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  • Dance of Romance: Chapter 260 has two of them actually: one by Negi and Asuna and the other one by Kotaro and Natsumi.)
  • Dangerously-Short Skirt: Plenty of the resident Action Girls wear one, or have worn one.
  • Dark Fic: Negimaru.
  • Darker and Edgier: Akamatsu-sensei appears to be rapidly accelerating his use of this trope. Chapters 277 and 278 feature Rakan and a boatload of Mauve Shirts being dissolved into flower petals, and the dozen-odd chapters before it feature an ominous secret that borders on Go Mad From the Revelation, the story of someone who saved the world being sentenced to a brutal death for it, and Negi nearly murdering the wrong person for revenge.
  • Darkest Hour: Well, see above. Most of what happened/is now happening after the Governor's ball trumps their previous predicament in awfulness.
    • To see how bad it's gotten since then, see Total Party Kill. It doesn't get much darker an hour than that.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Varies, but the few right bastards have all been humans with no explicit connection to darkness.
    • Shadow magic is the manipulation of shadows, no relationship to alignment. The three prominent users shown so far have included an antagonist that quickly became the protagonist's best friend, a friendly character mostly known for ending up embarrassedly disrobed and a Punch Clock Villain bounty hunter who was simply doing his job.
      • Also, Kagetarou, who looks like a villain at first but turns out to be Jack Rakan's buddy. Of course, now we have a shadow-user named Dynamis in Fate's group, and this new guy is quite evil, erasing people from existence and making it quite clear that he intends to kill Nodoka, even using her as a shield and coming close to snapping her neck before Setsuna saves her by hacking off his right hand[1]. Then there's the whole summoning shadow demons thing he does, including a huge one.
    • The demons showcased so far have all been perfectly amicable, at worst neutral characters who just happened to be hired by the enemy team and don't seem very pleased at having to cause serious damage. Justified in that the "Demons" are a race of the Magical World. The more demonic looking ones are a different kind of demons. The demons summoned in the Kyoto arc are oni. Setsuna and Kotarou are half-Youkai (Han'you). Demons like Mana and Poyo are a different kind as well.
    • Magia Erebea is... pushing it. It is not explicitly evil, but not the kind of power expected from a paragon of virtue either.
  • Dawson Casting: Most people in the Live Action Adaptation seem far from their supposed age
  • Day in The Limelight: Almost every girl gets a chapter, or even an entire arc, devoted to her. Especially if she hasn't had much "screen time" yet.
    • Lampshaded when Negi (in his bishonen form) tells Ako that `everyone's the main character in their own life'.
  • Death Of A Thousand And One Cats: Used humorously to illustrate Negi's confusion over a Power Level chart.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Doesn't actually occur, but Haruna points out that this is how love triangles usually end, causing the two girls involved to freak out considerably.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Rakan's favourite method of dealing with cute female enemies.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Mostly subverted (in that the people fighting are already friends, and are in a tournament or whatnot), but played straight with Kotaro and Eva, to a lesser extent.
    • Recently Negi declared he wants to become Fate's friend. Given the characters you can guess how this "befriending" is going to happen.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Slavery is a state-sanctioned practice and completely normal in Mundus Magicus. Seeing how they use Latin as (one of) their main language and that the political powers date back to Middle Ages if not Ancient Rome, this is to be expected. The current slave system was created by Queen Arika to deal with the thousands of Ostia's homeless after the destruction of their country. Slaves can buy their freedom and are protected against "excessive mistreatment", which the Slave Collar reports automatically, but the electrifying feature of the Slave Collar doesn't seem to fall under "excessive mistreatment" until the heroes beat the the crap beat out of a guy who did it and told him that he was going too far. There might have also been other, off-screen punishments, it was explicitly stated that it's only supposed to be used if a slave revolts or a similar extreme scenario scenario.
  • Demon Slaying: The Shinmei-ryu's speciality
  • Departure Means Death: Magic World natives cannot survive on Earth, so when the magic world goes they'll go with it. Albireo may be an exception, but he might just be a book instead.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Odd gender inversion: despite the series having far more women than men, the majority of Negi's opponents have been male. At this point, the only named male characters he hasn't fought are Eishun, Johnny, Filius Zect and some of the magic teachers.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Asuna dies in Negima!, Negi splinters like a broken broomstick. His artificial cheerfulness masks it temporarily, but it quickly becomes ghastly.
    • In the original manga, Negi probably crosses this after Fate attacks his students at the Gateport and scatters them across Mundus Magicus. It isn't quite as bad as in the anime, but the fact that he was completely unable to protect them after he promised to do so really gives him issues later on.
    • Played for laughs after Rakan's hilarious first failed attempt to teach Negi Magia Erebea. "I'M GONNA DIE."
    • Rakan MADE this happen, purposely depressing the crap out of negi after his "Make a bad face and punch!" initial plan doesn't work. Also those were meant to be strong punches, Rakan told him to do 1000, which even for normal people would be quite tiring.
