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Haru and the Rave Crew
"Quest for glory! Accepting our fate with the power that we own. This is a hero's story, we'll be the greatest the world has ever known!"
Opening theme to the English dub

Fifty years ago in a fantasy-filled world, a evil force known as Dark Bring was plaguing the planet, turning hearts twisted and corrupt with its dark power, which in turn sparked wars and turmoil. One man, known as the Rave Master and armed with special powers known as Rave used to counter against the Dark Bring, attempted to stop the madness by tracking the Dark Bring source and proceeding to destroy it once and for all...

He... didn't quite get the job done.

For as he thought victory was his, the source of the Dark Bring proceeded to explode, taking one tenth of the known world's landscape with it. Not to mention losing most of the Rave Master's powers in the process. Jump to 50 years later on a little known bit of land called Garage Island, where we meet Haru Glory who snags a strange-looking...um, "dog" called Plue while out fishing. One thing leads to another before he's deemed the 2nd Rave Master whose job is to bring peace to the world and save it from the lingering threat of the Dark Bring and those who wield its powers for their own selfish and destructive ends. He gains allies along the way and overall has one heck of an adventure.

Known in Japan as Groove Adventure Rave or simply, RAVE. 'Twas the first manga to bring success to Hiro Mishima (who would go on to create the little known gem Monster Soul then the equally successful Fairy Tail) weaving 35 volumes in a fantastic tale of love, honor, courage, fate and The Power of Friendship. A very good read for anyone who's a fan of Shounen or just trying to get into manga in general.

Was adapted into an anime in 2001 that ended in 2002 with only 51 episodes made that only cover one half of the series. Likely due to low ratings it was canceled.

In the United States, the anime was severely edited and aired on Toonami, and didn't see the light of day again for a few years until Syfy picked it up as part of their Ani-Monday block. It did feature many Californian voice actors who would go on to better projects, mostly under VIZ Media or Bandai.

The manga as well as the anime was owned by Tokyo Pop. But in 2009 they dropped the series without warning with only three volumes left to go. Thankfully, Del Ray (who are the holders of Mashima's other series Fairy Tail) picked up the series and will release the series from beginning to end. They published the final three books as a single volume.

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Tropes used in Rave Master include:
  • A Father to His Men: Yuma Ansecto. Members of the Resistance call him "Daddy."
  • The Abridged Series: Not that it's worth watching.
  • Adult Child: Julia may be the Cool Big Sis, but face it, she drew on her boyfriend's face.
  • Action Girl: Julia.
    • Also Dark Action Girl Reina.
    • Elie as well. She was the weakest early on but she had several Action Girl moments early on including. She got a power boost later on but she was never a Faux Action Girl as some have claimed.
  • Adventure Towns: Natch
  • Aerith and Bob: Belnika, Sieg,and Musica... and Elie, Julia, and Ruby.
  • After the End: Technically The world Rave Master is set in was previously destroyed. Someone however went back in time and changed the past to keep it alive.
  • Air Vent Passageway: Used by Plue and Griff. The Jiggle Butt Gang also try to escape this way, but they get stuck, and have the vent collapse.
  • The Alcatraz: Not as extreme as some examples, but Mega Unit, with it's Informed Ability, may qualify.
  • Amnesia Danger: Compare Elie's efficiency in battle toward the start of the series (with amnesia) and toward the end (where she's remembered a lot more). If Elie had never lost her memories, she could have been such a massive help back then. Then again, the story would be over much quicker that way.....
  • Ambition Is Evil: Slade
  • An Ice Person: Julius
  • Anti-Magic: One of Bel's abilities.
    • Also the Ten Powers'/Commandments' Eisenmeteor and Rune Save forms are useful for fighting magic users. Eisenmeteor is a normal iron blade, which cannot be affected by magic. Rune Save can cut through magic like any other sword can cut through a solid object.
  • Anyone Can Die: Not anyone, exactly. But anyone who isn't in the inner circle doesn't have great odds.
