- BFS: Yuunagi is longer than she is tall, and Takemikazuchi, courtesy of Konoka, has the ability to absorb Konoka's magic to grow to enormous size and she wields it one-handed.
- 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.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: She plays the tsukkomi mostly; her comments when she's in the background definitely count. To the surprise of her classmates, against Chao she even brings out the fan!
- Bridal Carry: She carries Konoka this way all the time, including on most promotional artwork.
- But Now I Must Go: Tries to pull this after revealing herself as a half-Tengu to Negi and co., but gets a lecture from Asuna and decides to stay by Konoka's side.
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: She bathes with her demon-hunting sword.
- Career Versus Woman: She constantly struggles with holding on to both woman (Happiness with Konoka) and career (Not letting happines make her soft in her bodyguard duties to Konoka) but refuses to give up on them.
- 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.
- Childhood Friend Romance: After being estranged for years, Setsuna started interacting with Konoka more and their relationship got a lot of Ship Tease.
- The Comically Serious: Occasionally she remains serious despite being in funny situations.
- 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.
- Cursed with Awesome: She hates her white wings, but her friends think they are awesome.
- 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.
- Declaration of Protection: She says several times that she will protect Konoka with her life.
- Defeat by Modesty: Tsukuyomi does this to Setsuna. The fact that it partially works makes Setsuna angry with herself.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: 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.
- Demon Slayer: Setsuna's style of combat was developed specifically to battle demons.
- Diagonal Cut: The finishing blow to the Tsukuyomi fight. Somehow.
- Dish Dash: When Chachamaru stumbles due to nervousness, Setsuna, Negi and Asuna grab all the falling plates before they smash.
- 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.
- Everyone Can See It: Even Negi notices her Bodyguard Crush on Konoka.
- 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: Her wings are implied to be very sensitive.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair, shaped like a single wing, possibly alluding to her halfling heritage.
- The Final Temptation: Eva tries to convince Setsuna to give up her swordsmanship in favor of living the life of a normal girl. She also says just focusing on being a bodyguard is fine, but that she can't handle both. Setsuna rejects both choices.
- Flash Step: Like all the top fighters, she uses this one, though it's not emphasized like with Kaede and Kotaro.
- 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!"
- Functional Magic: Her training includes Onmyodo.
- Groin Attack: When Setsuna stumbles across an 'enemy' (Negi) in the bath, she instantly goes for the groin attack.
- 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: Gets some bouts of this after Tsukuyomi nearly defeats her.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Setsuna and Konoka are heavily implied to be lesbians, but it is never stated outright. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue states that both she and Konoka get married in 2017. And we see a picture of Setsuna holding Konoka bridal-style. It's pretty clear what's happening, but it's still stately indirectly as opposed to other marriages.
- 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 not particularly ashamed of the fact that she's half-tengu, but she is ashamed of the fact that said wings are white rather than black, which marked her as a instant outcast of her demon tribe. Never mind the fact that her True Companions think that the wings are awesome and that she looks like an angel.
- 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.
- I Got You Covered: With Negi during the Kyoto trip and later with Konoka.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Shinmeiryuu-style, which allows her to cut twenty-foot balls of solid ice and a Humongous Mecha in half.
- In a Single Bound: Though she's capable of nonmagical flight, she prefers fast leaping techniques.
- 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.
- Inter-Class Romance: Konoka is basically a princess. Setsuna is adopted from a clan that threw her out and works as a bodyguard.
- Interspecies Romance: With Konoka, since Setsuna is a half bird-demon.
- Kemonomimi: Her disguise in the Magic World and her outfit from her Pactio with Konoka have cat ears.
- Lady and Knight: Setsuna is the Knight and Konoka is the Lady. Lampshaded several times.
- 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.
- Lingerie Scene: During the pre fight scene with Asuna, the two begin dressing themselves without paying attention and end up wearing some quite revealing undergarments.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Starts 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.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Her artifact from Negi is a set of knives she can throw at an opponent. They follow the target and are generally sent all at once.
