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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Mamoru, [[WaifProphet Haruka]], [[GadgeteerGenius Igawa]]]]

''Until Death Do Us Part'' (Japanese title ''Shi ga Futari o Wakatsu Made'') follows the story of a [[WaifProphet young prognosticator]] who is being pursued and the [[BlindWeaponmaster blind swordsman]] she asks to protect her.

The twelve-year-old clairvoyant, Haruka Tooyama, has been made a target for less-than-scrupulous corporations, gangs, and orgnaizations, [[BlessedWithSuck thanks to the sheer accuracy of her powers]]. When one such group murders her parents and kidnaps her, to despite her best efforts, she uses her sight to seek out the one person who has the capability to help her: a blind man walking through the crowded streets of Tokyo.

Said blind man, Mamoru Hijikata, had just been taking a walk whilst running a test on [[GlassesDoSomethingUnusual echolocation shades]] when Haruka suddenly asks him to help her, without saying how, and pulls him to an empty lot. Knowing what her powers are attracting, she gets across just how serious she is, and seeing that she’s being pursued by Yakuza, Mamoru accepts. The eye-opener is what she says next: "The contract will last [[TitleDrop 'Until Death Do Us Part.']]"

Odd as it would appear, Haruka’s powers have not failed her: the blind Mamoru Hijikata is a master of Kenjitsu, which becomes apparent when he draws a sword from his white cane and expertly takes out her pursuers. Since the situation won’t be resolved that easily, Mamoru continues to protect her, along with Igawa, a GadgeteerGenius, and other affiliates of their employer, the mysterious vigilante organization known only as the Element Network.


Not to be confused with the [[TheSixties '60s]] British sitcom ''[='Til Death Us Do Part=]'', which spawned the US adaptation ''Series/AllInTheFamily''.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Mamoru's usual weapon is a shikomizue in the shape of a white cane, with a [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular blade]]. [[spoiler:His other katana, "Oni Cleaver," is a regular battle katana, but in the final chapter Mamoru does a feat with it that could only be done with the [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular blade]]]].
* ActionGirl: Serena and Juliet. Ashe as well.
* AffablyEvil: Wiseman is very courteous towards guys who would be his enemies. He's also a former college professor and criminologist; he only [[ItAmusedMe turned to crime out of boredom]].
* AmazonianBeauty: The [[ActionGirl action girls]] in this series are all this. Juliet even manages to be a female example of TallDarkAndSnarky.
* AnArmAndALeg: Often inflicted by Mamoru.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: This happens in chapter 202: [[spoiler:Haruka]] confesses to [[spoiler:Mamoru]] just before being taken away by the BigBad [[ScarpiaUltimatum in exchange for the life]] of [[spoiler:Mamoru]]. Additionally, [[spoiler:Mamoru]]'s shouts after her can be interpreted this way.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: This happens quite a few times, usually with either death or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]] as the alternative, and is most frequently pulled by the heroes. The villains usually don’t bother to "offer."
* AntiHero: Mamoru. People wonder if he were hired to fight the criminals so that, even if he died, there would be one less evildoer in the world, however, Mamoru is clearly disgusted by people and acts that most would agree to be clearly evil. It is less about him being evil as it is him being a cynical example of GoodIsNotNice, which goes a bit further than [[GoodIsNotSoft the Element Network is willing to go]].
* AntiVillain: There are several of these, most notably [[spoiler:the Black Unit]], whose [[FightingForAHomeland homes and relations are being held hostage]], thereby forcing them to act in accordance with the BigBad's will, [[DefiantCaptive not that they do so without looking for alternatives]].
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Detective Genda]].
* ArmorIsUseless: Mamoru stabbed a guy through a [[UpToEleven tank]]. That said, his katana is an AbsurdlySharpBlade that ''can'' cut through anything, so... justified?
** Considering that he cut through the carbon fiber armor of Fang's "Beast," slicing through an outdated tank is nothing. However, the fluid which allows his blade to do that does wear off over time and use along with the blade, so the longer he fights the duller his blade becomes. So there are times when armor ''is'' useful.
* ArtificialLimbs: Kirito Tate's metal arm is his primary weapon and defence. Later in the series, [[spoiler:Edge Turus steals an upgraded version of Tate's arm]], which he uses with two other prosthetic limbs.
* AttackDrone: [[ProfessionalKiller Fang]] uses special unmanned drones with sound dampeners so Mamoru's eyes can't detect them. Later, [[spoiler:Edge uses another set of even more advanced ones against Tate and Genda]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: Mamoru's [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular swords]] [[ZigZaggingTrope waver back and forth over the line]] on this one. On one hand, it ''can'' cut through just about anything. On the other hand, in order to do so, it needs to be extraordinarily straight and thin, which makes it exceedingly brittle and causes it to wear down very quickly if he doesn't hit his target exactly right. As a consequence, he breaks several such swords over the course of the series.
* BabyFactory: [[spoiler:One of Zashid Turus' plans for Haruka]] is to use her to add her capabilities to his blood-line, which [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil horrifies most of the other characters]], partially because the girl in question is only thirteen.
