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->''What would it be like, not being able to choose your own life? What if your family died? How about the person you love? No one ever wants that, and yet the world hands out that sorrow for no reason, laughing all the way.''

''Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu'' (''The Legend of the Legendary Heroes'') is a 2010 anime series based on a popular series of LightNovels (which also has a {{Manga}} adaptation). It tells the story of Ryner Lute, a young mage who bears an [[MagicalEye Alpha Stigma]], which grants him incredible magic power at the cost of making him go a tiny bit [[SuperpoweredEvilSide insane]] sometimes. After surviving a brutal battle, he is tasked by his friend Sion Astal (who also happens to be the king of Roland, the country they live in) with obtaining relics of the so-called legendary heroes who saved the kingdom from monsters in the distant past.

Despite its relatively light-hearted premise, this show is extremely fond of [[MoodWhiplash Mood Whiplashes]]. Prepare yourself for {{Berserk}} undertones.

Has a [[Characters/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes character sheet]].
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!! Tropes used in this series include:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Ferris's sword.
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: Ferris to Ryner. Every single episode.
** To be fair, Abuse Is Okay When It Is Male On Male applies too in the light novels, with Ryner twisting Sion's arm so badly Sion was afraid his shoulder would get dislocated.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: It's noted that Biore went through this as part of her training as an assassin.
* [[spoiler:AfterTheEnd]]: Many, many times.
* [[spoiler:AllMythsAreTrue]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Outside of the main storyline, there are two side series: ''Toriaezu Densetsu no Densetsu no Yuusha (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes Anyway)'' and ''Ochita Kuroi Yuusha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Fallen Dark Hero)''. The first one introduces several characters who would then appear in the sequel as well as going into further detail about Ryner's past (among a few others'), with the other telling the story of Sion's revolution and the pasts of those involved (namely, Claugh, Luke, Calne, and Lucile). Furthermore, ''Sion Note'' covers the true story of the [[spoiler:Mad Hero]] and [[spoiler:Lonesome Demon]], altogether making it difficult to fully understand the story and all of the characters without reading ''everything''.
* AlmostKiss: Claugh and Noa in Episode 21, before Calne interrupts them.
* AnArmAndALeg: This happens a ''lot'', though not necessarily with long-term effects. To name all the incidents:
** [[spoiler:Sui]]--see LifeOrLimbDecision below.
** [[spoiler:Tiir]] rips off [[spoiler:Claugh's]] arm when they fight, prompting [[spoiler:Claugh]] to get ArtificialLimbs.
** [[spoiler:Lucile]] cuts off [[spoiler:Froaude's]] arm, though the latter reattaches it easily (and [[spoiler:Lucile]] had offered to do it for him either way, as he was more so proving a point than anything else).
** [[spoiler:Toale]] loses his arm and leg in a Rule Fragment attack, thus receiving ArtificialLimbs afterwards.
** [[spoiler:Ryner]] loses his arms when up against [[spoiler:Lir]] for the second time, but gets better with [[spoiler:Lieral's]] help.
** [[spoiler:Tiir]], ironically, loses his arm while fighting [[spoiler:Lucile]], though with his powers, it reattaches without any problem.
* AntiMagic: Elemio's Comb had one moment of glory before it disintegrated into dust.
* AristocratsAreEvil: For the most part, though there are a few aversions.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Rule Fragments.
* AssholeVictim: Lots of them, and you will cheer when they are killed.
* AttemptedRape: Practically the whole female cast have experienced this one time or another.
* BadassFamily: The Erises and the Orla siblings.
* BedmateReveal: [[spoiler:Ferris and Ryner in episode 22 and considering what she [[TheCasanova thinks of him]] it's even [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funnier.]]]]
* BerserkButton: The trigger for the intial Alpha Stigma activation.
* {{BFS}}: Ferris's sword and the Sacred Sword Glovil.
* BioAugmentation: The Roland military was fond of doing this in the past, with notable results including [[DisabilitySuperpower Peria]], [[spoiler:Claugh]], and [[spoiler:Luke]].