  • Deus Ex Machina: During the Gecko Ending of the first anime, the Time Machine used to fix the Diabolus Ex Machina that kicked off the final arc. Fight fire with fire, they say...
    • In the manga, this artifact has a completely different purpose and gets explained in detail. But in the anime it's an Ass Pull that's immediately used to solve what had been an apparently unsolvable problem.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Fate seems fond of his coffee parties.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The first couple times Asuna attacks Eva (literally with a punch), before anyone understands her anti-magic abilities.
  • Dirty Business: Negi wonders if defeating Chao's plan to reveal The Masquerade was the right thing to do throughout the Festival Arc. He's reassured by Chao herself, no less that there are no hard feelings, though.
  • Dirty Mind Reading: Nodoka gets a heavy dose of it from Paio: "Although one of them was just really screwed-up..."
    • Heck, Nodoka gets this from herself.
  • Diving Save: Negi and cat
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: All over the place. A noteworthy example in the fifth panel of this page.
    • The most blatant occurence of this is any time between Negi and Chachamaru wherein Negi...turns her crank. Akamatsu couldn't have been more obvious if he'd included a subtitle saying, "OMGSEXLOL!"
  • Doing It for the Art: The tankobon extras reveal just how much effort Akamatsu-sensei and his team put into this manga.
  • Do-It-Yourself Theme Tune: Every song to date.
  • Doomed Hometown: Negi's petrified hometown.
  • Double Entendre: The word "Partner" being the biggest one.
  • Dramatic Wind
  • Drool Hello: Twice, with the same occidental dragon in the underground beneath Mahora.
  • Drop the Washtub: Characters can make a washtub fall on others' heads by casting it as a spell.
  • Drum Bathing: Kaede and Negi share a barrel in an early chapter.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma: Played straight mostly, normally on poor Negi, but inverted every once in a while with the sleeper doing the kissing.
  • Dungeon Crawling: Library Island at first, then Nodoka's adventuring party. All also have...)
  • Dynamic Entry: Everyone, and not just in combat either. Sometimes it seems that a kick to the face is just how the ladies of Mahora say "hello".
  • Elaborate University High: Taken Up to Eleven, Mahora Academy encompasses a fair sized city.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Two so far: the demon that Evangeline curb-stomped in the Kyoto Arc, and the huge black shadow-demon summoned by Fate Averruncus' shadow-using minion in the Ch. 270's.
    • Appropriately, this one also gets curb-stomped, this one by Chachamaru's Kill Sat Artifact.
  • Elemental Baggage: Subverted in the literal sense, but invoked by Evangeline and Chao's high-level elemental spells. The supplementary materials at the back of the tankobon explain that Kosmic Katastrophe breaks the Laws of Thermodynamics, and that freeze spells are considered higher-level than fire spells because they break more laws.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Negi has Raiten Taisou and Raiten Sousou, and Homura can transform into a fire spirit. Recently revealed Quintum, the Averruncus of Wind has an ability similar to Negi's transformation.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Poor Negi...
  • Elevator School: Mahora Academy.
  • Ending Theme
  • Environmental Symbolism
  • Even the Guys Want Him: At this point, Negi's harem consists of a whole lot of girls...and Fate. (If that's what he meant by 'he already belongs to me,' anyway...)
  • Every Girl Is Cuter With Hair Decs: A lot of examples here. Asakura has a hair clip, and whatever holds her hair up in that pineapple shape. Asuna has her trademark hair-bells. Yue has baubles at the ends of her braids. Ku Fei has those things giving her hair those... spike...things. A form of cloth binding is used in the hair of Chao, Hakase, the Narutaki twins, and Mana. Even Negi has his hair bound back into a ponytail.
    • Something this troper found funny happens at the climax of Negi versus Fate, after Negi has truly accepted the darkness of Magia Erebra. Negi goes up to where Fate is and deactivates his Raiten Taisou. What's funny is that amongst the seriousness of the situation, his hairband comes out of nowhere and magically ties up his hair as he walks towards Fate (as his hair in lightning form is long and flowing).
  • Everybody Remembers the Stripper: In-Universe example, played absolutely literally in the first chapter, which features Asuna getting stripped twice in front of Takahata. Despite the fact he's known her since she was a little child, this is the result when Asuna gets Negi to read his mind to see what he thinks about her.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Asuna experiences this in chapter 352. Though to be fair she is 130 years in the future.
  • Everyone Is a Super: At least, in the magic world, magic is, understandably, very common, and nobody bats an eye at its use.
  • Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks: Especially sharks that know Kenpo.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Only the fake, robotic ones, though. To his dismay, Negi's time machine won't take him back that far.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Lava Adds Awesome: The Ultimate Spell of Earth element wouldn't be awesome enough without it.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Chisame learns the hard way just how squishy things get.
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: On the contrary; Chief Mama one of the nicest people in Mundus Magicus... so long as you're on her good side.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: For this page of the manga
  • The Evil Army
  • Evil Chancellor: A group of them has been manipulating the Megalomesembria Senate and is responsible for every major event that has happened in the story so far, starting with the war. Even the events of the Festival Arc may have been a result of their actions.
