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The Roman Catholic Church as portrayed in this series, as well as the characters associated with them. It is the largest faction in the Magic Side, consisting of 2 billion followers worldwide. Please note that the author has taken several liberties in portraying the religion, and is in no way meant to resemble the actual faith accurately.

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    Pope Matthai Reese 

Pope Matthai Reese
Voiced by: Masafumi Kimura (Japanese), Bob Magruder (seasons 1-2, English) and Jim White (season 3, English)

The Pope of The Roman Catholic Chuch and head of the Vatican. While he appears to be in complete control over the church's affairs, he's something of a puppet to Fiamma of the Right. That said, he's not fully content to play second fiddle...

After World War III, he steps down and is replaced by Pietro Yogdis.

  • And I Must Scream: He knows a spell that can separate a person's soul from their body and leave them trapped for 40 years. He tried to do this to Fiamma after the latter told him his plan, but he failed.
  • Badass Beard: As seen in the picture, and he is rather powerful.
  • Cool Old Guy: Despite being The Pope, he still believes in the greater good, even if it will undermine the Roman Catholics.
  • Expy: Artist notes indicate that his appearance is based on Gandalf.
  • Good Running Evil: A reasonable leader who unfortunately has to control minions whose actions are questionable at best.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: What he intended in order to save the Vatican and a large portion of Rome from Fiamma's attack. He lives.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Ironically, he is the only good and the most rational leader of all the magic factions. And most of what he does, like investigating Touma, are for the safety of the church. Thank God he's in charge compared to his subordinates.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Fiamma — but is at least smart enough to play along until his time to pounce is ripe.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does want to be a good leader, not just to Roman Catholics, but to others in general. The problem is that he has a bunch of people with very sketchy mindsets and methods acting as advisors.
  • You're Insane!: Calls Fiamma nuts at the end of Volume 16 after the latter explains his plan. Fiamma retaliates by destroying St. Peter's Basilica.

    Pope Pietro Yogdis 

Pope Pietro Yogdis

An ambitious Cardinal who was eager to usurp Matthai Reese's position during World War III. His grab for power ended before it could even begin, but to his shock, Reese harbored no ill will toward him and gave him his blessing to become the next Pope after he retired. Pietro was so touched that he turned over a new leaf.

  • Heel–Face Turn: After Matthai Reese's kind words, he becomes a true Pope.
  • Lack of Empathy: Before his Heel–Face Turn, he did not care about the people suffering during the war, only about becoming Pope.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's modeled after Anthony Hopkins.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When his grab for power failed, he was left screaming like a child, begging someone to kill Reese.
    Pietro: No!!!!! I-I…I will be the next Pope!! It has already been decided!! You are nothing but a ghost! There is nothing left for you to do!! K-kill him. It was his fault that the Roman Catholic Church fell into such chaos!! Once I am Pope, I promise you I will make you much, much wealthier than you are now!! So kill hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!

    Orsola Aquinas 

Orsola Aquinas

Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Mallorie Rodak (English)

A Roman Catholic nun who preaches in three different non-Roman Catholic countries, including Japan, which also had a church built and named after her. She is also skilled in decoding magical texts and at the start of the Orsola's Rescue arc, she is kidnapped by the the Amakusa Catholics.

  • All-Loving Hero: Rivals Touma in sheer unselfish kindheartedness.
  • Arc Villain: Of New Testament Volume 20 as Isis-Demeter, where she slaughters multiple Crowley Hazards and comes surprisingly close to killing Aleister.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. When she's beaten by Agnese Forces, the narration makes it clear she's bruised very badly, with her thighs black and blue with bruises signalling internal bleeding, and bleeding from the mouth.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In New Testament Volume 20 she becomes this way after accepting a Divine Mixture and essentially becomes Isis-Demeter and the Arc Villain of the volume. Ironically though, the fact that she was brainwashed despite willingly accepting the Divine Mixture and wanting to fight off Crowley becomes the hint needed for Touma to settle her down.
  • The Ditz: She can be a bit of an airhead at times, not paying attention when people tell her directions.
  • Fish out of Water: Has very little knowledge of technology.
  • Green Thumb: Isis-Demeter's attacks manifest through plants.
  • Hackette: Magical version. Her speciality is decoding the magical texts of grimoires.
  • He Knows Too Much: Her attempts to decode and destroy the Book of Law is what nearly got her killed, since the Roman Catholic Church didn't want to risk the loss of their power if the Book's angelic spells could be deciphered.
  • Informed Ability: Her skill at converting people. That said, the few times she's been able to give a speech she's proven quite eloquent, so it's not a stretch to assume she could give sermon capable of swaying the uninitiated or other faiths.
  • Naughty Nuns: Tries to kiss Touma while he's putting a cross-necklace on her. Later, she assumes Touma and Index would like to be alone in their hotel room, and starts blushing and saying that her coming with them would not be appropriate.
  • Odd Friendship: She gets along quite well with Sherry Cromwell.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She passed Necessarius' Special Admissions Test, which several other people, even elite fighters like Itsuwa, find to be Hell.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: As she's being beaten by the Agnese Forces and Agnese rubs in how they tricked Touma and Necessarius into helping them, Orsola launches into a weak speech about how she could never hate them for what they did in that case, and that they were far better than the Roman Catholic Church in that they were earnest in wanting to help her, while Agnese and the others could only act on doubt (including herself in that since she doubted the sincerity of the Amakusas in helping her).
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Turns out she was never able to decode the Book of Law all along and thus was being hunted for nothing.
  • Shower of Awkward: Touma walks in on her in the shower during their stay in Italy.
  • Take a Third Option: Her answer to Sasha's question about whether or not Necessarius would side with the Roman Catholics or Academy City in the upcoming war. Rather than choosing a side, they should help anyone in need and work together to put an end to the upcoming war, because that's exactly what a certain powerless boy would do.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Not that she dies, but she shows no hatred to the Agnese Forces even after they nearly killed her. It also helps that ultimately they, too, are victims of their higher-ups' machinations.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Never holds grudges period and can forgive anybody, even the people who torture and tried to kill her.
  • Verbal Tic: Uses "de gozaimasu" in virtually every sentence.

