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Black Clover is an action fantasy manga by Yūki Tabata that's serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump. It takes place in a world where mana and magic reign supreme, and focuses on the Clover Kingdom. There is one man in the kingdom whose magic power is unmatched, and thus, he's known as the Wizard King. However, this is not his story. Rather, this is the story of Asta, a young man from the countryside who, along with his best/childhood friend Yuno, compete with each other to become the next Wizard King. The only problem is that unlike his magic prodigy of a friend Yuno, Asta possesses no mana, and despite all his physical training, he cannot compensate for his lack of magical abilities.

This all changes during the ceremony in which everybody receives their own grimoire, which are used to focus and enhance the user's magic. While Asta receives nothing, Yuno receives a super-rare four-leaf clover grimoire, the same type used by the first Wizard King (most people receive three-leaf grimoires). Later, Yuno's attacked by a thief who's hoping to steal his grimoire, but Asta, in the process of protecting Yuno, receives a five-leaf, black clover grimoire that contains an Anti-Magic sword inside. After defeating the thief, Asta continues his promise with Yuno of not stopping until one of them is the Wizard King.


Black Clover is the second major serialization by Tabata, whose first major one, Hungry Joker, was cancelled because of lack of popularity, despite its good reception with readers. Black Clover is currently being serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump and, unlike its predecessor, has been able to acquire a good number of readers.

It received an anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot, which started airing October 3, 2017. A simuldub by Funimation began shortly thereafter. The anime adaptation later aired on Toonami.

Spin-Offs include:

Anime & Manga

  • Black Clover: Jump Festa 2016 Special (2016): An OVA was produced by Xebec, Inc. originally shown at the 2016 Jump Festa.
  • Black Clover SD: Asta-kun's Road to Magic Emperor (2018-): A parody Super-Deformed series published in Saikyō Jump.
  • Black Clover Side-Story: Quartet Knights (2018-): A manga based on Black Clover: Quartet Knights illustrated by Yumiya Tashiro.
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  • Black Clover: The All Magic Knights Thanksgiving Festa (Ōru Mahō Kishi Kanshasai オール魔法騎士感謝祭) (2018): An OVA shown at Jump Special Anime Festa 2018.
  • Squishy! Black Clover (Mugyutto! Black Clover) (2019): An anime comedy series by Dream Link Entertainment that aired on dTV.

Light Novels

Video Games

  • Black Clover Grimoire Battle (2017): An arcade card game.
  • Black Clover: Phantom Knights (2018): A tile-based RPG for mobile devices.
  • Black Clover: Quartet Knights (2018): An action game for the PlayStation 4 and PC. It was developed by Ilinx, best known for working on the Gundam Breaker series, and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
  • Jump Force (2019): Asta appears as one of the playable characters in this Shonen Jump Massive Multiplayer Crossover game.

Not related in any way to Black Butler or Black Lagoon.

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Black Clover provides examples of:

