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Ala Alba

Meaning the White Wing, Ala Alba is an organization formed by class 3-A to help Negi find his father and journey to the Magic World. The group was named after the group Nagi was a part of, Ala Rubra, which is very famous among mages for their part in ending a massive war twenty years ago and saving the world.

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Voiced by: Rina Sato (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

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Negi is our ten year old protagonist, a precocious Welsh mage assigned to be the homeroom teacher of an all-female Japanese middle school class as his on-the-job magic training. Just in case your Willing Suspension of Disbelief isn't sobbing and cutting itself in a dark corner of your mind yet, he also develops into a pretty badass Shōnen protagonist, as well as the object of several of his students' crushes.

Negi's principal goal is to find his father Nagi, a legendary mage and hero of a recent magical war, presumed to be dead for a decade or so. With good reason, the boy thinks otherwise and devotes a lot of his energy, with the help of his friends, toward unveiling the secrets of his disappearance. Sadly, but predictably, the Ala Alba is often sidetracked by one or more of the Muggle students being endangered by the various hazards of the magic underworld.

As a fighter, Negi specializes in wind, light and lightning spells, later supplementing his magic with martial arts when the weaknesses of a pure wizard become apparent.


  • Abnormal Ammo: During the fight with Evangeline Negi uses Magic rounds.
  • Accidental Pervert: Tends to stumble in on girls naked or magically make them naked on accident.
  • Achilles' Heel: His lightning techniques that turn him intangible are vulnerable to exorcism techniques like the Shinmeiryu arts. Can't block those with deflector shields either. However, further mastery of this ability makes damage taken in this manner less serious.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: He struggles hard to being formal and mature, which makes his students find him adorable.
  • Adorkable: He can be so adorably awkward.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite more than once getting his butt kicked after going into a fight alone, just to be saved by reinforcements, Negi just can't seem to get the idea of teamwork. This becomes a plot point later.
  • All-Loving Hero: Negi has to be the single sweetest, kindest and most forgiving Shōnen Genre hero since Son Goku. Until someone touches his Berserk Buttons or threatens his students.
  • Always Need What You Gave Up: During an early arc, he sacrifices his magic to keep himself from the temptation to cheat. He promptly enters a situation where just his basic physical reinforcement would have been quite helpful.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Despite being from Wales and teaching English, he still has no accent.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Whenever he says "sorry", take a swig.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Forced to wear a miniskirt-style fox-girl kimono during the Mahora Festival. And again, due to Chamo's suggestion, wears a Sailor Fuku when asking for a favor from Ayaka. Ayaka nearly died from a massive nosebleed in both occasions.
  • Badass Adorable: He looks completely non threatening, but even as early as the Mahorafest tournament he could throw around adult men about ten times his size.
  • Badass Bookworm: After his fight with Jack, both he and Evangeline observe that Negi's primary strength isn't raw power, but his skill at developing new forms of magical theory and application. At one point, Jack states that his degree of genius is such that the magic he has developed at age ten is superior to that of those who've been studying the same thing for decades, even centuries.
  • Badass Teacher: During much of the manga one of the quickest ways to get into conflict with Negi is to attack his students rather than him directly.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Negi is definitely a Nice Guy, but Magia Erebea isn't exactly powered by rainbows and sunshine.
  • Balloon Belly: In chapter 56, Makie prepared food for him knowing he was training for Evangeline's Apprenticeship Test and overdid it. Then she brought out the "secret" diet technique of the gymnastics club, which went too far the other way.
  • Bash Brothers: With Kotarō. They had their first fight together against Graf Wilhelm von Herrmann. In the Magic World arc they fully become this trope during their stint as a gladiator team.
  • Battle Aura: The first sign that Negi is actually angry. Being a wind mage, it also appears when he uses his more powerful spells. And then there's Magia Erebea Demon Form.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Negi was told that if he got in trouble, his father would appear and save him. When Negi's village was attacked, his father came to rescue him, but Negi still wonders whether it was divine punishment for his foolish wish.
  • Befriending the Enemy: He resolves to deal with Fate by befriending him and convincing him to cooperate in an alternative plan to save the Magic World.
  • Benched Hero:
    • Negi misses out on the first half of the battle against Chao's robot army because he needed to rest and replenish the mana he used up earlier. The rest of the class and the Mahora Academy had to defend the World Tree without him.
    • Negi goes on a rampage during the final battle and ends up being incapacitated due to stopping himself short of completely giving into the darkness, forcing the rest of his group to improvise until he gets back into the game.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Just seeing a full demon can make Negi lose control of his emotions. Negi almost got killed by Graf Wilhelm von Herrmann after the latter revealed his demonic form and told Negi that he participated in the raid on Negi's village. He also didn't hold back against the demon race when the bounty hunters group Canis Niger attacked Nodoka.
    • Jack discovers that a good way to get Negi to give it his all is to act condescending towards the effort he puts in.
    • And whatever you do, don't call Chachamaru a doll. Just don't.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's normally very gentle, but he's both the most flexible and most powerful character in the group despite his young age.
  • Bishōnen: His teenage form, "Nagi", is ridiculously pretty and makes girls very uncomfortable.
  • Bishōnen Line: Upon using Magia Erebea he looked less and less human for many reasons, most notably its encroachment. Eventually he began mutating into a rampaging demon. However, while powerful, this form is not clever enough to fully utilize its strength. After mastering Magia Erebea by integrating it into his soul, he becomes nonhuman but retains the power and rationality of one.
  • Blood Knight: He starts out averting it, but eventually grows to enjoy fighting.
  • Blow You Away: Negi primarily uses wind magic defensively (outside of disarming/stripping others). He later incorporates it offensively for his lightning form.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: Negi and Asuna smooth out some initial conflict by bonding over their mutual parentlessness.
  • Boring Yet Practical:
    • Before he gains Magia Erebea, Negi's magic style revolves primarily around Sagitta Magica, a very weak and basic attack magic. However, after months of experimenting and developing ways to use it, by the time of his final battle with Fate, Negi has built it up to the point where it's the equivalent of a full-scale war spell.
    • Earlier in the Festival arc, Chao didn't have any qualms giving Negi her Cassiopeia Time-Machine since effective use of it would require the aid of a highly-advanced super-computer wired into his clothing. Negi re-purposes the spells for telekinesis and future-prediction (the most basic spells one can learn) to utilize the Cassiopeia for combat use. Now deprived of the Game-Breaker she'd kept to herself the entire arc, Chao's winning streak comes to a sudden halt.
  • Born Winner: He's the son of the World's Strongest Man and the heir of an ancient magical bloodline, taught from a young age by an immortal dark sorceress and later another legendary hero. He's also intelligent, can plan quickly, has excellent looks and a diligent nature to keep his talents from going to waste.
  • Broken Hero: Negi is an extremely kind and helpful little boy, but besides Parental Abandonment he has a traumatic Dark and Troubled Past where demons invaded his village and turned everyone to stone. Everyone was horrified to see his memories of said event, which worked exactly opposite to how it was supposed to.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After having his magic sealed temporarily by Yuuna in a class event based around the idea of getting Negi to make relationship progress, he's challenged to a duel by Ku Fei after she confesses. With no chance to explain, he instead is forced to rely on sheer physical prowess and manages to throw her. It wouldn't have been enough to win, but it shows amazing reflexes even without supernatural power.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: His village is attacked because his mother's enemies found where he is and tried to kill him.
  • Came Back Strong: During his battle with Dynamis, Magia Erebea starts completely consuming Negi and he's left on the brink of death. To recover quickly, Negi accepts to be resurrected as a demon and he gains full control over Magia Erebea.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: One sip of alcohol reduces him to a weepy drunk. In his defense, he's ten.
  • Character Development: Negi learns early on the line between good and evil isn't so cut and dry and sometimes to do the right thing, you have to do the wrong thing. And while it takes him awhile to get there, he does learn to rely a bit more on his students for help.
  • Chaste Hero: Oblivious to girls' feelings because he hasn't even hit puberty and doesn't think of girls like that yet.
  • Cheerful Child: Subverted. He's quite sunny and pleasant in early appearances, but it's just a surface attitude that covers up an obsessive attitude and a lot of negative emotions.
  • Child Mage: Negi is incredibly proficient with magic for being only ten years old. He's even the trope picture.
  • Child Prodigy: Graduated from university-level education at age nine while primarily attending a magic school.
  • Clear My Name: At the beginning of the Magic World arc, he was framed for destroying the gate ports to the real world. This isn't addressed much for more than fifty chapters.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He's ridiculously popular with girls (to the point that the resident Schoolgirl Lesbians have shown a passing interest in him) and never really seems to pick up on that.
  • The Collector of the Strange: Though it isn't brought up too much, he has a bunch of weird stuff, both magical and mundane. This is where he got the magic gun he used a couple of times early on, for example.
  • Costume Evolution: Outside of his suit, Negi doesn't really have an Iconic Outfit at the start, though he later mostly uses Chinese martial arts garb and the two outfits he wears during his time as the gladiator "Nagi" resemble both Chao's and Mana's battlesuits respectively.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His fight against Rakan has him pulling out five different trump cards, many of which were merely to guide the flow of battle or stall.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When Negi was four years old, a horde of demons appeared and attacked his village. Just as a demon was about to attack Negi, his father Nagi appeared just in time to save Negi from receiving a fatal punch from the demon. With a few strikes and a powerful spell, he destroyed all of the demons but the village was already in ruins and most of the villagers had been already petrified. Nagi then disappears again and leaves his crying son behind. It's such a sad story that almost everyone who saw it, including Eva, couldn't help but cry.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Negi's strongest technique, Magia Erebea, literally is Dark Magic and feeds on negative emotions. However, it's a case of The Sacred Darkness and Negi himself is a heroic figure, so while he might look menacing while he uses Magia Erebea (and could potentially lose control of himself), he is definitely a good person.
  • Death Glare: After gaining Magia Erebea he started to get some nasty, overpowering glares, likely complemented by his terrifying power.
  • Declaration of Protection: He declares that even though she's not Asuna, Shiori is important to him and that he'll protect her.
  • Demon of Human Origin: By mastering Magia Erebea, a technique created by Eva specifically for undying monsters like herself, Negi slowly transforms into an immortal demon similar to Eva.
  • Determinator: When Negi puts a goal in his mind, there is basically nothing that can stop him.
  • Distressed Dude: When the group was sent to the future by Chao's trap, Negi was briefly captured and locked away without any of his tools, thus rendering him unable to actually use his magic. Interestingly, he apparently somehow managed to use magic despite having no staff or ring, which allowed him to escape and meet up with the group that had just arrived to rescue him.
  • Ditto Fighter: Thanks to his Pactio, he has the ability to copy the artifacts of his own Ministras.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Negi goes berserk when Rakan sneers at the training he went through for his tournament fight.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His strategy to beat Kurt involves swarming him with waves of lightning clones so the latter has no idea which to attack, relying on his reserves of magical energy to overwhelm Kurt. Thus, while they do have some ability to do damage, it mostly functions as a Doppelgänger Spin.
  • Dream Walker: He can cast a spell to spy on other people's dreams. He uses this on Eva when she's having a Flashback Nightmare about the Thousand Master, something she tries to kill him for.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The kid Can't Hold His Liquor; he accidentally takes one sip of sake and crashes.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: With Magia Erebea, he can absorb spells to grant himself properties of the element in question. Incendium Gehennae, for example, grants him intense offensive power while Tempestus Fulguriens makes him incredibly quick. The Thousand Bolts makes him as fast as lightning while applying it twice basically makes him lightning for real, granting intangibility and thinking fast enough to keep up with his speed.
  • Family Theme Naming: Negi, son of Nagi.
  • First Kiss: With Asuna in Chapter 25. Asuna pretends that since it was a pactio it doesn't count, but she's obviously not even fooling herself.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • Everyone calls him by his given name. As he grows closer to his students, he also starts calling them by their given names, with a few exceptions like Chao, Asakura (no ones calls her Kazumi), Mana (who he is a bit scared of), Ku Fei (his master) and Ayaka (because she's the Class Representative).
    • Special case with Asuna, Kotarō and Anya, who are very close to him and do not use any honorific for Negi. Negi also doesn't use any polite language for them. He is this with Takahata as well, as the two of them are friends since Takahata came to visit Negi when he was little.
  • Flash Step:
    • Negi learns Shundo from Kotarō before his fight against Takahata, which would become a vital tool in all of Negi's fights from then on. However, once you made the "entry", you can't change directions, so an opponent who anticipates the move could simply trip you by placing an obstacle (like a leg) in your path. He later can do it mid-air too, which does allow him to change directions in the middle of the jump.
    • In Negi's lightning form, he uses an advanced version of it, Raisoku Shundo. In Raiten Taisou form, it carries the same weakness of Shundo though. Negi uses wind magic to create a group of his own positive particles away from the main body, so his main body is drawn to the particles and allows him to do a lightning-fast movement. But until Negi removes the positively charged particles from his main body and to elsewhere in his expanded electric field, he cannot use a circuit for high-speed movement, which means he can't change directions once he makes the jump.
  • Fragile Speedster: The lightning-based Magia Erebea techniques drastically increase Negi's speed, but lower his defense. Later compensated for by turning intangible.
  • Generation Xerox: As the manga progresses, his fighting style and relationships with his friends are becoming more and more like that between Nagi and his Ala Rubra.
  • The Gift: Negi is often called 'Prodigy' or 'a Genius' thanks to his ludicrous growth, amazing smarts and innate ability to master many fighting styles. Neither brash nor overconfident, he's instead insecure, self-sacrificing, somewhat power-hungry with a noted inferiority complex.
  • Glass Cannon: Early in the series he had good offense, but was slow and easily interrupted.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Later on in the story, Negi's glasses break/were never on in the first place/simply vanish whenever he becomes particularly violent.
  • Guile Hero: Negi's no slouch physically, but what really makes him dangerous as a fighter is his planning ability. Other characters say that he'd probably be a supporting character in a different series.
  • Hand Behind Head: Often seen doing one (or both) of these whenever he's nervous. Particularly when he has to say something he doesn't want to, like "confessing".
  • Harem-Powered: Negi spends much of the series slowly amassing "Pactios" with the students of his class - a magical contract in which a "Magister" empowers a "Minister" to act as their partner in battle, and creates a Pactio Card with which the Minister can summon a powerful artifact matching their personality. Just before his climactic battle with Jack Rakan, Negi enters a temporary Pactio as Princess Theodora's Minister, receiving the artifact One Thousand Bonds - a card holder which can summon the artifacts of any of his own Ministers, and is referred to even in-universe as a Story-Breaker Power.
  • Hates Baths: He doesn't like taking baths. He gets it from his father.
  • Healing Factor: Magia Erebea starts granting him one the more he synchronizes with it. When he eventually combines with it entirely, he's capable of healing off disembowelment and holes being blown through his torso in mere seconds.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: He inherited his father's spiky red hair.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Negi slowly phases out his weapons after he gets a ring to serve the same purpose as his staff.
  • Heroic Resolve: Capable of taking a massive spear to the chest and continuing on via willpower alone, though only briefly. Played straight during the tournament final.
  • Heroic RRoD:
    • Mana exhaustion will cause a loss of consciousness. Negi just needs to rest and sleep a bit, though. Negi fell asleep this way right after the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament, after he travelled back in time a week, and after he used everything he had in his Beam-O-War against Chao.
    • An interesting subversion happens after he and the rest of Ala Alba were scattered throughout the Magic World. He was earlier completely healed by Konoka and her artifact. It left him in a state where his body reacted by overloading because he had too much mana inside him. The way to heal himself was to release the energy by using spells.
    • After pushing himself too hard with Magia Erebea, the encroachment finally becomes too much and eventually causes him to collapse and give him magical poisoning. After this is temporarily dealt with, his body petrifies itself to begin a metamorphosis process right in the middle of battle.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He is insecure and has a noted inferiority complex.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Negi admires his father, Nagi, who became a hero and worked for an NGO as a Magister Magi, which is why Negi initially tries to imitate Nagi and become a Magister Magi like him. The Nagi that Albireo Imma recorded for Negi then told Negi to become his own person.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Negi is proficient in Light magic and most often uses Light arrows when he channels Sagitta Magica, though it doesn't really have much to do with him having faith in something. It's implied that he wished to imitate his father, which is why Negi early on focused on Light, Wind and Lightning magic.
  • Honor Before Reason: He really would win his battles a lot quicker if he didn't pull his punches against even the most black-hearted villains so much.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: Beaten so hard during his graduation match with Rakan that he begins puking blood.
  • Hypocrite: He was very aware and conflicted about this when he faced Chao, who travelled back in time to change an unfortunate past. Negi admits that he can't deny her and that he probably will have committed evil by stopping her. Asuna later points out that Chao and Negi are Not So Different, and this makes everything he said to Chao to make her stop even more hypocritical.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: The entire fight, Negi and Rakan are just one-upping each other. Negi, as The Chessmaster, prepared five trump cards against Rakan, one card after another just baiting Rakan into Negi's final attempt to use Rakan's own power against him. And even after Rakan managed to withstand that, Negi prepared a small insurance, though he was completely beat afterwards.
  • I Am What I Am: Magia Erebea turns him into an undying demon and Negi is totally fine with it. He's even glad that now he's the same as Eva.
  • I Am Your Opponent: During the gateport incident, he attempts this one, but he's taken too much damage by that point.
