This is the character page for the characters who are introduced in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
Beware Late Arrival Spoilers and unmarked spoilers!
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi in Japanese, Marianne Miller in English
— Chrono, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st Sound Stage Side F, Track 4: "Claudia - Yuuno and Chrono"
Though the viewer gets to see him introduced first as a human mage, he's been badly injured and assumes the form of a ferret to better heal and recover. This is how Nanoha finds him, and he doesn't end up revealing his human form to her until halfway into the first season (not that he meant to keep it secret, it simply slipped his mind that he hadn't actually told her). In any case, Yuuno is looking for twenty one Jewel Seeds. Being unable and unsuited to use the Intelligent Device, Raising Heart, he gave it to Nanoha, with whom it is remarkably compatible. Yuuno assists Nanoha in most of her adventures during Season One, acting as a cross between a mentor and The Lancer (of the rare gentle-and-sweet variety).
The second season sees Yuuno having less action time, and more relegated to the backseat. However, his presence is still crucial as he helps in the battles against the Wolkenritter and the season's Big Bad. His research in the Infinite Library also provides crucial information about both.
The third season has him effectively Put on a Bus — he only appears in three cameos in StrikerS, and at least once in ViVid so far... and not at all in Force. He has settled down as the Chief Librarian of the Infinite Library, in the same organization as his friends.
- Accidental Pervert: Before Nanoha knew that he actually has Voluntary Shapeshifting, she undressed in front of him. It didn't help that he believed that Nanoha met him in his original form.
- Adaptation Species Change: In INNOCENT, his true form is that of Nanoha's pet ferret, with his human form acting as his Brave Duel avatar.
- Adorably Precocious Child: In the earlier seasons. He later becomes a Bishounen.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Established in his backstory. Given all of the skills Yuuno possesses, as well as how dangerous Lost Logia artifacts can be, and how there are sometimes very dangerous people who want to steal them, one can infer that this is a particularly hazardous occupation.
- Alone in a Crowd: In the first season, Yuuno talks about how he grew up without parents, being raising communally by his clan. In the drama CDs, he mentions the Scrya family tent, which was often full of a lively, bustling crowd of people, and how comforting he finds such an atmosphere. He tells Nanoha that he's always been alone in the crowd, but he appreciates what they did for him, and he's happy to bear the name "Scrya".
- Badass Adorable: Cute little ferret adroitly defends a cute little girl from a wolf. Later fights a hammer-girl knight as an Adorably Precocious Child.
- Badass Bookworm: Further reinforced when he became a librarian.
- Badass Teacher: For Nanoha.
- Barrier Warrior: In Gears of Destiny, one of his long range attacks is Barrier Smash, where he dashes straight at his opponent in a flying tackle while protected by a barrier. He also possesses two "field-type" spells, which create magical circles that trap opponents caught within their boundaries; one field works as his grab move, and he causes it to explode underneath them. The other field is his counterattack, and seems to electrify the opponent before exploding and sending them flying back. Using fields, he can also obscure fights from observation by normal people, or even trap magical opponents, forcing them to fight when they would otherwise flee.
- Berserk Button: Don't call him a familiar or make fun of his ferret transformation.
- Bishounen: Since the Distant Finale in A's. He still has his female seiyuu despite being already an adult, and looks a bit effeminate.
- Boy of My Dreams: Nanoha dreams of Yuuno via telepathy in the very first episode.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of the series' humor was originally lighthearted abuse of him: Making him an Accidental Pervert with Nanoha, Chrono making fun of his ferret form etc. As he lost significance, this dropped off. Of course, in A's, we get Nanoha biting him in her sleep...
- This unfortunately kept up in the manga omakes, wherein Yuuno is nothing more than "That ferret guy". All the humor involving him either makes fun of him being a ferret or his (failed) relationship with Nanoha.
- During Gears of Destiny the few (optional) fights that Yuuno gets tend to be between people how have heard about him training Nanoha and wish to do battle with the man who trained the "Ace of Aces."
- Finally taken to its logical conclusion during the Lighter and Softer INNOCENT wherein Yunno doesn't even get the dignity of being a human boy and is instead reduced to being Nanoha's (sometimes talking) pet ferret. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
- Can't Catch Up: Realizes that Nanoha is considerably better at offensive magic than he is. In the Megami sound stage for A's, he says he realizes he'll never be as good at combat as Nanoha, which is part of the reason for deciding to support her by doing research. Of course, he's also the only mage in the entire extended series without even the most basic Device, and he still manages feats of power equaling those of the other mages. Now, maybe if he got one of his own...?
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite the time that Vivio spends in the Infinite Library in Sound Stage X, Yuuno makes no appearance and no mention is made of him. Likewise, after the second season, no one thinks to ask him about all of the ancient history, cultures, figures of interest, or pieces of forbidden technology that continue to plague and perplex people in the modern day, despite Yuuno being the most qualified man alive to come up with the answers.
- Covert Pervert: In the first season, he licks on Nanoha's face to comfort her when he's in his ferret form. It's not unusual for animals to do that, but he's not an actual ferret, which left that behavior ambiguous. And he did never remind Nanoha that he's a human boy when she's undressing or taking him into an onsen, regardless if Nanoha knew it or not.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Despite his exceptional level of power (A+ ranked mages are the few elite, and far fewer who can participate in high-speed aerial combat) and many, many skills, Yuuno has little conventional firepower for knocking suspects or wanted criminals unconscious through magical, non-lethal damage. It's never explained whether he has no talent for projectile magic, or simply never tried to master it.
- Gears of Destiny finally reveals that this is not quite the case. Yuuno does in fact know offensive magic, including a magical projectile spell (a heat-seeking variant of Shoot Bullet, which is otherwise the most basic shooting magic in Midchildan system). However, his long range Chain Bind, Chain Anchor and Protection Smash attacks are mostly meant to get him into close range without getting shot, and he displays more varied, powerful and specialized attack spells in close quarters. He's still mostly defensive, with short combos and counters that let him blast his opponent back if he needs to create some room. He fights by controlling how far or close his opponent is, working to keep them at the range where they are weakest.
- Deflector Shields: One of Yuuno's specialties.
- Demoted to Extra: He gets phased out more and more during subsequent seasons, to the point that he doesn't merit a mention in anything after StrikerS. He isn't even playable in the A's-centric Battle of Aces PSP game and appears only in Nanoha's route, though he finally appears in Gears of Destiny, but with no CGI appearances, all of his battles are optional and he has little relevance in the game's plot (but his battles are all funny). In INNOCENT, he's really just Nanoha's pet ferret (who seems to talk), making him less of a threat to NanohaXFate. And the movies reduces his appearances even more. He may be in the wrong series...
- His absence during the first battle against the Wolkenritter in the movie seemed to influence the whole battle, because without his teleportation techniques, Fate couldn't save Nanoha. The result: Vita, not Shamal, extracted Nanoha's Linker Core, and even Fate and Arf's Linker Cores were extracted by the other knights.
- Did Not Get the Girl: The ending of A's definitely implied that he had feelings for Nanoha, but per Word of Gay, she ended up with Fate. They remained friends, but that was about it.
- The Dreaded: The In-Character Commentary of The Movie 1st implies that Yuuno is this because for being Mistaken for Badass.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: Other mages use Devices to help them do this, but Yuuno does it just fine on his own, even when dueling a superior opponent with far more combat experience. His abilities here, coupled with his talent for search magic, helped make him the head of the Infinity Library before he turned 10.
- Expository Hair Style Change: He has long hair since the Distant Finale in A's, now as a professor and Chief Librarian.
- Familiar: Fate and Chrono mistake him for one, at first. This was understandable, since he was shapeshifted into an animal and fulfilled the same basic role for most of The Original Series.
- Healing Hands: He knows the spell Physical Heal and Round Guarder Extend, the latter being a field spell that creates a healing barrier.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: In the first Megami Sound Stage, he says he's no good at combat magic.
- Improbable Age: By StrikerS, Yuuno is a professor that regularly gives lectures at age 19. At age 9, he was an Adventurer Archaeologist, not to mention an accomplished mage with diverse and potent skills.
- Just Friends: With Nanoha. He tells everyone that he and Nanoha are just Childhood Friends, though it's implied that he has feelings for her.
- The Lancer: In the first season. Nanoha loves to blow stuff up, he protects her from return fire. Also, while Nanoha liked to think straightforwardly, he was more of the strategist between the two.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: He can ram those shields into your face. Those chains can cut you. His teleportation does not require consent. And because of his sensors, you can't hide from him. The only reason we don't see Yuuno fight more is because he doesn't like killing, and all of his combat options are incredibly lethal.
- Limit Break: Arrester Chain in The Gears of Destiny, which deals 40% basic damage, which is the weakest Full Drive Burst along with Arf and Zafira's Full Drive Bursts.
- Magic Librarian: His ability to find and read multiple books with his magic is the part of the reason for him being appointed as the chief librarian of the Infinite Library. In fact, it's commented in season 2 that the amount of information Yuuno gathers in the Infinity Library using his abilities and the speed in which he acquires them far exceeds that of entire search teams. He is also credited as the one who developed an easily usable search and archiving system in the Infinity Library that allows normal people to find whatever information they need in a short amount of time. This system effectively turned a big part of the Infinity Library from a labyrinth of unsorted information into a reliable source of easily accessible knowledge.
- The Medic: Before Shamal's introduction to the team, he was the show's primary medic.
- The Mentor: Of Nanoha, and later Vivio. In The Gears of Destiny, Nanoha's Evil Twin Stern and Einhart fight him because he's just Nanoha's teacher.
- After defeating Stern, she calls him Shishou/Master, which confuses Nanoha to believe he's Stern's master as well.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Considering that Yunno's Chain Binds can rip apart the body of a Superweapon Doom Program and that he can forcibly teleport people into space to suffocate to death, his merely average firepower belies how deadly he could really be in a fight if he put his mind to it. The Gears of Destiny game also reveals that he is able and willing to smash his enemies in the face with battering ram charges, melee-range shots delivered through palm-strikes, close-range chain lashing, and explosive capture fields.
- Mistaken for Badass: According to Subaru, Teana and Vivio during The Movie 1st In-Character Commentary, people who have heard from Nanoha aka the "Ace of Aces" and learn that Yuuno is her magic teacher, but don't know them well, they would assume that Yuuno is some sort of legendary figure who firing off huge Busters and Breakers and says things like "Were you surprised? That was only 20% of my full power!" This is the moment where Nanoha realized that she might caused problems for Yuuno for years without knowing it.
- In The Gears of Destiny, this is the reason why Stern and Einhart want to fight him.
- Mr. Exposition: His role in the latter half of A's, and StrikerS.
- Non-Action Guy: Kinda sorta. Yuuno is certainly not shy about charging off into danger when people need his help, being just as reckless about that as Nanoha. However, he's first and foremost a scholar. While Nanoha pursues a career in the armed forces, Yuuno gets a job as chief librarian of the Infinite Library so he can purse his love of archaeology and research.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Nanoha mistakes him for this initially. She wasn't the only one.
