A shonen action manga/anime by Nobuyuki Anzai, the creator of ''Manga/FlameOfRecca''.

Poor Ginta just can't get a break. He's nearsighted, does poorly in school, isn't athletic, and to top it all off, is really short for his age. He has quite the imagination, however, having had the same dream of the fantastical world of Märhaven, where he's the hero that saves the day, a total of 102 times. This only makes him a bigger laughingstock at school, except for his childhood friend Koyuki who very much enjoys Ginta's imaginary adventures. Then one day, a mysterious portal appears in the middle of his class room and its guardian summons Ginta to the world beyond. With little hesitation, Ginta steps through to find himself in the land of his dreams. Not only is Märhaven real, but Ginta is now strong and agile and best of all, no longer needs his glasses to see! Thus begins Ginta's adventures in Märhaven.

Early on in the plot, the action revolves around fighting [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters and bandits]] and introducing the other main characters. The plot then takes a [[DarkerAndEdgier darker turn]] when the [[NebulousEvilOrganization Chess]] declare war on all of Märhaven which culminates in an [[TournamentArc epic tournament]] with the fate of Märhaven hanging in the balance.

The anime's North American release ran on Creator/CartoonNetwork's Creator/{{Toonami}} (after a more consistent run on Toonami Jetstream), however [[ScrewedByTheNetwork schedule irregularities]] ensured its tenure was short lived. Due to that, the English dub was discontinued as well.

See also the series SequelSeries, ''Manga/MAROmega''
!!Provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: Jack during his first match with Pano. He was entirely clueless to the UnfortunateImplications during his fight.
** He drops the accidental part when Snow starts taking off her clothes on account of the heat from the volcano field. She didn't mind Ginta cheering her body, but she got quite irritated when Jack was shouting for her to go topless.
* ActionGirl: Both Snow and Dorothy
* AdaptationExpansion: A HUGE example in the anime, especially near the end of the series.
* AffablyEvil: Phantom and Rolan. At a first glance you wouldn't recognize that they're evil.
* AGlassOfChianti: [[BloodyMurder Peta]] drinks Nanashi's blood from a fancy (yet creepy) wineglass ''during'' their battle. And yeah, it's just a glass, not an Ärm.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * AlternateUniverse: Mär
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Chess
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler:Babbo was Phantom's Ärm in the first games.]]
** In the last volume, we learn that isn't strictly the case. [[spoiler:Babbo's "evil" personality was actually the result of the evil from the Caldian Orb inhabiting him. It left after the first War Games, leaving Babbo with the personality of Caldia's Elder... And Ginta's father.]]
* AnIcePerson: Snow has ice powers (she also has MakingASplash powers with her strongest Ärm), as does Girom.
* AnimeThemeSong: In the Japanese version. The English dub has a badass InstrumentalThemeTune instead.
* AntiVillain ... Ash loves kids and only fights with the Chess to end war, thus protected the world's children. Holy shit, is he on the wrong side.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * ApologeticAttacker: Rolan
* AscendedFanboy: Ginta gets to visit the fantasy land he dreamed so long for.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The Chess are ranked via chess pieces. Pawns being mooks, followed by Rooks, Bishops, and Knights being the highest ranked fighters. There is only one King and Queen and they don't fight [[spoiler:till the very end.]]
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5gBv7H7U6U Sakuraio]] the fourth ending of the series
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB4Vcg9YB8A I Just Wanna Hold You Tight]], the first ending
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Phantom is killed in the previous war games, but gets revived and leads the Chess in the next set of war games. Danna at the end of the series]].
* BlowYouAway: Dorothy and Fûghi both have wind powers.
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: Despite being in love with Ginta, Dorothy has quite a few moments in the anime being inappropriately groped by other females.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Though, as a twist, it's [[spoiler:Ginta and the Caldian Orb]] inside [[spoiler:''Babbo'']]'s mind.
