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"This is my humanity. The face of the one who fell and rose up. who dug his own grave, only to be helped out of it by a fellow human. The convergence of a thousand years' worth of knowledge, ideals, and beliefs. This is the result of the knowledge that I have passed onto Louise!"

Storms Overhead is a crossover fic between inFAMOUS and The Familiar of Zero by Lione 'Tabuukilla' Fortuna, wherein Louise Vallerie summons Kurt "Gig" Bright from his home world of Earth as he goes down fighting against the militia during the events of inFAMOUS 2. It was originally put up September 2013 and was completed in August 2016.

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Of course, it doesn't take long for Kurt to begin pushing his will on the world. It also helps that he's a Conduit, bearing the same power as Cole MacGrath: electrokinesis. Before long, Kurt influences world events, introducing new technologies and concepts to the aristocratic and mage-ruled world, shaping Halkeginia towards what he believes to be a better future, all for the girl who he failed to save back home.

But, as the laws that govern nature have it, every action has an equal and opposite reaction...


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Storms Overhead contains examples of:

  • Above the Influence: Part of Kurt’s backstory.
    • He has another episode in Chapter 18, where a grief stricken Henrietta throws herself at him after their Fakeout Makeout. Kurt refuses, on the grounds that he can’t do something like that to Louise’s best friend and he has to deal with the others first.
    • Definitely averted by Henrietta's mother when Kurt is in his Heroic BSoD. However, she is still depressed and Kurt acknowledged before that she only views him as a partial replacement for her late husband, explaining her behavior.
  • Adaptational Badass: Louise, who knows how to rock her Void spells—plus, they’ve got special properties.
  • A Father to His Men: The general leading Reconquista.
  • A God I Am Not: Said by Gig in Chapter 2, when the students panic that Guiche might be fighting a god.
    • In a much more tragic sense, Brimir tried this too.
  • Always Save the Girl: Defied and Downplayed. Kurt choosing to save Siesta wouldn't have caused the world to end, but it would've put many more in danger since there would be a chance Joseph would escape with the Ray/Dawn Sphere. Defied by Siesta, who tells Kurt he knows which one needs to be destroyed.
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  • An Arm and a Leg: Kurt does... something along these lines to Sheffield by ripping her to pieces, first by the legs and then the arms. He follows this up by ripping off Joseph's arm.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Siesta, after having had hold in her feelings so Kurt can get over Cynthia on his own, finally cracks in Chapter 25, apologizing to him for saying such a thing and also kissing him.
  • An Ice Person: Agnes.
  • Anti-Hero: Kurt. Runs a little close to Author Appeal judging by the author’s other works.
  • Anti-Magic: Dispel functions as this, able to negate anything even just crafted with magic.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Downplayed, Kurt’s question to Louise about what age she is only temporarily changes her behavior, but leads to her Character Development.
    • Done to Henrietta in Chapter 8 in order to force the truth out of her.
    • Again to Henrietta in Chapter 18 to break her out of her grief.
    • Overall, Kurt likes to ask many of these.
  • Attack Reflector: *Reflection* functions as one of these.
  • The Atoner: Kurt, and later on Professor Colbert.
    • Eventually Guiche gets in on this as well for his near potion-induced rape of Louise and Montmorency.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Kurt and the runes/Sasha, especially after Kurt's Last Stand where he died, thus losing the runes. He ends up imagining what she would comment for a while before getting her back.
  • Badass Boast: Colbert and Kurt get theirs.
    Kurt: "Did you know that the heavens have multiple ways of saying 'Fuck you'? I am one of them. Die!"
  • Badass Bookworm: In addition to Tabitha there's Kurt, with his electricity power, plus the Gandalfr runes make him a good brawler, while all of his studying from home makes him an intellectual.
  • Badass Teacher: As soon as Kurt takes up his professor role to Tabitha and Colbert, he joins Colbert (teacher by profession) in being this.
  • Bad Dreams: Post-Tarbes, Louise on occasion has these about the people she killed.
