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YMMV: Magi - Labyrinth of Magic
  • Abandon Shipping: Most of the fans that supported Kougyoku x Sinbad quickly jumped ship, after the reveal in Chapter 212.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Pretty much any villain's death. The Black Rukh can only survive in someone who has cursed their destiny and this normally happens through great tragedy.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Many, considering the nature of the conflicts in this series.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Judar/Kougyoku may count as an example.
    • And, now, Hakuryuu/Morgiana.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Despite having been locked in a room with no one but a Djinn for most of his childhood, Aladdin shows very little signs of mental strain over this outside of flashbacks.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The fight against the Medium throughout the climax of the Magnostadt Arc ended up as this trope. Several Padding skirmishes against the Medium, which amounted to nothing more than the continued use of the Worf Barrage, takes place so that over time, more and more of the manga's major characters enter the scene up until the point where literally every named character introduced the past 200 chapters is on the scene. Ironically, the Medium is defeated just moments after the last primary characters, Judar and Hakuryuu, appear.
    • The Alma Torran flashback arc suffered from this due to the readers' impatience to see the present/main cast again. What rubbed many people the wrong way was that it was basically nothing but a very long How We Got Here with an outcome that's been known long before the arc actually started. In the end, it gave said fans Ending Fatigue who began to call it quits as the arc went on, and as a result, forced Ohtaka to speed up the concluding chapters of the arc to return to what readers really wanted to see.
  • Chaotic Evil: Judar. He's rather blasé about the consequences of his actions and just likes to stir up violence and chaos.
  • Complete Monster: Jamil, Morgiana's former slave owner, shows little redeeming qualities as he constantly abuses Morgiana and Goltas for no reason. There's also his unparalleled arrogance.
    • Empress Gyokuen of the Kou Empire appears to be a sweet, caring and gentle mother. The truth is far different. Gyokuen is a member of Al-Thamen, and is one of its oldest and most powerful members. To achieve the throne, Gyokuen married the Emperor and bore him four children. She later had her husband murdered, along with two of her sons, with her youngest, Hakuryuu, barely surviving. When he asked Gyokuen if she was really behind it, Gyokuen asked him what he would do if it was and taunted him over how powerless and unable to strike back he was. She also offed her second husband in a thoroughly disgusting fashion for no reason other than that he stood between her and the throne. During the Magnostadt arc, Gyokuen takes the initiative in fighting the heroes with her forces, revealing herself as a former Magi of King Solomon, who she betrayed for Al-Thamen. After summarily deciding the world is a 'failure', Gyokuen uses the lives of others to summon the 'Father' of Al-Thamen to devour magic from the world and let it die in darkness. Then there's what she did in the past in Alma Toran and more specifically, to Sheba.
  • Deus Angst Machina: In the manga, Alibaba is not hostile towards either Kougyoku or Hakuryuu. This was apparently not good enough for the anime writers, who have him spend the entire Zagan Dungeon dealing with his hatred and loathing. The rearranged the entire arc for it, too.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Judar. Oh. My. God, Judar.
    • And then there's Cassim...
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Poor Ren Kougyoku gets lots of shit for her crush on Sinbad. Not to mention the amount of backlash she receives from Morgiana/Alibaba shippers, due to what looks to be a slow-budding romance between Kougyoku and Alibaba.
    • Similar to what's mentioned in Ship-to-Ship Combat below; fans prefer to kill off either Alibaba or Hakuryuu, so that their romance with Morgiana is free from any competition.
    • It was only for one chapter...but Toto got hit with this hard in Chapter 199 when it looked like she had become Alibaba's girlfriend off-panel. Chapter 200 confirmed that it was just the author trolling the fans.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Morgiana. Let's face it, especially with the anime, the first thing a newcomer hears about is the Moe slave girl. And while she's certainly a main protagonist, she wasn't at first and she suffers from a lot of Out of Focus.
    • Despite some of the undeserved hate she gets, Moe Badass Princess Kougyoku is the best example. She's rather popular in Tumblr.
    • Meanwhile, Jafar is the male example of Ensemble Darkhorse.
