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Video Game: Inazuma Eleven
Little boys and super-dimensional soccer.

"This is super-dimensional soccer!"

Inazuma Eleven is the hit football/soccer RPG Video Game then Anime then Manga series from Level-5. It follows the story of Mamoru Endou (or Mark Evans, if you don't like Japanese names), the spirited goalkeeper of Raimon Junior High's nearly-disbanded football team consisting of only seven members. Although Endou inherits his deceased grandfather's goalkeeping skills and love for soccer, his teammates are somewhat less motivated. Things take a drastic turn when legendary ace striker Shuuya Gouenji moves to Inazuma Town. Desperate to recruit more members before the school shuts down the soccer club and also hoping to participate in the celebrated national Football Frontier tournament, Endou tries to convince Gouenji to join his team. However, Gouenji's arrival has also caught the attention of Teikoku Academy, the champion of Football Frontier for 40 consecutive years, who then proceed to arrange a "friendly match" with Raimon.

As of now, there are two main series: Endou's story, and Tenma's ten years later entitled Inazuma Eleven GO.

Inazuma Eleven
  • The first focuses on the Raimon team's quest to become the best in Japan, facing off against several other schools in the country including Teikoku and the mysterious Zeus Junior High.
  • The second takes place soon after the first, when three black footballs appear from the sky and destroy all the main schools in the region. The Raimon team must battle against the superior soccer players of Aliea Academy to save Japan from destruction. There are two versions: Fire (Firestorm in the EU release) and Blizzard.
  • The third game/season follows Endou and his friends as they strive to become the best junior team in the world by playing in Football Frontier International, a World Cup-like tournament set on the fictional Liocott Island. There are three versions: Spark, Bomber, and Ogre.
  • An Updated Re-release which compiles all six NDS games into one 3DS package. It's been entitled Inazuma Eleven 1・2・3: The Legend of Endou Mamoru.

Inazuma Eleven GO
  • The first in the series to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. It occurs 10 years after the events of the first three, with new characters and returning ones as a supporting cast. The enemy is soccer itself. There are two versions: Shine and Dark.
  • Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone is the second in the series of GO games. El Dorado, an organization meant to decide the fate of the world, has decided to alter history to erase soccer. And it's up to Tenma with the help of kid from the future Fey Rune and talking bear Wonderbat to stop them. There are two versions: Neppuu (Scorching Wind) and Raimei (Thunderclap).
  • Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy, the third entry for 3DS. Tenma, Tsurugi, and Shindou are the only members of Raimon selected to represent Japan in the Football Frontier International Vision 2, taking charge of a team of multi-talented individuals... who have never played soccer. And the new coach couldn't possibly be...

Spin-offs
  • Inazuma Future is a mobile phone game co-developed by Roid about Endou's great-grandson Kanon. It seems to have entered Development Hell as it was not released when promised.
  • Inazuma Eleven Strikers is a multi-player spin-off on the Wii, trading off the RPG experience to become purely a sports game; additional elements such as training through mini-games and Relationship Values between each player were also included. It had Early-Bird Cameos of characters from GO, and got an Updated Re-release.
    • A new Strikers game is being developed for 2013, updated up to the point of the Chrono Stone cast and mechanics.

Movies
  • Inazuma Eleven: The Strongest Army Ogre Attacks is a movie loosely based on the plot of the version of the third set of games with the same name.
  • Inazuma Eleven GO The Movie: The Ultimate Bonds Gryphon is the second Inazuma Eleven movie, and the first for GO.
  • Inazuma Eleven GO vs Danball Senki W is a crossover movie slated for release in Japanese cinemas December 2012.

This series features examples of:

  • A God Am I: All of the Zeus players, but most prominently Aphrodi. He gets better.
  • Accidental Athlete: Tsunami
  • Accidental Marriage: Ichinose eats Rika's special lovey-dovey okonomiyaki and ends up getting into something like this.
  • Action Girl: Mainly Touko and Rika. Kinako in Go.
  • Adaptation Distillation / Adaptation Expansion: Both. Minor plot points are removed while major ones are elaborated upon.
  • Adorkable: Midorikawa. Though he also has his moments of Angst. Also, Kageno.
  • Adults Are Useless: Zigg-zagged. The coach's intro episodes often prove to be helpful but this usually dies off near the end. The police also try to help stop the Big Bad but they often require the players doing a lot of the work to do so.
  • Agent Peacock: Aphrodi, what with the long hair and eyelashes, effeminate movements, fashion sense, hell, his name. He can also stop hissatsu techniques with one hand without using any hissatsu of his own, and he isn't even a goalkeeper.
  • Air Voyance:
    • Beautifully subverted as Endou shouts to the plane carrying Ichinose into the sunset. He replies immediately, having been right behind him.
    • Played straight near the end of the series, when Endou sees off the plane carrying his fellow FFI competitors.
  • Aliens Speaking Japanese
    • Subverted, as it seems that the aliens were actually kids given the power of the Aelia meteorite to be physically superior.
  • All in a Row: Up to three party members can follow Endou (or in the plot developments in the third game: Kidou or Kazemaru) in this way, and sometimes an NPC also tags along at the back. The three can be swapped out with the other twelve field members at any time, unless the story requires certain members to accompany Endou.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Earth.