  • All There in the Manual: Watched the anime and confused by the sudden Cliff Hanger ending? Yeah you gotta read the manga to continue the rest of the story.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Elie
  • Appropriated Appellation: Demon Card was supposed to be called Demon Guard, but Gale painted their name wrong.
  • Art Evolution: Mashima's artwork changes quite a lot during the series.
    • Lampshaded in the chapter where they find out someone made a manga knockoff of their adventure when Musica says the art really sucks and Let claims it gets better starting with volume seven.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Dark Bring, and especially the Sinclaire.
  • Artificial Limbs: Shuda and Lazenby
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Lucia gets one.
  • Badass Crew: All of Haru's Nakama are pretty much one-person awesome machines.
  • Balloon Belly: Happens to Plue.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Done by Sieg in his fight with Haru. Justified in that, Haru was using a magical sword and Sieg, being a sorcerer, used his magic to stop the blade rather than just his fingers.
    • Also, later in the series, Drew the Demon Lord blocked Musica's spear with his finger.
  • Battle Couple: Let and Julia.
  • Because Destiny Says So: More or less the only justification Lucia gives for his actions
  • Berserker Tears: Lucia
  • BFS: Haru's Eisenmeteor and Gravity Core swords.
  • Big Bad: One for each story arc (Lucia for two arcs, and he generally still has a large prescence in the arcs where he isn't the chief threat.)
  • Big No: As shown by Haru after seeing his big sister sleep with his old rival. Little brother protector syndrome much?
  • Blood From the Mouth: Horribly abused. Characters may experience this simply from being punched in the gut. On rare occasions though, it's because of something a little more plausible.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Lucia
  • Blow You Away: One of Blue Guardian's abilities.
  • Boobs of Steel: Julia again
  • Bound and Gagged: Nagisa when captured by her father Hardner.
  • Break the Cutie: The ending to the Levin bonus story-to Haru and Elie's shock.
  • Breath Weapon: Let and Julia.
  • Breather Episode: Right before the final battle and right after Sieg's death they throw a party and everyone but Shuda ends up drunk.
  • Call a Smeerp a Rabbit: Plue is a dog. Apparently.
    • He's a bug!
  • The Cape (trope): Lazenby is a parody of this.
  • Cardboard Prison: For both King and Lucia.
  • The Cameo (Cocona, a character from an earlier manga of Hiro's, makes a cameo in one of the chapter covers)
  • Changing of the Guard: From Shiba to Haru, though not fully made official until many chapters later down the line.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Alice's potions.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Lucia, Saga, and Resha.
  • Clock Roaches: Endless
  • Clothing Damage: This happens to almost every character that fights(much more noticeable in the manga)
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Elie, mixed with some aspects of Genki Girl. Also, seems to really like bugs.
    • She likes bugs so much that she wanted to become one as a child.
  • Collector of the Strange: Ruby
  • Cool Big Sis: Julia (a bunch of guys who fall for her even ask if they can call her Big Sister)
  • Cool Old Guy: Shiba and Musica... on occasion.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The Raregroove family as a whole
  • Covert Pervert: Griff. Practically how he debuts! However, in the English dub, any dirty humor is heavily watered down- though it's still easy to add two and two together.
  • Crossover: With Fairy Tail
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Two. While most death's in the manga are swift, to say the least, the last king of Symphonia dies slowly from a magic induced illness shortly after becoming a father. The second, or first depending on how you want to look at it, is Sieg Hart, who starves to death over twenty years before being born. He could have avoided the situation if he'd used the fact that when first going back to Symphonia he had a hole in his gut. Haru and Elie's main character power would have gotten them back to the present some other way. Elie already pulled it off on her own once anyway.
  • Cry Cute: Both Haru and Elie. If you really think about it, any of the characters who end up in tears, save for the comic relief.
  • Cry for the Devil: Just in case you've forgotten what Lucia is fighting for, the chapter where he puts his final plan into motion begins with a flashback to his arrest. The horrified look on his little face after having witnessed the government decide his family is better off wiped off the face of the planet speaks volumes.
