Fanfic / Beyond the Outer Gate Lies...

A Crossover between The Dresden Files and High School D×D by Gabriel Blessing, that started out like another typical crazy week for Harry Dresden.

In this case, fighting a Walker on the wrong side of the Outer Gates after sealing them. As a last ditch effort, Harry decided to use the most destructive method he knows to deal with it; combining Hellfire with Soulfire. It worked... somehow.

However, he finds another problem; a horizon-spanning dragon, that even the Walker is terrified of, now approaching both of them. With no other option, Harry turned to Lash for help and opens a Way....

And ends up in Japan, of all places. In a teenage body. Long story short, he enrolled in Kuoh Academy and Hilarity Ensues.

So, read on as Harry rediscovers how much he hates hormones, bullies innocent school devils, and indulges in Buddy Cop antics with the voices in his head! The omake containing the Gender Bender episode starts here.

The recursive fanfiction continuation is here.


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     Tropes Present in Beyond the Outer Gate Lies...  

Beyond the Outer Gate Lies... provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The Hero Faction appears in this fic much earlier than they do in canon; kidnapping Harry at the end of the Kuoh Conference to keep him out of the fight and try to recruit him.
  • Almost Kiss: Harry and Sona have a Slap Slap Almost Kiss; she is pulling his cheeks and he is mussing her hair when they trip and fall into a compromising position. They then almost kiss, but Saji stops them.
  • Angels, Devils and Squid: Adds The Dresden Files Outsiders as the Squids to the existing Highschool Dx D Angel and Devils.
  • Author Appeal: Compared with his other works, Gabriel Blessing shows certain taste in his stories:
  • Bizarro Universe: Harry refers to the Highschool Dx D universe as this, and it fits the profile. In The Dresden Files, devils and angels (both regular and Fallen) are pillars of creation, have nigh-infinite power, can only be created by God, and are almost as hard to kill, and God is alive. Magic functions on willpower and emotion, and causes users to become Walking Techbane. And the wizard never gets the girls. In Highschool Dx D, most devils aren't that much stronger than humans, they can reproduce normally or turn humans into devils, and can be killed almost as easily, and God Is Dead. And magic is performed with complex math, and has no negative effects on technology (what first tips him off to the fact that he's in a new world is the fact that the hospital machinery he was hooked up too was still functioning, even when his emotions were flaring). He's also getting some female attention...
  • Blind Jump: This is how Dresden wound up in the middle of Japan in a teenaged body.
  • Break the Haughty: Raynare openly mocks Harry even after he practically handed her ass. Then Harry uses Soulgaze on her.
  • Bully Hunter: Harry, which is how he got kicked out of the school he attended before Kuoh.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Literally, the Hero Faction wants to kill Great Red, a dragon with teeth bigger than Dresden is tall, as said wizard puts it, and leaves others alone as long as they don't hang around the Dimensional Gap, to prove humanity's strength. And this doesn't even take into account his defense of the world against the Outsiders...
  • Combat Pragmatist: Harry's entire combat style, as usual. From trying to get guns again, mentioning how he loves that no one ever sees a Squishy Wizard throwing a punch coming, and even saying that "if you're not cheating, you're not trying".
    • This attitude also seems to be rubbing off on Issei.
  • Comedic Spanking: Issei and Saji get spanked by Rias and Sona, respectively, for being reckless during a mission. What makes it even funnier is that when Issei begs for Harry's help, he can only shrug and point out that there are places where people pay for that sort of thing before leaving Issei to his fate.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Lash. Outfits she has appeared in include a Bunny Girl costume, maid outfits and a gym uniform (complete with bloomers).
  • Crossover: The Dresden Files and Highschool DxD
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Harry is shocked to discover this applies in this world, since in his own world, devils and monsters are almost invariably evil.
  • Dead Fic: As of 2017, it's been well over two years since the last snippet of the incomplete fourth chapter was posted. The continuation fic picks up where this one left off.
  • Dirty Old Man: Despite being physically in his teens, Harry feels his way about his unexpected love interests, since he's mentally in his 40's, and is torn between both his attraction to them and that he feels a personal connection to them, and the fact that he is technically old enough to be their fathers (in some cases).
  • Fountain of Youth: Harry is aged down to his teens again when he enters the Highschool Dx D world.
  • Gender Bender: Harry gets caught up in the Occult Research Club's shennanigans with the gender bending gun.
  • Harem Nanny: Lash, in a twisted way.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A comedic version— when Harry meets Sirzechs, he calls upon his rusty manners, but can't help tossing out a "Sympathy For the Devil" reference. A moment later, Sirzechs gets the joke and continues it, causing Harry to briefly concede defeat.
    Harry: My God, my minister was right all along, Rock and Roll really is the devil's music.
  • Horrifying the Horror:
    • Even the Outsiders are scared of Great Red. Harry eventually theorizes that he's what keeps them out of that world
    • A Soulgaze with Raynare sends the Fallen into a Villainous B.S.O.D., begging Rias's peerage to keep Harry away from her.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: fem!Harry in the omake has this super power.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Lash remarks beyond her hopes, Harry didn't set the building on fire after Sona's failed recruitment. Harry says that he doesn't set every building on fire and he will burn alive the guy who started the rumor. Lash snarks that would definitely prove his point.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Harry to Asia. Every time she seems upset Harry gets the urge to take her some place nice and shower her with ponies and kittens.
