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The Thousand Master
Negi's Disappeared Dad, the epitome of the Idiot Hero, and quite possibly the most powerful combat mage ever to live. Unlike his son, he is straight forward, child-like, laid back and disrespectful. He hates respectful titles and prefers to be called by his name without honorifics and such. He has a strong affinity for lightning and has mastered the element's strongest spells. Though his skill in battle is beyond question, he actually isn't all that good at remembering his magic, and often has to read his spell incantations off of a notebook.
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Negima!), Miyuki Sawashiro (Negima!?) (Japanese), Troy Baker (Negima!), J. Michael Tatum (Negima!?) (English)
- The Ace: Has this reputation as a world saving hero and is the implication of his Thousand Master and Magister Magi titles. Subverted because he's actually a total idiot, a magic school drop-out, and knows like 5-6 spells tops. Still completely invincible in battle though.
- Action Dad: Being a dad doesn't stop him from being badass.
- Badass Long Robe: Hardly ever seen without one.
- Battle Couple: He and Arika once went to annihilate an enemy base together.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He had this with Arika.
- Big Damn Heroes: He appeared out of nowhere to save Negi from the monsters that attacked his Doomed Hometown before disappearing once again.
- Bishōnen: Just look at him, he's one of the series' primary examples.
- Blow You Away: Wind was one of his primary elements of specilization, the other being...
- Book Dumb: Dropped out of magic school.
- Broken Pedestal: A minor case with his son Negi, who was quite shocked when he learned that the man who he believed to be a genius magic user who he studied hard to be like was actually a magic school drop out.
- Brought Down to Badass: Leaps into a canyon full of gigantic vicious monsters where magic cannot be used in order to save Arika. He still makes it out unharmed.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Missing for 10 years.
- Chick Magnet: Even ten years after his disappearance, he's still highly popular with the ladies. In a flashback, his friends lampshaded this when Asuna asked him to be her partner.Why the hell are you always that popular with everyone!?
- Chivalrous Pervert: As shown in the flashbacks with his interactions with Arika.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: After Arika saves him from Secundum, he complains she could have pulled a better Big Damn Heroes.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Nagi confronted 'The Mage of the Beginning', a wizard of such immense power that he threatened the entire world, created Fate Averruncus, and terrified even Jack 'Crazy Powerful' Rakan... and won, basically just by hitting him really hard. Subverted. After this it's shown that the Lifemaker wasn't truly beaten, he simply possessed Zect and left the battlefield. Ended up possessed himself in the end.
- Disappeared Dad: Negi has not even properly met him.
- Dope Slap: To Arika with a headbutt to make her stop complaining about him rescuing her.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the first anime adaptation.
- Family Theme Naming: Nagi, father of Negi.
- Fiery Redhead: A very hot-headed redhead.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Jack.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: Nagi stops Arika's Heroic Self-Deprecation and her requests that he leave her to die by headbutting her.
- Grand Theft Me: Possessed by the Lifemaker sometime after the war.
- Happily Married: Presumably to Arika after he rescued her. We never get to see them married, but it's implied that they lived happily together until the Lifemaker possessed him.
- Hates Baths: He dislikes taking baths. Like Father, Like Son.
- Hot-Blooded: Very loud and passionate.
- Human Pack Mule: Arika forces him to carry all her shopping bags when she takes him shopping with her.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Asks Negi to come find and kill him, although considering that he's the Lifemaker's current meat-puppet, it's unclear who's really saying it.
- Ideal Hero: He more-or-less saved the world singlehandedly, ending a world war in the process, and he's one of the most popular people in the magic world.
- Idiot Hair: Fits since he's an Idiot Hero.
- Idiot Hero: Deconstructed. An idiot hero is great when all you need to do is beat your opponent. But then what happens after that? What happens when you're not smart enough to fix the situation because all you know how to do is fight? What happens when you can't kill your opponent just by blowing him up?
- Improbable Age: He won the last Mahora Tournament when he was ten, gathered a team of badasses and became a war hero at thirteen and received the title of Thousand Master at age fifteen.
- In the Hood: During the flashback to Negi's past where he's first introduced.