- 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.
- Morph Weapon: Takemikazuchi can change both size and shape.
- Nerf Arm: She wields a broom during the Tournament Arc to get around a restriction on bladed weapons.
- Not a Date: She denies that her outing with Konoka is a date, despite everyone, including Konoka, treating it like one.
- Paper Talisman: Setsuna is known to use Ofuda. She once used them to protect the hotel from shikigami during the Kyoto arc.
- 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.
- Post-Victory Collapse: Setsuna passes out shortly after enduring (and ignoring) an intense force field to save Konoka.
- 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.
- Razor Wind: One of her techniques.
- 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.
- School Uniforms are the New Black: She is almost always seen wearing her school uniform.
- Secret Test of Character: Subverted during a tournament fight against Evangeline. The latter tries playing on her fears, feelings, duty and difficulty protecting Konoka. Setsuna figures out Evangeline's technique and rejects her choices. However, Setsuna doesn't realize that Evangeline had been fully intending to make her choose between duty and friendship and assumes it was this trope. Evangeline is baffled at this overly positive interpretation.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: The traditional clothes of her people.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: She is always saying this regarding her relationship with Konoka. Nobody buys that.
- The Shinsengumi: She dresses up as one when she visits the Kyoto Movie Town. The title of the chapter was "The Bodyguard is a Member of the Shinsen Group".
- Shower of Angst: Takes a shower after her humiliating defeat by Tsukiyomi.
- Shower of Awkward: With Negi in Kyoto.
- 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.
- Take a Third Option: Setsuna is forced by Evangeline in a Secret Test of Character to either be a cold, limitless swordswoman to better serve her princess Konoka or take her happiness beside the girl and live her life in peace without protecting anything. She choose to have both.
- Taking the Bullet: For Konoka during the Kyoto trip, of course.
- Thunder Shock: At one point she makes a terrible joke and has to apologize for it after the thunder disappears.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Konoka's Girly Girl.
- Too Slow: When Negi isn't focusing on their fight during the tournament, she gets annoyed and smacks some sense into him after delivering one of these.
- Transparent Closet: Setsuna is so obviously gay for her "Ojousama" Konoka that practically everyone knows it despite her frequent denials.
- Tsurime Eyes: She had much sharper eyes early on.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Konoka. Eventually resolved offscreen in the last few chapters.
- 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.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Konoka. It's heavily implied they get married in 2017.
- 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.
- The Worf Barrage: Sica Shishikushiro has been used repeatedly, and almost never does anything useful. Possibly why Takemikazuchi is a different type of weapon and does prove useful.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Chamo thought she looked like one at first. She's not even close, though.
Yue is an extremely intelligent
girl with cynicism and extreme demotivation for school
issues stemming from the death of her beloved grandfather
. The discovery of magic and getting into a Love Triangle
with her best friend and their kid teacher have finally given her something to occupy that enormous intellect. Regarding others, Yue tends to be quiet, distant and snarky, though she's very supportive of Nodoka.
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.
- A-Cup Angst: From early on, she's sure she's unattractive with her childlike body.
- Badass Back: Intercepts a shadow puppet coming up behind her with her massive Ariadne sword.
- Badass Bookworm: She's tiny and looks weak, but is actually a part of the library exploration club and has some pretty good survival skills. She also ends up becoming a fairly competent mage.
- Beam Spam: Eventually, she becomes rather good with magical arrows.
- Book Dumb: She gets poor grades and is one of the baka rangers.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: The reason for her poor grades is that for a Teen Genius, Yue is also extremely unmotivated and she refuses to put any effort in. Once she gets a goal she wants to accomplish, she can learn in mere weeks what takes others years.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She spends a good two or three hundred chapters unable to admit her feelings to Negi for him despite everyone, even rivals, telling her to do it.
