|“||I'm going to be the Magic Emperor! This is something I'll never give up on!||”|
— To himself in The Boy's Vow
Asta 「アスタ Asuta」 is an orphan left under the care of a church in the village of Hage. He is the wielder of a five-leaf clover grimoire and is a 3rd Class Junior Magic Knight of the Clover Kingdom's Black Bull and Royal Knights squads.
Asta is a young man of short stature with an exceptionally muscular build. He has green eyes and messy, ash blond hair with a single strand protruding upwards from the center of his head. He keeps his hair together with a black headband, which has the gold-colored Black Bull insignia and has a red-colored four-sided star with three stitches on the back of it.
Asta's common outfit consists of a plain-white tunic with a V-shaped collar underneath a dark blue jacket whose sleeves extend only up to his elbows. He sports a pair of matching shorts which has a stitch marks on the left side. His pants also extends just below his knees. His shoes is made out of two different cloths, the parts covering his ankles, the soles the same color as his jacket and pants. The parts covering his toes are white, a vertical stitch mark going from the bridge to his toes.
After receiving his grimoire, Asta wears a pouch strapped to a brown leather belt. Additionally, as a member of Black Bull, he wears his squad's signature robe, which is black and short with gold trimming and covers the upper half of his torso. It also has a hood and a gold-colored button located at the right-hand side to hold it together, while the left-hand side displays the squad's insignia.
In his Black Asta form, his right arm is covered in black Anti Magic, a black wing sprouts from his right shoulder, a black horn called a Weg sprouts from the right side of his head, his upper right canine tooth elongates, and his right eye turns red with the pupil becoming slit-like. As he draws on more Anti Magic, more of his body is covered, an additional horn forms on his head, and his lower right canine tooth elongates.
Asta generally is cheerful and hyperactive. He tends to shout to express his thoughts and goals, much to the annoyance of some of those around him, and often in spite of other people's opinions. One of the first examples of this is when he conveyed his goal of becoming a Magic Emperor during the Magic Knights entrance exam, and told other people who jeered at him to be quiet. Asta's simple yet outgoing personality is frequently played to comedic effect during more serious situations. However, his strong tenacity interests Yami Sukehiro enough to recruit him into his ranks, and his determination also leads him to possess an indomitable will. Asta's determination to never give up, added with his own steel fortitude during grueling or harsh battles, is a trait that becomes the basis for others to acknowledge him, such as Magna Swing. However, Asta has shown to have struggled accepting his lack of magic, using his boisterous attitude as a front to hide his insecurity. After having his arms broken and cursed by Vetto, Asta nearly slips into a depression before talking and forcing himself to continue pushing onward.
Because of his upbringing at the Forsaken region, Asta frequently receives cruel opinions and insults from almost everyone he meets. To counteract this, Asta appears to have developed a slightly sarcastic nature as he tries to defend himself. The regularity at which he's exposed to such degrading remarks is such that he now has a certain immunity to them, shown when he easily brushes them off without getting overly annoyed. However, Asta can still become irritated when others deeply insult his comrades; he will not hesitate to confront them as he tries to defend his friends.
Asta also has a very strong sense of justice, which is shown during his fight against Heath Grice, as he believes that everyone deserves to be protected. It is also not limited to only his comrades but his enemies as well, as noted when he asks his fellow squadmates to take the unconscious Mars along with them while the dungeon is collapsing. He argues that their mission is only to explore a dungeon as they are not ordered to kill any enemies. Therefore, Asta seems to see the positive side of everyone and never takes an insult too seriously, as seen when he still befriends both Yuno and Noelle Silva even after both had openly looked down on him. Even when Fana is trying to kill him and his allies with all her power, he attempts to reason with her as a means to understand and talk her down from her rage, showing consideration for nonviolent methods of solving conflict. He later continues to do this with the reincarnated elves, despite no success among repeated attempts.
However, Asta also believes that those that have done wrong should work to actively make up for their wrongdoings. He always holds his enemies accountable for their misdeeds, regardless if he's forgiven them or not. First shown when he requests Neige spend time in prison before promising to become his friend, Asta later demands that the weakened Ladros apologize to and help all the people he's harmed. In another example, he puts Rades into a submission hold during their next meeting, nearly breaking his arm until the latter successfully convinces him that he'll use his powers to help the people in the capital rather than for revenge.
His open, friendly, and non-judgmental attitude, indomitable will, and stubbornness has earned him the respect of almost everyone he meets, even nobles such as Klaus and Fuegoleon Vermillion. It has also earned him the affection of numerous girls, though his love for Sister Lily, combined with his somewhat dense personality, has made him largely oblivious of this fact. This love for Lily and obliviousness also make him somewhat chivalrous and non perverted as he absolutely refused to try to peek on the girls while bathing at the hotspring.
