Freezing is a manga from the team of Dal-young Im (author) and KIM Kwang Hyun (artist). It is published by Comic Valkyrie in Japan and by Haksan Pub in Booking magazine in South Korea.Beings from a different dimension, called Novas, have started a war with mankind. To counter this threat, mankind has manufactured tissue called "Stigmata" and fuses it into the bodies of young women to create female warriors called "Pandoras," who can wield special weaponry and armor. Taking younger boys called "limiters" as partners, these warriors fight in two-person teams, which can be expanded into small squadrons. "Pandoras" are also the only power on Earth that have the power to resist the Nova's freezing effect.Kazuya Aoi decided to enroll in West Genetics Academy, a top school for training Pandoras and Limiters because of a promise with Kazuha, his sister, an outstanding alumnus who died in battle. On the first day at school, he meets Satellizer el Bridget, nicknamed "The Untouchable Queen" due to her solitary demeanor but also the top student of the academy whose battle simulation streak was undefeated, until he came... and slowly changed her.The official site (in Japanese) can be found HERE.An anime adaptation began airing in January 2011, and is simulcasted by FUNimation as well as licensed. A second season titled ''Freezing: Vibration" aired as a part of the Fall 2013 Anime season.There are two prequel manga to accompany the main story line. One is called Freezing: First Chronicle, a short, completed work starring School Council President Chiffon Fairchild and showcasing her history with her friend Ticy during Chiffon's first year at the academy. The second one, titled Freezing: Zero, is currently ongoing and chronicles the backstories of various Pandoras before they entered Genetics. A third spin-off, Freezing: Pair Love Stories, details how some of the Pandoras and Limiters met each other.There is a character page here.Not to be confused with the Disney film Frozen.
Freezing provides examples of the following tropes:
Above the Influence: In one chapter, Satellizer goes on a Drinking Contest with Elizabeth. After Kazuya takes her back to her room, she drunkenly tells him to strip some of her clothing off, which he does with great difficulty. In the morning after she sobers up, she wonders if Kazuya took advantage of her, but then concludes that he didn't since she still had most of her clothing on, as well as her makeup.
A-Cup Angst: Attia in episode 8 is visibly shocked when she sees Satellizer and Rana's busts.
Action Prologue: The first episode shows several Pandoras fighting each other in a combat simulation event. It also gives you a preview of how brutal the fights get.
Adults Are Useless: Where the hell were the members of the faculty when the 3rd Years were waging their war on Satellizer?
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. Satellizer's first limiter was a womanizer and she put him in the hospital. Kazuya is sweet, polite and keeps his hands to himself when he's asked to, and Satellizer is much happier for it. Not that she'll admit this. Though in her defense, she has a phobia about being touched which—given that they go into combat together—her partners should know and respect.
Aristocrats Are Evil: Satellizer's noble half-brother Louis is one nasty piece of work until his Pandora, Holly, nearly kills him. Both his sister Violet and the Mably family avert this; the former is kind and polite, and the latter, particularly Elizabeth (though it's not apparent at first) and her father, firmly believe in using their status to help those in need.
Chiffon receives one from Elizabeth in chapter 69 after she tries to stop Elizabeth from assisting the rebelling E-Pandoras.
Arranged Marriage: Between Kazuya and his cousin Ouka by their grandfather. Kazuya told Ouka — to her face, in front of Satellizer, Rana, and Ouka's teammates (who think she's being too intense)! — that he doesn't love her, won't be Grandpa's toy, and wants her to be happy. Ouka declares that she's really in love with him but more importantly that Grandpa's rule is law.
Artistic License - Military: West Genetics is stated to be a military academy, but there are a number of issues about how it functions that completely ignore military protocols. In particular are the following problems:
Unsanctioned fighting between Pandoras occurs constantly, and is even pointed out in-universe to be potentially crippling to their ability to field troops. However, there is little or no administrative regulation of this behavior, leaving it mostly to the students to resolve between themselves with rare faculty intervention.
General regulations of military organizations are non-existent outside of actual combat situations. The chain of command is applied rather unprofessionally, allowing third-years to treat their juniors very cruelly and without proper justification for their actions, and discipline is lax as a result.
The Pandoras and Limiters have deadly powers that could cause just as much damage as the Novas themselves, if not more. Since the Pandoras have demonstrated emotional instability (caused by either personal conflict between Pandoras or unwilling mind control from the Nova), one would think that there would be some degree of oversight in order to make sure that rogue Pandoras and Limiters can be controlled. No such system exists aside from whatever self-regulation the Pandoras choose to utilize, as well as token punishments from the faculty.
