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* PeripheryDemographic: For the usual demographic, you have a smart, action-oriented series that averts blatant BishonenJumpSyndrome. For women (aside from the {{Shipping}} potential regardless), while there are notably few female characters, the ones who do exist aren't sexualized--{{Fanservice}} is virtually nonexistent in the seires--and aren't pushed to the side in favour of the male characters.

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* PeripheryDemographic: For the usual demographic, you have a smart, action-oriented series that averts blatant BishonenJumpSyndrome. For women (aside from the {{Shipping}} potential regardless), while there are notably few female characters, the ones who do exist aren't sexualized--{{Fanservice}} is virtually nonexistent in the seires--and series--and aren't pushed to the side in favour of the male characters.

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* PeripheryDemographic: For the usual demographic, you have a smart, action-oriented series that averts blatant BishonenJumpSyndrome. For women (aside from the {{Shipping}} potential regardless), while there are notably few female characters, the ones who do exist aren't sexualized--{{Fanservice}} is virtually nonexistent in the seires--and aren't pushed to the side in favour of the male characters.


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* SlowPacedBeginning: While there's plenty of action right from the start, the series' beginning is mainly devoted to setting up the (many) setting mechanics before it can [[GrowingTheBeard introduce the]] LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters [[GrowingTheBeard and tactics-oriented battles the series is known for]], with the Black Trigger Retrieval Arc generally considered to be the official step towards this.

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* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: Ashihara has evidently been planning this story out in the long term. Characters who only recently have been given a name will make appearances as seeming nobodies very early in the story, and abilities and plot details are set up well in advance. Strategies in particular are very nicely foreshadowed and set up. If a character demonstrates a new tactic seemingly out of the blue, you can flip a few pages back and see that they were preparing for it before it even came into play.


* HolyShitQuotient: Reaches its peak once the Large-Scale Invasion Arc kicks into gear. In between the Trion soldiers everywhere, the sudden appearance of superpowered humanoid Neighbors much like Yuma, and multiple big battles happening, you're verg likely to be saying "holy shit". Key players come in who we've never seen fight up to this point, and expansive character moments shed light on some of the unexplored cast as everyone races against the clock to protect the city and prevent a bad future from coming true. It all reaches a climax with the showdown versus the deeply powerful Viza, and Osamu's heroic resolve shining through as he makes a dangerously risky move to save Chika. Everything about the arc is considered to be what bumped this series from "good" to "great" for many readers/watchers.

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* HolyShitQuotient: Reaches its peak once the Large-Scale Invasion Arc kicks into gear. In between the Trion soldiers everywhere, the sudden appearance of superpowered humanoid Neighbors much like Yuma, and multiple big battles happening, you're verg very likely to be saying "holy shit". Key players come in who we've never seen fight up to this point, and expansive character moments shed light on some of the unexplored cast as everyone races against the clock to protect the city and prevent a bad future from coming true. It all reaches a climax with the showdown versus the deeply powerful Viza, and Osamu's heroic resolve shining through as he makes a dangerously risky move to save Chika. Everything about the arc is considered to be what bumped this series from "good" to "great" for many readers/watchers.

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* HolyShitQuotient: Reaches its peak once the Large-Scale Invasion Arc kicks into gear. In between the Trion soldiers everywhere, the sudden appearance of superpowered humanoid Neighbors much like Yuma, and multiple big battles happening, you're verg likely to be saying "holy shit". Key players come in who we've never seen fight up to this point, and expansive character moments shed light on some of the unexplored cast as everyone races against the clock to protect the city and prevent a bad future from coming true. It all reaches a climax with the showdown versus the deeply powerful Viza, and Osamu's heroic resolve shining through as he makes a dangerously risky move to save Chika. Everything about the arc is considered to be what bumped this series from "good" to "great" for many readers/watchers.


* CounterpartComparison: A [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired boy]] with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], [[StoryBreakerPower unbelievable power]] and [[CloudCuckoolander odd]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality tendencies]] that [[MoralityPet takes a shine]] to the local ExtremeDoormat ChildSoldier, and is later revealed to be a [[DarkIsNotEvil friendlier member]] of the [[AlienInvasion alien race]] that, until now, seemed AlwaysChaoticEvil? Is that World Trigger or Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion?


* EpilepticTrees: Yotaro's parentage, as ''BBF'' deliberately (and uniquely for him) avoids revealing his relatives. Theories range from Shin[[note]]connection to Rindo and physical resemblance[[/note]] to Mogami [[note]]the only other deceased Old Border member of note[[/note]] to Yotaro being a Neighbor.



