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Ala Rubra

This page is for everyone who is or was a member of Ala Rubra or was a close ally.

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  • Badass Crew: Princess Arika said she had no fear about all the nations in the Magic World being after Ala Rubra because its warriors were the strongest. And indeed, they never lost a battle in the war.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: They all went their separate ways after the great war. Nagi disappeared after the birth of his son, Rakan stayed at the Magical World, Eishun married into the Konoe family and became head of the Kansai Magic Association, Albireo took residence in the ruins beneath Library Island, and Zect's whereabouts are never revealed.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: At the end of the Kyoto arc, Negi visits Nagi's old house and finds a picture of all the members of Ala Rubra. Besides Nagi and Eishun, the rest of Ala Rubra are introduced until much later in the manga.
  • Famed in Story: They're celebrities in the Magic World because of their great heroic feats in the great war.
  • Hero of Another Story: According to Rakan, Ala Rubra's adventures would need at least three full movies and over fourteen manga volumes to illustrate, but we're never gonna see them because they're not what this series is about.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: They defeated the constructs of Cosmo Entelecheia, Nagi destroyed the body of the Lifemaker, and the ritual to erase the Magic World was stopped thanks to Arika ordering her fleet to seal the power of Magic Cancel. However, Arika's Floating Continent fell from the sky as a side effect of Asuna's sealing ritual and although almost all civilians were evacuated, they ended up as refugees or slaves in other nations. Arika was thrown in jail for two years and only barely saved by Nagi at her execution. The worst part is Ala Rubra failed to truly stop Cosmo Entelecheia at all because the Lifemaker possessed Zect and went on to create more minions to eventually try and erase the Magic World again. In the end, Ala Rubra only managed to delay their enemies' plans for a couple of decades.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: When Arika was going to be executed by the Megalomesembria senate as sentence for the collapse of Ostia and some added false charges, Ala Rubra knew that helping Arika would make the senate persecute them even more than before. However, they still went to rescue Arika because they knew the queen was a good person and deserved happiness with Nagi.

    Nagi Springfield 

Nagi Springfield

The Thousand Master

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (anime, Japanese), Kenichi Suzumura (games, Japanese), Troy Baker (English)

Portrayed by: Hassei Takano

Negi's Disappeared Dad, the epitome of the Idiot Hero, and quite possibly the most powerful combat mage ever to live. Unlike his son, he is straight forward, child-like, laid back and disrespectful. He hates respectful titles and prefers to be called by his name without honorifics and such.

He has a strong affinity for lightning and has mastered the element's strongest spells. Though his skill in battle is beyond question, he actually isn't all that good at remembering his magic, and often has to read his spell incantations off of a notebook.