* BettyAndVeronica: With Snow being the Betty and Dorothy being the Veronica.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: [[spoiler: Dorothy is Diana's sister, who's Snow's stepmother and also the Queen of the BigBad ]]
* BilingualBonus: Märchen is German for "Fairy Tale".
** Koyuki is Japanese for 'little snow', her alternate within MAR is Snow.
%%* BlackMagicianGirl: Dorothy
* BladeOnAStick: Nanashi's weapon of choice.
* BlessedWithSuck: The Zombie Tattoo, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, it grants immortality; even if you die, you simply RiseFromYourGrave some time later. In addition to that, the tattoo is a gift and Märk of admiration from Phantom, something every Chess Piece would quite literally kill for. On the other hand, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever it grants immortality]] by making you into a living zombie; "never to die, and never to truly live again". Mär member [[spoiler:Alviss]] views it as a curse, while Knight Rolan views it as a great blessing.
* BlingOfWar: Justified in that the flashy outfits with fancy rings, necklaces and accessories are what the characters use to attack. In short, their bling ''is'' war.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * BloodyMurder: Peta
* BodyHorror: Pretty much what [[spoiler:Chimera]] does to poor Gido.
* BreakTheCutie: Chimera. Though most of the Knights had lives this messed up.
* ButtMonkey: Jack. Lampshaded almost constantly. Especially in one episode of the anime [[spoiler: where he is turned into an actual monkey by Loco and Babbo comments that it's not really any different from normal]].
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Due to the rules of the tournament, if the captain is defeated, the entire team loses. Ginta as team captain, knows all to well what the price of failure means.
* CaptainErsatz: Some of the characters in the show are inspired by fairy tale characters.
* CatGirl: Chaton, the strongest Bishop. She ends up defeating Alan, who has a [[WeaksauceWeakness fear of cats]]. Also Merilo, a maid guardian. And Bumoru, a counterpart to Merilo, though significantly less of a 'cat-girl' impression.
* ChessMotifs: The Chess. Ranking system is organized by the strength of chess pieces, the order being Pawn, Rook, Bishop, Knight, Queen, and King.
* ClothingDamage: Happens a lot in the anime. Dorothy and Alviss are the main victims.
* ChasteHero: While Snow and Jack comment on Alice's appearance, and Bappo is embarrassed to take that form, Ginta doesn't even seem to give her the time of day.
* CombatSadomasochist: Candice. She outright says this to Jack when she fights him. Her Chimera guardian works by having her take pain in order to power it up, and then inflicts that "pain" on the foe by way of [[TakenForGranite petrification]].
* ConspicuousCG: The anime is very guilty of this, spending more budget on CGI Guardians than flowing animation
* CrapsaccharineWorld: It's a world of [[SugarBowl children's fairy tales]]... populated by [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal]] [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]] who came very, very close to forcing the entire world's citizenry across the DespairEventHorizon six years ago, and some places have a very AfterTheEnd feel to it..
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Ginta, Jack, and Nanashi. All three display varying degrees of stupidity, yet when pushed hard enough show their badass sides. As well as Rolan, to an extent. He stutters and acts rather silly, even when evading attacks in battle...until he starts fighting back.
** Nanashi acts like and is in fact a skirt chaser all of the time. However the few matches that he loses are because he went easy on his opponents
* CurbStompBattle: Dorothy vs. Avrute.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Zombie Tattoo, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, it grants immortality; even if you die, you simply RiseFromYourGrave some time later. In addition to that, the tattoo is a gift and Märk of admiration from Phantom, something every Chess Piece would quite literally kill for. On the other hand, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever it grants immortality]] by making you into a living zombie; "never to die, and never to truly live again". Mär member [[spoiler:Alviss]] views it as a curse, while Knight Rolan views it as a great blessing.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * CuteGhostGirl: Alma
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * CuteWitch: Dorothy
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * DarkActionGirl: Kandis and Chimera would fit.
