The Prodigies (And Lyrule)
The youngest, most popular, and most effective Prime Minister of Japan and unofficial leader of the Prodigies. He is a talented leader and politician.
- Action Politician: He can take down armed soldiers and knights with martial arts and a stun baton. Justified because, as a politician, he has to defend himself against assassins.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, Tsukasa needed several shots to successfully hit the crystal powering Gustav's One-Winged Angel form. In the manga, he hits his target in one shot.
- All-Loving Hero: Tsukasa goes above and beyond to help other even at the cost of himself. This has been to his detriment as, for the greater good, he exposed his father as a Corrupt Politician and got him executed which caused his mother to abandon him. Keine often says he works himself to negative states of health. This is deconstructed in that while he's a rare selfless politician, he inevitably has to consider The Needs of the Many and can't save everyone, leading to him considering sacrificing Lyrule to avoid further attacks from Marquis Findolph, which causes him a lot of guilt even after he saves Lyrule. Both his mother and Masato consider his extreme utilitarianism abnormal and unhealthy.
- Berserk Button: Touch Lyrule and you will incur Tsukasa's wrath.
- Broken Pedestal: Tsukasa admired his politician father, and was likely inspired by his father to become a politician himself. But then he later learned that his father was a Corrupt Politician who used his power and authority over the people he was meant to serve. He, along with Shinobu and Masato, worked to have his father's crimes exposed. In the end, Tsukasa's father was put to death.
- Crazy-Prepared: He made a strategy for Gustav's Fire Fall long before he expected the latter to attack, which allows him to minimize damage to Findolph when Gustav launches Fire Fall earlier than expected.
- Everyone Can See It: His Ship Tease with Lyrule, the two had an instant connection and many are very supportive of the relationship.
- Foil: To Keine in terms of being unscrupulous heroes. Tsukasa gives off the impression of a ruthless and confident politician, but is secretly conflicted about some of his more extreme actions and acknowledges that he's limited in how he can save people. Keine initially appears to be a kindhearted doctor, but is capable of lobotomizing people without guilt and secretly has a god complex in wanting to make everyone perfectly healthy.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: He's correct that Freyjagard is going to collapse on itself if the corrupt government isn't overthrown, but he comes off as hypocritical for having the prodigies pose as divine beings in order to convince people of democracy, making him Not So Different from corrupt politicians who use falsehoods to guide public opinion.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Tsukasa has a surprising number of talents, including cooking, martial arts, leading, and nation building. Impressive for anyone, let alone a high schooler.
- Kiss of Life: Lyrule gives him a few to feed him after hes too weak to eat.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He has no illusions about his own righteousness in sacrificing others for the country, amassing nukes, and going to war with the empire. He also inwardly acknowledges that his egalitarianism is impossible, but feels compelled to implement a democracy in this world anyways, since he sees that revolution against the empire is inevitable no matter what he does.
- Mismatched Eyes: His left eye is blue while his left eye is red.
- Mundane Utility: Tsukasa can see any mundane item around him and find a way for him or one of his friends to utilize for something great like bringing modern tools to a poor village or use them for something silly like making a bathhouse to boost morale.
- The Needs of the Many: He suggests abandoning Lyrule in order to avoid a war with Marquis Findolph that could result in casualties for the village, but goes along with the villagers in fighting the marquis because defeating the empire would be more beneficial to the people of the region in the long run. That said, he does feel guilt over this mindset, as shown when he blames himself for using Lyrule for his goals.
- The Nicknamer: He always refers to his friends by their traits rather than their name, such as referring Masato as Merchant and Ringo as Inventor.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: How he views himself among the rest of the Prodigies, seeing himself as an impostor compared to them. He sees that they each have a talent only they can use to better the world whereas he thinks anyone could be a politician and isn't confident in his own ability to better the world.
- One-Man Army: His knowledge and leadership skills make him this. As the rest of his Badass Crew take orders from him and refused to make a move without his input.
- Only Sane Man: Downplayed. Tsukasa lacks the eccentric personalities of his fellow Prodigies, which is probably why they follow his lead without question. However, Masato points out that his devotion to the needs of the masses over the few can be problematic in its own way.
