Mahou Sensei Negima: Tropes V to Z

aka: Tropes V-Z
  • Vampiric Draining: Evangeline uses type II.
  • Vancian Magic: "Delay Spells" require some type of chanting/other preparations before being used. The amount needed is often proportional to the power of the spell being cast.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Lampshaded by Rakan with the Gravekeeper's Palace.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment:
    • Mana prominently has one. In chapter 276, she pulls out an anti-tank rifle. It's lampshaded ("I mean... how the heck did you pull that thing out? From the "magical valley"?)
    • Earlier on, in chapter 35, Asakura stores Chamo in there. Bet he enjoyed it.
    • This rule isn't just limited to just big-breasted girls in Negima, as Nodoka, who is a bit of a Pettanko, is seen hiding one of the smaller versions of her Pactio item in her cleavage in chapter 280.
    • During the sports festival, several girls in class 3-A pull love notes to Negi out of their clevage because they're unable to express their feelings aloud.
  • Villain Ball: Cosmo Entelecheia attacking the Governor's reception for no explained reason, while they already had all they needed and were supposed to be lying low.
  • Villainous Rescue: Evangeline saves the gang's collective ass in Kyoto, demonstrating her true power in the process by curb-stomping both a recently-summoned demon god and a later arc's Big Bad in quick succession.
    • Further along the line, parallel to another one of Negi's Big Damn Hero moments, Fate Tertium saves Nodoka and Natsumi from another Fate incarnation for he himself wanted to be the ONLY one to defeat Negi.
    • Chapter 330 shows Evangeline doing it again in the exact same manner when Negi and Fate are about to get fried by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations of Cosmo Entelechia along with the Lifemaker.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Asuna fights constantly with Ayaka, her best friend. Their classmates worry about them if they aren't fighting.
  • V Sign: One of Asuna's standard poses is the V for victory sign.
  • Wacky Homeroom: On Steroids and/or Crack
  • Walk on Water: Any self-respecting ninja can do so, along with accomplished mages.
  • Walk the Plank: Arika's execution in chapter 268.
  • Wall of Text: Played for Laughs with Hakase's incredibly long rant about AIs and love in an early chapter.
    • Also often played for laughs when Yue is in a pinch, showcasing her tendency to overanalyze everything.
  • Warrior Prince: Negi is the son of the last queen of Ostia, Arika, a connection that is later capitalized on after he's done with fighting for the moment.
  • Waterfall Shower: Done on several occasions, most notably during the descent into the Library in volume 3, and then again much later in the Magical World by Asuna and Setsuna. and the Crowning Moment of Funny when Rakan and Chisame catch each other doing it.
  • The Watson: Usually the normal or inexperienced girls. The trained warriors are usually the ones explaining.
  • Weapon Jr.: Small wands are used for magic training and as emergency magical foci. Chamo even describes them as beginner wands.
  • We Are as Mayflies: The series has a vampire, several robots and demons, all effectively immortal, and at least some of the species of the Magic World (such as the one of Jack Rakan) are said to have a pretty long lifespan.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Chao, Fate, and Kurt Godel all want to "save the world" through means that others think are going too far.
  • We Will Not Use Photoshock In The Future: Kosmo Entelekheia edits video of the fight at the Gateport to make it look like Negi's group had destroyed it instead of themselves, causing Negi's group to become wanted criminals. Although it probably doesn't help that there's a Government Conspiracy against them.
    • Chisame lampshades this early on, when Negi notices how much better she looks in her idol pictures but doesn't put two and two together.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 277, in which the Big Bad's allies reveal they can simply erase people from existence, and do so to several minor-but-named characters.
    • Chapter 294: the reveal of Zazie as the group's next opponent. Fans shat bricks, and Chisame lampshaded it in the next chapter. Though it's all undone by revealing that it's not, in fact, Zazie, but her older sister.
      • (Then again, there's a lot of misleading foreshadowing in that collage, starting with the fact that the size of most of the characters' pictures is inversely proportional to their later role in the story.)
    • Chapter 311 Quartum rips Chachamaru in half, Quintum steals back the Code of the Lifemaker, so now there are 4 averruncus' one of which is female.
    • Chapter 329 The return of the Lifemaker.
    • Chapter 330 The return of Primum, Secundum, Quartum, Quintum, Sextum, and all of the other KE members. Doubles as Oh Crap!.
    • Chapter 331 features the arrival of all the former Ala Rubra members currently accounted for including none other than JACK Freaking RAKAN to join Eva in taking on KE, giving the impression that Akamatsu is out to either give his readers a concussion or just straight out split their skulls open.
    • Chapter 334 which ends up revealing the current Lifemaker to be Nagi.
    • Chapter 346 in which Negi reveals that he has feelings for one of the girls (doesn't so which one though)
    • Chapter 352 alone blows them all out of the water. Asuna wakes up in the future several years late and meets the descendants of several classmates. Furthermore, she finds Negi's grave (his actual fate remains unknown, however, as an article she read says he disappeared).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Numerous characters or plots are Left Hanging:
    • During the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, no mention is ever made of Anya or her fate. Interesting, as almost every other 'harem member' is addressed.
    • Shiori and the rest of Fate's girls who eventually Heel-Face Turn are similarly absent from not only the 6-month time skip, but also during the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
    • The whereabouts and activities of Graf Herman remain unclear, even though he survived his battle with Negi and promised that they would meet again. He suggested that he may know how to reverse the petrification cast on the inhabitants of Negi's village when he attacked it some time before the main story begins, but by the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, Konoka went ahead and cured them anyway and he vanishes completely.
    • Negi's mother, Queen Arika, despite being incredible important and surviving the events that destroyed her country, is never mentioned again. Her reasons for abandoning Negi, or her inability to help, for the less cynical, are never revealed.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: For Chachamaru, liking Negi doesn’t seem to be a source of great confusion for her, though she considers it private and gets upset when Hakase nearly tells everyone. Before heading to the magic world, she questioned whether her feelings were actually a sign of herself as an individual with a soul or merely a programming quirk.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Sceptrum Virtuale gives ChisameSuper Hacking Powers, which is cool in theory, but extremely situational and battery powered. Meaning without a source of nearby electronics, it can't even be used for long.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Negi and Team Good fall squarely on the side of "has a mind, is a person". Kurt Godel seems to think only the human inhabitants of the Magical World are worth anything. Since it's been shown that only humans can survive the Lifemaker's "Rewrite" (meaning that the Rubber-Forehead Aliens and Half Human Hybrids might be magical constructs) he has a reason. Not a valid one (they're still sentient, intelligent beings), but a reason nonetheless.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Not quite so serious one in chapter 349: Yotsuba calls out the girls for trying to force Negi to say who he likes, if anyone in particular. Her rationale? He's only ten, they already know about his magic and parentage, several of them have pactios with him and he's trying to save the world. Is he really not allowed to have any secrets at all?
  • What Would X Do?: Nodoka asks herself what Yue, Haruna or Negi would do when she's under attack by the bounty hunters.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: A lot of Negi's problem solving abilities seems suspiciously linked to kissing girls until the problem goes away. Kissing convinces Chachamaru she has a soul and even breaks a perfect magical disguise!
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The final chapter, 355, shows a few snippets of what became of Class 3-A seven years after graduation and beyond.
  • Whip It Good: Ayaka's weapon in Rare form.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Chisame gets upset when "Zazie" shows up out of nowhere and says one can't just throw events in like that suddenly no matter how suspicious she is.
  • Will They or Won't They?: There's a long running subplot around whether Setsuna and Konoka will ever form a pactio and, more pertinently, a relationship. In 2017 they get married, though it doesn't say outright that it's to each other.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Asakura mentions that Negi would make a great main character, although Negi himself disagrees.
  • Wife Husbandry: The rationale of at least one of Negi's "admirers".
  • The Wise Prince: Though he doesn't know he is one for most of the manga, Negi's actions definitely revolve around protecting the people and he's certainly honorable and well intentioned, if perhaps naive.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Chisame is vocally annoyed by the lack of foreshadowing for Zazie's appearance in the Magic World.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Konoka has ongoing Ship Tease with Setsuna that never goes anywhere until the end, where it's implied but not stated that they marry offscreen.
  • Wingding Eyes: More "wingding speech" than eyes. Negi, being ten years old, doesn't get the connotations of "winding up" Chachamaru, and does it pretty vigorously. Even with she clamps her hand over her mouth, her speech bubbles fill with wingding characters.
  • Witch Species
  • Wizard Duel: Starting with the first fight between Eva and Negi, the series shifted towards a focus on these.
  • Wizarding School: Much of the staff at Mahora are covert magic users and there's also the World Tree.
  • The Worf Barrage: Sica Shishikushiro has been used repeatedly, and almost never does anything useful. Possibly why Takemikazuchi is a different type of weapon and does prove useful.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Takane, the girl with the shadow puppets. She's supposed to be at least reasonably competent, but has a tendency to go up against stronger enemies like Negi or ones who just completely ruin her power set like Asuna.
    • Any dragons that appear are likely going to be defeated in a spectacular manner.
    • Strongly implied with Kotaro against Fate in Chapter 303. It doesn't happen and actually shows quite a bit of Character Development on his part: the old Kotaro would have attacked and endangered the whole group.
  • The World Is Not Ready: This is ultimately the reason that convinces Negi to oppose Chao's plan.
  • World of Badass
  • The World Tree: The name of the giant tree located in the center of Mahora.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Negi can break the rules by kissing hard enough.
    • In the situation of Negi and Jack Rakan, whenever they break a seeming rule, it is brought to our attention, such as Chisame calling Rakan the man with infinite cheats, the one time he doesn't break a rule.
  • Wuxia: Euro-centric magic and fantastic setting aside, the manga is increasingly gravitating towards this genre. Ku Fei's, and therefore by extension Negi's fighting style is emblematic of those found in the Classic Shaw Brothers Kung Fu films and Jet Li films of the 1990s.
  • Xanatos Gambit / Crazy-Prepared: If the fandom's theories are correct, Chao Lingshen defines this trope. Basically, she's trying to avert some disaster in the future. The best way to do this is to reveal magic to the world. But if Negi is able to stop her, then that means he will also be able to avert the future disaster... well done, my dear. Well done.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Eva's "resort-in-a-bottle" (24:1 ratio), Theodora's similar training ground (10:1), and Eva's scroll (max of 72:1, though it can only be used for mental training, not physical).
  • Years Too Early:
    • In the first anime, Chisame tells her opponent class that they're 100 years too early to try beating her supreme hacking skills, and that their homepage would fail.
    • In chapter 183, Chisame is protecting Negi from exposure to ... ah, "material" above his age level.
    Haruna: Ah, I suppose it's a bit too early for kids to be reading this kind of thing...
    Chisame: THEN DON'T FRIGGIN' BRING 'EM!
  • Yin-Yang Bomb
    • Kanka is what you get when you combine the opposites that are Ki and Magical power. It is powerful enough to be considered a power category of its own, but is only used by a select few. Takamichi is the most known user and uses it since he is unable to use magic on its own. Speed, power, physical resistance, poison resistance and a number of other buffs are granted by the technique.
    • Magia Erebea is, quoth Evangeline, "the power to accept good and evil, strength and weakness, exactly as it is, and consume it all." What this means is that it means use of both light based magics and darkness based power ups. It requires accepting everything about yourself and a view that power is power with no moral qualities. This grants a power up by itself, but also allows for usage of a wide degree of magic and the ability to absorb them instead of use them directly.
  • You Are Not Alone: The last two episodes of Negima! (the first anime) revolve around this on multiple levels.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: During the School trip, The magical decoys that Negi's team-members make go haywire and put on a striptease for the class (off-screen). It being an all-girl school, It didn't cause much them much trouble.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Both straight and subverted, for the same event. Not to be confused with the character named Fate, although fights against him have been unwinnable more often than not.
    • Jack Rakan vs Fate played this straight as can be. He stood 0% chance of winning, but was so badass in his refusal to go down quietly into the night that he even made Fate question his motives. And he ultimately subverts it. Even after being rewritten out of reality (twice) he proves that Fate can be fought.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Red, blue, dark or light purple,turquoise, green… there are hair colours for every taste in this series.
  • Younger Than They Look: Most of the girls. Lampshaded when two of them try to get discount tickets to a movie, but the ticket saleslady refuses to believe that they're middle school students.
    • Later, Mana gets a hold of a de-aging candy and is able to buy an elementary student ticket. After having a big laugh about beating the system, she realizes that, with the cost of the candy, she actually lost money overall, making it something of a Pyrrhic victory. Then Kaede shows up in a child's body, but tells Mana that it's due to one of her ninjutsu techniques, so it's free.
  • Your Door Was Open: Negi wanders into Chisame's apartment while she's dressed as her alter-ego "Chiu-chan".
  • You Remind Me of X: Everyone tells Negi about how he reminds them of his father.
  • Your Vampires Suck
  • You Shall Not Pass: Kaede, Kotarou, Asakura, Makie and Yue all attempt to stop Quintum from reaching Natsumi, Nodoka and Great Grandmaster's Key. They don't succeed, but manage to stall him long enough for Tertium's Villainous Rescue.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: Famous series or elements from them are frequently name-dropped, but one or two letters are blatantly obscured to barely avoid copyright issues.
    Is this the Ka**ken?
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Lots, but notably both Asuna and Anya have achieved Grade S, although sadly it isn't a consistent thing.

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Tropes V-Z