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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.

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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.
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  • 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 Ares no Tenbin (The Scales of Ares), which was announced on June of 2016, involves an Alternate Continuity of the first three games and an entirely new cast. It's set for release in 2018. Confirmed release for the Switch, PS4, and mobile devices. A TV sequel, The Seal of Orion, airs on October the same year about the new Inazuma Japan once again taking on the International Soccer Frontier.

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.
  • Another Strikers game was 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 released in Japanese cinemas in December 2012.

This series features examples of:

  • Artistic License – Sports: Pretty obviously. Most of the moves performed in the series either defy human limits, go against the laws of physics, or seem to be flat out magical. This is upped with GO, which introduces keshin, physical beings which players summon during matches, and then even further upped in Chrono Stone, and Galaxy, which introduce the concepts of mixi-maxing auras and transforming into giant animals called "Souls", respectively. The rules of soccer are very rarely in enforced properly, especially fouls. This makes the moments where they do follow the strict regulations of soccer stand out quite a bit. Red cards do come up a number of times, as do off-sides, disallowed goals, and players being punished by the officials for hurting people, but it's no where near as often as it should be.
    • Mixed-gender soccer teams were permitted by the Football Frontier Association in Galaxy, and in Ares no Tenbin, something which is something that is typically rare and limited in real life soccer (or most physical sports), both youth and pro.note 
  • A God Am I: All of the Zeus players, as their team's name suggests, use a performance-enhancing serum named Aqua of the Gods which gives them superhuman powers and makes them believe they're gods. Fittingly enough, their names are inspired by the Greek Mythology. Most prominently Aphrodi, who announces himself as a god a lot. He gets better after being defeated by Raimon and sets aside the Aqua of the Gods.
  • Accidental Athlete: Tsunami discovered he has a natural talent for soccer after Touko and Rika accidentally kicked the ball at him while he was surfing and manages to defend himself with a powerful kick. Megane even comments about his uncanny athletic skills.
  • Accidental Marriage: Ichinose eats Rika's special lovey-dovey okonomiyaki and ends up getting into something like this.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Goujin always gets Fire Tornado's name wrong, calling it Fire Lemonade. Even when Hiyori tells him the correct name.
  • Action Girl: Mainly in the second season, where every team from Aliea Academy has at least one girl (though still less than the boys) and there's also CCC Osaka Gals, which is an all-girl team. Touko and Rika (who is the captain of the aforementioned team) are the two girls from the main team. Kinako in Go.
  • Adaptation Distillation / Adaptation Expansion: Both. Minor plot points are removed while major ones are elaborated upon.
  • Adorkable: Midorikawa, formerly known as Reize, who claims that it took him a while to develop a convincing alien personality, the opposite of his real personality. Though he also has his moments of Angst when he feels inferior compared to the rest of Inazuma Japan. Also, Kageno. Every character can be adorkable, though.
  • 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 English
    • Subverted, as it seems that the aliens were actually kids given the power of the Aliea meteorite to be physically superior.
    • Later played straight in Galaxy with the actual aliens.
  • 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 in the Aliea Academy arc. After this, it becomes a running theme:
    • Jet Stream in the Football Frontier International arc.
    • No hissatsu uses this trope in the Holy Road arc of GO. However, the concept of Keshin Drawing is very much this; by taking energy from the entire team, a Keshin that was previously exhausted can be re-summoned.
    • Saikyou Eleven Hadou from the end of Chrono Stone. Also, the Grand Luster tactic, which involves passing the ball between all the team's players to gather energy and massively power up the next shot.
    • The Earth ∞ in the end of Galaxy.
  • Alternate Continuity: Ares no Tenbin. A lot of stuff that happened in the original trilogy did not happen to bring it about. Fubuki Atsuya and Kira Hiroto are not dead. The entire Aliea Arc never happened, and most importantly Raimon loses in the finals of the Football Frontier International, resulting in the original Raimon team going to other teams to act as reinforcements to strengthen them.
  • Ambiguously Brown:
    • Lots of characters are fairly dark-skinned. Tsunami makes sense since he's Okinawan, but Sakuma, Domon, Rika etc. remain a mystery.
    • Tetsukado from GO is an aversion, for being the son of a fisherman and spending a lot of time in the sun, but Amagi or Kurama are never disclosed.
  • Ambition Is Evil:
    • Kageyama became obsessed with winning after his father's career had been destroyed due to losing a soccer match to Daisuke, after which he started to lose every match he played.
    • Fudou became power hungry after his father lost his job and his family became poor. His mother told him to become strong and not end up like his father, but he mistook what she had said and took it to the wrong extremes.
  • 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-heartedly agrees to serve her which she states this trope.
  • Animal Battle Aura:
    • Many Hissatsu shoots have animal-themed auras. Dragon Crash, Beast Fang, Tiger Drive etc.
    • Galaxy introduces the power of Soul, which allows the user to transform into their spirit animal.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Mostly during the FFI arc where the entire world seems to speak flawless Japanese (with the exception of Mark and Dylan who occasionally slip in Gratuitous English).
  • Anime Hair: Many characters have this, to the point where it would be easier to tell the ones who don't.
    • Genda and Tsunami have some of the craziest hairstyles.
    • Tobitaka's bird-like hairstyle is very crazy, even for this show.
    • It starts getting really ridiculous in Chrono Stone when they introduce the Mixi-Max mechanic.
  • Anime of the Game
  • Arc Villain:
    • Inazuma Eleven / Football Frontier arc, Teikoku Academy and by extension Kageyama Reiji. Later Kageyama went off and formed Zeus, who becomes the actual Big Bad for this arc.
    • Inazuma Eleven 2: Threat of the Invaders / Aliea Academy arc, the eponymous Aliea Academy.
    • Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge to the World / Football Frontier International arc, at first glance doesn't seem to have an antagonist. Halfway through the season, Kageyama returns as Mr. K, but it turns out he was The Man Behind the Man; and Garshield was the real antagonist of the arc. By the end, there were no antagonists, with everybody else only becoming Friendly Enemies.
  • 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. In Go it's hinted that he is Aki's boyfriend.
    • Ootani Tsukushi is only a scout character in the original games, but in Ares no Tenbin she becomes a manager for Inakuni Raimon.
  • 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 tournaments became secret characters in Inazuma Eleven 3. The bands who composed the intro and outro themes for both games and animes were also featured as secret players.
  • 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 Adorable: Techniqually all the young characters, for being kids who can play soccer with fancy techniques and all of them get at least one badass moment that qualifies them. Toramaru, Fubuki, Tachimukai, Midorikawa, Kogure are all pretty adorable.
  • Badass Cape: Kidou and his Evil Counterpart Demonio wear capes while playing soccer, most likely for Rule of Cool.
  • Bag of Spilling: Stuff that carries over each game seems to be some of the characters' specials, nothing else.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Mt Olympus in the first GO game are billed as the Final Boss. The real Big Bad ends up subbing out the entire team at half time, and you face Dragon Link instead.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits:
    • Maji de Kansha! has this in spades. Gouenji appears several times in this opening, despite the fact he left Raimon after the second match against Gemini Storm. It also shows Gouenji and Fubuki making a combined shoot hissatsu, which isn't really true until the match against Genesis, and the overall tone of the opening is far from what you would expect from this arc.
