Nanatsu no Taizai (literally The Seven Deadly Sins) is a fantasy manga of a land under a terrible tyranny... brought about by the Holy Knights, who have taken control of the land and are making life miserable for everyone. Elizabeth, princess of a kingdom conquered by the Holy Knights, has traveled the land looking for the only group that might be able to defeat the Holy Knights, seven knights thought dead, feared throughout the land for their great and terrible power... The Seven Deadly Sins. The Sins are presumed dead after they had tried to overthrow the kingTo her surprise, Elizabeth finds one of the Sins, Meliodas, the Dragon's Sin of Wrath, happily running a tavern, and he is nothing like the stories say (he doesn't look anything like his wanted poster, for one thing)... save that he is incredibly strong. At Elizabeth's request, she and Meliodas go on a quest to find the six remaining Sins. However, the quest will not be easy, as the Holy Knights are hunting for the Seven Deadly Sins, and Elizabeth as well, and will go to great lengths to capture or destroy them.Has a characters page.The manga is by Suzuki Nakaba who also created Kongoh Bancho.Not to be confused with the similarly named upcoming anime about scantily clad female demons themed after the Seven Deadly Sins.
This manga contains examples of:
The Alcatraz: Baste Dungeon, a large fortress-like prison seemingly built in a mesa wherein Ban was imprisoned.
Amplifier Artifact: Each of the Sins is supposed to have a sacred treasure, a holy weapon that allows them to draw on even more of their innate power. Unfortunately, Ban, Meliodas and Diane got separated from their treasures when they broke up.
Animal Motifs: Each of the Sins has a tattoo and moniker of an animal that is usually associated with their representative sin.
Meliodas: Dragon's Sin of Wrath
Diane: Serpent's Sin of Envy
Ban: Fox's Sin of Greed
King: Bear's Sin of Sloth
Gowther: Goat's Sin of Lust
Attack Reflector: Meliodas' power, Full Counter, reflects any attack directed at him with greater power back to the attacker.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: Diane and Elizabeth get hit with this when they are shrunk and no longer fit in their clothes.
Barrier Warrior: Griamor's power, Wall, allows him to create a force field around him.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Diane fell in love with Meliodas because he treated her like a regular girl and not like a Giant. Ban also decided to follow Meliodas because Meliodas was the only one besides Elaine to accept, in Ban's own words, a shitty person such as himself.
Berserk Button: For Meliodas, it's stealing his sword. Ban tried to take it... once. He still has the scar, which is saying something since no other weapon has left a lasting mark on him. In the present time, hurting Elizabeth is also a good way to make Meliodas beat the crap out of you.
Betty and Veronica: Elizabeth and Diane to Meliodas. Elizabeth's a royal Betty due to being a generally calm regular human while Diane's a common Veronica due to being a clingy easily jealous exotic giantess.
Beware the Nice Ones: Each of the Sins, when their Berserk Button has not been pushed, are among the nicest people you could meet. Press that button, though, and they don't hold back.
Black Eyes of Evil: A side effect of drinking demon's blood is that the irises of the eyes turn completely black.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Diane gets really jealous when Meliodas interacts with other girls than her, most notably Elizabeth. Sometimes her jealousy is expressed subtly and sometimes it's expressed as large as her size.
Cool Helmet: Many characters in the series wear cool helmets that look like they came straight out of Berserk.
Dark and Troubled Past: A number of the Sins revealed so far have back stories which paint them as more than simply Sin-themed criminals.
Meliodas: He received his broken sword from a dying acquaintance. He also supposedly had bouts where he lost control of himself and destroyed a lot of stuff.
Ban: He received his immortality when he tried to save a Fountain of Youth from a Demon. The destruction caused by the Demon unfortunately got blamed on him and his greed.
King: In relation to Ban, for not being the one who actually protected the fountain, he lost his sister and the forest he lived in was destroyed.
Dishing Out Dirt / Extra Ore Dinary: Diane's power, Creation, is an ability to bend iron like toffee, raise the ground like towers, and turn minerals into sand. It is an ability exclusive to her and other Giants due to their deep connection to nature.
Disproportionate Retribution: Gilthunder did this when visiting Bernia, which is known for their famous ale. Gilthunder mocked their efforts and when a boy, Mead, wanted to get even by putting a worm in his drink as a harmless prank, Gilthunder responded by plunging his sword into the ground and stopping the water flow, preventing the town from making their ale, nearly leading to their economic ruin since it's how they thrive.
Dogged Nice Guy: King really wants to spend some time with Diane. However due to varying circumstances and the fact that Diane only has eyes for Meliodas, he's really having a hard time.
Ecchi: Apart from actual fanservice scenes, the series stating it has some ecchi elements is usually advertised on the chapter covers.
Enemy Mine: King temporarily teams up with the Holy Knights in order to get at Ban when he believes the latter is the one responsible for his sister's death. He only sought Ban and not the other Sins though. The truce falls apart after being reunited with Elaine's ghost in the Capital of the Dead.