- Invincible Hero: Explicitly stated to be completely invincible. Which makes it all the more worrying what could possibly have happened to him to make him disappear...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's shown to be brash and tactless in the flashbacks, but Nagi's a good guy.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Dives head-first into an Anti-Magic pit at one point. Comes back out totally unscathed, and is able to match blows with Jack Rakan.
- Lady and Knight: He's the knight, Arika is the lady.
- Magic Staff: Nagi is the former owner of Negi's staff.
- Multicolored Hair: Just like Negi, he has red hair on the top and black hair in the back.
- Mundane Solution: After some suitably epic banter between him and Evangeline, Nagi ends the battle before it even begins by catching Eva in a pit trap filled with onions and garlic. Game over.
- Mysterious Parent: See Disappeared Dad.
- Mysterious Protector: When Negi was younger, he viewed Nagi like this, to the point of getting himself in trouble so that his father would come save him.
- Neck Lift: A favorite move of his, having done it against Fate during a Flash Back and when Albireo copied him in his match against Kaede during a tournament. Also a scene where the real Nagi used this on the last Mook Demon of an army he'd just torn through. He finished it in a Neck Snap.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: How he was saved from the Lifemaker and brought back. You'd be forgiven if the final chapter's Hand Wave explanation leaves you happy but confused.
- Papa Wolf: He saved Negi from receiving a fatal punch from the demon when his hometown was attacked.
- Parental Abandonment: Not by choice, though.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Red Baron: "Thousand Master"
- Red Is Heroic: His hair is red and he's a hero.
- Shock and Awe: ...the other being electricity, in particular the Thousand Thunderbolts spell was a favorite of his.
- Single Tear: It's later revealed he cried a single tear when he had to abandon his son again.
- Skyward Scream: Seems to be fond of this back in his Ala Rubra days.
- Smug Super: He's quite possibly the most powerful creature in existence, and definitely knows it. He even once told his son "I can understand your feelings of admiration for this young, accomplished, yet super cool genius and undefeatable father who was also a hero..."
- Something We Forgot: He was supposed to release Eva at the time of her first graduation, but he completely forgot about it.Nagi: Oh, Eva! You're still cursed? Didn't I come and undo—Eva: Shut up, you idiot. I know you forgot.
- That Man Is Dead: He says this not about himself, but about Arika. After he saves her, he claims that Queen Arika died and the Arika he's with is just plain ol' Arika.
- Unexplained Recovery: He shows up in the final chapter, free of the Lifemaker's control, with the circumstances of his freedom simply glossed over.
- Unskilled, but Strong: An Idiot Hero who only has six spells committed to memory, needing a cheatsheet for the rest, and is also bad at Latin, which is the standard language for the Western school of magic that he practices. Not that any of this has ever been a hindrance to him in battle.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jack.
- Vocal Dissonance: In Negima!?, where he is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.
- World's Strongest Man: His enemies' intel on him: "Invincible. Has no weaknesses."
- You're Not My Type:Evangeline: Why don't you like me?Nagi: Eh, I'm not into little girls.Evangeline: Hey! I'm over 500 years old, you know!Nagi: Well, then, it's because you're an old hag.
The Princess (and later Queen) of the kingdom of Ostia and one of Ala Rubra's allies during the war. She had an interesting relationship with Nagi.
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Only in the Ala Rubra Drama CD)
- 100% Adoration Rating: Was beloved by the people of Ostia. Only a handful of them resented her for the destruction of their country.Tosaka: Back when she was a princess before the war, Arika-sama used to associate with the common people without any regard for her position. And everyone loved her for it. I was lucky enough to see her up close myself, just the once. I remember wondering if this is what angels are like.
- Adorkable: She looks cute when she gets flustered and awkward.
- All-Loving Heroine: She wanted to save the world and achieve peace more than anything. She was also genuinely kind to her people and cared about them.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: As a Running Gag, Nagi says or does something stupid or unthoughtful in front of Arika, and in the next panel has an extremely bright slap mark on his face.
- Battle Couple: She fought alongside Nagi at least once.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: She had this with Nagi in spades.