- Pragmatic Hero: He acknowledges that building nukes is morally questionable and feels guilt over it, but believes this firepower is Necessarily Evil to act as a deterrent to the empire's Fire Fall, thus allowing the Republic of Elm to survive against rival powers.
- Prematurely Grey-Haired: His hair was normal back when he was younger, but his father's scandal and his mother abandoning him made his hair turn silver.
- Reality Ensues: Tsukasa exposed his father for the corrupt politician he was and got him sentenced to death for his crimes. Because of this, his mother abandoned him, and Tsukasa became very self-reliant.
- Ship Tease: Lots with Lyrule who appears to reciprocate to some degree.
- Ringo is also someone Tsukasa gets some tease with but he doesnt seem particularly interested outside of a close platonic friendship.
- Shirtless Scene: Tsukasa has one of these, albeit a brief one, during the Pool Scene.
- Shown Their Work: Tsukasa likes to let everyone know who worked on a project so they and others can be proud of their work or so the collective group can see what they can accomplish together.
- Stepford Smiler: No matter what personal misgivings he has with his political actions, he'll always appear as a calm and collected politician in front of everyone.
- Storming the Castle: Leads a rebellion to save Lyrule from a corrupt Noble.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: It seems to be his skill as he is able to easily guess what the people around him will probably do. After Shinobu reported to him that Masato didn't sell the wares to the merchant due to the terrible pricing, Tsukasa assumed he is already thinking about making his own trading company called the "Elm Trading Company". Sure enough he was doing just that. This was also used later to get the other Lords to surrender, as they were shocked to see he was able to predict everything they planned to do during the battle and how to counter it.
- The Leader: The Prime Minister of Japan and Leader of the Badass Crew of Prodigies.
- Tranquil Fury: When Tsukasa is worried, he yells. When he gets really mad, he doesn't. He just becomes extremely quiet, very calm, and threatens to kill people.
- Unwanted Harem: Most prominently, Lyrule certainly has feelings for him and Ringo is vying for his affections. Aoi and Keine also seem to be rather close but their level of affection is unknown.
A young elf girl with great magic proficiency from Elm Village that aids the Prodigies, and the deuteragonist of the story. Tsukasa suspects her to be the reason the Prodigies arrived on Freyjagard.
- All-Loving Hero: She doesnt have a bad bone in her body and Lyrule will stand up to even Tsukasa if she thinks hes punishing himself.
- Clothing Damage: Inflicted by Marquis Findolph as punishment.
- Everyone Can See It: Her Ship Tease with Tsukasa; the two had an instant connection and many are very supportive of the relationship.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed: Lyrule is confident in her ability to court Tsukasa but this doesnt stop her from getting into a silly catfight with Ringo over Tsukasa.
- Happily Adopted: Winona is her adoptive mother and they clearly love each other.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Lyrule is very curvy and beautiful, yet she is often subject to not realizing some of her actions are causing other to stare at her.
- Kiss of Life: Gives this to the weakened Tsukasa so he can eat.
- Light 'em Up: She realizes she can tap into powers of light among other abilities.
- MacGuffin Super Person: The entity that summoned the Seven Lights to their world seems to have gifted her with magic to aid them and sometimes uses her to communicate to them.
- Ms. Fanservice: Lyrule is very beautiful and most of the fanservice is attributed to her.
- Our Elves Are Better: She ticks off all the usual traits of the High Elf girl motif.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to reach her ankles even while its braided.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In the anime, Lyrule seems quite worried when she finds herself in an extremely revealing dress, though this could be more due to being captured in the castle of a known pervert away from her family and friends than due to the dress's nature.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She is EXTREMELY beautiful and everyone in her village makes sure to protect her from Lords who want to abduct her for it.
- Split Personality: The Entity that summoned the Prodigies uses her as a medium to communicate with Tsukasa on rare occasions.
- Virgin Power: The Divine Spirit pretty much is protecting her body from those who would do her harm in many ways.
One of the best businessmen in the world, Masato uses his knowledge and expertise to aid in rebuilding the economy of the Parallel World to be fairer for the peasant class.
- All-Loving Hero: Jokester he can be, Masato is a nice young man who goes out of his way to make peoples lives better by teaching the needy merchants his business styles so they can rise above the corrupt economic system they are in. Masato even adopts Roo as his daughter/disciple.
