Manga / Mob Psycho 100

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Mob Psycho 100 is a Japanese webcomic created by ONE, the same author responsible for One-Punch Man. It began publication on Weekly Shōnen Sunday Web Comics on April 18, 2012.

Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed "Mob", is a 14 year old boy attending his second year at Salt Middle School. There, he tries to lead an average, ordinary life, despite having been born with strong telekinetic powers. As he undergoes the turmoil of adolescence, he finds his emotionally-fueled powers increasingly hard to suppress. Mob wants to live just like others, but a barrage of trouble comes to him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to spill over its bounds.

On December 1, 2015, an anime adaption by Studio Bones was announced for release, which premiered July 11, 2016.

Tropes 100%:

  • Achievement In Ignorance: The Kuchisake-onna is immune to the attacks of anyone who is afraid of her, which due to her nature as an urban legend a lot of people fear her intuitively. Mob is able to kill her because he was sheltered from urban legends and thus doesn't know about her to be scared.
  • Action Prologue: The anime adaptation begins with a battle between ???% Mob and several massive beasts. It is most likely a tease of the mental battle against Mogami's evil spirits.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime opens with what seems to be Mob at ???% power fighting Mogami's army of huge spirits, which is something that only lasted for a couple of panels in the manga. A short story about the spirits of bikers lurking inside a tunnel is also moved to the first episode. In this version, Mob spares the leader and kills the evil monster who was in charge of the place so the bikers can move on peacefully.
  • A God I Am Not: A recurring theme in the series is trying to keep to this mentality, and Mob instilling this mentality in other Espers who think otherwise. Reigen's first advice upon meeting Mob is that being exceptionally skilled at something doesn't make you a better person than anyone else - it's being a good person that makes you great.
  • Art Shift: As in One-Punch Man, the fine composition and paneling of the manga is coupled with sloppy artwork that turns detailed when things get serious.
  • Asshole Victim: Mob, Reigen and several other espers are tasked with exorcising an evil spirit out of a girl named Asagiri. It turns out she's a spoiled Alpha Bitch who used her popularity to ruin the lives of other kids who couldn't stand up for themselves. Inside the mental world created by Mogami she's forced into acting much worse, to the point of stabbing Mob while Mogami tries to convince him she's not worth saving. Once Mob wins and frees her, Asagiri has the nerve to try to laugh the entire experience off, only to break down crying and beg Mob to forgive her.
  • Always Someone Better: An important point of this series is that it's painful knowing that someone out there in the world is better, but this doesn't invalidate your own abilities. This is ultimately what saves Teru and changes him into being a better person- his humiliation by Mob makes him realize how he was acting towards others, and he resolves to change himself.
  • Badass Normal: Arataka Reigen regularly goes up against evil spirits and powerful espers with no fear, and even wins a good portion of the time, despite not having any powers of his own.
  • Berserk Button: Do what you will to Mob, but do not hurt his family.
  • Book Ends:
    • The first OP begins with a Pink and Cyan Neon Cityscape with electronic billboards showing Eyedscreen shots of the main characters, and ends with the title fading out to that same cityscape with the billboards now showing various production credits.
    • Teruki's second appearance early on his arc has him turning a tv on. The arc ends with Ritsu turning a tv off after watching a newscast of what had transpired that day.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Food made out of the Divine Tree drives people to worship Lord Psycho Helmet and his cult.
  • Break the Cutie: The manga attempts this on Mob several times, as he's frequently the victim of attacks - anything from triggering bad memories, attempting to choke him to death, several attempts at brainwashing, kidnapping his brother, attempting to kill Reigen in front of him, making him think his parents and brother have been murdered and his house set on fire. He comes out of everything tired, but maintaining his kindness and innocence.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • Teruki believed himself to be the "protagonist of the world" because of his powers. He feels forced to duel Mob to prove himself, but is unable to harm Mob and even goes bald from his own misfired knives. As Teru goes nuts, Mob realizes that Teru's superiority complex comes from a fear of being otherwise insignificant. Teru then gives up on his own terms for the fight and starts choking Mob to death with his own arms, only for ???% to come out and throughly humiliate him. Teru finally admits that like Mob he really is nothing without his powers, but then realizes even Mob had people who cared for him. He leaves with grace, but spends the next few weeks sick with depression as he comes to terms with his loss. Once that's done he becomes a much kinder person and a mentor to other espers, but also seems to feel like he can't even be the protagonist of his own story anymore.