Though it appears that they've tried to address this point somewhat with the reveal of the Failure List.
Artistic License - Physics: The so-called Plasma weapons the Valkyrie and The Busters have aren't Plasma weapons at all. Their in story description makes them basically Chemical Lasers, as no magnetic accelerators are involved.
Asskicking Equals Authority: Chiffon is both the Rank 1 amongst the third-year students and the president of the Student Council, with the epithet of "The Unmatched Smiling Monster." Good thing that she's one of the few sane people around. Satellizer is in a similar position of strength, but the second year students are outright afraid of her as opposed to deferring to her judgement.
Attack Its Weak Point: The Nova have cores in the center of their bodies, and the Pandoras have developed a routine of one team immobilizing the Nova, a second team exposing the core, and a third team destroying it.
Author Appeal: Like Lim's other works, the female characters are almost all Hourglass Hotties. Also, the main male hero has a female romantic interest who's older than himself. Then there's the older sister/younger brother dynamic that seems to be a bit too close.
Axe Crazy: A majority of the Pandoras are this, especially when pissed off.
Luckily for Ganessa in episode 2, or her super-sexy kneeling-defeated pose sans-clothing would have gotten this anime slapped with an R-18+ sticker.
The manga is somewhat inconsistent in this regard; in the chapter where Ganessa is defeated, the anatomy is more detailed, but in chapter 63 Chiffon and Elizabeth are in the shower and their nipples seem to appear and disappear at random.
In chapter 134, in the battle against the humanoid Nova with antlers Roxanne gets stripped and her nipples are clearly defined, but her genitals are blank (even though it's implied that her Nova conversion is triggered via penetrating her with its finger.
In chapter 163, not only are the nipples shown in great detail, they're emphasized: one of the school's invaders lowers the top of her dress to expose her breasts and very obviously alludes to the young man captive under her orally stimulating them.
Battle Couple: This is the main premise of the story, an Action Girl with a younger male partner who provides support but never does actual combat. Romantic relationships may or may not develop once the Pandora is retired (or even before), as implied by Satellizer's sister Violet, but in wartime situations, the downside to such a close relationship becomes apparent when a Limiter dies and the Pandora must re-baptize with another limiter.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted. Fights are brutal, and Pandoras, being Made of Iron, can survive horrendous injuries. Faces get cut, bruised, and dirty, while bodies get slashed, gouged, pummeled, exposed, and occasionally dismembered. However, no one ever seems to lose teeth or wind up with misshapen noses...
Berserk Button: Harming a Pandora's Limiter is usually enough provocation for a vicious beatdown. Other Pandoras regard each other as close friends and will fight to the bitter end for them, regardless of consequences.
Satellizer really doesn't like to be touched. Hurt Kazuya, or try to take him away, and she'll mess you up real good too.
Beware the Nice Ones: Satellizer is actually a nice, if shy, girl but if anyone threatens to hurt Kazuya (and vice versa), you'll learn why she's called the "Untouchable Queen". Rana can act this way as well towards Kazuya, as seen in episodes 5-7. If you ignore Chiffon's repeated warnings to stop fighting, or you antagonize a fellow Pandora mercilessly, you've dug your own grave.
Big Damn Heroes: Cassie Lockheart steps in to fight Julia Munberk, #3 in the world overall, so that Satellizer and the others can help the E-Pandora.
Elizabeth and Andre return to Genetics just in time to save Ticy from being killed by a Nova during the Valkyrie-Pandora joint exercise.
Big Eater: In chapter 24, Kazuya, Satellizer, Ganessa, and Arthur are the last competitors standing at a couples eating challenge made up of 5 bowls of ramen, 10 sets of 10 takoyaki, 5 large steamed meat buns, and 5 hamburgers. Satellizer pulls though at the end when her Trademark Favorite Food comes up, and she manages to stack, cram, and take down all 5 burgers at once.
Black and Grey Morality: On one side, we have the Nova; on the other we have a corrupt government willing to sacrifice children in unethical experiments and torture anyone who speaks out against it.
Blood Knight: Most of the Pandora take a little too much pleasure in violence, but for Satellizer fighting and winning is a psychological compulsion. Ingrid and Arnett are also particularly bloodthirsty when they get in the mood for it.