- Covert Pervert: If Chamo's charts◊ are accurate, her ero rating is slightly less than Nodoka, and on par with Evangeline.
- Crazy-Prepared: She predicted that Quintum would leave her paralyzed and cast a paralysis release spell in herself. Furthermore, she had sixteen predictions of how Quintum would take them down, and it's highly possible that she had prepared countermeasures for each outcome.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
- Cute Witch: Her pactio outfit puts her in a cute witch outfit complete with black witch's hat.
- Dark Magical Girl: Yue rarely expresses real concern about the danger she's in, but at the thought she might have hurt or offended Nodoka she's reduced to tears. Nodoka was the first person to really approach her during an isolated time of her life.
- Defeat by Modesty: In chapter 354, Paio II makes her reappearance, completely stripping her, and applying some serious Skinship Grope almost to the point of Black Comedy Rape. She even goes as far as to lampshade that she should overcome this weakness to become a better fighter.
- Dull Surprise: In Negima!?, in one of the early omake segments with the Baka Rangers, while the Bakas make ready to fight their enemies, with Yue wanting to call their "giant robot", Makie is complaining that she never got to do her introduction properly. The Baka Rangers agree to let her go first (she had been last every time). She tries to do so, and the giant robot foot comes down on Makie, interrupting her.
- Dynamic Entry: Saving the class representative from a Griffin Dragon.
- Easy Amnesia: After the Gateport incident, Yue had the bad luck to land right in front of a magic student who accidentally erased all the memories about her life with a memory erasure spell, and was too embarrassed to say so, so she just told Yue that she bumped her head.
- Emotionless Girl: Not really emotionless, but much more stoic than her friends.
- Expy: On top of her basic physical design, she matches the quiet and reserved nature of Touhou's Patchouli Knowledge. She's also a magical librarian and tends to wear the same outfits.
- Forehead of Doom: Her hair keeps her bangs out of her forehead, leaving a giant forehead for all to see.
- Gag Boobs: In her Drama CD, Collette points out to Yue how small-chested she is and wants to fix it, prompting her, Emily, and Beatrix to "help" her. We all know how this ends.
- Genius Book Club: She's often seen with rather advanced books, often dealing with philosophy.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: To Negi during the Mahora Festival trouble.
- Great Big Book of Everything: Orbis Sensualium Pictus is a book containing all information on magic, including spells, items, beasts, and even artifacts. The fact that it's a magic artifact conveniently removes the Great Big part of trope, condensing it into a small book.
- Heroic BSOD: When Nodoka finds out about Yue's crush on Negi, Yue completely freaks out, believing Nodoka will hate her because of "betraying" her and says she would rather "disappear" than losing Nodoka's friendship. She only calms down after Nodoka's Get A Hold Of Yourself Man.
- High-Pressure Emotion: Twice in rapid succession after meeting up with Negi again, though one could say it's just one continuous moment. Doesn't mean it's not ridiculously cute and funny, especially given Collet and Emily's reactions.
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Emily Sevensheep and Colette. Volume 0 has a lot of fun with this one and Haruna seems awfully amused as well.
- Hot Witch: In the Distant Finale she's grown quite a bit taller and has more adult proportions.
- I Am Your Opponent: During a dramatic pillow fight. And to a griffin dragon.
- Idiot Hair: Subverted. She has the hair and is one of the baka rangers, but that's actually due to nearly going out of her way to do badly.
- In-Series Nickname: Yuecchi, Yuekichi and a few more in regards to her height and large forehead. She isn't fond of the latter nicknames.
- Instant Armor: Post Ariadne training she can instantly summon some magic armor.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She only wishes for Negi to be happy with Nodoka, though Nodoka actually seems to get tired of her passivity.
- Jumped at the Call: Once she got in on the Masquerade.
- Little Miss Badass: Being vertically challenged doesn't prevent her from cementing her status on this page amongst her fellow Badass Companions through a series of Awesome Moments.