  • Always Someone Better
  • Ambiguously Brown: Lots of characters; most notable are Sakuma and Tsunami. Tsunami makes sense since he's Okinawan, but uh, Sakuma...
  • Ambition Is Evil: Kageyama, Fudou.
  • An Ice Person: Fubuki, and the Diamond Dust team.
  • Anachronism Stew: Chrono Stone. People play football in Sengoku Japan and Medieval France. Jeane d'Arc is a Meganekko. And so on.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Lalaya Obies kidnaps Tsurigi. She doesn't outright on why she did so, saying just to serve her. After she shows her leadership skills as Queen, Tsurgi half-heartily agrees to serve her which she states this trope.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Many Hissatsu shoots have animal-themed auras e.g. "Dragon Crash", "Beast Fang"
  • Anime Accent Absence: Mostly during the FFI arc were the entire world seems to speak flawless Japanese(with the exception of Mark and Dylan who occasionally slip in Gratuitous English.)
  • Anime Hair: Where do we even start!
    • Genda and Tsunami are probably the worst offenders.
    • Tobitaka.
  • Anime of the Game
  • Ascended Extra: Ichinose Kazuya, he joins as a secret character where there's no plot left for him to take. He doesn't even have any dialogue with his old friend Kino Aki. Then comes the second game, where he must be recruited to continue to story, the third game where his rivaly with Endou develops a whole arc of the game, and finally, the anime has him one of the key members of Raimon and has outright shown his relationship development with Aki.
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Tachimukai, being Endou Mamoru's fan and developing similar skills he has, becomes a part of the heroes who fight Aliea Academy and play for Japan's national team. In the second game, he also happens to have the Big Fan technique.
    • Winners of the official Inazuma Eleven 2's tournaments became secret character in Inazuma Eleven 3, too. The bands who composed the intro and outro themes for both games and animes were also featured as secret players.
  • Audible Gleam
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The captains are usually the best players in their teams.
  • Avenging the Villain: Five members of Protocol Omega in GO attempt to avenge their imprisoned leader Alpha.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The initial pose of The Birth invokes this trope.
  • Badass: Practically all the characters in some way.
    • Badass Adorable: Toramaru, Fubuki, Tachimukai, Kogure - heck, any character who's adorable probably gets at least one badass moment that qualifies them.
    • Badass Cape: Kidou, Demonio.
    • Badass Grandpa: Especially Coach Hibiki, heck, the entire Raimon OB team. Justified since they're actually the original Inazuma Eleven.
  • Bag of Spilling: Stuff that carries over each game seems to be some of the characters' specials, nothing else.
  • Becoming the Mask: Domon.
  • Big Bad:
    • Garshield Bayhan
    • Ishido Shuuji/Gouenji Shuuya in GO though he is actually The Dragon to the Bigger Bad Senguuji Daigo.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Gouenji and Kidou.
  • Big Eater:
    • Kabeyama and Endou.
    • Osaka's okonimayaki shop's practice point turns anyone into this.
  • Bird Run
  • Blinding Bangs: Kageno.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Aphrodi, at least in the beginning. Later, Mr.K /Kageyama.
  • Blow You Away: Kazemaru and Tenma from Go.
  • Bowdlerize: In the game, the Otaku Junior High arc dealt with Otaku hacking into the Football Frontier computers to make it look like Raimon lost as well as giving your team (sans Endou who refused to eat and Gouenji who refused to go in at all) food poisoning at a Maid Cafe. The anime changed their dastardly plan to pushing a goal out of the way of the ball.
    • In the second season, Kazemaru undergoes self-confidence issues and leaves the team. In-game? He is specifically targeted for being the only one who could keep up, and is hurt to a point of being seriously injured from the match with Genesis, and consequently gets Put On An Ambulance.
  • Break the Cutie: Shirou, when he was having a Battle in the Center of the Mind (...sorta) with Atsuya
  • Break the Haughty: Fudou becoming a benchwarmer.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Someoka
  • Calling Your Attacks: Naturally, subtitles included.
  • Captain Obvious: You can't love soccer with hate. (Episode 38).
  • Cast of Snowflakes: 1000+ characters in the first game, with another 1000+ added across the two sequels, every last one of them unique.
  • Character Development: What makes the series really enjoyable, asides from the soccer matches.
  • Chess Motifs: GO's Final Boss Dragonlink has one. All of the members of the team have avatars that are based off of chess pieces, with their captain Senguji having The King. They also operate like a game of chess.
    • Some members of Dark Forest in GO's movie also have a chess motif with avatars that are dark themed chess pieces.
  • Chick Magnet: Fubuki, and Nice from Big Waves.
  • Combat Commentator:
    • Necessary due to the subject matter of the show. Megane is the earliest example and there have been many more after him.
    • Kakuma Keita is the fandom favorite. He reprises this role in the Wii game, Inazuma Eleven Strikers.
  • Combination Attack:
    • DRAGOOOOOOOONNNNN!!!!!!!! TORNAAAAADOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • WYVERRRRRRRNNNNN!!!!!!!!! BLIZAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRDDDD!!!!!
    • TIGERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!! STOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRMMMM!!!!
  • Conspicuous CG: On later episodes, they animate the team's van through 3D models.
  • Cool Old Guy: Coach Hibiki.
  • Creepy Twins
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: A lot, seeing as most of the cast are cute kids.
