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* LoveAtFirstSight: After Tusk and the others teleport way to rescue Ange during the finale, a temporal tremor shakes the Aurora and nearly knocks Ersha off her feet. She's caught by Rhino whose hands she recognizes as the ones that pulled her from her wrecked Para-mail, falling for him the moment she sets eyes on him.


* BridalCarry: Rio carries Hilda this way three times over the course of the story:

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* BridalCarry: Rio carries Hilda this way three four times over the course of the story:



** In a dream Hilda has.



* ChivalrousPervert: Spider of the Network's Wild Pack crew is a CasanovaWannabe who hits on every girl he sees but like the rest of them is dedicated to protecting Norma from being persecuted.

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* ChivalrousPervert: Spider of the Network's Wild Pack crew is a CasanovaWannabe who hits on every girl he sees but like the rest of them is dedicated to protecting Norma from being persecuted. He also becomes Salia's boyfriend after Libertus and even seems committed to their relationship.



* ClingyJealousGirl: Hilda glues herself to Rio's side during their time in the [=DRAGONs=]' Earth due to Dr. Gecko's desire to have both him and Tusk as "research subjects". She also gets visibly annoyed whenever other Norma try to make a move on him.

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** Rio's disguise as Captain Algren consists of a Rosenblum National Guard uniform, brown hair dye, green contacts, and sunglasses. Ange comments that anyone who saw him out of character wouldn't be fooled at all and Ersha even starts to suspect he's more than he seems to be due to how Rio's friend Sarah told her all about him when they were kids.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Hilda glues herself to Rio's side during their time in the [=DRAGONs=]' [=DRAGON=]s' Earth due to Dr. Gecko's desire to have both him and Tusk as "research subjects". She also gets visibly annoyed whenever other Norma try to make a move on him.



* PapaWolf: [[spoiler: While fighting his way through Julio's death squads, Rhino rescues one of the Arzenal schoolkids and escorts her to the Aurora. He later becomes her pseudo-guardian in place of Ersha and the two work together in the ship's launch bay since Rhino is too big to fit in a Para-mail cockpit and her smaller hands help him fit in places he can't.]]

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* PapaWolf: [[spoiler: While fighting his way through Julio's death squads, Rhino rescues one of the Arzenal schoolkids and escorts her to the Aurora. He later becomes her pseudo-guardian in place of Ersha and the two work together in the ship's launch bay since Rhino is too big to fit in a Para-mail cockpit and her smaller hands help him fit in places he can't.]] Later becomes a full on Papa Wolf when he and Ersha marry sometime after Libertus and they adopt Cythia as their daughter.]]
** Boss reveals to Hilda that when his daughter had been born a Norma and was euthanized by her doctor who only received a mild citation from the authorities, Boss murdered him in retaliation. Boss was then recruited by the Network so he could ensure that other fathers wouldn't get to hold their little girls only once.


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** Dark allowing Ersha to escape as payback for the kindness she had shown him earlier.

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* TheAtoner
** After the kids under her care are killed a second time and she realizes Embryo was just using her, Ersha becomes a DeathSeeker and defects to Aurora with the intention of letting them execute her. Rio however, with some help from Cythia and Vivian, convince her that she can do more by living in a way that honors the kids' death.
** Chris becomes this by joining the Earth Self Defense Force in the New Earth so that in the event another extra-dimensional threat appears, she'll be on the front lines to protect everyone.
** Sylvia manages to establish a settlement in the ruins of Misurugi and works to ensure everyone under her charge is able to stand on their own two feet like her sister told her to do.


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* HappilyAdopted: After Libertus, Cynthia is taken in by Ersha and Rhino while Chris and Rosalie adopt a little DRAGON orphan.


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* ShutUpKirk: When Rio accuses him of being a coward for not breaking free of Embryo despite Aura having altered his genetic structure to use the Light of Aura, Dark counters that if he is a puppet of Embryo like Rio says then Rio is a puppet of Aura.

