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A Crossover between The Dresden Files and High School D×D by Gabriel Blessing, that started out like another typical crazy week for Harry Dresden.

In this case, fighting a Walker on the wrong side of the Outer Gates after sealing them. As a last ditch effort, Harry decided to use the most destructive method he knows to deal with it; combining Hellfire with Soulfire. It worked... somehow.

However, he finds another problem; a horizon-spanning dragon, that even the Walker is terrified of, now approaching both of them. With no other option, Harry turned to Lash for help and opens a Way....


And ends up in Japan, of all places. In a teenage body. Long story short, he enrolled in Kuoh Academy and Hilarity Ensues.

So, read on as Harry rediscovers how much he hates hormones, bullies innocent school devils, and indulges in Buddy Cop antics with the voices in his head! The omake containing the Gender Bender episode starts here.

The recursive fanfiction continuation by Xavon Wrentaile is here.

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    Tropes Present in Beyond the Outer Gate Lies... 

Beyond the Outer Gate Lies... provides examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Harry developed a protective enchantment against the power of Light for his coat, as it is his policy whenever someone tries to kill him with something new, without knowing that non-Holy, Light-resistant items that Devils can use are unheard-of in Bizarro World. It's no wonder he left Rias and Sona's Peerages in Stunned Silence when he mentioned it in passing.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The Hero Faction appears in this fic much earlier than they do in canon, attracted by the possibility of recruiting Harry. Then they kidnap him during the Kuoh Conference to lock him out of the fight and officially offer him to join them.
  • Almost Kiss: Harry and Sona have a Slap-Slap-Almost Kiss; she is pulling his cheeks and he is mussing her hair when they trip and fall into a compromising position. They then almost kiss, but Saji stops them.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
  • Angels, Devils and Squid: Adds The Dresden Files' Outsiders as the Squids to the existing High School D×D Angel and Devils.
  • And Call Him "George"!: Mentioned almost verbatim by Dresden, during the fight with Raynare:
    One of these days, I swear: a monster or creature that slithers in the night that is actually physically weaker than a human. I will find it. I will make it my pet. I will name it George.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Harry's Chronic Hero Syndrome and Sona's Team Mom-ness tend to mix into this. Not a good thing when Harry is coming down from using the Winter Mantle because his Superpowered Evil Side tends to register her worry-filled scolding as a challenge to its authority.
  • Author Appeal: Compared with his other works, Gabriel Blessing shows certain taste in his stories:
  • Balanced Harem: Invoked. Sona and Tsubasa have some tacit rules about how they go about the romantic pursuit of Harry. The gist of it seems to be that each of them can take things as far as they comfortable with the other girl getting with him. This is why Tsubasa was in fact disappointed that Harry and Sona's private magic study sessions are actually just that — otherwise, she'd have considered fair game to be a little more daring in her seduction attempts.
  • Bizarro Universe: Harry refers to the High School D×D universe as this, and it fits the profile. In The Dresden Files, devils and angels (both regular and Fallen) are pillars of creation, have nigh-infinite power, can only be created by God, and are almost as hard to kill, and God is alive. Magic functions on willpower and emotion, and causes users to become Walking Techbanes. And the wizard never gets the girls. In High School D×D, most devils aren't that much stronger than humans, they can reproduce normally or turn humans into devils, and can be killed almost as easily, and God Is Dead. Magic is performed with complex math, and has no negative effects on technology (what first tips him off to the fact that he's in a new world, is the fact that the hospital machinery he was hooked up too was still functioning, even when his emotions were flaring). He's also getting some female attention...
  • Blind Jump: This is how Dresden wound up in the middle of Japan in a teenaged body.
  • Boobs of Steel: Believe it or not, Harry Dresden himself. Courtesy to Azazel's gender-bending gun.
  • Break the Haughty: Raynare openly mocks Harry even after he practically handed her ass. Then Harry uses Soulgaze on her.
  • Bully Hunter: Harry, which is why he got (politely) kicked out of the school he attended before Kuoh.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Literally, the Hero Faction wants to kill Great Red, a dragon with teeth longer than Dresden is tall, as said wizard himself puts it, and leaves others alone as long as they don't hang around the Dimensional Void, in order to prove humanity's strength. And this doesn't even take into account his defense of the world against the Outsiders...
    • For a less serious example, don't try to play The Gadfly at Harry's expense if you don't want him to answer in kind. Tsubaki learned this the hard way when her attempt to put Harry on the spot with his two would-be girlfriends got her stuck alone and "udonless" with the Student Council's unfinished work for the rest of the day.
  • Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: When Azazel offered Harry a place with the Fallen in the Grigori, Sona picked up on his hesitation and grabbed the edge of his coat as she realized that he would most likely disappear from her life if he accepted.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: When Harry denied the misconception that he was into group sex (long story), he said he "prefers genuine emotional closeness in [his] relationships." Tsubasa then remarked that he's got to have some experience in the matter if he can say he "prefers" things that way. Harry immediately diverted the conversation to his magic lessons.
  • Chaste Hero: Being mentally an adult, it never occurred to Harry that all of his friends in Kuoh Academy are inexperienced about sex. He only realized it after telling them how annoying it was for him to sometimes get home and find his brother with a woman or even in the middle of an orgy. He only meant it as an anecdote, but all he got was a roomful-worth of red faces.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Harry used his Soulgaze on Raynare to discern whether D×D supernatural entities like her could have Souls like he understood them. The results were an affirmative answer to that question in the Fallen's case, and the confirmation that seeing his Soul can be a sanity-breaking sight if the other person isn't made of much sterner stuff. Later on, during the Kuoh Conference, Harry initiated a Soulgaze with Azazel as part of a Batman Gambit to get the Three Great Powers wary of involving innocent humans in their conflicts, counting on the reputation of the Leader of the Fallen and his knee-jerk reaction to the Soulgaze to make everybody present take the words of the seemingly-harmless Magician several Power Levels below them seriously.
  • Chuunibyou: Harry tries to continue his Occult Detective work in Bizarro World, business cards and all, but being reverted back to his adolescence makes most people assume he's this trope instead.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Harry's entire combat style, as usual. From trying to get guns again, mentioning how he loves that no one ever sees a Squishy Wizard throwing a punch coming, and even saying that "if you're not cheating, you're not trying".
    • This attitude also seems to be rubbing off on Issei.
  • Comedic Spanking: Issei and Saji get spanked by Rias and Sona, respectively, for being reckless during a mission. What makes it even funnier is that when Issei begs for Harry's help, he can only shrug and point out that there are places where people pay for that sort of thing before leaving Issei to his fate.
  • Comically Missing the Point: During the Kuoh Conference, Harry explained what a Soulgaze is and rhetorically gave everybody present three guesses to figure out who is the only one who initiate one for sure. Being unaware of the incident with Raynare, Serafall thought it was a legitimate question and guessed "Azazel" after him and Harry had their Soulgaze.
  • Commonality Connection:
    • Harry and Issei over their tendency to help those in need, especially when The Dulcinea Effect is involved, and protect their friends above all else. The difference is that Harry's a Knight In Sour Armor after all he has lived through, whereas Issei remains more of a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
    • Harry and Sona bond over their magical studies, with him as the geeky researcher and developer, and her as the aspiring educator who wants to devote her professional future to teach magic to others.
    • Harry and Serafall hit it off pretty well after their initial My Sister Is Off-Limits! moment, because they're both eccentric professionals trying to do their jobs their way despite traditionalists giving them grief for it.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Lash. Outfits she has appeared in include a Bunny Girl costume, maid outfits, and a gym uniform (complete with bloomers).
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Sona's interest in Harry makes Saji hate his guts. He even covers Harry's fees in the missing Excaliburs case, just to make sure he will be too busy with work to hang out with the student council. Interestingly, this is also an example of Why Can't I Hate You?.
  • Crossover: The Dresden Files and High School D×D.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Harry is shocked to discover this applies in this world, since in his own world, devils and monsters are almost invariably evil.
  • Dead Fic: As of 2017, it's been well over two years since the last snippet of the incomplete fourth chapter was posted. The continuation fic picks up where this one left off.
  • Deadly Dodging: An accidental, Indy-worthy example. Harry escapes from Georg's Pocket Dimension through an Aparturum portal with Heracles' missiles still in hot pursuit after him, only to find Kuoh Academy under attack by the Old Maou faction. Without thinking it twice, Harry runs to the first enemy he sees and dodges, letting the attack meant for himself do the rest.
  • Defcon Five: Parodied. Harry measures the likelihood of Sona pinching his cheeks on the "Pinch-Con" scale.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: This Crossover and its Continuation Fic explore the implications of the Devils' cultural acceptance of harems a bit more seriously than the original material, as a result of having a protagonist who isn't a Hormone-Addled Teenager Lovable Sex Maniac Harem Seeker. Namely, it takes Harry a while to figure out why it is so – according to Azazel in the unpublished fourth chapter, it's a combination of the Devils' Authority Equals Asskicking and The Hedonist mentalities, together with their centuries-long lifespans and extraordinarily low birth rates – and then some more to accept that Sona and Tsubasa are actually okay with the other pursuing him romantically and not at each other's throats for it, like his common sense tells him they should be.
  • Dirty Old Man: Despite being physically in his teens and having no means to return to his real age other than the natural way, Harry feels like this about his unexpected love interests, since he's mentally in his 40's. He's torn between both his attraction to them and that he feels a personal connection to Sona and Tsubasa, and the fact that he is technically old enough to be their father.
  • Dramatic Drop: Harry drops a box on his toe when Lash tells him Sona is into him.
  • Flipping the Bird: Right as he's escaping from Georg's Pocket Dimension, Harry makes sure the last thing the Hero Faction sees of him is his raised middle finger.
  • Fountain of Youth: Harry is aged down to his teens again when he enters the High School D×D world.
  • Freudian Slip: Harry refutes Sona's misconception about him being at slacker by saying that she can "bet [her] sweet ass" that will put in all the effort that his magical studies deserve, only realizing post-rant that he "also brought up Sona's ass with the adjective 'sweet' in front of it." It becomes a Brick Joke by the end of the scene where she asks him to "please refrain from commenting on [her] bottom", to their mutual awkwardness.
  • Funny Background Event: When Sona had Harry filling envelopes alongside the Student Council in exchange of charging up his laptop at school, he sneakily tried to put some of his unfinished work into Tsubaki's pile while Sona had the room distracted with her conversation with Saji. Without even looking at him, Tsubaki put it all back in Harry's pile.
  • The Gadfly:
    • Harry, several times. His most trollish moment has to be when he pulled Rias' leg by commenting on the potential cultural consequences of a show like Oppai Dragon getting as popular as it did in the Underworld, including the possibility of couples cosplaying as the characters based on Issei and Rias during sex. Azazel immediately sees the potential profit in selling ero-versions of the outfits worn by Oppai Dragon and Switch Princess, before an incredibly embarrassed Rias tries to shut down the idea with her Paper Fan of Doom. Then Harry delivered the coup de grace by wondering aloud what Sirzechs would do if he hears about it. Given how much of a siscon the Maou is, Harry just knew that Rias' brain would picture her brother trying and perhaps managing to convince his wife to roleplay as a fictional character based on his little sister in bed, which almost gave the poor girl an aneurysm. Harry was quite pleased with his handiwork until Lash congratulated him for it, which is when he knew he went too far.
    • Once Harry learns about the Devils' gift of tongues, he makes a Running Gag out of having Lash switch languages mid-conversation just to see how long it takes them to notice.
    • After Issei finds out about Lash, and how she can manifest herself as a pretty woman, Harry pretends that she's taking her clothes off to get Issei to freak out, and Asia to try to prevent him from gropping the non-corporeal entity. Lash notes that normally she'd be mad at him for lying about what she's doing, but in this case approves of the results.
    • Lash's masterful trolling of Harry deserves a mention, especially considering that she only can speak directly to him and yet she still manages to push him into embarrassing situations. A good example of this is when he tricked Harry into saying something aloud that made Tsubaki think the two of them were engaging in "Maid Naked Apron play" (Tsubaki's words). The How Much Did You Hear? moment and having another two fetishes attached to his name were bad enough on their own, but Lash's real objective was a doozy of a Batman Gambit that ended up with half of the girls on the Student Council (plus Akeno) wearing maid uniforms the next time he opened their office's door. Even Harry was impressed.
  • Gender Bender: Harry gets caught up in the Occult Research Club's shenanigans with the gender-bending gun.
    • Attractive Bent-Gender: Pretty much everyone. Special mention to Harry, who remarked how "uncomfortably good looking" his tall and shapely female form was, his numerous scars giving "her" an appealing dangerous sort of air rather than detracting from her beauty at all.
    • Gag Boobs: Female Harry is even better endowed than Rias!
    • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Lash outright suggests Harry, in a Spock cosplay no less, to "boldly go where no man has gone before" by "absconding to her quarters to masturbate".
  • Gossip Evolution: An enemy Harry wasn't prepared to face: gossiping teenagers.
    I wasn't certain which of the members of Sona's peerage had been the one to start the rumors, or if they had done it on purpose, but apparently the day after I had had my pow-wow with them it had been a popular gossip that the three of us were in some kind of love triangle. It had taken a day after for it to be common knowledge that I was leading them on, and the next day it was established fact that I was cruelly taking advantage of two innocent girls while engaging them in depraved sex acts.
    Hell's bells, these people needed hobbies.
  • Got Me Doing It: Harry calls the swords forged from the broken pieces of the original Excalibur "Excalibits". The term proves to be catchy enough that it even gets the serious Sona to use it.
  • Harem Nanny: Lash, in a twisted way.
  • Harem Seeker: By proxy. Lash likes to tease him with the idea of Harry having a harem. She was actually serious about it. The only time he let her talk with Sona, supposedly to give them the chance to have a "woman-to-woman talk" about Lash helping Harry cheat in his tests, Lash told her exactly what Sona and Tsubasa needed to hear to start acting on their feelings for Harry without clueing him in until he asked.
  • Hearing Voices: Issei asks Harry for advice about the voice in his head (Ddraig's). Harry gives him the rundown of the do's and don'ts of a hosting a supernatural entity within his own person.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Being too young for a driving license means Harry can no longer do his stakeouts covertly from a car. Short of time for a better alternative, Harry opts for acting as the "yankii" delinquent that people already think he is and plays up as many stereotypes as he can, counting on people's reluctance to get involved to remain for hours standing in a fairly busy intersection without anyone bothering him.
    Harry: [grumbling to himself] Embrace the clichè, Dresden. Use the clichè, and make it your power. Who needs a good reputation anyway? Bah. Stupid things, good reputations. Never had any use for them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A comedic version. When Harry meets Sirzechs, he calls upon his rusty manners, but can't help tossing in a "Sympathy For the Devil" reference. A moment later, Sirzechs gets the joke and continues it, causing Harry to briefly concede defeat.
    Harry: My God, my minister was right all along. Rock and Roll really is the devil's music.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Harry hates the unavoidable fact he's back to being one, especially how his teenaged hormones affect his thought processes and make him feel attracted to girls young enough to be his daughters.
    And yes. It really was as bad as the first time. Anyone who says "youth is wasted on the young" is a freaking moron. Only the young don't know enough to know how bad they really got it.
  • Horrifying the Horror:
    • Even the Outsiders are scared of Great Red. Harry eventually theorizes that he's what keeps them out of Bizarro World.
    • A Soulgaze with Raynare sends the Fallen into a Villainous BSoD, begging Rias's peerage to keep Harry away from her.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: fem!Harry in the omake has this as an almost literal super power. Seriously.
    Reya: Amazing. Dresden-kun! Apparently, your b-breasts have the power to ensnare those who stare at them for too long
    Momo: Amazing. Is it some form of hypnotism? Or is it perhaps the "breast power" that Azazel-sensei has been experimenting with?"
    Harry: [disbelieving] Breast power?
    Ruruko: It's something Azazel-sensei has been investigating. It's something he's been researching ever since Hyoudou-kun started showing signs of unusual development as the Sekiryutei. Is it possible that Dresden-kun too has this "breast power" when he is in the form of a maiden?
    Saji: How dangerous! If one looks too long, than you might be ensnared, but it's impossible not to look! W-What a horrifying power!
    Harry: You're all crazy. I'm leaving now. My life has too much crazy in it as it is.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!:
    • Harry to Asia. Every time she seems happy or upset, Harry gets the urge to take her some place nice and shower her with ponies and kittens.
    • He feels similarly about Koneko in her more vulnerable moments.
  • In My Language, That Sounds Like...: A lot of Harry's initial problems with Sona where from the results of a misunderstanding. A student asks Harry if he's a "yankee". Harry, being from Chicago, says yes. He didn't realize that the student heard of his bad reputation and that "yankii" was Japanese slang for delinquent. Sona got wind of it and has been misguidedly trying to reform him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: One of the first clues of Sona's romantic interest in Harry was how uncomfortable she got when he told her that a female client kissed him on the lips without warning as a final "screw you" to her ex-boyfriend after the private detective brought her evidence of his infidelity. Harry mistook Sona's reaction for sympathetic anger at the cheating guy.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Lash remarks beyond her hopes, Harry didn't set the building on fire after Sona's failed recruitment. Harry says that he doesn't set every building on fire and he will burn alive the guy who started the rumor. Lash snarks that would definitely prove his point.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: After finding out that Georg is a fanboy, Harry snarks that if he's got a stalker, why couldn't it be a "hot, overeager, sexually aggressive cheerleader", prompting Siegfried to jokingly suggest Jeanne put on a cheerleader uniform. She refuses, but her specific wording causes Harry to lampshade how she only objected to the cheerleader part.
  • Laser Blade: Harry has a Nerdgasm when he realizes that lightsabers exist as an Exorcist's weapon in Bizarro World. He even pockets one from a defeated enemy to tinker with it.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: Lash reaction after Harry gets turned into a woman, courtesy of Azazel's gender-bending gun.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • Harry finds out the hard way that not only is Dark Is Not Evil, the side of the angels are just as flawed as everyone else. Justified since God Is Dead, leaving his imperfect creations to try to carry on as best they can.
    • Same goes for the Hero Faction. Their intentions might be noble, giving normal humans a place in a world of magic and monsters, but unfortunately their plans are missing critical bits of information that could make them cause more damage than they would solve. Furthermore, Harry has ideological differences with the Hero Faction because they don't really care about the collateral damage so long as they prove Humans' strength to the supernatural world, whereas Harry's priority concern is protecting as many humans as he can from the supernatural.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: Sona still resorts to this when really annoyed with Harry despite being older than him (legally speaking, that is). The One Head Taller and Slapstick Comedy tropes made this pretty much unavoidable.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Harry mentions facing more than a few of them. It's gotten to the point where he can tell the quality of a villain's outfit by the quality of its ashes – this is Harry Dresden we're talking about, after all.
  • Minor Living Alone: Harry lives and supports himself to get out of the foster care system, due to his bad experiences with it in his original world.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Played for Laughs. Harry blames Issei for putting the idea of harems into Lash's head. He swears his vengeance upon him in proper melodramatic fashion.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Having never seen him out of his Scale Mail before, Harry mistook Vali's constant staring at Issei during the Kuoh Conference as the silver-haired guy wanting to jump his bones. Harry even stated to wonder how to break it to him just how badly Issei is strictly into girls.
  • Motivational Kiss: Tsubasa gives Harry a good luck kiss on the cheek right before he hurries to reinforce Rias' Peerage against Kokabiel. Must be noted that his haste had admittedly less to do with the urgency of the situation and more about Sona's reaction at the sight.
  • Muggle Power:
    • The Hero Faction is a Type 2 to a T, which became the deal-breaker that made Harry reject their offer to join them. Harry only opposes those who would prey on humans, regardless if they belong to supernatural species or are even fellow magic-wielding humans. The Hero Faction would attack any sufficiently strong nonhuman if that proves humanity's strength to the supernatural world, regardless if said entity is a danger to people or not, and they don't really care about the collateral damage.
    • More specifically, both parties disagree on the Kuoh Treaty. Harry wants the peace treaty to go through because it limits the chances of normal people getting caught in the crossfire between the Three Powers, whereas the Hero Faction wants it to fail because "monsters fighting monsters" aligns with their objectives and its failure benefits their sorta-allies in the Chaos Brigade.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: fem!Harry uses this when he notices both male!Koneko and fem!Kiba looking at him. He immediately lampshades that he never thought he would say that.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Serafall's initial attitude towards Harry. He wins her approval thanks to several points of Commonality Connection and his willingness to call her by her preferred nickname, "Levi-tan." He wins a lot more than her approval in the Continuation Fic.
  • Mythology Gag: When Akeno mentions that Harry playing mysterious about his magic is very intriguing, Harry states that it's like a drug.
  • Naked Apron: Lash donned the look once to trick Harry into asking her to Please Put Some Clothes On aloud, just in time for Tsubaki to hear him and get the wrong idea.
    Harry: How long were you there?
    Tsubaki: Er, Whatever it is you and Lash get up to at home, I don't think school is appropriate for Maid Naked Apron play. And should you really be doing such things when Kaichou has already confessed her feelings to you?
    Harry: [groans] God, kill me now.
  • Necktie Leash: Sona to Harry when she demanded to know what the Winter Mantle actually does. Poor timing almost made Winter Harry attack her for it before Lash managed to calm him down.
  • Nerdgasm: Harry's reaction when he learns the Exorcists wield Laser Blades.
    Harry: He has a lightsaber? I just had a geekgasm.
  • No Endor Holocaust: In the fragment of a chapter in the same thread the omake is published in, Harry rubs Ddraig's face in the enormous collateral damage he caused fighting a certain white dragon when he's despairing at the whole "Oppai Dragon" thing.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Harry, when Lash finally tells him that Sona and Tsubasa are into him.
  • Nosebleed: Harry's Attractive Bent-Gender form gave Tsubasa one.
  • No Sense of Humor: Discussed. Harry jokes that Sona is this, but she's actually more of The Comically Serious. Especially around him.
    Harry: [mock plaintively] Why have you declared all fun your enemy, Sona? Did fun do something to you in the past? What is the source of this crusade?
    Sona: [frowns a little] I have fun. It's just my definition of fun involves far less rampant violation of rules, courtesy, common sense, and decorum.
    Harry: [beat] I'm trying to equate the definition you just provided to any objective definition of the word we're talking about. So far, I'm having trouble finding any matches. [yelps] [incredulous] Did you just stomp on my foot?
    Sona: [takes a sip from her tea with utmost dignity] No. That would be ridiculous.
  • Occidental Otaku: Harry gains shades of this as being stuck in Japan makes things like anime easier to get a hold of than his usual fair. The fact that he's no longer Walking Techbane helps, since he can access the internet now.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harry and Lash's reaction when they realize just how big Great Red is.
  • Omniglot: Devil have Languages, like in D×D canon. Lash tops this by giving Harry the ability to not only speak any language, but also read and write them.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Harry suspects that Lash won't ever let go that the Winter Mantle made him plan on forcing himself on Sona while roughly grabbing her by the hair.
    Lash: [laughs] I didn't think you'd take my comment so seriously. Harry Dresden, have we perhaps found a fetish for you after all?
    Harry: [sighs] I am never going to live this down, am I?
  • One Head Taller: Harry and Sona. It's one of the reasons why she reminds him of Murphy so much, and why she tends to aim for the shin when angry at him.
  • Our Demons Are Different: There are massive differences between demons from Dresden verse and D×D verse. For one, Dresden's demons only care about mortal business generally because of hunger or need of terrifying them. The D×D demons (or rather, devils) though act like your normal, everyday people (Most of them anyway). This is why Harry acts with such hostility to the Student Council when he firsts learns what they are.
  • Out-Gambitted: In the unpublished fourth chapter, Tsubaki tries to play The Gadfly at Harry's expense by interrupting Sona and Tsubasa's bickering with the promise of Harry's treating them to udon at a new place he knows. Harry turns the tables on her by revealing that he actually knew of one — he'd kept an eye open for those because of the bribing potential — and manages to get Tsubaki stuck finishing the Student Council's pending chores for the day.
    Oh ho. So that was Tsubaki's plan? To interrupt their argument with promises of Udon, only for the revelation that I was in fact Udonless to unite the warring factions against me, all while she sat back and got to continue enjoying the spectacle, all the while?
    Clever, but not clever enough, little baby devil.
  • Person as Verb: Harry once wondered if Issei's life is "starting to take a turn for the Dresden" when he discussed the circumstances of his death with Azazel.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Harry threatens the Kuoh Student Council because he's used to much less friendly supernatural beings and the fact that devils where he comes from are very different beings. Once the matter is cleared up he formally apologizes and works alongside of them.
    • The Hero Faction wants to slay Great Red to prove humanity's power to all the supernatural factions, without knowing that he fulfills a VERY important function to reality as a whole.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Harry once refuted Azazel by repeating the same three words at him, which were really all the words needed to be said, given the context.
    Azazel: Now, now, "Fire and Ice"! No reason to get touchy. I mean, have I ever really done anything bad enough to deserve an attitude like that?
    Harry: Three. Hundred. Ises.
    Azazel: Now, now. It all worked out in the end. Why linger on things which ended up fine anyway?
    Harry: Three. Hundred. Ises. Not just three hundred Ise, but three hundred Ises with ramped up libidos. Think about that. Reflect on your sins.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Beyond the Outer Gates Lies... A High School Library?, a spin-off that started when a reader suggested Kusaka Reya join Harry's list of admirers, and Gabriel Blessing challenged him to write it. The Continuation Fic has three times the word count of the original one as of chapter 77.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Harry is a bit flummoxed by how many Forbidden Valor View has with its time-stopping power.