    Tropes # to C 
  • Action Girl: Many female Magic Knights are this. Noelle develops into this as she learns to control her immense magical power offensively, Vanessa is a capable fighter using simply magical threads, and Charlotte is the captain of a Magic Knights Squad who transforms her sword into a rose bush to fight. Even Charmy has her moments, creating a giant sheep to pummel enemies. The greatest one in the Clover Kingdom is Mereoleona, who is stated to be the strongest Magic Knight and fights using hand-to-hand combat in combination with her brutal Flame Magic.
  • Actor Allusion: In a scene where the Black Bulls are discussing new hairstyles for Finral, Yami shows a Super Saiyan hairstyle while his English voice actor briefly switches to Vegeta's voice.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime fleshes out and adds certain details not found in the manga:
    • The fight between Yuno and Rill is greatly expanded, both in length and scale.
    • The anime spends two episodes showing how Yami and Vangeance first met, as well as how they became Magic Knight Captains.
  • Aerith and Bob:
    • The Black Bulls are composed of people with names like Luck, Magna, Gauche, Charmy, and Grey. Then there are members with names like Vanessa and Gordon.
    • The Magic Knight captains qualify for this, with captains having names like Yami, Nozel, and Fuegoleon. Then there are captains named Charlotte, Dorothy, and William.
    • The name of the Wizard King is Julius Novachrono.
  • All for Nothing: The Witch Queen's attempts to have Asta kill off Vanessa's friends and make the latter awaken the potential of her thread magic to control destiny backfire on her. Vanessa's "Red Thread of Fate" magic succeeds in stopping Asta from killing her friends and since that particular magic can be formed only from the bonds between her and the Black Bulls, the Witch Queen gained nothing from trying to forcefully obtain Vanessa's magic.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Both Asta and Yuno suffered from this because of their status as orphans from the slums. On one occasion, a man stole a valuable necklace from Yuno, and Asta took a beating to get it back.
  • All There in the Manual: There are some details about the characters that one reading only the chapters (and not even the character information shown between chapters in the volumes) would not get to see, such as a character's age or full name. Done once again with the official guidebook, which lists more details about the characters, including minor characters.
  • Anachronism Stew: The Clover Kingdom seems to suffer from this. On the one hand, the kingdom seems to resemble the medieval period in many ways, such as in architecture, mindsets and clothing of many of its people. And yet, at the same time, you also have outfits that could easily pass for modern day clothing, and certain kinds of clothes, such as swimsuits, are distinctly modern. In addition, they have other modern technology, such as modern toilets, plumbing and toilet paper.
  • And Man Grew Proud: There was a powerful demon that threatened to wipe out man, but a single wizard defeated the demon and became known as the Wizard King. They became legends ever since. However, it turns out it wasn't as simple as that. The elf tribe was attacked by humans who apparently feared the elves for their great magic power, and the elf elder summoned an ancient demon god in response. The story later became butchered, however, saying that the elves were demons who wanted to control the world instead, and that the demon god was the elder himself. In truth, neither side is very accurate as there's a third side to the story.
  • Animation Bump: Perhaps the most jarring example of any anime currently airing. The show is frequently criticized for its mediocre to non-existant animation in most episodes. But then every dozen episodes or so, an episode featuring a major climatic fight will occur and animation quality will skyrocket to a level many anime films struggle to reach.
  • Anti-Magic: Asta's sword has the ability to nullify any magic it comes into contact with. It makes him deadly to any opponent he fights. It's later revealed that the two anti-magic swords that he uses once belonged to Licht, the elf elder. However, the Anti-Magic power in the swords comes from the devil that took over the grimoire, making it the titular Black Clover.
  • Arc Words:
    • Whenever Asta gains new power (such as in when he first obtained the grimoire), an old adage is repeated. The arc words are the last sentence:
    "The leaves of a clover are said to each house one thing. In the first three dwell integrity, hope, and love. In the fourth leaf dwells good luck. And in the fifth...dwells the devil."
    • The significance is a spoiler: Black Clover grimoires have five leaves. They're four-leaf grimoires that have become possessed by devils. Yes, that includes Asta's; his Anti-Magic, and all the abilities he gains from that, come from the devil. When elves holding four-leaf grimoires fall to despair, their grimoires turn black and gain a fifth leaf as well.
