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Glenn Radars

Voiced by: Soma Saito, Ayane Sakura (young) (Japanese), Josh Grelle, Ryan Reynolds (young) (English)

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A lazy and supposedly incompetent mage who becomes a substitute teacher of Alzano Imperial Magic Academy against his will.
  • Accidental Pervert: When he enters the girls' changing room in volume 1/episode 1, he actually lampshades how cliché this trope is and correctly predicts that he'll soon be punched out for it. Then he declares that unlike others who would normally look away and apologize, he'll savor the image of changing girls.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He tends to comfort people by petting their head.
  • All the Other Reindeer: As a result of his young age and lack of magic ability, he was not able to make many friends at Alzano imperial Magic Academy as a student. This continued in his days as an Imperial Court Mage, because of being considered a third rate magician there, but he was accepted by the group he was a part of, the Special Missions Annex.
  • Almighty Janitor: He's only a third rank mage with average magic skills, but despite this the feats he performed are way above what someone would expect from a mage of his level. These include: Saving Alzano Imperial Magic Academy, the empress Alicia VII and the entirety of Fejite from a devil whose nearly invincible.
  • Ambiguously Human: Although the novel and many characters keep mentioning Glenn is just a normal human being, it's rather complicated if that's rather accurate or true, because of his connection to Namenloze who even refers to him as the person that shall become her master and it's implied that Namenloze is an angel or god of some kind.
  • Anti-Magic: "The Fool's World" can prevent all magic from being cast while it's active, including Glenn's magic. However, it doesn't work on magic that was cast beforehand.
  • Apathetic Teacher: At least at first. He takes his job more seriously after his Wizard Duel against Sisti.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: His female form, Ren Gladars, has been described as a sexy woman with a style comparable to Rumia.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Extinction Ray is a devastating spell, and implied to belong to the highest tier of magic spells. However, it takes a while to cast, and with Glenn's poor magical reserves, can also leave him almost completely drained of mana.
    • He also has another impractical technique he created himself. By using a special bullet he made, he's able to kill a target by using his own magical characteristics, stagnation and stop. The technique is called "Penetrator" and it's powerful enough to break through any defense and even destroy the soul of the target. Unlike his other original magic "The Fool's World", this magic was explicitly created to kill. Which is one of the reasons he stopped using this along with the trauma after witnessing its usage. So he only uses it when it's absolutely necessary if even Extinction Ray fails. The other true drawback is that it can only be shot at point blank range which means he has to get closer to an enemy to use it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Glenn has demonstrated multiple times that he's pretty insightful in both combat and teaching.
    • In volume 1/episode 2, he points out to Rumia that her spell circle lacks mercury in order to work.
    • He notices the mana fluctuations of Reik's attacks and comes up with an appropriate strategy for it in volume 1/episode 3.
    • He assigns students who have a particular talent for a specific subject for the magic games in volume 2/episode 4. Sistine is glad that despite how he acts, Glenn has been observing them all the while.
    • During the mock battle between his class and Leos's, Glenn acknowledged that 3-men cell is the best formation in group battle. However, that formation is meant for soldiers with lots of training, not school student, so he used 2-men cell instead, which is simpler.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite how much he and Eve bicker, they still care about the other's well being. This was shown best in Volume 14 when they were both sad about the other's death in one of the multiple timeloops, they even had similar reactions to it by saying that it was their fault the other died.
  • Badass Teacher: Demonstrates his competence at teaching after he takes his job more seriously. He also demonstrates that he's a very capable combatant during the second half of volume 1/episodes 2 and 3.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: After he uses "The Fool's World" to silence his opponent, he proceeds to use In-Universe military CQC to beat the crap out of them.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Does this against Re=L in volume 3/episode 7, though it's Played for Laughs.
  • Best Out of Infinity: Tries invoking this in his duel with Sistine. All it does is get him zapped three times.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • As "The Fool", he saved Rumia at one point three years prior to the start of the series.
    • Also during his Mage Corps days, protected Re=L and kept her secret safe from his own superiors, with Albert.
    • Played for laughs when Glenn enters the room Sistine is held captive in. When he sees Jin on top of a partially stripped Sisti, he immediately apologizes for interrupting them and makes his leave, only to be called back by Sistine to save her.
    • Saves Rumia from an execution by the Imperial Guards after she is mistakenly tried for plotting to assassinate her biological mother.
    • Interrupts the wedding between Leos and Sistine before they are able to kiss, to his class's delight.
    • The first time he pulled this off was when he was 12 years old and saved his Childhood Friend Nina from her cousin who wants to kill her.
  • Big Eater: Glenn himself states that he takes pleasure in eating.
  • Blatant Lies: Repeatedly claims that he accepted a duel from Leos so he could marry into money and thus loaf off for the rest of his life, which Sisti doesn't buy. He quickly relents, however, and tells her that she reminds him of Sara.
  • Blessed with Suck: While not to the extend of Rumia's Supernatural status. His magic characteristics 'stagnation and stop' doesn't allow him to shorten the chants of using magic. Making him weaker then other magician who are considered more talented, but he was able to use it to it's fullest by creating his original magic "The Fool's World". He is also able to put his characteristics inside a specially made bullet which can even destroy the strongest devil.
  • Blood Magic: An inversion; Glenn uses his own blood to disable all five layers of the teleportation circle surrounding Rumia.
  • Boring, but Practical: Glenn's own original magic, "The Fool's World", nullifies all spell around him (including his own), simple as that. However, he uses his training in military QCQ to get the upper-hand while his enemies are stripped down to their bare hands without their fancy spells.
  • Break the Badass: Being curb-stomped by 'Leos' left Glenn shocked not only because of his defeat but rather the way 'Leos' did which was in a way someone who supposedly died did. He gets out of it thanks to Rumia telling him that Sistine needs his help.
  • Brutal Honesty: Doesn't mince his words when he calls out his class for not understanding a thing about magic.
  • Chick Magnet: Several female characters are in love or attracted to him which includes Sistine, Rumia, Collette, Francine, Anna and Maria. Not to mention the Ship Tease he gets with Celica and Eve and the implication that other girls also at least are interested in him when around 20 students participated in Celica's bride competition.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: A sense of duty and the desire to protect his students does not prevent him from planning a school trip in such a way as to look at schoolgirls in swimsuits. Other than ogling at her jokingly, Glenn is more or less Rumia's unofficial Knight in Shining Armor, because of his promise to always protect her whenever she's in danger.
  • The Chosen One: Jatice believes Glenn is some kind of chosen one of the world, because not only was Glenn able to defeat him, but he keeps surviving and prevailing many dangers despite how high his chance of death and being a third rate magician. He might be right considering Glenn's connection to Namenlose.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He's unable to leave someone that truly needs his help and will go through ridiculous lengths to help them.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • He is very good at this, considering that he himself was trained as a former black-ops government agent, his magic is slow and not very effective, and all he has is his quick mind and Anti-Magic at his side. He also has a gun to negate magic and then simply shoot his enemies.