  • Rubber Face: Sona's go-to admonishment when Harry's smartassery or self-endangerment gets too far. He's completely caught off guard by it the first few times because he didn't know how to respond to roughhousing like that from a girl. He soon settles on messing up with her hairdo as a proportional response. Their childish antics almost leads to their First Kiss, but Saji's voice snapped them out of it.
  • Running Gag:
    • Harry has Lash making him change languages mid-conversation just to see how long it takes for his Omniglot Devil friends to pick up on it.
    • Lash teasing Harry that he could have a fetish for pulling his partners' hair during sex, followed by his denials or by pretending he didn't hear her.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Let's just say that Asia and Harry's sense of humor simply don't mix.
  • Scars Are Forever: Despite Harry reverting to his adolescence, all his scars from a life of battles remained the same. His friends only knew about the ones on his face until Azazel's gender-bending gun temporarily turned him into a very buxom young woman whose shirt suddenly could barely cover "her" front.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Harry reaches this point at the end of the fight with Kokabiel, where it just gets ridiculous. Lash has to point out that they're still stuck in Bizarro World, no matter how much Harry wants to leave.
  • Second Year Protagonist: While Harry arrives to Bizarro World a year and a half prior, the main storyline doesn't begin until he's a second year at Kuoh Academy and his classmate Issei Hyoudou gets himself a girlfriend named "Yuuma".
  • Seen It All: Harry and Lash certainly think so. So, God being dead is certainly a Wham Line for them.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Lash heartily encourages Harry to pursue a relationship with his female admirers, and, in the continuation, cheers him on whenever he finds himself in an intimate moment with one of them.
    • Tsubaki supports Harry/Sona because their Uptight Loves Wild interplay helps her to relax and smile more.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Momo and Ruruko like the idea of Harry and Sona getting together because they're both interested in Saji, who has an obvious crush on the Student Council President.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Downplayed. Despite becoming a Shipper on Deck for Sona and Harry, Tsubaki didn't quite let go the times Harry was his typical impudent, snarky self with them and occasionally snipes back at him when she gets the chance. For example, it's her verbal jab at the recently gender-bent wizard what finally gets Harry to seek revenge for the embarrassing incident.
  • Skewed Priorities: Harry can't wrap his head around the fact Issei's Love Interests don't even bat an eye when Akeno gives him a Marshmallow Hell, yet they got angry when she collected his promise to take her on a date.
    Harry: [narrating] And, strangely enough, the way every girl with a claim on the boy suddenly went from relaxed to passively hostile. They could stand physical molestation, but they couldn't handle a date?
    Freaking teenagers.
    And oh god, I was one of them now.
    • Similarly, during the Gender Bender story, the fact that Xenovia, Irina and Koneko are more interested in why female!Harry has a bigger bust than Akeno than in their current situation leaves Harry baffled.
  • Smug Snake: Raynare. It is very satisfying for the reader when Harry kicks her around and talks her down right after she attacks Issei.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Harry and Sirzechs engage in a low key, friendly version. Harry has his title as the "Smartest Ass in the Room" to defend after all.
  • Spotting the Thread: Sona didn't buy Harry's Metaphorically True explanation that the Winter Mantle is simply a self-enhancement technique. She reasoned that if that's really the case, then he would have used it when a trio of Muggles gave him a shinner before.
  • Squishy Wizard: Harry, self-admittedly, though the Mantle circumvents this somewhat.
  • Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Lampshaded when Harry meets the Hero Faction:
    Harry: Charmed. I'm…
    Georg: Harry Dresden. [smiles slightly] I know. I've had my eye one you for a bit. I'm happy to finally have the chance to meet you in person.
    Harry: Great. A stalker. And it didn't even have the good graces of being a hot, overeager, sexually aggressive cheerleader. Why can't I ever get the good kind of stalker?
    Siegfried: Jeanne. What would it take to convince you to put on a cheerleader outfit? I think it might greatly influence the outcome of this meeting.
    Jeanne: Sig-kun! [frowns and pouts] How could you think something like that! I'm not a cheerleader!
    Harry: And the fact that she didn't deny any of the other qualifiers has perked my interest.
    Jeanne: [blushes and pouts]
  • The Tell: Sona adjusts her glasses when she's planning something. Tsubasa twice calls her out on it because she can guess from the context that it's got something to do with her romantic pursuit of their common Love Interest.
  • Tempting Fate: Harry's "Wizards never get chicks, after all," and Sona's "Dresden-kun, I am not, nor ever will be, interested in you romantically."
  • Those Two Guys: Like in D×D canon, there's Matsuda and Motohama, Issei's perverted friends. In the continuation fic, they constantly pester Harry for magical aid in peeping on their female classmates. Harry goes out of his way to sabotage their efforts.
  • Through His Stomach: Tsubasa brought Harry lunch boxes after she found out his electricity had been shut off for several weeks, which got Sona to glare at her Rook for it. This is significant because both of the girls' actions tore apart through Harry's denial that Lash had it wrong about their romantic interest in him.
  • Token Human: Harry is mostly Human (if one looks past Lash and the Winter Mantle), and thinks of himself as one; all of the rest of the main characters are Devils, and most of the secondary characters are non-Human.
  • Token Wholesome: Amusingly Inverted. Harry realized after telling his friends in Kuoh about how annoying was to get home and catch Thomas in the middle of an orgy, and getting a roomful of red faces for the anecdote, that he was probably the only non-virgin among them.
  • Trapped in Another World: The gates back to Harry's Earth are closed, and cannot be opened from this side. However, the continuation reveals that two entities can contact their counterparts on the other side in limited ways: Uriel and Santa Claus.
  • Trial Balloon Question: Harry asks how big would be the fallout if the church where Asia was taken hostage in were to… hypothetically… be burned down to a crisp. Koneko fixes him with narrowed eyes and updates her assessment of him from "suspicious" to "definitely suspicious."
  • Troll:
    • Once Harry learns about the Devils' gift of tongues he regularly has Lash switch languages mid-conversation just to see how long it takes them to notice.
    • Later, after Issei finds out about Lash, and how she can manifest herself as a pretty woman, Harry pretends that she's taking her clothes off to get Issei to freak out, and Asia to try to get his attention by stripping. Lash notes that normally she'd be mad at him for lying about what she's doing, but approves of the results.
  • True Companions: How Harry and Issei see each other. It's pretty telling that Winter Harry didn't see Issei as threat, but as a "pack mate, a comrade [he] could rely on in the hunt."
  • Unable to Support a Wife: Referenced by Harry as a reason Sona and Tsubasa shouldn't be interested in him.
    Harry: I can barely make rent half the time and I'm having trouble making enough money to even pay my bills, so it's not like I would be able to treat either of you to dates or things like that.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Thoroughly Averted. Appearing all of a sudden in a new world lacking any evidence he ever existed meant that Harry had to wade through "enough paperwork to deforest a significant portion of the Congo" to get the Japanese government to grant him citizenship. And a similar additional amount to become an Emancipated Child in order to keep himself out of the foster care system, which was bad enough for him the first time in his original world.
  • Unequal Pairing: Defied. Sona and Tsubasa don't let the latter's subordinate position to the former as a member of her Peerage interfere with their love lives, opting for treating each other as equals when it comes to their romantic pursue of Harry. He learned to pay attention to their shifts to First-Name Basis and back to tell when they're going to talk about romance or dangerous supernatural business, respectively. Guess which one worries our Socially Awkward Hero the most.
  • Unwanted Harem: Though a more fitting term would probably be reluctant harem. Harry is romantically drawn to all his admirers but feels conflicted about becoming involved with them, due to their age and his difficult relationship history.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Harry considers the possibility that the Outsiders are manipulating the Hero Faction in order to try and gain a foothold in the D×D reality by killing Great Red, the main thing keeping them out.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: As it turns out, Sona and Harry. Their interactions begin when the serious and responsible Student Council President of Kuoh Academy tries to get the snarky mistaken-for-Delinquent New Transfer Student with a problem with authority and no respect for the dress code to behave.
  • Villainous BSoD: Raynare, after Harry Soulgazes her. She goes from haughty to begging that Harry stay away from her.
  • Walking Techbane: The fact that he's not this anymore is Harry's first clue that despite appearances he's a long way from home.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Harry tried to be polite to Rias' brother, as it's his policy for his friends' family, but he couldn't help but somehow mouth off to the guy whose job description is "The Devil". He never saw it coming that Sirzechs would be a fellow Pop-Cultured Badass.
    Sirzechs: So this is the infamous Dresden Harry. As my father said, it is a pleasure.
    Harry: Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name.
    Sirzechs: Well, now you've met me. Have some courtesy, have some sympathy, have some taste.
    Harry: [beat] My god, my minister was right all along. Rock and Roll really is the devil's music.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Harry is far from a powerhouse by High School D×D's standards, yet remains a dangerous opponent to have because he's used to hit above his weight class. His varied skill set, his unique-to-Bizarro-World magic style, his Combat Pragmatist and Muggles Do It Better tendencies, his acquired caution to always look at the big picture and outplay his enemies, his Properly Paranoid mentality that makes him to always look for ways the Finagle's Law could screw him over yet again, his BS-ing skills and a long etcetera make Harry a much more effective combatant than he has any right to be, Power Level-wise.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Harry lampshades his status as one when expressing his surprise at not getting involved with the Riser mess at any point, given how he tends to get drawn into every major supernatural mess that happens anywhere near him, and when Sona offers him a contract, reminding her how often he gets into trouble. In the continuation Azazel blatantly refers to both him and Issei as trouble magnets.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Hero Faction, made up of the descendants and reincarnations of great heroes like Hercules, Joan of Arc, Sigfried and so on. Their goal is to give humanity a position of power in the world, but unfortunately, they also want to kill Great Red, who is basically the Big Good of the setting, and the worlds biggest defender against the Outsiders. They want to kill him mainly because he's a dangerously powerful dragon, despite the fact that he's almost never out of the Dimensional Void. They also dislike supernatural beings overall, regardless of alignment, despite their Chaos Brigade affiliation, and are perfectly willing to put civilian humans in danger if it means achieving their goals. They are even worse in the continuation, where Harry learns they brainwash members so they can't reveal anything about the group, and Cao Cao even considers young Heroes their property, given his words about Alice White.
  • What Are You: Poor, poor Raynare.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Saji dislikes Harry on principle because of Sona's interest in him. However, he can't bring himself to actually hate his romantic rival because he can tell Harry has one important thing in common with most Resurrected Devils like himself.
  • Wrong Context Magic:
    • Harry's usual magic is derived from his willpower and belief (and makes him Walking Techbane in his own world, but not in the world he's currently in), while their system of (normal) magic uses what amounts to rituals in his, where he just has to put in the power and not the belief, so it doesn't need him trying to micromanage it, and can do things the Laws of Magic of Dresden's world forbids with no risk of corruption. In addition, Soulfire isn't something native to their world so it's not as easy to deal with.
    • Things like Rias' Power of Destruction and Sacred Gears are this to Harry and Lash, which excites the latter to discover something new.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Harry knew he took a joke too far when Lash, Manipulative Bitch extraordinaire, congratulated him for the all potential chaos and mayhem that his carefully worded comments on the Oppai Dragon Show Within a Show were likely to bring.
  • You Remind Me of X: Sona Sitri's by-the-book attitude and shortness reminds Harry a lot of Karin Murphy at the beginning of their friendship. He acts like a total smartass to Sona both out of nostalgia and in an effort "to get her to loosen up a bit as a favor to the Murphy of old."

    Tropes Present in Beyond the Outer Gate Lies... a High School Library? 

Beyond the Outer Gate Lies... a High School Library? provides examples of:
  • Accent Relapse:
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: How Beholders "talk." Harry asks Lash to filter their sounds so he (and the audience) can hear them as normal speech. Subverted with certain types of Beholders who have better pronunciation thanks to their greater intelligence and/or having actual lungs and voice boxes.
  • Accidental Engagement: Maybe. It's left ambiguous whether Harry technically beating Sona in chess (she let him win to prove a point to her father) and fulfilling the letter of her Engagement Challenge means they're now betrothed or not.
  • Accidental Truth: The Campione! light novel series exists as a Show Within a Show and, in an In-Universe case of Accidentally Correct Writing, Rossweisse was more than a tad uncomfortable that their author got goddess Athena's super-secret backstory better than most actual mythologists.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Harry comes up with the crazy idea of teaching Rias and Sona's Peerages to offset their crippling weakness to Light-based attacks like this. While effective to let them learn how to use their Devil Power to expel Light poisoning, it's only thanks to Asia's Twilight Healing and having an emergency reserve of Phoenix Tears at hand that this kind of training can even be considered relatively safe(-ish).
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Most of the core members of the Hero Faction actually liked being portrayed as The Psycho Rangers in Miracle Levi-tan. It helped a lot that Cao Cao, Siegfried and Heracles were Power Rangers fans and the former two's fictional counterparts were respectively played by their favorite Power Rangers actors. The three even got into a debate about whether Jason David Frank should have played the character based on Siegfried instead because "Blue is the only main color he hasn't been before" and that felt like a missed chance.
    • Jeanne is a Subversion to the above. Hard to blame her after she had to spend half an hour on the phone trying to convince her little sister that she's neither gay nor hitting on Alice's own girl-crush Tsubasa. For another Subversion, while not happy about getting portrayed as "Georgia", Georg decided "not to give in to the Leviathan's taunts" and was at least glad that the Devils didn't Gender Flip any of the other, more muscle-bound guys.
  • A-Cup Angst:
    • Mild example with Sona, she's a bit self-conscious about the fact that she's the least endowed of Harry's love interests, and worries that Harry might not find her as appealing as the others. Harry of course couldn't care less about cup-sizes, nor is Sona as flat as she seems to think.
    • Alice White briefly considered joining Sona's Peerage after she got a Marshmallow Hell hug from Serafall and mistakenly thought the Fanservice Pack was a side-benefit of turning into a Devil.
    • Also Oakley when she meets Behemoth. She said she wasn't sure whether she's more turned on or just plain jealous.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In-Universe. Atalanta turned out to be a more heroic figure of myth in Bizarro World than in the more prevalents variations of her legend.
    Lash: In our world, there was an uncommon, and frankly untrue, variation on the Atalanta legend. In that version, she did not outright kill every man who lost in the race to claim her hand. Instead of death, the losing suitors had to agree to a punishment of Atalanta's choosing. Most were killed, but others were enslaved and treated harshly. And still others were enslaved, but were treated kindly. At first everyone just thought it was her whim, but then Athena, or possibly Aphrodite or Persephone, noticed the pattern.
    The men Atalanta had executed were villains, they either wanted to marry the princess to take control of her kingdom, or they wanted to marry the great huntress so they could boast of breaking her. The suitors who were spared but forced to work hard, either wanted to marry her so they could live lazily as a prince consort, or they were enamored with her beauty but did not care for her as a person. And the ones who were treated well, they were either forced to challenge her by their original superiors, or genuinely loved her.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: An In-Universe example. Jeanne of the Hero Faction got fictionalized as lesbian for the Show Within a Show Miracle Levi-tan. The Devils went a step further with Georg, who got fictionalized as a straight woman because his Camp Straight Fanboyism of Harry was easier to write that way.
  • Adaptive Ability: Harry suggests experimenting with getting Sacred Gears to absorb other magical items and effects, like Issei's been doing with the Boosted Gear, to increase their powers.
  • Adorkable: Believe it or not, the Bizarro World version of freaking Lasciel is this in spades. She even blushed when Harry called her by name because she isn't used to be recognized and stuttered when he teased her about her obvious crush on Azazel.
  • Aerith and Bob: An unusually literal example; One of the bodyguards of the Senju clan is actually named Bob. And she's a woman (well, female Tengu). She explains it's because her parents are big fans of Bob Dylan.
  • Affectionate Parody: In-Universe. Miracle Levi-tan is a straightforward Magical Girl Warrior show, but its American audience consistently think of it as this trope. Serafall can't really understand why that's the case, but the fact is a live-action Magical Girl show intended for (Devil) kids with a very curvaceous protagonist might be enough of an explanation in itself.
  • Age-Gap Romance: One of the reasons it takes a long while for Harry to start dating after arriving to Bizarro World. Lash counters that he didn't have such reservations before, particularly his relationship with Anastasia Luccio who was old enough to be his grandmother (in wizard years, no less) and was similarly and permanently stuck in a much younger body against her will. This gets Harry to admit that his real problem is that he's hiding too many things from his Love Interests and that he's afraid that the truth of his real age and specially his origin will end his friendship to people he's come to care about. In other words, he considers himself entitled to his secrets as their ally, but a boyfriend or more is an entirely different story.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • Discussed. Gasper asked the Beelzebub about the possibility of a Devil having a "digital familiar." When Harry heard about it, he immediately wondered if the little Hikikomori had just inspired Ajuka to create Skynet.
    • Downplayed. Fate ends up getting herself in a bit of trouble, and makes Nanoha panic, when she borrows Raising Heart to get the card patched for Brave Duel's Updated Re-release as a surprise — only for Raising Heart to rebel and refuse to take the patch unless she gets a Belkan Cartridge upgrade as part of the deal. This causes a thirty-minute process to take over a day.
  • All for Nothing:
    • All of BB's efforts at getting Harry and Gasper's eyes only got him and his subordinates killed, revealed abilities that the Beholders were trying to kep hidden, and allowed Harry to develop spells that could penetrate their defenses.
    • An off-screen example. Serafall was practicing how to craft disposable yet functional magical guns out of her Devil power so she could let Harry borrow them whenever they work together. That is, until a certain Sacred Gear researcher accidentally provided Harry with a Morph Weapon that can transform into any production firearm he could want, plus functionally unlimited ammo, suddenly making Serafall's secret efforts irrelevant. In a partial Subversion, her self-training did come in handy to gear up Oakley in a hurry during the Kyoto arc.
    • Jeanne points out that the Hero Faction's efforts in Kyoto were a total waste of time, effort, and resources, and suggests that they go after Trihexa instead of Great Red, since one of their "allies" is unsealing it anyway.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: While calling Harry a "bad boy" might stretch it, both Tsubasa and Serafall confesses that his dark and tougher aspects is part of what they find attractive in him.
  • Alliterative Title: The Show Within a Show character based on Harry that appears in both Oppai Dragon and Miracle Level-tan is often called "Wandering Wizard" or "Mercenary Magician".
  • Almost Kiss: Harry and Serafall almost have their First Kiss during the first sleepover/guard duty shift at his place during the Beholder Story Arc. They were interrupted by Sona's voice from the other side of the door.
  • Alternate Self:
    • Azazel's lab assistant is the D×D version of Lasciel, who looks just like Lash's projection, though their only real shared trait so far is being attracted to Azazel.
    • Harry found a couple others, but he never contacted them. There's also Yoshimo Shiro, as mentioned below.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Invoked. Sona's mother does her very best to embarrass her in front of her boyfriend during their New Year's Eve dinner.
      Sona: Mother, I know what you are doing. Please stop.
    • Goddess Athena looked thoroughly embarrassed when in the same room with Zeus and Poseidon, her boisterous father and uncle, respectively. She even was (suspiciously) kind enough to signal Harry to take his leave before they could notice him.
  • Amplifier Artifact: One of the Hero Faction Mooks Harry faces is a Stalker with a Crush to Georg that Harry calls "Goth Hermione" with a Sacred Gear that makes regular spells much more powerful than they should. Her Balance Breaker allows her to fire five of the same attack spells at once, each with a different elemental attribute.
  • Angst Coma: Unusually Justified. It's well-known that the prognosis of the Devil-only sickness known as Purgatory Malaise is heavily dependant on the patient's mental condition, to the point that counseling is a fundamental part of the treatment. This is why patients that get to the stage where they fall into a coma rarely, if ever, wake up and recover. Harry discovered a strong resemblance between the sickness and Nemesis, meaning that its psychological component is far from a random trait.
  • Anti-Magic:
    • The Beholders can use this under certain circumstances.
    • Leonardo's Anti-Monsters in the Kyoto arc, particularly Fire and Ice magic to counter Harry's specialties. They weren't as effective as the Hero Faction expected, though. Rossweisse threw a wrench in it by hitting them near simultaneously with every Elemental attack magic she could think of until finding something they weren't resistant to, prompting every allied magic user to change their spells to match. Harry took an even more pragmatic approach and simply gunned several Anti-Monsters down with a submachine gun.
  • Apocalypse How: The War of Forgotten was a Type 2. 90% of humanity was killed and the survivors descended into Stone Age barbarism just trying to survive. The gods could not help, because they were too busy recovering from preventing it from becoming a Type X.
  • Appropriated Appelation: After hearing of Harry's "Boss Beholder" nickname (shortened to BB), Argus makes it official, much to the newly dubbed BB's displeasure. When he hears about the "Rini" name for the female pink Beholder, he demands an explanation in the hopes that it'll be worse than his nickname.
  • Arch-Enemy: Discussed. The little nine-tailed Kitsune Kunou innocently asked if the Hero Faction were the 'Wandering Wizard's arch-enemies" from the way he talked about them. Harry was about to deny it when he realized that the shoe kinda fit them, given how often they cross paths and butt heads. A nearby Azazel considered it a good plotline for Harry's Show Within a Show counterpart and implement it many chapters later.
  • Artifact Title: The "High School Library" in question has not shown up on screen in since the single digit chapters.
  • Artificial Stupidity: According to Harry, out of all the mandalas that go into making a Golem, the one that control its actions are by far the most complex and the hardest to work with. That's why stories are full of Golems that accidentally turn on their masters or cause tons of unnecessary damage.
  • Asexuality:
    • While she later admits she was exaggerating, Serafall calls Azazel this, pointing out that he's currently more focused on Sacred Gears research than any real relationships.
    • There's some In-Universe speculation that Tomoe could be this to some degree. Harry's info is only third-hand, but he hears that when the female Council members where talking about boys, she acted like she never even thought about it, and takes a good deal of prompting to get an answer out.
  • As Himself / For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself:
    • Harry is dismayed to find out that Chris Hemsworth is the stage name of the real Norse God Thor.
    • Harry takes it better later when he learns that Kevin Sorbo is the real Heracles. He even taunts the Hero Faction's Heracles with that fact.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Harry groaned to himself when he felt he was duty-bound to ask Issei "what's so special about Rias's breasts?" Harry interrupted him before he could break into "another worshipful lecture on the perfection of Buchou's Bosoms" and clarified that he meant that question as a magic specialist acting as a combat coach to Rias' Peerage. As in, why does something like that help him when it's Time to Unlock More True Potential, and whether he ever tried it with another of his girlfriends for comparison purposes.
  • The Assimilator: He Who Walks Below managed to assimilate the magic users he drew into his seal with him, integrating with reality and becoming stronger, eventually becoming Trihexa.
  • Atlantis: The continent of Atlantis existed in prehistoric times in Bizarro World. It was destroyed in its entirety — as in the whole landmass, enough to actually affect the planet's gravity — during the War of Forgotten.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Oakley's Balance Breaker, in addition to allowing her to see through shapeshifting, lets her see weak spots, like an ankle injured from a bad step on Mulan during her battle.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Remus's Sacred Gear, Colossus of Rhodes, takes him from 6 feet tall up to 60 feet tall.
  • Badass Boast: Harry gives one to Argus that is more than a little similar to the one he gave Marva:
    Harry: However you normally do it, you are going to tell every one of your Beholders to get the Hell out of Japan. Because if I ever see any of them again; if I ever even think that they are coming after me, or one of my friends, I will hunt them down, and then come after you.
    Argus: While I cannot stop you from finishing poor BB. I highly doubt you can make good on that little threat.
    Harry: You might not have heard what I told BB. But your Beholders are already done. I have the spells to track them, to block them, and to kill them. I am going to make those spells available to every magician, Devil, Fallen, Angel, Valkyrie, and any other supernatural being that wants them. Their days of being near mythical phantoms, untraceable and untouchable, are over. With any luck, in a year you won't dare send a Beholder anywhere that there might be any kind of magic user. And as for you, maybe I can't kill you on my own. But I'm on good terms with the leaders of the three factions. Most of them owe me some favors, and I'm friends with the two you seem to fear the most. And I know five Longinus users. Two of them would help me if I asked and the other three I might not be all buddy-buddy with, but I can easily push their buttons to get them to do what I want. And that's just the simple connections. Give me a reason, Argus, and I will gather up every god, demi-god, and god-killer I can, and I will sic them on you. We will find whatever hole you are hiding in. And then you won't have to worry about Hera's curse anymore. Comprende?
  • Bad Boss: Defied. Sona was ready to dress down her Peerage for acting on their own during the Kyoto Story Arc, but Harry stepped in and defused her main point of contention by basically throwing Azazel under the bus and telling her that the Fallen was in charge of contacting her in the Underworld. Once in private, Harry told Sona that what he actually did was keeping her from taking her Anger Born of Worry out on her Peerage, which isn't just a bad call as a leader in general but also unfairly detracts from their accomplishments during the emergency.
  • Bait-and-Switch: the Soul of a Mahou Shoujo? begins with unnamed but recognizable Harry and Sona in a Wall Pin of Love as he leans in to kiss her. Then the real Harry appears and blasts the Stray Devil away from his would-be victim.
  • Bandage Mummy: Duncan Sitri after his wife and daughters beat him up for trying to bribe Harry to disappear from their lives.
