Manga: The Seven Deadly Sins

aka: Nanatsu No Taizai
Five of the Sins, a princess, and a pig.note 

The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) 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 her father the king.

To 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.

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The manga is by Suzuki Nakaba who also created Kongoh Bancho. It has been released in English by Kodansha Comics under the title The Seven Deadly Sins. It was later confirmed that the series would have an anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures. It began airing on October 5, 2014 and ran for two cours (24 episodes).

Not to be confused with the similarly named anime about scantily clad female demons themed after the Seven Deadly Sins.


This manga contains examples of:

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  • Adaptation Distillation: In regards to the A-1 Pictures anime, certain events and things that happened originally in the manga have been distilled.
    • In regards to Ban's past with Elaine, the anime retains the important scenes regarding their relationship however it doesn't include the small montage showing said relationship's development. The first OVA of the anime though does include said development.
    • The initial encounter with Veronica and Griamore is cut out in the anime as the Sins immediately head to the Byzel Fighting Festival after reuniting with King. The pendant that Elizabeth originally received from her sister in that encounter however still pops up in the festival, though it's changed from a Chekhov's Gun to a plot device that Veronica just whips out almost all of a sudden.
    • Oslow's original introduction during the Capital of the Dead is cut out in the anime. He however does appear later on in the anime due to the important role he serves in the story. Like the pendant mentioned above though, the change in introduction changes him from a Chekhov's Gunman to a sudden convenient plot device.
    • During the kingdom infiltration arc, Gowther's encounter with Slader is completely cut out in the anime. Any other subsequent plotlines related to said encounter, such as Slader desperately trying to save King Baltra, is omitted from the anime as well.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • For the first few episodes of the anime, some extra scenes were added such at the start of each one. Most notably, the start of the very first episode which details the aftermath of the Sins' escape from Liones after they were framed.
    • The Armored Giant is given more character before it goes berserk in conjunction with the new scenario created in the anime.
    • The Ban OVA covers Ban's backstory in whole but adds a few minor scenes. The most significant though is the scene where Ban plants the seed given by Elaine.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication:
    • Due to the anime skipping Veronica's initial introduction and other pieces of dialogue, some things don't exactly add up in the Byzel Fighting Festival. Why exactly is Veronica helping out the Holy Knights who usurped her father's rule in the first place isn't explained as the dialogue detailing her reasons was skipped. She merely acts antagonistic to the Sins and the contradiction of her allegiance is not addressed in the anime. There's also what happens after Meliodas is injured by Guila and taken somewhere else to recuperate. What happened originally in the manga was that Elizabeth gave him the pendant she received earlier from Veronica on the pretense that it's a charm given by their father to ward off evil, and then started praying in a sense. Basically, she was praying for this specific thing to help out an injured Meliodas. However as Elizabeth didn't receive the pendant for to give to Meliodas in the anime, her sudden praying for his protection in this particular scene kinda gives off a completely different context.
    • The explanation of Oslow's ability to teleport people via eating them is also given as an explanation as to what actually happened to the two Holy Knights he ate prior to the Capital of the Dead incident. As the anime cut out Oslow's original appearance, the ability and its explanation somewhat loses some context. There's also the explanation as to why Oslow isn't seen around much with the rest of the group despite being King's loyal companion. The reason is that Oslow's favorite food is pork, something that would greatly not sit well with both Hawk and his mother hence why he was kept away. The anime keeps the explanation but due to the changes, it somewhat makes it look more like a Hand Wave as why King never ever mentioned him before rather than anything else.
    • The fight with Arthur and Hendrickson has the former being defeated by the latter. This occurs both in the manga and anime, however the latter leaves out the explanation that this was actually Arthur's first real fight and that his powers hadn't manifested yet. The omission thus frames Arthur's battle against the Great Holy Knight very differently as well as leave out the reason why he didn't use his powers despite Hendrickson constantly sensing it.
    • The battle between Dreyfus and Hendrickson in the Liones capital is significantly changed in the anime and leaves some things a bit iffy. The first foremost major change is that the battle in the anime is only between these two with Griamore being completely cut out altogether. Apart from changing the dynamic of the fight altogether, his exclusion makes certain things that happen requiring a bit of more explanation. The biggest of which is Elizabeth accidentally getting injured amidst the battle. In the manga, she's protected by Griamore's barriers but is rendered immobile thus unable to get away from the battle when she accidentally gets hit. In the anime, she just simply stands around when all this occurs, basically making her getting injured looking a bit like her own fault. This also ties in with the second foremost change which is how she is injured. In the manga, Dreyfus actually slips and injures her with a misdirected attack, an act that actually serves as an important plot point later in the actual story. In the anime, she's simply injured due to simply being a collateral victim caught due to being too close to two major attacks.
    • The anime at the very end has a season Sequel Hook that involves Gil, Howzer, and Griamore investigating some books that Dreyfus had. Why they're investigating isn't explained and doesn't make much sense since the anime changed several scenes involving Dreyfus. Said scenes made them question him due to contradicting accounts thus leading to said investigation.
  • Adapted Out: Pelliot and his friends who tie in with Gowther's introduction in the manga are adapted out in the anime. In their place, Gowther is given a completely different introduction involving the Armored Giant more closely instead.
  • 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: In relation to their overall theme, each of the Sins has a tattoo and a moniker of an animal that is either usually associated or stereotyped with their respective sin.
    • Meliodas: Dragon's Sin of Wrath, the title of which is based on dragons being very wrathful and destructive.
    • Diane: Serpent's Sin of Envy. The title of which is based on snakes being seen as symbols of envy.
    • Ban: Fox's Sin of Greed, the title of which is based on the idea that foxes are seen as very sneaky and greedy.
    • King: Bear's Sin of Sloth, the title of which is based on bears being rather slothful such as during long periods of hibernation.
    • Gowther: Goat's Sin of Lust, the title of which is based on goats being seen as a symbol of lust, such as the case with satyrs and other such similar creatures.
    • Merlin: Boar's Sin of Gluttony, the title of which is based on Gluttonous Pigs.
    • Escanor: Lion's Sin of Pride, the title of which is based on lions being seen as symbols of pride.
  • Arc Symbol: A triskelion-like symbol constantly shows up now and then. To name some notable instances, it's the shape of both Meliodas' belt buckle of the armor he once wore before the Sins were framed, and the Balor's Power Eye that Hawk later obtained, and it's on Elizabeth's right eye.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In chapter 69, Slader claims that the King of Liones declared the Seven Sins to be traitors who murdered the previous Great Holy Knight and are enemies of the kingdom. Gowther asks him if he actually heard the King say those words. Slader is shaken when he realizes that he didn't.
  • Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: Though the Sins wore armor in the past, they don't wear such in the present. Instead they prefer to wear relatively casual clothes. In contrast, the Holy Knights are practically almost always seen in full armor.
  • Attack Reflector: Meliodas' power, Full Counter, reflects any attack directed at him with greater power back to the attacker.
  • Badass Creed: The knights of Liones have one. Meliodas and Gilthunder in particular take it rather to heart.
    "Your eyes are to discern evil, your mouth to speak the truth, your heart is to be filled with righteousness, and your sword is to purge evil."
  • Barbarian Tribe: A barbarian horde decided to invade Britannia. They were completely destroyed by Gilthunder and Howzer alone.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: There are certain instances in the story wherein female characters are completely naked. Fortunately though, their naughty bits aren't drawn for censorship reasons.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Elizabeth's waitress uniform, Ban's initial red attire, and Gowther's second attire show this.
  • Barrier Warrior: Griamore's power, Wall, allows him to create a force field around him.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Meliodas is a pacifist that prefers to not kill and even not use actual weapons in lieu of his strength. However upon facing the Armored Giant, an opponent that can't be defeated by pacifist means, Meliodas is forced to break these particular personal vows as they are severely hindering him from doing the right things necessary.
  • 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.
    • Meliodas in particular, due to being the Sin of Wrath, takes this to extremes. It's implied that the last time he really lost his temper it resulted in an entire kingdom being blasted off the map.
  • Big Red Devil: The Demon who attacked the Forest of the Fairy King is depicted as this.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: A common feature amongst demons and those affected by demon blood.

