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YMMV: Zettai Karen Children
  • Alternate Character Interpretation — Kyosuke, Affably Evil or Faux Affably Evil?
  • Angst? What Angst? — ....aaaannnnnddd on the three espers under his care practically never lose sleep about the legal and social discrimination they face, and frequently tease Minamoto for being a worry wart.
  • Brain Bleach — When the vacationing BABEL-ers see a giant monster that turns out to be a giant naked Tanizaki being projected by "The Little Mice" team
    Naomi: MY EYES ARE ROTTING!
  • Crazy Awesome: Taizo.
  • Draco in Leather Pants — In story example. No matter what Kyosuke does (see Moral Event Horizon below) Kaoru sees him as more tragic than villainous. Minamoto is considerably worried by this.
    • Kyosuke cheats. Image management is a lot easier when you can erase memories.
      • She eventually decides that he's too much of a villian for her to tolerate when he colony drops a satellite to distract them while he goes to rescue his followers.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Kaoru's promiscuous nature can sometimes get out of hand and may land her in jail and label her as a sex offender if it were to happen in real life.
    • Also, the abuse Minamoto takes from the girls can be extreme at times. While always Played for Laughs, slamming someone into a wall because of something they said isn't always the ideal response.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Minamoto. Even for a main character, something about a of dedicated parent figure with enough badass cunning to make Batman proud really resonants with fans.
  • Foe Yay — Kyosuke Hyobu With Minamoto. Lots with Minamoto. Crosses from subtext to text on several occasions, but is not reciprocated.
    • We can safely declare Minamoto/Kyosuke canon.
    • Lampshaded by Patty in this Comic.
    • Feather is openly flirting with Minamoto.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Hyobu wearing a school uniform stops being funny, when you learn that he wears them as a sign of mourning for his old comrades. He didn't have funeral clothes and another member gave them to him because they were black, and they are in honor of them.
  • Moe — The Children...and Minamoto.
    • As well as Kashiwagi, Bullet, Tin Toy, Yuuri, Akira, Hatsune, Naomi, and the children espers in general.
  • Les Yay: Yuuri, mostly where Kaoru is concerned.
    • Kaoru falls under another trope, but when she wants to follow Mary into the bath, the other Children are right behind her...
    • All three of Phantom Daughter's personalities towards Kaoru. The affection seems to be mutual.
  • Moral Event Horizon — It's really hard to understand any of the plight The Normal People say they suffer when what they do, such as blowing up bridges is a lot worse than what they accuse espers of doing. Also crossed by Black Phantom.
    • PANDRA and Hyobu leap over the horizon in chapter 161, when Hyobu brings down a satellite to crash on the city to distract BABEL. And in 163 Hyobu finally tries to kill Fujiko for real — only to be interrupted by Kaoru.
  • Nightmare FuelESPer Rampage In New York
  • Values Dissonance — Minamoto slapping Kaoru after she (verbally) lashes out at her family. Kaoru then retaliates in her usual style.
  • The Woobie: Nai.
    • All three of the Children under Suma. Doesn't stop them from giving as good as they get.

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