"The world. A finite home, quite big and composed by hundreds of elements. "
5 Elementos (5 Elements) is a Spanish "manga", written by Jesús García Ferrer (aka Jesulink), set in a fantastic world. This world is ruled by elementals, people with the power to control nature's elements (going from fire to viruses to shit. No, really).After the world's most powerful warriors (called the Five Elements) betray the king of their nation and then disappear, the new king erases all of the nation's historic records, to "create a brand new nation". Many years later, Kaji Llamaviva (the protagonist, a 13 year old kid), along with his friend Zap and some kidsthat hate him(and Sokar), starts investigating the Five Elements to discover what really happened, and if the official version is actually true, or the government is keeping a masquerade.The mood is mostly comic, but it has moments of tension, suspense and drama. It has won the award to the best manga of Spanish author twice. It began in 9/24/2008 and is still ongoing.As for now it is only in Spanish: But it seems an Italian team is translating it to Italian: Now with a character sheet that Needs Wiki Magic Love
This series provides examples of:
Absolute Xenophobe: The king of Nimbo looks like one. When, after a long time they have appeared on his kingdom, he meets Belenus and his team, he shouts at them, insults them, asks if they went for war, threathens them, threathens to attack their homelands and expulses them from his kingdom.
Lampshaded/justified in Kaji's mom's case: in volume 4 (not in the online version) there's a flashback with Kaji's mom looking like 10-12 years old saying she'd like to marry Ember (who would be 16-17 by then). That would mean that she first gave birth at about 23-25 y.o.
A Death in the Limelight: Leo had been a minor character used for comic relief until he showed Hidden Depths near the end of arc 4. Then in the last chapters of arc 5 he makes up his mind to help the main characters cross the sea. In the hopeless fight against the arc's final boss, he makes a Heroic Sacrificeusing Level 5 to become sand and drown Briz, while at the same time cause an earthquake to break the wall and send the main characters' ship into the ocean.
Affably Evil: SS Captain Kold Briz has no trouble with having a polite chat with you while his subordinates are smashing your friends in battle, or even before freezing you where you stand by himself. But sure, push him long enough and he will lose his cool.
Even more, when he recognizes Kaji as his colleagueīs son, he tries to warn him to stop his "illegal activities", telling him the State has no weaknesses, that its only purpose is to make life better, and that turning against it is a useless path that will take you to darkness and shame. After fighting Kaji and Lluvia, he still makes him an offer of letting him go. But of course, you should never assume the guy is not evil.
All According to Plan: Benjaminīs plan seemed to be turning out pretty smoothly... Until chapter 46 that is. Now that is sanity has been put to question, tough, we yet have to see how much further might he have planned...
All There in the Manual: A lot of information is found only in the book format, including backstory of the elemental world, or the elements of certain characters.
Anachronic Order: The two flashback chapters of Benjamin's chronicles have this, partly to reflect Benjamin's (present-day) mental state, partly to put the climax of the chapters in place, and partly to leave readers in the dark about some things that happen in between.
And Call Him George: The Plantigordis ("Fattyplants") are this trope embodied: they're plant-creatures that turn animal energy into vegetal energy... by extracting your energy while they love you.
Awesome by Analysis: Dino, Bombeta, Leo, Pi, Matarratas, Benjamin, Bombastus, Briz, all of them are good. But Angelo, a painter who has made observing the world his mission in life, he can know exactly what kind of person you are, what might you be thinking and even what your intentions might be by looking at you, looking at your eyes and reading your reactions.
Badass Teacher: All of them, of course. Itīs a world where everyone has elemental powers. But Dino and Leo take the cake.
Batman Gambit: This is probably what Benjamin is trying to accomplish.
Battle Aura: Katai is basically a fire aura. It makes the user stronger, faster, and lasts longer than common Katotsu.
Berserk Button: Stating that Kaji and his father are similar. Beating Lluvia in a fight. Defying Matarratasī intelligence, saying anything offensive towards his dead relatives, specially his grandfather Sebastian. Talking abour "legends" during Leoīs class. Talking casually about Benjamin in front of Ember.
Also, Zap may act like a moron most of the time, but harm Ouroboros and he'll unleash a thunderstorm in your face.
Better to Die than Be Killed: Bombastus, when found by king Alphonse, kills himself by drinking poison so Alphonse could not take information on Lluvia from him.