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  • Cain and Abel:
    • Dreyfus and Zaratras with the former having killed the latter and framing the Sins for it in order to take over the position of Great Holy Knight.
    • Kay and Arthur per the mythos. When younger, Kay is shown to be a Big Brother Bully who attempted to seriously his younger adopted brother Arthur.
    • Meliodas and his two demon brothers have this dynamic. They are both the Cain to his Abel.
  • Call Forward: The Ban OVA adds a scene near the end credits which references him using his own blood to provide sustenance to the seed that Elaine gave him.
  • Central Theme: Sins and atoning for said sins is a recurring theme within the series.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: The story has a number of things that later turn out to be important much later.
    • When Meliodas and Gilthunder meet in the forest, the Holy Knight arrogantly declares he is stronger than any of the Sins. This statement turns out to be an established trust passcode between them if Gilthunder was ever in a desperate situation.
    • Elizabeth's accounts of what to her father and sister in two separate incidents in the past, and the incident wherein both Meliodas and Dr. Dana recover from otherwise fatal injures are brought up again later as it's revealed that Elizabeth has healing powers.
    • The pendant that Veronica gives to Elizabeth prior to the Fighting Festival becomes important during the chaos ensues during it.
    • The seed that Elaine gives to Ban in his backstory is brought up later in the story as it's planting is the reason as to how Ban become the new Fairy King.
    • The book that Dreyfus was reading when Gil and Howzer came back from defeating the barbarians, the literal slip up he had that almost killed Elizabeth, the cloth he used to stop her bleeding, all turn out to be important much later on as it's revealed that there's some sort of darker force controlling Dreyfus behind the scenes.
  • Chekhov's News: Arthur is mentioned early on in the manga. Come 50 or so chapters later, and he appears in person.
  • 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.
  • Clothing Switch: For the cover of chapter 19, four of the characters then are presented as having their attires switched. Ban wears Meliodas' clothes and vice-versa, while Diane does the same with Elizabeth.
  • Colossus Climb: Meliodas, Arthur, and several Camelot Holy Knights do this when they scale the gigantic golem Albion.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The A-1 Pictures anime adaptation manages to squeeze the entire first major story arc of the manga into its 24 episode season. Said story arc had over 100 chapters worth of content.
  • Cool Helmet: Many characters in the series wear cool helmets that look like they came straight out of Berserk.
  • The Corruption: Demon's Blood is capable of killing creatures or turning them into Demons themselves.
  • Creative Sterility: Fairies lack certain imaginative things that humans normally have. These range from mundane yet otherwise unique looking helmets and clothes, to concepts such as "culture" and "philosophy".
  • Cross Over: Suzuki Nakaba, mangaka of the series, had a special Christmas crossover collaboration with Hiro Mashima of Fairy Tail wherein each of them did a short story with the other's characters. For the Seven Deadly Sins, the protagonists (before Gowther joined) visited Magnolia, the hometown of the Fairy Tail guild, for the holidays.
  • Crystal Prison: Meliodas briefly gets trapped in a small crystal charm.
  • 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. It's also a rule among them that they do not ask each other about their pasts.
    • 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: There's a number of side stories which focus solely on a particular character or two.
    • A short story involving Elizabeth and Hawk going on a simple shopping trip.
    • Ban's backstory which details how he became immortal and a criminal.
    • A short story showing Guila spending her time off with her little brother.
    • A short story of Gowther settling in his own niche of the Boar Hat Bar.
    • King's backstory which details why he left his forest home and how he became a criminal.
    • A short story that fleshes out more of Ban and Elaine's past.
    • A short story of how Arthur met King Baltra Liones.
  • 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.
    • Taken to extreme levels when she has her war-hammer Gideon and is capable of launching entire mountains into the air.
  • 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. Given what we later find out, Gilthunder most likely did all of this in order to get Meliodas's attention.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The scene wherein Ban first meets Sennette almost looks like an attempted rape if it weren't for the fact that in reality Ban was only interested in the dagger in Sennette's possession. This nonetheless was apparently noticed and was therefore omitted in the anime adaption.
    • Ever since their first encounter wherein Ban stole her clothes, Jericho's been asking him to take responsibility especially since he, to quote Jericho, made her into a woman. Sounds like something one would say after a one night stand or so.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drop the Hammer: Diane's Holy Weapon is a giant warhammer.
  • Druid: Known as the sorcerers of the forest, druids are those who revere the Goddess Clan and have the distinction of casting a number of White Magic related spells. A number of characters within the series are descended from these druids. Amongst the druids also, there is a particular sect wherein the women act as Apostles of the Goddesses while the men serve as mere priests.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • In the anime, a number of the Sins' sacred treasures are depicted alongside their armored selves early on instead of the apparent placeholder weapons that they had in the manga.
    • In the anime, a number of races can be seen in the opening. Among them are Gray Demons.
    • Gowther apparently appears during the Byzel Fighting Festival in the anime before his proper introduction as one of the forms he can change to as detailed in a page of volume 11 of the manga.
  • Ecchi: Apart from actual fanservice scenes, the series stating it has some ecchi elements is usually advertised on the chapter covers.
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: When Oslow the Black Hound first appears and attacks a pair of Holy Knights, it looks like he has devoured them with the only thing remaining of them being their clothes. Later, it's revealed that while he did eat them, he actually teleported them to another location excluding their clothes.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Calls Him King / Only Known by Their Nickname: King's name is just a title used by others as a reference to him being the Fairy King. His real name is Harlequin.
  • Everyone Has A Special Move: It appears everyone has their own unique powers base on their personality.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Namely the three princesses of Liones. From eldest to youngest, Margaret, Veronica, and Elizabeth.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Simon from Dawn Roar is pretty much a samurai themed knight in an otherwise King Arthur based manga.
  • 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.