  • The Ace: Has this reputation as a world-saving hero and is the implication of his Thousand Master and Magister Magi titles. Subverted because he's actually a total idiot, a magic school drop-out, and knows like 5-6 spells tops. Still completely invincible in battle though.
  • Action Dad: The only time his son ever saw him was when Nagi appeared to take on the demon army that destroyed Negi's hometown. And Nagi won all on his own.
  • Badass Long Robe: He's hardly ever seen without his wizard robe and everyone calls him one of the mightiest heroes both worlds have ever seen.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Arika spent a lot of time annoying each other, but anyone who saw them together knew they really liked each other. Even when they were confessing their love for each other, they were bickering.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He appeared out of nowhere to save Negi from the monsters that attacked his Doomed Hometown before disappearing once again.
  • Bishōnen: He's the prettiest man in the entire series.
  • Blow You Away: Wind was one of his primary elements of specialization.
  • Broken Pedestal: A minor case with his son Negi, who was quite shocked when he learned that the man who he believed to be a genius magic user who he studied hard to be like was actually a magic school drop out.
  • Brought Down to Badass: He leaps into a canyon full of gigantic vicious monsters where magic cannot be used in order to save Arika. He still makes it out unharmed.
  • Buxom Is Better: Likely one of the reasons he prefers the ample-chested Arika over the miniscule Evangeline.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: He disappeared without a trace ten years before the beginning of the series. His son is sure that he's alive somewhere because Nagi rescued him once when he was little. When Negi finally sees him again, he discovers his father has been turned into the puppet of Cosmo Entelechia's leader.
  • Chick Magnet: Even ten years after his disappearance, he's still highly popular with the ladies. In a flashback, his friends lampshaded this when Asuna asked him to be her partner.
    Why the hell are you always that popular with everyone!?
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He liked to compliment Arika's breasts, but never did anything more indecent than that to her.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: After Arika saves him from Secundum, he complains she could have pulled a better Big Damn Heroes.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He was unbeatable in battle, but he was also too stupid to be useful at anything but fighting. He failed to properly resolve the conflict with Cosmo Entelecheia precisely because the only solution he could bring to the table was beating the crap out of them and beheading their leader. His son has to clean up the mess he left behind by actually addressing the problem of the Magic World being destined to collapse.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He wasn't in the best condition to raise Negi due to having his body possessed by the Physical God leader of his biggest enemies.
  • Determinator: Nagi proclaimed to the Lifemaker that he would never give up even if the world was going to end tomorrow.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Nagi confronted 'The Mage of the Beginning', a wizard of such immense power that they threatened the entire world, created Fate Averruncus, and terrified even Jack 'Crazy Powerful' Rakan... and won, basically just by hitting them really hard. Subverted. After this it's shown that the Lifemaker wasn't truly beaten; they simply possessed Zect and left the battlefield. Nagi ended up possessed himself in the end.
  • Disappeared Dad: His son Negi has not even properly met him.
  • Dope Slap: To Arika with a headbutt to make her stop complaining about him rescuing her from her execution.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: He knew a technique to create illusionary clones of himself in a fight. Rakan asked him if he was some sort of Ninja.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the first anime adaptation, he gets absorbed by a black hole.
  • Dumb Muscle: What Nagi had in brute force, he lacked in brains.
  • Family Theme Naming: Nagi, father of Negi.
  • Fatal Flaw: Nagi does not think things through and prefers to solve his problems with his extreme magical power. That's all well and good in some situations, but what if the problem at hand cannot be solved by simply defeating someone?
  • Fiery Redhead: Negi got his red hair from his father. Unlike his mild-tempered son, Nagi's personality was fierce as the color of his hair.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Arika got along badly since their first meeting, with Nagi calling her the scariest woman he had ever met. After both were attacked by assassins in the middle of shopping, Nagi and Arika took out an enemy base together off-panel. They seemed to get friendlier with each other afterwards, although they never stopped getting into fights.
  • Flash Step: It's almost teleportation but he can zip around like nobody's business.
  • Flight: Like most high-level magic users in this series, he can fly on his own.
  • Friendly Rivalry: His rivalry with Jack meant they loved to beat the crap out of each other, yet their comradery is clear.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: When in the middle of getting Arika out of Cerberus Canyon, Nagi stops Arika's Heroic Self-Deprecation rant by headbutting her.
  • Grand Theft Me: Possessed by the Lifemaker sometime after the war.
  • Hates Baths: According to the Drama CD, the hatred for baths is one of the few things Negi has in common with his father.
  • Hot-Blooded: He was the type to punch anyone he didn't like in the face before reasoning with them. During battle, he never stopped shouting.
  • Human Pack Mule: Arika forced him to carry all her shopping bags when she took him shopping with her.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: He asks Negi to come find and kill him, although considering that he's the Lifemaker's current meat-puppet, it's unclear who's really saying it.
  • Idiot Hair: Fits since he's an Idiot Hero.
  • Idiot Hero: As the polar opposite of his son, Nagi dropped out of magic school, couldn't memorize complicated spells and preferred to punch things instead of thinking things through. Nagi is something of a deconstruction of this concept, as detailed under Fatal Flaw.
  • Improbable Age: He won the last Mahora Tournament when he was ten, gathered a team of badasses and became a war hero at thirteen and received the title of Thousand Master at age fifteen.
  • In the Hood: He briefly appeared to a little Negi as a mysterious, powerful man in a hooded cloak.
  • Incompletely Trained: Despite his reputation as a legendary mage, he actually dropped out of magic school and didn't know more than a few spells, even needing a notebook to recite incantations.
  • Invincible Hero: Explicitly stated to be completely invincible. Which makes it all the more worrying what could possibly have happened to him to make him disappear...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nagi was sort of a cocky and rude brat who tried to solve everything with fighting, but he was nonetheless a hero who saved the princesses of Ostia, Asuna and Arika.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: After Arika named him her knight, Nagi singlehandedly defeated the leader of the evil organization, was awarded as a war hero, and rescued the beautiful princess to marry her.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Although Western mages have a reputation of being Squishy Wizards, this wasn't the case for Nagi who sucked at casting spells and often won his fights with his fists instead.
  • Lady and Knight: He is Arika's official knight and does much to keep her safe, such as busting her out of a dungeon and jumping into a canyon full of man-eating monsters to get her out of there. However, he doesn't like being addressed as such because he's not a knight but a (combat) mage. Given his heroism, he is a White Knight.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Nagi and Negi share a lot of physical traits, but that's really where the similarities between them end besides being massive Chick Magnets. Personality-wise, they're complete opposites.
  • Love at First Sight: Judging by the stunned look in his eyes when he first met Arika, he instantly fell for the stone-faced princess.
  • Magic Staff: Nagi is the former owner of Negi's flying staff.
  • Multicolored Hair: Just like Negi, he has red hair on the top and black hair in the back.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Like his son, he has a Japanese given name and an English surname.
  • Mundane Solution: After some suitably epic banter between him and Evangeline, Nagi ends the battle before it even begins by catching Eva in a pit trap filled with onions and garlic. Game over.
  • Mysterious Protector: When Negi was younger, he viewed Nagi like this, to the point of getting himself in trouble so that his father would come save him.
  • Neck Lift: A favorite move of his, having done it against Primum during a Flash Back and when Albireo copied him in his match against Kaede during a tournament. Also, a scene where the real Nagi used this on the last Mook Demon of an army he'd just torn through. He finished it in a Neck Snap.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We aren't allowed to see how he was saved from the Lifemaker and brought back. You'd be forgiven if the final chapter's Hand Wave explanation leaves you happy but confused.
  • One-Man Army: He's so powerful that demons actually wonder who the real monster is.
  • Opposites Attract: Nagi, a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero, married the stoic, no-nonsense princess Arika.
  • Papa Wolf: He saved Negi from receiving a fatal punch from the demon when his hometown was attacked.
  • Present Absence: He went missing ten years before the start of the series. He's only seen in flashbacks expect for the scene in which he's revealed as the current host of the Lifemaker and in the final chapter where he's inexplicably alive and well. Still, Negi's primary motivation for doing just about everything is to be great like his father or trying to find clues about his whereabouts.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: He loved meat so much that he only ate the meat of the nabe.
  • Red Baron: "Thousand Master"
  • Red Is Heroic: His hair is red and he's a hero.
  • Shared Family Quirks: He and his son Negi have almost nothing in common except for a couple of things; both are Chick Magnets and hate taking baths.
  • Shock and Awe: Electricity spells were one of his specialties, in particular the Thousand Thunderbolts spell was a favorite of his.
  • Shonen Hair: He was the same spiky hairstyle as his son and it suited him better since he was an Idiot Hero unlike Negi.
  • Single Tear: It's later revealed he cried a single tear when he had to abandon his son again at the end of their brief meeting.
  • Skyward Scream: He seemed to be fond of this back in his Ala Rubra days.
  • Smart Ball: He was an Idiot Hero through and through, yet he somehow was the only one who could immediately realize senator McGill had been replaced by Primum in disguise.
  • Smug Super: He's quite possibly the most powerful creature in existence, and definitely knows it. When Albireo turned into Nagi during the Tournament Arc, the projection of Nagi bragged to his son about how "(he) can understand (Negi's) feelings of admiration for this young, accomplished, yet super cool genius and undefeatable father who was also a hero".
  • Something We Forgot: He was supposed to release Eva at the time of her first graduation, but he completely forgot about it.
    Nagi: Oh, Eva! You're still cursed? Didn't I come and undo—
    Eva: Shut up, you idiot. I know you forgot.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Nagi embodies the archetype in sharp contrast to Negi. Unlike his studious and worrywart son, Nagi was a full-blown Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero Determinator who hated thinking and relied only on his fists and willpower to save the day.
  • That Man Is Dead: He says this not about himself, but about Arika. After he saves her from being executed, he claims that Queen Arika died and the Arika he's with is just plain ol' Arika.
  • Tsundere: He called Arika a scary cold-hearted princess and denied feeling attracted to her when Rakan teased him about it. He could only admit he did think Arika was cute when his comrades of Ala Rubra tricked him into drinking water of truth.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He shows up in the final chapter, free of the Lifemaker's control, with the circumstances of his freedom simply glossed over.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: An Idiot Hero who only has six spells committed to memory, needing a cheatsheet for the rest, and is also bad at Latin, which is the standard language for the Western school of magic that he practices. Not that any of this has ever been a hindrance to him in battle.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Jack Rakan was Nagi's Best Friend. Their close friendship was openly expressed when they often traded blows and Jack wasted no time in teasing him about his infatuation with Arika.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Nagi's solution to solve things was generally just "punch the enemy in the face". This didn't help solve the political conflict involving Arika and Ostia, nor did it change anything about the Lifemaker, who took control of Nagi's master's body, and continued their plan to destroy the Magical World and thus save it and its people from collapsing and dying. Negi, on the other hand, fares better and presents an alternative way to save everyone.
  • World's Strongest Man: His enemies' intel on him: "Invincible. Has no weaknesses."
  • You're Not My Type:
    Evangeline: Why don't you like me?
    Nagi: Eh, I'm not into little girls.
    Evangeline: Hey! I'm over 500 years old, you know!
    Nagi: Well, then, it's because you're an old hag.

    Jack Rakan 

Jack Rakan

The Thousand Blades

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Drama CD and OAD)

An extremely powerful warrior who's every bit as invincible as Nagi (the one time we saw them fight, it was a draw). He is a very laid-back and seemingly carefree person, loving nothing more in life than cute girls and powerful opponents. He primarily works as a mercenary, charging hilariously overpriced fees for his help, but ended up joining the Ala Rubra and fighting alongside them to save the world.

Though he can use magic, it really isn't his style; he prefers to use swords, fists, and Ki Manipulation. His decades of experience in battle leave him with few to no weaknesses as a fighter, a fact he tries to hide with his goofy attitude and lack of (apparent) strategy.