  • Crossover: Inazuma Eleven GO vs Danball Senki W. Characters from Professor Layton and Danball Senki also appear as secret characters in some games.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Hitomiko, as her dad is being taken into custody in the game.
    • Under different circumstances from the original, Hiroto does it in the show.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Emperor Penguin no.1 and Beast Fang.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The second game/second season of the anime.
    • The start of Inazuma Eleven GO. It gets better.
    • So far what we've seen from Chrono Stone.
  • Deal with the Devil: Okita Souji makes one with with Zanark to become strong enough to defeat Sakamoto Ryouma in Chrono Stone.
  • Death by Origin Story: Pops up often. We have Gouenji's and Kageyama's mothers, Fubuki's and Fuyuka's families, coach Hitomiko's little brother Hiroto, Ichinose or so we're lead to believe and Endou Daisuke, or not.
  • Delinquents: Tobitaka. He kinda gets better as the series progresses. Tsurugi is implied to be one, too, what with him never wearing the school uniform and being found alone in an arcade in the Chrono Stone alternate continuity.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Kageyama when Garshield got introduced.
  • Determinator: Endou, natch.
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Down to the Last Play
  • The Dragon:
    • Kageyama Reiji, who doubles as The Heavy.
    • Kidou, Aphrodi, Fudou, and Demonio to Kageyama, everyone but Demonio made a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Together with Kageyama, Henktacker to Garshield.
    • Alpha to El Dorado. Replaced by Beta after he fails, who is then replaced by Gamma, who is then replaced by Zanark, and he gets replaced by Ray Rukh. El Dorado goes through a lot of these.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • In the European translation. See the character page for details.
    • Scunthorpe Problem: The Latin American dub. Mamoru and Kageno were changed to Satoru and Sombra note . The first one sounds similar to slang for oral sex and the second sounds along the lines of "shit, no"; thinking some people might get offended.
  • Duels Decide Everything: Is there anything that isn't solved with football? Justified in GO, where soccer is an actual symbol of power as a consequence of the first series.
  • Dummied Out:
    • The EU version of the first game has been upgraded with the 3D models and other enhancements of the second Japanese game, including techniques obtainable only via Action Replay (the x99 All items code), normally from the second game.
    • Playable Professor Layton characters. They could be challenged only in the JAP version of the first game; but their data is present on the cartridge in the first two games, even the EU version (albeit buggy, but playable after hacking)..
  • Elemental Powers: Each hissatsu is linked to an element, most likely for Rule of Cool
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: All that appears to be left of Team Fire Dragon after losing to Inazuma Japan in Go Galaxy. Along with some green slime.
  • Enemy Mine: In Chrono Stone, El Dorado's representative teams in the Ragnarok Tournament are a mix of Raimon and Protocol Omega members.
  • Engrish: Mostly averted, but a couple spelling errors have slipped through the cracks:
    • One example of "Itarian": one scene in the anime has a giant sign reading "ITARIA" instead of "ITALIA".
    • Episode 85's Liocott International Airport sign is spelled as "Raiocotto". This one was corrected in time for the third game's release a couple weeks after this episode aired.
    • Then again the games aren't completely safe either. There is a "Rocker Room" in Liocott's main stadium...
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In Go Chrono Stone they go back in time to get the power of two dinosaurs.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins:
    • Koutei Penguin 1gou, 2gou, 3gou and X.
    • Space Penguins!
    • GO has added the multi-colored Koutei Penguin 7.
    • GO Chrono Stone added Penguin the Hand, the first Penguin hissatsu that is not a kick. Instead it's a catch hissatsu.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Death Zone, Spinning Shot, Fire Tornado, Flame Dance, etc.
  • Evil Duo:
    • Genda and Sakuma, Burn and Gazelle.
    • Hakuryuu and Shuu in GO.
  • Evil Old Folks: The council of El Dorado is made up of old men.
  • Evolutionary Levels: The Second Stage Children are the next step in humans evolution. Though El Dorado made a cure to it that made the SSC be Brought Down to Normal.
  • Expy:
    • Tenma is a kind-hearted, determined, motivating, cares about others more than himself and a soccer-loving freak, which makes him extremely similar to Endou. This is also lampshaded by some characters in the series.
    • Tsurugi has a cool, calm and quiet personality, and he is hostile towards soccer at first because his older brother is involved in an accident just like Gouenji, who also has the same personality and being hostile towards soccer at first because his little sister is involved in an accident, and he also raises up his collar just like Gouenji (justified in that he's a Gouenji fanboy). Taken even further in the game, where even their stats are similar.
    • Shindou is from a rich family and thinks that Tenma suits better to be the captain than him, same like Kidou who also from a rich family even though he's adopted and he thinks that Endou suits better to be the captain than him. Also, Shindou's commanding skills is similar to Kidou's.
    • And Aoi is like Aki.
    • Hell just about half of raimon's team,if not all go are pretty much this when you think about it.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Sakuma.
  • Face Fault: Used both straight... and rather in an unorthodox way. The technique Aikido sweeps the victim on the legs, turns him upside down, and you probably know what happens next.
  • Face-Heel Turn:
    • Kazemaru, Someoka and multiple other Raimon Eleven players. It doesn't last very long.
    • Gouenji in GO.
  • Fake Cross Over:
    • With Despicable Me, at least in this Eye Catch set seen here and a trailer for the JP release of the movie seen here.