- Big Damn Heroes: By the time Ala Rubra and Cosmo Entelechia are already fighting head-to-head, as seen in Tertium's flashback, she's more of a regular fighter, going as far as saving Nagi himself when he's nearly beaten by Secundum.
- The Chains of Commanding: She grew up sheltered but isolated, and maintained a marble demeanor with everyone she met. Near the end of the war twenty years ago, she had to make some very hard choices, resulting in the world being saved but her own kingdom being destroyed, with the survivors scattered.
- Cleavage Window: Her first dress has an opening in the chest area.
- Death Faked for You: Thanks to Ala Rubra's Big Damn Heroes plan, Nagi ultimately saved her, but made it look like the execution succeeded.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially very cold towards everyone, due to being raised in a very stifling and dark environment, filled to the brim with plotting politicians and insidious royalty. Nagi makes many attempts at lowering her unflappable guard and eventually succeeds.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She tends to slap Nagi, punch him and even blast him with her magic whenever he pisses her off.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A beautiful and prestigious princess with golden hair.
- Happily Married: Presumably to Nagi after he rescued her.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: After becoming The Scapegoat, Arika becomes convinced that someone like her doesn't deserve to be saved and asks Nagi to leave her to die. Nagi has to give her a Dope Slap with his head twice to make her shut up.
- The High Queen: The beautiful, calm and graceful queen of the kingdom of Ostia.
- Hime Cut: Befits her status as a princess, although the sidetails are a little short.
- In the Hood: During her introduction.
- Knighting: After having rescued her, Arika informally knighted Nagi while they were preparing for the epic final battle.
- Lady and Knight: Arika is the lady, Nagi is the knight.
- Maternally Challenged: Inside Negi's Lotus-Eater Machine we get to see how Arika would have been like if she had raised Negi and she acts really awkward and challenged during her interactions with her son.
- Megaton Punch: On Nagi, when he gropes her after rescuing her.
- Missing Mom: Negi didn't even know she was his mother. And we never find out why she went missing.
- Mysterious Parent: Justified in that she was unjustly accused of a crime, and they didn't want Negi going off half-cocked to defend her reputation, so they didn't tell him about her at all.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Queen of Calamity
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By taking the blame for Asuna, she has enabled the Cosmo Entelecheia to continue their plans and has caused the Senate to view Negi as an enemy.
- No Social Skills: As a result of spending her whole life confined in the royal palace of Ostia, her social development was somewhat stunted, turning her into a stoic who has a really hard time expressing her emotions. She didn't even know what a date is.
- Not So Stoic: Her normally aloof/serious demeanor pretty much shatters in Ch. 269 when Nagi confesses his love to her. Also, when he headbutted her to shut her up, we see a shocked Chibi!Arika.
- Oblivious to Love: She was unable to tell Nagi had feelings for her until he flat-out stated it to her. Well, now we know where Negi gets it from.
- Overly Long Name: Her full name seen above.
- Politically Active Princess: She acted as an arbitrator between the empire and the confederation to try to put an end to the war. However, she failed and had to request Ala Rubra's help.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: She wears a pink dress during her execution.
- Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her hips.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She fought at least once.
- Self-Made Orphan: She assassinated her father, who was a Cosmo Entelechia puppet, in order to seize control of the government of Ostia and point them in the proper direction.
- Shared Unusual Trait: Just like Asuna, she has heterochromia; her left eye is green while her right eye is blue. They turn out to be relatives.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Lampshaded by Nagi. She spent her whole life confined in the royal palace of Ostia. She didn't even know what ice cream is until Nagi showed her.
- Silent Scapegoat: She lets herself be accused and executed as the instigator of the great war. Thankfully, they only succeed in the first one.
- The Stoic: She is cold, serious and aloof and rarely expresses emotions openly.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Driven by The Chains of Commanding, she doesn't allow herself to show much emotion. However, she does care about her people and she later reveals a caring and vulnerable side to Nagi.
- Tsundere: She tries to be The Stoic, but dealing with Nagi brings out her violent side. Her tsundere-ness finally comes completely to the surface in Ch. 269, giving way to lots of blushing, stuttering/stammering, and emotional outburst. When Nagi finally professes his love for her and asks her how she feels about him, she responds by getting all blushy and tongue-tied and saying "I do not dislike you."