  • The Ace: In-Universe, he's good at literally everything.
    Jack: Not [being able to do x] would be a weakness, and I have none.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Lampshaded but deliberately and thoroughly subverted. Rakan appears to just do whatever without realizing or caring whether it's impossible. However, upon examination he's actually very well-versed in magic theory and when he seems to be ignoring the rules he's actually carefully pulling off all necessary conditions to achieve his goals.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: After seeing Negi's superior speed, he is able to predict where Negi will be.
  • Battle Aura: A fierce one that sometimes results in Chunky Updraft.
  • Berserk Button: Played for Laughs when Negi asks him to become an Idiot Hero like him and his father. Jack doesn't take it kindly being called a genius idiot and Dope Slaps Negi.
  • Best Friend: Out of Ala Rubra, Nagi's closest comrade and brother-in-arms was Rakan.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Doesn't mind fooling around with anyone (may they be the Ala Rubra, Ala Alba, or even Fate's female companions), whether in combat or not.
  • Beyond the Impossible: He knows the rules of magic but chooses to ignore them. To be fair, he tries to give a reasonable explanation about some of his "impossible" feats. This is later subverted with Negi's research. He's actually an expert in magical theory and knows the loopholes to just about any "absolute". He even knows enough strategy to take precautions against likely tactics for someone like him, such as gaining physical contact before a battle begins, all the while making it look like he's just a perverted idiot whose first reaction to cute enemies is to steal their panties. Moral being, never assume anything Rakan does is meaningless idiocy.
  • BFS: His artifact can turn into very large blades, ranging from long daggers to skyscraper-sized. One of his giant-summoned-sword-based attacks is called the "Zankanken", possibly a pun on the Shinmeiryuu technique "Zanganken", or "Rock-cutting Sword". It means "Warship-cutting Sword"... which has the same meaning as SANGER ZONVOLT's ZANKANTOU.
  • The Big Guy: He was the largest muscle of Ala Rubra and a shining example of the Boisterous Bruiser type.
  • Blood Knight: Likes fighting a lot, and is absurdly good at it. During his reminiscing of the Magical War, he had expressed a desire that everyone in the world besides his team were his enemies at the time so he could've fought everyone without restraint
  • Boisterous Bruiser: The picture here is one of the few times he looks that serious.
  • Bystander Syndrome: He's completely unconcerned about the reappearance of Cosmo Entelechia and just leaves it all to Negi. Doesn't really affect him, right? Later steps forward and tries to take on Fate on his own. Doesn't go very well.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He loves calling out attack names, most of which he makes up on the spot.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He fights on several occasions by stealing his opponents panties and flipping their skirts. His mind also appears to be eternally in the gutter. Yet he does this to avoid actually harming them physically (such as Fate's Adorable Evil Minions). After the timeskip; he's apparently mentoring Paio... in panty-stealing techniques.
  • Chunky Updraft: He does that the first time he gets anything close to serious.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Rakan comes off as a goof, seemingly clueless... And then he unleashes his fighting ability, which eclipses most of the characters in the story. It's slightly subverted because Rakan simply pretends to be an oaf.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: If he's involved in a fight and the opponent isn't also absurdly powerful, chances are it'll end up being this.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: He has blond hair and dark skin. It appears people of the Hellas Empire normally have this look.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: His first bout with Nagi (when he was still pursuing them as a freelance bounty hunter) ended in a Draw, although he acted as if he was defeated note . He nonethess joined him and the rest of Ala Rubra afterwards.
  • Dirty Old Man: Remember, he created a couple of techniques for rapid-stealing panites and forcing Marilyn Maneuvers on his female opponents. AND he mentored Paio II, too...
    Rakan: Creating a tempest whirling at speeds of a hundred kilometers per hour around the target, whilst the target herself feels nothing but the soft touch of a gentle breeze! Truly the ultimate wind technique for granting the dreams of men!!
  • Ditzy Genius: He's an experienced fighter, a master of magical theory, learns new techniques instantly, can use magic he's not suited for at a price, is a fairly good tactician and is also a genuine airhead. He's smart and powerful and doesn't need to bother acting tough anymore.
  • Expy: Rakan is very physically similar to Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear, though their personalities are somewhat different.
  • Field of Blades: When he summons Ho Heroes Meta Chilion Prosopon, his artifact manifests as several BFSs stabbed into the ground.
  • Finishing Move: Parodied. Negi and Rakan discuss the necessity of having a good finishing move and even creates several ones for absolutely no reason than style. They are mocked — or would be, if they weren't so terrifying effective.
  • Friendly Rivalry: His friendship with Nagi was based on being eternal rivals.
  • Game-Breaker: An In-Universe example. Jack Rakan is so ridiculously powerful, some of the older characters even say he's a "broken game character". A short and hard to read exchange between Rakan and Chamo illustrates the point perfectly.
    Chamo: This isn't physically possible...
    Rakan: Make up for it with guts.
  • Genius Bruiser: In his own words, he's more experienced than smart. Any sufficiently advanced knowledge is indistinguishable from intelligence.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: The first time he willed himself back into existence was solely for the purpose of smacking Negi upside the head.
  • The Giant: Arguably the tallest in the Ala Rubra; Eishun is only as high as his shoulders.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: An explicit aversion. While it certainly took him longer and he had to work harder to get there, he's still a fighter on par with Nagi.
  • Heroic Resolve: He takes a ton of damage during his fight with Negi, including a blow that's essentially his own attack, and then impaled with a magical spear... and he still gets up.
  • Heroic Willpower: After being erased from existence, he willed himself back. Repeat: he was erased from existence, and he temporarily forced himself back through sheer force of will. Twice! To Rakan, being erased from existence is like being Put on a Bus.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • Hot-Blooded: Frequently acts like a Large Ham, typically doesn't bother with philosophy in favor of just punching the other guy in the face...
  • How Much More Can He Take?: So much so that a few of his nicknames actually amount to "how the heck is he still alive!?". In his fight against Negi, they thought he died multiple times, only for him to come back laughing.
  • Hunk: Basically an over-the-top parody of the trope.
  • Idiot Hero: Not as stupid as Nagi, but he admits he's not much of a schemer compared to Gateau and Albireo. Rather than being unable to plan like Nagi, he actually seems like a reasonable intelligent person who chooses not to think about things.
  • I Have Many Names: Rakan has his own collection of nicknames and all of them are awesome: "The Thousand Blades", "The Man Who Cannot Die", "The Immortal Fool", "That Damn Guy Who You Can Stab With Swords All You Like And It Won't Do A Thing, Dammit!"
  • Implacable Man: While he instinctively repositions himself so that most attacks don't hit him properly and glance off instead, he had shown insane levels of tolerance for pain and damage even of the Reality Warper variety that even the other Game Breakers snark about it. Probably a tick from when he was a non-world badass slave.
  • Impossible Theft: He steals girls' panties while they are wearing them, and without them even noticing.
  • Indy Ploy: How he likes to operate.
  • The Juggernaut: There are around 3 beings in the entire verse that can destroy him. That's including elder dragons, armies and Gods. He plows through everything else, including dimensional traps that are theoretically impossible to escape from.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Rakan Impact.
  • Large Ham: One of the biggest in the manga.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When he gets serious, you'll notice.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's not as fast as Negi in his lightning form, but if he can predict where Negi is going to be, he can easily keep up with Negi. When he starts to get serious, he beats Negi's Raiten Taisou form, both in strength and speed, to a pulp. Negi finally overwhelms Rakan's speed and predictions with his second lightning form, Raiten Sousou, though.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Rakan has no issues about stealing panties off Fate's minions and in general being a Dirty Old Man, and the fans love him for it (the characters consider them sexual harassments).
  • Made of Iron: The vast majority of attacks used on him when he is being serious have little to no effect despite the fact that he's primarily a swordsman, not a magenote  and thus isn't using a barrier.
  • Meaningful Name: As if being Jack wasn't enough, his last name Rakan is the Japanese term for an Arhat. A Buddhist concept (akin to a saint) referring to a perfected person of miraculous power that has achieved enlightenment.
  • Memetic Badass: An In-Universe example, resulting of his exploits with Ala Rubra, his mercenary work before that, and his status as the World's Strongest Man.
  • Miser Advisor: Happily acts as a mentor, but charges insane prices for his services.
  • Morph Weapon: His artifact named Ho Heroes Meta Chilion Prosopon (The Hero with a Thousand Faces) can, in his words, transform into "any shape imaginable", from multiple weapons of any kind to armor (which can act as replacement prosthetic limbs if need be).
  • Mr. Fanservice: If you're a Bara Genre fan, then absolutely.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: In keeping with Kurt Gödel, his name may be a reference to Jacques Lacan, psychoanalyst and philosopher. The two names would be identical in katakana.
  • The Nose Knows: He and Chamo locate an enemy in an enormous barrier dimension by tracing the scent of her panties which Rakan stole earlier.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He wears a jacket but no shirt.
  • Obi-Wan Moment. Two, in fact, as after the first one, he wills himself back into existence to Bright Slap Negi.
  • Odd Friendship: He gets along surprisingly well with Chisame considering that he is a walking incarnation of everything she doesn't like about fantasy worlds.
  • Old Master: He becomes Negi's teacher. After all his time as a mercenary and what not, he has a lot more skill, experience and magical knowledge than the little kid.
  • Old Soldier: He's got to be at least sixty or so. Twenty years as a gladiator plus time spent as a mercenary plus the twenty year time span after the war. He could even be in his seventies or older. However, as a member of the Hellas race, he's apparently not really that old for his race.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's at least sixty, but looks younger than that.
  • Panty Thief: He's a master at stealing panties, to the point of using this as a fighting move. His modus operandi when dealing with cute girls is taking their underwear so they lose the will to fight.
  • Pec Flex: At one point, he even uses it to completely shatter a Pocket Dimension.
  • Pensieve Flashback: Rakan reveals a kind of technology that can read memories and turn them into a film reel, since Raken hates talking. This helped the drama considerably.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Best seen in his fight with Negi during the tournament in the Magic World. And he was just mostly playing around.
  • Power Copying: He has copied Eishun's Zanmaken: Ni no Tachi (Personally renamed for Setsuna as "In-Celebration-Of-My-First-Kiss-With-Ojou-Sama Special"), Gateau's Muonken (Rakan For-The-Hell-Of-It Right Hand Punch looks pretty similar), Albireo's Gravity magic (Great Dimension Breaker), and even Evangeline's Magia Erebea. Though it turns out the last one was a bad idea since he's entirely incompatible with it.
  • Power Fist: Summons one in his final fight against Fate Averruncus, soon pinning Fate to the ground with it and then hammering him into a crater with a piston-powered strike. Then, he disintegrates.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: He can punch dozens of times in an instant.
  • Red Baron: He has quite a few nicknames, but the most notable one is "The Thousand Blades".
  • The Rival: He was Nagi's greatest rival in their younger days.
  • Rule of Cool: It is portrayed at first as though this is how he operates entirely, but it actually turns out to be a subversion. He's extremely knowledgeable thanks to a life of battling the strongest beings in existence for over 60 years and is in fact a master if lazy tactician. The rest of the time it's either Rule of Funny or him being so strong that, like the other top 5, the normal rules just don't apply anymore.
  • Screw Destiny: When told it is physically impossible to win a fight against someone wielding the same power as the god who created him.
    Heh. "Illusions"? "Puppets"? Heheh, screw that crap!!
  • Self-Made Man: He was a war slave who became a gladiator and fought his way up to freedom and then to most powerful in the world, and he did it all on hard work.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: When he and Chisame stumble across each other when they're taking a Waterfall Shower, Rakan just laughs it off, doesn't even try to cover himself up, and casually starts a conversation while Chisame is freaking out.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Like everyone else, he ships Konoka/Setsuna and makes a special move in honor of their First Kiss.
    • He also ships Negi/Chisame.
    • Judging from flashbacks, he was the very first to ship Nagi/Arika 20 years ago.
  • Shirtless Scene: He has had his moments, particularly during his Gladiator battle with Negi.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Check one of his title, "That Damn Guy You Can Stab With Swords All You Like And It Won't Do A Thing, Damnit" and see how he's loving it.
  • Sky Surfing: On a giant sword flying at Mach 2.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Negi and about everyone gets the impression that Rakan is just an Idiot Hero who wins his fights through sheer idiocy and ridiculous willpower. That's wrong and Rakan hates to be written off as an idiot; he's a hard-working man who gained his strength through years of experience and determination. That happy-go-lucky attitude is born from the fact that he's been involved in brutal, life-or-death combat for over forty years, so he can afford to act goofy because there is honestly nothing that poses a serious threat to him at this point. His actual intellect is shown off fully in the magical world tournament: Negi develops a technique that literally let him turn into lightning, increasing his speed to unbelievable levels. And it takes Rakan exactly one observation of said move to analyze it, find all the flaws, and devise counter-techniques which allow him to effortlessly and utterly kick the crap out of 'invincible thunder god Negi'.
  • Spiky Hair: He has wild spiky hair.
  • Storm of Blades: His artifact can transform into any type of weapon(s), though Jack's favorite is a large collection of BFSs that he launches at his opponent.
  • Strong and Skilled: Rakan is often assumed to just be a big musclehead, relying on pure strength and durability to win his fights. That is true to a certain extent, as his raw power is usually more than enough for him to beat most opponents. However, if he does meet someone who can stand up to his strength, that's when he suddenly reveals that he's been Obfuscating Stupidity. Surviving more than 60 years of continuous battles has made him experienced as well as tough, and there's almost nothing that can catch him off-guard anymore. Even up against a ridiculously complex and rare ability like turning yourself into lightning, that Negi himself invented solely to defeat him, Jack sees through it instantly and comes up with a countermeasure in no time.
  • Take Our Word for It: His account of the war is rather... lacking in detail.
    "And, well, a whole bunch of things happened after that—before we knew it, we all became friends. And then, well...a whole buncha stuff happened after that. The war ended, and here we are now...and, uh...the end."
  • Testosterone Poisoning: The manly comedy in Negima was saved up for him.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He gets written out of existence and comes back... TWICE! How? Because he wanted to, that's why. Though he handwaves the second one by claiming he had help from Asuna's power.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nagi. They had lots of fun exchanging good punches and Rakan loved to tease Nagi about his crush on Arika.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: His solution to almost any problem is to hit it with a big enough sword. Or dozens of them. Or flexing his muscles and being awesome. And when everything else fail, PUNCH IT REALLY HARD.
  • World's Strongest Man: As Nagi's rival, when Nagi vanished the title more or less passed to him. Technically, though, there are at least two fighters better than him (Evangeline and the Lifemaker) and several who are his equal like Eishun or Albireo. By the end of the story, he says that at the very least he couldn't kill Negi due to his immense Healing Factor.