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* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: In the epilogue set five years after Libertus, several of the Norma and Network have paired up and started families of their own. Ange and Tusk have a 6-month old son, Rhino and Ersha have adopted Cynthia and are expecting twins, Rosalie and Chris have adopted an orphan DRAGON girl, and Rio and Hilda are the proud parents of a newborn daughter.]]


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* HappilyEverMaybe: After Libertus, Maggie and Vulture have an on-again/off-again romance due to Vulture continuously falling back into his smoking habit.


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** Rio invokes this after realizing that the others heard his ShutUpHannibal speech to Dark during the final battle, especially the part about him and Hilda having 100 kids just to spite Embryo.


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* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: As a side effect of the Dracunium pills given to him by Embryo to maintain his powers, Dark begins to mutate into a DRAGON until he swallows the entire bottle and transforms into a black scaled Brig.]]

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* WouldHurtAChild: Upon arriving at Ange's execution, Hilda nearly shoots Sylvia after watching her whip Ange. Rio however, manages to hold her back, saying that giving away their position this early would only work against them.

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* DeathSeeker: In her grief and shame following the deaths of the Embryo Academy kids, Ersha defects to Aurora hoping Jill will execute her in accordance with Arzenal rules regarding traitors. Rio however, with some help from Vivian and Cynthia, is able to convince her she can do more to atone by living in a way that honors the kids' memory.


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* PosthumousCharacter: Zola has an expanded role in the story via flashbacks and a DeadPersonConversation with Hilda.


* DavidVsGoliath: Kaname and Naga have expanded roles in the [=DRAGON=]s' assault on Arzenal, with Naga eliminating the defensive artillery while Kaname launches an attack on the main hanger where she encounters Rio who fights her unit Hekiryu using a combination of assault weapons and his Mana. Despite putting up a valiant fight, Rio's energy is soon depleted and he suffers two broken ribs before Hilda comes to his rescue.

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* DavidVsGoliath: Kaname and Naga have expanded roles in the [=DRAGON=]s' assault on Arzenal, with Naga eliminating the defensive artillery while Kaname launches an attack on the main hanger where she encounters Rio who fights her unit Hekiryu Hekiryugo using a combination of assault weapons and his Mana. Despite putting up a valiant fight, Rio's energy is soon depleted and he suffers two broken ribs before Hilda comes to his rescue.



* DecemberDecemberRomance: Boss and Jasmine had an intimate relationship during the days of the first Libertus and they rekindle their romance after Arzenal and the Network restore their alliance.



* TheDragon: Dark, an OC created to be Embryo's vassal. In addition to his hand to hand skill he also pilots a custom Para-mail called Baretta (named after Italian firearms company Beretta) whose output rivals that of a Ragna-mail thanks to being augmented by Dark's own Mana.

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* TheDragon: Dark, an OC created to be Embryo's vassal. In addition to his hand to hand skill he also pilots a custom Para-mail called Baretta Bareta (named after Italian firearms company Beretta) whose output rivals that of a Ragna-mail thanks to being augmented by Dark's own Mana.



** Two original mechas created for the story, the Baretta and the Susano'o, had their designs based on the Master and Unicorn Gundams respectfully.

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** Two original mechas created for the story, the Baretta Bareta and the Susano'o, had their designs based on the Master and Unicorn Gundams respectfully.


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** Rio finds himself gazing down Maggie's cleavage on more than one occasion

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Read it [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12885248/1/Cross-Ange-The-Knight-of-Hilda here]].


* AllLovingHero: Rio was able to overcome humanity's prejudice against the Norma pretty much on his own due to two incidents in his childhood: 1) seeing the reactions of disgust and hatred by a group of adults towards a Norma baby 2) meeting and befriending a Norma named Sarah who was eventually found out and shipped off to Arzenal.