- Quickly-Demoted Leader: Quickly gets to the point where he has nothing to teach Nanoha, at least in the realm of combat magic. Canonically, he still continues to teach her spells like Chain Bind and Physical Heal, after the second season.
- Razor Floss: His Chain Bind is used this way in the final battle of the second season. A different version called Aleister Chain (or "Arrester" Chain) serves as his super-attack in Gears of Destiny; he binds his target up in two chains, then circles the target with two more, then yanks the second set tight. The second chains shatter and explode, followed by the first set.
- Relegated Mentor: Nanoha quickly surpasses him, and he gets Put on a Bus in StrikerS.
- Satellite Love Interest: Effectively treated this way by the creators, despite actually having a developed personality, loads of plot-potential, and plenty of combat power. Beyond his use as a romantic possibility for Nanoha, the writers simply were not interested in developing anything more about him; they don't even explain where or how he gained Raising Heart. So when they decided, as of Sound Stage X, not to Ship Tease Yuuno with Nanoha anymore, he disappeared entirely from the plot and never receives another mention. Even back when he was on-screen he had vanishingly few interactions with anyone else in the cast, even counting the supplementary material manga and drama CDs.
- Shield Bash: Has literally an attack called Shield Bash. It's magical, though.
- Spear Counterpart: To Shamal in A's. He's The Medic, is a defensive mage with low offensive powers, has blond hair, green magic color and a mild personality.
- Spell My Name with an S: Yuuno vs. Euno, from Eunos, a now-defunct division of Mazda.
- Stone Wall: Even without a Device, Yuuno's defenses are stronger than Nanoha's, as Nanoha clarifies in the first Megami Sound Stage drama disk; she needs to use her full-strength with Raising Heart to pierce through. Exactly how strong his defenses are is a matter of debate; the issue is tricky, considering his lack of a Device versus the quality of the other character's Devices, and the fact that he doesn't fight as often.
- The rest of the cast have repeatedly called upon Yuuno to invert this defensive strength, creating force-fields to contain the massive firepower that Nanoha, Fate, Signum and Hayate throw around in practice matches, either to prevent normals from seeing the light show in the sky or to prevent damage to space-station facilities. However, a firecracker that goes off on your open palm will leave only a small burn, while closing your fist around it will blow off your hand. There is not a single canonical instance of Yuuno successfully containing a Starlight Breaker (even before Nanoha discovered the barrier-piercing ability), let alone the destruction that Nanoha and Fate and Hayate threw at each other.
- Talking Animal: His Ferret Mode. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT, he's really just a talking ferret.
- Useless Accessory: His side pouch once contained Raising Heart, but ever afterwards goes unused.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2 with Chrono. Chrono tends to tease him about his ferret form and pile on work for him to do, and while Yuuno doesn't take either without complaint, he and Chrono are essentially friends.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He is able to transform into a ferret. In the first season, he did this to recover from his injuries faster. However, this doomed him to become Chrono's sole target of his jokes, and INNOCENT just makes him an actual animal.
- Weak, but Skilled: A-rank mage without firepower, do the math. Of course, one of his powers is forced teleportation, which was good enough to send a target out into the deadly vacuum of space (or to potentially bury them underground or drown them in the ocean). He doesn't need to blast you to beat you. Perhaps the fact that Yuuno is the last person who'd want to kill, while the most obvious offensive application of his skills would be very lethal, explains why he prefers staying out of the action.
- Even as a Stone Wall, in The Gears of Destiny, Yuuno is a very skilled fighter with many good combos to make up for his normally low damage output.
- Wise Beyond His Years: How many nine-year-olds do you know who feel so responsible for cleaning up their messes that, even when the mess isn't really their own fault, they'll travel to a world they've never heard of, all alone, without any family or friends, to face danger to life-and-limb in order to fix the problem before anyone gets hurt, even when they could have just waited for the regular authorities to eventually travel there and fix the problem themselves?
- You Didn't Ask: Nanoha spent the first 7 1/2 episodes of the series thinking that he was just a talking ferret instead of a shapeshifting mage, all because he thought that he had already told her.
Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani in the Japanese version and Lauren Landa in the English version.
Fate's familiar, who accompanies her on her quest to find the Jewel Seeds. Arf was a wolf cub abandoned by her pack due to an illness. Fate found her during her training and saved her life by making her into a familiar.
Arf despises Fate's mother and is only loyal to Fate. Late in the series, when she is injured after attacking Precia over her mistreatment of Fate, she retreats to Earth and seeks help from Nanoha, later helping in the assault on the Garden of Time. She fights alongside the heroes in A's, primarily facing off against Zafira.
In StrikerS, she takes on the form of a small child in order to use as little of Fate's mana as possible and stays behind to do household chores, believing that Fate has become strong enough to fight on her own. She helps the Harlaown family in the household and is the babysitter of Chrono and Amy's children, Karel and Liera.
- All There in the Manual: In the Sound Stages, there is a given explanation why she has the appearance of a child in StrikerS. Anime-only viewers wouldn't get the idea why Arf shrunk while Fate grew up.
- Animorphism: Looks like a giant fox, though she's said to be a wolf and is mistaken for a dog on Earth.
- Badass Cape: Part of her Barrier Jacket. Like some other characters, she also has those "waist capes".
- Barrier Warrior: When fighting alongside Fate she makes barriers.
- Battle Butler: Like most familiars.
- Beam Spam: She knows Photon Lancer and Photon Lancer Multishot.
- The Berserker: Mostly in The Movie 1st. Nearly every scene has her screaming and tossing herself at enemies due to Fate getting hurt or others simply getting in Fate's way.
- Big Eater: Guess what. She's a wolf.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: Tries to tear Preica a new one, both verbally and physically, for her constant abuse of Fate (the key word here is ''tries").
- Canis Major: "Wolves" on Mid-childa, look like gigantic foxes from earth.
- Child Eater: In episode 5 of the first season, Arf threatened that she would swallow Nanoha whole if she got in their way too much, though it's very likely this was simply a scare tactic to try and bluff Nanoha into giving up.
- Cleavage Window: Part of her Barrier Jacket, and possibly influenced by Linith's outfit.
- Cool Big Sis: Despite technically being younger, she plays this role for Fate in the first and second season due to Fate being in desperate need of a positive influence.
- Cute Little Fangs: When in humanoid form.
- Death by Adaptation: Not death, but something comparable. Arf's Linker Core gets drained by the Book of Darkness in The Movie 2nd A's, something that didn't happen in the original A's, giving Reinforce the opportunity to abuse Arf's Chain Bind.
- Demoted to Extra: Six years after A's, Arf retires from active duty because Fate is strong enough to fight on her own. She spends most of her time around the Harlaown house, doing chores and looking after Chrono and Amy's children. She wasn't playable in the A's-centric Battle of Aces (though she is in the sequel). She has yet to appear in ViVid or Force. And despite the fact that Yuuno and Chrono are the infamous Butt Monkeys regarding the lack of screentime, Arf had it always worse than them outside the first two seasons. Arf has less screen time than both of them in StrikerS, and Yuuno appears in ViVid before her. Though, she does appear in The Movie 1st Sound Stage Side F (which take places in ViVid), but she does not appear in The Movie 2nd A's In-Character Commentary, despite even Yuuno and Chrono being a part of the 21 commentary members. Instead, Lutecia Alpine "takes her place", who tries to imitate her voice twice.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Zafira.
- Dual Age Modes: She can freely change her apparent age in both her human and wolf forms. In fact, she does this so often that her human form only ever appears as her actual age in the main timeline is during the second Sound Stage of the first season (and it's only ever been seen animated during Reflection). Pre-Time Skip, she took on an adult form to act as a surrogate mother/older sister for Fate, and post-Time Skip she appears as a child to use as little of Fate's mana as possible.
- Familiar: For Fate. Unlike most familiars, her contract is open-ended, meaning that she is not magically bound to obey Fate's orders.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Strongly dislikes Nanoha at first, thinking she's weak and is trying to trick Fate into abandoning her quest. She eventually decides to cooperate with Nanoha for Fate's sake, though, and starts to like her after seeing how happy Fate is after becoming Nanoha's friend.
- Friend to All Children: Better pronounced in post-A's, she used to play with Erio and Caro when they were younger, and is babysitting Karel and Liera now. She also played with Vivio.
- Happily Adopted: While it's not clear if she was formally adopted alongside Fate, she does refer to Lindy as "mother" during StrikerS.
- Heel–Face Turn: In Episode 10 of the first series, she attacks Precia over how she treats Fate, and is defeated. After being found by Alisa, Nanoha and Yuuno meet her, and she agrees to help them save Fate.
- Hey, You!: Has quite a few insulting nicknames for Nanoha at first, before she's ultimately forced to work with her in saving Fate.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: In the first two seasons. Without Arf, Fate would be arrested much earlier; Fate nearly defeated Vita thanks to Arf's assistance, if Signum and Zafira hadn't interferred. Like Yuuno to Nanoha and Reinforce to Hayate, Arf is Fate's Hypercompetent Sidekick in The Gears of Destiny, where Arf can defeat even Levi the Slasher if the player choose her instead of Fatenote .
- I Owe You My Life: Due to the open-ended nature of her contract, she is not magically bound to be loyal to Fate. Instead, her loyalty stems from the fact that Fate saved her life by turning her into a Familiar.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Arf threatens to swallow Nanoha whole the first time they meet if she keeps getting in Fate's way. Whether or not she actually would do that, or if she was just trying to intimidate Nanoha, is left up in the air.
- Jack of All Stats: In The Gears of Destiny, Arf is an overall balanced character, who has average defense, average damage output, is a decent fighter in close range and long range combat, but has one of the weakest Limit Breaks.
- Limit Break: Lightning Howl in The Gears of Destiny, which deals 40% basic damage, that is the weakest Full Drive Burst along with Yuuno and Zafira's Full Drive Bursts.
- Little Bit Beastly: Her humanoid form. Though, she can hide her ears and tail when necessary.
- Magically-Binding Contract: Double Subverted. The open ended nature of their contract means that she is not magically compelled to serve Fate, but the fact that Fate saved her life (along with her canine nature) means that she is just as -if not more- loyal than your average familiar.
- Mama Bear: Do anything to Fate and she will end you.
- Ms. Fanservice: In the first two seasons, the camera gives her quite a lot of attention. Her Stripperiffic outfit helps, as does her devotion to her mistress, which often crosses over into Les Yay territory.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: She hates Precia and tries to convince Fate to give up looking for the search for the Jewel Seeds on a few occasions, but nevertheless continues to help her. Fate later regrets not listening to Arf and causing her pain by persisting.
- Noble Wolf: Loyal, protective, and a Friend to All Children.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Wolfgirl sidekick, but Arf is in fact a magical construct, though the series tends to view magical constructs and even sufficiently advanced Magitek devices as human enough. In A's, typically takes on the form of a small red dog when she's on Earth so as not to attract suspicion, and recommends that Zafira do the same toward the end of the last episode.