    Albireo Imma 

Albireo Imma

Ku:nel Sanders

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Drama CD and OAD, Japanese) and Masahito Yabe (games, Japanese)

A powerful mage who is proficient with both gravity and healing magic in addition to his being a skilled unarmed combatant. At some point, he becomes a Minister Magi to Nagi and is revealed to have several more contracts in the past, all of which are dead. The fact that his pactio with Nagi remains active serves as a proof that the Thousand Master is indeed still alive, though Albireo himself doesn't know where he is.

He is currently living underneath Library Island at Mahora.

  • Apologetic Attacker: "Ku:nel Sanders" in the Tournament Arc apologizes for using overpowered tactics and cheap tricks (that would be downright cheating if there were any rules) in battle. He's sorry for beating you up, but he just has to reach the final match.
  • Badass Long Robe: He's never seen without his mage robe and is one of Nagi's strongest companions who came first place in the Tournament Arc.
  • Bishōnen: He's as good-looking as Nagi.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: The picture here is one of the very few times he doesn't have one.
  • Combat Medic: His combat abilities are quite high and he seems to have played the role of healing mage for Ala Rubra.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Utterly trashing Kotarō during the Tournament Arc.
  • Curtains Match the Window: The OVAs show that he has dark blue hair and eyes.
  • Ditto Fighter: His Artifact allows him to copy anyone he's met.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He straight-up refuses to answer to the name Albireo. He would prefer to be called "Ku:nel Sanders", thank you very much.
  • Energy Ball: Ku:Nel Sanders uses giant orbs of gravity magic during his fight with Kaede.
  • Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are usually shut.
  • Faking the Dead: He was presumed dead ten years ago. Even Takamichi didn't know where he was, though he suspected he was probably still alive.
  • The Gadfly: He gets enormous pleasure out of making Evangeline look like an idiot.
  • Gravity Master: He has shown himself to be a master of gravity.
  • Handsome Lech: Straddles the line between this and Lovable Sex Maniac. He's handsome enough to have little difficulty with women, but most turn away due to his 'subtly directly subtle' technique - he'd have you believe he's a Chivalrous Pervert, but he'll smile a smile you know you can't trust, act politely as he can deceive, then do something perverted enough to surprise even Chamo.
  • Healing Hands: He knows healing magic. In a group shot comparing Ala Rubra and Ala Alba, he appears to have occupied the same position as Konoka, Ala Alba's healer.
  • Hot Librarian: He's a very attractive man and has the occupation of librarian in the Mahora Library Island.
  • Humanshifting: His Artifact lets him do this, although to a deeper extent than usual. He can assume the appearance, personality, memories, and abilities of anyone he knows. There is a catch that keeps this from being ridiculously overpowered: if he uses it to assume the form of someone more powerful than himself like Nagi, It Only Works Once, and only for a few minutes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Eva calls him "Ero-Nasubi/Perverted Eggplant" on occasion.
  • In the Hood: He keeps his face hidden with a hooded cloak for the majority of the Tournament Arc.
  • Keigo: He always speaks in formal Japanese.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: While by himself he's more focused on magic power, he can use his Artifact to turn into someone better suited for physical combat like Nagi.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's always ready with a plaster smile and eyes closed to hide his true intentions, he is able to spout an irritatingly bad joke even while being strangled. And like the trope dictates, he's not shy about outright lechery.
  • Magic Librarian: Albireo is registered as a librarian in the Mahora Library Island and he's a highly powerful mage.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: His Artifact allows him to become the person he transforms into: all the memories, actions, personality traits and instincts he observes of them are recorded into his many books (he has one for every person he's met). While he's subconsciously aware of his own presence, his body acts completely as the person would, so much that the person themself is essentially speaking. He's able to take over when he needs to, but for the most part the consciousness he imitates is in the driver's seat.
  • The Older Immortal: Implied. It's never made clear how old he is, but he states that he's "the oldest one present" at a gathering that included the old Headmaster Konoe, Evangeline (around 600 years old), and the Lifemaker (2,600 years old).
  • Older Than He Looks: It's implied early on that Albireo isn't as young as his physical appearance suggests. It's hinted he might even be Really 700 Years Old.
  • Paper Talisman: A variation. He uses a special book mark to activate his Artifact thanks to the sheer size of his library of names.
  • Projected Man: The body he uses to participate in the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament is not the real one, but a projection while his real body is hiding somewhere else.
  • Red Mage: He does both healing magic and gravity magic which makes him basically the only character in the series so far apart from Anya and Sextum who can do both.
  • Sarcasm Failure: The man with the perpetual Cheshire Cat Grin who never stopped acting with a strong whimsey reached a point of utter horror as the Magic world was about to come to an end. Telepathically, Princess Arika made sure to tell him to stop being a defeatist fool. This was the only time he ever seemed without his usual joking demeanor (and with his eyes widened).
  • Shipper on Deck: He likes to tease Eva about the possibility that she has feelings for Negi, although he just loves messing with her in general.
  • Short Hair with Tail: He has a chin-length bob with a loose ponytail over his left shoulder.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Albireo visibly takes delight in tormenting and playing mindgames with Evangeline and is labeled as one of the two of the vampire's natural enemies, the other being her big crush Nagi. He's even bold enough to call the Dark Evangel 'Kitty'. At the Tournament Arc, he makes a bet with her where he'll give up valuable information about Asuna and Nagi if she wins, but if she loses, he'll force her to wear a ridiculous Cat Girl Meganekko School Swimsuit cosplay in her next match. After Eva wins the bet, he tells her he was going to give her the information anyway; he just wanted to see her freaking out at the chance of losing and being publicly humiliated.
  • The Smart Guy: According to Rakan, Albireo was the smartest of the Ala Rubra warriors. It's mentioned he helped Arika and Theodora with strategic planning and determining who were their enemies before sending Nagi and Rakan after them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Colonel? Kūneru? Kunel? Everyone has their idea.
  • Stellar Name: Albireo is the traditional name for the double star Beta Cygni; which is two stars held in a constant orbit by their gravity. This alludes both to the character's use of gravity magic, as well as his ability to create a 2nd physical projection of himself.
  • Too Awesome to Use: His Artifact can briefly make him as powerful as the Thousand Master or any other person that he's met, but if the person is stronger than him it only lasts ten minutes; beyond that, he can duplicate the personality and memories of that person as well, basically becoming them at the moment he 'acquired' their story, but this only works briefly and can never be used again for that person. He uses the power of Nagi, the world's most powerful mage and an unstoppable warrior... To allow Negi ten minutes of knowing what his dad is like.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Eva, from which he derives endless entertainment over.

    Eishun Konoe (nee Aoyama) 

Eishun Konoe

Current Head, Kansai Magic Association

Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (anime, Japanese), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Drama CD, Japanese), and Chuck Huber (English)

A master of the Shinmeiryuu style, Eishun is currently the head of the Kansai Magic Association. He's also Konoka's father, and by extension Headmaster Konoemon's son-in-law. Before marrying into the Konoe family, he was part of the Aoyama clan (relation to Motoko and Tsuruko is unknown).

  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a pretty calm and good-natured man. However, don't forget he's still a Shinmeiryuu master and he seriously does not like to have his food wasted.
  • Butt-Monkey: His teammates never listened to him and Rakan defeated him embarrassingly easily by exploiting his weakness to seduction. Even his own daughter calls him pathetic.
  • Chef of Iron: He's both a powerful Shinmeiryuu swordsman and the Team Chef for his band of invincible idiots. And Heaven help them if they don't eat it all.
  • Covered with Scars: He has scars all over his body as proof of his status as a veteran warrior.
  • Dad the Veteran: He fought in the great war of the Magic World twenty years ago and is the only member of Ala Rubra who married and raised his child (Nagi did marry, but went missing when his son was born).
  • Distracted by the Sexy: His weakness is seduction. In fact, Rakan easily knocked him out by having him distracted with some sexy naked ladies.
  • Functional Magic: Onmyōdō.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Being a swordsman of the Shinmeiryuu style, Eishun was able to effortlessly cut off a large portion of a cliff.
  • Ki Manipulation: As a Shinmeiryuu swordsman, Eishun is specialized in ki techniques.
  • Lost Food Grievance: If you waste his food, Eishun will try to kill you.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: He's from the Aoyama clan, but took up his wife's surname upon marrying into the Konoe family because it is older and more prestigious than his own.
  • Meaningful Name: His name written in Kanji is a direct Japanese pronounciation of the Chinese Kung Fu Style Wing Chung, in spite of not yet showing any expertise in said martial-art.
  • Retired Badass: After marrying into the Konoe family, he's focused on his duties as leader of the Kansai Magic Association and is never seen wielding a sword anymore. The Ala Rubra flashbacks show he was badass during his days as a soldier, as long as his opponent didn't distract him with something erotic.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a scar on his upper body, presumably from his Ala Rubra days.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Nagi and Rakan apparently could not take a look at Eishun's face in the hot springs due to the fact that they have described him as attractive.
  • Team Chef: Handled the cooking for the Ala Rubra team.