- All Men Are Perverts: Masato is quick to compliment the girls on their looks but is in more control of himself than other examples.
- Ambiguously Evil: In the manga, he states that he and Tsukasa may eventually have to go their separate ways due to their differing philosophies.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Man wounded before him, Masato takes the time to eye-bang Winona in a skimpy Leaf-Bikini instead. To his credit, he tries to focus on the emergency at hand.
- Likes Older Women: Happily admits this is his preference, going as far as to seriously flirt with Elchs mom Winona.
- Power of Trust: He points out that trust is more important than money when it comes to doing business. Despite having fewer resources than the Neutzeland company, he takes down their monopoly because he takes their disgruntled clients' needs into consideration, making the clients prefer making deals with him than with the untrustworthy company.
- Pragmatic Hero: After defeating Neutzeland, he strikes a deal with them to make them clean up their act and treat the villages better, despite earlier declaring his intent to destroy them. This is because Dormundt's economy cannot be supported by Elm Village alone.
- Ship Tease: A lot with Winona, never mind his in his late teens and shes at least in her early Thirties.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: After the Republic of Elm is formed, he only gives minimal advice to Elch and Roo about managing the economy and surviving against the other countries' economic schemes. He knows exactly what kind of traps the other countries are setting, but wants his proteges to figure out how to win without his help. He only steps in when the other trading figures hire bandits to kill them, since it's clear they're in over their heads.
A genius nuclear physicist and top notch technical inventor, but she is a bit of a shy recluse.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Ringos feelings for Tsukasa are clear, but he appears to either be too busy to think about love, or he just sees her as a little sister.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Ringo has romantic feelings for Tsukasa because after her adopted mother abused her, he was the one person who not only was kind to her, but also made her love working on her engineering again.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Ringo has strong feelings for Tsukasa, but she cannot even bear to look at him without blushing.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was created as a Designer Baby and was loved by her creator/mother. However, her inventions eventually overshadowed her mother's, causing the latter to become jealous and abusive. This caused Ringo to become despondent until Tsukasa reignited her love of tinkering.
- It's so bad she outright states she "doesn't remember" the two years of her life when she was being abused, having blocked them out.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She's the world's greatest inventor, so this comes with the territory.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She can see the massive chemistry between Tsukasa and Lyrule and shes not happy about it.
- Hopeless Suitor: Ringos affections for Tsukasa appear to be going nowhere, due to both her inability to speak up to him and him not seeing her as anything more than a friend.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother left her to live on her own because Ringo had overshadowed her completely.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Ringo is extremely embarrassed whenever she has to appear in a revealing outfit. Particularly shown during the Pool Scene, where, despite coming of her own volition, Ringo can barely say one line during the whole scene.
- Ship Tease: With Tsukasa.
Aoi Ichijō is a master fencer and a member of the Seven Prodigies.
- Battle Aura: Aoi bleeds this when shes ready for a fight this is actually bad when she tried to help in hunting and caused the entire forest to run in terror.
- The Big Guy: She's physically the strongest of the prodigies and is the go-to muscle. Crosses into Deconstructed Character Archetype territory since Aoi feels useless for not having any skill in diplomacy and support while the others do.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She can run side by side with a speeding missile...and keep up.
- Crippling Overspecialization: She is the worlds greatest swordswoman, and that's all she's good for. She's aware of this and even calls herself out for being useless.
- Godiva Hair: Her hair acts as this during the bathing scene with Akatsuki and Roo.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Aoi sees Tsukasa as being as close as a brother to her, so she doesnt see a problem with being naked in front of him.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Swears by this trope.
- Made of Iron: She could slam her bare feet into stone without any wounds.
- Master Swordsman: As she is... the strongest swordswoman in the world.
- Mundane Utility: Because Aoi suffers from Crippling Overspecialization, she was reduced to using her swordsmanship for cutting wood lots and lots of wood. She also is forced to use her skills for a Saw the Magician in Half trick during Princes shows.
- One of the Guys: Aoi is strong and skilled, so she was better suited to aid the men of the village than the women.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her kimono is purple and as already pointed out, the strongest swordswoman in the world.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Averted; Aoi looks like this and would like to be this, but shes aware she doesnt have the skills to be this.
- Big Sister Instinct: She gives advice on love and other such topics to Ringo and Lyrule who are far less mature than her.