  • The Bartender: Kurt works as one while undercover. Also serves as a hint to his current situation, as he has to keep acting with a single personality all day, never letting anyone know what’s underneath.
  • Batman Gambit: Colbert knows that Kurt will free him without bringing attention to himself, thus another reason for him to willingly go to his execution. Lampshaded by Kurt who calls him Batman.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Kurt to Louise. Eventually mixes with Big Brother Instinct.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Philsophe gets to pull this one off.
    • An interesting twist with the Church of Brimir and Joseph, as the former rescues the latter from Kurt. They're only spared because Kurt doesn't want the blood of church knights on his hands for his future plans.
  • Brainwash Is Such An Ugly Word: Said word for word by the runes.
  • Blithe Spirit: Gig will gladly take you and your so called nobility traditions and toss them in the trash can. While he’s at it, might as well introduce science and equality to a world that is governed by magic and the aristocracy.
  • Berserk Button: Kurt has more than a few. Harming children is one of them.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Turns out Myoznitnim, the runes that once resided in Sheffield, were this. Her powers being used to forward Joseph's plans were only because she couldn't resist the runes' programming that forced her to comply.
  • Break the Haughty: Louise and Montmorency.
  • Bullet Time: Nerve enhancements and the Gandalfr runes allow for this.
  • Buxom Is Better: Played For Laughs, as Kurt realizes that during the tip race this seems to be effect.
    Kurt: I had to um, resist the urge to make a graph comparing bust size to tip amount. It’s a reasonable observation! It seems to be holding itself true here, anyways!
  • Calling Your Attacks: Done with Louise, but only out of sheer rage. Kurt has already warned her doing this is a bad idea.
    • Again in Chapter 21, with Kurt this time around. Doubled with Shout-Out, as the attack is called "Master Spark".
  • Celibate Hero: Kurt, on the account of his inability to get over Cynthia and other experiences.
  • The Champion: Gig seems to be one for Cynthia, further hinted at when he talks to Scarron about what Cynthia was to him.
    "Kurtis": "I had fought every battle for her, withstood hellish pain to defend her and what she stood for, protected Louise because of Cynthia's words, became the man I am today because of her guidance, despite the fact that I was the one who said I would protect her—"
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember that blood transfusion back in Chapter 13? It's the cause of Siesta's disease in Chapter 31.
    • That stone Kurt bought all the way at the beginning of the adventure plays a small role later on as well.
  • The Chessmaster: By Brimir, Kurt knows how to manipulate everyone. To be fair, he’s taking advantage of the fact he has access to technology and world history, so he knows what he need to avoid.
    • When dealing with freeing Colbert, Kurt manipulates the Academy into thinking he’s locked up in the Contact Light, has Louise petitioning to free Colbert which draws attention off of him (though to be fair, he didn’t see that one coming), Matilda (who is supposed to be dead) working with underground booksellers and supposedly hired to work with The Philosophe, all while maintaining his secret identity.
  • Clark Kenting: Kurt’s only layer of protection when it comes to his secret identity is nothing more than a bottle of hair dye and forced personality change.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed and Played for Laughs in regards to Sasha.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens to Kurt constantly.
  • Combat Breakdown: The duel against Karin which begins off as a massive speed-based magic and iron dust battle, which slowly devolves into a slower and more brutal close quarters combat.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Kurt teaches Louise and Guiche to be like this.
  • Comic Sutra: Kirche has a technique called the Trial Turnabout that she used on Kurt, removing his underwear without taking off his pants. Kurt is utterly baffled.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Kurt manages to stick to his own ideals by developing the persona of The Philosophe, allowing him to help Henrietta in steering her nation while still acknowledging the faults and consequences it will create.
  • Covert Pervert: Kurt has his occasional lapses, but Agnes plays this trope even moreso.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When he’s injured, Gig’s prone to drop these.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivered regularly by Kurt. The first being against Guiche. Lampshaded by the chapter title, which ends with *cough*Curbstompbattle*cough*.
    • One again during a mock battle that the Knights of Undine fight, by ways of advanced tech available to them.