    • Chrono Stone does this too with Jounetsu de Mune Atsu, but not in the way you would expect. It starts out with a poster of Raimon participating Football Frontier being burnt, and it follows similarly to Ohayou Shining Day; except Tenma is alone this time. Then after Nobunaga's arc, it goes through a Reverse Cerebus Syndrome.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Rika wears her soccer uniforms like this, tiying the edge of her t-shirts into a knot.
  • Battle in the Rain: The final match of the first GO game. Complete with the clouds parting revealing a rainbow once you win.
  • Becoming the Mask: Domon at first joined Raimon as a spy sent from Teikoku, but he ends up enjoying the team after seeing how hard the others were working.
  • Big Bad:
    • Kageyama Reiji, although he turns out to be The Dragon to the real big bad Garshield Bayhan.
    • Ishido Shuuji/Gouenji Shuuya in GO though he is actually The Dragon to the Man Behind the Man Senguuji Daigo.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Gouenji and Kidou are both protective of their younger sisters and have gone to great lenghts when their lives were threatened. For example, Gouenji was dropped of the team after the second match against Gemini Storm because he missed the goal on purpose in order to prevent some strange guys from hurting Yuuka and Kidou stopped contacting Haruna for six years and made a deal with his foster father to win three consecutive national tournaments in order to live together with her undele the same roof.
  • Big Eater:
    • Osaka's okonimayaki shop's practice point turns anyone into this and in the anime, they fight over the food they prepared.
    • Kabeyama is almost always seen eating and enjoying it and can eat a lot at once, if being able to have ten plates of noodles is any indication. Justified, due to being a big guy with a big belly.
    • Endou eats more compared to the rest of his teammates, though still less than Kabeyama.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Best friends Iwato and Hattori from Ares. The former is the biggest guy in Inakuni Raimon and the latter is the smallest.
  • Bishōnen: All the boys with long shiny hair, visible eyelashes and mostly androgynous features, such as Kazemaru, Aphrodi, Sakuma, Kirino etc. qualify for this.
  • Bland-Name Product: There are two teams in Ares whose sponsors are a refference to a real-life brand. Zeus' sponsor, God Bull, is a refference to Red Bull, while Minodouzan's sponsor, Hecom, is a refference to Secom.
  • Blinding Bangs: Kageno.
  • Blow You Away: Kazemaru and Tenma from Go both have wind-related techniques which also incorporate their high speed. Wind is one of the four attributes in the games, though not every character or hissatsu listed with a wind-attribute has this as an element (e.g.Fubuki has ice-related hissatsus and Tsunami has water-related ones, but they're both treated as wind users in the games).
  • Boss Remix: Any team that has a persistent Leitmotif, such as Teikoku and Zeus in the first game, and Genesis in the second, will have it remixed for their matches.
  • 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 with Atsuya. There's also Kazemaru in the second game, whose mounting self-confidence issues culminate in him actually succeeding in matching the superhuman Genesis in speed... only to be brutally put down. Even Endou got one in the anime after Kazemaru left the team.
  • Break the Haughty: Downplayed with Fudou. He hates being a benchwarmer and much to his displeasure, he was benched during the Asian preliminaries until the match against Fire Dragon in the preliminary finals, but it could've been much worse.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Someoka is the hot-headed, hard-hitter forward for Raimon, but he's a nice guy for the most part and eventually warms up to the other ace strikers like Gouenji and Fubuki.
  • Butt-Monkey: Megane in a nutshell. Among other things, he's one of Kogure's favourite victims, who scribbles in his magazines, always puts chilli sauce in his food and even when Megane tries to switch his plate off, he still gets pranked because Kogure put chilli sauce in that plate, too. He often doesn't get respect from his teammates, especially when he tries to brag about things they know he isn't good at or don't find impressing and in the third season, he often gets his Mr. Exposition job stolen or somebody else names a hissatsu before him.
  • Bulungi: Little Gigant represent the tiny African republic of Cotarl.
  • Call-Back: Joker Rains in the GO movie is a very obvious call back to Prime Legend, here's one simple hint if you don't see it, the users of both moves are the ace striker and the playmaker.
  • 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: Aside from the whole "superpowered soccer" thing, this is a big part of what makes the series so enjoyable.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Though most of Aliea Academy's players gained their incredible strength from exposure to the Aliea Meteorite, the strongest team of all, The Genesis, actually don't use the meteorite's power — instead, they surpassed their natural limits by training tirelessly against their empowered colleagues.
  • 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 often charms the girls and convinces them to give him information.
    • Endou himself, what with three of the four managers having feelings for him and Touko often claiming that her relationship with Endou is strictly platonic, but doesn't really come across as such.
  • 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:
    • There are many, many hissatsu techniques that involve two or three players.
    • Shoot chains are combinations of multiple hissatsu shots by definition.
  • Conspicuous CG: On later episodes, they animate the team's van through 3D models.
  • Cool Old Guy: Double subverted with Raimon OB, the old guys who used to be the legendary Inazuma Eleven team. Endou and the other kids were excited to have a friendly match with them, only for them to have lousy skills, due to not having played soccer in a while. However, after Coach Hibiki gives them a pep talk about how the kids look up to them and want to be like them one day, Raimon OB show their real strength and teach the kids some new hissatsu techniques.
  • Crossover: Inazuma Eleven GO vs Danball Senki W. Characters from Professor Layton, Danball Senki and Yo-Kai Watch 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.
  • Dance Battler: Michinari's technique, Flash Dance. He dances with a partner, whom he throws up in the air and the partner kicks the ball towards the goal. He was supposed to do it with Goujin, but Hiyori steals his place, much to Goujin's dismay.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Emperor Penguin No. 1 and Beast Fang are powerful techniques that put a severe strain on the user's body. A few uses is enough to send a player to the hospital and possibly injure them permanently.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The second game/second season of the anime, where it somehow managed to become a Psychological Horror thriller. It went from a typical soccer anime in comparison to a world invaded by aliens who destroy schools whenever their soccer clubs refuse to fight them or lose the match, kidnap the prime minister and destroy a statue. Character arcs are also darker, with the main plot of the season (aside from Raimon's attempts to get stronger and defeat Aliea) being Fubuki dealing with his Split Personality disorder.
    • The start of Inazuma Eleven GO deals with the main protagonists entering Raimon while the youth soccer world is under a strict regime where matches are rigged, the players have no say in the matter, and any team that slightly shows reluctance to comply with the rules has their coach replaced, a SEED player to organize and corrupt the team, or in Raimon's case, attempt to break their legs. With Tsurugi's change of heart, it gets better.
    • Chrono Stone had this at first, and the first opening clearly tried to get that across. After the Mixi-Maxing with Oda Nobunaga, the series goes through a Reverse Cerebus Syndrome. It resurfaced by the Ragnarok Tournament against Feida.