    Agnese Sanctis 

Agnese Sanctis

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Alex Moore (English)

A Roman Catholic nun in charge of a large battalion of warrior nuns sent to rescue Orsola and prevent the Book of Law from being deciphered.

  • Arc Villain: Of the Orsola Aquinas Rescue Arc.
  • Big Eater: As the heroes mass in preparation for fighting Carissa at the climax of the British Royal Family arc and decide to have a "last supper" before going into battle, Agnese proves when given a chance she can put it away like the resident glutton Index, as evidenced by her rapidly stacking dishes around her as she goes to town on the food.
  • Braids of Action: Multiple braids that bear a striking resemblance to dreadlocks from a distance.
  • Cute and Psycho: Innocent Fanservice Girl —> psycho religious nut. It's the second time Rie Kugimiya played a character with this trait.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Which is funny considering she's a nun and she gets offended if someone looks up her skirt.
  • Fiery Redhead: A redhead and rather spirited.
  • Freudian Excuse: She was an orphaned Street Urchin before the Church saved her, hence her borderline psychotic devotion to it.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Was forced to wear a rather Stripperific dress while being held prisoner by Biagio.
  • Gratuitous Italian: The chant for her Lotus Wand.
    "Tutto paragone. Il quinto dei elementi. Ordina la canna che mostra pace ed ordina. Prima. Segua la legge di Dio ed una croce. Due Cose diverse sono connesse."
  • Heel–Face Turn: Makes a big improvement following Volume 11.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She actually cares for her forces, specifically Lucia and Angelene.
  • Holier Than Thou/Knight Templar/Nun Too Holy: Barely considered non-Catholics human. With her, ironically, now under Necessarius' protection, she undergoes a large improvement.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: She is needed by Biagio to activate the "Rosario of the Time Limit" spell.
  • Magic Wand: Her lotus staff lets her strike at any target through the ether.
  • The Napoleon: It's kind of obvious, just look at the size of her platform shoes.
  • Naughty Nuns: First of all, during the Orsola's Rescue arc, Touma wakes up to find her only in her underwear sleeping on top of him. See also Power Perversion Potential below.
  • Power Perversion Potential: In Volume 18, she abuses her wand's ability to attack through the ether by... hitting a Knight of England in, uh, sensitive places.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Anieze or Agnese?
  • Street Urchin: Before the Church saved her.
  • Torture Technician: Subjected Orsola to some torture before Touma saved her.
  • Warrior Monk: Despite her age and small size.



Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese), Lauren Landa (English)

One of the nuns of the Agnese forces. Her weapon is a giant carriage wheel derived from the execution of Saint Catherine of Alexandria which creates a storm of wooden stakes. She is often seen with Angelene.




Voiced by: Azusa Kataoka (Now Azusa Enoki) (Japanese), Kristin Sutton (English)

One of the nuns of the Agnese forces. Her weapon is several coin bags which she can move around, derived from Saint Matthew the tax collector. She is often seen with Lucia.

    Lidvia Lorenzetti 

Lidvia Lorenzetti

The Mardi Gras

Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (Japanese), Rachel Robinson (English)

A Roman Catholic radical who hired Oriana and stole the "Croce di Pietro" in a bid to use its power to force all of Academy City into converting to Roman Catholicism.

  • Arc Villain: Of the Daihaseisai arc.
  • Breaking the Bonds: While being interrogated by Stiyl and Agnese about God's Right Seat alongside Biagio in the Tower of London, she uses a spell on Agnese's crosses that causes them to activate and destroy her cuffs, though she ultimately doesn't go through with the attack and consents to give what info she knows after being talked down.
  • Defenestrate and Berate: Ends up being captured by Laura — in her own private jet, no less — while trying to make her escape after Oriana's failure.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Her master plan would have worked... if it weren't for Academy City's fireworks celebration.
  • Holier Than Thou/Knight Templar/Nun Too Holy: As usual in the Roman Catholic Church, she sees herself as above non-believers. Unlike many of them, however, she also sees it as her mission to "save" them from their ignorance and convert them.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Hiring Oriana to invade Academy City was just a distraction so she could use the real spell far away from the city with no one to stop her.
  • Sinister Shiv: Uses a broken piece of metal from her shackles as a weapon on Stiyl, though she ultimately doesn't do anything after a brief talk and understanding is reached.
  • Soul Saving Crusader: Her ultimate goal, no matter who she has to hurt to do it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Whenever her plans apparently start to fall apart, she goes on psychotic breakdowns... which she welcomes with much relish, because she likes it if she can defy logical impossibilities.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She's a bit crazy, but she's also out to save all the innocent lives she can. It's why she agrees to tell Stiyl and Agnese about The Right Seat of God, as they convince her they are the major source of the current conflict that threatens to swallow up the world and so many innocents.

    Biagio Busoni 

Biagio Busoni

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Barry Yandell (English)

A ruthless bishop who sees the glory of the Roman Catholic Church as everything, willing to sacrifice the lives of anyone in order to preserve its name.

  • Alliterative Name: Biagio Busoni
  • Arc Villain: Of the Queen of the Adriatic Sea arc.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: He can make them enlarge to the size of cars and fall on his enemies.
  • Gravity Master: Limited to making his opponents heavier so they cannot move.
  • Holier Than Thou/Knight Templar: Thinks being a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church gives him the right to hurt or kill non-believers and "necessary sacrifices".
  • Large Ham: Makes very loud, dramatic speeches.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has been controlling Agnese and her fellow orphans since childhood to become his Tykebombs.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His cross expansion ability is based on the tale of Saint Margaret the Virgin, who allegedly killed a dragon who swallowed her whole by praying for her cross to expand and tear it apart from the inside out. His gravity-increasing ability is based on tales of Saint Lucia and Christopher bearing the weight of the cross.