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  • Facial Composite Failure: It's a Running Gag that none of the Sins resemble their wanted posters. Meliodas even has them posted on the wall of his own bar.
  • Fastball Special: Unorthodox method of transportation between towns during emergencies, courtesy of Diane. Most Sins lack safe landing strategies, but make up for it by being Nigh Invulnerable or possessing Healing Factor.
  • Fertile Blood: Ban's immortality-infused blood restores the Fairy King's Forest which he periodically returns to water the revived Sacred Tree.
  • 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.
  • Five Races: The Five Clans of Britannia are: demons, fairies, giants, goddesses, and humans. The demons were sealed away during the climax of a great war three thousand years prior to the series and the fairies, giants, and goddesses lost much of their powers and numbers in it as well. The result being that humans are the ones ruling most of the island.
  • Flying Seafood Special: During the Byzel Fighting Festival, Guila and the Holy Knights with her arrived at there riding upon flying manta ray-like creatures.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Various characters, including the Sins, are capable of sensing the power of strong individuals.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • On the cover of chapter 26, the two kids that the Sins met before entering the Capital of the Dead are seen on a crystal. The only other person on a crystal is the deceased Elaine. These foreshadows that the kids were Dead All Along.
    • During the party celebrating Gowther being reunited with the rest of the Sins, Gowther being able to identify who King was based on his smell is brought up. Upon inspecting whether this was true, one of comments was that his smell has a nostalgic feel to it. This foreshadows Diane and King's shared past that would later be revealed as King's flowery smell is one of the things Diane still vaguely remembers from it.
    • When Meliodas quickly recovers from the injuries he sustained while fighting Gilthunder, it's easy to shrug off due to him being ridiculously strong and durable to begin with. However, when Dr. Dana also miraculously recovers from a nearly-fatal wound, it foreshadows Elizabeth's healing powers, which aren't officially revealed until dozens of chapters later.
  • Fountain of Youth: Ban gained his immortality from drinking from one.
  • 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.
    • Diane was falsely accused by a couple of Holy Knights of killing her leader and several of their comrades. Her accusation led to her being recruited for the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Gecko Ending: The anime ends with the Sins being stated to be heading over to Camelot in order to help Arthur. However before that happens, Meliodas along with the rest comes to Elizabeth in the midst of a meal with her family in order to invite her to continue their adventures together as they haven't yet reunited with Escanor. She accepts and is whisked away. As they're leaving, Ban decides to go somewhere but promises to return. He leaves with King deciding to follow him, a decision by both of them that no one really seems to mind. It basically all ends with an And the Adventure Continues scenario for the main characters. After the credits, a scene shows Gil, Howzer, and Griamore investigating some books that Dreyfus had setting up a season Sequel Hook.
  • Ghostly Gape: During the nightmare sequence in which Gowther Mind Rapes Dreyfus with his powers, the still impaled and bleeding corpse of Zaratras, Dreyfus' brother whom he murdered, appears. As Dreyfus cowers in guilt at this apparition, its eyes and mouth become dark empty abysses which spew out blood all over Dreyfus.
  • Girl in the Tower: Discussed by Gowther when he, Meliodas, and Ban try to guess wherein the capital of Liones Elizabeth had been taken to when she is kidnapped by the Holy Knights.
  • 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.
  • Gluttonous Pig: Hawk is often seen eating any leftovers that may have fallen one way or another. He particularly prides himself on this fact.
  • Golem
    • Diane is capable of making two golems called Fillet and Loin to serve her.
    • The gigantic Albion golems are mountain sized weapons created by the Demon Clan.
  • 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.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Ban usually doesn't bother dodging despite his immense speed and gets pretty roughed up in his fights. King tries to circumvent this by turning Ban to stone when he knew Ban wouldn't bother dodging his attack. Also used to show just how powerful Meliodas is as he is the only person to ever leave a lasting mark on Ban.
    • Jericho's power basically serves as an antithesis as she's the only person whose attacks Ban doesn't immediately heal from.
    • Gowther also tanks an attack that would have killed a normal human to gain the upper hand in a fight.
  • Great Offscreen War: In the ancient past, there was a great war in which the Human, Fairy, Goddess, and Giant Clans united together to fight and seal away the Demon Clan.
  • Happily Adopted: Elizabeth is actually not the daughter of the king of Liones. She's from the kingdom of Danafor. Whether this means she's adopted or born out 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.
  • Having a Blast: The Holy Knight Guila has the ability Explosion, which creates explosions with her rapier.
  • 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 still pose much danger for him. It is unlikely to kill him,but...
  • Hellfire: The fire demons produce is a special kind. It was what destroyed the Forest of the Fairy King which was otherwise immune to regular fire.
  • Hidden Villain: The Living Shadow that is possessing Dreyfus. Strongly hinted to be the instigator of all the bad things that have happened to this point.
  • High Fantasy: The series has a high fantasy feel what with its title characters who fight against enemies who are numerous and corrupt in a fantastical world filled with fairies and other magical beings.
  • High School A.U.: A special side spinoff which advertises Uno Fog Bar hairspray features the various characters in a highschool setting. Of note, Diane is depicted as a normal sized human, a number of the characters just simply wear school uniforms over their full body armor, and Gilthunder is a Student Council President who has a bit of an Out-of-Character Moment when his hairspray is stolen.
    • Later, a more proper High School A.U. spinoff based was created. It's however separate from the first incarnation due to some differences. Noteworthy is that Diane is a giant school girl rather than a regular human one.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Ten Commandments aren't immune to their own powers and abilities. This means if Galan, the Commandment of Truth, lies, his own power will petrify him.
  • Humans Are Special:
    • In King's backstory, it's stated that despite humans having shorter lives than fairies and often warring with one another, they are capable of making things like uniquely looking helmets and clothes, and have concepts such as "culture" and "marriage". These otherwise mundane things make humans fascinating to fairies and the like.
    • Gowther, who is clearly something that isn't human, finds the heartfelt human stories to be fascinating.