  • Armor Is Useless: Massively subverted when Asta gets stabbed in his chest by Mars.
  • Barely-There Swimwear: In episode 40 of the anime adaptation, Noelle is purchasing swimsuit. Klaus, who entered the store having heard Noelle scream, asks what she and Vanessa were doing there. Vanessa states that they were looking for a swimsuit for Noelle, lamenting that she had offered one of her own swimsuits to Noelle. Along with a shot of what it looked like, Noelle exclaims that it was just strings.
  • Beach Episode: Subverted; the first chapter of the Underwater Temple Arc has the Black Bulls fooling around on a beach, with all the hijinks and fanservice required. Yami then tells them to quit screwing around, as they're on a mission, and they quickly get going.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Vetto regenerates his entire right arm and both Gifso and Yami exclaim that this is impossible. Even the best recovery magic specialist couldn't do that. Mythical Beast Magic can ignore this rule.
  • BFS: Asta's first anti-magic sword is this huge claymore like thing that he can use as a shield.
  • Big Bad: Licht, the leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun, appears in the flesh in Chapter 46 as the main antagonist of the series.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Forest of Witches Arc features three threats with different goals each one that Asta and his friends must overcome through its run. These threats consists in an squad of the Eye of the Midnight Sun, lead by Fana, that came to the forest to steal the magic stone in possession of the Witch Queen (and also to avenge Vetto's death at the hands of the Black Bulls), an army from the Diamond Kingdom lead by Mars (who later pulls a Heel–Face Turn and ends helping Asta) and Ladros, that want to take over the forest, and lastly the Witch Queen herself, who at first helps the Black Bulls to repel both invasions, but later betrays them by taking over Asta's body and forcing him to kill his friends in order to obtain his power.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Asta rescues people a lot. That's part of his job as a magic knight.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Yuno and Asta are this to each other, respectively, although they were the same height when they were younger, and Yuno is much more intelligent than Asta.
  • Boss Subtitles: Whenever a locale or a character is introduced, it is always accompanied by a description of their names.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Practically universal and justified as the incantation to activate a spell. Shockingly enough for a manga of this type, Asta is the only exception as he simply needs to pull his sword out of his grimoire and start swinging.
  • Casting Gag: It's not the first time Lydia Mackay, Vanessa's English voice actress, has voiced a character who has issues with her mother, except the last time it stemmed from a tragic misunderstanding.
  • Chaste Hero: Asta and Yuno, for different reasons. The former decides to dedicate his heart to Sister Lily and, as a result, any interest he might show in other women is something he considers as if he was cheating on Lily, so he avoids anything that feels like it. Yuno has genuinely no interest in anyone, male or female, and dedicates himself solely to his training. During one Hot Springs Episode, Yami tries to get the guys there riled up to peek at the girls on the other side of the wall, but after hearing the two top scoring magic knights, they feel guilty about doing it and desist.
  • Clip Show: The anime has an unusually high number of these. Episodes 29, 66 and 102 are all recaps.
  • Collapsing Lair: After finally defeating the Hell Lotus magic knight, Mars, our heroes (Asta, Noelle, Luck, Yuno, Klaus and Mimosa) find that they have to escape the now quickly collapsing dungeon.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: For Asta, Yuno and Noelle. Asta leave his home to become a Wizard King, Yuno must use his powers to be one of the best Magic Knights for Golden Dawn, and Noelle has to prove herself as a successful Magic Knight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • During the magic knight exams, Asta delivers one to his opponent Sekke with one swing of his sword after the latter said not to hold back.
    • Yuno defeats Salim in one page after Salim gave a quick speech that he would win because Yuno is a street rat.
    • Mars, the diamond mage working with Lotus, inflicts this on Yuno and his teammates. Even after Yuno stops holding back, he's much worse for the wear, while Mars isn't even scratched.
    • Rhya and Meleoleona fight, and the former is absolutely pathetic against the latter, even with his sundry magics. His being on the losing side doesn't last long, though, once Patry revives the elves. Rhya can now cast many magics at once, and to make matters worse, the elf in Rill's body comes to the scene.
  • Cyanide Pill: Instead of being interrogated by Magna after his defeat and losing the chance to complete his mission, Heath freezes himself and then shatters the ice to protect his unknown leader, who later turns out to be Licht.