The Bully: Nizo, but we only see him annoying Kaji. Lluvia is this to almost everyone who has any interaction with her.
By the Eyes of the Blind: The Kimikoho is a special eye technique that allows virus elementals to see all the elements that compose nature and every being or thing, thus making them able to manipulate them with ease. Matarratas inherited it from his grandfather, Sebastián Flu Rattengift.
Word of God says this was completely intentional: since it's a webcomic, and Raruto (the author's previous manga, a parody of Naruto) had gotten quite some audience, Jesulink didn't want to scare them away by changing the style too suddenly.
Chekhov's Gag: "When using the dreamworld technique, (Anpepón) is so vulnerable that a mischievous 13 year old kid with bad ideas could beat him".
"Everything that you see well built was made by an earth elemental" They build good walls, alright.
Bifrost and the Tree
Also Dinoīs paper castle, for comedic effect only.
Zap asks Sôkar how to say "five" in Ancient, just to replicate a Spanish joke with that number. But Sôkar only knows the Ancient numbers up to four. Turns out the Ancient numbering system is in base 5, meaning there are only single-digit numbers up to four.
Chekhov's Gun: Someone stole soporifics and rubidium form Matīs bag...
Chekhov's Skill: When Kaji had a heart attack, Matarratas taught Zap how to reanimate somebody by using electric shocks. Later, that ability comes in handy when he has to revive Sôkar
Child Soldiers: If you win the League, you can be a high ranked soldier, even if you are a teenager.
Chocolate Baby: In the world of 5 Elements everyone seems to be Caucasian, but the report on elemental genetics in the volumes gives many cases where this would apply to the child's element, even if it's never brought up in the manga proper. In particular, if both parents are the same element, the child will have the same element too, which gives Fridge Horror to the flashback scene where Ember (not as alarmed as you'd think he'd be) suggests that Kaji might be a water elemental because he's crying.
Class Trip: Dino forced this, so all of Kajiīs class can go with him to Leona City. That way, Kaji will have to do the Super Work, and Dino, Lluvia and Nizo will be able to annoy him anytime they want.
Melon Pijollama is an interesting example: he insists that he and Kaji are long known rivals, he usually talks about their "old times" and how he "used to beat him daily". None of this has actually happened, and Kaji met him for the first time at the exhibitions in the Elemental League.
A closer study of the Ancient language shows that it's little more than Catalan (a language spoken in part of Spain) spelled backwards and with vowels thrown in randomly, in what appears to be a parody of "katakanization". When it's not, it's just Spanish spelled in the Ancient alphabet.
Subverted with Lizard Speech: you just have to add the word "Lizard" after each sentence, and you will be able to speak it flawlessly.
Not only that, your speech will also be unintelligible to non-lizard speakers. Jaro Hallormour was said to be "the greatest lizard master in history", implying there is more to it than may seem now.
Crisol might look stupid to many at first. But the guy is a SS top cientist. And he knows how to do his job.
Crush. Kill. Destroy!: The robot teacher Lapicero (mechanical pen) becomes this when his software fails, or when he wants to scare someone. He is normally very nice to children. Then again, his software has a tendency to fail...
Cryptic Conversation: Bombastusī is quite fond of this, mostly by muttering to himself or speaking like everyone else knows what he knows. Lluvia reacts accordingly.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The Five Elements were famous for this. Also Lluvia to Bombeta and Fósforo in the Elemental League. And much later, Ember to Pierre Curry.
Even when Lluvia and young Benjamin are extremely strong and powerful, they pale in comparison to little Belenus. He was able to beat captains with a stick, fight giant bears for fun and run across a continent in a few days. Hell, Noto Loftur found him living with the bears since he was an infant.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Level five, in which the elemental break their energy magnets, the energy field that binds their power and bodies together, to create a humungous explosion of elemental energy and truly becoming an embodiment of their element for a short while. Itīs not impossible to survive using it, but you would have to be a member of the Five Elements.
Darkest Hour: The end of chapter 37. Let's see: Lluvia and Matarratas had been captured by Bombastus' "children", Sôkar is on the verge of death since his shadow bond with Lluvia has been cut, Zap is all alone against a foe much more powerful than him, and Kaji has lost his fire powers and is also close to death.
