Manga: Dai no Daibouken

Aban and his disciples
Dai's Big Adventure, more or less. A Shounen manga (and later anime) series, spun off the wildly popular Dragon Quest RPG series, with a scenario by Sanjo Riku and art by Koji Inada. The titular hero, Dai, is a young kid who's been raised by monsters on Delmarine Island after he was washed ashore as an infant, the only survivor of a shipwreck, and who dreams of being an adventure hero. Since the Demon King had been defeated many years before, the monsters have been freed from his influence and are actually quite peaceful — but suddenly, one day, the Demon King comes back to life, and the monsters start raging again.

Just then, a "hero trainer" named Aban lands on the island with his wizard trainee, Pop, and sets up a magical barrier, which frees the monsters from Evil's influence. He then proceeds to train Dai to be the next Great Hero, but before they can complete the training the Demon King himself shows up, Aban sacrifices himself and fails... but Dai flies into an Unstoppable Rage, and chases the Demon King away.

After the battle, he and Pop decide to fight the Demon King, to rid the world of evil once again.

Not to be confused with the Konami 3D Fighting Game Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken.


This manga provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Maam, Leona, Emi and Princess Flora.
  • The Ace: Dai, Aban, Baran.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Humans are usually viewed in a positive light, but it's clear that Dai has been and will be rejected by a lot of humans for being half dragon knight and unnaturally strong.
    • This is also the reason Baran snapped and vowed to wipe out all humans.
    • The final arc revealed that Aban was playing dumb since his teen years, both to fool his enemies and to avoid awkward comparisons with his (vastly inferior) allies. This even gets it's own sub-story where it's explained with lots of details.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Two in a row.
    • During the battle to gain entrance to Vearn's fortress, Shrinking Violet Merle takes a bullet for Pop. Pop freaks out and asks her why, which makes Leona finally lose it and reveal that Merle has been in love with him since ever.
    • Immediately after that, Merle begs Pop to show her real courage and say the name of the woman he loves. After a moment of hesitation, Pops states his love for Maam, who is standing literally a few feet away and was completely unaware of his feelings up to that moment.
  • Art Evolution: Starts off looking like a Dragon Ball doujinshi and eventually evolves into its own distinctive style.
  • The Atoner: Hyunkel, Crocodyne and Baran are the most notable examples.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Crocodine gets actually killed by Dai; Zaboera manages to resurrect him.
    • Hyunkel seems to die in every other arc, only to be found alive a few chapters later.
    • Aban, who sure could have fooled us. Saved by a Deus ex Machina amulet.
    • Also Larhalt in the last arc, Pop more than once, and Merle... In fact, very few characters stay dead in Dai no Daibouken.
  • Badass: It would be easier to point out who in the cast is not a badass.
  • Battle Aura: Dragon Knights can power up by surrounding themselves with "draconic aura".
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Pop and Maam keep arguing from the moment they meet to the end of the story.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Dai's friends is a very bad idea. Most notable at the beginning, when he can't activate his Draconic Aura unless he's really angry.
  • Beta Couple: A unique case where the Beta Couple is the main couple. Leona and Dai are pretty clearly attracted to each other from the start and they remain so throughout the manga. The only reason why they aren't actively dating is probably because they're 1. they're a bit young and 2. they're preoccupied with saving the world. Compare them to the Pop-Maamu-Hyuunkel-Merle-whoever mess.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Maam is the Archie to Hyunkel's Veronica and Pop's Betty.
    • Pop is the Archie to Maam's Veronica and Merle's Betty.
  • BFS: Most of the melee weapons are realistically proportioned, but Crocodine's Great Axe fits the trope.
  • Big Bad: Demon Lord Vearn. After he is defeated, Kill-Vearn takes his place.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Happens regularly, several times per arc to be precise. Listing every instance of it would take a LONG time. However, it's worth noting that both Crocodine and Hyunkel like doing this a lot.
  • Bishounen Aban, Hyunkel, Vearn's true appearance.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: the French manga translation by publisher J'ai Lu is notoriously awful. Most of the characters and places have names transliterated directly from the Japanese kana (Poppu, Hadora, Demurin, exception: Fuam for Maamu), the translators couldn't decide in the first volumes if Aban was male or female and thus wrote "he (she)" and the masculine and feminine alternatives of adjectives whenever he spoke or was mentioned, and in at least one instance "Yuusha" (grand hero) was considered the name of the hero ("the grand hero Yusha!"). The "Aban strash" also became the "Aban slah." Very obnoxious and literal sound effects ("freeze," "hug") were added in small font next to the Japanese sound effects. To add insult to injury, it was printed on low-quality paper (think newspaper quality) that made the ink stick to your fingers. Thankfully, another publisher is remaking the whole translation from scratch, almost ten years later.