- Expert Swordsman: Asta initially has a rough style due to having an unconventional sword and having only received basic training from Fanzell Kruger. Over time he develops greater skill through battle experience, additional swords, and ki-sensing.
- No Magic Power: Asta possesses no mana and so is unable to use magic. This enables Asta to wield Anti Magic without suffering the weakening effects since he has no magic to drain. This also makes him undetectable to mana-sensors.
- Enhanced Strength: Asta possesses a high level of physical strength, able to do a thousand single-handed handstand push-ups, to swing heavy swords single-handedly, and to punch holes in rock walls with no injury to himself. Asta can swing his swords with such force that his opponents break stone when they crash. The Witch Queen further enhances his arm strength using blood magic.
- Enhanced Speed: Asta is capable of moving in an above-average speed, which causes William Vangeance to think that he has used magic to aid himself.
- Enhanced Durability: Asta possesses a high durability, as seen when he is able to keep standing up, despite receiving numerous attacks from Heath. He is even able to emerge from Licht's attempted cave-in relatively unharmed alongside Yami.
- Enhanced Instinct: Asta possesses a heightened level of instinct, as demonstrated when he can unconsciously move his body in the best way to defend himself.
- Ki: A principle originating from Yami's homeland, this allows Asta to use a sixth sense and to perceive and react to unseen attacks and people.
- Keen Intellect: Despite his hyperactive and headstrong nature, Asta has shown to be intelligent and thoughtful in his own right. He understands many situations he finds himself in and can be tactical when needed such as cutting out curses with his swords and thinking of different tactics in battle.
- Grimoire: Asta wields a five-leaf clover grimoire, which he receives during his fight with Revchi. The grimoire is tattered and filthy, a black five-leaf clover insignia at the center of its front cover. This clover symbol is largely unseen due to the dirt covering it, making most (including Asta) assume that the grimoire possesses unusual magic but is otherwise ordinary. Asta is able to summon swords from it, which he uses for his Anti Magic. His grimoire used to be a four-leaf clover grimoire that belonged to Licht, before being corrupted by a devil and inhabited by another.
- Demon-Slayer Sword: Asta's first sword can cut spells with its edges and deflect them with the flat of the blade.
- Demon-Dweller Sword: Asta's second sword can cut spells with its edges, much like the Demon-Slayer Sword. It can also borrow the magic from the people around him, thereby increasing the force and range of his attacks. Besides Licht, only Asta can wield this sword because he possesses no mana, as other mages would not be able to use any magic while in contact with the sword and would have their mana reserves depleted.
- Demon-Destroyer Sword: Asta's third sword can cut spells with its edges, much like his other two swords. It can also absorb and remove the effects of spells and negate Reincarnation Magic.
Yuno is Asta's foster brother, best friend, and rival. They grew up together in Hage. Both of them are competing for the title of the Magic Emperor. Asta and Yuno have a mutual respect and acknowledgement for one another, when they cross paths they both comment on each other's improvements and how much stronger they have become. They both act as their key motivators to get better and stronger, always thinking of each other when times get tough.
Asta was the one to inspire Yuno to try and become the Magic Emperor after growing up witnessing Asta's constant determination and defiance despite being born without any magical powers. He feels indebted to Asta pretty easily when he is saved by him on two separate occasions, once in their childhood and again right after they receive their grimoires, as a result, Yuno will save Asta whenever he can, often remarking that they are now even. Prior to the Grimoire Acceptance Ceremony, Yuno is somewhat cold towards Asta, having seemingly lost faith in Asta's chances to become the Magic Emperor due to his lack of magic and no longer sees him as his rival. However, his faith in Asta is immediately restored when he successfully gains his own grimoire and saves them.
Throughout the story it is noted by several people how much Asta brightens up Yuno, making him smile and engage in some light-hearted banter as oppose to his cold, stoic, self. Although they make antagonistic remarks to each other they never take it seriously and almost always end their chats reaffirming their commitment to become the Magic Emperor. Asta sees Yuno as a genuinely great Magic Knight and someone he must always measure himself up against, he speaks highly of Yuno whenever he is brought up. Asta is comfortable fighting alongside Yuno, and the two become a powerful force in combat when they work together.