    I-K 
  • Identical Grandson: In King's backstory, the grandson of a hunter he met looks exactly like the original hunter albeit without a telltale scar.
  • 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.
  • Impossible Thief: Ban is capable of stealing an object a great distance away, and even an opponent's heart with a blunt three-stick nunchaku without any attachment.
  • Idiot Crows: Not with a crow per say but with a bird with a similar call that nonetheless fulfills the trope. After the incident with the Byzel Fight Festival, Hawk proudly claims to himself aloud that he almost defeated Guila in their last battle. Cue a nearby bird making a call that sounds like "Idiot" in Japanese in light of his statement. For good measure, the bird even poops on Hawk.
  • 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.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • 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, who seems to be a demon.
  • 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.
  • The Kingdom: Four have been named:
    • The Kingdom of Liones which is taken over by its Holy Knights at the start of the series. According to the first Fanbook which contains a map of the setting, Liones is situated in Scotland.
    • The Kingdom of Danafor which was destroyed by Meliodas in the past.
    • Camelot which is ruled by the newly appointed King Arthur. The first Fanbook shows that Camelot is situated at a southern part of England.
    • The Kingdom of Edinburgh which was taken over by vampires of which the Sins dealt with in the past. The first Fanbook shows that it's located in the same place the real life Edinburgh is actually located.
  • 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.

