A fictional Fighting Game
In a futuristic world, a well-known fighting tournament organizer named Ringoto Teisou is working on a secret but undoubtedly sinister project. He is rumored to be in the first stage, collectively called "Operation G"
. Its content and goals are unknown to all but his four head executives and Ringoto himself. In front of that persistent veil, several parties and private groups side against the project.
Several tournaments are organized, and teams form to either protect or cancel Operation G before it concludes.
It is divided in 10 story arcs, after the introduction:
- Ground Zero Tour: Niki organizes a tournament in Ground Zero, a huge tower. He's in fact aiming to bring down the enemies to Operation G in one shot.
- Mystery East Tour: A solo female-only tournament. It's organized by Miki who orchestrated a trap for Houka to fall in so she could kidnap her off of the rest of her team.
- Vector 41-009 Arc: Touma is on a mission to bait the anti-Operation G teams using a fighting tournament. It's Team Konryuu and Team Ranken's introduction arc. A former Operation G study lab was repurposed for that tournament.
- High Point Tour: Tatsuya organizes a solo tournament with very selected contestants. It's Team Kokujin and Team Jundou's introductory arc. In fact, they make up most of the contestants in the tournament.
- Red Leaf Tour: Akina and the Reitou ninja clan organize this tournament under an official guise. It's Team Kouei's introductory arc.
- Nameless Tournament: Natsuki uses this suspicious tournament to bait anti-Operation G teams and run some unknown measurement tests.
- True Ground Zero Tour: Hakkou organizes a tournament aboard a dropped colony.
- Silverwing Tour: Ginshi organizes a tournament aboard her huge flying aircraft. It's Team Magou's introductory arc.
- Operation O: Eiko is alive, Operation G is a success. The anti-Operation G teams grow desperate, as Ringoto immediately cuts ties with everyone of his coworkers. Everyone starts searching for him.
- Stream Arc: Ringoto heads for the Stream
Operation G contains examples of:
- Action Girl: One per team, and they have to be.
- An Aesop: If you're too bent on making things go your way, that will bring nothing good.
- Badass Family / Big Screwed-Up Family: And there's many of them.
- The Teisou family, despite originating in Japan, has now extended to the whole world. In fact, the main characters belonging to this family all are European: Ringoto is German, Setsuna is French, Torou and Kintou are Spanish.
- The Kokuu brothers count as being entirely screwed up, but the three are badass.
- The Seichi count too, aside from Hakkou's isolation from his family's lifestyle. Of course, his nephews being on the Operation G side make them a screwed-up family.
- Not really family, but the orphanage Akina works in has gathered many characters together. Houka, Tenko, Izumi and Haruka all live (or lived just before operation G started) there; not to mention the visits of Touma, Niki and Miki (who in fact founded it).
- The two Yoshimoto brothers subvert this by not really knowing each other.
- The Zanjimas are definitely screwed up, by virtue of Tatsuya being married to Natsuki.
- Bishōnen: All over the damn place.
- Blessed with Suck: Three examples running in the series, there are several afflictions running rampant.
- The first is a magical genetic alteration that makes one naturally strong, but also gives a One-Winged Angel Superpowered Evil Side that can be triggered consciously, but usually is used unconsciously due to excess of negative emotion; it also tends to automatically trigger when darkness magic is used. It also gives a Healing Factor, though it is mitigated by the Painful Transformation coming beforehand. Fuushi and Kiyoshi, but also Natsuki have this one.
- The second is In the Blood, and gives the mindset of a machine of destruction, making them ignore everything. This is done by reacting to a magic trigger. Setsuna, Kiyoshi and Akemi have it. The three members of Team Kokujin, Ringoto and Mashin can trigger this. This power is also held by Kuuki, Aoshi and Haruka, but only they can trigger it, and they are unaffected by any other trigger. Ginshi is like those three, but much weaker and without any mentality alteration. This affliction was created by Mashin in the first place, using portions of his soul to taint people, and then regain back even more power at the expense of the lives of the triggers.
- The third is a magical gift (or rather, an innate dark magical energy type) that enhances power at the expense of almost everything else, making everyone affected a severe Blood Knight. It also make them able to sense other lifeforms with that same energy. Seino and Tsuyoshi possess it, with Tsuyoshi fully accepting it and Seino struggling against it. It has a counteracting opposite which Karyu and Hakkou have (unwittingly so for Karyu until the later parts).
- Irony: Kiyoshi is affected by the first two above afflictions simultaneously, which makes his status as the leader of Team Jundou (and it means "pure path") all the harder to not make seem a sick joke.
- Boss Rush: The ending to the Silverwing Tour Arc. All the anti-Operation G teams have to fight, in order, Team Magou (voluntarily not putting up a fight), the four head executives, and then Mashin whips out Houka-2.
- Not counting the Stream Arc, since all bosses have been met and fought before except Ringoto and Mashin.
- Good Is Not Soft: A good chunk of the anti-Operation G cast, if not everyone of them.
- Gray and Gray Morality: Evil characters have some good traits and good characters do nasty things. Only a few characters are exempted.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Team Kouei.
- Kill 'em All: The ending is almost this, with very few survivors to speak of it.
- Light Is Not Good: Ringoto, the Big Bad, dresses mostly in light colors. And Mashin is a very evil man in white.
- Mega Corp.: Number Zero. Over half the characters can somehow relate to it.
- National Stereotypes: Loads of them are exposed, and the fighting fields each have their own reputation.
- Britain is too focused on elegance.
- China is rumored to shoo out people who don't practice some kind of kung-fu out of their competitive fields.
- France's competitive fighters are still at best Cowardly Lion.
- Germany is rumored to be very linear and straightforward.
- Italy is said to be way too flashy to realize how much the competitive scene is impotent in contrast to the others.
- Mexico is all about lucha libre, and everyone there has a quick style.
- Spain doesn't have much of a reputation for fighting, because they're all "matadors" apparently.
- Thailand is Muay Thai. Seriously, that's their reputation.
- The USA are Boring, but Practical. They're regarded often as more boring, though.
- Not Just A Tournament: Every damn time, for obvious reasons.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To its parent fiction A-Ko Project. Certain aspects are inverted: Operation G is portrayed in a much more negative light, and only four characters (Koukyu, Tsuyoshi, Keiko and Akina) survive.
- Title Drop: Operation G can refer to the work, or Ringoto's plan.
- Two Guys and a Girl: The teams.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: More exactly, Villain Protagonists Act Hero Antagonists React: The Operation G staff is the acting faction.
- Inverted Trope: Team Ougoku itself doesn't act, except by protecting Niki from the teams intent on stopping the project.
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Anti-Operation G teams:
Supervised by: Miki Yagawa
Captain: Shiro Kokuu
Other members: Karyu Nantogan, Tenko Sanjou
Tropes associated with the team:
- Child Prodigy: All three members were examples, to an extent. Shiro having a power-nullifying natural gift, Karyu for being so proficient at Taek Won Do, and Tenko being just a self-taught fighting prodigy who wins many fights with no actual fighting training.
- Hero Antagonist: In contrast to Team Ougoku, they look and act the part of a hero, except that they are against Operation G.
- Their attack on Team Magou drops the hero part: it was only justified by Team Magou's treachery, even though Team Magou's gambit basically helped them, despite failing.
- The Rival: Shiro is Kuuki's, Karyu is Koukyu's and Tenko is Houka's; and so for a good chunk of the plot.