  • Cry Into Chest: First Haru after he loses his father and hugs Elie in tears, then Elie after she breaks down into heartfelt sobs at the sight of Haru when he returns alive after his final battle with Lucia, tenderly hugging him.
  • Curtains Match the Window: For Haru, Elie, Sieg, Reina, and Lucia.
  • Cut Short: The anime only covers a third of the manga before it abruptly stops, not even having Gecko Ending and ending right after the introduction of the true Big Bad. You have to read the manga to find out the rest- which is for your own benefit.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason For Abandoning You: Haru's father left when he was a baby to find Rave and stop his Big Bad Friend. Why this wasn't explained to Haru until he was sixteen is unknown. Why Gale didn't just try talking down Gale before trying to find Rave is simply mind-boggling.
    • Nobody knew about the Big Bad Friend angle, only that Gale Glory had gone off in search of Rave. Haru himself had no particular interest in his father (quite the opposite) so he probably just didn't care to know. Also worth noting is that Haru's father had the Overdrive stuck in him, which as far as he knew could have gone off at any time, making staying the hell away from his children the single best thing he could have done for them in his mind.
  • Dark Action Girl: Reina
  • Dark Is Edgy: Doryu
  • Dark Is Evil: Even though Ruby says being aligned to the dark element doesn't make you evil, every villain whose alignment is known is dark. Even King and Lucia, who were born aligned to ocean and light respectively.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite evidence to the contrary (and also the above), the ninth form of the Ten Commandments, the Darkness aligned Sacrifar, only went screwy with Haru because the form was made to be used by Shiba.
  • Damsel in Distress: If I could count the times Elie been kidnapped in the series.
    • By Lance first, then Sieg doesn't kidnap her but he comes pretty close to killing her off. She gets snatched up by an Oni and handed over to Doryu. Then Lunar takes her to Hardener. Then Ashura kidnaps her at the beginning of the final battle, then immediately after Haru gets her back, Lucia takes her away, though this one is probably justified since Lucia's the biggest of the Big Bads.
    • There was also an attempt by Shakuma, but that kind of backfired on him, as Elie fights back and ends up responsible for his demise.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Let's Roar of the Dragon God, among others.
  • Death by Origin Story: Inverted. With the exception of parents every character significant enough to get a name who died in an origin story was invariably either actually alive or a spirit in an animal's body.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Flat-out averted (so to speak) by Julia
  • Defeat Means Friendship: See "Heel Face Turn"
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: The immortal Hardner, and Endless
  • Determinator: Everyone.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: That was strange Poyo. It wasn't normal Poyo.
  • Deus Ex Machina: An In-Universe example. The reason none of the Rave Warriors ultimately died is thought by the characters to be the world's way of saying "Thanks for saving me."
  • Disappears Into Light: Haru.
    • And Lucia, sort of. There's no other way to describe his death, which was just ambiguous enough that he may have actually made it to the original world after all.
  • Disk One Final Boss: King. Demon Card itself is a subversion. Heck, it looks like a highly climactic battle, except that Haru's sword doesn't have all the powers yet; and there are still two more rave stones.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lucia loses his parents and childhood. Therefor, the whole world must die.
  • The Dog Bites Back : A pretty good way of looking at Lucia's sudden arival in the story.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Well, more like a giant tower, but nevertheless this is how Gale Glory died, and yes it was as sudden as the trope implies.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me: Pumpkin Doryu says this after the Rave Warriors learn about his Start of Darkness.
  • Dual-Wielding: Blue Crimson
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Probably not intentional, but either Nagisa or a girl who looks exactly like her shows up for a few panels in volume 2.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Like Father, Like Son.
  • Everyone Can See It: That's right, Haru, Elie. Everyone. Even Lucia.
  • Evil Counterpart: King to Gale. Lucia to Haru. And also anyone stupid enough to jump into the Dark Bring Pool.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: During the six months where there's no leader of DC.
  • Evil Weapon: Sacrifar is actually a subversion.
    • The Decologue is not.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: A sword named Explosion? What does it do?