    • During the mock battle in volume 5/episode 11, he used himself as bait to lure class 4 into the forest, when he set a lot of traps in advance.
  • The Comically Serious: Threatens to annihilate his students with Extinction Ray after his class blows their winnings on absurd amounts of food and drink in the post-school competition party, although they're too busy celebrating to care.
  • Cool Teacher: Takes his job more seriously after his Wizard Duel against Sisti. And it gets to the point that students from other classes chime in to listen to his lectures. Also, as he's not that removed from his students age-wise, he can get in their graces rather easily, as he knows full well what makes them tick (both girls and boys, funnily enough).
  • Covered with Scars: Under his shirt there are many scars from his time as an Imperial Mage Corps magician.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Sisti defies this by blowing him away before he could run into her and Rumia.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has black eyes to go with his black hair.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: By using a catalyst, he can cast Celica's Extinction Ray, but this completely drains him of his mana and leaves him unconscious afterwards.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child he lost his parents and memories before getting adopted by Celica. He wished to be a mage of justice, which he then gets as an Imperial Officer. Then things go downhill from there after realizing what he's doing. After Sara's death, this is when he basically gives up on magic and his job then becomes the Hikikomori we first saw in the series.
  • Dead Guy Junior: The Side Story "Heavens, the Lonesome Witch" reveals that he is named after a kid who Celica planned to adopt, but was actually a thrall that was getting close to her as part of a plan to kill her.
  • Declaration of Protection: Gave one to Rumia three years prior in order to make her stop crying and bring her to safety. He still follows it through to the present day. Reversed back on him as Re=L constantly states that she wants Glenn by his side, so SHE can protect HIM, when he was gloomy about his time as basically a mage assassin in the Mage Corps.
  • Déjà Vu: When he examines Rumia, wondering if they have met before. It turns out they met once three years prior.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "The blonde, cute, super cute Rumia-chan!"
  • Determinator: The guy will fight to the point of coming dangerously close to death and will disregard his safety to protect his students (particularly Sisti and Rumia). In the first volume he suffers from mana deficiency, gets cuts over his body, gets impaled five times and uses his own blood to activate a spell in order to save the academy and everyone in it.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: It is implied that Glenn feels sympathy for Sisti because she very much resembles a deceased girl in whom he was in love.
  • The Dreaded: During his days in the mage corps "The Fool" is considered this, because he was able to kill many master level magicians without any problem.
  • Dumb, but Diligent: Glenn was never a truly gifted student nor did he have talent in magic, but he was a patient student who as a result of his studies has lots of knowledge in the theories of magic.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Before the start of the story, he has already gained infamy as an Imperial Assassin known as "The Fool".
  • Famed In-Story: Many of his achievements as a teacher are known to the public which aside from winning the Magic Festival and duel against Maxim's reformation include saving the Queen's life, saving Fejite and preventing Snorias destruction. As a result he's known as Alzano's hero and became the reason he became head coach of Alzano's team for the international Magic Festival.
  • Fights Like a Normal: The magic he knows tends to be more limited compared to other mages, with combat spells that have overly long incantations. He makes up for it with his melee prowess from his black-ops training.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: In the first volume it was revealed he actually used to be a Mage Killer working in a black ops team of the Alzano Empire and that he was the one who saved Rumia three years before the series.
  • The Fool: This is outright his tarot motif and he goes through insane amounts of dangers yet managed to survive despite the injuries he gains and the insanely low chance of survival he supposedly has.
  • Friendship Favoritism: Student favoritism in this case; he makes Rumia do less menial work as opposed to Sisti with carrying loads of textbooks from one classroom to another.
  • Gender Bender: In volume 8 he becomes "Renn Gladars" in order to infiltrate the Saint Lily Magic Girls' Academy.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: Glenn sees the school competition's prize money as an opportunity for this trope, especially when he makes a huge bet with rival teacher. Although his class wins, Sistine spends most of the winnings on expensive alcohol, rendering his scheme moot.
  • Gold Digger: After challenging Leos to a duel over who gets to marry Sistine, Glenn jokingly claims he can marry into money and not have to work another day in his life.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In an attempt to stop working, he instead send out a magic puppet programmed with his appearance and personality to do the lessons for him. In the end the puppet emulated his personality to well since it ended up rebelling against the reformation of the academy decided by the new headmaster. He actually lampshaded this himself since that's exactly how he would act. After a shutdown resulted in the destruction of the puppet, he was partly forced to fight against reformation of the academy and as a result has to do even more work.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His normally wide eyes noticeably narrow whenever he is in his assassin persona. Sistine notices in volume 5/episode 12, and it terrifies her.
  • Graceful Loser: Ties against Class 4, but nevertheless compliments Class 2 for performing well during the duel.
  • Happily Adopted: Although he does not view Celica as his mother and sometimes mutually flirts with her, Glenn sincerely respects her as her guardian and the woman who raised him and taught him magic.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Played With. It's emphasized that he wasn't a naturally talented student but worked hard enough to make great theoretical strides in his studies. In regards to his combat potential, he's more limited than his students but tends to be more resourceful.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he has a skirmish with "Leos" the night before their duel, Leos roundly kicks his ass by employing a non-magic technique that Glenn cannot nullify with Anti-Magic. Massively outplayed, battered, bloodied and humiliated, Glenn silently walks away, does not show up for the duel and leaves the school for good. He gets better thanks to Rumia.
  • Heroic Build: In a side story Sistine notes his body was as beautiful as a classical sculpture despite being Covered with Scars when she got turned into a cat and Glenn took a shower with her without knowing her true identity.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite introducing and making an impression as an incompetent, rude, and lazy slacker, Glenn shows in volume 1/episode 2 that he has the magical knowledge befitting of an instructor and then some. Also, he's a very good combatant and quick to think on his feet. He turns out to be a former assassin named "The Fool", and the same one who saved Rumia three years prior to the start of the series.
    • He even without any problems acts as Cool Teacher, when under the guise of Albert quickly "finds" a common language with the students and easily motivates them to win in magical competitions.
    • Despite having some amoral characteristics, he's still a very principled guy and as a result doesn't see any of his students as women, but only as students. Much to the dismay of Sistine and Rumia who realize after seeing his interactions with Eve and Celica. Works against him, though, as he ends up alienating Re=L too much when she looks to get close to him, like they used to apparently be back in their Mage Corps days.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite his laziness, rudeness and supposed apathy, he's still a good guy underneath and Rumia even considers him the most noble person she's ever met and she isn't exactly wrong considering the length he goes to save people and the fact he still keeps his promise with her although it has been made 3 years ago and they never met each other in that time.
  • Hikikomori: Retired from assassination and shut himself away from society after Sara's death.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Subverted. While his Anti-Magic spell also affects him, he can compensate with his melee prowess.