Tropes associated with Shiro:
Tropes associated with Karyu:
Tropes associated with Tenko:
- Badass Bookworm / Cute Bookworm: Mid-Heroic BSOD, she started reading because she thought about not being able to fight at high levels anymore. Even after it, she still tries to be this, but just fails to understand books, because she has been skipping lessons all her childhood. Her failings are Played for Laughs.
- Berserk Button: If you ever try to undermine her Smug Super boasting. Yes, even post-Heroic BSOD.
- Born Winner: She almost never trains and wins at least half her fights even at elite levels.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Doppelgänger Attack: Her Mahouken Geneizan.
- Dumb Blonde: Part of her hair is blonde.
- For the Lulz: Her life with her secluded family felt so boring that she felt the need to drop out of her house.
- Jerkass: Of sorts. Since she has been labeled a prodigy by her master, she's arrogant when it comes to fighting. Even Karyu says it's exaggerated, and of course she won't listen to anyone who can't beat her, unless Shiro and Karyu both tell her to shut up. Until her Heroic BSOD, that is.
- Just a Kid: She behaves like a child despite being 16, for the sole reason that her parents neglected her education and left her upbringing to others. Also, she did drop out of her house several times and she has a penchant for skipping her home lessons.
- One-Winged Angel: Has one such form, but usually refuses to use it because it's ugly.
- She still goes with it for the last arc.
- Playing with Fire: Kintou has a sword of Hard Light. She has sword motifs too, but her magic sword is made of magical densified fire.
- Smug Super: She rarely ever lost a match for a good portion of the plot (she even won the Mystery East Tour on her own), which made her Insufferable Genius attitude worse and worse with the passage of time. From the Nameless Tournament Arc and for a good time after it, she gets given several attitude adjustments that greatly diminish her ego.
- White Hair, Black Heart: On One-Winged Angel form.
Tropes associated with Miki:
- An Ice Person
- Attack Reflector: her Night Sky Cutter.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She is skilled at Power Copying too. Demonstrated by showing off her Typhoon Slicer she copied off Touma's Rinshuu - Rekkai.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually playing fair, but in the face of cheating, she will do what she has to do.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Even though Operation G staff respects her, Ginshi gets to see what she's ready to do for a good reputation. And she doesn't take kindly to Satome being trapped forever in a dimensional breach.
- Christmas Cake: She's 29, and not married.
- Clear My Name: A variant: she wants her brother Niki to avoid doing evil things because it is detrimental to her reputation.
- Dance Battler: She mixes ballerina and other dances into her attacks. One of her moves is named Ballerina.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Her Ultimate ends with this.
- Happily Adopted: She's not born Japanese but Indonesian. The fact that an adopted child became the favourite of the family is the source of her problems with Niki.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: She's against Operation G partially just to grab more influence and good PR, which angers Ginshi a great deal especially given what she's done for it.
- Power Limiter: Her bracelets are one. Even though she takes them off against Ginshi, both die in the ensuing battle.
- The Stoic: She has her moments.
- Sweet Tooth: It's even this common point with Houka that causes Miki to see her outside a fight before anyone else after Houka's defection.
- Worthy Opponent: Considered this by many of the Operation G staff. Except Niki. Ginshi replaces him on the hate-train when she gets a hold of Miki's intention and what she's ready to do for it (read:trap Satome in a Pocket Dimension for as long as she's alive).
Supervised by: Hakkou Seichi
Captain: Rikuto Yoshimoto
Other members: Torou Teisou, Keiko Seichi
Tropes associated with the team:
- The Big Guy: Except Rikuto - who's no slouch in this domain either - the team is composed of the heaviest hitters in their side. Also, they are the Mighty Glacier type, except Rikuto.
- Not So Harmless Hero Antagonist: While Gontorou and Keiko look serious, Rikuto's gests and attitude caused Team Ougoku to dismiss them as a real threat. And then, Rikuto pops up backstage and - unhindered by anything - attacks Touma directly.
Tropes associated with Rikuto:
- Animal Motifs: The wolf, mildly so.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Of sorts.
- Child Prodigy: Defied this trope in order to not be noticed. In his refusal to be a mediatic figure, Rikuto kept holding back on the road to power.
- Combat Pragmatist: More "tactician pragmatist". He assumes the façade of a Boisterous Weakling to totally fool Team Konryuu and get right at Touma's face unnoticed.
- Confusion Fu: He has more techniques than everyone else.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: With Death Glare, When Team Ougoku escapes right after "burying" Touma. Also, after Eiko kills Tatsuya, though he charges in recklessly and gets killed.
- Gratuitous English: Invokes this because "it sounds different". And he's born in America.
- Ground Pound
- Justice Will Prevail: His general trail of thought.
- Ki Attacks: His only notable long-range moves. He maintains his attacks because they're ground-bound.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: He's a Tatsuya fanboy.
- Informed Attribute: His fake name is given solely because he's Rigan's brother. He's actually Korean, not Japanese.
- Milking the Giant Cow: In general, his moves are extremely visible due to him making huge gestures. Even though this results in him being rather predictable and easy to tire out, he prefers to keep going because he takes much momentum in his gests, and it hits hard while being endearing to watch.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Pursuing Touma because Touma's grandpa killed his dad. He quickly realizes how wrong this was, though, when Natsuki fights Touma and stalls him to his death over it.
- Technician Versus Performer: In regards to his brother, or his team partner Torou, he's the Performer, both of them being technicians compared to him.
Tropes associated with Torou:
Tropes associated with Keiko:
- Angst: She asks herself why her brothers work for the Operation G staff, because this makes them her enemies.
- Badass Normal: Her level in magic is abysmally low, yet she's as capable as the other girls, perhaps moreso, despite being a rookie.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has taken this approach in order to be as strong as her brothers.
- Cute Bruiser: This is a total opposite of her brothers. While Seino and Tsuyoshi are known for their gifts in using magic (namely fireballs), she's at her best up close and personal.
- Determinator: She can receive far more punishment than other girls. As well, she's absurdly insistent in looking for Seino, and comes back like a boomerang when Akira and Setsuna send her buzzing off. Another note? After she and Rikuto attack Eiko after she killed Tatsuya, she actually survives the injuries she sustains, while the same injuries kill Rikuto.
- Flash Step: She aids herself with her mild earth magic. That's actually the only magic stuff she can do.
- Not so Above It All: While her attacks are usually named traditionally, she goofily named one of her self-created moves Keiko-geri.
- Perpetual Frowner: She's definitely angsty about her brothers leaving and herself never being aided in leaving her family house. She has her few smiling moments, but that's for her teammates only.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
- Super Strength: She trained hard to have this.
- This Is Unforgivable: When she hears about Ringoto having killed Seino. And then Torou. And then Tatsuya.
- You Are What You Hate: To a degree: she hates the fact that her brothers ran away from home to learn other fighting styles, but she wound up doing the same by learning Muay Thai.
Tropes associated with Hakkou:
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: When he ceases ignoring his martial arts skills.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: CEO of the scientific enterprise called Number Zero. Also a major kicker of arses.
- Badass Cape
- Battle Aura: Proof he's much stronger than the others is that it shows up whenever he ceases holding back.
- Better as Friends: Pulled on him by Miki. He's 13 years older than her, after all.
- Bishōnen: Tries his hardest to be one at his age (42) and partially succeeds.
- Cool Old Guy: If 42 is treated as old, but he already has strands of white hair.