    • He feels similarly about Koneko in her more vulnerable moments.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: After finding out that Georg is a fanboy, Harry snarks that if he's got a stalker, why couldn't it be a hot, overeager, sexually aggressive cheerleader, prompting Siegfried to jokingly suggest Jeanne put on a cheerleader uniform, to which she objects, causing Harry to lampshade how she only objected to the cheerleader part.
  • Light Is Not Good: Harry finds out the hard way that not only is Dark Is Not Evil, the side of the angels are just as flawed as everyone else. Justified since God Is Dead, leaving his imperfect creations to try to carry on as best they can.
    • Same goes for the Hero Faction. Their intentions might be noble, giving normal humans a place in a world of magic and monsters, but unfortunatly, their tactics are clumsy and badly planned, and could cause more damage than they solve.
  • In My Language, That Sounds Like...: A lot of Harry's initial problems with Sona where from the results of a misunderstanding. A student asks Harry if he's a yankee. Harry, being from Chicago, says yes. He didn't realize that the student heard of his bad reputation and that yanki was slang for delinquent. Sona has been misguidedly trying to reform him.
  • Minor Living Alone: Harry lives and supports himself to get out of the foster care system.
  • Occidental Otaku: Harry gains shades of this as being stuck in Japan makes things like anime easier to get a hold of than his usual fair. The fact that he's no longer Walking Techbane helps, since he can access the internet now.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harry and Lash's reaction when they realize just how big Great Red is.
  • Omniglot: Devil have Language, like in Dx D canon. Lash tops it by giving Harry the ability to not only speak any language, but also read and write them.
  • Our Demons Are Different: There are massive differences between demons from Dresden verse and DxD verse. For one, Dresden's demons only care about mortal business generally because of hunger or need of terrifying them. The DxD demons (or rather, devils) though act like your normal, everyday people (Most of them anyway). This is why Harry acts with such hostility to the Student Council when he firsts learns what they are.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Harry threatens the Kuoh Student Council because he's used to much less friendly supernatural beings and the fact that devils where he comes from are very different beings. Once the matter is cleared up he formally apologizes and works alongside of them.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Beyond the Outer Gates Lies... A High School Library?, a spin-off that started when a reader suggested Kusaka Reya join Harry's list of admirers, and gaberial blessing challenged him to write it.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Harry reaches this point at the end of the fight with Kokabiel, where it just gets ridiculous. Lash has to point out that they're still stuck, no matter how much Harry wants to leave.
  • Seen It All: Harry and Lash certainly think so. So, God being dead is certainly a Wham Line for them.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lash heartily encourages Harry to pursue a relationship with his female admirers, and, in the continuation, cheers him on whenever he finds himself in an intimate moment with one of them.
  • Smug Snake: Raynare.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Harry and Sirzechs engage in a low key, friendly version. Harry has a title to defend after all.
  • Squishy Wizard: Harry, self-admittedly, though the Mantle circumvents this somewhat.
  • Tempting Fate: "Wizards never get chicks, after all."
    • Sona: Dresden-kun, I am not, nor ever will be, interested in you romantically.
  • Those Two Guys: Like in Dxd canon, there's Matsuda and Motohama, Issei's perverted friends. In the continuation fic, they constantly pester Harry for magical aid in peeping on their female classmates. Harry goes out of his way to sabotage their efforts.
  • Token Human: Harry is mostly Human (if one looks past Lash and the Winter Mantle), and thinks of himself as one; all of the rest of the main characters are Devils, and most of the secondary characters are non-Human.
  • Trapped in Another World: The gates back to Harry's Earth are closed, and cannot be opened from this side. However, the continuation reveals that two entities can contact their counterparts on the other side in limited ways: Uriel and Santa Claus.
  • Troll: Once Harry learns about the Devils' gift of tongues he regularly has Lash switch languages mid-conversation just to see how long it takes them to notice.
    • Later, after Issei finds out about Lash, and how she can manifest herself as a pretty woman, Harry pretends that she's taking her clothes off to get Issei to freak out, and Asia to try to get his attention by stripping. Lash notes that normally she'd be mad at him for lying about what she's doing, but approves of the results.
  • True Companions: How Harry and Issei see each other. It's pretty telling that, in Winter Knight mode, Harry didn't see Issei as threat, but a companion.
  • Unwanted Harem: Though a more fitting term would probably be reluctant harem. Harry is romantically drawn to all his admirers but feels conflicted about becoming involved with them, due to their age and his difficult relationship history.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Harry considers the possibility that the Outsiders are manipulating the Hero Faction in order to try and gain a foothold in the Dx D reality.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Raynare, after Harry Solugazes her. She goes from haughty to 'begging'' that Harry stay away from her.
  • Walking Techbane: The fact that he's not this anymore is Harry's first clue that despite appearances he's a long way from home.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Harry lampshades his status as one when expressing his surprise at not getting involved with the Riser mess at any point, given how he tends to get drawn into every major supernatural mess that happens anywhere near him, and when Sona offers him a contract, reminding her how often he gets into trouble. In the continuation Azazel blatantly refers to both him and Issei as trouble magnets.
  • What Are You: Poor, poor Raynare.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Harry's usual magic is derived from his willpower and belief (and makes him Walking Techbane in his own world, but not in the world he's currently in), while their system of (normal) magic uses what amounts to rituals in his, where he just has to put in the power and not the belief, so it doesn't need him trying to micromanage it (and has no apparent effects on technology), and can do things the Laws of Magic of Dresden's world forbids with no risk of corruption. In addition, Soulfire isn't something native to their world so it's not as easy to deal with.