  • I Gave My Word: The whole reason he keeps his promise to Rumia to protect her and be her ally if even the whole world was against her.
  • Image Song: "Seigi no Kakera".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: On the receiving end of this at the end of volume 3/episode 8, courtesy of Re=L. He only survives thanks to some quick-thinking from Albert and Sistine.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Supposedly, what makes his Magical "Punch" so magical is that it's actually a kick.
  • Intimate Healing: The You Must Be Cold variant. In order to keep Celica's unconscious body warm on a snowy mountain, he strips himself and her down to their underwear so that they will keep each other warm through their body warmth.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: His students (especially Sistine) would have killed a normal person multiple times with the punishments they deal to Glenn, to the point that it's a Running Gag. However, when things gets serious, it's shown that Glenn is not, by any means, invulnerable and he has come close to dying multiple times.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He enjoys teasing Sistine and mocking his students but deeply cares about them. Hints of this with his interactions with Re=L and their past history as well.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He acknowledges that the time he spent trying to become the mage of justice he so aspired to be was meaningless, but nevertheless refuses to allow it to be in vain.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: When Celica found him as a kid. He lost all of his memories as a result of magical experiments at the hand of Henrietta, these memories include the village he was found in, his name and even the experimentation that caused it, but it's considered a good thing since those experiments were clearly traumatizing since they involved directly experimenting on his brain.
  • Late for School: On his first day as a substitute teacher. Guess why.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Usually he's rather silly and unmotivated, but when he gets serious and motivated nothing can stop him. Other characters actually lampshade that he only becomes reliable at the last moment.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: He shares this dynamic with Eve. Sistine and Rumia note this and as a result see her as a potentially dangerous rival.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • He has some powerful spells and magical knowledge but tends to be hampered by long incantations. He also endangers himself when casting powerful spells due to his mana reserves are nothing special. Combat magic is overall not his specialty, so he tends to rely on hand to hand combat.
    • His "Fool's World" can prevent other mages from casting magic if they are in a set area with Glenn as the center. However, this also prevents Glenn from casting magic as well. This also cannot negate magic that has already been cast or set.
  • Look Behind You: Subverted; he attempts to fool Sistine into looking elsewhere during the third round of their Wizard Duel, but is defeated regardless because he couldn't chant the incantation for Shock Bolt fast enough.
  • Loophole Abuse: Weasels out of honoring the terms for losing his duel against Sistine because he technically never agreed to the set terms in the first place by implicating but never actually stating what he wanted Sistine to do if he won and thus sealing the deal. A Subversion in the end because he did end up teaching class seriously, which was what Sistine wanted out of the duel, even if the duel itself had little to do with his change of mind.
  • Loveable Rogue: One of the reasons his students love him so much. The guy is just loads of fun to have around.
  • Love Confession: Played for laughs; he delivers one to Sistine, who blushes in response, to demonstrate to his class how words are powerful and can affect one's mind. Sistine didn't appreciate having her heart toyed with like that, so she throws a book at Glenn's head in embarrassment.
  • Mage Killer: Glenn's particular skill set and pragmatic mindset don't make him a "great" mage by the setting's standards, but they indeed make him a tricky opponent for any mage to fight. The government realized this and recruited him right after graduating as their black-ops guy to take down dangerous mages. Also a Deconstructed Trope because three years of witnessing the worst people can do with magic, including himself as someone who only excels at killing other mages, made him embittered and nihilistic. The series' whole premise is a Batman Gambit by his mentor to get him to develop a new sense of purpose and self-worth by forcing him to work as a magic instructor.
  • Mage Marksman: Glenn used a pistol during his time in the army and apparently would turn off the magic and then coldly shoot his enemies in the head.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Downplayed. Despite being a teacher at a magic academy, he's not very good at combat spells due to having long casts. Instead, he mostly relies on his Anti-Magic to make his melee skills more advantageous. However, he does know some advanced spells and magic theory, though he can't capitalize on the former unless an ally buys him time to chant or makes a plan to counterattack.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: The first thing he does when turned into a woman is touch his breasts and crotch.
  • Money Fetish: Views making Sistine his wife as an excuse to not work, and essentially, be married to money. This gets him blown away by her.
  • Muggle with a Degree in Magic: As a result of his magic characteristics, he's unable to use types of magics aside from basics or chant shortening, but he is still very knowledgeable over magic which makes him a good instructor.
  • NEET: Supposedly lived off of Celica for a year before he was forced into becoming a part-time teacher.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His "Magical Punch" is neither magical nor a punch. However, he claims that it is magical because it's a kick.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He gets too close for comfort when he examines Rumia.
  • Oblivious to Love: He doesn't realize that Sistine and Rumia like him romantically, but this can be justified since they are his students.
  • Onee-sama: When Glenn or rather Ren wins over her class at Saint Lily Magic Girls' Academy, they want her as their Onee-sama. Too bad the class is still divided into two factions which in turn escalated into a Tug of War.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: As a result of working together with Albert for years, they both know each other combat capabilities very well and as a result can counter each others thoughts and actions. This made both of them the perfect person to one another in case one of them goes rogue which they both acknowledge. This is the reason why Glenn was forced to rejoin the Mage Corps in volume 13 when Albert seemingly went rogue and it shows since not only was he able to put up a better fight than a squad of 15 elite mages, but also 3 imperial court mages with unique magic and on top of that while they were defeated by Albert in close distance combat, Glenn was able to fight against Albert when their distance against each other was 1000 meters which gave Albert the advantage, despite this Glenn still managed to prevail in the end.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he's not his usual self and acts serious, you know it's serious and may have something to do with his past. Especially if he acts his assassin ways.
  • Perpetual Poverty: He is usually broke, because of many reasons which include gambling, paying for damages, debts and laziness.
  • Power of Trust: The biggest reasons his dangerous and improbable plans usually work are that they require trust in his allies even if he doesn't know them that long or was reluctant in their decision to interfere.
  • Protagonist Title: He's the titular "Bastard Magic Instructor".
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Seen doing this in a training session in Episode 7.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Noting that Leos doesn't take the tie from the Class 2 vs Class 4 duel well, he points out that commanders take responsibility for the failure of their troops.
  • Relative Button: If you're Jatice, don't even think about mentioning Sistine's resemblance to Sara Silvers in Glenn's presence.
  • The Reliable One: Ironically despite his personality, he's a rare main character example of this since people who know about him and his skills know that he should be able to solve the crisis at hand with the most ideal outcome and just believe in him whenever a problem arises..