- The Dreaded: To the Operation G Staff. As much as they respect Miki, they fear having to fight Hakkou, because he is more powerful than them. The trope turns around when Eiko not only survives his brutal onslaught, but replicates it and kills him in return.
- Flat Earth Atheist: He is a potent magic practitioner but dislikes religion.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Doesn't engage his enemies often because his excessive power could lead to him getting jailed for murder again when he doesn't intend to.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When he stops trying to be overly protective of his looks, he packs a hell of a punch and engages in displays of power that make pretty much all his peers jealous.
- Not So Invincible After All: Word for word in Ringoto's Evil Gloating after his death by Eiko.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He takes great care of his long hair, and collects Shoujo manga.
- Rule of Cool: One of his driving lines, oppositely to Tatsuya.
- Spam Attack: His Limit Break attacks have some of this.
- Sphere of Destruction: His Ultimate, seen from afar, still as this visible.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When he fights, he indulges into heavy displays of power that often end up being this.
- They Fight Crime: With Akina, they have a history of sending several criminals back in jail. It's his payment for his Klingon Promotion to head of Number Zero.
Supervised by: Tatsuya Zanjima
Captain: Fuushi Zanjima
Other members: Shakurou Kokuu, Izumi Umigiri
Tropes associated with the team:
Tropes associated with Fuushi:
- Abusive Parents: Natsuki gave him harsh treatments that made it all the harder to keep training. He went the Determinator way through that.
- Berserk Button: Don't talk about his family.
- Calling The Old Hag Out: His general objective towards Natsuki.
- Despair Event Horizon: After Tatsuya dies.
- Elemental Powers: Has a lot of them innately despite not being so proficient with magic.
- Flash Step: His Ultimate has him apparently punch through the opponent.
- Gone Horribly Right: See Abusive Parents. Sure, Natsuki beat the tar out of him without him having the right to hit her back, but he resisted and managed to train, giving him a battle-hardened body and mind that clearly surpasses his half-brother's. And then he proceeds to kill her.
- It's All About Me: To a degree. He still considers whatever his team needs, but he doesn't give anything about the rest of the anti-Operation-G teams. He willingly triggers Akemi's insanity because it deprives Operation G supporters of Setsuna, who is a major fighting force.
- Megaton Punch: His most powerful moves are essentially this.
- Missing Mom: She died by childbirth when Fuushi was born, leading to his dad quickly finding a new wife... Then, it went From Bad to Worse.
- Not So Different: He is as ruthless and uncaring as his stepmother. He isn't glad when she points this out. He starts to mellow out once he kills her.
- Pragmatic Hero / Good Is Not Nice
- Psycho Electro
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Rogue Protagonist
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: As disobedient as he was, his father Tatsuya was the only person he cared for. Fuushi flips a lid when Tatsuya is killed.
Tropes associated with Shakurou:
- Bad Powers, Good People: Uses dark and fire magic for Fire and Brimstone Hell effect. Good Is Not Nice, but he's good nonetheless.
- Bring My Red Jacket: Wears a red jacket pretty much all the time. Cue his younger brother Aoshi's Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday. It was not dangerous for Aoshi, but for him because Aoshi impaled his arm with an ice shard.
- Calling Your Attacks: To intimidate his opponents with his very dark choices of names.
- Can't Go Back To Normal: Even after dealing with Aoshi, he can't adapt to a normal lifestyle or take school again.
- Dark Is Not Evil, but Good Is Not Nice, and Dark Is Edgy.
- Fragile Speedster: To a degree.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Playing with Fire: Double Subverted. He frequently uses flame-like dark magic, but that isn't fire. He still has fire magic to speak of, but he uses it rarely so it's generally a surprise.
- Pragmatic Hero: Exact same deal as Fuushi. There's a reason they get along.
- Red Oni: To both his brothers' blue.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not that much, but bringing up Aoshi is enough.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Shiro, they keep Team Kokujin and Team Mugen synchronized to act against the Operation G staff, though they are pretty spiteful to each other.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Meat.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Less than Aoshi. His reluctance doesn't hinder him the very least bit when in competition, even though he'd still complain about it once he's done.
Tropes associated with Izumi:
- An Ice Person: Not that much in terms of behaviour, she's in fact Hot-Blooded and nicer than her teammates - if you don't make her angry.
- Berserk Button: The word Baka. She tends to take it for herself and feel slighted.
- Cell Phone: Makes extensive usage of hers since she's the only one on the team to go alone sometimes. Besides, she frequently contacts Akina and Miki.
- The Ditz
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Being lightweight even among girls, she uses this to get some momentum and power. Actually, since she did it so much, she's much more physically potent than she looks.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Foil: To both of her teammates, providing some "good" image with her idiotic and carefree attitude.
- Multicolored Hair: Has strands of blue hair.
- My Greatest Failure: Letting Haruka go while trying to retrieve Houka — and the fact that she got fooled by Niki into leaving Houka with him as well.
- Not So Harmless: She looks like a lightweight idiot, which would make her a bottom-feeder, but she's actually stronger than the standards for girls.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches), 39 kg (86 pounds), can smash opponents with ice cubes her own height. Manually.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Tomboy: In attitude at least.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Ice cream.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Uses the Diamond Dust move often used by joshi (female Japanese wrestlers).
Tropes associated with Tatsuya:
Supervised by: Akina Chinai
Captain: Rigan Yoshimoto
Other members: Yuuji Uramichi, Akemi Reitou
Tropes associated with the team:
Tropes associated with Rigan:
Tropes associated with Yuuji:
- Badass Normal: Next to no magic talent, but still manages to be a contender.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Regarding the team only is Yuuji a big guy, but he's the first character to die out of the entire cast.
- Blow You Away
- Boring, but Practical
- But Not Too Foreign: Averted. He's fully American-blooded, but raised in Japan.
- Counter Attack: Has one as part of his brawling style.
- Fragile Speedster: Defied Trope. Even though he's a ninja, he will not fall prey to the stereotypes and adopt this lineup. Yuuji is noticeably stronger physically than Rigan.
- Fridge Logic: He's born in the States, and his usual philosophy and fighting style are just Americanized versions of what he was taught.
- He Knows Too Much: Why he died: he spotted Niki posing as Chouji killing the Reitou Clan's leader.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His attitude in general.
- Lightning Bruiser: Except his ridiculously bad level in magic, he isn't weak, moves fast, and hits fast.
- Nice Shoes: He modernized the Reitou clan notably by proving by his fighting ability how those are better than sandals. This leads to funny arguments with Rigan (mostly because it's voluntary on Rigan's part since he wears boots, not sandals, and Yuuji fails to notice).
- Spin Attack
- The Stoic: So much.
Tropes associated with Akemi:
Tropes associated with Akina:
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Reason she doesn't use her developed Psychic Powers all the time.
- Ascended Fangirl: Of both Hakkou and Tatsuya, which makes their successive deaths all the more hurtful to her.
- Badass Bookworm: She could inflict a Curb-Stomp Battle on her sister, despite being usually the bookish type of person.
- Badass Cape
- Brainy Brunette
- Broken Bird: Even more so once everyone dies. She's almost Driven to Suicide.
- Cool Big Sis: For Haruka, though given how blank and devoid of feelings their interactions are, it doesn't look the part.
- Team Mom: She was this to a good part of the girls. Houka, Tenko, Izumi, Haruka and Akemi all have been trained and raised to differing degrees by her.
- Survivor Guilt: They all die and she doesn't, so she's grief-stricken after the plot ends.
- Cute Bookworm: To a certain degree.