- Older Than She Looks: In StrikerS, which takes place 10 years after A's, she takes the form of a small girl to consume as little of Fate's mana as possible.
- Only One Name: Due to her nature as a familiar, she doesn't adopt the name Harlaown.
- Roof Hopping: In the first season.
- Say My Name: Arf shouts Fate's name a lot. In The Gears of Destiny, she even screams it when Arf goes KO.
- Screaming Warrior: Though, Vita and Zafira beat her in volumes.
- She's All Grown Up: Inverted. She shrunk since StrikerS. Justified, she has the ability to change her physical age.
- Ship Tease: Subtle with Zafira. He's her Spear Counterpart, Arf feeds him with meat in the StrikerS manga, and she appears in Zafira's route in The Battle of Aces; the only three other routes in which she appears are Nanoha, Fate and Chrono's. In Fate and Chrono's cases, she's a part of their family, in Nanoha's case, she appears alongside with Fate. In Zafira's case, there is no given reason, except maybe this trope. And at one point, she contacts Fate when the latter defeats the Dark Piece version of Zafira.
- Signature Move: Her Barrier Break, a spell that breaks barriers and shields.
- Spell My Name with an S: Spellings include Arf, Aruf and Alph. And to make things more confusing, the English dub uses... all of them. More recently, the official English subtitles from the home release of the movie used "ALF".
- Spinning Piledriver: Her Limit Break Lightning Howl in The Gears of Destiny is one.
- Stripperific: Her Barrier Jacket has a midriff-exposing top with a Cleavage Window and short shorts that expose her panty. Yes, she's a member of the Testarossa family.
- Talking Animal: A Mid-childan Dire Wolf, to be precise.
- Tears of Joy: After seeing how happy Fate is when the latter becomes friends with Nanoha. She was also crying after Fate recovered from her Heroic BSoD (The Movie even added in Cry into Chest).
- Third-Person Person: In her early life as a familiar, as shown in Sound Stage 2 of The Original Series.
- Undying Loyalty: Toward Fate, as a result of affection and appreciation rather than contract. Fate only made Arf a familiar to save her life, and made the terms of her contract to live as she wished. Fate also left the contract completely open in duration - only actual physical death will end it.
- Younger than She Looks: Her typical form in the first two seasons is a girl in her late teens or early twenties, but she was created by the nine-year-old Fate, and is thus younger than her. Interestingly enough, her "official" age is 16 as of the original series, despite being chronologically much younger. Since Nanoha knows that Arf isn't as old as she appear, Nanoha drops calling her "Arf-san", but only "Arf". It's implied that the reason she looks older is due to her base as a familiar being a wolf; the second sound stage reveals she basically reached that appearance in a year.
Voiced by: Rei Igarashi in Japanese, Julie Rei Goldstein in English
The main antagonist of the original series, who seeks the Jewel Seeds to travel to Al Hazard to resurrect her dead daughter Alicia. Apparently died when she and the capsule containing Alicia's body fell into the trans-dimensional void.
- Abled in the Adaptation: Canon Precia was both mentally and physically ill, having descended into madness and was in the final stages of a terminal illness. Her INNOCENT counterpart on the other hand is the picture of perfect health and is (mostly) sane.
- Abusive Mom: Emotionally and physically, although she was merely cold and distant before Linith's death. In one truly horrifying first season scene, she chains Fate up and whips her as punishment for not collecting enough Jewel Seeds (Arf's internal monologue even implies that this is a regular occurrence). However, during the In-Character Commentary, Fate assumes that Precia didn't hate her that much as she said. Fate says if Precia really hated her, she would abuse her daughter even more, but Fate never received wounds that couldn't be healed by first aid magic.
- Age Lift: She's around the same age as Lindy in INNOCENT. To put it in perspective how much of a difference this is, Lindy was born the same year as Alicia in canon.
- All Abusers Are Male: Averted. Precia is, to date, the only abuser in the main continuity.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In INNOCENT, to both of her daughters.
- Badass Cape: Part of her Barrier Jacket/dress like Fate, but Precia's is not long. Spark Girl Precia-chan◊ has also a short cape.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: She is shown in flashbacks to be a Doting Parent to her daughter. This is in contrast to the current Precia, who is an Abusive Parent that literally whips her daughter at the slightest provocation. This is one of the reasons why Fate still loves her despite all the suffering she receives, as she remembers a time when she used to be kind. Unfortunately for Fate, the reason for this change is because Fate is a failed attempt to revive Precia's dead daughter, and she's unwilling to treat a clone like Fate as a second daughter.
- Beehive Barrier: Her magical shield is composed of hexagons, as seen when Arf flips the fuck out and attacks Precia for whipping Fate.
- Big Bad: Precia is this in spades in season one.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Averted in The Gears of Destiny. Dark Piece Precia discovers that there's a Time Machine (which can only be used for one last time), and she wants to use it to save Alicia. However, instead being a second to the heroes besides the Big Bad Unbreakable Dark, she is immediately fought by the good Dark Piece Linith. Both Disappear Into Light and make peace.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: She's the boke to Lindy's tsukkomi in INNOCENT.
- Boom Stick: One of her Device's forms.
- Characterization Marches On: Precia at first was designed as the champion of "Worst Anime Mom Ever" that even her Freudian Excuse was not enough to cover for that. After the 1st movie actually SHOWED (not just telling) how crushed she was on Alicia's death and how broken she was in Gears of Destiny, fans could buy the excuse better, and it topped in INNOCENT where Precia ends up without her abusive traits, an actually endearing Doting Mom. Either way, looking at Precia as she first appeared and as she ended up now could be rather jarring. In a good way too.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicts this on Fate twice onscreen and it's implied to be a regular event.
- Creepy Monotone
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeats Arf and the enforcers sent after her with hardly any effort at all.
- A Day in the Limelight: The movie adaptation of the first series provides her with far more background exploration and characterization than she had in the original anime did.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls into an interdimensional void.
- Establishing Character Moment: Whipping Fate for not getting enough seeds.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: Fate genuinely loves Precia and believes she can still redeem her despite everyone, from Nanoha, to Arf, to the TSAB, telling her otherwise. Even after being Happily Adopted by Lindy, Fate keeps a picture of Precia by her bedside well into adulthood.
- Evil Costume Switch: Went from wearing a sensible blouse and skirt pair with regularly parted hair back when Alicia was alive to her stripperific dress and Peek A Bangs after she went crazy.
- Evil Counterpart: For Lindy, who was introduced in the same episode. It's made blatantly obvious upon their first interactions with their children (Lindy wishes Chrono good luck when he leaves on his mission, Precia whips Fate when she comes back from her mission). Flashback show that Precia used to be a Doting Parent who was Married to the Job, much like Lindy is in the present. They also have a connection via Fate, who is the second child for both of them (even if Preica never viewed Fate as a daughter).
- She's also one to Hayate. Both are SS-Ranked mages who were suffering from terminal illnesses, lost family members, had the Undying Loyalty of respective season's Anti Villains, and an association with cats (Precia had Linith as her familiar and Hayate's first friend was Suzuka). Precia was a cold Abusive Parent who treated Fate (who was created to be her daughter) like a tool, while Hayate treated the Wolkenritter (who were created to be her servants) as her family. Precia was the Big Bad who ordered Fate to collect the Jewel Seeds while Hayate was oblivious to the actions of the Wolkenritter and would later go on to be the Big Good. Precia viewed Fate as a failed copy of Alicia while Hayate views Reinforce Zwei as a separate person from Reinforce Eins. And most tellingly, Precia had a cat familiar and Hayate has a Wolf Guardian Beast.
- Evil Matriarch: To Fate.
- Evil Plan: Recover the Jewel Seeds to revive her daughter.
- Evil Sorcerer: Surprisingly, she's the only one in the entire franchise. A's has a Weapon of Mass Destruction with a Superpowered Evil Side, who is the true Big Bad, and Anti-Villain Magic Knights. A's Portable has three Anti-Villain/Anti-Hero Evil Knockoffs and an Anti-Villain Person of Mass Destruction. StrikerS has a Mad Scientist, twelve (later thirteen) Combat Cyborgs, and a group of Anti Villains. StrikerS Sound Stage X has an Un-Sorcerer Big Bad and an army of Night of the Living Mooks. ViVid lacks a Big Bad, with a Cute/Hot Witch to be the closest villain, who could become a Big Bad. FORCE has Eclipse Drivers. And INNOCENT lacks any kind of villains, not to mention that all Magical Girls are only avatars in cyberspace and magic does not exist in that "real world", and Precia is a sane and loveable mother to Alica and Fate, and she's pretty much a Plucky Comic Relief.
- Expository Hair Style Change: She got Peek A Bangs and even longer hair, which shows how evil she became.
- Fallen Hero: She was once a brilliant scientist and a loving mother, but she became blinded by her own grief.
- Fond Memories That Could Have Been: When Alicia died, she realized just how she has neglected her daughter and wished that she had spend more time with her. Too bad she went off the deep end.
- A second one occurs in the movie, where as she falls to her death, Precia remembered that Alicia once wanted a little sister and realized that she could've treated Fate as another daughter instead of a failed replacement for Alicia. Unfortunately, there is no longer enough time left to make amends or even apologize.
- Glass Cannon: In The Gears of Destiny, Precia has the lowest defense after Fate and Levi in their Sonic/Sprite Forms and she's slow. A single Limit Break either kills her or she barely survives it. However, Precia's attacks are very powerful and she has one of the two most powerful Limit Breaks alongside Shamal's in the game.
- Hate Sink: Used to be this in the original series, she'd usually top the cases of "Worst Anime Mom" and it was the author's intention to make her really despicable. Thanks to Characterization Marches On, introduction of several other disliked characters and other bad moms in other anime introduced, she no longer fitted this trope.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: In INNOCENT with Lindy.
- Hey, You!: Tends to refer to Fate as "that girl" when talking about her to others, possibly to reflect her contempt for her as a clone, but tends to address her by name when speaking to her.
- Historical Villain Downgrade: In-Universe example. While the movie doesn't make any attempt to gloss over Precia's crimes, it does try to paint her as more of a Tragic Villain who is shown to regret her actions in her final moments. Given that Fate served as a technical advisor for the movie, it would be fair to assume that she asked for her mother to be portrayed in a more sympathetic light.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Desperate to reach Al Hazard before dying of her disease or being arrested by the TSAB, she tried to go do the dimensional transference when she had nine out of 21 Jewel Seeds, short of even the 14-seed bare minimum she suspected she would need. She falls to her death as the transference fails and her lair collapses.
- Ignored Expert: In the movie, Precia tried to explain to her superiors that accelerating the timeline for the final stage of her reactor project from one month to one week was a bad idea. They didn't listen, and the disaster that resulted from that foolish management decision cost Precia her daughter and, eventually, her sanity.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Suffering this as early as the second Sound Stage of the original series, which takes place two years before the series begins.
- Keigo: Her speech pattern is very formal, even in her worst moments.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She was one to Linith before the dramatic accident happened. In The Gears of Destiny, Precia has not forgotten that she was a Kindhearted Cat Lover and reminds Linith of the latter's lost precious memory before they both fade away.