* DarkIsEdgy: Alviss and Loco both have darkness based powers.
* DatingCatwoman: Jack and Pano.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Alviss- among the FracturedFairyTale characters, Alvis is by far the most disturbing. Peter Pan won't grow up not because he chose to stay eternally young, but because he's a zombie, and his mind and body are slowly being attacked by a curse mark.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Loco, [[spoiler:also due to her Ärm's side effect makes her [[ReallySevenhundredYearsOld much older]]]]
* DemonicPossession: The [[spoiler:Caldian Orb]]. Over the course of the series, it possesses [[spoiler:Babbo (twice!) and Boss.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Kung Fu Frog is a master of Kung Fu!"
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: Chimera of all people, after seeing Ian and Gido reunited.
* DisappearedDad: Ginta's father [[spoiler:who turned out to be Boss of the Cross Guard.]]
** Specifically, he was killed in the first War Games. [[spoiler:In the last volume, we learn that the Caldian Orb possessed his body, and that his soul was pushed into Babbo.]]
* DishingOutDirt: Rolan has earth powers.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: This was what lead to Chimera's StartOfDarkness when her wedding was crashed and her groom killed all because he was a former (and by then reformed) Chess member. If that wasn't enough the mob that killed him turned their hatred on her, scarring her face horribly and even RAPED her.]]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * DistressedDamsel: Snow, although it only happens twice.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * DiscOneNuke: Babbo, and Ginta too, pretty much.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: The death of all the main characters in the end of the anime. [[DisneyDeath They get better, though.]]]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Rolan.
* EatingTheEnemy: "ARM" come in a wide variety and some are able devour their foe. A great double example occurs during the 2nd round of the [[TournamentArc War Games]] where Dorothy goes up against Bishop ranked Chess Piece. She sens out a pawn ARM to test what he can do, and he reveals his ARM to be a BlobMonster called Vacua that envelops his enemies and dissolves them instantly. After destroying some of her weak ARM's he sicks Vacua on her. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't realize that she's a ruthless BloodKnight and is WAY out his league. She decides to [[LetsGetDangerous bust a real ARM]] and in a flash, the Chess Piece finds his monster ARM sucked into a portal and devoured with chucks spat out. Out of the portal emerges Dorothy's own enemy-eating ARM, Toto a [[RightHandAttackDog giant, blue dog]] with a BlackHoleBelly. Suddenly, the poor {{Mook}} finds himself on the receiving end of this trope as Dorothy has the beast suck him into the abyss that is its stomach.
* ElementalIgnorance: During the War Games Snow wanted to participate in the 4th round Ice Field match but Alan wouldn't let her, which considering the boost she'd get from the Ice Field would more than compensate for any lingering fatigue, so it was a pretty stupid move on Alan's part. And that's barely scratching the surface of some of the rather... unique choices they make.
* EmotionlessGirl: Subverted with Loco, [[spoiler:as she is simply a stoic, 32-year-old woman in a little girl's body.]] Also, she shows genuine surprise (in one case, horror) at some of the crazy shit the good guys pull off.
* EmpathicWeapon: Babbo, which is considered an impossible trait for an Ärm to have.
* EpicFlail: Babbo again, the weapon in question looks like a [[http://www.onemanga.com/Mär/4/02/ Kendama]] (like paddle-ball, only with a hammer), Ginta uses him like a flail until Babbo gets upgraded later.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: "Man, Alviss-dono is popular among both men and women!", as stated by Edward during episode 88's Mär Heaven Network.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce
* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler:Nanashi is whole lot similar to Manga/FlameOfRecca's Joker. EpilepticTree says that Nanashi IS Joker who got thrown into the Mär universe after his final battle.]] The fact that he has the scent of an otherworlder, and [[spoiler: first showed up in Märhaven with Joker's clothing and stomach wound]], only adds support to this.
* ExtraOreDinary: The majority of characters, as they tend to have at least one weapon Ärm.