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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Many of the characters have this, especially Licht and his fellow elves, who were victims of a mass murder during the former's wedding, no less.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • For now, anyway. The shadow projected by the sword in the first chapter and the old wizard's thoughts on it in the second chapter, all strongly imply that the Five Leaf Grimoire is evil in nature. Good thing that Asta is its chosen wielder.
    • The Black Bulls as a whole are associated with black, and their captain uses dark magic. They are still heroes, and for what's been up to comparison, their moral compass points way more to the north than any other team shown so far, which always seem to have at least one Nominal Hero when they aren't just elitist and racist.
  • Deal with the Devil: Subverted with Vanessa's bargain with the Witch Queen. After returning to the Forest of Witches, Vanessa asks the Queen to heal Asta's arms in exchange for her freedom. However, the Queen turns on Vanessa and her friends, and she reveals that she knew her daughter would return to the forest after all. Fortunately, the Queen ultimately keeps her word after she's completely defeated by the newly-manifested Red Thread of Fate.
  • Determinator: It's essentially Asta's greatest trait: basically calling it his own special magic. His ability to keep going in spite of all the flak he takes starts inspiring everyone around him.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The Witch Queen does not realize that Vanessa's Red Thread of Fate magic can only be formed from whom she has a bond with. So, when Vanessa's magic stops Asta from killing Noelle and Finral and ultimately thwarts the Witch Queen's plans, the latter becomes puzzled by what has just happened until Vanessa explains it to her.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • The Witch Queen beats the crap out of Vanessa and tricks Asta into killing the people she loves dearly. Vanessa's response is to use the newly-manifested "red thread of fate" magic to thwart the Queen's plans for good.
    • Noelle's siblings mocked her even when she was a young child. Her response towards Solid during their battle was brutal, but well-deserved on the latter's part.
  • Dungeon Crawling: An entire story arc is dedicated to exploring a dungeon.
  • Elemental Powers: Most mage's magic attributes are these. There are the four main elements – flame, water, earth and wind. Rarer ones include light, ice/snow, lightning, dark, plant, mineral, steel, poison, and ash, to name some.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Certain magic attributes are effective against others. Poison Magic has an advantage against Plant Magic, Steel Magic is at a disadvantage against Flame Magic, Water Magic has an advantage against Flame Magic, etc.
  • Elite Army: The Clover Kingdom hosts the Royal Knights Selection Exam to choose the members of the Royal Knights, an elite squad of Magic Knights, specifically to defeat the Eye of the Midnight Sun.
  • Evil Is Petty: Rades wants to destroy Clover and kill everyone inside the kingdom simply because he was exiled from the Magic Knights for his dangerous magic. He even gloats that "reasons are best when they're simple!"
  • Fairytale Motifs: For some characters:
    • Charlotte's background is based on Sleeping Beauty, where as a child she is cursed to lose control of her magic and is broken when she falls in love.
    • Vanessa's background is based on Rapunzel, where she is imprisoned from a young age by the Witch Queen in order to use her powers and escaped when Yami broke her cage.
    • Nero or Secre is based on the swallow from "The Happy Prince". Here, however, she gives the statue the magic stones where the Wizard King is able to live in order to defeat Zagred.
    • Grey is based on Cinderella, where she is abused by her mother and stepsisters and incurs her stepsisters' wrath when her magic changes her to one of the stepsisters.
  • Fantastic Caste System: The Clover Kingdom is split into three realms based on magic power: Noble, Common, and Forsaken. This causes a lot of class prejudice, which pops up a lot.
  • Fantastic Racism: Patry, Vetto, Fana, and Rhya express their hatred for humans, since they happen to be elves whose village was long destroyed by humans.
  • Filler: Some of the original content of the anime. For example, episode 82 is a special Petite Clover (Clover Clips) episode that consists of a Mushroom Samba fever dream that Charmy has during the Tournament Arc in choosing members for the Royal Knights.
  • Foreign Queasine: Something of a Running Gag is Asta's love for the local potatoes grown in his home village of Hage, which most everyone else finds incredibly dry and bland (except Charmy; she starts eating them because they remind her of Yuno).
  • Foreshadowing: In Chapter 51, after being defeated by Gauche's mirror magic, the leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun says, "I couldn't bring myself to hurt you." Gauche says he has no idea what this means, and he's not lying. It's not until almost a hundred chapters later, in Chapter 149, that we find out the signifcance of this line: Gauche is one of the magic knights hosting an elf soul.
  • Four-Leaf Clover: A grimoire with a four-leaf clover is a sign of a mage's great magical power and supposedly endows them with good luck. Yuno, a magical prodigy, gains one in the beginning of the story, and Licht, a powerful mage who wields incredibly rare Light Magic, has one as well. Asta, the protagonist, instead gains a five-leaf clover grimoire, with the fifth leaf signifying the presence of a devil.
  • Giving Up the Ghost: During the Royal Knights Arc, Charmy gives Yuno a dessert cake to help restore his magic and keep his strength up. When he mentions that it's delicious, Charmy falls over and lets her soul drift from her mouth with a look of pure bliss on both her and its face.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Zagred, the one who tricked the humans to mass murder the elves, given that the elves' deaths led to Patry's reincarnation and his becoming the Big Bad of the story.
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Julius tells Asta and Yuno that "producing results is the only thing that counts" to become the Wizard King. Sure, the series also encourages effort and kindness, but it's a very cold and pragmatic Aesop for such a conventional shonen manga.
  • Heroic Fantasy: The setting we're introduced to is relatively peaceful, thanks to the Wizard King, and everyone in the series has a degree of magical abilities, and our hero's primary goal is to become the next Wizard King, so it qualifies as such. Only time will tell whether the series evolves into a High Fantasy.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Lotus can't see through his own smoke and has to rely on sensing his opponents' magical signatures. As a result, he's caught off guard since Asta, being an Un-Sorcerer, has no magical signature at all. His earlier advice to Luck about the value of teamwork also works against him since Luck takes the advice to heart and cooperated with his teammates to beat him, something Luck is quick to mention.