  • Replacement Goldfish: A side story revealed that he is this to the original 'Glenn Radars', a child who was an thrall of a Lich who in turn used him in an attempt to kill Celica. After defeating the Lich, Celica found him in her lair and decided to adopt him and rename him Glenn Radars. She considered herself pathetic for doing that, despite that she still loves him as her own child.
  • Rescue Romance: This is actually how some of the girls attractions start with him.
    • Sistine fell in love with him after he prevented a Attempted Rape attempt from Jin and risked his life to safe the school.
    • Rumia adored him since he saved her from evil magicians that kidnapped her years before the story began.
    • In reverse, Re=L may be in love with him because when he was gloomy about his assassin days, she protected him. After she fully finds out about her past, it may be further implied that her adoration has grown too.
    • One a more humorous note. Wendy fell in love with his one-time alter ego Kamen Rider Kaiser X in a Side Story from Orwell's magic golems.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: This is basically what he is in many volumes of the light novel.
    • Volume 1: He only became a teacher after Celica forced him to after the previous teacher disappeared, but ended up foiling the plans of the Researchers of Divine Wisdom (whose ranks include that said teacher who turned out to be a mole) and managed to save every student present at the academy.
    • Volume 2: The Empress only visited the school for the festival, but he ended up foiling the assassination attempt on her and Rumia. It was even stated that only his unique magic was capable of allowing a happy end in which Everyone Lives.
    • Volume 3/4: The head of the place his class went to a field trip is secretly a member of the Researchers of Divine Wisdom. He along with Albert ended up defeating him, saving Rumia and reveal Re=L's past to her. Also the only reason he went there is because of the beach and his desire to see girls in swimsuits.
  • Save Our Students: Not to the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy, but he or rather she did this to the Saint Lily Magic Girls' Academy despite only being sent there for an exchange program. Thanks to the transfer Ren was able to expose the psychological problems student have there, create peace between the two biggest factions and expose the headmaster Marianne as a part of the "Southern Cross".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Immediately departs after losing to Sistine in a Wizard Duel, but not without tripping first.
    • In the Episode 4 preview, he leaves the stage with his whiteboard while deliberately neglecting to explain what the Akashic Records are.
  • Sensei-chan: Gender inverted (except for a part of volume 8); he's not much older (19, to be exact) than his students, with whom he communicates as an older friend.
  • "Silly Me" Gesture: Puts on this expression when he mentions that he, too, is affected by his own Anti-Magic spell.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: As noted is under Like an Old Married Couple, he has this dynamic with Eve.
  • The Slacker:
  • Static Character: An invoked example according to the author. Throughout the story Glenn is still pretty much the same person he was at the start of the story (a bastard with a heart of gold who wants to become a "Magician of justice") only more livelier (at times) instead he is used to help other characters develop (especially Sistine, Rumia, Re=L, Celica, Albert and Eve). Glenn actually notes to himself that he hasn't truly grown as much compared to his students.
  • Spanner in the Works: Whenever an antagonist has a perfect plan, you can pretty much guarantee that Glenn would somehow foil it since they either don't expect to be there or underestimate him.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: This is how Celica found him.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: He is weak in natural magic, so he has to combine it with the techniques of martial arts.
  • Take a Third Option: He always takes another option, because he doesn't want anyone he knows to die or sacrifice themselves and always tries to get the most ideal outcome out of the situation which usually is Everyone Lives except for the enemy.
  • Talk to the Fist: Glenn is not above coming to fisticuffs with a magician if things get too hairy. As his specialty deals with nullifying magic, his method of neutralizing foes as a result is to beat the living crap out of them until they submit or are altogether unconscious.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Fool. His Anti-Magic spell is named "The Fool's World", and "The Fool" was also the name of his identity during his past as part of the Imperial Mage Corps.
    • The tarot card means unpredictability or great potential. The potential part is zigzagged a bit, because as a result of his magical characteristics, he has a smaller amount of spells ready than other magicians, but he's already creative with it what he has. The unpredictability part is played straight since normally a third rate magician like him shouldn't be able to win or cause much trouble, but he's still a very dangerous person to face and is considered a Wild Card by his enemies.
    • It's also noticeable that his tarot card has three animals on them which are a cat, dog and squirrel which are the Animal Motifs of Sistine, Rumia and Re=L respectively.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: A rather interesting case, while he does perversely ogle his female students, he actually defies to romance part, because he still is a principled guy and as a result doesn't see his students as woman to the dismay of Sistine and Rumia.
  • Troll:
    • His frivolous approach to work leads to the fact that Glenn, without any doubts, would play a trick on others even in the most serious moments.
    • He likes to do this a lot of his enemies, such as when he used a punch for his "magical kick" attack or when he pretends to shoot Rainer, only to punch him.
    • He is delighted at how flustered Sistine gets about everything, so he teases her the most. If she makes a mistake or says something wrong, he'll milk it beyond its logical boundaries just to see her blushing.
  • Undeathly Pallor: His skin enters a discolored state (akin to that of a zombie's) after casting Extinction Ray.
  • Underestimating Badassery: One the receiving end from this, because in terms of magician skills on paper he's a third rate magician who can't shorten spells, but despite his several feats his enemies believe that this came from luck and that he isn't a threat to their plan which they later regretted.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: While he doesn't win in the end, he shamelessly booby traps multiple Class 4 students after goading them into chasing after him during the Class 2 vs Class 4 duel, and boasts how amazing he is at guerrilla tactics. Sistine calls him out for it.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Extinction Ray, a spell he learned from Celica.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Glenn doesn't have great mana reserves and admits that he's bad at mana manipulation and chant reduction. He is, however, a skilled martial artist, well-versed in magic concepts and theory, and a very cunning and resourceful combatant. These allow him to be almost one step ahead when fighting fellow mages. In fact, this is emphasized early on by an incredible mastery of a basic shock spell. Whether it be arcing it, cutting it short, and so on, he showed there was more depth to it than shortening the incantation.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In volume 1 he could have easily left the academy and waited for help to arrive when terrorists took it over or ran away to the dungeon to save himself, but instead he chose to go in there himself when he saw military grade magic being shot and went to rescue everyone inside. As Rumia has noted he could have easily tried to save himself with no one blaming him.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Deconstructed. When he was younger, he looked at magic like Sistine and wanted to become a hero. The Wide-Eyed part died when he became a black-ops assassin and witnessed what people, himself included, could do with magic. Reconstructed when he reveals that Sara Silvers was the reason he continued to pursue his dream of being a mage of justice and technically he still is this despite sounding cynical at times, because he always strives to get the most ideal outcome during disasters.
  • Wild Card: This is what his enemies consider him since he always goes against their expectations from what they expect from a third rate mage. Eleanor, The Dragon of Researchers of Divine Wisdom, even referred him as this.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The biggest reason why 'Leos' was able to defeat him was because he took him off guard since Glenn didn't expect him to have equal fighting abilities as him.