  • Batman Gambit: Harry asked Tsubasa to help him move to his new place in front of the rest of the Student Council, citing her augmented physical strength as a Rook to make things a lot easier. He knew she would immediately agree, if only because she surely would want to see both his old apartment and new house. Just like he knew Sona and Reya would volunteer to help too for the same reason, plus their understandable reluctance to leave Tsubasa alone with Harry for a whole day.
    Harry: [narrating] I really did feel bad about manipulating my three romantic pursuers like that. But as they say, "all's fair in love and moving."
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The Bizarro World version of Harry Houdini had actual magical powers. He was known as the last confirmed "wizard" — as in, a human who could cast magic without magic circles or a Sacred Gear — before his death 20-30 years ago. This is very relevant to the plot because it's thanks to his precedent that his wisecracking namesake's powers are considered highly unusual rather than impossible, and why people are curious of Harry instead of labelling him as a dangerous eldritch threat like other entities from beyond the Dimensional Void.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Besides hurting innocents and people he cares about, don't fuck with people's minds around Harry. Cao Cao is very high in his shit-list precisely for that reason.
    • Beholders for Tsubasa. Big time.
    • Hurting Harry is this to all of his Love Interests, as the bad guys learned the hard way in Eyes on the Prize?. With Tsubasa taking the "berserk" part quite literally.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: BB used the last of his strength to request Argus to use Divine Sublimation on him, basically destroying his own mind and condemning whatever it was left to Possession Burnout, so his creator could use his body as an avatar with greater powers and proficiency than himself to kill his would-be slayers.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Reya is by far the nicest and least confrontational of Harry's Love Interests, which makes her brief shift to a vicious Violently Protective Girlfriend in the Beholder Story Arc all the more scary.
    • On a more humorous note, while the Sitri sisters merely latched to Harry's arms and Tsubasa jumped to his back under the effects of an accidental aphrodisiac in the Halloween Episode, Reya went straight to his bedroom and waited for him in his bed. Thankfully for his Let's Wait a While policy, the booze put her to sleep before he could get there.
    • For the hat trick. When Tomoe dared to take the only free seat next to Harry at lunch while Reya, Tsubasa and Sona were still deciding which one of them should get it, the Bishop "hissed demonically" (Harry's words) at her very best friend. A heartbeat later, Tomoe was sitting next to Serafall's Knight on the other side of the table. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Reya got the seat.
    • When Xenovia is hurt defending Gasper in the Rating Game against Sairog's Peerage, he gets pissed and quickly finishes his foe off
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: One of the creatures Leonardo makes are 'flies the size of small dogs'. Not huge, but still big for a flying insect. Also, the hybrid griffins he makes may count; they are based on normal griffons in size and basic shape, but have dragonfly wings and scorpion tails.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the eponymous chapter, Harry fired up his coat's beacon spell while he fought off a Beholder that attacked Mihae. Eleven Devils answered his call, forcing it to flee.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Harry has kissed all four of his girls, but his kisses with Serafall and Sona fall best into this trope. Serafall's kiss left Winter Harry weak in the knee, and assisted her Logic Bomb to save him. And Sona's kiss came last, and was the most romantic/heartfelt. And led to more; very nearly much more.
  • Big Fancy House: The Sitri Manor in the Underworld is enormous. It looks like a large mansion from the gates, but it takes a 20-minute ride in a golf car to get from there to the actual door. Harry jokes that one end of the building may not even be in the same time zone than the opposite one.
  • The Big Guy: Tsubasa, as per norm for Rooks, when she's not being The Tease. As their relationship evolves, she starts to show a much more vulnerable side to Harry.
  • Big "NO!": Sona and Rias did this in perfect unison when Harry ever-so-innocently proposed to have a sparring match with Kendra after the Kings vetoed the latter two's prank war.
  • Bi the Way: Anna Sitri casually reveals that in addition to her husband (Sona and Serafall's father) she also has a wife. The fact that her spouses are siblings gets much more attention than her sexuality.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Harry is shown not to be overly fond of fanfic websites.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: As amazing as the Devils' power of Language is, Harry observes that it has its limitations. For example, when Harry asked Sona if there's a "RPG club" in Kuoh Academy, Language mistranslated the English acronym as "Rocket Propelled Grenade." She was about to pinch his cheeks for supposedly trying to get his hands on heavy ordinance before he clarified that he meant "role-playing game."
    • It also cannot translate conlangs like Elvish or Klingon.
  • Body Double: D×D!Mab tries to dupe Harry like this, but it falls short because he knew their Alternate Self from his original universe.
  • Body Horror:
    • The severity of Harry's scars are emphasized a lot more in this fic, and even commented on by Sona when she sees Harry without a shirt for the first time. However, their size is slowly decreasing thanks to long-term healing by Asia, which is reducing them to tolerable levels. especially his mutilated left hand (he can't get rid of them entirely without raising questions from the non-magic students).
    • Harry is badly injured in the fight against the Beholders, and it almost costs him his leg, which is described in almost sickening detail. Thankfully, they have Asia on hand to heal him.
  • Bookworm: Harry and Reya bond because they are bookworms. Harry notes that books in Bizarro World (or just in Japanese) are subtly different, making rereading them more interesting.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Mulan purportedly hates Japan for their actions against China in WWII, but is apparently an anime fan, to the point that she's completely fluent in the language. It is implied by Oakley that Mulan's prejudice is likely due to Cao Cao's brainwashing.
  • Bottomless Magazines: More like Unlimited Magazines if you want to get technical about it, but Second Amendment comes fully loaded whenever the artificial Sacred Gear transforms into a firearm. This means that it's actually faster to just drop it and re-summon it than reloading normally. The ammo seems to be perfectly non-magical and stays if fired or manually removed from the weapon, making a good source of ammunition in a country with strict anti-gun laws like Japan or for raw materials like depleted uranium rounds. Even Azazel isn't sure where the ammo comes from, but he and Harry suspect it's summoning it from ammo depots around the world.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Christine Lee/Mulan was brainwashed even more heavily than Oakley or Yasaka to get her eager to participate in the attack on Kyoto.
  • Break the Haughty: A Downplayed, well-meaning example. Harry noticed that Akeno was getting bored with the training regime that he and Rossweisse came up for "the magic types" in Rias and Sona's Peerages because it was simply too easy for her. Seeing the potential complacency/frustration/hubris problem there, Harry performed an incredibly more complex variation of the exercise as a way to tell Akeno and everybody present that, a) nope, she's got a long way to go as a magic user, and b) if she had a problem with the training, she should've just told them about it because he certainly can provided her with a challenge proportional to her current skill.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Whenever Harry gears up for battle, he takes a baseball with him. Not an enchanted one, just a normal baseball. If he gets called on it, he insists that it might come in handy. It shows up again in A Storm Gathering? and is used to incapacitate Goth Hermione, a Hero Faction mage.
    • Speaking of Goth Hermione, the Hero got angry when Harry called her that. It seemed at the time she was upset of he would compare her to the fictional character, but a later chapter reveals that her hair is dyed. She is trying not to look like Hermione, and was annoyed that the guy she hates on principle would noticed the similarity.
    • One going back to the original story; during the gender-bender incident, Harry sarcastically tells Lash he will be sure to have a larger t-shirt on hand for the next time Azazel turns him into a girl. In A Terrible Thing to Waste? he has a t-shirt handy for Oakley (who had been stripped by Ise's Dress Break), and when he gives it to Tsubasa to put on the unconscious girl, the Rook notes that the t-shirt is much larger than what he normally wears.
    • For another, Harry jokily complained that he never gets what he calls "the good kind of stalker" — namely a "hot, overeager, sexually aggressive cheerleader" — in the original fic. In the chapter 42 of the Continuation, Jeanne from the Hero Faction offered to pay for Harry's Occult Detective fees by renting and cosplaying as a cheerleader for him, which didn't fly well with Tsubasa and Serafall.
    • For a third one, Lash suggested devising a spell to tug a girl's hair from a distance while teasing Harry about his alleged fetish for it. It's revealed in chapter 75 that he knows the fae spell Tug-straction that does exactly that. No perverted usage of the spell (so far), though.
    • Harry learns from Azazel that there's a spell that copy memories of the caster into a DVD and that Akeno of all people knows it. That's why Harry was very nervous when Issei brought an unmarked DVD that he wanted to watch with Harry at his place several chapters later. No, it's not a Home Porn Movie, but rather the debut episode of the Wandering Wizard in Oppai Dragon.
    • One time Harry mentioned that he wanted to buy some jewelry as bases for new talismans, only for Serafall to unsubtly Hint Drop that "a simple bronze or copper ring or bracelet is a good gift to give a girl early in a new relationship" and then mentions that she and Sona coincidentally both wear a size 7 ring on their right ring finger. Harry pretends to not hear the last part. Skip 33 chapters into the future to Christmas where it's revealed that she gave him the idea of crafting upgraded Force Rings for all four of his Love Interests.
    • A meta example. Chapter 20's Author's Notes mention that the name "Sophia" will be used a temporary name for Harry and Lash's daughter until the time Jim Butcher will provide a Canon Name for the newborn Spirit of Intellect. Jump to chapter 74 where her Canon Name — Bonea — is mentioned in a mostly unrelated context and Harry's only remark about it is "poor kid".
    • There is one with more than 500,000 words in the making, between the set-up in the first chapter of the original fic and the punchline in the chapter 76 of the Continuation. Namely, when Harry finally finds out why the Ars Goetia says that "the Sitri was a demon which approached and could cause love between men and women, but could also cause people to become naked before them" and why Sona was truly mortified when he mentioned it. It turns out that her family has a hereditary power that allows them to produce the so-called "Sitri Oil" through their Water magic. The magical substance dissolves anything dead or inorganic without harming living beings while also acting as a powerful Aphrodisiac by contact, making it the in-universe origin of the "clothing dissolver" variation of The Nudifier trope and few kinkier more. No wonder Sona asked her sister to not tell Harry about it.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Discussed. Harry noticed that one of the Knights of the Peerage Sona's would face first in the rescheduled Young Devils Rating Game tournament was completely ignoring the press conference and instead focused her attention on her handheld game console without her King calling her out on it. This makes him label her as highly dangerous because only people that gets results tend to get away with that kind of open dismissal of protocol. She later is revealed to have a Sacred Gear that allows her create Improvised Golems and control them more easily than normal with the console.
  • Busman's Holiday: Harry and his girlfriends had to solve with some supernatural problems during their Christmas Eve date. Fortunately, it wasn't too much of a hassle to deal with and things went pretty much as planned for once.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The Beholder that stole Tsubasa's eyes and left her to bleed out actually remember her, even years after the fact. It quickly becomes a Double Subversion once the creature makes clear the incident didn't mean a thing it at all other than it was rather looking forward to take "those lovely blues" for its master for a second time.
  • The Caligula: Argus. He sends out Beholders to make a treaty with Human kings. When some of the kings refuse, and others try to negotiate, he has a fit of rage and forces the Beholders to kill them. Even the kings who readily agreed to his terms. Then he forced the Beholders to fight each other as punishment and for his amusement.
  • The Cameo:
  • Camp Straight: Despite his Fanboyism of Harry, Georg says he's straight when asked. He details that girls like Mulan, and to a lesser extent Jeanne, are his type.
  • Canon Welding:
    • Sona's Knight, Meguri Tomoe is the granddaughter and student of the Bizzaro World version of Yoshimo Shiro (on her mother's side).
    • The War of Forgotten? bolts the two canons together and welds up the seams. The reason Ophis originally left the Dimensional Void? She was either infected by Nemesis, or influenced by a carrier. The ancient gods started to create the Magogs to stop the Outsider invasion that follows. And Trihexa used to be known as He Who Walks Below.
    • It's implied that the illness that put Sairaorg's mother in a coma is an Synthetic Plague developed 9,000 years ago — and thus predating the Great War between the Three Faction by several thousands — in an attempt to replicate Nemesis.
  • Can't Catch Up: Harry actively Defies this trope for himself by always researching and developing new spells and magical tools — "stop learning, start dying", as he puts it — and for others by suggesting new uses or improvements to their skillsets.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: An unfortunate reality for the Angels, who are unable to have sex without succumbing to Lust and becoming Fallen. The higher-ups are trying to figure out a way around this, as Angels are just as interested in sex as everyone else. Harry suggests that the issue might just be that the Angels having sex aren't married when they're doing it.
  • Cartwright Curse:
    • Much of Harry's reluctance to romance comes from acknowledging this trope. Hard to blame him when most women who have ever loved him in the source material have objectively come out worse for it.
    • Also a Discussed Trope when a jealous Saji ranted at Harry for the likely possibility of him hurting Sona deeply someday, something that Harry admits won't ever be out of the question.
  • Cat Girl: The Sitri maid who picks up Harry at the train station is a humanoid with cat ears.
  • Cats Are Magic: Harry's cat Mister somehow finds his way to Bizarro World, much to Harry and Lash's shock. They have no idea if it's the original Mister who has somehow crossed universes, the local counterpart of the original Mister like Santa Claus and Uriel or something else entirely, but he acts just like the original Mister, looks exactly the same under the Sight, and apparently sees Harry as his owner (as much as a cat normally does anyway). He also might or might not be able to No-Sell Gasper's Forbidden Balor View.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Mister manages to do this without speaking. His dialogue is limited entirely to meowing (written as "Nya").
  • The Cavalry: Frequently Invoked. Harry crafted an enchantment onto his coat that, once activated, lets anyone who knows the other half of the spell use it as a teleportation beacon to his current location. He combines it with preset text messages to quickly call for help in emergencies. Beholders quickly wise up and start jamming magical and mundane communications to prevent this from happening.
  • Celeb Crush: According to Behemoth, Serafall once had a crush on Johnny Depp.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Harry has now read and is a big fan of the Codex Alera books. He tells Sona that if he ever needs someone to write his biography, he will ask Jim Butcher. Harry even runs a Codex Alera game for Sona's Peerage using the official, licensed RPG based on the FATE system.
  • Celibate Hero:
    • A very rare self-imposed example. Harry's girls are perfectly willing to consummate their relationship already, but Harry himself, no matter how much he WANTS to, doesn't feel comfortable doing so emotionally, mostly related to his true age and origins. Not that they haven't had a few close calls in moments of passion.
    • Another self-imposed example in Issei and his harem. Irina can't have sex or she will Fall. Koneko can't have sex or she will suffer Death by Childbirth. So all the members of Issei's Harem agree that none of them will have sex until all of them can. Both problems are being worked on, but it is not clear exactly how long either fix will take.
  • Characterization Marches On: Jeanne was a lot more ditzy and fun- and battle-loving in the original fic than in the Continuation. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize the sobering of her personality matches her growing disillusionment with the Hero Faction given their Slowly Slipping Into Evil, with them targeting her little sister for recruitment as the turning point.
  • Character Overlap: The "Wandering Wizard", a Pop-Cultured Badass Show Within a Show character based on Harry, is an In-Universe example. He appears in both Oppai Dragon and Miracle Levi-tan series as the first step of a bigger crossover piece still in development.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Harry received a single vial of Phoenix Tears from Ravel as a housewarming gift and a reward from her family for saving Mihae, one of Riser's Bishops, at the start of the Beholder Story Arc. Thirty-four chapters later, he used them to save Issei's life when Cao Cao scored a hit and almost managed to exploit the Devil's inherent weakness to Light to wipe him out of existence.
    • When Harry and Sona finally try to have a Soulgaze, they discover that her magically protective glasses can keep it from activating. Later on during their Christmas Eve date, she gets non-prescription equivalents for Tsubasa and Reya so they and Harry can look at each other in the eye without triggering a Soulgaze.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Serafall's Soulgaze with Harry allowed her to promptly figure out when Harry was getting overwhelmed by the Winter Mantle, and what to do to snap him out of it.
    • Harry is an expert at handling (and manipulating) ditzy and overenthusiastic little fairies from his experiences with Toot-Toot and the Za-Lord's Guard. In the original fic, he considered using said skills to recruit like-minded Tomoe should the need for mischief arise, but he does nothing of the sort it until he manages to talk D×D!Mab into allying the Unseelie Court to the Kuou Alliance by promising her a big role As Herself in Miracle Levi-tan.
    • The language-changing spell from An Expected Result? returns in A Rearguard Action?, allowing Texan girl Oakley to read the sign on the side of a Japanese building and know that it is a school.
    • The same spell later returns again when Sona uses it in a Ratings Game to keep members of the opposing team from being able to understand each other by making it so that each one only understands a different language, while using a modified version to allow her Peerage to temporarily be able to speak and understand both English and Klingon, since Language doesn't work on artificial languages.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: While it obviously applies to Issei, the trope itself is played with by the story itself. Since the setting is that of a light novel/Ecchi anime, it keeps setting up situations where this would normally come into play, but since Harry ISN'T a character from that type of media, his reactions are different. While certainly chivalrous almost to a fault, Harry didn't originally have any sort of interest in a harem, and is utterly dumbfounded by the way fate (and Lash) seems to draw him towards one.
  • Chosen Conception Partner: Coira Sitri née Allocer is looking one for herself, despite being completely uninterested in a potential male partner, due to political pressure to keep the Pillar family from dying out as such and hopefully pass down her Recessive Super Genes to her children. It helps a lot to the situation that she actually wants to be a mother after helping out to raise Serafall and Sona. Coira is considering Harry of all people for the role because he's likely to pass his magical aptitude to his kids, and a human sperm donor should improve the chances of her Recessive Super Genes to manifest (as well as giving a metaphorical middle finger to the elitists and racists in Devil society). Less clinically, Coira likes the idea that Sona, Serafall, and her own future children would be half-siblings to each other, which gives him an even bigger pause during the conversation due to Coira's implicit assumption that he's going to marry both Sitri sisters someday.
  • Christmas Episode: Done originally as an Omake at Christmas, then rewritten later in a longer and slightly altered form when the story actually reached Christmas. Harry takes his four girlfriends out on a romantic date as is typical for Christmas Eve in Japan, and they end up stopping a hedge magician from ruining it for all the happy couples. Then he has them stay overnight for an American-style Christmas morning. There is even a visit from Santa.
  • Chuunibyou: Harry met a girl like that in his first high school:
    Harry: Then I was targeted by that chuuni girl…
    Sona: Targeted?
    Reya: Chuuni? Are you sure she wasn't…
    Harry: No, she had less magical energy than Aika or the duo, and no real supernatural skills or knowledge. She just dyed her hair green, and kept it in a ponytail with six different ties. She said if even one was removed her hair would go wild and destroy the school. And when I say targeted, she kept saying that I was her disciple. Really, she was just trying to get me to teach her. But like I said, she didn't have any talent or power.
  • Clark Kenting: Referenced and hoped for by Harry, who thinks people might not recognize Lash as a copy of D×D's Lasciel, since Lash is wearing a revealing toga (vs. Lasciel's layer of concealing clothing), has her hair expertly done (as opposed to pinned in a haphazard bun with whatever she has on hand), and yes, does not wear glasses. If the similarities are noticed despite these precautions, he plans to just say that Lash based her appearance off of Lasciel, which is technically true.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Issei's harem like in canon. Harry also observes their less obvious displays such as Rias and Asia keeping a watchful eye on Issei's hands when he used the Boosted version of Pai-lingual on Misla's breasts.
    • Subverted with Harry's, whose personalities makes them less likely to fall into this.
    • Also actively Defied by the wizard himself. Once he finally decided to give their blossoming multi-partner relationship a fair chance, Harry made sure of giving each of his girlfriends equal attention, not playing favorites, not showing interest when other women (mostly Jeanne) try to seduce him, and generally just not being stupid enough to give his girls a reason to be jealous in the first place.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Second Amendment, one of the artificial Sacred Gears Azazel has created. When he asked Harry to help him test it, it refused to detach from Harry when they were done. Both Harry and Az suspect the other might have planned it.
  • Closet Geek: Saji became a big fan of Miracle Levi-tan, and wasn't too happy when Harry learned about it the time they roomed together during the school trip. Thankfully for him, Harry isn't one to give someone grief about their fandoms despite being The Gadfly most of the time.
  • Color Failure: During their conversation on the Outside, Rossweisse makes an expression that has Harry lampshade that she'd be doing this in an anime.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • At the convention, a fan takes a Polaroid of Serafall and reluctantly includes Harry. Then he drops the instant photo and runs away. Serafall picks it up, and she and Lash both complain that he cut Harry's head off. Completely ignoring that he also managed to capture the dark and malevolent shadow that is Lash. When Harry protests, Lash admits it doesn't look much like her, either.
    • When Serafall proposed to have Harry cosplay as Prince Xizor and Tsubasa, Reya and herself shapeshift into Twi'lek in skimpy dancing outfits for the premier of The Force Awakens, the librarian girl's only complaint was that it wasn't canon-compliant with Star Wars anymore, rather than remarking on how little she would be wearing.
    • When Harry finally dares to mention the Outsiders to his girlfriends, Reya thinks at first he's talking about American comic books. Harry finds the Mood Whiplash so abrupt and funny that he breaks into a laugh.
  • Commonality Connection:
    • The original premise of the Continuation Fic is that Harry/Reya becomes a thing because they're huge Bookworms with a taste for fantasy fiction and how it compares to their actual supernatural lives.
    • Harry and Mihae – one of Riser's Bishops – have a moment of Commonality Connection from the opposite sides of a Rating Game because they both call a plant monster a "chlorofiend".
    • Serafall and Arashimaru, a normal guy she and Harry met at the GamesBlast convention in Nagasaki, hit off pretty well because of their love for the Magical Girl genre and their taste in men.
    • Played for Drama for a bit later on when a rather distraught Tsubasa observed that she has less in common with Harry than any of his other Love Interests. Harry counters that it's not about having things in common from the get-go, but instead giving themselves the chance to find commonalities. For example, Harry didn't think he would enjoy action videogames until Tsubasa introduced him to them, and now it's one their favorite pastimes.
  • Composite Character: In-Universe. The character "Georgia/Wands Green" from Miracle Levi-tan is a mix of Georg and Goth Hermione.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Harry is well aware of this Hollywood fallacy, and as a Properly Paranoid precaution, he paid extra for furniture made of more sturdy materials that could be used as cover in a pinch.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The opening line of Equity? is "The building was on fire, and for the second time I could recall, it wasn't my fault."
    • Mihae from Riser's Peerage uses the word "chlorofiend." It surprised Harry because he thought he was the only one who called plant monsters that.
    • Serafall reveals to Harry that she takes pole-dancing lessons, but is not as good as Rias or Akeno. This is a reference to the High School D×D anime's infamous first ending sequence.
    • Harry's threat to use every weapon he can get to end Argus, if he ever sees a Beholder in Japan (see Badass Boast above) is very much like the threat he made to Marva at the end of Dead Beat.
    • Harry turned Second Amendment into a FN P90 and a Desert Eagle during the Kyoto arc. These were Murphy and Thomas' firearms of choice in The Dresden Files, respectively.
    • Harry introduces Rias and Sona's Peerages to his weighted clothing regimen from the sneak peak prologue of Peace Talks.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Subverted. Harry found a house for sale just beside the Hyoudou residence cheaper than its market price because it was next to the Hyoudou residence. Rias turning the place into a Big Fancy House (literally) overnight and the constant shenanigans Ise and his harem get up to ended up tiring out one of his neighbours who turned out to be mildly immune to the notice-me-not spells on the place.
  • Convenient Coma: Played With. While certainly not easy as it took the combined efforts of Asia, Issei, Rias, Harry, and Lash to pull off, they did manage to wake Misla Bael up from her coma on their first try.
  • Conversational Troping: Often between Harry and Lash, sometimes even referring tropes by name. Also relatively common between Harry, Serafall, and Azazel.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Harry's planned death curse for BB? To blind the Beholder. Fortunately, he gets saved before he has to go through with it.
  • Cooldown Hug: Harry to Tsubasa to keep her from going off half-cocked after a Beholder in her blind rage to avenge her own death.
  • Cool Mask: Oakley's Balance Breaker takes the form of a mask.
  • Cool Old Guy: Arashimaru, the older gentleman Harry and Serafall meet at the convention. He is the second person to ask to join their pickup board game, against Japanese custom (the first barely counts since she worked for the game company). He tells Serafall about the book sale that Harry takes Reya to. He is also there selling some of his deceased husband's books, and points out a magician selling actual spellbooks to Harry. And finally he is fully aware Harry is dating both Serafall and Reya, and he just tells Harry to be good to them.
  • Coordinated Clothes:
    • Downplayed. While each of Harry's girlfriends dressed up in their own particular styles for their Christmas Eve's dinner date, Tsubasa and Reya joined Sona in wearing glasses and they all wore a necklace with a "hexagonal aquamarine on a silver chain" to unify their outfits (a matching tie in Tsubasa's case) as seen in the fanart above. The latter may have been a bad call on their part, one that unwittingly contributed to all the intense if silent scorn Harry got from other people that night, if they were mistaken for day collars.
    • Sona's Peerage wears new, matching uniforms for her match with Seekvaira; form fitting long-sleeved navy blue shirts, black canvas cargo pants, and heavy work boots. Sona, Reya, and Tsubasa also sport new jackets; black leather dusters like Harry and Tsubaki.