* AllLovingHero: Rio was able to overcome humanity's prejudice against the Norma pretty much on his own due to two incidents in his childhood: 1) seeing the reactions of disgust and hatred by a group of adults towards a Norma baby 2) meeting and befriending a Norma named Sarah who was eventually found out and shipped off to Arzenal.



* AmazonChaser: Rio admits to Hilda during their heart to heart in chapter 19 that despite her at times temperamental nature, it's also what draws him to her. That and her HiddenHeartOfGold.



* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler: It's revealed during a flashback in chapter 28 that Dark is a composite clone of Embryo's original followers.]]



* BadassInDistress: Rio has a tendency to bite off more then he can chew which nearly always requires Hilda to rescue him.

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* BadassInDistress: Rio has a tendency to bite off more then he can chew get in over his head which nearly always requires Hilda to rescue him.



* CharClone: Dark, Embryo's vassal who has fair hair (white), a mysterious past, and is the arch-rival of the protagonist (Rio).[[spoiler: It's later revealed that he's a LITERAL clone created by Embryo.]]



** Later, on Tusk's island following Ange's rescue, Hilda grabs Spider by the crotch and threatens to neuter him when he makes a pass at her.

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** Later, on Tusk's island following Ange's rescue, when Spider makes a pass at her, Hilda grabs Spider by the crotch and threatens to neuter him when if he makes a pass at her.doesn't knock it off.



** Chaplain, the head of Network intelligence, is a possible reference to Deacon from ''Fallout 4''.

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** Chaplain, the head of Network intelligence, is a possible reference to Deacon from ''Fallout 4''.4'' as both are members of a covert organization dedicated to helping an oppressed minority and have codenames derived from clerical titles.
* ShutUpHannibal: During their rescue of Ange from Embryo, Vivian offers to double team with Rio against Dark. When Dark accuses Rio of being too much of a coward to fight him alone, Rio counters that he doesn't fight alongside the Norma of Arzenal because of cowardice, rather they fight alongside him because they're friends.


* DeadPersonConversation: Following the consummation of her relationship with Rio, Hilda has a dream where Zola pays her a visit and wishes her luck in the coming battle as well as to live the life she and all the other Norma who died because of Embryo couldn't.

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* DeadPersonConversation: Following the consummation of her relationship with Rio, Rio in the bonus chapter, Hilda has a dream where Zola pays her a visit and wishes her luck in the coming battle as well as to live the life she and all the other Norma who died because of Embryo couldn't.


* BombThrowingAnarchist: Rio admits to Hilda in chapter 19 that he nearly became this after his search for Sarah failed to turn up any leads. The reason he didn't is because Blitz recruited him into the Network and turned him into a protector rather than an avenger.
* BridalCarry: Rio carries Hilda this way after he saves her from her assault at the hands of the police. During the ambush by the Diamond Rose Knights after their return to the World of Mana, Rio's Susano'o manages to catch and hold Hilda's crippled Glaive in this manner.

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* BombThrowingAnarchist: Rio admits to Hilda in chapter 19 that he nearly became this after his search for Sarah failed to turn up any leads. The reason he didn't is because Blitz recruited him into the Network and turned taught him to channel his anger and pain into a protector rather than an avenger.
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* BridalCarry: Rio carries Hilda this way after three times over the course of the story:
** After
he saves her from her assault at the hands of the police. police.
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During the ambush by the Diamond Rose Knights after their return to the World of Mana, Mana and Rio's Susano'o manages to catch and hold Hilda's crippled Glaive in this manner.Glaive.
** When he and Hilda finally consummate their relationship prior to the final battle with Embryo.



* DeadPersonConversation: Following the consummation of her relationship with Rio, Hilda has a dream where Zola pays her a visit and wishes her luck in the coming battle as well as to live the life she and all the other Norma who died because of Embryo couldn't.