  • Idiot Hair: Negi has one, but it's only when to comes to matters of the female heart and how to be a child. Otherwise he's a genius.
  • Idiot Hero: Averted, as Negi is intelligent and thoughtful in contrast to his father. This is lampshaded by everyone around him, as it becomes obvious that he thinks too much about things. Kotarō later on tells him though that "idiocy" is supposedly the secret behind Asuna's and his father's strength, making Negi try to find out a way to act with more thoughtless confidence. When Negi asks Rakan for his advice on this matter, the latter ironically punches Negi for acting like an idiot, telling him to stop trying to imitate his father. Which turns out to be a good thing: Idiot heroes have their strengths, but solutions more complicated than 'Punch bad guy in the face' tend to be beyond them.
  • Immortality: One of the consequences of Magia Erebea is speculated to be that he'll become a mindless, immortal demon, though he tries to work out countermeasures. The mindless demon phase is temporary, so he gets through this stage by accelerating it as quickly as possible. After completing the transformation, he has a powerful Healing Factor and at best only a few more years of aging before maturation ceases.
  • Improbable Age: He's ten years old and capable of teaching English while also being a magical prodigy that ends the series as one of the most powerful beings in existence.
  • In a Single Bound: Using wind magic with Flash Step, Negi can jump across the street and on top of buildings.
  • Inept Mage: Early on, Negi attempts to erase Asuna's memory of him doing magic and ends up erasing her clothes instead. He also tries to give her a ride in his flying staff, but he crashes. He's portrayed much more competent when the series takes a more action-oriented direction.
  • Innocent Prodigy: He is very intelligent, but naive likewise.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Negi cares a lot for other people, especially his students, and hates to put them in any form of danger. What he doesn't understand is that they don't mind to be in danger in order to help him out and they can feel hurt when Negi tries to keep them out of what he does for their safety. The best example of this is perhaps when Negi doesn't take Asuna with him to the lowest levels of Library Island. When Asuna finds out about it, Negi explains he didn't want to expose an "uninvolved person" to danger. Unsurprisingly, Asuna gets very angry at Negi for still treating her like an outsider and refusing to rely on her despite everything they have been through. Negi, however, has no idea of why Asuna reacted so badly to what he said.
  • Instant Expert: Due to possessing The Gift, Negi learns things like martial arts and magic techniques far too fast, something that's sometimes commented on.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Takahata. The two of them are on a First-Name Basis.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • He blamed himself for the destruction of his hometown when he was younger because he wanted to see his father. When his father did show up, it was during a massive demonic attack.
    • Negi in general blames himself too often for bad things that happened which he had no control over. Kotarō had to beat him up to make him stop, Asuna (and later Chisame) also does this occasionally. Both Kotarō and Rakan also keep telling Negi to trust his friends, but he still wishes to resolve things alone and thus bears the responsibility alone.
  • Keigo: Negi converses with this to mostly anyone he doesn't consider as really close friends or family. When this is pointed out, the girls with crushes on him become worried that there is an emotional wall between them and Negi.
  • Kid Hero: He's a ten-year-old hero, though he's less immature than the trope usually calls for.
  • Kiss of Death: Played for Laughs. A World Tree-controlled Negi catches Asuna in a deep kiss that ends after she's passed out from lack of oxygen.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: With the tutelage of Ku Fei he becomes an accomplished martial artist almost overnight. As shown late in the story, even without using any magic at all he's able to land an effective counter on super powered opponents.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: When it became clear his Squishy Wizard ways weren't good enough, he picked up martial arts from Ku Fei and started blending magic and martial arts together.
  • Lightning Bruiser: At the end of the story, he's the fastest known character with good but not amazing attacks and the best or second best defenses.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Despite being a complete opposite in terms of personality, Negi does share one very important quality with his father Nagi... the ability to make every single girl he meets fall in love with him. He also inherited his mother's complete inability to notice said love.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Negi is reserved, intelligent, and studious, the complete opposite of his father.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Negi wears the same green suit for much of the story, but during the Magic World and school festival he shows a lot more outfits.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: He doesn't dislike the fact of Magia Erebea granting him Complete Immortality. Negi even says he's happy about it because he's now the same as his teacher Eva.
  • Living with the Villain: He's had to fight at least three of his own students. Has occasionally gone Go-Karting with Bowser.
  • The Load: When he seals his magic and journeys to Library Island with the Baka Rangers, he's about as useful as an actual ten-year-old boy would be in an area with many dangers and traps.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: Negi was raised as an orphan and only heard that his father was a famous hero. His mother? She was the last queen of the Vespertatia Kingdom, making Negi a lost prince of the Magic World.
  • Love You and Everybody: Akira plays Love Informant on behalf of Ako and Makie and he responds that he likes them too, causing her to go back and have to explain it again. He also pulls this off earlier on with Asuna twice.
  • Magic Knight: Only in name. When asked by Eva whether he wants to become a Squishy Wizard or Magic Knight, he chooses the latter. One, because this is what his father was and two, because Negi seeks the strength to fight alone. Negi has weapons, but he stopped using them when he became a Kung-Fu Wizard.
  • Marked Change: Magia Erebea causes black runelike tattoos to appear beneath his skin when used.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: He always throws himself into the most dangerous situations and rarely factors in personal harm when coming to decisions, which makes people uneasy more than impressing them.
  • Meaningful Name: "Negi" means "spring onion" in Japanese, which is a reference to how the leek is the national symbol of Wales. Negi-Bozu is slang for newbie.
  • Memento MacGuffin:
    • Negi's staff. It Was a Gift from his father after Negi was saved by him six years before the story began. It is the proof that the Thousand Master was still alive (despite being declared dead four years earlier), which fueled Negi's wish to find his father.
  • Merlin and Nimue:
    • Negi is the Nimue to Evangeline's Merlin. She is several centuries older and becomes his magic master, after he saw a glimpse of her power in Kyoto. He eventually even adopts her original technique, Magia Erebea. While they show affection towards each other, neither seem romantically interested.
    • An inverted case with Negi's magic students, specifically Yue. Negi is her master (and the magister in the magister/minister relationship), though Yue is slightly older than Negi. Yue can empathize with Negi on a different level compared to many of Negi's other students, but her love for him is onesided.
  • Mighty Glacier: His Incendium Gehennae mode, as opposed to the Lightning Bruiser Jovis Tempestas Fulguriens, grants amazing offense and improved defense, but leaves him quite slow. He never really makes use of this form.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: He prefers The Smart Guy approach and diplomacy, but in a fight his performance is exceptional.
  • Multicolored Hair: He has red hair on the top and black hair in the back.
  • Multiethnic Name: He has a Japanese given name and an English surname.
  • Nice Guy: He is very kind and friendly, though rather serious.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: In his lightning form, he's the Made of Air variant: Almost all attacks just pass right through him.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Rock spear to the chest. It would have been fatal were Konoka not around.
  • The Nudifier: Anytime he sneezes, it will blow up several skirts, shred clothes, underwear or both. Later, sneezes accidentally cast the disarmament spell, meaning they can even strip you outright.
  • Oblivious to Love: The only way he ever learns if a girl has feelings for him is if she straight-out tells him.
  • Older Alter Ego: "Nagi", his teenaged form that he takes after taking a series of age-disguising pills. Everyone finds him ridiculously hot though a few girls decide he's simply out of their league and go for Kotarō instead, who is only very attractive.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: Negi gets to meet his berserk form in person this way. He is guided by Evangeline's avatar, who is also naked. Not that she ever cares.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't hurt his students. Just don't. You'll live longer.
  • Parental Abandonment: Negi was raised by his cousin, Nekane, for the majority of his life. His father supposedly died around Negi's birth, though Negi knows better, as his father came to his help six years before the story. The whereabouts of his mother are also unknown, but she is presumed to be deceased and he only learns late into the manga who his mother even is.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Thousand Bolts, a spell he learns when first on the borderline of the monster tier with Rakan or Eva, is an anti-army ability and the ultimate lightning spell. In theory, since Negi comes up with a few lightning spear techniques.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: He's left dazing off after his second kiss with Nodoka. Also, Ayaka's pactio leaves him twitching on the floor.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair turns white when using Raiten Taisou.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When using Raiten Taisou, his hair becomes as long as he is tall.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: When Negi fights Rakan, he brings out his new ultimate move, turns into lightning and pinballs Rakan around for an entire chapter, at which point Rakan falls down. The next chapter starts with Rakan getting up, unharmed, and beating the crap out of Negi.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Negi values his minuscule pince-nez glasses, but they do not seem to serve any purpose regarding his eyesight or anything else beyond marking him as bookish.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Ostensibly a normal kid from a backwater village in Wales who just happens to have a famous father. His mother, however, is from an ancient royal bloodline and possibly deceased.
  • Red Baron: Eva remarked that he is called 'Boy Genius Mage' and later he's referred to as 'Thunder God Negi.'
  • Red Is Heroic: His hair is red and he's a hero.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: When Negi uses some magic pills to age himself into a teenager, he identifies himself as his own cousin.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • Subverted with Raiten Taisou. Despite momentarily becoming lightning, Rakan points out that Negi does not actually get lightning-fast reflexes.
    • Played straight with Raiten Sousou, Raiten Taisou's upgrade. Negi does get the reflexes and constantly stays in his high-speed lightning form. Negi can make electric circuits indefinitely because he can create another circuit mid-air, which allows him to change directions however he wants.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It's implied that Ayaka sees the little brother she never had in Negi.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: Negi starts off as just a fresh magic school graduate assigned to teach English at another magic school (sort of) halfway across the world. However, just because he doesn't know he was sent doesn't mean he wasn't: Merdiana's choice of assignment and the dorm he ends up in are just a little too convenient to be coincidence.
  • Rubber Face: Asuna stretches his mouth when she thinks he's been withholding information.
  • Scars Are Forever: During the Mahorafest tournament he gets a scar on his cheek from Setsuna and another during the finals. He could get them fixed, but he has an emotional attachment to both. They both disappear after his Magea Erebea transformation completes.
  • Semi-Divine: Being the son of an Ostian queen, Negi is a direct descendant of the creator of the Magic World. Yue theorizes Negi's talents and high magic power may have something to do with him descending from what's essentially a Physical God.
  • Sensei-chan: Rare Male Example. Negi is younger than his students, being only ten years old, and for the most part acts like an Adorably Precocious Child.
  • Sent Into Hiding: His parents became fugitives of the Megalomesembria senate after Nagi saved Arika from being executed by them, so Negi was hidden away for his protection. The enemies of his parents still found him and sent a horde of demons to destroy his hometown.
  • Shipper on Deck: At the very least, he likes teasing Setsuna about Konoka.
    Setsuna: In any case, I already have Konoka ojou-sama as...
    (Beat)
    Setsuna: N-NO! That's not, um... That's not what I meant!
    Negi: Ahahahahaha! Setsuna-san, so it really is Konoka-san!
  • Shirtless Scene: More than once. Most prominently when he's put in the hospital.
  • Shock and Awe: Most of Negi's offensive abilities are lightning-based powers. He later turns this up to eleven by becoming lightning.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: The youngest and shortest of the main cast, but also one of the smartest.
  • Shower of Awkward: With Setsuna in Kyoto. He also caused an awkward shower situation when he attempted to do Asuna a favor by enchanting her brushes. She wasn't appreciative. And there was also the time he spotted Chachamaru bathing in a river, but she didn't mind.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Negi reveals to Gödel that he is well aware of his plan and the truth behind the Magical World.
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • Evangeline was not happy to see the son of the man who sealed her powers and bound her to Mahora. Justified by the fact that she also wants Negi for his blood, as it mitigates his dad's curse.
    • There's the supported theory that the Megalomesembrian Senate were responsible for launching the attack on Negi's village solely to kill Negi, because he is the son of their old foe Arika Entheofushia and Nagi Springfield.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: A highly talented mage who at 10 years old has the sort of power and skill that most don't get even after decades of study and training, but he's still a ten year old and he thinks like one.
  • Sky Surfing: Courtesy of his staff.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Negi's ponytail has a habit of coming undone during significantly violent battles later in the story. Together with the removal of his glasses, this serves to give him a much rougher look.
  • Smart People Speak the Queen's English: In the dub.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Smartest character in the story barring maybe Chao and he wears glasses despite likely not even needing them.
  • Spot of Tea: As stereotypical with British men, Negi likes drinking tea with milk the best. This puts him at odds with the caffeine addict Fate.
  • Stepford Smiler: Chisame frequently calls him out on using fake smiles, when a child of his age should be more cheerful.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Played With. Negi is a naive and compassionate Kid Hero who would do anything to protect those he cares about and won't give up once he has a goal set in mind. He's striving To Be a Master, amasses a group of True Companions, and eventually becomes one of the most powerful beings in the series thanks to learning dark magic. He's also extremely clueless in matters of love. Personality-wise, he's quite the opposite to the Idiot Hero expected from the archetype. He's highly intelligent, something of a worrywart, and doesn't rely on the Power of Friendship (in fact he started using dark magic specifically so his friends wouldn't have to fight alongside him).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks almost identical to his father Nagi, especially when he magically ages himself up.
  • Super Intelligence: Negi's great strength later in the manga lies in his ability to rapidly learn and create new techniques and strategies. It's remarked that governments would love to sit him behind a desk to just work on magical theory all day.
  • Super Mode: The base form of Magia Erebea gives him a 50% power boost before he even starts using the actual Magia Erebea abilities.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Magia Erebea has an effect on his emotions because it's fueled by them. When the encroachment goes out of control, he turns into a berserking monster with some rather heavy mutations. Surprisingly, this is never really used in combat after he's interrupted during its first real occurrence.
  • Survivor Guilt: Being one of the only two survivors of his Doomed Hometown, Negi has lots of it.
  • Sweetheart Sipping: During a shopping trip with Konoka. It gets misunderstood by the Date Peepers to hilarious ends.
  • Swiss Army Hero: It's noted early that by changing the spells he absorbs with Magia Erebea that he can give himself different strengths such as a Stone Wall, Fragile Speedster or Glass Cannon. However, he almost always uses the Fragile Speedster effect.
  • Talented, but Trained: According to Evangeline, Negi has an outstanding gift to produce magical power, but it's all useless unless he learns to properly use it through hard work. Negi always trains rigorously to constantly improve his skills, to the point he often can overwork himself.
  • Tareme Eyes: Likely to complements his "innocent little boy" traits.
  • Tell Me About My Father:
    • Negi grew up without his parents, and his Parental Substitute, Nekane, told him stories about his father, a hero, whom Negi would later admire and try to imitate. Negi always wishes to learn more about his father from people who knew him, though Nekane struggled to tell the young Negi what exactly "dead" really means, people like Stan or Evangeline didn't have many good things to tell about Nagi, and Nagi's comrades intentionally keep things secret from Negi until they no longer have a choice but to tell the truth.
    • Later on, Negi learns about Princess Arika, who he correctly guesses is his mother. When he begins to ask questions about her though, most people try to dodge the topic, since she was falsely blamed and supposedly executed for starting the war Negi's father resolved. Just calling her "Queen of Calamity" in front of Negi almost made him lose his temper.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The most obvious levels taken in badass were post Kyoto arc when he got some good teachers and later when picking up Magia Erebea.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Quartum bisects Chachamaru, Negi appears and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Unstoppable Rage: First happens against Graf Wilhelm, though Kotarō manages to smack some sense into him. Later occurs multiple times starting during a fight with Gödel.
  • Unwanted Harem: Does the collection of powerful girls crushing on him strike you with pity, envy, or fear for the day he hits puberty?
  • Vocal Dissonance: When the 3rd OAD came out, his adult self was still voiced by Rina Sato.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Negi managed to defeat Takahata because he came up with a plan to break through Takahata's defenses and was able to land a point-blank punch right in the gut right afterwards, thanks to a delayed spell. To be fair, Takahata never was serious. He used his full power, but held back in aggressiveness, instead wanting to test how good Negi has become.
    • In Negi's fight against Chao, Chao displays more powerful magic than Negi. However, while her raw firepower may be greater, Negi can counter her evenly because he is more experienced. For instance, while Chao uses 29 Valkyries, Negi only summons 17 Valkyries to counter her. While Chao gathers 59 Magic Arrows, Negi only needs 37. Basically Quality over Quantity. In their final Beam-O-War, Negi can get off his attack faster than Chao, forcing her into a defensive position.
    • Negi is still far weaker than Rakan, but ends up drawing against him because Negi developed a plan where he would eventually absorb Rakan's attack and use it against him.
  • Willfully Weak: At one point decided that he would seal his magic and fulfill his duties as a teacher without relying on magic. He chose a bad time for it.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Despite being ten, he is very wise, though this has pointedly come at the cost of sacrificing a real childhood.
  • Worthy Opponent: Kotarō thinks of Negi as being the first mage he's gone up against that wasn't a loser who couldn't take a punch.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Despite being an "English gentleman", he doesn't hesitate to fight Takane. Asuna does not approve; Setsuna and Evangeline do.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Stays behind to stop horde of demons from catching Ala Alba. He's not in any real danger though.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: When his students capture him, they make him crossdress as a foxgirl complete with long stockings.