- Dark Magical Girl: She's distant and aloof to hide her emotions, wears a black cape and has dark-elemental powers (as well as light, but that's for something else); yup, she fits.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Extra Eyes: Usually manifests her Psychic Powers blatantly via an eye opening in the air out of nowhere.
- Friend to All Children: Works in an orphanage where she raised Haruka.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Always dyes her hair big time. Usually pink, but blue is not unseen.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes
- Justice Will Prevail
- Luckily My Powers Will Protect Me: Since she exposes her powers so blatantly, you'd think she never bothered to hide them, like she wants everyone to know of her being a psychic.
- Morality Chain: She was this for Haruka until the beginning of the plot. She was a physical chain as well, preventing Haruka from drifting.
- Not Good with People
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- Superheroines Wear Capes: Her default outfit, even though the cape is black.
- Toku: Yup, she's a fangirl of this. Of course, Houka calls her a silly nerd for this.
Pro-Operation G teams:
Supervised by: Niki Yagawa
Captain: Kuuki Kishitsu
Other members: Shadou Koukyu, Honbuki Houka
Tropes associated with the team:
- Mighty Glacier / The Brute: The whole team is composed of some of the heaviest persons, fighting-wise. Koukyu is by a good margin the least power-oriented fighter of the three.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else: When they are in their third outfits, it takes distinguishing Koukyu's hair to realize that it's really them. Houka is barely recognizable being Stripperiffic and blonde.
- Villain Protagonist: By virtue of siding with the Operation G, and being supervised by Niki. Otherwise...
Tropes associated with Kuuki:
- Blood Knight: He enjoys generally the fighting itself, though he doesn't enjoy the potential harsh consequences.
- Brains and Brawn: With the rest of his team. Even though he's far from weak, it's fairly obvious which side is which.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Mostly a Nice Guy, but he can kick ass if need arises.
- Due to the Dead: When Niki dies by Akemi, Kuuki decides to kill Rigan as punishment, and set her up as his next victim. Mashin's intervention cuts the Cycle of Revenge short though since he kills both Kuuki and Akemi.
- Genius Bruiser
- Gentle Giant: In contrast to the rest of the team. Just don't say anything bad regarding Niki or you will Talk to the Fist.
- Lost The Team Spirit: When Niki dies, Kuuki disbands Team Ougoku and goes on a prolonged revenge version of The Last Dance.
- Meteor Move: Goumariki, with him as part of the meteor. His Ultimate is even called Meteor Piledriver.
- Multicolored Hair: All the time.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Niki saved his life from errance and starvation, and for this reason Kuuki is devoted to Niki to his last breath. Things go south when Niki dies.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Even his hair has a pink hue.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Be it to Koukyu or Houka, he's always the Blue Oni.
- Shock and Awe
- Stuff Blowing Up: His Ultimate, Meteor Piledriver, makes an explosion at impact.
- Unstoppable Rage: Once Niki dies, he forfeits his sanity and goes crazy on Team Kouei (or rather, Akemi and Rigan since Niki already killed Yuuji), killing off Rigan in the process.
- Use Your Head: More likely to think, but he uses a headbutt as an easy throw.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Uses several wrestling moves. Powerbombs, powerslams and piledrivers are commonplace with this guy.
Tropes associated with Koukyu:
- Acrofatic: Despite being rather heavy, he usually wears clothes that hide his fat. Also, he isn't absurdly fat (93 kg for 1.85 m) and he has power-oriented moves.
- Ambiguously Brown: His second outfit has him with an obscure tan.
- Badass Biker: Crosses into Big Damn Heroes (or Big Damn Villains) to bail Houka out when she's cornered by Team Mugen and Miki: he drives past Miki at high speed and whacks her with a cane while at it, then quickly takes Houka on board and leaves.
- Big Brother Instinct: Sorta, towards Houka.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cool Shades: His second outfit, again.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Formerly Fat
- Heavy Sleeper
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His second outfit. He suggests the same fashion to Houka and she runs with it too.
- Jerkass Façade: Has one for those who want to dig into his motives.
- Mercy Kill: After Touma is stalled to agony by Natsuki after being fired and begs for death, he and Kintou make his suffering as brief as possible.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
- Rule of Cool: Runs after it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once he sees Niki dead and Kuuki flipping off, complete with people starting to die left and right. The hiatus is brief, though, once he hears about Ringoto's treatment of Touma he immediately goes to try and assist him, but it's too late.
- Spin Attack
- Unskilled, but Strong: He has little knowledge of his wind magic, so he relies on shockwaves more than wind currents.
Tropes associated with Houka:
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: She drinks a lot and she's definitely not the smartest of the load. She's not The Ditz though.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Essentially nice, but she packs a wallop.
- Her frustration also lead to the start of the story, with her as the bad guy.
- Blood Knight: Once Team Ougoku is disbanded, she doesn't know what to do. When she crosses paths with Team Ranken, she tries to find a thrill in fighting again by picking a fight (harmlessly so) with Rikuto.
- Booze Flamethrower: Subverted. She drinks often and breathes fire, but it's fire magic and she doesn't ignite alcohol.
- Confusion Fu
- Creepy Child: Much older than the norm, but looks the part.
- Cute Bruiser
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After Team Ougoku is disbanded. When she fails to have a thrill in her next fight, she decides to die fighting her clone.
- Drunken Master
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted: her third outfit has her blonde as a con act and she's noticeably more vigilant and cunning.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Even though her main magic element is fire, she breathes ice instead to spoof the trope.
- Friend to All Children: She's an orphan, so she has a soft spot for abandoned children.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She loves drinking, but that makes her performances unreliable at best. Her Fatal Flaw, aside from wrath. She looks underage, so Kuuki and Koukyu try to avoid giving her too much because of potential controversy.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her second costume. Thank you Koukyu.
- Little Miss Badass: Again, not really this little.
- Meaningful Name: Houka's name is a homophone for voluntary arson.
- Mighty Glacier: She cannot move around fast. Sure she can dodge and all, but she's nearly as bad as Kuuki when it comes to strolling across an arena. She is also really powerful not only in physical power, but in magic as well. Houka's innate brute power is what compelled Mashin to clone her.
- Mutual Kill: With Houka-2.
- Older than They Look: She's 19, but everyone swears she's underage.
- Playing Drunk: When fighting. Her fighting style is being a Drunken Master. Sometimes she really is drunk, though.
- Rage Quit > Face-Heel Turn: Essentially, the beginning of the story. Houka runs away from Akina's group of disciples and is then tricked by Niki into joining Kuuki.
- Rapunzel Hair: It goes past her hips.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud
- Super Strength: Her first use of magic. She learns to make explosions, and then volcanos.
- Unskilled, but Strong
- Wrestler in All of Us: Under Kuuki's tutoring, she invents the Houka Buster, which is essentially a jumping Rock Bottom, with one arm spin added for good measure.
- Youkai Motifs: Oni. Demonic undertones? Check. Loves sake? Check. Enormous physical strength? Compared to the other girls, check.
Tropes associated with Niki:
Supervised by: Touma Todou
Captain: Seino Seichi
Other members: Akira Ii, Setsuna Teisou
Tropes associated with the team:
Tropes associated with Seino:
Tropes associated with Akira:
- Action Fashionista: Of sorts: he has an iconic outfit, but it is classy.
- Animal Motifs: The tiger. He picked it up after Seino named his moves after dragons, and suggested him Theme Naming.