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Happens quite a bit in the manga, mostly when new moves are introduced to the audience. Possibly deconstructed during the fight with Doryu when Ruby, explaining to our heroes how innate magical alignments work, accidentally reveals the alignments of the heroes to the bad guy. His saving grace was that he changed their alignment to Dark earlier, making the information useless.
  • Expository Theme Tune: In the English dub, Raveolution by Reel Big Fish. Very catchy if this troper says so himself.
    • The full version is even better. Good luck finding a copy, however...
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Musica, Reina, and Ogre.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Plue
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Elie.
  • Fan Disservice: Lucia may be attractive, but we didn't need to his naked butt.
  • Fan Service: Chapter 105, which starts off with an image of Reina and Sieg Hart in swim wear.
  • Fear of Thunder: Elie, after her traumatic first encounter with Sieg Hart
  • Feed It a Bomb: How Shuda counters Deep Snow's rain.
  • Feuding Families: The royal houses of Raregroove and Symphonia
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: Becuase if the battle for Star Memory didn't happen with one party already in possesion of it then that would hardly be dramatic.
  • First Kiss: Elie has hers stolen by Lucia. At least, it was probably her first.
  • Flight: Apparently it's second nature for any good sorcerer.
  • Foregone Conclusion: It's revealed partway through the manga that Haru and Elie are Levin's parents, so it isn't surprising that those two survive.
  • Freaky Friday Flip: A very humorous way of bringing in an excuse to give the characters medicine that can heal anything.
  • Foot Focus: Elie, in Episode 9, "A Bite to Eat", so much so the whole episode's plot revolves around it. Relaxing with Plue in a hot spring, she decides to twist his nose out of curiosity... and he promptly deflates. Arguments with Haru ensue. Afterwards, she gets dressed, but skips going to the effort of putting her clunky boots back on, staying barefoot all the way to the end of the episode (in the manga, she puts on sandals, but later kicks them off from exhaustion). Later becomes a plot point when she heads into mountainous terrain to find a rare plant that might heal Plue. Elie's so desperate to help him, she absent-mindedly sprints across the jagged rocks in her bare feet, not even noticing the pain until she conks her foot on a rock and topples over in tears. Looking down at her dirtied, scraped-up feet, she tires to rub them. She's also short her Tonfa Guns in dangerous wilderness, and when she does find the plant she needs to cure Plue... she meets a hungry monster. Luckily, Haru eventually pulls a heroic rescue, forgiving her for the argument they had before. Seeing her shoeless predicament, he tears off a chunk of his shirt sleeve and bandages her wounded feet, then agrees to carry her back home. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. The irony? Plue merely shriveled from the hot steam and needed time to cool down- he's back to normal when they get back to camp. Both a Crowning Moment of Funny and another heartwarming moment for a relieved Elie.
  • Fruit of the Loon: Evermary and apples.
  • Full Potential Upgrade: Ravelt
  • Gender Blender Name: Lucia. Big Bad with a girls name that means "light". Hilariously obvious in volume 32 since whoever wrote the summary on the back hadn't actually read the story and reffered to Lucia as "she" or "her" several times.
  • Generation Xerox
  • Groin Attack: Elie manages to land one on Julius.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Various allies appear to help the Rave Warriors get through the Final Battle's Redshirt Army.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: The Dark Bring, or, more specifically, the Sinclaire Dark Bring.
  • Gonk: Some of the random background characters can be... scary.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Hammered home by Lucia catching a bullet with his teeth when fired at from a range to close for any living creature to actually dodge.
  • Happily Married: Both Gale and Sakura Glory in a flashback, and then Haru and Elie, at the very same chapel, no less.
    • King and Emilia, also in a flashback.
  • Healing Hands: Belnika
  • Heel Face Turn: Shuda, Let, Julius to name a few.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gale Glory (Haru's father). Reina
    • Don't forget Seig. Sent Haru and Elie back to the future, then parked himself on a rock so he wouldn't change the past and just sat there till he died.
    • And in the final battle Most characters use a suicide attack to help Haru get to Lucia. Although no one actually dies from them
    • Haru himself does this at the final battle after he trapped inside Endless after defeating Lucia. He convinces Elie (though it takes some effort) to use her magic to destroy it rather then let it destroy the world. Like the example above, he comes back to life.