* BackToBackBadasses: This happens many times over the course of the series. Members of the Wall will use this strategy not infrequently, and other characters also sometimes use it. For example, two of the best fighters in the series, [[spoiler:Genda and Tate]], team up and use this strategy several times. [[spoiler:Jesus and Mamoru]], arguably the series' two strongest characters, do this twice: once briefly in [[spoiler:Chechnya, when going after TPC]], which they quickly take down to despite it being [[spoiler:the first time they met]]; later, in [[spoiler:Duhana]], they use this strategy against anything which pisses them off on route to their destination (what makes this pairing even better is the combination of [[spoiler:a katana and a pistol]], which also accounts for the infrequency of it). There's also a hostage situation which has ''three'' of the series' most powerful fighters ([[spoiler:Jesus, Tate, and Mamoru]]) do this in a sort of triangular formation against multiple strong opponents, with one hostage in the centre of the formation and the other still in the enemies' grasp. Unless a sneak attack is involved, and sometimes even then, their opponents are done for.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Mamoru Hijikata and Haruka Tooyama. Also, Kirito Tate and Anna Riddle.
* BadassArmy: The Wall is this, and together they're possibly even stronger than Mamoru.
* BadassBiker: Dai Ibuki, however, he's only badass when he's on his bike.
* BadassBoast: Mamoru loves this trope; in fact he practically lives and breathes it. In one notable instance, he pulls off what can only be described as a [[HandicappedBadass Handicapped Bad]][[BadassBoast ass Boast]]:
--> "If you turn your inept killing intent towards me now, no matter who you are, I'll cut you to pieces. Whether you've got a weapon or not... even if I'd be fighting an old man or a woman or a child... I can't go easy on them, either. Seeing as I can't check with my eyes, that is."
** Jesus also likes this one. His boasts are usually situational and occur after he's gained the upper hand. Aside from responding to something along the lines of "Aw, Jesus!" with something akin to "That's my name!" which he does more than once, he has quite a few ones which comment on the situation he has just inflicted on his targets. For example, after [[OneManArmy single-handedly taking out a whole caravan]], completely decimating them, he only says:
--> [[http://mangaseeonline.us/read-online/Until-Death-Do-Us-Part-chapter-182-page-24.html "That was one of the TPC's child-snatching squads. And this was the price of doing business."]]
** Other characters will sometimes have one on occasion, including Genda, Zelm, Wau, and Zashid Turus.
* BadassGrandpa: Zelm looks old enough to at least have grandchildren, but he's the one who taught the Trumps all of their techniques. His own technique is nearly impossible to deal with.
* BadassInDistress: This happens to Mamoru thrice in the series, but all are ultimately either subversions or double subversions. The first time, in the WholeEpisodeFlashback, immediately after [[spoiler:he loses his sight due to ChildSoldier (whom he had just agreed to MercyKill to free her from a FateWorseThanDeath) getting blown up, when they are alone in enemy territory]]. The subversion comes in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the arc's BigBad, whom he [[spoiler:defeats, newly blind]]. The second time, he ''intentionally'' gets captured (with certain goals in mind), not that it goes entirely as planned. The last instance, during a duel to the death with the BigBad, [[spoiler:Haruka distracts him]], intentionally interrupting the fight, so that he will be hurt but survive, thereby averting a [[TakingYouWithMe suicidal mutual strike]] which [[HeroicSuicide had been Mamoru's plan]] at that point.
* BadassTeacher: Jesus, ''the world's deadliest assassin'' is also a school teacher, 'nough said.
** Mamoru is an inversion: he's a BlindWeaponmaster who routinely tutors people about combat as a "habit."
* BadGuyBar: The "Nest of Geese" that Jesus and Wiseman hang out in is one of these.
* BankRobbery: They come across one being done by the infamous "Five Minute Gang," named so because it only takes them that long to rob a bank.
* BearsAreBadNews: And thus, Mamoru [[spoiler:decided to make Haruka fight one as part of her training]].
* BerserkButton: You do ''not'' want to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/until_death_do_us_part/v11/c093/13.html look Mamoru in the eye]] when he's dealing with [[spoiler:the man who got Haruka's parents killed, and ruined her chances of a happy life]] -- or anyone else who caused her (or other innocents) harm, for that matter.
** Jesus carries over his BerserkButton from the [[Manga/{{Jesus}} series he's originally from]]. Threaten his students and you'll pay for it.
** Mentioning Mamoru around Edge Turus will result in this; it isn't always to his benefit.
** [[spoiler:Genda and Tate]] both get pissed when a raging [[spoiler:Edge Turus]] declares Haruka, the girl whose life he's helped to ruin, is his property and he will not let anyone take her. They share the same look of rage and charge right at [[spoiler:Edge]] to deliver a brutal CurbStomp on him.
* {{BFS}}: If the situation calls for it, Mamoru will switch to a heavy-duty nodachi sword, with which he [[spoiler: pulls off his own version of Sasaki Kojiro's ''Tsubame Gaeshi'']].
* BigBrotherInstinct: Igawa has this for Haruka [[spoiler:and [[NeverBeHurtAgain with good reason]]]]. There's also [[spoiler:Luna]], from the Chechnya arc, who's willing to [[HeroicSacrifice ultimately end up dying]] to save her younger sister from [[spoiler:TPC]]'s clutches.
* BigDamnHeroes: Many characters get to do this; Mamoru takes this UpToEleven by doing this in almost every fight he's involved in, with a BadassBoast for good measure.
** Genda, Jesus, Serena, Juliet, and Dai all pull this off more than once. Haruka also does this (mostly without fighting) after she TookALevelInBadass.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Between [[spoiler:Haruka and Mamoru]] in chapter 202, after the former's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove. It's unusually subtle for this trope, but no less touching for that.