    Asuna Kagurazaka 

Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese) and Luci Christian (English)

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Asuna is a girl Negi speaks to on the first day, informing her that her love is going to end unrequited. After this charming start, he's asked by the principal to move into her room and after a bit of initial friction ends up as his protective big sister figure among hints of other kinds of affection. She is fairly dim, but she's also a hard worker with a strong sense of responsibility. Though intellectually weak, she's physically superhuman even before magic enters the equation, capable of running as fast as a bicycle and having both sight and hearing well above that of a normal human.

Asuna becomes Negi's first Ministra Magi and possesses incredibly rare antimagic abilities that confuse others due to Asuna being an apparently ordinary middle school student. Her artifact is Ensis Exorcizans (Hama no Tsurugi), the demon-breaking sword. In its initial form, it's a large metal fan with properties suited for exorcism, though as she gains more control over her abilities it gradually gets replaced by her actual artifact, a massive sword with antimagic properties.

Despite being supposedly ordinary, strange dreams and abilities hint that she is far from it, leaving her something of a mystery for most of the story to the reader.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her outfit during her second capture.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the first anime, her Magic Cancel ability comes from a signed contract with a demon rather than an innate ability as the princess of the Magical World.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: The second anime discards many of her more serious character traits in favor of a loony girl who is obsessed with the Chupacabra.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Asuna goes from being a regular Tsundere, having a job and more or less just trying to survive in the craziness around her in the manga and first anime series, to being completely nuts in the Negima?! anime.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While she fawns over Takahata, she gets some moments with Ayaka and especially Setsuna that lean into bisexual territory.
  • Ambiguously Human: Her mysterious origins, her Magic Cancel and the fact she didn't start aging normally until a few years ago suggests she might not be a normal human girl. A flashback implies the Lifemaker could have created Asuna to one day erase the Magic World, but it's never fully explained.
  • Amnesiac Hero: From early on, it's hinted that Asuna isn't the normal schoolgirl she believes herself to be and has a mysterious past she can't remember.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Her disguise in the Magic World has cat ears and a tail.
  • Anti-Magic: She has the ability to cancel magic (including any kind of Ki Manipulation), which is initially assumed to be because of her contract with Negi. Though initially unpredictable, she eventually gets control of this and can extend it as a field, punching out 100% unbreakable seals and dispelling giant falling pillars with a wave of her sword. Magic Cancel is a rare ability, which causes no end of confusion to experts who wonder why a normal person like Asuna can use it. However, the true nature of this ability is actually considerably more complex and even rarer, a throwback to the found of the Ostian dynasty and creator of the Magic World who used the same ability to create it. Properly speaking, it's known as the Magic of Creation and Destruction and is extremely potent.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Asuna is the most important person of the Magic World arc, as Fate needs Asuna's Anti-Magic abilities to erase Mundus Magicus and put its inhabitants into a Lotus-Eater Machine to keep them from disappearing when Mundus Magicus collapses on its own. This is subverted at the end of the arc; Fate and his group make a Heel–Face Turn, and Asuna channels her powers through a World-Healing Wave instead. She then becomes a Barrier Maiden by being sealed away in order to keep the Mundus Magicus stable until Negi finishes his Terraform plan.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: So powerful it goes straight through Evangeline's shields, though it turns out to be due to Anti-Magic.
  • Badass in Distress: After meeting Fate's team, she gets surrounded and captured by one of Fate's partners, who assumes Asuna's form and joins the group pretending to be her. Asuna was held captive by Fate, with Fate successfully undoing her Laser-Guided Amnesia, to cause her to remember her past and go into a week-long Heroic BSoD.
  • Bandage Babe: Her pactio card has her wearing bandages on her arm and leg.
  • Barrier Maiden: Near the conclusion of the story, it's revealed that she'll be sleeping for 100 years in the Gravekeeper's Palace, serving as the literal cornerstone for the plan to save the Magic World. However, right after she wakes up in the future Chao brings her back to the past. In this new timeline, Asuna can be with her friends while at the same time there's another version of her sealed in the Magic World.
  • Beautiful All Along: Asuna doesn't really put any effort into making herself prettier, but when she tries, she hits it out of the park.
  • Berserk Button: Asuna has a few of these:
    • Acting pervertedly, accidental or not.
    • Toying with her feelings. She overreacts a bit when Negi accidentally makes it sound like he just confessed his love to her, and proceeds to beat him up (and Haruna for teasing her about this).
    • Mentioning her paipan. note 
  • Best Friend: To Konoka, Ayaka, and later Setsuna. She and Ayaka appear to not be this, but even when they were kids Asuna showed that she cared about her in her own special, violent way.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Generally a Nice Girl (though she does get angry and violent at Ayaka and Negi sometimes), but if you threaten her loved ones, you will dearly regret it.
    • Asuna proceeds to beat the crap out of Chigusa Amagasaki with Setsuna and Negi, after Chigusa abducts and threatens Konoka.
    • After remembering Gateau's death, Asuna (with Berserker Tears in her eyes) turns her harisen-fan artifact into its BFS form and would have seriously injured Setsuna in her Unstoppable Rage if Setsuna hadn't been skilled enough to dodge and counter Asuna's attack.
  • BFS: Ensis Exorcizans in its true form is a 190cm long sword and weighs 4kg.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Her protectiveness of Negi stems more from a sisterly instinct instead of romantic feelings, not that others are that convinced.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: In the first anime's ending, she hits her birthday and then falls from the World Tree. Negi catches her, but she only fell because she was already dead. Negi magically undoes it with the help of his class.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being Anti-Magic? Sounds awesome. But Asuna is so much more than that, as she possessed the power to create and destroy the Magic World. She was thus a frequent target for political parties and was treated like a Living Weapon. Ala Rubra freed and protected her and some even lost their life protecting her.
  • Book Dumb: Her grades are so terrible that she is the one with the lowest scores out of all the Baka Rangers.
  • Butt-Monkey: Especially at the start of the series, Asuna is the butt of many jokes (like Negi's "accidents" that he causes). She is getting her clothes blown off, while her crush, Takahata, is present, she gets Gag Boobs made of air when Negi wants to help Asuna win a boob comparison contest, Fate uses a spell to tickle her, etc. It eventually tones down in the later arcs, though Asuna still sometimes gets stripped by Negi's sneezes.
  • Character Development: Asuna slackens her dislike of kids as she grows closer to Negi and even makes vows to protect him. She overcomes a lot of her negative traits and becomes a Cool Big Sis not only to Negi but to other girls as well. She even calmly accepts the fact that she's really a magical princess and wants to be treated just like anyone else.
  • Child Hater: Asuna starts off with a rather particular dislike of kids, though it dies down when she and Negi learn more about each other. Comes back when Anya appears but again dies down as the two bond.
  • Childhood Friends: When Ayaka first met her in preschool, Ayaka attacked Asuna out of annoyance at her smart mouth. This defined their relationship ever since. Near the end of the manga, Asuna says that meeting Ayaka was "the best luck she ever had" and Ayaka lived to 115 out of sheer willpower when Asuna had to go away for 100 years.
  • The Conscience: She is this to Negi. She stays by his side to make sure he doesn't push himself too far or makes rash decisions. When Fate offers to let Negi and his friends return, so long as he doesn't interfere with Fate and his group to destroy the Magic World, she Dope Slaps Negi and makes him refuse Fate's offer. She also becomes very upset when she finds out that in the period of time they were apart in the Magic World arc, Negi picked up Magia Erebea and is on his way to become some sort of demon. After Negi does become an immortal demon, Asuna regrets she couldn't stop him from throwing away his humanity.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as a big sister towards Negi, though there are hints of romantic interest.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Asuna, who was an Emotionless Girl at the time, showed her tears for the first time when Gateau died.
    • After waking up in the future and finding out that, not only are all of her friends and loved ones long dead, but she would have been able to see Ayaka one last time if she hadn't overslept by 30 years.
  • Cute Little Fangs: To match her aggressive personality she occasionally has little fanglike teeth.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We never find out the details, but she underwent Laser-Guided Amnesia so that she could forget all that she had been through. What we do know is that it includes being imprisoned in a tower and used as a human weapon.
  • Dead Guy Junior: When Asuna with Laser-Guided Amnesia, courtesy of Takahata enters Mahora, she is given a new Japanese surname. She is very likely named after Gateau Kagura Vandenburg, Takahata's master and member of Ala Rubra, who died.
  • Declaration of Protection: Asuna is Negi's ministra magi and thus responsible for protecting the Squishy Wizard while he casts his spells. In response, Negi pushes himself to become stronger so she doesn't have to protect him and put herself in danger. While competing in Mahora Fest's Tournament she loudly declared to Negi that she was plenty powerful enough to protect him. Then she became profoundly embarrassed because she was fighting at that moment and the entire crowd interpreted her declaration as a Love Confession.
  • Determinator: Brilliantly displayed during her "Death Study" training. Eva drops her off on a mountain with well below freezing temperatures, forcing her to fend for herself and fully expecting her to fail and ask Eva for reprieve by ringing a bell given to her. At seemingly the end of her rope, Eva smugly asks her to relent and admit defeat... Asuna seems to consider it before offering this reply in addition to chucking the bell well into the distance.
    Asuna: Like hell I'll give up! I won't give up! I won't give up!! I won't give up!! I WON'T GIVE UP!!!
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Post Mahorafest, even without kanka or getting magical energy from Negi she cracks the pavement when she stomps her foot in irritation. Seems like Setsuna's training paid off.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": After being revealed as a magic princess, Asuna hates to be treated like royalty and gets angry at Setsuna for wanting to be her servant instead of her friend as usual.
  • Emotionless Girl: When she first showed up in Mahora, she was an extremely quiet and inexpressive kid that annoyed Ayaka with her blank expression. At that point, she had a very limited time of actually being a human, instead having been treated as a Living Weapon for a century or more. In the present, she's rather excitable. And irritable.
  • Empty Shell: When she was a child, she claimed to be 'empty' from having no life experience, social interaction or anything for over a hundred years while being used as some type of weapon.
  • Epic Fail: Trying to light someone's cigarette and instead setting their beard on fire. Then she tried putting it out with hot tea.
  • Expressive Hair: In Negima!? her pigtails move according to her mood.
  • Expy: She's stated to embody the "protective" aspect of Love Hina's Naru's personality.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's a fiery Tsundere with red hair. This can be attributed to Ayaka's "rivalry" with her that started back when they were children.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • With her roommate and best friend, Konoka.
    • Negi is referred to by his given name by everyone, but Asuna is a special case because she doesn't actually use any honorific and generally treats him like a child, and not like her teacher. At first it was this way because she couldn't stand him, later on it indicates how close the two of them are.
    • During the Kyoto arc, Setsuna and Asuna get closer as they protect Konoka together and fight side by side. At the end of the arc, the two of them call each other by their first names.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: After she wakes up from sleeping for 130 years, Asuna finds herself alone in a strange time and place with all her friends gone. She at least hoped Negi (having a body like Evangeline's) would still be alive, but he died and after seeing all that her friends did in their lives while she was sleeping she breaks down in tears. However, Evangeline and Chao send her back in time and she reunites with her friends.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: After getting Clothing Damaged for the umpteenth time during the Aggressive Negotiations with Goedel. She's been stripped enough that she just ignores it, proves herself immune to Defeat by Modesty and presses the attack. The viewers get a Godiva sword tassel. Although that was actually Fake!Asuna/Shiori.
    Asuna: Like I care!
  • Gag Boobs: She gets them in one episode where the girls are using breast size for a contest to see who gets to share a room with Negi.
  • Generic Cuteness: Judging by the startled reactions of her friends at the ball and during her 'date' with Takahata, Asuna is apparently supposed to look fairly plain most of the time.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Befitting her Tsundere personality. When the topic comes up, her friends note that it's rather childish and that she looks better with her hair down.
  • Give Her A Normal Life: Ala Rubra wanted her to live a happy, normal life. For that purpose, they gave her amnesia and sent her to Mahora Academy.
  • Godiva Hair: Her hair reaches her waist, which really helps, since being around Negi has a tendency to suddenly leave you without clothing.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Negi accidentally reveals Asuna wears panties with a bear print, right in front of Takamichi.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a pair of bells on her Girlish Pigtails.
  • Hates Wearing Dresses: She hates wearing anything frilly, but will relent on certain occasions.
  • Heavy Sleeper: In Negima!?, Konoka tries to wake up Asuna to go to school to no avail and it seems to happen often.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Chapter 284 showed the tail end of a week-long one as a result of Fate forcibly unlocking her lost memories. Fate didn't expect her to come out of it at all.
    • She suffered another one after the fact that she was 130 years in the future and all alone finally sunk in. If Evangeline and Chao hadn't shown up, she probably would have crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Hidden Depths: Asuna is a surprisingly good artist, though she doesn't get to show it off too often.
  • Home Run Hitter: Does this to Evangeline using a thrown boat as the bat in Negima!?.
  • Hot for Teacher: Has a crush on Takahata-sensei. Maybe on Negi, too, though she never really viewed him as a teacher.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: At some point in the past, Asuna tearfully begged a fatally injured Gateau to not die.
    Asuna: You can't, Gateau-san! I don't want you to die!
  • I Am What I Am: The most difficult mental issue she has is the duality between who she was as Princess Asuna and who she is now as Asuna Kagurazaka. At the end of the Magic World arc, she's at terms with both sides of herself, proclaiming herself a genuine magic princess as she fixes all the devastation wrought by Cosmo Entelechia.
  • I Am Who?: Asuna certainly isn't who she believes herself to be and she has a long-forgotten past that is slowly hinted throughout the series. She's actually a princess from the magic world who was used as a human weapon because of her Anti-Magic powers.
  • Identical Stranger: She looks very similar to Negi's cousin Nekane, just with orange hair instead of blonde.
  • Idiot Hair: It fits thanks to her being an Idiot Hero.
  • Idiot Hero: It's pointed out more than once that she far more closely resembles the trope than Negi himself. Kotarō even compares her to Nagi due to her idiocy and determination.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When things don't go well with Takahata, Negi bumps into Asuna streaming tears and with snot running out of her nose. After this, she spends a few days moping in Eva's resort before getting over it.
  • Instant Expert: Though she's nearly as dim as Negi is brilliant, she picks up fighting and even kanka almost as quickly as he does magic and martial arts. However, in her case it's because she already learned at least some of this stuff when she was a kid. Of course, she also performed kanka perfectly almost instantly as a child as well, though in that case it was due to being an Empty Shell.
  • Interclass Friendship: She's been best friends with Ayaka ever since childhood. Subverted when it turns out that she's actually a princess.
  • It Was a Gift: She wears those bells in her hair because they came from Takahata.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As Negi describes her, Asuna is "overbearing, crude and violent", but also an incredibly caring and loyal Cool Big Sis.
  • Jerkass Realization: In the first three episodes, she finds herself increasingly frustrated by Negi and eventually vents her frustrations to Professor Takahata, remarking that Child Prodigy or not, Negi's still a ten-year-old boy who should "stay at home with his parents where he belongs." At that point, Takahata informs her that Negi's parents disappeared when he was a baby, and he was raised by his older sister. Reflecting how Negi had crawled into her bed while she asleep and explained to her that he's used to sharing a bed with his sister, Asuna is taken aback.
    Asuna: I guess I shouldn't have been so hard on him. The little brat's been through enough as it is.
  • Kick Chick: Negi even notes in his class rooster how she has a very powerful kick.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She doesn't have any memories from before ten years ago after Takahata had her memory sealed on behalf of the dying Gateau Vandenburg.
  • Lethal Chef: Briefly, in the anime; looked like an Alien Lunch. Negima!? also gave us a glimpse of her cooking. She burned down the kitchen.
  • Lightning Glare: Frequently to Negi after he manages to upset her yet again.
  • Likes Older Men: She has a preference for older guys. Ayaka calls her an "Ojicon" because of it. Technically speaking, it's only guys that look older than her.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's part of the Ostian bloodline just like Negi and his mother, though where she fits on the family tree is rather unclear.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: She was an orphan who was brought to Mahora and taken care of by Takamichi primarily. What she didn't know, or rather was made forget, was that she's a princess of the ancient Ostian royal bloodline descended from no other than the Mage of the Beginning, the creator of the Magic World.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Both in the backstory and in the present, Cosmo Entelecheia sought to possess Asuna for her Magic Cancel power and use her as a tool to erase all of the Magic World and its inhabitants before it collapses.
  • Mage Killer: Asuna's Magic Cancel makes her feared by mages, though occasionally she'll team up with another character like Ku Fei after she's shattered their magical barriers.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Does this once during the Pactio spell, since there's wind blowing up.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Right eye green, left eye blue. It's difficult to notice unless she's looking straight at the camera. She's definitely not normal either.
  • Meido: During the Tournament Arc, Asuna and Setsuna get pressganged into wearing maid outfits to appeal to the crowd.
  • Modesty Shorts: After Going Commando in a skirt in Kyoto, this is a big issue for her.
  • Mysterious Past: Throughout the manga, it's frequently hinted that Asuna has a past she doesn't remember which involved Ala Rubra and her being saved by them from her life of being used as a weapon for over a century. We never really learn the details.
  • Mystical Waif: She fits the archetype pretty well as the Twilight Princess in flashbacks. She had the canonical catatonic personality, the Mysterious Past, the unusual powers, bad guys wanting her, being way Older Than She Looks and treated as a weapon/tool instead of a human until the heroes rescued her.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The mean to Konoka's nice and Setsuna's Inbetween, though to Asuna's credit, she does tone down her meanness significantly as the story progresses.
  • No-Sell: Her Magic Cancel stops any magic.
  • Not a Morning Person: She is known for being bad at mornings. She gets up early for her job during the week, but sleeps in late on the weekends.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She acts as Negi's main partner for a good part of the series and her role resembles that of a standard Tsundere love interest. While Negi's bond with Asuna is certainly the strongest amongst his students, the romantic angle was always pretty ambiguous. Not to mention Asuna gets separated from Negi for most of the Magic World arc and Negi ends up spending more time with Chisame and Shiori disguised as Asuna. This is settled in the final chapters with the confirmation that Negi isn't in love with Asuna. Asuna will definitely remain the closest person to him, though.
  • Older Sidekick: To Negi. He is only ten and she is a teenager.
  • Older Than She Looks: Before too much time passes, it's clear that Asuna has a history she doesn't remember and is at least a little older than she appears. She's at least 130 years old and apparently didn't begin to age normally until Ala Rubra brought her to Earth.
  • One Head Taller: Than Negi. The romance is debatable, but when she hugs him during the Magic World reunion the effect is obvious.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Asuna appears to be a normal schoolgirl who just happens to get involved in magic because of Negi, but her Anti-Magic powers and amnesia imply she's much more than that. Turns out she's a princess from the Magic World.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being the main heroine, Asuna barely gets any panel time after she gets separated from Negi at the start of the Magic World arc. Although she does eventually reunite with Negi, she gets almost immediately kidnapped and replaced by an impostor, which leaves her stuck on the sidelines for a chunk of the series. She doesn't go back into focus until the manga is almost over.
  • Overly Long Name: Her full name, Asuna Vesperina Theotanasia Entheofushia, notes her status as an imperial princess of the Ostian bloodline.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: The weaker form of her pactio artifact is a fan that cancels all summons and dispels some forms of magic.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her Anti-Magic actually caused a Floating Continent to crash and nearly destroyed the entire Magic World.
  • Phlebotinum Girl: The Ostian Kingdom used Asuna as a living weapon because of her Anti-Magic abilities. This made Asuna think of herself as less than human until her memories were erased. Furthermore, Cosmo Entelecheia's master plan is to use Asuna's Magic Cancel as a catalyst for a ritual that would destroy the entire magic world.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Towards Ayaka, the day before she went to sleep for 100 years.
  • Plucky Girl: She's very brave and never gives up.
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Her pactio card depicts her with a band aid on her cheek.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Played for Laughs. After Asuna accidentally challenged Negi to kiss her first before he could kiss Nodoka, Negi overwhelms Asuna and kisses her for two pages (plus a commercial break), making it look like a Kiss of Death after Asuna lost her breath.
  • Precocious Crush: She's had a crush on Takahata for a few years now. She's turned down not necessarily because Takahata doesn't like her (though he clearly doesn't) but because he feels he's unworthy of love in the first place.
  • Put on a Bus: She disappears from the story for about fifty chapters of the Magic World arc because Cosmo Entelecheia captured her and replaced her with a perfect copy so no one notices.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even though she wears it in Girlish Pigtails, her hair reaches her knees.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: The seemingly ordinary schoolgirl turns out to be a legendary Princess from an entirely different world.
  • Red Is Heroic: A heroic Fiery Redhead. Fittingly she's also Baka Red.
  • Rip Van Winkle: For Negi's plan to save the magic world to succeed, she has to be put into stasis for a century. She oversleeps by another thirty years and wakes up in a future where everyone she knows, including the immortal Negi, is long dead. Eva and Chao return her back 130 years to a world identical to where she came from mere seconds after her departure. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that her extended sleep was partially caused by a war on Mars in the 22nd century, of which Mana was a participant.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Initially reluctant to make a Pactio for this reason. Later she claims it doesn't count because it was a Pactio, not a real kiss. Judging by the way everyone else in the story views Pactios the only one she's fooling is herself.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She receives several reactions from her classmates after seeing her actually taking care of her appearance such as at the ball.
  • She's All Grown Up: When Asuna lets her hair down and tries to dress a little more girly than she normally does, Takahata takes notice and remarks to her that she's become pretty.
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Konoka and Setsuna's relationship and enjoys teasing the latter about it.
  • Smash Sisters: Her and Setsuna. Ever since the Kyoto arc, the two of them became close friends. Setsuna gave Asuna sword lessons and the two worked as a team both at the end of the Mahora Festival Arc and when Ala Alba was split in the Magic World.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Subverted. When her memories are forcibly returned to her, there's a high risk of her former self as Princess Asuna coming into conflict with her Asuna Kagurazaka self and destroying it. To Fate's surprise, Asuna Kagurazaka is a fully-fledged identity that grew from her original Emotionless Girl state and it remains in full control despite her dark memories.
  • Superpower Lottery: She has a combination of abilities that make her nigh unstoppable and basically the ideal pactio partner. First, she's superhuman without using any magical abilities and has Super Senses, which all improve with training. Next, she has a perfect form of the already incredibly rare Magic Cancel ability, leaving her able to ignore any kind of magical attack and any energy blast ki attacks, meaning you need to overpower her physically, and she can also channel the antimagic through her sword, which possesses its own Anti-Magic. Then to counter that weakness she also possesses kanka, which allows her to draw in magical energy from around her and combine it with her own internal energy to explosively increase her physical abilities and give her resistance to numerous effects from cold to poison as well as other abilities that are never elaborated on. All in all, this set of abilities leaves her the only one who can apparently keep up with Negi by the end.
  • Super Senses: Asuna possesses both super sight and super hearing.
  • Super Speed: Without using any magic she can run as fast as a professional bike.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Not only is she related to magic, she's flat out a magical princess.
  • Tomboy: She's rather aggressive, athletic, and her hairstyle is noted to be rather childish.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to both Ayaka's and Konoka's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy Princess: She didn't develop her tomboyish traits until after she forgot her life as a princess. Once she learns of her origins, she keeps her same personality.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Asuna hates frilly pieces of clothing and doesn't have many girly interests as a whole. Despite this, she's interested in romance and doesn't mind to dress up sometimes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her first level in badass was her pactio, her second was in learning kanka and finally after entering the magical world her growth rate skyrocketed due to subconsciously remembering how to fight and ended up about on par with Setsuna before being captured.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Flashbacks show that Asuna originally was a smart-mouthed Emotionless Girl, but frequent, violent interactions with Ayaka turned her into the cheerful Fiery Redhead Tsundere of today.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Asuna starts out as fairly aggressive and disagreeable, even towards Konoka. By the end of the story, there's still some of those traits but she becomes far more kind and understanding, especially towards Negi.
  • Trauma Button: Remembering Gateau's death sent Asuna into an Unstoppable Rage. She only calmed down after Setsuna snapped her back to reality and Asuna repressed the memory once again.
  • Tsundere: Closer to a Sweet type. Asuna is friendly and laidback, but she becomes overly violent around Negi and Ayaka. In Negi's case, it's usually Anger Born of Worry (excluding when he acts like a pervert or sounds like The Casanova).
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In sheer specs, she's both quite powerful and fast, but isn't a trained fighter like Kaede or Setsuna. Thus, by the early parts of the Magic World, she appears to be almost on par with Setsuna, supposedly the strongest of Negi's ministra and a skilled shinmeiryu swordsman, simply by virtue of sheer speed and power. By the end of the Magic World arc, she appears to be strong enough to actually work as Negi's partner while again showing no real sign of technique. Anti-Magic, of course, adds a great deal of utility to certain possible fights.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She constantly fights with Ayaka but deep down she cares for her deeply, and admits that Ayaka was one of the best things to happen to her.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Since she was a child, young Asuna was able to use Kankaho - the conjoining of opposite forces. The Yin stands for ki or women; the Yang stands for mana or men. By combining ki and mana, Asuna combines her powers with Negi's.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In the first anime's alternate story, Asuna was doomed to die on her 14th birthday due to a Deal with the Devil so the demons would stop following her and bringing destruction wherever she went. Nagi attempted to save her and was promptly crushed under a bridge. She has to die and comes back in time to break the deal.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S! What with the thigh-high stockings, twintails and Tsundere attitude.

    Setsuna Sakurazaki 

Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (Japanese), Dana Schultes (English, Mahou Sensei Negima!), Cherami Leigh (English, Negima!?)

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Setsuna is a swordsman and exorcist who was friends with Konoka when they were both young. However, she was also supposed to be her bodyguard and after failing to protect her she started to grow distant from Konoka, believing she could guard her better from the shadows. As such, the relationship between them starts strained and Setsuna tends to be very quiet and aloof from the rest of the cast. However, after the relationship between them is mended she starts becoming friends and possibly more with Konoka once more, as well as getting along quite well with Asuna.

Setsuna practices the Shinmeiryuu sword style, a set of techniques designed to allow practitioners to combat demons and spirits. She herself is half youkai and an outcast of the Tengu tribe, who feared her white wings, implied to be due to albinism. Though she has a complex about revealing her wings and is further rarely able to do so in public, they give her the ability to fly and are quite strong in combat.

Further, she pactios with Negi early on, granting her the artifact Sica Shishikushiro, a wakizashi (short sword) that can have up to 16 flying duplicates using her mental power. Her second artifact, Takemikazuchi, is a sword which can grow in size and become electrified when Setsuna's partner charges the blade with mana.