Body Horror: Stigma Corruption. Any fight with Nova leads to a battlefield strewn with ripped apart corpses, shattered limbs and lots of blood. Made worse in the recent volumes, where the newest type of Nova rip students to pieces and eat them alive.
Bowdlerise: Like many recent shows, the TV broadcast censors not only some of the nudity, but the blood and violence as well by literally blacking or whiting out parts of the screen, using Censor Shadow in both black and white. The uncut version of the anime completely avoids this in all sequences that would require it.
Break the Cutie: Satellizer's backstory is fairly traumatizing even as far as manga go.
Brainwashed and Crazy: During the 9th Nova Clash, the Nova turn a group of Pandoras into a group of zombielike Pandora/Nova hybrids. They're single minded, almost brainless, and blindly slaughter anything that moves.
Breather Episode: Episode 8, which is really needed after the nearly non-stop fighting in every previous episode. Enjoy it while you can, because it really goes downhill from there as the plot really begins to kick in.
Bullying a Dragon: One would wonder why people keep taunting Satellizer while knowing how powerful she is.
Calling Your Attacks: Pandoras do this when they form their Volt Weapons, do Accelerating Turns, or use special techniques. Limiters have a tendency to shout "Freezing" when they are about to use it, though not always.
The Cake Is a Lie: After being transformed into a Nova by the MARK IV drug, Gina Papelton reveals the truth to her horrified comrades before she is eventually killed.
Can't Spit It Out: Satellizer. She knows that Kazuya is pretty much her only friend but the whole childhood abuse thing makes it difficult to tell him this.
Cat Fight/Panty Fighter: Zig-zagged. While it's only girls doing all the fighting and there are a lot of Panty Shots, there's not much Fanservice as the fights are downright brutal. And aside from the opening chapters, the fanservice shots in combat usually disappear. The anime, in contrast, plays these tropes completely straight, showing off more half naked woman fighting in the first episode then the entire first few volumes of the manga.
Rana hilariously invokes this trope at the end of episode 12, thinking that Satellizer was stripping to lure Kazuya in her room. So she responds by stripping her clothes, which then causes Satelliza to strip even more off...
Holly towards Louis. She hates how much Louis adores Satellizer.
Ouka Honda is convinced she's the only one for Kazuya because she really loves him and because their grandfather arranged a marriage between them when they were still children. Kazuya disagrees.
Clothing Damage: This always happens in any fight, even during events such as casual soccer matches. Fortunately, the school uniforms repair themselves. Pretty convenient.
Cold-Blooded Torture: In retaliation for leaking the information about the Mark-IV, the Alaska Institute—with orders from the Chevalier—tortured Elizabeth until she could not even be touched by her partner without shaking in fear.
Combat Pragmatist: The battle simulations are explicitly intended to teach this attitude to the Pandora.
Combat Tentacles: A Nova's main weapon, Wave Motion Gun aside. Not only are they incredibly effective at slicing their victims into ribbons, they're also able to corrupt Pandora, turning them into Novas themselves.
Cool Big Sis: Violet, Satellizer's older step-sister. She forgives what Louis did as a child because he was a 'child', and asked for Satellizer to do the same. Satellizer shows clear respect for Violet and maintains a friendly relationship with her, as does Kazuya.
Cooldown Hug: Kazuya gives one to Satellizer to keep her from killing Cassie after she reverts back.
The Chevalier frames Elizabeth's father as one to punish her for interfering in the E-Pandora project.
The Corruption: Stigmata is essentially Nova tissue. As a result, every Pandora has a chance of turning into a new Nova. This is what happened to Kazuya's dead sister Kazuha, and what happens to Amelia Evans at the climax of the E-Pandora arc. Worse, the Nova can force the transformation by absorbing Pandoras. The absorption-type conversion is reversible, but requires extreme precision; the first and only successful reversal of a Stigmata-induced change (Amelia's) is much more difficult, and costs Chiffon her life. It's also possible for Limiters to activate their Stigmata, which gives them extra power but can cause permanent bodily damage since the Limiters can't control their Stigmata like a Pandora can.