- Little Miss Snarker: She's small and tends to be quietly sarcastic.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: In her backstory, she used to be a loner, Nodoka was the first person to befriend her.
- Magic Knight: After her training at Ariadne she becomes a fairly good mage and acquires a massive sword.
- Marilyn Maneuver: Once did it to herself by accident when trying to demonstrate a spell.
- Matchmaker Crush: Tries to help Nodoka win over Negi, but then there's the issue of her own growing feelings for him.
- New Transfer Student: Yue got to play the part for a while in the Magic World.
- Occult Detective: After the Time Skip at the end of the manga.
- Older Than She Looks: She's fifteen, but looks only slightly older than Negi.
- Panty Shot: The spin-off OVA threw in a lot of panty shots for her, including a rather detailed bit during her Transformation Sequence.
- Parental Abandonment: The death of her beloved grandfather had such a negative effect on her that she shut herself off from the rest of the world. Since he's the only family member mentioned in Yue's life, it's possibly he was the only one she had.
- The Philosopher: She normally averts the inaction bit of the trope, but it's noted that for all her high speed thinking she tends to get sidetracked and think about pointless things easily.
- Potty Emergency: Since she drinks juice so often she always seems to be in the bathroom. Becomes a notable weak-point when consuming her large potion in 354.
- Putting On My Thinking Cap: She seems to have the most going on in her head when she's calmly sipping an odd drink of some kind with a slightly blank look in her eyes.
- Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist until the end of the manga.
- Red Mage: While she primarily favors offensive magic, she also has a number of support and healing spells.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Her default pactio outfit gives her a long, open robe and a witch's hat.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Her lack of height is the most emphasized in the main cast and she's also the most analytical and intelligent barring Negi himself.
- The Snark Knight: Initially a textbook example, complete with frequent thoughts of being "surrounded by idiots". These wanes later on, as she became part of the main group and developed a crush on Negi, though she's still quick to dissociate herself from the group whenever the insanity becomes overwhelming.
- The Stoic: She tends to be very calm and in control of her emotions until she feels she's let Nodoka down or Negi gets too charming. She also doesn't handle Emily's apparent death well either.
- Straight Man: In contrast to the quiet and polite Nodoka and the ridiculous Haruna, Yue tends to be quietly sarcastic.
- Straw Nihilist: She pretty much felt that the world was without meaning following the death of her grandfather. Luckily, she got better when she befriended Nodoka, Haruna, and Konoka.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She appears to be emotionless, but she cares very much about her friends and being part of a Love Triangle with her best friend causes her to break down and reveal a very warm side.
- Throw the Book at Them: She once cheated during a pillow fight by hiding thick dictionaries in her pillows.
- Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the series she was a muggle and before going to the magic world she still wasn't as good as Negi was at the beginning of the series.
- Once in the Magic World, however, she enrolled in the Ariadne Academy for knights due to amnesia. With her memories not holding her effort back, she puts in some amazingly hard work and within about a month becomes the academy's top student after planning out the successful defeat of a griffin dragon.
- During the chapters of the manga there's a brief skip forward to what Yue is doing now. She has invented a completely safe, liquid-based Magia Erebea-like spell storage and release system. While she doesn't seem to get the physical benefits Negi does, Yue also doesn't seem to get any of the physical detriments. All she needs to do is take a swig of a potion, and she has a bunch of spells for instant cast whenever the hell she wants. Damn Yue.
- Town Girls: The Neither to Nodoka's Femme and Haruna's Butch.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: She's often shown with a juice of outlandish composition in hand, though the actual contents are always different.
- Transformation Sequence: In her spin-off OVA she gets a long pactio equipping scene. Her bra seems to pity her.
- Tsurime Eyes: Fitting with her snarky and unsocial nature are her serious looking eyes.
- Verbal Tic: Overuses desu and speaks like an encyclopedia.