  • Adaptation Species Change: In the manga, Setsuna is a half crow demon girl who was born with white wings instead of black. In the Negima?! anime, she's completely human and gets wings from her pactio card.
  • Adorkable: Can act like this when her cool demeanor flies out the window in the presence of her Ojou-sama.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Setsuna has to learn over and over that it's okay for her to both want to be happy and to want to protect Konoka. She learns it at the end of the Kyoto arc, during the Mahorafest tournament, gets an Evil Counterpart that makes her angst about it again and post-Magic World she still doesn't get it.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Konoka calls her Secchan.
  • Alliterative Name: Setsuna Sakurazaki.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Setsuna's white wings mark her as an outcast of her species; she even was exiled by her tribe because of it. Viewing herself as an outcast is still an issue for her.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Setsuna starts the series as this, but whenever Konoka butts in, this image completely vanishes.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Her nodachi Yuunagi was passed down to her from Konoka's father, Eishun Konoe.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Her disguise in the Magic World and her outfit from her Pactio with Konoka have cat ears.
  • Arc Hero: A good part of the Kyoto arc is devoted to Setsuna's Character Development and focus, taking the role of the third most prominent main character after Negi and Asuna.
  • Badass Adorable: She's one of the top three or four fighters in the group, but contrasting the tall and imposing Kaede she's small and waifish.
  • Badass Gay: She is an obvious lesbian with a huge Bodyguard Crush on Konoka and she is also one of the most prominent female fighters in the series. She does admit that the older Negi made her heart skip a beat, though.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: During the ball, she wears a nice suit rather than a dress. When it's pointed out, she says it's easier to move in. A valid concern at the time.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Konoka, Negi and Asuna are the first people who befriended Setsuna. They even complimented her white wings, which were the reason the demon crow tribe exiled her. For those reasons, Setsuna protects Konoka with her life and will always come to aid Negi and Asuna.
  • Best Friend: Both Konoka and Asuna's. The feelings are mutual.
  • BFS: Setsuna's weapon as a Shinmeiryuu swordswoman, Yuunagi, is a nodachi sword that is at least as long as she is. Takemikazuchi can also grow into a huge sword, depending on how much mana is used.
  • Bifauxnen: She fooled everyone that didn't know her while in her male period clothes during her Not a Date with Konoka at the cinema town. Plus, they did make her look fetching.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Her Pactio with Konoka. According to Chamo they even broke the length record.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Played for Laughs. When Rakan revealed his new name for the Zanmaken: Ni No Tachi (In-Celebration-Of-My-First-Kiss-With-Ojou-Sama Special), she bellowed one out of embarrassment.
  • Blow You Away: Setsuna has access to several Shinmeiryuu techniques that utilize wind.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She is very devoted to Konoka. As early as post Kyoto the romance starts getting teased at.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of the Kyoto arc, she tries to run away after revealing herself as a half-Tengu to Negi and co., but gets a lecture from Negi and decides to stay by Konoka's side.
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: She bathes with her demon-hunting sword.
  • The Champion: Konoka's champion, willing to go to any length to keep her safe.
  • Character Development: Setsuna starts off the series a super serious warrior with only Konoka's protection in mind (and from a distance at that). She learns to open up to others and by the end of the series she's seen socializing with many of her classmates.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Akamatsu kept her Out of Focus until the Kyoto arc; Negi once referred to her as one of the students he'd like to get to know better. Needless to say, she becomes one of Ala Alba's most trusted fighters.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Her family name contains Sakura (桜), her attacks sometimes have a cherry blossom theme and she at least looks like a Yamato Nadeshiko in universe.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • Early in the series, her deadpan attitude comes off as funny in comical situations. It stops once she becomes more relaxed and easily flustered. She also overreacts a bit when it comes to worrying about Konoka.
    • In the anime Negima?!, most of her funny moments come from her taking everything far too seriously.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In one chapter, Setsuna worries how she could possibly support Konoka with just a part-time job when she isn't able to make a living with her sword (since she has no other notable qualifications), conveniently forgetting that Konoka comes from an extremely wealthy family, and wouldn't have to earn a living.
  • Contralto of Danger: Setsuna has a low voice for such a slender and petite woman, as befits a tough swordswoman.
  • Cool Sword: Setsuna's artifact, Takemikazuchi, is named after a Shinto god of thunder and the sword. Fittingly, it will be infused with lightning and grow in size if it's fueled with mana.
  • Covert Pervert: Setsuna sometimes surprises herself with how perverted her subconscious is. Case in point, her ideal dream world has Konoka wearing a Naked Apron. Later, she daydreams about her future with Konoka, which leads to her delusion of her best possible future: finally having sex with Konoka. Eva points out Setsuna's fantasies get out of control like Chachamaru's.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Setsuna spent most of her life training herself in the Shinmeiryuu for the sake of protecting Konoka. The result is that she's one of the best swordswomen of the style, but there's nothing else she's particularly good at, which makes her feel pretty useless when there isn't any threat for her to fight.
  • Cry Cute: Near the end of the manga, Setsuna breaks down in tears after she learns from Albireo that Asuna will be sealed for 100 years.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Black hair paired with black eyes. Although, it's implied they're fake and she's actually an albino.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was exiled from her tribe due to her pure-white wings, which were considered to be a bad omen as she was born into the bird tribe of demons.
  • Date Peepers: She hid in the shadows and watched Negi's practice date with Asuna, though mostly because she tagged along with Konoka, who really wanted to witness it. Also watched Negi and Nodoka's date and had to interfere when Nodoka accidentally activated the World Tree's wishing power.
  • Death Glare: Setsuna will give a good one of these to anyone who threatens Konoka.
  • Demon Slayer: Setsuna's style of combat was developed specifically to exorcise demons by targeting them instead of the person they were inhabiting.
  • Dual Wielding: She occasionally uses the massive Yuunagi in one hand and either its scabbard or Sica Shishikushiro on the other.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Besides being paired off with Konoka and getting Tsukuyomi's psychotic attraction, Setsuna gains the admiration of many girls while wearing a Bifauxnen outfit.
  • The Exile: She was exiled from the crow demon tribe for being a white-feathered half-demon.
  • Failure Knight: During several years, she decided to protect Konoka from afar without speaking a word to her due to feeling ashamed of her failure to save Konoka from almost drowning when they were kids. Setsuna never understood that all Konoka wanted was to be friends with her again.
  • Fantastic Arousal: She appears to consider grooming her wings an intimate act, though since she uses them as shields or weapons they must be fairly insensitive.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • Konoka and Setsuna are Childhood Friends, and as they grew closer together, Setsuna stopped calling her "ojou-sama" and simply called her "Kono-chan", just as Konoka called Setsuna "Secchan". After Konoka almost drowned and Setsuna decided to keep her distance and train harder, she only used formal titles for Konoka. During the Kyoto arc, the two get closer again and Setsuna is slowly getting back to calling her mistress by her given name. She even calls Konoka "Kono-chan" again privately.
    • During the Kyoto arc, Setsuna and Asuna get closer as they protect Konoka together and fight side by side. At the end of the arc, the two of them call each other by their first names.
  • Flechette Storm: Her artifact, Sica Shishikushiro, can be summoned as 16 flying daggers to attack a target with.
  • Freakiness Shame: She's uncomfortable about her wings and half demon heritage. Nobody else minds. Konoka even calls her an angel.
    Setsuna: This is my true form. I'm a monster, just like them. Don't misunderstand, my desire to protect Ojou-sama is real! I've just kept this a secret... because I was afraid she would hate me in this ugly form...
    Asuna: What are you talking about? I think they're cool!
  • Half-Human Hybrid: A half bird-demon.
  • Hates Small Talk: Her profile mentions "chatting" as one of her dislikes and she doesn't socialize much with the class, though she gets over this later on in the series and has discussions with many of her classmates about their futures.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
    • Due to feeling she isn't strong enough to properly protect Konoka, Setsuna has some serious self-worth issues and tends to beat herself up every time she feels she has failed as a warrior, just like when Tsukuyomi nearly defeats her.
    • She also only views herself as a lowly servant (which is why she never attempted to learn techniques above her standing), and Konoka needs to remind Setsuna that she is very important to Konoka.
    • She doesn't think she has any other qualification besides being Konoka's guard, which is why she worries about her place in the world when there is no conflict for her to fight for.
  • Hidden Depths: Setsuna thinks she doesn't have any notable skills besides being a warrior, but the ending hints that she's actually a really good pilot.
  • Hide Your Otherness: On top of normally keeping her wings hidden, she is implied to dye her hair and wear contacts to hide the fact that she's albino. The former is for the sake of the masquerade, while the latter is due to self-image issues (white wings were believed to be be an ill omen in her tribe and she was cast out by her family as a result).
  • His Own Worst Enemy: The only thing that causes Setsuna to be easily overpowered by others is her mistaken belief that she cannot be happy with Konoka and her friends without becoming weak and useless. When her friends help her discard those senseless doubts, Setsuna can beat Eva and Tsukuyomi without much problem.
  • Hunter Of Her Own Kind: While she is a half demon herself, Setsuna uses a style of combat that was developed specifically to battle demons.
  • I Am What I Am: She's ashamed of her white wings, which the tengu believe means she's a sign of ill omen. Her friends tell her it makes her look like an angel and she relaxes about it in front of them, though Eva shows it's still a bit of a sore spot.
  • I Owe You My Life: She's eternally grateful to both the Aoyama and Konoe family for taking her in and training her after she was cast out by the demon crow tribe.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Played with. Admits to feeling some attraction towards teenaged Negi, but is pretty clearly a lesbian paired off with Konoka and expressing some attraction towards Asuna.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Shinmeiryuu-style, which allows her to cut twenty-foot balls of solid ice and a Humongous Mecha in half.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's rather socially dense, largely as a result of her having very strong ideas regarding social class. While most people don't seem to be bothered by her formality, those with a perceived higher status tend to get the princess treatment, which they hate. For example, she keeps referring to Konoka as ojou-sama/milady despite Konoka always telling her to use her name and near the end of the manga she even makes Asuna cry by acting like a servant instead of as one of Asuna's closest friends after Asuna is revealed to be a princess]]. The reaction was exaggerated somewhat to make Setsuna cut it out right this instant, but only a little.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Setsuna doesn't believe that she, a lowly swordswoman exiled from the bird demon tribe, will ever be on equal terms with a rich lady with great magical power like Konoka. This despite the fact Konoka clearly wants them to become closer and has already reassured Setsuna is good enough to be her partner, more than once.
  • Ki Manipulation: Setsuna is, along with Kaede and Kotarō, the most skilled ki user of the group. She can use a variety of Eastern Magic mysteries which rely on ki, she strengthens both her body and her sword with ki, and turns the latter into an Absurdly Sharp Blade that can easily cut through stone like butter. She can also infuse her sword with lightning and produce sharp Razor Winds with it.
  • Lady and Knight: Setsuna is the honorable White Knight who fights for the sake of her adored Bright Lady Konoka. Asuna directly compares Setsuna to a Knight in Shining Armor protecting a princess, to Setsuna's embarrassment.
  • Lady of War: At her best, she looks very graceful while she uses her sword.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: She starts to stop wearing her hair in a Samurai style side-pony tail in the later chapters once she starts growing out of her intensely serious, near-deadpan demeanor.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Starts out as a loner Failure Knight, but eventually opens up and becomes close friends with Asuna and Negi.
  • Luminescent Blush: Whenever the conversation turns to her relationship with Konoka, she goes bright pink.
  • Lust Object: During her first appearance, Tsukuyomi only seemed to have a small crush on Setsuna. Once they meet again in the Magic World, Tsukuyomi got it bad for Setsuna and sexually assaults her during their duel.
  • Magic Knight: Chamo calls Setsuna by the trope name after he sees her using spell tags to form a defense. Setsuna mostly relies on her Ki Attacks and Eastern Magic, like charms and shikigami (which also rely on ki). She doesn't actually utilize Negi's mana, as mana and ki are conflicting sources and Setsuna hasn't learned Kanka.
  • Magic Pants: Appears to go between releasing her wings by lifting the back of her shirt to having them appear directly through the cloth without tearing.
  • Married to the Job: She's very dedicated to her job as a bodyguard and seems to be unable to think of herself as something more than that, which usually makes it hard for her and Konoka to have a normal relationship.
  • Master Swordsman: Setsuna is a trained Shinmeiryuu swordswoman and she is known as one of the four Martial Arts Masters of the class. She later obtains a sword that is even named after a sword god.
  • Meido: During the Tournament Arc, Setsuna and Asuna get pressganged into wearing maid outfits to appeal to the crowd. Also, her outfit from her Pactio with Konoka.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: During her Battle in the Center of the Mind.
  • Modesty Shorts: She wears cycling shorts under her skirt.
  • My Greatest Failure: When they were children, Konoka fell into a river and nearly drowned. Setsuna tried to save Konoka, but failed and an adult had to save the both of them. After this incident, Setsuna distanced herself from Konoka and it wasn't until Konoka was in imminent danger during the Kyoto trip, when they were able to reconnect.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The inbetween to Konoka's nice and Asuna's mean. She's not impossibly nice like Konoka but nowhere near as mean as Asuna, as she prefers to keep to herself.
  • No Place for a Warrior: Setsuna doesn't have any good qualifications besides her skill with the sword and thinks that she is kind of useless after peace is established, especially compared to her classmates who have already figured out their future career choices.
    Setsuna: In battle, I had felt a firm bond with everyone else. But now, I get the feeling that Asuna-san and Negi-sensei are steadily moving ahead. It makes me hate how small I am.
    Eva: Heh, heh. Well, you are absolutely the soldier type, after all. That's just how a warrior in peace time is.
  • Not So Above It All: Setsuna is usually fairly distanced from the class and aloof, but when Chao reveals for the second time that she's an alien from Mars, she gives her a Dope Slap with a fan. Ako points out how weird that was for Setsuna.
  • Parrying Bullets: Or any projectile. Trained Shinmeiryuu can parry any projectile coming at them. Setsuna also catches several darts Tsukuyomi fired at her and Konoka during the Kyoto trip.
  • Perpetual Molt: Setsuna always leaves a dramatic shower of feathers behind whenever she spreads her wings.
  • The Pioneer: According to the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, she became one of the most famous first-generation pilots of the space age.
  • Playboy Bunny: During the early Mahorafest arc, she gets dragged into a playboy bunny outfit. Chao snickers at her when she tries to use a cool line.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In Negima!?, her wings come from her pactio card.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: While she's normally wholeheartedly devoted to Konoka, Setsuna practically worships any privileged linage. The moment she learns her close friend Asuna is the princess of an ancient royal bloodline from the Magic World, Setsuna starts shamelessly acting like a total bootlicker around her, to the point she comes off as annoying. Asuna snaps at Setsuna for acting like a servant to someone other than Konoka, who is supposed to be her only princess. Konoka then points out that Setsuna loves serving a lord, the more distinguished the better. Asuna finds that a tiresome way to live.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is considered beautiful because of her incredibly pale skin and raven-black hair. However, it's implied that she actually has white hair.
  • Razor Wind: Zankuusen is a ranged sword sweep that hits the enemy with the shockwave Setsuna creates.
  • Rescue Romance: Or at least Rescue Friendship at first. Setsuna is forced to become very active during the Kyoto arc to protect Konoka, but that lets her bond with Konoka again.
  • Samurai Ponytail: She keeps her hair in a Samurai style side-ponytail, shaped like a single wing. This highlights her status as a strong warrior with samurai traits. She lets her hair down when she starts to loosen up later.
  • Sarashi: A trained swordswoman who wears the sarashi bra version.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: The subtext of her relationship with Konoka just kept getting more and more obvious, leading all the way to the Pactio with one of the longest kisses ever, then continues getting more blatant with Setsuna's Covert Pervert fantasy sequences. You're not fooling anyone there, Setsuna. This becomes MORE obvious in Negima?! and is the subject of several eyecatches.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: She is almost always seen wearing her school uniform.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: In her Battle in the Center of the Mind with Evangeline, Setsuna is wearing a kimono with backless top. Setsuna says these are the traditional clothes of her people, the bird demon tribe.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: During the Kyoto arc, Setsuna has no problem with Full-Frontal Assault because she's solely focused on protecting Konoka. Over the course of the manga, it gets gradually subverted as Setsuna opening up emotionally causes her to become self-conscious and more easily flustered. By the time of the Magic World arc, Setsuna is now vulnerable to Defeat by Modesty and her opponent Tsukuyomi points out the Setsuna from before wouldn't have been held back by being stripped to her underwear.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Setsuna never makes the effort to make herself prettier, but when Konoka starts dressing her up, Negi and Asuna tell her how pretty she is.
  • Shock and Awe:
    • Setsuna can infuse her attacks with lightning with Shinmeiryuu techniques like Raimeiken, and she once tried to trap Chao in an electrified cage created with Sica Shishikushiro.
    • Her second artifact, Takemikazuchi, is a sword that becomes electrified when it's charged with mana.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: When Chao wants to show that Setsuna can't match her, she casually yanks off her hair band before Setsuna even notices.
  • Smash Sisters: Her and Asuna. Ever since the Kyoto arc, the two of them became close friends. Setsuna gave Asuna sword lessons and the two worked as a team both at the end of the Mahora Festival Arc and when Ala Alba was split in the Magic World.
  • The Stoic: Initially, but Konoka and Asuna get her to open up to others.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Setsuna adores Konoka above anything, but she doesn't believe she can ever be by her side as something more than a humble servant.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She tries to show herself as a cold and levelheaded swordswoman, but she is actually very kind and caring. Konoka knows it and usually tries to bring out her warmer side.
  • Super-Deformed: Setsuna can summon small deformed Shikigami copies of herself, who allow her to communicate with others from a distance and spy for her.
  • Super Senses: Setsuna's Ki allows her to at least triple her senses.
  • Sword and Sorcerer:
    • Subverted with Negi as her magister. He does not stay a Squishy Wizard and becomes a Kung-Fu Wizard.
    • Played straight with Konoka. Although Setsuna would also count as a Magic Knight, since she is using Eastern Magic.
  • Take a Third Option: When Evangeline gives Setsuna a Sadistic Choice - live a normal happy life as a human or turn back into the cold swordswoman she was before - she chooses both. Setsuna interpreted this as a Secret Test of Character where she was simply reminded by Eva to not become too relaxed and where not taking the Sadistic Choice was the actual answer. Eva firmly denies this, though after Setsuna keeps thanking her for the lesson, she just goes along with Setsuna's interpretation.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the Kyoto arc, Setsuna takes an arrow to the chest to protect Konoka. It upsets Konoka so much that she unconsciously activates her healing powers to save Setsuna.
  • Tears of Remorse: A younger Setsuna was unable to save Konoka from drowning and both had to be saved by adults. Setsuna tearfully apologized to Konoka for failing her and even though Konoka forgave her, Setsuna couldn't forgive herself.
  • Thunder Shock: At one point she makes a terrible joke and has to apologize for it after the thunder disappears.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's mostly a serious, samurai-like girl and seems to feel comfortable to wear masculine clothing on occasion. She still has her bouts of girliness such as not minding to wear skirts and cute dresses.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She speaks in a pretty low voice, matching with her Bifauxnen image.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Started as cold as ice due to seeing herself as a Failure Knight, but after the events of the Kyoto arc, she opened up a lot more and became friendlier. Lampshaded by Evangeline during their match in the Mahora Festival Tournament Arc.
  • Transparent Closet: Setsuna is so obviously lesbian for her "Ojou-sama" Konoka that practically everyone knows it despite her frequent denials.
  • Tsurime Eyes: She had much sharper eyes early on as a way to mark her as the serious and distant tough girl obsessed with maintaining her abilities as a swordswoman she was at the beginning and to contrast Konoka's Tareme Eyes. When she starts letting her emotions out, they become noticeably rounder.
  • Undying Loyalty: Ever since childhood, Setsuna has devoted her life to serving and protecting Konoka.
  • Waif-Fu: She has a thin build and is quite short, but she's quite strong. However, she favors skill based techniques rather than strength.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Setsuna learns that Asuna will be sealed for 100 years to stabilize the Magic World, and thus will probably never see her friends again, Setsuna slaps Asuna and with tears in her eyes asks Asuna how she could keep such a huge secret from her. Setsuna had to learn it from Albireo after she insisted that she had a right to know as Asuna's Best Friend. Also ironically, Setsuna asked Asuna the same question Asuna asked Setsuna two chapters earlier, when Asuna (half-jokingly) tearfully chewed Setsuna out for treating her like a princess: "Aren't we friends?"
  • Winged Humanoid: Due to being a half bird-demon, Setsuna has a pair of wings that she can summon at will. Occasionally, Setsuna will have her wings in a cute little 'cupid' form, although this might just be for laughs.
  • Wing Pull: During the end of the Kyoto trip, Setsuna was forced to reveal the wings she normally keeps hidden.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Chamo thought she looked like one at first. She's not even close, though.
  • You Remind Me of X: Rakan indirectly points out how Setsuna resembles Eishun quite a lot. Both were The Comically Serious Shinmeiryuu swordsman of their respective group, and can't handle perverted stuff very well.

    Chisame Hasegawa 

Voiced by: Yumi Shimura (Japanese) and Caitlin Glass (English)

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The only character without a Weirdness Censor, Chisame was introduced as a strange girl with a double life — a grumpy loner at school, but also internet idol "Chiu" at home. Her initial function was to snark about the implausibility of the situations she finds herself roped in, and initially tries to deny or devise a mundane explanation for the supernatural events she witness, until Chachamaru confirms that she is indeed a robot, that Negi is also a powerful mage, and that she stumbled upon a plot to reveal magic to the world. Chisame thus gets involved in the plot to help maintain the life she's familiar with.

Chisame's artifact from Negi is Sceptrum Virtuale - The King's Sceptre of Power. This Magical Girl wand allows Chisame to regulate electronic spirits, allowing her to access and manipulate data. While Chisame can enter the electronic world alone, the artifact gets better if she can take someone with her to support her.