- Tsurime Eyes: Sharp eyes for the cold and dignified princess.
- Unusual Eyebrows: The kinked variant.
- Unwanted Rescue: When Nagi arrives to save her, she tells him to leave her because she is now a criminal and her execution is the only way to give herself any use. Nagi then headbutts her to make her shut up and tells her he will save her whether she likes it or not, because he loves her.
- Uptown Girl: A princess who fell in love with the commoner Nagi. However, they hooked up after she wasn't a princess anymore.
- Walk the Plank: Her execution. At least, that was the idea.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: She looks down on Nagi for being an imprudent Idiot Hero. When he rescues her from imprisonment, she reproaches her "knight" for not arriving earlier, to his dismay.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happened to her after Nagi saved her. Her last chronological appearance or mention was twelve years before the story began. Her reasons for abandoning Negi, or her inability to help, for the less cynical, are never revealed. She might as well have been Killed Offscreen.
- When She Smiles: Takamichi was absolutely shocked and blushed when he saw her smiling.
- Woman in White: Her first dress was white.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She refuses to express her true emotions and believes she is not allowed to have them in the first place because of her royal status and being raised in an environment filled to the brim with plotting politicians and insidious royalty.
The Thousand Blades
An extremely powerful warrior who's every bit as invincible as Nagi (the one time we saw them fight, it was a draw). He is a very laid-back and seemingly carefree person, loving nothing more in life than cute girls and powerful opponents. He primarily works as a mercenary, charging hilariously overpriced fees for his help, but ended up joining the Ala Rubra and fighting alongside them to save the world.Though he can use magic, it really isn't his style; he prefers to use swords, fists, and Ki Attacks. His decades of experience in battle leave him with few to no weaknesses as a fighter, a fact he tries to hide with his goofy attitude and lack of (apparent) strategy.In keeping with Kurt Godel, his name may be a reference to Jacques Lacan, psychoanalyst and philosopher. The two names would be identical in katakana.
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Drama CD and OAD)
- The Ace: In-Universe, he's good at literally everything.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: After seeing Negi's superior speed, he is able to predict where Negi will be.
- Back from the Dead: Twice.
- Badass Grandpa: He's got to be at least sixty or so. Twenty years as a gladiator plus time spent as a mercenary plus the twenty year time span after the war. He could even be in his seventies or older. He also hits every other point in the Badass Grandpa trope. However, as a member of the Hellas race, he's apparently not really that old for his race.
- Battle Aura: A fierce one that sometimes results in Chunky Updraft.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Doesn't mind fooling around with anyone (may they be the Ala Rubra, Ala Alba, or even Fate's female companions), whether in combat or not.
- Beyond the Impossible: Knows the rules of magic but chooses to ignore them. To be fair, he tries to give a reasonable explanation about some of his "impossible" feats.
- Later subverted with Negi's research. He's actually an expert in magical theory and knows the loopholes to just about any "absolute". He even knows enough strategy to take precautions against likely tactics for someone like him, such as gaining physical contact before a battle begins, all the while making it look like he's just a perverted idiot whose first reaction to cute enemies is to steal their panties. Moral being, never assume anything Rakan does is meaningless idiocy.
- BFS: His artifact. A lot of them.
- Bigger Is Better: One of his giant-summoned-sword-based attacks is called the "Zankanken", possibly a pun on the Shinmeiryuu technique "Zanganken", or "Rock-cutting Sword". It means "Warship-cutting Sword"... which has the same meaning as SANGER ZONVOLT's ZANKANTOU
- Blood Knight: Likes fighting a lot, and is absurdly good at it. During his reminiscing of the Magical War, he had expressed a desire that everyone in the world besides his team were his enemies at the time so he could've fought everyone without restraint
- Boisterous Bruiser: The picture here is one of the few times he looks that serious.
- Brick Joke: The attack that he created as Negi's Finishing Move, Eternal Negi Fever. Guess who uses the attack in the their fight.
- Bystander Syndrome: He's completely unconcerned about the reappearance of Cosmo Entelechia and just leaves it all to Negi. Doesn't really affect him, right? Later steps forward and tries to take on Fate on his own. Doesn't go very well.