- Knight of Cerebus
- Lady of Black Magic: She always speaks very formally and wears a revealing yet elegant dress, and is probably one of the most powerful mages in the entire series.
- Limit Break: Crucifixion in The Gears of Destiny, which deals 60% basic damage that is the strongest Full Drive Burst along with Shamal's.
- Love Makes You Evil: She completely lost it when her daughter Alicia died. In Alicia's words:"She was a really kind person. Because she was so kind, she broke while trying to revive me after I died..."
- Mad Scientist: So what if we cause a dimensional cataclysm or blow up a city!
- Madness Makeover: Sane Precia was a kindly smiling woman with hair neatly combed back. Insane Precia is a madly laughing woman prone to pupil shrinkage with unkempt hair that's always covering one of her eyes. Also, Sane!Precia has a much better fashion sense. Insane!Precia... Well...
- Ms. Fanservice: Her dress seems to be made only for this.
- Navel-Deep Neckline: Her dress/Barrier Jacket (?) has a plunging neckline.
- Necromantic: Precia created Fate was as a Replacement Goldfish for Alicia, and wanted to use the technology of Al Hazard to resurrect Alicia.
- Never Found the Body: While she is presumably dead, given that she fell into an interdimensional vacuum in space while suffering from a terminal disease, the series doesn't make it 100% clear one way or the other if Precia survived or not.
- No Name Given: Her Device.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Precia almost sounds like Naga sometimes.
- Not Quite Flight: One of her abilities is levitation, which she sometimes uses on herself.
- Older Than She Looks: Looks in her 20s to early 30s, but is actually age 54 at the time of her introduction in episode 7. She doesn't even have a single middle/old age wrinkle on her face. Time has been very kind to her appearance. And she needed only 22 years to clone Alicia and create Fate.
- Orcus on His Throne: It's made clear from the first time we see her that she's much stronger than Fate, but due her terminal illness, relies on her to find the Jewel Seeds anyways. She also lacks actual combat skills.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Alicia died at the age of 5. Precia was unable to cope and spent the next 26 years trying to bring her back to life. Averted with Fate, who is still alive and well over a decade and a half after Preica's death.
- Parental Neglect: She started off this way for Fate, spending all her time in her study while Linith raised Fate. Then Linith died, and she went headlong into Abusive Parents territory.
- Peek A Bangs: Has it when the story began, but not in flashbacks or in INNOCENT.
- Pet the Dog: In a rare show of kindness, for the type of woman she is now, Dark Piece Precia does this for Dark Piece Linith during Gears of Destiny by telling her that the two of them holding each other in death isn't the first they held each other to sleep. This causes Linith to flashback to when she was a regular cat and remembering the days Precia would lovingly stroke her head which causes Linith to burst into tears and die happily as the two of them Disappear Into The Light.
- Posthumous Character: She falls to her presumed death at the end of the first season, but her influence can still be felt even ten years after the fact due to the effect that her abuse had on Fate.
- Psycho Electro: In addition to her being mentally unstable, most of her powers are electricity-based.
- Purple Is Powerful: The color of her dress/Barrier Jacket, Device, and magic. Furthermore, she is the character with the highest magic rank (SS) introduced so far and has her power naturally.
- Remembered Too Late: Part of her characterization in the anime. By the end of the movie, it is her Fatal Flaw.
- Shock and Awe: Apparently her Magic Conversion Affinity, as most of her powerful spells are lightning based.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In INNOCENT, where she happily lives together with her daughters, both Alicia and Fate, and is the co-owner of Hobby Shop T&H together with Lindy.
- Spell My Name with an S: Precia or Presea? In Lyrical Party IV, Raising Heart pronounces her name as "Plecia".
- Squishy Wizard: In The Gears of Destiny, most of Precia's attacks are magic based. The only moves of her that are physical are her whip attacks which are both her EX move and her grab move. See also Glass Cannon above.
- Start of Darkness: Alicia Testarossa's death was this for Precia. Even so she still showed some kindness even to Fate, but slowly became a monster after Linith disappeared.
- Stripperific: Her dress is really revealing.
- Superpower Lottery: One of only two SS rank mages in the series, and unlike Hayate, Precia's power is entirely natural. She performs what is quite possibly the most impressive feat of magic in the entire series when she casts a spell powerful enough to disable a spaceship from another dimension, and she effortlessly slaughters the TSAB personnel sent to arrest her. And this was after years of suffering from insanity and an Incurable Cough of Death. It boggles the mind to think how powerful she must have been in her prime.
- Some of her feats include: hitting a large target in dimension space (as noted above) and a small target in another world (the spell that hit Fate after her battle with Nanoha) from her lair, implied to be quite deep within dimension space itself, Severely injuring Arf without batting an eye and summoning an entire army of Mecha-Mooks that can give a highly trained Enforcer a run for his money. Again, as noted above, all of this while suffering from insanity, an incurable disease, and is practically living on borrowed time.
- Telekinesis: She display this ability from time to time.
- Telepathy: Pretty much the most common ability.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: She rejects Fate due to her not being a perfect clone of Alicia.
- Those Two Girls: With Lindy in INNOCENT.
- Together in Death: According to the MOVIE 2nd A's tribute manga, she was reunited in Alicia in heaven. That's right, Precia went to heaven.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Spark Girl Precia-chan◊ wears one. It's rather cute than tomboyish.
- Too Powerful to Live: As mentioned above in Superpower Lottery Precia is the only SS rank mage in the series who acquired her powers naturally. She was shown being able to fire incredibly powerful magic multiple dimensions away, slaughtering an entire force of TSAB troops send to capture her and the ability to remotely control an army of Mecha-Mooks shown to give Chrono, Nanoha and Yuuno trouble. Therefore she falls to her (presumed) death at the end of the first season most likely because, if she had sticked around, Nanoha and co would have suffered the same fate as Arf.
- Tragic Villain: More pronounced in the movie.
- Troubled Abuser: She's horrifically abusive to her daughter, Fate, due to having been driven insane from the death of her real daughter, Alicia, whom Fate was cloned from to serve as a Replacement Goldfish.
- Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: This trope used to be called "But Sir, It's Not Ready!", which is what Precia tried to tell to her superiors in the reactor project. They didn't listen. And we all know how that turned out...
- The Unfettered: She will stop at nothing in order to bring her daughter back to life.
- The Unfought: She curb-stomped Arf before the latter's Heel–Face Turn, but nobody fought her at all. Most likely because nobody on the good guys side would be able to defeat her.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: INNOCENT is not canon and seems to exaggerate her nice personality, but since we know that she wasn't evil until her Start of Darkness, Spark Girl Precia-chan◊ might be true in someway.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Precia is one of the most powerful mages in the entire franchise, being a SS-rank mage like Hayate. However, like Hayate, she lacks actual combat skills, which is mentioned by Fate in The Movie 1st In-Character Commentary.
- Vapor Wear: Look at her dress/Barrier Jacket (?)! There is no way she wears underwear.
- Vehicular Theme Naming: After Nissan Presea and Ferrari Testarossa.
- Went Crazy When They Left: This is her defining character trait. The death of her daughter Alicia caused her sanity to slowly degrade, and what little bits she had left shattered completely after Linith faded away, turning her into the abusive monster seen during the series proper.
- Wham Line:Precia: I'll put an end to everything. To all the time this girl was deprived of when I lost her.. and also to the doll I created to play as my daughter.
- Whip of Dominance: She is a cold Evil Matriarch in a skimpy Hell-Bent for Leather outfit whose Intelligent Device often takes the form of a whip (its default form is a staff) which she can use both in combat and as a tool of torture and dominance. The first time we see her use it, it's to brutally whip her daughter Fate.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: This makes up most of her dialogue when she's talking to Fate, playing the disappointed parent card while committing horrific acts of child abuse.
Voiced by: Masumi Asano
Precia's familiar, who was created to further Fate's education and make Bardiche. Although she cared greatly for Fate, she was unable to go against Precia, even at the end of her life. The records she left behind, however, helped prove Fate's innocence in the Lost Logia case.
- Adaptation Name Change: In INNOCENT, the human Rynith is named "Rynith Lanster" and is Teana's older sister.
- All There in the Manual: In the TV series, she only appears once in Fate's Lotus-Eater Machine sequence with no explanation of who she is (save for a vague comment Fate made on her first day of school about having a tutor). However, she is central in the second Sound Stage, and is frequently referenced in the other Sound Stages and the manga. She is also in the flashbacks in The Movie and her role is further expanded in its accompanying manga.
- Ascended Extra: She appears in The Movie and is playable in The Gears of Destiny. While it's not as noticeable as the previous two entries she is also a supporting character in INNOCENT as well.
- The Bus Came Back: Reappear in Gears of Destiny, due to the power of Unbreakable Dark. She just want to check whether Fate and Arf... and Bardiche are doing okay, as well as making peace with Precia. She's not here to stay.
- But Now I Must Go: Disappears after Fate's training and Bardiche are complete, per her contract.
- Cat Girl: Though she usually conceals her feline features.
- Chef of Iron: Implied. She was Fate's combat instructor, and the one who taught her how to cook.
- Cleavage Window: Her uniform.
- Decomposite Character: Her cat and human forms are two separate characters in INNOCENT.
- Disappears into Light: How she died. In The Gears of Destiny, she disappears twice in Sequence 07.
- Familiar: Precia's. Created to teach Fate as the sole purpose of her contract.
- Final First Hug: Subverted Linith thinks that this will happen when both her and Precia are dying near the end of Gears of Destiny since her master never showed any kindness to her when she was her familiar. However Precia reveals that the two of them used to sleep together back when she was a regular cat allowing Linith to die happy.
- Fragile Speedster: In The Gears of Destiny, it's shown that she has a spell called Fast Step that allows her to move faster than any other character's accelerationnote . Her defense is still bad.
- Glass Cannon: In The Gears of Destiny, Linith's Limit Break is above average and is even slightly stronger than Nanoha and Stern's, but her defense is even lower than Fate's Lightning Form or Levi's Slash Suit.
- Limit Break: Plasma Saber in The Gears of Destiny, which deals 48% basic damage, that is slightly above average and deals 0.5% more basic damage than Nanoha's Starlight Breaker and Stern's Shin Luciferion Breaker.
- Magic Wand: Tact is the only known Device that actually looks like a wand.
- Meido: Not the typical maid uniform, but you can see she's one.
- The Mentor: Linith was specifically created by Precia to be this for Fate, complete with her contract expiring together with her life once she's finished training Fate. When a pseudo-revived version of hers appeared in The Gears of Destiny, she showed just how much more skilled she was compared to Fate, beating everyone she met from Nanoha, to Signum, to Reinforce (albeit a weakened one) despite not taking the fights too seriously, and eventually being the only one capable of defeating a similarly pseudo-revived version of Precia.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Justified. As a familiar, she could only live until the terms of her familar contract were complete, and terms of her contract were "train Fate".