    • Things like Rias' Power of Destruction and Sacred Gears are this to Harry and Lash, which excites the latter to discover something new.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Hero Faction, made up of the descendants and reincarnations of great heroes like Hercules, Joan of Arc, Sigfried and so on. Their goal is to give humanity a position of power in the world, but unfortunately, they also want to kill Great Red, who is basically the Big Good of the setting, and the worlds biggest defender against the Outsiders. They want to kill him mainly because he's a dangerously powerful dragon, despite the fact that he's almost never out of the Dimensional Gap. They also dislike supernatural beings overall, regardless of alignment, despite their Chaos Brigade affiliation, and are perfectly willing to put civilian humans in danger if it means achieving their goals, and even brainwash members so they can't reveal anything about the group, and Cao Cao even considers young Heroes their property, given his words about Alice in the continuation. And that's not even considering how Herc is the Semi-Divine descendant of the now godly original Heracles.

     Tropes Present in Beyond the Outer Gate Lies... a High School Library?  

Beyond the Outer Gate Lies... a High School Library? provides examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: Mild example with Sona, she's a bit self-conscious about the fact that she's the least endowed of Harry's love interests, and worries that Harry might not find her as appealing as the others. Harry of course couldn't care less about cup-sizes, nor is Sona as flat as she seems to think.
  • Aerith and Bob: An unusually literal example; One of the bodyguards of the Senju clan is actually named Bob. And she's a woman (well, female Tengu). She explains it's because her parents are fans of Bob Dylan.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: While calling Harry a "bad boy" might stretch it, both Tsubasa and Serafall confesses that his dark and tougher aspects is part of what they find attractive in him.
  • Amplifier Artifact: One of the Hero Faction Mooks Harry faces is a Stalker With a Crush to Georg Harry calls "Goth Hermione" with a Sacred Gear that makes her spells more powerful, her Balance Breaker allowing her to fire five of the same attack spells at once, each with a different elemental attribute.
  • Anti-Magic: The Beholders can use this under certain circumstances.
    • Leonardo's Anti-Monsters in the Kyoto arc.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: The party in the Halloween Omake almost becomes one of these due to two different guests spiking the punch, not knowing about the others. The resulting mix ends up accidently becoming an aphrodisiac and nearly leads to the various love interests consummating their relationships in Harry's living room. Only Harry just barely managing to cast a sobering-up spell (while very close to being drawn into an orgy with his sort-of girlfriends) stops it. Sirzechs and Grayfia had already adjourned to his guest bedroom though...
  • Appropriated Appelation: After hearing of Harry's "Boss Beholder" nickname (shortened to BB), Argus makes it official, much to the newly dubbed BB's displeasure. When he hears about the "Rini" name for the female pink Beholder, he demands an explanation in the hopes that it'll be worse than his nickname.
  • Artifact Title: The "High School Library" in question has not shown up on screen in since the single digit chapters.
  • As Himself / For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Harry is dismayed to find out that Chris Hemsworth is the stage name of the real Norse God Thor.
    • Harry takes it better later when he learns that Kevin Sorbo is the real Heracles. He even taunts the Hero Faction's Heracles with that fact.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Remus's Sacred Gear, Colossus of Rhodes, takes him from 6 feet tall up to 60 feet tall.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Oakley's Balance Breaker, in addition to allowing her to see through shapeshifting, lets her see weak spots, like an ankle injured from a bad step on Mulan during her battle.
  • Badass Boast: Harry gives one to Argus that is more than a little similar to the one he gave Marva:
    Harry: However you normally do it, you are going to tell every one of your Beholders to get the Hell out of Japan. Because if I ever see any of them again; if I ever even think that they are coming after me, or one of my friends, I will hunt them down, and then come after you.
    Argus: While I cannot stop you from finishing poor BB. I highly doubt you can make good on that little threat.
    Harry: You might not have heard what I told BB. But your Beholders are already done. I have the spells to track them, to block them, and to kill them. I am going to make those spells available to every magician, Devil, Fallen, Angel, Valkyrie, and any other supernatural being that wants them. Their days of being near mythical phantoms, untraceable and untouchable, are over. With any luck, in a year you won't dare send a Beholder anywhere that there might be any kind of magic user. And as for you, maybe I can't kill you on my own. But I'm on good terms with the leaders of the three factions. Most of them owe me some favors, and I'm friends with the two you seem to fear the most. And I know five True Longinus users. Two of them would help me if I asked and the other three I might not be all buddy-buddy with, but I can easily push their buttons to get them to do what I want. And that's just the simple connections. Give me a reason, Argus, and I will gather up every god, demi-god, and god-killer I can, and I will sic them on you. We will find whatever hole you are hiding in. And then you won't have to worry about Hera's curse anymore. Comprende?
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Harry has kissed all 4(?) of his girls, but his kisses with Serafall and Sona fall best into this trope. Serafall's kiss left Winter Harry weak in the knee, and assisted her Logic Bomb to save him. And Sona's kiss came last, and was the most romantic/heartfelt. And led to more; very nearly much more.
  • Body Horror: The severity of Harry's scars are emphasized a lot more in this fic, and even commented on by Sona when she sees Harry without a shirt for the first time. However, their size is slowly decreasing thanks to long-term healing by Asia, which is reducing them to tolerable levels. especially his mutilated left hand (he can't get rid of them entirely without raising questions from the non-magic students).