    Filius Zect 

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Only in the Drama CD)

A calm and collected warrior excelling in unarmed combat and counter magic. Nagi addressed Zect as "Oshisou", which means the same as "sensei" (i.e. teacher, master in the master/journeyman sense), but is more old-fashioned.

  • Badass Adorable: Despite being as small and cute-looking as Negi, Zect was on par with everyone else in Ala Rubra and Nagi apparently learned from him.
  • Barrier Warrior: He was able to create multiple magic barriers, although they were useless against the Lifemaker.
  • Blush Sticker: He had permanent blush-marks on his cheeks that looked quite cute on him.
  • Did Not Die That Way: He was credited as a hero killed in action at Ala Rubra's final battle against Cosmo Entelecheia twenty years ago. Actually, he had his body possessed by the Lifemaker. He was still killed at some point given that in the present, Nagi is the newest Lifemaker host.
  • Grand Theft Me: Body snatched by the Lifemaker twenty years ago.
  • Mentor Archetype: He was Nagi's teacher.
  • Mystical White Hair: He had silver hair and is the most enigmatic member of Ala Rubra. That he's confirmed to be centuries old adds to the mystical factor.
  • Out of Focus: He's by far the least known of Ala Rubra members with next to no information about who he was.
  • Posthumous Character: Like Gateau, Zect died at some point in the backstory and all his appearances in the story are through Ala Rubra's flashbacks/movies.
  • The Quiet One: In what little we see of him, he never says more than a few words.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He looked like a kid, but Zect is stated to be couple of centuries old by the author.
  • Retcon: His first appearance in the group photo of Ala Rubra at Nagi's old house shows him with a different hairstyle than the one he has for most of the Ala Rubra flashback, where his hair looks similar to Nagi's and Negi's. This is Hand Waved with the narration stating Princess Theodora cut his hair some time before the climactic battle with Cosmo Entelecheia.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Appearance-wise, he was a cute little boy in a group of crazy powerful grown men. He was probably the oldest of them except for maybe Albireo, though.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Due to his childlike body, Jun Fukuyama's voice was an unexpected choice for him in the Drama CD.

Allies in the Great War

    Arika Anarkhia Entheofushia 

Arika Anarkhia Entheofushia

Queen of Calamity

Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Only in the Ala Rubra Drama CD)

The last queen of the Vespertatia Kingdom of Ostia. Before she ascended to the throne, she asked Ala Rubra to work for her to end the war and save the world from Cosmo Entelecheia. Twenty years later, she's a well-known criminal blamed for causing her own country to fall from the sky. However, the circumstances that lead to it were more complicated than the public knows.