Dark Is Not Evil: Matarratas may be quite jerkish, but he isnīt evil. And Sôkar is probably the nicest guy around.
Deadpan Snarker: Everyone. Specially Lluvia and Matarratas. They mostly suck at it too.
Dean Bitterman: Dino (the schoolīs principal) subverts this: even if he is jerky with almost everyone, he is sadistic only to Kaji. Until chapter forty something, that is.
Kajiīs team for the League is called "Fire13". Guess which elemental branch all the members belong to.
Determinator: Lluvia keeps attacking the yótum, even if itīs totally useless.
Disproportionate Retribution: The government will kill you if you are found investigating the previous era, or looking for information about the Five Elements, it doesnīt matter if you are 13 years old.
Dino to the main cast, after the Heliopolis adventure. It hits Lluvia pretty hard.
The Ditz: Karol, Kajiīs mother, can have shades of this sometimes.
Doom Magnet: Lluvia accuses Kaji of being this. She could be right, but she isnīt exactly a pacific little girl...
Draft Dodging: Kaji wants to lose the League in order to do this.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Lluvia instantly becomes this after Matarratas asks her to train him in order to be a better fighter. Sokar found it quite amusing.
Early-Bird Cameo: The birds Hugin and Munin have two: they have a small scene added to chapter 8 in the printed volume, and a one-panel-wonder cameo in chapter 33, before their debut in chapter 38.
Elaborated Huge Room Inside a Mountain: Dino, Leo and Lambda have a comfortable base inside a mountain, with a huge sofa, a fridge, and, obviously, alcohol. Leoīs lab is here, so he can work on his inventions without the police trying to arrest him.
The uncrossable Ocean (now you know why the first lines described the world as "a finite home"). And also the Labyrinthīs mental world, arguably.
Elemental Embodiment: The yotums are elemental giants that live far away from elementals. An ice yotum has appeared in the story, and a rock yotum has been mentioned. There are also some other elemental animals, like these◊.
Also Adler's Level A Ornáguila. Itīs a giant fire eagle which Adler uses as transport.
There are also "monigotes subnormales" (this troper's translation: retarded doodles; ◊), composed in 90% by their element, which are said to have so much energy inside that they'd be hella dangerous were they not retarded.
Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Water beats fire, lightning beats water and metals (or anything that is an electric conductor), virus beats plants, and many others.
The Empire: Itīs now pretty obvious that the kingdom that spans the whole known world (the continental mass where the story happens) works like this. Itīs obviously militaristic and totalitarian, and only the gravest punishments fall upon those who dare seek the truth of the past, regardless of who they might be (unless they are extremely lucky). It has some fans in the story, like Captain Briz, who idolizes the State and will try to push you behind the Despair Event Horizon if you challenge it.
Empty Promise: Well, Karol didnīt promise Kaji that Benjamin was going to appear, but she said it to stimulate him. He found out and ran away crying.
Energy Ball: More like Virus Ball. But it was confusing at the time.
Familiar: Hugin and Munin, the Was family giant, dark, adequately verbose, shadow elemental crows. They were not aware of Sokarīs dirty business, but they decide not to tell his parents.
Fantastic Racism: Ember is this in spades, and it causes people to think Kaji is one as well. Itīs also very common between fire and water elementals. Also people in general against virus elementals, since they harm or downright kill anything they touch. Also, psychic elementals are feared and despised due to their ability to read minds.
This led to the annihilation of air and earth elementals, all of them killed during the chaos of the Zero Day.
Five-Man Band: The Five Elements. Also the protagonists might be this, even if Lluvia hates Kaji with passion, and the roles can't be clearly defined.
Flanderization: Lluvia started as a very kind girl, and even after Kaji angered her, she looked at him with a "poor guy" expression after he ran away from the fire in the school. Now she is just a jerkass who treats everyone badly, specially Kaji.
Sokar seems to be the only exception.
Flat Earth Atheist: Leonardo Davín is quite skeptical about legends in general, even considering that he lives in a world of elemental embodiments and superpowers.
Forbidden Zone: the Ocean. Limited to population by a giant wall, itīs impossible to cross and is deemed "the End of the World". Everyone who has tried to cross it is dead, even water elementals. Except maybe one person...
Foreshadowing: Remember that mysterious red sparkle on the cover of chapter 21? Well, it turns out it's actually Alanka, a fire demon inside Kaji which doesn't show up until chapter 39, released almost two years later.