* BlackAndGreyMorality/ WhiteAndGreyMorality: This series has the full range thanks to a cast full of [[AntiHero anti-heroes]], [[AntiVillain anti-villains]], and morally ambiguous figures, along side an example of "White" (Haruka) and at least one example of "Black" (Edge Turus, who is possibly more evil than the BigBad, just a lot less capable).
* TheBlacksmith: He only appears in something akin to a FlashbackCut, however, he is a member of the Element Network who makes Mamoru's molecule thin swords. We do see a note from him though.
* BlessedWithSuck: Haruka; sure she can read the future, but it caused her parents' death and she cannot even go to school without people guarding her at all times to ensure that she does not get kidnapped (and then used for various ends). Even worse, thanks to this power she is ForcedToWatch the deaths of many people around her, including everyone she cares about, repeatedly.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Mamoru.
* BloodKnight: Several characters show shades of this at times, however, these are usually villains. Mamoru considers fighting his reason for living (which he says out right more than once) and, in chapter 35, even describes himself as an "antisocial asshole who spends every waking minute thinking about how to use this thing," (meaning his sword). In fact, his general conduct makes his love of fighting ''rather'' obvious.
* BodyguardCrush: Not yet, but it is implied that it will happen eventually. [[spoiler:It actually ''does'' occur during the course of manga, with Haruka's feelings eventually stated outright and Mamoru's feelings implied (mainly through his actions)]].
** WifeHusbandry: Inverted. Haruka says [[spoiler: that she and Mamoru [[MarriedInTheFuture will be married]] one day,]] and she's doing everything she can to make it happen. Mamoru knows nothing about this and Igawa and Serena were asked to keep quiet about it. Apparently [[spoiler:Mamoru figured it out a while ago and agreed to marriage]] if they survived the battle. [[spoiler:They do end up getting married, though not until Haruka is older]].
* BoringButPractical: How Mamoru ultimately defeats [[spoiler: Zashid. He repeats a sequence of the same attack over and over again too quickly for Zashid to do anything but defend. However, due to the repetitive nature (which the series ties to quantum probabilities) Zashid's brain slips during the sequence and his defense falters, allowing Mamoru to finally cut him down. It doesn't affect Mamoru because he'd practiced the attack so much his body was able to carry it out through pure muscle memory]].
* BrickJoke: When he turns himself in, Eiichi [[spoiler:Komura]] has to correct the policeman who's writing his name down (the policeman wrote the character "Don," meaning dull, instead of "Ei," meaning sharp). When thanking [[spoiler:Mamoru]] for getting him out of jail, Eiichi says that if he had stayed there any longer he really would have become a Don-ichi.
** Foxtrot's reaction to Mamoru having a sweet tooth.
* BrokenBird: Juliet [[spoiler:lost her uterus when she was raped some time back, so she can't have babies]]. This explains why she's usually such a {{Jerkass}} to Serena, [[spoiler:who laments her dead daughter quite a bit]].
* BulletCatch: Done by guy known as [[RedBaron "The Shield]] [[Manga/YamiNoAegis of Aegis"]]. Later [[spoiler:Edge Turus]] pulls the same with a prosthetic arm designed to automatically do this using Kirito Tate's battle data.
* TheButcher: Fang, [[spoiler:Edge Turus's brother]] and [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]]. He got his name for his crime scenes looking like his victims had been ripped apart by wild animals.
* ByronicHero: Mamoru manages to be this, because he's an unexpectedly MagneticHero to despite his JerkassFacade (he fits the rest to a T).
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: This a frequent element of Wiseman's plots. The clearest example is Edge Turus (see HumiliationConga).
* CarFu: With a motorcycle; for added fun, [[UpToEleven it's Dai's only weapon]]. Igawa's no slouch either.
* CarnivalOfKillers: After a one hundred million dollar bounty is placed on Mamoru's head, he decides to take care of most of these at once by luring most of them out at once.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Even with so many named and unnamed characters, they all look distinct and are easily distinguishable from each other.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Mamoru's sword skills]] are from practicing 15 hours per day as a kid, and willingly putting himself through TrainingFromHell. The other characters [[LampshadeHanging comment]] on the obsession that must have been involved.
* ChekhovsGun: This series loves this one; it's useful to pay attention to details of analysis of fighting style, weaponry, character thoughts, and Haruka's ability as the series makes a lot more sense that way.
** ChekhovsGunman: The FlashbackCut in the first chapter becomes significant much later.
* TheChessmaster: Wiseman, Tatsumi Daiba, Zelm, and [[spoiler:Haruka]].
** Mamoru and Alpha sometimes show shades of this, it's usually perceived as being in a ManipulativeBastard sort of fashion.
* ChildSoldiers: TPC does this to any children whose organs aren't completely harvested and then has them ForcedIntoEvil. Case and point: the [[spoiler:Canes Venatici]].
* CleanCut: So clean that the intermolecular forces can hold the object together afterwards.
* CloseCallHaircut: Tate, [[http://www.mangareader.net/until-death-do-us-part/112/6 here]].
* CodeName: Aside from The Wall, there's also "Blade" (Mamoru), and "Needle," among others.