- Calling Your Attacks: Most of them he makes up on the spot.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He actually fights on several occasions by stealing his opponents panties and flipping their skirts. His mind also appears to be eternally in the gutter.
- After the timeskip; he's apparently mentoring Paio... in panty-stealing techniques.
- Chunky Updraft: He does that the first time he gets anything close to serious.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: If he's involved in a fight and the opponent isn't also absurdly powerful, chances are it'll end up being this.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: The anime adaptation does highlight this.
- Defeat by Modesty: His modus operandi when dealing with cute girls.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted, in that his first bout with Nagi (when he was still pursuing them as a freelance bounty hunter) ended in a Draw, although he acted as if he was defeated. He nonethess joined him and the rest of Ala Rubra afterwards.
- Determinator: After being erased from existence, he willed himself back. Repeat: he was erased from existence, and he temporarily forced himself back through sheer force of will. Twice! To Rakan, being erased from existence is like being Put on a Bus.
- Dirty Old Man: Remember, he created a couple of techniques for rapid-stealing panites and forcing Marilyn Maneuvers on his female opponents. AND he mentored Paio II, too..Rakan: Creating a tempest whirling at speeds of a hundred kilometers per hour around the target, whilst the target herself feels nothing but the soft touch of a gentle breeze! Truly the ultimate wind technique for granting the dreams of men!!
- Ditzy Genius: He's an experienced fighter, a master of magical theory, learns new techniques instantly, can use magic he's not suited for at a price, is a fairly good tactician and is also a genuine airhead. He's smart and powerful and doesn't need to bother acting tough anymore.
- Finishing Move: Parodied. Negi and Rakan discuss the necessity of having a good finishing move and even creates several ones for absolutely no reason than style. Mocked... or would been if they weren't so terrifying effective.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Nagi.
- Game-Breaker: An in-universe example. Jack Rakan is so ridiculously powerful, some of the older characters even say he's a "broken game character".
Chamo: This isn't physically possible...Rakan: Make up for it with guts.
- A short and hard to read (due to small speech balloons) exchange between Rakan and Chamo illustrates the point perfectly.
- Genius Bruiser: In his own words, he's more experienced than smart. Any sufficiently advanced knowledge is indistinguishable from intelligence.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: The first time he willed himself back into existence was solely for the purpose of smacking Negi upside the head.
- The Giant: Arguably the tallest in the Ala Rubra; Eishun is only as high as his shoulders.
- Gladiator Games: He started out as a slave gladiator, and worked his way up.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: An explicit aversion. While it certainly took him longer and he had to work harder to get there, he's still a fighter on par with Nagi.
- Heroic Willpower: It actually appears to be a power of his that increases his damage.
- Hidden Depths: On being capable of Mind Reading: "Nothing's impossible for me!" On being a surprisingly talented artist: "I have no weak points."
- Hot-Blooded: Frequently acts like a Large Ham, typically doesn't bother with philosophy in favor of just punching the other guy in the face...
- How Much More Can He Take?: So much so that a few of his nicknames actually amount to "how the heck is he still alive!?". In his fight against Negi, they thought he died multiple times, only for him to come back laughing.
- Hunk: Basically an over-the-top parody of the trope.
- Idiot Hero: Not as stupid as Nagi, but he admits he's not much of a schemer compared to Gatou and Albireo. Rather than being unable to plan like Nagi, he actually seems like a reasonable intelligent person who chooses not to think about things.
- I Have Many Names: And all of them are awesome.
- Implacable Man: While he instinctively repositions himself so that most attacks don't hit him properly and glance off instead, he had shown insane levels of tolerance for pain and damage even of the Reality Warper variety that even the other Game Breakers snark about it. Probably a tick from when he was a non-world badass slave.
- Impossible Thief: In regards to his abilities to steal girls panties while they are wearing them, and without them even noticing.
- Indy Ploy: How he likes to operate.
- The Juggernaut: There are around 3 beings in the entire verse that can destroy him. That's including elder dragons, armies and Gods
- Kamehame Hadoken: Rakan Impact.