    • Also with Happy Feet 2 in GO also as a promotion for the Japanese version of the movie.
  • Faking the Dead: Ichinose He got better. And yet again with Daisuke. He gets better too.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Enbro, Broenji, Kibro, Ichibrose... you get the point.
    • One by the seiyuu themselves is Zenda (Fidio). Since he's like a complete Handa.
    • Another unfortunate one invented by the seiyuu is Sakuma as Kidou's "goldfish poop".
  • Fantastic Racism: In GO Chrono Stone normal humans fearing and rejecting Second Stage Children lead them to try to Take Over the World in retaliation and start being racist to normal humans back. El Dorado's solution is basically to erase them from history because of their fear of Second Stage Children.
  • Finishing Move: All the flashier shoots can fall under this, but the one that really takes the cake is The Earth in season 2.
  • First Name Basis:
    • Most characters are referred to by Last Name Basis except, Rika, Touko, Toramaru and Hiroto in the original and Shinsuke and Tenma in Go.
    • Also all of the managers, albeit inconsistently.
  • Five-Man Band: The Inazuma All-Stars
  • For Great Justice: The plot of the first season of GO! with Raimon fighting so that people can freely compete in football.
  • Fusion Dance: In GO's movie Hakuryuu and Shuu combine to their Avatars to make Holy Knight Arthur while Tenma, Tsurugi, and Shindou combine their own to make Demon Emperor Gryphon.
    • Mixi Max causes a type of fusion that gives the target to gain certain physical traits of the person they are Power Copying from. One example is Ranmaru turning blonde and gaining glasses when Mixi Maxing with Jeanne d'Arc.
  • Gang of Hats: Most of the rival teams, especially in season 1. Let's see, we have the occult team, the sci-fi team, the otaku team, the ninja team, the god team...
  • Gender Flip: Zhuge Liang.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Goenji loves doing this with flaming soccer balls.
  • Goggles Do Nothing:
    • Kidou, then later on Demonio and Dylan.
    • It is later revealed about the reason Kidou using goggles which is because it makes him being able to concentrate just on the vital parts on the field, as stated by Kageyama. The other reason is because it's been his trademark.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Fubuki
  • Graduate from the Story: At the end of the first series.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • Mostly from Mark and Dylan.
    • Endou likes to say "Don't mind, don't mind!" and "Thank you!"
    • "Pinch" and some English football terms like "playmaking" or "dribbling" are often used as well.
    • Chrono Stone's Alpha's "Yes"/"No" is quickly becoming memetic.
    • Despite most of the hissatsus being in English or partially English, most of them sound pretty awesome except for, well, Bicycle Sword. Granted, it makes sense (Death Sword crossed with a bicycle kick), but, yeah...
  • Hand Blast:
    • The Ganymede Proton Hissatsu technique uses a Hand Blast for soccer of all things; the user stands behind the ball, facing the opposing team's goal, and directs the beam at the ball to send it flying at the goal. Apparently it's technically not a handball if you don't directly touch the ball with either hand, or maybe Rule of Cool just takes precedence over the other rules.
    • Tsurugi's Death Sword in GO. At least there's some kicking involved...
  • Hartman Hips: Endou's mom.
  • Heel-Face Turn:
    • Happens a lot, most prominently Kidou, Hiroto, and Fudou.
    • In GO, Tsurugi.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Kageyama
  • Heroic BSOD: Endou, of all people, at least twice. First is when he loses to Kidokawa's Traingle Z technique,and other is when Kazemaru ditches the team during the second season of the anime.
  • Heroic RROD: Sakuma & Genda. The Avatars in GO can also cause this to their users as Tenma realized a bit too late in the Holy Road Final.
  • Heroic Spirit: Mainly Endou, but the whole of Raimon Eleven could apply.
  • Homage:
    • Freddy McQueen, goalkeeper for England representative Knights of Queen. Don't tell me it isn't obvious.
    • Michael Jacks on the American team.
    • "Diego Oro" note  in the Argentinean team.
    • Pretty much the entirety of Orpheus (Italy's team) references past and present Italian soccer players, with the exception of Hidetoshi Nakata being based on the homonymous Japanese player.
  • Hot-Blooded: Endou. Dear god, Endou.
  • I Can Still Fight
  • An Ice Person: Most prominently Fubuki and Gazelle's Diamond Dust team.
  • Idiot Hero: Endou can be really thick sometimes. His successor, Tenma, isn't much better.
  • Improvised Training:
    • TIRES
    • The whole point of Special Practice system; pushing a noodle cart, making snowmen, kicking trees, etc.
  • Informed Ability: Played straight, then subverted. In the first game, a lot of boys are seen fawning over Haruna for her "beautiful smile". However, her in-game sprite only shows her in a neutral expression, until the second game comes along, and her smile actually is pretty adorable.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Matsuno "Max" Kuusuke, Shourinji "Shourin" Ayumu, Yamino "Shadow" Kageto.
    • Naturally for a sports genre, notably skillful characters get titles. Ichinose "The Magician Of The Field", Fubuki the "Bear Killer", Gouenji the "Flame Striker", Mac Roniejo "King of Fantasista" of Brazil, and Fidio "The White Meteor" of Italy.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The Master Dragon in King Arthur's time.
  • Invocation: Hissatsu names are yelled before being performed.