- Affably Evil: He gives a bit of his wealth to his coach to help finance Operation G, yet he is friendly to almost everybody. He even dates Keiko, though this only leads to her using him to get information on the team, leading to Rikuto taking Touma by surprise.
- Braids of Action: Sometimes.
- Death from Above: His Ultimate, White Tiger's Silver Arrow.
- Dynamic Entry
- Energy Ball: Fires some, but is not as gifted as Seino in this regard.
- Extremity Extremist: He kicks really much, only using his hands for magic and simple moves.
- Flash Step: Subverted; while he's usually very fast on his feet, he doesn't have one.
- Ki Attacks
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Oh Crap: When he runs to Touma's rescue after Seino and Setsuna are ambushed by Torou and Keiko, he runs into Hakkou.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Double Subverted somewhat, since he doesn't really have access to his rich father's estate. He has only his pocket money, but he's rich enough to have stopped school.
- Ship Tease: Has asked Keiko on a date and she accepted. Though, she did so only to get him to talk about Seino, and a date-peeping Setsuna didn't help to appease the tension.
- Spam Attack: His Tiger Hunt.
- Technical Pacifist: He disagrees with the orders Touma has been given to investigate the Operation G staff's enemies, because he'd rather stay out of his enemies' faces. Rightfully so, when he realizes Rikuto fooled Team Konryuu and Keiko and Torou are blocking the path to his teammates, leaving him alone to try and save Touma.
Tropes associated with Setsuna:
- Action Girl: Stands out even amongst other girls in that she can take out the guys. She packs enough power to take out Torou, as the events turn out to prove.
- Attack Reflector: More like "deflector", but she's able to create ice barriers.
- Boobs of Steel: Justified: she's one of the oldest girls in the cast. Since the younger ones are 16 and she's 20, the difference in breast size and experience is noticeable. She's the strongest girl in the cast, bar the usually older and more experienced background characters.
- Counter Attack: Not really, but her Dream Freeze lets her dodge attacks and Flash Step behind the opponent to attack.
- Date Peepers: Spies on Akira's date with Keiko so he doesn't talk too much.
- Everything's Better With Sparkles
- Fiery Redhead: Averted. She's a redhead, still, but fitting with her powers rather than her hair, she's An Ice Person.
- Flung Clothing: Whenever pitted against Torou or Kintou, The Coats Are Off as a sign she isn't holding anything back on her brothers. And it's reciprocal, as a family tradition.
- Human Popsicle
- Iron Lady: Despite not actually ruling anyone.
- I Have Brothers: Ten of them.
- Ice Queen: Not defrosting anytime soon.
- Jerkass Façade: Compared to girls, she can be unusually rough in her speech. She's been raised with dudes.
- Lady of War
- Perpetual Frowner
- Smug Super: Emphasis on super. She's much more experienced and powerful than most of her opponents, and she's condescending to the competition.
- Snow Means Death: Her Ultimate makes the surrounding area snowy, and it is made to kill.
- The Stoic
Tropes associated with Touma:
- Animal Motifs: Cats, and sometimes the phoenix.
- Anti-Villain: Moreso than every other one.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Not this much because he admits his weaknesses due to sickness, but he doesn't understate his ability.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Capable of easily reading his opponent's moves. Also, he has a battle suit that analyzed his own movements for Operation G.
- Badass: To a certain degree. He can only fight short amounts of time, but he can deliver quite the curbstomp in said short time frames.
- Handicapped Badass: Has an unknown heart sickness that could kill him in one moment of hyperactivity, despite being really potent. It is the cause of his eventual death when he gets stalled by Natsuki.
- Battle Aura: When he has one, this is a mark of the incoming Heroic RROD.
- Counter Attack: His Rinshuu - Kimontonkou.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death by Origin Story: Not him, but his grandfather. The man was the founder of Number Zero, kidnapped people he found interesting for experimenting (making him the reason Natsuki is what she is in the first place), and he also killed anyone who interfered (that includes Rikuto and Rigan's father).
- Disability Superpower: His unknown sickness is related to magic, but augments his heart rate to dangerous levels if he gets serious.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: When he was about to get caught, Niki dropped a ton of sand over him before evacuating Team Ougoku, leaving Team Konryuu to try and take him out of that. Turns out he indirectly saved Touma from more pain by knocking him out.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His Rinshuu (Circular Heel) has many variations, so it alone makes around half of his movepool. And let's not get started on his Cursed Wings of Fire Ultimate, where he grows wings of fire and flings himself at the enemy while spinning like a drill.
- Heroic Resolve: Despite being a villain, Touma has the heroic motive of fighting against sickness in the world. His grandfather died of an unidentified sickness Touma has too (that's the public excuse, Hakkou killed him while he had been left almost dead by Natsuki), strengthening his will to fight it. He never asks for drugs despite his would-be-constant need for those.
- Hidden Depths: Operation G worker, backstage curbstomper, Jerkass... with a heart of gold, and student in medicinal science fighting against sickness, and trying to complete Operation G to make a cure for all the sick people of the world.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His attitude towards his "bad" business in the Operation G. He planned to surrender himself to the police and be jailed, once he was healed; but he died before.
- Ill Boy
- Jerkass: To anyone that bothers him. It's justified since he's really high on edge and on the verge of death, working his ass off to save his life.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- Legacy Character: Of sorts. He took the place of his grandpa in the Operation G staff after the latter died (officially) by the same heart sickness Touma contracted. His replacing his grandfather is the reason Natsuki despises him so much, and eventually fights him until his agony.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: If he's serious, he's solid enough to receive little injury even from being punched out through a window of the second floor of a building. Though, this doesn't cover the ensuing Heroic RROD.
- Not So Invincible After All: Despite being a fighter potent enough to wipe the floor with Natsuki (at the beginning), the outcome of the fight turns around once she endures the beatdown and sickness catches up to him.
- Parental Abandonment: He has been raised by his grandfather, and is known to live alone now that the old man died.
Supervised by: Natsuki Junrin
Captain: Kiyoshi Junrin
Other members: Aoshi Kokuu, Haruka Chinai
Tropes associated with the team:
- Knight Templar: So much. They look like heroes in comparison to Team Kokujin. Even when they pit themselves against Natsuki, Kiyoshi's purpose in doing so is to call her out on her messing with the tournament because he wanted to win it fair (and he had quite the chance of succeeding given he was in the finals against Fuushi).
- Anti Villain Protagonist: In fact, the only thing that doesn't make them outright heroes is that they work for the bad guys, and also Natsuki.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They want Operation G to complete, and for that they need to protect their coach Natsuki, but they have a clear grudge against her for experimenting in her own tournament.
Tropes associated with Kiyoshi:
- Aloof Ally: To Aoshi.
- Apologetic Attacker: Sort of. He's always well-mannered, and if he feels really concerned (like when he injures his opponent for real), he falls into this.
- Badass Longcoat
- Badass Normal: Downplayed since he does have notions of magic, just less than most others.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses mostly in black, but the white in his clothing is the thing to stand by.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Clearly not reciprocal, and once Kiyoshi finds out, he's justifiably angered about that.
- Jerkass Façade: Serves this to anyone who attempts to meddle with his team or his mother outside the ring.
- Power of Trust: Subverted: he really thought his mother was in the fighting business just to help him. He finds out that he's a test subject, just like everyone else.
- The Rival: Views Fuushi as this and awaits the day they will fight, though Fuushi's having none of this.