- Large Ham: One of the biggest in the manga.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When he gets serious, you'll notice.
- Made of Iron: The vast majority of attacks used on him when he is being serious have little to no effect despite the fact that he's primarily a swordsman, not a magenote and thus isn't using a barrier.
- Meaningful Name: As if being Jack wasn't enough, his last name Rakan is the Japanese term for an Arhat. A Buddhist concept (akin to a saint) referring to a perfected person of miraculous power that has achieved enlightenment.
- Memetic Badass: An In-Universe example, resulting of his exploits with Ala Rubra, his mercenary work before that, and his status as the World's Strongest Man.
- Miser Advisor: Happily acts as a mentor, but charges insane prices for his services.
- Mr. Fanservice: If you're a Bara Genre fan, then absolutely.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bearer of a Thousand Blades. And hell, all of his names.
- The Nose Knows: He and Chamo locate an enemy in an enormous barrier dimension... by tracing the scent of her panties which Rakan stole earlier.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: He wears a jacket but no shirt.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Rakan is not as dumb as he acts. Not. Even. Close.
- Obi-Wan Moment. Two, in fact, as after the first one, he wills himself back into existence to Bright Slap Negi.
- Odd Friendship: With Chisame.
- Older and Wiser: He becomes Negi's teacher.
- Older Than He Looks: He's at least sixty, but looks younger than that.
- Panty Thief: To the point of using this as a fighting move.
- Pec Flex: At one point, he even uses it to completely shatter a Pocket Dimension.
- Pensieve Flashback: Rakan reveals a kind of technology that can read memories and turn them into a film reel, since Raken hates talking. This helped the drama considerably.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Best seen in his fight with Negi during the tournament in the Magic World. And he was just mostly playing around.
- Power Copying: He has copied Eishun's Zanmaken: Ni no Tachi (Personally renamed for Setsuna as "In-Celebration-Of-My-First-Kiss-With-Ojou-Sama Special"), Gateau's Muonken (Rakan For-The-Hell-Of-It Right Hand Punch looks pretty similar), Albireo's Gravity magic (Great Dimension Breaker), and even Evangeline's Magia Erebea. Though it turns out the last one was a bad idea a he' s entirely incompatible with it.
- Power Fist: Summons one in his final fight against Fate Averruncus, soon pinning Fate to the ground with it and then hammering him into a crater with a piston-powered strike. Then he disintegrates.
- Red Baron: "The Thousand Blades", "Legendary Hero", "Invincible Idiot", and "That Damn Guy You Can Stab With Swords All You Like And It Won't Do A Thing, Damnit!".
- The Rival: Nagi's.
- Rule of Cool: It is portrayed at first as though this is how he operates entirely, but it actually turns out to be a subversion. He's extreme knowledgeable thanks to a life of battling the strongest beings in existence for over 60 years and it's in fact a master if lazy tactician. The rest of the time it's either Rule of Funny or him being so strong that, like the other top 5, the normal rules just doesn't apply anymore.
- Screw Destiny: When told it is physically impossible to win a fight against someone weilding the same power as the god who created him.Heh. "Illusions"? "Puppets"? Heheh, screw that crap!!
- Self-Made Man: He was a war slave and fought his way up.
- Shipper on Deck: Like everyone else, he ships Konoka/Setsuna and makes a special move in honor of their first kiss. He also ships Negi/Chisame and, judging from this page, was the very first to ship Nagi/Arika 20 years ago.
- Shirtless Scene: He has had his moments, particularly during his Gladiator battle with Negi.
- Shower of Awkward: With Chisame. AND with some conveniently-placed mosaic. He laughs it off.
- Showy Invincible Hero: And he's loving it.
- Sky Surfing: On a giant sword flying at Mach 2.
- Take Our Word for It: His account of the war is rather... lacking in detail."And, well, a whole bunch of things happened after that—before we knew it, we all became friends. And then, well...a whole buncha stuff happened after that. The war ended, and here we are now...and, uh...the end."
- Testosterone Poisoning: The manly in Negima was saved up for him.