    • A more literal example with Matatagi, where he unleashes his dark side after Sazanaara Eleven's plan backfired spectacularly. To add to that, his new form's Azul is so dark and wretched that the Sazanaarans were paralyzed at fear just by looking at it.
  • 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, Kidou's, Fubuki's and Fuyuka's families, coach Hitomiko's little brother Hiroto, Ichinose or so we're led to believe and Endou Daisuke, who also turns out to be alive.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Kageyama is the Big Bad in the first game, but he's demoted to this when Garshield got introduced in the third game and is revealed to have worked for him all along.
  • Determinator: Just about everyone in Raimon in both series. Special mentions go to:
    • Endou wouldn't give up ever.
      • Deconstructed after the match against The Genesis. Kazemaru crosses his Despair Event Horizon and left Raimon, which put Endou into his Despair Event Horizon and destroyed his hopes. Reconstructed after Endou was motivated by Tachimukai to keep on fighting.
    • Also Tenma, being Endou's expy.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • In the GO Galaxy game, a new evolutionary level is introduced. For the True (真)[[note]]Shin line, its new final level is called God (神)note . This for the most part is fine; unless the name of your hissatsu starts with God, such as God Hand, God Wind, or God Knows.
    • There is also the new Burst (爆)note  level, which acts as a bridge between the True (真)note  and the Ultra/Superior/Zenith (超/絶/極)note  level. It's not nearly as bad as the previous example, but it might sound weird to say Baku Bakunetsu Screw (Burst Explosive Burst Screw).
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Distracted by the Sexy: There are a pair of skills, "Cool Up" for males and "Charm Up" for females, that increase the user's success rate against characters of the opposite gender. A few particularly effeminate boys also get the latter, and vice-versa.
  • Down to the Last Play
  • The Dragon:
    • Kageyama Reiji to Garshield, who doubles as The Heavy.
    • Throughout the series, Kageyama created several teams whose captains play the underling role to him: Kidou in Teikoku, Aphrodi in Zeus, Fudou in Shin Teikoku and Demonio in Team K. Eventually, everyone 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.
    • Clean Dub Name: In the Latin American dub, Mamoru and Kageno were changed to Satoru and Sombra note  respectively. 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 soccer? 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: Every character, hissatsu, and Keshin is associated with an element in the FuRinKaZan (except for the select few powerful techniques in GO that possess the Void attribute). Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors is in full effect, and moves that are the same element as the user are significantly more powerful.
  • 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 Chrono Stone they go back in time to get the power of two dinosaurs.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: At least one character a series, particularly associated with Teikoku or Genesis will have a hissatsu shot involving penguins empowering the ball at full force.
    • Koutei Penguin 1gou, 2gou, 3gou and X.
    • Space Penguins features penguins which wear adorable space-suits!
    • 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.
    • Haizaki from Ares has two penguin hissatsus: Overhead Penguin and Perfect Penguin, the latter being an evolution of the former.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: A lot of hissatsu wazas involve some kind of spinning: Death Zone, Spinning Shot, Fire Tornado, Flame Dance, etc.
  • Evil Duo:
    • Genda and Sakuma in Shin Teikoku.
    • Burn and Gazelle in Chaos.
    • Hakuryuu and Shuu in GO.
  • Evil Old Folks: The council of El Dorado is made up of old men.
  • Evil Plan: Kageyama makes one or two: destroy Raimon.
  • 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 characters are pretty much this when you think about it.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Sakuma wears one over his right eye and it seems to hide a red eye with black sclerae, although he was under the control of The Aliea Meteorite when his eyepatch had a hole in it and it might just be a side effect.
  • 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 became the Dark Emperors, the True Final Boss of the second game after Kenzaki gave them the remaining fragments of The Aliea Meteorite. It doesn't last very long.
  • Fake Crossover:
    • 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 suffered a bad accident when he jumped on the road in front of a car to save a puppy, leading Aki and Domon to believe that he had died. But he gets better with medical treatment and visits his friends in Japan to show them that he's alive and tells them the reason why he faked the death.
    • Daisuke, Endou's long-thought dead grandfather, turns out to be alive in the third arc.
    • Asuto's mother told him that his father moved overseas for a job and died in an accident, but he actually left the country to chase his soccer dreams and she couldn't go with him overseas, so she kept the truth about his father a secret. In episode 11, Asuto receives a letter from his mother where he finds out the truth and becomes more determined to continue to win the Football Frontier.
  • 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.
  • Fighting Spirit:
    • Keshins/Fighting Spirits in Inazuma Eleven GO, they appear from the spiritual energy of their user once it is mastered, it also severely drains the stamina of their user after usage. While it is rare for normal players to have one, it is the opposite for SEEDs. Keshins/Fighting Spirits can be fused, such as Shuu/Tezcat and Hakuryuu/Bailong creating Sei Kishi Arthur/Holy Sword Paladin Arthur
    • Later in Chrono Stone, Keshins/Fighting Spirits are capable of becoming one with the users. This technique is called Keshin Armed/Armourified Fighting Spirit, where the Keshin/Fighting Spirit is worn like an armor. In the games, this allows the player to reduce their TP consumption.
  • Fighting Your Friend: The true final enemy of the second game/season, the Dark Emperors, consists of the members of Raimon that were forced off the team throughout the story, hopped up on the power of the Aliea Meteorite.
  • 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 of the male characters are referred to by Last-Name Basis except, Toramaru, Hiroto and Arata in the original, Shinsuke, Tenma, Taiyou and Fei in Go and Asuto and Tatsuyanote  in Ares.
    • Aside from the aforementioned exceptions, the only boys who are called by their first names are the family members of the main characters, especially if said character is called by his last name. This includes Endou Daisuke (although he is sometimes on a Full-Name Basis instead), Fubuki Atsuya, Tsurugi Yuuichi, Kageyama Hikaru and Kira Hiroto.
    • Also all of the girls, albeit inconsistently. Most of them are called exclusively by their first names (especially if their last names are associated with their dads, as is the case for Natsumi and Fuyuka), but Aki and Haruna are sometimes called by their last names. The soccerplayer ones are on a First-Name Basis among their teammates, but the commentators address them by their last names (as is the case with all of the boys, including the ones mentioned above).
    • Also, in the dub, most of the characters are called by their first names.
  • 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 revolve around one gimmick. Let's see, we have the occult team Occult, the animal team Nose, the sci-fi team Mikage Senou, the otaku team Shuuyou Meitou, the ninja team Sengoku Igajima and the god team Zeus.
    • In Go, we have the (academic) nerd team, another sci-fi team, another occult team, the famous universities team, the pirate team... and that's just the regionals.
  • Gender Flip: Zhuge Liang is a girl in this show instead of a boy like in the book.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Gouenji loves doing this with flaming soccer balls whenever someone is struggling.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Subverted with Kidou and Demonio. 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. Played straight with Dylan, though. Same with Amagi, who wears his goggles on his chin and just looks ridiculous.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Fubuki's teammates realize he becomes a different, more agressive player when his position changes from defender to forward, but at first they don't know he's under the control of his brother's split personality when that happens.