* EyePatchOfPower: Both Nanashi and Galian wear their bandanas so that it looks like they're blindfolded (although close-ups reveal that one eye is exposed) and Candice wears an actual eye patch (with a flaming skull insignia no less) over her left eye, and they look pretty badass this way.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Ian. He opens them slightly when being creepy.
* FairyTaleFreeForAll: By virtue of all the characters being based on a fairy tale in some way and FairyTaleMotifs being present everywhere.
* FairyTaleMotifs: They're Everywhere, most notably Aqua's storyline has paralells to the Non-{{Disneyfi|cation}}ed "Literature/TheLittleMermaid".
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Danna, and in the anime, Alviss]]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * FamousAncestor: [[spoiler:Ginta's father Danna]]
* FunWithAcronyms: The English title "MÄR" stands for "Märchen Awakens Romance", the "[[BilingualBonus Märchen]]" standing for fairy tales.
* FracturedFairyTale: Boy howdy. Almost everyone is a reference to some fairy tale, even guys like Alviss. It'd be easier to list the people who ''aren't''.
* GeckoEnding: In a rather odd example in that the manga ended ''before'' the anime. Unlike most examples, it is actually positive as it wraps up the remaining plot threads [[spoiler: by having Koyuki and Snow merge in order for Ginta not feel guilty about leaving Mar Heaven, the Orb being revealed that it is the embodiment of all of the evil of Ginta's world, thus connecting to why he had Diana try and open a portal to his world and make the latter's motive make more sense and the fights are much better paced than the actual manga]].
* GenreBlind: The Chess were fully capable of completely destroying Mär, and instead they decide to ''deliberately'' sit back and watch the good guys become stronger. [[WhatAnIdiot What a bunch of idiots...]] {{Justified|Trope}} in that an easy victory goes against [[BloodKnight basic Chess philosophy]].
** It's even worse for the Zonnen. In order to end the War Games, they intended to assassinate the main characters during the latter's TrainingFromHell. Instead of simply killing Alan and destroying the training gates he had activated, they ''GO INSIDE THE TRAINING GATES AND TORTURE THE PEOPLE INSIDE''. [[KarmicDeath Cue the KÄrmic Deaths]].
* GingerbreadHouse: In one round of the War Games, Princess Snow fights against the Bishop Emokiss, an ugly little girl whose signature ÄRM is the Gingerbread House: a house of sweets. When she eats the House, she bulks up, growing fatter and larger and stronger with each bite.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * GladiatorGames: The War Games
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The Chess base themselves in Lestava, with Diana ruling over both.
* GondorCallsForAid: Anime only, in typically the final battle.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Many of the protagonists have minor scars, while some of the Chess Pieces are more damaged and even deformed, especially Chimera.
* {{Gonk}}: Semi-deconstructed with Kouga, who is extremely sensitive about his ugliness, and hates [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boys like Alviss]].
* GrandTheftMe In the final battle [[spoiler: Its revealed the Danna who Ginta faces actually being possessed by the true big bad, a evil orb]].
* GreenLanternRing: ''Babbo''. When Ginta slots in a magic stone, he can give that "version" ''any ability he can think of''. This ranges from a hammer/dagger Ärm, to such things as a jelly that defends against all attacks, an Ärm-wielding guardian, and finally a [[spoiler:Reverse Gatekeeper Clown.]]
* GreenThumb: Jack and Wizard, one of the Knights, have plant based powers.
* GroinAttack: Episode 26 had Jack winning his rematch against Pano through the use of some hallucinatory toadstools that made Pano see Jack as being some sort of handsome guy. When the effects had wore off, Pano was less than pleased about Jack manipulating her normal senses and she ends up kicking him in the family jewels, much to Jack's dismay and to his own teammates' embarrassment.
* HarmlessFreezing: Snow uses an Ärm to trap herself in ice to prevent the attempted kidnapping by the Chess. Subverted because she's actually in mortal danger if she isn't defrosted in time.