    • The Witch Queen spent years trying to make Vanessa realize the potential of her thread magic. After Vanessa helps her friends stop the Diamond Kingdom from invading the Forest of Witches, the Queen manages to trick Asta into almost killing the Magic Knights. This triggers Vanessa's latent "red thread of fate" magic to manifest and since it can only be formed from whom Vanessa has a bond with, the Queen's plot is ultimately thwarted.
    • Zora is this trope personified. His trap magic has no outright attack spells and his go-to is to lay traps that reflect a mage's spell back at them with twice the speed and power.
  • Hope Spot: Asta and his friends stop the Diamond Kingdom's invasion so that they can make the Witch Queen heal Asta's arms. Unfortunately for them, the Queen instead attempts to trick Asta into killing them all, starting with Noelle and Finral.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Blatantly lampshaded at the end of the Hot Springs Training Camp Arc:
    Narrator: Thus ends the obligatory hot springs episode.
  • I Want Them Alive: One arc's Big Bad and his Mad Scientist minion are both dead set on capturing Asta alive and studying his Anti-Magic powers.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: In the first half of the series, Noelle evolves from a haughty noblewoman to a friendly girl thanks to the efforts of Asta and her fellow teammates.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Langris was willing to murder numerous innocent people to get to the Diamond Kingdom underling using them as hostages, dispassionately saying he had no choice but to martyr them. Thankfully, the Black Bulls stepped in.
    • Langris doesn't like his fiancée Finnes and knows she has feelings for his older brother, so he tells Finral he will make her sad by killing him the next match to piss Finral off.
    • The Witch Queen stomps on Vanessa's head and manipulates Asta into killing her friends just to pile misery onto her daughter. The last one ends up being a bad idea.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Vanessa uses Rouge to defeat the Witch Queen, who was trying to have Asta kill everyone, including Noelle.
    • Noelle uses her powers to defeat Solid after years of enduring her siblings' mockery.
  • Light Is Not Good: The leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun, Licht, uses some kind of light magic, often brightens an area simply by being there and dressed in white. He's also a dangerous leader of a group of would-be revolutionary terrorists.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: A lot of characters are part of the nine squads of the Magic Knights, and there are still a bunch of characters who aren't in those nine squads. And not to mention that all these characters are part of the Clover Kingdom. Additionally, there are characters from the Diamond, Heart, and Spade Kingdoms.
  • Magic Enhancement: All Magic Knights (except Asta) can use Mana Skin, a form of Reinforcement Magic that coats them in mana to protect them. Environments with strong and wild mana concentrations make it harder to use.
  • Magic Knight: Although the Clover Kingdom's military force are called the Magic Knights, most of them fight as regular mages with spells and serve a "knight" role by defending the kingdom from threats. There are some who fight like actual Magic Knights, however. Asta, despite having no magic whatsoever, wields swords with Anti-Magic that can cut through spells, deflect magic, and dispel curses. Yami uses Dark Magic to cover his katana in darkness and launch blasts. Charlotte fights using Briar Magic to transform her sword into a bush of thorns. Noelle becomes one when she uses Water Magic to create an armor and lance, which she can use to pierce spells and cast spells herself.
  • Master of One Magic: Zigzagged. Most mages are capable of using only one element, and all known exceptions are instances of Power Copying. Asta can only use Anti-Magic, Magna can only use flame magic, Julian can only use time magic, etc. However, they quickly learn how to use their magic types to do many different things, with the most skilled mages able to do near anything they want with their designated types.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: According to an interview with Tabata, one reference material that he uses is The Lord of the Rings.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the anime, a lot of the episodes are followed by Petit Clover / Clover Clips, humor themed vignettes, which turn particularly serious or dark episodes into this.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Asta and the Black Bulls try to make a deal with the Witch Queen to heal him and his friends for defending the Forest of Witches against the Diamond Kingdom. But the Queen altered the deal and tricked Asta into almost killing her friends.
  • Narrator: While Unshou Ishizuka narrated the 2016 Jump Festa OVA adaptation, Kenichirou Matsuda replaced him for the TV anime adaptation.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Weaponized along with Character Development. Every person who has a grimoire has a case of Personality Power. As people grow and develop, so does their magic, which creates new spells based on the heat of the moment. For example, Noelle initially could only use the defensive Naga's Nest, a symbolic representation of the trauma she suffered thanks to her family. She would later develop an attack called Sea Dragon's Roar against Vetto due to her growing as a person and now being brave enough to fight.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Dominante has Fanzell, Finral, Asta, Noelle and Mariella cover themselves to avoid detection. When they enter the Forest of Witches, they lose their cloaks at the worst possible time, alerting the Security Golems to their presence.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Witch Queen manipulating Asta to try killing Noelle and taunting Vanessa over how she would return to the forest one day allows the latter to awaken her Red Thread of Fate magic and defeat the Witch Queen.
  • Nominal Hero: A huge problem with the Magic Knights is that they aren't really good people. Several of them want to help their country, but a huge part are just elitist nobles and Royal Brats. Zora's backstory includes how he decided to become a vigilante mage that attacks Magic Knights after witnessing a two of them causing a ruckus in a tavern, demanding service for their good deeds and them attempting to rape the waitress, as well as learning that Magic Knights killed his father, who was the first commoner to become a Magic Knight and they didn't wanted to be associated with him. The man Zora is introduced attacking, the vice captain of the Purple Orcas, turns out to have just been about to attack an old lady who begged him for help to find her missing granddaughter, because he was too tired to do it.