God's Right Seat

    Vento of the Front 

Vento of the Front

The Flame of God

"It's okay to not even be tense, for there's even no luxury of feeling the pain."

Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Kara Edwards (EN)

The first member of God's Right Seat to directly attack the protagonists. Blessed with "God's Flame", her powers are drawn from the Archangel Uriel. Vento utilizes a hammer capable of manipulating the air into devastating projectiles.

  • AB Negative: She has the rare blood-type B RH Negative. This was what led to the death of her brother, since after they were both injured and needed an emergency transfusion he requested that his blood go to her.
  • An Ice Person: After gaining control over the rebuilt Adriatic Fleet.
  • Berserk Button: She hates science so much that in the novels, she snaps at Touma for simply trying to apply fluid mechanics to her wind projectiles.
  • Blood from the Mouth: She begins coughing up blood under the effect of Imaginary District, which causes magicians to self-destruct whenever they use magic. This gradually erodes her stamina and gives Touma the upper hand.
  • Blow You Away: Has power over wind, most notably in her wind hammer.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Twice. The first was when Touma destroyed her first tongue-cross, removing her God's Divine Punishment. The second was when Fiamma ripped out her second tongue-cross, removing her ability to control the Adriatic Fleet.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She talks a big game to Aleister over the radio after using God's Divine Punishment to take out Anti-Skill and Judgement, stating that it doesn't matter if Academy City, Index, or Imagine Breaker goes up against her and that she'll win. Even discounting how Touma proves her dead-wrong in their fight, as shown by how Aleister takes down her superior Fiamma of the Right at the end of WWIII, Vento wouldn't have had a prayer if he decided to join the fight personally.
  • Code Name: Vento is a code name and is linked to wind.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Vento wears predominantly yellow.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: A particularly Squicky example: It's on a length of chain bolted to her tongue.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The failure of science to save her brother left her bitter and vengeful.
  • Dark Action Girl: Her role in God's Right Seat.
  • Discard and Draw: After the cross that gave her the power of Divine Punishment is destroyed, she replaces it with one made of ice that lets her control the rebuilt Queen of the Adriatic. It allows her to summon pieces of the fleet as attacks.
  • Drop the Hammer: It's supposedly designed to resemble the ones that nailed Jesus to the cross. If it is destroyed or lost, she can conjure up a new one.
  • Equivalent Exchange: A person must give up his or her ability to cast regular spells to gain the incredible power of God's Right Seat.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her hatred of Science stems from an accident at a theme park where she and her younger brother were injured on a roller-coaster, one that was supposed to have the best safety features. Because of her family's rare blood type, when she and her brother needed a transfusion, there was only enough for one of them and her brother wanted her to live...
  • Heel–Face Turn: Teams up with Touma, Lessar, and Elizalina against Fiamma of the Right and defends Sasha.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Volume 20.
    Vento: And what's with your clothes? If you're going to be in hiding, shouldn't you wear something that doesn't stand out quite so much?
    Sasha: I do not think that someone wearing entirely yellow has any right to say anything about my clothes.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: God's Divine Punishment.
    • Achilles' Heel: God's Divine Punishment has no effect on people who are unaware of her (which is why Accelerator, Index, and Mikoto were spared; Kuroko was spared even though she was watching her on the news because she wasn't paying attention) and people who feel no hate, like Amata Kihara: a homicidal maniac who believes killing people is the same as pulling out weeds.
    • Rule of Symbolism: God's Divine Punishment is based on the premise that no one should bear any hatred towards God - if so, punishment will apply.
    • Superpower Lottery: The function of God's Divine Punishment is to force anyone who bears any ill will towards her to lose consciousness. It also has an unlimited area of effect - people watching news broadcasts on the opposite side of the world were also affected.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: She makes it look like her hammer is the source of her wind manipulation, but it really comes from her cross.
  • Jerkass: Invoked. If she acts like a dick, people will feel hostile towards her. If they bear hostility towards her, then Divine Punishment will fall upon them.
  • Large Ham: Akiko Hiramatsu's performance definitely brings her character close.
  • Making a Splash: She has partial control over water-based spells thanks to the fact that wind is a crucial component to sailing. It's the reason she's able to modify the spell to control the Adriatic Fleet for her own use.
  • Maniac Tongue: Just look at that picture on the right.
  • Obviously Evil: Completely intentional on her part, since her God's Divine Punishment causes people who feel hostile towards her to be deprived of oxygen.
  • One-Man Army: By making them feel hostile toward her, God's Divine Punishment took out most of Academy City's security instantly.
  • Only Six Faces: Her concept art notes that her fully exposed face looks too similar to Orsola, providing a meta reason to keep it covered in piercings and her hat.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The concept art indicates that behind all those metal piercings she uses to intentionally disfigure herself, she's described as having a "virgin-like" face.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Though it's not as egregious as most other examples given that there's only four members.
    • Sort of justified; it's the Roman Catholic Church, after all.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Vent or Vento?

    Terra of the Left 

Terra of the Left

The Medicine of God

"I wish for salvation, and I wish to bring salvation to others."

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (JP), George Manley (Season 2), Garrett Schenck (Season 3) (EN)

The second member of God's Right Seat to come into conflict with the protagonists, Terra is an elderly man who dresses in green. Blessed with "God's Medicine", his powers are drawn from the Archangel Raphael. Terra's special ability is to manipulate the "hierarchies" of everything around him.