  • The Corruption: Leaks in Trihexa's first seal, from when he was the Walker He Who Walks Below, caused his corruptive influence to leak out due to his nature changing from assimilating the few magic users helping seal him that he had dragged in with him. It especially affected the Devils due to the fact that he grabbed more of them, leading to the start of the Deal with the Devil stuff, but it also helped lead to the first Angels that started Falling, and thus what would become the war between the factions.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Harry notes that despite the fact that God Is Dead is in effect, he still feels that there's some higher power that likes messing with him. Sona, knowing how much of a Weirdness Magnet he is, can't really argue.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • Harry is fairly sure that a certain crossdressing vampire is straight because of some interesting websites he showed Issei.
      Harry: I swear, it's always the quiet ones.
    • Reya and Sona, unlike Tsubasa and especially Serafall who are a lot more honest about wanting to take their relationship with Harry to the next level. To wit, Reya seems to have frequent Erotic Dreams about Harry given how easily she fell into one when Riser's Queen cast a sleep-inducing spell on her, and Sona pointedly didn't refute the idea of bringing "Sitri Oil" to the bedroom despite how much she hates even talking about her family's hereditary power.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Invoked. Harry figures it pays to play the part when you're dating several beautiful girls.
      I partially shielded my dates from the polite observers and well-wishers. Most just wanted to offer congratulations or thanks. But I stood beside them, and glowered down at the handful of men, teen, tween, and adult, who seemed to be less interested in Tsubasa and Serafall's gaming skills, and more interested in how they filled out their somewhat revealing workout outfits. They seemed to get the idea. I have a pretty good glower.
    • During the school trip to Kyoto, the Perverted Duo made the mistake of telling Harry about their plans to peep on the girls of the student council and the female teachers in the onsen. Harry pretends to be interested in joining in to get them to spill more details, and then uses that intel to trap The Peeping Toms in their room with magic for the night and then he lowers the room's temperature for good measure. In their defense, the Duo didn't think their own rumors about Harry dating three of the girls in the council were real.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Anti-Monsters Leonardo sets upon the group in the Kyoto Arc are these. They're effective against Devils, and resistant to normal magic — particularly Fire and Ice to account for Dresden — but they're not very effective on Issei due to his Dragon traits, vulnerable to lightning and water spells from a certain Valkyrie, and weak against normal bullets, rendering them less effective against the mixed group than they would be against a Devil-only party. When Leonardo makes adjustments for these weaknesses, he ends up giving them new ones, implying that he can only give them so many powers and resistances at once.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: Oakley is finally able to achieve her Balance Breaker when she was losing to Mulan, and decided not to give up.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Nike was trying to get Remus to reveal the location of Leonardo. Once she realizes he doesn't know, she takes him out in two hits. He was 60 feet tall at the time.
  • Cutaway Gag: Harry saves himself and Sona's Peerage from getting yelled at, by putting out that it was Azazel's job to contact her. Cut Azazel is under a bus, looking for his keys.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Harry has a much easier time making money from his abilities in this setting, and makes a tidy profit from selling magically-enchanted clothes and jewelry to the supernatural factions, on top of his detective work.
  • Damager, Healer, Tank: Harry explains this to Asia, when she wants to be more than a Healer. He also includes a fourth classification, Controller (or just "Troll" as he puts it).
  • Dark Magical Girl: In-Universe. Georg(ia)/Wands Green in Miracle Levi-tan, down to being the magic specialist of "Divine Inheritor Hero Rangers" and wanting to take the Magical Girl protagonist's Love Interest for herself.
  • Deader Than Dead: When Argus remotely hijacks his henchman BB, he states that doing so has effectively erased BB's personality for good, and even if the body survives the battle, the mind will be gone.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Tomoe named her Familiar, a palm-size hummingbird with partially metallic feathers, "Massacre".
  • Death Glare:
    • Harry tends to get annoyed looks from envious male passersby whenever he's in public and in the company of one of his Love Interests in a damn-that-plain-looking-foreign-delinquent-got-the-hot-girl-oh-why-not-me kinda way. The one time he and all four of his girlfriends had an actual date in the Christmas Episode, he got so many envious/disproving stares from men and women alike that Reya had trouble believing he could endure them nonchalantly. It's quite sad that said fortitude and tolerance come from decades enduring mocking and disdain from people who don't know better.
    • Harry's got a "pretty good glower" to keep guys from hitting on his Love Interests.
  • De-Power:
    • Harry proposed a method to remove the "Hero" aspect of a person's soul before it takes root. It fails.
    • It does, however, inspire a potential way to remove things like Evil Pieces, Brave Saints cards, and Sacred Gears without harming the host, which could do much for keeping the Zeroes contained.
  • Depth Deception: When Harry arrived to the Sitri Manor in the Underworld, he saw a large mansion from the gate. As he slowly make it to the door, he realized it was a huge Big Fancy House where "you could slice up the Sears Tower and fit it inside Sona's parent's home. With room to spare. For Wrigley Field."
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Takako Senju should've thought twice before carelessly quoting Star Wars at Harry.
      Harry: No, just… You mentioned training and other styles. So I was wondering if you know any common or non-secret types of unarmed combat.
      Takako: I am fluent in over six million forms of melee combat.
      Harry: Great… Ta-three-K-O.
      Takako: [pales] I apologize for attempting to quote that movie in front of you, Harry. Please don't call me that or say it in front of anyone else.
    • Harry pranked Kendra for trying to get him in trouble with his girlfriends by dyeing her hair and skin bright pink. He wasn't overly concerned about the consequences because his "Brillo-us" spell was perfect to get her back to normal if waiting for the dye to wear off wasn't an option. What he didn't take into consideration – that is, until Rias gleefully pointed it out – is that the spell needs Harry to "vigorously scrub the area to be cleaned with [his] hand." Given that all of Kendra's body was affected, you may see why this was poor planning from his part. Akeno quips that perhaps that was exactly he was aiming for.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: One of Seekvaira Agares's Rooks has a Sacred Gear that summons rocks to his hands. Azazel comments that's kinda lackluster as far as Sacred Gears go, but it becomes a reliable tool when combined with a Rook's Super Strength and some creativity. For example, by using them as projectiles, or summoning rocks with the right shapes and composition to be wielded as improvised weapons.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: Invoked. The Senju Clan has a "dimensional break jutsu" that spatially divides an object into several pieces without destroying it by keeping it connected through portals. They use it to store dangerous items that can't be destroyed, for communication, or pranking smartass wizards.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Invoked. Tsubasa is not above exploiting Harry's hormones to beat him in videogames. As he puts it, "it was no coincidence she wriggled her butt [while sitting on his lap] when [his] combo counter got too far above hers."
    • In-Universe example in Miracle Levi-tan: When the Wandering Wizard had a Glamour Failure after losing his Nice Hat and returning to his real appearance in his late teens, the protagonist Levi-tan was so distracted by it during her fight with Spear Red that she almost loses an ear.
      Levi-tan: Do you mind? I'm having a Bishie Sparkle moment here!
  • Does Not Like Men: Discussed. When Coira Sitri comments that she's "not particularly interested in the traditional method of becoming pregnant", Kendra asks whether that's because she doesn't like men. Coira then makes the distinction that she likes men just fine, she just lacks "any romantic or sexual interest in them."
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Harry's reaction at seeing his wisecracking Show Within a Show counterpart the "Wandering Wizard" for the first time. Lash's reaction was naturally to answer "yes" to his question and laugh herself sick.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: A Double Subversion. Harry once talked about donkeys and making assumptions, but Asia didn't understand why he was doing it. Momo had to explain to her that he was referring to the punny joke "to assume makes an ass out you and me", but she didn't actually say it.
  • Doom Magnet: Discussed. Azazel rather rightfully calls Issei and Harry "the two biggest trouble magnets [he's] seen in a thousand years" and starts to make plans for when – as opposed to "if" – major problems will hit their school trip to Kyoto just because the two of them are in attendance. The Fallen Angel is, of course, proven right.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Reya's Artificial Sacred Gear is a mix of this and Astral Projection. "Colors of the Storm" allows her to create a clone of herself out of her winds that "borrows all of her pigmentation", making her real body almost invisible in the process. The clone isn't particularly strong or solid, but it makes for a great distraction and an ideal scout that can move more swiftly than her own body, plus being able to slip into otherwise inaccessible places because it's basically an Wind Elemental with her shape as its Shapeshifter Default Form. The Astral Projection aspect is Downplayed in that Reya can act on her own while seeing and hearing what her clone does rather than "be" in the elemental construct, but it can be considered "her" to a sufficient extent that the Rating Game system recognizes the clone's location for the purposes of Promotion requirement.
  • Double Date: An accidental example when Harry and Reya went to get lunch at the same place Issei and Asia were already having theirs. Harry and Reya wanted to Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone (and avoid a third and fourth wheel for themselves), but Asia caught sight of them waved them over before they could take a table at the other side of the room.
  • Double Knockout: Tsubasa and Seekvaira's Queen during the Rating Game between both Peerages in the Young Devils Tournament. Being a "capture the flag" kind of match, they both can return to the field after a timeout period.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Defied. After meeting her parents, Harry realized that Sona likely unconsciously picked up her bad habit of kicking his shin and stomping his foot from her parent's Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship, which is somewhat justified in their case because her father has an amazing Healing Factor and he can be too much of a Jerkass at times. Sona admitted that Harry had a point and promised to not do it again, but he commented that he still expects her to pinch his cheeks on occasion... as she should expect him to mess up her hair in retaliation.
  • Do Wrong, Right:
    • Harry seems ready to scold Sona for using her water dragon to intimidate Riser (after Ise gave him a severe case of dracophobia). Instead, he tells her she could make the dragon much more scary, and proceeds to demonstrate.
    • Azazel in the Kyoto School Trip arc:
      Azazel: [to the boys] I expect you all to be on your best behavior, No sneaking into the girls' rooms, even if you are invited. Follow the set bath times. No peeping.
      Azazel: [in a lower voice] And whatever you do, don't do something stupid to get caught. Like climbing the fences. Instead, build a periscope or use a selfie-stick. And if you take any pictures, make sure you save them to the cloud and delete them off your phones.
  • Dramatic Irony: When asked about it, Harry says that he's not sure if he's ready to be a father. Lash Lampshades the irony in his head.
  • The Dreaded:
    • The Outsiders, especially the Walkers, to those who know of them.
    • For a less serious example, everybody in Kuoh Academy are scared of having math with Takamachi-sensei. Her finals and make-up classes the previous year are so infamously hard that the now third-year students have given her the epithet "White Devil" despite being an otherwise very amiable teacher. It's bad enough that Sona agreed to reschedule supernatural business with Harry so he could help Nanoha with a missing property case. They knew that a sad and frustrated teacher is a surefire recipe for even harder quizzes and assignments.
    • Hades. People can feel "energy, light, and hope" sapping away in his proximity and Azazel outright places him in the top ten, if not the top five, of the heaviest hitters around.
  • Dresses the Same: Defied. Harry's girlfriends apparently passed notes to avoid this trope or outdress each other. They did agree on wearing glasses (Soulgaze-blocking variants for Reya and Tsubasa) and a distinctive aquamarine necklaces to unify their outfits.
  • Driven to Suicide:
  • Dropping the Bombshell: Coira Sitri casually asks Harry to be her Chosen Conception Partner in front of her half-brother Duncan and niece Serafall. Cue the guys' simultaneous Spit Take and Serafall's Death Glare.
  • Dual Age Modes:
    • Serafall has a "beer-buying" appearance she shifts into when she needs to be treated like an adult in the human world. She also has a yet-unseen "adult mode" that it's actually her real form. She keeps it hidden with Glamour because it's So Beautiful, It's a Curse.
    • There's an In-Universe example in Miracle Levi-tan with the Wandering Wizard, whose Nice Hat is a magical item that makes him look older than he really is.
  • Dumb Muscle: Hercules/Herakles of the Hero Brigade is muscle and little else. This works against him when Tsubasa blasts him with a "Fuego". The blast is weak, but since Herc doesn't pay attention in school, and thinks explosives and flames mixing makes explosions all the time.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Oakley shows up briefly in the Alice White arc, before becoming more important in the adaptation of Volume 9 (the Kyoto School Trip).
    • Hades appear on The Stinger of the Beholders' Story Arc, whole 47 chapters before his first official appearance in the Young Devils Tournament as in canon.
    • Bennia appears briefly as part of Hades' entourage of Grim Reapers for the above event.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Very narrowly avoided in Bizarro World's prehistory during the War of Forgotten, limited to "merely" the destruction of the Atlantean continent instead. Going by the resulting reduction of Earth's gravity by a half a percent, that means around 3.001 × 10 ^ 22 kg of planetary mass just gone. Just to give you an idea of the sheer scale of the damage, that's the 40.84% of mass of the Moon.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Trixeha turns out to have once been the strongest of the Walkers of the Outside, He Who Walks Below, before it assimilated the unlucky magic users it managed to drag in when it was sealed the first time.
  • Embarrassing Ringtone: Harry uses Rick James' "Super Freak" as his ringtone for, you guessed it, Akeno's number. It went off during a tense standoff with Cao Cao at the end of the Alice White arc.
  • The Empath: Alice, as one of the powers she gets as the reincarnation of Atalanta, has an empathic sense that lets her sense what a person is like. Harry notes that the legend that power came from, where Atalanta punished her failed suitors proportionately to their true nature, was false in his own world, but is apparently true in Bizarro World.
  • Endangering News Broadcast: A sports broadcast variant. Harry is greatly annoyed that Azazel went into details of the Artificial Sacred Gears that he developed for Reya in his role as Combat Commentator. Sure, the rulebook forbids the opponent they're currently facing from hearing him, but Sona's future opponents would be plain stupid if they don't take notice and plan ahead how to counter it.
  • Engagement Challenge:
    • Sona has hers from canon about only marrying a man who can beat her in chess that she used to get out of an unwanted Arranged Marriage in the past. This conspicuously was not once mentioned around Harry until a reporter did during the Sitri/Agares pre-Rating Game press conference in A Star's Life. The implication is that she wanted to quietly dismiss the requirement when Harry entered the picture, and that her friends caught on that and kept it to themselves.
    • Sona's father isn't overly fond of Harry, so he tried to use the above agreement with Sona to try to break them up by setting them up for an unexpected chess match. Not only Duncan's ploy was painfully obvious – so much that his wife apologized in his place and reassured them that he's not actually bad at playing others when his daughters' love lives aren't involved – but also Harry and Sona trivially turned it on its head by Loophole Abuse. After all, no part of her agreement with her parents said a thing about her having to play to win, so when the Engagement Challenge came about, she simply set her pieces to be taken by Harry's until her king was captured in a trivial checkmate.
  • Engineered Public Confession: When Kendra pranked Harry by stealing his staff and divided it into six pieces with a secret technique designed to create Dismantled MacGuffin so he couldn't just scry for it, he very angrily confronted her about it because the process supposedly ruined the unique enchantments he had carved into it. As she starts to apologize, he begins to grin like a loon.
    Harry: And that, boys and girls is how you get a confession from a guilty conscious.
  • Entendre Failure: Reya tends to miss turns of phrase that would have Tsubasa or Serafall cracking a lewd joke, or Sona looking disapprovingly at the speaker. It seems it's just her lack of practice looking for off-color subtext given the hints that Reya doesn't quite qualify as the Token Wholesome of Harry's Love Interests.
  • Ephebophile: Herc of the Hero Faction is apparently this. Him expressing an "interest" in Jeanne's sister Alice and his tendency to be a bit forceful about it (namely being a bit overly rough in training sessions, not watching their back in battle and going after anyone he thinks has an interest in her) is one of the reasons Jeanne asks Harry to help keep Alice out of the Hero Faction.
  • Erotic Dream:
    • Harry has several the night after his first date with Sona. One is on screen, and two others are referenced when he tries to shift the blame to Lash.
    • Reya starts sleep-talking her part in one about Harry when Yubelluna successfully casts a sleep-inducing spell on her during a Rating Game.
  • Escalating War: Subverted. Rias and Sona put a hard stop to Harry and Kendra's prank war when it threatened to get out of hand. However, just like kids getting caught by their parents, the Kings were only successful at making subsequent pranks a lot subtler.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Sona and Serafall's father goes from introducing himself to Harry straight to imperiously asking him what it's going to cost him to have Harry leave his daughters' lives forever. Ineffectually so, due but not limited to the fact he wasn't careful enough to look over his shoulder before making the attempt
    • Moments later, there's Anna Sitri's. She joins her daughters in leaving their father a Bandage Mummy for making such an offer, while somehow looking classy about it. She warmly welcomes Harry to their house, but then a very nervous Sona and Serafall cut the moment short and, as politely as possible, drag Harry away from their mother as if afraid of letting them interact more than necessary.
  • Even the Guys Want Him:
    • An older guy from the game convention in Nagasaki was interested in Harry, but he noticed right away that he wasn't into guys and likely in a relationship with Serafall.
    • Georg from the Hero Faction, whom Harry unaffectionately refers to as his stalker/fanboy, is a maybe. His Ignored Enamored Underling "Goth Hermione" certainly thinks so, from the way Georg frequently praises Harry's magical achievements. That's the reason why she goes the extra mile to try to Murder the Hypotenuse when she and Harry met in Kyoto.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Played straight in High School D×D unlike The Dresden Files. Harry and Lash complain as one that they vastly prefer their home world's version.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Hard not to when Takamachi-sensei gives math homework to do to students on a school trip. Harry isn't a fan himself, but given how heavily dependant on geometry and calculations magic in Bizarro World is, he decided to pay attention in class and do his homework without Lash's help.
  • Everyone Can See It: D×D!Lasciel's feelings for Azazel are obvious to Harry. He even compares her to Asia and her feelings towards Issei.
  • Evil Is Petty: While an antagonist, it's a little tricky to tell where Jeanne actually falls on the moral spectrum. Nevertheless she's definitely not above badmouthing Harry's girlfriends behind their backs:
    Alice White: [Jeanne] said his name was Harry Dresden, and he was like a giant stick figure, wearing The Undertaker's coat. She told me he was handsome, in a scary way. And he was supposed to be with a smaller girl… She said if that girl was flat as a board, her name was Sona Sitri, and if the girl had huge, fake looking… um breasts… that her name was Serafall.
    Sona: [frowns]
  • Evil Matriarch: The downfall of the House of Allocer, one of 72 Pillars, can be traced down to the plotting of Duke Allocer's first wife during the war, who also doubled as a Wicked Stepmother to the only two survivors in the family, half-siblings Duncan and Coira.
  • Evil Overlord List: Referenced by Harry when Saji and Vritra break Rule 34. He helpfully points out that no, it's not that Rule 34.
  • Exact Words:
    • Harry basically always talks in these. Discussed in the "Fan Site Omake" where Kunou argued that he and Serafall weren't a couple because he told her they weren't "lovers". Other users caught the misdirection and explained to her that "in many languages and cultures, being a 'lover' is a step beyond simply dating," meaning that Harry hadn't actually denied their relationship, he merely said he and Serafall weren't yet at that stage at the time.
    • Another lampshaded example occurs earlier on where, after getting 2nd Amendment stuck to him, he says something to Azazel that the Fallen thinks means that he'll keep mum about it to Sona... when really he went straight to her and explained the whole mess to avoid a misunderstanding.
    • When Duncan tries to use Sona's old statement about not marrying a suitor who can't beat her at chess against her and Harry, it fails because Sona can just let Harry win, not to mention the fact that Harry has Lash to help him.
  • Executive Meddling: In-Universe. It seems that the Foe Yay between Harry and Jeanne was written out of their fictional counterparts in Miracle Levi-tan because Serafall doesn't like it for obvious reasons. Instead, Jeanne/Girl Pink was made to hit on Rampa-tan (Tsubasa's counterpart) and the Wandering Wizard got a Stalker with a Crush in the form of "Georgia", a Gender Flipped fictionalization of Georg with characterization cues from Goth Hermione.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Relatively common among High-Class Devils. For example, Anna Sitri married half-siblings Duncan and Coira Allocer, while the latter also serves as a Queen in her Peerage.
  • Expy. In-Universe. The Wandering Wizard is basically Tuxedo Mask to the Miracle Mysticas's Sailor Guardians in Miracle Levi-tan. Namely a Mysterious Protector/Aloof Ally to the Magical Girl team who often gets to say I Was Just Passing Through, serves as the protagonist's main Love Interest and a Savvy Guy to her Energetic Girl, and doubles as the Straight Man to anyone else should the need arise. Levi-tan even calls out "Wandering Wizard-sama" when he arrives, which not coincidentally has the same intonation and number of syllables as Sailor Moon's impassioned cries of "Tuxedo Kamen-sama".
  • Extra Eyes: Beholders, naturally. However, even in her Human form, Shizukesa has an additional eye in the palm of each hand. They are completely hidden when closed, and are an additional source for her TK powers.
  • Eye Beams: The Beholders' primary means of attack is to focus the TK from their eyes into a concussive beam. Some of the stronger ones can also cause three of these beams to twist around each other into a drill.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: How the dignified leader of the Senju Ninja Clan responds to Harry's sass.
  • Eyes Always Averted: Like in canon, Harry always avoids looking people in the eye out of fear of triggering a Soulgaze. Among other problems, this makes people who meets him for the first time think he is untrustworthy, which is an especially bad thing when meeting Tsubasa's father, and later on, Serafall and Sona's.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The Beholders (yes, the Dungeons & Dragons ones) murder humans and devils and tear out their eyes to present to their master, Argus, God of Eyes. Mihae loses one of hers to a Beholder but is saved by Harry before being killed or completely blinded
    • Issei manages to destroy Cao Cao's right eye while Georg is transporting the Hero Faction members away thanks to a boost from Sun Wukong.
  • Face Doodling: Elaine used to do this to Harry as teens when sufficiently pissed off. That's why Harry came up with "Brilloius", a spell specifically designed to wash off permanent marker from his skin.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Sona and Serafall's father makes Harry an offer so he'll stop seeing his daughters... not noticing that his daughters and wife are within earshot. He tries to pass it off as a Secret Test of Character, but they don't buy it for a second.
  • Fainting:
    • Rossweisse's reaction after earning more than 20 million yen (around USD 200,000) for basically keeping an eye on Gasper for an afternoon (Beholder remains as magical ingredients are just that pricey). Harry observed that even passed out, Rossweisse still had the check in a death grip.
    • Reya when Winter Harry forcefully kissed her.
  • Faking the Dead: In this universe, Harry Houdini made enemies out of some Magicians who were doing the spiritualist equivalent of Magicians Are Wizards trope and faked his death to escape them.
  • Famed in Story:
    • Harry is starting to become this among the supernatural factions.
    • Yoshimo Shiro's Bizarro World version, aka Tomoe's grandfather, is famed even in the supernatural world.
  • Familiar: Several members of Sona, Rias and Serafall's Peerages get theirs in the eponymous Story Arc.
  • Fanboy:
  • Female Gaze: Played with when Oakley meets Behemoth. Oakley gives Behemoth a thorough up and down, before settling on her breasts. Oakley isn't sure if she is more turned on or plain jealous.
  • First-Name Basis: Invoked and Played With. Sona enforces shortest name basis (and no honorifics in Japanese) among her Peerage during Rating Games, to save potentially critical time. As such Sona, Reya, Momo, Tomoe, and Harry are all called by their given name, while Tsubaki (Shinra), Tsubasa (Yura), and Genshirou (Saji) are called by their family names. Ruruko Nimura is a wash, but she is called by her first name, partly because Tomoe calls her "Ruru" anyway.
  • Flashback: Used fairly frequently, but specifically:
    • Any of the In Medias Res examples below.
    • An Eye Tyrant? has a flashback to how Tsubasa joined Sona's peerage.
    • Similarly, A Moment's Inattention? has a flashback to how Reya joined Sona's peerage. Plus a separate one showing Sona talking Harry into acting as a mercenary in one of her Ratings Games.
    • A Tenuous Divinity? has a flashback to not long before chapter 1 of the original fanfic (a.k.a. how exactly Harry ended up Outside).
  • Foe Yay:
    • Jeanne from the Hero Faction flirts with Harry, who's way too used to The Vamp trope to fall for it. Played With in the sense that it's possible that she's genuinely interested in him, but Bad Bad Acts her attraction so Harry and her own allies will think she doesn't really mean it.
    • While not an enemy per se, Mihae of Riser's peerage flirts with Harry after the Ratings Game, much to the dismay of both her own teammates and Harry's admirers.
  • Foil:
    • Harry to the Hero Faction as a whole, embodying everything they're supposed stand for as humanity's champions but they don't.
    • Raynare and D×D!Lasciel to each other. The two of them are former Angels who Fell for Azazel, both with a capital "F" and otherwise, but they went about it in completely opposite ways. The former managed to seduce him once, but she was too much of a Brainless Beauty to keep him interested further than that and her increasingly desperate attempts to regain his attention had her hunting down Sacred Gear holders for his research (which incidentally kickstarted the High School D×D's main storyline). The latter is Azazel's intellectual peer and has maintained a long and stable professional relationship with him, but he never thought of her as any other than his research partner and she remains an Ignored Enamored Underling because she's just too shy and insecure to make the first move.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Serafall and Sona, respectively. Occasionally inverted when the former acts her rank or the latter lets her Covert Pervert/Not So Above It All colors shine through.
  • Force and Finesse: Agares Bishops are a Sibling Team example. One of the twin sisters specialises in low precision, large scale offensive spellcasting, while the other is the opposite. Their usual tactic when afar from each other is to swap positions via teleportation depending on whose specialty works best in a given battle situation, but the Teleport Interdiction in place for the "Four Tower Capture the Flag" Rating Game against Sona's Peerage left the first sister stuck trying to hit Tsubaki and Saji without hurting her own teammates.