She was in love with Nagi, even though she only expressed her feelings for him by slapping him in the face. It's been confirmed that she was Negi's mother.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Arika was beloved by the people of Ostia. Only a handful of them resented her for the destruction of their country.
    Tosaka: Back when she was a princess before the war, Arika-sama used to associate with the common people without any regard for her position. And everyone loved her for it. I was lucky enough to see her up close myself, just the once. I remember wondering if this is what angels are like.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: She speaks in an archaic Japanese dialect.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: As a Running Gag, whenever Nagi says or does something stupid in front of Arika, in the next panel he has a slap mark on his face.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Whenever she and Nagi talked, he said something rude or perverted and Arika slapped him. It was obvious how they really felt about each other, though.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • When Cosmo Entelecheia finished their doomsday ritual and Ala Rubra thought everything was lost, Arika showed up leading The Cavalry and managed to eliminate the ball of light that would have erased the Magic World.
    • By the time Ala Rubra and Cosmo Entelechia are already fighting head-to-head, as seen in Fate's flashback, she's shown saving Nagi when he's nearly beaten by Secundum.
  • Big Good: During the great war, Arika was the authoritative figure that commanded Ala Rubra while they fought to save the Magic World from Cosmo Entelecheia.
  • Buxom Is Better: Nagi liked to compliment Arika's breasts, which always got him a good smackdown from her.
  • The Chains of Commanding: At the end of the war, Arika needed to be willing to destroy her own kingdom as the price to stop Cosmo Entelecheia's ritual from erasing the Magic World. With her leadership, the Ostian population was successfully evacuated with a miraculously low percentage of casualties. That still wasn't enough to bring Arika any consolation for her sacrifice.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: During the collapse of Ostia, Arika gave absolute orders to her forces to save every last civilian and evacuate them to safety. She went as far as to abandon her fleet to protect the people of the slums that were having trouble evacuating.
  • Cleavage Window: Her white dress has an opening that shows off her cleavage.
  • Cry Cute: After Nagi saves from her execution and kisses her, Arika can no longer repress the sadness bottled up throughout two years in prison and her stoic façade breaks as she starts shedding tears.
  • Damsel in Distress: The day she was going to be executed, Nagi jumped into a canyon full of magic monsters to get Arika out of it because he believed getting Arika as his "reward" made it Worth It.
  • Death Faked for You: Nagi saved her from the Megalomesembrian Senate, but in a way that made it look like the execution succeeded so the public would think the infamous Queen of Calamity was dead and Arika could be free to run away with Nagi.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: During her first appearance in flashbacks, we see that she was very standoffish and seemingly emotionless when she allied herself with Ala Rubra. After the war, she could show her softer side to Nagi since fighting alongside him made her fall in love with him.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: In the first part of the Ala Rubra saga, Arika is a very influential authority figure and Ala Rubra's most valuable ally in the war, to the point she was the one who gathered enough allies to contain Asuna's Anti-Magic that would have erased the Magic World. In the second part, Arika loses her kingdom and is sentenced to death by the Megalomesembria senate, reducing her to a Damsel in Distress so Nagi can pull off a heroic rescue and ask her to marry him. The story never bothers to address what became of her after that point and there's not even a confirmation of whether she died after the birth of her son Negi.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": She was both too prideful and socially awkward to say even a simple "thank you" to Nagi whenever he saved her from trouble.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": She wanted Nagi to stop calling her princess after her kingdom fell and she lost her royal status with it.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She tended to slap Nagi, punch him and blast him with her magic whenever he pissed her off.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: She had a hard time expressing her true feelings for Nagi. He had to push her to get anything more than "I do not dislike you" out of her. This stems from a stunted emotional upbringing more than anything else.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Arika was a beauty with long blonde hair. Nagi made her his wife, Gödel is pining after her to this day and even Rakan admits he fell for her a little. A good percentage of her subjects also adore her despite her being blamed for the destruction of their kingdom.
  • Expository Pronoun: When she was still a princess, Arika used "watashi" to refer herself. After she became queen, she started calling herself "warawa" that is considered more regal to befit her new position.
  • Face Death with Dignity: On the day of her execution, Arika solemnly walked the plank and quietly accepted her death as she jumped into a canyon full of hungry monsters. However, Nagi wasn't going to accept it and managed to rescue her.
  • Fallen Princess: She went from the princess and later queen of the Magic World's oldest royal family to a scapegoat who was blamed for the entire war, held prisoner for two years, and nearly executed before Nagi saved her.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She and Nagi didn't seem to like each other at all until she forced him to carry her shopping bags during her outing at town where they were attacked by assassins. Arika refused to sit back and helped Nagi destroy an enemy headquarters. After that, they were on friendlier terms enough to fall in love eventually, even though they never stopped annoying each other.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: By the time of the epilogue after everything is solved, nobody seems to bother remembering Arika since no one mentions her anymore, not even her husband and son.
  • Good Wears White: She often wore a completely white dress and her sole goal was saving her world as well as protecting the lives of her subjects in every way she could.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A beautiful, prestigious and benevolent princess with golden hair.
  • Hand Blast: When she was especially angry at Nagi, she would fire magic beams from her hands to smack him around for a bit. Since she was using her royal magic, she managed to actually hurt him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Arika was the one who saved the Magic World from being erased by Cosmo Entelecheia's ritual, but she had to doom her Floating Continent to collapse in exchange. Afterwards, Arika was arrested by the Megalomesembria senate for the destruction of Ostia, the murder of her father and several charges that were false. The senate basically placed the blame for the whole war on Arika and made her into an easy target for the victims of the war and the destruction of Ostia to direct their hatred. People started calling her "Queen of Calamity" and even though a good amount of her subjects still thought highly of her, no one in the public took her side.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Arika let her kingdom fall from the sky to save the Magic World from being erased by Asuna's Anti-Magic. Despite her heroic intentions and succeeding to evacuate the civilians with very little casualties, Arika still hated herself for making such a big sacrifice and leaving her subjects homeless. By the time of her execution, Arika was fully convinced that she could only do any good by dying and demanded Nagi to abandon her to her fate. Nagi headbutted her to stop her self-deprecating rant and talked her into accepting to marry him so he could carry her guilt with her.
  • The High Queen: Contrary to her "Queen of Calamity" fame, Arika was a benevolent queen. She ruled over Ostia for only a day before it collapsed, time which she spent doing everything in her power to safely evacuate her subjects. Despite the senate framing her as a war criminal, most of the surviving Ostian population still holds Arika in high regard because she was just that good to them.
  • Hime Cut: Her hairstyle consisting of blunt bangs, hip-length sidelocks, and knee-length straight hair illustrated her status as a princess/queen perfectly.
  • I "Uh" You, Too: After Nagi pulled an awesomely romantic rescue to stop her execution and confessed his love for her, Arika could only tell him "I do not dislike you". After some prodding, she did admit she couldn't stop thinking about him in the two years she spent in imprisonment. This is also justified because her cold upbringing made Arika very bad at expressing her personal feelings.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Arika was the princess of the Ostian royal family that ruled over the capital of the Magic World and descended directly from the creator of their world. Her status and prestige were reduced to nothing with the fall of her Floating Continent, leaving her and her subjects as homeless refugees. To make it worse, she was arrested by the Megalomesembria senate and made into a scapegoat for the great war.
  • In the Hood: During her introduction, she wears a hood to keep her profile low.
  • In Vino Veritas: A variation in Ala Rubra Drama CD. When she ate nabe made with water of truth, the cold Arika's personality does a 180 as she becomes cheerful and honest about how much she cherishes Ala Rubra, calling them her greatest treasure.
  • Informed Kindness: The Ostian people who personally knew her like Tosaka describe Arika as a kind person, even comparing her to an angel. While the Ala Rubra flashbacks do show she had heroic intentions to save the Magic World, her interactions with other characters (mainly Nagi) depict her as cold, guarded, and violent because of her upbringing at a palace where she was surrounded by corruption. At best, she behaves like a Tsundere for Nagi alone. The only time we really see her being polite and gentle is in the illusion produced by Negi's Lotus-Eater Machine, but there's nothing that can confirm the real Arika would have acted that way.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Arika didn't believe she had the right to accept Nagi's love due to her being (former) royalty and a war criminal. Luckily, when she tried to reject Nagi's Love Confession for those reasons, he headbutted her to stop her self-deprecating rant and told her that with Ala Rubra faking her death, she was free to live with him as a normal person. This was enough for Arika to clear her doubts and agree to marry Nagi.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She was quite a bit rude and unfriendly to the members of Ala Rubra, especially Nagi. However, this was caused by having No Social Skills instead of a plain meanness. At her core, Arika was a heroic person who wished to save her world from the war. She also cared for her subjects, their survival being her top priority during the collapse of Ostia.
