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  • Arc Fatigue: While the rank battles are quite interesting, there's a lot of rank battles.
    • To be clear, at the moment the rank battle arc is almost 100 chapters, which is longer than every other previous arc combined! Even if it can be engaging, it can make waiting for the story to get moving again somewhat tiresome.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Osamu's fans love him for his Classical Antihero and earnest Determinator tendencies, as well as his being a very strong and respectable example of an underdog protagonist. However, he has a lot of haters as well for the very same reason.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: While the main characters are very popular themselves, there was bound to be plenty of these when you have Loads and Loads of Characters.
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    • Kirie Konami was ranked 3rd place in the first poll despite not being part of the main cast, and 6th in the secondnote .
    • Haruka Ayatsuji, the operator of the Arashiyama Unit placed 15th place, which is higher than a lot of combatants, despite only doing mission control and barely appearing.
    • Kōhei Izumi started mostly as a supporting character to Tachikawa but became very popular almost instantly and ranked 9th in the first poll, 5th in the second. His role was expanded in the invasion and even moreso when acting as a mentor to Osamu in the Rank Wars and he even made the cover of volume 8, even before Miwa did.
    • Like with Izumi above, Sōya Kazama is another fan-favourite who debuted in the Black Trigger Retrieval Arc, ranking 4th in the first popularity poll (and therefore being the only character alongside the aforementioned Konami to beat out some of the main cast) and 4th again in the second pollnote .
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    • Mirai Hatohara, the deserter from Ninomiya squad, is already very popular with fans and fanartists despite not even appearing outside of flashbacks and photos yet.
    • Tetsuji Arafune, since his debut, has done very well in popularity polls (8th place in both the single votes and multiple votes version) and fan Valentines, despite having little presence in the story outside of his rank battle with Tamakoma and his relationship with Kō. Even Ashihara admits to being surprised by his popularity (he suspects it's Arafune's "manly aura").
  • Epileptic Trees: Yotaro's parentage, as BBF deliberately (and uniquely for him) avoids revealing his relatives. Theories range from Shinnote  to Mogami note  to Yotaro being a Neighbor.
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  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: If they're a Border agent, fandom ships them with someone (or rather, multiple someones)—no exceptions. When it's pretty much canon that everyone knows each other and that there are various friendships/rivalries running in the background, this was inevitable.
  • Growing the Beard: Most people agree that the series improved a lot after the focus shifted from Yuma being wacky and curbstomping everything towards the Border organization and the more strategic team-based battles.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Reaches its peak once the Large-Scale Invasion Arc kicks into gear. In between the Trion soldiers everywhere, the sudden appearance of superpowered humanoid Neighbors much like Yuma, and multiple big battles happening, you're very likely to be saying "holy shit". Key players come in who we've never seen fight up to this point, and expansive character moments shed light on some of the unexplored cast as everyone races against the clock to protect the city and prevent a bad future from coming true. It all reaches a climax with the showdown versus the deeply powerful Viza, and Osamu's heroic resolve shining through as he makes a dangerously risky move to save Chika. Everything about the arc is considered to be what bumped this series from "good" to "great" for many readers/watchers.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Border Briefing File, while talking about custom decorative requests for triggers that the engineer smight receive, Ashihara mentions that a a black Kogetsu might be cool. (Real-life) Years later, he finally throws it in when Ko uses a black Kogetsu for a genuine tactical purpose!
  • It Was His Sled: Hyuse joins Tamakoma, thanks to being a Late-Arrival Spoiler (including on this site's character page!). It doesn't help that the series' return from hiatus coincided when this was the main event in canon, meaning that a good chunk of promotional material, fan discussions, and celebratory fanart focuses on it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: As hostile as Miwa is, it's clear that he's still grieving over his loss. Details from supplementary materials further paint a pitiable picture of a teenage boy who has almost no life outside of defeating Neighbors (or any desire for a life), in contrast to most of the cast who do have other priorities outside of Border.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Jin plus his Prophet Eyes make him the best kind.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Kazama is, while standing at 158 cm/5'2, one of the manliest characters in the series depending on who you ask. One Q&A even has a fan ask why he's so "overflowing with manliness", which the author went along with.
    • Godzuma.note 
  • Memetic Mutation:
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    • Hyuse jokingly referred to as a Canadian or a "leaf".note 
    • Kazama and food.note  Smash Borders practically made it Ascended Fanon, giving him a unique eating model for the White Day event and one of his system quotes having him eating something.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Taichi, the genuine evil.note . It didn't help that come Ch. 169, he suggests giving the opponent operators food poisoning to win the match.
  • Moe: Chika is tiny, a bit timid, and extremely cute—though one could argue that she's actually a subversion. The reaction to her In-Universe is not to coddle her but to teach her how to fight, and similarly, fans tend to look forward to seeing her grow as a fighter.
  • Narm: The anime has a lot of this due to the Off-Model animation and blatantly padded scenes.
  • Narm Charm: In any other series, the fact that Border gets around Enedra's black trigger via turning on the AC might come across as silly due to how utterly mundane it is. However, it fits right in with World Trigger's themes of how tactics and creativity win battles, not flashiness.
  • Never Live It Down: Ko is often (fondly) remembered for that one time he cried via Inelegant Blubbering.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Tsukihiko Amo. According to Netsuki, his appearance while fighting is not Human, and he has a tendency to level everything within a radius of hundreds of metres, leaving nothing but barren wastes in his wake. Just how powerful is he?
    • While later knowledge of trion bodies makes it no big deal and the reader will get used to it over the course of the series, seeing Mikumo get his arm lopped off towards the start can be shocking, as it contrasts sharply with the relatively light-hearted atmosphere until then.
    • The nightmarish appearance of whoever attacked Yuma in his backstory. We don't see how they fought--only the aftermath.
    • Koarai's near-capture during the second invasion is like something out of a horror movie: held in place by the Rabit, he has both of his arms grabbed and torn off, leaving him helpless as wires emerge from the Rabit and slowly approach him...
  • Periphery Demographic: For the usual demographic, you have a smart, action-oriented series that averts blatant Bishōnen Jump Syndrome. For women (aside from the Shipping potential regardless), while there are notably few female characters, the ones who do exist aren't sexualized—Fanservice is virtually nonexistent in the series—and aren't pushed to the side in favour of the male characters.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: Ashihara has evidently been planning this story out in the long term. Characters who only recently have been given a name will make appearances as seeming nobodies very early in the story, and abilities and plot details are set up well in advance. Strategies in particular are very nicely foreshadowed and set up. If a character demonstrates a new tactic seemingly out of the blue, you can flip a few pages back and see that they were preparing for it before it even came into play.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: While there's plenty of action right from the start, the series' beginning is mainly devoted to setting up the (many) setting mechanics before it can introduce the Loads and Loads of Characters and tactics-oriented battles the series is known for, with the Black Trigger Retrieval Arc generally considered to be the official step towards this.
  • Stoic Woobie: It's easy to forget with his attitude, but Hyuse is a 16-year-old who was left behind to become a prisoner of war for somewhat dickish reasons on Hairein's part, and when he's flat-out told that his country has abandoned him and doesn't want him back, his reaction makes it clear that yes, it does hurt.
  • Tear Jerker: Chapter 20 full stop.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mirai Hatohara. If Yuzuru's memories of her count, she had a rough life in Border because she was unable to shoot humanoid targets.
    • Chika, being both Blessed with Suck and suffering from similar self-esteem issues to Hatohara above (to the extent that Ema, seeing Hatohara in Chika, is trying to prevent Chika from cracking the same way his mentor did).
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