  • Action Survivor: She's a relatively normal girl who's forced into the magical world to survive on her own, which she manages with Negi's help.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When Negi successfully obtains Magia Erebea after spending days in a Battle in the Center of the Mind against a copy of Evangeline, the first thing Chisame does is hit him with a pillow as she berates him for not waking up sooner and making her worry that he might have died.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Cat ears and a tail in the Magic World.
  • Apathy Killed the Cat: Played with. She seems like she's trying to avoid how things work, but at the same time she's the only one who actually seems to think it matters.
  • Ascended Extra: She goes from a Straight Man minor character to pretty much being promoted to the new main heroine during the Magic World arc after she replaces Asuna as Negi's main female companion.
  • Beautiful All Along: Her low self-esteem and her preference to be left alone probably keep her from prettying herself up a regular basis. However, Chiu is definitely pretty from the start. That's part of the point of the Chiu persona.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bad things just happen to her, though it's rarely serious.
  • Can't Stay Normal: A more reluctant example, having been metaphorically dragged down to paranormal kicking and screaming before leaping out to gasp for air, only to discover that air is now too easy and boring, and therefore ending up in a combination of being dragged down again and saying "the hell with it".
  • Character Development: Despite her repeated protests, she makes friends with some of the other girls and finds out she actually really likes all the weird stuff that's going on around her. After the Magic World arc, she's making casual conversation with her fellow classmates.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She often gets jealous when seeing Negi with other girls.
  • Closet Geek: She wants nobody to know that she's a Cosplay Otaku Girl with her own blog because she thinks that would make her a freak like her classmates. When Negi first found out about it, Chisame thought about killing him to keep her secret pastime from getting out.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: After Negi saves her from a tentacle monster that melts clothes, Chisame hits him in the head many times and yells at him for not rescuing her sooner.
  • The Conscience: During the Magic World arc, Chisame is mainly with Negi to act as his voice of consciousness after Negi is separated from Asuna. Chisame is also usually the one to Dope Slap Negi and tell him to keep it together. She is also the one who delivers the Armor Piercing Slaps to Negi when his Magia Erebea runs out of control. Twice. That said, Chisame is more willing to let Negi take risky decisions than Asuna, such as even encouraging him to learn Magia Erebea if he feels that's what he wants.
  • The Consigliere: Negi deeply values Chisame's advice to the point he's more or less appointed her as his "voice of reason", which is especially shown when Kurt Gödel allowed Negi to let three of his partners accompany him. Negi chooses Asakura, Nodoka and Chisame. While Chisame understands why Negi wanted the former two with him (for information gathering), she doesn't get why Negi would want her, to which Negi replies that he just wanted Chisame by his side all the time. After the Magic World arc, Negi asks her to become his advisor. The epilogue reveals that she does indeed become a very important advisor to Negi.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: The first time she's a focus character, she was dressing up in various costumes for her website.
  • Covert Pervert: When she thinks Chiu is not being stimulating enough, her mind becomes filled with options of erotic pictures she could take of herself.
    Chisame: Stop with the dirty stuff. No, dirty stuff is fine too!
  • Crippling Overspecialization: She can hack almost any electronic system and use it for herself. Chisame's hacking and information gathering skills are sadly not much of use in the Magic World, as in the wild and even in the towns there is next to no tech used.
  • Cry Cute: Given how overly abrasive and grumpy she normally is, the rare moments in which she becomes vulnerable and cries make her look cute in an unusual way. The most notable example is the scene in Chapter 209 where she sheds tears as she contemplates the possibility that Negi won't wake up again if he fails the Magia Erebea test.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Orange hair to match her orange eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like Yue, Chisame had a tendency early on to lampshade the absurdity of the situation. Unlike Yue, she really grew into the role rather than slowly losing it. This is about ten times funnier when she's in her Chiu outfit.
  • The Drag-Along: Post Mahorafest she wanted to stay by herself and keep out of the group, but Chachamaru always dragged her along. When Chachamaru apparently briefly quits it, she gets bored and comes along voluntarily.
  • Expy: Like Asuna, Akamatsu considers her an expy of Naru from Love Hina, though of 'nerdy Naru' as opposed to Asuna's 'protective Naru.'
  • Fiery Redhead: Like Asuna, Chisame is a redheaded Tsundere with a bad temper.
  • Generic Cuteness: She's supposed to have bad skin and pimples, but it doesn't show. Of course, the only one who actually claims that is herself, and she has notably low self esteem concerning her looks.
  • Genre Savvy: While it doesn't help her much, she often predicts how events will turn sour for her. As the resident Meta Girl, she also often points tropes out.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In her child form, Chibi-Chiu, she styles her hair in pigtails because it is super cute when little girls do so.
  • Glasses and Ponytail Coverup: She wears glasses (which she doesn't even need) and her hair in a ponytail for her usual self. When she's her idol self "Chiu", she lets her hair down and takes off the glasses.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: She doesn't wear her glasses when she's "Chiu" in order to make herself more attractive.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her Techno Wizard artifact admittedly shows limited use (especially in the Magic World), but anytime the group is faced with mechanical enemies or the like (including Magitek) she really shines. Case in point, Chisame hacks Kurt Gödel's security systems and breaks Negi out of the projection room he was trapped in. She can also hack Chachamaru's Kill Sat and use it for herself. Her data spirits also have varied uses.
  • Hikikomori: Left to her own devices she stays inside all day on the internet, though she only gets angry rather than anxious if taken out. It gets worse post-university.
  • Idiot Hair: Since Naru has a Hair Antennae, it split into ahoge in her two expies, Asuna and Chisame.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Chisame is often criticizing the absurdity of her classmates and calling them stupid freaks, but she doesn't really think highly of herself either. While she's boastful about the immense popularity of her Chiu alter ego, that's just her way of feeling a little less pathetic given that there's nothing interesting about her life outside the internet.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Because she thinks nothing special of herself, Chisame is baffled to simply be treated with respect by Negi, let alone be appreciated by him. This is especially shown when Kurt Gödel allows Negi to let three of his partners accompany him to their meeting. Negi chooses Asakura, Nodoka and Chisame. While Chisame understands why Negi wanted the former two with him (for information gathering), she doesn't get why Negi would want her, to which Negi replies that he just wanted Chisame by his side all the time (as an advisor). Chisame responds by punching him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's grumpy, antisocial and has zero tolerance to anything she finds nonsensical. She's also one of Negi's most supportive companions, showing a remarkable amount of respect and faith in his decisions, even the riskiest ones like taking up a Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Thanks to some liberal use of age changing pills, she looks a 10-year-old girl and is still as snarky as ever.
  • Living a Double Life: A grumpy loner at school and the internet idol "Chiu" at home.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: By force. Chisame wanted nothing to do with a class full of weirdos and tried to live in quiet solitude locked inside her room while working on her net idol blog. After she gets involved in the magic stuff, she ends up getting dragged into Negi's team and becomes one of them before she realizes it.
  • Meta Gal: She knows all about how fantasy stories go, which really helps her keep up with everything going on.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a blog in which she posts pictures of herself in provocative outfits like Sailor Fuku, Playboy Bunny and skimpy swimsuits.
  • NEET: According to the epilogue, post-university Chisame stays unemployed and spends all her time on the internet. Negi still seeks her out as an advisor, though.
  • Not So Above It All: For all her complaints about the weirdness of her class, Chisame is quirkier than she will ever admit. The fact that she's secretly a popular cosplayer net idol is just the beginning.
  • Obsessively Normal: Chisame tries to be as unremarkable as possible because she hates attracting attention to herself. She's outraged at the magic, mad science and other assorted weirdness around her, since she thinks that's all ridiculous and everything would be better if her school was normal. Funnily enough, she learns that she's immune to a Lotus-Eater Machine that targets a person's insecurities because she's perfectly content with her current abnormal life. She loudly protests this.
  • Odd Friendship: Considering she supposedly dislikes anything and everything related to fantasy, she actually gets along very well with Chachamaru and spends the most time with her.
  • Only Sane Woman: While she has her own quirks, Chisame is one of the most normal people in the series. Or at least, the only one who seems to notice how crazy everything is. She even points out the weirdness of her class in her first Day in the Limelight.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: She doesn't even need glasses, she just uses them to hide her expression. This also furthers her Naru expy status.
  • Performance Anxiety: While she can do cosplay just fine for pictures and videos she posts on her blog, she freezes up when she's put on a stage with a real audience due to hating being the center of attention. As she struggles to remember any of her character's lines, she gets so nervous and embarrassed that she can only cry and fall to her knees. Ironically, the audience ends up loving her stage fright because it's Moe and they all vote for her as the winner.
  • Playboy Bunny: One of Chiu's costumes is one because she uses it for fan attention on her website.
  • Playful Hacker: Falls under this when she's not being the Meta Gal.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: She actually has better than average vision, and uses the glasses to hide behind.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her waist.
  • Refusal of the Call: She fights to get away from the weirdness, at first.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Played With. Chisame is all for putting on sexy costumes to make Chiu's blog more popular, but she feels like she could die of embarrassment if anyone sees her dressed like that when she's her normal self. She also isn't happy with the fact that her focus chapters always end with her losing her clothes because of Negi or some tentacle monster.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She's overly critical of anything Negi does, but that's because she wants to stop him from overthinking things. She will fully support any choice he makes as long as he's confident about it.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: As "Chiu-chan" Chisame tends to post racy pictures of herself that she wouldn't even think of doing if she was just plain old Chisame. Her personality becomes much more cutesy and even a bit flirty too.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: As Chisame, she's rather plain though her physique is rather decent. As Chiu, she becomes one of the prettiest girls in the series and a source of fanservice.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Chisame's artifact comes with seven mouse-shaped spirits who support her. Chisame often calls them useless because they rather say very obvious things, but she actually likes them because it's Chisame.
  • The Snark Knight: Extremely distant and snarky when formally introduced. Her attitude gradually toned down quite a bit as she integrated into the central cast, but she still qualifies.
  • Squishy Wizard: Chisame does not do physical fights. Her artifact lets her fight mentally though, by going into the electronic world.
  • Sour Supporter: She won't stop complaining about the ridiculousness of the fantasy stuff Negi and her classmates get her involved in, but at the end of the day, she will always come around and aid Negi in every way she can.
  • Straight Man: Her main role in the first half of the series is to lampshade the absurdity of everything around her and react with outrage at other people not noticing the ridiculous things that happen. Although it turns out she is Not So Above It All, as it's proven that she actually enjoys being involved in all the crazy fantasy stuff. Chisame refuses to accept this.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She basically supplants Asuna as Negi's Fiery Redhead Tsundere partner and regulator during the Mundus Magicus arc after Asuna gets separated from Negi and sidelined from the main story. This is lampshaded by Jack and Chisame herself, calling herself Asuna's substitute.
  • Tarnishing Their Own Beauty: Fitting, as this was one of Naru's traits. Chisame hates to stand out, so she ties back her hair and wears glasses to appear plain-looking in her regular self.
  • Technopath: Chisame's artifact allows a mental internet link and can hack into any computer or electronic system.
  • Tempting Fate: She shouldn't have joked about fighting someone in the middle of a conspiracy. Or about making a Pactio.
  • Tsundere: Harsh type and described as a borderline case by Akamatsu. She actually likes the Ala Alba group, Chachamaru and Negi quite a bit, but since she's naturally abrasive she hates to show it. She also can get even more violent than Asuna when it comes to Negi.
  • Unbroken Vigil: When Negi is having a Battle in the Center of the Mind with a magic copy of Evangeline, Chisame sits by his side to nurse him for two days straight.
  • Yandere: Played for Laughs, but during her focus chapter post-Mundus Magicus she was talking about pulling an "If I Can't Have You..." on Negi.
    Chisame: Oh yeah, you're gonna get stabbed and killed one day! No, I'm going to stab you and then I'll die too.
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    Kotarō Inugami 

Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese)

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Negi's best friend and rival ever since he got pummelled by him during the Kyoto Class Trip. In many ways, he's a textbook shonen action protagonist, and often contrasted to Negi, to whom he sometimes (futilely) tries teaching how to act like a brash and overconfident hero rather than a meek and polite Badass Bookworm. Kotarō is still in the 'girls have cooties' stage of development, though Chizuru and Natsumi become surrogate older sisters for him.

As he's Half-Dog Demon, he can change shape. Usually, he looks human, except for his ears and tail, but can transform into a giant wolf-like dog or something in between. He favors pure hand-to-hand combat, but also has the ability to control dog familiars and shadows.


  • Adapted Out: Didn't appear in the anime until the OAD series.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Because of being a half youkai, he was an outcast of both human and youkai tribes. This makes him value both his friendship with Negi, and living with Chizuru and Natsumi, as they become the only true friends or family he's ever had.
  • Animal Stereotypes: He styles himself as a lone wolf, but often lapses into doggishness and ends up being "domesticated" by Chizuru and Natsumi.
  • Animorphism: He has the ability to fully transform into a canine form. Depending on his power at the time, he turns into a small dog or a big wolf.
  • Bash Brothers: With Negi. They had their first fight together against Graf Wilhelm von Herrmann. In the Magic World arc they fully become this trope during their stint as a gladiator team.
  • Battle Aura: When unleashing his Shadow Hounds.
  • Best Friend: Negi's class mentions he could use a male friend about his age. Enter Kotarō, though he tries to play the rival angle up more.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Negi in his Unstoppable Rage almost would have been killed by Graf Wilhelm von Herrmann, if Kotarō hadn't jumped in and saved Negi from the energy blast.
    • Just as Negi was about to be shot down by Chao's androids, Kotarō comes to save him. He didn't show up to the final fight before.
    • When Shirabe corners Nodoka, Chisame and Haruna and shoots them down, Kotarō arrives just in time to help them escape.
  • Big Eater: He eats a lot.
  • Bishie Sparkle: In his teenaged form.
  • Bishōnen: His teenage form, much like Negi.
  • Blood Knight: He loves fighting, though mostly because, as he admits, fighting is really the only thing he knows.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's rough and loud, but friendly to his allies.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's portrayed as a loud, overconfident, immature and troublesome kid, especially in his earlier appearances. This is why Ayaka can't stand him. Some Character Development allows him to become more mature.
  • Canis Major: His strongest form Kuon Eisou, in which he completely transforms into a wolf beast.
  • Casting a Shadow: He has the ability to summon vast swarms of autonomous spirit wolves made of darkness/shadow.
  • Character Development: Initially all Kotarō cared about was his own strength and his rivalry with Negi. He learns what love is and how he wants to protect Natsumi above all else. He also learns that sometimes the best way through a situation isn't with your fists.
  • Chaste Hero: Just like Negi, he's oblivious to the romance thing because he hasn't even hit puberty yet.
  • Chick Magnet: He attracts nearly as many ladies as Negi at the ball.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: Carries Asuna's BFS between his teeth in the Magic World tournament. Not that he had much of a choice since he had transformed into his monster wolf form.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Post-Heel–Face Turn since his secondary skillset is shadow based Ki Attacks.
  • Declaration of Protection: Right before their Pactio, Kotarō tells Natsumi he will protect her because she's like family to him.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Kotarō is able to use shadow clones. They get even better after he trained with Kaede.
  • Expy: By Word of God and obvious character design, he's a clear expy of Inuyasha's eponymous character.
  • Flight: Kotarō is one of the few in the group who genuinely can fly without relying on any tech. He uses his dog spirits to do so.
  • Friendly Rival: As lampshaded by Asuna "It's spelled 'rival' but it is pronounced 'best friend'."
  • Girls Have Cooties: Plays this fairly straight (especially the romance thing), with a few exceptions in his adoptive sisters and girls who can fight. That said, he still thinks kissing is gross.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: A Half-Dog Demon.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: He returns after the Kyoto arc by being found injured by Chizuru and Natsumi.
  • Healing Factor: He explains it as an "ability of the Inugami clan". It's not Wolverine-class, but he's taken multiple swords to the chest and recovered.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He first appeared as one of Chigusa's lackeys.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Kotarō acts like the typical Idiot Hero and he marries the red-headed Natsumi.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a proud Idiot Hero, Kotarō proves to be surprisingly insightful at times.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is much more of a classic shounen protagonist than Negi himself.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: During the tournament finals, Kotarō gets the unfortunate role of punching bag while Negi sets up for the finishing techniques. The mauling he gets is quite brutal.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Played with. Kotarō, as a Hot-Blooded Blood Knight from the Kansai Region and an Idiot Hero, is set up as Negi's rival and Foil, but since he is as old as Negi, he is too young to drink and his Street Smart thinking shows, while everyone is split up in the Magic World. He also only comes off as more obnoxious compared to Negi because Negi isn't actually acting his age.
  • Idiot Hero: A proud and acknowledged boy who doesn't care that he's stupid.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He hurts Natsumi's feelings without realizing it when he says that having to form a Pactio with her is gross. After a series of misunderstandings, he explains to her that he meant that he thinks kissing is gross, not kissing her in particular.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rough, likes to fight and is much less of an overall Nice Guy than Negi, but still a good guy.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: He's introduced as part of an enemy group from Kyoto. Given his accent, he's probably a native of the region.
  • The Lancer: Contrasting Negi, he's much more aggressive and impulsive, though he's still the closest thing Negi has to a partner after Asuna.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Between Kyoto and Graf Wilhelm, his memory is briefly wiped to prevent him from leaking information.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He always wears the same casual attire.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He has dog ears and a tail.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Kotarō never had any friends before meeting Negi.
  • Love You and Everybody: He admits to Natsumi that he does love her… as part of his surrogate family. She finds herself a bit disappointed at that.
  • Magic Pants: His pants remain perfectly intact as he transforms into his beast form.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: He took Natsumi hostage when they first met, and the two of the eventually develop Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Meaningful Name: "Inugami" means "dog spirit".
  • Monster Roommate: Chizuru and Natsumi find an abandoned puppy, which turns into a little boy with a tail and sharp claws. They basically adopt him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: What else do you call wearing a black leather jacket, black leather pants, sneakers and no shirt paired with said jacket? In fact he pulls off this look well in both child and teenage forms.
  • No Social Skills: Having been abandoned as a child and spending his whole life doing anything normal besides training to fight, Kotarō doesn't know how to socialize with people very well.
  • Oblivious to Love: He thinks Natsumi gets so agitated around him because she dislikes him despite how obvious her huge crush is.
  • Official Couple: He and Natsumi are the only confirmed couple in the epilogue.
  • Parental Abandonment: He has no family to speak of, and comes to think of Natsumi and her friends as family.
  • Precocious Crush: It's hinted that he has one for Chizuru, as he tends to get flustered around her or when she's brought up.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: He moves in with Natsumi and Chizuru under the pretense of being the former's little brother.
  • The Rival: To Negi in martial arts, such as during the Mahora Fest tournament.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He always insults Negi, but he is also one of his most loyal friends.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Explicitly states that his school uniform is his battle garb.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: His teenaged form "Kojirou" can be quite charming in a bad boy sort of way. Natsumi gets really flustered around him and even tends to forget his real age.
  • Shadow Walker: He later learns the ability to teleport himself (and others) through shadows.
  • Shonen Hair: He has spiky black hair like the stereotypical shounen protagonist.
  • Short Hair with Tail: He has a tail tied at the nape of his neck coming from his Shonen Hair.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: He changes into a puppy when his powers are sealed. He can transform into a giant wolf when fully released.
  • Stock Shōnen Rival: Hits almost all of the requirements; Foil to the The Hero, introduced as an enemy, acts as Negi's Lancer and Rival. What makes him stand out is how he is the Hot-Blooded one while Negi is more intelligent and thoughtful.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Kotarō is first greeted by Chizuru and Natsumi with a homecooked meal (after an appetizer of Marshmallow Hell); his constant complimenting of Chizuru's cooking pretty much seals it.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His original outfit (during the Kyoto Class Trip) did not include a shirt, most likely due to tearing it up in his first fight with Negi and deciding to just wear a jacket instead. He wears a shirt by the time of his next appearance.
  • Walking the Earth: At least seven years after Class 3-A's graduation, he simply ran off for some "ninja training".
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He even asks Is It Something You Eat?. By the ball he acknowledges familial love.
  • Worf Had the Flu: When Kotarō arrived at Mahora, he wasn't initially able to use his dog spirits because the Kansai Magic Association sealed them as punishment for him helping Chigusa Amagasaki in Kyoto. When Graf Wilhelm von Herrmann attacked Kotarō, he wasn't able to fully retaliate and suffered a beatdown. After helping Negi defeat von Herrmann, his penalty was lifted.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He does not like having to hit girls. It's actually presented as a deeply stupid comportment, and several of the Action Girls like Kaede have tried to literally beat it out of him.

    Nodoka Miyazaki 

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese) and Leah Clark (English)

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Nodoka is a quiet and seemingly shy girl in the Library Exploration Club. She quickly develops a crush on Negi and forms a pactio during the Kyoto arc, gaining an artifact that allows her to read minds, which she uses to help acquire information for the group. Despite her Shrinking Violet attitude, she's actually quite bold when it comes to pursuing Negi. She's normally associated with her club mates and close friends Yue and Haruna, and is one of the best students at Mahora (ranking #21).


  • Achilles' Heel: While Diarium Ejus, her legendary artifact, is one of the strongest that exist, it comes with numerous weaknesses.
    • Nodoka needs to know her target's full name to read their mind. She later fixes this problem by obtaining the Comptina Daemonia, which allows her to find out her target's name by pointing her finger at them and simply ask them.
    • Nodoka needs to be close to the target to activate her artifact. The range is roughly 7.4 meters, though once it's activated, she can keep her distance and still read the target's thoughts.
    • The thoughts are written down in her book. Nodoka thus has to keep her book open and read it, though she also fixes that weakness by obtaining the Auris Recitans (Reading Ear), an ear-piece which reads the content of a book of Nodoka's choice telepathically for her.
  • A-Cup Angst: She laments her small bust size once.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: All Library Exploration Club members are this somewhat, but Nodoka was able to use her trap and secret room detecting skills in the Magic World, after she was split from the group and found by Craig and Aisha's adventure group. She later stores her treasure hunter outfit in her artifact card.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Firmly in the Negi camp, but the Saishoudoukin incident and the fact that Yue attracts other girls heavily implies that she might be secretly attracted to her best friend.
  • Apologises a Lot: Especially when she's either thinking an improper thought, or using her mind-reading ability in a diabolical manner (what else to be expected from a Shrinking Violet?)
  • Badass Bookworm: In Nodoka's case, if she breaks out her book, you'd best turn the other way and run.
  • Best Friend: To Yue and vice versa.
  • Character Development: Nodoka begins the series as the typical Shrinking Violet, but quickly grows a spine and starts taking steps to prove herself to Negi and his friends. She goes from one of the meekest girls to one of the bravest.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite her looks and usual personality, her subconscious tends to have some rather filthy fantasies. This includes devising a kind of menage a trois as a solution to her Love Triangle with Yue; thanks to Diarium Ejus, she is aware of and mortified by her subconscious' rather direct approaches to such things. And so is everybody who was reading over her shoulder.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's shy, quiet and is part of a club devoted to exploring the library.
  • Designated Victim: During the Magic World, she's first attacked by bounty hunters to lure out Kaede and Setsuna and later Shirabe, Fate and Dynamis all make attempts to eliminate her due to her mind reading artifact.
  • Does Not Like Men: In the anime she had a level of androphobia.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: In fact, Nodoka was the first girl in the class to confess her feelings to Negi all the way back in the Kyoto arc.
  • Expy: She's clearly one to Akamatsu's earlier character, Shinobu Maehara. They look extremely similar and have the same shy, quiet attitude. Both are also known to be Covert Perverts.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Whenever she asks someone for their name.
  • Grew a Spine: With respect to her relationship with Negi. She started off as a Nervous Wreck in the first few volume of the manga, but she quickly adapts and helps Negi by the time of the Tokyo visit.
  • Heroic BSoD: After seeing Craig and Aisha get erased from existence in front of her, her mind shuts down and Asakura is seemingly left alone desperately trying to think of a way out. She quickly recovers, however, and steals Dynamis' Grandmaster Key.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Not that good at receiving praise, even if it was well-earned.
  • Hidden Depths: Nodoka is surprisingly fearless, even in the face of an overwhelming opponent.
  • Hidden Eyes: She started with very long bangs obscuring her eyes, to highlight her terminal shyness. As her shyness subsided, she first became cyclopean then was drawn normally.
  • Identical Stranger: Craig is so drawn to protect her because she looks like one of his childhood friends from back home.
  • Idiot Hair: She has one, though she's one of the better students in school and doesn't have too many dumb moments.
  • I Know Your True Name: Comptina Daemonia shows her anyone's name as long as she points and asks.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Hon'ya", Japanese for "Bookstore" or potentially Bookstore keeper. The English translation at first jumped back and forth between "Librarian", "Bookshop", and variants thereof before eventually settling on the literal translation, "Bookstore". It can also mean "bookworm" (the "ya" being sometimes indicative of a character trait or an deep interest in something).
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After her friends were erased from existence, Nodoka showed the culprit exactly how much grinding she did.
    Nodoka: I am Miyazaki Nodoka, Treasure Hunter and member of Ala Alba. My counterattack starts here.
  • Living Lie Detector: Diarium Ejus can read minds with a great deal of detail, so in situations where she's safe from retaliation it makes her excellent at information recovery with no chance of misinformation. Except when the interrogated person doesn't know any better. Memory manipulation or replicating consciousness (as was the case with Shiori's Signum Biolegens) make it impossible for Nodoka to find out whether the person is lying. Thus, Nodoka was unable to tell whether the Asuna before her (truly Shiori) was the real deal or fake.
  • Love Confession: Despite Nodoka being extremely introverted and shy, she confesses to Negi long before any other girl does in chapter 33.
  • Munchkin: After being separated from the group in Mundus Magicus she joined a group of treasure hunters. She eschews any valuable treasure, instead aiming for Comptina Daemonia and Auris Recitans. These items' powers combine with her Diarium Ejus to make it useful in real time instead of having to rely on the target willingly giving up their name and letting Nodoka sit down and read.
  • Mutual Envy: Yue envies Nodoka's courage and overall cuteness, while Nodoka is jealous of how Yue is able to understand Negi on a deeper level than her due to similar backgrounds.
  • Nice Girl: She's gentle and supportive even of her love rivals.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The nice to Haruna's mean and Yue's inbetween, keeping them both more honest with themselves than they would probably be if left to their own devices.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: After opening up a little her eyes begin appearing more and more until finally the bangs essentially vanish.
  • Plucky Girl: Negi getting his ass kicked by Fate? She gets Kotarō to teleport her in right next to Fate to figure out his plan. Friends get erased from existence right in front of her? Panic for a few seconds, then read his mind, steal his key and teleport to safety with critical information. Just because she's quiet doesn't mean she's a coward.
  • Polyamory: Nodoka seems pretty intent on taking Negi for herself, but her subconscious reveals that she's actually perfectly fine with sharing Negi with her best friend, Yue.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Yue and Nodoka are completely devoted to each other and there are hints that they are secretly attracted to the other.
  • Shrinking Violet: Subverted. She's quite shy, but it's note that she's actually very assertive when it comes to pursuing Negi including a quick confession and getting a date in during Mahorafest. There's a reason her Pactio card lists "courage" as her virtue.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Diarium Ejus is one of the rarest and most terrifying artifacts that have existed and for good reason. Mind-reading gives Nodoka the ability to effortlessly interrogate enemies, and in battle she can read their moves and act accordingly. She also later learns to read the thoughts of multiple people at once. Nodoka is frequently a target that is taken out first because if she is not, she'll ruin everyone's plans.
  • Sweet Seal: Her Suka form in Negima!?.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She goes from being a shy little bookworm to taking on Dynamis and winning, albiet not by direct combat.
  • Utility Party Member: While Nodoka isn't a combatant, her mind reading artifact is extremely useful to expose the enemy's weaknesses and information gathering.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She has no combat abilities, very little magic, and effectively no experience. She does, however, have a mind reading artifact that allows her exploit an enemy's weak points in order to avoid their attacks despite being far slower and weaker than they are.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, to be precise. It becomes blue in Negima?!, though.