    L-N 
  • Lady and Knight: Veronica and Griamore have this dynamic.
  • Lean and Mean: Galan of the Ten Commandments' Truth who looks like a skeletal suit of armor.
  • 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.
    • Meliodas invokes this again by angering and trolling the Ten Commandments to do this trope. He justifies it because if they are apart, aiming to reclaim their power, they will be easier to defeat than if they are all in one group.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Holy Knights are the equivalent of paladins, and many of them are incredibly cruel.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Dreyfus is an ambitious Well-Intentioned Extremist Knight Templar who won't let anything stand in his way, even going as far as to stage a coup against his king. Dreyfus' son Griamore is a loyal and devoted knight who has sworn to protect one of the kingdom's princesses. Their contrast is even highlighted by their powers. Dreyfus' power is to literally blast through anything in his way. Griamore's a Barrier Warrior. Despite their contrasts though, Dreyfus is a "Well Done, Dad" Guy who cares deeply for his son.
  • Locked in the Dungeon: When the Holy Knights took over the kingdom, Princess Margaret was locked in the dungeons. However, it seems like she did so on her own volition. Elizabeth as well gets locked in a different cell in the same dungeons along with Hawk who was accidentally carried along by a teleporting masked Holy Knight.
  • Long Lived: Fairies and Giants have extremely long lifespans compared to humans.
  • Lord Country: The ruling family of the Kingdom of Liones shares its surname with the kingdom's name, Liones.
  • The Lost Woods: A number have appeared in the series so far.
    • One is the Forest of White Dreams, a foggy forest inhabited by imps called Hide and Seekers and the location where Diane hid.
    • Another is the Forest of the Fairy King, the home of King and Elaine, which unfortunately was burnt down by a demon.
    • A third is the revived Forest of the Fairy King. Said forest was revived by Ban planting the seed given to him from Elaine in a new location. He did this at some point before allowing himself to be imprisoned in the Baste Dungeon.
  • Love Confessor: Chapter 110 "Confession" has Elizabeth confessing to Diane she's in love with Meliodas and in return Diane confesses she has realized she's in love with King.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Meliodas is protective of Elizabeth and is fond of groping her, though it's unclear what exactly he feels when he's doing it and if he might be seeing her as his deceased lover, Liz. Elizabeth herself is definitely in love with him, saying it feels like she's known him for a very long time. When she is first introduced, Diane is initially in love with Meliodas for being nice to her in the past however her feelings aren't reciprocated. King in turn is in love with Diane due to a shared past however his feelings are likewise initially not reciprocated due to complicated matters. When she regains her memories of said past however, Diane later realizes she's actually in love with King. The relationship though is hampered partly due to Diane not making her feelings more clear to King, and due to him being oblivious to them as result of him deciding to completely give up pursuing a relationship with her so that she could be with Meliodas. From the sidelines, Howzer at least greatly respects Diane, possibly more, though he's not much of a factor in all of this.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Gilthunder and Princess Margaret are in love with one another. Vivian however is absolutely obsessed with Gilthunder. So much so that she took Margaret hostage when they found out who really killed Gil's father in order put him on her own personal leash. Said act caused Gilthunder to adopt a Jerkass Façade to protect Margaret.
    • Ban and Elaine are in love with each other despite life and death separating them. Complicating this however is that Jericho, despite refusing to accept it herself, has apparently fallen in love with Ban after he saved her after she transformed into 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.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: The eponymous Seven Deadly Sins are seven extremely powerful criminals who in order to atone for heinous crimes, became knights for the Liones Kingdom.
  • Mark of the Beast: As Meliodas becomes more and more demonic he gets covered in a black mark that spreads as he gets stronger and stronger and is changed into a variety of offensive shapes in his fight with Helbram.
  • 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.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: The general setting of the series is medieval fantasy complete with knights and princesses based around the time of Arthurian England.
  • Mobile Kiosk: Due to the Boar Hat being carried on a giant pig, the bar can be moved around the land to serve various other customers in other places. As such, it often comes off as The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday to people who come across the bar for the first time.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Diane and Elizabeth.
  • Mushroom Man / Magic Mushroom: There are a variety of sentient mushroom-like creatures that produce magical spores. One of which is capable of shrinking people with spores if frightened.
  • The Need for Mead: The Boar Hat is a typical fantasy tavern.
  • Noodle Incident: When explaining how pathetically weak King is, Meliodas recounted that King lost a fight with a mere cat who stole his snacks.
  • Noodle People: The second Albion to appear is noticeably very skinny and noodle-like in body structure.