Chapter 9 (released in May 2009) has a soldier barging into Colonel Cerilla's office, saying that Captain Briz ordered him to tell Cerilla that Ember's son (Kaji) is taking part in the League's exhibitions. Fast forward to chapter 51 (June 2013), where not only Briz shows up and recognizes Kaji, but it's very likely that he's the captain in charge of the SS.
You know that symbol of the five elements on the spine and the clasp of the diary? As of November 2013, it turns out the old king had a belt with that symbol, and it shows up on the walls of Kilin's room. It is a reference to the fifth basic element, Void, the element of the royal family, which is hardly known outside of the kingīs family and their closest associates.
For Science!: Bombastusī main drive for everything, from helping Benjamin with his plan to kidnap Lluvia.
Friend or Idol Decision: Kei is burning the book and Bombastus kidnaps a poisoned Lluvia. Kaji must make a desicion. While the rest of the team pursues the kidnappers, he stays and tries to save the book and convince the others to stay. This leads to a fight with Matarratas.
Gadgeteer Genius: Leo. He has invented a power analyzer, and Dino says he has more gadgets. He has a mechanical hand as well, wich he calls his "good hand".
Genius Bonus: Sokar's crows, Hugin and Munin, are named after two crows from norse mythology which served Odin, and were referred as "The thoughts and memmory of Odin". Hugin uses the word "think" a lot, and Munin is said to be the shadow elemental with the biggest memory.
Genre Savvy: Not so savvy actually, but itīs used for comedic effect.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Actually thereīs no radar, so the author can do whatever he wants. The kids, for example, swear a lot. Also the teachers seem to organize chicken fights.
The kids don't swear any more than a normal Spanish kid their age (it's just that the Spanish "joder" is softer than the English equivalent "fuck"). But he does seem to have a radar: for example, a couple characters are cut midword when saying "coņo" (like English "fuck" or maybe stronger). Also, the sentence "Let's play doctors" shows up twice with a character about to shot an injection to someone against their will (in fact, the second is replied with "Are you going to abuse me?").
Hiedra uses her plant powers to transform her arm into a branch and pierce her enemies.
Go Look at the Distraction: Part of Mr. Aquarricaīs plan, he needed the teachers out of town, so his assistant told them the yotum was in the mountains.
The Good King: Leonaīs former king, Gylfi Hangul the First, was at first bent on war and conquest just like most of his neighboors and his colonelīs were. But once Belenus Llamaviva showed to him the ideas of the world he craved to create, he wholehearteadly changed his old principles and gave full support to Belenusīs pacifistic and revolutionary ideas. He even defended him from the attacks of his fellow colonels and was not swayed when said colonels tempted him with the potential of a new incredible resource that could be used as a weapon. This, of course, costed him his life on the Zero Day, killed by his remaininig colonels and his own son.
Granola Kid: Plant elemental Sauce, and his mother, Acacia.
Great Big Library of Everything: Leona Cityīs is actually just a big library, but due to the general lack of books in the whole country, specially about history, itīs treated like this.
Great Offscreen War: The Zero Day can be considered this. We got some images on the Chronicles, but not much was revealed.
Until the Belenus Chronicles. There we learn the Zero Day was sparked by greedy colonels and a particularly bloodthirsty prince.
Green Aesop: The tale/play "Bifrost and the tree". Recently revealed to drive a huge part of the plot.
Green-Eyed Monster: Desangrador is quite frustrated by the fact that the Kimikoho allows Matarratas, as it did with Sebastián, to find and create the most complicated formulas with ease.
Groin Attack: Lluvia likes doing this, when she is not trying to kill you.
Guile Hero: Captain Kru tried to talk Benjamin into becoming this to achieve the peace he wished for. Now, we canīt be sure if he really meant it...
Ha Ha Ha No: Leo's response after Zap asked if they could build their own killer robot.
Hammerspace: The place where stuff goes when absorbed by shadows. Itīs called "shadow memory" and itīs limit to absorb matter is proportional to the userīs own power. Munin has enough shadow memory to swallow and teleport enormous boulders.
Handicapped Badass: Hodr Arian, the "Blue Leviathan", member of the Five Elements. Blind but deadly.