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Koyuki was already in love with Ginta, but she quite enjoyed seeing that, upon his return from MAR Heaven, he was a year older, taller, stronger, and didn't need glasses anymore. The magic may not have transferred, but all the other benefits he received from his trip to MAR Heaven did.
** Inheriting [[spoiler: Snow's affections for him probably helps. She doesn't explicitly mention it in the anime like she does in the manga, but it's obviously there.]]
* HeavyVoice: One character's signature ARM is the GingerbreadHouse: a house of sweets. Eating it makes her grow to sumo-like proportions, gaining superhuman strength and toughness in the process. As she grows bigger, her voice grows deeper and thicker.
* HeelFaceTurn: Plenty of Chess pieces [[spoiler: in the anime, Ash, Pano, Gido, Ian, Galian, Chaton, Loco, to name a few]]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * HeroesRUs: Cross Guard
* HeroicBSOD: Ginta, in the anime, after [[spoiler: Snow's death]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Danna dies in his fight against Phantom.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: Kaldea, from which all [=Ärm=] are produced.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * HighlyVisibleNinja: Kouga
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Phantom pretty much, he wanted to see how strong Ginta would become. And wasted a chance to kill him when he was still weak. He even admits it wasn't such a good idea in the final battle when Ginta starts to overcome him.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Utterly averted. Most notably, the [[YearInsideHourOutside Training Gate]] is introduced early and used often; every character not participating in the current day's fights will be training inside, and everyone goes inside to train on the days off.
** In battle, the big weapons and guardians are used often, but saved for late in the battle, but this is {{justified|Trope}} because it takes time to build up synchronization with one's [=Ärm=]. Using a big guardian too early will result in it being as harmless as a soap bubble, as Alan is all too willing to explain to an unfortunate Rook.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Gaira on the surface, has the makings of a badass and was the number 3 player in the previous War Games [[spoiler:gets eliminated in the preliminaries by Chimera.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: There's an entire arc in the anime dedicated to Phantom kidnapping and keeping ALVISS at his side, under mind control-complete with Yaoi Fanservice! No, really.
* {{Immortality}}: Phantom [[spoiler:and the zombie tattoo.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Jack and his Battle Scoop! (even if it's more of a shovel/spade)
* InvincibleHero: All of the team members are this to a degree, but Dorothy takes the cake (She's the only other member of the group not to lose in any of the fights. Ginta himself is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] during the War Games because his loss, as captain, would mean that the entire team would lose.).
** Just to demonstrate this point, the three weakest members of the team, Snow, Jack and Nanashi. Even they only ever seem to lose under bad circumstances. Nobody on the team ever seems to lose a straight-up fair match. With Nanashi, his first loss was because he was too chivalrous, and his draw was because he threw it on purpose, not because he was incapable of winning. With Snow, her first loss was because she had a MAJOR DISADVANTAGE due to the extreme heat making her ice powers far weaker, and could've probably destroyed Mr. Hook if all things were equal. Her second loss is because she had a huge psychological block about attacking her opponent, but she still holds her own quite nicely, just as she's about to get over the block, she gets captured. Only Jack ever seems to lose purely because of just not being strong enough.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Alan and Ed occupy the same body, and switch places when one of them falls asleep.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * JamesBondage: Alviss, in the anime.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Ginta heads through the portal to Mär with minimal regrets. He occasionally feels homesick and doesn't seem to like he's making Koyuki and his mother worry about him.
* KarmicDeath: Rapunzel [[spoiler: after taking it upon herself to kill her fellow teammates if they lost (or tied in poor Aqua's case). Say the least after she lost her battle to Dorthy, Phantom has her killed personally (in the manga, she decapitated, which was one of her favorite killing methods.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Girom. Sweet blue monkey hell, ''GIROM''. No matter how many atrocities he commits, the only punishment he ever gets is getting blasted into the sky and punched unconscious [[spoiler:and losing his sister Rapunzel to Ian]]. He never learns his damn lesson.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Aqua. Her cuteness will [[TastesLikeDiabetes rot your teeth out.]]