    O-Q 
  • Odd Couple: Two of the Ten Commandments, Monspiet and Derriere, are often seen together. Monspiet is male, completely covered with a cloak, and a sophisticated speaker while Derriere is female, barely clothed, and is so rudely terse (her version of "long story short" is "straight from the ass") that Monspiet has to translate for her.
  • Obstructionist Pacifist: Despite being the Sin of Wrath, Meliodas is a Technical Pacifist who chooses to be Willfully Weak and not kill his opponents. While this mindset works out early on in the manga as he and his fellow Sins are vastly more powerful than their opponents, it becomes a deterrent when they encounter the Armored Giant. Not only is this demon so strong that only using their full strength and killing it is the only way to stop it, but killing it is also the only merciful thing to relieve its suffering. Meliodas initially doesn't want to go this route and even hinders comrades of his that want to. It's only when the gravity of the whole matter is apparent to him that he decides to actually stop holding back.
  • 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. High ranking knights and protagonists take it further, to the point that army of Holy Knights sent to intercept protagonists comment that they weren't even able to slow them down.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with two characters named Elizabeth. One is the princess and the other, known more as Liz, was Meliodas' former lover.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Guila, 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 Demons Are Different: They're HUGE, practically ogres, are incredibly destructive, and have multiple hearts. And those are the weakest ones.
  • 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.
    • There is also Oslow who is a fairy type Hell Hound capable of teleporting people to other places by swallowing them.
    • Apparently King and Elaine are so far the only wingless fairies. Other fairies actually have wings.
  • 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.
    • Bigger than Diane and apparently the few other Giants she supposedly knows is the mountain sized golem Albion.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Low ranking vampires aren't that powerful and act almost like mindless zombies. They likewise can be destroyed in a similar way via decapitation or complete dismemberment of the body. Higher ranking vampires possess magical abilities like other powerful characters within the series and are more sentient. They also can't be killed so easily through dismemberment as shown with Orlondi who manages to remain alive despite being reduced to only an eyeball by Ban. Vampires as a whole are twice as powerful during the night.
  • Party of Representatives: As noted by Gowther, the main protagonists consists of individuals of different races and dispositions such as there being an immortal, a giant, a fairy, and a pig to name a few.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Elizabeth's hair covers her right eye.
  • 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.
  • Power Levels: There's a power level system that determines an individual's abilities and it can be measured through a Magical Accessory called Balor's Power Eye. An individual's power level is the sum of three different stats. These stats are Power which measures an individual's magical abilities, Strength which measures their physical abilities, and Spirit which measures their willpower in battle. These power levels can determine whether or not a person is Holy Knight material. The standards for different kingdoms vary, but for the Liones kingdom, a power level of at least 300 is required for a person to qualify for knighthood.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: King uses his Flying and Morph Weapon Chastiefol to do most of his fighting since he is a Squishy Wizard who apparently lost a fight with a mere cat who stole his snacks.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: While the anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures changes some things, some of said changes could be considered pragmatic in a way.
    • The scene wherein Ban meets Sennette in Baste Dungeon is omitted and how Sennette is freed is changed. Considering the original manga scene had a shirtless almost predatory Ban look like he was about to do something nasty to a shackled and helpless Sennette, the omission is understandable even if in reality Ban was only interested in the dagger that Sennette had in her possession. This change is a bit notable as most other displays of fanservice and violence have been left unaltered in the anime adaptation.
    • Ban's backstory is integrated into the main story as flashbacks rather than being a separate sidestory like in the manga. Only a few minor details are left out however the first OVA of the series covers the backstory in whole.
    • Starting with an Early-Bird Cameo during the Byzel Fighting Festival, Gowther's introduction to the story and reunion with the rest of the Sins is changed significantly from what actually happened in the manga. It paints his relationship with the Armored Giant in a more sympathetic light though at the expense of his relationship with Pelliot as the latter and his friends are Adapted Out.
    • Like Ban's backstory, Guila's visit with her brother on her day off is integrated into the main story rather than as separate sidestory. The only difference from that of the manga is that it takes place after the Byzel Fighting Festival rather than before it based on certain dialogue. Said dialogue though was excluded and the event's placement after the tournament better ties in with future events related to it.
    • King's backstory is likewise integrated into the main story as a flashback rather than as separate sidestory.
    • The anime has a crow usually seen in scenes with Gilthunder. Said crow is later revealed to be a chimera that's been keeping tabs on Gil, just like the one that's been keeping Margaret hostage.
  • Product Placement: The first High School A.U. spinoff was basically created just to advertise the Uno Fog Bar hairspray.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Typical members of the Giant clan. Their entire culture revolves around fighting until they get a glorious death on the battlefield, even if it means that their numbers are gradually dwindling.
  • Psychological Projection: Variation: Diane's infatuation with Meliodas is actually her buried memories of her close childhood relationship with King projecting on to her Captain, who was the first person to be kind to her after King erased her memories. She had recently remembered and was on the verge of confessing to King when she got KO'd and forgot everything except that she's a member of the Giant Clan.