* {{Blackmail}}: Sion does this to force Ryner into joining his team in the academy. Also the method he makes Ryner and Ferris go in journey, though the actual threat is formulated by Ferris's big brother Lucile.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Ryner is tsukkomi to almost everyone in the show, but Ferris is the boke most of the times -- [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale a rather violent one who doesn't think she's the boke]]. This is especially obvious in a short story where Ferris writes a book and attempts to strangle Ryner whenever he points out how ridiculous her story is.
* BreakTheCutie: Practically the entire main cast.
* BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler:Lucile]] does this to [[spoiler:Ryner]].
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 23--[[MoodWhiplash up until the end, at least]].
* BrotherSisterIncest: One-sided.
* BrotherSisterTeam: [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Sui and Kuu]].
* BullyingADragon: Alpha Stigma bearers have special eyes that let them copy any magic they see, and have a tendency to lose control of their emotions and destroy entire towns. Yet rather than leaving them alone (or just killing them with weapons), tormenting and ostracizing them seems to be the preferred reaction.
* TheCasanova[=/=]MemeticMolester: Ferris constantly accuses Ryner being one of these.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* CastingGag:
** Ryner shares [[Creator/JunFukuyama his seiyuu]] with [[CodeGeass a]] [[RentalMagica few]] [[XXXholic characters]] with magic eyes. The dub took a more specific direction -- given that the eyes are pentagrams, the director of ''BlackButler'' is an interesting choice.
** [[Creator/LuciChristian Ferris]] having a love of (munching on) multicolored dango will possibly bring amusement to ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' fans.
* CharacterDevelopment: In a series about not crossing the DespairEventHorizon and finding a reason to live, this is inevitable.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Milk claims Ryner promised to marry her when they were kids. He doesn't remember her.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Iris's drawings.
* CrapsackWorld: [[FromBadToWorse And it keeps getting worse.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Fairly common in this world.
* CursedWithAwesome: Anyone with a pair of magic eyes are gifted with abilities beyond normal humans, but they're also subject to heavy discrimination and persecution.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Just about every single character, with some exceptions--namely, anyone with white or blond hair and the people from Gastark.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Played straight by a huge portion of the cast. Ryner ranks pretty high amongst them.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Various characters get one.
** Fiole has a short story showing how he met Sion and various scenes from his POV.
** Claugh is the POV character for most of one volume of ''The Legend of the Fallen Dark Hero'', detailing his DarkAndTroubledPast (and by association, [[ChildhoodFriends Luke]] and Calne's).
** Similarly to Claugh, Lucile also narrates most of one volume of the aforementioned spin-off, showing his own backstory and how he came to be the way he is now.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The title of the series.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The second ending is sung by Ferris's [[Creator/AyahiTakagaki Japanese voice actor]].
* DotingParent: Guard from episode 4.
* DysfunctionJunction
* EasilyForgiven: Once Ryner leaves Tiir, things proceed almost exactly like he had never betrayed the kingdom. Plus, him joining Tiir in the first place required him conveniently ignoring the fact that he just killed and even ate many people in front of him.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The Goddesses. Beings whose sole purpose is to consume the entire world. The Lonely Demon as well, perhaps even moreso, considering that the ones who created the world are baffled by and utterly terrified of him, even though he's mostly benign.]]
* EquivalentExchange
* [[spoiler:EternalRecurrence]]
* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler:All of the students except Ryner, Sion, and Kiefer are killed by the Magic Knights in episode 3.]]
* EyeScream:
** Anyone with a pair of Magic Eyes will be threatened with this. Sometimes it goes through.
** Riphal as well, when he [[spoiler:sacrifices his eye in a Magic Contract]].
** Pia threatened Zohra with this when they first met, using a fork.
* {{Fangirl}}: Sion has a lot, ranging from young girls to older women. In his empire and outside. And in a way, Iris is one to her [[CoolBigSis big sister]] [[ActionGirl Ferris]]. [[ForgottenChildhoodFriend Milk]] might count as one to Ryner.
* FanService: Ferris when she is out of her armor.
* FantasticNuke: Rule Fragments. [[spoiler:Especially once multiple sides begin using them in the war, with talks of banning them even coming up]].
* FantasticRacism: The bearers of magic eyes are on the receiving end. This is justified in certain individual cases, but there are an overwhelming amount of sympathetic examples where [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters people are just being assholes]].
* AFateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:The Solver of All Equations is doomed to suffer hellish pain for all eternity when he's devoured by the hero. This is why Sion tried to [[MercyKill kill Ryner]], even though he couldn't bring himself to do it.]]