* MemeticMutation: '=3=', due to the regular duck-faces made throughout the series.
** Expect to see Hyuse jokingly referred to as a Canadian or a "leaf", after his [[spoiler::''debut fight in Round 7, where he gains an advantage through clever and thorough use of Escudo, all while posing as the nephew of a Canadian immigrant in order to hide his Neighbor status.'']]

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* MemeticMutation: '=3=', due MemeticMutation:
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** Expect to see Hyuse jokingly referred to as a Canadian or a "leaf", after "leaf".[[note]]After his [[spoiler::''debut debut fight in Round 7, where he gains an advantage through clever and thorough use of Escudo, all while posing as the nephew of a Canadian immigrant in order to hide his Neighbor status.'']][[/note]]
** Kazama and food.[[note]]Though there's technically no indication Kazama eats more than the average person, he happens to be eating in a lot of scenes, and because [[TheComicallySerious Kazama]] with chipmunk cheeks is an amusing image, fans often characterize him as a BigEater.[[/note]] ''Smash Borders'' practically made it AscendedFanon, giving him a unique eating model for the White Day event and one of his system quotes having him eating something.


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* NeverLiveItDown: [[TheStoic Ko]] is often (fondly) remembered for that one time he cried via InelegantBlubbering.


* HilariousInHindsight: ''[[AllThereInTheManual Border Briefing File]]'' mentions in a Q&A that some of the ridiculous requests that the engineers get for custom triggers involve having a gun spew fire, [[RuleOfCool a black Kogetsu]], etc... and one of these actually makes an appearance (real-life) years later, when [[spoiler:Ko uses a black Kogetsu for a genuine tactical purpose]]!

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* HilariousInHindsight: In ''[[AllThereInTheManual Border Briefing File]]'' File]]'', while talking about custom decorative requests for triggers that the engineer smight receive, Ashihara mentions in a Q&A that some of the ridiculous requests that the engineers get for custom triggers involve having a gun spew fire, [[RuleOfCool a black Kogetsu]], etc... and one of these actually makes an appearance (real-life) years Kogetsu]] might be cool. (Real-life) Years later, he finally throws it in when [[spoiler:Ko uses a black Kogetsu for a genuine tactical purpose]]!


* BaseBreakingCharacter: Osamu has a lot of fans because he's a weak underdog. [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass However, he has a lot of haters as well for the very same reason]].

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Osamu has a lot of Osamu's fans because he's love him for his ClassicalAntihero and earnest {{Determinator}} tendencies, as well as his being a weak underdog.very strong and respectable example of an underdog protagonist. [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass However, he has a lot of haters as well for the very same reason]].

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** Expect to see Hyuse jokingly referred to as a Canadian or a "leaf", after his [[spoiler::''debut fight in Round 7, where he gains an advantage through clever and thorough use of Escudo, all while posing as the nephew of a Canadian immigrant in order to hide his Neighbor status.'']]


** [[FanNickname Godzuma]].[[note]]Starting with Azuma's CrowningMomentOfAwesome where he [[spoiler:sniped Osamu through a wall]], accompanied by the reveals that he was the captain of the former A-Rank No. 1 squad and mentor to several top-tier agents, etc.[[/note]]

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** [[FanNickname Godzuma]].[[note]]Starting with Azuma's CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome where he [[spoiler:sniped Osamu through a wall]], accompanied by the reveals that he was the captain of the former A-Rank No. 1 squad and mentor to several top-tier agents, etc.[[/note]]


** [[ActionGirl Kirie Konami]] was ranking 3rd place in the first poll despite not being part of the main cast.

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** [[ActionGirl Kirie Konami]] was ranking ranked 3rd place in the first poll despite not being part of the main cast.cast, and 6th in the second[[note]]2nd in the multiple votes version[[/note]].



** Kōhei Izumi started mostly as a supporting character to Tachikawa but became very popular almost instantly and ranked 9th in the first poll. His role was expanded in the invasion and even moreso when acting as a [[TheMentor mentor]] to Osamu in the Rank Wars and he even made the cover of volume 8, even before Miwa did.
** Like with Izumi above, Sōya Kazama is another fan-favourite who debuted in the [[GrowingTheBeard Black Trigger Retrieval Arc]], ranking 4th in the first popularity poll (and therefore being the only character alongside the aforementioned Konami to beat out some of the main cast).
** Mirai Hatohara, the deserter from Ninomiya squad, is already very popular with fans and fanartist despite not even appearing outside of flashbacks and photos yet.
** Tetsuji Arafune, since his debut, has done very well in popularity polls and fan Valentines, despite having little presence in the story outside of his rank battle with Tamakoma and his relationship with Kō. Even Ashihara admits to being surprised by his popularity (he suspects it's Arafune's "manly aura").
* GottaShipEmAll: If they're a Border agent, fandom ships them with someone--no exceptions. When it's pretty much canon that everyone knows each other and that there are various friendships/rivalries running in the background, this was inevitable.