  • Ironic Echo: "Earth has a saying that goes like this..."
  • Jerk Ass: So far Shindou as of galaxy towards the new 8 characters. even though they gradually get better, he's especially hostile towards the new goalkeeper, Determinator Ibuki Munemusa, even when he busts out a new hissatsu technique on the spot and stops Big Waves Megadolon technique he says something along the lines of "that's what goalkeepers supposed to do"
    • He mellows out pretty quickly. The only one he seemed to resent is the new Goalie and the reason why shindou doesnt respect Ibuki, is because he believes himself to be enough. After Ibuki learns his lesson, Shindou opens up more to him.
  • Just for Pun:
    • Aliens from Aliea. Alieans are aliens!
    • Near the end of Season 2 we discover that that's just what they want us to think.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The Teikoku kids like to aim at goalies instead of the goal. They get better.
  • Killed Off for Real: Though most of the deaths in the series were fake, Kageyama's seems to have been the real deal.
  • King Arthur: Several Avatars are named after figures in Arthurian legend. The king himself appears in Chrono Stone.
  • Keet: Endou. And how.
  • La Résistance: Hibiki leads one against The Holy Emperor and Fifth Sector, to get back true soccer in GO.
  • Large Ham:
    • Ryou Sakaguchi, the actor who played Endou in the live-action stage show.
  • Last Name Basis: Most of the time. However, there are exceptions.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Raimon as well as the members of Inazuma Japan in GO.
  • Lethal Chef: Natsumi.
    • Tachimukai has a tendency to make food so spicy he's the only one able to eat it.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • Aphrodi. At first, anyway. He does help Raimon out in a couple of episodes, but is generally portrayed as something of a Friendly Enemy. That being said, he's utterly fabulous.
    • The bad guys in GO, Fifth Sector, consider themselves a holy order.
    • One of the teams showcased in the movie is called Unlimited Shining, led by Hakuryuu.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Over 2000 in total!
  • Love Triangle:
    • One involving Endou, Aki and Natsumi. Later when Natsumi is put on a bus, Fuyuka takes her place. Natsumi comes back later and the ship tease between her and Endou is amped up to eleven.
    • Quite confusing in GO: Strikers' bonus page (showing GO artwork, no less), the anime and Inazuma Eleven Go - Shine show Endou married with Natsumi, wherease Go - Dark has Fuyuka instead.
    • This was because Natsumi was the only love interest Endou would marry as planned by Hino but negative reaction from Aki supporters (of all things) persuaded him to release a second game where Endou married Fuyuka instead. They believed that the Endou/Fuyuka dynamic would be similar to a potential Endou/Aki one. Fuyuka being a last minute throw-in becomes glaringly obvious when you realise the GO anime aired before the games were released to see how people would react to the romantic choices. Fuyuka had an important role to play in the storyline as a nurse while Natsumi was only one of the several members in the Resistance. Her major role would of been as Endou's wife. So if this were something like a dating sim, Natsumi would be considered the "true end" or "main heroine". In the Chrono Stone game, Endou is married to all three girls at the same time in order to please the shippers.
  • Made of Iron:
    • The goal nets. They were first broken by Reize in the second season, then Fubuki's Eternal Blizzard sliced through them, and then Edgar from England got to them. Three moves in over a hundred episodes.
      • As of nearing the end of Chrono Stone, it's still three moves in now over two hundred episodes.
    • The balls. They rarely break even they take direct impact from special moves.
      • Kusaka breaks the record in Episode 3 of Galaxy.
      • If we're counting out of match incidents, it's actually broken much much earlier when Gouenji is dueling Kidou after Teikoku's initial loss to Zeus High, while Gouenji tries to convince Kidou to join up with Raimon. Why a Fire Tornado, one of the earliest (albeit beloved) shots in the anime manages to break a ball when so much other shit does not is probably due to Rule of Cool.
  • Magikarp Power: In the games, almost everyone starts out at level 5 with no or default techniques included. Training their levels up will have them access powerful moves, such as Handa getting Odin Sword at level 66
  • Man Behind the Man: After Kageyama, the Big Bad of season one and most of season three, gets Killed Off for Real, Garshield is introduced as the man who he was working for and who was supporting his plans all this time.
  • Manly Tears: Kazemaru after being released from the effects of the Aliea Meteorite.
  • Meaningful Name: Most, if not all, characters. Nearly every single name in the English translation also doubles as a Punny Name. Shawn Frost and Axel Blaze anyone?
    • This is also present in the original Japanese. Fubuki Shirou literally means "Blizzard White", Touko means "Battle Child", Tsunami is a pun on the eponymous natural disaster, Tenma means "Pegasus", Taiyou means "Sun", Tsurugi means "Sword", Kazemaru in kanji means something like "Whirlwind", Mamoru means "Protect"... The original is actually even worse than the European dub.
  • Mood Whiplash: All of the trailers for the GO video games.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Rushe can be seen as one for Kageyama.
    • His older brother Yuuichi for Tsurugi in GO.
  • Motormouth: Some of the opening raps.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Inazuma Eleven beats pretty much every other sports anime/game that uses the trope. Yes, even Tezuka and his dinosaurs.
  • My Future Self and Me: You can recruit Kogure in both his GO/Ten years later form and his original form in GO, thus causing this.