  • High Heel Face Turn: Many of the Oracion Six had one of these, but Reina's is higher profile than any other's except Shuda, who's a special case in many ways. Musica even tells her "You don't belong with these guys ... because you're a good person."
  • Hitchhiker Heroes: The adventure begins with Haru and Plue. Then they're joined by Elie, Griff, Musica, Let...
  • Ho Yay: Two words: Mermen Harem.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Subverted with Six Guard's Sean, who actually grows stronger when knocked out by his own sleep power.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Doryu is a firm believer in this ideology. And given his past it's kind of hard not to sympethise with him
  • I Did What I Had to Do: King's original justification for Demon Card. His later justification was much different.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Believe it or not, Lucia.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Lance.
  • Identity Amnesia: Elie forgot who she was when she acquired amnesia. The name she goes by she guessed must have been hers since it was tattooed on her arm. Her actual name is Resha Valentine.
  • Idiot Ball: Haru has some pretty dumb moments, but he must have temporarily flushed his brain down the toilet when Ruby convinced him that that pile of poo was a snail.
  • Improbable Age: Ignoring that Cattleya took on the role of mom when she was 11, Griff is a six year old pervert.
  • In the Blood: If your last name is Glory, you're a white haired, gray eyed, justice loving hero who will end up saving the world. If your last name is Raregroove you're a golden eyed blond who started out nice and sweet, suffered some horrible tragedy, and decided to destroy the world.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Due to the last three volumes being published by another company, this crops up a bit. Suffixes come out of nowhere, Yuma goes from being 'Daddy' to 'Father', Star Memory becomes Stellar Memory, and the Mystical Realm becomes the Makai world.
    • Also at the very beginning: Haru's sword was initially referred to by its Japanese name of the 'Ten Commandments', but became the Ten Powers from pretty much volume two onward.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: 90% of the dub. The other 10% is incredibly lame fight scenes. Sometime they overlap.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain / Harmless Villain: The Jiggle Butt Gang.
  • Is It Always Like This?: Asked by Sieg upon seing Elie wanting to climb into the trunk of a horse(?).
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Elie. Twice.
  • Les Yay: Julia defeats Juria/Jiero by kissing her. However, this is because Juria/Jiero is An Ice Person, so her skeleton is made of ice, so the kiss allows Julia to breathe fire into her body.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Subverted. Elie lets Shiba die holding her, because she resembles his dead love. Turns out she is his love, who faked her death.
  • Life or Limb Decision: Inverted by Shuda, who opted to cut off his hand and fall to his not quite death instead of letting Haru save his life. Nearly happens a second time later, after Shuda's become one of the Nakama. Finally, Elie attempts to do this to remove a magic restraining bracelet so she can fight in the Final Battle, but is saved from doing so by Musica
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Love Makes You Evil: The reason for Jegan's actions
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Putting back the world to how it was is in fact the Bad Guys' plan.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Musica, in the body swap chapter. Elie was not amused.
  • Manly Tears: Haru falls into a crying fit when he learns Gale Raregroove killed his mother, Sakura. Later, he has an even worse one when his father, Gale Glory, who he's been searching for all this time, pulls a Heroic Sacrifice and dies saving his son's life. He breaks down in Elie's arms from the unbearable agony of this disaster.
    • Gale Raregroove himself, after both Haru and Gale Glory defeat him with a fatal strike, and he has a Villainous BSOD that causes him to cry in remorse over his actions.
    • To a lesser extent, Musica and Gale Glory.
    • Arguably, it's mostly Inelegant Blubbering.
    • Played for Laughs when the Jagger Butt Gang leader told Haru his "tragic" life story.
  • May–December Romance: Elie is at least 67.
  • Meaningful Name: RAVE is named for Resha Valentine
  • Meet Cute: Elie and Haru's meeting
  • Mind Rape: Sieg Hart's original strongest move. He never uses is on a villain, but it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.