  • Graduate from the Story: Most of the characters graduate at the end of the first series, which takes part one year after Inazuma Japan's final match.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • Mark and Dylan sometimes slip into this Justified, for being American.
    • Endou likes to say "Don't mind, don't mind!", "Thank you!" and "sakka".
    • "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.
    • Most hissatsu techniques have at least partially-English names. Most sound pretty cool even to an English speaker's ear, but not all of them.
  • 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: Many characters that start off as bad guys have a change of heart later. A list of characters who remain evil until the end would be much shorter, but here we go.
    • After Kidou finds out that Kageyama tries to destroy Raimon just so the team he coaches would get an instant win, Teikoku realize what a horrible person he is and stop following his orders. Kidou later joins Raimon after his teammates are badly injured by Zeus in order to defeat the team which curb-stomped the rest of Teikoku and stays there for the rest of the series.
    • After Raimon defeat Zeus, Aphrodi sets aside the Aqua of the Gods and starts playing his own soccer. He later offers to join Raimon during the match against Aliea's Diamond Dust, but leaves it after being injured when he tries to break through Chaos' defense. In season three he's an opponent again, but is more of a Friendly Enemy than a bad guy.
    • The entire Aliea Academy (except Epsilon, who befriended Raimon earlier in the season) at the end of season 2 after Kira Seijirou realizes that using the Aliea Meteorite on the children from his orphanage to create the strongest teams in Japan was a mistake. Hiroto and Midorikawa join Inazuma Japan in season 3.
    • So does Fudou, although it takes a longer time for him to be trusted due to his past with Kageyama and his arrogant personality.
    • Even Kageyama has a change of heart after Fideo reminds him of how he loved watching his father play soccer before his career was destroyed and that he actually still loves it, despite claiming to hate it. However, this leads to another trope.
    • In GO, Tsurugi starts of as Raimon's Token Evil Teammate, but he fully drops off Fifth Sector before the match against Teikoku after his brother finds out that he's involved with them in order to help him walk again and he wants Raimon to lose so he can receive the money for Yuuichi's surgery, but his brother convinces not to worry about him and help his teammates win.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After Kageyama turns good, he's killed when he's run over by a car set by Garshield, who makes his death seem like an accident. However, he's brought back to life.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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 R.R.O.D.:
    • Koutei Penguin 1gou and Beast Fang are Dangerous Forbidden Techniques that put a severe strain on the user's body after using them because their power is too much for the user to handle. Sakuma and Genda use these techniques respectively after they join Shin Teikoku and get in the danger of being unable to move after the match ends, especially the former, who uses his technique three times and collapses to the ground at the end. They appear again in episode 56 and appear to have mostly healed, although Sakuma's leg is still a bit injured.
    • The Avatars in GO can 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.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": The kid whom Asuto refers to as the coach's lackey is indeed named Lee Lakey. Lampshaded by Hattori.
  • 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 who techniqually, also played for Italy' team sometimes.
  • Hollywood Healing: Zig-zagged. Characters sometimes get injured during the games, usually in their legs, but depending on the situation, they will sometimes only be put on the bench and recover soon after the match ends. Other times, their injuries take more time to recover and have to be taken off the team for a while as a result.
  • Hot-Blooded: Endou surely gives his all when it comes to his favourite game and is often described by others as the biggest soccer freak because of his passion for it.
  • Human Sacrifice: Well, not to the point that they'll actually die (this is a kids show), but Sacrifice plays it straight.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Most of the time, the main characters, with their determination and Heroic Spirit, will try and be able to continue to play, even after taking heavy blows from the opponents.
  • An Ice Person:
    • The second game/season introduces two ice-themed teams: Fubuki's Hakuren and Gazelle's Diamond Dust.
    • Hiura Kirina from Ares has the pass hissatsu Ice Arrow, which allows him to freeze the ball before kicking it up high in the air. When he has a "cool prince showdown" with Shirou in the Hakuren match, he's described as "Ice Smile Prince Hiura Kirina".
  • Idiot Hero: Endou can be really thick sometimes. His successor, Tenma, isn't much better.
  • Improvised Training:
    • Being a goalkeeper Endou usually practices by punching a tire tied to a tree which he tries to stop with his hand in order to exercize his catching.
    • The whole point of Special Practice system; pushing a noodle cart, making snowmen, kicking trees, etc.
  • Informed Attractiveness: 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.[insert proverb]": First said by Reize after Gemini Storm defeated Raimon for the first time and was about to destroy their school and later said by Natsumi after Raimon finally defeated Gemini Storm.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Tobitaka is the former leader of a gang of delinquents who used to be known as "Tobi The Kicker" due to his excessive use of kicks in his fights. 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.
  • 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 doesn't respect Ibuki, is because Ibuki believes himself to be enough. After Ibuki learns his lesson, Shindou opens up more to him.
  • Joke Character: Plenty, but Megane is probably the only one you actually get for the story mode.
    • Lethal Joke Character: In GO, Megane's Luck is above-average, but it's still useless since his overall stats is pathetic. With the Mixi-Max mechanic in Chrono Stone, you can give a portion (which is still a lot compared to the average Luck most players can get) of Megane's Luck to somebody with a better kick stat. As an added bonus, you can give him skills such as Jinx!note , Critical!note , or Lucky Plus for added effects. If even that doesn't satisfy you, the Keshin he comes with when you recruit him gives everyone 30 Luck.
    • Ever since Inazuma Eleven 2, Megane learns some of the strongest moves in the game by the time he gets to level 99.
      • In Inazuma Eleven 2, he learns God Break.
      • In Inazuma Eleven 3, he learns Chaos Break.
      • In Inazuma Eleven GO, he learns Fuurinkazan Destroyer.
      • In Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone, he learns Saikyou Eleven Hadou.
      • Lastly, in Inazuma Eleven GO: Galaxy, young Megane learns Saikyou Eleven Hadou, and adult Megane learns The Earth ∞. Consider this as well when you're planning to do the Mixi-Max mentioned before.
    • Wonderbot in Galaxy is also this. Despite how pathetic his stats look (even Megane had a stat above 150), his real perk comes from the fact that he gets 400 points to use for training. With this, Wonderbot can be good in any position; at the cost of sucking at everything else. In fact, that isn't even that big of a flaw; as you can just rely on everyone else to cover for his flaws.
  • Just for Pun: Aliens from Aliea. Alieans are aliens. However, 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.
  • 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 Japanese male characters. However, there are exceptions.
    • Most of the FFI characters are referred to exclusively by their first names. However there are exceptions with Roniejo, Blasi, and Henktacker. The first two aren't even on a first name basis with their own teammates.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Raimon as well as the members of Inazuma Japan in GO.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Natsumi. Justified at first, because due to being an Ojou, she had other people to cook for her and didn't have any culinary skills as a result. When she tried to make onigiri for the first time, it had a weird form and it was too salty. Ten years later in GO, she learnt to cook food that looks good, but still tastes bad.
    • Tachimukai has a tendency to make food so spicy he's the only one able to eat it.