Sister Lily helped raise both Asta and Yuno at the church in Hage. Asta has a deep infatuation with Sister Lily, and has repeatedly proposed to her over the years despite her being a member of the church. She rejects him every time and sometimes goes as far as to use her magic to say no. As a child it was Sister Lily who would read the story to Asta about the first Magic Emperor which leads to Asta developing his dream to become the Magic Emperor himself, mostly so he can help everyone at the church live better lives but also to win Sister Lily's love.
Nonetheless, Sister Lily deeply cares for Asta and is the only one who appears to have some belief in Asta succeeding as a mage, but she is still riddled with doubts like most others. This leads her to rejoice at the news that Asta has joined a magic squad and becomes very proud of him upon hearing about his exploits. Asta's dream to marry Sister Lily is second only to his dream to become the Magic Emperor; however, he sees the latter as necessary in order to marry her. He regularly sends off his wages back to Lily and the church, partly to win her affection. He specifically writes to Sister Lily, when he gets the chance, to update her on how he is doing.
Sister Lily often speaks highly of Asta to other members of the church. Saying to Sister Theresa how amazing he is because of his determination to work hard despite not possessing any magical power, and this determination has inspired her to work just as hard, believing that if Asta can do what he can despite not having magic then she has no reason to work any less when she can use magic.
Yami Sukehiro is Asta's captain and is the one who recruited him into the Black Bull squad after becoming interested in Asta's abilities and determination. Their first encounter was somewhat hostile after Asta accidentally bumps into him, much to Yami's chagrin, and typically lifted Asta by his head to crush it. During the entrance exams Yami speaks to Asta about the ability he showcased, chastising his inability to use magic and unleashed his own magical power to show how powerful a captain is; however, this was mostly a test on Yami's part to see how Asta would respond. When Asta shows he will remain steadfast in his desire to become the Magic Emperor he decides to recruit him into the Black Bull, having taken a shinning to him.
From then on their relationship is pretty much identical to how Yami treats every other member of the Black Bull, with tough love. However, as the series progresses Yami takes on the role of mentor to Asta, teaching him about Ki, giving him advice, reassurance, and at one point fighting alongside him against Patolli and Valtos. Eventually, Yami comes to see Asta as a strong pillar of the Black Bull and being solely responsible for the turnaround of the Black Bull's reputation, having inspired each member of the magic squad to improve themselves. His faith in Asta is extremely high as a result.
Asta is grateful to Yami for giving him the chance to join a magic squad, but he is sometimes put off by Yami's intimidating personality. An example is how often Yami threatens to kill Asta if the latter doesn't listen to him. Regardless, Asta deeply respects Yami as his captain, especially after witnessing his strength and caring side.
Noelle Silva is Asta's squadmate. She initially disliked him because of his low status and his casual, loud attitude around her; however, after Asta saves her when she loses control of her magic and immediately compliments how amazing she is, coming after years of torment by her siblings for not being able to control her powers, she befriends him. Although she still maintains a sense of superiority over him, because of her royal status, she enjoys being around Asta and at one point openly states to him that he is the only peasant she has ever acknowledged.
As the story progresses she develops strong romantic feelings for Asta but is reluctant to express them, this results in her attacking Asta whenever she feels a situation is becoming too romantic between them or when she becomes frustrated if Asta does not notice her. Her feelings have reached a point where she becomes extremely jealous of other girls flirting with him and even goes so far as to follow Asta, Luck and Finral when they go to a mixer to date women. This gets to a point where she is jealous simply because Mimosa was paired with Asta and performs well with him. She shows great concern for Asta's wellbeing but will try to hide it once she realizes he is fine.
Asta himself considers her to be a very close friend, and goes out of his way to defend her from both physical and verbal attacks, even insulting the higher nobles for their mistreatment of her. He regularly tries to help her control her magic and has shown unwavering faith in her abilities. The two tend to spend the most time together at the Black Bull and are on missions together regularly.
Magna Swing acts as a sort of sibling to Asta due to them both having hyper personalities. Asta is often amazed with Magna's "coolness" and was able to impress the fire mage when he deflected one of his most powerful spells on his first day at the Black Bull. Since then Magna took it upon himself to show Asta the ropes around the Black Bull's hideout. He also supervised him and Noelle on their first mission where they were tasked with hunting boars. Both him and Asta share amazement and excitement at similar things, such as Magna's broom, going to the beach, and seeing the ocean for the first time.
Like with so many others, Asta is able to earn Magna's respect greatly because of his determination to become the Magic Emperor and never giving up in any fight he has been in. This instills a determination in Magna to always keep fighting, just like Asta, and to improve himself for the sake of his friends.