Crapsack World: Only infecting humans with the tissue of Eldritch Abominations gives mankind any hope of fighting the Nova, and the organization that's funding these front line soldiers trains them through free-for-all gladiatorial tournaments. The student 'rankings' determined through these tournaments are mostly immutable and enforced through rampant vigilantism on part of the students—in the name of keeping unit cohesion. In a world that's already effectively reached the Godzilla Threshold, the people setting up things make the world a perfect place for many gratuitous Let's You and Him Fight moments amongst its best and last line of defense. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. And the people in charge of the Pandoras still care more about politics than about the monsters hellbent on wiping out humanity.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Chiffon Fairchild basically EMBODIES this trope, pulling it off REPEATEDLY over the course of the series. When you first meet her, she's just the somewhat-goofy Eyes Always Shut Student Council President who, in defiance of the usual tropes, is entirely incapable of keeping her peers under control - and she's clearly just as terrified of Sattelizer as everyone else. Then, several episodes later, she steps in to stop a fight and casually KO's an (admittedly somewhat battered) third-year while quietly menacing the rest into retreating, and we find out that she's actually the 1st-ranked third-year in the school. Then, during the E-Pandora arc, we learn that she's not just the best in that particular school - she's considered the strongest Pandora outside of Chevallier itself, respected by the rest of the 'Top Five' Pandoras. At the same time, however, she displays an attitude of Chevallier, Right or Wrong, accepting them as Necessarily Evil 'for the greater good of humanity' while the heroes rebel against their inhuman experiments... only to, in the finale, completely steal the spotlight from Sattelizer and her friends, revealing herself as a 'True Pandora' with incredible powers, turning into a Messianic Archetype, and finally pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to die for our sins. Whoa.
The mock battles which pitted three of the best of the traditionally trained Genetics Pandoras against the E-Pandoras, who were regular human beings with low aptitude for traditional Pandora training. The E-Pandoras never stood a chance.
Rana, during her introduction fight in episode 5, effortlessly defeats 3 sophomore girls.
In First Chronicle, Chiffon single-handedly massacres 50 other Pandora in her year during her first Carnival. In comparison, the highest ever kill streak in the history of the battle royales was (according to a bystander) a mere 5 kills.
Demoted to Extra: During the E-Pandora Arc, Elizabeth, some of the higher-ranking Pandoras, and the E-Pandoras take the stage for a good part of the story, mostly due to the political nature of the conflict (which mostly leaves Kazuya, Satellizer, and Rana out of the action) up until things get complicated.
Dirty Business: Taken to heartbreaking heights with Professor Oohara, who puts on the facade of a heartless scientist and lectures Amelia about the necessity of her cruel actions in the course of overseeing the E-Pandora project. Then she breaks down crying in her office.
The Determinator: Satellizer, who refuses to back down and/or lose to anyone. To the extent of continuing to fight even after her internal organs have been crushed and her ribs cracked. In general, this is her attitude in any situation that could be considered a competition or a clash of wills, including drinking and eating contests.
Didn't See That Coming: Dr. Aoi honestly didn't foresee Roxanne Elipton's true power being what it was as the Americans kept it well hidden from him. As a result, it will mess with his big experiment with the Valkyries and Pandoras.
Disproportionate Retribution: The third year students are experts at dishing this out, mostly for the purpose of Serial Escalation levels of ego tripping. For what they consider "disrespect" and "insubordination" on Satellizer's part, they launched an all-out assault starting with just outright picking fights with her. Then when that didn't work they tricked Lana into fighting with her, and had two reinforcements on standby to tag team her just in case she beat Lana. Satellizer brought this whole vendetta on by defending herself and Kazuya from being molested and/or raped by a group of third years, after Kazuya politely rejected Miyabi's request to become her fourth limiter.
Louis' abuse of Satellizer came about when she rejected his uncomfortably awkward advances on her.
Charles Bonaparte beats Attia Simmons to a pulp because she challenged Charles to a fight over Elizabeth's ideals, and cuts off her breasts because she insulted Charles' father.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: The baptism is played up as a very important event, with implications of it being similar to, or involving, sex. In reality, the Pandora just implants a matured Stigmata from her body into her Limiter's body, allowing the Limiter to use Freezing.
Expository Hairstyle Change: After Chiffon dies, her appointed successor Ticy cuts and styles her hair to resemble Chiffon's; she also goes from a very unconfident girl to an ice queen who curb-stomps "Mad Dog" Arnett, declares that she'll enforce a stricter sempai/kouhai code, and warns Satellizer she won't go easy on her like Chiffon used to.
Face Death with Dignity: The E-Pandoras stage a coup in order to escape the facilities, even if they'll most likely get killed in the process, rather than staying and be subjected to some questionable experiments that have an insanely high mortality rate.
Amelia:'' And if we can't avoid death, at least how we die will be our decision.
