- Draco in Leather Pants:
- In story example. No matter what Kyosuke does (see Moral Event Horizon below) Kaoru sees him as more tragic than villainous. Minamoto is considerably worried by this.
- Kyosuke cheats. Image management is a lot easier when you can erase memories. She eventually decides that he's too much of a villian for her to tolerate when he colony drops a satellite to distract them while he goes to rescue his followers.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Minamoto. Even for a main character, something about a of dedicated parent figure with enough badass cunning to make Batman proud really resonants with fans.
- Foe Yay:
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Hyobu wearing a school uniform stops being funny, when you learn that he wears them as a sign of mourning for his old comrades. He didn't have funeral clothes and another member gave them to him because they were black, and they are in honor of them.
- Genius Bonus: The Shout-Out Theme Naming for the characters are taken The Tale of Genji, or from people involved in its production. With Minamoto is named after Hikaru Genji himself. That confirms that this manga is really a Harem Genre like the original literature, and everybody wants Minamoto, even the guys, just like everybody wants Hikaru Genji in the original literature.
- Moe: The Children...and Minamoto. As well as Kashiwagi, Bullet, Tin Toy, Yuuri, Akira, Hatsune, Naomi, and the children espers in general.
- Les Yay:
- Moral Event Horizon:
- It's really hard to understand any of the plight The Normal People say they suffer when what they do, such as blowing up bridges is a lot worse than what they accuse espers of doing. Also crossed by Black Phantom.
- PANDRA and Hyobu leap over the horizon in chapter 161, when Hyobu brings down a satellite to crash on the city to distract BABEL. And in 163 Hyobu finally tries to kill Fujiko for real — only to be interrupted by Kaoru.
- Nightmare Fuel: ESPer Rampage In New York
- Values Dissonance: Minamoto slapping Kaoru after she (verbally) lashes out at her family. Kaoru then retaliates in her usual style.
- The Woobie: All three of the Children under Suma. Doesn't stop them from giving as good as they get.
YMMV / Zettai Karen Children