    • Harry is badly injured in the fight against the Beholders, and it almost costs him his leg, which is described in almost sickening detail. Thankfully, they have Asia on hand to heal him.
  • Bookworm: Harry and Reya bond because they are bookworms. Harry notes that books in Bizarro World (or just in Japanese) are subtly different, making rereading them more interesting.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Mulan purportedly hates Japan for their actions against China in WWII, but is apparently an anime fan, to the point that she's completely fluent in the language.
    • Though it is implied by Oakley that Mulan's prejudice is probably due to Cao Cao's brainwashing.
  • Bottomless Magazines: 2nd Amendment only needs to change weapon shapes to reload. Even Azazel isn't sure where the ammo comes from, but it's otherwise normal.
  • Brick Joke: Whenever Harry gears up for battle, he takes a baseball with him. Not an enchanted one, just a normal baseball. If he gets called on it, he insists that it might come in handy.
    • It shows up again in A Storm Gathering? and is used to incapacitate a Hero Faction mage.
  • The Cameo:
  • Canon Welding: Sona's Knight, Meguri Tomoe is the granddaughter and student of the Bizzaro World version of Yoshimo Shiro (on her mother's side).
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: An unfortunate reality for the Angels, who are unable to have sex without succumbing to Lust and becoming Fallen. The higher-ups are trying to figure out a way around this, as Angels are just as interested in sex as everyone else.
  • Cats Are Magic: Harry's cat Mister somehow finds his way to Bizarro World, much to Harry and Lash's shock. They have no idea if it's the original Mister who has somehow crossed universes, the local counterpart of the original Mister like Santa Claus and Uriel or something else entirely, but he acts just like the original Mister, looks exactly the same under the Sight, and apparently sees Harry as his owner (as much as a cat normally does anyway). He also might be able to No-Sell Forbidden Balor View.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Mister manages to do this without speaking. His dialogue is limited entirely to meowing (written as "Nya").
  • Celebrity Paradox: Harry has now read and is a big fan of the Codex Alera books. He tells Sona that if he ever needs someone to write his biography, he will ask Jim Butcher.
  • Celibate Hero: A very rare self-imposed example. Harry's girls are perfectly willing to consummate their relationship already, but Harry himself, no matter how much he WANTS to, doesn't feel comfortable doing so emotionally, mostly related to his true age and origins. Not that they haven't had a few close calls in moments of passion.
    • Another self-imposed example in Issei and his harem - due to health-related reasons, Koneko is basically unable to have sex without risking death (Cat Girl-related problems) so Issei and the girls decide to make a pact to wait with sex until Koneko is able to join them. Which would take about 9 months or so, in-universe.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The language changing spell from An Expected Result? returns A Rearguard Action?, allowing Oakley to read the sign on the side of a Japanese building (Oakley only speaks English) and know that it is a school.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: While it obviously applies to Issei, the trope itself is played with by the story itself. Since the setting is that of a light novel/Ecchi anime, it keeps setting up situations where this would normally come into play, but since Harry ISN'T a character from that type of media, his reactions are different. While certainly chivalrous almost to a fault, Harry didn't originally have any sort of interest in a harem, and is utterly dumbfounded by the way fate seems to draw him towards one.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: 2nd Amendment. It is one of the artificial Sacred Gears Azazel has created. When he asked Harry to help him test it, it refused to detach from Harry when the tests were done. Both Harry and Az suspect the other might have planned it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: At the convention, a fan takes a Polaroid of Serafall and reluctantly includes Harry. Then he drops the instant photo and runs away. Serafall picks it up, and she and Lash both complain that he cut Harry's head off. Completely ignoring that he also managed to capture the dark and malevolent shadow that is Lash. When Harry protests, Lash admits it doesn't look much like her, either.
  • Continuity Nod: A character based on Harry appears in the "Oppai Dragon" Show Within a Show. Wearing a hat. Harry complains about the hat, but is told it won't be changed.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Harry's planned death curse for BB? To blind the Beholder. Fortunately, he gets saved before he has to go through with it.
  • Cool Mask: Oakley's Balance Breaker takes the form of a mask.
  • Cool Old Guy: Arashimaru, the older gentleman Harry and Serafall meet at the convention. He is the second person to ask to join their pickup board game, against Japanese custom (the first barely counts since she worked for the game company). He tells Serafall about the book sale that Harry takes Reya to. He is also there selling some of his deceased husband's books, and points out a magician selling actual spellbooks to Harry. And finally he is fully aware Harry is dating both Serafall and Reya, and he just tells Harry to be good to them.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Anti-Monsters Leonardo sets upon the group in the Kyoto Arc are these. They're effective against Devils, and resistant to normal magic (particularly Fire and Ice) to account for Dresden, but they're not very effective on Issei due to his Dragon traits, vulnerable to lightning and water spells from a certain Valkyrie, and weak against normal bullets, rendering them less effective against the mixed group than they would be against an only Devil party. When Leonardo makes adjustments for these weaknesses, he ends up giving them new ones, implying that he can only give them so many powers and resistances at once.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: Oakley is finally able to achieve her Balance Breaker when she was losing to Mulan, and decided not to give up.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Nike was trying to get Remus to reveal the location of Leonardo. Once she realizes he doesn't know, she takes him out in two hits. He was 60 feet tall at the time.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Harry has a much easier time making money from his abilities in this setting, and makes a tidy profit from selling magically enchanced clothes and jewelry to the supernatural factions, on top of his detective work.