Face Fault: Thanks to Chiffon and Kazuha saying something silly.
Failure Knight: Ingrid first and foremost, but she's not alone. Almost all of the Pandora have watched a friend die.
Fan Disservice: After attempting to protect Kazuya from Miyabi and failing, Satellizer is partially stripped, forced into an extremely compromising position, and nearly raped by Miyabi's three Limiters. Once Kazuya is able to level the playing field with his Freezing, she expresses herextremedispleasure with the situation.
Flash Step/Doppelgänger Spin: the Accel and its more advanced forms. Chiffon Fairchild's Illusion Turn is the truest example thus far, leaving an afterimage that can be hit without actually harming her—no one has developed anything similar to it yet.
Freudian Excuse: You wanna know why Satellizer is so messed up? Her step-brother, Louis, treated her as a toy and sexually abused her on a seemingly regular basis from age 8 up. When she told her mother, she was told to bear it quietly. Only her half-sister Violet's intervention saved her. Only when Satellizer's mother was on her deathbed did she tell Satellizer to never lose to anyone ever again.
Cassie's backstory has a similar pattern of self-denial for the sake of a selfish parent and becoming a Pandora without really wanting to be one. They both have an insane drive to win in battle, but for opposite reasons, making Cassie a Shadow Archetype of Satellizer.
From Bad to Worse: Okay, so the earth is getting invaded by monsters. We can deal with that. Unfortunately, it turns out that our only means of defense against them, the Pandoras, can be brainwashed by them. Not only do the brainwashed Pandoras keep all their powers and gain a few more (ie resist freezing), a whole squad of them just fell to some Nova and are then sent to attack Genetics.
And things just keep on getting worse and worse as the story progresses, like Novas suddenly gaining the ability to fire Wave Motion Guns, the reveal that Pandoras whose Stigmata go sufficiently berserk can become actual Novas, or that Novas can potentially cause an enormous resonance effect to spread The Corruption over a wide area, or pretty muchEVERYTHING that's happened since the joint Pandora-Valkyrie exercise began.
Genki Girl: Rana is quite cheerful, particularly around Kazuya.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Cassie's Limiter Kyouichi gets this moment following her apparent death in the Yokohama battle, from his Limiter senpai Alex. The moment has added punch (very literally) because Alex knows what the junior Limiter is feeling—his Pandora is Mileena (Cassie's senpai), who was also apparently killed by a Nova in the same battle.
Glass Cannon: Despite having super strength and speed, Pandora are sufficiently vulnerable to harm that a Nova or corrupted Pandora can kill them in one blow. Also, the majority of their defensive strength is based on their Volt Texture uniforms; without them, they appear to be roughly as durable as an average human being.
The Glasses Come Off: Satellizer doesn't wear her glasses during fights. We witness her taking them off in episode 2 when she squares off with Ganessa and again in episode 3, right before her fight with Miyabi. This is a Subverted Trope since Bridget doesn't wear Nerd Glasses. Possibly justified as in the manga we see another girl take off her glasses before fighting Nova and we are told that their eyesight is being boosted in some way and in the anime before the fight with Ganessa there is a close up of Satellizer's eye when a glowing pattern appears.
Good Thing You Can Heal/No One Should Survive That: And HOW!!! Pandoras' have their arms regularly torn off. Special mention goes to Ganessa, who loses about a third of her body and half of her face by shielding Satellizer with her body, and survives.
Gorn: Throughout the series we have Pandoras that are slashed in half, beheaded, limbs ripped or cut off and so forth. One character has pretty much half their torso blown off.
Gory Discretion Shot: Subverted. We are treated to shots of Pandora and Limiters being bodily ripped to pieces in every Nova battle. The recent story arc shows students being ripped to pieces and eaten.
Government Conspiracy: The Chevalier openly displays the E-Pandora project in order to buy time and keep their position of powers when in reality the project is a failure from the start. As unknown to the Chevaliers, the head scientist for the E-Pandora project is secretly working on the Type-Maria project behind their backs. Then there's another big one that the Nova aren't all beings from another dimension, but rather, some were created on earth by humans. It isn't clear yet if it was simple multiple creations which alerted the Nova to earth's existence or if the Nova were originally created on Earth as a whole.
Glomp: Kazuya gives one to Satellizer when he mistakes her for his dead sister.