      • In addition, all eight of Sinbad's generals get love, especially for their quirks and mentor roles towards the main protagonists.
    • David (Solomon's father) from Alma Torran gets to be this at least with certain parts of the fandom, due to being a Magnificent Bastard that seems to always know what will happen. Even hundred of years in the future.
    • Among the characters coming from Reim, everyone seems to be particularly fond of Muu Alexius as well. Like Hakuei, it seems being a perfectly decent, friendly and charming invidual as well as a Dungeon Conqueror does wonders for the fan. And it really doesn’t hurt that he’s a very, very pretty man
  • Epileptic Trees: Quite a big one popped up at the start of the Alma Torran flashback arc for who would turn out to be Gyokuen. At the beginning Sheba seemed to be the most likely suspect since she wields the same staff and has a strong bolg based magic, as well as being something of a religious fanatic. But as Arba has started to get more focus, people have noticed that she looks almost identical (sans the Beauty Mark) to Gyokuen, as well as having a more aggressive personality. Then there are Arba's actions in Chapter 228. Only time will tell if anyone is right.
    • And the winner is Arba, the staff she wields is one she took from Sheba after killing her.
  • Estrogen Brigade: The author is female, and has included a full compliment of Bishonen and Ho Yay. As a result, the readership for Magi has a pretty even male/female ratio.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Alibaba is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships for a reason.
      • The vast majority of fans seem to ship Alibaba/Morgiana due to their main-character status, and having lots of screen-time playing off one another.
      • Those who aren't on the Alibaba/Morgiana bandwagon would rather pair Morgiana off with Hakuryuu as a means for her to play off as Hakuryuu's Morality Pet so that he doesn't destroy himself out of Revenge.
      • A third, much smaller, camp would ship Alibaba off with Kougyoku due to a slowly developing friendship/romance between the two... and as a means to get Kougyoku away from Sinbad.
    • Sharrkan and Yamraiha is very well-liked for its Tsundere coupling.
    • On the Yaoi side, Sinbad and Jafar is very popular on the internet.
    • And then there's Judar and Kougyoku, which has plenty of popularity and fanart.
  • Foe Yay: Judar has mentioned many times that he wants to "own" Sinbad.
  • Freud Was Right: The way Aladdin's flute hangs just above the knot of his pants can look quite suggestive at times.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Alibaba is shipped with Aladdin, Morgiana, Cassim, Hakuryuu, Sinbad, Kougyoku, Sharrkan, Olba, Toto, Kouen, Kouha, Elizabeth...
    • For that matter, Sinbad. So far, he's been paired with the four protagonists, all his generals, the princes and princesses of the Kou Empire, the other Magi (Judar, Scheherazade and Yunan), himself....
  • Memetic Molester: Ithnan, who spends a good long while living inside Hakuryuu's body, then emerges completely naked to compliment him on how comfortable it was.
    • Kouen, following his obsession with Aladdin, a little kid. As when during the Magnostadt war, Aladdin promises to tell him everything about Alma Torran, he becomes determined to kill anything that gets in his way of talking with Aladdin in private. (As even noted by Kouha, to Aladdin's dismay). Not to mention Kouen attempting to kidnap Aladdin and take him back home with him after the war ends, and the creepy smile which he gives Aladdin while this is all going on.
  • Memetic Sex God:
    • Oh, Sinbad. This has been your destiny ever since your first appearance.
    • Thanks to the reveal of Kouen's Djinn Equip, he's giving Sinbad a run for his money in this department.
    • Solomon is a good third party, too. And the reveal that he's the only one who got a girl pregnant and is literally a Hot God, which just gives him extra points.
  • Moe:
    • One look at Aladdin and this will definitely come to mind. He's young, cute, naive... Word of Goddess is that Aladdin was originally going to be female. The Sarashi he still wears is a remnant of the early character designs.
    • Morgiana, too. Her Fan Nickname Moegiana is enough evidence.
    • Kougyoku is adorable too. Specially when she's in Shrinking Violet mode.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ahbmad. He endangers his nation economically, doesn't consider people from the slums to be worth anything at all, including his own half-brother, and is more than willing to sell his subjects into slavery if it means getting more money from the Kou empire.