  • Deader Than Dead: When Argus remotely hijacks his henchman BB, he states that doing so has effectively erased BB's personality for good, and even if the body survives the battle, the mind will be gone.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Harry seems ready to scold Sona for using her water dragon to intimidate Riser (after Ise gave him a severe case of dracophobia). Instead he tells her she could make the dragon much more scary, and proceeds to illustrate.
  • Dumb Muscle: Hercules/Herakles of the Hero Brigade is muscle and little else. Even worse, he's not even the real reincarnation of Herakles, he's just some jerk with Super Strength! (Dresden has mentioned that the original, who actually IS Kevin Sorbo, is a god now and not at all amused at the pretender using his name).
    • It turns out that he's that Hercules's Semi-Divine descendent, a few generations removed. The original still doesn't like him, for obvious reasons besides his stupidity, and keeps him away from him and his family.
    • This works against him when Tsubasa blasts him with a "Fuego". The blast is weak, but since Herc never finished school, and thinks explosives and flames mixing makes explosions all the time...
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Oakley shows up briefly in the (fic original) Alice White arc, before becoming more important in the adaptation of Volume 9 (the Kyoto School Trip).
  • The Empath: Alice, as one of the powers she gets as the reincarnation of Atalanta, has an empathic sense that lets her sense what a person is like. Harry notes that the legend that power came from, where Atalanta punished her failed suitors proportionately to their true nature, was false in his own world, but is apparently true in Bizarro World.
  • Erotic Dream: Harry has multiples the night after his first date with Sona. One is on screen, and two others are referenced when he tries to shift the blame to Lash.
  • Flashback: Used fairly frequently, but specifically:
    • Any of the In Medias Res examples below.
    • An Eye Tyrant? has a flashback to how Tsubasa joined Sona's peerage.
    • Similarly, A Moment's Inattention? has a flashback to how Reya joined Sona's peerage. Plus a separate one showing Sona talking Harry into acting as a mercenary in one of her Ratings Games.
    • A Tenuous Divinity? has a flashback to not long before chapter 1 of the original fanfic (a.k.a. how exactly Harry ended up Outside).
  • Evil Overlord List: Referenced by Harry when Vritra breaks Rule 34.
  • Eye Scream: The Beholders (yes, the Dungeons & Dragons ones) murder humans and devils and tear out their eyes to present to their master, Argus, God of Eyes. Mihae loses one of hers to a Beholder but is saved by Harry before being killed or completely blinded
    • Issei manages to destroy Cao Cao's right eye while Georg is transporting the Hero Faction members away thanks to a boost from Sun Wukong.
  • Foe Yay: It's hinted that Jeanne of the Hero Faction has a crush on Harry. She all but states that she finds him attractive, flirts with him, and when she's the victim of Dress Break, doesn't care about her nudity until she notices that Harry is watching and immediately becomes embarrassed and covers up.
    • While not an enemy per se, Mihae of Riser's peerage flirts with Harry after the Ratings Game, much to the dismay of both her own teammates and Harry's admirers.
  • Funetik Aksent: Oakley's Texas accent. It disappears when she is under the translation spell and thus speaking Japanese and after she becomes Serafall's Pawn and starts using Language.
  • Game Master: Harry acts as one for Sona's Peerage (and really anyone he can convince), with Lash's somewhat unwilling help. Reya also tries her hand at it, with a much smaller group.
  • Going Commando: In Plans and Perils (Part 1)? Harry notes that Irina's yukata is thin enough that he can tell she is not wearing anything underneath (or as he puts it "in the traditional manner").
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Oakley takes a lethal hit for Shizukesa, because Shizukesa was in the middle of defending a school. She gets better, thanks to Serafall's Evil Pieces.
  • Humanity Ensues: The Delta Beholder nicknamed Rini gets a Human form when she becomes Serafall's Knight. Unlike usual for this trope Rini/Shizukesa is happier as a humanoid.
    • Behemoth, Serafall's Queen, is a truer example. Originally she looked more like the Final Fantasy monster of the same name, and she tolerates the Human form because even in the Underworld, most things are not built to her scale. And even in Human form, she is taller than Harry (at least for now).
  • Humiliation Conga: It's hard not to feel a little bad for Saji when he's called in by Sona and told that a) she knows about his feelings for her and doesn't feel the same for him, seeing him just as a valuable ally and more of a younger sibling b) thinks his desires towards her are rather creepy (he's explicitly stated that he wants to get her pregnant) and c) spanks him as punishment for his resentment towards Harry affecting their last mission
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Serafall says this after telling her new Pawn "you can consider this enemy territory." for the first time.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most of the chapters are named Beyond the Outer Gate Lies...X?, with X being something Harry encounters or does in the chapter. One pair of chapters plays on this, A First Date? and A First Date! implying a question and a firm answer.
  • In Medias Res:
    • A Movie Marathon? starts with Harry arriving at Tsubasa's apartment for said movie marathon, and then flashes back to how she talked him into it.
    • Equity? starts with Harry and the Occult Research Club exploring an ancient ruin, and then flashes back to Azazel explaining the expedition and convincing Harry to go.
  • Jackass Genie: Harry, coming down from a Winter high, considers acting like this to the trio's requests. like giving them invisibility but rendering them blind because he's bending light around them, or giving them X-Ray Vision that works like actual X-Rays...
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Harry's first kisses with Reya and Tsubasa come while he in in the thrall of the Winter Mantle. Serafall too, technically, except she is the one initiating.