  • Blush Sticker: especially Dai and Pop.
  • Can't Catch Up: Downplayed: While it's true that Dai's friends can't catch up with him, if it weren't for them he would have died every single time he battled one of the six generals.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Several techniques work this way, the most notable being Megante, which consumes all the user's life to turn it into a massive explosion. Hyunkel's Grand Cross is a less dangerous form of it; it doesn't kill him, but it renders him extremely exhausted.
  • The Chessmaster: Hadler and Vearn; so very Lampshaded.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Pop leaves Dai and Maamu when they go fight the big bad Crocodine, then shows up in the nick of time to help when they're in trouble.
  • Chess Motif: The Shinei Kidan. Bonus points that they were animated to life from actual chess pieces.
  • Chrome Champion: the Shinei Kidan are made out of the legendary metal Orihalcon. It turns out it makes them not only Made Of Shiny but also Made of Explodium.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Avan's pendants, the Mirror of Shahal, Gome.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Aban pretends to be one to hide his own abilities from foes and friends. Even the goofy glasses he wears all the time were given to him by princess Flora herself to complete the disguise.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: In real life, Pop would be acutely brain damaged and Maamu in jail from beating him up all the time. But Hilarity Ensues, and Pop does act like a jerk after all.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: To Pop.
  • Cowardly Lion: Even pre-Character Development, Pop was showing signs of being this. By the end of the series he's discarded all of his cowardness and represents the pillar of Courage.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The chess pieces that are brought to life. The 5 Shinei Kidan warriors are formidable opponents that give Dai's team quite a bit of trouble. Hymn the pawn is almost even match with Hyunkel. The remaining 13 pieces, however, would be easily torn apart by Hyunkel with his bare hand, if the King piece didn't play dirty.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Avan. After almost killing himself to stop Hadlar he realizes that he is hopelessly outmatched in the upcoming battle against the Demon army and he descends the Anti-Magic cave to find new spells and hone his skills. He comes back near the end, packed with powerful new abilities and items, some of which he invented himself.
    • Played hilariously with Chu the mouse and the random items he carries with him all the time.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Say what you will about Aban, but if he decides to get serious, even Vearn will not take him lightly.
  • Cue the Sun: Dai receives his father's sword this way in the final battle against Vearn.
  • Cut Short: The anime ends after Dai's first encounter with Baran, which is less than a third through the Manga's full length, and which also ends on a rather different way. In the Anime Baran is overwhelmed by the strength of Dai's bond with his friends, and he concedes the battle because of it. But in the Manga Baran decides to cut this bond by erasing Dai's memories before retreating to gather his comrades. Needless to say, it would have been more infuriating if they took the Manga route in this case.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • The most notable examples are Crocodine and Hyunkel.
    • Quite a few of the minor antagonist characters are much better inclined towards the heroes once they've crossed swords.
    • Eventually, also Hadler. But not without consequences.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Baran.
  • Demoted to Extra: Crocodine sadly loses his status as a main character after Flora asks Leona to join the team as Aban's hypothetical fifth disciple.
    • He does participate in the final battle against the Big Boss.. as a spectator.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Soara's death causes Baran's Face-Heel Turn.
  • The Determinator:
    • Everybody on the hero side, main character or not. In fact, taking on almost Blood Knight levels of determination seems to be a prerequisite for Heel Face Turns.
    • The most notable example of this is probably Pop's corpse using a spell to help Dai against Baran.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • Dai's hidden abilities at first, though a nice plot arc is eventually made of it.
    • Gome is a literal version of this, being an item of the gods that grants miracles to its owner.
  • The Dragon: Hadler is a textbook example. Turns out, so is Myst-Vearn.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Baran gets no recognition for his defeat of Velther and it's implied that his heroics are overshadowed by Avan's defeat of Hadlar. The reason being that while Hadlar is weaker, he was more immediate threat; he was already conquering parts of the surface. Velther was stopped before he could mount an invasion.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Baran. Also Hyunkel and Vearn.