  • Lighter and Softer: The beginning of season 3 is much lighter than the Raimon vs Aliea Academy conflict of season 2 with drama more associated between the Inazuma Japan members, training for the international tournament as opposed to stopping super soldiers for war, and overal facing a lighter tone with the core ideals of having fun and getting better. After the beginning of Inazuma Eleven Go, the series has progressed after all of Raimon fully agrees to fight for the rebellion while retaining their love for soccer.
    • The Galaxy series is also lighter (despite Matatagi's dark side) then the drama-heavy, soccer warfare, time-traveling, and Social Darwinst plot in Chrono Stone.
    • Ares returns to a upbeat theme about the new Raimon becoming the national champions with less stakes than the previous two seasons, though the death of Asuto's mom, Haizaki's backstory, and Nosaka's motivations keep the season a lot more balanced.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Mostly a straight example, with most characters rarely wearing anything else other than their soccer jerseys and/or tracksuits and their school uniforms. However, it's sometimes combined with Unlimited Wardrobe. Casual outfits appear from time to time and in the later series they start appearing more, but there's still usually only one casual outfit per character. Chrono Stone in particular zig-zags between these tropes, with everybody having a different casual outfit, depending on the era.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The first three games have over 2000 characters in total, with almost everyone being recrutable and up to 100 being allowed on the team at any time.
    • The anime is a downplayed example compared to the games, but with 15 members introduced in the first season, 6 more introduced in the second, 7 more in the third (whether they're new characters, like Toramaru and Tobitaka, or former rivals introduced in the earlier seasons, like Hiroto), 4 managers and 3 coaches, there are still enough main characters to qualify for this trope.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: The map theme in GO. It's got an epic guitar riff you'll probably never hear because you're unlikely to spend more than a few seconds there.
  • 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 have 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 in different timelines in order to please the shippers.
      • Although, this event in Chrono Stone isn't considered canon even in terms of the Inazuma Eleven multi-timeline by most people due to the fact that the other "alternative dimension events" involve such insane things as playing super-dimensional soccer with a soccer-skilled-Layton and Sangoku getting a keshin of the wrong playing position (something which is impossible to happen). More likely then not they're just events put in for laughs, rather then to be taken seriously.
  • 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.
    • Several of the players could probably count for this as well.
  • Magic Meteor: The Aliea Meteorite, a glowing hunk of space crystal that gives those exposed to it superhuman physical abilities.
  • 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? A brief rundown of the most notable examples:
    • Fubuki Shirou: Fubuki literally means "blizzard", and Shirou is a pun on "shiro", meaning "white".
    • Touko: The "tou" means "tower", after her signature move The Tower. ("Ko" just means "child", a common suffix for girls' names.)
    • Tsunami is a pun on the eponymous natural disaster
    • Tenma means "Pegasus"
    • Taiyou means "Sun"
    • Tsurugi means "Sword"
    • Kazemaru means "wind circle"
    • Endou Mamoru is a pun on "endo o mamoru", means "to protect/defend the end" ("end" in the soccer jargon sense).
    • The dub gives us a minor NPC named Tsun Derrey.
  • Megaton Punch: Well, it's called megaton ''head'', but Endou creates a giant fist above his head. And if you haven't seen it before, you should watch it, because it is awesome.
  • Mood Whiplash: All of the trailers for the GO video games.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Rushe can be seen as one for Kageyama. Back when he was still a villain and shortly before he becomes a good guy, she's the only character he ever does a genuine act of kindness to by paying for her hospitalization bills to restore her eyesight. And before Garshield kills him, a move which he anticipated, he gives her a music box as a gift.
    • In the beggining, Tsurugi Kyosuke in GO is hostile towards the others from Raimon and only plays soccer in order to win money for his older brother Yuuichi's operation. His concern about his brother and the fact that he can only win the money if he makes Raimon lose causes him to intentionally score in his own team's goal, but after Yuuichi convinces him that he doesn't need to do that, he has a full change of heart.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: In Ares, Eisei Gakuen's sponsor is called "Alien", a refference to its members being the same children who were part of Aliea Academy in the original series.
  • National Stereotypes: The Football Frontier International arc is dripping with these. For example, America's team's goalkeeper is a cowboy, several Americans (including Mark and Dylan) are blond and blue-eyed, Teres from Argentina's team is dark-skinned and Brazil's team is entirely made of people saved from poverty.
  • 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.
    • Galaxy nerfed a large number of moves from Chrono Stone as well as the Keshin Armed mechanic, which now only reduces TP costs instead of nullifying them completely.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Certain characters gain new hissatsu techniques or improved soccer prowess. Some comes from off screen training and potential, some are foreshadowed, and others just come out of the blue.
  • New Transfer Student:
    • Gouenji is introduced as one in the first episode, transferring from Kidokawa to Raimon because of his sister's accident.
    • Domon transfers from Teikoku and joins Raimon's soccer club at first as a spy, but ends up enjoying his new team and later joins it for real. However, him and Ichinose go back to their school in America in the third arc and graduate there.
    • Kidou transfers to Raimon after his team Teikoku is defeated by Zeus in order to defeat the latter team and avenge the former.
    • Everybody from Raimon becomes this in Ares no Tenbin. After losing to the Spanish team Barcelona Orb, they split up and transfer to different schools in Japan as reinforcement commitees in order to strenghten Japan's soccer before going to face the world. Aki and Haruna also transfer to Tonegawa Tousen and Seishou Gakuen respectively, even though, according to Word of God, the managers weren't obligated to do the same.
    • Inakuni Raimon are also this. After their old soccer club from Inakuni gets destroyed, they go to the main land and become the new Raimon team. Haizaki later becomes one, transfering to Raimon before the match against Outei Tsukinomiya in the finals, in a similar way to Kidou in the first series.
  • Nice Hat:
    • Max wears a pink and blue hat with cat ears during the day and in episode 23 he shows that he wears a hat with a similar design (but colored differently) even when he sleeps. In fact, the former one is nice enough that in the second to last episode during the one-year timeskip, there can be seen some kids wearing a similar hat.
    • Touko wears a blue one with a white stripe and some yellow dots.
  • 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 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).
  • Numerological Motif: In GO, most of Dragonlink's players have go, meaning "five", somewhere in their names. Their dub names likewise include various languages' words for the number five. In either case, this refers to their status as Fifth Sector's ultimate team.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Implied to be the case with Akane, as seen in episode 7 of Ares. Haizaki is trying to help her recover from her unresponsive state, but she actually responds to Nosaka when Haizaki isn't there and is perfectly able to talk, as seen in episode 13. Fully confirmed in the last couple of episodes, where it's revealed that Akane continued to pretend she didn't recover from her coma even after she did in order for Nosaka to investigate more about the Ares no Tenbin programme and it's negative side effects.
  • 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.
    • Again not considered the offical couple, and not even considered canon to the Inazuma Eleven multi-timeline/universe, but Chrono Stone has an alternative dimension event where Endou gets brainwashed and let's the player choose his wife: Natsumi, Aki or Fuyuka. Considering the nature of some of the other alternative dimension events, this is probably just a scenario put in for laughs/the sake of the shipping fans.