Expy: The various armors worn by the Holy Knights make them look like the New Band of the Hawk from Berserk. Fitting as the second generation of Holy Knights bolster their ranks by having potential members drink Demon's blood, an act that's basically a Deal with the Devil which, while differing in method, is what the New Band of the Hawk also did. Incidentally, this act also makes them evil expies of the Grey Wardens from Dragon Age: Origins due to the method of how both join their respective orders.
Famed in Story / The Dreaded: The Sins are feared and renowned throughout the kingdom as extremely legendary and powerful criminals. On the other side, the Holy Knights are considered knights among knights who protect Britannia. They are supposed to be heroes but are terrifying beings with each one possessing enough power to match a country's army.
Fighting with Chucks: Ban's holy weapon before it was ironically stolen was a three-stick variant that enhanced his stealing abilities.
Flight: This is King's specialty, as he and his spear are able to levitate effortlessly.
Frame Up: Prior to the story, the Seven Deadly Sins were framed for killing the Great Holy Knight and Gilthunder's father, Zaratras, and trying to overthrow the kingdom. It's not yet known who framed them but it's either a Holy Knight or a traitor amongst the Sins.
Glamour: Inverted with King. Instead of transforming into a more youthful form, he can take on a older, fatter one. He originally used it as a form of respect rather than a disguise. However after reuniting with the Meliodas, he unintentionally uses it for a wide range of reactions for various hilarious situations.
The trope however is seemingly played straight with Meliodas. It's hinted that he is actually some sort of demon.
Gluttonous Pig: Hawk is often seen eating any leftovers that may have fallen one way or another. He particularly prides himself on this fact.
Good Guy Bar: The Boar Hat serves as the base of operations for Meliodas and the Seven Deadly Sins. It's actually a mobile home carried on the back of Hawk's mom, a giant green pig, essentially making it a literal Boar Hat. Incidentally since the Sins are criminals in the setting, it can be seen as a Bad Guy Bar from a different perspective.
Happily Adopted: Elizabeth is actually not the daughter of the king of Lyonesse. She's from the kingdom of Danafor. Whether this means she's adopted or bornout of wedlock has yet to be made clear. What is known however is that the King apparently accepted her as his daughter, as evidenced in an apparent Crowning Moment of Heartwarming wherein he desperately tried to get her down from a tree despite not knowing how to climb. Elizabeth's recounting of the incident opened up a boy from Bernia, Mead, into explaining the troubles the town had with the Holy Knights. He too was Happily Adopted by the entire town when his parents died from an epidemic while traveling through the town. He initially thought he wasn't but after Meliodas' help, learned the truth.
Also, as far as Elizabeth is concerned, much as the King is her father, his biological daughters are her sisters.
Healing Factor: Ban, the Fox's Sin of Greed, has this as one of his two abilities. He is literally unkillable by conventional means, but unconventional means like being Taken for Granite can still be lethal for him...
Immortality Seeker: Ban sought out the Fountain of Youth in order to become immortal. His reason for doing this was that he believed that if he lived long enough, something good would eventually happen for him. He gave up this quest when he learned that it would destroy the forest. Unfortunately, he still became immortal via Elaine's Heroic Sacrifice.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice / Human Pincushion: The Great Holy Knight Zaratras was found propped up dead this way with several spears sticking through him. Ban is sometimes the victim of this but survives it due to being immortal.
Inspector Javert: Due to whoever framed the Sins as well as various rumors, Elizabeth's sister, Veronica, steadfastly believes the Sins are manipulating Elizabeth for something. From what we've seen of the Sins' pasts however, it's obvious she's not getting the full story.
King, who is a fairy, has a large crush on Diane, who is a giant.
Elaine, another fairy and King's sister, is in love with Ban, a human.
Diane in turn has a massive crush on Meliodas, a human.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Ban's backstory, when he went after the elixir of immortality, Elaine told him that if he were to take the elixir, the forest surrounding it would die. Ban promptly decided that it wasn't worth it (claiming that the wildberries used in one of his favorite drinks was grown in that forest). He may be a thief, but he is not a monster.
Knight Templar: Apart from being actual knights, the Holy Knights are willing to overthrow their king, subjugate and kill innocent civilians, and other atrocities in order to prepare for a Holy War that was prophesied to come. They're also willing to use a Demon to enhance their powers.
Let's Split Up, Gang: The Sins split up when they came across the corpse of the Great Holy Knight, Zaratras, and were surrounded by the knights of the kingdom. A main plot point of the story is Putting the Band Back Together after a ten year separation.
Light Is Not Good: The Holy Knights are the equivalent of paladins, and many of them are incredibly cruel.
The Lost Woods: Two have appeared in the series so far. The first is the Forest of White Dreams, a foggy forest inhabited by imps called Hide and Seekers and the location where Diane hid. The second is the Forest of the Fairy King, the home of King and Elaine, which unfortunately was burnt down by a demon.
Magic Knight: Many characters from both the main protagonists and main antagonists fit this description as they are both inhumanly strong and possess magical abilities.