Initially, Asta was flustered by Vanessa Enoteca's shameless dress attire and flirtatious attitude towards him but soon became friends with her and respects her greatly. Early on, Asta showed brief signs of attraction towards Vanessa, but reminded himself of his commitment to Sister Lily. Vanessa treats Asta as a sort of little brother, often referring to him as "kiddo".
She deeply cares for Asta and is concerned for his well-being during fights, particularly when he was facing Vetto. After defeating Vetto she ran up to Asta to hug him after defeating him. It was in this fight that Asta's arms were broken, and he subsequently found out that he would never be able to use them again, greatly distressing Vanessa. Upon hearing that the source of the problem was a hex put onto him by Vetto she immediately, without hesitation, returned home to the Witches' Forest to make a deal with the queen to fix his arms, she even went so far as to give up her personal freedom to do so.
Like Noelle, Vanessa gets frustrated by Asta's recklessness in battle and stubbornness, particularly when he was refusing her help because it would cost her freedom. Nonetheless, these personality traits have inspired Vanessa to become stronger for her friends and to do better. She has developed an effective battle tactic with Asta, alongside Finral, which involves slinging Asta around his opponent, using her magic, at great speed whilst he slashes at them, this tactic greatly overwhelmed even Vetto.
It has been somewhat hinted that Vanessa sees a lot of Yami, the man she is in love with, in Asta, because of their defiant attitude against fate.
An anti-bird, whose original name is Secre Swallowtail, that begins to follow, and somewhat guide, Asta since the Magic Knights Entrance Exam. Nero often attacks Asta by pecking him aggressively on his head, but would do so to alert him to something near by or to give him a magical stone. This guidance allowed Asta to find his second sword, the Demon-Dweller Sword.
As they spend more time together Asta has gotten use to Nero and sees the bird as a companion, regularly allowing her to sit on his head, such is their relationship, they are almost never apart. When Nero reveals her human form she reveals how she felt about Asta. It is shown she first found Asta the moment he attained Licht's grimiore by coincidence. She initially only used Asta for her own goals and found his dream to be foolish as she couldn't imagine Asta being like Lemiel. However, she slowly became attached to Asta and believed in him as she spends more time with him. Even after Nero became human, Asta felt he recognized her and eventually deduced that she and Nero were the same.
Other Magic Knights
Julius Novachrono is the current Magic Emperor and as a result has Asta's undying affection, to such an extent that Asta asks for his autograph. Julius himself has great admiration for Asta because of his unique abilities, piquing Julius's extreme curiosity for all kinds of magic, as well for Asta's personality and his ambition. He has repeatedly complimented Asta's skills and achievements and holds no prejudice towards him because of his status as a commoner or for not having any magical abilities.
Alongside Yuno, Julius believes Asta is one of the kingdom's up and coming stars and has great potential. He often tries to give solemn advice to Asta and is honest about the reality of becoming the Magic Emperor. At one point he is able to save Asta when he is kidnapped by the Eye of the Midnight Sun. It has also been noted by others, particularly Yami, that Julius has taken a special interest in Asta since he regularly requests his presence whenever he invites Yami to the Royal Capital, or hands out special missions specifically to the Black Bull because of his interest in Asta.
Asta considers Mimosa Vermillion a friend despite being in a different squad. She routinely uses her magic to heal him whenever he has been hurt in battle, with Asta being very grateful to her. Mimosa admires Asta and quickly develops romantic feelings for him, something Asta is oblivious to. These feelings have made Mimosa very concerned for Asta's wellbeing and has hugged him upon finding out he is okay.
At the Royal Knights Selection Exam Mimosa has grown stronger and was paired with Asta, as well as Zora, much to her delight. During their first match Asta was impressed by her skill and teamwork on the field, much to her delight. Mimosa herself reciprocates those feelings, admiring Asta's skill and how strong he is, commenting that he is amazing.
Their interactions have been somewhat limited due to being in separate squads, however, whenever they do cross paths they are very friendly with each other, even though Mimosa blushes and becomes shy around him. Asta has become a motivator for Mimosa as she wants to become stronger so she can one day stand by his side.
Due to Klaus Lunettes' prejudice of peasants Asta got off to a rough start with him. Their first encounter is in a dungeon immediately after Yuno saves him and Noelle from a trap, with Klaus lamenting this decision by Yuno. They both get into an argument of petty insults before he decides to leave with Yuno and Mimosa. However, after Klaus witnesses Asta defeat Mars and succeeding where the Golden Dawn failed his opinion drastically changes and openly apologises to both Asta and Yuno for his prejudice against them.
From then on Klaus becomes a supportive ally of Asta and will go out of his way to look after him whenever he is badly hurt, treating his wounds and changing his bandages when he is recovering, although he tries to hide his concern. Asta, in turn, respects and is grateful to him, and is glad to see him whenever they cross paths.