    Sistine Fibel 

Sistine "Sisti" Fibel

Voiced by: Akane Fujita (Japanese), Rachel Messer (English)

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A girl who greatly admires magic and aspires to discover the secret of Melgalius's Sky Castle.
  • Accidental Misnaming: "Sisterina" by Glenn, though this is absent from the anime.
  • Action Dress Rip: Tears off the bloodied portion of her wedding dress when she renews her vow to protect Glenn and Rumia at the end of volume 5/episode 12.
  • A-Cup Angst: Is jealous that Rumia is developing a bustier rack, especially because Glenn is very fond of reminding her how Rumia is more voluptuous than her.
  • Animal Motifs: A white cat. She also wears a blue hairband which sports white cat ears. It also turns out to be her best match in transformation magic after analyzing her genes.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap:
    • Delivers one to Glenn over his deconstruction on the purpose of magic.
    • Delivers one to Glenn again, after he and Leos bicker over her when the former boasts that he'll be able to slack off for the rest of his life once he wins the duel.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In one side story she became a cat which surprisingly was her best match to transform into. She becomes stuck into that form for a day and spends a night at Glenn's house who thought she was a stray.
  • Beneath the Mask: She may seem like a confident and haughty person outside, but deep inside she feels more insecure than anyone else and the other personality is a facade for her family house.
  • Berserk Button: Badmouthing magic, let alone deconstructing it, is an easy way to earn a slap from her.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Saves Glenn with her Dispel Force, which disables Reik's floating swords.
    • Stops Jatice from finishing off Glenn with his Tulpas, courtesy of a Gale Blow.
  • Blatant Lies: Claims that she can't marry Leos because she swore her and Glenn's futures to each other as lovers. Needless to say, Leos doesn't buy it.
  • Blow You Away: Gale Blow.
    • In a Running Gag involving her and Glenn, she blows him away with the spell every time he says or does something stupid or embarrassing as she exclaims "You jerk!".
    • She also uses the spell to slow down Reik's bone golems.
  • Bookworm: She's very studious and is frustrated with Glenn's initial refusal to properly teach her class.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: She gets a high off of eating brandy cake after the school competition and ends up flirting with Glenn.
    • In the light novel and manga, she had actual liquor, and lots of it.
  • Character Development: Through the series she becomes more courageous and determined to protect her friends.
  • Character Focus: While she is a main character, she's actually the least important character plot wise compared to the other 4 below, but she does get the main focus in these volumes:
    • Volume 5 is about her Arranged Marriage with Leos and how she tries to get out with it and later on renew her vow to protect people dear to her.
    • Volume 14 is about her participation in the Magician Selection, her desire to live up to her dead grandfather, rekindling with her childhood friend Ellen Kleitos and her relation with Glenn.
  • Character Tic: Occasionally fiddles with her hair locks.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sistine usually has uneasy feelings whenever another girl is talking or interacts with Glenn even before she actually got feelings for him, but unlike Rumia she's unable to admit her jealousy. Examples include:
    • She didn't like it when Re=L said that Glenn is her everything and to whom she decided to live her life for in front of the entire class.
    • The reason why she participated in the ball with a crosdressing Re=L was so that Glenn and Rumia wouldn't win.
    • When Glenn temporarily becomes a woman to teach at an all girls school and becomes very popular with his class. This causes her to fight along Rumia against their two leaders many times. This even escalated till a point they went to the bath when they heard their classmates were going there despite knowing that 'Renn' is well a man. However unlike Rumia she's unable to admit her jealousy.
    • She subconsciously sees Eve as a rival after seeing the way she interacts with Glenn.
  • Cowardly Lion: She becomes this in volume 5 when she decides to fight, despite her fears since she even more afraid of the people she cares about dying than her own death. Before this she was unable to truly fight back against the enemy as shown when Re=L kidnapped Rumia and Sistine stood there powerless to even attack Re=L who in turn just stood there and gave her a chance to attack.
  • Cry Cute: Played for laughs, but this is how she reacts to the fact that Glenn is also affected by his own Anti-Magic spell.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily defeats Glenn in a Wizard Duel, even after he changes the win conditions to a best of three, then best of five.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snidely remarks to Glenn, with a smirk, that she wouldn't mind eating slightly more during the lunch period before her alchemy class.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. Glenn shoves her out from the third floor of Alzano Academy to deal with Reik by himself, but she softly lands on a bush.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: It is implied that Glenn feels sympathy for her because she very much resembles a deceased girl in whom he was in love.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her feelings for Glenn are not that well hidden, the only person she fools with her denials is herself, but it's ambiguous how much the person himself knows about them.
  • Expressive Accessory: Her hairband's ears frequently perk and flop in the anime.
  • Flanderization: Played for laughs during the episode 3 preview. When Glenn distracts Sisti while she is busily and briefly recapping the events of episode 2 by directing her attention to a prop representing Melgalius's Sky Castle, she goes into Cat Girl mode and chases after the prop while reciting random facts about the city.
  • Generation Xerox: Her parents used to have a similar relationship to what she and Glenn have, in that her mother chastised her father for being an Apathetic Teacher and made him get his act together.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a blue hairband which sports white cat ears.
  • Hate at First Sight: She and Rumia initially didn't get along well with each other.
  • Heroic BSoD: Doesn't take the news that Re=L supposedly killed Glenn well.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rumia.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Not in magic in which she's considered a prodigy, but in terms of literary talent in which she keeps trying to sent in her works to competitions, but never wins them. Her writing once exorcised the ghost of a famous author who read it, because he found it so bad that his own first embarrassingly bad childhood novel was a literary classic compared to it.
  • Hot for Teacher: It's clear to everyone except herself that she likes Glenn.
  • Identical Stranger: Invoked. It's not yet known whether Sisti is in any way related to Sara Silvers, Glenn's deceased former partner at the army and possible love interest, but the resemblance is uncanny, and it's one of the reasons Glenn is attracted to Sisti.
  • Idiot Hair: Sports a strand. Ironically, she's one of the smartest students in her class if not her entire grade.
  • Image Song: "Possibility".
  • Incest Subtext: Played for laughs in the fourth episode, when her father has to be restrained after flattering her and Rumia.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Sisti", short for Sistine. Glenn also develops a habit of addressing her as "white cat", due to the cat ears she wears on her head.
  • In Vino Veritas: She's very clingy and flirty with Glenn when drunk on many bottles of wine (brandy cake in the anime).
  • Japanese Politeness:
    • Zigzagged with Glenn. Despite her frustration with his tardiness, she addresses him formally. She drops this after Glenn takes his job more seriously. Then her use of formalities while addressing Glenn vary depending on the situation afterwards.
    • She holds her late grandfather in high regard.
  • Luminescent Blush: Becomes visibly embarrassed after Glenn delivers his "Love Confession" to her.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Drunk!Sisti gets too touchy feely with Glenn, hugging and flirting with him.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Leos threatens to expose Rumia and Re=L's secrets should Sisti decline to marry him.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her waist.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It is implied that Glenn feels for her some interest and sympathy, since she very much reminds his deceased loved one.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Rumia are very close.
  • Shattering the Illusion: Disables Glenn's Self Illusion after the real Rumia shows up, then blows him away as he casually walks off.
  • Ship Tease: Glenn clearly attracts her attention, making him lunch during the magic competitions and seems to be quite moved after he eats it and praises her cooking.
  • Skinship Grope:
    • Fondles Rumia in an attempt to comfort herself after enduring Glenn's tardiness back in the classroom.
    • The episode 11 endcard shows Sistine playfully groping Rumia, both of them wearing bikinis, as the latter winces.
  • Smug Smiler: Puts on this expression when talking with Glenn during lunch in episode 1, combined with a snarky remark.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While she's the most advertised female character, she's actually the least plot important and most of her role in the story is to support the other characters and she rarely gets true focus in a novel. Look above for which novels focus on her.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Invoked. She finds herself to be very much attracted to Glenn, though his overall shameless attitude and tendency to make fun of her prompts her to keep a healthy distance between them. As shown during her "fiance's" visit to the academy, she's at the very least entertaining the possibility of a prospective relationship with Glenn.
  • Teen Genius: It's noted by other characters that Sistine has a considerable amount of talent and potential. She is considered the best student in the class and even impresses Albert who is an experienced Imperial magician. As it turns out her total Magic Capacity is over 10,000! And to be clear the Magic Capacity a first rate magician is supposed to have is at least 3000 which means she already has three times as much capacity compared to a regular first rate magician.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Hurls a textbook towards Glenn after he delivers his "Love Confession" to her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Invokes this trope by asking Glenn to train her in combat magic. She shows the fruits of her training at the end of volume 5 along with becoming emotionally stronger by renewing her vow to protect those dear to her. Her training along with all the dangers she faced against also caused her Magic Capacity up to 10,000 which is 5 times the average a magician her age is supposed to have.
  • Tsundere: She is embarrassed every time she admits Glenn is right or praises him, so therefore expect tsun-tsun every time they talk to each other.
  • Unusual Ears: Wears cat ears on her head.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lavender hair, rather.
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    Rumia Tingel 