- Morality Chain: Precia still showed some bits of her lost humanity when Linith was around. After she disappeared, well, things went worse. Arf suggests that Linith would have told Precia off for hitting Fate for the book she retrieved not having what she wanted if she had still been around.
- Named by the Adaptation: Her device gained the name "Tact" in INNOCENT.
- Odd Name Out: Due to her originally being a completely unrelated character, she lacks the "name beginning with Ti" theme of the Lanster siblings in INNOCENT.
- Parental Substitute: The closest thing to a mother figure Fate has until her adoption. When she "dies", she tells Precia that she regretted that Fate was not her own daughter.
- Posthumous Character: She dies before the start of the series.
- Related in the Adaptation: She's the middle child of the Lanster siblings in INNOCENT.
- Servile Snarker: Has little respect for Precia, and is not above talking back or using sarcasm even during her last words ("my never kind master, Precia"). She has a better relationship with Fate, but is not above teasing her a little over her being sleepy in her Lotus-Eater Machine dream.
- Gears of Destiny shows that she actually loves Precia a lot. Just like Fate want to be loved as Precia's daughter, so too she wants to be loved as Precia's familiar. She does reconcile with Precia at the end of her story arc.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In INNOCENT. Interestingly, both her human form and cat form appearing seperately in this manga. The human Linith has the surname Lanster (being Teana's older sister), and the cat is refered as "Linith/Rynith the 2nd".
- Spell My Name with an S: Does it begin with an L or an R, and does it end with an s or a th? One of the most unfortunate names from a Romanization standpoint.
- The Gears of Destiny says "Rynith". Unfortunately, that game also give name such as "'Load' Dearche" and "Levi" to the Materials, so the fans are likely to continue the disputes. The fact that it's an Alternate Continuity doesn't help.
- The INNOCENT card game spells her name as Rynith. On the other hand, the spellings are really inconsistent, especially with Alisa's name.
- In Lyrical Party IV, Raising Heart pronouns her name as "Rinis".
- The Gears of Destiny says "Rynith". Unfortunately, that game also give name such as "'Load' Dearche" and "Levi" to the Materials, so the fans are likely to continue the disputes. The fact that it's an Alternate Continuity doesn't help.
- Squishy Wizard: As shown in The Gears of Destiny, all of Linith's attacks are magic-based. It's actually weird that she needs to kick her opponent to connect with her Limit Break. See also Glass Cannon above.
- Take Care of the Kids: Her last words before fading away were asking Bardiche to look after Fate and Arf.
- Tears of Joy: See Precia's Pet The Cat entry above. After hearing that Linith dies with a smile on her face telling Precia that she is truly happy.
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
Precia's deceased daughter, for whom Precia went completely nuts, and for whom Fate was cloned as a temporary replacement. Precia sought the lost technology of Al Hazard to resurrect her. If she wasn't already irreversibly dead, she became so when her pod fell into the trans-dimensional void alongside Precia. A false version of her was created in Fate's Lotus-Eater Machine, where she regretted not having met in real life, and offers Fate some encouragement.
Outside the main continuity, she is one of the five main characters in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT.
- Ascended Extra: In INNOCENT, she becomes a main character and is a Magical Girl like her sister.
- Cheerful Child: Unlike Fate, she is cheerful for most of the time.
- Combat Commentator: In INNOCENT. Unfortunately, co-commentator Amy does not get many lines because of her.
- Cool Big Sis: To Fate. Played for Laughs in INNOCENT, when she read Fate's letter from the first grade. Fate wrote how much she adores her Onee-chan.
- Dead Person Conversation: In Fate's Lotus-Eater Machine.
- Death by Origin Story: Alicia's death made her mother insane who became determined to revive her in some way, which resulted in Fate's birth.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Disappears into Light in your arms, but the emotional effect was the same.
- Disappeared Dad: Not getting the slightest mention.
- Disappears into Light: She faded away in Fate's arms after Fate chose the real world over a dream.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Her last words were telling Fate how she wished she could have been her sister in real life. The movie version even used the words "I love you."
- Fetal Position Rebirth: Though she's never actually reborn.
- Final First Hug: Gets one with Fate in A's, just before she disappears. Also overlaps with Died in Your Arms Tonight.
- Genki Girl: In a huge contrast to Fate.
- Go Out with a Smile: There's a smile on her face as she fades away in Fate's arms.
- Girlish Pigtails: Parts of her hair are bound as two pigtails.
- The Gunslinger: In INNOCENT, her Lucky Star has two guns as its standard form.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Has Two Mommies: In INNOCENT, due to her mother and Lindy being Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- Informed Flaw: When comparing her with the gentle Fate, Precia mentions Alicia as always talking egotistically, but we never see her behaving like this. The nearest thing we get is her portrayal in Fate's Lotus-Eater Machine, where Alicia is simply shown as somewhat cheeky and carefree.
- Left-Handed Mirror: The first hint that Fate is different from Alicia.
- Ms. Exposition: In INNOCENT, much to Amy's dismay.
- Ms. Fanservice: In INNOCENT. She loves to wear different costumes, including a bunny or cheerleader outfit. She drags Fate in the latter, too.
- Older Than They Look: INNOCENT kept her five year old appearance, despite the fact that she is at least ten years old in that continuity.
- People Jars: Precia stores her lifeless body in one, hoping to revive her.
- Posthumous Character: She died 26 years before the story began.
- Posthumous Sibling: She had been dead for over twenty years by the time Fate was created. Fate is technically her clone rather than her sibling, but Fate (and Dream!Alicia inside the Book of Darkness' Lotus-Eater Machine) always refer to her as an older sister.
- Practically Different Generations: She was born 27 years before Fate was created.
- Siblings Wanted: In The Movie, Alicia asked Precia for a little sister—something that Precia remembers way too late.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: In the actual series, this is Played for Drama. Fate was too different to Alicia, that's why Fate was physically abused and used as a pawn by Precia.
- Alicia is cheerful, childish (justified, she is one) and open. Fate is shy, calm, and more serious.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In INNOCENT.
- Spell My Name with an S: Alicia or Aricia?
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: A bonus chapter of ViVid Life set in the INNOCENT continuity has her taking increasingly risque photos of herself and her friends to trade online for candy, which eventually escalates to her trying to set up a photoshoot of Nanoha and Fate naked in the bath. Understandably, Lindy subjects her to a several hour long scolding when she sees what they're doing.
- Walking Spoiler: She's dead and Precia cloned her which resulted Fate's birth. Her existence is a spoiler.
TSAB - Arthra staff
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (young), Tomokazu Sugita (adult) (JP) and Lauren Landa (young) (English)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (S2U), Thomas King (Durandal in A's), Wayne Doster (Durandal in The Movie 2nd A's)
One of the top Enforcers on the Arthra and the son of Captain/Admiral Lindy Harlaown. While not as powerful as Nanoha or Fate, Chrono (initially) has far more experience. Stoic and logical, Chrono prefers to assess a situation and wait for a chance to strike, and he can get somewhat annoyed by Nanoha's impulsive actions. Chrono singlehandedly determines cause of the unusual events in season 2, but hardly appears in season 3.
Currently an admiral himself, he's the captain of the Claudia and is married with Amy and has fraternal twins with her, Karel and Liera. Chrono has yet to appear in ViVid or Force, but he appears in The Movie 1st Sound Stage F and in The Movie 2nd A's audio commentary, both taking place in the ViVid timeline.
- The Ace: He's an Enforcer, who are the elite agents of the TSAB, counting among both its top investigators and its most powerful or skilled mages. And he has become an Admiral.
- Action Dad: Subverted. After he became an admiral and father of twins, he gets much less action than before, and if he does, it's off-screen.
- Adorably Precocious Child: In earlier seasons.
- Ancestral Weapon: Durandal's origin is rewritten in The Movie 2nd A's, where it belonged to his late father Clyde and not Gil Graham.
- Badass Adorable: In his teens, as he looked younger than he actually was.
- Badass Armfold: Does this fairly often.
- Durandal in A's.
- Badass Longcoat: Standard issue for TSAB Enforcers.
- Beam Spam: Stinger Ray are spammed energy balls.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Fate, particularly when she becomes his younger sister.
- Body Horror: When Iris recreates her human body in Reflection, she does so by ripping out tendrils of biomass from Chrono's body (and the squadron of TSAB Red Shirts he was with). The process was incredibly painful, but was fortunately non-lethal.
- Boom Stick: His two Storage Devices S2U and Durandal. It seems that the latter replaces the former as Chrono's regular Device, as Chrono still uses him five months after the Grand Finale of A's. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable, Chrono uses S2U as his basic Device and Durandal as his Full Drive Device, which becomes a plot point in The Gears of Destiny.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Crossing over with Wacky Parent, Serious Child, he's far more stoic and pragmatic than Lindy.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Amy.
- Combat Pragmatist: Chrono is a Trap Master who never fights fair. He also prefers to appear very late and catch his enemies off guard (and mostly from behind or out of nowhere).
- The Comically Serious: He claims he called Yuuno "ferret boy" as a joke, though you'd never tell from his tone.
- In the final chapter of the A's supplementary manga, before the mock battle against the Yagami family begins, he says "For the reputation of the three of usnote within the Bureau command and our two Familiars!" He still makes a joke about Yuuno being an actual ferret with a totally serious face.
- Chrono just ignores jokes and he continues his conversations straight forward.
- He mellows out as an adult, and he still jokes about Yuuno's ferret past.
- Cool Starship: In the season 1 and 2, he is stationed at the Arthra, later he is the captain of the Arthra, and later the captain of another spaceship, the Claudia.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The reason why the Enforcer uniforms are black in the first place was his villain role in Lyrical Toy Box.
- Defrosting Ice King: He mellowed out when he grew up.
- Demoted to Extra: He gets much less action in the movies. He only appears in StrikerS as a minor character (not as bad as Yuuno, Lindy, Arf or Amy) and he has yet to appear in ViVid and FORCE.
- Disappeared Dad: Clyde Harlaown died in the quest to seal the Book of Darkness when Chrono was only three.
- Don't Say Such Stupid Things!: Says this word for word to Fate in A's when she starts questioning if she qualifies as human.
- Flechette Storm/Reverse Shrapnel: His spell Stinger Blade. Exaggerated with Stinger Blade: Execution Shift.
- Foil: To Hayate Yagami. The Unskilled, but Strong Hayate is the warm and cheerful head of the Yagami family, while the Weak, but Skilled Chrono is the cold and stoic officer who is in charge of the Book of Darkness Incident. Their growth makes it more obvious: In private situations, Chrono became more relaxed and he mellowed out; in duty, Hayate became dead serious and shows little of her cheerful personality.
- Generation Xerox: Chrono's role as an admiral and the captain of the spaceship Claudia in StrikerS is very similar to his mother Admiral Lindy, the captain of the Arthra in A's. In the Grand Finale of the respective seasons, both destroy an Artifact of Doom with their spaceships; Lindy with the Arc-en-ciel destroyed the Automatic Defense Program of the Book of Darkness, also known as Nachtwal, and Chrono with a fleet of spaceships destroys the Saint Cradle.
