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- "I love blackjack. But I'm not addicted to gambling; it's not really gambling when you never lose. Besides, I've become quite addicted to sitting in a semi-circle."
- — Knell Hoga
|Alias||Ace of Spades|
|Occupation||S-Class dark mage |
|Base of Operations||Mano Reserve|
|Magic||Card Magic |
Knell Hoga (しきょひゃくはちのかね ほうが, Shikyohyakuhachinokane Houga), is an S-class dark mage and a member of Mano Padrino. He is also recognized by his moniker Ace of Spades (エース ひともあろうに スペード, Eesu Hitomoarouni Supeedo), due to the fact that he is an internationally infamous gambler and assassin and has yet to lose to anyone in a game, as well as his mastery and versatility with Card Magic, making him a formidable opponent.
- "Magic tricks are all about skill and illusion, but more importantly, they were designed as psychological weapons. So putting a fatal twist on my tricks is as easy as slitting a throat."
- — Knell Hoga
Knell enjoys toying with those weaker than him by utilizing both his Card Magic and Illusion Magic to create a malicious and traumatizing illusion, as a psychological game to his advantage.
Customized Magic-Resistant Cards: Utilized by Knell through his Card Magic, these cards are thrown either at a target or onto a flat surface, activating whatever spell is placed within them. These come in different types and also symbolize a specific magic:
Magic and Abilities
- (While gambling or acting as clerk for a game) "Pick a card, any card."
- (Once, when Tarot cards were mentioned around Knell) "Oh, those? I remember one night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died."
- (Knell explaining his mind tricks with his Illusion Magic) "The mind is trickier to fool than the individual with it."
- (When told that Mano Padrino would one day fall) "Hahaha! Funny thing 'bout that?... The House Always Wins."
- Knell is an English name meaning the sound of ringing death bells, while Hoga is Japanese for a respectful congratulations.
- Knell's appearance is based off of Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter.