"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and evil for evil." —Rei Ogami
Code:Breaker is a manga series by Akimine Kamijyo (the creator of Samurai Deeper Kyo) which ran in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2008 to 2013. It was adapted into a 13-episode anime in 2012.Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire and a boy her age who's unharmed and standing over the people. She comes back to the site the next day and there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. She then goes to class to find there's a New Transfer Student who looks exactly like the boy she saw before and wears a black glove only on his left hand. Later she finds out that he is the sixth "Code:Breaker", a special type of assassin with a strange ability, who is only a member of a secret organization that serves the government.
Ambiguously Evil / Hidden Agenda Villain: "Fussy Lunch", possibly of the "It takes the threat of death to make people appreciate life and work together" variety. It's also unusual that the sadistic game the Angels play is about controlling their life-sucking powers to kill the least amount of people, and the only ones they kill are the Code:Names' masked goon squads. He reticently thought he'd blow up Sakura's school, but then changed his mind and gave them a fireworks show instead.
An Ice Person: Yukihina's most common application of his power, though he seems to be able to control water in any form.
Anti-Magic / Power Nullifier: Sakura Sakurakouji with implied Anti-Magic abilities. All Code Breakers' abilities have been shown to be ineffective against her, and she's even displayed the ability to cancel out the effects of those powers on others. Canceling out their power's effects may or may not require full body contact, since she seems to hug people every time she does it, causing her friends to name it her "rare power hug attack." When fully awakened she can nullify power-users to death. This happened when she was five and resulted in scores of deaths. Currently she's figured out how to de-power Codes on command. Later it's revealed that if her blood mixes with Ogami's it causes explosions.
This page might be a hint that Sakura can re-power power-users too... or maybe that's just Ogami's feelings for Sakura.
The President is also a power-suppressing "Rare Kind" and Sakura's biological father. He made Inoichi with this ability in mind, although she has to bite someone to take their power rather than just touch them. He also put his blood into Sakura's school, making it the only anti-any-Code building in Japan.
Artificial Human: Biological, though not (as far as we've seen) actually clones. Yuuki, Shigure, and anyone else with a bar-code are artificially created super-powered people made by EDEN. Unfortunately not all of them can have really cool powers so the rejected ones are given an X on their clothes that marks the as cannon fodder.
Bandage Babe: Aoba has her right arm (and her chest) all bandaged up and wears it the arm in a sling after Ogami sliced it off.
Berserk Button: Don't mess with Yuuki's Nyanmaru dolls if you want to live.
Or anyone that reminds him of Nyanmaru. At first it was just Sakura but now it's almost Sakura's entire class.
Ogami with Sakura as well.
Do not tell Yukihina to work with Heike. Ever. Unless someone comes and threatens other peoples' warrior prides. Then Yukihina will work with Heike. After a Curbstomp Battle, of course.
Berserker Tears: Aoba sports these after fighting Ogami, and it appears to be due to her friend Sakura siding with him.
Big Fancy House: When the gang needs shelter for the night, the apparently homeless Yuuki suggests a bench, then a park, then the big fancy house that envelopes the park. Naturally, it's his house (big imagination + The Nicknamer + a country that loooooves collectible toys = (mega) profit!). When Toki suggests that Yuuki is just being used to make a profit, Yuuki shows that he's also really good at reading the stock marketnot that any of that helps with what he really wants: friends :(.
There's also the Shibuya Manor, which is kinda run down and should've fit the trope well were it not for the constant damage. There's also an Elaborate Underground Base that the President doesn't want anyone to enter.
Bittersweet Ending: Ogami gets his memories back, the world is saved, and everyone in the core group is alive... but Ogami and Sakura separate because their methods of saving people are too different - Ogami wants to kill evil while Sakura wants to save everyone (she later becomes a doctor) - and Ogami can't do his job properly if his enemies know about Sakura. Fortunately there are still ways for him to let her know he's thinking about her.
Blessed with Suck: One of the most obvious cases of blessed with suck EVER. People can get awesome elemental powers, and, seriously, who wouldn't want to control lightning?, but in the end your powers will turn on you and consume you.
Brick Joke: Remember the toy that Yuuki designed in chapter 51? A little kid is seen holding it in chapter 60.
Bullying a Dragon: Yuuki, who can manipulate sound waves, tries to use their shared abusive pasts to reason with the poison (and other liquids - she hides her many scars under a thick layer of "makeup")-secreting Lily, to no avail.
In a more recent chapter, some Re-Code punk wannabe tells the Prince off and tried to blow her up. She julienne's him.
Calling Your Attacks: Code:Revenger calls out numbers which correspond to how many seconds she can turn back time.
Came Back Strong: Ogami pulls this trope twice. The first time when he was a child and received the Emperor's flame, and the second when Yuuki kills him and the Emperor allows him access to the next flame for making the correctchoice.
Subverted when we learn as a child he could already control the seven flames.
Casting a Shadow: The Prince's power. And her brother's. Both "shadows" are strong enough to douse Heike's light and Ogami's fire.
Catch Phrase: The Code:Breakers often quote the Code of Hamurabi: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth—" with a personal touch added to it.
When angered, Yuuki is pretty dangerous, even in cat form.
One of the five Angels is a boy with spiky hair that looks like cat ears who little Ogami instantly names "Catboy". He's the first to play a game where they take turns sucking power-users lives away. He kills Aoba's squad in five minutes.
Chekhov's Gun: The mark Ogami's brother gives Sakura in chapter 55 end up saving her life in chapter 125.
Chickification: Sakura is hit with this hard. She went from a woman who had a blackbelt and always got annoyed when guys thought she needed to be protected, kicking the butts of power users due to her skills and power nullifying ability, and was not afraid to stand up to super-powered serial killers, to a girl who let's the power users protect her, acts childish, and seems to just exist to preach the Power of Love to anyone around her.
Childhood Marriage Promise: Ogami to Sakura, to the President's consternation. Ogami just didn't want Sakura (and Mishiru, and...) to be lonely, and married people stay together forever, right?
Clean Cut: Shigure from Re-Code inflicts this on a passer-by, with the notable detail that he does it with ashes in place of a blade.
Ogami inflicts this on Aoba when he cuts of her right arm with his blue flame.
Sakura's bio-mom vertically slices her own daughter in half (not really, but it was quite convincing).
One of Saechika's psycho murderer squad neatly shreds his victims and teammates thanks to his diamond blades.
Clothing Damage: Kouji obliterates the Saint Fighters' clothes, then gives them his own since he can't stand to to see girls getting hurt. Also happens to Aoba a lot. Good thing she's a time-master.
Nenene, who loves to randomly grope Sakura's breasts (and even names them). Not only is Nenene Sakura's Sempai, she's somehow a member of the student council. Her dad being the prime minister of Japan and head of EDEN probably had something to do with it. It's revealed that this is her de-powered personality and that her real self is kind of a bitch.
Yuuki, on the other hand is one of the most powerful of the Code:Breakers in EDEN due to his control of sound. For some reason, his nonsensical behavior annoys the hell out of the usually lackadaisical Toki who happens to be Nenene's estranged brother. Naturally, Nenene is easily distracted as Sakura says "This is your brother!" while standing in front of a guy with the same hair and heterochromia as her. To his (or his handlers') credit, Yuuki uses his nonsensical ideas ("He's a middle-aged mushroom suffering from depression") to become the chief of a multi-billion dollar toy empire, although all he really wants/needs are friends.
Code Name: The Code:Names. So far we have Emperor, President Sakura's bio-dad, Seeker Ogami's "brother", Revenger Aoba, and Closer Saechika.
Cool Down Hug: Sakura's specialty. Learned from Ogami when they were children, back when he was the pacifist and she the pure-hearted killer.
Ogami, to Sakura after she awakens her true Rare Kind power.
Rui did this to Hiyori when she first recruited Hiyori to the Re-Codes.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yuuki; Hyori AKA turtle-girl. And while he isn't so much a moron as immature, it's hinted that Toki is actually the strongest of the Code:Numbers.
Curbstomp Battle: Saechika's dark side vs. Heike - it starts with Heike getting his arm sliced off and gets worse from there. If your power is shadow and your enemy's is light it's really easy to see what's coming.
One member of Saechika's psycho murderer squad is basically Vega (bishounen, protects his face with a mask, slices people) and instantly kills the other four. Toki promptly kills him, though at a cost.
"Catboy", one of the five Angels (deadly Rare Kinds), kills all of Aoba's Valkyrie squad in five minutes, as part of a game to see who can kill the least.
Freezing Houkabe didn't stand much of a chance against Yukihina's Forms of Water. Didn't help that he hit one of Yukihina's semi-Berserk Buttons.
The Five Angels utterly defeat Sakura's mom, Heike, and the remaining fighters, destroy the underground Diet Building, wreck the *real* Diet Building for good measure, and casually walk out of the rubble like it wasn't anything special.
Fussy-Lunch gets his chest punched out from behind by Kagerou/Mishiru.
Cycle of Revenge: Kouji averts this by taking the blame for killing Nenene so Toki wouldn't go after the real killer, Prince's brother Saechika, causing Prince to kill Toki. Prince and Toki hear this at the same time, and respectfully disagree with Kouji's "peaceful" but untrue solution.
Dark Action Girl: Lily, Hiyori, and the Prince, a former Re-Code who's since joined the Code:Breakers.
Aoba, Sakura's classmate and best friend who's secretly Code:Revenger and her cross-dressing all-girl goon squad.
Technically Kagerou/Mishiru, although it's unclear if "Kagerou", being a floating mask should be considered to have a gender.
Dark Is Not Evil: Ogami has dark hair, dark clothes, a dark glove, and uses his powers to burn people to death on a regular basis. He's also very much a good guy, going to great lengths to protect his friends and allies.
Mixing this up a bit with Light Is Not Good, Ogami's sempai is very sinister and is usually seen reading bondage H-manga, but he can control light (in the form of a shibari rope, naturally) and is also on the side of good. Though currently on a different side from Ogami.
Little Sakura, who kills without malice. It almost seems like if you asked her why she kills she'll look at you as if asked her why she breathes.
The real Nenene, who slaughters with a smile.
The Five Angels, but especially "Fussy Lunch" who always has the same bored expression.
The Prime Minister, who's only upset that Kagerou caused so much of Fussy Lunch's "precious rare-kind blood" to gush out of his chest.
The Ditz: Hiyori the Re-Coder. When asked how many people she killed, she says "One, two, three... Ten, I guess, because I have ten fingers! But I'm not in a counting mood, so now I'll kill you painfully!" Notably, she never lapses into a Slasher Smile but remains perfectly cheerful and perky throughout.
Does Not Like Men: Code Revenger AKA Aoba, all because her male friend teased her as a kid. All three of her squads were women, she has a crush on Sakura, and one of the several reasons she hates Ogami is because he's closer to Sakura then she ever was.
Doomed Hometown: Ogami burned down Aoba's orphanage in front of her, killing the nun and everyone else inside.
Toki, Yuuki, and Heike are hunting Ogami while two Re:Codes are protecting him per a promise they made to a pre-crazy "One Being Sought". Lily has also joined Ogami's side, not that she'd admit it. Nenene's real personality (or is it?) is a cold-blooded killer who thinks her brother is a weak idiot.
Fanservice: Some starts showing up around chapter 40
There was always a little but it's becoming more prevalent as the manga continues.
Code:Revenger has a pantyshot in almost every scene she's in while Sakura seems to possess a Magic Skirt.
Fantastic Racism: The Rare Kinds view Power Users as Evil simply because they are Power Users.
Forgotten Childhood Friend: Ogami (then a hot-blooded hero-wanna-be) and Sakura (emotionless natural-born killer). Also "Misoshiru", who might be Ogtami's sister/clone.
Ogami claims that he does not remember Noguchi, the arsonist, and he kills him so no real drama comes of his not remembering. Ogami and Sakura don't remember meeting as children, but the fact that she killed him and then something killed her has something to do with it.
The Four Gods / Four Is Death: The Four Founders of EDEN Heike, Code: Emperor, and Sakura's mom; they're reverently remembered and their organization has certainly caused a lot of deaths.
Code:04, a merciless killer with a gentle smile, AKA Nenene
Freudian Trio: Childhood friends Yuuki (id), muggle Mokoto (ego), and future Re-code Shigure (the one with a bar code for an eyebrow; super-ego).
Friend to All Living Things / Walking Wasteland: The Prince's brother Saechika, who is shown peacefully surrounded by birds one minute and killing them with his power or his bare hands the next — one particular parakeet excluded. It's later revealed that the parakeet is his Dark Side, and it's controlling him.
Friend to All Living Things][[HatesEveryoneEqually Does Not Like People]][=/Hikkikomori/Crazy Cat Lady: "Misoshiru", a beautiful girl who can talk to animals and lives in an abandoned art room where she's guarded by a cadre of feral cats she rescued (a tiger is a cat, right?). Also knows (and resembles!) Ogami from childhood. It turns out that she likes people, she's just compelled to hurt them when the Kagemarou mask appears.
Future Me Disappoints Me / I Hate Past Me: "The Flame of Pride" takes the form of little Ogami and says he's ashamed he became such an "evil loser". Later, present Ogami declares he doesn't want to remember anything about his past, not even happy memories.
Generation Xerox: Every boy (and girl, if Mishiru's "related") who got the Emperor's flame (I think) starts out looking like Ogami but eventually matures into their own person (see Ogami's brother).
Godiva Hair: The Prince's long-lost brother Saechika, a member of Code:Name
Expository Hairstyle Change: Little Rui chops off her hair and declares that she'll give up her femininity in order to get strong (Kouji declares that's unnecessary, especially since she (and Saechika) are inclined to long hair); Rui's dark side slashes Saechika's, chopping most of his hair off at the same time he almost seems to consider letting the past go (too bad his dark side won't let him).
Kouji says he'll come find Prince (meaning he'll start a proper relationship with her) once her hair is as long as Saechika's. Sakura's mom marvels that he's willing to wait that long.
In the epilogue five years after the main story Rui grew her hair out, dresses like a woman, and trying to be in a relationship with Kouji despite Yukihina interrupting them because he "can't read the mood" according to Yuuki (alternately, Yuuki's implying that Rui is using Yukihina's interference as an excuse not to hook up with Kouji).
Gone Horribly Right: After being mercilessly beaten by Prince for burning her home, Code:Emperor is seeking revenge and learns that her family was killed for the powers they possessed. He summons their spirits to make her cry, inadvertently revealing that her beloved little brother is in fact alive.
Code:Revenger successfully turns Ogami into a little child who can't tell friend from foe who's made of fire that even burns Sakura.
Government Conspiracy: EDEN, the group that controls the Codes, is led by the Prime Minister of Japan who is also Toki and Nenene's father.
Height Angst: heavily exaggerated In the epilogue five years later:
Toki: Don't just stand there with that huge body (Yuuki)! Prince (thinking): Just because he's a centimeter taller... sensitive guy...
Half the Man He Used to Be: Sakura's mom slices her up the middle with her big-ass katana! Thankfully Sakura is fine, just split into two tiny depowered girls.
Halfway Plot Switch: The original plot dealt with teens with unique abilities lead by a secret government department to eliminate corrupt people that were above the law. About halfway through it turned into a Civil War with characters switchingsides so often it is hard to tell who is on whose side, and pretty much everyone has become even more corrupt that who they were originally going after.
The Heart: Sakura does everything in her power to keep the group together and foster friendship. Though this aspect of her suffers extreme Flanderization to the point she is pretty much the teams Morality Pet.
The Heartless: Yukihina literally has no heart due to being "zombified" by Heike.
Harem: apparently Aoba has one consisting only of cross-dressing girls
Little Ogami proposed to every girl he met so they could stay together forever; he just didn't want these super-powered people to be lonely.
Heroic BSOD: After getting utterly defeated by the Angels, it take Ogami setting their stuff on fire to snap them out of it.
After Saechika is apparently killed by Kagerou, Prince Rui goes into a trance-like state of depression. It takes Ogami burning down her old house to snap her out of it.
Heroic RROD: The people with powers suffer from this if they use their powers too much, but the will return to normal after 24 hours have passed. Here is a list of the known consequences:
Ogami gets cold chills and later becomes transparent.
Heike's depowered form is that of a full-sized human, but apparently so embarrassing — and remember he reads S&M mags in public — that he wears a full suit of Japanese or European armor. It's quite likely it's his real age, given that he's over a hundred years old.
One of the Four Emperors is normally *dead*; when his power's used up he comes back to life.
Appropriately for someone whose name translates to "snow doll", Yukihina becomes a woman, although he's so bishounen it's fortunate he was topless or we wouldn't have noticed. Unfortunately for him when he depowers he's usually around Heike.
Heroic Sacrifice: Nenene gave half her powers to Toki so he could stay with her (their dad was ready to disown him for being a useless muggle), and later gave up half her life for him (or something to that effect), giving her amnesia in the process.
Yuuki's childhood friend Makoto, a normal human, protected him from being crushed by rubble and has been in a coma ever since.
Sakura jumps in front of Ogami and gets impaled by Aoba's fist. Naturally, Aoba blames Ogami for "killing" Sakura. May also count as a stupid sacrifice since Ogami could still be healed by Aoba but Sakura can't due to her anti-magic nature.
Kouji sacrifices his reputation by pretending to be Nenene's killer to prevent Toki from killing Saechika, Prince's brother, causing Prince to kill Toki.
The X-marks (artificial humans (in this case including almost a dozen children) who were rejected by EDEN for being too weak) give their powers to Yuuki to defeat one of Shigure's mooks. Unfortunately this costs them their lives and Yuuki really hates being unable to save people.
When the Angel nicknamed "Yankee" (gangster) says he'll trade one power-user's life for the rest, Shigure promptly offers up Hiyori as she's already in turtle-mode (see below) and has failed numerous times to kill Ogami and Sakura (she actually brought the other half of tiny Sakura to the battle site!). The others are shocked that Hiyori enthusiastically agrees, but after she gives a heart-felt speech about how sacreficing herself is the least she could do after Shigure has protected her for so long Shigure comes to her aid and gets depowered himself.
Hidden Depths: Ogami's one and only hobby (aside from rigging his place of residence with lethal booby-traps) is building models of castles. He cheers Sakura up by building a crude model of Shibuya Mansion after it's destroyed. As a child he had a deep aversion to killing and only used his fully-developed powers to threaten; however this aspect disappeared after he was apparently killed and disarmed (hah) by Sakura.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Sakura's parents. Dad is a normal/tallish katana-wielding retired badassill guy, mom is tiny and loves costumes. Oh, and Sakura's adopted, so who knows if they're actually married; for the record Sakura's biological parents are both tall.
Uesugi Hajime and his childhood friend Takatsu Aoba.
Humans Kill Wantonly: Kidnaps dozens of prisoners who're guilty of terrible things and puts their lives in the hands of 100,000 high school students. The eight votes we see are all yeses due to the fact that 1) they think it's a joke and 2) they were already found guilty for horrible crimes anyway. The second is proven further where they now are listing the crimes the criminals have done that are so horrible the students can't help but wish for their execution.
Hypocrite: It's hard to see the Angels' point about humanity being awful when they're not too bothered about killing.
Then one states that it would be more fun to just kill them then to play the games. Again these being the people who believe that Normal people are evil for killing.
Rei later even calls them out on it.
Insane Troll Logic: Pretty much everything that comes out of the Angels mouths has this in it.