- Weak, but Skilled: She doesn't have much in the way of raw power yet, but she's already an expert in magical theory despite the short time she's had to really learn about it. Taking down a griffin dragon with a ceremonial knife by exploiting tiny weak points? Yes, please.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Future Yue's potion power-up comes with one major weakness, namely that she only has so much time before all that liquid she drinks runs its course and leaves her with the natural consequences.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears thigh high black stockings.
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 often tries teaching how to act like a brash and overconfident
hero rather than a meek and polite Badass Bookworm
. It doesn't work very well.
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.
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
(Japanese) and Ryan Reynolds (English)
- 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.
- Attack Hello: During the early magic world arc when Negi has a fever, Kotaro enters the scene with a smile and a punch to the face.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Negi.
- Battle Aura: When unleashing his Shadow Hounds.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He's slowly developing this with Natsumi, since he's an Oblivious to Love Jerk with a Heart of Gold while she's an immature Tsundere. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that after many years of them arguing and denying their feelings, they finally tie the knot in 2015.
- Big, Badass Wolf: His strongest form Kuon Eisou, in which he completely transforms into a wolf beast.
- 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.
- Bromantic Foil: To Negi.
- Can't Catch Up: At the beginning of the magic world arc his abilities were generally rated as being a bit higher than Negi's, but come the tournament and Magia Erebea and Kotaro was suddenly vastly outstripped. He didn't catch up by the end of the manga.
- 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 much 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.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He becomes The Rival after Negi defeats him during the Kyoto arc.
- Expy: By Word Of God and obvious character design, he's a clear expy of Inuyasha's eponymous character.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Negi. They start out as enemies, have to join forces to defeat a demon, and are good friends after that.
- First Kiss: With Natsumi.
- Foil: To Yue, who loves to deconstruct shonen tropes.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Negi.
- "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: As an expression of gratitude for saving Negi and his students at the end of Volume 8, Kotaro is formally freed and is now free to hang around with Negi. It also helps that he has already performed a Heel-Face Turn.
- 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.
- Hey You: He never calls Yue by her name unless it's sarcastically. This gets turned around on him when Evangeline refers to him as a dog instead of his name.
- 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.
- Ignored Enemy: When he and Negi team up to fight Graf Wilhelm, the two begin to bicker before Graf forces them to work together.
- I Got You Covered: When he teams up with Negi.
- In a Single Bound: Before he learns a hovering technique and even after, Kotaro finds the best way to get around is huge, rapid jumps.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Lives with Chizuru, Natsumi and Ayaka mostly because at least Chizuru (and maybe even Natsumi) won't let him go.
- 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.
- Insistent Terminology: He insists that he's a lone wolf, not a dog demon.
- Interspecies Romance: With Natsumi.
- 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: To Negi, being one of his main partners.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Between Kyoto and Graf Wilhelm, his memory is briefly wiped to prevent him leaking information.
- Lighthearted Rematch: Due to Kotaro's love for fighting, post Kyoto arc he and Negi seem to squabble and fight a lot of fun to prove which is stronger. Negi initially doesn't care, but later he grows to enjoy such rematches.
- Like Brother and Sister: How he views his relationship with Natsumi, not realizing her feelings are beyond that.
- 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: To Chizuru and Natsumi.
- Naked First Impression: Since Chizuru and Natsumi find Kotaro while he's in his dog form, he's naked when he first meets them.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: He began fighting his past self.
- Nonchalant Dodge: First tournament fight in Mundus Magicus arc. He and Negi dodge a really big attack combo... only to appear leaning on the big guy talking about how much that would have hurt. He does it later on to one of Fate's Ministras when she tries to crush him to death... and it's only a clone.
- 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.
- Not Quite Flight: Kotaro can't fly, but his shadow hounds can, and being made of darkness, he just forms them into the shape of floating wheels attached to his feet so he can run through the sky.