Heroic RROD: The "Nova Form" that Satellizer and Rana utilize, wherein their bodies gain crystal protrusions and their skin fractures, is basically a result of deliberately pushing their stigmata to the point where they begin transforming into Novas. Their power rockets up, but they are susceptible to control from a sufficiently powerful Nova, and if they push themselves for too long, there is a very good chance that they could go too far and become Novas themselves.
Andre forces one on himself by constantly forcing and reinforcing his Freezing in the battle between Charles Bonaparte and Elizabeth. He pushes himself so hard to keep Charles immobilized that his Stigmata appear to corrupt and damage his eyes, possibly permanently. Even more cleary seen in the anime, not only he displayed Tron Lines usually seen in Nova Form Pandoras, the lines also turned red and he shed Tears of Blood.
Hour of Power: "Pandora Mode" only lasts for three minutes and enables a Pandora to move through Freezing fields in addition to giving them a major power boost. Once the mode ends, the Pandora can no longer fight for quite some time, meaning that this should be a last resort only.
Humanoid Abomination: The corrupted Pandoras are essentially humanoid Novas. Since Kazuya has a "Stigma Body" similar to his sister's, who transformed into a Nova on her own, Yumi is concerned that Kazuya might become a Nova as well.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Cassie tells Kazuya this in episode 9 when she mentions wanting to be a writer. Turns out that she was there when Satellizer first attacked the guy who wanted to be her Limiter when she was at East Genetics. Her refusal to lose caused Cassie to question her own resolve in being a Pandora.
Just Following Orders: When Dr. Gengo Aoi assigns some work to a group who secretly wants to take him down, they discover he had been keeping a big secret from not just the world but the secret Chevalier organization tasked with defending the world from Novas. They plan on exploiting this and destroying him while just claiming they were following his orders and couldn't have known about this secret either.
Love Confession: Cassie's limiter confessed his love to her and told her that he would wait for her answer the following day. The following day is a massively bloody and epic battle, and it is not until she gets back some time later that she is able to respond.
Satellizer is not happy when Rana explicitly tells her that Kazuya is her soulmate in episode 6, and seems quite bothered by it. Now with Ouka Honda, who's not only Kazuya's betrothed but his cousin as well.
Machiavelli Was Wrong: Satellizer is feared by everyone, and it causes her no end of trouble because her methods of self-defense are what constantly cause that fear of her.
Mama Bear: Averted. Satellizer's mother Noelle was aware of the abuse her daughter was suffering and ignored it. Noelle's final advice to Satellizer, intended to empower Satellizer, only made things worse, as it gave Satellizer a reason to never, ever back down even when it would be better for her physical health and safety to do so.
Meaningful Name: The Pandoras are named in honor of Pandora's Box because of the unpredictable results that come from such a quick access to incredible power. The Valkyries in Part II are named for the Norse mythological beings of the same name and are seen a means to empower anyone to becoming a warrior against the Nova.
Meganekko: Satellizer sometimes wears glasses when not fighting.
Mighty Whitey: Whereas every one of the current champions of East or West Genetics of Japan are westerners, it is worth noting that the late Kazuha Aoi, the single greatest Pandora who has ever lived, is an Asian. And though the search of potential Pandoras seems to run by Europeans, the only culture mentioned to have born Pandoras is in Tibet, where they have tied the presence of stigma to their very religion. The currently most powerful Pandora of the Chevalier is Suna Yi, a Korean.
Mildly Military: Though Genetics has direct ties to the military and is by proxy a military school, the environment puts less emphasis on military and more on school. Though there are punishments for Pandoras breaking the rules, the infractions are more along the lines of a detention than a court-martial, and rankings are (particularly in the case of the third year's top students) less about proper authority, and more about forming cliques or enforcing the idea that Might Makes Right.
Freezing Zero expands on this by showing that Elizabeth Mably's drill instructor was a real hardass, up to the point of physically and emotionally abusing the trainees to a level that would probably not be considered acceptable in the modern military.
Oh, Crap: Happens multiple times in each episode, usually when Satellizer gets a Heroic Second Wind and beats her opponents. Also played straight in episode 9 when 4 Nova show up simultaneously, and just about everyone, including senior students and teachers mention how bad that is.
There's also the "Does he have a death wish?" reactions early on when Kazuya touches Satellizer.
Omniscient Morality License: Chevelier claims to have this as does anyone who believes they are working to better fight the Nova. After all, they are doing so for the survival of humanity. So who cares about a little thing like human rights or the Geneva convention.
Panty Shot: Several of the girls. Rana in particular during episode 6.