- Combat Medic: She takes out all of Count Celenteus's guards by throwing tranq darts at them.
- Cute But Psycho:
- Keine is beautiful, gorgeous even, but her looks hide a psychotic mind. She despises how easily the human body succumbs to sickness and curses God for creating weak beings while declaring her desire to kill God.
- At one-point Keine tries to give Ringo a drug so she can use it to basically rape Tsukasa and doesnt see a problem with that behavior.
- She lobotomizes Count Celenteus, with a saw, in order to reform him into an honest doctor.
- Evil Laugh: Sports these when lobotomizing Count Celentus.
- Foil: To Tsukasa in terms of being unscrupulous heroes. Tsukasa gives off the impression of a ruthless and confident politician, but is secretly conflicted about some of his more extreme actions and acknowledges that he's limited in how he can save people. Keine initially appears to be a kindhearted doctor, but is capable of lobotomizing people without guilt and secretly has a god complex in wanting to make everyone perfectly healthy.
- Good Is Not Nice: She might be an excellent doctor willing to help almost anyone, but some of her methods are downright scary.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Sees no issues being nearly naked in front of Tsukasa, but Keine has reservations with other men.
- Moral Sociopathy: She believes everyone should live healthy and upright lives, but she can be very ruthless in achieving this ideal, as shown when she lobotomizes Count Celenteus without hesitation. This is in contrast to Tsukasa, who also performs morally questionable actions but is sometimes conflicted about his choices.
- Sociopathic Hero: She may be one of the Heroes, but her methods and actions were quite questionable to say the least. From giving Ringo a drug to put Tsukasa to sleep and attempting to rape him to even lobotomizing a doctor.
- Technicolor Eyes: Has purple eyes, which represent her uniqueness.
- Boobs of Steel: Shes more endowed than Aoi and is the most skilled fighter after her being trained in ninjutsu but comes up short when compared to Keine.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Shinobu gets easily drunk, but sobers up rather quickly.
- Cheery Pink: Has pink hair and is spunky and friendly.
- Didn't See That Coming: She thought Gustav would take more time to properly mobilize his troops and wait for winter to pass before attacking Findolph. She didn't realize he was crazy enough to attack them under suboptimal conditions.
- Genre Savvy: When Jeanne wonders if they got Gustav, Shinobu immediately replies with "oh don't say that".
- Idiot Hair: Shinobu has a cowlick. This isn't used much in the manga, but in the anime, it flips around wildly whenever Shinobu feels playful, which is the subject of many camera shots.
- Modesty Shorts: She wears black biker shorts underneath her uniform.
- Number Two: Shinobu pretty much serves as Tsukasas Go To girl.
- Punny Name: Shinobu translates to stealth and is sometimes used in place of ninja.
- Save the Villain: In the manga adaptation, but not the anime, she attempts to evacuate as many of the Blue Brigade soldiers as she can when Gustav resurfaces and attacks them.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Shinobu is hot and knows it, and shes not above using her looks to infiltrate, coerce, and manipulate others.
- Ship Tease: Elch appears to have a crush on her, and being The Tease, she playfully reciprocates.
- Show Some Leg: Shinobu wears a sexy waitress outfit during an infiltration mission to get a guard to reveal the local state of affairs.
- The Tease: As stated above, Shinobu is well aware that she is hot and isnt afraid to use those for her benefit.
- Verbal Tic: She will often say "nin nin".
Prince Akatsuki, a talented stage magician and prestidigitator, if not the most talented, in the world.
- Butt-Monkey: Since he's forced to be the leader of the group on paper, he has to always stay close to Aoi, the main fighter of the group, for his own protection. This means he's forced to bathe with her and the rest of the girls, among other ecchi situations, which he isn't mentally prepared for.
- Cowardly Lion: Of the group, he's the most frightened about their situation, but always comes through for them when they need his stage magic.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Prince is constantly mistaken for a young girl; even Lyrule, who had to bathe his unconscious body, didnt notice he was a boy.
- Drama Queen: Prince is constantly freaking out or playing up the moment during one of his shows, makes sense as Prince is a showman by career.
- God Guise: He pretends to be a god using his stage magic, all as a gambit to get the masses to listen to the Prodigies. Due to his anxiety, he's not too happy with this role.