    • Pop surprisingly. He ends up shirtless a lot either due to clothing damage or because he likes training without a shirt on. He's pretty well built for a cowardly wizard.
  • Empathic Weapon: Dai's sword is implied to be this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Myst-Vearn may be a card carrying villain adherent to the will of Vearn, but he has nothing but disgust for Zaboera's deceptive and backstabbing ways, even leaving him to die against the ground forces. Boy was he pissed when he heard Zaboera bad mouthing Hadlar.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Leona and Soara. Averted with Flora, the Queen of Carl.
  • Everyone Can See It: Merle and Pop are rather unsubtle about their crushes. Pretty much everyone knows and gossips behind their back.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Hyunkel to Dai before his Heel-Face Turn.
    • Baran also gives a fairly good idea of what Dai could become if he grew disillusioned with humankind.
  • Expy: at first, Dai looks like a young Son Goku but he gets better. Other characters are clearly influenced by Akira Toriyama's characters too. Not very surprising, since Akira Toriyama did the character designs for Dragon Quest.
  • Fanservice: If you still don't know after a few volumes that Maam and Leona are "bouncy", you must be blind.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The dreaded Black Cores. On the back-story, one of them was powerful enough to destroy an entire continent. Six of them could destroy the whole world.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans and monsters and dragons all have this to varying degrees.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Pop pulls a variation of this by unleashing a fire ray spell into a dragon's mouth.
  • Fille Fatale: Leona is very aware of her charms. Averted with Maam, who doesn't realize she's very attractive.
  • First Girl Wins:
    • Played straight with Dai and Leona.
    • Awesomely subverted with Pop, as after the final battle he seems to choose BOTH Maam and Merle!
  • Final First Hug: Baran.
  • Frankenstein's Monster:
    • Flazzard, one of the six generals.
    • Hadler's Shinei Kidan are created through the same forbidden spell that created Flazzard.
    • The Dragon Knights themselves were created by the gods by fusing Human, Dragon, and Demon traits to create the ultimate killing machine.
  • Flight: Not quite common, but some characters can use it via the spell Toberuura.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Soara and Baran fall in love after she nurses him back to health.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: After receiving constant injuries and still pushing his body beyond its limits, Hyunkel ends up permanently crippled just before the final battle. And no, he doesn't get better.
  • Generation Xerox: Emphasized by the fact that Maam's father and mother were on Aban's team and that princess Flora is practically just an older Leona.
  • Genius Ditz: Dai and Pop start out as this.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Everybody gets their share of pep talks; in fact, Pop is brought back from the brink of despair by the lack of the usual Bright Slap reaction from Hyunkel.
  • Grand Theft Me: Myst-Vearn's modus operandi.
  • Guns Are Worthless: All the cannons are completely useless against the Demon army. Maam's gun is useful only because it's powered by magic, and it still gets broken and discarded after a while.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Dai and Laharlt.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. While Dai's friends cannot catch up to Dai's superhuman strength, they all go through harsh trainings to increase their powers and are able to assist Dai tremendously. There are always multiple threats that need to be dealt with and Dai is only able to tackle the strongest one.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Way too many instances. Crocodine, Hyunkel; even Baran and Hadler, among others.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen:
    • Demon Lord Vearn is always hidden by a veil when he speaks to his subordinates, until the final arc.
    • Same for Myst-Vearn, who's actually a dark spirit who inhabits and guards Vearn's true body.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Many characters. The list includes Aban, Pop, Baran, Merle, Hadler and at the very end Dai himself. Most of them get better or weren't actually dead at all.
  • Hero of Another Story: Baran and Avan are both Retired Badass who defeated great evils before the story
    • It's a sore point with Baran. He defeated Velther, the dragon lord who was planning to invade the surface but received no recognition because he was overshadowed by Avan's defeat of Hadler.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Myst's end by Hyunkel, whom Myst raised to be the ideal host.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The first encounter of Dai's group with Demon Lord Vearn turned this way.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Played with. Most people and even demons and beasts turn out to be great folks deep inside (sometimes after their HeelFaceTurns). On the other hand, Baran had such a horrible experience with human beings (save for Soara) that he ended up going on a rampage.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Everybody, but especially the magic armors of Hyunkel and Larhalt.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Pop's early Miles Gloriosus personality is revealed to be due to his own frustration at his cowardice and lack of power. He quickly drops his Jerkass Façade, but his lack of self-esteem remains until he manages to overcome it thanks to Merle's sacrifice.