- Slouch of Villainy: Adopts this whenever he talks to his team in formal manners.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Justifiably cracks when he discovers Natsuki tested on all the contestants in the tournament. He's obviously pissed when he goes say some words to her.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Suicide Attack: Since he lacks control over his own body, in his last moment of lucidity, he dives into the Stream while strangling a Mashin-possessed Satome, ending the plot for good.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
Tropes associated with Aoshi:
- Above Good and Evil: He doesn't care about that kind of things.
- Always Save the Girl: Despite being a dick, by his rules, "men and women don't fight".
- Though, if a girl attacks him threateningly enough, he'll justify himself riposting.
- An Ice Person: Full force.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Was this to Shakurou and Shiro. Both kept rejecting him and now, Aoshi's more or less screwed up, making his state of mind and his Face-Heel Turn a bad Nice Job Breaking It, Hero turn of things.
- Agent Peacock: His third outfit has him dressed like a woman, including heels.
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He usually dresses classy, and no doubt he's an excellent fighter.
- Berserk Button: Beating Shakurou, or men beating up on girls.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Not really evil, just working for the bad guys, and a dick to anyone who tries to mess with that.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He has his own standards.
- Broken Bird: Has been abandoned and left behind throughout his childhood. Nice Job Breaking Him, Bros.
- Cool Big Bro: In his early childhood, he thought of Shakurou and Shiro as this. Then he got rejected.
- Creepy Crossdresser: In his third outfit.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: To Akina, of all people! That's Aoshi making sure nobody messes with Kiyoshi's plans.
- Evil Brit -> Mean Brit
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: He looks like the Good Is Not Nice type of person.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His Green Eyes are an obvious indication of his Fatal Flaw.
- Hidden Depths: He hides a Hair-Trigger Temper that would make him the Red Oni to Shakurou's Blue.
- Ineffectual Loner: Notably subverted, he actually is interested with Kiyoshi and can sometimes go out of his way to help his leader for no reason at all.
- Jerkass: Even though he's pretty gallant and likes fair fights, outside a match he falls into this.
- Jerkass Façade: When he notices there are matters for Kiyoshi, he shoos off most attempts to help for the sake of his team leader.
- Lean and Mean: One of the leanest men around, and also one of the meanest when using his Jerkass Façade.
- Like Brother and Sister: His desperate need for a family leads him to be a better sibling to Haruka than Akina ever was.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Wears those outside fights to look intelligent.
- Selective Obliviousness: He has his ideals, but he doesn't give a shit about anyone else's.
- The Stoic
- Unstoppable Rage: When he stalls for Kiyoshi, it takes a lot of time and people to bring him down, because of this.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is known as an elegant and courteous man, if cold.
Tropes associated with Haruka:
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
- Blondes are Evil: Averted. She's not evil per se, just absolutely thoughtless. But after growing a conscience, she starts full of Sugary Malice.
- Calling Your Attacks: Her attack-naming conventions are odd, since her first attacks are named in one word. All the other attacks have some psyche undertones.
- Cheerful Child: She looks like one when speaking (even things one shouldn't smile about). When not talking or interacting in any way, she has a blank face.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: An extreme case. It even lead to her running away from the orphanage because she didn't know where she was going. Then Aoshi found her.
- Creepy Child
- Dissonant Serenity: She always looks cheerful and serene. One could think she is very emotional, but she's the total contrary of that.
- The Drifter / Walking the Earth: A one-moment stint, triggered unwittingly by Houka. When she left Akina and the other girls behind, Haruka didn't come back because of her general lack of attention. This resulted in her being found by Aoshi, and you know what that means.
- Girly Girl: Oppositely to Izumi (at least in terms of behaviour).
- Gradual Grinder: Since she is rather weak, she has to hit lots of times to actually win.
- Hope Is Scary: She is generally scared when Kiyoshi and Aoshi give her diction lessons, even though she loves speaking to people.
- Lack of Empathy: When she beats people, she doesn't give a thing about it, rather jumping around and yaying like a kid for having won.
- Mind Rape: Her Mind Vise.
- Parental Abandonment: The reason all her upbringing was left to her big sis' Akina.
- Pillar of Light: Punches vertically to make one, beginning her Ultimate Trauma Storm Upper.
- Show Some Leg: Her third suit. Akina threw a temper tantrum when she saw it, thinking Aoshi and Kiyoshi were making her look like a prostitute, but when she gets to Aoshi (the one she judged guilty for it as he was dressed very similarly to her despite being a man), he tells her that Haruka composed her attire herself this once.
- Stronger Sibling: If you look who she's an Expy of, you'd think she is. Her sister doesn't think so.
- Sugary Malice: Her first actually pertinent persona was very creepy.
Tropes associated with Natsuki:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother
- Abusive Stepmother: To Fuushi. She was very caring of Kiyoshi. But it was an experience for her to guess which of them two would be the stronger one.
- Action Mom: This once, it's not a good thing.
- Archnemesis Stepmom: To Fuushi, again.
- Batman Gambit: She loves predicting Fuushi's hate of her. She's the reason the Anti-Hero Team Kokujin is rather ineffectual.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: She invoked it by marrying with Tatsuya.
- Blondes are Evil
- Broken Bird: Has been broken at the tender age of 13 by a former executive of the then-illegal ''Number Zero'' (none other than Touma's grandpa), who kidnapped her and experimented on her. She lost all sorts of moral compasses and took all the man's possessions for herself after he died.
- The Chosen One: Perhaps the cause she was experimented on was her inborn holy power.
- Fallen Hero: Of course, given what she turned out to become...
- Evil Genius
- Flash Step
- For Science!: She even made her marriage and offspring her experiment!
- Guinea Pig Family: She drugged Kiyoshi more than once, and at the tournament she organizes, she drugs every single participant by hiding a serum in the food.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Has inborn holy powers, but forgot how to use them after her traumatic childhood.
- In Love with Your Carnage: To Fuushi, short before he kills her.
- Kick the Dog: She is the cause of Touma's death, and stalled him when he planned to get back at Ringoto. She had absolutely no reason to do so other than disliking him because of his grandfather. Bitch.
- Lack of Empathy: Real bad.
- Lady of War: Zigzagging between grace and plain fighting style that in no way can be said graceful.
- Ninja: Has some elements of this because she's been trained to become one (of sorts) for several years, when she was kidnapped.
- Not Good with People: Ever since she lost her only friends at childhood.
- Poisonous Person
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Inverted roles: she stole a part of her kidnapper's lifeforce to power herself up.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She intervenes rarely, and if so it's for an experiment, or to stall Fuushi.
- Statuesque Stunner: Trumps most other girls in the setting at 186 cm (Ginshi still trumps her by being 190 cm tall). She had Tatsuya marrying her mere months after his former wife died because she knew of his taste for the like.
- Wicked Stepmother
Supervised by: Ginshi Kesshaku
Captain: Kintou Teisou
Other members: Tsuyoshi Seichi, Satome Rokuendo
Tropes associated with the team:
Tropes associated with Kintou:
Tropes associated with Tsuyoshi:
- Above Good and Evil: In his own view, he's so neutral that taking upon oneself to be good or evil is a good way to earn his disdain.
- Aloof Older Brother
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Badass Back: Indulges in this heavily.
- Blood Knight
- Dark Is Not Evil: Though, in his case, Dark is still uncaring, violent, and alien, as well as a villainous Supporting Protagonist.
- Death from Above: His Splitting Purifier Limit Break. The first part is just an overhead chop, but the second part is that exact same chop, done while descending of a hulk jump.