  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Shorty after Acqua kills Terra, the Pope happens upon the scene. The first thing out of the Pope's mouth? "Don't damage the architecture like that."
  • Antagonist Abilities: Damage Reduction as he can alter his precedence making his opponents attacks useless.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He mocks Touma and says Vento of the Front must have been weak to lose to the likes of him.
  • Ax-Crazy: He hates and wants to kill all non-Catholics.
  • Blood from the Mouth: As he's dying from Acqua's attack. Understandable, considering his entire lower body was crushed, thus forcing blood violently up through his mouth.
  • Code Name: Terra is a code name and is linked to earth.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Terra is associated with green.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Though he's only seen using it to make his flour blade.
  • Equivalent Exchange: A person must give up his or her ability to cast regular spells to gain the incredible power of God's Right Seat.
  • Evil Old Folks: Judging by appearances he's the oldest member of God's Right Seat, and without question the most despicable.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Acqua kills him by literally hitting him so hard and fast with a pillar that all that's left of his body are his head, upper torso, and right arm. Acqua then waits for Terra to bleed to death, who can neither speak nor breathe.
  • From a Certain Point of View: He claims to want salvation for all humans, and he does. He just believes non-Catholics aren't human in the first place.
  • High Collar of Doom: As seen in the picture.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Execution of Light, the ability to alter the "precedence" of objects over one another.
    • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Justified. Raising the precedence of his blade of flour above whatever he wants to cut means it will be cut without fail. But only for that particular object. Otherwise, it's practically just a bludgeoning weapon as shown when he smacks Itsuwa and Touma with without changing the precedence of their skin or bodies.
    • Achilles' Heel: Execution of Light can only manipulate the precedence of one type of object at a time, and even then he has to consciously activate it. Twice Touma is able to take advantage of this; first by kicking Itsuwa's spear while Terra tries to change precedence and using the distraction to close the distance, dispel the blade with Imagine Breaker, and punch him; and then block his flour blade by snapping up a fallen shotgun while Terra lowers the precedence of Touma's body for the kill, causing the blade to harmlessly break apart on impact with the weapon. It also does nothing to save him from Acqua's fatal surprise attack since it happened too fast for him to comprehend. He implies he could have lessened or even removed this handicap entirely by further "re-aligning" the technique but Acqua doesn't give him that chance.
    • Intangibility: By altering his precedence, he and his flour blade can pass through solid objects like walls.
    • No-Sell: As a result of raising his own precedence above whatever is attacking him. Unfortunately for him, he actually has to be aware and comprehending of the attack coming at him in order to raise his precedence. Acqua kills him by striking him without warning with an attack that tears him in half while Terra is unable to realize fast enough that his comrade-in-arms fully intends to kill him.
    • Rule of Symbolism: The Execution of Light works on the premise that in order for the Son of God to have been killed by man, he must have lowered his own precedence in order to be vulnerable to weaponry.
    • Superpower Lottery: His precedence-altering ability gives him an almost flawless defense and a perfect attack, and he implies it still isn't fully perfected. Too bad Acqua had no intentions of letting him do so after learning how he tested it in the first place.
    • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His power is... to change precedence? How is that any use?
      • Heart Is an Awesome Power: How about elevating your own precedence so you're invulnerable to damage, or raising the precedence of grains of flour until you can use them as an infinitely sharp guillotine?
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses blades made from flour.
    • Whip Sword: One of his favorite flour constructs.
  • Jerkass: He's incredibly callous and experimented with his powers on civilians.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by Acqua of the Back after the latter found out about how he tested his powers, mainly by slaughtering non-Catholic tourists.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: He's not killed (he used his ability to survive), but he's cut off by an Academy City bombing raid just before he could tell Touma how Imagine Breaker truly works.
  • Knight Templar: Even more so than the other members of God's Right Seat: He regularly used his power on non-Catholic tourists.
  • Not Afraid to Die: He's nonchalant about his possible death, because he's completely confident that he will go to Heaven. He loses this smugness when Acqua tells him he will go to Hell as he's dying.
  • Obviously Evil: One look at this guy is all you need to know. Yeesh.

    Acqua of the Back 

Acqua of the Back

William Orwell

The Power of God

Flere210: One Who Changes the Reason for Tears

"Pick any unreasonable fight with me and I will shorten your life span."

Voiced By: Hiroki Tochi (JP), Andrew Chandler (Season 2), Chris Ryan (Season 3) (EN)

The third member of God's Right Seat. Blessed with "God's Power", Acqua's powers are drawn from the Archangel Gabriel, giving him power over water and dominion over the moon. He is also a Saint. He is the only truly good and noble among the four, and a certified badass.