* KillItWithFire: How Jack [[spoiler:wins his final battle]].
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Aqua, a Chess bishop, is killed by Girom after her draw against Nanashi, even though [[HopeSpot she SUCCEEDS in winning]] RockPaperScissors against Rapunzel. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Ginta does NOT take it very well.]]]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Both Nanashi and Babbo have had their memories wiped prior to Ginta's arrival.
* LightEmUp: Ginta, when using Alice, has light powers.
* LittleMissBadass: Loco [[spoiler:though she is [[OlderThanTheyLook older than she appears]] and justified due to the effect of her Darkness Ärms [[FountainOfYouth that reverses the users age]]]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: All the members of Chess are named, and there are a lot of members... A select few (mainly the knights) are given backstory and/or become recurring characters throughout the tournament.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * LoveableRogue: Nanashi
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Jack and Pano.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * LoveBubbles: Quite usual in the anime
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Subverted: Phantom only got more bitter when Alma dumped him for being a villain.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:The King is Danna, Ginta's father]]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * MagicalLand: Märhaven
* MagikarpPower: Jack's Battle Shovel is easily the most useless Ärm the group has, even worse than an unpowered Babbo. All it is is a shovel shaped chÄrm that morphs into... an ordinary shovel, not even meant for battle. However, during his first Trianing Gate session, Dorothy teaches him how to use Magic Stones with the shovel to give it better powers. Jack manages to turn the shovel into a highly powered Nature Ärm (renaming it the Earth Shovel) with the power to manipulate soil and rock, and to germinate and control all manner of highly magical plants. He then proceeds to win almost every one of his War Game fights with it.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * MagiTek: The [=Ärm=]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The King]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Roland and Candice, mostly noticeable in the Ghost Chess arc, when they appear together often. Roland is mild mannered, delicate, gentle and looks like a girl. Candice is loudspoken, rude, loves to fight, has an immense ammount of bloodlust and even gropes females now and then.
* MaskPower: Every Chess Piece with a rank higher than Pawn has a unique mask. Pawns all have identical masks, to cement their place as FacelessGoons.
** Inverted in the Fourth Battle, where the only Chess Bishop wearing a mask was ''defeated instantly''.
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: In the anime, between Ginta and Koyuki/Snow. It's clearly the implication, and it is difficult to interpret their final scene together as being platonic in nature. It's not conclusive but it's significantly more suggestive than the original manga.]]
* MeaningfulName: Dorothy, being a ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', whose most powerful Ärm is a giantic dog named Toto, a giant robot, a crucified scarecrow, and a flying lion, as well as a psychotic quilted doll ([[Literature/LandOfOz books only]]); Snow, being a ShoutOut to "Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs", whose Ärm are all ice based; Jack, being a ShoutOut to Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk whose [=Ärm=] are mostly based around plants and gardening. See a [[ThemeNaming theme developing here]]?
** Also, Snow and Koyuki.
* MightyGlacier: Avrute, one of the Chess bishops in the forth battle of the war game, moves slowly and wields a huge claw that can slice through anything; [[spoiler: he gets defeated ''instantly'' before he can even do anything.]]
* MirrorMatch: Nature Ärm Shadowman creates a perfect copy of a person at their strongest. The heroes use it as a training partner inside the Training Gate.
* MoreThanMindControl: Both Phantom and Diana [[spoiler:were actually under the manipulation of king, but both were twisted to begin with.]]