  • Jerkass Façade: Hyunkel and Baran want you to know they're macho. In Baran's case, paired with a Defrosting Ice Queen process.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: There is a fair share of techniques that work this way, including Crocodine and Baran's Finishing Moves.
  • Kid Hero: the main characters, and expecially Dai.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Baran and his team (except Laharlt, who returns for the final battle arc).
    • Hadler and his team (except Hym, who's believed to inherit Hadler's soul).
  • Lady and Knight: Avan and Flora and Leona and Dai have this dynamic. A slightly reluctant warrior who becomes a hero to protect the princess.
  • Large Ham: Crocodine. Hadler and Baran, in a more edgy and cynical style.
    • Crocodine is a level above even the others; in an ideal dub he would have to be voiced by BRIAN BLESSED to do him justice.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Happens briefly to Dai during the Baran's arc
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Hyunkel and Pop are a textbook version of this trope. Hyunkel starts off as an extremely powerful swordsman who gives both Dai and Pop a hard time, while Pop is a Miles Gloriosus. Later on, Hyunkel is still a powerful ally but Pop has taken so many levels of badass that he's the only one able to face Vearn head on together with Dai.
  • Literal Split Personality: A variation. The ritual magic that Hadler used to create the Shinei Kidan also imprinted them with fragments of own personality. He thinks of it more like a case of Like Father, Like Son.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Baran, one of the six generals, is Dai's father.
  • Made of Explodium: The Shinei Kidan explode when they die, and there's a good reason to it that's not explicitly stated in the Manga: Since their bodies are made of the extremely rare and powerful Orihalcon, it would be disadvantageous for them if the heroes could scavenge their remnants to forge some new weapons and/or armor with them. Even their severd body parts explode.
  • Magic Knight:
    • Dai learns to be one over the course of the series, mixing magic to his sword attacks.
    • Baran's a natural born one as the Dragon Knight.
  • Magnetic Hero: Dai, evident by the answer Crocodine gives Baran when he asks why he gives it all to protect Dai: "Before I met him I thought humans were worthless, but he showed me I was wrong. And not only me, Hyunkel was like that too... to us, Dai is our Sun."
  • Male Gaze: Embodied in Pop. He once notices Gome hitching a ride in Marm's clothes because her bust looks bigger than normal.
  • Manly Tears: Aban, Hyunkel, Crocodyne... let's just say everyone.
  • Maybe Ever After: There's no definitive resolution to the Merle-Pop-Marm love triangle: Pop turns Merle down and Marm tells him to wait until she gets over Hyunkel. We see them traveling together after the end but its not clear if they're just traveling as friends or if Pop is dating one or more of them.
    • Dai and Leona get no resolution either due to Dai's Disney Death Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Really the only couple that does get resolved is Flora and Avan. He's shown ruling Carl with her meaning that she probably finally strong-armed him into a relationship.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Avan sacrifices himself to defect Hadler after teaching Dai the Avan Slash. Subverted when Avan is revealed to be alive.
    • Baran plays this straight as he finally becomes an ally and accepts his role as a father and mentor
  • Monster Clown: Kill-Vearn reaches Hisoka levels.
  • Moral Myopia: Galdandy of Baran's Dragon Riders is as ruthless of a monster as you can expect from the villains. Still, despite not caring at all about the people he kills, he gets into an Unstoppable Rage if you kill his dragon. Pointing out how many people the dragon has killed will not help your case.
  • Morph Weapon: All created by Lon Berk
    • Hyunkel's sword. The scabbard morphs into an anti-magic armor. The sword can alternate between a solid blade or a Whip Sword.
    • Larhalt's spear. Morph into an anti-magic armor. The spear itself extends or retracts at the user's will.
    • Marm's magic armlet that also morphs into an armor.
    • Pop's extending staff.
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: both Dai and Hyunkel.
  • Not So Different: During the Final Battle, Dai unleashes his full power, something he had been actively surpressing until then for fear of losing his memory or his mind or permanently morphing into something was not human. Shortly after, Vearn does the same thing, transforming into a gigantic monster. He remarks they're both willing to lose themselves in order to achieve victory. Dai reluctantly and silently agrees.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Aban is a strange mixture of this and CloudCuckoolanderism. The proportion of both is up for debate.