    • The separation arc is this for Reigen. He's become so full of himself that he insults and pushes Mob away, causing him to quit, and Dimple tells him that Mob is not only happy without him, but doesn't care about him at all. He attempts to achieve his goal of becoming somebody, only to be humiliated on live television and harassed by the media. He manages to redeem himself by the end of it, more or less apologizing to Mob and earning his forgiveness. He becomes a more Benevolent Boss after that.
  • Character Exaggeration: The anime exaggerates Reigen's gestures and expressions for the sake of comedy so his lies are even more blatant and he comes off as rather cowardly at times.
  • Call Back: The Psycho Helmet arc begins with a narration about yokai creatures in the same way as the one on espers from the beginning of the story. Mob and Reigen then help a yokai hunter fight on the building they once fought Ceiling Challenger. The former LOL Cult and Dimple are also major players in the story once again.
  • Disguised in Drag: Mob and Reigen do this so they can exorcise a spirit haunting an all-girls school without causing any alarm. Reigen, due to being a clearly adult male, fails to pass; but Mob manages to enter without incident and exorcises the ghost.
  • Dumb Muscle: We're shown stat cards of each member of the Body Improvement club and it seems most of them are Book Dumb except for Jun, whose weakness is his thin eyebrows instead. When the club is forced to score well on an exam to keep afloat, he's the only one who properly focuses on his studies while the others get distracted by their physical training.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: When the narrator introduces the concept of espers to the viewer, the anime shows several characters who will appear through the story.
  • Evil Counterpart: Teruki (who abused psychic power to excel over normal people), Mogami (a ruthless cynic who became consumed by his own negative emotions) and likely Lord Psycho Helmet are this to Mob.
  • Evil Twin: In order to take over the Psycho Helmet cult, Dimple takes the form of a humanoid being that looks like the sketch that the cult had made of Mob's face.
  • Foreshadowing: The opening has tons, like alluding to Teru's ridiculous wig, The Divine Tree, as well as Dimple's connection to it, the Seventh Branch of Claw, and Ritsu developing his powers.
  • Handshake Refusal: Dimple offers a handshake to Mob but gets slammed around instead. Mob then starts to offer one to a hostile Teruki, who jumps back on instinct. A reformed Teruki then successfully gives one to a Drunk with Power Ritsu, scaring him away with the intensity of his aura.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Whereas Mob wants to live a mundane but fulfilling life, a lot of the cast are foils to him who envy his powers and do bad things because they're also looking for a purpose in life.
  • Lovable Jock: The Body Improvement Club are a group of genuinely nice and friendly people. Not only do they let the former Telepathy Club use the club room (since they only need it to store their equipment) they're also one of the few people in Mob's life aside from his family who are not looking to use him for their gain and see him as one of their own.
  • Mean Boss: Reigen exploits Mob for his abilities, underpays him and keeps calling at the most inopportune times. Some of the advice he gives him is also done for selfish reasons. However, as the story goes on it becomes clear he cares about Mob and once he comes to realize he's not being a positive influence on him he turns into a Benevolent Boss.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Mob and Reigen first met, Mob was conflicted over his nature as an esper and asked Reigen for advice. Reigen told Mob that his powers make him no less humane and all that matters is that he remains a good person. Later on, after Mob helps Reigen with the fallout of his scams being exposed, Reigen asks Mob what he thinks of him now that he knows what he really is. Mob replies he had always known that Reigen was, in fact... a good person.
  • Mind Rape: When trying to save Asagiri from Mogami's possession, Mob becomes trapped in a mental world where he is alone with no memories or powers and surrounded by people who make his life a living hell at every turn for several months. Mogami believed that to be the true nature of the world and wanted to beat Mob's naive attitude out of him. Had Dimple not come to Mob's aid, he would've succeeded.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Whatever Reigen does is given a fancy name and gets referred to as his "Secret Techniques" by the narrator. Examples include doing massages to make his clients relax, throwing salt at people, performing dropkicks... photoshopping spirits out of pictures and breaking computers that were full of porn...
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the past, Mob and Ritsu were mugged by older students who then knocked Mob out cold by pushing him into a wall. Mob later woke up to see all of them, including Ritsu, all unconscious and blood-soaked from ???%'s rampage. This caused Mob to deeply fear his own powers and made him into the emotionally repressed boy seen at the start of the series.