Healing Teeth: Ouroboros has a healing bite. Itīs quite effective.
Captain Cherry is a bubblegum elemental, and she is extremely efficient.
The much ridiculized Heart element is, according to an interview by the author with the fans, the ability to literally control hearts, even though it could have other properties as well.
Fatass is an egg elemental. He can totally drown you in a giant egg yolk.
He Knows Too Much: Played for laughs, Ember thought Colonel Cerilla was going to do this to him. Played completely straight against people who investigate about the past.
Hellfire: This is what the Dusk Virus causes on fire elementals. It can burn without oxygen, and even burn fireproof materials. Crisol hypothezises that it works like a mini nuclear fusion, chewing the elementalīs energy away.
Igna, when she found out Benjamin was under arrest.
Heroic Sacrifice: When Zap is about to be killed by Finalmigo, Kaji intercepts it, and Finalmigo pierces his body.
Adlerīs brother blew himself up using Level 5 to save Ember from Dr. Ebola.
Hidden Depths: Dino and Leo. It involved Dinoīs father, who died in the Ocean trying to reach the legendary new world he had dreamed so much about. Thatīs why Leo hates legends and myths, since he is afraid that his frineds, who also believe, could meet the same end.
It was Noto Loftur, Belenusīs adoptive father who began this, stating that Belenusīs kindness is the more outstanding of his many qualities.
I Never Said It Was Poison: Subverted when Captain Briz makes Lluvia say she got a ticket card from te blood control analysis. "They donīt give you any cards. You are a liar".
The Infiltration: the (9 person) team tried to infiltrate Coral Town so they could reach Angeloīs museum to find out more about him, being the man who made the Five Elements portrait of Heliopolis and all that.
Mierdófilus is leading a huge group to do exactly the same (minus the museum part) after escaping the elemental mafia.
Inverse Law of Complexity to Power: Elementals of "pure" elements can control both its element and any element descended from it - so a copper elemental can only control copper, while a metal elemental can control every metal, including copper. An elemental that could control the theorical fundamental element Alcahest would be able to control all substances in nature. Though the fact that they can control more elements doesn't necessarily give them an advantage, it all depends on hard work and training.
The Lancer: Alphonse, aka Aither Kilin was this to Ken Válbrandur in the Five Elements. He backed his decisions up and helped keep the peace in the team. Too bad he killed Válbrandur for being a pacifist
Large Ham: Captain Briz turns slowly into this when he goes fanboy over the Elemental League.
Look Behind You: Subverted, there is actually an ice giant behind Arturo and Nizo.
Lost World: While, apparently, the Ancient city of Kenko, found by the Five Elements in the new world, has no trace of advanced technology, it is in perfect state of conservation and many ancient slabs are found, wich speak volumes about Ayaīs legend.
Mad Scientist Laboratory: Matarratas has a secret lab, with a sign that Rubeola made to annoy Mat. Kinda subverted because Matarratas is not crazy, and he believes works there with Desangrador to make an antidote so virus elementals can touch living beings without harming them. Desangradorīs fits better, because he actually is Colonel Ébola, the most murderous psychopath in the story so far.
Magic Antidote: the Dawn Project, initiated by Colonel Ébola, and then continued by Desangrador (Ébola in disguise) and Matarratas with the goal of creating an antidote that would allow virus elementals to touch living beings without harming them. Turns out it was a ploy to re create the Dusk virus, planned by Ébola all along.
Special mention to the Green Vaccine, design to destroy all kind of virii and bacteria, except the ancient super virus, like Dusk virus. Itīs a perfect vaccine for most people, but itīs death for virus elementals.
Medium Awareness: From time to time, in the first arc and maybe the start of the second. It gets slightly more serious after that.
Mentor Archetype: Benjamin for Kaji, Desangrador for Matarratas, Igor Adler and his SS comrades for Ember, Kru for Benjamin...
For Lluvia, this would be the whole Dino Team, specially Dino and his sister Sota. When you see Sota talking to Lluvia about maturing a bit and try not being a jerkass all the time, you know how important her words are for Lluvia.
Zap did, of course, have a line to this effect at the end of the Belenusī Cronicles... but it feels kinda out of place even for him.
Ébolaīs guardian/assistant spiderlike creature, Haselti, has two pairs of eyes, one happy and one aggressive, which he oppens or closes according to his mood.