  • Achilles' Heel: Though Acqua gains tremendous power by right of being both a member of God's Right Seat and a Saint simultaneously, it also makes him twice as vulnerable to techniques developed to combat either one of them.
  • Badass Boast:
    • See his quote above.
    • He has another when confronting the Knight Leader.
    The Knight Leader: Have you decided whether you will run or die?
    Acqua: No, my two options are to cut you down or to not cut you down.
  • BFS: His sword, Ascalon, is roughly 3.5 meters long and weighs 441 pounds! The man who gave him the sword mentions it was based off the Ascalon of legend and the measurements on what would realistically be needed to kill a dragon over 50 feet long. Eat your heart out, Guts. When he's Brought Down to Normal, he's forced to abandon Ascalon because he's no longer strong enough to pick it up.
    • Hidden Weapons/Swiss Army Weapon: Acqua's BFS, Ascalon was created by an artist based on the sword St. George used to slay the dragon. Its blade includes the attributes of an ax, razor, churchkey spike, fretsaw wire, saw, hook spike, and a close combat spike in the same weapon. Furthermore, the hilt can be removed to reveal a hidden blade that can transform into a mace and includes a hidden dart launcher.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he saved Villian from execution. Those who weren't sent flying or knocked unconscious had only one thing to say: "He's Back?" Pretty much a given with a name like "One who changes the reason of tears".
  • Blood Knight: He loves a good fight. His reaction to Kanzaki arriving to the battlefield in Volume 16 was of genuine joy, and when faced down with Kanzaki's, the Amakusa's, Itsuwa's and Touma's final efforts that had the legitimate chance of defeating him he answers only with a roar of defiance and charging right at them instead of running away.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After the events of Volume 16, he loses all the stored power in Divine Mother's Mercy to save himself from the explosion caused by Saintbreaker, reducing his power to the level of a regular Saint, which is why he nearly lost against Knight Leader empowered by Curtana Original.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Loses his powers as both a Saint and a member of God's Right Seat after he used them to bring frickin' Archangel Gabriel down to half strength.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Possibly towards Princess Villian. After the events of the English Civil War, he quickly disappeared asking Knight Leader to deliver a message to Villian. Knight Leader decided to add some words to it and made it seem like its a marriage proposal. While he did this to troll Acqua, he noted that Acqua had to have known how he would have passed it on.
  • Carry a Big Stick: In Volume 16 he used a steel mace that was five meters long!
  • Code Name: Flere210 is his magic name. Acqua is also a code name and is linked to water.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Acqua is associated with blue.
  • Confusion Fu: One of his tactics is to stand on a layer of water that lets him slide around chaotically and make it hard for his opponent to get a fix on him.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Being struck by the Saintbreaker causes the powers given to him by possessing properties similar to Jesus and the Virgin Mary to conflict and go out of control, to the point he explodes at the end of Volume 16. He survives, barely.
  • Equivalent Exchange: A person must give up his or her ability to cast regular spells to gain the incredible power of God's Right Seat. However, since Divine Mother's Mercy removes costs and secondary conditions from spells, in the end he didn't have to give up anything.
  • Fastball Special: With Touma in order to finally break Curtana Original and stop Carissa.
  • Flash Step: During his "fight" with Itsuwa and Touma, he moves so fast that by the time they register he's gone he's already behind them and bashing them away.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: When he rescues Princess Villian from execution at the hands of the Knight Leader, he makes his entrance by sending a few dozen people flying.
  • Heroic BSoD: He loses the will to live after fighting Archangel Gabriel, but Shiage Hamazura snaps him out of it.
  • Heroic RRoD: There's a reason why the body has biological limiters: to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Thanks to Divine Mother's Mercy removing them, if he pushes himself too hard or gathers too much energy he will burn himself out, but because he's a Saint his limit is much higher than pretty much any other human, so it only becomes an issue if he's fighting an Angel-class being.
  • He's Back: At the end of Volume 17.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Divine Mother's Mercy, described as bestowing a divine abeyance for sins that would otherwise never be forgiven. In other words, Acqua can forgive a person's sins and grant them salvation.
    • Boring, but Practical: Divine Mother's Mercy lets him use both normal magic and divine-class magic while ignoring costs and secondary conditions. Not exactly flashy, but it lets him hit the Superpower Lottery thanks to being able to ignore the fact that one of the costs of using divine-class magic is giving up the ability to use normal magic and can thus can use them both at the same time.
    • Born Winner: He's a Saint.
    • No-Sell: He can nullify another person's "sin of killing" to nullify any act of killing directed towards someone (namely himself), and he can just flat out ignore any magic which works via the principle of divine punishment, since he has no sin to be punished for in the first place.
    • Rule of Symbolism: Divine Mother's Mercy works on the premise that the Virgin Mother of the Son of God was born sinless, allowing Acqua to dilute the Original Sin's hold on him to as little as possible, rendering him invulnerable to divine punishment, as well as unleashing his full potential as a sinless human with the body of a Saint.
    • Super Speed/Super Strength/Super Toughness/Uninhibited Muscle Power: Thanks to Divine Mother's Mercy, his natural biological limiters are removed. This is before you take into account his Saint attributes and why he's able to overpower Kanzaki, as her limit as a "normal" Saint just can't compare to a "special" one like him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Sends to both the Anglican Church and Academy City higher ups a letter stating that he's coming to Academy City to kill Touma, and that if they want to stop him, they should start making preparations. When attacked by Academy City's armored forces, he deliberately held back and made certain that there really was no one inside each unit before destroying it. Not that it mattered, of course, because he's so strong he can afford to let his honor supercede his reason.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Ascalon.
  • I Shall Taunt You: To Terra, as he watches him die gruesomely. He calmly tells Terra God would never want a person such as him, and the only suitable place for Terra is Hell. His last words to Terra are to ask God for the details on Judgment Day.