  • True Companions: the disciples of Aban — Dai, Pop, Maam and Hyunkel — plus Crocodine and Leona.
  • Oblivious to Love: Maam is completely oblivious to Pop's feelings for her, while Pop doesn't realize that Merle has been in love with him since they first met. Meanwhile, their friends sigh and facepalm.
  • The Obi-Wan: Aban.
  • Oedipus Rex: Dai's conflictual relationship with Baran. Played for laughs with Pop's brutal blacksmith dad.
  • One-Winged Angel: Vearn's final form. Heck, he even looks like Bizarro Sephiroth.
  • Only Sane Man: Maam.
  • Painting the Fourth Wall: The characters are occasionally shown with a Dragon Quest-style statistical interface.
  • Panty Shot: Maamu's second set of clothes and her last armor makes her a walking panty shot. She doesn't seem to care, much to Merle's dismay.
  • The Power of Friendship:
    • The disciples of Aban and their allies are a textbook example.
    • Hadler and his Shinei Kidan learned to get their own as well, much to Dai and company's surprise.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: In keeping with the generally Rousseau Was Right and Humans Are Good tone of the story, characters tend to give a lot of these. Of note is Pop's speech to Vearn which inspires both Dai to keep fighting and Merle to rally the rest of the world.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The Shinei Kidan develop this kind of dynamic when confronted with Dai's group.
  • Psycho Supporter: Albinasu towards Hadler. She seems somewhere between Unrequited Love and Stalker with a Crush.
  • Raised by Wolves: Subverted: even though he's been raised by monsters, Dai isn't uncivilized at all. On the other hand, he starts off very naive and largely unaware of human social conventions.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • Baran and Hadler, oh so much.
    • Subverted by Crocodile and Hyunkel, as they come back to life later and pull a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Maam vs. Pop; Aban vs. Hadler.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: The Shinei Kidan amount to this.
  • Rule of Cool: All the time. The writer even confesses to writing in abilities and spells that are not in the Dragon Quest franchise for the sake of coolness.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Aban when he gets serious.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Pop regularly pulled this, leaving battles at crucial moments for one reason or another. He always came back though.
  • Senseless Sacrifice:
    • Defied: Avan can't defeat Hadler with his Megante spell, but his death releases Dai's hidden power.
    • Pop tries to cast a Megante to kill Baran, but Baran manages to shake him off right before the explosion. Defied again: the sacrifices doesn't work as intended, but manages to make Dai regain his memories.
  • Ship Tease: especially Maam-Pop, Dai-Leona and Flora-Aban.
  • Shoo the Dog - Subversion: both Pop and Hyunkel pretend to abandon the party when in reality they're running off to face the threat alone.
  • Shounen
  • Shrinking Violet: Merle fits this trope like a glove. The fact that she is Maam's polar opposite and how she is painfully aware of how Pop only has eyes for Maamu makes it hurt even more.
  • Shout-Out:
    • It can be difficult believing Hyunkel is not something from Saint Seiya. Seriously, look at his armours and how he equips them. He even looks a bit like Hyoga and was dubbed by Phoenix Ikki's former seiyuu Hideyuki Hori. Think about what army he is in charge of, and how many times he comes Back from the Dead.
    • Dai and Baran's Kamehame Hadoken. There's even one instance where Dai shoots one, and the recipient of the blast sees the ghostly image of Baran standing behind him in the same pose, a Shout-Out to how Gohan defeated Cell in Dragon Ball Z.
    • Zaboera's son Zamza's Hyper Demon form has some traits to it reminiscent of Cell, specifically, eating people in order to become stronger, having an ability that allows for quick regeneration, being composed of the traits of numerous types of demons, and even the mouth on his chest somewhat resembles Cell's tail-mouth, being used in the same way.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: With its emphasis on The Power of Friendship and its easy conversion of villains, the series is close to the far end of the idealism side. At the root of the conflict with Vearn and his demon army, who've been living in less than ideal conditions while humans were having it good, from their point of view.
  • So Proud of You: Avan gives this to Dai, Pop, Maamu and Hyunkel after he meets them again.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil:
    • On one hand it's subverted: the Big Bad sends the six general after Dai from the beginning.
    • On the other hand, it's played straight in the order in which the generals fight Dai: Crocodine is a lot weaker than Hyunkel, who gets his ass handed to him by Flazzard, who in turn is a joke compared to Baran.
