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* ClashOfEvolutionaryLevels: Diclonius/Diclonii, or ''Homo Diclonius'', are a newly mutated subspecies of human. Their appearance is similar to humans, but with several differences, namely horn-like protrusions on the forehead and the presence of telekinetic invisible arms called "vectors." Diclonii are hated and feared by the few people who know about them, as they seem to have an innate urge to kill humans (the entire reason why people became aware of them is because when they develop their vectors at age 3 they kill their families). Once this was known, it resulted in all known Diclonii being euthanized soon after birth or kidnapped and locked away in a government facility that performs painful experiments on them. It's revealed that Diclonii have a "DNA voice," or a genetic drive to kill humans and take their place as Earth's dominant species. However, there is some ambiguity as to just how much this can be averted by childhood circumstances; every Diclonius in the series has been abused by humans to the point where their biological survival instinct has fused with their psychosis, which insists that humans must be eradicated or they will eradicate the Diclonii. There are some hints that if Diclonii were treated better by humans they could learn to suppress their murderous urges.


* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: Solid 10. If you haven't picked up on it by now, ''[[CaptainObvious this is a really violent series.]]''

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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: Solid 10. If you haven't picked up on it by now, ''[[CaptainObvious this is a really violent series.]]''

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* TheAbridgedSeries: Has one, but is currently on hiatus (see trope page).


* TheExtremistWasRight: Don't ignore your father's warnings about losing your voice due to a throat defect, even if he is abusive. [[spoiler:Nozomi experienced that situation first-hand]].

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* TheExtremistWasRight: Don't ignore brush off your father's warnings about losing your voice due to a throat defect, even if he is abusive. [[spoiler:Nozomi experienced that this situation first-hand]].


* TheExtremistWasRight: Don't ignore your father's warnings about losing your voice due to a throat defect. [[spoiler:Nozomi experienced that situation first-hand]].

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* TheExtremistWasRight: Don't ignore your father's warnings about losing your voice due to a throat defect.defect, even if he is abusive. [[spoiler:Nozomi experienced that situation first-hand]].

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* TheExtremistWasRight: Don't ignore your father's warnings about losing your voice due to a throat defect. [[spoiler:Nozomi experienced that situation first-hand]].


* AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards Plenty of the humans killed in the series]], but special mention goes to [[spoiler:Tomoo and his cronies, the orphanage bullies who killed Kaede’s dog- which prompted her to splatter them over the walls]].

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* %%* AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards Plenty of the humans killed in the series]], but special mention goes to [[spoiler:Tomoo and his cronies, the orphanage bullies who killed Kaede’s dog- which prompted her to splatter them over the walls]].series]].


* AntiAntiChrist: Lucy. Though Kakuzawa expects her to lead the diclonius race and replace humanity (presumably with himself serving as [[TheManBehindTheMan The Man Behind the Queen]]), she's not particularly interested in the job. [[spoiler: She later winds up killing him and (mostly inadvertently) plays a big role in saving humanity.]]

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* AntiAntiChrist: VillainProtagonist variant with Lucy. Though Kakuzawa expects her to lead the diclonius race and replace humanity (presumably with himself serving as [[TheManBehindTheMan The Man Behind the Queen]]), she's not particularly interested in the job. [[spoiler: She later winds up killing him and (mostly inadvertently) plays a big role in saving humanity.]]



%%* AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards So many of them]].

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%%* * AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards So many Plenty of them]].the humans killed in the series]], but special mention goes to [[spoiler:Tomoo and his cronies, the orphanage bullies who killed Kaede’s dog- which prompted her to splatter them over the walls]].



* CuteIsEvil: As a general rule, is it ever. Most of the cute characters you see are superpowered psychopaths who would just as soon tear you in half as look at you. Special mention to Nousou, who is drawn in an effeminate, {{Bishonen}} style and is fawned over by some of the other cute characters, suggesting that he may just be a nice guy after all. He is then promptly shown overseeing a messy process of stripping the spinal columns out of skeletal torsos of diclonii that were killed for that express purpose.

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* CuteIsEvil: As a general rule, is it ever.if you see a cute thing (especially if it's [[EnfanteTerrible a young girl with pink hair]]), it's generally a good idea to run screaming in the opposite direction. Most of the cute characters you see are superpowered psychopaths who would just as soon tear you in half as look at you. [[TykeBomb Mariko]], for instance, is a little Diclonius in a wheelchair, [[PsychicPowers and can tear apart opponents without lifting a finger]]. Special mention to Nousou, who is drawn in an effeminate, {{Bishonen}} style and is fawned over by some of the other cute characters, suggesting that he may just be a nice guy after all. [[BaitTheDog He is then promptly shown overseeing a messy process of stripping the spinal columns out of skeletal torsos of diclonii that were killed for that express purpose.]] But the shining example is [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Diclonius DNA Voice]], the EnemyWithin to all Diclonii and the source of their evil, an entity which seeks to destroy all humanity... and takes a form resembling Kaede, [[VillainProtagonist Lucy’s]] childhood self]].

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* FriendlyTickleTorture: One of the VERY few cute moments takes place in the OVA special when Nana, Lucy, and Yuka are [[BathsAreFun all taking a bath together]]. At the very start of the scene, Lucy is seen tickling Nana.


* HurricaneOfPuns: Chapter 21.

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* %%* HurricaneOfPuns: Chapter 21.



* IllKillYou: Bandou repeatedly claims this to Lucy.

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* %%* IllKillYou: Bandou repeatedly claims this to Lucy.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: Practically every Diclonius in the anime.

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* %%* RedEyesTakeWarning: Practically every Diclonius in the anime.

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* TheHeroDies: At the end of the manga, [[spoiler:Lucy does a HeroicSacrifice to save Kouta from certain death]].


* AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards So many of them]]. Among others, Lucy’s first victims were [[spoiler:a gang of bullies who murdered her dog in front of her]].

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* %%* AssholeVictim: [[HumansAreBastards So many of them]]. Among others, Lucy’s first victims were [[spoiler:a gang of bullies who murdered her dog in front of her]].them]].


* BigBad: Director Kakuzawa runs the research facility and is responsible for all the horrific experiments the Diclonii suffer through. He plans to capture Lucy and use her to KillAllHumans then replace them with a new Diclonii race that he will rule over as [[AGodAmI a god]]. As such, he is essentially the living distillation of [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the cruelty of humans]] ([[spoiler:though he believes himself to be a diclonus, this is proven false]]). [[spoiler:[[DiscOneFinalBoss Once he is killed]], however, the Diclonii DNA voice takes over the role. She was the one manipulating [[VillainProtagonist Lucy]] and the one implied to be behind the Diclonii’s madness, and could be considered the [[ManBehindTheMan true antagonist]], especially when she nearly destroys the world.]]

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* BigBad: Director Kakuzawa runs the research facility and is responsible for all the horrific experiments the Diclonii suffer through. He plans to capture Lucy and use her to KillAllHumans then replace them with a new Diclonii race that he will rule over as [[AGodAmI a god]]. As such, he is essentially the living distillation of [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the cruelty of humans]] ([[spoiler:though he believes himself to be a diclonus, this is proven false]]). [[spoiler:[[DiscOneFinalBoss Once he is killed]], however, the Diclonii Diclonius DNA voice takes over the role. She was the one manipulating [[VillainProtagonist Lucy]] and the one implied to be behind the Diclonii’s madness, and could be considered the [[ManBehindTheMan true antagonist]], especially when she nearly destroys the world.]]

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