* MorphWeapon: Babbo and Jack's battle scoop, and a few other [=Ärm=], through the use of socketing magic stones and then thinking up of cool powers.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Despite the manga having blood and being geared towards a young teenage audience, the anime was made to be aired to kids... and surprisingly enough, [[YaoiFangirl fangirls]]
* MushroomSamba: In the War Games, Jack gets a rematch with Pano. He seeds her with special mushrooms that give her hallucinations. They go like this: The volcanoes around the battlefield erupt, the mushrooms become caterpillars, the caterpillars become [[PrettyButterflies butterflies]] and the [[MoodWhiplash wasteland becomes a field of flowers,]] the butterflies become bats, vines wrap her up, and ''then'' Jack, much better looking than he really is, appears and offers to remove the mushrooms if she gives up, which she [[DistractedByTheSexy does immediately.]] In fact, [[HypnotizeThePrincess he leaves one behind on purpose so she would still think he's handsome.]] He accidentally knocks it off when he goes to hug her, and the hallucinations wear off in the span of a few seconds.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: The Chess. Lampshaded by Loco, who fully recognizes just how evil the Chess Pieces are. Though, being a Chess Piece herself, she doesn't seem to care.
* NerdGlasses: Ginta wears these at the beginning of the series. Discarding them right after arriving in Märhaven.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Ginta has superstrength because of a gravity difference.
* NotAGame: Ginta gets a very harsh wake-up call as to the seriousness of the Chess Piece threat when Alan explains the War Games after showing Ginta the destruction the Chess have already caused.
** And reaffirmed again with Snow after she watches Dorothy utterly destroy one of the Chess Pieces, even when the poor guy tries to call uncle but Dorothy won't let him.
* OfficialCouple: [[LoveatFirstPunch Jack and Pano]], [[SickeninglySweethearts Ian and Gido]] and [[spoiler: [[BelligerentSexualTension Alan and Chaton]]]].
** In the anime, [[spoiler: Ginta and Koyuki/Snow is implied. Bordering on MaybeEverAfter]]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * OmnicidalManiac: The majority of the Chess Pieces, ''especially'' Phantom.
* OrgasmicCombat: Candice's sadomasochistic streak makes her enjoy her fights too much.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * OurWerewolvesAreDifferent:
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Candices's (one sided) relationship with Phantom. Also Chaton and Aqua.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * PrincessesPreferPink: Snow.
* PsychoSupporter: Peta, Rolan... hell, the ''entire Chess organization'' qualifies for this.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Bell, Alviss' FairyCompanion, isn't active during the tournament, making very brief appearances in the interludes beteween rounds. The same happens to Ed, the dog. They both get more screen time in the anime though.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Both Dorothy and Snow actually fight and kick ass.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Together with ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', ''MÄR'' was aired out of order for several weeks, so that the audience had no idea what was going on. By the time they decided to start over and air the series properly, most of the fans had given up, and it was taken off the air a few months later. It survived for a time on the internet, but that, too, was soon abandoned. DVD's were likewise abandoned as Viz Media gave up on the series entirely. It seems the most we'll ever get from an official source is the 52 episodes currently on Hulu.
* SerialKiller: Girom kills without remorse, except for when he knows he cannot defeat his enemy, in which case he AintTooProudToBeg for forgiveness.
* ShockAndAwe: Nanashi has lightning powers.
* ShoutOut: in one episode of the anime Ginta is turned into a [[spoiler: pink rabbit]] in what is probably a shout out to ''Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past''
** One of [[spoiler:Phantom]]'s abilities is to trap his enemies into what appears to be the Phantom Zone, from ''Superman''. That and he is called [[spoiler:Phantom]].
** In the first episode, Ginta is playing a Video Game that closely resembles ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Ginta himself looks like protagonist of ''FFVII''.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * SissyVillain: Rolan again.
* SmokingIsCool: Alan does it, and only looks more like a badass for it.
* SnowMeansLove: The anime ends with Ginta and Koyuki[[spoiler:/Snow]] walking home as it starts snowing, even though it's Spring.
* SocialDarwinist: Halloween. A few of the other Chess knights qualify, but he is the most evident of them. [[spoiler:Phantom doesn't count since he's mind-controlled by the King.]]