    Yue Ayase 

Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani (Japanese) and Brina Palencia (English)

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Yue is an extremely intelligent but cynical girl with demotivation issues stemming from the death of her beloved grandfather. She's normally quiet, distant and snarky but very supportive of her friends and Nodoka in particular, who reached out to her when she was isolated. This has some emotional consequences for her when she ends up in a Love Triangle with her and Negi, who is largely oblivious. Most people find it difficult to read her emotions.

Yue has a fair talent for magic, but her primary strength is her intellect and quick thinking skills, which allow her to quickly come up with strategies.

Her artifact from Negi is Orbis Sensualium Pictus - The Illustration of the World. It's a magical self-updating encyclopedia connected to the MahoNet, which gives her access to top-secret magical information, from spells to magical creatures. Furthermore, Yue is given a standard set of magical items, which include a flying broom, a robe, a wizard hat and other accessories.


  • A-Cup Angst: From early on, she's sure she's unattractive with her childlike body.
  • Ambiguously Bi: One of the strongest Negi contenders, but she calls Nodoka "beautiful" in the final chapter...
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She's not that strong even after the Ariadne arc, but she's very well prepared and thinks things through far further ahead than almost anyone else in the story, including preparing multiple contingency spells upon seeing an electric Averruncus.
  • Badass Back: Intercepts a shadow puppet coming up behind her with her massive Ariadne sword.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's tiny and looks weak, but is actually a part of the library exploration club and has some pretty good survival skills. She also ends up becoming a fairly competent mage.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Nodoka was the first person to really approach her during an isolated time of her life. For this reason, Yue considers Nodoka her most precious friend and will do anything for her sake.
  • Best Friend: To Nodoka and vice versa. A short flashback reveals that Yue became friends with Nodoka after the other members of the Library Club.
  • Black Mage: Yue looks like a Black Magician Girl, but is more apathetic and a Deadpan Snarker, and not elegant enough to qualify as a Lady of Black Magic. In contrast to Konoka, Yue focuses more on offensive spells, and like her master, Negi, specializes in Light, Wind and Lightning magic. She eventually becomes less of a Squishy Wizard and more of a Magic Knight after training for months at the Ariade Academy.
  • Book Dumb: She's one of the smartest girls in the class, but she gets poor grades and is one of the baka rangers. It's implied on occasion though that she just doesn't like studying mundane subjects. Her position in the philosophy club might play a role in this.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The reason for her poor grades is that for a Teen Genius, Yue is also extremely unmotivated and she refuses to put any effort in. Once she gets a goal she wants to accomplish, she can learn in mere weeks what takes others years.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has no issue telling people what she really thinks of them. She admits this is one of the habits she needs to curb.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She spends a good two or three hundred chapters unable to admit her feelings to Negi for him despite everyone, even rivals, telling her to do it.
  • Character Development: All Yue seemed to care about early on was Nodoka's well-being and put almost no thought into herself and her studies. Once she picks up magic, she takes tremendous steps to becoming a capable mage and after the Magic World arc, she works hard to improve her "embarrassing" grades.
  • The Consigliere: Just before Negi takes off to fight Chao, he insists that he has a serious discussion with Yue about the consequences of his actions. Chisame takes up this role later in the Magic World while Yue is absent, however after that arc Makie mentions that they both act as his advisers for serious problems.
  • Covert Pervert: If Chamo's charts are accurate, her ero rating is slightly less than Nodoka, and on par with Evangeline.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She predicted that Quintum would leave her paralyzed and cast a paralysis release spell in herself. Furthermore, she had sixteen predictions of how Quintum would take them down, and it's highly possible that she had prepared countermeasures for each outcome.
  • Cry Cute: Yue rarely expresses real concern about the danger she's in, but at the thought she might have hurt or offended Nodoka, she's reduced to tears.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes. In Negima?! she gains purple stockings.
  • Cute Witch: Her pactio outfit puts her in a cute witch outfit complete with black witch's hat.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Unlike Negi's other students, Akamatsu dedicates multiple chapters to Yue's stay in the Magic World as a student of the Ariadne Academy. She even got her own OVA episode when some of the chapters were animated.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's almost always very flat and emotionless looking to go along with her sarcastic side.
  • Dull Surprise: In Negima!?, in one of the early omake segments with the Baka Rangers, while the Bakas make ready to fight their enemies, with Yue wanting to call their "giant robot", Makie is complaining that she never got to do her introduction properly. The Baka Rangers agree to let her go first (she had been last every time). She tries to do so, and the giant robot foot comes down on Makie, interrupting her.
  • Emotionless Girl: Not really emotionless, but much more stoic than her friends, due to showing the same blasé face most of the time. It's lampshaded during the exploration of Library Island.
    Konoka: You're really excited aren't you?
    Yue: … hehe, does it show that much?
    Asuna: (thinking) No it doesn't, she just has the same expression as usual…
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Nodoka, Collette, and especially Emily are all implied to be attracted to her. Haruna lampshades this trope after observing the various reactions of Yue's mini-harem to Yue. Needless to say, Yue isn't amused at all.
  • Expy: On top of her basic physical design, she matches the quiet and reserved nature of Touhou's Patchouli Knowledge. She's also a magical librarian and tends to wear the same outfits.
  • Flying Broomstick: This is part of her pactio outfit, but because she's still a novice at magic at the time she doesn't get to fly it until she enters Wizarding School in the Magic World. She graduates to Sky Surfing not long after.
  • Forehead of Doom: Her hair keeps her bangs out of her forehead, leaving a giant forehead for all to see.
  • Gag Boobs: In her Drama CD, Collette points out to Yue how small-chested she is and wants to fix it, prompting her, Emily, and Beatrix to "help" her. We all know how this ends.
  • Genre Savvy: In the first season of the anime, Yue is the only person to figure out that the "Negi" who has her isn't really him. How can she tell? He starts showing more of an interest in her.
  • Height Angst: Very subtle, but she becomes annoyed whenever Kotarō calls her Chibi/Shorty.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Nodoka finds out about Yue's crush on Negi, Yue completely freaks out, believing Nodoka will hate her because of "betraying" her and says she would rather "disappear" than risk losing Nodoka's friendship. She only calms down after Nodoka's Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Yue brushes off any and all praise, and her self-esteem is frighteningly low.
  • Hidden Depths: She takes to magic like a duck to water, even outclassing Konoka early on in their training, a girl said to have more magical potential than the Thousand Master.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Twice in rapid succession after meeting up with Negi again, though one could say it's just one continuous moment. Doesn't mean it's not ridiculously cute and funny, especially given Collet and Emily's reactions.
  • Hot Witch: In the Distant Finale she's grown quite a bit taller and has more adult proportions.
  • Idiot Hair: Subverted. She has the hair and is one of the baka rangers, but that's actually due to nearly going out of her way to do badly.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: When she finally admits she's in love with Negi, Yue feels awful because her best friend Nodoka is also in love with him and she thinks she's betraying Nodoka. It takes Nodoka literally slapping some sense into her for Yue to calm down and accept her feelings for Negi.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yuecchi, Yuekichi and a few more in regards to her height and large forehead. She isn't fond of the latter nicknames.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Yue spends a couple of chapters angsting about how she can't confess to Negi simply because she can't remember the reason why she fell for him in the first place. She also states that "nobody would lay eyes on this body".
  • Instant Armor: Yue can summon and equip two different outfits instantly. The first one is stored inside her pactio card and comes with the standard set of a mage, including a Robe and Wizard Hat with protective properties. Yue obtained a full set of armor that she can summon at will, after she joined the Ariadne Battle Maiden Knight Squad.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She only wishes for Negi to be happy with Nodoka, though Nodoka actually seems to get tired of her passivity.
  • Jumped at the Call: Once she got in on the Masquerade.
  • The Leader: Of both her Ariadne Squadron and the Baka Rangers. In some continuities she protests that the dumbest member should be the leader of the Baka Rangers, and she's by far the smartest one.
  • Little Miss Badass: Being vertically challenged doesn't prevent her from cementing her status on this page amongst her fellow badass Companions.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She's small and tends to be quietly sarcastic.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: In her backstory, she used to be a loner, Nodoka was the first person to befriend her.
  • Love Confession: Yue confesses to Negi in chapter 344 and simultaneously recovers her memories.
  • Magic Knight: After her training at Ariadne she becomes a fairly good mage and acquires a massive sword and armor set.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Once did it to herself by accident when trying to demonstrate a spell.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Tries to help Nodoka win over Negi, but then there's the issue of her own growing feelings for him.
  • Meaningful Name: Yue has this in both Japanese and Chinese. In Japanese, Yue means "tragic accident". This is a name given to unfortunate children, hinting at a dark past. In Chinese, Yue means "moon", fitting for a girl that isn't quite as sunny as her classmates.
  • Merlin and Nimue: An inverted case. Negi is Yue's master (and the magister in the magister/minister relationship), though Yue is slightly older than Negi. Yue can empathize with Negi on a different level compared to many of Negi's other students, but her love for him is onesided.
  • Mutual Envy: Yue is jealous of both Nodoka and Makie for being more cute and girly than she is. Nodoka reveals to Misora that she's jealous of Yue's ability to understand Negi and Makie tells Yue that she's envious of how straightforward she is with her feelings.
  • New Transfer Student: Yue got to play the part for a while in the Magic World.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The inbetween to Nodoka's nice and Haruna's mean. She may snark but she isn't too malicious about it, but isn't anywhere near Nodoka's level of nice either.
  • Occult Detective: After the Time Skip at the end of the manga.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's fifteen, but looks only slightly older than Negi.
  • Parental Abandonment: The death of her beloved grandfather had such a negative effect on her that she shut herself off from the rest of the world. Since he's the only family member mentioned in Yue's life, it's possible he was the only one she had.
  • The Philosopher: She normally averts the inaction bit of the trope, but it's noted that for all her high speed thinking she tends to get sidetracked and think about pointless things easily.
  • Potty Emergency: Since she drinks juice so often, she always seems to be in the bathroom. It's suggested that Yue wears more "adult" underwear as a result.
  • Putting On My Thinking Cap: She seems to have the most going on in her head when she's calmly sipping an odd drink of some kind with a slightly blank look in her eyes.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Hinted at, since her parents are never mentioned and her grandfather's death had a deep impact on her life.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist until the end of the manga.
  • Red Mage: While she primarily favors offensive magic, she also has a number of support and healing spells.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Her default pactio outfit gives her a long, open robe and a witch's hat.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Despite only being friends for a few years, Yue and Nodoka are extremely close and protective of each other. It's implied that Nodoka is secretly attracted to her best friend and Yue calls her "beautiful" in the final chapter.
  • Shock and Awe: After she starts training in magic, this is her preferred element, with side orders of light and wind. She seems to take after her master.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Her lack of height is the most emphasized in the main cast and she's also the most analytical and intelligent character barring Negi himself.
  • The Slacker: She tends not to put a lot of effort into what she does, especially school. As she discovers magic, she slowly overcomes this trope and shows off just how smart she really is.
  • The Smart Girl: If you need a plan, she probably already has five.
  • The Snark Knight: Initially a textbook example, complete with frequent thoughts of being "surrounded by idiots". These wane later on, as she became part of the main group and developed a crush on Negi, though she's still quick to dissociate herself from the group whenever the insanity becomes overwhelming.
  • The Stoic: She tends to be very calm and in control of her emotions until she feels she's let Nodoka down or Negi gets too charming. She also doesn't handle Emily's apparent death well either.
  • Straight Man: In contrast to the quiet and polite Nodoka and the ridiculous Haruna, Yue tends to be quietly sarcastic.
  • Straw Nihilist: She pretty much felt that the world was without meaning following the death of her grandfather. Luckily, she got better when she befriended Nodoka, Haruna, and Konoka.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: A downplayed but surprising example. Emily catches herself thinking that Yue is cute and berates herself for it.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She appears to be emotionless, but she cares very much about her friends and being part of a Love Triangle with her best friend causes her to break down and reveal a very warm side.
  • Teen Genius: Not only is Yue one of the smartest girls in Class 3-A, she's also one of the smartest characters in the entire series.
  • Throw the Book at Them: She once cheated during a pillow fight by hiding thick dictionaries in her pillows.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • At the start of the series she was a muggle and before going to the magic world she still wasn't as good as Negi was at the beginning of the series. Perhaps Yue's most badass moment is during the Mahora Festival Arc. The party's progress is blocked by one of their teachers, 'Death Specs' Takahata, who begins to attack with no mercy. Sensing something is off, Yue calls him out and pretty much dares Takahata to hit her. He does - hard. But Yue gets up and, holding her bleeding and bruised face, concludes that the man before them could not possibly be the real Takahata, because he would never harm his students in that way. She calmly looks up a spell in her encyclopaedia for shattering illusions and casts it, and sure enough it's all fake. She saves her party in one fell swoop, performs a staggering mental leap in a highly tense situation, and even though she's no fighter, she takes a beating in the process just to prove her theory. Badass.
    • Once in the Magic World, she enrolled in the Ariadne Academy for knights due to amnesia-based lack of direction. With her memories not holding her effort back, she puts in some amazingly hard work and within about a month becomes the academy's top student and plans out the successful defeat of a griffin dragon.
    • During the chapters of the manga there's a brief skip forward to what Yue is doing now. She has invented a completely safe, liquid-based Magia Erebea-like spell storage and release system. While she doesn't seem to get the physical benefits Negi does, Yue also doesn't seem to get any of the physical detriments. All she needs to do is take a swig of a potion, and she has a bunch of spells for instant cast whenever the hell she wants.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She's often shown with a juice of outlandish composition in hand, though the actual contents are always different.
  • Transformation Sequence: In her spin-off OVA she gets a long pactio equipping scene. Her bra seems to pity her.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Fitting with her snarky and unsocial nature are her serious looking eyes.
  • Verbal Tic: Overuses desu and speaks like an encyclopedia.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She doesn't have much in the way of raw power yet, but she's already an expert in magical theory despite the short time she's had to really learn about it. Taking down a griffin dragon with a ceremonial knife by exploiting tiny weak points? Yes, please.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Future Yue's potion power-up comes with one major weakness, namely that she only has so much time before all that liquid she drinks runs its course and leaves her with the natural consequences.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Yue and Negi (who is also this trope) have a discussion during the School Festival arc about the consequences of their actions, namely the Butterfly Effect and why history was changed in their century and not the one before.
  • Worthless Foreign Degree: In the epilogue Yue runs into this problem as ISSDA didn't accept her degree and career history from Magic World.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears thigh high black stockings, which are purple in Negima?!

    Chachamaru Karakuri 

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese) and Caitlin Glass (English)

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Chachamaru is a robot designed by Chao and Hakase with a magic based power source fueled by Evangeline, her master. Despite looking older than many of her classmates, she is in fact the youngest person in the cast at only two years of age. She tends to appear emotionless, but is very kind and helpful. She also likes to tease Evangeline with a completely straight face. She has a crush on Negi, which causes issues for her since she's forced into conflict with him twice before she's able to act as an ally. During the second incident she makes friends with Chisame despite the latter's irritation with anything outside the ordinary, which definitely extends to humanoid robots going to middle school.

Chachamaru is designed to be quite tough and appears to know some form of martial arts. She also has many weapons hidden inside her body and as a robot has information warfare capabilities. Her artifact from Negi is Al-Iskandariyah, an orbital laser cannon.


  • Adorkable: She has her moments of cute awkwardness, especially around Negi.
  • Animal Motifs: She has an association with the better qualities of cats. They even feature into her pactio.
  • Anti-Magic: Chachamaru is equipped with tools specifically to counter mages. She can cancel magical traps in just a few seconds and she rendered Ryoumen-Sukuna-no-Kami defenseless after a well-placed barrier-breaking shell.
  • Arm Cannon: Part of her new Swiss Army Appendages from her Mid-Season Upgrade.
  • Badass Adorable: This Robot Girl can make a Kill Sat look really cute.
  • Bad Liar: When her teasing antics are turned against her, she gets badly flustered and makes some incredibly transparent denials.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her Pactio outfit.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Trying to harm a sick Negi while Chachamaru is around is a very bad idea. It's perhaps the only time Chachamaru has actually looked angry.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Chachamaru is part of the rescue team that is sent by the headmaster of Mahora, Konoemon Konoe, to defeat Chigusa Amagasaki.
    • When Negi, Nodoka and Yue attempt to find out what "hint" Nagi left behind in Mahora and a dragon attacks them, Chachamaru appears in time to get them to safety.
  • Big Little Sister: Chachamaru was built with the appearance of a teenage girl, but she's merely two years old. Her "older sister", Eva's doll Chachazero, is a centuries old normal-sized doll.
  • BFG: Her body contains weaponry and thus she can morph her arm into a cannon.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Part of her new Swiss Army Appendages from her Mid-Season Upgrade.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After Quartum cuts her in two she begins leaking hydraulic fluid from her mouth since she doesn't have actual blood.
  • Cat Girl: Of the Little Bit Beastly variety; when her Pactio card is engaged she gains kitty ears.
  • Character Development: Chachamaru begins to discover emotions and what they mean, as well as making friends with people other than Evangeline and her creators. She finds a goal in life and dedicates herself to that cause.
  • Covert Pervert: She feels pleasure from being refueled via the key in the back of her head, which grows more intense as more magic energy is put in. After Negi fails to realize the awkward parts of this she apparently starts looking forward to it, which Asakura teases her about. For her part, she wonders if she's heading down the wrong path in life.
  • Cry Cute:
    • She breaks down in tears when Hakase checks her memory and discovers Negi is the one she likes against her wishes.
    • Her breakdown over whether or not she has a soul. Negi actually uses this as proof that she does.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
  • Do Androids Dream?: One of her biggest fears is the idea that her feelings are artificial, that she's nothing more than a machine. Discussing it with Negi drives her to tears. Negi puts her fears to rest by forming a Pactio with her, proving once and for all that she has a soul. Her Pactio title even translates to "Dreaming Doll".
  • Emotionless Girl: Although she is less 'emotionless' and more 'expressionless'. She has emotions, but her face doesn't display it very well.
  • Eye Beams: One of her abilities. She frequently uses these for her ranged attacks.
  • Fanservice Pack: Halfway through the story, Hakase equips her with a realistic skin to hide her robotic body, making her look like, well, pretty much a normal woman. It doesn't take long for it to be shown in a bath scene.
  • Fantastic Arousal: The key winding gives physical pleasure similar to that of a pactio, only it lasts longer, can be more intense if more energy is added and has to be done every day if she's to be in top performance.
  • Friend to All Children: When Negi and Asuna followed her in an early chapter, they found her surrounded by a lot of children who're playing with her while she goes around doing good deeds, like handing a balloon stuck in a tree back to the little girl who lost it.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Along with helping all the townspeople as above, she also feeds a ton of cats, which all seem to love her.
  • The Gadfly: After awhile it becomes clear that she's apparently fond of teasing Eva in a completely deadpan manner.
  • Glass Cannon: Al-Iskandariya is quite possibly Ala Alba's most powerful weapon but it does nothing for her defenses. So, with a full power blast, she not only knocked out Fate's shields, she knocked him out for a good ten minutes. In a single blow. And was immediately hit with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Quartum.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Hakase was surprised when Chachamaru started feeling things like love and embarrassment and even decked her in the face for prying into her secrets.
  • Has Two Mommies: Hakase and Chao worked together to build Chachamaru with a little support from Evangeline on the power source. The former two are considered her parents and the latter her master.
  • Hime Cut: One of her Yamato Nadeshiko traits is this hair style; even bangs above her eyes, long sidetails and long length down her back. Perhaps Hakase and Chao wanted to reinforce this perception of her to others.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's uncomfortable with showing her body when it looks obviously robotic, but after she gets artificial skin she's completely confused by Negi asking her to Please Put Some Clothes On.
  • Insecure Love Interest: As a robot, she feels any potential romance with Negi is hopeless. It's also not helped by the fact she's actually only two years old.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: One of the first hints we get that Chachamaru is a lot nicer than being the minion of a vampire lord would suggest is her attitude towards cats.
  • Machine Monotone: Chachamaru is a Robot Girl and fittingly, speaks in a monotone.
  • Magitek: She runs partially on magic.
  • Meaningful Name: "Cha" is a common pronunciation of the Japanese character for "tea"; "karakuri" literally translates into "mechanism". The translated title for her pactio, Dreaming Doll, also ties in to her character arc.
  • Morality Pet: Evangeline's treatment of her is one of the many signs that she's not as evil as she says. Sure, she picks on her, but she's also nearly her mother.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: She came into conflict with Negi twice despite her obvious feelings for him. Both times were because she was unwilling to act against her parents or master.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: Apparently, just to pick on them, Chachamaru starts indicating the obvious signs of attraction the girls are feeling.
  • Odd Friendship: With Chisame. It started after the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament, when the two of them accompanied Negi during the festival for a while. Even after they were on opposing sides, Chachamaru made sure to stay in contact with Chisame and dragged her along to the Ala Alba meetings.
  • Pick Your Human Half: When the series started, she had obvious mechanical joints, antenna ears and with only a human looking face, but also possessed the full emotional spectrum even if she couldn't always express it well. Later, though, she does look more or less completely human, retaining only the ears.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair acts as a heat dissipator; thus the longer her hair, the greater the exposed surface area and thus increased efficiency in heat dissipation. It has nothing to do with the usual connotation's of the trope.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: For being a robot.
  • Rescue Romance: Chachamaru started to have interest in Negi after he took the bullet from his own attack after he couldn’t bring himself to hurt her.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: She wasn't supposed to be one, but she is. Hakase programmed her with rudimentary emotions and to mimic human activities she cannot perform otherwise like drinking tea, but she was not supposed to develop subjectivity, which is the basis of the majority of her Character Development.
  • Robosexual: Teased at. She has obvious feelings for Negi and feels an equivalent to sexual pleasure, but the idea of making a move on him doesn't even seem to occur to her. As far as being 'anatomically correct' goes, she refused upgrades several times.
  • Robot Girl: She is a very beautiful female magic robot.
  • Robot Hair: She has hair which is pastel green. It's a synthetic material which functions as her heat sink, but only the color visually distinguishes it from normal hair.
  • Robot Names: To clarify the above, "Karakuri" means "mechanism".
  • Rocket Punch: Usually played for laughs, such as punching Hakase for checking out her memory files that she wanted kept private.
  • Sexy Secretary: Volunteers to work as Negi's secretary while he works on the space elevator plan. It's a long-term project with a lot of work involved and therefore suitable for an immortal being that doesn't require sleep.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Chachazero is a bloodthirsty, sadistic puppet without many emotions or feelings of love. Chachamaru on the other hand is quiet, reserved, and wouldn't hurt a fly unless she absolutely had to.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is 174cm tall and has one of the more adult figures of the class.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's obviously a kind person and recognized as such, but she's almost always monotone and expressionless if not at an emotional peak.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: Her new body's arms can morph into assault rifles or swords — and morph ''back'' into arms.
  • Symbolic Blood: After being bisected by Quatrum, she "bleeds" coolant.
  • Tears from a Stone: Her lens-cleaning fluid serves all the same purposes that tears normally would (keeping the eyes moist and expressing strong emotions). Negi actually uses them as evidence that she has a soul during her existential crisis.
    Negi: Those tears you shed are real.
  • Tin Man: She keeps telling everyone this in Spock Speak. Subverted in that nobody believes her as she's one of the friendliest people in the cast from the beginning. Even her own Mad Scientist creator realizes right away that she's different. This is because one of the programmers of her operating system was from a lesser-known work of the writer, A.I. Love You, where he had designed an artificial intelligence program fully capable of emotions. This is only alluded to in one offhand comment in the manga.
  • Tinman Typist: She has a few types of cords embedded in her finger for just this purpose. Never seen typing once, though.
  • Token Robot: She's a student of 3-A who also happens to be a Robot Girl.
  • Unusual Ears: Her ears are actually antennae. Chisame is frustrated that she's the only one who seems to notice this.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played with. Because she can take more damage it's not unusual for this to be shown. She gets cut in half by Quartum at one point because he doesn't view her as alive. The scene is completely brutal with the level of violence inflicted upon her viewed as being as unacceptable as happening to anyone else especially with the damage shown: Her innards are showing, including a structural spine and Symbolic Blood everywhere.
  • Wild Card: Because of the whole "My Master, Right or Wrong" thing conflicting with her desire to help Negi, Chachamaru was this. However, when the Magic World Arc began, there was no doubt about her loyalty to Negi anymore, especially after she formed a pactio with him.
  • Wind-Up Key: She needs to be wound up every so often. It feels very good to her, so it often causes her embarrassment in the hands of an overenthusiastic winder.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Seeing as how she was created to be acquiescent, it is not surprising that she would have this sort of Silk Hiding Steel programming; she fits many of the physical requirements as well such as Hime Cut. She's also part of the same tea ceremony club as Evangeline.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has long green hair.
  • Younger than She Looks: The only character who is younger than Negi because she was built to look the age she does. During the ball, she also points out to an angsting Natsumi that she isn't the only one with issues. She's two years old, so what life experience could she have?
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Apparently a permanent fixture in her synthetic skin. With Fingerless Opera Gloves to match.