  • Evil Counterparts
  • Executive Meddling: Almost a beneficial example. The executives wanted another Harem Comedy, while Akamatsu wanted to make a shounen manga. Thus, the end result is Love Hina meets Harry Potter meets Dragonball Z, and perhaps one of the most awesome works ever.
    • Also the reason for the abrupt ending of the manga. The publishing company of Negima were attempting to steal the copyright to Negima from Ken Akamatsu. Full story can be read here.
  • Exploding Calendar
  • Expy: A few of the girls are based off of the characters from Love Hina: Asuna, Chisame, Nodoka, Ku Fei, Setsuna, Asakura, Akira, Chizuru, and possibly Madoka.
  • Exposition of Immortality: Evangeline reminisces about having known Negis' father and about her own, lengthy existence.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: After a while, characters' attempts to maintain the Masquerade start to seem kinda half-assed, but everyone still falls for it anyway
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The Festival arc spanned only 3 days June 20-22, 2003 but took up half the manga up to that point -- 9 volumes.
  • Eyecatch
  • Face Fault
  • False Camera Effects: Fish Eye Lens
  • Fan Service: Any excuse to get the characters naked, up to clothes-destroying sneezes, lasers, and octopodes.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Setsuna's wings seem to be very sensitive, and poor Chachamaru can't seem to impress on Negi to wind her up slowly and gently.
    • Her own damn fault in that she keeps telling him that it feels good, Negi, being only ten, thinks Good Feels Good, so more is naturally better. Chachamaru ends up talking in a wingdings-like font.
  • Fantastic Nuke
  • Fantastic Racism: Against woodnymphs and other demihumans by humans, who also had no problem cutting horns off them(a bit like real life, the horns, not hunting humans) and selling young girls into slavery.
  • Fantastic Time Management - Negi uses Time Travel and Year Outside, Hour Inside techniques to get more things done during the Mahora Festival and also to have more time to train as well as do his job as a teacher.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Ninjas, robots, ghosts, vampires, nuns, priestesses, aliens, half-demons, mad scientists, hackers, Time Travelers...
    • And that's just some of the girls in Negi's class.
      • Mana even lampshades it at one point, having figured that Zazie Rainyday couldn't be normal, simply because hardly anybody in the class was.
      • Let's put it this way: Even the normal kids Makie end up either with supernatural powers, or are so normal Makie they're immune to reality warping effects because they have no worries, Makie again.
  • Fighting a Shadow
  • Fille Fatalons: Evangeline
  • Finger-Snap Lighter
  • First Kiss: A few of them, though not the entire class, nor all fifteen of the girls Negi pactioed with
  • First-Name Basis: In a similar vein, Konoka spends most of her time trying to get Setsuna to call her 'Kono-chan' rather than 'Ojou-sama'. It doesn't work.
  • Fission Mailed: The first failure to stop Chao Lingshen, parodied in Haruna's fanart.
  • Flash Back: Sayo's memories in episode 19, Konoka's in episode 21. In the manga, Asuna also gets many flashbacks related to her mysterious past with Ala Rubra.
    • The most hilarious take on this trope is when Rakan watches Homura's Flash Back.
  • Flash Step: Including in thin air, somehow.
  • Flexible Tourney Rules: Averted, with Asuna disqualified instantly when she broke a rule.
  • Flight
  • Floating Continent: Ostia, though most of it has crashed.
  • Foe Yay: Fate and Negi, dear god. Especially after chapter 336.
    • As far as Fate's concerned, Negi "belongs to" him and he even rebuffs the potential love interests' plans to confess with that very excuse. Said love interests hilariously decide Fate to be one of their biggest rivals for Negi's attention. They're right.
  • Foreshadowing
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: The Pactio cards ability to summon the partner to the master, no matter where they are. You'd think that would ruin the current kidnapping plot quite nicely.
  • For Science!: Hakase's justification for peeking into Chachamaru's 'treasured images' folder. Never mind that this effectively meant probing Chachamaru's mind against her will, on the subject of her crush, no less.
  • Fountain of Youth: The Age Changing Pills
  • Freudian Excuse: Played with in Eva's case: after recounting the tale of her life, including how she became a vampire and killed her way through the centuries, Asuna's response is immediately "So... it's not your fault, right? Because you didn't choose to be bad?" Eva takes this as more evidence that Asuna is an idiot.
  • "Friend or Idol?" Decision: The end of "The Great Baka Rangers and the Secret Library Island Final Exam Operation" arc.
  • Frogs and Toads: Motsu is a frog.
  • Full-Frontal Assault
  • Fun Size: Both Sayo and Setsuna have an absolutely adorable smaller form. Then there's Chachazero, who despite being psychotic can be quite cute.
  • Funbag Airbag
  • Functional Magic
  • Furo Scene: Quite a few, starting with a furo the size of a swimming pool.

Notes

  1. Of course, he seems to believe that he's doing them a favor by killing them, so even he isn't a Complete Monster
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