- Irony: Youd think the world's greatest magician being summoned to a parallel world of sorcery and fantasy would be having the time of his life, but youd be wrong. Prince refuses to believe for a long time what has happened to him and thinks he's being pranked.
- Magicians Are Wizards: His tricks are basically indistinguishable from real magic. He can do things like fly, detach his head, and make entire buildings disappear.
- Mundane Utility: Averted; given hes a magician and can create illusions that actual sorcerers cannot explain, Prince is forced to use his tricks to make the oppressed populace believe he is a God incarnate much to his displeasure.
- Nice Hat: Wears one for his magician acts.
- Zettai Ryouiki: When he's out of his stage garb, he wears Grade A ones with his clothes, which doesn't help with people confusing him for a girl at times.
Elm Village InhabitantsThe village that rescues the Prodigies and becomes the base of their operations for making their world better.
One of Elm Villages leaders and rescuers of the Prodigies.
- Boobs of Steel: Aoi claims Winona is close to her equal in blade skill and she rivals Lyrule in the cup-size.
- Little Bit Beastly: Winona is a Buman (Beast Human), in the form of a Wolf-Woman.
- Mom Looks Like a Sister: Shes immediately noted for looking very young despite being the mother of an older teen and hinted to be in her early to mid-thirties.
- Justified, as in eras like her world, woman married much younger so Winona could be as young as her late-twenties.
- Ms. Fanservice: Winona is a shapely woman and is not afraid to be seen by others.
- Ship Tease: As a widow, believe it or not, Winona is more than okay with the shiptease with Masato.
- The Tease: Winona looks ridiculously youthful for a mother of a teen and is okay with flirting with a young man similar in age to her son.
Winona's son and Elm Villages Chief Financial Leader.
- Forgiveness: He forgives the villagers of Coconono for trying to eat him and Shinobu, since they were forced into poverty and starvation by Gustav.
- Little Bit Beastly: Elch is a Buman (Beast Human), in the form of a Wolf-Man
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is not happy with the Prodigies at first and is slightly hostile to them. However, Winona reveals its because hes worried what extra mouths and a party will do to the very limited finances of the village, and he becomes more accepting of the Prodigies after they help the village.
- Ship Tease: With Shinobu, being The Tease, she gladly reciprocates.
A young cat Buman that Masato finds and adopts as his disciple. Due to almost becoming a slave, shes obsessed with money so she can never be vulnerable again.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Shes much younger than the rest of the cast being below 10 years old.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Has a slightly darker skin-tone and red hair.
- Good with Numbers: Zigzagged. She has difficulty wrapping her head around multiplication tables until she starts thinking of multiplication in terms of money. Once she starts thinking this way, she can instantly perform long multiplication in her head. This causes her difficulty with division because the operation results in less money.
- Greed: Masato admits that she loves money more than he does.
- Happily Adopted: Masato has all but adopted Roo and shes a dutiful daughter/student to him.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mayonnaise. She can be seen gorging herself on the stuff and openly states its her second favorite thing next to money.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Marquis Findolph is perpetually depicted barefoot due to his small usual wardrobe.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the anime, Findolph frequently exhibits behaviors intended to invoke various other behaviors, such as wiggling his fingers when sexually excited.
- Evil Is Petty: He orders his soldiers to burn Elm Village after the villagers were able to get rich thanks to the Prodigies. Later after he gets hit by a Power Incontinence from Lyrule when he tries to have his way with her, he orders to have her suffer.
- Fan Disservice: He wears only an open coat and a pair of trousers, displaying most of his body, which is fairly ugly.
- Fat Bastard: He's overweight and a disgusting pervert who lusts after young women.
- Gold Tooth: He has a mouth full of them.
- Gonk: A prime example of this. The anime zooms in on his face and other parts frequently to emphasize this.
- Licking the Blade: Findolph does this before inflicting Clothing Damage on an unconscious Lyrule, though he only licks the sides of the knife and not the blade to avoid damaging himself.
- The Hedonist: Regularly takes any women off the streets of his city for his sexual pleasure.
- Starter Villain: Was the first villain the Prodigies took down.
- Villains Want Mercy: When he believes he is about to be killed, he offers Tsukasa anything he wants to spare him.