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** Kōhei Izumi started mostly as a supporting character to Tachikawa but became very popular almost instantly and ranked 9th in the first poll.poll, 5th in the second. His role was expanded in the invasion and even moreso when acting as a [[TheMentor mentor]] to Osamu in the Rank Wars and he even made the cover of volume 8, even before Miwa did.
** Like with Izumi above, Sōya Kazama is another fan-favourite who debuted in the [[GrowingTheBeard Black Trigger Retrieval Arc]], ranking 4th in the first popularity poll (and therefore being the only character alongside the aforementioned Konami to beat out some of the main cast).
cast) and 4th again in the second poll[[note]]6th in the multiple votes version[[/note]].
** Mirai Hatohara, the deserter from Ninomiya squad, is already very popular with fans and fanartist fanartists despite not even appearing outside of flashbacks and photos yet.
** Tetsuji Arafune, since his debut, has done very well in popularity polls (8th place in both the single votes and multiple votes version) and fan Valentines, despite having little presence in the story outside of his rank battle with Tamakoma and his relationship with Kō. Even Ashihara admits to being surprised by his popularity (he suspects it's Arafune's "manly aura").
* GottaShipEmAll: If they're a Border agent, fandom ships them with someone--no someone (or rather, multiple someones)--no exceptions. When it's pretty much canon that everyone knows each other and that there are various friendships/rivalries running in the background, this was inevitable.



* IKnewIt: Knowing that Suzunari-1 had some kind of special plan up their sleeve, number of fans correctly guessed, upon seeing everyone's placements and Taichi's movements, that it was to [[spoiler:overload the opponent operators by turning the lights on and off]].



* MemeticBadass: Kazama is, [[PintSizedPowerhouse while standing at 158 cm/5'2]], one of the manliest characters in the series depending on who you ask. One Q&A even has a fan ask why he's so "overflowing with manliness", which the author went along with.

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Kazama is, [[PintSizedPowerhouse while standing at 158 cm/5'2]], one of the manliest characters in the series depending on who you ask. One Q&A even has a fan ask why he's so "overflowing with manliness", which the author went along with.with.
** [[FanNickname Godzuma]].[[note]]Starting with Azuma's CrowningMomentOfAwesome where he [[spoiler:sniped Osamu through a wall]], accompanied by the reveals that he was the captain of the former A-Rank No. 1 squad and mentor to several top-tier agents, etc.[[/note]]


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* {{Moe}}: Chika is tiny, a bit timid, and extremely cute--though one could argue that she's actually a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. The reaction to her InUniverse is not to coddle her but to teach her how to fight, and similarly, fans tend to look forward to seeing her grow as a fighter.

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* HilariousInHindsight: ''[[AllThereInTheManual Border Briefing File]]'' mentions in a Q&A that some of the ridiculous requests that the engineers get for custom triggers involve having a gun spew fire, [[RuleOfCool a black Kogetsu]], etc... and one of these actually makes an appearance (real-life) years later, when [[spoiler:Ko uses a black Kogetsu for a genuine tactical purpose]]!

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* IKnewIt: Knowing that Suzunari-1 had some kind of special plan up their sleeve, number of fans correctly guessed, upon seeing everyone's placements and Taichi's movements, that it was to [[spoiler:overload the opponent operators by turning the lights on and off]].


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* MemeticPsychopath: [[WalkingDisasterArea Taichi]], the genuine evil.[[note]]A joke stemming from his volume profile that refers to him as such, due to him accidentally boiling Kuruma's fish alive[[/note]]. It didn't help that come Ch. 169, he suggests ''giving the opponent operators food poisoning'' to win the match.


* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:Hyuse joins Tamakoma]], thanks to being a LateArrivalSpoiler (including on this site's character page!). It doesn't help that the series' return from hiatus coincided when this was the main event in canon, meaning that a good chunk of promotional material, fan discussions, and celebratory fanart focuses on it.



* LesYay: Rei Nasu and Yuko Kumagai seem to be very fond of each other, at times bordering on being more than just friends and teammates. Even moreso in the additional anime scenes.


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* MemeticBadass: Kazama is, [[PintSizedPowerhouse while standing at 158 cm/5'2]], one of the manliest characters in the series depending on who you ask. One Q&A even has a fan ask why he's so "overflowing with manliness", which the author went along with.

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