* ColdWar: The situation in the second school [[spoiler:Haruka]] attends during the series is a variant of this type of conflict, with the world’s greatest [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] on one end, the infamous 24’s agents on the other, and several third parties, including the head of the Chinese Mafia.
* CoolBike: Dai's custom motorcycle, ''Bucephalus'' .
* CoolOldGuy: Wiseman and Zelm. Inaba-sensei tries to be this (his success is dubious).
* CoolShades: Mamoru nearly always wears these, even when they aren't the high-tech ones that allow him to see.
* CoolSword: Both of Mamoru's katanas qualify, as does the nodachi.
* {{Crossover}}: [[Manga/YamiNoAegis Tate]], Manga/{{Jesus}}, and [[http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=32514 Daiba]] all [[HeroOfAnotherStory have their own series]]. [[spoiler: Liu Yijian and the Dragon's Gate organization also appeared in Tate's series]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dai, and it's lampshaded constantly.
* CruelMercy: What Mamoru's approach to being a TechnicalPacifist results in. In fact, he [[PayEvilUntoEvil deliberately goes for it]].
* CynicismCatalyst: All members of the Element Network have experienced this. Examples include, the murder of Serena and Kilo's daughter, [[spoiler:Juliet's rape, the murder of Igawa's sister by an underage criminal, the deaths of Tate's family, Daiba seeing his father murder his mother, and the death of Mamoru's parents in an accident caused by a drunk driver right before his eyes]].
** Mamoru has another during the Chechnya arc, which leads him to believe that [[spoiler:people like Orion, who cause suffering to numerous others need to die]].
** [[spoiler: Genda's death for the entire group]].
* DamselOutOfDistress: Haruka, since she's usually trying all that she can to escape her captors or assist Mamoru. The only time she becomes a DamselInDistress instead, she was ''panicking'' due to [[spoiler:temporarily being [[PowerIncontinence unable to see the future]]]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Several of the characters have this from time to time, the most notable examples being Juliet and Foxtrot. Mamoru and Jesus sometimes do this when doing something badass [[spoiler:or when teaching Dai]].
* DeathSeeker: The ''Canes Venatici''. Mamoru noticed that they are quick to kill their own and felt that their {{super soldier}}s fought like they wanted to lose. [[spoiler:This is due to the fact that they're the unsold products from [=TPC=]'s operations who were raised to be soldiers and were [[ForcedIntoEvil made to be addicted to a certain drug to ensure their loyalty]]]].
* DeclarationOfProtection: Mamoru makes many of these for Haruka, which makes sense, considering he's her bodyguard. During the course of the series, Haruka has many people (almost all the heroes and even a few villains) declare that they will protect her after finding out her past.
** Notably, in chapter 202, Haruka states protecting Mamoru as the reason behind her actions in her [[spoiler:AnguishedDeclarationOfLove]], and later in the same chapter, [[spoiler:badly injured and not fully conscious, Mamoru keeps saying that he will save her]].
* {{Dehumanization}}: Galboa is a country maintaining apartheid, with Duhana as a satellite state housing all the "blacks," who are treated like [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil animals and forced into all sorts of unpleasant situations]].
* {{Determinator}}: Mamoru has obsessive determination as the source of his skill, his ''seemingly'' [[MadeOfIron indestructible body]], and his will to [[spoiler:defend Haruka]]. He's had this skill his whole life, it would seem, and after Mamoru has a PostVictoryCollapse, Jesus lampshades this:
-->"He runs himself ragged, mostly blind, but never stops chasing down the enemy. ...He's a demon of the blade, all right... A man this driven doesn't ease up in his quest, blind or not..."
** There's also the self-destructive example of [[spoiler:Edge Turus]] who keeps trying to kill Mamoru to despite the HumiliationConga he's put through as a result.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Mamoru's shades allow his to see using sound waves (otherwise known as echolocation), like a bat or dolphin. This is useful against bullets and cloaking devices, but less useful when it comes to details, hard to spot objects, glass, and silencers. He also has a bit of an edge thanks to the [[SuperSenses heightened sensitivity]] of his other senses, but these are within realistic parameters.
** Any prosthesis qualifies.
* DiplomaticImpunity: Edge Turus has this as the Galboan ambassador. [[spoiler:It's useless against the Element Network, so it ''really'' doesn't help him]].
* TheDreaded: Zashid Turus, a dictator and warlord whose fighting strength even [[UpToEleven puts some of the most powerful characters in the series in a sweat]].
** Jesus, since he's renowned as the world's deadliest assassin. Mamoru is likewise feared for his battle prowess among those who know of him.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Igawa, although it's more like he needs to rather than he just does. [[spoiler:Granted he's blind, Mamoru]] does this in chapter 207, ItMakesSenseInContext.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: The Wall and the Black Unit, most prominently.
* EnemyOfMyEnemy: This is what has Mamoru team up with [[spoiler:Jesus]] at times. During the final arc, this is part of the GambitPileUp: [[spoiler:Mamoru teams up with Wiseman and Genie, Haruka with Jesus, and the Wall with the Mamoru-Wiseman group]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Excluding Alpha ([[spoiler:Jack Garvey]]) and Sierra (Serena), the names of the Wall members are unknown and are only referred to by their code names. The same goes for other combatant affiliates of the Element Network, with a few exceptions.
** Outside of the Element Network, there's "Old Goose," the bartender of the "Nest of Geese." Also, Jesus's real name is unknown by anyone.