    • An absolutely brutal one, delivered again by Kurt, to Joseph.
    • It's implied that the entire counter-invasion to the crusade of Romalia was a series of these.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kurt, eventually Louise, Henrietta, and Agnes. The first of them says he's been their influence.
  • Deadly Euphemism: I'm coming home.
  • Death Seeker: Kurt may be one.
    • Miles to Go Before I Sleep: After making a promise with Wales and acknowledging his hand in creating the Absolute Liberators, Kurt becomes this.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Referenced to by a chapter amusingly called Event Horizon.
  • Determinator: Gig, who takes on a water tornado that risks causing him to short circuit and suffer horrendous cuts, by sheer force of will in order to buy time for Louise’s spells.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Wardes, to Kurt's ability to absorb lightning.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Kurt keeps forgetting to address Henrietta with her “Princess” title, leading to a lot of people to believe they are romantically involved.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Louise’s Wind Blade spell functions as one.
  • Doing Research: How Gig has some of his powers. He figured if he has electricity powers, might as well learn how it works.
  • The Dreaded: Kurt, to a lot of people. It gets to the point even the Water Spirit listens to him the instant he reveals who he is.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: The unnamed Dragon Knight in Chapter 23, who despite taking multiple spells, shouts as he flies right into the swarm of enemies "Glory to Tristania and Her Majesty!", buying Kurt some time to get Louise to the mission's objective.
  • Easy Amnesia: Kurt gets smacked on the head by a branch after his Last Stand, forgetting several key events between him, Louise, and Henrietta. He gets better fairly quickly.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Two, none the less, with the Contact Light and Providence.
  • Emotion Suppression: One of Kurt's defense mechanisms which comes to light in Chapter 40.
  • Empty Promise: Kurt gives one to Siesta about taking her to see the fields again and making her happy, though they both know that it's a lie. All so she can Go Out with a Smile.
  • Energy Weapon: Kurt’s Gigawatt Blades, which are described to be like electron sheets.
  • Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: Louise expresses horror at Kurt’s willingness to go along with this—and even more when Henrietta seems to be considering allowing him.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Kurt comes back to visit his home world, but since the events of inFAMOUS 2 occurred a little less than two years ago in his world, he finds all his Conduit friends are dead.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Runes/Sasha have one that is meant to force Kurt to Louise's will rather than being able free to make his own choices.
  • Evolving Attack: Done with Hyper Accelerated Evolution, which allows Kurt to make his attacks more powerful and efficient per strike.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Louise hears exactly what Kurt feels about her.
  • Fingore: Kurt rips off Joseph's fingers during their battle.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Kurt.
  • Flechette Storm: Eleanor is almost subjected to this upon almost harming Louise in Kurt’s presence. If he really wanted to, he would have done it.
  • Forced to Watch: Kurt forces Joseph to watch their descent to the ground, i.e. his imminent death, or in other words, forces him to watch as his dream of being able to feel something is squashed right in front of him.
  • Freudian Slip: The runes let slip the influence Kurt has had on them when they're discussing Louise's behavior.
  • Generation Xerox: Colbert and Kurt, who match each other in many ways.
  • Genre Savvy: One of the reasons Derf is chosen as Kurt's weapon.
    Kurt: Wait. In every fictional work, the talking, rusty blade ALWAYS ends up being some ridiculously powerful blade.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Sasha and Lif have to slap some sense into Kurt after he spends nearly a week in his Heroic BSoD.
  • Get Out!
    • One said early to Kirche when she continues bullying Louise.
    • Another one to Julio after he pisses off the Dragon Knights.
  • Ghost Memory: Kurt is able to experience the rune's story/memories when using Hyper Accelerated Evolution.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: While it’s not freely given out to all of society, Kurt has given Halkeginia the Printing Press. However, he does eventually show them science and all of its various studies.
  • Good Parents: Sasha's parents, during the early time of human-elf strife, were worried sick about whether or not their child might die despite being a familiar to Brimir despite her storming out on them.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Averted and Lampshaded by Kurt.
  • Guile Hero: Kurt and Colbert.