  • Morph Weapon: Haru's Ten Commandments sword, King and Lucia's Decalogue, Musica's silver
  • Monster Mash: The whole theme of the Doryu arc.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Whether Jegan failed or never really wanted to kill Let is unknown, but he let both Let and Julia believe he'd killed the other one.
    • As a side note, Lucia tries to kill Haru, and very much likes Elie.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Hardener When he learns Nagisa is his daughter and realizes he had her tortured for information.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Ruby and Elie both 'feel something big vanish' when Haja blows up.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Julius.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Sieg's namesake is Siegfried, from the Nibelungenlied. The sword Mel Force comes from, wait for it... Mel Gibson and the force.
  • Narm: We get it Doryu, you're the dark lord of darkity darkness who hates humanity and wants to destroy the light. Now shut up and fight Haru already.
  • Nice Job Guiding Us Hero
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: A literal power of the main character.
  • No Export for You: Tokyopop's license for the manga expired with three volumes left to go or in other words, right before the start of the climax! Fortunately Del Ray have picked it up and will release the ending of the series some time in 2010. Phew!
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Aciela Raregroove used Star Memory to create a parallel univierse where humanity doesn't go extinct. As a result, this universe becomes determined to make her son, grandson, greatgrandson, greatgreatgrandson, etc. as misserable as possible.
  • Non-Elemental: Sieg's elemental allignment.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Plue, Griff and Ruby
  • Normally I Would Be Dead Now: Practically everyone (though some are significantly bigger offenders). Several times. No matter what happens to a character, whether they die or not seems to have more to do with plot than the actual extent of their injuries.
  • Official Couple: Let & Julia, and Haru & Elie in the end.
  • One Steve Limit: Deconstructed
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Two instances. The first is Shiba, who is actually introduced in the first chapter while under disguise. He removes his mask and reveals his true face to Haru, which just has a few less wrinkles and less bushy eyebrows. Later on while trapped in the past, Elie is mistaken for Resha by several Symphonians who want her to come with them. Elie, fearing Sieg's wrath, tries to get out of going with them by putting Plue on her head and saying "You seem to have mistaken me for someone without a hat"
  • Parental Abandonment: Nearly all the main characters are parent-less.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Starting with the defeat of King the gang always seems to be in financial trouble. They recruit one of the richest 'men' in the world, and he goes broke. They eventually get a rare collectable item and sell it, but over time they spend all the money they got from that. The then win over a million Edel in a contest, and Evermary spends it all on snail caps in a matter of days while they fight the current Big Bad.
  • Playboy Bunny: Julia Working at Ruby's casino after the Final Battle.
  • Power Perversion Potential: The Dark Bring glasses. Though they're only used to see through walls and find weaknesses Elie can only imagine them being used to see through her clothes, and insits on calling them the "Pervy Glasses"
  • The Power of Love: Shiba, fighting for 50 years due to his love for Resha. Haru's main reason for fighting is for Elie. Sieg Hart guarded Elie for 50 years and continues to do so in death. Basically, all three of them dedicated their life for the same girl.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Pretty much the majority of the antagonists of the series.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Shuda. He does ballet. He claims to be the king of ballet. Cue everyone imagining him in a tutu.
  • Redemption Equals Death A common staple in the series. Most noticeable with a crying and extremely sorrowful Gale Raregroove after his defeat. Averted with Hardener.
  • Reforged Blade: Pretty early in the Ten Commandments broke. They brought it to the smith who forged it originally, "Musica," the old one. The sword is stronger thanks to advances in technology.
    • Reforged again by "Musica", the young one, toward the end of the series.
    • Decologue also counts, as it broke in a fight between Lucia and Haru before Endless appeared. It came back, stronger than ever.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: As stated due to the anime being canceled, everything after the first battle with Oracion Seis can only be seen in the manga.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: At first averted with Nagisa's apparent suicide mission. Later played straight when Nagisa reveals she did that on her own.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Plue
  • Ripple Effect Indicator: See Temporal Paradox below.
  • The Rival: Elie believes Celia to be one, but Haru isn't interested in her. The two girls manage to become friends in the end though.