- Oblivious to Love: He doesn't understand the reason behind Natsumi's Luminescent Blushes and Tsundere tendencies.
- Older Alter Ego: His teenaged form "Kojirou".
- Only a Flesh Wound: Being part demon he can regenerate at a stunning rate.
- Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Kotaro lives with Chizuru and Natsumi under the pretense of being Natsumi's little brother.
- The Rival: To Negi.
- Rivals Team Up: With Negi, against Graf.
- 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.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Negi's Sensitive Guy.
- 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.
- Technician Versus Performer: Negi is the technician, Kotaro is the performer.
- 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.
- Walk on Water: One of his ninja abilities.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: He even asks Is It Something You Eat?. By the ball he acknowledges familial love.
- The Worf Effect: Strongly implied against Fate in Chapter 303. It doesn't happen and actually shows quite a bit of Character Development on his part: the old Kotaro would have attacked and endangered the whole group.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Negi this.
- 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.
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.
Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi
(Japanese), Clarine Harp (English), Anastasia Munoz (English, Ala Alba
- 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 given the fact that he can create magic black holes.
- Antiquated Linguistics: She uses archaic and polite speech patterns. They are often left untranslated.
- Arrow Catch: She catches a shot from an arrow trap while in the Mahora Library.
- 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.
- Bathtub Bonding: With Negi.
- BFS: In this case, the "S" stands for Shuriken, and is nearly twice as big as she is and is normally carried in pieces. This is quite a feat, considering her size.
- Bigger on the Inside: Her artifact is not for combat: It contains a small pocket dimension filled with supplies.
- 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.
- 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.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Kaede can make a large number of solid clones, each of which has good offensive power.
- Eyes Always Shut: So far she has only been seen with both eyes open about a dozen times; each time signifies she means business.
- Finger Poke of Doom: She can perform a bookcase-destroying forehead flick, or "dekopin" just like Ku Fei.
- Flash Step: She's the best flash step user in Ala Alba.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Her shuriken is at least six feet from tip to tip and provides the Page image.
- Hammerspace: The very nature of Tengu no Kakuremino.
- 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.
- I Am Your Opponent: Intercepts Dynamis when he's after Nodoka, forcing him to retreat.
- Idiot Hair: As one of the Baka Rangers, she gets to have an idiot hair. She seems smarter than most of the group though.
- Japanese Pronouns: She uses the humble and archaic "Sessha" to refer herself.
- Mundane Utility: She uses her ninja techniques to do things like hunt fish.
- Ninja: Although she doesn't necessarily stick out like a sore thumb.
- Nonchalant Dodge: Against Sanders for epic, and against the Narutakis for a laugh.
- Sarashi: Being a Ninja and everything, she uses sarashi as a bra.
- Self-Sacrifice Scheme: Non lethally. After Quintum took back the Great Grandmaster Key from the group, Kaede enters a fight with him. While her offenses and speed would be enough to match him fairly well, she can't deal with his intangibility and simply steals the key from him and sends it back with a clone.
- Shadow Pin: Kage Nui (Shadow Sewing) which she uses by piercing the shadow with her Fuuma Shuriken, though it doesn't work long on rampaging Demon Negi.
- 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.
- 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.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Can jump absurdly high, clone herself, and use a giant shuriken as a shield, among other things.
- 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.
- Walk on Water: One of her ninja abilities.
- 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.
While technically a member of Ala Alba, Chachamaru is primarily Evangeline's servant, having been created by Hakase two years ago as a fully-functional, fully-emotional magic robot
. While Evangeline has many "dolls", Chachamaru is the only one created jointly as a product of magic and
technology, which goes a long way toward explaining her very much human traits
. She has a substantial crush on Negi, and apparently also brews very good tea.
In combat Chachamaru relies both on her many weapons hidden within her body, as well as more overt ones such as her fists and guns. Due to being a robot, she also has information warfare capabilities.