- Guile Hero: In A's, behind the backs of everyone, he secretly investigates Gil Graham's past and current activities, revealing a major puzzle of the Book of Darkness Incident.
- Happily Married: To Amy in StrikerS.
- Has Two Mommies: In INNOCENT, due to his mother and Precia being Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Verossa Acous.
- Hey, You!: According to Nanoha and Teana, he rather calls people with "hey, you" than by their names.
- I Didn't Tell You Because You'd Be Unhappy: Chrono deliberately hides the fact that Fate is a clone from Nanoha so she could focus on her fight against Fate. This was purely for Nanoha's benefit as he had already told Amy that Nanoha's victory was inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
- I Got Bigger: According to Nanoha in The Movie 1st's audio commentary, he suddenly grew up very quickly after the Precia Testarossa Incident and the Book of Darkness Incident. In Reflection (which took place two years later after the first two films), he's already the about the size of Amy.
- An Ice Person: Specializes in temperature manipulation, and the Durandal allows him to freeze targets easily. His most powerful spell is the ice spell Eternal Coffin, an S+ spell which is even optimized by Durandal's specification in freezing magic and Chrono's training in his speciality.
- Improbable Age: He is a highly trained elite special agent at the age of 14. He doesn't look any older than Nanoha in the beginning. By the age of twenty he becomes an Admiral.
- In-Series Nickname: Lotte calls him "Chrosuke"/"Kurosuke".
- Inappropriately Close Comrades: He was Amy's commanding officer during at least part of the time that they were dating. In a case of Deliberate Values Dissonance, such things are actually encouraged, since it leads to the next generation of mages being loyal to the TSAB.
- Irony: Two of them — in good ways.
- His relationship with Fate in the first season became ironic since A's: When they first met, Chrono injured Fate and Arf had to escape with a bleeding Fate. And when Fate was fighting against sixnote typhoons, Chrono suggested that the crew should wait until Fate would either lose against the typhoons or die by exhaustion. A season later, she becomes his little sister.
- Chrono had a hard childhood, losing his father in the age of three and he forced himself to become a strong person. His two children, three years old in StrikerS, live in a warm family and have a happy childhood.
- Just Friends: With Carim Garcia. Also, with Nanoha and Hayate, but his relationship with the latter two seems not to be as close as with Carim.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Fate in A's. Then they became actual brother and sister.
- Like Father, Like Son: He became an Admiral like his parents, and he gets more or less his mother's role in StrikerS.
- Limit Break: Eternal Coffin in A's Portable, which deals 45% basic damage in the second game, that is average.
- Luminescent Blush: In the last episode of the first season, when Nanoha says he's a Nice Guy for reassuring her that the bureau will take Fate's circumstances into account.
- Men Don't Cry: He held his tears back during his father's funeral. And he was only three years old.
- Military Brat: Both of his parents were admirals in the Dimensional Navy and his father died in the line of duty.
- Not So Stoic: Almost always maintains an air of cold professionalism, but he gets flustered whenever someone suggests that he a nice guy, or when Fate calls him "Onii-chan". And when Lieselotte shoves his face between her breasts in a hug.
- Number Two: He served as his mother's Executive Officer during the first two seasons.
- Official Couple: With Amy.
- Older Than He Looks: Despite looking as old as nine-year-old Nanoha (probably because that's also how old he seemed in Lyrical Toy Box), he's actually five years older. After the first time-skip, however, he starts looking his age.
- According to Nanoha, he grew up very quickly after the Book of Darkness Incident.
- Opposites Attract: With Amy.
- Pragmatic Hero: Chrono is not only a Combat Pragmatist, he would go so far to let a criminal die if it's the safest way to "catch" the person. When Fate was fighting typhoons, he figured that waiting until she would either win or die was the best option to arrest her.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. He was Nanoha's love interest in Lyrical Toy Box, and instead ends up as her brother-in-law in Lyrical Nanoha.
- Related in the Adaptation: He and Lindy weren't related in Lyrical Toy Box. At first glance at least. It's eventually revealed that they are both Mother and Son as in the Lyrical Nanoha continuity.
- Senpai/Kōhai: The Senpai to Mariel Atenza.
- Shotgun Wedding: It's all but stated that Amy was already pregnant when they got married.
- Spikes of Villainy: At one point in the series' development, he was going to be a bad guy. His Barrier Jacket's spikes are the only remnant of this.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his father Clyde, though Chrono's hair is straighter and darker than his father's.
- Super Cop: He was an Enforcer before he took a command position.
- Surpassed the Teacher: In A's, Chrono defeats Liesearia and Lieselotte, his combat magic instructors, and explicitly tells them that he has become stronger than both of them. And in The Gears of Destiny, he beats them again and the twins tell him that they can teach him nothing anymore.
- Theme Naming: He and his two Storage Devices have three different types of Theme Naming:
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Durandal is the name of the legendary sword of Charlemagne's paladin Roland in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: S2U's name is Mythology Gag to the song "Song To You" from Lyrical Toy Box version of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
- Temporal Theme Naming: Chrono means "time". This give him Family Theme Naming with his adopted sister Fate.
- Trap Master: His fighting syle in the Nanoha games. Instead of a stronger projectile attack, Chrono sets-up invisible Delayed Binds that trigger when his opponent flies too close to them.
- This actually is his fighting style in the series, too. That's how he defeated Fate and the Masked Men alias Liesearia and Lieselotte. Nanoha states his fighting style in The Movie 1st In-Character Commentary, when she asks Teana if she got a lot of binds when she sparred with Chrono, which Teana confirms.
- Victory by Endurance: He suggested waiting for Fate to exhaust herself sealing the remaining Jewel Seeds before moving in to capture her, before Nanoha's interference precluded that idea.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: See Yuuno's entry above.
- Vocal Dissonance: He has his child voice in Reflection despite having already gone through puberty.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He is far more stoic than his mother, to an almost hilarious degree. Also doubles as a case of Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough.
- Weak, but Skilled: As he says, it takes more than power to make a great mage. Chrono's first appearance has him intervening in a fight between Nanoha and Fate, each of whom has substantially more raw magical power than him. He also uses an obscure spell to capture and unmask the masked men in A's who turn out to be his teachers. In the supplementary mangas, he likewise handily defeats Fate in a one-on-one match despite her superior power, although it's implied that she has improved to the point where he has to take her seriously to win.
- In The Battle of Aces, Chrono can meet his Dark Piece counterpart. After defeating him, Chrono is surprised how weak his enemy was, wondering if he's actually that weak, too.
- Xanatos Gambit: In season 1, He approves of Nanoha's idea of challenging Fate with all of the Jewel Seeds in their possession at stake because if Nanoha wins, then they can get information from Fate. If Nanoha lost, then he'll just go on and capture Fate himself since she'll be too worn out to fight him off. He even prepared for the fact that if Fate somehow escaped after winning, he would be able to track her down because the Arthra would have analysed her magical signature long enough to locate her.
- You Killed My Father: Averted. While he is on the case for dealing with the Book of Darkness, he never shows any desire for revenge against it or it's guardians for his father's death. And when he's presented with Graham's plan to permanently destroy the Book, he instantly rejects it on both moral and practical grounds.
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
Chrono's mother and The Captain of the Arthra and an admiral. Despite her authority, Lindy is a gentle and easygoing woman, and like Nanoha, would rather talk things out before resorting to force. However, it's implied that she possesses incredible power, suppressing a dimensional tremor by herself. She is responsible for giving Nanoha most of her orders in the original series and A's. She adopts Fate, and serves as the legal guardian for Erio, as Fate was too young to officially do so.
- Adaptation Species Change: She was a several inch tall fairy in Lyrical Toy Box. Here, she's a Human Alien. She's also implied to be a Human Alien in Lyrical Toy Box as well, her fairy form is a consequence of not being able to sustain her magic on Earth.
- Big Good: In the first and second seasons as she was the highest authority on the ground to advise Nanoha, Fate etc.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: She's the tsukkomi to Precia's boke in INNOCENT.
- Cool Starship: She's the captain of the Arthra until the epilogue of A's, where Chrono took the role as the captain until he came the captain of the Claudia.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Demoted to Extra: She has only a few appearances in StrikerS and it gets worse in the following seasons.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She had a ponytail in the first two seasons, but changed to a pigtail in the A's epilogue.
- Facial Markings: Four light green markings on her forehead.
- Fee Fi Faux Pas: Drinks her Japanese tea British-style. Nanoha is extremely well-behaved in every other respect, but cannot stop herself from making◊ a face at this while her back is turned. This may be an example of Lindy attempting to emulate Earth customs very, very badly, or else an example of how the TSAB has "borrowed" and mixed various cultures with their own. One possibility is that, knowing a fellow Admiral from England, she attempts to apply the way he drinks his tea to how she drinks Japanese tea.
- Glamorous Single Mother: Lindy managed to balance having a successful career as a military officer with raising her son by herself after the death of her husband, then went onto adopt a second child with severe emotional scars. None of this is ever shown to be a burden for her, and she is never depicted as anything less than a loving mother for the entire run of the series. Of course, the fact that her son was serving on her ship by the time of their introduction probably helped to reduce the workload.
- Good Counterpart: The movies play up the differences between her and Precia. Both of them are single mothers who suffered the loss of a family member, and Fate views both of them as her mothers. While Preica is caught up in the past and tries to regain what she lost, Lindy moved forward.
- Good Parents: She raised Chrono by herself after the death of her husband. Then she adopted Fate, gave her a warm home, and managed to heal the emotional scars caused by Precia's abuse. Both end up as highly successful well-adjusted people with children of their own. Fate also mentioned in the second StrikerS Sound Stage that Lindy was her template for being an ideal mother.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Clyde died about 11 years before the events of the first season, and it's clear that she has long since come to terms with his death.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Letty in the main series, with Precia in the INNOCENT continuity.
- Hidden Depths: According to the Magical Girl Fatal Fate one-shot, she watches, or at the very least is aware of, magical girl anime, since she had Fate watch some of them in between the original series and A's.
- Mama Bear: Protects Fate from Levi when the latter was about to deal a killing blow during their battle in Reflection, getting a gash across her back in the process. This act is what finally allows Fate to call her "mother".
- Married to the Job: Lindy is dedicated to her job, but it's not depicted as a bad thing, unlike many examples of this trope (for one thing, it's rather easy to still connect with your son when you're his commanding officer). She is very devoted to her family and always makes time for them, even taking leave so she could help Fate settle into her new life.
- A Mother to Her Men: Given the fact that her son serves as her second in command, the line between "mother" and "captain" can be somewhat blurred for her.
- Mythology Gag: Her fairy wings while using her powers, as a reference to Triangle Heart 3, in which she was Nanoha's Fairy Companion. The manual explains that these wings are due to her using mana transmitted from Arthra's main reactor to supplement her own energy pool. Specifically, they're excess mana radiating off of her.