* EnemyCivilWar: Galboa and Duhana during the final arc, since [[spoiler:Zashid Turus encourages his sons to vie for the position of his heir, so while one son has been carefully plotting such a thing, Wiseman has another son be forced to do this]].
* EveryoneHasStandards: This is the part of the MoralityKitchenSink that results from having so many morally complex characters. Wiseman uses this to his advantage in the last arc, by using the [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil outrage at the Galboan treatment of the Duhanans]] to motivate the more mercantile of the personnel under his command.
* EvilCripple: Edge Turus: when first introduced he was just evil; [[AnArmAndALeg Mamoru added the "cripple" part]].
* EyeScream: Ever wonder what happened to Mamoru's eyes? [[spoiler:He was right next to somebody when they were hit with an exploding round]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The series as a whole isn't shy about killing people, but it's taken to a different level when you see people getting blown up.
* FateWorseThanDeath: When punishing villains, Mamoru is [[ScareEmStraight using fear to prevent further crimes and make them regret their actions]], so this is either threatened or actually happens (depending on how you see it). One character who sees it this way, thanks to the probable [[YouHaveFailedMe consequences of failure from his own side]], is DrivenToSuicide. This is also Mamoru's "reward" to one of the series' most evil characters, in the form of a HumiliationConga UpToEleven.
** Jesus inflicts this on a particularly cruel villain, in the form of LaserGuidedKarma, and lampshades it.
** [[spoiler:Haruka]] ''willingly'' subjected herself to a probable one from the BigBad in order to save [[spoiler:Mamoru]]'s life.
* GadgeteerGenius: Igawa, [[spoiler:[[ProfessionalKiller Fang]], and Tatsumi Daiba, the manager of the Element Network, who created a search engine [[TeenGenius when he was a teenager]] and has developed a quantum computer with a sentient AI]].
* GambitPileup: This is what drives the final arc, both in its creation and plot; there are no fewer than five plans becoming tied into each other (possibly seven, depending on how you count). [[spoiler:Wiseman has his own plans and is putting Mamoru's in to motion. Haruka has a plan which is assisted by the Element Network, which has its own goals. The Black Unit and Genie have their own, as do Zashid Turus and all of his sons, separately at that]]. Just about all of them are revolving around Haruka.
* TheGift: Mamoru is described as having it by Genda, Makabe and Inaba (his old masters), and many others.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Mamoru's usual shades (see DisabilitySuperpower). Also, both [[spoiler:Mamoru's later shades and Haruka]]'s glasses have a "bone connection," which allows the wearer to communicate without being heard.
* GoodIsNotNice: Mamoru embodies this. He may fight crime, but he's openly stated that he took on this job so that he can continue to fight and hone his skills. However, his motives are later revealed to be somewhat more complicated, especially when it comes to stoping killers and the like.
** Also, the assassin Jesus. Sure, he went [[spoiler: to Chechnya to search for his missing students, saved some kids from an organ trafficking ring, and eliminated Orion]]. This doesn't stop him from being an assassin, nor from [[spoiler:warning Haruka that if Mamoru gets in his way, it will be a battle to the death]].
* GoodIsNotSoft: Detective Genda as well as the operatives of the Element Network have this policy.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Mamoru has an AntiHero scar covering half his face from what blinded him. Alpha has a heroic scar running from his forehead to his left cheek. Orion has an evil scar on the right side of his head. Senji has an evil {{Yakuza}} scar on his cheek (he's a [[spoiler:subversion, thanks to his HeelFaceTurn]]).
* GracefulLoser: This is one of the very few admirable things about [[spoiler:Zashid Turus]]. Now, [[SoreLoser if only his progeny would learn from him]]...
* HandicappedBadass: Mamoru, whenever he doesn't have his glasses or when they're not working is a BlindWeaponmaster; with his glasses, he doesn't really count as handicapped thanks to his DisabilitySuperpower. That said, he goes through one of his toughest battles ([[spoiler:and the only one he loses, though he wouldn't have lost had Haruka not made him lose to save his life]]) without his shades.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Senji Tamagawa]], although it's arguable if he were ever a Heel, since he was merely a {{Yakuza}} and his gang was used by the Wakagashira. He gets a RedemptionPromotion while he's at it.
* HeroicSacrifice: Played straight by [[spoiler:Genda]], and subverted in the case of [[spoiler:Mamoru]], resulting in a variant by [[spoiler:Haruka]] with a probable FateWorseThanDeath.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The result of the [[{{Crossover}} crossovers]] above.
* HonorAmongThieves: Or, in this case, ProfessionalKillers. This is what keeps the ColdWar in the school as is.
* HonorBeforeReason: Genda has this mentality. [[spoiler:It ultimately results in his HeroicSacrifice]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The difference is already big as Mamoru's an adult and Haruka's just a pre-teen, but the former is around ''6 feet tall''.
* HumanResources: [[spoiler:How bio chips are made]], except not just any humans, [[PoweredByAForsakenChild fetuses]].
** Also, the TPC (AKA the Transplant Connection), who kidnap children for [[OrganTheft forced organ transplants]].
* HumiliationConga: Since Mamoru is not allowed to kill his targets, he often dishes this out on his unfortunate victims. Whether or not this entails [[AnArmAndALeg dismemberment]] depends on how badly you pissed him off.