- You're Insane!: What he says to Tsukasa when Tsukasa states they will destroy the Empire.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Fire Fall can be seen as this. It is a powerful Lance that can cause a lot of damage. However it takes a very long time to make even one of these lances so he can't just constantly throw them out. Also if he takes direct control any damage to Fire Fall will reflect right back at him. Lastly the fire can be put out immediately if the Lance is destroyed.
- Ax-Crazy: He becomes violent and delirious at any perceived affront to the emperor. When he learns that his troops are waiting for a more strategic opportunity before attacking Findolph, Gustav freaks out, bashes his head against the emperor's statue several times, and immediately uses his Fire Fall to burn Findolph to the ground despite his army not being mobilized. He's so insane that he's willing to ignore sound strategy in order to satisfy his violent impulses, which is why the Seven Lights were nearly caught off guard by his sudden and reckless attack.
- Bad Boss: He threatens to kill his nobles when they protest his orders to attack the rebels now despite being Winter time and the army lacks winter gear.
- The Caligula: He was clearly made a lord because of his magical power over any leadership skills. He forced his citizens to "always be clean" which meant they could no longer work in the farmland which was their main source of income. They had to hand over so much money that they had to resort to cannibalism to fend off starvation so he could make one giant golden statue then immediately ordered to get even more funds to make four more, when told many of his people could die he just proclaims it is fine as the "Lowborns prove loyalty to their majesty by dying for him." Lastly before waiting till the end of winter to send his troops to reclaim Findolph, he sends them out immediately despite the harsh weather and repeatedly slams his head into a statue to beg for forgiveness to the Emperor for allowing them to "trample over his name for over a month". If not for his Fire Fall attack, a rebellion would have removed him long ago. And they do once he no longer has Fire Fall.
- Came Back Strong: After somehow surviving and getting some jewel into his chest, he became powerful enough to engulf an entire castle in fire and create several Fire Falls in an instant.
- Cover-Blowing Superpower: Subverted. Despite Gustav being the only mage known to be able to create Fire Fall, the leader of the Blue Brigade didn't realize he was the masked figure that also could make them.
- Evil Former Friend: He used to support Count Blumheart, but eventually rejected his friend's egalitarianism in favor of the empire's darwinism. In response, Blumheart organized the Blue Brigade to oppose Gustav.
- Fallen Hero: In the manga, he used to believe in the same ideals as Blumheart, but became cynical because he couldn't save all his people and eventually subscribed to the emperor's darwinism.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: It appears that even the other lords really did not like Gustav. He once had a friend, Count Blumheart, but the count eventually organized the Blue Brigade to stop him. One of the commanders comments how he has no leadership skills and General Neuro stated that he has no hard feelings to the Blue Brigade for overthrowing him despite how loyal he was to the Emperor. Though the last one could have been a trick as Neuro then has a masked mage help out the Blue Brigade, only for said mage to turn out to be Gustav himself.
- General Failure: Despite being a powerful warrior, he's also a terrible general. He orders his army to attack the Seven-Light Faith now during winter against the advice of his nobles who wanted to attack during Spring. This forced his army to attack the rebels without winter gear which the well armed and prepared Seven-Light forces were able to defeat the Invaders.
- Humans Are Bastards: He fully believes mankind are weak and selfish creatures that can only exist by serving the strong.
- Hypocrite: His loyalty to the Emperor is superficial in that he cares more about building statues and making his territory look good on the outside than managing the territory in a sustainable way to benefit the empire.
- Irony: The Empire is Atheistic, but he seems to act as if the Emperor is God.
- Kill It with Fire: He is a powerful fire mage and created a Lance called Fire Fall which Tsukasa equates to an Incinerate Bomb, which he can directly control.
- Knight Templar: He sees Emperor Lindworm as a strongman who is necessary to subjugate the wicked and unworthy masses, and believes anything he does to support the Emperor is just.
- Never Found the Body: After Shinobu and Jeanne defeat him, he burns down the entire tower they're in. Shinobu believes he's still alive both because of this trope and because he never gave off the impression of someone accepting his death.
- Psycho Supporter: To the Emperor, where he will starve his people or cause genocide if he believes it will satisfy him.