Rumia Tingel / Princess Ermiana El Kel Alzano

Voiced by: Yume Miyamoto (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

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Sisti's best friend and adoptive sister.
  • Abusive Parents: Although her mother clearly loves her, it's implied that she drove her out of the family in her past. Her perception of Rumia is such that she is almost never surprised when she is told that her mother ordered for her execution without trial. Subverted later on, as she actually begged Glenn to save her and feels remorse for banishing her for her status as a Supernatural in order to retain the dignity of the Royal Family.
  • Animal Motifs: In the light novel, she's often compared to a pup that has grown attached to Glenn and follows him around. This is a contrast to the cat motif of her friend Sisti.
  • Blatant Lies: Her biological mother doesn't buy her That Man Is Dead speech, yet plays along with it since she finds it hard to be forgiven after banishing her own daughter from the royal family.
  • Character Development: Throughout the series, she starts to become more selfish and lives more for herself instead of retaining her role as a "good child" and self loathing.
  • Character Focus:
    • Volume 2 is about her meeting with her mother again after many years.
    • Volume 7 is about her going to the ball with Glenn.
    • Volume 9/10 is about her powers and what kind of role they have, but most importantly her growth into a person who wants to live her live to the fullest which she shows by deciding to pursue Glenn herself while telling Sisti that they should become rivals next.
    • Volume 15 is about how much Glenn trusts her as support and her desire to be a support to him.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: While she doesn't show the 'Clingy' part that much, she just like Sisti has uneasy feelings whenever a girl is talking to Glenn, but it still gets shown in cases. It gets rather worse when she decides to go after Glenn herself after overcoming her issues and starts seeing other girls as potential rivals. For example:
    • When Glenn temporarily becomes a woman to teach at an all girls school and becomes very popular with his class. This causes her to fight along Sistine against their two leaders many times. This even escalated till a point they went to the bath when they heard their classmates were going there despite knowing that 'Renn' is well a man. She even admitted to him that she couldn't help but feel jealous seeing him interact with other girls.
    • She sees Eve Ignite as a love rival after seeing how she interacts with Glenn and believes it's only a matter of time for them to resolve their differences and go out with each other which motivates her to get closer to Glenn.
    • She also sees Celica Arfonia as a love rival since she's the person closest to Glenn and went with them on their trip along with Sisti and Re=L to keep an eye of them while also spending time with him.
    • She sees Maria as a dangerous rival, because of her direct personality.
  • Cool Key: The "Silver Key" she got from Namenloze allows her to bend space, she's later able to create her own smaller key which has the same ability, but weaker.
  • Covert Pervert: Implied, since unlike the other girls, she is amused by Glenn and the boys' occasional sleazy behavior, but it's confirmed in the light novel, whenever Glenn gets into a rather compromising situation with another woman, she gets embarrassed by the sight of it and covers her face with her hands, but peeks through the openingsnote 
  • Cursed with Awesome: She possesses a special ability that allows her to exponentially amplify a mage's power without the use of magic. However, because those with such powers are subject to persecution, she was exiled from her biological family and she still needs to be wary of those who wish to kidnap her for their own personal wants.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is abducted several times by members of the Divine Wisdom to be used for their plans. And since she lacks any offensive skills to speak of, it's up to the others to rescue her.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her feelings for Glenn are quite noticeable to everyone including her many admirers and even Re=L.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Volume 1 reveals that she's actually the supposedly dead princess Ermiana and that she's a Supernatural.
  • Genre Savvy: When she decides to pursue Glenn herself after volume 10. She shows knowledge of how dangerous her rivals and what they themselves are lacking. She already sees Eve as a dangerous rival after seeing her interactions with Glenn. She also knows how hard Teacher/Student Romance is, because the Unequal Pairing causes Glenn to only see them as students, but not as love interests.
  • Hair Decorations: Holds her hair up with a green bow, and wears straight and plus-shaped pins on her right sidelock.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the nicest people in the school and has golden hair.
  • Hate at First Sight: She and Sisti initially didn't get along well with each other.
  • Healing Hands: She heals an elderly man who accidentally cut himself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sisti.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She holds tons of self-loathing since her status as a Supernatural results in many people coming after her and bringing the people she cares about in danger.
  • Hidden Depths: Although she looks like a pretty simple and innocent girl, Rumia is occasionally portrayed to be very wise. In particular, she immediately understands that Sisti and Glenn have completely different goals for participating in the wizardry competitions, or that Sisti hides sympathy for him for behind tsun-tsun elements. In general throughout the story it was shown she was good at knowing other people's emotions.
  • Hot for Teacher: She is in love with Glenn who is her homeroom teacher.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: As noted above she tends to do this whenever Glenn gets in a rather compromising position with another woman, but subverts it by peeking through her finger.
  • Image Song: "Kibana no Suiren".
  • Insecure Love Interest: While she does like Glenn, she doesn't pursue him, because she knows that Sistine likes him too and she believes she isn't a person someone should love, because of her status as a Supernatural and someone abandoned by her family. She later grows out of this at the end of volume 10 and declares herself as a love rival against Sistine.
  • I Owe You My Life: Hopes to someday repay "The Fool", AKA Glenn, for saving her life.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason she she wants Glenn and Sisti to go out with each other is because she believes her status as a Supernatural will eliminate any chance of happiness she gets. Sort-off outgrows this in volume 10, she still wants Glenn to be happy, but she will also pursue him herself.
  • King Incognito: She is the last known princess of Alzano, Princess Ermiana.
  • Lap Pillow: Uses her lap as a pillow for Glenn to rest on after he knocks Huey out cold.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: She's afraid that Glenn would one day die protecting her, but this is also the reason she fell in love with or rather the reason she can't help falling in love with him.
  • MacGuffin Girl: She is the goal of heretics who want to conduct some complicated ritual with her help.
  • Matchmaker Crush: She wants Sisti and Glenn to go out with each other, but she also has feelings for him. Even after deciding to go after Glenn herself, she still helps Sisti with her feelings, because she still isn't honest and aware of them herself. She is actually worries about this trait of her.
  • Nice Girl: Very cordial and friendly with Glenn, and never gets mad with his antics, only flabbergasted at worst.
  • Not Blood Siblings: She and Sisti are not related, since, in fact, Rumia is the daughter of the Queen and was adopted by the parents of her friend.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Averted. Unlike what any other girl would do, Rumia doesn't punish Glenn for thoroughly examining her (part of which involves fiddling with her uniform) or when he wanders into the changing rooms while the female students were changing, and is at most flabbergasted with his antics.
  • Powers for a Day: In order to end "Fejite's Worst Three Days" she was given the power of the "Silver Key" from Namenlose. With it she was able to spend space. She loses the power after realizing that she can't go through with her sacrifice and that she wants to be with everyone. She's later able to manifest her own key which has the same abilities as the "Silver Key", but to a lesser extend.
  • Properly Paranoid: Played for Laughs in a side story which shows she's right to fear Eve as a rival in love, because that story shows that she gets along with Glenn greatly when they didn't know the other's identity.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Sisti are very close.
  • School Idol: As a result of her kind nature and cute looks she is one of the most popular girls of the academy and gets confessed regularly, but always rejects them. This causes her to be famed as the unconquerable beauty of the academy.
  • Secretly Selfish: Despite how nice she seems to others, she actually considers herself this, because of her desire to live despite the dangers she poses to others and her love for Glenn although Sistine likes him too. She gets over this in volume 10 when she realizes that she truly wants to live with everyone and that they are willing to accept her for who she is.
  • Ship Tease: Gets this with Glenn as it's pretty clear she's in love with him, because he saved her in the past and inspired her to chase after her current dream.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason she loves Glenn despite his rough edges is because of the kindness and nobleness beneath him.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Nice as she may be, she's not one to back down from any inherent danger and offers herself up to protect her classmates when terrorists arrive at the school looking for her. Glenn nominates her for the mental defense event at the school competition for this reason.
  • Smells Sexy: Sisti sniffs her body while fondling her at the same time, and comments how she has pretty, pale, and smooth skin.
  • Stepford Smiler: While she may seem cheerful and bright outside, she's actually very sad inside.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like a young version of her real mother.
  • That Man Is Dead: Rumia denies being Princess Ermiana, who is said to have died of an epidemic, when approached by her mother after three years of not having seen each other. Thankfully subverted in that both mother and daughter still love each other dearly and tearfully reconcile, but still live apart to minimize political-complications, and the Queen wanting Rumia to continue having a happy childhood with her friends at school.

    Re=L Rayford 

Re=L Rayford

Voiced by: Ari Ozawa (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)