Why do the Angels want to kill countless normal people? Because normal people do not know the value of life, which in turn makes them evil.
And how are they planning on proving that humans don't care about life? By setting up a voting system where people can chose to either let hardcore violent criminals, which whom they give graphic details of their heinous crimes and were previously on death row, live or die. Because if they choose death that means people will kill others for no reason. The fact that most of the people voting assume its a joke doesn't matter.
Then they release all of the criminals and tell them that if they can flee they can live, then they call them scum because they are committing crimes so they can escape being killed by them.
Turns out the real reason for all this madness is Fussy Lunch just wants to play with Ogami and Sakura again like when they were kids (the other Angels want to help Fussy Lunch so much they *came back from the dead* to make him happy).
Well of course she is, they're like 4 years old in that scene.
Idiot Heroine: Sakura. Just because you're a Rare Kind doesn't give you permission to jump into deadly Code-battles willy-nilly! At least one person cites Flanderization as a reason why she seems to be getting dumber.
The seventh chapter has her yelling at people shooting at her that guns aren't fair. She has never been bright. Amnesia and getting the murdering part of her personality hugged out of her might have something to do with that.
Jerkass Fašade: Ogami Rei certainly acts like a coldhearted bastard, doing things like snapping a dog's neck, burning a group of policemen to death to eliminate all witnesses, killing a man in front of his Littlest Cancer Patient daughter, and torching the helpful, handcrafted guide his classmates made for him in order to help him remember their names. Actually the dog was dying after getting beaten up by thugs, the policemen were wholly corrupt (as was their chief), giving the little girl an excuse for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Ogami also gave her a reason to live, and Ogami had already memorized their names ("I don't like 'things', they disappear too easily. I don't need 'things' to remember people." (basically)) — the first time he ever bothered to learn the names of, essentially, innocent bystanders. Naturally, his stalker companion Sakura notices something's amiss when Ogami had an almost tender look on his usually mask-like face when he euthanized the dog and also when he saves the dead dog's puppy, who takes an immediate liking to Ogami despite Sakura's protests.
Indeed, the facade is getting harder and harder to maintain, as evidenced when Ogami *doesn't* burn the thank-you note from his classmates after he sheltered them from a typhoon (he'd never been thanked before) and when he makes a Suspiciously Specific Denial about not caring what's going on with this teammates. Hard to believe this is the same guy who would've roasted Sakura without a second thought...
After their utter defeat by the Five Angels, our heroes (the ones who are still conscious) have been moping around Shibuya Mansion. Ogami gathers up their precious things and starts to burn them (with matches), snapping everyone out of their depression; naturally, by this point everyone knows he's trying to help them and makes fun of his bluff because they can tell he's still depressed.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Haruto, who spared the life of a child s/he kidnapped because the kid knew his own stepmother set him up to die just to collect his parents' inheritance and accepted that he was worthless. Haruto's response was to cut him loose and tell him that if he feels that way then there's no difference if he's alive or dead. Judging from the gaggle of children around him/her, Haruto's done this several times. Ogami is disgusted that this person is imitating him.
Katanas Are Just Better: The Sakurakuoji siblings - Sakura's biological mother and uncle - both wield huge katanas.
Manipulative Bitch: One on par with "Hummingbird" could be Nenene, who might have been acting like a ditz as a child to make her brother devoted to her. Even after she's revealed as a cold-blooded killer and calls him a weakling to his face he's still trying to protect her.
Code:Revenger: She got murder victims to become her zombie army by promising to return them to life, but when they fail to stop Ogami & Co. she calls them trash and says her promise was a lie. It's still to early however to say for certain that she really manipulated them as other evidence points in another direction.
Mega Manning: Ogami took Yuuki's sound power; unfortunately (or fortunately, since it means he can talk and hear for a while longer), Code:Emperor took it in exchange for a power upgrade.
Miniature Senior Citizens: Aoba's lost state turns out to be that of an incredibly small grandmother. It is unclear if this is how she will look when that old or if the lost state just decided to make her into a small old woman.
Mirror Match: Our seven fighters against the Seven Flames, one for each person's flaw: we only see Yuuki's temper (wrath) and Ogami's pride.
Mood-Swinger: Code:Emperor goes from wanting to kill the Prince for insulting him to being moved to tears by her singing to showing her a vision of her dead family to make her cry in about five pages.
Not a Date: Sakura, sensing Ogami needs cheering up after everyone was beaten by the Five Angels, takes him out to dinner, gets matching phone charms (despite Ogami not owning a phone), and gets in bed with him. She's actually recreating what her parents (actually her aunt and uncle) did to make her feel like family when she went to live with them. Unbelievably, she still insists that her excitement and rapid heart rate being in bed with Ogami is just high blood pressure.
Oblivious to Love: Sakura: I'm feeling anxious and jumpy around Ogami after learning he asked her to marry him as a child. It's obviously my blood pressure! And she's obviously lying!