    R-T 
  • 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.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Years after having been branded as criminals after their frameup, they are being reunited in order to battle the Holy Knights and save the kingdom.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Several characters and elements are based and named after various things found in the Arthurian legends.
    • Arthur and Camelot which are naturally named as such based on the king and his capital.
    • The main character Meliodas is named after Tristan's father.
    • The name of the Kingdom of Liones is obviously based on Lyonesse, a kingdom in the Arthurian mythos. This is also why it was translated as such by scanlators early on before how it was supposed to be spelled in English was revealed.
    • The country in which the series takes place is naturally named Britannia. The first Fanbook further cements this with a map that shows the setting is indeed set in Britain.
    • One of the Sins is named Merlin but is a Gender Flipped version.
    • Ban and Elaine are named after Lancelot's parents.
    • Gowther is named after Sir Gowther of medieval lore who is said to be the half brother of Merlin of the King Arthur mythos.
    • Escanor is named after Escanor, a knight of the Round Table who kidnapped a serving maid from Arthur's court and killed by Sir Gawain for it.
    • The two Elizabeths are named after Queen Elizabeth who is the wife of King Meliodas from the Arthurian myths.
    • The Albion golems used by the Demon Clan are named after the old name of Britain of which tends to related to King Arthur and such.
  • Right Out of My Clothes: Happens to a pair of Holy Knights who get eaten by Oslow, King's pet Black Hound. They were actually teleported to a crowded village elsewhere. However just to humiliate them, King just had them teleported without their clothes.
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: Diane feeds King like this during a flashback of their time together when she was a child and she was taking care of King while he had amnesia.
  • 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.
  • Scare The Dog: When he is first encountered, the Black Hound Oslow is frightened by Ban and Meliodas when he senses their respective Killing Intent and Animal Battle Aura.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The Eternal Coffin of Darkness which is where the Demon Clan were sealed after they lost their fight against the other clans.
    • The vampires were sealed away by the Demon Clan because of their betryal. They were supposed to have been executed but Melodias' brother was in love with one of them so he "spared" them. Unfortunately by the time Melodias and the Sins fought them the vampire lover was tired of living as an immortal monster so she was killed by Melodias.
  • Selective Magnetism: Part of Ban's ability, Snatch, allows him to pull things to himself from great distances like a magnet.
  • 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.
    • Wrath: Instead of a stereotypical warmongering Blood Knight, Meliodas is a trickster-like character who is often seen fondling Elizabeth one way or another. In reality however, he is the type you don't want to see wrathful. His past which has yet to be fully revealed, involved his wrath going completely out of hand on epic proportions. Because of what happened, he is generally a pacifist by nature unless push comes to shove.
    • Envy: Diane is generally envious of regular sized girls as she can't interact normally with Meliodas. In reality though, what she really envies deep down are people who are in love. With her abilities, she's considered as a prodigy even among her fellow giants, basically someone who others would be envious of. Her backstory involves her being accused of killing her fellow giantess Matrona out of jealousy. In reality, the real perpetrators of the crime were some Liones knights who wanted to be the envy of others via killing the two giantess, and she was made a scapegoat for the whole mess that occurred.
    • Greed: Ban is a thief that would steal anything that isn't nailed down. His backstory, however, is a subversion of greed 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 Treasure and magic. His backstory involves his dereliction of his responsibilities to keep the peace between the humans and fairies. However, it is a subversion as in reality he didn't willingly neglect them, he just suffered from amnesia for a long time and only Remembered Too Late. Nonetheless he was accused of sloth via doing nothing. Him being constantly too late to do the right thing is a bane of his as he was too late to save his sister who took up his duties to guard the elixir of life, and he was too late to protect Diane.
    • Lust: Gowther is an extremely effeminate looking man but he has a very emotionless personality that lacks, among other things, traits normally stereotyped with lust. His powers are more light and mental based rather than physical but the way they are used invoke themes of lust. Two noteworthy techniques of his are a Lotus-Eater Machine power to trap opponents with illusions to show their heart's desire, and a power that basically Mind Rapes a person.
    • Gluttony: Merlin is a sexy stripperific Lady of Black Magic that even the coverpage of chapter 85 lampshades by mistaking her for the Sin of Lust. Apart from his other moniker being the Crimson Pig, the only telltale relation to her being the Sin of Gluttony is that she apparently has a great hunger for scientific/magical knowledge and is not above tricking her own teammates (or not interfering when they go berserk) to see what they'll do.
    • Pride: At night, Escanor is basically a pathetically weak skinny polite wimp that constantly apologizes for his sorry ass existence, the complete opposite of pride. During the day however, he's a buffed up beefcake filled to the brim with arrogance that becomes even more powerful as the day becomes noon.
    • Additionally there is the case of Pelliot and his friends who pretend to be the eponymous Sins in their little games. Unlike the actual characters they are pretending as though, Pelliot and his friends childishly display and exaggerate one dimensional traits that are stereotypically associated with sins when they play. This includes for example, Pelliot acting like a loudmouth hothead since he's pretending to be the Dragon's Sin of Wrath, and one of his friends acting like a extortionist since he'd pretending to be the Fox's Sin of Greed. The only one who doesn't act like this is ironically Armando, who in reality is a persona of Gowther.
  • The Shadow Knows: Meliodas casts a rather demonic shadow in Chapter 28 as a hint of his true nature.
  • Ship Tease: There are multiple instances which ship tease certain couples.
    • There is Meliodas and Elizabeth despite the former's very perverted nature towards the latter. This seems so far to stem from Elizabeth looking like Meliodas' former lover Liz.
    • There is Ban and Elaine, the latter of which often if not always appears alongside him in various covers and other media as a Cute Ghost Girl.
    • There is King and Diane. One of the most blatant of this was the chapter 45 ballroom dancing colorspread which not only shipteases them but the above two couples as well.
    • After seeing how kind she is, there have been some slight moments that show Howzer has developed some feelings for Diane. Said feelings however have made him conflicted between duty and what's right during the kingdom infiltration arc.
    • After she is saved from being turned into a demon, Jericho develops some feelings for Ban. The pairing is slightly teased more as it's revealed in a story about Hendrickson that they had met before. A very young Jericho not only met Ban but also in a rather childish and non-serious manner, randomly asked him to marry her.
    • The Vampires of Edinburgh special teases the pairing of Escanor and Merlin with the former's obvious crush on her, and the latter deciding to hear his poem after the whole incident ends.
  • Shock and Awe: Gilthunder's main power.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Chapter 68 when Slader puts on his mask, he shouts out "Make-up" similar to Sailor Moon's "Makeup" catchphrase.
    • Both versions of King look more like Naoki Urasawa characters than the others, especially in his introduction chapters (the two kids at the village also look like Urasawa's style).
  • Shown Their Work: The first Fanbook shows with a map that the setting takes place in Britain. Of particular note is the location of Edinburgh. It is in the same place that the real life Edinburgh is actually located.
  • Shrink Ray: Well more like spores than ray, there's a mushroom creature that will shrink you if scared.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang:
    • Melodias is a peace loving generally laid-back and aloof blond haired demon who looks like a child and is left handed. This contrasts with his more evil brothers. His brother Zeldoris looks uncannily like him but has a different hairstyle and color, is a serious and no-nonsense type of guy, and is right handed. His brother Estarossa looks like an adult version of him with a different hair color.
    • Elizabeth's sisters Veronica and Margaret are this. The former's a Rebellious Princess while the latter's a Princess Classic. They are also a Tomboy and Girly Girl respectively. Elizabeth is in the middle compared to them, a classic princess who wants to fight.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Ban, regarding Elaine's death and the destruction of the forest. His motives for not letting on haven't been revealed so far.
  • Skinny Dipping: Ban requested Elaine skinny dip with him in the past.
    • In the extra of Volume 6, Meliodas teaches King to be more bold, which involved Meliodas going to a pond where Elizabeth and Diane were bathing. Of course, the two were okay with Meliodas being there. King tried to join in, but Diane angrily kicked him out.
  • 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.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • In the early fan scanlations, Hawk's name was spelled Hork, but later it was changed when how his name is spelled in English was revealed.
    • Liones was originally spelled by fan scanlations as Lyonesse due to the various King Arthur references.
    • Guila's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Geera.
    • Sennette's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Cenette.
    • Oslow's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Oslo.
    • Pelliot's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Pelio.
    • The name of the masked leader of Dawn Roar has been translated as either Threader or Slater in fan scanlations. The official spelling though is Slader.
    • Howzer's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Hauser.
    • Griamore's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Griamor.
    • Hendrickson's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Hendricksen.
    • Vivian has had two official spellings of her name. In the first Fanbook, her name is spelled as Viviann with two n's. Volume 15 of the manga proper though spells her name simply as Vivian with one n.
    • King Baltra's name prior to its official spelling was spelled as Bartra.
  • Start X to Stop X: The Great Holy Knight Hendrickson's plan concerning the prophesied Holy War is by reviving the Demon Clan and having the Holy Knights fight these foes. Basically, he wants to start the Holy War as foretold so that he can fight to stop the Holy War. It makes sense for him as he is a massive Colonel Kilgore who believes that war is the sole reason for the existence of his order.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Days prior to the Demon who burnt down the Fairy King's Forest appearing, Elaine noticed some ominous clouds in the distance.
  • Strip Poker: The cover of Chapter 43 has Meliodas, Ban, and King playing a game of poker with King having lost his clothes.
  • Squishy Wizard: King has incredible magic skills especially when aided with his Holy Weapon. Physically however, he's ridiculously weak to a degree that he apparently lost a fight with a mere cat who stole his snacks. In fact, according to a Q&A from the first Fanbook, he's actually weaker than Hawk.
  • Sue Donym: Ban enters his and Meliodas' names in the Byzel Fight Festival as Baan and Meliodaz respectively. While the aliases didn't really hide who they were, they were enough of a Paper-Thin Disguise to fool one of their dumber opponents, Howzer.
  • 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.
  • Taken for Granite: King's spear has this as one of its powers.
  • Talking Animal: Hawk, the series mascot, is a talking pig.
  • Telekinesis: Fairies such as King and Elaine are capable of levitating things via their powers.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Meliodas and Elizabeth share the same room and sleep in the same bed, so he can "protect" her. In response though, Hawk ties him up every night as a precaution against what is clearly anything but Innocent Cohabitation.
  • Time Dissonance: Once, a kind hunter gave King and his companion soup after the companion helped him with his work. A few pages later in the story, the same hunter comes across them when King's friend is sick and gives her medicine, after which King finally thanks him for giving him that soup 'recently.' The hunter stops, baffled, before realizing he meant the soup he gave them years ago. The next time we see the hunter, it's actually his grandson. The entire chapter takes place over the course of hundreds of years, but seems to be rather short from King and his companion's perspectives.
  • Tournament Arc: Meliodas, Ban, and King participate in a tournament to regain Diane's weapon.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: To atone for their original crimes, the Sins were offered the choice to become knights that answer directly to the king of Liones.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Meliodas uses a seemingly worthless broken sword as his primary weapon and never goes anywhere without it. It was never revealed how he got the item but is one of the keys to unseal the Demon Clan. Meliodas says carrying around this sword is the only thing he can do to atone his sins, so you better not touch it.