    • 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: The anime version of Shinjinrui The Genesis. The "wordless aaahh-ing" variation also shows up in Zeus's theme.
  • 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 in the dub. Then he meets Mark Evans. Manga Moe, one of the characters from season 1, is also named Mark in the dub, but this is less of a problem because he's mostly called by his nickname.
    • Akane is both the name of one of the managers from GO and Haizaki's childhood friend from Ares.
  • Opposing Sports Team: As a soccer anime, Raimon faces many opposing teams and rivals, prominently Teikoku Gakuen (Royal Academy) and Zeus, while the threat of Aliea Academy and the International tournament adding more sports teams ready to defeat Raimon and Inazuma Japan.
  • Optional Party Member: Listing them all would probably take half a lifetime.
  • Order vs. Chaos: In GO the main conflict is between Fifth Sector's managed soccer and Raimon's free soccer.
  • Otaku: Megane. At one point they fight a team of Otaku, and in the anime proves he is More Otaku Than Them.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Even for a series where soccer is Serious Business.
    • The Aliea Academy arc was built on this idea alone, as one wouldn't expect aliens using soccer as a method of World Domination.
    • Raimon later becomes this to Aliea Academy, while at first were merely minor distractions, are later able to hold up against the Aliea Academy's stronger teams. Subverted, as Raimon opposing Aliea Academy was a part of Seijirou's plan.
    • Kenzaki giving the injured Raimon players, Nishigaki, Shadow, and Sugimori the Aliea crystal to create Dark Emperors.
    • In Chrono Stone, Protocol Omega and El Dorado is this. Soccer mysteriously faded from mystery after Holy Road, because El Dorado has ordered Protocol Omega to remove soccer from this world.
    • Fei is this to El Dorado, as this time traveler saved Tenma, and not even El Dorado knew who he is.
  • Parental Abandonment: Quite a few characters have either one or both parents missing.
    • Between the main characters, Endou is the only one with both parents alive. Gouenji's mother is dead, Kidou's biological parents died in a plane crash and was adopted by an apparently single father and Fubuki lost both of them, along with his brother, in an avalanche accident.
    • The girls don't have it much better. Natsumi and Touko don't seem to have mothers, while Rika doesn't seem to have a father. Fuyuka's biological parents died in a car accident and was adopted by Coach Kudou. Still, she doesn't appear to have a mother. Haruna is a subversion, because even though she lost her biological parents in the same plane crash as Kidou, she's happy with her current family, which consists of both parents.
    • Kogure's mother abandoned him at a train station when he was young, which is what caused him to become a Jerkass who doesn't trust other people. Kariya from GO has a similar backstory and Freudian Excuse, because he was abandoned at the Sun Garden orphanage at 11 years old and didn't trust anyone there.
    • Kageyama's father abandoned his family after losing to Endou Daisuke and his career was destroyed and his Ill Girl mother died shortly after that. This is the main reason why he wants to destroy soccer.
  • 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 are found in a desert area, an icy tundra area and a beach/water area, areas which are in close proximity to each other. Consideing they're artificial and separated by walls, this is not really unusual.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Kazemaru, Edgar and many other minor characters have hair over one eye.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Sugimori and Mikage Senou in general show little to no positive emotion. 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, famous for voicing goofy Hot-Blooded protagonists voices main character Endou, who is exactly the same.
  • Player Exclusive Mechanic: In Galaxy, players can evolve moves using the Ultimate Evolution Manual, reaching a level that greatly surpasses their previous levelnote . Of course, the computer finds ways to get through this.
  • Playing with Fire: Mainly Gouenji, though other characters have fire-related techniques as well, such as Burn.
  • Pointless Bandaid: Kurimatsu and Kuramada in GO both wear bandaids on their nose.
  • Power Copying:
    • Tachimukai easily learnt Endou's God Hand and Majin The Hand hissatsus, the former which he mastered just after watching him do it on television.
    • Neo Japan, a team consisting mostly of random members from season 1's teams and a few from season 2. It's members were able to learn from each other their special techniques, like Saginuma learning God Knows from two Zeus players.
    • The function of the Mixi Max gun in Chrono Stone also one user to gain the powers of another person or player such as Nobunga's intellect & power for Shindou or strength and speed of a T-Rex for Fei.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow:
    • Genda, Sakuma, and most of the Dark Emperors get longer hair when under the influence of the Aliea Meteorite.
    • Most of the Mixi-Max's shown in the show also fall under this.
  • The Power of Friendship: An important theme in the show.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Certain hissatsu techniques tend to give the protagonists wings. These include:
    • Aphrodi's shoot-type hissatsu techniques (God Knows, God Break) involve him growing wings and flying up into the sky before kicking the ball with his light energy. Another one, Chaos Break, is a combination hissatsu which gives him wings and combines his light with Burn' s fire and Gazelle's ice.
    • Saginuma learns Aphrodi's God Knows hissatsu from two Zeus members during Neo Japan's match versus Inazuma Japan. This is just one of the many techniques Neo Japan's members teach each other.
    • Mark Kruger also has The Icarus, flying high in the air with its wings to blind the opponent with the light from the sun increasing the frequency from its wings.
  • Power Trio: Inazuma Eleven tends to mix it up per season. Though only The Smart Guy usually gets replaced per season.
    • Endou, Gouenji, and Kidou in the original series. They're also known as the Break Trio because they are the main users of Inazuma Break.
    • Endou, Gouenji, and Fubuki in the Aliea Academy arc. They're also (very rarely) called the Earth Trio since they are the main users of The Earth, which also doubles as a pun on the arc's main villains being aliens.
    • Endou, Gouenji, and Toramaru in the Football Frontier International arc.
    • Tenma, Shindou, and Tsurugi in GO. They even have consecutive uniform numbers to boot (8, 9, and 10 respectively). They are sometimes known as the Gryphon Trio as they combine their Keshins to create Matei Gryphon.
    • Tenma, Tsurugi, and Fei in Chrono Stone. A downplayed example, as they are far less obvious compared to previous trios.
    • Galaxy returns to the Gryphon Trio as they are the only members from Raimon's soccer club to play for Earth Eleven.
    • Ares does something different with its three protagonists: Asuto, Haizaki and Nosaka. Instead of all three being Raimon members, Haizaki and Nosaka are from different schools. According to Word of God, he changed the concept in order for fans to emphatise with opponent teams.
  • Put on a Bus: Aside from Endou, Kabeyama and Megane, all the boys from the original team are put on a bus in season 2 and get replaced by new characters, only for them to come back at the end of the season.
    • Quite a few characters get injured after Gemini Storm curb-stomp the team, badly enough to stay in the hospital for a long time. The same characters are put on a bus again at the start of season 3, because none of them except Max are selected to join Inazuma Japan and not even him gets accepted.
    • Gouenji is dropped of the team by Hitomiko after the second match against Gemini Storm due to getting distracted and missing all goals. Unlike the others, however, he comes back halfway through the season after training in Okinawa and reveals that he intentionally missed those goals because of some strangers who threatened him to harm his sister.