- Evil Counterpart: He looks like this to his younger brother Seino.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Ground Punch: His Gouchizuki Limit Break.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's extremely brutal and has no qualms hitting anyone if it means the team can advance unhindered (that's basically his role). Despite this, he usually stops at knocking people unconscious, and he could go as far as leaving the unconscious body to the partners just so they allow the victim to rest properly.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Being an Expy of a specialist, this was inevitable.
- I Need You Stronger: Tries to invoke a good challenge by "training" Seino.
- Meaningful Name: Tsuyoshi means that, well, he's strong. Damn right he is.
- Obliviously Evil
- Older Sidekick: To Kintou and Satome, he's a trustworthy Secret Keeper while also being The Brute.
- Spirited Competitor: And he goes to lengths just to preserve the competition.
- Stealth Mentor: As part of Satome's plans to lure the allied teams in the wrong place, he attacks Seino and Team Konryuu to make his point. Turns out his intent was probably to have Seino safe by driving him to the wrong place.
- World's Strongest Man: Strives to be this.
Tropes associated with Satome:
- Action Girl: Tries to avoid looking like one.
- Ambiguously Evil She was good all along.
- Bifauxnen: She looks slightly male, especially in her clothing, but her gender never is ambiguous since she makes it clear she's a "pretty girl".
- Byronic Heroine
- Blondes are Evil: It's a façade.
- Combat Pragmatist: Relies on her looks to be mistaken for "just a pretty girl".
- Crossdresser: Dresses like a man. Like a Bishōnen, but hey!
- Dance Battler: Some of her kicks resemble dance.
- Driven to Suicide: When Mashin possesses her and she regains a consciousness. It's a bunch harder because she can't kill herself because Mashin's remnants of will stop her, so it takes Kiyoshi dying too to end Mashin's existence.
- French Jerk: She lived her first eleven years in France, and can be jerkish. She notes that the Japanese are much nicer than the French... except for her grandfather.
- Hair Flip
- Killed Off for Real: Double subversion, can even count as zig-zagged if we take more into account. She was supposedly a goner after Tenko and Miki trapped her inside a dimensional trap. Though, Miki's death and Tenko's lack of proficience means Satome was able to escape being trapped there forever. She still gets possessed by Mashin in the following arc, but her will still gets through to a maddened Kiyoshi who can't quite strangle her enough. She finally dies when he plunges into the Stream with her.
- Long Lost Granddaughter: Was this to Mashin, because she has lived her eleven first years in a French orphanage.
- Meaningful Rename: She's French-Chinese, not Japanese except considering her being Mashin's granddaughter.
- Multicolored Hair: In her second outfit.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She has a lot of narcissistic manners for her to overplay, in order to hide her Hidden Depths.
- Also, she manipulated Team Ougoku into distrust, doing the most difficult part of the work when it came to drawing the teams to utter failure.
- Smug Snake: Behaves like this, though she's actually a Smug Super.
- Technicolor Fire: Green, like her most important inspiration Ash Crimson.
- Troll: Notably, she underlines Akemi's failure to realize that she got fooled by an impersonator of her own brother.
- Turned Against Their Masters: She turned against Mashin just before her apparition. In fact, she kickstarted a plot involving half of the cast, in order to force Mashin to reveal himself.
Tropes associated with Ginshi:
- Absurdly Youthful Adoptive Mother: She's 39, and even though she took in Tsuyoshi like an adoptive son, she looks nowhere near her age.
- Affably Evil: She's usually civil and polite. Unless you're being a thorn in her side, that is: she's rather fond of Disproportionate Retribution and Cool and Unusual Punishment.
- Arms Dealer: And she knows what she does enough to get approached by Ringoto.
- Artificial Limbs
- Audible Sharpness: When using magic to make slashing Hard Light.
- Badass Bookworm: She spends some of her free time reading.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Dresses like her wealth allows for, and real strong.
- Big Fancy House: How about aircraft as a home? Yes, the Silverwing Tour is her organizing a tournament in her home.
- Blondes are Evil
- Blood Knight: She likes making use of her Power Copying.
- Blow You Away
- Bring It
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Somewhat literally, as she usually lives airborne, but she definitely is eccentric.
- Cool Ship: Her tournament is organized in a giant airship.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She isn't happy to hear about the perspective of Miki grabbing more power than she already has, and even less about what happened to Satome. Her anger gives her a second wind and she gets back at Miki, dying in the fight but denying Miki a way out of her crashing airship, saving Satome in the process.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flash Step: To grab the opponent in her Chemical Warfare Limit Break.
- For the Lulz: Her reasons. Though she knows Operation G is about enhancements, so she thinks about replacing her right arm prosthesis.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has a pretty ugly scar under her chest. She takes care of hiding it.
- Happily Adopted: She has been adopted by Tatsuya when she was 7, and their relation went south only when Tatsuya wanted real progeny.
- Same applies to Tsuyoshi as her somewhat-adopted son, since she takes him in when he needs.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She usually fights when it's about killing off or seriously dissuading someone, so it can feel weird to know that outside a fight (or business) she's actually Affably Evil and could help people, as Team Magou can attest.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Is able to fire big energy balls. Titan Drill isn't named so for nothing.
- Kung-Fu Clairvoyance: Has high sensory ability she acquired at training.
- Lightning Bruiser: Leans toward Glass Cannon, usually. But in comparison to the other girls, she is definitely this as she has the build of a tall man.
- Omniglot: Speaks proficiently at least four languages (English, German, Chinese and Japanese).
- Playing with Fire: Her Tactical Lance isn't an actual fireball, just an Energy Ball. But its upgrade Limit Break, Titan Drill has this added on for good measure.
- Poisoned Weapons: She copied a magic skill of poisoning from Niki who himself learned it. Comes in handy to paralyse Miki and keep her in place for the airship crash to kill her.
- Power Copying: Holds some gift that allows her to do this. Known copy victims are Niki (poisoned hands), Kintou (slashing Hard Light), and Tatsuya (lightning).
- Red Baron: Nicknamed "Silvertongue", when alluding to her business practices, and her affinity for silver.
- Slouch of Villainy
- Sore Loser: Though, she doesn't throw a temper tantrum upon losing. Which means she loses by a wide margin to Niki in these regards.
- Except when Miki beats her. She eventually crashes her airship just to kill her.
- Spirited Competitor: She is skirting the line with Blood Knight.
- Statuesque Stunner: 190 cm, 84 kg. She's the woman with the largest frame, by far.
Operation G Staff (except the four executives since they are also the teams' supervisors)
He's the man responsible for the events. He's a zealous half-Japanese Christian Mad Scientist
. He got expelled from the Church because of his warped morals. Since he feels like the entire world is lacking anything moral, he plans God's descent onto this world, by creating a powerful emissary nobody will ever be able to contradict. That is Operation G in a nutshell.
Tropes associated with Ringoto:
- Affably Evil: Ruthless and zelous, but polite and well-intentioned.
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Preacher: So much that he's willing to create God since there isn't one.
- Baddie Flattery: He never underestimates anybody, and cites their good points as reasons for him to be serious, even though the praise is not hypocritical at all.
- Blow You Away
- Flash Step
- Gratuitous English
- Kick the Dog: Oh so majorly. Once Operation G is over, he unceremoniously leaves everyone but Mashin out in the blue without the slightest care. When Seino and Akira call him out on not even paying them for their trouble, he kills them. When he meets Torou face-to-face, he kills him. When Kintou and Setsuna call him out on that, he kills them too. Then, when Eiko refuses to keep fighting (because she fell for Shakurou and broke out of her brainwashed state), he throws her into the Stream.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: He considers himself a hero and his morals don't take others into account.