  • Heroic BSoD: Hits hard in Chapter 41, after Joseph detonates a fire stone bomb.
  • Heroic RRoD: Louise's Illusion spell can cause this, if the spell goes into the mode where it warps reality to keep up said illusion, as the willpower drain can incapacitate her quickly.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. Kurt tries to pull this off at Albion, but is ultimately commanded to live by Prince Wales.
    • Played much straighter with the end of the Reconquista Arc.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Kurt gets one in the fight with Karin, after questioning himself on why he hasn't already crushed her and remembering just who he's fighting for.
    • Kurt gets another one during his Last Stand, recalling a memory where Cynthia told him it might be okay to kill for a cause you really believed in, causing Kurt to recall every single person he believes in, hoping for the best in their futures.
  • He's Back: It takes a bit of work, but eventually Kurt overcomes his mental shutdown in order to go confront Joseph.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Siesta to Kurt. At the current rate he’s going, he won’t be getting over Cynthia any time soon.
  • I Choose to Stay: Considered by Kurt, but ultimately he decides against it under the pretense that no matter what happens, it's not his world.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Montmorency engages in this to Guiche, after the latter gets dosed with some mind altering poison.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Part of Kurt's backstory.
    • He gets slammed with it again when Siesta dies.
  • In-Series Nickname: Gig, Master of the Storms, Zeus’ Wrath, all for one guy.
  • Insistent Terminology: Kurt always introduces himself as Louise’s partner and asks her to do the same—unless it’s specifically for technical purposes.
  • Instant Expert: The Gandalfr runes allow for this except they’re not nearly as effective in this way.
  • Intimate Healing: Discussed between Kurt and Kirche, the latter citing this was her plan when she ran into him for the first time.
  • I Regret Nothing: Said by Colbert, right before his execution.
  • Irony: It turns out Kurt influences and changes the runes meant to do just the same to him.
  • It's All My Fault: Kurt, to the fire stone bombs that are the equivalent of a nuke.
  • It Gets Easier: Kurt warns against this, hoping it doesn’t happen to Louise.
  • I Will Wait for You: While he’s not going anywhere, Siesta says she’ll wait until he’s over Cynthia before she makes a move on him.
    • Said by Henrietta to Kurt when he says he'll go on a journey to get over Cynthia
  • Killed Off for Real: Siesta.
  • Knife Nut: Kurt.
  • Large Ham: The Philosophe.
  • Last Stand: What Kurt was in the middle of when he was summoned.
    • Another one at the end of the Reconquista War.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Gandalfr runes are capable of doing this. It’s discovered that the magic doing so can be broken through with strong enough memories.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Much to Louise's chagrin, this is how Kurt views their relationship.
    • Platonic Life-Partners: However, after Kurt actually admits this to her and tells her he will never see her romantically, their relationship becomes much more like this.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like: Kurt and Karin's Energy Weapons are unable to cut through each other.
  • Little "No": Kurt's reaction to finding out Siesta and Scarron are related.
    ...No.
  • Loophole Abuse: Done to escape punishment from the Church.
    • Louise tells Kurt that he can’t use his Railgun against Karin. He unleashes Master Spark instead.
  • The Lost Lenore: Cynthia to Kurt. She died before the story began, but her death ultimately gets him to pursue her dream of him becoming a good person, and Kurt himself admits that without her, he would have acted much differently to Louise.
  • Made of Iron: Conduits in general. Kurt exploits this against Joseph, in order to torment him as much as possible without killing him after Siesta dies indirectly by his hand.
  • Malicious Slander: Operation Critical Silence is meant to stop this against Henrietta.
  • Men Don't Cry: Kurt’s slight breakdown at the inn, when he tells Scarron a reworked (but almost completely true) story of his past when explaining why he feels the way he does to Louise. However, he laughs at himself for having broken down.
    Kurt: I… I was crying…? Ha… ha… haha…! Hahahahaha! Imagine that!
    • Manly Tears: In an aversion of the above trope, Kurt sheds these after Siesta's death. They only come out of his eyes since he's not focusing on holding them back anymore.