Older than They Look: She looks like Sakura's little sister. But wait! That's her mom (although she's a bit more endowed)! Sakura's biological mom could pass for her big sister, and is really more endowed.
Many power users do not look their age because their powers grant them unnatural life force. For example, Kouji, whose appearance hasn't changed since he rescued the child Rui from her family's accident years ago; or Heike, who founded Eden with the Code:Emperor and is still in his prime at 100 years. It's not confirmed, but it's possible that the rare kind like Shibuya the President, Sakura's biological father has the same ability.
"The One Being Sought" is actually Ogami's older brother, it's just that he's been "locked" in a younger form for a while.
Code:Emperor, being just an arm, only has enough energy to manifest as a young boy.
Only Known by Their Nickname: The head of Re-Code is only ever called "The One Being Sought", which is fine for Ogamiwho is also his brother but sounds a bit odd coming other members of Re:Code, at least in the fandubs ("'The One Being Sought', what are our plans?"). This is later revealed to be a bit of clever wordplay, as it can also be translated as the "Seeking One", referring to his identity as the former Code: Seeker. This would then apply to the rest of EDEN's Code:Names.
The five Angels are so far only known by the nicknames Ogami gave them when he was 5. This extends to people like Sakura's bio-mom who ought to know their actual names. When "Fussy Lunch" enrolls at Ogami and Sakura's school he calls himself Ai Ueo (English equivalent: A. E. Io-Yu (written) or Abe E. Seedy (spoken)).
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Ogami to "The One Being Sought"; the Re:Codes to Ogami hence why they're protecting him from EDEN. The Prince has also vowed to "beat some sense into her brother, because that's what sisters do".
Yukihina is the only one allowed to kill Heike, who zombified him.
Only Six Faces: Literally everybody looks the same regardless of gender with the exception for Ogami and Sakura, which makes it difficult to follow the story. The prevalence of androgynous names, having non-twins looking alike AND countless number of twins in the story does not help at all.
Our Ghostsand/or Souls Are Different: Code:Emperor can summon the souls of the dead, and uses this to upset the Prince; however all he ends up doing is revealing that Prince's brother is alive.
Out of Focus: Where is Kanda-sensei again? she's fine, but had to leave for her protection
Parental Abandonment: Ogami's parents were murdered; Toki's father is a heartless Jerk Ass (and also and also Prime Minister of Japan and a leader of EDEN with no mention of a mom; Sakuraappears to be an aversion but she's actually adopted and has no memory before the age of 5, and it turns out that her birth parents (the president and a code breaker who can control dolls) are actually alive but for some reason can't see her. Yuuki has no parents and might not actually be human. It also appears that Ogami's mother was murdered by "The One Being Sought" because she was trying to protect Ogami... and Sakura. Additionally, The Prince's parents also had superpowers, and were killed because of it.
Pay Evil unto Evil: The modus operandi of the Code:Breakers and now their superiors the Code:Names.
Person of Mass Destruction: The Codes are people of mass destruction under the control of EDEN and protect Japan; the Re-Codes are led, ironically, by the Aloof Older Brother of the Jerk Ass Facade character. People in both groups were abused because of their powers, and now feel useful and free, respectively. And now we've been introduced to EDEN's Code:Names, who are worse both in terms of powers and single-mindedness
This includes Sakura, who can (or could) destroy a person's powers and their lives.
Combine Sakura and Ogami's blood and you get a massive explosion... which is what happened when they apparently killed each other along with an unknown number of people on December 32.
Kouji is even known as the God of Destruction because of that trope.
Pinky Swear: Sakura made her father promise as a child to not kill people despite being a Yakuza leader- as a bit of a twist on this trope, she references him cutting off the finger if he breaks his promise.
Playing with Fire: Except, is Ogami really playing? And now the Fire's playing with him.
Pure Is Not Good: Sakura's original personality. She's so beautifully pure and innocent that she doesn't kill out of malice, she just kills.
Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The Code:Names each have their own specialsquads. Code:Revenger seems to have at least three (The Saint Fighters, the "SVU Zombies", and the Valkyries, if the Valkyries aren't the Saint Fighters). Sadly they don't appear to be very relevant since with one exception they're being killed off without their faces being revealed.
The Rainman: Yuuki is an incredibly odd character who appears to be homeless, randomly falls asleep, and gives people silly nicknamesit's not terribly surprising that his depowered form is a cat. He's also one of the most powerful of the Codes with his ability to use sound as a weapon and has used his frequently nonsensical pronouncements to spawn a multi-billion-dollar toy empire. When Toki thinks that Yuuki couldn't possibly have control over the company's finances and is just being used by his handlers, Yuuki is shown crouched on a chair in front of a bunch of screens showing the company's stock rising at the announcement of the new collectible.
Rare Kind from Nowhere: The story has pretty much stated over and over again that the only two Rare Kind left were Sakura and her biological father. Then literally out of nowhere there is a group of them that have not been even hinted at until their reveal and are planning to kill all the Power Users. And now we learn there could be other rare kinds at Sakura's school, along with other power-users.