  • Lady and Knight: Arika is the Bright Lady, benevolent and kind (except to Nagi), and doing her best to end the war. She has White Knight Nagi keeping her safe while she does so.
  • Maternally Challenged: Her interactions with Negi in his Lotus-Eater Machine scream this, being completely awkward when interacting with her own son, even wondering if patting him on the head is a good idea. Whether or not the true Arika would've reacted this way is unknown.
  • Megaton Punch: She sent Nagi flying with a punch when he commented on her breasts growing in the two years they were separated.
  • Missing Mom: It seems like she disappeared off the face of the earth before her son Negi could remember her. Unlike his father, Negi never knew anything about Arika until he saw the Ala Rubra movies and later got a confirmation from Gödel and Rakan that she was his mother. In the end, it's never explained why Arika wasn't present in Negi's life nor confirmed whether she's already dead even if it's very likely.
  • Modest Royalty: She had fairly simple dresses both as a princess and queen.
  • My Greatest Failure: She was wracked with guilt over causing the collapse of her Floating Continent as the price she had to pay to save the Magic World from Asuna's Anti-Magic.
  • Mysterious Parent: Negi never heard anything about his absent mother before the Magic World arc, where he finds out she was a magical queen and an infamous criminal who destroyed her own Floating Continent.
  • Nerves of Steel: Arika never lost her cool and kept on a calm mask even in the most dreadful situations, like when Cosmo Entelecheia almost succeeded to erase the Magic World, the collapse of her kingdom in the sky, and her own execution where she was thrown into a canyon full of monsters.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By taking the blame of the war and the destruction of Ostia for Asuna, Arika has enabled the Cosmo Entelecheia to continue their plans and has caused the Senate to view Negi as an enemy.
  • No-Sell: She was apparently immune to the effect of Asuna's Anti-Magic as Arika was able to use her magic to protect the people of the slums during the kingdom's collapse despite the magic being nullified in the entire area.
  • No Social Skills: Because of her sheltered upbringing, Arika was very blunt, emotionally repressed and avoided getting familiar with Ala Rubra. This is exaggerated in Negi's Lotus-Eater Machine where Arika has no idea of how to have a casual conversation with her own son even though she raised him in that world.
  • Not Afraid to Die: When she was made jump into a canyon full of man-eating monsters, Arika felt no fear to die as all she hoped was that her execution could make some of the war victims happy; her one regret was that she wanted to see her beloved Nagi again.
  • Not So Stoic: Her normally aloof/serious demeanor pretty much shatters in Ch. 269 when Nagi confesses his love to her. Also, when he headbutted her to shut her up, we see a shocked Chibi!Arika.
  • Oblivious to Love: Because of her social ineptitude, Arika didn't understand why Nagi went so far to save her until he yelled that he was in love with her, all while berating her for being so dense. Her son takes after her in romantic cluelessness.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In Chapter 266, the second Ala Rubra flashback starts with Arika hugging Nagi out of nowhere as she sheds a Single Tear and begs him to stay with her for a little longer. Although Nagi tried to joke about it, he knew something had to be very wrong for a hardass Tsundere like Arika to act so vulnerable. And soon he learned why; the Floating Continent of Ostia was about to fall from the sky because of Asuna's sealing so Arika wanted to at least have a moment of peace with Nagi before the catastrophe.
  • Opposites Attract: She was The Stoic and Nagi was Hot-Blooded. Despite how much their personalities crashed, the two fell in love and got married.
  • Overly Long Name: Downplayed. Her full name is Arika Anarkhia Entheofushia. While not that long, it is appropriate for the princess of an ancient royal family to have at least one middle name.
  • Patricide: Towards the end of the war, Arika assassinated her own father after he was exposed as a Cosmo Entelechia puppet. The Megalomesembria senate deliberately omitted the latter part when they arrested Arika with the murder of her father as one of the charges.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Whenever Nagi got a little too familiar with her, she decked him. She was one of the few people around that could put some serious hurt on him.
  • Politically Active Princess: She acted as an arbitrator between the empire and the confederation to try to put an end to the war. However, she failed and had to request Ala Rubra's help.
  • Posthumous Character: She's all but outright stated to be long gone. Everything known about her comes from flashbacks and statements made by people who knew her.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Don't let her royal heritage fool you, she's more than capable of defending herself and has even saved Nagi on the odd occasion.
  • Princess Classic: Arika was the beautiful princess of a Floating Continent in the Magic World. She wore white or pink dresses and had golden Rapunzel Hair like a fairy tale princess. She wished for peace in her world, cared deeply about her subjects and was loved by them in return. Despite putting up a façade of being cold, she was pure-hearted and utterly selfless. She fell in love with the powerful knight under her service and they got married after he risked his life rescuing her from her execution. However, her mysterious absence from her son's life implies she didn't live Happily Ever After.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: On the two occasions we see Nagi rescuing her, she's wearing a pink dress as a stereotypical captive princess would.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair was long enough to reach the back of her knees, which is perfect for the crown princess of a magic kingdom.
  • Red Baron: She was called "Queen of Calamity" for being the main perpetrator behind the destruction of her own kingdom.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Arika was the princess of a kingdom caught in the crossfire of The Empire and The Federation. Instead of staying comfortable inside a castle, she took an active part in trying and ending the war. It was she, instead of Ala Rubra, who gathered allies needed to cast the spell that stopped Cosmo Entelecheia's magic-erasing ritual from destroying the Magic World, although she had to sacrifice her Floating Continent for it. In the process of Ostia's collapse, Arika led the evacuation of the civilians and personally went to protect the people of the slums from the falling rocks.
  • Royalty Superpower: Arika was said to possess the Royal Magic only the members of the Ostian royal bloodline had. It's never specified what it could do, but it made Nagi feel a lot of pain, so it must have been a big deal.
  • Semi-Divine: Arika belonged to the Ostian bloodline that descended from the creator of the Magic World who is treated as a Physical God in the setting.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: She wore a backless dress on both occasions that Nagi rescued her.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Just like her son, Arika couldn't realize when someone was in love with her unless they confessed, to her husband Nagi's annoyance.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: Arika and Asuna are the only known princesses of the old Ostia kingdom. They're also the only characters in the series who have heterochromia with one of their eyes being blue and the other green.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Having spent her whole life confined in the royal palace of Ostia, Arika was ignorant to a lot of things found in the commoner society. Nagi found it ridiculous that Arika didn't even know what ice cream and a date are.
  • Silent Scapegoat: The Megalomesembria senate made up that Arika worked for Cosmo Entelecheia to instigate the great war and make Ostia fall from the sky when the real cause was Asuna's Anti-Magic. Arika accepted to be accused and executed in order to satiate the hatred of the war victims. Nagi was able to save her life, but not her reputation.
  • Single Tear: When Nagi tried to leave once his job as her knight was done, Arika shed a tear as she hugged Nagi from behind and asked him to stay with her a little longer because she knew that was her last chance to see him before Ostia fell from the sky.
  • The Stoic: She was stone-faced and rarely expressed her emotions openly. Her interactions with Nagi proved that she was Not So Stoic, though.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Being a princess of the Ostian bloodline, Arika felt obligated to keep a dignified image and her sheltered background made her reluctant to let others see her emotions. Her sweet side was especially reserved for Nagi, allowing herself to blush and smile when they were in private.
  • Tsundere: A rare stoic Harsh type. Arika was aloof and no-nonsense in general. Nagi came out with one injury or two whenever he talked to Arika. By the end of the war, it was obvious that Arika had fallen for Nagi, but she was too emotionally repressed to openly admit her love in anything other than inner monologue. When Nagi professed his love for her, what was the best she could say in return? "I do not dislike you" with a Luminescent Blush.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes slant upwards and she's characterized as a serious, strong-willed woman who could turn into a Tsundere around Nagi.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Her eyebrows were kinked at the beginning.
  • Unwanted Rescue: When Nagi arrived to rescue her from her execution, she demanded him to leave her because she was a criminal who deserved to die for destroying her own kingdom. In response, Nagi headbutted her to make her shut up and declared he came to save her whether she liked it or not, because he loves her.
  • Uptown Girl: A princess who fell in love with her knight, Nagi. However, they married after she wasn't royalty anymore.
  • The Usurper: A heroic example. She assassinated her father, who was a Puppet King under the control of Cosmo Entelechia, in order to seize control of the government of Ostia and point them in the proper direction. This was one of the actions that made it easy for the Megalomesembria senate to paint her as an evil criminal.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Most of her interactions with Nagi had her chiding and bossing him around. If he tried to talk back to her, he got a slap in the face.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never revealed what happened to her after giving birth to Negi, although it's safe to assume that she either disappeared or died under unknown circumstances.
  • When She Smiles: The young Takamichi was shocked when he saw the "scary, coldblooded princess" smiling after taking down some enemies with Nagi.
  • White Sheep: Apparently, all the royalty of Vespertatia were either corrupted or manipulated by Cosmo Entelecheia. Arika was the one exception, seeking to save her world from being destroyed by Cosmo Entelecheia's machinations.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Due to being raised in a very stifling and dark environment filled to the brim with plotting politicians and insidious royalty, Arika shut off all emotion to fit the position of a solemn princess. She only let her guard down around Nagi.