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One of Glenn's comrades, who he met during his black-ops days.
  • Alliterative Name: Re=L Rayford.
  • Artificial Human: She was created in the Project Revive Life, a combination of cloning and resurrection of the dead.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her strategies are always to attack on the front.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When she crossdressed to participate in the ball with Sistine so that Rumia won't win with Glenn. Many girls and boys found her very attractive.
  • BFS: Re=L fights with a rather large runic-looking sword that she summons via alchemy. If it breaks, Re=L can summon another one to replace it.
  • Big Brother Worship: She is so devoted to her big brother that she does not think much when he suggests that she betray Glenn for the potential to make himself free.
  • Big Eater: Hoards a plate full of strawberry tarts. No one seems to mind, though.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Played with. She acts as Glenn's bodyguard and wants to devote her life for his, but she's not an official bodyguard and it's not explicitly stated that she harbors romantic feelings for him.
    • Even after being convinced by Glenn to live for herself and those she cares about, she says that "everything starts with Glenn" when Sistine's parents ask for her opinion on Glenn.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to her cloned sisters' collective Cain, although contrary to the usual play on this trope she's the one who kills them to protect Glenn.
  • Character Development: She gets more emotional and open to other people as the series goes on.
  • Character Focus:
    • Volume 3 & 4 is about her adjusting to her life as a student, getting closer to her classmates and learning about her past.
    • Volume 8 is about her trying to study so that she won't get expelled and becoming more social in the exchange program.
    • Volume 13 is about her suffering an illness and the reason for her creation, but this is downplayed compared to the other volumes, because the true focus of the volume is the conflict between Glenn and Albert.
  • Chick Magnet: The entirety of Glenn's class fawns over her when she is initially introduced. Though it could be taken as Cuteness Proximity. Played straight when she crossdressed as a boy to dance with Sistine in her plan to make sure that Rumia and Glenn won't win the ball.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She immediately breaks into a tantrum when she thinks that Glenn does not want to be next to her because of his feelings for Rumia and Sistine.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Says some really wacky stuff when introducing herself, especially when she claims that Glenn is her everything and has decided to dedicate her life to him.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Light blue hair and eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was a homunculus that Glenn saved in a mission, with fake memories.
  • Designer Baby: She appeared due to the magic and genetic modifications of the DNA of the younger sister of her creator.
  • Detect Evil: Rather than evil she's able to detect malicious or hostile intent from people.
  • Easily Forgiven: Glenn and the students have no problem taking her back after her brief stint with the Researchers of Divine Wisdom. This was a bit more justified in the Light Novel, because it was stated, she was also manipulated by them.
  • Emotionless Girl: As she is an artificial human, the external manifestation of her emotions is rather poor. Her clone sisters are completely emotionless, making them complete Extreme Doormats to Rainer.
  • Evil Twin: Play with. In the ninth episode, she has to kill her sister clones, because she understands that because of certain modifications, they can never become kind and will fight against it until the end.
  • Extreme Doormat: The moment her "brother" shows up, she obeys all his orders to kill Glenn and kidnap Rumia. Once Glenn reveals that it's really Rainer in disguise, she briefly falls into a Heroic BSoD before regaining the will to live.
  • Fake Memories: Rainer gave her these so that she would think he's her brother.
  • Hair Antennae: Has two strands of hair that stick upwards.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She starts as Glenn's ally, joins Divine Wisdom to protect her "brother," and then turns against her "brother" after realizing that her memories were false.
  • Image Song: "Mirai Sketch".
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Interprets her and Albert's mission of fishing out a mole from the Imperial Guard as settling a score with Glenn.
    • Assaulting Glenn is supposedly her way of greeting him. Though to be fair, she says Albert was the one who told her to greet Glenn in such a manner.
  • Instant Expert: She is able to memorize and perform movements after a little practice. This allows her to learn dancing from Sisti within a few nights.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: If Albert isn't there to restrain her, her basic strategy is set to "rush in, ask questions later."
    Re=L: I've devised a strategy. I'll charge the enemy from the front. You follow me and charge from the front after I do.
  • Meaningful Name: "Re=L" is a actually a contraction of "Revive Life", the project she was created from.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: First, Re=L "replaces" the original sister of his creator, preserving her feelings and memories, and then it happens again literally, when Riel promises to live for her sister clones, whom she is forced to kill.
  • New Transfer Student: Transfers into Glenn's class in volume 3/Episode 7.
  • No Social Skills: Her conversational skills leave something to be desired. When asked to introduce herself to the class, she merely gives them her name. Glenn then has to feed her lines to keep her from spoiling her background as an agent from the Imperial Army.
  • Not So Stoic: Gets very emotional as she confronts Glenn after he rejects the notion that she lives for him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know something's wrong when she blasts at Glenn for turning down the notion that she lives for him.
  • Red Herring: Invoked. Re=L was sent by the government to the academy to guard Rumia, but in actuality she's only a decoy so that the real bodyguard, Albert, can do his job from a safe distance.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Fulfills some of the basic requirements. Possesses an unnatural hair and eye color? Check. Emotionless Girl who speaks in a monotone voice? Check. Is an Artificial Human? Check.
  • Sleep Cute: Seen sleeping on Rumia's lap while they and Sistine ride a carriage.
  • The Stoic: Often sports a sleepy expression, and communicates in a low voice.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Chariot, which is also her codename.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: During an examination, Re=L fails to hit a practice dummy with a spell. After confirming with Glenn that she can use anything to destroy the target so long as it isn't military grade magic, she summons her sword and throws it at the dummy, destroying it in one hit.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberry tarts.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Glenn. Justified, since he saved her at some point during his time at the Imperial Mage Corps. Glenn, however, would rather that she freely live her own life.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Her basic strategy is that everyone attacks the front, and she has horrible aim with the basic shock spell. That said, her signature spell allows her to summon a BFS, and is a Lightning Bruiser even when wielding it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Rainer gave her fake memories to make her an easily manipulated pawn to the Researchers of Divine Wisdom.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: When she couldn't hit a target with one of the most basic spells, she just summons her BFS and throws it at the target.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She dresses up in a tuxedo to participate with Sistine in the ball. An interesting case is that her gender isn't actually hidden since the ball allows same-sex couples, but she still looked attractive enough to attract girls and boys.
  • Womanchild: Glenn says that while she appears the same age as Sistine and Rumia, Re=L still has the mentality of a child. Appropriately, she exhibits childish mannerisms and poor social skills, such as becoming frightened at approaching classmates because she thinks they want to take her food.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue, to be exact. The original Illushia and her brother were both redheads.

    Celica Arfonia 

Celica Arfonia

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)