Meta example: at the end of each chapter, the author writes some lines along with the next release date. At the end of Belenusīs chronicles chapter three, serious and action packed, he writes: "The chronicles continue on january 17... i hope, because i will be a dad again and my daughter didnīt make an appointment to be born, but the date will be around that. Happy holydays for everyone! ^_^"
Mook Maker: Desangrador has some capsules that can turn inanimate objects into living servants. Their overall power depends in what object you use the capsule in, and the resultant mooks can develop their own personality, but they seem to obey their master doubtless.
The Mole: Kru was said to be this by the Elemental Sages, helping them against the "sect" that researched about the Five Elements.
Alphonse Hangul, aka Aiher Kilin, the Magician from the Five Elements, grew disgusted with Belenusīs pacifistic ideals, betrayed him, conspired with the remaining colonels, murdered his father the king, ignited the Zero Day and finally killed his teacher
My Eyes Are Up Here: Rubeola says something like this to Kaji once. It doenīt seem to bother her much, actually.
Actually she does seem to want to hit on Kaji (when she's 18 and he 13). In fact, in an ambiguously canon side story both end up together in a hot spring (her being drunk), and all of a sudden she goes "Have you ever touched a boob?" and really goes after him until Zap sneezes, electrifying the water.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: It looks like a running theme with virus elementals: Matarratas means literally Ratkiller / Rat Poison, Desangrador means Bleeder, Varicela means Chicken Pox, and of course, Dr. Ébola.
No Sell: The enemies in the Labyrinth are inmune to Matarratasīs virus-based attacks.
The Nothing After Death: In a flashback, Benjamin tells Kaji that when you die, the elements that compose your body return to nature to create more life, and your "soul" just stops existing.
But as stated by Sôkar's father in the same chapter, that's no more than a guess. After all, since ghosts aren't really ghosts, there's no way to know for sure. At least until we really learn how Aya works.
The Obi-Wan: Benjamin. At least at first. Now,we canīt be sure about anything he has done.
Obviously Evil: Desangrador. Turned out he wasnīt. Turned out he is Dr. Ébola.
Ocean Madness: When crosiing the Ocean this will happen eventually. The infinite waters, covered by a neverending mist that screws your sense and orientation is able to undermine the confidence and sanity of great warriors like the Five Elements. Specially once all the fish, the wind and the tide practically dissapear at once.
Official Fan-Submitted Content: The volumes always feature one or two fan-created elementals with explanation of their abilities, a small selection of fan art, and one or two two-page fan comics. The hardcover books (Mundo Elemental and Panda Ninja Fantasma) take this further, with a whole section for fan art, fan comics and fan fics. While this content is clearly non-canon, the author takes pains to make sure it doesn't and won't conflict with the story.
Benjamin, Kajiīs uncle, used to be more parental than Ember.
Passing the Torch: In Benjaminīs own words: "I thought everything would turn alright... I failed, Kaji, I messed everything up. I made grave mistakes... I canīt keep this up... You are the only one I can entrust this to..."
"Such a pathetic result... I expected more of myself"
Photographic Memory: One could say Jaro Hallormour, earth elemental, had this with stone and ground. He was able to determine exactly where he was by comparing the ground he was standing on to that of other places. And he was able to recreate the lost final slab from the black temple, by remembering the sigils carved on the stone in spite of not being able to know what they meant.
The Plan: More than one seem to be in action right now...
Playing a Tree: Dino's play doesn't have enough characters for all of the children to play, so many of them ended up doing the filler parts of forest animals, a shepherd and even a rock and a cloud, yeah, really. In a literal example Zap got the part of the tree, he was quite happy and excited about it because he was the titular character along with Kaji's Bifrost.
Please Wake Up: Bombastusī henchmen kidnap Lluvia and take her away, cuttin her bind to Sokar. Later, when Zap tries to wake him up, Karbo insists that Sokar is dead.
Plot coupon: the numerous stones and slabs with ancient scripts Belenus has found and studied in his life could be seen as this, each one a step to understand the message of the ancients. An the legend of Aya.
Plot Point: In the very first episode, Kaji told Ember he would become a soldier in order to live in Leona City with Benjamin, and thought he would soon forget it. Seven chapters later, we find out he hasnīt.