  • Mental World: Kurt is revealed to have one, though it seems only through the runes that it exists.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Kurt gets a few new powers after the events of the Reconquista War, which match up roughly halfway through with the anime seasons.
    • Next Tier Powerup: Kurt absorbs a lot of electricity in the storm after Siesta dies with the intent of torturing Joseph. Instead of giving him new powers, it simply upgrades all of his current ones, such as Master Spark becoming Overloading Spark.
  • Mistaken for Romance: All of Kurt’s advisory meetings on how to steer Tristain with Henrietta.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Henrietta, over her attacking Louise and her friends.
  • My Greatest Failure: Kurt’s inability to prevent Cynthia’s death alongside his indirect causation of it…
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Apparently “badass” translates into something very dirty in Halkeginian.
  • Must Make Amends: Kurt feels obligated to take out the Absolute Liberators, as he is the one who indirectly created them and their cause.
  • No Body Left Behind: The after effects of Void infused spells. This doesn’t just apply to bodies, but anything Void tends to hit.
    • This is the fate of Wardes, the first person to get hit with a Void spell.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Played for Laughs, as Kurt tries to teach Gim the concept of equality, but ends up being told that he won't be forgiven for trying to 'steal' Tiffania away.
  • Noodle Incident: What exactly happened the time Kurt tested his Ionic Vortex in the Academy?
    • There was one time Tabitha accidentally inhaled some of the pink potions Germanian princesses keep sending Kurt. All he has to say is that she went psycho and he never wants to see it again.
  • No-Sell: Melvin's flames meant to consume Colbert do nothing besides some clothing damage.
  • Oblivious to Love: Kurt fakes this, so people won’t get close to him. Of course, it borders of Selective Obliviousness since he clearly acknowledges Siesta’s feelings for him but not Louise’s.
  • Oh, Crap!: Done when the Devourer appears on the ground, not destroyed by the Void explosion.
    • Kurt’s reaction when he can’t remember Cynthia.
    • Another reaction for when he faces Karin’s initial assault.
  • Oldest Tricks In The Book: Referenced by Kurt in Chapter 39.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Kurt, who can instantly understand weapons—weapons that tend to bring about civilian uses. However, he enlists in the help of Colbert for creating materials, making it more like a Two Person Revolution.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Justified. Kurt's regenerative abilities include blood production as needed.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: How Gig is tipped off that the runes don’t want him recovering his memory.
  • Paint the Town Red: The aftermath of the duel with Karin. See Overdrawn at the Blood Bank above for why this happens.
  • The Pollyanna: Kurt’s previous love interest, Cynthia, is hinted to be this.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Justified. Kurt recognizes the fact his emotional growth is very stunted, which combined with inexperience in dealing with romantic situations, leads to a lot of tension with Louise when it comes to dealing with their relationship and what exactly it is.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: While it may not have been a true victory, this happens after the battle with Karin to Kurt.
  • The Power of Friendship: Believed in by Cynthia, who often told Kurt: "It's hard to be a good person without friends!"
  • Power Parasite: Lifdrasir allows for this, specifically with Void familiars.
  • Prepare to Die: Said by Colbert of all people, to Melvin.
  • Punctuated Pounding: Done by Louise towards Kurt, when she's really pissed off.
  • Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Doubles as a Shout-Out to Valkyria Chronicles II, as Guiche loses the ability to see the color red after seeing so much bloodshed.
  • Quirky School: Guiche comments to the rest of the world, the Academy appears to be this, as they are the most believing in equality and hold different social standards than the rest of the world.
  • Quit Your Whining: Sasha says this to Kurt during his Heroic BSoD after the firebomb incident.
  • Reality Warper: All mages have this, in varying degrees such as breaking laws of conservation of energy. Louise gets an extra dose of this, however it drains her willpower very quickly.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 51 gives the full details of the mystery behind Genocide Gate, the split of human-elf relations, the reasoning for why Sasha killed Brimir, why Sasha and the other familiars were unable to access all of their memories, and the final ghost of the past, the Ancient Dragon.