* GroinAttack: After learning of Ange's imprisonment and imminent execution, Hilda attempts to run off and save her only for Rio to hold her back. When an attempt at seducing him doesn't work, Hilda drives her knee into his crotch before knocking him out with a fireplace poker.

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* GroinAttack: After learning of Ange's imprisonment and imminent execution, execution in chapter 3, Hilda attempts to run off and save her only for Rio to hold her back. When an attempt at seducing him doesn't work, Hilda drives her knee into his crotch before knocking him out with a fireplace poker.

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A separate bonus chapter including M-rated material was posted alongside chapter 29 in August 2019.


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* BigDamnKiss: Following two failed attempts in the [=DRAGON=]s' Earth, Rio finally gives one to Hilda before the two of them engage in a little PreClimaxClimax.


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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Rio and Hilda in chapter 29, shown in detail in the separate bonus chapter.


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** [[spoiler: Deconstructed in chapter 28 when Rio and Momoka track Tusk down to a local hospital where he was admitted following his attempt to cover Ange's escape from Embryo. Having promised Hilda he wouldn't take any more of the Dracunium pills than advised, Rio is forced to make a SadisticChoice between saving Tusk and breaking his word. Subverted in that his hesitance isn't so much from pride but out of fear of causing her pain.]]


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* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: When Rio and Momoka save Tusk from the hospital where he was taken following his attempt to cover Ange's escape from Embryo, the Light of Mana suddenly fails and forces Rio to chose either to break the promise he made to Hilda not to take more of the Dracunium pills which power his Light of Aura than advised or allow Tusk to die. Luckily, Momoka proposes a ThirdOption.]]


** Several characters, locations, and vessels are named after characters from the various ''Gundaa'' series.

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** Several characters, locations, and vessels are named after characters from the various ''Gundaa'' ''Gundam'' series.


* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe
** When Hilda joins Ange and Tusk's rebellion against Jill, she does so not only to protect Rio but to to pay Momoka back for the food she made when Hilda and Ange were incarcerated.
** Though he realizes Ersha plans to defect following Embryo's refusal to revive the schoolkids a second time, Dark doesn't alert his master to this as Ersha had earlier given him medical care for a slight injury despite knowing that he could heal it with his Mana, most likely the first act of genuine kindness he had ever received.



** Kat and Kamaitachi during Salamandinay's attack on the Dawn Pillar after the three Ryuu-shin-ki are trapped in a dense ball of Embryo's drones.



* CombatPragmatist: Rio won't hesitate to fight dirty in a life or death situation, favoring ambush tactics with shock and awe. During the assault on Arzenal, he and the Norma work together to use the architecture of the base to establish traps and kill boxes for the enemy soldiers. Then when Jill tries to run off to fight Embryo on his own, after Tusk uses his grapnel to snag her arm, Rio throws a wrench into her leg wound to immobilize her long enough for Rosalie and Hilda to grab her.

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** Kat when Salamandinay and her subordinates form an alliance with Aura and Kaname expresses interest in Kamaitachi.
* CombatPragmatist: Rio won't hesitate to fight dirty in a life or death situation, favoring ambush tactics with shock and awe. During the assault on Arzenal, he and the Norma work together to use the architecture of the base to establish traps and kill boxes for the enemy soldiers. Then Later, when Jill tries to run off to fight Embryo on his her own, after Tusk uses his grapnel to snag her arm, Rio throws a wrench into her leg wound to immobilize her long enough for Rosalie and Hilda to grab her.



* CoolOldGuy: In addition to being a BadassGrandpa and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, Boss works behind the scenes to maintain the integrity of Libertus despite having his power limited by Jill.

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* CoolOldGuy: In addition to being a BadassGrandpa and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, Boss works behind the scenes to maintain the integrity of Libertus despite having his power limited by Jill. He also has several moments when he gives fatherly advice to Hilda.