  • Room Full of Crazy
  • Second Love: Elie originally fell in love with Shiba when he was younger but after faking her death and suspended in animation she later meet Haru and...well you get the gist.
  • Screw Destiny: Tattoos are introduced late in the story which allow a person to change their fate to a limited degree.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Sieg Hart's death. It's great and all that he was willing to give up his life to get Haru and Elie back to the future (no, that's a lie, it sucked) but Elie, who by then remembered how to control etherion, could have just used it to put them all in a deep sleep where they didn't age until the proper time having already done this once in the desired time span.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Attempting this is essentially what caused all the events in the story.
  • Shirtless Scene: A lot of the major battles involving Haru. Musica and Let have a few too and even Julia barely has one in her aforementioned debut fight.
  • Shout-Out: A Fun with Subtitles variation, or possibly an elaborate bout of Bowdlerization, since it seems unlikely that the author would quote Three Amigos.

Georco: "Son of a motherless goat!"

  • Shut UP, Hannibal: Haru to Lucia
  • Sinister Scimitar: Played straight by Sacrifar and averted by Million Sun.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Iulius/Julius, Doryu/Drew, Sieg/Seig/Jeid/Jade (the general), and Sieg Hart/Seig Hart/Jaker (they spell it differently whenever talking about him in Fairy Tail)
    • To be fair, Jaker was a result of scanlators translating from Japanese to Chinese to English.
  • Snake Talk: Let does this in the dub, for no aparent reason.
  • Start of Darkness: Quite a few of them. Gale Raregroove, his son Lucia, the aforementioned Doryu, Hardner, etc.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Etherion magic. The story did its damnedest to make sure that Elie would only recover it right before the final battle and that she couldn't use it against anyone except the Big Bad during the battle and just to make sure the Big Bad doesn't go down without a fight first, Elie gets kidnapped and a bracelet which blocks her from using her magic, which she can't remove until well into Haru having the battle with the Big Bad.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil The manga has to keep going somehow.
  • Stable Time Loop: The skeleton seen at the wasteland of Symphonia turns out to be Sieg Hart.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Hardner's Endgame.
    • As well as Lucia.
  • Superpower Lottery: Sieg who, by not being aligned to any element, can easily use all types of magic and has no elemental weakness.
  • Super Smoke: Georco
  • Super Speed: The Dark Bring "Dress Up" gets used for this.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: The Ten Powers/Commandments
  • Sword Over Head: Haru does this to Lucia. Naturally, he fails to kill him.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Haru's felt this towards many of his foes, but he's learned not to let that stop him from fighting against them if they're unrepentant.
  • Technicolor Blade: The Blue Red swords.
  • The Syndicate: Demon Card, who rules The Darkness (i.e. the global underworld).
  • Tagalong Kid: Nieble develops into this by the end.
  • Take Our Word for It: What is Wonderful Gocch's back story? We'll never know, but it was the most depressing thing Haru ever heard.
  • Taken for Granite: One of the Oni's powers.
  • Tear Jerker: Anything that involve's a character's past- save for Griff.
  • Tears of Remorse: Gale Raregroove, crying in pain after realizing the hell his put Gale Glory, his son, and daughter through by killing his wife, Sakura. He dies soon afterward.
  • Tears of Joy: When Elie sees Haru alive and well at the end of the manga, she tears up, then openly cries in Haru's arms. Followed by a loving kiss... and now EVERYONE ELSE IS CRYING!
  • The Cavalry: Everyone who the main characters helped in the past becomes this when Haru and the gang are overwhelmed by Lucia's Golem Soldiers.
  • The Talk: Invoked humorously in Volume 30, when one of the series' numerous Mentor Archetypes tells the crew that in the original timeline, the population of the world was reduced to just one person at which Elie exclaims "Only one person? But that means no more babies," to which Cool Big Sis Julia quips "Well, I guess this means we won't have to have that talk."
  • Take Up My Sword: Teased, as Haru once, when seriously injured, tells Ruby who will be the third Rave Master, and that this information will be crucial since he won't last through the fight. Since he does in survive, though, we never find out who he named.