    Konoka Konoe 

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese) and Monica Rial (English)

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Asuna's bubbly, energetic friend and roommate. She's the heir of a rich and prominent noble family, specifically a fictionalized version of the Konoe family itself a branch of the ancient and aristocratic Fujiwara clan which has provided marriages for the Imperial family and once effectively ruled Japan. She is also granddaughter of Mahora's headmaster, Konoemon. Unknown to her, they are also a line of powerful magi, and she has the potential to match her ancestors: Her raw magical capacity surpasses that of Negi himself, though she isn't able to utilize it particularly well for combat purposes.
After being let in on the secret, she started training to become the group medic, though her role gradually lessened into orbiting around Setsuna.

Konoka's artifacts from Negi are Flabellum Euri, Flabellum Australe (Kochi no Hiougi, Hae no Suehiro - Fan of the East Wind, Fan of the South Wind), a pair of folded paper fans that supplement her healing capabilities. Flabellum Euri can heal any non-instantly fatal injury her target suffered in the last three minutes; she also can split up the effect (and its effectiveness) to multiple targets. Flabellum Australe removes any illness (or negative "status-effects" like petrification) that was caused in the last 30 minutes. In addition to the fans, she is given a white kariginu robe with magical protective properties.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Setsuna is the only one, though, who calls her Kono-chan.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Her disguise in the Magic World has cat ears and a tail.
  • Best Friend: She's been Asuna's best friend for at least a few years.
  • Bi the Way: She seems to swing both ways. When her grandfather sent her to Omias (Japanese marriage interviews), she was more concerned about the age difference. She also wouldn't mind Negi as her partner, and is very attracted to his older form. And of course, she also is very attracted to her childhood friend, Setsuna.
  • Bifauxnen: In the Negima!? Neo manga, Konoka puts on a Shinsengumi uniform while Setsuna is wearing a luxurious kimono.
  • Born Winner: Konoka is actually blessed with more mana and magical power than Negi. She doesn't train as hard as him though and doesn't go through drastic measures like him to acquire more power, like when he chose to learn Magia Erebea.
  • Catch a Falling Star: After Setsuna takes an arrow to the chest for Konoka, she falls down the roof of a building. Konoka instinctively jumps down and uses her magic unconsciously to both soften their fall and heal Setsuna's wound.
  • Character Development: After she learns that she's secretly a powerful mage, she studies in earnest to use her healing powers for the betterment of the world and to become a Magister Magi. She succeeds.
  • Childhood Friend: To Setsuna, though both secretly want more than that.
  • Cool Big Sis: Chamo's Love Chart reveals that Konoka scored most of her affection points towards Negi in familial love and friendship. Similar to Asuna, she and Negi are more Like Brother and Sister.
    Konoka: Ever since Negi-kun came, it's like I've gotten a cute little brother, and that's why I'm happy. ♡
  • Damsel in Distress: She was captured during the Kyoto arc before she had begun awakening her powers in order to fuel the revival of a massive demon god.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Dark brown hair to go with her dark brown eyes.
  • Date Peepers: She really enjoyed watching Negi and Asuna's test-date. Also joins the other girls watching Negi and Nodoka.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": She doesn't like being called ojou-sama by Setsuna.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • With her best friend and roommate Asuna.
    • Also with her other best friend and potential Love Interest, Setsuna. Setsuna and Konoka have known each other before school, but Setsuna stopped calling Konoka by her name after Setsuna distanced herself from Konoka. The two of them restore their friendship during the Kyoto trip, although Setsuna still has a habit to call Konoka "ojou-sama". Only privately or amongst her closest friends does Setsuna refer to Konoka as "Kono-chan".
  • Fortune Teller: She likes to tell fortunes as a hobby, but most of the time she makes things up out of pure amusement. This occasionally crosses into The Ditz territory when she'll try and do a form of fortune telling with something else (ie tortoiseshell readings...with eggs)
  • The Gadfly: She loves teasing her friends, especially early on it seemed like she shipped Negi and Asuna. When Anya arrived, she teased Anya about her very obvious feelings for Negi.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energetic and also very carefree.
  • Give Her A Normal Life: Despite possessing extreme magical potential, her father opted to keep her in the dark about it. He knew it wouldn't last forever, though.
  • The Glomp: She tends to deliver tackling hugs to Setsuna (or other characters occasionally).
  • Healing Hands: Her pactio operates along the lines of her laying on hands to an injured person and curing any injury they have taken. Her normal healing works differently.
  • Hime Cut: She has the hairstyle as part of her classical Ojou image.
  • Intimate Healing: Konoka's ultimate ability with her artifact lets her perform a Shinto ritual (A purification ritual to Ibuki-donushi), where she prays to the gods and offers her "life" to them (in the form of a mitegura Explanation ) to bless her target and completely heal it. In its first usage in chapter 188, it looks like she hugs Negi while being naked, though only for a short moment.
  • Instant Armor: Konoka's artifact comes with a white kariguni robe, which posseses magical protective properties.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: She likes to dress up Setsuna.
  • Jumped at the Call: She was already interested in fortunetelling and the occult, so finding out she's an heiress to a family of powerful mages sat well with her.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Being from Kyoto, Konoka speaks with this kind of accent.
  • Lady and Knight: Konoka is the sweet-natured Bright Lady with healing powers who is threatened by bad guys several times so her White Knight Setsuna comes to her rescue.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: While paired off with Setsuna, Konoka is still very girly.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Due to being raised in a mansion deep within the mountains, Setsuna was the only friend she ever had before entering Mahora.
  • Love Freak: Tends to get giddy and hyper when the other girls start talking about love.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Konoka, as a princess of the Old World, was the vital key for Chigusa Amagasaki's plans, as she kidnaps and uses Konoka's untapped powers to unleash an ancient sealed demon god under her control, to take over the Kansai Magical Association. Setsuna manages to take back Konoka, though, and Chigusa and her demon god are defeated by Eva, Chachamaru and Chachazero. After the Kyoto arc, Konoka's powers are only sporadically mentioned and no longer a vital key component.
  • The Medic: Her role in the team; she pushes the trope so far that she acts like a White Magician Girl and often appears in the standard red-rimmed white garb of the Japanese RPG white mage.
  • Modest Royalty: Despite being a rich Ojou, she chooses to live as the other students and has so far used her vast fortune only once in the series.
  • Naked Apron: In Setsuna's dream in the Lotus-Eater Machine, Konoka is wearing nothing but an apron and cooking Setsuna breakfast while sleepy.
  • Nice Girl: Never has a bad thing to say about anyone, though she isn't above a little teasing every now and then.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The nice to Asuna's mean and Setsuna's inbetween. Asuna is fairly unpleasant and Setsuna is distant, driving Konoka to get both of them to open up more.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She's perpetually cheerful and smiling, including when making morbid jokes.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She tends to be very clingy and huggy with Setsuna, much to her embarrassment.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Tends to play The Ditz, and while there's no denying that she's a bit flaky, she often knows a lot more than anyone gives her credit for.
  • Ojou: Konoka is the heiress of the Konoe family that leads the Magic Associations in Japan, making them very wealthy and influential.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She constantly smiles because she's just that happy and carefree, but in the rare instances it's gone, something's up. She's not above hiding her sadness behind a warm smile either.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: During her princess moments, she often wears a pink kimono.
  • Protectorate: Setsuna is determined to protect her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist, fitting her high class status.
  • Repetitive Name: Konoka Konoe, granddaughter of Konoemon Konoe. Also alliterative.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Konoka is introduced as Asuna's roommate and a second older sister figure to Negi. From the Kyoto arc onward, however, Konoka isn't given any purpose in the series other than being the target of Setsuna's Bodyguard Crush. While Konoka eventually does get a role in Negi's team as The Medic, she still never has significant interactions with anyone but Setsuna. Even Konoka's decision to become a Magister Magi is only presented as an excuse for Setsuna to get her Pactio kiss from Konoka and it never influences Konoka's personal character growth at all.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: She gets relationship teasing with Setsuna, though it's slow to develop.
  • Secretly Wealthy: The fortune of the Konoe family is close to the fabulously wealthy Yukihiro family. Not that any of Konoka's friends knew about this until they visited her Big Fancy House in Kyoto. Even after the reveal, Konoka never makes a big deal out of it.
  • She Is All Grown Up: It's implied that Setsuna first consciously realised how attractive Konoka had become when she saw her dressed up in a fancy kimono in cinema town. Not that she was willing to acknowledge it just yet...
    Setsuna: Ojousama really has grown into a beautiful young woman. Why am I so shaken up?
  • Spoiled Sweet: Konoka is too nice to flaunt her wealth.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Konoka is The Medic, who lacks a bit of offensive power and thus is a frequent target for enemies. However, before they can attack her, they'll have to go through the swordswoman Setsuna first.
  • Tareme Eyes: She has very rounded eyes in contrast to Setsuna, whose eyes often look much sharper.
  • The Tease: She enjoys making flirty but innocent sounding comments around Setsuna.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to both Asuna and Setsuna's Tomboy.
  • Uptown Girl: Konoka is the heiress to a noble family in Kyoto. Her childhood friend and love interest Setsuna is an exiled member of a crown tribe who has been appointed as her personal bodyguard. The social gap between the two is the main reason Setsuna doesn't believe she will ever be truly together with Konoka.
  • White Magician Girl: She is a healer, Setsuna's Love Interest and has motherly tendencies.
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    Ku Fei 

Voiced by: Hazuki Tanaka (Japanese, Mahou Sensei Negima! and Negima!?), Kana Asumi (Japanese, Mou Hitotsu no Sekai onwards), Cynthia Cranz (English)

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Ku Fei is a Chinese exchange student with incredible skill in martial arts and immense strength. Seeing her skill, Negi asks her to teach him kenpo, which he picks up at a rate she considers unfair. Because she starts the series unable to use ki, she tends to lag behind the heavier hitters like Kaede despite being considered her superior when it comes to sheer skill in martial arts.

Her grades don't match her physical ability in the slightest and she speaks with an accent. She also has a rather straightforward and friendly personality. She gains a pactio from Negi in the Magic World arc, giving her a magic extending staff that greatly increases her combat abilities.


  • Anime Chinese Girl: She usually wears a qipao and knows martial arts. She even puts her hair up in a pair of odango sometimes.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She is a good fist figther and wipes the floor with weapon-users routinely.
  • Berserk Button: A minor one, but the only time in the story she gets annoyed is when Asakura mentions how unsexy her body is.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Ku is only allowed to marry someone who was able to beat her (or at least she tells herself so). She pines for Negi, who she knows is clearly stronger than her, but unfortunately, he is not interested.
  • Book Dumb: By her own admission, Ku Fei is good at "everything but studying", to the point where, when it becomes a concern of the other girls that Negi might be developing a crush on her, they initially dismiss it because they think she's an idiot.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: She's told to keep a secret during Mahorafest twice, once regarding Albireo's true identity and another time regarding Chao planning to leave the class. She blurts it out almost instantly both times.
  • The Captain: She is the captain of the martial arts club.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: A bit ditzy, but not out-and-out crazy.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In a world filled with mages, vampires, half-demons, ninjas, robots and other beings somewhat cognizant of magic, she achieved exceptional strength in battle by training a lot in her chosen style. Once the difficulty spiked for her, she started using ki rather than pure martial arts as well as making a Pactio with Negi. Her relative weakness often makes her more impressive looking in universe
    Chisame: "She's just close enough to human that we can tell how ridiculously good she is."
  • Expy: Of Kaolla Su from Love Hina in terms of appearance and personality.
  • Flash Step: Against Mana, during the MahoraFest Tournament. It's a form of Hakkyokuken's/Bajiquan's "vital step".
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is bound up in spiky tails.
  • Heir to the Dojo: She is the successor to the Ku warrior clan. And as of the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, she has since set up a dojo to accommodate challengers and future followers alike.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She weaponized cloth in her fight with Mana.
  • Insecure Love Interest: It's exactly because she knows she's Book Dumb that she feels insecure whether Negi would accept her as a potential marriage partner. She is not even sure if she just likes how hard-working and strong he is, telling herself that he is too young and actually not her type. Considering how embarassed she is about her feelings for Negi though (like when she helped burn Chamo's Love Chart where she was placed 6th), she's only trying to fool herself.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: As far as martial arts go she's basically the highest level fighter in the group, but her control of ki lags behind the rest of the group.
  • Love Confession: She confesses to Negi in chapter 346... with a mouth full of food.
  • Mentor Ship: An interesting case, considering Negi very early on surpasses her. Her feelings for him are also sadly one-sided.
  • Monkey King Lite: She's basically a Gender Flipped version of Sun Wukong. She is a Chinese warrior who wields a Telescoping Staff, which in-story is a replica of the one used by Sun Wukong himself. Reinforcing the Sun Wukong inspiration is that Ku Fei also works as a bodyguard, much like how Sun Wukong served as the protector of Xuanxang and the other members of his group.
  • Nice Girl: She gets along quite well with the entire class and Negi too.
  • Verbal Tic: She uses "Aru" instead of the proper sentence endings, which is anime code for "I am an anime character with a Chinese accent." In official translations she gets Hulk Speak instead while fan translations leave it untranslated. For some reason, she loses it in the first anime but regains it in Negima!?.
  • Waif-Fu: She looks rather scrawny, but when she flexes muscles suddenly start bulging everywhere.
  • You No Take Candle: She turns into this starting from around Volume 7 of the English manga, possibly to make it clear that she's Chinese rather than Japanese. Prior to that she speaks like a normal schoolgirl.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Starting in Chapter 55, when she is first seen in a non-school outfit. The formal qipao she wore when she got her Pactio also counts, even though it is quite long, but the cut is also quite high so it shows off her legs and socks nicely.

    Kaede Nagase 

Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (Japanese), Clarine Harp (English)

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Kaede is a chuu-nin-ranked shinobi from the Koga village. As a ninja of considerable skill, Kaede is generally a wise mentor figure to the group when she's not serving as its muscle. She is portrayed as more powerful than Negi himself in the early stages of the story despite initially not knowing about magic at all and it is not until a decent length into the story that Negi manages to catch up to and surpass her. Her grades are not that great, but she doesn't appear to be unintelligent. Rather, she apparently spends too much time training.

Kaede fights using her ninja abilities, making her very fast, able to use many powerful shadow clones and having a high degree of strength and skill.

She gains a pactio from Negi in the Magic World arc, giving her the artifactTengu no Kakuremino, a magic cloak that holds its own Pocket Dimension inside, complete with a house. It is used mostly as utility, conveniently turning Kaede into a sort of taxi service and protector for the non-combatant members of Ala Alba, though she has also used it to absorb attacks.


  • The Ace: Kaede at first was stronger than Negi. She is one of Ala Alba's strongest fighters and known to be one of 3-A's four Martial Arts Masters.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: She uses a peculiar style of archaic speech patterns, notably ending her sentences with "de gozaru" or "nari" or referring to herself as "sessha" ("this one"), usually associated with Ninja or Samurai warriors. They are often left untranslated, or in the case of the anime, cut out entirely.
  • Badass Cape: Her artifact, Tengu no Kakuremino, takes the form of a ragged looking cloth worn as a cape.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: During the ball she wears a nice suit rather than a dress because she wants to be able to move around easily.
  • Big Breast Pride: Subtle, but when Negi remarks that he thinks she's amazing, Kaede mistakenly thinks he's referring to her breasts.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Kaede is part of the rescue team Yue called in, at the end of the Kyoto arc. She takes care of Kotarō and quickly defeats him.
    • Subverted when Negi and Kotarō fight against Graf Wilhelm von Herrmann. She is present and observes the battle with Eva, but decides not to interfere.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Negi and Kotarō. The charts say that her romantic feelings for them are low, but the sisterly/motherly ones are off the scale. She also seems to take care of the twins.
  • Boobs of Steel: While she's not the biggest girl in the class, she's one of the biggest and is one of the strongest characters throughout the story.
  • Book Dumb: She doesn't seem as dumb as Ku Fei and is a good strategist to boot. She still manages to be one of the five worst students in the class with the most commonly accepted explanation being that the Ninja training is probably interfering with her studies.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: She's a ninja, so that was a given. During the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament, Kaede was able to keep up to three shadow clones who were almost as strong as her, which impressed Albireo Imma so much that he was willing to use his artifact against her to not lose by vote.
  • Cat Smile: Especially prominent due to Eyes Always Shut.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Negi and Kotarō. Also to the Narutaki twins.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In her first "serious" fight in the manga, she encounters Kotarō and quickly makes him surrender. However, Kotarō Wouldn't Hit a Girl, and Kaede even pointed out that she was still stronger than Negi (to whom Kotarō lost), so the result was obvious.
    • Up until Kaede had to fight against Albireo Imma in the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament, she defeated everyone with one attack.
  • Eyes Always Shut: So far she has only been seen with both eyes open about a dozen times; each time signifies she means business.
  • Flash Step: Notable, because Kaede is the only one among the group who can do Shukuchi (ground contraction), the basis for Shundo. Unlike Shundo, it's not simply rapid movement, but the compression of leylines itself.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Mana. She's always eager to take her on, even if they're disguised as kids.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: Her shuriken is at least six feet from tip to tip and provides the Page image.
  • Harem Nanny: Her romantic feelings are low, but her motherly feelings are very high. As a result, she's very protective and calm compared to the more emotional girls like Asuna or Ku Fei.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Though it's only mentioned in her character design notes.
  • Idiot Hair: As one of the Baka Rangers, she gets to have an idiot hair. She seems smarter than most of the group though.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Kaede has Nerves of Steel, so she usually doesn't look much different besides sweating a bit, even if she suffers serious wounds. In one humorous case, Ku Fei accidentally smashes her full-force into a wall during a training session, when Kaede was distracted. She's bleeding profusely from her head, but her underreaction shocks Anya into speechlessness.
  • Nice Girl: Kaede takes Negi in when he's feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of fighting Evangeline. She even keeps his secret even though he wasn't aware she found out.
  • Ninja: Although she doesn't necessarily stick out like a sore thumb. She's consistently one of the best fighters too. Until around midway through the Magic World arc, she was probably the strongest fighter in the group. During the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament semifinals she demonstrated the ability to stall Albireo so well that in order to avoid losing by votes in overtime he was forced to pull out his Too Awesome to Use pactionote  in order to subdue her non-lethally. In the Magic World finale, she had the best showing of any allied fighter not named Negi or Chachamaru by briefly matching Quintum before going for a non-combat victory.
  • Sarashi: Being a Ninja and everything, she uses sarashi as a bra.
  • Short Hair with Tail: Her hair has a short part in a straight bob and a long part of her hair in a ponytail tied at the nape of her neck that reaches her feet.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Chao snatches her hair band to prove a point about the different levels of ability between the two and show Kaede can't hope to beat her.
  • Static Character: She's already calm and sure of where she wants to go in life, leaving her as one of the more stable and mellow members of the cast throughout its run.
  • Statuesque Stunner: One of the tallest girls in the series with 183cm tall and the second-largest bust. She can't pass for her actual age at all.
  • Tsurime Eyes: 95% of the time, she's Eyes Always Shut, but when she does open them, they are this shape.
  • Vapor Wear: Just look at that picture. She is probably not wearing underwear.
  • Walking the Earth: The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that she has since become a wanderer helping her friends along the way when not training on Earth with Ku Fei.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of frogs. This is based on a pun that doesn't really translate.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has greenish brown hair.
  • Younger than She Looks: Neither she nor Mana can get their student discount when trying to get into the movies, so she uses a ninja technique to make her look much younger.