    • Someoka tries to perfect the new hissatsu he created with Fubuki inspite of his leg injury, but this makes his injury worse and is dropped off by Hitomiko as a result.
    • Kazemaru leaves the team after the much stronger Genesis curb-stomp Raimon and make him cross the Despair Event Horizon, followed soon by Kurimatsu, who becomes very sad due to Kazemaru's departure. In the game, both of them get injured, instead. They return and join Inazuma Japan in season 3, bur Kurimatsu leaves after his injury in the match with the Empire.
  • Psychological Thriller: Some of the character arcs can fall under this, to name a few example.
    • Fubuki Shirou in the Aliea Academy arc and his unstable multiple personality disorder.
    • Fei Rune in Chrono Stone, who by the last moments of Chrono Stone; showed just how serious his parental issues is.
    • Matatagi Hayato in Galaxy is unexpectedly cynical about people because of how materialistic the people around him were when his family is struggling to live, and his mother hospitalized.
  • Real Time with Pause: Some events, such as the opportunity to steal the ball, will trigger an automatic pause if they recquire the player to choose one of several actions, in this case he can choose between a regular tackle and a sliding tackle.
  • Reality Ensues: One of the plot points in Chrono Stone is that a really violent soccer match was suspended half-way through by the officials after it becomes clear that one team is playing just for the sake of hurting the members of the other.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Several antagonists such as Kidou and Aphrodi have red eyes (the latter is a straighter example, though, since the former almost always wears eye-obscuring goggles). There's also Epsilon Remastered, whose members get completely red glowing eyes when they return to face off Raimon again after their last match ended in a tie.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Fire elemental Burn is red and ice elemental Gazel is blue. They even have color-coded hairstyles, though Gazelle's hair is more of a light grey rather than blue.
    • Kidou is the calm and calculated blue compared to Jerk with a Heart of Gold Fudou and his Evil Counterpart Demonio Strada, but becomes the red when compared to the more idealistic Fideo.
    • Fubuki Shirou is the gentle and calm blue oni in contrast to his much more agressive and Hot-Blooded brother Atsuya, who is the red. He's also the blue to Someoka's red, who's equally hot-headed as (though much nicer than) Atsuya. Doubles as Color-Coded for Your Convenience, as Shirou has light bluish-grey hair, while Someoka and Atsuya have pink hair.
    • Gouenji (blue) and Endou (red), Kurimatsu (red) and Kabeyama (blue)... let's just say there seems to be a lot of these.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kogure putting chili sauce in people's food.
    • Kageno appearing out of nowhere and scaring other people.
    • Endou getting distracted while training with a tire tied to a tree and consequentially getting hit by it.
    • Kabeyama always has to go to the bathroom when nervous.
    • In the second season, Touko often comes across as a love interest to Endou for Aki and Natsumi, only for her to claim that their relationship is just platonic. Sometimes, she intentionally acts like his love interest to annoy them.
    • In the third season, Rika trying to lie about things which are obviously not true and the other girls naturally don't get fooled.
    • Megane often has his job done by someone else in the show's third season.
    • Natsumi being a terrible cook counts if you consider the franchise as a while. This is referenced once or twice in the first series and it carries on in GO when she regularly cooks for Endou as his wife.
    • 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).
    • In Ares, Goujin's obsession with "Fire Lemonade" and Hiroto getting cut-off when he tries to call himself the "God Striker".
  • 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.
  • Sailor Fuku: Averted with the girls' uniforms, although the boys still wear a traditional gakuran. Later played straight in Ares with Aki, whose Tonegawa Tousen uniform is a white and green seifuku.
  • Say My Name:
    • The first season finale has everybody shouting Endou's name after he gets knocked down, which helps him stand up and complete Majin the Hand.
      "ENDOU! ENDOU! ENDOU! CAPTAIN! ENDOU!! MAMORU!!
    • Something similar happens in the second season finale, where Aki starts shouting Raimon's name and soon everybody who's not on the field, including people who watch the match on TV, follow her. Once again, this helps Endou and the others stand up and Endou uses his God Hand one last time to free the Dark Emperors from the meteorite's influence.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Fubuki has one. It originally belonged to his brother and he loses it after he gets over his problems. In Ares, the scarf belongs only to his brother.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Most of the glasses-wearing Big Bads 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.
  • Secret A.I. Moves: Neo Raimon, Red Team, and White Team in Inazuma Eleven 3: The Ogre
  • 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, abilities to get away from intently injury other players without triggering a foul or a red card, aliens using soccer to take over the world, 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.
    • That's not even getting into the soccer itself. When the pre-teen to young teen soccer players are fully willing to fly into space to kick the soccer ball with the force of a literal supernova or drop the entire sky on the target just to score a goal or summon literal gods to stop these cataclysmic attacks, things have definitely gotten a little bit over the top.
  • 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: The dub of the anime (but not the games) turns Miyasaka and Gazelle into girls. It's especially odd since they still use the names from the games, so their names are Miles and Bryce.
  • 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.
    • Season 3 gives us Endou and Fuyuka., as the game version has ship tease for Natsumi and Rococo.
    • A little bit with Tsunami and Touko, but it doesn't get anywhere. Quite a bit with Ichinose and Aki in Season 3 as well. Inazuma Eleven Go hints at Aki and Ichinose dating.
    • 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 
  • Shirtless Scene: There are a few scenes where most of the boys from the main team are shirtless and change their clothes (e.g.before the match against Zeus), but the only character who appears consistently shirtless is Surfer Dude Tsunami.
  • Shout-Out: The dubbers went hog wild with pop culture references in minor characters' names:
  • Shower Scene: In the first episode of Ares, Haizaki and Kidou talk about Raimon as they take a shower.
  • Significant Anagram: The dub of GO has the leader of Fifth Sector: Alex Zabel -> Axel Blaze.
  • 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: Senguuji's son Yamato is arrogant and overconfident about being part of Dragonlink, the strongest team of Fifth Sector, but his teammates rely too much on on their Avatars, without which they're nothing, and their overconfidence in them leads to their downfall.
  • 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.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Deconstructed, while this trope did cause Raimon to significantly improve in the Aliea Academy arc, it also broke many of Raimon's players. This trope is a big reason why Kazemaru was Slowly Slipping Into Evil and became a part of the Dark Emperors.
  • Split-Screen Reaction: Raimon's protagonist tends to show their reactions a lot in unison to major event on screen together, with even all 11 members and the supporting characters reactions at the same time.
  • Spoiler Opening: Maji de Kansha! showing silhouettes of Desarm and Gran, showing that there's more to Aliea Academy than just Gemini Storm.
  • Spoiler Title:
    • The episode where Inazuma Japan lose their only match (against The Empire) is called "Absolute Despair! Inazuma Japan loses?!".
    • The fact that the last GO trilogy is called Inazuma Eleven GO: Galaxy should've clued you that aliens are involved.
  • Sprite/Polygon Mix: The first three games.
  • 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.
    • 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: The Aqua of the Gods/Ambrosia used by Zeus gives its players superhuman abilities. The Aliea Meteorite does the same to an even greater degree.