    U-Z 
  • Vagueness Is Coming: A Holy War was prophesied to engulf all of Britannia heralded by the appearance of a unique pattern of shooting stars in the night skies. However who the Holy War would be against is not stated. The King of Liones 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.
  • Villains Out Shopping: There is a short story staring Guila in which it shows her spending time with her little brother in her free time.
  • We Are as Mayflies: To Fairies and Giants, Humans have very short lifespans.
  • Wham Episode: Has it's own page.
  • When the Planets Align: According to the prophecy within the story, the sky being filled with several shooting stars whose paths crisscross with one another was an omen that heralds the foretold Holy War.
  • White Magic: Healing Magic and other such related spells are abilities that can only be used by druids and their descendants.
  • Whole Episode Flashback:
    • "Bandit Ban", the story of how Ban met Elaine, and how he became immortal.
    • "The Fairy King Who Never Came" is about King's failure to protect his friends and his subsequent failure to stop Helbram from murdering humans, due to amnesia.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The manga is loosely based around the King Arthur mythos in a fashion similar to how Dragon Ball was originally based around Journey to the West. A number of characters are actually basically ascended extras of minor obscure characters from the original mythos.
    • An allusion to Arthur's sword in the stone is made with Gilthunder's sword embedded in Bernia. Later the actual sword is referenced to regarding Arthur's backstory.
  • Winged Humanoid:
    • Most fairies have wings, though King and Elaine do not have them for some reason. Fairy wings however are valuable. As a result, fairies have been tricked and captured by less than savory humans in order to pluck their wings.
    • When Hendrickson injects himself with Gray Demon blood, he becomes a Satanic being with fallen angel-like wings.
  • World of Badass: Various characters within the series possess such incredible strength that massive amounts of destruction is quite common.
  • World Tree: The Sacred Tree of the fairies is a gigantic pink leafed tree that serves as a link between the Fairy and Human worlds. Fairies are capable of using parts of it for a number of uses, such as with King whose magical shapeshifting spear was made from the tree.
  • You Are Too Late: This has apparently been a repeated bane that has plagued King's life. He was too late to do anything in an incident that happened in his past, he was too late to save his sister, and he was too late to protect Diane.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle:
    • The Sins manage to defeat the Holy Knights, even going so far as get a number of them to join them; rescue Elizabeth and her father; clear their names; and basically save the entire kingdom of Liones. However just as it seems like celebrations should be in order, cue a buffed up younger Hendrickson appearing to continue causing trouble.
    • The Sins finally manage to defeat the Demon Blood enhanced Hendrickson and in the aftermath, the entire kingdom celebrates their exploits. With this, the main plot since the beginning pretty much appears to have been resolved. However, there are several other subplots that remain unresolved. Of note is that the prophesied Holy War has yet to come and the Eternal Coffin of Darkness which seals the Demon Clan is missing. Cue the Demon Clan being reawakened.
  • 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.


Alternative Title(s):

Nanatsu No Taizai