* FiveManBand: Sion has one in ''The Legend of the Fallen Dark Hero'', barring his Eris family allies, with him as TheHero, [[NumberTwo Miller]] as TheLancer, [[FourStarBadass Claugh]] as TheBigGuy, [[WeakButSkilled Luke]] as TheSmartGuy, and [[TheCasanova Calne]] as TheChick.
* [[spoiler:FlingALightIntoTheFuture: What the past Sion did by altering the curse. Granted, he didn't exactly do it to help the future generations as so much as he did it to RageAgainstTheHeavens, leaving behind a mark of his bitterness]].
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Generally averted, despite the large number of [[SacrificialLamb Sacrificial Lambs]]. Those who die are still often mentioned by those who knew them, especially when reflecting on why they fight.
* GenderBlenderName: Lucile is a guy. Kiefer is a girl.
* GeometricMagic
* GoryDiscretionShot<->{{Gorn}}
* GratuitousEnglish: Rule Fragments, as well as the names of some of the Cursed Eye types.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Ignoring minor villains who generally exist to die a karmic death later on, just about everyone in the cast ultimately has good intentions and is sincerely trying to change the world for the better in some way. Conversely, there are no straight up 'good guys', as trying to be anything above an AntiHero doesn't get you very far.
* HeroicFantasy: Starts out looking like this, but gradually reveals that it's actually HighFantasy.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Just before Arua's father is killed]].
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Mostly played straight. Even though they're essentially the same, humans and some possessors of magic eyes deem each other as different races, with the latter often suffering at the former's hands, ranging from being discriminated against (only rarely is this justified) to being slaughtered by people out to harvest their eyes.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Ferris and Ryner]] have one, ending with a CooldownHug.
* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler:To keep the Eris line pure, the family has the dark tradition to [[BrotherSisterIncest marry off brother and sister together]]. Ferris was supposed to marry her big brother Lucile, but then it was planned by her parents that she would be used by her parents [[{{Squick}} for producing another, more suitable female heir]] when she turns fourteen. [[SelfMadeOrphan Big brother Lucile]] [[BigBrotherInstinct prevented it from happening]].]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted ruthlessly. Yes, it is [[CrapsackWorld that kind of world]].
* InsistentTerminology: Tiir would rather Ryner call it God's Eyes, not Cursed Eyes, thank you very much. A downplayed example, though, in that he only corrects him the first few times before apparently giving up, though Ryner corrects himself later on when trying to appeal to Tiir.
* InstantExpert: Spells usually take anywhere from a few months to a few years to learn, depending on the proficiency of the magician. However, Ryner can learn any spell the moment he sees it. Taken UpToEleven in that the person casting the spell in front of him doesn't even need to finish it, So long as they get the majority of the way through the spell, he can cast the whole thing fine with his usual level of proficiency even if they stop partway through.
* InstantRunes: Spells can look this way in the anime, though it's actually GeometricMagic, as the user is required to draw the magic circle. Some characters (namely, Ryner) are simply very quick about it.
* KickTheDog: After his mother dies, Sion's half-brothers leave him a gift in the form of a dead puppy.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler:Sui]] was faced with this predicament when he activated Ryner's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Alpha Stigma]], which disintegrated his arm.
* LimitedWardrobe: While a few characters do occasionally change outfits, most of the cast tends to stick with one outfit only. Justified in some cases, where said outfit is a military uniform (and as shown with the Taboo Breaker Pursuit Squadron, they ''do'' have spares).
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: THE defining trope of the show, according to WordOfGod.
* MacGuffin: The legendary artifacts the Ryner and Ferris are looking for.
* MagicalEye: The [[PowerCopying Alpha Stigma]], [[EnergyAbsorption Iino Doue]], [[PsychicPowers Ebra Crypt]], [[BlindSeer Torch Curse]], and Will Hame.
* MadeOfPlasticine
* MindRape: Ryner briefly goes through this [[spoiler: when looking at the Eris dojo]].