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A professor of Alzano Imperial Magic Academy and Glenn's foster mother. She recommended Glenn as a substitute teacher.
  • The Ace: Glenn calls her the greatest magician of the continent.
  • Always Someone Better: Can be considered this to Sisti in terms of archaeology knowledge. Whenever Sisti tries to explain the history behind something Celica interrupts what she was going to say and gives her own explanation which is also better.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the world's most powerful mages and a professor at an academy responsible of producing the world's finest mages.
  • Benched Hero: Celica is the greatest mage on the continent, but she is usually sidelined because of certain circumstances. Lampshaded by Glenn in volume 2/episode 6 by stating that Celica could've handled herself and protected the queen from a bunch of imperial guards, so there must be something that was keeping her from acting. This is lampshaded again at the end of episode 9, where she complains about lacking screentime.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Glenn is like a son to her, she'll use powerful magic against him if he insists on being a NEET or tries to ask for money to gamble.
  • Boobs of Steel: An inverted case as she's acknowledged as one of the finest mages in the country and has an impressive bust size to go with it. Of course, this is justified as she is one of the older members of the cast.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In volume 6 her ability to use magic is massively reduced, but she still is one of the strongest, wisest and skilled magicians. Capable of curb stomping other magicians and using many powerful spells including her original magic "My World". The only real difference is that she has less mana to work with.
  • Character Focus:
    • The SS "Heaven's the Lonely With" is about how she first met and adopted Glenn.
    • Volume 6 is about her tagging along with Glenn to his trip to the Taum Observatory, revealing details of her past and the voices she hears in her head.
    • Volume 12 is centered about her forcing Glenn to go on a vacation with her, her current situation with those voices and learning more details of her past.
  • Children Raise You: When she adopted Glenn, she was unfamiliar on how to live normally and as a result she was also being cared by Glenn while she also raised him.
  • Cuddle Bug: She's very fond of embracing Glenn.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was born with no memories and innate immortality. This immortality caused most people to fear her (with her lover running away, calling her a monster). A few didn't, but they would inevitably age and die. Her incredible magical power only caused people to fear her more. She eventually became part of the Imperial Court Magic Corps. In one mission, she was sent to take out a Lich threatening a village. During this mission, she met and befriended a boy named Glenn Radars, who didn't show fear towards her. However, it turns out that every single village, including Glenn, was already a thrall of the Lich, who had sent Glenn to make her lower her guard. Despite this trap, Celica managed to win. It was at this point that her life turned around, as she found a living boy in the Lich's lair, who she would adopt and name "Glenn Radars".
  • Death Seeker: She had lived for hundreds of years without getting old for unknown reason, and one part of her was trying to die. It's only after saving and raising Glenn that she regained some semblance of her will to live.
  • Determinator: Hit by a curse that causes agonizing pain whenever she casts a spell? Celica doesn't let that stop her from fighting, and winning.
  • Doting Parent: During Parents Day, she frequently takes pictures and boasts of Glenn. Understandably, he's quite embarrassed.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: From volume 6 onward, her ability to use magic is massively reduced due to damage to her astral body.
  • Forceful Kiss: Does this to Glenn in order to feed him a magic potion that will turn him into a woman.
  • The Gadfly: Sometimes she upholds information for her own amusement such as not telling Glenn that the cat he took with him is Sisti.
  • Hot Witch: She is a magician and she is an amazingly mature and sexy woman. Played for laughs when Glenn mentions that none of the young schoolgirls would interest him after spending so long with a woman like her.
  • Image Song: "Konoyo no Setsuri wo Shirishi Mono".
  • Informed Ability: In spite of being mentioned as the greatest magician in the continent, the anime at least hasn't shown a great deal of her abilities. Justified because the anime only shows content up to volume 5, the first time we truly saw Celica in action was in the volume 6 which the anime didn't adapt.
  • The Mentor: She is the one that taught Glenn everything he knows about magic.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has an amazing body with clothing that shows of her proportions.
  • Older Than They Look: Four hundred years old, yet looks to be in her twenties.
  • Parental Incest: Averted. While Glenn is her adopted son, aside from teasing Glenn with her body, the closest thing they have done was kissing which was a forceful one perpetuated by Celica in order to feed him a magic potion. Hilariously some characters thinks this might be possible between them.
  • Parental Substitute: She compares the relationship between her and Glenn to that of a parent and child. This however, does not prevent her from jokingly flirting with him, since biologically she is not much older than him and they are not blood related in any way.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her blonde hair reaches her hips.
  • Really 700 Years Old: By the time the series starts, her age already numbers in the hundreds.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and is one of the most powerful characters in the setting.
  • Ship Tease: Despite being Glenn's adoptive mother they still get this between them. Celica would usually (jokingly?) flirt with him or cuddle him, but a rather interesting contrast with the Ship Tease Glenn gets other characters is that Glenn feels more embarrassed with her.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Glenn jokingly states that he wouldn't pursue his students in spite of being close in age because Celica set quite the standard in womanly beauty for him by just existing. Of course, there's impediments to having any sort of relationship with Celica in the fact that, first, she raised him, and second, she's Really 700 Years Old. She's pretty much out of his grasp by default.
  • Squishy Wizard: She has monstrous amount of power in the field of magic, but she's not that strong physically.
  • Story-Breaker Power: This is lampshaded by the other characters when she complains about her lack of screentime. She responds by splitting the planet in half with a single spell.
  • Tarot Motifs: The World, which was also her code name back as a government worker.
  • Time Stands Still: Her original magic, My World, allows her to stop time temporarily. It has the downside of consuming a rare and expensive Temporal Crystal with each use.

    Eve Ignite 

Eve Ignite

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Glenn's former boss and manager of the Imperial Court Mage Corps.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father performs a Neck Lift on her after she failed to defeat Jatice and prevent the incidents that transpire in LN Volume 9 & 10.
  • The Ace: She's described as a flawless magician who makes excellent plans without room for error. However she falls more into Broken Ace considering the hardships she had to endure to get where she is now.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She first appears in volume 7 of the light novel, but appears in chapter 27 of the manga despite it being an adaptation of the events of volume 5.
  • An Arm and a Leg: She lost her left arm in her fight against Jatice in volume 9. Thanks to Cecilia it got reattached, but she can't use magic with that hand anymore, because of the trauma she suffered.
  • Ascended Extra: She was promoted to main character status in volume 11 after being forced to become a teacher at Alzano Magic Academy after a demotion.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite how much she and Glenn bicker, they still care about the other's wellbeing. This was shown best in Volume 14 when they were both sad about the other's death in one of the multiple timeloops, they even had similar reactions to it by saying that it was their fault the other died.
  • Badass Teacher: She became a teacher in volume 11 and is still a skilled magician despite being unable to use magic with her left hand.
  • Birds of a Feather: This is actually what Sistine and Rumia fear that she may become this with Glenn once they resolve their past grudges.
  • Brought Down to Badass: She loses the ability to use magic with her left hand as a result of trauma, but she's still a skilled military magician capable of destroying her enemy with her left hand. Maxim's model students found this out the hard way.
  • Character Focus:
    • She partly gets a bit of focus in volume 7, because that's the first volume she appears in and tells parts about her history and relation with Glenn.
    • Volume 11 is about her adjusting to her new job as an instructor at Alzano Imperial Magic Academy after getting demoted.
  • Christmas Cake: 19 years old and unmarried.
  • Cool Teacher: She becomes an instructor in volume 11 after getting demoted.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: She lost the ability to use magic with her left hand when it was cut off in her fight against Jatice. Even when it was reattached thanks to Cecilia She still can't use magic, because of the trauma she suffered.
  • Drunk on Milk: While she is old enough to drink alcohol, she mostly drinks apple juice when upset and seems to get drunk of that for some reason.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and specializes in fire magic, but it's downplayed since she's described as a rather cold blooded person.
  • Heroic Bastard: She is an illegitimate child between her father the head of the Ignite house and a commoner, but she's on the side of the good guys and fights against dangers and threats to Alzano.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: She shares this dynamic with Glenn. Sistine and Rumia note this and as a result see her as a potentially dangerous rival.
  • Not So Different: It was actually lampshaded by other characters that she and Glenn aren't truly that much different from each other since they are both people who hide their true emotions to others, this is also the reason why Rumia sees her as a potentially dangerous rival since the only thing that prevents them from getting closer are past grudges.
  • Playing with Fire: She specializes in flame magic and her bloodline magic "The Seventh Garden" enables her to activate fire spells without incantation so long she stays inside the designated area. Glenn was even surprised when she doesn't use a flame spell.
  • Rudely Hanging Up: Does this to Glenn when he asked her if she's worried about him for deciding to battle Albert alone.
  • Ship Tease: Gets this with Glenn, because they are actually rather similar to each other despite how much they argue. A side story even shows that they would get along greatly if it wasn't for their circumstances.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: As noted under Like an Old Married Couple, she has this dynamic with Glenn.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Since she has blood of the Ignite Family inside of her, she's able to use some of their bloodline magic such as the "Seventh Garden" which allows her to activate fire spells without chanting.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Magician, which is also her code name. The tarot card itself means choices which something she had to make when she was leading the Imperial Court Mage Corps and while she is able to make the right choices based on her own judgement, she's unable to make the right choices when her father interferes with them.
  • Tsundere: The harsh type towards Glenn just like Sistine. The other members of the imperial court magicians actually note that she doesn't show her nicer side towards Glenn and that she's more harsher and emotional towards him instead of her usual coldness, but she still shows some form of care for Glenn as shown when she's worried that he might go on a suicide mission by going after Albert.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She mostly fights to be approved by her family and most importantly her father, because she is an illegitimate child and became the heir after her sister couldn't use magic anymore after an accident. This also causes her to make some decisions she isn't comfortable with like only sending Glenn and Sara to fight against Jatice which caused Sara's death. note 

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