    • Also, from the moment Crocodine failed Hadler had wanted to send all 6 of his generals at once. The order was belayed by the Big Bad, who hoped to persuade Dai to come to his side.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": particularly extreme if you take into account the "Blind Idiot" Translation in the French manga. Dai was renamed "Fly" in French and Spanish to avoid the phonetic equivalent of "die" ("fly" is an impressive name, thank you very much); Hyunckel/Hyunkel/Henki (in the French translation of the anime); Marm/Maamu/even Fuam in the French manga; Pop/Poppu (ditto); Aban/Avan/Ivan; Hadler/Hadlar/Hadora; Dermlin/Delmulin/Dremlin/Demurin/Whatever island; Crocodin/Crocodine/Krokodine; Vearn/Ban; Freezair/Flazzard/Freeze; Gome/Gomen.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Baran and Soara's story is very close to a classic Romeo and Juliet plot. Where Romeo goes horribly wrong and they have a kid with Infant Immortality.
  • Story Arc
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Dai's "Dragon Knight personality" isn't evil, but it sure is terrifying and shows a darker, more violent side of his personality than we are used to.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Dai and Pop. Dai despite being a Magic Knight, favors swordsmanship and most of his spells are either short range offensive attacks or boosts to his fighting ability. Pop when teamed up with Dai, provides the long range explosive firepower, defense and after he becomes a Sage, healing that Dai lacks. Demonstrated beautifully in the fight against Vearn when they display both the Tank/Healer and Meat Shield/Glass Cannon sides of the trope.
  • Taking the Bullet: Plenty of examples. Crocodile actually used this as his main fighting tactic against Baran to buy time for Dai.
  • The Team: Dai's group contains the following:
  • Team Mom: The aptly named Marm, who even represents Compassion.
  • Team Pet:
    • Gome, which also happens to be a literal miracle bringer created by the Gods.
    • Chu the karateka mouse.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: when Dai freaks out and runs away in his pyjamas after being defeated by Vearn.
  • Tomboyand Girly Girl: Played all over with Leona and Maamu. Maamu's a fighter and a Tsundere while Leona's a White Magician Girl whose open about who she loves. However, their personalities don't fit the type. Maamu when she's in love, is a bit of a Shrinking Violet who Can't Spit It Out (see her crush on Hyunkel). Leona in contrast is much more aggressive about pursuing Dai. Maamu serves as the Team Mom while Leona is The Face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Many characters, but especially Pop, who according to Hyunkel, Kill-Vearn and Vearn themselves, is even scarier than Dai.
    • You know you've become a badass when you use a spell even after dying.
    • This gets even more evident when, during the final battle against Vearn Pop quickly discovers the weak point on Vearn's absolutely invincible battle stance, create an opening in aforementioned ultimate battle stance allowing Dai to cut one of Vearn's arms off and then neutralizes Vearn's ultimate magic attack while staring at him with a "take that" expression on his face.
  • Triang Relations: Merle loves Pop, Pop loves Maamu, Maamu loves Hyunkel but so does Eimi, Hyunkel loves Maamu but thinks she's too good for him...really, this gets more to Love Dodecahedron levels.
  • Tsundere Maamu; Leona has many traits too.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Dai and Baran when their crests are present.
  • Warp Whistle:
    • Hadler uses an artifact named Chimera's Wings to retreat after his humiliating defeat during his first fight with Dai.
    • The spell Ruura also works this way, being a teleportation spell that requires a clear image of the location where the user intends to go; therefore, it's only possible to transport to locations he/she has already visited.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Avan isn't abnormally strong neither has a lot of magic power. He can use with incredible efficiency the strength and magic power he does have.
    • Hyunkel starts as one of the strongest characters, mainly for his exceptional swordsmanship skill, but quickly becomes relatively average when compared to other characters. Dai is the hero, Pop can use magic, and Maamu is infinitely stronger physically than he is. Then he starts using his own life as a weapon and takes a few levels in badass.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Lots of minor characters, especially non-humans, are subject to this trope.
  • Whip Sword: Hyunkel's weapon.
  • The Worf Effect: Happened to Crocodile with the appearance of Baran.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Baran, after he and Dai both collapse exhausted after battling.
    • Hadler eventually becomes this too, along with his Shinei Kidan.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: and ridiculous oversize curls, Aban. Also notice Maam's pink hair and Leona's orange/beige hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Leona.

Alternative Title(s):

Dai No Daibouken