    • Sinbad might have crossed this when he showed Alibaba how far he would go to protect Sindria. He is using his djinn to make three people unknowingly spy on their countries for him, one of which is his own citizen. Another is Kougyoku, which if he had used anybody else might have not been so bad.
    • Arba dived off the slope and into the event horizon head-first when she killed Sheba and revolted against Solomon for "killing" Ill Ilah. There is a reason this person is Gyokuen.
  • Narm: The Laem Empire looks like a thin anagram for "lame" and many readers are going to pronounce it that way.
    • It seems the Fansubs have noticed it and start to use the alternative name "Reim" which, if you think about it, makes more sense considering it's based on the Roman Empire.
  • Never Live It Down: The fandom will never forget Sinbad's leaf.
    • Also, there are many fanarts out there showing a weeping Hakuryuu.
    • About half the jokes made at Kouen's expense are all about how unfashionable his goatee is.
  • OTP:
  • Obvious Judas: Ren Gyokuen. Back during Alma Torran, how could King Solomon have ever possibly foreseen his betrayalat her hands?
    • Subverted! Ren Gyokuen is revealed to really be Arba, who didn't show her true colors until Solomon decided to become the new god of Alma Torran. The Magi with the Empty Eyes close to Solomon was actually the good one, Sheba.
  • Shipping: Lots of it.
  • Ship Tease: The author gives to the relationship between Kouen and Hakuei some undeniable shipping vibes. IT'S TRUE!!! Even people in universe Lampshaded it!!
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • There's people out there that would prefer see Morgiana with Hakuryuu rather than Alibaba despite the Canonical evidence that shows she likes the latter.
    • Sinbad/Ja'far fangirls have the same problem with those who support Kougyoku in her crush.
    • And some people would prefer to have Alibaba and Kougyoku get together.
    • For Solomon there is a fight over whether it should be Sheba or Arba that he ends up with, and then there are those that like the Threesome Subtext and ship all three.
  • Ship Sinking: Sorry Alibaba/Morgiana fans, Alibaba found a girlfriend in Toto...wait, nope, Chapter 200 sank Alibaba/Toto. And Chapter 202 made sure that Alibaba/Toto ended up in the depths of the ocean. Then Chapter 203 all but confirms Alibaba/Morgiana, which is soon challenged by Kouen demanding that Alibaba marry Kougyoku.
  • Starboarding: Hakuryuu -> Morgiana.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The anime gets a lot of flack for this. Much of the manga material was cut throughout it's adaptation from the start and up to the end of the Balbadd arc. The episodes after the Balbadd arc however... are better off not going into. Let's just say that at this point, the anime started deviating greatly from the manga.
    • The odd part is that despite how much the manga content changed here, it still ends up following the manga again when the second season started; one of the few rare occurrences where the anime adaptation fixes itself... though this reaction for going the anime-original route in this portion of the manga still lingers somewhat.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Seishun.
    • Kouha suffers from this too. His feminine hairstyle and pinkish hair don't help much.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Kougyoku's girliness and crush on Sinbad makes her the target of LOTS of internalized misogyny. Some female members of the fandom discard her and compare her negatively to "stronger women" like Morgiana or other girls, sometimes under the guise of "feminism". Yeah, because pitting women against each other and tearing the "weaker" ones down is the most feminist thing EVER!
    • Not to mention even Sinbad himself acknowledges her fighting abilities as "above average" during their spar, and the fact that she was still able and raring to go after having cast Extreme Magic. In fact, it's funny how the only thing people only remember about her is her crush on him, when the first thing we see her do is effortlessly beat Uugo down so bad that even now Aladdin still can't directly contact him, after Judar struggled to do so.
  • World Of Woobie: Being a series in which bad things happen to good people, there are a lot of examples. Sahbmad is a straight up example of a Woobie.
    • Iron Woobie: Titus.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Cassim. Not really a nice guy, but he's had a really rough life. Matal Mogamett qualifies too, along with Princess Dunya.
    • Stoic Woobie: Morgiana.
    • Woobie: Kougyoku, worse in that she doesn't even know it.


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