- Unexplained Recovery: He gets written out of existence and comes back... TWICE! How? Because he wanted to, that's why. Though he handwaves the second one by claiming he had help from Asuna's power.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nagi.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: His solution to almost any problem is to hit it with a big enough sword. Or dozens of them. Or flexing his muscles and being awesome. And when everything else fail, PUNCH IT REALLY HARD.
- World's Strongest Man: As Nagi's rival, when Nagi vanished the title more or less passed to him. Technically, though, there are at least two fighters better than him (Evangeline and the Lifemaker) and several who are his equal like Eishun or Albireo. By the end of the story he says that at the very least he couldn't kill Negi due to his immense healing factor.
A powerful mage who is proficient with both gravity and healing magic in addition to his being a skilled unarmed combatant. At some point, he becomes a Minister Magi to Nagi and is revealed to have several more contracts in the past, all of which are dead. The fact that his pactio with Nagi remains active serves as a proof that the Thousand Master is indeed still alive, though Albireo himself doesn't know where he is.Albireo visibly takes delight in tormenting and playing mindgames with Evangeline and is labeled as one of the two of the vampire's natural enemies, the other being Nagi. He's even bold enough to call the Dark Evangel 'Kitty'. His actual age is unknown, but he himself alludes to the fact that he is Older Than He Looks. He is currently living underneath Library Island at Mahora.
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese) and John Burgmeier (English)
- Apologetic Attacker: "Colonel Sanders" in the Tournament Arc apologizes for using overpowered tactics and cheap tricks (that would be downright cheating if there were any rules) in battle. He's sorry for beating you up, but he just has to reach the final match.
- Badass Bookworm: He was The Smart Guy for Ala Rubra.
- Badass Long Robe: Nigh-constantly.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: The picture here is one of the very few times he doesn't have one.
- Colonel Badass: Only by name though, as "Colonel Sanders".
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Utterly trashing Kotaro during the Tournament Arc.
- Curtains Match the Window: The OVAs show that he has dark blue hair and eyes.
- Disturbed Doves: Lampshaded by the hologram of Nagi.
- Ditto Fighter: His artefact allows him to copy anyone he's met.
- Energy Ball: Ku:Nel Sanders uses giant orbs of gravity magic during his fight with Kaede.
- Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are usually shut.
- Faking the Dead: He was presumed dead ten years ago. Even Takamichi didn't know where he was, though he suspected he was probably still alive.
- The Gadfly: He gets enormous pleasure out of making Evangeline look like an idiot. He even makes a bet with her where he'll give up valuable information if he wins while the only thing she has to lose is looking ridiculous in her next match. After Eva wins the bet, he tells her he was going to give her the information anyway.
- Gravity Master: He has shown himself to be a master of gravity.
- Handsome Lech: Straddles the line between this and Loveable Sex Maniac. He's handsome enough to have little difficulty with women, but most turn away due to his 'subtly directly subtle' technique - he'd have you believe he's a Chivalrous Pervert, but he'll smile a smile you know you can't trust, act politely as he can deceive, then do something perverted enough to surprise even Chamo.
- In-Series Nickname: Eva calls him "Ero-Nasubi/Perverted Eggplant" on occasion.
- Insistent Terminology: He would prefer to be called "Ku:nel Sanders", thank you very much.
- In the Hood: Has this getup for the majority of the Tournament Arc, unitl he used his artifact...
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Always ready with a plaster smile and eyes closed to hide his true intentions, he is able to spout an irritatingly bad joke even while being strangled. And like the trope dictates, he's not shy about outright lechery.
- Meaningful Name: Albireo is the name of a binary star; which is two stars held in a constant orbit by their gravity. This alludes both to the character's use of gravity magic, as well as his ability to create a 2nd physical projection of himself.
- The Medic: His combat abilities are quite high, but he seems to have played this role for Ala Rubra. And in a group shot comparing Ala Rubra and Ala Alba, he appears to have occupied the same position as Konoka.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: His Shapeshifter Weapon allows him to become the person he transforms into: all the memories, actions, personality traits and instincts he observes of them are recorded into his many books (he has one for every person he's met). While he's subconsciously aware of his own presence, his body acts completely as the person would, so much that the person themself is essentially speaking. He's able to take over when he needs to, but for the most part the consciousness he imitates is in the driver's seat.