Pretty much a Once Per Chapter since the Re:Code Arc.
Red Herring: For a moment it looks like Uesugi is the Code: Revenger. It's actually Aoba.
Revenge: Code:Revenger, obviously, after Ogami burned down her orphanage that was staffed by nuns.
The Reveal: Ogami is a hybrid; Sakura's father is one of the Four Founders of EDEN (as is her mother and Heike), little Sakura killed Ogami, no wait "Fussy Lunch" was the one who killed little Ogami after Ogami attacked Sakura, and the prime minister is a complete psycho.
Rock-Paper-Scissors: Re-Codes Hiyori, Shigure, and Yukihina play this to decide who gets to slaughter the police officers surrounding them.
Room Full of Crazy: Relatively speaking: The "senate chamber" of EDEN's underground Diet building is decorated with giant pictures of angels painted in blood, including the scene from December 32nd.
Scars Are Forever: Kouji has a distinctive scar around his left eye that Toki uses to ID him as his sister's killer. The real killer, Saechika, also has the same scar so either they both coincidentally have the same scar or Kouji gave himself that scar as part of his plan to stop the cycle of revenge.
School Uniforms are the New Black: Sakura always wears her uniform, as does Ogami (though it's just a plain shirt and slacks). Toki and The Prince's brother wear another school's uniform just to blend in, although Saechika has such long Godiva Hair he actually stood out a lot less when he was just in a hooded Bad Ass Long Coat. Hiyori, the Re:Code who can Swiss-cheese everything wears a stylized school uniform as part of her Bad Ass Lolita-look.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Pandora's Box is actually the gigantic explosion and memories of chibi-Gami and chibi-Sakura's blood mixing together that was somehow sealed by chibi-Sakura.
Secret Test of Character: Code:Emperor does this when he forces Ogami to save either Yuuki, "that hugger girl", or their classmates and let the other two choices die in order to get his powers back. Ogami chooses to kill the Emperor and save everyone; naturally this is the correct answer and the Emperor rewards him with an upgrade.
Sakura's biological mother poses one for Sakura and Ogami by acting like thrill killer and slicing Sakura in half.
Ogami gains the power to use all seven flames because he ASKS for their help rather than try to dominate them.
1. Yuuki: Anger - he's got a temper 2. Ogami: Pride - won't ask for help and takes the blame for everyone's sins 3. Prince: Sloth (got drunk instead of dealing with her family's death and the dark side that protected her) 4. Kouji: Lust or Gluttony (fought off-screen) 5. Toki: Greed (fought off-screen) 6. Heike: Lust or Gluttony (already defeated 100 years ago) 7. Yukihina: Envy (already defeated; stated by Heike)
Sexy Soaked Shirt: Sakura gives this little number a few chapters after a restaurants sprinkler system goes off on her.
Shock and Awe: Hitomi's ability allows him to control electricity.
Shoot the Dog: Literally what Ogami does right in the first chapter, though replace "Shoot" with "Break the Neck of." The aforementioned dog got mortally wounded trying to protect Sakura from a bunch of gang members, and Ogami, before burning and killing all of the bad guys, goes up to the dog and commends it for its efforts to save Sakura. And then promptly snaps its neck to "help ease the pain."
Sibling Yin-Yang: Rui was cynical about helping people (including herself) while Saechika is obsessed with becoming absolute justice and preventing anyone from feeling the same pain as him, even if he has to kill loads of people.
Presently, Toki is a highly-powered cynic and Nenene is a ditzy normal. Previously he was a sweet normal and she was a super-powered stone-cold killer.
The prime minister has a creepy grin after Kagerou/Mishiru punches a hole thought Fussy-Lunch, getting his blood on Pandora's box and releasing the void within.
Sleep Mode SizeKind of odd version, as Toki already looks like a bishounen high school student, but after he exhausts his powers, his lost form is revealed to be that of a kid several years younger. Semi-similarly, Code:Emperor has been reduced to an arm, and is he wants to talk can only take the form of a tiny fireball. In Ogami's Personal Hell he's a young boy due the fact that he's got the same amount of "chakra" as, y'know, an arm. Rare kinds Sakura, the President, and presumably the Angels shrink, while Aoba becomes a "tiny granny". Other power-users can become tiny animals like baby turtles and rats.
Bee Hive Barrier: The Angels are totally unaffected by the destruction caused by Toki lobbing iron beams while Saechika brings an entire building down on them.
Super-Powered Evil Side: Little Sakura's original personality was a cold, emotionless killer until little Ogami showed her the power of hugs. Something triggered it in the present and she was able to rebuff even Code:Emperor until Ogami gave her a cool-down hug.
Nenene's sweet ditzy-ness is actually her depowered side. Her real personality is an ice-cold killer.