  • Knight Errant: Calls himself a mercenary and is not officially aligned with any major power. He used this as an excuse to travel to battlefield after battlefield helping people no matter where he went and never asked for anything in exchange. In addition, he would teach people how to better themselves, causing the people to call him a sage. His list of accomplishments is so long that it would take all day to read out loud.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: For Princess Villian.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: He's a Saint, meaning he has a body similar to that of the Son of God; can use spells that allow him to take on attributes of the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to the Son of God; and as a member of God's Right Seat he's aligned with Archangel Gabriel, who announced the birth of the Son of God. On top of that, he uses the spell that gives him attributes of the Virgin Mary to make his own sins null and void; he is a completely sinless human.
  • Lunacy: His association with Gabriel lets him to use the moon to enhance his attacks, both physical and magical, in various ways. He doesn't even need the real moon; as long as the light source can resemble a moon (such as an artificial moon on a viewing screen or even city lights filtering through a circular crater at night) he can get a power boost from it.
  • Magic Knight: Either with spells or his sword, he can kick your ass.
  • Making a Splash: The greatest user of water magic on the planet, due to his alignment with Archangel Gabriel.
  • Martial Pacifist: He won't kill with abandon, but if you directly oppose him, especially if you do it after he's warned you not to, you're in for a world of hurt.
  • No One Could Survive That!: At the end of Volume 16, everyone assumes Acqua's dead since they Never Found the Body, which is reasonable considering he was at the hypo-center of and the catalyst for a massive explosion. Guess who shows up the very next volume?
  • Nice Guy: He's actually very nice, especially when compared to the other members of God's Right Seat.
  • Nerves of Steel: You'll be lucky to see this guy flinch.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: As Terra learned the hard way.
  • Not So Different: Villian notes that he's similar yet different than Touma; Both fight for the sake of others and are not officially aligned with any faction, making them mercenaries. The difference between the two is that while Acqua willingly seeks danger and will not be swayed by his beliefs, Touma needs to get dragged into things and will look at the situation as a whole, choosing an option that he feels is the right thing to do.
  • One-Man Army: He's the most powerful member of God's Right Seat outside of Fiamma himself; that position is not to be underestimated.
    • Curb-Stomp Battle/No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Most of Volume 16 consisted of him effortlessly steamrolling over everything in his way. The only one able to actually give him a decent fight is Kanzaki herself.
    • Hero Killer/Implacable Man/The Juggernaut: First he effortlessly destroys Itsuwa and Touma, then the Amakusa Catholics prepare specifically to combat him and his abilities, and basically just manage to stall Acqua before getting wiped out. Then after that it's Kanzaki who Acqua uses as his personal punching bag (though she at least forces him to fight seriously). This all happens in a single volume! Touma outright compares him to an MMORPG character who's over 100 levels higher than you; he doesn't need cheats to prevent attacks, he's just so much stronger that it doesn't make a difference.
    • Lightning Bruiser: Not only can a single blow from him cause buildings to collapse on themselves, he can also fight at supersonic speeds and No-Sell pretty much anything you throw at him.
    • Person of Mass Destruction: As the member of God's Right Seat aligned with Gabriel, The Power of God, Acqua has access to the same type of power as that which destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
    • Superpower Lottery: On top of being a member of God's Right Seat with access to the genuine Divine Mother's Mercy ritual, he's also a Saint.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Acqua kills Terra of the Left when he learns Terra was "improving" his lethal powers by using them on non-Catholics (including children), whom Terra didn't even consider to be human in the first place.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: "The one who changes the reason of tears".
  • Rescue Romance/Ship Tease: With Princess Villian. The Knight Leader is more than happy to help in this regard.
  • The Rival/Vitriolic Best Buds/Worthy Opponent: With the Knight Leader. The duo are not above trading jabs and trash talking one another.
  • Running Gag: Tends to make calm, overly long speeches, and often gets interupted before he finishes.
  • Sadistic Choice: In Volume 16, he easily defeats Touma and Itsuwa, then leaves, giving Touma a day to either chop off his right arm or die. Justified because since it would have been the easiest way for him to complete his mission with minimal bloodshed, and Academy City had the medical science to give Touma a cybernetic replacement. Touma of course decides to Take a Third Option by defeating him in their rematch.
  • Spanner in the Works: Fiamma describes him as that when he weakens Archangel Gabriel by draining its Telesma.
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: Even he couldn't stay stoic when he's about to meet up with Princess Villian... after he said some embarrassing things in front of her.
  • Strong and Skilled: He not only wields the power of Archangel Gabriel, but he also retains his power as a Saint and all his fighting skill and experience as a mercenary before becoming a member of God's Right Seat, which allowed him to fight and win on numerous battlefields against armies of normal foes and sorcerers for years on end. As a result, he's the most dangerous member short of Fiamma himself, whose own power is just that broken despite his lack of skill.
  • Token Good Teammate: He was the only member of God's Right Seat who wasn't a corrupt asshole.
  • Warrior Poet: He's incredibly insightful, and even mocks the Knight Leader's reasoning for supporting a coup d'etat and his attempts to justify them to Acqua as being superfluous.
  • Weak to Magic: Acqua of the Back is a monstrously strong fighter, due to being simultaneously a Saint (someone born with a similar body to Jesus, granting them incredible power through the Law of Similarity), a member of God's Right Seat (meaning he has altered his body to similarly invoke the Archangel Gabriel), and a skilled user of magic. These powers would normally be mutually exclusive if not for his particular saint traits also including a connection to Mary, the Saint of Mercy. However, this status as a "double saint" means that when struck by the experimental Saintbreaker (a spell which replicates the Crucifixion), his conflicting powers go out of control and he explodes.
  • Wild Card: He follows his own code to the very end, putting him at odds with Touma when he was with God's Right Seat and against Fiamma during World War 3, even going so far as to deliberately abandon his powers during a battle with the very Archangel he was aligned with.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Poor Kanzaki and Itsuwa.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Kanzaki states in Volume 16 that the existences of Saint and member of God's Right Seat were mutually incompatible, and being both was impossible to achieve. Divine Mother's Mercy solves this.