  • My God, What Have I Done: Tenma says this word by word (without the my god part) when his plan against Dragonlink backfired horribly and caused all of his teammates to fall to the ground because of their injuries.
  • National Stereotypes: The Football Frontier International arc is dripping with these.
    • Averted by quite a long shot by the Inazuma Go Galaxy series.
  • Nerf: When the second game was localized, the move Southern Cross had its cost increased from 20 TP to 50. Originally it was an Aliea Academy move, so it cost less than half as much as it should have for its power level. Since that was balanced out by having Aliea Academy players have half as much TP, this nerf caused players who used the move to burn through most of their TP with just one use.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Loads of them.
  • New Transfer Student: Gouenji, Domon, Ichinose and various others.
  • Nice Hat: Max and Touko.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: Inazuma Town bears a striking resemblance to the Tokyo metropolitan area. The area around Raimon and the riverbank plaza is reminiscent of Asakusa and its surrounding area, and the place where Endou does his tire training seems be based on Shiba Park.
  • No Export for You: Europe already received the anime series, the first two games, and the Strikers spin-off. It's been so successful that the third game has been announced for release as well. North America, on the other hand, is still waiting.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: The title itself counts in the European dub. In-game it is pronounced with a long "u", while in other official instances (eg. Nintendo Direct) it's pronounced with an accent on the first "a" (which is closer to how it's pronounced in Japanese).
  • Official Couple: Inazuma Eleven GO (Shine), anime, manga and supplementary material have Endou and Natsumi married.
    • While not considered the official couple, it is possible in the Inazuma Eleven Go (Dark) alternate continuity for Endou to marry Fuyuka.
    • In the Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stone game in a parallel universe, Endou is married to Natsumi, Fuyuka AND Aki! Yes he has three wives.
    • From Chrono Stone we have Gillis and Meia of the team Giru. While not as major as the former example, it's still the only other official couple on the show so far.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: At the end of Chrono Stone, The Stinger shows GO-era Raimon using the TM Caravan to travel back in time to meet FF-era Raimon and challenge them to a friendly match. But we never get to see the actual match.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Shinjinrui The Genesis, the theme when the not-so final team of Aliea Academy, The Genesis, was introduced.
    • The Ominous Latin Chanting was put to great effect when it was used during the scene where Demonio's fall to his greed and ambition thanks to Kageyama was depicted.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: El Dorado in Chrono Stone, who order Protocol Omega to erase soccer from existence.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: Since the second game (Fire/Blizzard). The third has Spark and Bomber, plus an Updated Re-release named The Ogre, and Go has Shine and Dark, both with many changes between each other.
  • One-Letter Name: Mr. K, who is later revealed to be Kageyama.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Subverted in regards to scout characters. There are some repeated names: those with the same given name, some having one name as their given name and another having it as a family name, etc.
    • For plot significant characters, there's Mark Kruger, the captain of the American team Unicorn. Whose name... never got changed at the dub. Then he meets Mark Evans.
  • Opposing Sports Team
  • Optional Party Member: Listing them all would probably take half a lifetime.
  • Order vs. Chaos: In GO between Fifth Sectors managed soccer against Raimons free soccer.
  • Otaku: Megane. At one point they fight a team of Otaku, and in the anime proves he is More Otaku Than Them.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kogure, and Kariya in GO.
  • Party in My Pocket: Three members show up on the map to follow the leader, but the other twelve are still available to swap in.
  • Patchwork Map: The Russian Roulette stadiums in GO.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Kazemaru and Edgar. Many others.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Sugimori. He gets over it after learning soccer can be fun, and in Season 2 is seen practicing with another frowner, Yamino Kageto, who is nicknamed Shadow.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Junko Takeuchi as Endou.
  • The Plan: Kageyama makes one or two.
  • Playing with Fire: Mainly Gouenji, though other characters have fire-related techniques as well.
  • Pointless Bandaid: Kurimatsu and Kuramada in GO.
  • Power Copying: The function of the Mixi Max gun in Chrono Stone.
  • The Power of Friendship: An important theme in the show.
  • Power Gives You Wings:
    • Aphrodi's hissatsu techniques.
    • You also got Saginuma
    • Mark Kruger also has The Icarus.
  • Power Trio: Tenma, Shindou, and Tsurugi in GO. They even have consecutive uniform numbers to boot (8, 9, and 10 respectively).
  • Put on a Bus: Quite a few characters get injured and replaced, only to come back later (for a while).
  • Real Time with Pause
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kidou and Aphrodi. Also Epsilon Remastered.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Burn and Gazel. Kidou and Demonio Strada, also Kidou and Fideo, and then there's Kidou and Fudou.
    • Goenji (fire) and Shiro Fubuki (ice.) Shiro and his brother are also this.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kogure putting chili sauce in people's food.
    • Natsumi is a terrible cook. This carries on in GO when she regularly cooks for Endou as his wife.
    • Also Endou getting distracted while training with a tire tied to a tree and consequentially getting hit by it.
    • Rika regularly lies in the show's third season.
    • In GO, Kariya's bad naming of hissatsu techniques, and Tsurugi's dodging Tenma's (sometimes with Shinsuke) attempts to glomp him.
    • In Chrono Stone, the same poor guy kidnapped to be commentator in the matches.