Power Levels: Attacks are classified in levels from 1 to 5. Subverted because the levels arenīt defined by the power of the attack, but for how the element is used. Thereīs also Level A, wich symbolizes the elementalīs "animal energy", and can consist on elemental summons, transformations, or even fusions with the particular animal.
Remember that "animal" in this work refers to any elemental being different from the "human" elementals. For example, Alanka, a fire demon, is Kajiīs, and formerly Válbrandurīs, level A.
Power Nullifier: Desangrador can do this, nobody knows how. Itīs also one of the Kimikohoīs abilities, by dissassembling matter in the elements that compose it.
Kokoro, a misterious technique Adler used on Kaji is also this.
Power of the Void: King Alphonseīs elemnt. Ask Belenus.. Oh wait, you canīt because he died for this reason.
Power Trio: Lambda is the Superego, Dino and Leo are both Ego and Id.
Pressure Point: Belenus Llamaviva, fire elemental, could cause miniature explosions on his enenmies to make them fall unconscious without really hurting them. He once stopped a whole squad of soldiers like this.
Psychic Powers: Psyche elementals. Up to now thay have demonstrated being capable of create illusions, mental worlds, read minds and "shut brains down".
Psychic Static: Zap unconsciously does this all the time. His thoughts are so weird, crazy and incoherent that Psyche elementals trying to read his mind are left in complete confusion. Unfortunately, this doesn't protect him from Mind Rape.
Psycho Serum: The Dusk Virus is something like this. It corrupts you little by little while eating your energy away, consumming you and making you go mad.
The Quiet One: Lolo, the guide to Leona City, seems like this, but he is actually a party beast. We don't get to see him like this until the end of the second arc, but Leo informs us about the things he does.
A minor one given by Demencio to Lluvia about her group of "friends". The worst part is that Lluvia canīt help but believe him, even if she doesnīt want to.
Removed from the Picture: Belenus, aka Ken Válbrandur, is missing his head on his Heliopolisī Portrait depiction. It has been burned off, apparently by Benjamin and the mark connects with H. Arianīs left eye. Angelo is not amused.
Also taking KV, the initials of Ken Válbrandur, to mean "kulos vuenos" ("hot butts" misspelled blatantly). And Kaji's various nicknames: his surname is Llamaviva (Livingflame), and he got as nicknames Llamamuerta (Deadflame), Llamamoco (Snotflame), and even Llamabesos (Kissflame).
Screw Destiny: Benjamin and Bombastus prefer making destiny with numbers and possibilities.
Secret Keeper: Zap keeps silence about Kajiīs book. Eventually, Lluvia, Matarratas and Sokar become this as well. And then, Dino and his former League Team, Rubeola, as well as possibly Lambda, join the bunch.
And none of them nor Adler told anyone that Kaji is the one that killed the yótum.
Secret Society Group Picture: Heliopolisī Portrait. It depicts the Five Elements without their masks, but Ken Válbrandurīs face is burned. Of course.
Selective Obliviousness: When Lieutenant Adler comes to the school to perform the labyrinth trial, Dino has a Suspiciously Specific Denial that they're having cock fights at school, and heavily hints that they might be selling alcohol to minors, but Adler dismisses it because it's "not that kind of inspection".
Soul Powered Engine: Bombastus gives the main cast a lightning energy receptor connected to his vital energy, so the main cast would be able to track him and they would come to trust him.
Spider-Sense: It looks like young shadow elementals can feel the changes in their hostīs energy, even if the host is far away.
Not quite. They feed on the host's energy, and they can as long as they're joined by the shadow, which can stretch as far as a hundred meters. But if they're farther than that, or the shadow is blocked (say, by a wall with no gaps), the shadow elemental will die. Or not.
Benjamin takes the gold in this. If only his sanity werenīt so qestionable these days...
Stuff Blowing Up: Steelspikes is a gunpowder elemental. This is his standard power.
Sucky School: Beluga Town's: their teachers are lazy jerks and the education plan doesn't seem to be pretty good. Interestingly, the "out of date textbooks" quirk is inversed, due to the new kingdomīs politics about forgetting history.
In the first two volumes it's said that at least some of the books used are written by the teachers themselves. It's even pointed out that one of the books (on theory of the elements) has an appendix added illegally by another of the teachers (allegedly because it's illegal to teach that at that age in public schools).