** [[UpToEleven Taken to extreme lengths]] with Edge Turus, who basically kickstarted the larger part of the plot by [[spoiler:sending information about Haruka's abilities back to Galboa (and thus ensuring that she would remain a priority target for the rest of her life). In retribution, Mamoru [[AnArmAndALeg lops off a leg and one of his arms]], and then his other arm later in the series. Then Edge ends up being arrested by Genda and Tate, to despite having obtained several "ultimate weapons." To top that off, he's broken out of prison ''by Mamoru'' so that he can go back and "lead" a revolution against his father back in Duhana. Then Mamoru does the same thing to his neck that he did to his limbs the first time they fought, so that he'll only survive if he doesn't move]]. Mamoru ''did'' personally vow to make every moment of Edge's life a living hell to ensure that he regreted his decision. You'd probably feel sorry for the guy if he didn't completely deserve every minute of it.
* {{Hunk}}: Pretty much the entirety of the repeating male cast is a cross between this and {{Biseinen}}, without any character every truly qualifying as MrFanservice. Mamoru is the most notable example, having the "masculinity" elements of the {{Hunk}} (including PermaStubble and a SculptedPhysique) and the {{Biseinen}}'s more slender build and face. However, the closest thing to a ShirtlessScene he has, his torso is covered in bandages, not to mention the fact that his face is heavily bruised.
* HyperAwareness: Mamoru has an incredible sense for danger and leathtal-intent.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Mamoru, he can even cut bullets in mid-flight. This is made a little bit more plausible by the fact that [[DisabilitySuperpower his glasses allow him to see where a gun barrel is pointing]], therefore all he has to do is make sure his blade is in the way, rather than reacting to the bullet itself. However, he was capable of this feat before he lost his vision.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Jesus' best skill allows him to [[spoiler: fire two bullets in rapid succession so that the second actually hits exactly the same point at the first one, something even a gun on a fixed mount can't accomplish, meaning that he has to nearly instantaneously aim for the same spot while keeping knock-back in mind]]. It takes a pretty heavy toll on his right arm, though.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Aside from Mamoru's [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular blade]], there's a whole host of opponents who use a variety of strange weapons. The Black Unit, AKA the Trumps, all use these.
* ImmuneToFate: The biggest reason that Haruka needs Mamoru. But it's actually somewhat subverted by the nature of Haruka's ability: [[spoiler:she can't see possible futures involving things she doesn't comprehend, nor all possible futures involving things she only partially comprehends]]. However, because [[spoiler:her understanding of Mamoru's capabilities]] improves, her accuracy also does, so over all it is zig-zagged.
* IndifferentBeauty: Juliet is hinted to be this. Haruka is thought to be developing into this, and [[spoiler:in the end, she does]].
* InHarmsWay: Mamoru says more than once that fighting is his reason for living. That said, it isn't as though he can't find battle, even after achieving victory against his present opponents, but he does say that [[spoiler:he could die any day, after he defeats Zashid]] (of course, this can be interpreted many ways).
* [[spoiler:TheJailBaitWait]]: Invoked by [[spoiler:Mamoru and Haruka's relationship]] and highlighted by [[spoiler:Haruka's visions]].
* JerkassFacade/ JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Almost any character considered to be a hero in this story definitely plays this trope straight. They might be tough assholes but they're willing to do anything to help Haruka in whatever way they can. Mamoru has this in spades.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mamoru, even before he lost his eyesight. He has been trained with firearms, however, his drive has always been for the blade. Aside from keeping knives on him (just in case), there is one occasion in which subverts this when he opts to use a Nodachi instead of a katana, due to the exact situation which required higher attack power. When asked why he doesn't always use such blades, he states that uchigatanas (katanas) are what he's suited for. This is justified by the fact that he's a master of Kenjitsu, whose primary weapon ''is'' the katana.
* KissingDiscretionShot: This happens between [[spoiler:Haruka and Mamoru]] in chapter 169, the former essentially pulls a ForcedKiss on the latter.
* KnifeNut: Many characters will use knives on occasion, however, they are Kilo's only weapon. There's also [[spoiler:Gara of the Trumps]] who uses a short sword, which might as well be a knife considering the guy's height.
* LaserGuidedKarma: This is what the Element Network believes the world lacks and are trying to increase occurring to criminals, and all of its affiliates do their best to inflict this on any criminal they can. In a more positive sense, there's what happens to [[spoiler:Jesus]] in chapter 195, which he lampshades.
-->[[spoiler:'''Jesus:''']] As they say, "Pity is not for the sake of the pitied."
* LethalChef: Igawa [[InformedAttribute purportedly]] plays this straight, whilst Mamoru is of the [[LethalChef looks-terrible-]][[SupremeChef tastes-wonderful]] variant (justified in that he's blind). There is also a [[PlayedForLaughs funny moment]] toward the end of the manga, when [[spoiler:Juliet]] suddenly offers to cook for the first time in the series, which has Serena a ''bit'' doubtful.
* LethalJokeItem: A bouncy ball? Aw, you can't hurt me with that- *broken bones*
** Same goes for that mercenary's colleague, who uses [[spoiler: tiny invisible boomerangs. Now the boomerang used to be a hunting weapon]], but it still doesn't seem very serious a threat.
* LoggingOntoTheFourthWall: One arc had www.prizeneck.com. Entering it in your browser in real life once directed the user to a promotional site which had its main page replicate the site's contents in-universe. Going there now, however, redirects the visitor to the publisher's page, and attempts to see it using the Wayback Machine will lead to pages consisting almost entirely of broken images.