- Razor Wind
- Spam Attack
- Villainous Breakdown: Once Eiko starts to disobey him and refuses to fight Team Kokujin who in turn refuses to fight her.
- You Have Failed Me: He kills Kintou, Torou and Setsuna off for this. He also kills Eiko this way when she starts to break out of her brainwashed persona and starts crying because she didn't want to kill people after she racked up an impressive kill count.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness Once Operation G is over, he unceremoniously fires the four executives. When Seino and Akira call him out for this, he kills them.
An old half-Japanese half-French scientist involved with dubious affairs regarding drugs and doping, he got chastised and expelled by the martial arts competitive field. He formed a group of scientists as crazy as he is, keeping his experiments off of the eyes of those who despised him for that. He plans his vengeance in secret, aiming to take back his place and write any taboo off of the fighting field so he can take his place back. Also, he secretly planned for over 40 years to become God, sewing seeds of corruption by taking away parts of his soul to corrupt other people, to take the parts back when they'll have grown with the persons he sowed those into and become a God. This makes him responsible for one supposed sickness.
Tropes associated with Mashin:
- A God Am I: His reason to participate in the project was so he could say this. He actually becomes a Physical God to a degree, but not enough to stop everyone.
- Clipped Wing Angel: Once his body is destroyed, he possesses Satome. His Satome-possessing form is much less powerful than his previous Physical God form, and even though it does beat several people to the dust, it cannot strike any killing blow. It just takes Kiyoshi to erase him.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He ascends to almost God levels, is the only one to use his Ultimate in canon, and that attack kills the entire Team Mugen in one shot. Yet no more than nine persons were necessary to not only kill him, but erase him from existence altogether.
- Eviler than Thou: Pulls this on Ringoto, revealing he was "destined" to become the God Ringoto longed for, only doing so required him to reclaim the portions of his magic in several people's blood by having them sacrifice themselves for him. Turns out Ringoto was one of the victims.
- Immortality: His objective. He acquired Type 1, but got his body destroyed. His soul managed to possess Satome, who in fact held him back for him to be killed off.
- Kill 'em All: His intention towards everybody. He gets by far the highest kill count, with no less than 11 alone, and, if we count his possession of Satome, 12.
- Lack of Empathy: He even chastises Touma on being "bad at even recruitment". Note that Touma is sick and close to death should his condition get worse. And he's the one doing the least.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Touma was utterly fooled when he tried recruiting Chouji, since he didn't know that Niki was impersonating Chouji. While, Niki being his mentor, he should've known.
- Man in White
- Pragmatic Villainy: To some degree, since he only acts for his own advantage.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Tries it on 8 persons simultaneously. It works on four of them, and he does manage to get at the four others anyway.
- Suicide Attack: Kiyoshi pulls this on a Mashin-possessed Satome, plunging both into the Stream and killing the three for good.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He'd find something to Trash Talk every single of his co-workers about.
- The Unfettered: I have referred to Mashin several times as "the ultimate egoist" of the fiction. It all ultimately boils down to whether things help him or not.
- Villain Ball: He chooses the wrong moment to kill Ringoto note , and doesn't even try Soul Eater on Team Mugen to take the remains of their power once he kills them.
- Younger than They Look: Abused aesthetic surgery to look young at age 66.
- Your Soul Is Mine: He steals the souls of no less than eight persons, four by Psychic-Assisted Suicide, four by Soul Eater on the four the former method didn't work on. This kills all of them off permanently.
Operation G Creations:
A clone of Houka that Mashin whips out to ensure his escape along with Ringoto. She doesn't reason much, and attacks everyone on sight, especially Houka.
Tropes associated with Houka-2:
- Ambiguously Brown: Which also makes her a...
- Berserk Button: Her profile says it: "Dislikes: Houka".
- Several attack names of hers tell even more: Oni Danzai (Demon, Guilty!), Houkabarai (Houka-exorcising), and Houka no Shittsuitou (Houka's Descending Cry) engrave her dislike of Houka in stone, since it's like her attacks were designed to kill Houka. Houka eventually dies by Houkabarai.
- Blood Knight
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She is born brainwashed, and was so during her first fight. Then, when she was dumped to her own devices, not knowing what to do, Brainwash Residue ensued. Even though she made a friend of Eiko, she got shooed off by Ringoto, and Mashin didn't care the slightest bit. She breaks down, and her berserk rage towards Houka got worse as it was her only remaining defining characteristic. They end up killing each other.
- Divergent Character Evolution: From the start. Mashin gave her genetic material belonging to Fuushi and Karyu on top of Houka's.
- Evil Knockoff
- Expendable Clone: She's treated as such by Mashin, her creator, and Ringoto doesn't even spare a thought — he even refuses her to talk to the only person who could understand her: Eiko. She never lives it down even though she dies furthering their goals, though at that point she doesn't care.
- Knight of Cerebus: She first appears to stall for Ringoto's escape. This means Operation G is a success, and since Mashin gets out unspotted, Team Magou's machinations were for naught. She's also the first to talk about killing someone, and even though she's not the first to succeed and only gets a Mutual Kill, her arrival shifted the tone to dark.
- Never Say "Die": Of course, she's the one to break the trope in half. Even referenced in her Hitokiri no Honoo (Killing Flame) attack.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: After she gets rejected by Mashin, she just wants to destroy the world. Her plan after killing Houka was to destroy the Stream, in hopes of blowing up the whole world with it.
- Playing with Fire: Same as normal Houka.
- Powers as Programs: Even though she's not a robot, her attacks have a codified name. Example:
- Memetic Mutation: The code number for Houkabarai is OVER 9000!
- Readings Are Off the Scale: The numbers are usually in the triple-digits, but then her Limit Break attacks are in the four-digit scale (3100 for Anti-Houka Rising and 9003 for Houkabarai). And her Ultimate's complete name is Type Inexistent: Houka Shittsuitou, outright implying it's off the scale.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Shadow Archetype: Evidence is evidence.
The supposed "God" whose existence means the success of Operation G
. Part-magical entity, part-human and part-machine, detaining battle data recorded by Touma, ability to create and use various self-enhancement drugs composed by Natsuki, a nigh-perfect magical energy flow based on Niki's theory, and ability to use and make all kinds of weapons Ginshi recorded in her database make her the "perfect being" Ringoto longed for.
Her mentality, though, isn't quite what he expected. She is not only mellow, but quiet and human-loving
. Ringoto then remedies to this by forcibly controlling her.
Tropes associated with Eiko:
- Artificial Human: Though she looks much like a Robot Girl.
- Blue Oni: To Houka-2's Red.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Her second appearance. At her first, she was just a playful girl walking at Ringoto's side like a child, and once she snapped out, she started crying, refusing to fight, and calling out Ringoto for making her kill people.
- BFS: Drops one made of solid dark magic, in one of her Super moves, Extinction Sword.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": She kills off Hakkou and Tatsuya in less than ten minutes. She then easily slays Rikuto. Cue this very justified reaction as even the full-of-One-Winged Angel Team Mugen gets curbstomped.
- Meaningful Name: It means "shadow child", referencing how she is just a doll obeying Ringoto and never getting the opportunity to express herself in the spotlight.
- Storm of Blades: When she isn't dropping BFS's.