  • Lack of Empathy: As Harry points out, Argus has been stealing eyes and killing people for centuries with his Beholders despite it being obvious that the eyes keep wearing out. He even says that if Argus had told his Beholders to only take one eye and leave the victims alive, he might have tried to help the god.
  • Legacy Character: Herc turns out to be using the name of the original Hercules, his ancestor who was raised to full godhood. Original Hercules notably is not happy about this, and makes Herc stay away from his current family.
  • Leonine Contract: Oakley and Serafall. Played with however, because Serafall desperately wants to save Oakley, who is not so keen on becoming a Devil. Oakley actually negotiates to get her own 2nd Amendment thrown into the deal.
  • Living Lie Detector: Oakley, the reincarnation of Annie Oakley, has a Sacred Gear that allows her to sense lies and see through illusions.
  • Logic Bomb: Serafall uses a sexual one to break Harry free from the Winter Mantle.
    Winter Harry: I want to have sex.
    Winter Harry: Serafall agreed to have sex with me if I go back to 'normal'.
    Winter Harry: If I go back to 'normal', I'll just turn her down.
    Winter Harry: Then I won't get to have sex.
    Winter Harry: But I want to have sex...
  • Lower-Deck Episode:
    • A Walk on the Wild Side? is about what happened to the younger Devils left behind in Kuoh, while the main characters are in Kyoto and the older Devils are in the Underworld. Ruruko, Gasper, Koneko, and Ravel get led around town by Mister, coincidentally(?) performing some minor heroics in the process.
    • A Rearguard Action? focuses on the defense of real Kyoto from Annihilation Maker, something the Dx D canon glosses over. Though what happens is different than what little we do know of canon; though Azazel and Serafall still spearhead the efforts, the Sitri Peers attacked the Heroes with the Gremory crew, so Az and Levi-tan are instead assisted by some of the youkai, Serafall's Peerage, Nike, and Oakley.
  • Magic Missile Storm: Goth Hermione's Balance Break splits a spell in five, letting her turn a five shot Force Bolt into a twenty five bolt barrage.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Mild example, after helping Harry move to his new house, Rias insists that Issei "needs to study" and can't stay any later, which she demonstrates by shoving his head between her breasts. Issei, for obvious reasons, doesn't resist in the slightest (though Asia and Koneko are less happy about the attention their crush is getting).
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Mister, full stop. He just appears one day. From everything Harry and Lash can tell he is a normal, non-magical cat, but is also completely identical to the Mister from Harry's universe. Is he the original Mister, which should be impossible? Or Mister's Bizzaro World doppleganger? Or something powerful enough to imitate Mister and fool both Harry and Lash?
    • And then there is A Walk on the Wild Side. Was Mister just leading his new servant to his favorite places and the heroics were an accident? Or was it all according to plan? He also seems to manage to avoid getting hit with Forbidden Balor View's Time Stands Still power, but it's unclear whether or not it's because he's equal or greater than Gasper's power, allowing him to No-Sell it, or if it just missed him.
    • Azazel himself isn't sure where the ammo for 2nd Amendment comes from; does it create it from magic or transport it from somewhere else?
  • Modesty Towel: Serafall wears one of these when the girls are staying at Harry's house during the "Beholder" storyline, and she uses the shower in Harry's room with the excuse that she prefers the western style bath he has in there, though it's clear to Harry, her AND the reader that she's really just doing it for flirtation.
    • Averted with Sona when Harry accidently walks in on her in the shower at Tsubasa's apartment (she put a silence charm up while bathing and didn't hear him knock). She's wearing a towel, but is using it to dry herself off, meaning that Harry gets a parital view of her.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Oakley is referred to as one of the Hero Faction's Mooks. After Harry removes her brainwashing, and they explain to her just how many people the "Heros" are going to kill, she switches sides.
  • Monster Progenitor: Argus created the Beholders after being blinded, using them to gather eyes to replace his own. Certain high-level Beholders can also use stolen eyes to replenish their own, using the cast off eyes to create weaker ones.
  • More Than Mind Control: What the Hero Faction did to Oakley (and possibly others); they rescued her from a bad foster home, taught her about her Sacred Gear, and told her she was going to learn to fight monsters. Then they also used a normal Mind Control power so she would not notice when they didn't quite fulfill their promises, and as a safeguard against her being captured or making a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Morph Weapon: 2nd Amendment, an artificial Sacred Gear which can transform into any real gun and ammunition type the wearer can accurately picture.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Harry is surprised at finding himself this in-universe. While most of his human classmates are still wary of the tall, imposing foreign student, many of the supernatural women he's run into have expressed an interest in him, much to his dismay as he has enough trouble balancing the girls he's actually interested in.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Jeanne doesnt want her little sister Alice to join the hero faction despite her being the reincarnation of the Greek heroine Atalante, both because she doesnt want to turn her sister into a soldier but also because Hercules has "expressed an interest" in her (even more creepy than usual as Alice is barely into puberty at this point).
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Played with, Reya is originally drawn to Harry because he shares her love of books.
  • Not a Date: Issei keeps insisting that the various outings Rias takes him on aren't dates, still too hurt from his experience with Raynare to think that anyone is romantically interested in him. Harry finally tells Rias that her subtle game isn't working, and that she needs to simply sit Issei down and confess her feelings directly to him. She does offscreen, alongside Akeno, Koneko and Asia, leading to Issei officially dating his harem.