Ku Fei is a Chinese martial artist exchange student of incredible skill and strength who can fight demons, robots, and assorted monsters with little more than her fists. However, she does tend to lag behind the rest of the group when it comes to power due to being much closer to a normal human than the rest. She's hyperactive, cheerful and rather ditzy, but she takes martial arts incredibly seriously. She later instructs Negi on how to fight in melee after he realizes his Squishy Wizard
As a martial artist who starts out the story a Badass Normal
, she relies on pure martial arts, mostly in the form of punches and counters.
Hazuki Tanaka (Japanese, Mahou Sensei Negima!
), Kana Asumi
(Japanese, Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
onwards), Cynthia Cranz
(English), Tia Ballard
(English, Ala Alba
- 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.
- Best Her to Bed Her: Played with. She made a rule for herself that she would only marry a man stronger than her; though she concedes to Negi's strength, his young age means she isn't comfortable with the idea. When they made a Pactio, Chamo picked that exact moment to wonder why Chao looked so Chinese with a Welsh great-grandfather.
- 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.
- Brick Break: She moved on to boulders once bricks didn't provide enough of a challenge. And when those stopped being a challenge, she moved on to mountains.
- 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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Every morning she gets challengers. Every morning she stomps them.
- 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.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Her bookcase-destroying forehead flick, or "dekopin".
- 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.
- Hulk Speak: In the official translations.
- Improbable Weapon User: She weaponized cloth in her fight with Mana.
- Ki Attacks: She starts the series as a normal, but by the tournament rolls around she's a beginner with ki. She uses a Flash Step in her finishing strike against Mana and can hit monsters, shadow minions and spider-tanks hard enough to toss them around. After summer training she's advanced to ranged attacks, not to mention being able to shatter a cliff.
- 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.
- Never Bring A Knife To A Fistfight: The only fistfighter among the girls of the group, and faces off against enemies with weapons many times.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Played for Laughs, when she made Dynamis shut up with a poke from her staff.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: She is capable of killing demons barehanded.
- Telescoping Staff: The Shintetsu Jizaikon. Like the Monkey King's staff, it can grow and shrink at will. Her first use of it is as artillery.
- Training from Hell: Subverted — she tries to train Negi like this, and fails miserably because she took all the training techniques from movies and manga. When she starts teaching him normally, he picks it up quickly.
- 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.
- Waif-Fu: She looks rather scrawny, but when her physique is given more emphasis muscles suddenly start bulging everywhere.
- 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.
Of the entire class, Yuna is probably most qualified for the title of "Genki Girl
" — mischievous and enthusiastic, her charisma translates into her constant role as ringleader of the class's hijinks. Her physical abilities are quite high, but despite being the daughter of a magic teacher she's in the dark about magic, most likely because she's too busy lusting over him to worry about his job. She is not a formal member of Ala Alba, but instead later gets wrapped up in their shenanigans.
Madoka Kimura (Japanese), Amber Cotton (English), Kara Edwards
(English, Ala Alba
- Abnormal Ammo: The guns from her pactio aren't particularly special. What's unique about them is that they can fire a huge variety of ammunition, some of it stuff that even Negi has never seen.
- Ancestral Weapon: It's hinted that Iris Tulmentum could be her mother's.
- Badass Longcoat: Her pactio card outfit has a long, light brown coat to fit the overall image.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She becomes jealous whenever her father is seen with another woman.
- The Coats Are Off: She started the battle with the Fatettes with her Badass Longcoat on. Then Ako gave her that buttshot power boost. Note the absence of said longcoat when she gains Bullet Time as a result and shoots Koyomi in the face.
- Daddy's Girl: She is very a fond of her father. Maybe a little too fond.
- D-Cup Distress: She is annoyed about her bust growing since it gets in the way of playing basketball.
- Electra Complex: Mostly Played for Laughs, but she seems to have quite the infatuation for her father, who doesn't take her seriously.