  • Phony Psychic: Reigen runs an exorcism agency and mentors Mob but has no psychic powers at all. He manages to help people in his own way but has to sic Mob on the actual supernatural beings he comes across. Mob pretty much knows Reigen is no Esper but assumes that, as a "Psychic", Reigen has powers of a different nature than his own.
  • Psychic Powers: In terms of power, the story generally focuses on Espers, who have strong psychic abilities.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Whenever Mob is severely injured and falls unconscious, his incomprehensible latent power is unleashed upon the world. His power level at that point reads as ???%.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Subverted for comedy. When Teruki seemingly kills Dimple, Mob becomes shocked and has flashbacks to his recent time alongside him... and then he says he doesn't really care. His explosion meter doesn't increase at all.
    • At one point Mob finds his house burning to the ground and inside are what appears to be the corpses of his family. He goes ballistic over this, with his explosion meter increasing far beyond 100%. Dimple has to desperately convince him that what he saw was an illusion made by some esper so Mob doesn't destroy the entire city out of grief.
  • Shout-Out:
    • There are some nods to One-Punch Man, like Reigen having a picture of Saitama as his cellphone's wallpaper or Mob dreaming of training so much that he goes bald. Mob's homeroom teacher in the first episode also looks a lot like how Yusuke Murata draws himself.
    • The second episode shows Mob reading a One-Punch Man manga, so it looks like both series are a Show Within a Show in each other's settings (one scene in Murata's OPM remake had Saitama wearing a "Mob Psycho 1000000" shirt).
    • The third episode has Saitama making a cameo on the back of the "MobDonald's" soda cup, and in the fourth episode as well.
    • In the fourth episode the character Tenga Onigawara looks like Josuke Higashikata from part 4 and his special attack involves rapid punches referencing Crazy Diamond.
    • Additionally in the fifth episode Teru who is blonde and has the same power as the main character decides to fire multiple knives at Mob similar to Jotaro vs Dio.
    • Mob at ???% looks awfully similar to Boros Meteoric Burst mode.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • The anime's opening hints at several events from almost every arc of the ongoing story, such as the LOL Cult, Teruki being overwhelmed by ???% Mob, Ritsu awakening his powers, the Claw Organization and even a certain broccoli. Plus it is filled with gags from various other minor moments.
    • Mogami's arc is one of the few that is not foreshadowed in the opening, but you know that fight scene with no context that opens the first episode?... Well, wait for it. The man in question is also seen among the Early-Bird Cameo esper people shown during the narration at the beginning.
    • The closing credits draw heavily from a later arc focused on Reigen's life and his relationship with Mob.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: ???% Mob acts solely on his survival instincts and has limitless power to tap into. Mob is very afraid of what he can do when under this power, as this power caused him to hurt his younger brother by mistake. When facing Teruki, who had almost choked Mob to death, ???% absorbs his powers and starts lifting the guy and the entire landscape high into the sky. Mob wakes up just in time to prevent everyone involved from crashing down and also rebuilds the nearby school.
  • Super Mode: 100% Mob. While Mob is usually a very strong esper, at 100% Mob becomes incredibly powerful, with the current emotion he's feeling influencing his thoughts, appearance and powers. The series notes these as "explosions". Notable explosions include:
    • 100% Anger, the first time we see Mob explode, during his time with the LOL Cult that results in him decimating the crowd of onlookers and shattering Dimple.
    • 100% Sadness, the aftermath of Teru's battle with Mob that results in Vinegar Mid repairing itself.
    • 100% Courage, which appears during the Mogami and Touichirou fights.
    • 100% Gratitude, which causes Super Empowering and boosts Reigen into the unstoppable Reigen 1000%
  • Take Over the World: Claw is an organization of espers who seek to dominate the world. Reigen finds them to be a bunch of immature society rejects and chews them out about that.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Mob tells Dimple in their first meeting after battling to call him "Shigeo", not "Shige-Chan". This later happens when Dimple introduces himself to Ritsu.
  • The Verse: ONE has implied this and One-Punch Man share a verse (He was asked and answered a question on who would win between Mob and Tatsumaki from said series, along with Tatsumaki making a brief cameo during the LOL Cult arc).
  • World Tree: The Divine Tree created out of broccoli seeds from Mob's pocket when he was dealing with Touichirou's power meltdown becomes the center of attention and faith from the entire city and its roots threaten to destroy it all.

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