    Tropes O to R 
  • Odd Name Out:
    • "Yami Sukehiro" is the only Japanese name introduced so far. He's noted to not be a native: a castaway from his homeland, called The Land of the Sun.
    • The Golden Dawn is the only squad that isn't named after a living thing.
    • The Blue Rose Knights, notably the squad that favors women, are the only squad named for a plant.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Revchi's utterly terrified when Asta quickly bests him in battle.
    • During his team's fight against Finral's in the tournament, Finral teleports him to the Black Bulls headquarters' bathroom, where Yami is taking a dump. Sekke realizes how screwed he is in no time.
    • Once Asta becomes possessed by anti-magic, Ladros, once having gloated about his new powers that he had absorbed from Salamander, becomes scared and tries to flee.
    • Vanessa understandably panics the moment the Witch Queen uses Asta to try and kill everyone.
    • When the corrupted Asta swings his sword down on her, Noelle can only watch in shock before dying.
    • The Witch Queen is initially confused the second time Asta tries to kill Noelle and then gets visibly distressed as Rouge stops Asta from killing Finral and releases the former from her control. And when the Queen attempts to off Vanessa, she's utterly shocked when Rouge touches her forehead and completely foils her plans.
    • Yami has one when he spends the entirety of a chapter laughing about how hilarious and awesome the Black Bulls are only to have his jaw hit the floor at the very end when he realizes Dorothy is possessed by an elf.
    • Solid panics when Noelle easily overpowers his attack during their duel.
    • Nozel has a moment of slack-jawed horror when the Black Bulls beat his team.
  • Omake: The anime has a short section between the ending credits and the next episode preview, dubbed "Petit Clover" (or "Clover Clips" in the Funimation dub).
  • Once More, with Clarity!: When Zora is introduced, he is seemingly attacking the Vice Captain of the Purple Orcas for no apparent reason and seems to have an unexplained hate for Magic Knights in general. When his backstory as a Vigilante mage is revealed, the scene is shown again from a few minutes prior, where the Vice Captain was just about to attack an old lady who begged him for help to find her granddaughter because he considered her a bother and Zora defended her from his attack.
  • Opening Narration: The opening prologue describes how the Wizard King saved humanity from a demon attack:
    • Original Japanese: "Humanity came close to being decimated by the demons. But just one mage saved humankind. He was known thereafter as the Wizard King and became a legend."
    • English dub: "Threatened by a ruthless demon, humanity was on the brink of destruction. All seemed lost until a lone mage stepped forward and took up the fight. After his triumph, he was hailed as the Wizard King and his story became legend."
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Dwarves are a race from long ago that had special powers like elves, and were short miners who wielded axes. Charmy is revealed to be half-dwarf and why she has two appearances and dual magic affinity.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The elf tribe look like humans with pointy ears. They had immense magic power greater than most humans, able to use magic stones and forbidden magics, and were worshiped as gods. As a result, humans began to fear and desire their power, slaughtering them and stealing their magic power centuries before the story. Their leader Licht suspended their souls to eventually reincarnate them in human bodies.
  • Our Mages Are Different: It is a mix of multiple version of mages. Mages are like scholars: Some people like Yuno can take time to study and improve their magical abilities and have magic that is not physically based. Mages are like a race: As almost everyone in the series has the ability to use magic. Mages are like gadget users: Even though the people can use magic on their own, their true power comes from the use of grimoires. Mages are like athletes: some mages can increase their magical strength through training. Asta is unique in that he is not a mage. The way others react to finding out he has no magical power at all, it's implied that this is very unusual.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Asta is a problem that came completely out of the left field to basically all mages. He has no magic, so people can't sense him, nor can they use any mana-manipulation related power on him. He has an Anti-Magic weapon, which were never even seen before and can deflect and cut through magic. Last but not least, mages rarely, if ever, focus on their actual physical aptitude, since they can fight long/medium-range in most cases and all their opponents will be mages anyway, Asta has a lot of actual physical strength, making him a warrior where there are only mages, making their defenses against magic useless against him and their lack of physical defense becomes a huge problem.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Klaus shows that he's not entirely a jerkass inside the dungeon that appeared on the border with the Diamond Kingdom. When Mimosa is sneak attacked by Mars, he doesn't blame her for it and instead tells her to focus on healing herself, then defends her from a second attack.
    • By the time of Chapter 101, the Witch Queen willingly allows Vanessa to do as she pleases after the latter easily bests her in battle.
    • In Chapter 190, Solid proves that he deeply loves Noelle by telling her that as her older brother, he will become stronger than her, and acknowledges her as a member of the Silva family.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Each of the four kingdoms are named after the suits of playing cards, with the Clover Kingdom using an alternative name of the clubs suit.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Several of the magic knights are from noble families. They are on the good side, but they are classist, elitist, and racist.
  • The Power of Glass: Hamon Caseus uses Glass Magic, which (true to its name) lets him manipulate and create glass. For example, he attacks with multiple glass swords at one point.
  • Power Gives You Wings:
    • Asta's Black Asta form comes with vastly increased speed, power, and control of the anti-magic in his blades. It also gives him a devil wing on his right side, a horn, turns the right side of his hair black, and a red devil eye.