Mayfly-December Romance: Elaine, a more than 700 year old fairy, fell in love with Ban and, in reciprocation, he has sworn to make her his despite her being dead. Interestingly, due to the child-like form Elaine has, a completely different and creepy trope comes to mind when the relationship is seen out of context.
Ms. Fanservice: Diane and Elizabeth. As of chapter 33, they get a full nudity scene when they get shrunk.
Older Than They Look / Really 700 Years Old: King and Elaine are fairies with child-like bodies but are actually really old. Because of this, King opted for an older, fatter illusion of himself before the Sins split up in the past. Meliodas is also actually older than he looks. For him, it's hinted to be some sort of illusion as a disguise for probably being a demon of some sort.
One-Man Army: Each individual Holy Knight is considered the equal of a thousand men. When the northern barbarians invade with an army of three thousand men, two knights working together are able to wipe the army out with minimal effort. The new generation of Holy Knights is even stronger if only because they use demon blood to boost their powers.
Only Mostly Dead: Geera, one of the Holy Knights, stabs and puts herself in a state of near death in order to pursue the Sins to the Capital of the Dead, a place only either the dead or people with a shared memory with the dead can enter.
Our Fairies Are Different: King and his sister, Elaine, are long living child-like wingless humanoids capable of levitating themselves and other things. King, though, can transform himself into an older, fatter version of himself as he sees it as a form of respect when dealing with royals and others.
Our Giants Are Bigger: Diane, the Serpent's Sin of Envy, is a very attractive young lady... who happens to be enormous. She's too big to fit in most buildings, and actually laments her great height, since it means she can't interact normally with Meliodas, on whom she has a major crush.
Person of Mass Destruction: Meliodas, in his backstory, wiped out the kingdom of Danafor single-handedly when he lost control of his powers in the past.
Pop Goes the Human: There's a 50/50 chance of this happening to a human who drinks demon blood.
Recruiting the Criminal: Prior to the story, the Seven Deadly Sins were an order of knights made up of the kingdom's most brutal criminals hired by that very kingdom until they were framed. In present time, Elizabeth is looking to reunite the seven in order to battle the Holy Knights and save the kingdom.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Elizabeth, in spite of being a princess, goes to great lengths to help the Sins on their quest, and often regrets not being able to do more. In a Crowning Moment of Awesome, she saves two of the Sins by stealing the magic bell off a Holy Knight's staff... by biting the bell off while she's getting beaten bloody with it.
Rule Number One: There are a set of rules that go with being a Sin. Rule number three is "A Sin shall ask no questions of another member's sin," according to Ban.
Seven Deadly Sins: Each of the Sins has a mark representing a sin, and has powers related to that sin. Their personalities and back stories, though, play with the sin they represent.
Envy: Diane is generally envious of regular sized girls as she can't interact normally with Meliodas.
Greed: Ban is a thief that would steal anything that isn't nailed down. His backstory however is a subversion as he decided not to steal the elixir of immortality upon learning the truth behind it and even unselfishly tried to save Elaine and it from a demon. He unfortunately was blamed for the destruction for the forest on accusation of greed.
Sloth: King carries around a pillow and generally floats around. His so called human form also looks like a slothful fat guy. In addition, he is so pathetically weak by himself that his strength heavily relies on his Sacred Weapon and magic. A major relation to the sin of Sloth though is his dereliction of duty since he was supposed to be the one guarding the elixir of life, not his sister. When he deserted that duty, his sister was forced to take the job instead. Had he not done so, he might have been able to protect the forest at best, or died in her place at worst.
Shrink Ray: Well more like spores than ray, there's a mushroom creature that will shrink you if scared.
Silent Scapegoat: Ban, regarding Elaine's death and the destruction of the forest. His motives for not letting on aren't revealed.
Spare Body Parts: Demons in the series have two hearts instead of one. This means that ripping out one heart out of one doesn't kill it.
Squishy Wizard / Weak, but Skilled: King has incredible magic skills especially when aided with his Holy Weapon. Physically however, he can't even land a hit on an old man with a bad back by himself.
Super-Powered Evil Side: Meliodas seems to have one as indicated via a shadow on a wall and during his match against Ban in the tournament which he briefly called upon to squeeze out a last minute win.
Telekinesis: Part of Ban's second ability, Snatch, allows him to pull things to himself from great distances. He can even take an enemy's heart from its chest when his power is boosted by his holy weapon.
Tournament Arc: Meliodas, Ban, and King participate in a tournament to regain Diane's weapon.
Vagueness Is Coming: A Holy War was prophesied to engulf all of Britannia. However who the Holy War would be against is not stated. The King of Lyonesse tried to prevent the war by asking his knights to lay down their swords. The Holy Knights instead decided to prevent the war by overthrowing the king and forcing the various civilians to make preparations for it.
World of Badass: Various characters within the series possess such incredible strength that massive amounts of destruction is quite common.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The Sins always had this reputation since they were criminals but it's obvious they're good people at heart. Once they got framed however, this became legit by the time the story begins.