* MadeOfIron: Mamoru gets shot a few times, cut up, fights all night, and manages to ''come off'' as unscathed within hours. However, the major fights are generally not back to back, so it is a bit less ridiculous than it would otherwise seem. The source of Mamoru's "iron" happens to be his [[{{Determinator}} obsessive determination]] and it does not make him impervious, as seen when he does have to pull multiple harder fights in a row. This particular take on the trope is lampshaded more than once, mostly by Jesus.
* MagneticHero: Haruka is charismatic enough to [[UpToEleven have whole BATTALIONS]] willing to assist her. Mamoru has this quality to a lesser degree, especially in the beginning of the story, but he is charismatic enough to have a whole following, not to mention what those who have been taught by him feel (with one exception).
* MamaBear: Serena to Haruka.
* MarriedInTheFuture: Part of the point of the story is that the heroine, who is [[PsychicPowers clairvoyant]], saw a future where she was married to our main AntiHero, and [[WifeHusbandry she really wants that to come true]]. [[spoiler:In the last chapter, it does]].
* MarriedToTheJob: Genda, to despite a disregard for some of the rules.
* MasterSwordsman: Mamoru and Genda.
* MeaningfulName: Mamoru means "protect, safeguard" -- guess what his job is (other than beating the hell out of bad guys).
** Also, Dai's bike, "Bucephalus," is named after the favorite horse of Alexander the Great; "Pyro" is Greek for "fire" and is the name for a demolition expert; and Kirito Tate's nickname is "Aegis," Athena's shield.
** This is PlayedForLaughs with one character (see BrickJoke).
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:The Canes Venatici do this to each other]].
* MissionControl: Igawa, usually in the van, making him a mobile version.
* MoodWhiplash: Chapter 72 somewhat resembled a sketch from WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, until it gets to the end...
* {{Mooks}}: Very few die, but many are taken down.
** MookHorrorShow: One page in chapter 93 gave off this feeling.
* MoralityKitchenSink: See BlackAndGreyMorality.
* MoralityPet: Haruka to Mamoru in many respects. The first couple chapters Igawa kept reminding Mamoru not to kill guys because it would make Haruka sad. Daiba and other members of the Element Network see her as Mamoru's MoralityChain, though. The whole matter is a bit more complicated.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: This is the stated goal of the Element Network and is implied to be motive for the vast majority of its affiliates.
** Surprisingly [[spoiler:''Mamoru'']] of all people has this as part of his motive.
--> [[spoiler:'''Mamoru:''']] When you see people dying, nasty stuff like that, too early, you grow up real screwed up, just like me. It ain't a good thing.
** Kirito Tate also seems to have this attitude (see CynicismCatalyst).
* NewTransferStudent: Haruka herself at times; also, [[spoiler:Anna]].
* NiceHat: Pyro is almost always wearing his FedoraOfAsskicking, except for the time when his ass gets kicked and he's forced to leave it behind to save a comrade (he inexplicably gets it back a few chapters later). Zelm, on the other hand, is ''never'' without his.
* NightmareFace: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/until_death_do_us_part/v13/c107/22.html here]]. Only to be expected, as the person [[spoiler:''suddenly explodes'']].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Zelm looks remarkably similar to Creator/MorganFreeman. The fact he seems to be stoic and authoritative further increases the resemblance.
* NoMisterBondIExpectYouToDine: [[spoiler:Orion]].
* NonLethalKO: Sometimes taking a guy down in a nonlethal manner in this story involves cutting out his [[BodyHorror lower teeth]]. Later on [[spoiler:Ashe]] explains how aiming for this can be advantageous.
--> "In a battle where killing is the expected outcome, you can catch the enemy off guard by choosing non-fatal methods."
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Ragi always has this mentality since she's a mercenary. Several other members of the [[spoiler:Mamoru-Wiseman]] group also have different motives other than the alleged one. Mamoru zig-zags this one: he sometimes claims that he's in it for the battles or to settle scores, but his attitude shows that isn't entirely the case.
* NotWearingTights: What we have here is, essentially, a blind Franchise/{{Batman}} with a katana. This couldn't be ''not'' awesome if it tried.
* OldMaster: Inaba and Makabe.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The Element Network. Their vagueness is also what prompts Wiseman to deviate from his job of just killing Mamoru to finding out everything he can about them.
* OracularUrchin: Anna Riddle.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Mamoru and Jesus both have this attitude as part of their GoodIsNotNice mentality.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: [[spoiler:Anna seems to be at least a couple of years older from her Manga/YamiNoAegis appearance]].
** To be fair, in [[spoiler:Manga/YamiNoAegis' sequel, ''Akatsuki no Aegis'',]] she is already considerably older.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Mamoru at the end of the Chechnya arc.
* PragmaticHero: Part of what makes Mamoru an AntiHero is that, for him, the ends justify the means. He's willing to be fairly [[UnscrupulousHero unscrupulous]] if need be.
* PrecociousCrush: Haruka to Mamoru. He does not know yet, but she really wants to marry him. [[spoiler: Except, he guessed that was the case a long time ago]].
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The Element Network.
* ProfessionalKiller: Jesus, the world's top hitman, and Fang, among others.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Zig-zagged; this has to do with the nature of Haruka's foresight (see ImmuneToFate).