    • Also in Chrono Stone, Wonderba always getting his coach position stolen by someone else (human or not, mind you)
  • Replacement Goldfish: Hiroto is a replacement for the dead son of Kira Seijirou, the leader of Aliea Academy. A minor example are the various antagonist teams that Kageyama creates over the seasons to fight Raimon. However he plays it straight with the introduction of Demonio, a Kidou Expy, in season 3.
  • Say My Name: The first season finale.
    "ENDOU! ENDOU! ENDOU! CAPTAIN! ENDOU!! MAMORU!!
    • "TSUUUUUUUURUUUUUUUGIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!" "TEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNMMMMAAAAAAAAAAA!" at the end of Galaxy.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Fubuki has one. He loses it after he gets over his problems, though.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Most of the glasses wearing BigBads get them, with the most prominent example being Kageyama. Megane has this also, but it's subverted, being used for comic relief and hamming it up.
  • Scenery Porn: Like everything else Level-5 does, backgrounds are intricately detailed and quite colorful. The Galaxy's planets have even more lively backgrounds than most of the previous series'.
  • Science Is Useless: Most of them anyway.
    • Averted in Galaxy: the Black Room ends up being the key to train the borderline terrible Inazuma Japan.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • It's bad enough Nintendo put an embargo on Inazuma Eleven's UK release (Never mind the fact it was LOCALISED THERE) such that the game was unavailable in the UK until the anime aired. But Disney XD really didn't give a rats ass about the series, punting it on at 8:30am in the morning (albeit in the summer but still) and then pulling it off air 26 episodes in. If not for how they treated Naruto when they were Jetix, this would be considered one of the most egregious examples of screwing a show over by any UK Television company.
    • Even more Egregious in Latin America. ZAZ(all Latin America)note , VivaSports (México)note  and ETC TV (Chile)note  are the only ones consistently airing the series with a decent schedule, also in Brazil where the series is a huge success. But what about other countries's networks in the region? Every one of them screwed the series, airing it at 5:30 A.M in Ecuador and Perú, eventually pulling it off air; inconsistent airings and schedules in CityTV in Colombia, also pulling it off air in favor of a block with only Nickelodeon showsnote .
  • Serial Escalation: Soccer teams that seems to have spent their whole lives in a jungle, players that summon penguins, hands and gods out of nowhere, and abilities to get away from intently injury other players without triggering a foul or a red card, etc...
  • Serious Business:
    • Plotting the murder of the opposing team just to get an easy win. A bit much don't you think, Kageyama?
    • How ten years later as a result of the first series, soccer became the determinate factor of a school's worth; resulting in Fifth Sector's controlled soccer.
    • In the first movie and Chrono Stone, what is essentially time police is ordered to erase the existence of football from the universe or at least undermine its importance, and the heroes have to protect it.
    • In Chrono Stone, after an international incident involving football, the game is banned in Japan. What takes the Serious Business to new levels is that the authority isn't content with just the ban. They order that all balls, uniforms and football equipments in general have to be burned.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: A substantial part of Chrono Stone. The protagonists have to restore the "true" timeline from all the tamperings of Protocol Omega.
  • She-Fu: The CCC Osaka Girls. The third game has Touko and Rika lead what is essentially an all-female version of Inazuma Japan during a practice round. And Strikers has even the managers become playable.
  • She's a Man in Japan:
    • Miyasaka is changed into a girl named Miles (which oddly enough, is a boy's name) in the dub.
      • This is not the case in the games; Miyasaka is definitely still male according to his profile.
    • GAZELLE, of all people, is a girl in the dub.
      • The Latin-American dub subverts this. Gazelle's voice is still that of a girl, but Rebeca Gomez sounds and speak so tough that audience can tell that Gazelle is a guy, and the other characters properly refers to him as a man. You can hear him (or her) here.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Aki and Endou get a lot of ship tease
    • The ship tease between Natsumi and Endou builds up throughout the series and it becomes apparent near the end that they are the Official Couple.
    • A little bit with Tsunami and Touko, but it doesn't get anywhere. Some with Ichinose and Aki too. Inazuma Eleven Go hints at Aki and Ichinose dating.
    • Season 3 gives us Natsumi and Rococo as well as Endou and Fuyuka.
    • Depending on whether one follows the games or the anime, Haruna get a lot of ship teasing with Kogure (video games) and Tachimukai (anime). note 
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Rika doesn't show in the second anime opening, for whatever reason.
    • Minamisawa of GO took the fandom by surprise because he wasn't in any of the promotional work or even the website.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Snowland Stadium in GO.
  • Smug Snake: Fudou
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe in GO, this is what most of the other characters seem to think of Kariya's suggestions for hissatsu names.
  • So Last Season: Unstoppable ultimate techniques tend to become much less so as the series goes on.
  • Sprite/Polygon Mix: The first three games.
  • Split-Screen Reaction
  • Stepford Smiler: Accidentally invoked by Endou's mum in the games. Her sprite, which shows her widely smiling, never changes, including when she's scolding Endou, or talking about touchy subjects such as Endou's grandfather. Needless to say, this can unintentionally be very creepy at times.
  • Stock Footage:
    • Of any hissatsu that has its own background. They don't even try to hide it. Justified in that the techniques look like they have to be pulled off in a certain way to work.
      • This ends in some subtle errors sometimes. For example, When Gouenji, Hiroto, and Toramaru first do the Grand Fire Hissatsu, Hiroto is wearing the captain band because Endou is away. When Grand Fire is used again in later episodes, Hiroto is still wearing the captain band during the technique, even though Endou is on the field.