Every shadow power user has this. Prince's shadow-powers are enhanced by her dark side, which she's been denying ever since the accident/"accident" that killed her parents (they knew about it because they implanted it in her). Not only did it protect her, it also has a craving for Ogami's "hybrid blood". Her little brother Saechika also has a dark(er) side. Subverted in that the "light" of Prince's positive feelings (being able to feel for her brother despite his horrible nature) makes the shadows deeper.
Mishiru is a shy recluse who would really like to be friends, it's just that when a black mask attatches to her head people die.
Taking You with Me: Shigure and Saechika both try to take down the Angels while getting the life sucked out of them.
TeamParents: Ogami and Sakura, especially Sakura: she will do anything to ensure together time to try and make them be friends. Prince, being a proper Japanese lady under her Lad-ette surface, is also very maternal.
When they meet the reclusive Mishiru, Prince and Ogami are compelled to clean her room and give her a shower, respectively.
True Companions: In addition to the current group, Little Ogami went around asking his new female friends to marry him since marriage = bonded till death, and he didn't want these super-powered girls to be lonely.
The Angels are really devoted to "Fussy-Lunch", so much so they had their lives sealed away like Yukihina after dying on Dec. 32. Someone points out that all they're doing is making Fussy Lunch have to endure their deaths twice.
Unexplained Recovery: Obviously little Ogami got better after apparently getting killed by little Sakura (actually "Fussy Lunch"). His mom, unfortunately...
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Subverted when Heike and Sakura's mother meet at a cafe. One's reading porn in public, the other has a bigass katana, they're seated back-to-back but obviously talking to each other, and everyone is staring at them.
Either the kids at Sakura's school are really oblivious to the occasional battle or they're putting up a front for Sakura's sake considering it's a secret school for power-users and rare-kinds it might be the latter
Victory Guided Amnesia: The ultimate price for being able to harness all seven flames. Sakura thinks it's terrible because Ogami never kept mementos ("I don't need things to remember people") but the others believe this is probably the "best ending" for Ogami since he can now live as a normal person.
His memory returns because A) Code:Emperor still exists offers him his memory and powers back and B) Ogami still feels the need to fight injustice.
Villain Protagonist: Ogami Rei appears to be this, but he's clearly more emotional then he lets on (not that it does anything about his nearly 150-person body count). He even defines his organization as "super-powered murderers put to good use."
Villain with Good Publicity: "Fussy Lunch" AKA Ai Ueo planned to blow up Sakura and Ogami's school but treated them to fireworks instead.
Weaksauce Weakness: An extra chapter reveals that all the Codes have an odd weakness: they get drunk off the scent of a certain type of cherry tree.
Made even worse with Rare Kinds, where just touching a certain point on their body (it varies from person to person) can make them behave as though drunk. In the case of Sakura, her weak spots are her ears.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hitomi just wants recognition for the scores of anonymous, mostly teenage Code Breakers who died in the line of duty by killing 50,000 people and the prime minister of Japan, whose estranged son is also a Code Breaker. His goal is spat back in his face by his own protege, who reminds him that all Code Breakers are just superpowered murderers put to good use and that their anonymity is for the best.
We Have Reserves: EDEN has lots of artificial humans — including artificial children they don't really care about.
What the Hell, Hero?: Like many things he did in the past Ogami's got to have a good reason for burning down an orphanage full with nuns and apparently exploding Prince's family, but still!
When She Smiles: Ogami has the sweetest smile after learning Sakura wasn't really sliced in half.
Where I Was Born and Razed: If enough buildings get destroyed will it count as a village? So far Shibuya Mansion gets destroyed after EDEN turns on Ogami, "Penguin House" orphanage is burned by Ogami, and Ogami burns down Prince and Saechika's old house so she'll leave her past behind. There's also both the Diet building and its underground copy, which were destroyed by the Angels.
Will They or Won't They?: Ogami and Sakura. They do, but Ogami is tired of people he loves turning against him (see his mentor, his brother, "Fussy Lunch"...) that he's testing her by insulting and almost-humiliating her in public ("If you really care about me you'll do a headstand on this train, right now, in your skirt — oh, we're here, why'd you tuck your skirt into your panties, idiot?").
The Worf Effect: After the Re-Code Arc, expect this once every chapter. The plot during the Hunt for Rei's Arm Arc can pretty much be summed up as the characters getting the Worf Effect by a character introduced during that chapter. This is only done to give the main characters a new ability to defeat them. Again every... single... chapter.
The angel nicknamed as "Catboy", suckerpunches Aoba and then starts beating her up.
Actually this could be invoked with all the Angels towards the Code:Breakers.
World of Buxom: Sakura, Aoba, Lily, Sakura's mother, Sakura's biological mother, the Saint Fighters, de-powered Yukihina, plus all those bondage books Heike reads.
Yakuza: Sakura's father.actually her maternal uncle.
You Killed My Father: Re:Code 3 Kouji, with a scar on his face, is responsible for killing Toki's sister a while back... or at least causing a whole lot of memory loss. Or not: that was actually Saechika, but Kouji didn't want Toki to kill him and in turn get killed by Prince for murdering her long-lost brother, so he let Toki believe it was him.