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Serena and Kilo]] were injured and put in a hospital to recuperate. Later, [[spoiler:Serena]] [[TheBusCameBack returns]], fully recovered and [[TookALevelInBadass having taken a level in badass]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Dai and Mamoru have this dynamic, in that order.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Luna]].
* ReplacementGoldfish: Serena treats Haruka like her own daughter, [[spoiler:who she mentions would have been the same age had she not died]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Jesus uses a .357 Colt Python.
* RuggedScar: Mamoru has a prominent one covering a third of his face. Alpha has a more subtle one. Both characters are excellent fighters and capable of being TheChessmaster.
* RunningGag: Mamoru can and will sleep anywhere at anytime, usually getting astonished looks because of it. There turns out to be a good reason for it.
** Dai's idiocy, especially in [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass conjunction with his skills]]. This is lampshaded many, many times.
-->'''Juliet:''' Sadly, he is also an ''idiot''.
-->'''Pyro:''' ...I suppose genius and idiocy can coexist...
* ScarpiaUltimatum: An unusual inversion: to stop [[spoiler:Zashid Turus]] from killing [[spoiler:Mamoru, Haruka]] threatens to kill herself if he refuses to let [[spoiler:Mamoru]] go; if [[spoiler:Zashid]] accepts, she will surrender to him, knowing that he intends to use her as a BabyFactory.
* ScareEmStraight: This is Mamoru's ''modus operandi'' for crime prevention.
* ScrewDestiny: The whole story is Haruka's struggle to do just that... sort of. She doesn't want certain possible futures to occur.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Subverted, since the guy who tried this got [[AnArmAndALeg his limbs cut off]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Genda's reason for breaking rules.
* SharpenedToASingleAtom: Mamoru's katana, of the single molecule wide variety.
* ShoutOut: Mamoru defeats [[spoiler: the leader of Canes Venatici]] with a technique from [[Manga/LoneWolfAndCub Suio Ryu]].
** The group 24 is a probable reference to the actual Public Security Intelligence 24.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Mamoru [[spoiler:during the time skip when he is training Haruka]], paraphrase: dodge the bear or get eaten by a bear. To be fair, Mamoru stood by completely supervising the training to ensure [[spoiler:Haruka]] was not harmed at any time.
* SmokingIsCool: Genda. Most notably [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/until_death_do_us_part/v07/c049/7.html when he fights]] Mamoru head-on in pitch darkness, all the while puffing away. Jesus is also a heavy smoker.
* StealthHiBye: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Invisible]] does this with great ease. This is also a common ploy of Juliet and [[spoiler:Liu Yijian]].
* StepfordSmiler: Haruka becomes one briefly after she is [[spoiler:forced to leave school]] again.
* StoicSpectacles: Mamoru has these.
* SunglassesAtNight: Justified on multiple accounts; see CoolShades.
* SweetTooth: Mamoru and Dai.
* SwordCane: Mamoru's primary weapon most of the time is a shikomizue in a white cane.
* TankGoodness: Brought out by Wiseman to fight Mamoru.
-->'''Senji''': Holy shit.
* TechnicalPacifist: Thanks to the Element Network's policy of ThouShaltNotKill, their fighting members all qualify. Mamoru zig-zags this.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Mamoru and Haruka]] left for about a month and came back. When asked what he's been doing since he left, [[spoiler:Mamoru]] just says "I took a stroll."
* ThemeNaming: The Wall uses the MilitaryAlphabet to name their operatives.
* TitleDrop: In the first chapter, no less.
* TookALevelInBadass: Subverted with Edge. He [[spoiler:stole an upgraded version of Aegis' arm and complemented it with Fang's drone controller]] and he ''still'' got pummelled.
** Serena and Haruka both play this one straight.
* TrainingFromHell: Mamoru put ''himself'' through this beginning before he was ten years old, thus the CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* TricksterMentor: Mamoru is accused of this by Haruka with his interactions with Dai.
* {{Ubermensch}}: The Turus family believes themselves to be this, with Zashid as the pinnacle of the species.
* UndercoverModel: Juliet is the vigilante version of this and she [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery kicks ass in her costume]].
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: [[spoiler:Igawa]] comes to feel this way.
* VigilanteMan: The entirety of the Element Network are either this or supporting this.
* WaifFu: Justified, female The Wall operatives are trained paramilitary soldiers, and Haruka can take advantage of the fact that she can read the future. The latter TookALevelInBadass [[spoiler:after being trained by Mamoru through fighting '''BEARS''']].
* WaifProphet: Haruka.
* WhatTheHellHero: It's because of Mamoru's decidedly criminal-like behaviour with enemies that Serena is so unwilling to leave Haruka with him, and others have a hard time trusting him.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The Chechnya arc, among others.
* WhyAmITicking: An unusual variant by [[spoiler:Mamoru]], who had an explosive jammed into a molar, knows it, and keeps it there to keep a person with whom he struck a deal from suspecting him.
* {{Yakuza}}: Mostly as {{Mooks}} but a few (Komura, Senji) end up becoming more important characters.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Death is the consequence of failure to the Galboans and Duhanans, even if [[OffingTheOffspring you are parent and child]]. Upon arrest, [[spoiler:Fang]] is DrivenToSuicide as a result.
* YourHeadAsplode: A number of terrorists have explosives implanted in their molars. Guess what happens when they bite down on them. [[spoiler:They can also be triggered remotely]].
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