  • Rebellious Spirits: The Absolute Liberators are this, but Kurt and many other despise them.
  • Redemption in the Rain: When Louise and Kurt finally make up with each other in Chapter 28, it's raining heavily on them.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Slight, but is revealed when Kurt promises to Siesta he won’t make her cry again. Played for Drama, as Kurt finds himself disgusted to see her like that.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Said word for word by Kurt upon his return after the Reconquista War.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Henrietta, easily. She’s one of Kurt’s partners in steering Tristain towards a better future.
  • Sadistic Choice: Kurt makes a split second one right before the Last Stand at Saxe-Gotha. He could have let Louise go onto the battlefield with him and let her be free of the nightmares but dead, or knock her out via sleeping pills and go to die himself but save her, knowing full well she'd be haunted by her inner demons. He chooses the latter.
    • Played straighter when Joseph forces Kurt to choose between destroying Siesta or the Ray Sphere(renamed Dawn Sphere in the story), as destroying the former means Kurt fails to save her, while destroying the latter will get rid of the means to cure her disease.
  • Science Hero: Kurt Bright, who leads the Scientific Movement of Halkeginia, is a founding member of Tristain Academy of Sciences, and a lead researcher in combining science with magic. Eventually Colbert joins the ranks of Science Heroes.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Kurt’s entire appearance is one to Gig from Soul Nomad. Even his nickname.
    • The underground research area is called the Contact Light.
      • Another one to Risk of Rain, as another research area is called Providence.
    • Doctor Nakai may be one to Katawa Shoujo.
    • Kurt and Louise’s Trust Password is one to Skulduggery Pleasant.
    • How has the Railgun not been mentioned yet?
    • SURPRISE, MOTHERFUCKER!
    • Subtle, but in Chapter 20 Kurt mentions that in addition to insanity, radiation is the gift that keeps on giving.
    • The cryptic hints are a nod to BioWare, or so says Word of God.
    • Master Spark, ze.
    • An early one to the Yogscast as the cryptic hint.
    • An accidental one to Frozen, with the way Agnes runs off after her ice powers are revealed.
    • Louise's ultimate offensive attack Quadruple Giga is one to Monster Girl Quest.
    • One to Kinos Journey, since Kurt tells Tiffania "The world is not beautiful; therefore it is."
    • Kurt at one point mixes Scarron up with Sauron.
    • Part of Kurt's battle with Joseph was inspired by a scene from Demonbane.
    • The name of the upgrade to Master Spark is Overloading Spark, which references Risk of Rain's Overloading Magma Worm boss and its electric properties.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Kurt and Louise, especially as the Reconquista War drags on. Guiche joins the mix in Chapter 24.
    • As of Chpter 29, the student body of the Academy is this.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: Sasha and Brimir's love life is implied to have been like this.
    (after viewing a memory of Sasha and Brimir's relationship)
    Kurt: I'd rather gut myself from the cheesiness.
  • Sinister Scythe: Colbert's old title, The Crimson Reaper, refers to his old Weapon of Choice—a scythe with a pitch black handle and the blade made of fire.
  • Smash Cut: Chapter 17, on the difficulty of infiltrating the Charming Fairies Inn.
    Kurt: Surely, the most populated and popular place in the entire city would be already well stocked with staff and have a very high standa—
    (line break)
    Kurt: —That was way too fucking easy.
  • Spit Take: One reaction to Agnes revealing her and Louise’s Fakeout Makeout.
  • Squishy Wizard: Kurt trains the mages at the Academy to avert this trope.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The runes attempt to invoke this; fortunately for Kurt, he can resist their effects.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: On the subject of whether or not it's disappointing that Tabitha wears slacks instead of skirt, Kurt slips into this, alongside Covert Pervert territory.
  • Tearful Smile: Mixed with Single Tear. Kurt forces himself to smile through the tears so Siesta will be able to see him smiling when she dies.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Brimir's six thousand year old plan to reunite the elves and humans in order to combat the Ancient Dragon.