    • When Yuno combines with Slyph, he gets a massive power boost to his Wind Magic, complete with a crown, a crown like bracelet made of mana around his left hand, and eventually a sword made of pure mana. He also gains a fairy like wing on his back.
  • The Power of Friendship:
    • Not only is friendship the catalyst for Noelle's character development, but her friendship with one of the mages from the Underwater Temple moves her to finally become an attack mage, capable of the devastating spell Sea Dragon's Roar, that is capable of rivaling the Fire Spirit Salamander.
    • Asta always believes in his friends and when they are in danger, nothing will stop him.
  • The Power of Hate: Rades's hatred and rage over Patry using him as a Human Sacrifice causes his Wraith Magic to become True Wraith Magic. This more powerful magic allows Rades to bring himself, Valtos, and Sally back from the dead.
  • The Power of Love: Vanessa's actions towards the younger members of the Black Bulls are driven out of the intense love she has for her friends.
  • Properly Paranoid: Dominante and the other Witches in the forest know damn well that if you return to the forest after you ran away, you are bound to be beaten by the Witch Queen. They turn out to be right when the Queen beats the crap out of Vanessa after the latter returns.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • At one point, Asta and Noelle find a Mimic monster (a treasure chest with legs, like you'd see in an RPG) and crack it open, hoping to see some wonderful treasure. Instead, they find it stuffed to the brim with the monster's internal organs, because even though it's a walking treasure chest, it still needs those to live.
    • It doesn't matter how much of a Charles Atlas Superpower you have or even whether you have Heroic Willpower, getting stabbed in the chest will take you down.
    • During Asta's battle with Vetto in the Underwater Temple Arc, Vetto curb-stomps Asta whilst listing the logical reasons why Asta hasn't a hope in the world of defeating him, those reasons being his poor attack range, general disadvantage against those who can magically enhance their physical ability, and his refusal to concede even when completely outmatched.
    • Returning from the Forest of Witches after escaping for many years won't exactly give you leniency. Vanessa finds this out the hard way when her mother, the Witch Queen, tells her that leaving the forest was always pointless.
    • While Dominante's plan to search for the Witch Queen may be successful, her plans to have Asta, Finral, Fanzell, Noelle and Mariella enter the forest undetected is derailed right from the start. The six enter the Forest of Witches using her invisibility cloaks, but the boys' cloak gets pulled off by a tree branch. This immediately catches the attention of the Security Golems, and the mages have no choice but to enter the Queen's manor by force.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: In Chapter 233, Yuno is revealed to be the lost crown prince of the Spade Kingdom, explaining his incredible magical ability. Yuno himself is shocked by the reveal and doesn't want to accept it, declaring himself Yuno of the Clover Kingdom and the Vice-Captain of Golden Dawn.
  • Red/Green Contrast: In the anime, Yuno's four-leaf clover grimoire glows bright green when in use, while Asta's black/five-leaf clover grimoire glows an ominous red.
  • Relative Button: The Witch Queen tricking Asta into killing his friends is what finally causes Vanessa to unlock her Red Thread of Fate magic and break her control.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Asta and Noelle meet up with a group of three mages, Fanzell, Dominante, and Mariella. Though they have never appeared in the manga before, Asta and Noelle are not only familiar with them, but have apparently already helped them escape from the Diamond Kingdom, and even received trained with them. The characters were originally introduced in Black Clover: The Book of the Black Bulls, which serves as a side story to the manga.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: When Vanessa returns to the Forest of Witches after many years, the Witch Queen wastes no time beating the crap out of her. By the end of the Forest of Witches Arc, the Queen notes that Vanessa leaving the forest was ultimately pointless.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Nero, who makes her first notable appearance in Chapter 9, actually appears in Chapter 2 as one of the anti-birds pestering Asta and can be distinguished by the shape of her eyes.
    • Shiren Tium, a minor character who's a member of the Golden Dawn, appears way before he's formally introduced, as the one who demonstrates how to fly on a broomstick.
    • When Asta, Noelle, and Vanessa are in town, a blue-haired girl in the Black Bulls cape can be seen in the background darting furtively into a shop. In the Underwater Temple Arc, the same girl's seen again. Here, it's revealed that she's Grey.
    • Heath Grice, the first notable villain, has an unknown employer, who ends up being Licht. It isn't ever explicitly said who the employer is, but the stone sephirot that pops up in the chapter in which Heath kills himself pops up later when the Eye of the Midnight Sun is shown to be involved with it, which pretty much confirms that his employer is Licht.
    • The man shown to be a human friend of Licht's in Chapter 86 is unnamed, but may seem familiar. Well, upon rereading Chapter 1, one can see that he's actually the first Wizard King, since his clothes and hair match those of his statue.
    • The woman shown to be Licht's bride can be deduced to be the first Wizard King's sister, since in Chapter 69, the Wizard King tells Licht to take care of his sister right before a glimpse of his wedding is shown.
  • Rousing Speech: Every so often, Noelle gives one of these. It's one of the few times royalty is shown in a positive light, and it's very unusual to hear her talk like this given her usual haughty nature, but the objects of her speeches come to realize she has a point and are enlightened or encouraged afterward.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A lot of the nobles go on to become Magic Knights, and as such, they end up serving the nation's best interests and security. Granted, a large portion of these same nobles are raging elitist jerks who are Royal Brats at best and Nominal Heroes at worst.
  • Running Gag:
    • Noelle overpaying people for simple tasks.
    • Sol calling Charlotte "Sis" ("Char" in the dub) instead of "Captain".
    • Sekke bragging about his false accomplishments and the text stating that it's a lie.