    • Played with by hissatsu which don't have their own background. The foreground is reused each time, but the background is reanimated. God Hand in particular has the camera swivel around the user, which tends to really show off the Scenery Porn.
  • Stuffed into a Locker: Subverted, Kabeyama tries to hide in a locker and gets himself stuck.
  • Super Ringer:
    • Gouenji is added to the team mid-match multiple times in the series. Awesome usually ensues.
    • Subverted with Nishiki in GO. During the Hakuren match he's set up to be the key forward that'll complete Double Wing, only to reveal that his skills are a bit rusty due to playing in a completely different position overseas.
  • Super Serum: Up to Mass Super-Empowering Event with Aqua of the Gods and Aliea's meteorite.
  • Super Soldier:
    • Aliea Academy.
    • Ogre, from the movie.
  • Talking Is a Free Action
  • Talking to Himself:
  • Talking to Themself: Fubuki, usually with help from a mirror.
  • Team Spirit
  • Teen Genius:
    • Kidou (academics/sports), Ichinose (sports), and Otomura (music). Interestingly enough, they all play as midfielders.
    • GO! has Shindou (music, like Otomura). He also plays as a midfielder.
    • Galaxy has two of them: Manabe is very proficient at mathematical problem solving and calculations, while Minaho is a prodigy detective (ingame he even solves Kuroiwa's secret identity without being caught).
  • Teens Are Short: Players you would have pictured pretty tall are probably still at least half a head shorter than any adult.
  • Temporal Paradox: The reason why El Dorado doesn't have Protocol Omega 2.0 just use brute force to destroy Raimon in the past. Instead they attempt to manipulate or influence things without altering history to crush Raimon.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Zeus' players, named after gods, with the exception of Aphrodi who's named after the goddess of beauty.
    • Don't forget the managers, named after seasons.
    • The managers in GO are named after colors.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • When this shows up, expect a Crowning Moment Of Awesome to happen shortly after.
      • This is particularly notable in GO in which the Theme Tune Cameo does not appear for nine straight episodes. When it does finally happen, it's quite a notable moment for the show
    • Of a different sort, Rika is introduced by her humming along and walking to the beat of Maji de Kansha.
  • There Are No Therapists
  • This Is a Drill: Desarm's Drill Smasher. Baddap's Death Spear also looks and sounds like one.
  • Time Police: What Protocol Omega of Chrono Stone essentially are.
  • The Thing That Goes Doink: First seen in episode 38.
  • Time Travel: The first movie and GO's second season involve this.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Touko and Rika respectively.
  • Tournament Arc: Makes up most of season 1, all of season three, and first season of GO.
  • Training from Hell:
    • Endou practices by punching a tire tied to a tree. Really. Also, in the game it is implied that he performs 100 push ups every day to keep his God Hand strong enough.
    • Coach Hitomiko's training of Neo Japan also counts.
    • The Final Boss Opposing Sports Team was trained by Endou Daisuke himself—since they were children.
    • Kidou as coach in GO, to the point that three (... or two with one dragged along) rebelled and didn't come to practice the next day. Turns out Kidou did it so he could run diagnostics on their limitations, then adjusted their individual training menus to their maximum capabilities.
    • Also in GO, Fifth Sector's training menu in God's Eden. In Chrono Stone, the Avatar users of Raimon, who are unaffected by the brainwashing, go there to learn how to activate the Armed mode
  • True Companions: Of course. The former name for this trope: nakama, pops up in just about every other Inazuma Eleven theme song.
  • Underdogs Never Lose:
    • Played straight with the main team, but completely subverted with Tachimukai's team.
    • Actually Inazuma Japan loses the match against The Empire. But it plays a role in their development, so it all works out in the end.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The national round of Holy Road features unconventional stadiums. Naturally, Raimon are never informed about where they will play next.
  • Unfortunate Names: The European dub of GO renamed Kurama to "Michael Ballzack". Cue immature giggles.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: Desarm's and Zel's Worm Hole.
  • Verbal Tic
  • V-Formation Team Shot: At the end of the Katte Nakou Ze! opening video.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The English dub doesn't use overlays. Thus, it seems to figure that the English (or Spanish, for that matter) speaking viewers wouldn't understand would all the Japanese characters mean, hence a possible reason for "Imperial" Academy (帝国学園; "Teikoku Gakuen"), becoming "Royal" Academy (which would be 王国学園; "Oukoku Gakuen" in Japanese).
  • Villain Team-Up: In the second season, after they're both defeated, Prominence and Diamond Dust merge to form Team Chaos.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Tsunami does this a lot.
  • Welcome to Corneria: Present in the first game, Non Player Characters keep the dialogs of the last chapter after you beat Zeus. It gets better in later games.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Endou was reasonably displeased to discover Gouenji's involvement with Fifth Sector.
  • The Wiki Rule: Like you wouldn't believe.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears: Many of the anime openinga feature this.
  • The Worf Effect:
  • World of Ham
  • X Meets Y:
  • You Have Failed Me: In Chrono Stone, any member of Protocol Omega that fails to meet El Dorado's expectations are sent to Infinity Prison.
  • Younger than They Look: A lot of characters, such as Someoka and Hijikata. This would be the case of Artistic Age.

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