- Occidental Otaku: Lindy is something of a Japanophile. She drinks green tea (incorrectly), has a room on her ship set up to look like a Japanese garden (complete with a shishi-odoshi), and is aware of Magical Girl Anime. The second movie ramps it up when she's shown unpacking a paper lantern, a tengu mask, a sai, a teapot, a wall scroll, and a log with shuriken embedded in it. She even moves to Japan full-time after the events of A's (though it was more for Fate's sake than her own).
- Older Than She Looks: Doesn't age much between A's and StrikerS.
- Becomes a grandmother by StrikerS, and still doesn't age much.
- Power Gives You Wings: Has fairy wings when using her magical powers in the first season.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Scolds Nanoha and Yuuno for disobeying orders, but lets them off without punishment because they did well.
- Related in the Adaptation: In Lyrical Toy Box, she was just Nanoha's Fairy Companion and had no relation to Chrono. At first glance at least. It's eventually revealed that they are both Mother and Son as in the Lyrical Nanoha continuity.
- Stay with the Aliens: Inverted. She moved her family to Earth after A's so Fate could stay with her friends (that, and she's a Japanophile).
- Sweet Tooth: She takes her tea with milk and four sugars. Green tea, that is.
- Teen Pregnancy: She was only 17 when she gave birth to Chrono. Over 20 years later, she still looks about the same.
- Those Two Girls: Together with Precia in INNOCENT.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Green tea, with milk and sugar cubes please! Mary and later Ginga are persuaded to drink it this way.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The Arthra has a weapon called Arc-en-ciel, which could have destroyed a fair chunk of Japan's landmass had it been fired at the surface. Firing it even follows the Two-Man Rule and requires authorization by the highest authorities, heightening the similarities. Lindy used it to destroy Nachtwall, the Automatic Defense Program of the Book of Darkness.
Amy Harlaown (originally Amy Limietta)
Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka
An officer on the Arthra who is relatively playful, in contrast to the highly serious Chrono. Seven years after the Precia Testarossa Incident and the Book of Darkness Incident, she and Chrono marry and she gives birth to fraternal twins, Karel and Liera. Amy has retired from her duty to become a full-time mother.
- Bathtub Bonding: Fate notes in the first A's Sound Stage that Amy was the only person she had ever taken a bath with before, which helps to underline her Cool Big Sis status.
- Best Friends-in-Law: Fate had already considered her to be an older sister even before she started dating Chrono (or before Fate was even adopted into the Harlaown family, for that matter). Likewise, Fate's own relationship with Nanoha means that her friendship with Miyuki also qualifies.
- Bridge Bunnies: Amy's not actually on the bridge, though she still fits.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Chrono.
- Combat Commentator: In INNOCENT, though Alicia and Precia steal most of her parts.
- Cool Big Sis: She takes on this role for Fate at the end of the first season, with Chrono pointing out in the third A's Sound Stage that she basically is Fate's older sister. It becomes an even more literal example during the Time Skip when they become in-laws.
- Ditzy Genius: Ties a bow in Chrono's bandages, and when sending a message to Nanoha and Fate in the first Megami Sound Stage, instead of making comments on the characters and the story, asks them to pick up supplies. Nevertheless, she's a highly competent officer and is a master in gathering information.
- Happily Married: To Chrono in StrikerS.
- Idiot Hair: Will not stay down despite repeated attempts by Chrono to spray it.
- Inappropriately Close Comrades: Chrono was her commanding officer during at least part of the time that they were dating, though she retired from the TSAB to raise their children after they got married.
- Mission Control: Her job on the Arthra. Also in The Battle of Aces.
- Ms. Exposition: In the first two seasons, where she explains some events or other stuff like the Cartridge System. Also in The Battle of Aces, along with Reinforce Eins and Lindy.
- Official Couple: With Chrono.
- Opposites Attract: She and Chrono get married.
- Put on a Bus: After A's, she is never seen again, except her few and early appearances in the StrikerS manga and StrikerS Sound Stage 1. She retired from the TSAB to become a full-time mother.
- Senpai/Kōhai: Senpai to Mariel Atenza.
- Shipper on Deck: For Nanoha and Yuuno. She asks Yuuno how things are progressing with him and Nanoha in the Distant Finale of A's and the early part of the StrikerS manga at the same time, and seems disappointed that their relationship has not changed. She just supports the wrong ship.
- There's also a few scenes where she ships Nanoha and Chrono, although she might have been doing it to tease Chrono.
- Spell My Name with an S: Amy or Eimy? Don't start with her maiden name.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Downplayed, but her children look a lot like her.
- You Are in Command Now: Briefly, in one episode of A's.
Allex and Landy
Voiced by: Keiji Hirai (Allex), Takayuki Usami (Landy, Season 1), Tetsuya Kakihara (Landy, since A's)
Allex and Landy are Dimensional Navy officers aboard Arthra.
- Ascended Extra: Landy had much less screentime and lines than Allex. In the movies, he gets more lines, including some of Allex's lines.
- Hot-Blooded: According to Subaru, Landy has a hot-blooded voice.
- No Name Given: They were just named "Operator A" and "Operator B", respectively. In A's, they finally got their names.
- Satellite Character: They are just Bridge Bunnies of the Arthra, but we don't know anything about them.
- Spell My Name with an S: Allex or Alex? Landy or Randy?
- Vehicular Theme Naming: After Toyota Allex and Suzuki Landy, respectively.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They are never seen or mentioned again after A's.
An officer of the Arthra, who pretented to be Arf's owner to "reclaim" her from Alisa's house. She never appeared in the franchise at all; she's only mentioned once in The Movie 1st audio commentary.
- The Ghost: She never appeared in any media. Sierra was mentioned only once... in The Movie 1st audio commentary. Fourteen years after the PT Incident in the canon timeline.
- Only One Name: Fate and Nanoha mention only one name.
- Vehicular Theme Naming: Apparently after Ford Sierra.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
Nanoha's older brother, who is a college student in the first series. He was the hero in Triangle Heart 3, but the only things that carry over are his skill with swords, his relationship with Shinobu and his voice actor, Hikaru Midorikawa.
- Ambiguously Related: Whether or not he's Nanoha's full sibling or half sibling (like in Triangle Heart 3) is never specified.
- Covert Pervert: Hinted to be quite a big one at the audio dramas, as a Jewel Seed, which acts based on the desires of those who come into contact with it, turns into a water monster that tries ripping off girls' swimsuits.
- Demoted to Extra: He was the hero in Triangle Heart 3. In Nanoha, he only has a few appearances, and only in the first two seasons.
- Heir to the Dojo
- Hero of Another Story: The main protagonist of Triangle Heart 3.
- Official Couple: With Shinobu.
- Put on a Bus: In Germany with Shinobu in the first Sound Stage of StrikerS, where the rest of the family appears.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: He seems fairly shy about his relationship with Shinobu.
- The Stoic: Not to the same degree as Chrono, but fairly serious most of the time, and supposedly even more so before getting into a relationship with Shinobu.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his father.
Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi
Nanoha's older sister who may or may not be her cousin, as she was Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever. A high school student in the original series. She's quite fond of petting Yuuno.
- Affectionate Nickname: She calls Kyouya "Kyou-chan."
- Ambiguously Related: Her exact relationship to the rest of the family is somewhat blurry. She's definitely Nanoha's relative, though whether or not they're biologically sisters or Miyuki is her cousin who was adopted into the family is up for debate (especially in light of Misato finally making the jump from the Triangle Heart continuity in the Reflection manga). Interestingly enough, while Nanoha calls her siblings "Onii-chan" and "Onee-chan", Miyuki calls Kyouya "Kyou-chan" rather than addressing him as a brother.
- Best Friends-in-Law: With Amy, due to their little sisters (well, sister-in-law in Amy's case) being in a relationship.
- Cool Big Sis: To Nanoha. In the first season, she helped encourage her while she was just training.
- Demoted to Extra: Somewhat less so than the other members of the family besides Nanoha, as she becomes friends with Amy in the sound stages, but she's still virtually gone after A's.
- Heir to the Dojo
- Older Than They Look: She still looks 17 during her cameo in ViVid even though she's in her thirties.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's basically a younger version Misato with glasses, though whether this qualifies as a parent and child version or an aunt and niece version is up for debate.
Voiced by: Erika Amano
Nanoha's mother, who runs a cafe called the Midori-ya together with her husband Shirou.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: In Triangle Heart 3, she wasn't neither Kyoya's nor Miyuki's mother. If she's the biological mother of both them in the Nanoha continuity, she must be 14 when Kyoya was born, and 16 when Miyuki's was born, and 24 when Nanoha was born.
- Tsuzuki Masaki, the series creator, received a question regarding this by the webclap message of his personal website on 2004/10/23. He avoided giving a direct answer but simply replied that "Shirou-papa is not a Lolicon." Perhaps this hints at Kyoya and Miyuki not being Momoko's biological children, in accordance with Triangle Heart 3 continuity.
- Happily Married: Nanoha mentions in the first episode that she and Shirou still act like newlyweds.
- Muggle: The only member of her entire family (whether by birth, marriage, or adoption) who, regardless of continuity, is completely normal. She mentions in the Reflection manga that this made it a lot harder for her (compared to her husband and elder children) to accept the existence of magic until she saw it firsthand.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: Due to her not showing any signs of aging at any point in the franchise, she could easily pass as her daughter's twin come ViVid. Hell, she could pass as her granddaughter's twin when the latter is in her Older Alter Ego.
- Older Than She Looks: She already looked fairly youthful in the first season, but after several Time Skips she shows up at the beginning of ViVid and still looks like she's in her late twenties despite being forty-seven. Teana even commented on her youthful looks when she met her for the first time in the first StrikerS Sound Stage.
- Open-Minded Parent: Fairly understanding about letting Nanoha go away for several days in season 1. Also didn't even blink when Lindy explained the situation, and nonchalantly greets her 19-year old daughter in the Sound Stage when she stops by to visit with her students after moving to another planet/dimension.Students: "Her mom treats Nanoha-san like she's a normal girl!"
- Senpai/Kōhai: She was Quint's sempai during their school years in the INNOCENT continuity.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Nanoha looks very much like her in scenes where she lets her hair down.
- Sweet Baker: Momoko is a baker by trade and an epitome of the Good Parents trope. She is strongly implied to be Nanoha's main role-model and the main reason why her daughter is both so selflessly heroic and so down-to-earth.
Voiced by: Kazuya Ichijō
Nanoha's father, who is alive in this version but quit his bodyguard job after being hospitalized for a long time. He owns and works at the Midori-ya cafe, but also coaches a kids soccer team.
- Action Dad: Formerly, he retired about six years before the series began.
- Badass Normal: Was a skilled bodyguard and, if going by Triangle Heart 3 continuity is correct, was born into a powerful Samurai family, before his near fatal accident caused him to retire and open the Midori-ya café.
- Chef of Iron: He used to be a bodyguard before running Midori-ya cafe.
- Covered in Scars: In episode 3, while Shirou is in the bath, his upper arms are shown to be covered in knife/sword wounds and you can clearly see a bullet wound near his heart. And those are just the scars the audience gets to see.
- Happily Married: See Momoko's entry above.