    Fiamma of the Right 

Fiamma of the Right

The Likeness of God

"To handle an overwhelming power, an overwhelming knowledge is needed."

Aligned with Archangel Michael and blessed with "God's Likeness", Fiamma of the Right is the leader of God's Right Seat and the true power behind the Roman Catholic Church. A manipulative and devious individual, his true objectives are unknown, but they require Index's vast knowledge and Touma's Imagine Breaker to succeed. To obtain them, he engineers a direct clash between God's Right Seat and Academy City, and then World War III.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Vento comments in the epilogue of Volume 16 that "everyone's goal is to kill that bastard [Fiamma]".
  • Abstract Apotheosis: At the beginning of Volume 22, he briefly achieved the goal of every member of God's Right Seat: the state of "La Persona Superiore a Dio" in Italian. In English, it translated to: "The One Above God".
  • Always a Bigger Fish: He's the strongest villain Touma faces in the original series, who could win almost any fight just by waving his right hand. The bigger fish? Whatever tried to come out of Touma's shoulder after his arm was cut off and, surprisingly enough, Crowley, who ambushed the poor guy after his defeat.
  • An Arm and a Leg: At the end of Volume 22, Aleister Crowley blew his right arm off with a surprise attack from the Blasting Rod. Fiamma is able to compensate for this by manifesting his Holy Right directly out of the stump, though it avails him little against Aleister.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Always Accurate Attack, Villain Teleportation, Unblockable Attack. See below for more details.
  • Badass Boast:
    • To the Pope at the end of Volume 16 when his foe attempts to seal him and boasts that the power he wields is bolstered by two billion faithful for over two thousand years. Which is followed by him blasting through the spell, the Pope, and one-third of St. Peter's Basilica despite its layered defensive spells.
      Fiamma: Hmph. Unfortunately, it was only two billion, and only two thousand years.
    • To Carissa, at the end of Volume 18.
      Carissa: Who exactly are you...?
      Fiamma: I am Fiamma of the Right. If that isn’t enough of a hint for you, then you really need to rebuild your intelligence agency from the ground up.
    • He also had this in Volume 22.
      Fiamma, just before all his plans crash and burn: I'm about to save this world. Therefore, I have no more use for you. Feel the glory, meatbag. Your value as a human being, obediently let me have it.
  • Big Bad: From Volume 11 to Volume 22, but he doesn't take center stage until the end of Volume 18.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In New Testament Vol. 4, he arrives with Ollerus to save Touma from One-Eyed Othinus.
  • Break Them by Talking: To Touma in Volume 20 — calling out Touma out on his hypocrisy on saving others when he deceived the person he wanted to protect the most.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Subverted. Aleister cutting off his right arm in Volume 22 only rendered the Holy Right unstable rather than removing it entirely.
  • The Chessmaster: One of the three greatest in the series, along with Laura and Aleister. The Third World War between Academy City and Russia was instigated by him, so he could draw out the people necessary for his plans.
    • Batman Gambit: He wanted England in some type of turmoil so he could get his hands on the remote to control Index without anyone noticing. For that purpose, he cultivated France's anger towards England, hoping they would commence open hostilities. Cue the Second Princess of England instigating a coup d'etat before that could happen, and starting her own open hostilities towards France. Guess what Fiamma does soon after?
    • The Man Behind the Man: Was an advisor to the current Pope, and uses that influence to control the Vatican.
    • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches into doing his bidding.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Fiamma's plan is such that it will only work so long as he absolutely believes it will work. Even the slightest hesitation or doubt on his part, and it fails.
  • Code Name: Fiamma is a code name and is linked to fire.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Fiamma is associated with red.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Loves dishing these out like candy, to the point he even says that one-sided battles "are ridiculous but still fun." And then he finds himself on the receiving end from Aleister, who with one strike takes off his right arm and then takes him down, Holy Right and all, with the second blow.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He later comes to the rescue and saves Touma from One-Eyed Othinus.
  • Determinator: You have to be to put as much effort towards your plans as he did, and after being saved by Touma he became an even bigger one to face off against Aleister.
  • Equivalent Exchange: A person must give up his or her ability to cast regular spells to gain the incredible power of God's Right Seat. He gets around this by having a brainwashed Index do the spells for him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Perhaps one of the more major hitches in Fiamma's plans was his largely mistaken belief that Humans Are the Real Monsters. Several people, connected and not, unite against him as they realize the danger of his intentions.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Touma, who even compares their powers and draws attention to their similarities, like how Imagine Breaker is completely useless if there is nothing supernatural in the area and The Holy Right is completely useless if there is no malice in the area. Both use their Right Hands to shatter something that someone worked desperately to obtain, except Touma uses his to solve the problems around him and Fiamma his own personal problems — selflessness versus selfishness. In their final battle, Touma points out the biggest difference between them: Fiamma observed the world and was disgusted by what he saw, so he wanted to "save the world" by wiping out the human race. Touma observed the world and saw evil people to fight and good people to protect.
  • Evil Redhead: He's a redhead who wants to wipe out the human race.
  • Foil: While Touma is an atheist who wants to protect everybody and has a right hand that negates powers, Fiamma is a deeply religious man who wants to kill everybody and has a right hand that gives him any power he wants.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite losing his right arm, he's still powerful enough to battle One-Eyed Othinus to a draw.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Touma defeats him but saves his life, he becomes inspired to try to defeat Aleister Crowley so Crowley will not trample over Touma's dreams of a better world.
  • He Knows Too Much: Aleister tries to kill him because he has caught a glimpse of what's being sealed by Touma's Imagine Breaker, which Aleister cannot allow.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Holy Right. More specifically, the ability to use any ability, benevolent or destructive, involving the right hand, which manifests fittingly enough as a giant talon-like hand out of his right shoulder and directly manifests as his right arm when Aleister blows the real one off.
    • Always Accurate Attack: "The strike that reaches everything when swung" reaches the target without any speed, meaning it cannot be dodged. It was even able to hit an Academy City Kill Sat even though Fiamma had no idea where it was! It does have limits, as Touma was able to hide from it for a time.
    • Strong as They Need to Be: His Holy Right is directly stated to only be as powerful as it needs to be, meaning that the stronger its target the greater its power.
    • Born Winner: He was born with the Holy Right. Volume 2 of New Testament even goes so far as to state that, to Fiamma, the power to save the world is as instinctive as walking upright.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: So his power is "every ability related to the right hand"? That doesn't sound... Holy shit! Did he just wipe an entire city off the map?!
