Manga / Gun X Clover

Gun X Clover is an ongoing manga by Yamaguchi Mikoto debuting in 2012.

Mikado High School trains the best students to be the best mercenary bodyguards. But Morito Hayama, a merc escort student with no rank whatsoever, is suddenly assigned to guard a person so highly valued that no escort has ever survived before. Will his subject survive the experience? Will HE survive?!

Provides examples of:

  • Almighty Janitor: Morito, a merc without rank is in fact one of 13 people in the world that hold the Instructor Rank, a person that assigns the ranks to other mercs, and as such he's free to promote or demote any merc he wants. Furthermore, he personally trained some of the teachers at the school, including Elena.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Morito is very good in acting like one.
  • Adorkable: Chico the Fire Dragon. You'd be surprised to see such a Badass in a Nice Suit make adorably dorky expressions. See Dork Knight below.
  • Ax-Crazy: Possibly Morito. Alex Valentine, Morito's master.
  • Badass: Manga is filled with great amount of badass people.
  • Berserk Button: Morito hates people making fun of his height. And then there's his past name, Yasen, which he ''hates''.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Morito. Dear Lord you do not want to get on his bad side.
  • Bishounen: Alex Valentine.
  • Blood Knight: Morito, once he really get's going.
  • Boobs of Steel
  • Chick Magnet: Morito, full stop.
    • Celibate Hero: He's well aware of it too, though he tends to ignore it.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Anything Morito wears that isn't a [ swimsuit or tankop conveniently hides the fact that he's Covered with Scars, has six-pack abs, and is just plain toned all over.]
  • Consummate Liar: Morito.
  • Covered with Scars: Morito has a sizable collection of cuts, gunshot wounds, and burn scars (including a massive one across his torso that might have been the result of torture). Most of the time they're hidden under his clothes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Morito.
  • The Dreaded: Morito is feared by many people that know his true identity. And it's for a good reason.
  • Cute and Psycho: Morito's Master.
  • Dork Knight: Chico the Fire Dragon is one of the top mercs with Pyrokinetic powers, wears a really cool suit and exceedingly dangerous in combat. He has a personal vendetta against Crow due to what she did to Valentine, the woman he ever loved. Turns out Valentine was Crow disguising herself to get close to Chico. Chico knew, but he insisted that Crow be punished for 'toying with his heart' and since Crow has never reused this persona, Valentine is 'dead' to Chico. Crow's method to defeat him was to shapeshift back into her Valentine persona, which left Chico flabbergasted for an opening.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Master Morito is a real hardass with a bit of a sadistic streak; and that's when he's being nice. However, when he's 'really pissed off, he enters a state that his students call "Drill Sargent Mode"... and they are all terrified of it.
  • Ecchi
  • Enfant Terrible: Morito. No, it's not just his appearance. His Master noted that before she trained him, Morito knew all there is to murder a person brutally. In fact, her training was noted to make him weaker. Then he lost his memories, reverting to his cute, childlike persona... and insanely brutal in combat.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: Morito's body is not only covered in scars, those scars have runes carved on them. Some have voiced suspicion that this is how Morito possess such powerful strength and endurance.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Alex Valentine. Despite acting like a nice guy, Alex is a wicked and twisted person, killing two girls that were his escort just to piss off Morito.
    • Morito as well, when we see just what he was like in the past.
    Child!Morito: Onee-chan~ This one already broke...
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Morito's "Naive Rookie Merc" persona is just an act, and there is a very good reason he was assigned the protection duty.
  • Four Is Death: Out of the 13 Master ranked mercenaries Morito is number 4.
  • Gender Bender: Daigo was a male who became a very busty woman, much to the surprise of Morito. Apparently she could revert back to her male form, losing her massive boobs in the process, and becoming more masculine in appearance.
  • Genre Shift
  • Hot Teacher: Elena.
  • Light Is Not Good: Alex Valentine.
  • Made of Iron: Morito was able to survive injuries that would kill a lesser person, and recover from his injuries at inhuman rate. He actually tanked one of Nanoha's attacks with little effect. There's hints that this trait isn't natural.
  • Older Than They Look: Strongly implied with Morito. Definitely the case with Morito's master. The former looks like a diminutive high school freshman but is strongly implied to be middle-aged at least since he has a flashback of being propositioned by the mother of a girl who is also confessing her love in the present. He looks exactly the same in the flashback as he does in the present. The latter looks even younger and looked the same when she took in Morito as a child.
  • Playing with Fire: Chico the Fire Dragon, one of the top mercs. Wielding a single sword into battle might sound suicidal when your enemy packs many different kinds of firearms... But Chico would use his powers to ignite the ammunition rendering guns useless, and force them into melee combat.
  • Split Personality: Kotonoha Nanase has seven personalities themed off the Seven Deadly Sins.
    • "Kotonoha" Nanase: The first, and original, personality. Her "Language Grave" ability makes her one of the most sought out individuals in the world, and the other personalities exist to protect her. Is the "Greed" of the group because on those rare occasions when the other personalities let her come out, he is insatiable for world experience, and with no understanding of social taboos.
    • "Futaba" (two leaves): The Glasses-wearing second personality. Very Icy and calculating, her purpose is to keep others at arms length in order to judge their trustworthiness. She is themed along "Envy", and is the most oft seen of the other 6 personalities.
    • "Mitsuba" (Three Leaves, seeing a pattern here?): A violent Wild Child that's unleashed whenever Nanase gets backed into a corner. Is strong enough to be on the level of "S-class" mercs, but also borderline feral. "Wrath", obviously.
    • "Yotsuba" (Four Leaves): The "Lust" of the seven. She acts like a cute ditz, but actually has a genius level IQ, and is both haughty and manipulative. Despite this, she's shown to be the most empathetic of the personalities, and actually doesn't like to see people hurt.
    • "Itsuba" (5 leaves): A Fight happy martial artist and the best fighter of the personalities. Represents "Gluttony" due to her love of fighting.
    • "Mutsuha" (6 leaves): Loli Apparently represents "Sloth" as, by her own admission, she has been sleeping for the entire story, and probably way before then. She's finally revealed at the last page of chapter 34.
    • "Nanoha" (Seven Leaves): The 7th and the most dangerous personality. Represents "Pride".
  • Slasher Smile: Morito get's this whenever he get's really angry.
  • Power Tattoo
  • Underestimating Badassery: Due to him not having a rank and being short and weak looking, people tent to look down on Morito, it's only after he shows his strength that people realize how wrong they are.