- Older Than They Look: Much like his wife, he still looks fairly young during his cameo in ViVid despite being 51.
- Open-Minded Parent: Like his wife.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Bodyguard turned pastry chef.
- Retired Badass: A former bodyguard. And in Triangle Heart 3, he was born into a powerful Samurai family.
- Scars are Forever: Got really scarred from a job-related incident that left him hospitalized for a while.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He is alive in Nanoha but dead in Triangle Heart 3, since the mentioned incident killed him instead of causing him injuries... when Momoko was pregnant with Nanoha. Ouch.
- This incident seemed to happen a few years later, as Nanoha was a small child when it happened in this continuity.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Kyouya looks like a younger version of him.
- Supreme Chef: Such a good pastry chef that, after retirement, he makes a living out of his cooking.
- In INNOCENT, Nanoha mentions that at Midori-ya her mother makes pastry while her father brews coffee. While the assigned work of the couple might be different in the canon continuity, it still serves to showcase Shirou's skills as a barista.
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya
One of Nanoha's schoolfriends. Alisa has the honor of being the first person to be on the receiving end of a Nanoha befriending, when Nanoha hit her for bullying Suzuka. She got better soon, thankfully. In the first season, she saves a wounded Arf who later sees a savior in her.
Outside the main continuity, she is one of the five main characters in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In INNOCENT, Alisa's hair is illustrated with a more reddish tone. She's still blond, but her reddish blond hair fits her fire element better.
- Adaptation Name Change: From Alisa Lowell in Triangle Heart 3 to Alisa Bannings in Lyrical Nanoha.
- Anger Born of Worry: In season 1 she gets mad at Nanoha for clamming up about her feelings and for being distant and refuses to talk to her. However, when alone with Suzuka, she admits that she is just frustrated that Nanoha wont tell them what is on her mind and Alisa is clearly just worried for her friends wellbeing.
- Ascended Extra: She, Suzuka and Alicia become main characters in INNOCENT where they even get their Magical Girl forms.
- Doubly so, considering the fact that in Triangle Heart Alisa Lowell, her namesake, was a minor ghost with tragic past who becomes friends with Nanoha before moving on to the afterlife.
- Big Friendly Dog: Suzuka has cute kitties. Alisa has huge puppies. She even briefly takes in an injured Arf (in wolf form) after finding her by the road side one night.
- Bully Turned Buddy: She used to bully Suzuka, until Nanoha slapped that attitude out of her. They're basically inseperable by the time the series starts, and supplemental material shows that their friendship is still going strong ten years later in college.
- Cat/Dog Dichotomy: The Dog to Suzuka's cats.
- Childhood Friends: She had already been friends with Nanoha and Suzuka for years before the first season started. Fate and Hayate also qualify by the time of the Time Skip.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Holds the dubious honor of being the first person Nanoha "befriended"note , to stop her from bullying Suzuka.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. She has excellent grades.
- Elemental Weapon: She has a fiery whip in INNOCENT.
- Flaming Sword: Flame Eyes, her Device in INNOCENT.
- Girlish Pigtails: Until she cuts her hair.
- Gratuitous English: The English dub features Gratuitous Japanese. Actually mostly averted in the original Japanese version of the anime – despite her apparent western heritage, she only speaks Japanese (except for shouting "be quiet" at a noisy dog in the very first episode).
- Hair-Contrast Duo: With the purple haired Suzuka.
- Interclass Friendship: She's and Ojou and Nanoha is middle class.
- Jerkass: Before becoming friends with Nanoha and Suzuka, notes that she didn't care at all about how other people felt, prompting Nanoha to slap her for taking Suzuka's ribbon to show her what pain is like.
- Muggle Best Friend: To Nanoha, Fate and Hayate.
- Ojou: She lives in a Big Fancy House with huge dogs, and she has a butler who is also her chauffeur with a limousine.
- Only Sane Woman: In INNOCENT.
- Only Six Faces: Her post-Time Skip design◊ is basically Shamal with darker hair and smaller earrings.
- Phenotype Stereotype: She's the only major westerner among the cast, and she has blonde hair. This only applies to her, as her parents are both dirty blondes, and Gil Graham's natural hair color is never specified (the flashback to his childhood had a sepia tone).
- Playing with Fire: In INNOCENT.
- Reformed Bully: She used to bully Suzuka when they were younger, but Nanoha slapped that attitude out of her (giving her the honor of being the first person to be befriended in canon).
- Blue Oni, Red Oni: Red Oni to Suzuka's Blue.
- Shipper on Deck: For Nanoha and Fate in INNOCENT.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Her Triangle Heart 3 counterpart was a ghost.
- Spell My Name with an S: Is it Arisa, Alisa or Alyssa? Bannings or Bunnings? In The Movie 2nd A's, she wrote "Arissa" on one of Fate's CDs. Then INNOCENT mobile game used "Arisa Bunnings" for their card illustrations, further complicating the problem. The official subtitles in the Japanese Blu-ray movie releases use "Bunnings" for her and her parents, although it should be noted that Bannings and Bunnings would both be written and pronounced the same way in Japanese. The same subtitles confusingly call her "Alisa" in the first movie and "Arisa" in the second.
- Those Two Girls: Together with Suzuka.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Suzuka.
- Tsundere: It's Rie Kugimiya... need we explain more? In episode 6 of season 1, she gets upset with Nanoha for not confiding in her, but despite that, is the first to volunteer to copy her notes for her. When Nanoha returns, she welcomes her back, but doesn't get as emotional as Suzuka does.
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu (JP), Xanthe Huynh (EN)
Another of Nanoha's school friends, and the little sister of Kyoya's girlfriend Shinobu. She meets and becomes friends Hayate in A's, and helps introduce Nanoha and Fate to her.
Outside the main continuity, she is one of the five main characters in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT.
- Ascended Extra: She, Alisa and Alicia become main characters and Magical Girls in INNOCENT.
- Badass Normal: She beat Fate in dodgeball in the A's manga. Sure it's dodgeball, but she did reverse Fate's undodgeable attack and knock her out.
- Barrier Warrior: In INNOCENT, she can create ice barriers. She is also more a defensive type.
- Best Friends-in-Law: With Nanoha, though it's unknown if Shinobu and Kyoya ever got married. By extension, Fate also applies due to her own relationship with Nanoha.
- Book Dumb: Her best grades are below average and she's only good in P.E.
- Cat/Dog Dichotomy: The cat to Alisa's dogs.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Proven during the dodgeball game in the A's manga. Fate had jumped, like, 50 feet into the air to smash the ball almost straight *down* at Suzuka. Suzuka caught the ball and lobbed it back UP at Fate so hard that it knocked her out.
- Likely a reference to the fact that in Triangle Heart 3, Suzuka's older sister is a vampire, and presumably Suzuka is as well.
- Childhood Friends: She had already been friends with Nanoha and Arisa for years before the first season started. Fate and Hayate also qualify by the time of the Time Skip.
- Dude Magnet: Arisa mentions in the first StrikerS Sound Stage that a lot of guys at their university are attracted to her.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: Unlike Nanoha, Fate and Alisa, she gets below average grades in mathematics, although her language grades are also mediocre.
- Fantastically Indifferent: She never questions about Hayate's family, even Hayate knows that her own family looks suspicious.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Suzuka's purple hair might just be representing a different shade of black, which isn't uncommon among purple-haired characters.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: With the blonde Arisa.
- An Ice Person: In INNOCENT.
- Interclass Friendship: She's and Ojou and Nanoha is middle class.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Her house is filled with cats.
- Muggle Best Friend: To Nanoha, Hayate and Fate.
- Ojou: She lives in a Big Fancy House with a lot of cats, and she has two personal maids.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Suzuka is the best girl/student, in P.E. Her motivation for sports surpasses even Alisa's passion to surpass Fate in every subject.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Alisa's Red.
- She Is All Grown Up: In the first StrikerS Sound Stage, Shamal notes Suzuka has become quite a beauty.
- Shipper on Deck: For Nanoha and Fate in INNOCENT.
- Shrinking Violet: Particularly before she became friends with Nanoha and Alisa.
- Those Two Girls: Together with Alisa. However, she has a single role in A's as Hayate's first friend.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Alisa, although interestingly enough, she's good at sports but merely average in academics.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: In INNOCENT, when she is in her Barrier Jacket.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: Snow White, her Device in INNOCENT.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her arranging a surprise Christmas visit for Hayate leads Nanoha and Fate to see the Wolkenritter with Hayate, when they are trying desperately to keep Hayate's status as their mistress secret. A fight ensues, and things get worse from there because of outside interference.
- Wrench Wench: It's mentioned in the very first episode that she's interested in perusing a job in engineering, which makes sense given that her family owns companies in both heavy industry and construction.
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
Suzuka's older sister and Kyouya's girlfriend.
- Adapted Out: She's completely absent in the first two movies, probably because that she's a minor character and the events involving her family never happen there. She also never appears in the Reflection/Detonation duology, leading to the implication that Suzuka might actually be an only child in the movie continuity.
- Muggle: If she's not a vampire like in Triangle Heart 3.
- Non-Idle Rich: Not many heiresses work as dishwashers at the local cafe.
- Official Couple: With Kyouya.
- Uptown Girl: Her parents are the owners of two massive companies, and Kyoyua's parents are bakers.
Noel K. Ehrlichkeit and Farin K. Ehrlichkeit
Voiced by: Hyo-sei (Noel), Asuka Tanii (Farin)
The head maid of the Tsukimura family and Suzuka's personal maid, respectively.
- Adapted Out: In both movies, probably because that they are minor characters and the events involving the Tsukimura family never happen there.
- Meido: In Triangle Heart 3 Noel was a Robot Maid and Farin did not even exist, but they are presumably human in this story.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Farin is cheerful, friendly, and relatively informal with the children of the family she serves and their friends. By contrast, Noel is more serious and formal in her speech and actions.
Voiced by: Kenji Maekawa
Alisa's butler and chauffeur, who helps her to bring the injured Arf to the Bannings' mansion.
- The Cameo: Unlike the Tsukimuras' maids, he does appear in The Movie 1st.
- The Driver: He also serves as Alisa's chauffeur. It is a coincidence that Alisa notices the injured Arf when he's just driving the limousine.
- Old Retainer: In contrast to the Ehrlichkeit sisters, Samejima is an old butler.
Voiced by: Sayaka Kinoshita
A veterinarian in Uminari City who tends to Yuuno when Nanoha and her friends take him to her.
- Demoted to Extra: She was one of the major heroines in Triangle Heart 2 and a side character in Triangle Heart 3, but has a minor appearance in Nanoha and in The Movie (yet she still has speaking lines in The Movie, unlike the Takamachi family).
- Kindly Vet: Was willing to treat even strange ferret boys that get sent her way (of course she didn't know he was human).
- Only One Name: Is simply credited as Director Makihara in both, the TV series and in The Movie.
- Only Six Faces: In The Movie, her face looks really similar to Nanoha's. They have even the same eye colors.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink hair band and pink clothes under her Labcoat of Science and Medicine.