    • Healing Factor: Vento points out that there is a limit of times Fiamma can use the Holy Right before his Third Arm completely disintegrates in the air, thus leaving him as a powerless human. Which is one of the reasons he needed Index's spiritual remote control, which allows him to regenerate his Third Arm.
    • One-Hit Kill: His specialty.
    • The Power of Hate: The Holy Right increases in power the greater the malice in the enemy. This is why he triggered World War III, so he could declare the entire world his enemy and use the malice the war would create in the people to fuel The Holy Right.
    • Power Limiter: Because Fiamma is only human, while the Holy Right can replicate any act done with the right hand in Christianity, it can only replicate it at a miniscule fraction of its original power. In addition, the elemental alignment switches among the Angels that occured prior to the series further weakened the power of the Holy Right. However, its almost a moot point because its still powerful enough to utterly curb-stomp almost anyone in the series.
    • Power Parasite: In Volume 22, he severs Touma's right arm, then has The Holy Right assimilate Imagine Breaker, purifying The Holy Right and unlocking its full potential. This allows him to achieve La Persona Superiore a Dio. Unfortunately for him, Touma was able to take Imagine Breaker back.
    • Powers Do the Fighting: The Holy Right will automatically defend him against any attack, then destroy the attacker, even if he's completely unaware of the attack. Academy City tries to blast him with a Kill Sat, which is blocked and destroyed. Unfortunately for Fiamma, this doesn't work against the Blasting Rod.
    • Rule of Symbolism: The Holy Right derives its power from the prominence the right hand has in Christian lore, wherein several miracles, rituals, and traditions are performed using the right hand. The Holy Right is capable of replicating the power all of these original acts held.
    • Story-Breaker Power: Touma likens Fiamma's power to a JRPG, where besides the commands like "Attack", "Item", "Magic", etc. available to everyone, the Holy Right gives you an additional option: "You Win".
    • Superpower Lottery: Even before achieving his One Above God status in Volume 22, Fiamma was already the fourth most powerful character introduced. The only people above him were Aiwass, Aleister, and whatever is being sealed inside Touma by his Imagine Breaker. You'll notice Accelerator, including his white-winged form, isn't on that list. That's some serious power.
    • Swiss-Army Superpower: Since his power lets him do anything that has ever involved a right hand, he can do pretty much anything, especially since this includes feats done by Archangels with their right hands. The Holy Right does have limits, since it can't copy Touma's right hand, Imagine Breaker.
    • Unblockable Attack: "The strike that ends everything it touches" annihilates anything it hits without any destructive force, meaning it cannot be blocked.
    • Villain Teleportation: One of the Holy Right's powers is the ability to travel to any place Fiamma wants instantly. Its only limit is that it cannot take him upwards or downwards, only along a horizontal plane.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He's disappointed in mankind and believes the only way to save them is by cleansing the world of them.
  • I Shall Taunt You: After the events mentioned in Batman Gambit, Fiamma not only gets the remote to control Index's Johann's Pen Mode, he also manages to capture Index herself. As a thank you to Carissa for the roll she played, he stops by to tell her just how useless her actions truly were and try to end her.
  • Kill All Humans: See Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Lonely at the Top: Despite achieving the status The One Above God, Fiamma is described in Volume 22 as "a lonely man who had achieved nothing".
  • MacGuffin: He needed both Touma's Imagine Breaker and the remote that control's Index's Johann's Pen Mode for his plans to come to fruition.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He can manifest his power in the form of a third arm, a malformed bird’s talon sprouting from his right shoulder.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In New Testament Vol. 8, he and Ollerus tried to turn Othinus into a fairy because it would power her down from being a god, only for the attempt to rid Othinus of her 50/50 restriction and make her a perfect magic god.
  • Older Than They Look: Is a long-time adviser to the current Pope, despite looking like he's in his twenties at most.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: The Star of Bethlehem.
  • One-Man Army: The most blatant example in the series, even more so than Accelerator.
    • Glass Cannon: If you land a solid hit he can be knocked out by one punch. Good luck actually landing that hit though...
    • Person of Mass Destruction: His debut consisted of destroying a large potion of St. Peter's Basilica with one attack despite its multiple defensive spells, and it's implied that, had the Pope not raised a barrier in time, he would have destroyed all of Vatican City and a large portion of Rome with his second strike (which still took out the rest of the place regardless).
    • Physical God: Even before achieving La Persona Superiore a Dio, Fiamma was more powerful than Archangel Gabriel.
  • Playing with Fire: He can create a Flaming BFS forty kilometers in length!
  • Redemption Earns Life: He is saved by Ollerus even after he was supposed to die after being ambushed. Coincidentally, it also happens after Touma told him to see the wide world instead of trying to erase everything.
  • Squishy Wizard: Without the Holy Right, Fiamma is no different from a Level 0 Esper. Once his powers were used up, it only took Touma one punch to end the fight, as he'd never once taken such a blow before.
  • Summon Magic: Powerful enough to summon Archangel Gabriel. He was intending to summon Archangel Michael, but when Gabriel arrived, he took it in stride and used it instead.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Fiamma's plan is ultimately thwarted not because Touma kicked Fiamma's ass, but because Touma made him doubt whether the plan was really worth it. Since Fiamma’s plan required absolute conviction on his part to work, it failed.
  • Telepathy: Which he usually uses to communicate with or taunt people from across the world.
  • Treacherous Advisor: To the Pope.
  • The Unfettered: When you engineer clashes between entire countries and start a world war without a moment of hesitation or shred of regret for the sake of your plans, you're this.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Like Accelerator, he's at a bit of a loss when he can't just one-shot his opponents.
  • Villain Ball: He has a habit of bragging about his awesomeness, explaining what his Holy Right is doing, and mocking his opponents. Touma notes that if he just used his powers right away instead of doing all that talking, Fiamma would have beaten him instantly.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Loses it when Acqua weakens Archangel Gabriel and again when he meets "The Invisible Thing".
  • We Have Reserves: In his debut scene, he tells the Pope that as long as he still lived, God's Right Seat could be recreated at any time. Which leads to...
    • Decapitated Army: After his defeat in Volume 22, God's Right Seat was officially disbanded.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His Star of Bethlehem plan will apparently save all of humanity, but at the cost of a huge sacrifice.
  • The Worf Effect: For all of his power, and even after becoming "The One Above God", Fiamma still can't harm "The Invisible Thing" sealed inside of Touma right arm and finds himself quivering in fear when faced with it before Touma takes Imagine Breaker back and seals it up again.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • The Pope, at the end of Volume 16. He doesn't die, but he's left in no real position to stop Fiamma's plans.
    • Carissa, at the end of Volume 18. This time, Touma comes in with the save.


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