    Haruna Saotome 

Voiced by: Sawa Ishige (Japanese) and Jamie Marchi (English)

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Haruna is the final member of the Library Exploration Club to join Ala Alba after getting involved during Mahorafest, where she Jumped at the Call, much to Negi's terror. Unlike the other club members, Haruna seems motivated almost entirely by self-amusement and plays tricks on Yue and Nodoka for laughs even while attempting to help them get closer to Negi. Thus, she has little personal involvement in anything Ala Alba does, but she views it as a good way to have fun.

Her personal artifact, Imperium Graphices - Empire of the Scrawl, allows her to bring to life anything that she draws in her book as a sort of Summon Magic. However, her creations are never particularly strong in battle (and she suffers a small percentage of damage that they take), so her creations are used more for utility, such as for travel, making Sayo a temporary robot body, and even intimidation tactics. Even so, Haruna is often the one who gets to mow down Mooks, usually with Ku Fei.


  • Art Initiates Life: Her pactio allows her to do this.
  • Big Breast Pride: Haruna is quite happy about her figure, and doesn't mind showing it off every so often.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: This is the main reason why her friends kept her out of the loop for so long, and their reasoning is validated when she nearly spills the beans mere moments after she gets in on the fun.
  • Cool Airship: During the Magical World arc, she is the one that purchases their mobile Home Base, the gold fish style airship, "Great Paru-sama". It has beds, showers, kitchen, etc. everything that wanted criminals need to stay on the run.
  • Captain Obvious: When attacked by Shirabe, she helpfully points out the obvious fact that her violin blows stuff up and that she works for Fate. Lampshaded both times.
  • Date Peepers: During Nodoka and Negi's date at the festival, she kept following them around trying to push them into a more "interesting" direction. Why? Because it's fun!
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Her Suka form in Negima!?.
  • The Gadfly: Haruna is more aware of things like love, but also usually knows when it's just a misunderstanding. She thus likes messing with her friends, like when she makes golems of her friends that act out of character. It's usually all in good fun though, except for that one time at the School Festival when Nodoka found out about Yue's Matchmaker Crush on Negi, and Haruna's teasing only made Yue feel worse.
  • Genre Savvy: She has a pretty good idea of how a shounen manga is supposed to work due to her obvious otaku status.
  • Hair Antennae: She has hair antennae that seem to function as actual antennae, including the ability to home in on feelings of love.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Paru". Doubles as a Lucky Translation in French, as "paru" can mean "published". Since she's a mangaka…
  • It Amused Me: She has a tendency to act like a jerk and embarrass people for shits and giggles.
  • Jerkass: It's generally Played for Laughs, but Haruna is often selfish, irresponsible, impulsive, rude and thoughtless. Though she does care about Nodoka and Yue at least, her attempts to help them with their love lives seem primarily motivated by amusement. She tags along to the action because it looks fun rather than really caring.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She constantly teases her friends (especially Yue and Nodoka) but she cares about them a great deal and will try to act as a sister figure for them when the situation calls for it. When Yue freaks out about her crush on Negi, Haruna tries to assure her that she's overreacting and that there's nothing wrong with the way she feels. Her moment with Madoka late in the series also shows off her kinder side.
  • Jumped at the Call: Her first reaction upon being let in on The Masquerade was to depict the tortures she planned on doing to Nodoka and Yue for holding out on her, resulting in her missing out on previous adventures. When she found out that forming a pactio with Negi would get her an artifact as well, she immediately went and kissed him before Chamo could even start the circle needed to complete it. The only reason it didn't happen immediately after that is Negi tried to run off before she could kiss him again.
  • The Matchmaker: Started out pushing Nodoka heavily towards Negi, and then when she realized Yue also had a crush on Negi she backed off slightly and said she'd support both. Following this, she's begun pushing as many girls at Negi as possible as well as egging Natsumi on regarding Kotarō.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Though she doesn't get to show it off too often, Haruna has a very nice body for a teenage girl.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: She's very greedy and selfish.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The mean to Nodoka's nice and Yue's inbetween. She loves to prank and tease other people, prompting her two friends to deal with her when she takes her meanness too far.
  • Pet the Dog: She gets a nice moment at the very climax when her ship crashes in Mahora and she's extremely happy to see Madoka and gives her a huge hug.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The length seems somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes it's to slightly above her waist and sometimes it trails a few inches below.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Whenever an idea pops into her head, her glasses reveal her true nature.
  • Secret Chaser: She is rather fixated on finding out who, if anyone, Negi likes. Creepily, actually.
  • Sequential Artist: She's an aspiring manga artist who draws doujins of the popular Magical Girl anime Mahou Shojo Biblion. And the thing she hates the most? Deadlines.
  • Shipper on Deck: Begins with Negi/Nodoka, though she stops pushing the two together when she becomes aware of Yue's crush and opts to support both. Later, she becomes a Konoka/Setsuna and Kotarō/Natsumi fan.
  • Token Evil Teammate: She seems completely uninterested in the actual goals of the group or helping people. She's also quite fond of making people look stupid and her long term goals include taking over the Magic World. She's friends with Yue and Nodoka, which is basically the whole reason she's in the group: They failed to keep the secret from her and she forced her way in.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She dragged Negi to the Comiket and showed him yaoi doujins of what appears to be Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.

    Kazumi Asakura 

Voiced by: Ayana Sasagawa (Japanese) and Monica Rial (English)

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Asakura is the local School Newspaper Newshound and an aspiring Intrepid Reporter. She discovered Negi's secret early on and loosely followed the events with no real affiliation apart from pursuit of interesting stories until integrating more fully into the group around the end of Mahorafest. She is Sayo's best friend and the two formed a partnership of sorts due to Sayo being almost completely undetectable, making her a great spy.

She tagged along to the Magic World without having formed a pactio with Negi. As soon as they reunite, Negi decides to make one with her out of necessity, giving her Occulus Corvinus - Sight of the Black Raven; a set of six magical golems that allow her to communicate and gather information over long distances, making her perfect for searching for their missing companions and spying.


  • Action Survivor: Despite being one of the few non-combative members of the group, Asakura (along with Sayo, another non-combatant) slowly but safely made it to a town where she grouped up with Negi again, when everyone was scattered by the Forced Transportation Magic.
  • Anime Hair: Uhm, nice pineapple-shaped cut.
  • Big Breast Pride: She's pretty proud of her bust and is offended when Negi notices that developed as she is she's still no Shizuna.
  • Camera Fiend: Her class panics when being attacked by a ghost? She pulls out her camera immediately.
  • Combat Commentator: She plays the referee during Mahorafest, though most of the more detailed commentary is done by someone else.
  • Expy: To Kitsune Konno, with the nosy, busybody traits turned Up to Eleven.
  • The Gadfly:
    • Shows signs of this when she interviews Nodoka and blatantly asks her whether she slept with Negi, causing a Spit Take.
    • Also starts to boast about her supposed First Kiss with Negi, infuriating Chisame.
    • She teases Chachamaru about Negi, when she replenishes Chachamaru with mana.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Even after she's graduated Sayo continues to be by her side. It's helped by the fact that Sayo can access places that Asakura can't while remaining undetected, perfect for a reporter.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Her interest in revealing Negi as a mage is what kicks off her involvement in the plot.
  • Last-Name Basis: No one really calls her by her first name.
  • Pet the Dog: Often rather amoral, but there are lines she won't cross, even for a big scoop. In the manga, she immediately switches to Negi's side when she learns her current actions are going to get him turned into an ermine while in the anime she refuses to post a story about Sayo because the pictures she took were of a miserable crying girl.
  • School Newspaper Newshound: She dreams of the big scoop that will really make a mark and her investigative abilities appear to be top notch.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Asakura seems to occupy a special niche somewhere between Chisame and Haruna. On the one hand, you have Chisame who absolutely freaks about magic while on the other hand you have Haruna who is jumping for joy when she hears about it. Asakura? She feels like she could probably write a good story about it or something, but isn't really that interested in getting too involved and never begins learning magic like the likes of Yue or even Makie.
  • Utility Party Member: Asakura is responsible for information gathering, scouting and spying, which is reflected in her non-combative artifact. This is one of the reasons Negi chose her as one of the three partners that accompanied him to Kurt Gödel, who wanted to bait Negi into killing him. Negi deliberately chose his investigative and non-combative partners and advisors.
  • Wild Card: Her pursuit of the truth and rather carefree moral compass can result in her switching sides easily, though she definitely has everyone's best interests at heart.

    Sayo Aisaka 

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese) and Kate Bristol (English)

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Sayo is class 3-A's resident ghost and a little too cute and inept to be considered scary, despite her occasional efforts. Apart from being impossibly clumsy, she's also extremely difficult to detect. Upon being slightly noticed by Negi during a class vote, she attempted to make her presence known and after some mishaps more characters were able to see her fully and she became Asakura's best friend and assistant.

She eventually gains a small doll that she can possess and joins Ala Alba as their ghost member. She appears to have a bit of a crush on Negi, but this was never developed since post introduction they only spoke once or twice.


  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Tripping on flat pavement when you don't even have feet? That's pretty bad. Carries over to the little doll effigy as well.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She's too incompetent to be scary, though she tries. Most of the class thinks she's too cute.
  • Fog Feet: Since she's a scary ghost, she gets scary ghost feet. And manages to trip over said nonexistent feet.
  • Friendly Ghost: She's a ghost, but she's too nice and cute to be scary, and the only thing she wants is a friend.
  • Fun Size: She gets a tiny, cutesy doll body to inhabit right before going to the Magic World.
  • Ghost Amnesia: She remembers very little of her life, her death or any goals she might have that might be the reason she's hanging around. The first anime gave one version of her death, though.
  • Ghostly Chill: Nobody takes her seat because it's always so cold.
  • Haunted Fetter: Sayo can't travel far outside Mahora Academy. Later on, she is given a doll to possess, which lets her travel to the Magic World as well as providing a physical body to manipulate. In the epilogue, it's stated she was eventually released from the school's grounds, but her Heterosexual Life Partner Kazumi became her new fetter of sorts.
  • Head Pet: When she's possessing a small doll, she sometimes sits on people's heads, usually Asakura's.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Asakura, even long after she's graduated. Asakura wonders sometimes if she's being haunted, but Sayo is too sweet to do that.
  • Hitodama Light: She tends to have little floaty lights around whenever she's being particularly ghostly.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Having been friendless and lonely for around 60 years, Sayo is very desperate for a friend. Unfortunately, her attempts of making friends are horribly misunderstood at first.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Wears a Sailor Fuku, probably the school uniform when she died back in 1940.
  • Joshikousei: She wears an obsolete uniform.
  • Locked into Strangeness: When she was alive, she had black hair. As a ghost, it reversed to white.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Although Sayo was not a loner by choice, she was just tied to her desk for sixty long years before Negi and Class 3-A discovered her.
  • Missing Mom: In the anime, it's shown that her mom died in war sixty years ago.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: She gets around in a tiny, vaguely humanoid doll which apparently makes her act energetic and ditzy. Haruna creates a robot body for her with her artifact. Her doll body drives it from inside.
  • Mysterious Past: Her life is never touched upon in the manga, though the first anime does give one version of her death.
  • Mystical White Hair: It indicates that she's not human.
  • Nice Girl: She only wants to be friends with the other girls and starts to freak out when she actually starts scaring them.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: She just wants to make friends, but all her attempts to communicate with people are interpreted all wrong.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: She has been tied to her seat for more than sixty years due to reasons still undisclosed, can't leave the school grounds until Asakura got a special doll for her to possess and is absolutely terrible at being a ghost.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has waist length hair.
  • Reluctant Monster: She occasionally makes halfhearted attempts to scare people, but it's obvious she'd much rather be making friends. Reminders that she's a ghost tend to be depressing.
  • Reused Character Design: Akamatsu expressed regret that he essentially made her a ghost version of Konoka.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She is mistaken for one after Asakura takes a Scary Photograph of her. It gets to the point that they even call in two professional exorcists to take care of the problem before they finally figure out that she doesn't want to hurt anyone.
  • Super-Deformed: She spends some time with Chachamaru and Negi in a chibi doll of herself.
  • Verbal Tic: Says desuuu in a spooky ghost voice. Because she's a spooky ghost.
  • Visible Invisibility: For 19 episodes of Mahou Sensei Negima!, she's invisible to everyone but the audience.

    Albert Chamomile 

Voiced by: Masashi Yabe (Japanese) and Chris Cason (English)

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Chamo is a crafty, lecherous, talking ermine and something between a familiar and a mentor to Negi. He provides comic relief, devises battle plans, forms the pactio circles and enjoys teasing the girls about their feelings for Negi, which he is apparently able to uncover via some form of weird magic.

Despite mages being turned into ermines for breaking the masquerade, there is no indication that Chamo is such a case. Rather, he appears to be some sort of fairy.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He is unfailingly loyal to Negi, after Negi saved and healed him from an animal trap. While he has his profit in mind when he urges Negi to make pactios, he does it also to give Negi partners he can rely on and equip them with powerful artifacts.
  • Butt-Monkey: Whenever he says something perverse, he gets beaten up. In the first anime series, he also gets smacked in the face with a flashlight that was still on, leaving a red mark over his face for the rest of the episode.
  • Cherry Tapping: He's ultimately the one that ends up defeating Eva during Negi's fight with her in the second anime simply by virtue of dealing the final blow to her when he jumps on her face.
  • Date Peepers: He has great interest in following everyone around on their possible dates and making lewd comments on them.
  • Dirty Old Man: Being a short-lived ermine, Chamo is an old man despite being younger than Negi. Both he and author's notes refer to him as a dirty old man several times.
  • Familiar: He moves into the story attempting to get Negi to accept him as an official familiar in order to evade responsibility for some crimes he committed involving underwear theft. Negi, being quite gullible, swallows his sob story whole.
  • Flipping the Bird: He can be spotted doing this infamous gesture on occasion and he probably gets away with it because he's not human.
  • Funny Animal: An ermine who talks, smokes and is perverted.
  • Head Pet: He often hangs out on people's shoulders and even sits on Sayo's head once, who acts like a Head Pet herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he's a Dirty Old Man in ermine form, and constantly tries to manipulate people for his own gain... but he never puts his own goals above the safety of the rest of group, tries to make sure everybody else benefits along with him, and generally tries to make himself as useful as possible, even when an ermine generally wouldn't be able to do anything.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He sneaks into a swimming pool with the 3-A girls and pulling their bathing suits off and steals underwear. The former is actually his debut.
  • The Matchmaker: Loves to tell Negi to make more and more Pactios with the girls because he scores a bunch of money every time he does.
  • Meaningful Name: かもがねぎをしょってくる (kamo ga negi o shotte kuru), which literally translates into "a duck comes bearing green onions", an idiom referring to something being too good to be true.
  • Mentor Mascot: While he's usually just Negi's perverted familiar, he does a bit of mentoring about a particular aspect of the local magic system, but mostly so he can collect a hefty paycheck from somewhere or other every time Negi gets a partner.
  • The Nicknamer: Chamo has a nickname for everyone. It's rare for him to call people by their actual names. It's much more common for him to give them names like Yuecchi or use terms like aniki, anego and nee san.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Small, white ermine that looks to Negi as his big brother and helps him form pactios.
  • Older Sidekick: Unclear. He acts like a Dirty Old Man, but as an ermine it's unlikely that he's as old as Negi. On the other hand, he's an ermine fairy.
  • Panty Thief: He steals underwear from the girls of the dorm so he can sleep on them.
  • Prehensile Tail: He's able to grab and even trip other people with his tail.
  • Punny Name: Chamo's name combined with Negi's refers to a Japanese legend about a duck carrying a leek that offers itself as a meal to lost and starving travelers, which has come to mean something too good to be true (you've got dinner with its own seasoning), or to con-men, a sucker.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: He ships every couple he comes across since he gets lots of money every time a Pactio is formed.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: He's quite eager to get Negi as much tail as possible. He also likes to comment on all the fetish appeal and Fanservice that tends to go on around them.
  • Weasel Mascot: With Dirty Old Man tendencies to boot!

    Anna "Anya" Yurievna Cocolova 

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (Japanese, Mahou Sensei Negima!), Chiwa Saito (Japanese, Negima?! onwards), Kate Bristol (English, Mahou Sensei Negima!) and Brittney Karbowski (English, Negima!?)

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Anya is Negi's childhood friend and a fellow graduate from Merdiana Magic Academy. Since she's known Negi longer than any of his students, he doesn't use Keigo when speaking to her. She's extremely emotional, especially when it comes to Negi and is convinced that he is being led astray by all the pretty girls and their boobs. Though she shows up after Mahorafest intending to show him how much she has improved, she's stunned to see that he's way, way out of her league at this point. Further annoying her is the number of pactios he has at this point, which pisses her off until he manages to calm her down and invite her to the group officially.

She specializes in fire magic, of course, though her performance is less than stellar considering that the first time she tries to attack Negi she also sets her own clothing and hair on fire.


  • A-Cup Angst: Seems particularly obsessed with her breast size relative to the older girls of the Ala Alba. At one point she states outright "those with big breasts are my enemies, those with small breasts are my allies". No wonder she made quick friends with Yue and Nodoka.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Unlike the rest of the cast, she just has some body image issues that she'll grow out of and worries that the boy she totally doesn't like or anything doesn't pay enough attention to her.
  • Ascended Extra: Anya has a much bigger role in the Negima!? anime, and an even bigger one in the Negima!? Neo manga partially based on the former, where she becomes the 32nd member of Class 3-A come Chapter 15, and is all set up to take ninja lessons from Kaede and actually become useful in combat.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She comes across as violent, bossy and very bratty.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She really hates to see Negi with other cute, more well-endowed girls.
  • Elemental Hair: She uses fire magic and her hair is red.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Anya arrives in Japan and finds Negi at the beach with Asuna, she immediately assumes Negi is flirting with Asuna and proceeds to greet them with an Anya Flame Buster Kick.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's hot headed and what little offensive magic she does know is all fire based.
  • Fortune Teller: Her assignment in London as a final mage test, akin to Negi's assignment as a teacher in Japan.
  • Girlish Pigtails: As part of her stereotypical Tsundere appearance.
  • The Glomp: Surprisingly, yes. Granted she only does it once but when Kotarō's group rescues her she's very happy to see Yue. Almost too happy.
  • Hopeless Suitor: While most of Negi's suitors have at least some chance, poor Anya has no chance due to her status as a minor character and her fiery attitude.
  • Meido: She dresses in a maid outfit during her time being held captive by Cosmo Entelecheia.
  • Playing with Fire: She specializes in fire magic.
  • Put on a Bus: She joins Negi and the rest of Ala Alba in their journey to the Magic World, but after the group is separated upon their arrival, Anya remains missing for almost the entire arc. It's later revealed she was held prisoner by Cosmo Entelecheia along with Asuna. She's rescued towards the end of the arc and from there, she never appears or is mentioned in the manga again.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Her standard attire before the Magical World trip.
  • Shana Clone: A small, overly aggressive Tsundere with Rapunzel Hair tied into Girlish Pigtails and occasional Zettai Ryouiki. She's a literal Fiery Redhead like the original to boot.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's tiny, bossy and prone to comedic violence.
  • Transliteration Trouble: Her surname. Until we got an official spelling, nobody knew how to spell it correctly.
  • Tsundere: She's a definite aggressive 'hit first, ask questions never unless you have to' type. It's obvious she has a crush on Negi, but she's too embarrassed to admit it. Whenever someone tells her she likes Negi, she resorts to punching him and yelling "I DO NOT" before running away.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high stockings when dressed as a maid. This combined with her Tsundere personality and Girlish Pigtails qualify her as a Grade S.


Alternative Title(s): Negima Ala Alba Fighters, Negima Ala Alba Support

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