  • Forced Sleep: Riser's Queen used a powerful sleep-inducing spell on Sona's Peerage in their exhibition Rating Game, only for Sona and Harry to make themselves temporarily immune to it thanks to his Extract of Sleep potion. This takes a rather heartwarming subtext when Harry deduced that Yubelluna most likely got proficient with the spell in an effort to help her King to get some rest despite his frequent nightmares about dragons.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The scars Harry Sees in Reya in Devilish Research (part 2)? foreshadow how she originally died; they are injuries she got in the car crash, erased by Sona when Reya became her Bishop.
    • When Harry Soulgazes Sona, he sees an oneiric representation of her long-term plans for their Polyamory, including their hypothetical Big Fancy House with enough bedrooms for six permanent adult residents. This hints that his begrudgingly-called harem is still missing one more person.
    • Sona seemed a lot more concerned that Harry would reject her sister without giving her a fair chance than the fact Serafall was trying to get together with her own Love Interest. It's later revealed that this has less to do with High-Class Devils' cultural acceptance of multi-partner relationships and more with Serafall finally taking a risk after giving up on romance pretty much since the moment she took the title of the Leviathan centuries ago, which very likely outweighed any other concern Sona had on the matter. Furthermore, Sona had strong reasons to think the Sibling Triangle could work out fine as part of a Polyamory because that how it was for their parents' relationship, where half-siblings Duncan and Coira Allocer both married Anna Sitri.
    • When discussing about "secrets and forbidden techniques", Harry told Sona that he's willing to bet she's got a few. She answered the implied question with a "maybe", but when Harry teased that perhaps he should do some research about it, she very pointedly changed the subject. It's quite possible that she was thinking of the hereditary power of the Sitri family — the so-called "Sitri Oil."
    • One of Seekvaira Agares' Knights was chewing gum and playing a console game without a care in the world during an important press conference for the Young Devils' Tournament. Other than giving hints of her personality, both are major hints of her unusual fighting style.
  • Freudian Slip:
    • Harry has plenty of practice minding his trains of thought — a necessity because of the Winter Mantle and Lash — but sometimes his mouth is just a bit faster. For example, when he declined Reya's request to let her tag along in his first Occult Detective job for the police, he argued that it wouldn't look too professional of him to "bring a girlfriend to a crime scene" and he wanted to make a good first impression. It's only when he noticed Reya's Jaw Drop that he realized he just talked about her as his girlfriend, albeit indirectly.
    • Serafall and Sona's mother and aunt tend to talk about Harry marrying their girls in terms of "when", not "if". This doesn't go unnoticed neither by their father nor Harry himself.
  • Fridge Logic: Gets brought up a few times In-Universe, usually by Harry when he's questioning some aspect of magic or the like in his new world..
  • Friendly Rivalry: Rias and Sona, as in canon. Enough so that Harry was able to talk them into having both of their Peerages train together for the Young Devils' Tournament, instead of arguing over who gets to hire him as a coach, by simply pointing out that their Peerages won't fight each other until the finals.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Besides Cao Cao and Georg, no one in the Hero Faction is really friendly with Herc. A few of the girls like his antics and appearance, but that's it. Even the original Hercules doesn't like him, and makes him stay away from his family.
  • Friendless Background: Shizukesa. Argus wasn't the type to let his "children" make friends. Her siblings died a long time ago. Her cousins are all soulless killing machines. As a result she spent the last few hundred years basically alone.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Harry to Kendra when he pretended to be furious at her for apparently chopping his staff to pieces. Made more notable because he usually refers to her by her nickname.
  • Funetik Aksent: Oakley's Texas accent. It disappears when she is under the translation spell and thus speaking Japanese and after she becomes Serafall's Pawn and starts using Language. And then brute forced back into her speech pattern thanks to a combination Texan pride and stubbornness.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Jeanne's fictional counterpart in Miracle Levi-tan has a white t-shirt that says "Slap-Slap-Kiss" in pink letters.
  • The Gadfly: After the battle in Kyoto, Sun Wukong deliberately returns the gang to the real world... with a bunch of tourists surrounding their reentry point, leaving them to figure out how to explain that one away.
  • Game-Breaker: In-Universe. Harry and the Sitri family sans Serafall discuss how Chess is actually a solved game just like Tic-Tac-Toe, but that no optimal strategy for it is likely to be found due to its complexity. Unless you happen to be a literally God-damned Pillar of Creation with more computation capability than a supercomputer, a panache for the other kind of Chessmastery, and spare time measured in thousands of years.
  • Game Master: Harry acts as one for Sona's Peerage (and really anyone he can convince), with Lash's somewhat unwilling help. Reya also tries her hand at it, albeit with a much smaller group at the beginning.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: In-Universe. Georg got a Gender Flip in Miracle Levi-tan because their fictionalization of the Hero Faction as a Power Rangers Expy needed a balanced male-to-female ratio as per conventions of the genre. It also let them take advantage of the Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male trope for Georg's not(?)-crush on Harry.
  • Gender Flip: In-Universe. Miracle Levi-tan had Georg adapted as a Dark Magical Girl because the Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male and Gender-Equal Ensemble tropes.
  • Genre Savvy: Subverted. Harry suggests that if they were in a detective novel, the most likely explanation for Misla Bael's medical condition would be a failed murder attempt by poisoning. One orchestrated by Sairaorg's little half-brother in a plot to get rid of him and his mother for the inheritance, all while making it look like Lord Bael is the one responsible so Sairaorg would come after their father after Misla's death. Then Harry dismisses his own guesswork by pointing out that real life is rarely that straightforward.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Duncan Sitri and Zeoticus Gremory preemptively agreed that their respective wives Anna and Venelana sleeping together wouldn't be considered cheating if the latter ever changes her mind about it. As long as the husbands will be allowed to (remotely) watch, of course.
  • Glamour: Serafall's "default" appearance isn't the real one. In a bit of an Inversion of usual motivations for this trope, she uses her Voluntary Shapeshifting powers to greatly downplay her true form's beauty due to all the problems it would cause. There's a reason why out of all the D×D cast, Archangel Gabriel is her only proclaimed rival.
  • The Glomp: Subverted. Serafall tried to greet Sona and Harry with a tackling hug after their final battle against BB, but Tsubasa quickly stepped in and ended up taking Harry's place in the Maou's arms because she knew that he injured his back. Harry's hormones couldn't help but notice that the action placed Serafall's head in Marshmallow Hell range.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Discussed. In a conversation about artificial insemination, Harry stated that he'd still want to be part of his kids' lives in that scenario. This earned him some approval from Coira Sitri, who's uninterested in men that way and is considering AI for herself to keep the Allocer bloodline from dying out.
  • Going Commando: In Plans and Perils (Part 1)? Harry notes that Irina's yukata is thin enough that he can tell she is not wearing anything underneath (or as he puts it "in the traditional manner").
  • Gold Digger: Serafall has bad history with men who pursued her because they considered her one big political prize. And those were the few that dared to make the attempt — the rest were too scared of her power and whims to even try.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop:
    • Harry and Serafall use this twice when investigating the counterfeit Pokemon cards, once against a random tournament contestant, and once against the real perp. Harry explicitly let Serafall play bad cop, because she normally does not get to do so.
    • During the Familiar Hunting arc, Harry realized he got cast as the Good Cop to an "overabundance of ready and willing Bad Cops."
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Harry reflects that "Dragon Made of Swords" would be an awesome band name if it wasn't for one trying to kill two of his friends in Kyoto.
  • Got Me Doing It: Harry starts calling the tengu bodyguard Kendra, and even gets Azazel doing it.
  • Government Conspiracy: There's a benevolent one going around for millennia, trying to keep info on the Outsiders and the War of Forgotten, well, forgotten.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Though Harry would deny it, his girlfriends seem to think his final Christmas gift is this. Specifically, he has them stay over so he can attune his wards to them and let them teleport in or out at will. The custom magic jewelry didn't hurt their feelings, either.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: The spell Snoepglas — a very weak magic shield but cast-able at a distance and spammable as heck — seems to be named after "snoep glas" meaning "candy glass" in Dutch.
  • Gratuitous Japanese:
    • Done in universe; Serafall deliberately uses Japanese honorifics regardless of which language she is speaking, including at least English and German. And while her TV show is said to be filmed in English, the opening theme is half English and half Japanese.
    • Averted in An Expected Result?; Harry's speech is suddenly in Japanese instead of English (though he narrates what he is saying), but this is a Painting the Medium shorthand to indicate that the other characters he is speaking to have lost their ability to understand Japanese.
  • Great Offscreen War: In addition to the war between the Three Factions, there is the War of Forgotten, where the Outsiders invaded the D×D reality after Ophis left the Dimensional Void. It caused the deaths of 90% of humanity at the time (the rest being knocked back to the Stone Age), the destruction of the entire Atlantean continent and pantheon (with an Earth-Shattering Kaboom only narrowly being avoided, and Earth's gravity being permanently reduced by .5%), and the sealed Walker He Who Walks Below morphing into Trihexa after assimilating the few magic users not lucky enough to be simply killed in its last strike before being sealed by the Heroic Sacrifice of Ur-Athena. It's called that both for the knowledge lost and because it was largely covered up (including the exact time things started) to prevent anyone from using the knowledge of it to cause trouble.
  • Halloween Episode: The Halloween party at Harry's place in "...An All Hallow's Eve Omake?" — although the author later brought it into canon — involving costumes, spiked punch, In Vino Veritas confessions, and very nearly an orgy. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensued.
  • Hammerspace:
    • Harry made bronze bookmark for Reya with a magic circle that makes the book disappear or reappear when she charges the spell. It even keeps the page when the book comes back, as "it wouldn't be much of a bookmark otherwise."
    • Harry later applies the same technique to his coat's inner pockets in order to carry more tools on his person.
    • Takako Senju — better known as Kendra — has one in her bra as par of her Ninja techniques.
  • Hands-On Approach: Sona and Harry manage to do this without any physical instruction involved. None of them was particularly knowledgable about D×D crafting methods for Imbued Items, so they needed to read their only copy of the subject's primer first. Problem was that the Student Council office comes with big fancy chairs with armrests that made reading from it at the same time by sitting side by side too uncomfortable until Harry flippantly suggested Sona to sit on his lap — which she unexpectedly did, but not without locking the door first.
    Harry: [whispers in her ear] We are still going to study, right?
    Sona: [unconvincingly] Of course. Anything else would be inappropriate.
  • Happy Ending Massage: It turns out that Harry is really, really good at giving massages, as Reya, Sona and especially Tsubasa found out in chapter 75. This makes sense considering all the physiotherapy he went through in Cold Days while recovering of being all but dead for months after the events of Changes.
  • Harem Seeker: One of Lash's pastimes is flexing her manipulative muscles by getting Harry a harem. She even gets competitive about it whenever a new girl gets a Relationship Upgrade with Issei.
  • Head Desk:
    • Harry does this on the Brave Duel terminal when Alicia says he looks like the Wandering Wizard.
    • Sona does this with her parents' dinner table (or at least one of them), when her mother implies she is accepting Harry's offer to go into business selling magical marital aids (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • Heart Trauma: Mentioned as being easier to heal from for many supernatural creatures than brain damage. Hence why the spears of light from the Longinus tend to be found in the latter location more.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Oakley. Since Rias is already taken, she sets her sights on Tomoe.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Oakley takes a lethal hit for Shizukesa, because Shizukesa was in the middle of defending a school. She gets better, thanks to Serafall's Evil Pieces.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Pretty much the entire Student Council to Tsubasa when she asked to join in on Harry and Reya's first Tabletop RPG session.
    Tsubasa: Could I join your game? I…
    Tomoe, Tsubaki, Saji: [plus Ruruko and Sona mouthing the words] …would like to know more about your interests.
  • Hidden Buxom: Jeanne, according to Harry after Issei used Dress Break on several girls of the Hero Faction in Kyoto.
  • Hidden Depths: After getting sufficiently close, Harry discovered that Tsubasa is a lot more emotionally vulnerable and insecure than her confident Action Girl/The Tease persona lets on.
  • Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: After wrapping up the angelic counterfeit Pokémon cards case (really), Harry and Serafall have a conversation in English to give themselves some privacy while the Japanese food cart vendor has their ramen orders ready. It works, but Harry forgot to consider that bedroom eyes are pretty much universal language.
    Vendor: Young man, before your girlfriend drags you off for something thoroughly enjoyable that cannot be discussed in public; that will 2,300 yen.
  • Historical In-Joke:
    • It turns out that the Sitri Family is personally responsible for a few kinky tropes very common in Hentai. Damn those demonic strippers.
    • Real world Harry Houdini was interested in the supernatural, but was disgusted of finding only frauds and dedicated himself to systematically debunk them. Bizarro World's version was the real deal and made a habit of exposing magicians using their powers to deceive people out of their money — for example, by pretending to be mediums given how profitable the Spooky Séance business was in the early twentieth century. This earned him plenty enemies who eventually put a price on his head and he decided to fake his own death in 1926 to avoid the hassle and went on to live until 1987.
  • Homing Projectile: Remus axe, Colossus of Rhodes has this as its Balance Break. When he throws it, it will continue to home in on the target until it scores a kill. Though that kill does not have to be on the person targeted.
  • Honor Before Reason: Harry is well-known for this. Sona often has to preventively talk him out from provoking a diplomatic incident.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Discussed. Lash once tried to get Harry to act on his attraction to Takako Senju/Kendra. Harry retorted that's irrelevant because his 17-year-old body basically makes him feel physically attracted to most pretty girls and his circle of friends is choke-full of gorgeous young women as per High School D×D's standards.
  • Hot Librarian: Azazel's research partner dresses like one from 80s — 1880s, that is — under her Labcoat of Science and Medicine but remains attractive as it's the norm for female Fallen Angels. As expected of Lasciel's D×D Alternate Self.
  • Hot Scientist: The D×D version of Lasciel, as Harry lampshades, dresses like a librarian from the 1880s, but is still noticeably attractive even so under her heavy clothes, not that Azazel notices.
  • Humanity Ensues:
    • The Delta Beholder nicknamed Rini gets a Human form when she becomes Serafall's Knight. Unlike usual for this trope Rini/Shizukesa is happier as a humanoid, in part because of the fact that her senses as a Beholder, save eyesight (and a little bit hearing), were abysmal, as well as not having a body that matched her gender identity (the possibility of having kids of her own someday also fits into this).
    • Behemoth, Serafall's Queen, is a truer example. Originally she looked more like the Final Fantasy monster of the same name, and she tolerates the Human form because even in the Underworld, most things are not built to her scale. And even in Human form, she is taller than Harry (at least for now).
  • Humiliation Conga: It's hard not to feel a little bad for Saji when he's called in by Sona and told that a) she knows about his feelings for her and doesn't feel the same for him, seeing him just as a valuable ally and more of a younger sibling, b) thinks his desires towards her are rather creepy (he's explicitly stated that he wants to get her pregnant), and c) spanks him as punishment for letting his resentment towards Harry affect their last mission.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Maleficent to her ditzy boss Queen Mab.
  • Hypocrite: Harry briefly muses on the Chaos Brigade's hypocrisy (namely that the various faction hate or look down on other species/mythologies, yet they have all banded together).
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Yubelluna went to wish for victory for Sona's Peerage prior to latter's Rating Game against Seekvaira Agares, but only because Riser lost against Sona before and his Queen didn't want her losing against anyone else because that would make Riser look bad. Tsubasa sarcastically remarked that Boom Queen just gave them something to look forward if they don't manage to win.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Serafall says this after telling her new Pawn "you can consider this enemy territory." for the first time.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Beholders' built-in subservience to their creator prevents the Delta from committing suicide. It doesn't prevent Suicide By Dragon, though.
  • I Can't Dance: Issei is a threat to life and limb on the dance floor. He does well enough with slow songs thanks to Rias' insistence he should to know how for formal events and the like.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most of the chapters are named Beyond the Outer Gate Lies...X?, with X being something Harry encounters or does in the chapter. One pair of chapters plays on this, A First Date? and A First Date! implying a question and a firm answer.
  • If Only You Knew: In A Star's Life?, Tomoe accuses Harry of keeping secrets. He's taken aback by this for a second until he realizes she's talking about the Wandering Wizard, his fictional counterpart In-Universe.
  • I Gave My Word: Harry avoids making promises because he firmly believes in this trope, making it a very big deal whenever he does promise something.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling:
    • Goth Hermione to Georg in the Hero Faction. She has got a big chip on her shoulder against Harry because of Georg's professional(?) admiration of him.
      Harry: [incredulous] Free "Master Georg" from my clutches?
      Goth Hermione: Yes. Ever since he met you, you are all he talks about. "Dresden's spells are so fast", "Dresden can vary the effect to an unprecedented degree". "Dresden, Dresden, Dresden!". But once I defeat you, Master Georg will finally acknowledge me.
      Harry: Stars and stones. My stalker has his own stalker?
      Goth Hermione: [glares at him with Luminescent Blush on her face]
      Harry: Do I need to get you a "Notice Me Senpai" t-shirt, Hermy? Size extra small, maybe customized with an airbrushed wand?
      Goth Hermione: Shut up! Jerk!
    • D×D!Lasciel to Azazel.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Both Sona Sitri and Seekvaira Agares are The Chessmaster kind of King that make most of their fighting within their own heads. When facing against each other in a Rating Game, the latter couldn't help but keep looking for ploys within ploys in everything the other did and said. Seekvaira even had to be told by one of her Knights to stop overthinking lest she falls into Paralysis by Analysis or ends up losing for being Too Clever by Half.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: While not technically combat, this is how the combined efforts of Rias, Asia, Issei, Harry and Lash to cure Sairaorg's mother played out, especially the former who was in charge of talking to her comatose aunt.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Done in all but name to Sairaorg and his mother by Lord Bael, who effectively banish them by sending them to "administer" an area of the Bael territory in the Underworld that was little more than a wasteland. It's believed that the difficult life in there, especially for someone that lived her whole life as a Noble, made her ill or at the very least made it difficult for Misla to realize she contracted Purgatory Malaise until too late for the onset treatment to be effective.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Lampshaded. Issei and Gasper occasionally play videogames in Harry's place next door from their own, as the wizard puts it, "to escape the pool of estrogen that was the Hyoudou house."
  • Improvised Golems: A Knight Sona's team faces in the tournament has a Sacred Gear that allows her to create and control Golems relatively easily.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Oakley/Tomoe is a maybe. The former is interested but the latter's personality makes it really hard to tell whether she likes girls that way or not.
    • Anna Sitri was interested in a serious relationship with Rias' mother, but she was straight and turned her down. They did remain best friends, though.
  • Indirect Kiss: Harry and Sona during their first date. Via french fries, unusually enough.
  • Inhumanly Beautiful Race: Lampshaded by Harry when he observed that Misla Valupa's appearance was "downright average" compared to every other Devil woman he knew, meaning that "she could have easily made a living as a model on Earth."
  • In Medias Res:
    • A Movie Marathon? starts with Harry arriving at Tsubasa's apartment for said movie marathon, and then flashes back to how she talked him into it.
    • Equity? starts with Harry and the Occult Research Club exploring an ancient ruin, and then flashes back to Azazel explaining the expedition and convincing Harry to go.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Azazel refers to D×D!Lasciel as his "research partner", she interrupts to say that she is his "assistant".
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Gasper is the more internet-savvy member of the Occult Research Club. Naturally, he's the one who knows best where to find the most "interesting" websites.
  • In Vino Veritas: A drunk Sona admitted to her A-Cup Angst in the Halloween Episode. An equally drunk Harry reassured her that size doesn't matter to him because "it's all about the shape and feel" in his opinion. That's when he realized that something was wrong given that there wasn't supposed to be any booze in the party.
  • Irony:
    • Azazel loves to play Shipper on Deck to others yet completely fails to notice that his lab assistant Lasciel — yep, Lash's Bizarro World counterpart — has been in love with him for possibly centuries.
    • After months trying to get his hands on firearms — a tall order in a country with anti-gun laws as strict as Japan, on top of Sona forbidding her Peerage from bargaining any with him — in chapter 35 Harry gets Azazel's prototype Artificial Sacred Gear that can turn from a metal bracelet into any production firearm that the user can accurately picture in their mind. What makes this an irony is that 2nd Amendment is a super-Clingy MacGuffin that Harry can't get rid of, not even by cutting off his arm and asking Asia to reattach it.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Painfully Subverted. Harry stopped tracking down the Bizarro World counterparts of his friends when he found out that Murphy was a lot more successful, and by any discernible account, so much happier without Harry Dresden in her life.
  • Jackass Genie: Harry, coming down from a Winter high, considers acting like this to the Perverted Duo's requests. Like giving them invisibility but rendering them blind because he's bending light around them, or giving them X-Ray Vision that works like actual X-Rays...
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Saji's dislike of his romantic rival has led him to do more than a few jealousy-fueled stupidities, but he isn't exactly wrong when he said there's very good chance that Harry will hurt Sona deeply someday — especially once you consider his Chronic Hero Syndrome, his deep-rooted hang-ups and his tendency to find himself at the center of a major supernatural clusterfrak in a semi-regular basis. Harry acknowledges this and promises to never intentionally hurt any of his Love Interests, which sadly enough is the best he can aspire to accomplish.
  • Kissing Under the Influence:
    • Harry's first kisses with Reya and Tsubasa come while he's deep under the influence of the predatory nature of the Winter Mantle. He kissed Serafall too, technically, except she is the one initiating as part of a plan to snap him out of it. See Logic Bomb below.
    • Played for Drama for a bit with Sona, who was the only one of Harry's Love Interests he didn't kiss during the above incident despite being present at the time. Following the logic that the Winter Mantle ramps up Harry's libido and possessiveness while shutting down his inhibitions and consideration for the long-term consequences, Sona arrived to the Entertainingly Wrong conclusion that deep down he simply isn't physically attracted to her. When they talked it out, Harry confessed that the only reasons he didn't assault her like he did to the others was because she was just a few steps too far for him to walk to her on a broken leg, and that Serafall managed to Logic Bomb him out of the Mantle's influence before he could try to regardless.
    • Happens to several of Harry's guests to his Halloween party because of the accidentally aphrodisiacal punch. Subverted with Akeno who didn't drink any but still took advantage of the mood to make out with Issei.
  • Knife Nut: Oakley's late father, a retired US Marine, taught her how to wield a Ka-Bar in combat.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Pretty much every weapon user in the story has shown some degree of admiration and awe for Shiro Yoshimo, Tomoe's grandfather from her mother's side, who's Famed in Story as the greatest swordmaster alive, and likely one of the best to ever live.
  • Lack of Empathy: As Harry points out, Argus has been stealing eyes and killing people for centuries with his Beholders despite it being obvious that the eyes keep wearing out. He even says that if Argus had told his Beholders to only take one eye and leave the victims alive, he might have tried to help the god to weaken or even undo the curse.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Harry once commented that "for a centuries old, Devil demigoddess, [Serafall] had one hell of a pout." Lash fired off a Rimshot inside his head in response. Same thing when he tells a bad "eye of the Beholder" joke.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Azazel complains about the loitering students to explain why he doesn't just use magic to retrieve the keys he dropped under the bus.
  • Laser Blade: Harry has his own built from the core of an fallen exorcist's Sword of Light installed in a custom order Lightsaber's hilt (because how could he not?). It doesn't get much use because Harry doesn't have the swordsmanship skills to wield it effectively, and he's a much better spellslinger already.
  • Last-Second Word Swap:
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: Lash from time to time. Being an non-corporeal entity, she can laugh in Harry's head for half a hour straight without any need to catch her breath. The best example of this is when she realizes Bizarro World Mab, far from the Magnificent Bitch she was in Dresden's universe, is as dumb as a pile of bricks in comparison.
  • Legacy Character: Herc turns out to be using the name of the original Hercules, his ancestor who was raised to full godhood. Original Hercules notably is not happy about this, and makes Herc stay away from his current family.
  • Leonine Contract: Oakley and Serafall. Played with however, because Serafall desperately wants to save Oakley, who is not so keen on becoming a Devil. Oakley actually negotiates to get her own pair of 2nd Amendment thrown into the deal.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Played for Laughs. This is how Sona was strong-armed by Harry and the others to join them at the premier midnight showing of The Force Awakens, cosplay and all. They left her with three less-than-appealing options: 1) Forbid Tsubasa and Reya from attending by Commanding them as their King, which would be morally wrong and leaves Serafall alone with Harry. 2) Don't join them, in which case Harry would let Serafall pick up the costumes with everything that implies. Or 3) Sona joins them, getting a say on the outfits and the chance to monitor everyone's behavior, which implies donning her own costume and going to bed late despite having school next day.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Argus forces the Delta Beholders to fight and kill each other for arguing with him.
  • Level Grinding: Rossweisse maintains spells at the point where the mandala glows, but without enough mana to fully activate, for hours. This gives a steady, constant, aerobic style pull on her magic power, and burns the spell into her memory. Harry adapts this, shifting the circles in place to give it better mana control and mental flexibility aspects. Then they make all the magic-user types practice it to build up to the tournament.
  • Literalist Snarking: When Harry silently asked someone to pinch him when the chance to do magic research with the guy who invented the Evil Pieces presented itself. Lash, annoyed at Harry for the incident that brought that about, painfully obliged.
  • Little Sister Instinct: Sona is just as protective of her big sister as Serafall is of her, it just doesn't come up as often because she's, well, the Leviathan. Sona was particularly concerned when her sister started to hit on someone with as much emotional baggage as Harry, exhorting him to take Serafall's interest in him seriously because underneath the lighthearted flirting and off-color humor, Serafall was anything but casual about her romantic pursuit of him.