    • Harry briefly tries to justify his day out with Tsubasa as just him keeping an eye on her, but quickly caves in and admits to himself that yes, it is an official date.
  • Not So Stoic: Cao Cao gasps and gets briefly unnerved for the first time when Harry demonstrates 2nd Amendment on the anti-monsters, likely remembering how Harry had pulled it on him.
  • Nominal Importance: None of the Hero mooks in A Violent Introduction? are given names. However one of them was given a name in the previous arc. Guess which one gets captured and interrogated by Harry and company?
    • The Beholders don't have names, they have designations consisting of a Greek letter and a number. Harry nicknames one (BB, short for "Boss Beholder") who is Final Boss for the Beholder Arc. Serafall nicknames another one (Rini), who is the only Beholder sent to Japan who survive. Rini also gets recruited by Serafall to be her Knight.
  • The Nudifier: Harry subs for Momo in the Ratings Game against Riser and his peerage, and when cornered, pretends that he knows how to perform Issei's iconic Dress Break. He doesn't (he finds the technique extremely skeevy), but uses an illusion that distracts his female opponents long enough for Tsubasa to take most of them down.
    • The real thing makes it's debut in A Violent Introduction? during the fight against the Hero Faction in Kyoto. Issei uses it on a group of female fighters, which makes most of them run away. Unlike canon Jeanne also gets hit, as does OC Oakley. Both of them try to keep fighting, but ultimately cannot (Oakley because one of her fleeing comrades accidently knock her out with her own rifle, and Jeanne because she got embarassed when she saw that Harry was watching her fight in the nude).
  • Omake: There have been four Omake chapters so far; the April Fools' chapter (which was removed due to negative fan backlash), the Halloween Party (which is now canon), Harry's Christmas with the girls, and a tribute to Carrie Fisher.
  • One Steve Limit: Played with, with Tsubasa and Tsubaki; Serafall decides she can't use 'Tsuba' as Tsubasa's nick name, because that could refer to either of them.
  • Overprotective Dad: Mr. Yura isn't crazy about his daughter going on a date with Harry (Harry being a self-proclaimed wizard doesn't help since Mr. Yura isn't aware of his daughter being part of the supernatural), and Tsubasa mentions he put her in an all-girls school for this exact reason.
  • Overprotective Girlfriend: While Harry is far from helpless, he's a good deal more breakable than his harem, who have come to his rescue several times already when he's been about to be overwhelmed, most notably during the Beholder story. On a more humorous note, they're also a bit of the jealous type and tend to get pissed when other girls flirt with Harry.
  • Painting the Medium: The Beholders' disturbing and inhuman voices is original written with every vowel as a capital letter, and consonants as lower case. This stops after Harry asks Lash to filter their speech.
  • Playing with Fire: Tsubasa manages to use something similar to Fuego when fighting Herc.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Harry's kiss causes Reya to pass out and collapse. Then he kisses Tsubasa, and she does the frozen in place version of this trope. Which was good for Harry, since one of his legs was disabled and he was barely standing, so he uses her for support.
  • Powers via Possession: The Akiba thief uses a ghostly possession to perpetrate her crimes; specifically invisibility to avoid detection, and intangibility to gain entry.
  • Punny Name: Azazel names an artificial Sacred Gear that can turn into any gun the user can accurately picture "2nd Amendment".
  • Redemption Equals Death: Oakley dies in a Heroic Sacrifice after her Mook–Face Turn. She gets better.
  • Revenge: Jeanne joined the Hero Faction because a high Class Devil entered a bar owned by a Fallen, and the place caught fire as a result, her father dying when he went in to save others. She's already killed the Devil, and Harry gives her the info to track down the Fallen.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Mulan of the Hero Faction wants revenge on Japan for the actions taken against China during WWII. As Oakley points out, besides the obvious problem that nearly everyone in Japan (and Kyoto, which she is helping attack) who was involved is dead, and that her parents weren't even alive then, let alone her, Mulan is Chinese-Canadian, and asks why she's speaking the language if she hates Japan so much, and points out that for someone who hates Japan, she sure watches a lot of anime...
  • Semi-Divine: Jeanne reveals that the Hero Faction's Heracles is the fifth generation descendentnote  of the real Heracles, after Zeus raised him to full godhood. That explains why he is stronger and tougher than a Human has any right to be, since his Sacred Gear just makes explosions.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Leviathan, even by the standards of Devils, is completely shameless and combines this trope with her obession with Magical Girl fiction. One notable incident is when she magically transforms out of her uniform... except HER transformation doesnt have any censorship sparkles, giving every member of Sona and Rias peerages a Full-Frontal Assault (as well as Harry). Ironically, despite her unrestrained nature, she's never actually been involved with anyone before Harry, her political role having made that impossible.
  • She is Not My Girlfriend: Harry wants to invoke this trope in A Working Date?, but does not because he know it will just get him in trouble. To the readers, it's pretty clear that at this point it's just a matter of semantics.
  • She's Got Legs: While Sona isnt as voloptuous as her peerage, her physical appeal lies more in this trope, something Harry even remarks upon on their date, pointing out that Sona clearly picked an outfit that shows off her legs.