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: As the tournament progresses, the heroes face the higher ranks of the Chess.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Babbo.]] In fact, it's had as many as ''three'' souls inside at once.
* StalkerWithACrush: Chaton stalks Alan in the anime due to her crush. It's a pity he hates cats.
** Dorothy this to Ginta.
** Phantom to Alviss. It creeps the other out.
* StormingTheCastle: The final fights take place in Lestava castle.
* SummonMagic: Guardian [=Ärm=].
* SwissArmyAppendage: [[spoiler:Phantom has his favorite [=Ärm=] ''grafted on to his arm.'']]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * SympatheticMurderer: Chimera, Ash, Rolan, and some of the more minor Chess.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Pozun's wife and their female children have bows on their heads.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * TheBaroness: Candice
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * TheChosenOne: Ginta
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * TheDragon: Peta
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Subverted. Both Diana and Dorothy are beautiful, popular, and smart. [[spoiler: Diana is evil, though, and that's what causes Dorothy to try and stop her.]] Per law of their floating continent, she even ''has'' to even.
%%* TheHighQueen: Diana
* ThemeNaming: A great number of characters are named after and have attacks based on fairy tales.
** Dorothy's [=Ärm=] are almost all based on the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series]].
* TheStoic: Alviss. Spoofed on a few occasions in a few gag strips found at the end of each manga volume.
* TitleDrop: Of a sort. In the manga, the last chapter is the same as the anime, "Marchen Awakens Romance".
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Gaira and Alan are usually responsible for those.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Chimera...or rather, Irene and Märco]]
* TournamentArc: The War Games making up 2/3 of the series.
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * TroubledButCute: Alviss again.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Ginta and Dorothy. In the anime though, he resolves it with Dorothy [[spoiler: by not choosing her.]]
%% commented out ZeroContextExample * VillainousFriendship: Phantom and Peta sport a type I.
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:Chimera, actually a woman.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Alan's fear/allergy to cats.
* WickedStepmother: Diana to Snow
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Alan and Chaton's relationship seems to fall into this especially during the anime. [[spoiler: They do at the end.]]
** The anime spends a considerable amount of time to building up the LoveTriangle between Ginta, Snow and Dorothy. In the end, [[spoiler: He doesn't explicitly 'choose' either, unless you count choosing to return to Earth the same as choosing to be with Snow/Koyuki. The shows ends with them walking home together, both blushing and Koyuki clinging to his arm, which might imply something... take it as you will.]]
* WhenYouSnatchThePebble: After Gaira's TrainingFromHell that he puts Ginta and Jack through, Alvis asks for a showing of their power now. He takes two stones and fires them towards the two from behind. Ginta, intelligently moves out of the way, impressing Alviss. Jack instead punches the stone, shattering it. He then is seen rolling on the ground because the stone injured his hand. Alvis notes the power increase, but notes that Jack is still an idiot, while Ginta merely freaks out at nearly being lobotomized.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Alan, the most badass of anyone on Team Mär, has a crippling cat phobia. This turns out to be a problem when he has to fight a CatGirl.
%%* WordSaladTitle
* {{Yandere}}: Candice, for Phantom.
* YearInsideHourOutside: Dimension Ärm Training Gate. Time passes sixty times as fast inside the gate. The heroes use the Ärm at just about every opportunity to train for enormous periods of time. Ginta's first training period saw him spend half a year inside the Gate, while only three days passed outside.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler: In the fourth battle of the War Games, the Chess Knight Rapunzel kills those Chess members who lose their battles. Unfortunately, the last one killed was [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickenly adorable]], and her death drove Ginta [[RoaringRampageofRevenge COMPLETELY BERSERK]]]].
%% commented out ZeroContextExample ** This happened to [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath Rapunzel herself]]]].
* YourUniverseOrMine: Life is tough for Ginta. The choice is made a moot point in the anime, considering [[spoiler: Koyuki and Snow essentially fuse into one being.]]