- Morph Weapon: He uses a special book mark thanks to the sheer size of his library of names.
- Really 700 Years Old: Implied early on. He later stated that he was "the oldest one present"... at a gathering that included Headmaster Konoe, Evangeline, and the Lifemaker.
- Red Mage: He does both healing magic and gravity magic which makes him basically the only character in the series so far apart from Anya and Sextum who can do both.
- Sarcasm Failure: The man with the perpetual Cheshire Cat Grin who never stopped acting with a strong whimsey reached a point of utter horror as the Magic world was about to come to an end. Telepathically, Princess Arika made sure to tell him to stop being a defeatist fool. This was the only time he ever seemed without his usual joking demeanor (and with his eyes widened).
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Judging from his ability to mimic other people exactly, Albireo can likely use his pactio item on his larynx.
- Shipper on Deck: For Negi/Eva, although this may be just to toy with her.
- The Smart Guy: Played with role to Nagi for Ala Rubra.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Colonel? Kūneru? Kunel? Everyone has their idea.
- Stellar Name: See Meaningful Name.
- Time Abyss: Being older than the Lifemaker (and by extension all of Mundus Magicus) certainly qualifies.
- Too Awesome to Use: His pactio can briefly make him as powerful as the Thousand Master or any other person that he's met, but if the person is stronger than him it only lasts ten minutes; beyond that, he can duplicate the personality and memories of that person as well, basically becoming them at the moment he 'acquired' their story, but this only works briefly and can never be used again for that person. He uses the power of Nagi, the world's most powerful mage and an unstoppable warrior... To allow Negi ten minutes of knowing what his dad is like.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Eva, from which he derives endless entertainment over.
- With Rakan as well, it looks like.
Eishun Konoe (nee Aoyama)
Current Head, Kansai Magic Association
A master of the Shinmeiryuu style, Eishun is currently the head of the Kansai Magic Association. He's also Konoka's father, and by extension Headmaster Konoemon's son-in-law. Before marrying into Konoe family, he was part of the Aoyama clan (relation to Motoko and Tsuruko is unknown).
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (anime, Japanese), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Drama CD, Japanese), and Chuck Huber (English)
- Achilles' Heel: Women.
- Berserk Button: Don't waste his food.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Seriously, do not waste the food...
- Functional Magic: Onmyodo.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Shinmeiryuu style.
- I Was Quite a Looker: ... Looks like he didn't really age well. Unless you ask Asuna.
- Lost Food Grievance: Don't waste his food. Seriously.
- The Maiden Name Debate: He's from the Aoyama clan, but takes up his wife's surname upon marrying into the Konoe family.
- Meaningful Name: His name written in Kanji is a direct Japanese pronounciation of the Chinese Kung Fu Style Wing Chung, in spite of not yet showing any expertise in said martial-art.
- Scars Are Forever: Upper body, presumably from his Ala Rubra days.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Nagi and Rakan apparently could not take a look at Eishun's face in the hot springs due to the fact that they have described him as attractive.
- Team Chef: handled the cooking for Nagi and Alberio.
Gateau Kagura Vanderburg
Takamichi's master. Deceased.
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Only in the Ala Rubra Drama CD)
- Big Brother Mentor: To Takamichi.
- One Last Smoke: He asked his student for one last cigarette before he passed away from a still unexplained injury.
- Perma-Stubble: Takamichi takes after him in this regard.
- Posthumous Character: Barely. He really only features as an element of the Dark and Troubled Past of Takamichi and Asuna; we don't know all that much about the man himself.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: The kanka technique combines magic with ki, which normally isn't possible.
- See Other characters.
A calm, collected and skilled warrior excelling in unarmed combat and counter magic. Nagi addresses Zect as "Oshisou", which means the same as "sensei" (i.e. teacher, master in the master/journeyman sense), but is more old-fashioned.
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Only in the Drama CD)
- Grand Theft Me: Body snatched by the Lifemaker twenty years ago.
- Posthumous Character: Dissolved into nothing after the fight with the Lifemaker ended and was credited as a hero killed in action.