  • Talking Animal: Ruby
  • Technicolor Blade: Blue Crinsom and some other forms of the Ten Commandments.
  • Temporal Paradox: Okay, so Haru, Elie who's really Resha Valentine thrown 50 years into the future and Seig Hart travel 50 years to the past to recover Elie's memories of being Resha. While there, Haru foils an assassination attempt against Resha but lets the assassins escape. Because of his interference, the assassins return a few days later and almost kill Resha. In the process she receives a cut on the arm a duplicate of which instantly appears on the arm of her older self, Elie. Talk about Delayed Ripple Effect. Rave also begins to malfunction when Resha is in greatest peril, kinda like Marty's hand beginning to disappear when his future is threatened in Back to The Future. Best not to try to make sense of any of it.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Rave Warriors make a big deal of doing this as much as possible. To the point of Saving The Villain more than once.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Haru is shocked to find Elie on the other side of a door he was just blown through. Elie just wants to know how his hand ended up where it did upon his landing.
  • Tom Kenny: No, that's not a mistype, this is one of the few anime roles he done.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Elie is the legendary Resha Valentine
  • Trapped in the Past: Sieg Hart, who opts to not interfere any more than he can help.
  • Traveling At the Speed of Plot: If there's no need for speed (or a need to stall) the gang must travel by foot or with Griff's horse. If they need to get somewhere fast they have either Musica's airship or, if it's out of commision (and it always is), they can hitch a ride with the resistance. The time they most need speed, they get a ride from an airship full of sorcerers who can teleport it to where it needs to be.
  • Unfortunate Names: Haja. His parents had to have known he'd have grown up to be evil, since they named him evil
  • True Love's Kiss: Haru and Elie at the very end of the series, who have a very heartwarming reunion that turns into a genuinely affectionate and steamy kiss on the lips, right in front of everyone else.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Shuda
  • UST: Lucia even points it out.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Lucia.
  • Villains Out Shopping: After a tiny bit of payback from Elie, the gang is content to leave Julius to enjoy his dance contest rather than take advantage of how nauseatingly low the evil general has left his guard.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • Walking the Earth
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Deep Snow who saw Gale Raregroove as a father figure.
  • What Could Have Been: Nagisa was going to be a ninja (evidence being her slipping away from Musica, causing him to grab a girl with an unusually large head). It just didn't work out.
    • Solasido and Remi were intended to join the main cast (most likely as apposed to Let). However, Hiro Mashima didn't want to have to take the time to shade Remi for the whole rest of the manga. They just get a cameo near the end instead.
    • Haru and Lucia's final battle was supposed to last an extra chapter, as was the talk they had afterward. Mashima miscounted the number of chapters he had left before he had to end the series, though, and there ended up not being enough time.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Feber, Haru's first enemy, never appears again after Haru defeats him with a sword. A question about him even made it into the Q&A section of one of the manga.
    • Furthermore, who would have been the third Rave Master had Haru died?
    • Every Demon Card general either dies or switches teams... except Deep Snow. What did he do after he fought Shuda? Did he just go back to Demon Card? Did Demon Card off him? Did he just go lead a civilian life? He's never shown again.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: The manga chapter. Seriously. The chapter of the manga that's about manga.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Potentially Lucia, though moreso in his flashbacks than during the present.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Hardner after discovering his daughter, whom he thought had died in her mother's womb after a plane crash survived. Made worse by the fact he had unknowingly tortured her when he held her captive.
  • Victory-Guided Amnesia
  • Write Back to the Future: how Sieg makes sure that aid reaches Haru in time for the final battle.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sieg, of course. Hardner's hair is blue too, and Belnika also has blue/purple hair. Haru, Gale, and Let have silver hair. Shuda's hair is unnaturally red. Nagisa's is pink. Reina's is green.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: More like "You named your strange pet after the legendary dog Plue", but it's the same in the end.
  • You're Insane!: Haru yells this at King when he learns of King's motivation.
  • You Monster!