- Rasputinian Death: It takes a lot to kill this guy. He survives having his arms cut off, his tower falling in on him, a direct hit from a goddamn nuke, attacked by both Shinobu and Aoi, and shot at. It takes breaking the crystal in his chest to finally take him down, and even then he still had enough life in him to try a Break Them by Talking on Tsukasa before crumbling away. Tsukasa even states no human should be that durable.
- Serious Business: He takes any slight against the empire, real or perceived, no matter how small, as crime punishable by death as he sees it as an a front to the Emperor.
- Slave Mooks: His flame magic can forcibly convert people into flaming zombies that serve his will, all while keeping them aware of their pain.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some translations include an "e" in his last name while others, such as Yen Press's translation, don't.
- Stupid Evil: His beautification and cleanliness laws not only cost the citizens heavily, they also cause any farmwork to be banned because such work will sully the citizens' clothes. Despite that, he doesn't seem to care that these policies will destroy his region's economy.
- Super OCD: From how much Gustav wants everything to be perfect, completely ignoring any harm it my cause, suggests he suffers from this.
- Super Senses: During his fight with Shinobu and Jeanne, he can sense their positions with heat, allowing him to No-Sell a flash grenade.
- Villain Has a Point: Upon meeting Tsukasa, he can tell that the latter isn't really as confident in his political ideology as he appears and notes that his goals will eventually backfire.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Where Findolph was just a fat pervert, Gustav shows the Prodigies what they are really up against if they face The Empire. His Fire Fall spell means he can wipe a city off the map, meaning the Prodigies need similar firepower to act as a deterrent.
- You Remind Me of X: In the manga, he states that Tsukasa is similar to his past self and Count Blumheart in trying to save all people despite being powerless to do so.
- Defector from Decadence: She leaves the Blue Brigade with Shinobu after she learns that they are no better than the empire she's fighting against.
- Double Agent: She serves the empire that is responsible for the oppression going on in the country, but is also a member of a rebellion group that seeks to undo said oppression.
- High-HeelFace Turn: So far she's the first major Empire commander to join the Prodigies.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: Beautiful, knightly, hell she's named after the Trope Namer herself. Too bad the army she's leading are filled with sadistic hedonists who have no problems with whipping a child to death.
- Likes Older Men: She has a crush on Captain Bernard, who is old enough to be her father.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: She receives this speech after the higher ups order for her death, as they plan to return to the Empire and don't actually believe in freedom for all.
- Whip It Good: Her favored weapon, though she also carries a sword.
- The Faceless: He has yet to make a physical appearance. Even the statue Gustav made of him we never see a view of his face.
- Meaningful Name: His name sounds draconic and the legend of the Seven Heroes features an evil dragon as their nemesis. He's the evil emperor who is the main antagonist to the seven prodigies.
- Orcus on His Throne: He has yet to be seen in the main series, appearing to allow his subordinates take care of the Prodigies.
- The Social Darwinist: His philosophy is that higher-ranking people in society dominate those who are lower, and can take their lives as they please.
- Evil vs. Evil: The Grandmasters are apparently competing with other imperial factions for political power.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts understanding towards the Blue Brigade's betrayal of Gustav and seems to accept an alliance with them, only to trick them into accepting a revived Gustav into their ranks, which is basically a death sentence. He maintains this politeness in order to tempt the Seven Lunminaries into returning to their world.
- The Hedonist: He claims his only goal is to live comfortably as a noble and sees the Seven Luminaries as obstacles to that goal.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He requests Akatsuki to perform a magic trick and acts surprised when the latter makes the coin disappear, but this is actually a ruse to confirm that the Prodigies don't come from a magic using world.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He has no choice but to negotiate with the Republic of Elm and make concessions, due to both sides having enough destructive power for Mutually Assured Destruction.
- Trapped in Another World: Averted. While he claims to be from another world, he apparently has the power to visit other worlds as he pleases and offers to send the Seven Luminaries back to their world.
- Villainous Breakdown: Subverted. At first, he's rattled when Tsukasa refuses to play along his guilt-tripping over the casualties of Elm's revolution. Then he suddenly agrees to all of Tsukasa's conditions, mentions that he knows about nuclear weaponry and the other worlds, and tries to tempt the Prodigies into returning to their homeworld. Despite Tsukasa refusing his offer, Neuro doesn't seem disturbed at all.