- Expy: While not similar to her in personality, her name is almost the same as that of Yuna from Final Fantasy X and she dresses similarly and dual wields pistols in the same manner.
- Fan Service Pack: Earlier in the story she had a more average bust. She complains about a growth spurt and by the end she's rather stacked.
- Genki Girl: Yuuko apparently encouraged this aspect of her personality.
- Guns Akimbo: Dual wields pistols with her pactio active.
- Gunslinger: She tends to favor close range combat and speed, especially when working in conjunction with Ako.
- Large Ham Title: She sometimes gets overly excited and likes being referred to as "Yuna☆Kid"note or just "The Kid."
- Missing Mom: Yuuko died when Yuna was just five old. According to Takane, she was born and raised in Mundus Magicus, and was a goverment agent sent to Megalomesembira on an operation related to the current crisis, which was where and how she died.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She puts on a lame mask and doesn't cover up her distinctive hair when attempting to trick Yue and Nodoka into giving up their badges.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She's very athletic and plays basketball.
- Pursuing Parental Perils: The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that she has since followed her late mother's profession as an agent of Megalomesembria.
- Stripperific: Her Pactio outfit exposes a lot of choice skin to little practical effect. If anything, what she does wear would get in the way.
- Surrogate Soliloquy: To the picture of her mother.
- Taking the Bullet: In Chapter 310, she takes a petrification dart for Makie, with predictable results. She gets better by Chapter 332.
- Tell Me About My Father: A variant. She never knew nor asked, but after being deeply involved in the magic business, Takane decides it's high time she learns the truth and directly asks Takane if she knows about the exact circumstances behind Yuuko's death and Takane tells her that as well.
- Thigh-High Boots: In her Pactio outfit.
- Tomboy: Fit, outgoing, and plays sports.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: In her Pactio outfit.
- Young Gun: During the Mahorafest battle she showed some excellent skills with the magical weaponry and she is, of course, very immature. She later gets a gun from her pactio with magical ammunition and proves quite valuable during the battle with the Fatettes.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In her Pactio card outfit she wears long yellow footwear that does an odd split above the knee.
Anna "Anya" Yurievna Cocolova
Anya is Negi's childhood friend and 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, Negi and Nekane are the only survivors from the destruction of their hometown. Anya's mom wasn't so lucky — she was among those petrified. She appears around halfway through the manga to attempt to take Negi back to Wales so he doesn't get distracted by all those big breasted students of his.
As can be guessed from her motivations, she has a complex about her bust size
and gets annoyed when she realizes he's already made a large number of pactios. After Negi calms her down, she joins Ala Alba.
Specializing in fire magic
, she's essentially trained in the same magical arts as Negi, but is heavily stricken with a case of Can't Catch Up
. Known for being quick to anger and a bit snarky, there's occasional hints at a deeper warmth in her personality
. Likely has a crush on Negi, to obsessively protective levels
- 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, her issues are just issues with body image that she'll grow out of and worrying 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: Occasionally falls into this, with many hints at simply behaving that way with a hidden sentimentality.
- Can't Catch Up: She comes to find Negi, intending to show off her progress. Naturally, he's way ahead of her.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She has a rather obvious crush on Negi, but due to her minor character status it doesn't go anywhere.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't like seeing Negi with other girls.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She's able to beat Negi up as much as she wants (with flaming punches and kicks, no less).
- Dynamic Entry: The first entry she made is via a diagonally angled fire kick from above.
- 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.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: When Konoka asks how she feels about Negi.
- Magic Wand: She uses one of these as opposed to Negi's staff.
- Megaton Punch: Since Negi is so young, most of the girls don't feel embarrassed around him. Anya, though, is willing and capable of sending him flying - but only if he lets her.
- Missing Mom: Mrs. Cocolova was turned to stone while Anya was away.
- Playing with Fire: She specializes in fire magic.
- Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist.
- Right Behind Me: She has a complete freakout when Evangeline pulls this off.
- 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.