* TheCynic: In the early chapters of the story, Rio's altruism comes as such as shock to the more jaded Hilda that she's left feeling confused and unsure how to respond.

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* TheCynic: In the early chapters of the story, Rio's altruism comes as such as a shock to the more jaded Hilda that she's left feeling confused and unsure how to respond.



* MaleGaze: During Boss's attempt to overthrow Jill, while he still finds her nagging about his smoking annoying, Vulture can't help noticing Maggie's SexyWalk.



* TheResenter: It's suggested during his conversation with Ersha in chapter 28 that the reason Dark despises Rio so much is that he's envious of how Rio and the rest of the Network broke free of the mold Embryo created for them and made their own fate.



* ShipTease: Vulture and Maggie. Also Dark and Ersha.



** Several characters, locations, and vessels are named after characters from the various ''Gundaa'' series.



* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Hilda quickly becomes this as she and Rio grow closer:
** During the [=DRAGONs=]' attack on Arzenal, after hearing he was fighting Kaname's unit without a machine of his own, Hilda races back to Arzenal, slashing her way through an entire flock of Schooners and tackling into Kaname's Hekiryugo; even managing to take its arm off with a freeze bullet before chasing it out of the hanger.
** After arriving at the [=DRAGON=]s' village and learning the truth about why they've been fighting, Hilda throws a glass jar at Naga, barely missing her head, when Naga labels Rio as being no different from the other Mana using humans.
** During the ambush by the Diamond Rose Knights following their return to the World of Mana, Hilda takes aim at Irma when the latter threatens Rio for insulting Embryo.
** Pulls a gun on members of Aurora's security when they try to arrest Rio on falsified charges from Jill. She also joins Ange and Tusk's rebellion against Jill saying that someone needs to watch Rio's back as well as wanting to pay Momoka back for the food she made when Hilda and Ange were incarcerated.

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* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Hilda ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend:
**Hilda
quickly becomes this as she and Rio grow closer:
** *** During the [=DRAGONs=]' attack on Arzenal, after hearing he was fighting Kaname's unit without a machine of his own, Hilda races back to Arzenal, slashing her way through an entire flock of Schooners and tackling into Kaname's Hekiryugo; even managing to take its arm off with a freeze bullet before chasing it out of the hanger.
** *** After arriving at the [=DRAGON=]s' village and learning the truth about why they've been fighting, Hilda throws a glass jar at Naga, barely missing her head, when Naga labels Rio as being no different from the other Mana using humans.
** *** During the ambush by the Diamond Rose Knights following their return to the World of Mana, Hilda takes aim at Irma when the latter threatens Rio for insulting Embryo.
** *** Pulls a gun on members of Aurora's security when they try to arrest Rio on falsified charges from Jill. She also joins Ange and Tusk's rebellion against Jill saying that someone needs to watch Rio's back as well as wanting to pay Momoka back for the food she made Jill.
** Kat
when Hilda she and Ange were incarcerated.Kamaitachi arrive to aide Salamandinay in Chapter 27. Irma tries to attack him from above and Kat throws her Razor's hatchet into her Ragna-mail's shoulder, immobilizing it.


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** After he finds her following her attempted suicide run against Embryo, Momoka gives one to Rio when she sees he killed the four cops that found her though she retracts it when Rio points out that they had identified her which would compromise their ability to rescue Tusk.


* NeverMessWithGranny: During the DRAGONs' assault, Jasmine picks off Schooners with a sniper rifle then backs up Rio against Kaname's Hekiryugo with a pump action grenade launcher. She later pulls a gun on Jill and threatens to shoot her when Jill takes Momoka hostage.

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* NeverMessWithGranny: During the DRAGONs' [=DRAGON=]s' assault, Jasmine picks off Schooners with a sniper rifle then backs up Rio against Kaname's Hekiryugo with a pump action grenade launcher. She later pulls a gun on Jill and threatens to shoot her when Jill takes Momoka hostage.

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