    Tropes S to Z 
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Subverted with Noelle. She attempts to leave the Black Bulls after meeting with Asta and Magna, but it doesn't work out thanks to Asta and her friends accepting her for who she really is.
    • Vanessa leaves the Forest of Witches after enduring a childhood and early adulthood of the Witch Queen's abusive behavior, with the help of Yami.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Mages get access to a particular elemental magic (though they need not be a classical element, with characters having powers themed on the likes of ash, fungi, or wool). Upon finding out what that element is, there is seemingly no restriction on what form the powers have to take, as long as they have the mana (magic energy) needed for it. As a result, most mages love to shape their magic attacks into whatever they like. Take three flame mages: Magna uses baseball-themed moves, Fana prefers to assemble her flames into animal shapes, and Mereoleona shapes her magic into a Battle Aura.
  • Shout-Out: Asta's introduction to the Black Bulls is wildly similar to Lucy Heartfilia's introduction to Fairy Tail. The Black Bulls' HQ even looks like Fairy Tail's HQ.
  • Shrinking Violet: Grey is terribly shy about her actual appearance, to the point we at first only see her in a transformed state and only become cognizant of her real form in the Underwater Temple Arc, barring a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo during the shopping trip segment. We see her in her real form more often from here out, but every time she's too embarrassed to interact with anyone in that state:
    Asta: Is there anything that doesn't embarrass you?!
  • So Much for Stealth: During their search for the Witch Queen, Dominante provides Asta, Fanzell, Finral, Noelle, and Mariella with invisibility cloaks to enter the Forest of Witches undetected. Unfortunately, they lose their cloaks thanks to Fanzell's actions and catches the attention of the Security Golems and the other witches.
  • Sore Loser: After his humiliating defeat and being put in a lesser magic knight group, Sekke attempts to attack Asta with a poisonous magic lizard while the latter is in the bathroom. Yuno puts a stop to this immediately and sends Sekke off humiliated even more than before.
  • Spell Book: In the series, they are referred to by the archaic word "grimoire", and are received by young magic users in a yearly ceremony so that they can unlock their true magical potential.
  • Spell Levels: Certain magics have been shown to have stronger forms, which are expressed in their different naming. When at his limits, Vetto's Beast Magic becomes Mythical Beast Magic, which breaks magical rules and copies unknown animals. At the moment of his death, Rades's rage and hatred transform his Wraith Magic into True Wraith Magic, allowing him to recall souls and fully resurrect the dead.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": All over the place, at least in the beginning of the series' run. The official translation uses Asta, though some fan translations render it as "Aster", which is helped by the fact that it's an actual, albeit uncommon name in the real world that's usually meant for girls. And that's to say nothing of Juno/Yuno and Luck/Rack/Lack/Lakk Voltia/Boltia. Thankfully, the Japanese volumes give the English translations of some of the troublesome names, so this is much less of a problem now. There's still the problem of names that must be directly translated, such as "Wizard King", which may be Sorcery Emperor and Magic Emperor, and "Eye of the Midnight Sun", which may be known as White Night Eye or White Night's Demon Eyes.
  • Spy Cam: The Witch Queen can monitor the Forest of Witches using Security Golems. A few of them detect Asta, Finral, Fanzell, Noelle, Mariella and Dominante, and sound an alarm a few seconds later. They even fire mana while pursuing them.
  • Squishy Wizard: Most mages are this, relying entirely on their magic to fight and having little combat prowess. Asta defeats many of his enemies in single hits once he can bypass their magic. There are notable exceptions, such as Yami and Mereoleona.
  • Stock Sound Effects: A non-Public Domain example. Many of the anime's sound effects come from Fizz Sound Creation's sound library, which have been used in Toei Animation's works such as Dragon Ball and One Piece.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Magic attributes are hereditary to an extent, especially among noble families. The Silva Family children all have magic related to liquids (Mercury, Mist, and Water). One branch of the Vermillion clan (Fuegoleon, Mereoleona, and Leopold) uses Flame Magic while the other (Mimosa and Kirsch) uses Plant Magic, and the brothers of the Vaude Family, Finral Roulacase and Langris, both have Spatial Magic.
  • Theme Naming:
    • The Clover, Diamond, Spade, and Heart Kingdoms are named after card suits.
    • The Wizard King (Julius) and the king himself (Augustus) are named after Roman statesmen. Interestingly, Nero, Asta's anti-bird friend, has the same name as the infamous emperor, which seems to hint that there's more to Nero than he looks.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • After getting mocked and disrespected after everything they've done, the Black Bulls are finally rewarded with enough stars to take second place.
    • By Chapter 176, Noelle finally gets praised by Nozel when the former comes to help her siblings fight against the elves.
  • Title Drop: The series is named after Asta's Anti-Magic grimoire, which has a five-leaf black clover on the cover.
  • To Be a Master: Both Asta and Yuno are competing to be the next Wizard King in the kingdom.
  • Toilet Humour: It's used sparingly, especially in relation to Yami. Episode 49's omake even features him being interviewed about his toilet habits, while he's on the toilet, no less.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The Witch Queen, despite being one of the most powerful villains and an almighty ruler of the Forest of Witches, doesn't seem to know that Vanessa's Red Thread of Fate magic can be formed only from the bonds between her and the Black Bulls, whom she considers her family.
  • Tournament Arc: The Royal Knights Competition. The Wizard King hosts a competition between randomly assigned teams of Magic Knights to decide which among them are worthy to become the Royal Knights, a special task force to deal with the Big Bad's group.
  • Trilogy Creep: Originally, the anime was only meant to go for 51 episodes. At some point, it was decided the series would continue on beyond this.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • The Black Bulls get this a lot, especially Asta and Noelle, the former for his lack of magic and commoner origins and the latter for being the Chew Toy of the royal family, pushed away from the Silver Eagles because her family was ashamed of her. The Black Bulls are actually amazingly powerful, but their rowdy, quirky nature gets in the way of people noticing that.
    • As Asta and Yuno are being honored at the Star Festival for their contributors, Sekke tries to spoil the fun by revealing that both of them are commoners and that Asta has no magic. Yuno decides to set up an impromptu demonstration by casting an immensely-powerful wind spell at Asta, which he proceeds to cut with a single swing from his Anti-Magic sword. Everyone is stunned. The Wizard King then asks the crowd if there's anyone else who doubts their abilities.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Acier Silva's death shortly after giving birth to Noelle resulted in the latter being ridiculed for her power incontinence and Nozel stopping her from joining the Silver Eagles since he was afraid that Noelle wouldn't get any powerful and didn't want to lose sight of her again.
    • Inverted with the Witch Queen, whose willingness to let Vanessa go after she ran away ends up helping the Black Bulls and the Forest of Witches in the long run.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Yuno just existing drives Alecdra nuts, but the Curb-Stomp Battle Alecdra received at his hands (with Yuno not using Sylph for extra insult) drove him over the edge.
    • Langris starts to slowly lose his sanity during his fight with Finral, and it gets even worse in his next match until he is finally knocked out.
    • While not the most stable individual in the first place, Vetto really starts to lose it as the heroes stubbornly refuse to give up hope no matter what he does to them. In the end, he collapses into total despair when facing imminent defeat.
    • The Witch Queen starts to become completely desperate when Vanessa's power manifests and stops Asta from killing her friends, to the point that she even tries to kill her own daughter. After the Queen's plans are foiled, she remains in total shock and admits defeat.
  • Visual Pun: When Charmy first unlocks her Food Magic, the giant sheep she summoned sheds the wool to reveal a giant, monsterous wolf. They are wolves in sheep's clothing.
  • Wham Episode: See the trope page for the examples.
  • The Worf Effect: The members of Golden Dawn (Klaus, Mimosa and Yuno) suffered this at the hands of Mars, the diamond mage, from Hell Lotus, despite being from the best magic knight group and Yuno's ace tendencies. This served the purpose of demonstrating how freakishly powerful Mars was, and Asta would need more than standard determination and anti-magic to defeat him.
  • World of Jerkass: Very much so. Nobles and royals are very snobbish, seeing commoners with little to no magic ability as beneath them, and several see no problem with killing said commoners should they feel disrespected. Noelle is no exception, as she at first intentionally despised Asta because he had no magic, she herself being disowned by her family for having no control over her own magic.


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