Asta views Fuegoleon Vermillion as a quintessential example of what it means to be a Magic Knights Captain, someone who is strong, calm, collected and sincere. As a result, Asta holds him in extremely high regard even though his time with him was brief.
Fuegoleon took a quick liking to Asta and sought to advise him during the invasion of the capital, explaining to him that he needs to be more calm and focus, and to ultimately think before he attacks. This advice is taken seriously by Asta and actively seeks to improve his focus during battle. His first encounter with Asta was when he defended him after tensions were high between Asta and House Silva, almost squaring off against Nozel Silva himself on Asta's behalf. Fuegoleon is one of many people who realise the great potential in Asta, recognising that his fellow captain, Yami, saw something he did not.
Despite his brief encounter with Fuegoleon, Asta was angry at what Patolli had done to him, springing a trap on him, taking away his arm and putting him into a coma. This action becomes one of Asta's motivations to bring the Eye of the Midnight Sun to justice.
Asta and Rebecca Scarlet first met at a mixer after they were both dragged along by their friends. Everyone else went off on their own dates, leaving both Asta and Rebecca in awkward silence. However, the two become friends quickly after they start talking about their experiences with their siblings, Rebecca's romantic feelings for him is cemented when he throws a drunken man away when he starts to harass Rebecca. After they run out of the restaurant and into an alley Rebecca asks Asta if there is anyone special in his life, with Asta answering yes, thinking of Sister Lily, not realizing what she was truly wanting to know. However, despite this, Rebecca remains determined to win Asta and invites him to come and visit her and her siblings one day.
Staying true to his word, Asta comes to visit Rebecca and her siblings with all of them taking an immediate liking to him. Whilst she cooks food for everyone each one of her siblings tries to goad her into becoming his girlfriend, much to her embarrassment. After Asta returns all the children, including her siblings, back to the town she is extremely grateful to him and, in conjunction with her misunderstanding of the nature of Asta and Noelle's relationship, kisses him on the cheek, saying she will at least get this much from him, ultimately accepting she can't win him from Noelle. Typically, Asta remains completely oblivious to Rebecca's romantic feelings for him.
- "I'm going to be the Magic Emperor!! This is something I'll never give up on!!" 「オレは 魔法帝に なる...!! これだけは 譲れねー...!! "Ore wa Mahōtei ni naru...!! Kore dake wa yuzurene...!!"」
- "Even with no magical powers... I'll become the Magic Emperor." 「魔力が 無くても オレは 魔法帝に なる "Maryoku ga nakute mo Ore wa Mahōtei ni naru"」
- "My magic is never giving up!!!!" 「諦めないのがオレの魔法だ!!!! "Akiramenai no ga ore no mahōda!!!!"」
- "Gravel may be gravel, but me? I'm gravel that shatters diamonds!!!!" 「石コロは石コロでもオレはァア ダイヤモンドを砕く石コロだ!!!! "Ishikoro wa ishikoro demo ore wa~aa daiyamondo o kudaku ishikoro da!!!!"」
- "You people are special... And we got stronger... And made it this far... So we could protect everyone with you. So we could compete and help each other improve!! So we could fight together!!" 「オレ達は... 特別なオマエらと... みんなを護る為に... 競い合い高め合う為に... 一緒に戦う為に...!! 強くなってここまで来たんだ...!! "Ore-tachi wa... Tokubetsuna omae-ra to... Min'na o mamoru tame ni... Kisoiai takame au tame ni... Issho ni tatakau tame ni...!! Tsuyoku natte koko made kita nda...!!"」
- Asta's favorite person is Sister Lily.
- Questions Brigade Rankings:
- Asta ranked #1 in the first, second, and third popularity polls.
- In the VIZ popularity polls, Asta ranked #2 in the first and second and #1 in the third.
|Asta • Charmy Pappitson • Finral Roulacase • Gauche Adlai • Gordon Agrippa • Grey • Henry Legolant • Luck Voltia • Magna Swing • Noelle Silva • Secre Swallowtail • Vanessa Enoteca • Zora Ideale|
|Nozel Silva • Siren Tium • Nils Ragus • En Ringard|
|Kirsch Vermillion • Noelle Silva • Luck Voltia • Ben Benfunk|
|Rill Boismortier • Puli Angel • Fragil Tormenta • Ruben Chagar|
|Yuno • Hamon Caseus • Mimosa Vermillion • Klaus Lunettes|
|Zora Ideale • Asta • Cob Portaport|