  • Super Soldier: Aliea Academy's players were trained with their abilities and soccer potential enhanced from the Aliea meteorite in order to train Genesis, Kira's true desire for super soldiers: Genesis. They trained to beat the other members of the Aliea meteorite and got stronger without being possessed at the cost of needing limiters
    • In the movie, Ogre was surgically designed to become time soldiers to destroy the fun of people who enjoy soccer.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Megane lampshades this trope after being subverted during the match versus Shuuyou Meito. While he is scolding them for cheating during the match using dirty tricks inspired from animes, one of them steals his ball and scolds him for interrupting him during his lecture.
  • Talking to Themself: The Fubuki brothers talk to each other in Shirou's mind, usually with help from a mirror.
  • Team Spirit: Whether its Endou, Tenma, or Asuto, when one member of the team convinces the other team they can win when they work together and try, this often results in Determinator levels reaching very high, new hissatsu techniques, or even the antagonistic teams performing better.
  • Teen Genius: A lot of the middle schoolers are proficient intellectually, athletically, in some case: both, or has a skill that can benefit their team in a soccer match.
    • 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.
    • Averted in some cases, in particular goalkeepers are notorious for being very tall and built. A lot of them are either taller than their coaches are or nearing their height.
  • 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:
    • Nose's players are named or nicknamed after animals, which usually match their designs and behaviours. Niwatori's nickname means "chicken".
    • Zeus' players, named after gods and goddesses. Their captain Aphrodi is named after the goddess of beauty.
    • The managers are named after the Japanese seasons: Aki means autumn, Haru(na) means spring, Natsu(mi) means summer and "Fuyu"ka means winter.
    • The managers in GO are named after colors: Ao(i) means blue, Aka (ne) means red and Midori means green.
    • Protocol Omega's members (except for Beta and Gamma) take their dubbed names from the letters of the NATO Military Alphabet.
  • 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: Many of the characters go through tramuatic events, and while some characters have been diagnosed for the physical problems such as Yuuichi and Taiyou in Go, others such as Fubuki were forced to overcome their tragdies in mentally painful fashion. Thankfully, many of them are able to recover for the better.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: In Episode 78 (Fuyuka's Ultimate Secret Technique Plan!!) One of Fuyuka's attempts to help Endou come up with a new powerful football move is to share a ice cream sundae together. Endou gets baffled by what Fuyuka is trying to do until he figures out she wanted to help with his training. After that Endou decides to show Fuyuka the tire by the tower that he trains with. When they leave the ice cream parlour they discard the sundae that they didn't eat at all.
  • This Is a Drill: Desarm's Drill Smasher. Baddap's Death Spear also looks and sounds like one.
  • The Thing That Goes "Doink!": First seen in episode 38 whenever the scene changes from wherever the main cast is to Seijirou and Kenzaki.
  • Time Police: What Protocol Omega of Chrono Stone essentially are.
  • Time Travel: The first movie and GO's second season involve this.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Touko and Rika respectively. While they're both Genki Passionate Sports Girls, Touko is the more straight-forward one and not really interested in feminine stuff, while Rika is more interested in romantic stuff and other cute things.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Coach Hitomiko's training of Neo Japan also counts as she puts them through intense training: tanking multiple hissatsu shots for basic defense, practicing shoots that nearly broke Desarm's former self and lead him to focus only on victory, and shook them to their core that they become completely different people once they challenge Inazuma Japan.
  • 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, who always find a way to win in the end, no matter how stronger the opponents are, but completely subverted with Tachimukai's team.
    • Subverted when Inazuma Japan loses the match against The Empire. But it plays a role in their development, so it all works out in the end.
    • Also subverted in the second episode of Ares, where Inakuni Raimon stand no chance against the number one ranked team Seishou Gakuen and are beat with a score of 1-10. Played straight with all their subsequent matches, however. With their coach's strategies and lots of training, they always manage to stay on top.
  • 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.
  • V-Formation Team Shot: At the end of the Katte Nakou Ze! opening video.
  • Villain Team-Up: In the second season, after they're both defeated, Prominence and Diamond Dust merge to form Team Chaos.
  • 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.
  • Wham Episode: In the first GO game:
    • Chapter 10: Tenma finds out that the one who saved his life when he was younger was the current Holy Emperor of Fifth Sector... but he also may be more sympathetic than he seems.
    • Chapter 11, oh boy... Tenma finding out the friend he made in hospital is his next opponent is just the start. Tenma gets an evolved Avatar, and he, Shindou and Tsurugi fuse their Avatars together into one super-Avatar, and Shindou gets heavily injured to the point that Tenma has to replace him as captain.
    • Chapter 1 of the Chrono Stone game was already a Wham Episode in itself, somehow it seems that soccer is wiped clean from the face of the earth; Tenma himself being the only one who actually remembers soccer. Then Alpha shows himself to Tenma and reveals that he has travelled through time and erased soccer, he later deflected the soccer ball that Gouenji used to save Tenma; which injured him and removed his passion for soccer. Since it doesn't work, Alpha and Protocol Omega beats up Tenma until Fei showed up and saved him.
    • Chapter 2 of the Chrono Stone game had this one instance where you see Yuuichi is standing up, and he's joining Tenmas to play with Endou before the Raimon soccer club was ever made against Protocol Omega, later it was revealed that Yuuichi came from a different timeline where he never broke his legs, went to become a famous soccer player, and thus hunted by Protocol Omega only saved by Helper X who gave him his Time Bracelet.
    • Lastly in the final chapter of the Chrono Stone game where it is revealed that El Dorado was not in fact the villain, and that shifting the antagonist role to Feida, the Second Stage Children terrorist group. It goes even further when the Ragnarok Tournament begins, Fei was a mind-wiped Second Stage Children agent sent by SARU to prevent El Dorado from eliminating soccer, Helper X is revealed to be Fei's father and Kinako is his mother.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Many of the anime openings feature this.
  • The Worf Effect:
  • World of Ham
  • Yin-Yang Bomb:
    • Shadow Ray, as expected of a move from the angel and the devil.
    • Zero Magnum, going with GO's theme of black and white.
    • Sei Kishi Arthur, which is a keshin created by fusing Seijuu Shining Dragon and Ankoku Shin Dark Exodus.
    • Joker Rains, which is more downplayed compared to the other examples here.
    • Great Blaster, another Yin-Yang Bomb move with Hakuryuu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Many characters have unnusual hair colours, including:
    • Kazemaru, Haruna, Kogure, Rika, Domon, Tsurugi, Aoi, Kariya, Hiura have blue/teal/cyan hair.
    • Someoka, Touko, Tsunami, Kirino, Midori, Sakura, Nosaka have pink hair.
    • Kabeyama, Aki, Midorikawa, Morimura, Norika have green hair.
    • Kageno, Fuyuka, Tobitaka, Amagi, Manabe, Goujin have purple hair.
  • 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.
    • Despite being the physically largest member of Raimon and even having facial hair, Kabeyama is actually one of the youngest members.

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