  • Living Lie Detector:
    • Alice White, as Atalanta's reincarnation, has a sixth sense of sorts to reliable tell how trustworthy a person is. It's the main reason why she gets behind Harry's Crazy Enough to Work plan to get the Hero Faction to leave her alone.
    • Oakley, the reincarnation of Annie Oakley, has a Sacred Gear that allows her to sense lies and see through illusions. It caused her no end of grief as a result of her learning about the supernatural as a child without anyone around to explain things to her. Although it also makes her Mook–Face Turn easier once they explain how many people could be hurt by the Hero Faction's actions and how not all supernatural beings are evil.
    • Oakley's case serves as a Deconstruction in two different ways:
      • Her ability to detect lies doesn't necessarily prevents her from getting deceived. Thanks to Harry's extensive experience dealing with Exact Words from the Fae, he was able to show her how she can be told strategically chosen pieces of literal truth to guide her to draw the wrong conclusion from them.
      • Oakley has deeply rooted trust issues because she was able to always tell when people lied to her since she was very little, showing her the ugly side of people before she was old enough to understand it.
  • Logic Bomb: Serafall throws one at Harry to break him free from the Winter Mantle. It goes more or less like this:
    Winter Harry: I want to have sex.
    Winter Harry: Serafall agreed to have sex with me if I go back to "normal."
    Winter Harry: But if I go back to "normal", I'll just turn her down.
    Winter Harry: Then I won't get to have sex.
    Winter Harry: But I want to have sex…
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • An Angel was able to create and sell counterfeit Pokémon cards without Falling because while she was breaking the law, her intentions to earn money to save a church and preserve the good work it does for its community, help players who cannot get rare cards (she's a fan of card game anime in much the way Serafall is of magical girl anime), and undercut unscrupulous secondary sellers were good.
    • Sona's Engagement Challenge states that only someone who has bested her at chess may marry her. Of course, it doesn't preclude her from losing on purpose.
    • Reya's Artificial Sacred Gear creates a clone of herself that the Rating Game system incidentally recognizes as her due to its Astral Projection properties. This quirk allows her to Self-Promote anywhere on the field as long as her-clone-as-her should be able to based on its position and other conditions.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Duncan Sitri does not approve Harry as a significant other for neither Serafall nor Sona, much less the two of them at the same time. His Establishing Character Moment involves offering him huge amounts of power — let it be magical, political, or enough cold hard cash to last him three generations — just to make him break up with his daughters and disappear from their lives forever.
  • Lower-Deck Episode:
    • A Walk on the Wild Side? is about what happened to the younger Devils left behind in Kuoh, while the main characters are in Kyoto and the older Devils are in the Underworld. Ruruko, Gasper, Koneko, and Ravel get led around town by Mister, coincidentally(?) performing some minor heroics in the process.
    • A Rearguard Action? focuses on the defense of real Kyoto from Annihilation Maker, something the D×D canon glosses over. Though what happens is different than what little we do know of canon; though Azazel and Serafall still spearhead the efforts, the Sitri Peers attacked the Heroes with the Gremory crew, so Az and Levi-tan are instead assisted by some of the youkai, Serafall's Peerage, Nike, and Oakley.
  • Magical Girl: Discussed to the point of Deconstruction when Harry half-jokingly tells Serafall that he's a "conscientious objector" of the genre.
    Harry: I believe that the conscription of untrained, under-aged practitioners, by dubious, "cute", supernatural animals or fairies, to fight insane warlocks and world destroying monsters, while wearing miniskirts and frou-frou outfits, is at best borderline amoral and illegal under child labor and endangerment laws.
    And that is assuming the mascot character is on the up and up, But most of the time it comes out later that "this has been getting you killed every five hundred years for the last twenty thousand, but maybe this time it will work", or "sorry to tell you but the evil queen is actually your beloved older sister and you still have to kill her", or even "the monsters are former magical girls who lost control of their powers, but maybe it won't happen to you"…
    Serafall: You seem awfully familiar with magical girl series, for someone so morally opposed to them.
  • Magic Mirror: The mystical dangers of mirrors from Dresden's world don't apply in Bizarro world. Harry's surprised that he's gotten used to it so quickly.
  • Magic Missile Storm: Goth Hermione's Balance Break splits a spell in five, letting her turn a five shot Force Bolt into a twenty five bolt barrage.
  • Magitek:
    • Harry drew three magic circles on a wireless PS4 controller as a present. One acted in lieu of the battery so it could be charged up with magic, another enhanced the signal, and the last one granted it extra toughness so Tsubasa could Button Mash without worrying about breaking it.
    • He's working on a series of magic circles to assist, and eventually replace, a house's AC system. Becoming a modern home owner taught Harry how darn expensive AC is.
    • There's a spell that copies some of the caster's memories to a DVD. Akeno used it once to record her account of the final battle against the Beholders. Harry suspects she learned it for other reasons and resolved himself to never borrow a DVD from either her or Issei.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Duncan and Coira Allocer — the last two survivors of one of the 72 Pillars — took the Sitri name after marriage. Both to Sona and Serafall's mother, Anna Sitri.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: Devils nobility takes after human medieval one in this sense where continuing one's bloodline is paramount. This is a source of conflict in several ways, such as Rias' Arranged Marriage to Riser in order to produce a pure blooded descendant. More specifically to this trope, Coira Sitri is under political pressure to have children despite being both lesbian and married to Anna, in order to pass down her birth family's name and highly regarded Recessive Super Genes. She is, however, planning on having a human as her Chosen Conception Partner as a way to "really stick it to those old bigots" and their Fantastic Racism.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Mild example, after helping Harry move to his new house, Rias insists that Issei "needs to study" and can't stay any later, which she demonstrates by shoving his head between her breasts. Issei, for obvious reasons, doesn't resist in the slightest (though Asia and Koneko are less happy about the attention their crush is getting).
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • Mister, full stop. He just appears one day. From everything Harry and Lash can tell, he is a normal, non-magical cat, but is also completely identical to the Mister from Harry's universe, even though the Sight. Is he the original Mister, which should be impossible, especially since he shows no signs of such a transit? Or Mister's Bizzaro World doppelganger who somehow found his way to Harry or was directed to him? Or something powerful and subtle enough to imitate Mister and fool both Harry and Lash?
    • And then there is A Walk on the Wild Side. Was Mister just leading his new "servant" to his favorite places and the heroics were an accident? Or was it all according to plan? He also seems to manage to avoid getting hit with Forbidden Balor View's Time Stands Still power, but it's unclear whether or not it's because he's equal or greater than Gasper's power, allowing him to No-Sell it, or if it just missed him.
    • Azazel himself isn't sure where the ammo for 2nd Amendment comes from; does it create it from magic or transport it from somewhere else? Either way, the ammo is completely normal and the spent casings remain after being fired.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Kiba in his role as "Darkness Knight Fang" in the live event of Oppai Dragon. He rather dislikes his likeness being portrayed as the Big Bad of the show.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Shizukesa names her bugbear familiar (who has a body dominated by a giant eye) "William", after William Shakespeare, who either invented or popularized the word "eyeball".
    • Levi-tan's companions in the Miracle Mysticas in Miracle Levi-tan are based on Tsubasa, Reya and Sona and their names allude to each of them in some way. Tsubasa's fictional counterpart is "Rampa-tan", as in ramparts a.k.a. castle/rook walls. Reya's is Libra-tan, as in library. And Marine-tan's name comes from Sona's Making a Splash Elemental Powers.
  • Mentor Ship: Harry's magical study sessions with Sona tend to take this kind of turn as they get closer. Who's the mentor or student in the equation depends on the subject.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: Serafall sort of neglected to mention to Harry that her normal appearance is just a Glamour that greatly downplays her real beauty because she was afraid he could fall in lust with her like many others before him. Right after her Love Confession, Harry revealed that he both knew about it and actually agreed with her decision, going as far as to make her promise to not show her "adult mode" to him until he's ready to say "those three little words" back to her.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • Invoked with Mulan from the Hero Faction, whom Cao Cao outright Brainwashes to turn her into Cannon Fodder in the Kyoto arc by making her obsessed with getting revenge on Japan for their actions against China in World War II — something Oakley observed Mulan didn't care about just a week ago.
    • In the Christmas Episode, Harry runs into a former classmate from his pre-Kuoh Academy time, who learned all the wrong lessons from Harry's Bully Hunting and dabbling into the supernatural. He tried to cast a town-spanning curse on "all those couples flaunting their happiness" before Harry made him see reason.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The rest of the Heroes assume Georg is gay, due to his reaction to Harry (or more specifically Harry's unique magic) and the fact that he ignores Circe's aggressive crush on him (he thinks she is too young and not his type in general). He corrects them once he finds out.
  • Modesty Towel:
    • Serafall wears one of these when the girls are staying at Harry's house during the "Beholder" storyline, and she uses the shower in Harry's room with the excuse that she prefers the western style bath he has in there, though it's clear to Harry, her and the reader that she's really just doing it for flirtation.
    • Averted with Sona when Harry accidentally walks in on her in the shower at Tsubasa's apartment (she put a silence charm up while bathing and didn't hear him knock). She's wearing a towel, but is using it to dry herself off, meaning that Harry gets a partial view of her.
  • Money, Dear Boy: An In-Universe example. Besides his slim chances of winning a lawsuit to make them stop, Harry allows the use of his likeness in the Show Within a Show Oppai Dragon and Miracle Levi-tan because he gets paid a tidy sum in royalties per appearance.
  • Money Spider: The literal Phantom Thief from chapter 40 left behind a bunch of 10,000 yen notes upon termination (or rather, exorcism). Harry joked that he must have ended up in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
  • Monster Progenitor: Argus created the Beholders after being blinded, using them to gather eyes to replace his own. Certain high-level Beholders can also use stolen eyes to replenish their own, using the cast off eyes to create weaker ones.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • There's a sudden moment of levity when Harry, Asia, and Issei were about to try to help Sairaorg's mother with her illness and a "small troop of heavy hitters" consisting in the scientifically/medically-minded Ajuka, Athena, Asclepius, Azazel, Raphael, Sekhmet, and Thoth opened the door hoping to witness the procedure firsthand. The room got so crowded that the doctor had to ask them to move to the observation room next door.
    • During the procedure, Issei broke into a heartwarming speech about how Rias was the right person to try to converse with her comatose aunt and encourage her to fight her disease from the inside. Then he just had to talk about breasts. Harry barely resisted the urge to groan.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Oakley is referred to as one of the Hero Faction's Mooks. After Harry removes her brainwashing, and they explain to her just how many people the "Heroes" are going to kill, she switches sides.
  • More Than Mind Control: What the Hero Faction did to Oakley (and possibly others); they rescued her from a bad foster home, taught her about her Sacred Gear, and told her she was going to learn to fight monsters, which she'd been seeing for years due her Gear, and giving her an incomplete and biased account of said supernatural beings as to not trip her Living Lie Detector powers. Then they also used a normal Mind Control power so she would not notice when they didn't quite fulfill their promises, and as a safeguard against her being captured or making a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Morph Weapon: 2nd Amendment, an artificial Sacred Gear that can transform into any gun and ammunition type the wearer can accurately picture, but it's limited to non-magical weaponry. The first prototype became a Clingy MacGuffin to Harry.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Harry is surprised at finding himself this in-universe. While most of his human classmates are still wary of the tall, imposing foreign student, many of the supernatural women he's run into have expressed an interest in him, much to his dismay as he has enough trouble balancing the girls he's actually interested in.
  • Muggles Do It Better:
    • One of Harry's tenets, despite being a Wizard/Magician. Besides firearms, he's all too willing to resort to technology to solve magical problems now that he's not a Walking Techbane, like letting computer-controlled milling machines do the etching of magical symbols for him, and Lash is learning SQL in hopes of developing a magic database (not to be confused with a Magical Database) where magic circles and its components can be found by a criteria. The same applies as a detective by using internet as another investigative tools.
    • Agares Knight Reiko uses a handheld game console to control her Golems. Despite her being Sona's opponent at the time, Harry praises her approach as a "brilliant" solution to the ever-present problem of improving the magical constructs poor decision-making skills by using modern Artificial Intelligence like the one already found in Real-Time Strategy or Fighting Games characters for the job. This not only allows her to program the Golems to perform much more complex tasks than what's possible with Formulaic Magic or even the use of spirits or elementals, but also allows the caster to micromanage their actions as they were Player Characters in a game if necessary.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Harry has a habit of repurposing calculated combat spells to mundane uses, like turning a fire shield spell into a personal air conditioning one, and creating a spell to laminate paper.
    • He also uses 2nd Amendment's ability to create any kind of real-life gun he can accurately picture, ammo included, to get depleted uranium to use in his experiments.
    • He used real magic in his cameo appearance in a Oppai Dragon live-action skit for kids because there wasn't enough time for the special effects team to come up with good ways to fake his signature spells with theatre props and tricks.
    • Kendra used a "dimensional break jutsu", normally used to store dangerous items that cannot be destroyed, to hide Harry's staff from him.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Goth Hermione, Georg's Ignored Enamored Underling, goes the extra mile to try to kill Harry because of the way he monopolizes her crush's attention — or at the very least defeat him so Georg will stop thinking he and his magical abilities are such a big deal.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
    • In Devilish Research (part 3), Harry describes himself as being in a room with three of the smartest people in the world (using "people" a bit loosely)... and Azazel. He later repeats the line, telling Rias that he ran his idea by "three of the smartest people in the universe, and Azazel".
    • When training the magic users in Rias and Sona's Peerages, Harry addresses them as "Ladies and Gasper."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Oakley has one of these moments. She was fine during the battle, while helping Harry fix Mulan, and during the debriefing. But once she his a moment to decompress, she starts thinking about how she killed Remus. Shizukesa expressing relief at being able to cut loose without hurting anyone sends Oakley over the edge.
  • My Hair Came Out Green: Harry pranked Kendra by dyeing her hair pink. And all of her skin too for that matter. It doubles as a Moment of Awesome once you consider he somehow pulled the upscale, magical version of a fraternity prank on a literal ninja without getting caught and while giving himself enough Plausible Deniability to discuss the details of his Plausible Deniability with her.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Jeanne doesn't want her little sister Alice to join the Hero Faction despite her being the reincarnation of the Greek heroine Atalante, both because she doesn't want to turn her sister into a soldier but also because Hercules has "expressed an interest" in her (even more creepy than usual as Alice is barely into puberty at this point).
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Named by the Adaptation: Not a character per se, but the sickness that put Sairaorg's mother in a coma is called "Purgatory Malaise" here.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: In-Universe. The "Divine Inheritor Hero Rangers" in Miracle Levi-tan didn't get the chance to bring in their Zords to the fight because the summoning system doesn't work yet in the Underworld.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Played with, Reya is originally drawn to Harry because he shares her love of books.
  • Never Heard That One Before: When Harry found out that one of Kunou's bodyguards was a female tengu named Takako, he wondered if the Winged Humanoid's parents purposely named her after Hawkgirlwhich Takako roughly translates to and it also happens to be the real name of Hawkgirl's voice actress in the Japanese dub of Justice League. He tested the waters by asking her whether he could call her "Shayera". Takako instantly caught the reference and told him that she didn't particularly care if he called her "Kendra," which he keeps on doing for the rest of the story.
  • New Year Has Come: Chapter 76 is all about this, but without the Japanese traditions because the whole cast was in the Underworld at the time. Harry had dinner with the Sitris, then attended the party with Rias and Sona's Peerages, followed the countdown/Auld Lang Syne/midnight kiss traditions, and all ended up with both Peerages being too tired to do well at their first training session of 2015.
  • Nice Hat: Harry remarked on Thoth's nice bowler hat when he first met him. For some reason the Egyptian god of medicine even had a light British accent to match.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Rossweisse reveals that Harry's suggestion that Jeanne getting the Hero Brigade to try and pick a fight with Trihexa is a thousand times worse than their original plan of fighting Great Red, because not only is Trihexa such a massive threat that his original defeat during the War Of Forgotten eons ago was made at the cost of the near-destruction of the world, the death of 90% of humanity, hundreds of thousands of devils and other immortals, and dozens of gods! It also led to the death of a weakened Jehovah in the subsequent war with Lucifer. On top of that, the seals keeping him locked up are already damaged, and only number at about 6, and not thousands like Harry believed. To be fair, others on the Chaos Brigade were already plotting to release Trihexa before he suggested this, so the Hero Faction probably isn't going to do anything there, and at least there'll be strong warriors there when the seal is broken.
  • No Biological Sex: The Beholders, though Shizukesa and the other Deltas always had gender identities.
  • No Body Left Behind: A Beholder's body doesn't quite puff out of existence when they die, but it does disintegrate completely in a matter of hours unless properly preserved. Given their low numbers to begin with, the extraordinary rarity of their remains as magical ingredients netted Harry a big fat check for their sale in chapter 26, even after splitting the cash equally over around 18 people.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: When Boosted up to the limit, Issei's power to talk to breasts seemed to have some affect on Harry's nipples. Very understandably, Harry decided to believe it was only his imagination, and then threw away the memory where he wouldn't find it.
  • No Social Skills: Shizukesa has had plenty of opportunity to observe human interactions, but very little chance to use them. Since it goes back centuries, she can be a little of. In addition, she has almost no knowledge of pop culture. Finally, she is naturally shy and doesn't expect people to like her given her past as a Beholder. As a result she is more than a little hesitant around other people. Though she is getting better.
  • Noiseless Walker: When Michael was hiring Harry to find the Angel making counterfeit Pokémon cards in Serafall's office, she suddenly appeared right behind him and accepted the case in his stead without him hearing her approach.
  • Nominal Importance:
    • None of the Hero mooks in A Violent Introduction? are given names. However one of them was given a name in the previous arc. Guess which one gets captured and interrogated by Harry and company?
    • The Beholders don't have names, they have designations consisting of a Greek letter and a number. Harry nicknames one (BB, short for "Boss Beholder") who is Final Boss for the Beholder Arc. Serafall nicknames another one (Rini), who is the only Beholder sent to Japan to survive. Rini also gets recruited by Serafall to be her Knight.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Invoked. Harry strongly encourages everybody to refer to the events of the omake with Azazel's gender-bending gun as "The Incident", and to not give any further details about it.
    • For a Subversion, Harry tell his dates in the Christmas Episode how ended up in Kuoh Academy in the first place.
    • Apparently, the first time Tsubasa and Reya went on an exorcism with Tsubaki, Tsubasa ended up covered in mint ice cream. The full story had Serafall and Harry laughing uproariously, but that much is basically all the readers get.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
    • Harry in his own world, despite his accomplishments and stuff like the Winter Mantle, is still nowhere near his prime as a wizard yet. In "Bizarro World", however, his style of magic is apparently entirely unique, as is his use of Winter, Hellfire, and Soulfire. In addition to coming up with a way to protect Devils against Light, simply by doing what he usually does to his protection spells when he finds some new force trying to kill him, and his breakthroughs with calculated spells, he's managed to gain the personal attention of the leaders of the Three Factions, and even their respect, and survive fights with things outside his weight class.
    • Rossweisse even says that he might be the strongest human that doesn't have a (natural) Sacred Gear in the The War of Forgotten?.
  • Not a Date:
    • Issei keeps insisting that the various outings Rias takes him on aren't dates, still too hurt from his experience with Raynare to think that anyone is romantically interested in him. Harry finally tells Rias that her subtle game isn't working, and that she needs to simply sit Issei down and confess her feelings directly to him. She does offscreen, alongside Akeno, Koneko and Asia, leading to Issei officially dating his harem.
    • Harry briefly tries to justify his day out with Tsubasa as just him keeping an eye on her, but quickly caves in and admits to himself that yes, it is an official date.
  • Not Brainwashed: Played for Laughs. When the punch in Harry's housewarming/Halloween party got accidentally turned into an aphrodisiac, all of Issei's Love Interests under its effects jumped him at the same time. Plus Akeno, who certainly didn't mind participating in the incipient orgy despite remaining completely sober. Thankfully (or not for her), Harry found the way to snap them out of it before anything R-18 could happen.
  • Not Hyperbole: The "Phantom Thief" robbery case in Akiba involved an actual ghost.
  • Not So Stoic: Cao Cao gasps and gets briefly unnerved for the first time when Harry demonstrates 2nd Amendment on the anti-monsters, likely remembering how Harry had pulled it on him.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Jeanne tacks in this verbatim when complaining that her little sister thought she was gay after seeing how she was portrayed in Miracle Levi-tan.
  • The Nudifier:
    • Subverted. Harry subs for Momo in the Ratings Game against Riser and his peerage, and when cornered, pretends that he knows how to perform Issei's iconic Dress Break. He doesn't, but his array of useless but flashy mandalas distract his female opponents long enough for Tsubasa to take most of them down.
    • Also Defied. Harry refuses to research Dress Break because he finds the technique extremely skeevy. He muses that it wouldn't be so bad as a disarming spell, but the fact that Dress Break only works on female opponents and only as The Nudifier rather than just getting rid of their outer armor are deal breakers for him.
    • The real thing makes it's debut in A Violent Introduction? during the fight against the Hero Faction in Kyoto. Issei uses it on a group of female fighters, which makes most of them run away. Unlike canon Jeanne also gets hit, as does Oakley. Both of them try to keep fighting, but ultimately cannot — Oakley because one of her fleeing comrades accidentally knock her out with her own rifle, and Jeanne because she got embarrassed when she saw that Harry was watching her fight in the nude.
    • The "Sitri Oil" can dissolve clothes without harming people while also acting as an instant Aphrodisiac by contact. Hilariously enough, it's the Historical In-Joke origin of several Hentai tropes.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Azazel is completely unaware of D×D!Lasciel's attraction to him.
    • Earlier, Harry lampshades Saji being this to the two Peerage-Mates of his that are pursuing him, even after the Halloween Party incident mentioned below, even dropping the trope name. Saji claims that he doesn't remember the incident, but Harry thinks he might be lying because he still holds a torch for Sona.
    • While Issei became aware of Rias, Asia, Akeno, and Koneko's feelings after Harry told Rias to stop with the Not a Date stuff and just confess directly, he was still initially unaware that Xenovia and Irina were interested in anything more than having a Heavenly Dragon's baby, despite his own feelings for at least the latter. Harry notes that this makes sense, as he's still not fully over Raynare's betrayal, even if he is healing.
    • Harry warns Oakley that her crush Tomoe might well be this.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Invoked during the pre-Rating Game press conference between Sona and Seekvaira Agares' Peerages. Harry pretended to be a reporter (specifically "Clark Kent" from the "Daily Bugle" to several of the actual reporters' chagrin or amusement) and pointed out how the modification of the rules to supposedly allow Sona, Tsubasa and Reya to use Side-Promotion to compensate for their numerical disadvantage actually gives their opponent an even bigger advantage. The moderator had to step in to explain in detail how that wasn't the case, but Harry was left with the impression he was just back-pedalling after getting caught.
  • Oh, Crap!: A multi-stage example happens in A Star's Life. First Tsubaki when she realizes that Momo was going to complain that the rest of Sona's Peerage don't have fictional counterparts in neither Show Within a Show, quickly making some distance in order to not get lumped together with them. Saji literally jumps out of the way when Momo makes the question for the same reason, and then Ruruko and Momo herself when the latter figured out how badly she messed up by making that question.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: Thanks to D×D!Mab bragging online about being right about Wandering Wizard/Miracle Levi-tan, there were around a dozen of Lemons featuring the pairing by the next morning.
  • Oh My Gods!: Tsubasa sometimes swears by "the Maou/Lucifer".
  • Omake: There have been five Omake chapters so far; the April Fools' chapter (which was removed due to negative fan backlash), the Halloween Party (which is now canon), Harry's Christmas with the girls, a tribute to Carrie Fisher, and a thread from the Miracle Levi-tan forum arguing over whether the Wandering Wizard and Levi-tan are dating.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Played with, with Tsubasa and Tsubaki. Serafall decides she can't use 'Tsuba' as Tsubasa's nickname, because that could refer to either of them.
    • Also played with Bob the Skull from Dresden Files; who is not an active character (being trapped in another universe) but is still occasionally mentioned, and Bob the tengu kunoichi, who is a secondary character and does not have a major impact on the story.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted with Goth Hermione from the Hero Faction, who goes by Circe as revealed 28 chapters after her first appearance.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Reya became certain that there was something in Harry's mind when he, as DM for the Student Council's Tabletop RPG night, didn't make fun of Saji despite the latter setting himself up for a perfect "Gazebo" follow-up.
    • Harry knew he was onto something when he told Tsubasa that he wanted to take her and Serafall on a date at the same time and she didn't go for the obvious flirtatious retort.
  • Open-Minded Parent: It's been observed that Issei's parents are surprisingly accepting of their son's harem. Harry thinks they're actually in denial and "mostly just hoping that at least one of the girls won't come to her senses and dump him when the others do." Also, it helps that Issei's mom really wants grandchildren.
  • Out of the Closet, Into the Fire: Zig-Zagged. Devils as a culture couldn't care less that Coira Allocer is lesbian in itself, but remaining childless as she is now and allowing the Pillar family and her Recessive Super Genes to die out, especially by risking an unwanted Extra Family to take the Allocer's place in the nobility, are big enough political issues to pressure her to consider artificial insemination as a solution. The situation Crosses the Line Twice when Coira nonchalantly gives Harry an open invitation to be her Chosen Conception Partner.