People Jars: Maria Lancelot's body, the source of Stigmata, is secured in a chamber at Western Genetics, along with clones at the E-Pandora Facility in Alaska. After retaking human form, Amelia is seen in one of these.
Plucky Girl: Satellizer willnotlose to bullies. So do Rana, she also gets back up even when badly beaten, and don't even lose that cheerfulness.
Lucy to Kazuya: By the way... I wonder if you know why the Nova appear as giant beings... why humans are fighting intelligent beings from another dimension... it's because you refused to listen to them... you refused to use the medium named Maria to listen to what they were trying to say to humans...
The Power and Position Will Make You Forget: In the chapter 65.5 short story, we see that Elizabeth dislikes the unsaid rules on how the junior Pandoras must follow the orders of upperclassmen, and wants to become #1 so that she can better understand the rules and remake them. Once she takes her position as the "leader" of the third-year clique, her behavior towards Satellizer is exactly the same as her upperclassmen's behavior towards the underclassmen.
Power Perversion Potential: Early on, it was implied that Ereinbar Set (which enables a Pandora and her Limiter to share their five senses) could have a perverted use. Much later Sawatari Isuzu confirms that she indeed has used it during sex.
Powers as Programs: The Stigmata are removable and transferrable, though the Pandora vary in how well they can synchronize to them.
Pandora Mode seems to be a literal case, while Satellizer is fighting Ingrid she theorizes that Satellizer isn't using Pandora mode because her "Pandora Chip" was confiscated after she tried to kill Miyabi.
Power Dyes Your Hair: In the anime, Pandora Mode causes the Pandora's hair to turn white. In the manga, Pandora Mode takes the form of what appears to be Powered Armour, though a "second version" of Pandora Mode is made to match the anime's depiction.
Rape Is OK When It Is Female on Male: Very much subverted when Buster Isabella tries to force herself on Ticy's Limiter Abel to add insult to Ticy's injury. Abel is NOT okay with it...luckily, Satellizer and Cassandra intervene.
Reasonable Authority Figure: President Chiffon Fairchild; she's one of the few 3rd year students not at all interested in putting Satellizer in her place and she asserts her authority to get Elizabeth to stop, in a very kindly worded and nervous plea. This is, to some degree, a facade, as she can be extremely violent when she feels it's appropriate.
Replacement Goldfish: Kazuya initially mistakes Satellizer for his sister, and is initially attracted to her for that fact, though he later comes to understand Satellizer as herself.
The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: In Chapter 68, the E-Pandoras, faced with extermination, gamble their lives in an all or nothing attempt to escape the laboratory and reveal the Chevalier's actions to the world, smashing up tons of stuff in the process.
Rival Science Teams: In creating the Pandoras, there is the work of Dr. Gengo Aoi, who was the first to make Pandoras as they are today and the E-Pandora Project led by Dr. O'Hara. The big difference between them is Dr. Aoi used only girls who could naturally handle stigmata. Dr. O'Hara wants to make any human capable, not matter the risk. It becomes a bit messier when Amelia finds out that the E-Pandora program was actually just a facade to buy time for O'Hara's Maria-cloning project.
Sempai Kouhai: Serious Business. It's both built into the typical Pandora/Limiter relationship, and it's the entire reasoning behind the outrageous, criminal abuse the third years pile upon the heroine.
Ship Tease: The Pandora/Limiter pairs are pretty much automatically assumed to be dating, to the point that when they're away from school, they're usually put in the same room. There's also an offhand mention that a very high percentage end up married.
Shower Scene: Satellizer has had two so far. (Well, one of them was just a bath.)
Shrouded in Myth: Satellizer is called "The Untouchable Queen" and is given a wide berth by the rest of the student body, much to the detriment of her mental well-being.
Single-Target Sexuality: Ouka (Kazuya's cousin) has this for Kazuya. He tells her he doesn't love her, wants her to be happy, and doesn't need to follow their grandpa's orders. She says she does love him, he will make her happy, and Grandpa's word is law. Her multinational teammates think she's a bit nuts.
Skinship Grope: In First Chronicle Ticy offers Chiffon a massage; when she touches Chiffon's breasts it turns out Chiffon's there. Chiffon decides that it's no fair for Ticy to have all her clothes on. So, she forcibly strips Ticy and decides to aggressively "compare" their busts over Ticy's objections.