  • Shipper on Deck: Like in the original series, we have Lash, but she has been joined by Azazel who is aware of Harry's feelings due to their Soul Gaze, and enthusiastically both encourages Harry to pursue the girls, and prods him for info about his romantic life. Much to Harry's chagrin, since he doesn't consider his relationships to be anyone else's business.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sibling Triangle: Sona X Harry X Serafall is a type 11 or type 13 Triang Relations, depending on whether or not you buy Harry's reluctance. Both girls like Harry, Serafall seems to have a more than sisterly affection for Sona, and Harry likes both girls, but has issues. Unlike most Sibling Triangles, there is a good chance this one will not require one of the siblings to be dumped...
  • Sneeze Cut: Happens to Azazel in A Storm Gathering?; Harry mentions learning about Sacred Gears from "a certain otaku Fallen". Cut to Az sneezing and Serafall offering him a hanky.
  • Spooky Photographs: A fanboy taking a picture of Harry and Serafall in costume gets more than he bargained for when the dark, incomplete form of Lash shows up as well.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Despite the other differences with canon Volume 9, Ise still takes a parting shot at the retreating Cao Cao, with help from Sun Wukong, and still destroys Cao Cao's right eye. Presumably for the eventual rewrite of Volumes 11 and 12.
  • Taking You with Me: After being ambushed by BB and racking up some nasty injuries, Harry prepares to take punish BB with his death curse (by blinding the Beholder). Luckily, Serafall shows up in time to make this unnecessary.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Besides Cao Cao and Georg, no one in the Hero Faction is really friendly with Herc. A few of the girls like his antics and appearance, but that's it. Even the original Hercules doesn't like him, and makes him stay away from his family.
  • Those Two Guys: Like in Dxd canon, there's Matsuda and Motohama, Issei's perverted friends. In this fic, they constantly pester Harry for magical aid in peeping on their female classmates. Harry goes out of his way to sabotage their efforts.
    • Since Issei's more focused on his harem, and not leching after random girls at the school, he's not counted among the Trio anymore, leaving it a Perverted Duo (though Katase suggests adding Aika in with them to keep the name, to which all three protest in stereo).
  • Throw-Away Guns: Played with, with 2nd Amendment. Harry generally discards it when it runs out of bullets. But this is just because it is the most efficient way to revert it to its standby state; which allows him to summon it again, fully loaded.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Remus can do this because his weapon is literally bloodthirsty and won't stop until it strikes a foe.
  • Token Good Teammate: Jeanne is the most sympathetic of the Hero faction shown so far (possibly aside from Oakley). Georg, Siegfried and Cao Cao are all Knight Templar, Leonardo has received little to no characterization yet, and Heracles is a huge Jerk Ass who'd be a Nominal Hero if they were the protagonists.
  • Torso with a View: Harry gets a hole straight through his right thigh, front to back. Including, in his own words, a femur ground into powder. He covers his leg in a layer of ice to help him stand and so the thin flaps of skin and muscle still holding the limb on don't tear.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: While Harry is far from a picky eater, he has a notable preference for burgers, especially Burger King.
  • Troll: [After the battle in Kyoto, Sun Wukong deliberately returns the gang to the real world... with a bunch of tourists surrounding their reentry point
  • Transformation Sequence: Serafall does one in reverse. Except being live, she does not have the benefit of the editing department over painting her skin with magical sparkles. As a result she flashes all of Sona and Rias's Peerages, and Harry.
  • Twerp Sweating: Tsubasa's dad to Harry. Even though Harry is roughly the same age (chronologically) and has two daughters of his own. Harry is still intimidated, admitting that he knows what he would do for his own girls.
  • Verbal Backspace: Harry jumps up "getting ready to turn whatever had alarmed my girls in a block of ice. The girls. 'The', not 'my'." He does this on occasion in the early parts of the story, referring to Sona/Reya/Tsubasa in the possessive, and then quickly switching to a more neutral term.
  • Villains Out Shopping: After the Ratings Game, Riser's peerage remain in the city to have a night out. Unfortunately, one of Argus Beholders catches Mihae by surprise and costs her an eye (temporarily).
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: Riser references this trope when Harry and Sona walk into his trap. Harry quickly points out that they were ready for the trap; but he is also not a virgin (ironically making him the only confirmed non-virgin on the hero side. Riser and his peerage are most certainly not virgins, but vastly underestimate both Sona and her peerage, and Harry).
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Harry's girlfriends are not the least bit impressed that he put himself in needless danger by leaving the protection of his house and attracting the attention of BB, especially since it's clear to everyone, including the readers, that he didn't really need to run his errands, and just wanted an excuse to leave the house, and he himself admits he should have at least gotten someone to go with him.
  • Weirdness Censor: Unlike Harry's original world, Dx D's Japan, while it does ostensibly have a Masquerade, has supernatural beings appear in public a lot more often with no real consequence, and several Muggles are aware of the supernatural without really being part of it (the Devils at Kuoh actually use summoning flyers). Probably helped by the fact that Japan's spiritual culture is a lot more interconnected with society than the secular west.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Azazel calls out Harry and Issei on being this, saying that they're the worst trouble magnets he's seen in a thousand years, and with them on the Kyoto trip, things going wrong is a matter of when, not if. He's right.
  • You Are Number 6: Done twice for the Beholders. They do not have names, they are given a designation consisting of a number and a Greek letter. The number is the order of their creation, while the letter is their sub-species, also assigned in the order it was created.
  • You Killed My Father: The reason Jeanne ended up with the Hero Faction is that her father died saving two others from a bar fire (he worked as a chef there) caused when a Devil entered and took offense to the Fallen owner. She already killed the Devil, and Harry gives her info on the Fallen after the mess with Alice.


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