  • Overprotective Dad: Harem Genre means Harry has to deal with more than one.
    • Mr. Yura isn't crazy about his daughter going on a date with a self-proclaimed wizard because he isn't aware of the supernatural. Tsubasa mentions he put her in an all-girls school for this exact reason and wasn't happy at all when Kuoh Academy suddenly became co-ed.
    • Sona and Serafall's father tries to make a deal with Harry to stop seeing his daughters as soon as they first meet — unfortunately for him, his daughters and wife were within earshot. He also visible bristles when Harry half-hugged Sona while sitting at the table during the New Year's Eve dinner in their place.
  • Painting the Medium: The Beholders' disturbing and inhuman voices are initially written with every vowel as a capital letter, and consonants as lower case. This stops after Harry asks Lash to filter their speech.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: The party in the Halloween Omake almost becomes one of these due to two different guests spiking the punch, not knowing about the other. The resulting mix ends up accidentally becoming an aphrodisiac and nearly leads to the various love interests consummating their relationships in Harry's living room (Akeno didn't have any, but that didn't stop her). Only Harry just barely managing to cast a sobering-up spell (while very close to being drawn into an orgy with his sort-of girlfriends) stops it. Sirzechs and Grayfia had already adjourned to his guest bedroom though...
  • The Peeping Tom: Defied. When the Pervert Duo told Harry about their plans to peep on the Student Council during the school trip, the Wizard made sure they couldn't even leave their rooms.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: The general consensus is that the Allocer family basically sold the illegitimate son of the last Duke Allocer to the much more powerful Sitri family as a trophy husband for their leader in order to secure an alliance. Despite the less than ideal circumstances, the marriage of Sona and Serafall's parents turned to be a happy one.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Subverted. Unlike in his original world, Harry has a much easier time making ends meet because magic is a lot less inherently dangerous in Bizarro World — to the point there's an active open market for enchanted artifacts and other magical items that Harry can now produce for a tidy profit.
  • Playing with Fire: Tsubasa manages to use something similar to Fuego when fighting Herc. Harry didn't missed it and later called the attempt "an embarrassment to [him] as the spell's creator, and to Sona as [her] King" right before promising to teach her the right way to do it.
  • Point of No Return:
    • A non-videogame example. Lash warns Harry that letting Tsubasa deliver the killing blow to BB is one in their relationship, observing that there's little to no chance the Rook will ever get over him if he fulfills his promise to her.
    • The Inevitability of Death? provides a medical one. If a Devil afflicted with Purgatory Malaise get to the stage where they fall into a coma, it's all but certain that they won't ever wake up. That's why Sairaorg's mother was considered pretty much a lost cause.
  • Pokémon Speak: Subverted. Harry tried to use the Lingua Prima spell to get Kendra stuck speaking in Groot's "language" as part of his escalating prank war with her, but Sona and Rias put a stop to the whole thing.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A Downplayed yet recurrent problem for Harry. His experiences in his original world taught him to keep his cards to close to his chest and only reveal dangerous information in a need-to-know basis. However, having to keep this Properly Paranoid approach for so long makes him apply it to areas of his life that don't require it. For example, Harry didn't tell Reya right away that Jeanne crashed on their date without her noticing and even offered to settle her debt to him with sex. The unnecessary secrecy made Reya briefly worried that her boyfriend could have accepted the offer despite knowing him better than that.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Harry's Forceful Kiss causes Reya to pass out and collapse. Then he kisses Tsubasa, and she does the frozen-in-place version of this trope. Which was good for Harry, since one of his legs was disabled and he was barely standing, so he used her Super Strength for support.
  • Post-Modern Magik: One of the fic's tenets as in the source material.
    • In the "Phantom Thief" case, Harry gives the police detective in charge a detailed explanation of how four different types of supernatural Invisibility interact with modern cameras.
    • Harry requested a Q&A meeting with Raphael, Azazel, Ajuka and Athena where they discussed the metaphysical differences between Angels, Fallen and Devils and how it relates to genetic theory. They also talked about how the Angels tried to resort to artificial insemination to bypass the problem of Falling to the Deadly Sin of Lust during sex to no avail.
    • The anti-poisoning spell "Chemi Cleanse" was developed in Berkeley in The '60s by magicians who "wanted a fast and easy way to pass a blood test." The spell specifically ignores toxins on the target's skin because said magicians didn't want to lose their tattoos whenever they cast it on themselves.
  • Power Limiter: Subverted. Harry and Sona discover by accident that her glasses can stop a Soulgaze from activating thanks to their protective enchantments. Harry tries them on, hoping that they will do the same when he wears them and finally be able to look people in the eye, but the attempt is a failure.
  • Power Perversion Potential:
    • Harry suspects Akeno learned a spell that copies some of the caster's memories into a DVD to make her own Home Porn Movies.
    • There's really no way to miss how the "Sitri Oil", a clothing dissolver that doesn't harm people and a powerful Aphrodisiac by contact all in one substance, can be used for perverted purposes. Harry even suggested to sell it bundled with bedsheets immune to its effects as "marital aid."
  • Powers via Possession: The Akiba thief uses a ghostly possession to perpetrate her crimes; specifically invisibility to avoid detection, and intangibility to gain entry.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While calling it "villainy" is a stretch at this point, Lash learned to be more upfront about her pro-harem plans because Harry is in fact weaker to sincere emotion-based arguments than to clever subterfuge.
  • Precocious Crush: How Georg sees 13-year-old Circe/Goth Hermione's obvious crush on him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Harry's paranoia and faith in the Finagle's Law usually pay off.
  • The Psycho Rangers: In-Universe. The "Divine Inheritor Hero Rangers" from Miracle Levi-tan are a Power Rangers Expy based on the Hero Faction that play as Blood Knight/Knight Templar antagonists to the Magical Girl Devils protagonists who are also trying to get the Wandering Wizard to (re)join them.
  • Punched Across the Room: How Tsubasa greeted "Scorpion girl", a Stray Devil ganging on Harry with another two. She Megaton Punched her hard enough to break her leg from the landing alone.
    Tsubasa: Get away from him, bitch!
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Done by Serafall when playing bad cop in A Working Date?
    Serafall: Give. Us. The. Website!
  • Punny Name: Azazel names an artificial Sacred Gear that can turn into any non-magical gun the user can accurately picture "2nd Amendment".
  • Questionable Consent: Discussed. Harry didn't mince words and referred to the Forceful Kisses he gave to Reya and Tsubasa under the influence of the Winter Mantle as assault. Lash pointed out that neither girl sees it like that, which he argued only makes it worse.
  • Race Lift: In-Universe with the Hero Faction's fictional counterparts (other than Jeanne's) in Miracle Levi-tan. Siegfried is played by a Korean-American actor, Herc by a Samoan-New Zealand actor, Cao Cao by an American, and Georg by an Afro-American actress.
  • Raging Stiffie: Harry is, after all, a teenager boy now.
    Harry: Damn hormones, and praise loose-fitting male gym uniforms.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder:
    • Harry has one representing his romantic situation styled after a "rose ceremony" from The Bachelor but with comedian Chris Hardwick in a tuxedo t-shirt as the host. Then Issei takes over and explains the audience about the new "Harem Rush" rules involving Harry "taking [his Love Interests] two at a time on group dates to determine [their] compatibility as threesomes." When Harry wakes up, he decides to talk to Lash about her TV privileges.
    • After meeting D×D!Mab, Harry dreamed of himself as Austin Powers, Mab as Doctor Evil, Bizarro Mab as Mini Me, and his "Bond Girl" kept switching between Serafall, Sona, Reya, Tsubasa, Susan, Takako and Jeanne without his dream self noticing.
  • Reality Ensues: Brave Duel Trading Card Game faded out of popularity because it was a little too ahead of its time, technologically speaking, which translated to the hefty price tags on decks and boosters. Playing the game with full specs required "Stadium" arcade machines that most game centers only rented due to the cost, and once sales started to drop, it created a snowball effect where arcades canceled their rentals, making it harder for players to find places where to play, which made the game less attractive to both old and new players, and sales dropped even more. However, Technology Marches On and Brave Duel is expected to have an Updated Re-release thanks to the current dirt-cheap price of RFID chips for the cards, more commonplace readers, and home consoles with high enough specs to run the required software.
  • Recessive Super Genes: Neither Serafall nor Sona inherited the Allocer power from their father, their Superpowerful Genetics favoring instead their mother's supernatural traits. Duncan and Anna are planning on having another child just in case of Third Time's the Charm, while his lesbian sister Coira is considering artificial insemination. by Harry of all people.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Oakley dies in a Heroic Sacrifice after her Mook–Face Turn. She gets better thanks to Serafall's Evil Pieces.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • In a Working Date?, Harry and Serafall demand to check a tournament player's Pokemon deck (while in Sword Art Online cosplay) by claiming to work for Nintendo, and masking the spell that makes magical counterfeits glow orange with a flashlight with a bit of colored cellophane over it.
    • How Harry gets rid of Cao Cao at the end of the Alice White arc. He basically says, "I just split this girl's soul into Normal and Hero halves and destroyed the Hero part. Now get out of here before I make you kill me so Serafall and Azazel have an opening and a reason to kill you". Cao Cao complies. Moreover, the first part is a total bluff: Un-Hero-ing Alice was Harry' plan but the procedure failed, so they fell back to plan B consisting in making the Hero Faction believe it was a success.
    • Harry has the cheek to prank Kendra by dyeing her pink and then discuss the details of Plausible Deniability with her. It works despite Kendra and everybody around knowing he just has to be the culprit because he made sure of leaving no hard evidence behind.
    • It takes some serious lady Brass Balls and chutzpah to ask Harry to father your children — notice the plural — right in front of his girlfriend the Leviathan herself, but that's how Coira Sitri rolls. She even manages to get them to file the whole idea as a maybe rather than refuse it outright.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Issei and his girlfriends have theirs well ahead from canon thanks to Harry clueing in Rias on what a number Raynare actually did on his psyche.
  • The Resenter: Saji to Harry for getting together with his crush. Sona gave him the chance to come to terms on his own, but once his hostility to Harry started to interfere with combat, she stepped in to make him stop and unambiguously told him that she wasn't interested in him that way, and wouldn't be even if things with Harry somehow don't work out. Since then Harry remains Saji's least favorite person but he did knock it off, becoming instead sullen or irascible around him in a Age-Appropriate Angst kinda way.
  • Retail Therapy: Akeno goes in an off-screen shopping spree in the Underworld on Rias' orders, ostensibly to purchase everything their martial arts instructor will need for their training. Harry notices that she comes back from it with "almost a post-coital glow about her, happy, refreshed, and extremely satisfied" and carrying enough shopping bags to fill a well-sized bedroom with them. Takako Senju, the instructor in question who got stuck with Akeno during said shopping spree, blames Harry for letting her go through such an exhausting and at times embarrassing experience that apparently included some stores of the adult kind. This sparked the prank war going on between them during their stay in the Underworld.
  • Retired Monster: For all her dislike for her progenitor, and her current The Matchmaker/Cosplay Otaku Girl antics, there's a reason why Harry still considers Lash a lot more dangerous than even the Winter Mantle. A good example of this is the time she suggested a rather disturbing Sex–Face Turn scenario on Jeanne by basically turning her into a Functional Sex Addict with a Single-Target Sexuality on him.
  • Revenge:
    • Jeanne joined the Hero Faction because a high Class Devil entered a bar owned by a Fallen, and the place caught fire as a result, her father dying when he went in to save others. She's already killed the Devil, and Harry gives her the info to track down the Fallen.
    • Remus has a grudge against Nike, deliberately passing on a chance to attack their draconic target and joining in the attack on Kyoto in the hopes of fighting her, blaming her for not favoring his original incarnation, despite Nike having had no part in that incident.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Mulan of the Hero Faction wants revenge on Japan for the actions taken against China during WWII. As Oakley points out, besides the obvious problem that nearly everyone in Japan (and Kyoto, which she is helping attack) who was involved is dead, and that her parents weren't even alive then, let alone her, Mulan is Chinese-Canadian, and asks why she's speaking the language if she hates Japan so much, and points out that for someone who hates Japan, she sure watches a lot of anime... This is later confirmed to be Longinus brainwashing, and she accepts protective custody after the battle is over.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Despite being certain that it was Harry who pranked her, Kendra knew she couldn't prove it. Unfortunately for Tsubasa, the tengu ninja was in charge of her combat training that day... Or not so unfortunately. See Happy Ending Massage above.
  • Reverse Mole: In-Universe. Harry suggested making Kiba's fictional counterpart in Oppai Dragon into this because he doesn't like to be portrayed as the villain. Azazel considered it a good plot twist and In-Universe explanation for the Sorting Algorithm of Evil by making it so "Darkness Knight Fang" was purposely throwing increasingly stronger henchmen at Oppai Dragon as a way to train him.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Harry muses that he might have given the people present at the training camp reasons to be annoyed with him. Lash immediately asks him whether he wants her to enumerate their grievances against him in alphabetical or chronological order.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What other people see when Harry Soulgazes them, whose reactions are all over the place. They go from Raynare becoming completely terrified of him, passing by Azazel becoming a firm if annoying friend to Harry, to Serafall and Sona trying to jump his bones then and there.
  • Romantic Wingman: Harry to Issei is something of an unintended case, as it's never Harry's primary objective to help Issei to get girls, but much of his advice tend to have a romantic side benefit anyhow. It gets to the point it would be strange if someday Issei doesn't name some of kids after him.
    • Most notably, Harry was the first to understand what a number Raynare really did on Issei's head, and his advice to Rias telling her what she and the other girls were doing wrong in their romantic purse of him allowed them to have their Relationship Upgrade several volumes-worth of events earlier than canon.
    • When Issei, Saji and Azazel went to complain to Harry how his Grand Romantic Gesture for Christmas Eve made them look bad by comparison, Harry called them out on their BS, but not without end up reminding Issei that Valentine's Day was drawing near and that most of his girlfriends aren't Japanese, meaning they're likely to be expecting him to come up with date plans for the day rather than following the Japanese custom of giving him chocolate.
    • While acting as a sort of coach to Rias' Peerage, Harry felt he was obligated to ask Issei just why her breasts give him power upgrades and whether it's just hers what trigger them. This turned out to be a very sore point for his other girlfriends because Issei never thought of trying it with them, but their ire gave way to anticipation when Harry advised to, er, experiment on the subject during training rather than taking an unnecessary risk during battle.
  • Rule of Seven: Subverted. Kendra separated Harry's staff into six parts as part of a prank. He complained that it should've been seven pieces and that she had "no respect for gaming history."
  • Running Gag:
    • Harry cursing his teenage hormones whenever they make him feel excited.
    • Often when discussing about magic with Sona and Rias, Harry will point out something neither King thought about before — sometimes it's something nobody in Bizarro World ever thought about before — and the girls will look at each other and have a Silent Conversation about the implications.
    • Whenever someone compares Harry to the "Wandering Wizard", they point out he's missing the hat.
    • Tsubasa can't ever go out with Harry on a date without something Action Genre-y happening. Like an enemy attack, Jeanne showing up to talk to Harry, or an amateur magician trying to literally curse all happy couples on Christmas Eve. Serafall half-jokingly guessed that the universe must know of Tsubasa's love for action movies.
    • Harry's narration in the Christmas Episode tackles in an enthusiastic "(yay!)" whenever he looks Reya or Tsubasa in the eye without triggering a Soulgaze thanks to the special glasses they wore for their date.
    • Harry never admits aloud that he turned Kendra's hair pink. Whenever the subject comes up, he talks about it in hypothetical terms or as if someone else did it despite fooling absolutely no one.
  • Savage Wolves: Some show up right after Harry chases off the wyvern. They're the children of Fenrir and Hela.
  • Saying Too Much:
    • Momo when angrily asking why she, Ruruko, and Tomoe don't have fictional counterparts just like Sona, Reya, Tsubasa, and most of Rias' Peerage. It's only after she saw the twinkle in Azazel's eyes that she realized just how badly she screwed herself and Ruruko overTomoe was at least able to happily roll with it when he cast the three girls as "the Hellines" to Koneko's "Hellcat-chan" character.
    • Earlier, when Georg is berating Harry for using bullets against the Anti-Monsters in Kyoto when he's the wizard who developed the Anti-Beholder techniques, he gives Harry the idea to try using the Anti-Beholder spells on Dimension Lost, since it generates extra-dimensional mist. It works.
  • Scaled Up: Both Saji and Alivian during the Rating Game between Sona Sitri and Seekvaira Agares.
  • The Scapegoat: After Harry pulls a prank on Kendra by messing with the showers to dye her pink, forgetting that he'd need to vigorously scrub her with his hand for his undoing spell to work, he blames Lash for it, since she's in a situation where she can't defend herself.
  • Scars Are Forever: Defied. Lash noticed that Asia's Twilight Healing can in fact heal Harry's numerous scars, but the effect is too limited to be visible at naked eye if Ise doesn't Boost her first. From then and on, they have scheduled healing sessions where Asia slowly erases Harry's scars and she gets to practice with Boosted healing without having to wait for one of their friends to get injured first. They could go faster, but Harry remarked that his scars disappearing too fast would only draw unwanted attention from people not in-the-known.
  • Second Love: Harry to Reya, who originally was interested in Kiba until spending time with the former made her realize she had actually very little in common with the swordsman.
  • Secret Identity Apathy: In-Universe. In Miracle Levi-tan, when the Wandering Wizard complains that both the Miracle Mysticas and the Divine Inheritor Hero Rangers gave away their Secret Identities to the enemy doing their Transformation Sequence in front of them, a scandalized fictionalization of Jeanne tells him that no Henshin Hero would ever reveal another's Secret Identity. It seems to be some sort of professional courtesy that the Good Is Not Nice Pragmatic Hero just could wrap his head around.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Sitri family wanted to see whether Harry would keep his protective coat on his person for dinner with them or allow it to be taken from him as manners demand. For a moment they considered the test inconclusive because he was still wearing his rings and other combat tools until Serafall pointed out that he was in fact carrying a lot less weaponry than the usual (four rings instead of the full set of ten, for example) and didn't even bring his staff.
  • Semi-Divine: Jeanne reveals that the Hero Faction's Heracles is the fifth generation descendentnote  of the real Heracles, after Zeus raised him to full godhood. That explains why he is stronger and tougher than a Human has any right to be, since his Sacred Gear just makes explosions.
  • Sense Freak: Shizukesa is so happy to have a humanoid body in part because, besides eyesight (obviously) and a little bit hearing, her senses were not that good as a Beholder. Her sense of touch was almost non-existent, being just pressure, temperature was either too hot, acceptable, or too cold, and she had no sense of smell at all. She's particularly fond of taste, apparently tasting chocolate for the first time made her finally understand why Harry Potter said that it's a cure for nearly getting your soul sucked out.
  • Serious Business:
    • Dominance games between felines for Koneko and Mister. Losing a Staring Contest against Harry's cat meant that the Rook had to follow his lead for the rest of the day in A Walk on the Wild Side?
    • Shipping in the Miracle Levi-tan fandom. It took the In-Universe fans maybe hours to produce dozens of lemons featuring the eponymous heroine and the Wandering Wizard, and an equal number of Death Fics by the anti-shippers, after the news of Harry and Serafall being together got to the forums.
    • Coriana tries a strategy in her match against Issei that involves doing a striptease, leaving her foe dumbfounded. But when she tries to remove her panties before her bra, Issei hits her with a quadruple Boosted Dragon Shot.
  • Sex–Face Turn: Discussed. Lash considered that Harry should have held Jeanne/Eve White to her half-serious Sex for Services offer to pay him back for saving her little sister from the Hero Faction, which Lash saw as the perfect chance to Invoke this trope on her. Harry remained sceptical until Lash hit him with a rather disturbing Deconstruction of the trope: Instead of trying to redeem the girl in question, Lash wanted Harry to corrupt her to his side by basically turning her into a Functional Sex Addict with a Single-Target Sexuality on him badly enough that she will betray her current allies and fight for the good guys if just to get him to give her her next "fix."
    Harry: …Okay, in the unlikely event I could do what you are suggesting, you don't see anything ironic, or, oh, I don't know… wrong… with lying to her and basically addicting her to something to make her be a good guy?
    Lash: Not particularly.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Leviathan, even by the standards of Devils, is completely shameless and combines this trope with her obsession with Magical Girl fiction and her Cosplay Otaku Girl hobbies. One notable incident is when she magically transforms out of her uniform... except her Transformation Sequence does not have any censorship sparkles, giving Harry and every member of Sona and Rias peerages a Full-Frontal Assault. Ironically, despite her unrestrained nature, she's never actually been involved with anyone before Harry, her political role having made that impossible.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Done by Harry to show off what being a Wizard (versus a D×D Magician) is to Goth Hermione. He fires three Pyro Fuegos at her in a row. The first is a two-toned beam of fire. The second is a giant dragon's claw of flames. And the third is a descending cloud of fire.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend:
    • Harry wants to invoke this trope in A Working Date?, but does not because he know it will just get him in trouble. To the readers, it's pretty clear that at this point it's just a matter of semantics.
    • Harry also backpedals whenever his narration refers to one of his Love Interests with a possessive determiner. It takes him until the denouement of the Kyoto Story Arc to tell himself that he needs to own to the fact that he is dating them. From then and on the character tags "my Bishop", "my Rook", "my King", and "my Maou" become a lot more common.
  • She's Got Legs: While Sona isn't as voluptuous as her peerage, her physical appeal lies more in this trope, something Harry even remarks upon on their date, pointing out that Sona clearly picked an outfit that shows off her legs.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Like in the original series, we have Lash, but she has been joined by Azazel who is aware of Harry's feelings due to their Soulgaze, and enthusiastically both encourages Harry to pursue the girls, and prods him for info about his romantic life. Much to Harry's chagrin, since he doesn't consider his relationships to be anyone else's business.
    • He and Lash, upon realizing that the D×D version of Lasciel, Azazel's assistant, has a crush on him, start plotting on how to get them together.
  • Shutting Up Now: When Issei notes that Ddraig isn't going to be happy that they're collecting dragon body parts, Harry notes that the dragon should have thought of that before he attacked and killed the students of the magical college they were investigating the ruins of. This is apparently his response.
  • Sibling Team: Agares Bishops are two twin sisters with opposite approaches to magical combat. One specializes in large AOE spells, while the other in precise single-target ones. The rationale is to have two specialists that cover for each other weakness and rely on Devil Teleportation to swap places if necessary. The Teleport Interdiction for the Rating Game against Sona's Peerage naturally played against that.
  • Sibling Triangle:
    • Sona×Harry×Serafall is a type 11 or type 13 Triang Relations, depending on whether or not you buy Harry's reluctance. Both girls like Harry, Serafall seems to have a more-than-sisterly affection for Sona, and Harry likes both girls, but has issues. Unlike most Sibling Triangles, it's very unlikely that this one will require one of the siblings to be dumped.
    • It's later revealed that Sona and Serafall are mirroring their parents' relationship where half-siblings Duncan and Coira Allocer (their father and aunt, respectively) both married Anna Sitri (their mother).
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Discussed by Harry about the Sitri private car in the train to the Underworld:
    I've seen opulence before. Everything from fake opulence, to accidental opulence, to cheesy, trying-too-hard opulence, to casual opulence. The latter I had seen in Hades' sitting room, and in the private parts of Mab's castle. The places most people were not to see, so she did not feel the need to impress. That was the kind of opulence the Sitri private car had. Which is what made it all the more impressive. It was in a freaking train car. Something almost constantly in motion, much more prone to accident or theft than a room in a castle.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Saji and Harry, after Sona got the former to tone down his resentment to the other guy. For his part, Harry doesn't like Saji very much either, but he's a lot more lighthearted about it and generally just tries to avoid trouble. Harry's not above petty complains, though — like remarking on Saji's snoring and sleep-talking when they had to bunk together during the school trip, or his tendency to sing anime openings off-key, or the unspeakable crime of not handling anime Spoilers with enough care.
  • Sleep Learning: A variation. Lash watches anime at night while Harry, or rather his consciousness, gets his rest.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Squared in the Halloween Episode. Serafall put some booze in the punch to live up the party, without realizing that Azazel added Extract of Sleep so it wouldn't end too early. Problem is that the mix of schnapps and fruit punch turns the magical stimulant into an aphrodisiac that very nearly turned their costume party into A Party, Also Known as an Orgy.
  • Sneeze Cut: Happens to Azazel in A Storm Gathering?; Harry mentions learning about Sacred Gears from "a certain otaku Fallen". Cut to Az sneezing and Serafall offering him a hanky.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Subverted in Misla Bael née Vapula's medical case. It turns out that there's a lot more to the sickness that put Sairaorg's mother in a coma than just creating drama like in canon. See Synthetic Plague below for details.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse:
    • Defied. Serafall uses Glamour at all times to hide her true form, which used to cause her no end of trouble because of all the jealousy and lust that it evoked in others.
    • Also Deconstructed. Serafall makes a point of not mentioning this to Harry, afraid that he would ask her to show him her true appearance and become completely besotted by it regardless of the person underneath. When Harry gets wind of it from other sources — he is, after all, a detective — he instead asks her to never drop the Glamour in his presence because he wants to be certain of his feelings for her regardless how their relationship may evolve. Or at least not until he can say the L-word to her properly out of his own free will. This doubles as a Milholland Relationship Moment for them.
  • Sore Loser: Downplayed. Tsubasa is quite competitive at videogames and knows it. That's why she tries to subtly avoid games that put her at a disadvantage, like playing against Harry in a Light Gun Game because of his proficiency with firearms, and she's not above Invoking Distracted by the Sexy when he's doing too well against her.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: In-Universe. When Harry suggests making Kiba's fictional equivalent "Darkness Knight Fang" a Reverse Mole in Oppai Dragon, Azazel likes the idea in part because it allows him to make this a Justified Trope by saying that he was throwing increasingly strong baddies at the hero on purpose to train him up.
  • Speak of the Devil: An In-Universe example. Harry's fictional counterpart never says nor lets others say his real name around him, "or she may notice", implicating that "he's some sort of reverse Voldermort" that he can be tracked down that way. The script writers themselves (namely Azazel and Serafall) admitted that they haven't decided yet just who "she" is yet, and came up with this as a plot hook and a way to explain away why the Wandering Wizard doesn't use his real name.
  • Spit Take: Harry and Duncan's simultaneous reaction in "…Flag Setting?" at Coira Sitri née Allocer, the latter's half-sister and his wife's other spouse, asking Harry to be her Chosen Conception Partner.
  • Spooky Photographs: A fanboy taking a picture of Harry and Serafall in costume gets more than he bargained for when the dark, incomplete form of Lash shows up as well.
  • Squick: In-Universe. Harry refers to Fenrir and Hela's biological children as the "Trifecta of Squick," given how their existence implies Villainous Incest, Bestiality Is Depraved and I Love the Dead occurring all at once.
  • Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: In-Universe example. Miracle Levi-tan's creative team decided to write Georg's fictional counterpart as "Georgia" because his fixation on Harry plays out better as a girl.
  • Stalking Is Love: Discussed for fun. Harry muses aloud about possible first date plans for Serafall and himself, and comes up with the idea of stalking Sona together. Then he takes it back because it sounds more like a third date plan to him. Sona grabs a cushion from a nearby couch and Dope Slaps him for it without uttering a word.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Despite the other differences with canon Volume 9, Ise still takes a parting shot at the retreating Cao Cao, with help from Sun Wukong, and still destroys Cao Cao's right eye. Presumably for the eventual rewrite of Volumes 11 and 12.
  • Stat-O-Vision: A King can measure how many points, in the chess scoring sense, an individual would be worth if they joined their peerage. This value can vary from one King to the next. For example, Harry would be worth six points in Rias' Peerage and seven in Sona's, denoting how the latter stands to gain more from his hypothetical recruitment than the former.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Besides the canon ones (Rias, Rossweisse and Tsubaki), there's Behemoth, who is currently around the same height as Harry.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Serafall teleported to the party held by Rias and Sona's Peerages for New Year Eve, got her midnight kiss from Harry — while giving a Shout-Out to the iconic upside-down kiss from the first Spider-Man movie because how could she not — and then she immediately teleported back to her formal New Year event with the other Maou.
  • Stern Teacher: Invoked. Harry makes himself a target of his students' ire because he knows it's good motivation. Literally so when he instructed the magic users in Rias and Sona's Peerages to use him as a moving practice target to improve their accuracy with offensive spells. The prospect of getting back at him after a day of putting them through the grind was enough to give them all a second wind.
  • Straight Gay: Oakley. Harry only realized because he noticed her gaze lingering on Tomoe's butt once.
  • Stripperiffic: During the Oppai Dragon stage show, Koneko, Momo, Tomoe, and Ruruka (a.k.a. Hellcat-chan and the Hellines) wear what Harry calls "stupidly revealing fur swimsuits", while attacking the heavily armored title character.
  • Subordinate Excuse: D×D!Lasciel works as Azazel's assistant because she has a crush on him. She even fell because of it (along with Wrath towards Raynare for managing to seduce him once).
  • Suicide By Dragon: The Delta-2 Beholder did this in guilt after killing their evil sibling with Delta-5.
  • Super Breeding Program: Intrinsic to Devils' nobility where Superpowerful Genetics plays a critical role in a Noble Family's social standing for the next generation. This combined with their Law of Inverse Fertility problems and Authority Equals Asskicking culture creates serious issues when a suitable heir cannot be produced.
    • Sairaorg and his mother were held in contempt by most of the Bael family because he never exhibited signs of having inherited their signature Power of Destruction unlike his cousin Rias Gremory.
    • Duncan and Coira are the only surviving members of the Allocer family, and the last users of their family's highly regarded signature Fountain of Youth powers after his daughters Serafall and Sona didn't manage to inherit it. This puts Coira under a lot of political pressure to have children of her own in hopes of passing down the Allocer power despite being uninterested in men and even married to another woman for a very long time, to the point she's seriously considering artificial insemination and Harry as her Chosen Conception Partner.
  • Super Identikit: Justified. Harry was able to provide his allies with perfectly accurate portraits of the core members of Hero Faction after they briefly kidnapped him during the Kuoh Conference in the original fic, but that's only thanks to Lash's Photographic Memory and her ability to borrow Harry's hands with his permission to draw the sketches.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • After being told Kendra is probably mostly or completely naked while laundering the only clothes she has with her, Harry narrates "I am not to blame for any dreams I might or might not have had that night."
    • When Harry commented on his travel arrangements to come back from the Underworld right after the Young Devils' Tournament, he mentioned that it had absolutely nothing to do with avoiding Sona and Serafall's parents. Really.
  • Synthetic Plague: It's heavily implied that Purgatory Malaise, better known as the sickness that put Sairaorg's mother in a coma, was artificially developed 9,000 years ago to Nemesis' likeness. While It Can Think like the original, it seems locally developed and a lot dumber — only smart enough to resist getting killed, never mind subtly influence its host into the Outsiders' cause like the Contagion that Harry knew and feared in his home world. Furthermore, Purgatory Malaise can only infect Devils, and it's markedly more effective on people suffering mental distress, suggesting that it was intended as an anti-Devil biological weapon and psychological warfare agent all in one package.
  • Take That!:
    • Harry's spirit daughter didn't have a Canon Name in The Dresden Files when she was mentioned in the fic, so the author came up with "Sophie" for her, which was a somewhat popular Fan Nickname at the time. Much later Jim Butcher provided a less flattering name for her in a Reddit AMA that the author didn't seem to like. So, when the Canon Name was mentioned later in passing in a mostly unrelated context, Harry couldn't help but remark "poor girl".
    • During his stay in the Underworld, Harry found out that while there's no Burger King, McDonald's nor Wendy's in the Devils' territories, they do have Carl's Jr. Make of that what you will.
  • Taking the Bullet: Knowing that Reya wasn't going to react in time against BB's TK beams, Harry jumped in front of them with his coat open in order to cover the widest area possible. Seven of them hit him before he could cast a shield, one on the side of head and rendering him unconscious before he even fell onto the ground.
  • Taking the Heat: Akina Shinozaki took the full blame for the ghost-assisted serial robberies in the Phantom Thief case. Harry realized that her friends were most likely in it too because Akina doesn't have the abilities to contact or bind the ghost on her own, and her lack of recent psychic scarring proved that at least the previous week's robbery wasn't her doing. Harry told the police detective in charge about it, but they had to let it go because they lacked non-magical evidence to prove it.
  • Taking You with Me: After being ambushed by BB and racking up some nasty injuries, Harry prepares to take punish BB with his death curse (by blinding the Beholder). Luckily, Serafall shows up in time to make this unnecessary.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: When Yubelluna cast a powerful sleep-inducing spell on Reya, she almost instantly fell into REM sleep and started having an Erotic Dream about Harry. Sona's face went bright red after hearing her, but the faux pas went mostly ignored because they had bigger concerns at the time.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Subverted. Issei, Sanji and even Azazel complained to Harry that his Grand Romantic Gesture in the Christmas Episode made them look bad in comparison after his Love Interests told (read: bragged to) the other girls about it. Harry called the guys out on their BS by first pointing out neither Sanji nor Azazel have significant others at the moment (the girls gave them grief about it because of how Oblivious to Love they are), and that it wasn't his fault that Issei didn't plan ahead despite being official with his girls longer than he has. Harry then further defied the trope by advising Issei to prepare himself for Valentine's Day because most of his girlfriends aren't likely to follow the Japanese custom of giving him chocolate and they could be expecting something more along the lines of flowers and dinner.
  • Tangled Family Tree:
    • Downplayed with the Sitri family, where Serafall and Sona's paternal aunt's simultaneous marriage to their mother Anna makes her their stepmother as well.
    • They would be a straighter example if Harry ever marries and has children with both Serafall and Sona, given how each of their kids would be cousins and half-siblings to each other at once.
    • Things would get even more tangled if Serafall and Sona's maternal aunt's plans to make Harry into her Chosen Conception Partner ever come to fruition too. Let's enumerate the ways: in this scenario Coira's children would be Sona and Serafall's cousins because she's their paternal aunt, their stepbrothers and stepsisters because Coira is also their mother's spouse, and their stepchildren as their husband's biological kids. Have fun figuring out the exact kinship between the sisters' hypothetical children and Cora's besides all being half-siblings through their father. Quite the Tangled Family Tree for a scenario with no divorces nor any inbreeding whatsoever.
  • A Taste of Power: A curious non-videogame, In-Universe example. Sona got to have Harry as her Bishop for exactly one Rating Game, and sure enough, he ended up becoming a big part of the reason her Peerage triumph over Riser's.
  • The Tease:
    • Tsubasa is something of a Subversion. Harry observes that she's naturally a flirt and falls back to it when she's nervous just like he does with his snark.
    • Serafall teases Harry all the time since their Soulgaze. Played With in that it's all in good fun except for the few times when it isn't, like the first time Harry called her "Sera-chan" and she completely dropped the teasing and heartbeat later she was straddling him in his bed and kissing him.
  • Textual Celebrity Resemblance: A strangely Justified example. Several of the members of Serafall's Peerage look like popular characters from manga and anime, but only because they're Resurrected Devils who originally didn't have a humanoid form and gained one with her help. Serafall, being Serafall, directly or indirectly influenced their appearances. Also a borderline Subversion, since they are all fully described in their first appearances and only in a later chapter Lash catches the resemblances and tells Harry.
    • Behemoth went for a look similar to Kalifa from One Piece thanks to what she calls Serafall's "pirate phase." It also lets her crack "that's sexual harassment" jokes.
    • Shizukesa, better known as Rini the pink Beholder, looks like Ram from Re:Zero.
    • Oakley is an accidental example. She didn't change much after becoming a Devil, but she originally already looked a lot like Isuzu from Log Horizon. Serafall didn't notice until Harry pointed it out.
  • That Came Out Wrong: To his chagrin, Serafall commented to Harry that "you and Azazel-chan seem so close since you did it." She means a Soulgaze, by the way.
  • That Man Is Dead: Due to her time with Harry, along with her attraction towards Azazel, Lash no longer considers herself a shade of Lasciel, but her own entity.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • Like in D×D canon, there's Matsuda and Motohama, Issei's perverted friends. In this fic, they constantly pester Harry for magical aid in peeping on their female classmates. Harry goes out of his way to sabotage their efforts.
    • Since Issei's more focused on his harem, and not leching after random girls at the school, he's not counted among the Trio anymore, leaving it a Perverted Duo. Katase suggests adding Aika in with them to keep the name, to which all three protest against in perfect unison.
  • Throw-Away Guns: Reconstructed with 2nd Amendment. Harry picked up the habit of simply discarding it when it runs out of bullets, which returns the Morph Weapon to its idle form, and then summoning it again as a fully loaded gun to his hand. The particularities of the Artificial Sacred Gear make this a much more efficient alternative to reloading and gives the user a tactical advantage in a shootout.
  • Throwing Your Axe Always Works: Remus can do this because his weapon is literally bloodthirsty and won't stop until it strikes a foe.
  • Title Sequence: Miracle Levi-tan is given one. It contains examples of:
    • And Starring: "With Heidi Klum as Principal Jane Behemoth And Alec Guinness as Azazel"
    • Anime Theme Song: The opening is a peppy song in a split of English and Japanese.
    • Evolving Credits: The credits contain the new characters (based on Sona and company) who weren't in the previous season.
    • Opening Narration: "You might think I look like an ordinary high school girl. But I've always been strong, and loved fighting for the weak. So when my Principal and a mysterious old man approached me and said my power was for protecting the Underworld, of course I jumped at the chance!"
  • Token Good Teammate: Jeanne is the most sympathetic of the Hero faction shown so far (possibly aside from Oakley). Georg, Siegfried and Cao Cao are all Knight Templar, Leonardo has received little to no characterization yet, and Heracles is a huge Jerkass who'd be a Nominal Hero if they were the protagonists.
  • Torso with a View: Harry gets a hole straight through his right thigh, front to back. Including, in his own words, a femur ground into powder. He covers his leg in a layer of ice to help him stand and so the thin flaps of skin and muscle still holding the limb on don't tear.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: While Harry is far from a picky eater, he has a notable preference for burgers, especially Burger King. He also prefers Coke over Pepsi, reacting to the latter in Faux Horror.
  • Training Montage: Rias and Sona hire Harry, Shiro Yoshimo and Takako/Kendra to train their magic users, weapon users and hand-to-hand fighters, respectively, prior to the Young Devils' Tournament in the Underworld.
  • Transformation Sequence: Serafall does one in reverse. Except being live, she does not have the benefit of the editing department over painting her skin with magical sparkles. As a result she flashes all of Sona and Rias's Peerages, and Harry.
  • Transgender: Shizukesa counts, since her original form had No Biological Sex despite her having a gender identity.
  • Translator Microbes:
    • His reading sessions with Reya helped Harry to figure out the exact limitations of Language. While it allows a Devil to converse in any language, it does nothing for writing, even for phonetic languages. It handles slang fine enough, but poorly for made-up words like "mithril". Blunt Metaphors Trauma is in full effect, and cultural references are completely Lost in Translation. Language also does the pragmatic thing with names and avoids Dub Name Changes by leaving them as they sound, but that obfuscates what they were supposed to mean or allude — for example, for Reya, "Burrfoot" was just a proper noun; she didn't realize it was supposed to be a Punny Name and a "combination of 'burr' and 'foot', meaning a prickly annoyance" until Harry broke it down for her.
    • There's a spell that allows the affected individuals to both speak and read/write in a chosen language, but takes away their ability to understand any other until it wears off, deactivating even Language. Sona and Reya tried it on themselves, but it went past the expected duration and they couldn't read the spellbook to figure out what went wrong.
  • Trust Password: Sona demands Harry to prove he's not an enemy under a disguise during the Rating Game against Riser. Harry complies by grumbling that she had to ask such a question because they didn't agree on a Trust Password beforehand among other petty complains. If the insider information wasn't enough proof of his identity, taking advantage of the situation to give her some lip was just too Harry Dresden for him to be an impostor.
  • Truth in Television: It turns out that having an actual theater at home where rich and well-connected people can watch movies on the release day like Sona does is a real thing. It's called the Bel Air Circuit and it costs around $100k to join and a $4k/month membership.
  • Twerp Sweating:
    • Tsubasa's dad to Harry. Even though Harry is roughly the same age (chronologically), has two daughters of his own, and regularly fights people and non-people vastly more dangerous than the Salaryman, Harry is still intimidated. He admits that he knows what he would do for his own girls.
    • Subverted with Sona and Serafall's father, who instead of trying to intimidate Harry, he tried to bribe him to break up with his daughters and disappear from their lives for good.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Shizukesa's familiar, a bugbear named William, is, like her former appearance, a creature with a body dominated by a single eye.
  • Un-Sorcerer: Sairaorg's Muggle Born of Mages status is a bit different from canon. Instead of failing to inherit the Bael Family's Power of Destruction, he lacks any capacity for magic whatsoever, something that both Harry and the Beelzebub himself observed should be impossible for a Devil. While this makes Sairaorg more vulnerable to magic than every other Devil, it also means that he could still possess the Power of Destruction and just be unable to use it without magic of his own to fuel it. If Harry is right about the latter, this would mean that Sairaorg could still pass on the Bael Family's signature power to his children, which is of great political importance for the Devils' nobility and his position as the heir apparent.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The narration skips over the explanation of "Plan B" to save Alice White from the Hero Faction until it went off without a hitch. It consisted in Harry tricking Cao Cao big time by making him think the magical procedure to De-Power her was a success.
  • Unusual Euphemism: This fic inherits the "Dangerous" euphemism/Author Catchphrase from Gabriel Blessing's works — always properly capitalized to differentiate it from the regular, life-threatening version of the adjective — which is used as Lampshade Hanging when, let's say, one of the protagonist's Love Interests is getting ready to end his Let's Wait a While approach to romance. Yep, that kind of Danger.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Harry hypothesizes that Gasper and his Forbidden Balor View was the whole reason why Argus deployed his Beholders in Japan. The first time, three years ago when Gasper arrived to Kuoh, thus making Tsubasa Yura a victim of opportunity for BB. And then in the present a little after Gasper rejoined Rias's Peerage, just in time for Argus to hear rumors of — or be made to know about — Harry's Soulgaze and order BB to bring his eyes to him as well.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Harry suspects that either Ophis or someone who has her ear in the Chaos Brigade is either working for or with the Outsiders.
  • Urban Legend Love Life:
    • Harry wasn't able to quite convince the Student Council in the original fic that he never participated in an orgy (long story). From then and on, the bit of gossip that he's into group sex tends to resurface from time to time, seemingly getting confirmed by his dating situation.
    • For an extreme example, Kuoh's Pervert Duo propagated a series of rumors about Harry using Black Magic to Brainwash Sona, Tsubasa and Reya into joining his harem, and leaving at least one broken hotel room in the wake of their ritualistic-themed orgies. When Asia heard about it, she immediately jumped in his defense, remarking that Harry would never tamper with a person's mind. Harry dryly remarked that she never objected any other part of the rumor, suggesting that the sweet former nun finds the idea of the four of them having orgies for fun and magic-related purposes at least plausible.
  • Verbal Backspace: Harry jumps up "getting ready to turn whatever had alarmed my girls in a block of ice. The girls. 'The', not 'my'." He does this on occasion in the early parts of the story, referring to Sona/Reya/Tsubasa in the possessive, and then quickly switching to a more neutral term.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Knowing that she can't do anything about her crush on Azazel, Lash decides to help the D×D version of Lasciel get his attention.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Kendra has the Hammerspace variation. Unusually, she pulls things from the bottom of her bra rather than her cleavage.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: It's been hinted that Jeanne of the Hero Faction has a crush on Harry. She described him as "handsome, in a scary way" to her little sister, flirts with him whenever they meet, and when she's the victim of Dress Break, doesn't care at all about her nudity until she notices that Harry is watching and immediately becomes embarrassed and covers up.
  • Villainous Incest: Fenrir and Hela have kids. Harry and Reya are both grossed out when they realize this.
  • Villains Out Shopping: After the Ratings Game, Riser's peerage remain in the city to have a night out. Unfortunately, one of Argus Beholders catches Mihae by surprise and costs her an eye (temporarily).
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: While Harry is far from helpless, he's a good deal more breakable than his harem, who have come to his rescue several times already when he's been about to be overwhelmed, most notably during the Beholder Story Arc. On a more humorous note, they're also a bit of the jealous type and tend to get pissed when other girls flirt with Harry.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: Riser references this trope when Harry and Sona walk into his trap. Harry quickly points out that they were ready for the trap; but he is also not a virgin — ironically making him the only confirmed non-virgin on the hero side.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Chapter 9 starts with a couple doing this, only for Harry to suddenly appear and blast the guy away, who was actually a Stray Devil about to attack the unsuspecting girl.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Harry uses a fairly creative variant of this mixed with Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work with a suspect who refused to give them his intel on the Loki faction because The Mob Boss Is Scarier. The wizard simply lets him go while noting that while the two of them know he didn't fess up a thing, the Loki faction isn't likely to buy it just like that, making them bound to track the suspect down and torture him in other to find out what exactly he allegedly told Harry about them. Unsurprisingly, the suspect immediately decides to cooperate.
  • Weirdness Censor: Unlike Harry's original world, D×D's Japan, while it does ostensibly have a Masquerade, has supernatural beings appear in public a lot more often with no real consequence, and several Muggles are aware of the supernatural without really being part of it (the Devils at Kuoh actually use summoning flyers). Probably helped by the fact that Japan's spiritual culture is a lot more interconnected with society than the secular west.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Azazel calls out Harry and Issei on being this, saying that they're the worst trouble magnets he's seen in a thousand years, and with them on the Kyoto trip, things going wrong is a matter of when, not if. He's right.
  • Wham Episode: The Inevitability of Death? heavily implies that the sickness that put Sairaorg's mother in a coma is an anti-Devil Synthetic Plague created 9,000 years ago to resemble Nemesis. It's unknown whether some faction at the time researched the Contagion and developed the biological agent for their own objectives, or if the Outsiders themselves had a hand on it.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Oakley isn't exactly happy about her Living Lie Detector powers at first. Being made aware of the truth behind The Masquerade as a child without anyone to guide her certainly didn't help that opinion.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Harry's girlfriends are not the least bit impressed that he put himself in needless danger by leaving the protection of his house and attracting the attention of BB, especially since it's clear to everyone, including the readers, that he didn't really need to run his errands, and just wanted an excuse to leave the house, and he himself admits he should have at least gotten someone to go with him.
    • Harry calls Oakley out when she says that the Hero Faction is working for the "good of humanity".
  • Whip It Good: Saji trained how to wield his Absorption Line as a whip. While too impractical in a real-world fight, his opponents have to remain careful of its Life/Mana Drain effect, meaning that even light brushes allows Saji to recover energy while sapping his enemies' and thus making it a good tactic to against hand-to-hand combatants.
  • White Magician Girl: Deconstructed to a point. Asia is so attuned to healing magic that she sucks pretty badly at any offensive spell. Harry compared the difficulty of teaching her a minor cutting spell to "pulling dragon's teeth without a painkiller." When she showed a real interest in branching out, Harry suggested support spells like Buffs/Debuffs to help her allies turn the tide of the battle.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Bob the (female) Tengu resents her parents for naming her after Bob Dylan. Takako also dislikes being reminded that her name references Hawkgirl in more ways than one.
  • Wild Card: Played With. Harry's loyalties are clear to the reader and his friends, but not so much to the rest of the world. For example, some elements among the Fallen pointed fingers at Harry as a likely spy/agent working for the Devils and were concerned of what influence he could have on Azazel. To mitigate this, one of the latter's subordinates started the rumor that Harry is in fact Azazel's apprentice and he's spying on the Devils for him. Complicating matters, the Angels got wind of this and Archangel Raphael thought that Harry was pushing the Fallens' agenda when the three of them, plus Ajuka and Athena, gathered to learn how to reverse Cao Cao's Brainwashing from Harry.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Archangel Gabriel. It's said that Serafall's true form would give any goddess of beauty a run for their money.
  • World's Strongest Man: Harry has been called the strongest known human on Earth without a Sacred Gear. Even getting Second Amendment doesn't detract of this reputation any because all the Artificial Sacred Gear can do is to turn itself into mundane firearms.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: Subverted. The Occult Research Club's exploration of the recently found ruins of a medieval magic academy somewhere in the Alps didn't get Azazel the treasure trove of magical knowledge he was looking for. Mostly because a dragon's rampage and subsequently fire burned most its library away. However, they did find a chest filled with gold and silver coins that the last Headmaster intended to use to fund his research on Sacred Gears. Harry's share alone was enough for him to buy himself a house next to the Hyoudou's and completely furnish it.
  • Worthy Opponent: In a light-hearted way, Koneko sees Mister as one after he refuses to submit to her authority unlike any other feline — including large wild ones like lions and tigers — who bow to Nekomatas as their superiors.
  • Xanatos Gambit: One played by the good guys for a change. Harry hands over his research on anti-Beholder magic to High-Class Devils Alexandra Furcas and Valentina Marax, who promised to make it publicly available in the Underworld. If someone tries to hinder their efforts, it will be a strong indication of said party likely involvement with the Chaos Brigade in an attempt to keep Argus' servants relevant. If no one gets in the way of its distribution, Harry's research will reach a wide audience and Beholders will lose many of their tactical advantages.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: In Kiba's match of the Gremory-Bael Rating Game, He purposefully creates daggers with two mutually opposing elements, and makes them deliberately unstable and weak to essentially turn them into grenades. The trope name is even dropped.
  • You Are Not Alone: What Harry's friends, especially his Love Interests, have been trying to drill into his skull. Much of his hesitation comes from the fact that, as he puts it, he's been "not alone" before and it never seemed to stick.
  • You Are Number 6: Done twice for the Beholders. They do not have names, they are given a designation consisting of a number and a Greek letter. The number is the order of their creation, while the letter is their sub-species, also assigned in the order it was created.
  • You Have Failed Me: Argus forces the Delta Beholders to pair off and fight to the death for questioning his orders. After he compelled them follow said orders anyway.
  • You Killed My Father: The reason Jeanne ended up with the Hero Faction is that her father died saving two others from a fire in the bar he worked a chef caused when a Devil entered and took offense to the Fallen owner. She already killed the Devil, and Harry gives her info on the Fallen after the mess with Alice. Whether or not she acted on it is left deliberately ambiguous.
  • You Owe Me: Harry is trying to Invoke this by helping Kiba out so he will owe him a favor. Knowing how big Harry is on paying his own debts, it's likely that he's doing this in preparation to fulfill the terms of his contract with Tsubaki when he hired her to exorcise the Akiba Phantom Thief by playing The Matchmaker between Queen and Knight.


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