Sleep Cute: When Kazuya was in the sick bay, Satellizer visited him and fell asleep next to him until morning. Also, Arthur and Ganessa in a flashback (with his face on her breasts).
Smug Super: Every named Pandora (protagonists, antagonists, all of them) seems to have a massive superiority complex. Maybe it goes with the Stigmata. They continue to display this obnoxious attitude right up until they get their shit kicked in so hard that it comes out their ears.
Super Prototype: The Legendary Pandoras were the first and strongest Pandoras ever created from Maria Lancelot and Gengo Aoi's genetic material. Even the top Pandoras from the latest generation pale before them. Unfortunately their bodies could not withstand the power of their own stigma so they had to be put into suspended animation for decades until the problem could be solved.
Rana: (after catching Satellizer gazing out the window) Are you thinking about Kazuya-kun?
Satellizer: W-why would I be spacing out thinking about him?
Rana: (moves in closer) So you were.
Synchronization: Partially occurs as a side-effect of the Ereinbar Set which allows a Limiter to use Freezing. It's implied that the Pandora and Limiter either share or bolster each other's senses.
Taking the Bullet: Ganessa takes a huge laser blast for Satellizer during the 10th Nova Clash, and loses most of her upper body in the process, including severe facial burns. She barely manages to survive thanks to her Pandora regeneration; earlier, Attia's limiter does the same thing for her and doesn't survive, leading her into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Doesn't turn out so hot.
Tears of Blood: Shed by Cassie while struggling against the Nova infection.
Teens Are Monsters: Lets face it, every third year epitomizes this trope. They abuse the underclassmen, try to impose the 'order' on the first and second years, and often use deadly force on Satella or Rana.
There Are No Therapists: Satellizer and Ingrid both display moderate to severe emotional damage from their respective histories, and neither of them had it seriously addressed until Kazuya got involved.
To Be Lawful or Good: Kazuya. When your partner is someone that half the school is afraid of and the other half actively wants to destroy, this kind of dilemma will pop up. He ultimately chooses Good, having seen that Satellizer has her own soft side despite all evidence to the contrary.
Elizabeth Mably, normally a stickler for rules, took the E-Pandoras' side, especially after finding out the kind of experiments they were planning for them. In contrast, Chiffon, who presented herself as being much more reasonable than Elizabeth at first, puts her loyalty with the Chevalier despite the unethical nature of the E-Pandora project.
Cassie Lockheart, another stickler for rules, simply chose to side with Satellizer and Lana because they had saved her life in the past.
Trademark Favorite Food: Satellizer loves burgers to the point that she can stack 5 jumbo burgers and eat 'em all in one go.
Translation Convention: Freezing stars a multinational cast, and though no specific universal tongue is specified as the one spoken in East Genetics, everyone (with the exception of Rana) speaks said-unspecified tongue so fluently that no loss of understanding occurs between the nationalities whatsoever.
Understatement: "There's dirt on your face." Said to Ganessa after she took a hit that left her with a large part of her torso and one arm completely blown off, and half her face badly burnt.
Thicker Than Water: Despite the emotional scarring and physical abuse that Louis inflicted on her that has distanced her from immediate society, Stella still saves him from falling to his death, and even forgives him for what he's done to her, because he is her brother.
Weaksauce Weakness: Sorta. The Legendary Pandora, who are able to curbstomp most enemies, use area-of-effect regeneration on other Pandoras and as such are the most affected by Freezing effects. Whereas regular pandoras might get stopped in their tracks by a strong freezing, and strong-willed ones might be able to barely move, One of the Legendary Pandoras completely collapses and goes into a seemingly catatonic state. Two others go berserk and pretty much become Novas, forcing Gengo to order their elimination.
We Have Reserves: It isn't an actual battle, but the committee running the E-Pandora project sees their participants in this light. Their lives have less worth than seeing the project succeed by any means. Which is bad since the project is nothing but a facade to buy time for Scarlet's real pet project. The E-Pandora recruits are sacrificing themselves for nothing.
Wham Episode: Chapter 149: Gengo confirms that Maria Lancelot is still alive. What's more, Kazuya's own father is a direct 'offspring' of both Maria and Gengo, possibly the other Legendary Pandora as well.
World of Buxom: Just about all females shown in the series have large breasts.
Worthy Opponent: Elizabeth Mably to Amelia Evans, the leader of the E-Pandoras. Elizabeth's respect for Amelia's struggle is one of the reasons why she took it upon herself to challenge the Chevalier for the sake of the E-Pandoras.