  • The Lady's Favour: Discussed between Henrietta and Kurt in regards to his choice to take a journey to get over Cynthia.
  • The Promise: Kurt promises to cure Siesta from the disease he gave her via blood transfusion.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Wardes tries one against Kurt, only for the latter to flip the tables on him, even going as far as to mock him about his own ability do deliver this trope effectively.
  • The Teetotaler: Kurt, for reasons yet unknown.
    • Revealed to be because the last time he drank (underage, as well) he ended up sleeping with three girls that he held a tight bond with, completely changing the dynamics between them.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Kurt often falls under the second case, as most people address him as Sir Bright when he prefers just Kurt.
  • Time Stop: Implied with the Explosion spell. The shots of the Lexington stop and the area goes quiet where the spell takes effect.
  • Tired of Running: While not from an actual enemy, Kurt drops this line about his own inner demons.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: This trope is referenced word-for-word when describing Siesta after her death.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to the flashback, Kurt after being summoned is a lot kinder than he used to be.
  • Tranquil Fury: Karin's anger is described as being an ice-cold yet all consuming one. When she expresses her extreme distate in Kurt's opinion, she never loses composure.
  • Trust Password: Be brave.
  • Tsundere: The runes' eventual behavior to Kurt. Shown especially during the Karin duel.
    Kurt: Is this your story, then?
    The Runes: ...Perhaps.
    Kurt: Then, thank you. For allowing me this.
    The Runes: It is for Master. She wishes to fight. You must defeat her to allow that. Nothing more.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kurt to Cynthia. It could be said everything he does is all for her and her dreams. See The Champion above for a proper quote. This is further highlighted by the fact he is able to resist the bustier Louise wears, which Scarron states the man it is trying to charm can only begin to hope to resist if he "so truly loves another with his whole heart that nothing can shake him away from this woman he holds so dearly."
  • Unstoppable Rage: Caused after Reconquista attacks Tarbes, as combined with what Kurt sees as a message of false equality, drives him to lay waste to their forces.
    • Joseph causes Kurt to go into this mode again after killing Siesta.
  • The Unwanted Harem: Considering the nature of the base series, this was bound to happen. Except it’s milked for every drop of drama. Unless being commented on by Derf, who can only laugh at the entire situation.
    Derf: "I think that puts the count up at five? Maybe six. I'm not sure."
  • Vein-o-Vision: Kurt has a variant with Nerve Vision, letting him see well... a person's nerve circuits.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Joseph and Sheffield go into catatonic shock when they see the rage-filled Kurt they unleashed against themselves.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Combined with Stress Vomit when Kurt takes on the mental stress of rebooting from his Heroic BSoD by processing all of his actions.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Colbert during Melvin's attack on the Academy.
  • War Is Hell: Seems to be the theme for the Reconquista War arc.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 39, Eclipse. Joseph detonates the magical equivalent of a nuke, Kurt falls into despair at that he had a hand in its creation, and Henrietta's mother finally gains enough influence during his Heroic BSoD and seduces him as a way to replace her husband.
  • Wham Line: Chapter 12's ending.
    Kurt: ''Ralph, Ashely, and Christina...? Who were they...? No, it was Roy, Ashe, and Kristen. But who... who cheered us on? ...Oh fuck.''
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Louise calls Gig out on his pretty brutal treatment of Montmorency after the potion fiasco.
  • Worth Living For: Discussed with Henrietta after her question on what those who are left behind after a Heroic Sacrifice are to do.
  • Worthy Opponent: Kurt to Karin. Chapter 22 reveals that Karin has a small group of these, made up of five people.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Implied with Joseph's plan to break Kurt, with the last resort that he thought would lead him to victory being forcing Kurt to pick between Siesta and the device that could save her.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kurt to Tiffania, especially in Chapter 27.
  • You Are Not Alone: Said word for word to Agnes after she runs away from the Academy at having her powers revealed.
    • Said once again to Louise from Kurt again.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: Mixed with Badass Boast and Bring It, when Colbert tells his executioners that even if they kill him, the knowledge and understanding he has will never go away. He then dares them to boil him alive.
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