-->'''Alexander''': Recklessness is speed beyond one's capacity to control. But might increased speed lead to increased capacity?\\
'''Aristotle''': A horse that eats its rider is neither steed nor speed.

''Reign: The Conqueror'' is a Japanese anime first released in 1999 under the title ''Alexander Senki''. It was released in English by {{Tokyopop}} in 2003, and aired on Creator/AdultSwim and Showtime Beyond. The series was a re-imagination of the life of Alexander the Great based on the novel of the same name by Hiroshi Aramata. Character and setting design for the show was conceived by Peter Chung, the Korean-American animator who created ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux''.

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* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: For Aristotle, when he looks inside the Platohedron and discovers the most powerful force in the universe is not reason but ''passion.'' As a Greek philosopher, this is the total antithesis of everything he's ever believed and taught.]]
* TheBeautifulElite: Just about all of Alexander's group of friends, but he takes the cake.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Alexander wears a stylized "A" in this series.
* CoolHorse: Bucephalus, which also doubles as HellishHorse.
* CuttingTheKnot: The UrExample -- animated.
* CyberPunk
* DoomedByCanon: Everyone.
* EmotionsVsStoicism: Alexander on one hand, Aristotle on the other. [[CentralTheme This is important.]]
* MrFanservice: Most of the main guys.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Phillipas and Philotas.
* FanService: Mostly for the girls.
* FanDisservice: Any scene featuring Olympias and the oracle.
* GadgeteerGenius: Aristotle and Dinocrates.
* [[spoiler:AGodAmI: Alexander.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Olympias.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Every historical character who was a warrior receives one especially Alexander. Even Darius is portrayed as a competent commander who actually has the guts to take on Alexander one-on--one!
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Well, if they actually made the characters look ''anything at all'' like they should in reality, then they probably would have to draw them in realistic outfits too. So where's the fun in that?
* HistoricalInJoke: The series puts its own spins on the legendary exploits of Alexander, including cutting the Gordian Knot[[note]]so he can recruit a talented physican[[/note]] and Diogenes asking Alexander to stop blocking his sunlight[[note]]which helped persuade him to not burn Athens to the ground[[/note]].
* HumongousMecha: Aristotle dabbles in these on the side.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Olympias has always been proud of how her son was fated to destroy the world -- and occasionally gets annoyed that he's ambivalent about it.
* MacGuffin: The Platohedron.
* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler: Aristotle brainwashed Cassandra to serve as his [[TheMole Mole]] in Alexander's clique, particularly when he attempts to have her assassinate him during the invasion of India. The conditioning breaks when Cleitus, her lover, TakesTheBullet for Alexander.]]
* McNinja: The shapeshifting assassins of the Pythagorean Cult who attempt to take Alexander's life throughout the series.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Olympias.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Olympias.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Talks like [[StarWars Yoda]], Diogenes does.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Diogenes
* ProphecyTwist: Throughout the entire series, Alexander struggles with the prophecy that he will be the one to destroy the world. Early in the series, Diogenes teaches him that it might count if he destroys it to rebuild it in a new image. [[spoiler: Ultimately, his actions and passion destroy the Platohedron, a philosophical model of the world that had subsumed reality itself. In the end, he looks at a young child named Euclid writing geometric formulas in the sand, and declares that he's seeing "the world [he] destroyed being made anew."]]
* RecycledInSpace: Clearly fits this in respect to the history involved.
* TheScapeGoat: After conquering the Persian empire, [[spoiler: Philotas is implicated as a traitor responsible for a Pythagorean attempt on Alexander's life - he's arrested immediately after killing the main assassin. When Alexander struggles out of bed to stop the execution, Philotas tells his king to let him die to avoid looking weak in front of the Persians.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Alexander allows an assassin to take the life of his father -- after very visibly stopping a much more obvious assassination attempt.
* {{Stripperific}}: One of the few male instances of a ChainMailBikini. Because apparently the only thing you need to protect in battle is your nipples and crotch.
* WorthyOpponent: Darius III and Alexander to each other.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Haphaestion.