    Gateau Kagura Vanderburg 

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Only in the Ala Rubra Drama CD)

Takamichi's master and a soldier from Megalomesembria who allied himself with Ala Rubra during the great war. He's deceased by the time of the present, having died from an injury in front of his student and Asuna.

  • Mentor Archetype: He taught Takamichi about the powerful fighting techniques that later made him famous, mainly iaiken and kanka.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: He had a French first name, a Japanese middle name, and a Dutch surname.
  • One Last Smoke: He asked his student for one last cigarette before he passed away from a still unexplained injury.
  • Only Sane Man: Flashbacks portray him as the levelheaded one when working with the eccentric Ala Rubra.
  • Perma-Stubble: He was notable for his 5 o'clock shadow. Takamichi takes after him in this regard.
  • Posthumous Character: He was killed somehow at some point between the end of the war and Asuna's arrival at Mahora Academy. He only shows up in Asuna's flashbacks and the Ala Rubra backstory movies.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: He knew the iaiken, a battle move that allowed him to deliver powerful punches faster than the human can see, and passed it down to his pupil Takamichi.
  • Satellite Character: All really known about Gateau is that he was Takamichi's teacher and his death left a big impact on his student and Asuna. Other than that, there's no information about the man himself.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He was rarely seen without a cigarette in his mouth. His pupil picked up the habit from him.
  • Specs of Awesome: Like his student later in life, Gateau wore glasses and was a strong fighter.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: The kanka technique combines magic with ki, which normally isn't possible. We don't really see Gateau use it, but Takamichi and Asuna learned the technique from him.

    Takamichi Takahata 


    Kurt Gödel 


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