Summon Magic: Level A is capable of this, like Sokarīs shadow crows, Hugin and Munin.
The Symbiote: Young shadow elementals need to have their shadow joined to their host's, or they'll die ( unless they summon enough strength to switch hosts). At least the shadow can stretch as far as 100 meters.
Temple of Doom: the Black Temple from the ancient city of Kenko in the new world. It even has huge vines that act like serpents and have a severe poisonous bite.
The Tease: Rubeola sometimes does this to make Kaji feel awkward, like saying how she LOVES redheads, and later saying that "with this light, your hair is specially red".
Technical Pacifist: Belenus Llamaviva aimed to create a world where fighting would not be necessary, but he had to enter the army to gain power first, so he had to pwn every enemy that stood in his way. Occasionally overlaped with Badass Pacifist.
The Five Elements werenīt much better. Hard headed and direct but enthusiastic Hallormour argued with cold, distant and pragmatic Arian many times and they would usually end threatening each other. Hot blooded Bore didnīt elp much with that. Fortunately, they all were bound by, if not friendship, their mutual respect for Válbrandur, his ideas and his power. Except Alphonse.
They Would Cut You Up: Not only does Hiedra try to do this to Matarratas, but even Bombastus after his pseudo/semi/maybe-Heel-Face Turn seems excited about doing it on Alanka.
Training from Hell: Dino puts Kaji through this to make him learn Katai. If he couldnīt burn 100 papers at the same time without expanding the fire and without wasting energy, all the remaining papers would cut him at once.
At the end of the third arc, Matarratas asks Lluvia for training. He quickly repented.
Training the Peaceful Villagers: Beluga School has Combat class, in wich the students learn to use their powers for offense and defense. Even when Kaji points out that public school arenīt allowed to train their students in the Five Levels style of combat, Dino just doesnīt care about that (and surely many more) law(s).
The Trickster: Sota, Dinoīs sister and member of his team when he won the league is presented as this. She even uses cards as her weapon of choice.
The Unreveal: A minor one in chapter four, that turns into a big one in hindsight: As Kaji's narration says "I guess all of us have secrets. Secrets that, sooner or later, will come out to light", Dino is about to use Leo's power analyzer to snoop on Kaji's blood, but the machine breaks right at that moment. It's only after you know about the Dusk virus that that moment becomes significant.
Leo's element was played in a similar way: it was just about to be revealed many times in the series, until the mindblowing reveal that he's a not-so-extinct earth elemental. Of course, he'd always been passing for a rock elemental, so that could've been revealed instead.
The cast found out that Benjamin is in prison way after the readers.
Virus and Cure Names: Subverted - The Dawn Project wasn't about creating a cure for the Dusk virus (in fact, the virus is implied to have been extinct back then), but about creating a Power Nullifier that would allow virus elementals to touch other people. Then again, the Dawn Project was actually a cover to recreate the Dusk virus.
The Wall Around the World: The Ocean, seemed as an uncrossable infinite sea, is considered this, specially because some theories say thet if you manage to venture deep enough the mist will somehoe bounce you back without you even noticing and you wll eventually be Back To Square One. This is the reason the world is called "a finite home" in the very first panel of the story.
The Watson: Whenever there's need for some exposition about well-known facts in the elemental world, chances are Zap's the one who asks for it.
Dino, as a paper elemental combat professor, is treated like this sometimes.
The lizard-rider cork elemental states that he still has to find any utility for his powers.
What the Hell, Hero?: Even if Kaji was never your typical morally right protagonist, it goes overboard when he chooses keeping Ken Válbrandur's book from fire over saving Lluvia when she was left unconscious and being kidnapped. After that, he forbids Zap from following the bad guys while carrying Sôkar, when it'd do him harm to be far from her, and he was quite weak already. And if that wasn't enough, he goes as far as to fight Matarratas when he tries to follow them.
The Worf Effect: Once Ember is revealed to be a SS soldier, he beats captain Pierre Curry in one hit.
Also Finalmigo and the yótum.
Kold Briz is so strong that he could beat all the adults in the protagonist team with just one hit, and he even froze Dino solid.
World Tree: Aya. A gargantuan ash that concentrates all of the elemental energy of living beings when they die and redirects it to the land so new beings can be born. It greatly fulfills the Fisher King and the Empathic Environment aspects of the trope.