* MistakenForGay:
** Ryner and Sion in episode 15.
** Ferris and Ryner in the short stories, because [[SarcasmMode no woman ever wears armor, right?]]
* MoodWhiplash:
** The series is very fond of these, but episode 3 and 18 probably take the crown. This even happens in the short story collections: You've just finished reading about Ryner battling pirates and a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes seasick Ferris]] trying to down a ship. Wonder what kind of crack is coming up next....wait, we're reading about Ryner's past? Uh, okay...
** Then there is episode 23, which starts with Ryner getting worked nearly to death by Sion, some more funny scenes about that, then funny birthday preparations for Sion behind his back which even involves [[TallDarkAndHandsome Miran Froaude]], a fleeing Sion a few days later (turns out he was fleeing from his birthday), a heartwarming birthday scene, and ends with a serious fight between Sion and his soldiers against Ryner. [[FlatWhat Wait, what]]?!
* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: The first episode makes the series appear to be a relatively light-hearted fantasy adventure, then episode 2 [[DarkAndTroubledPast flashes back to their pasts]]. Though the violent and very bloody flashback to the era of heroes is a good warning.
* OddNameOut: The three Eris siblings are named Iris, Ferris, and...Lucile. Granted, it's not his real name, but even that still doesn't match.
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows
* OffWithHisHead: This has happened a lot and it seems to be Lucile's preferred method of killing.
* OrphanageOfFear: It's actually a hellish military training facility disguised as an orphanage. Those who cannot keep up are disposed of.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: In the short time we knew him, the Solver of All Equations is a gentle, kind being despite possessing the power to destroy the world. His other half, the Weaver of All Equations seemed like a [[LoveMakesYouCrazy mad demon]] that's responsible for how [[IncestIsRelative twisted the Eris family is]], but in the end voluntarily let himself be devoured by Lucile and genuinely wishes happiness upon him.]]
* PowerAtAPrice: The series as a whole generally runs on this principle, with notable examples including:
** Glovil requires you to sacrifice something in order to use it.
** [[spoiler: Ryner's true ability can only activate by sacrificing of the soul someone who loves him.]]
** Peria's [[DisabilitySuperpower All Enchantment seal]].
** From the [[MagicalEye Cursed Eyes]]: the [[PowerIncontinence Alpha]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Stigma]] and [[BlindSeer Torch]] [[CastFromLifespan Curse]].
** [[spoiler:Sion taking in the soul of the Mad Hero, resulting in him being in [[ImHavingSoulPains constant pain]] and at the risk of [[EnemyWithin losing himself]]]].
** In order to obtain the power he has now, Lucile essentially had to [[spoiler:[[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity sell his humanity]], and like Sion, still deals with the side effects]]. On a lesser scale, one of his abilities is CastFromLifespan.
* PowerCopying: Anyone with Alpha Stigma can copy most spells instantaneously.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: One of the main points of the series, even with LoveMakesYouCrazy.
* PowersDoTheFighting: Miran and Lir conjure magical beasts to fight for them.
* PowersThatBe: The [[spoiler:priests]] who have been orchestrating almost all events in the series.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Taboo Breaker Pursuit Squadron in the first part of the series, though they're hardly villains, aside from generally being an annoyance to Ryner and Ferris, courtesy of Sion.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler:The eventual direction of the series]].
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Noa and Claugh. The first time Claugh rescues Noa from Miran, but the situation becomes inverted when Noa decides to negotiate with Miran instead of getting Claugh hurt. The second time is played straighter, when Claugh saves Noa from would-be assassins/rapists.]]
* SacrificialLamb: Many, with a general good rule of thumb being that if they don't seem too important, don't appear in the opening, and have yet to appear in more than a few scenes, there's a decent chance they'll die.
* SaveTheWorldClimax: Starts off as an innocuous journey to find the Heroes' Relics or, at worst, a continent-wide war. [[spoiler:Except for that tiny detail where the world's going to end in a couple years, thanks to the PowersThatBe]].
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:Alongside RageAgainstTheHeavens, this seems to be the backbone of the ultimate plot]].
* SequelHook: The first series is, for all intents and purposes, a prologue to the actual plot--meaning that the first major storyline event occurs at the very end.
* ShutUpHannibal: Ferris delivers an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome epic one]] to [[spoiler: Lir]] in episode 20.
* SkywardScream: Ryner does one in Episode 20, after [[spoiler:Lir kills Lafra and Pueka]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Often falls on the cynical end, what with it being a CrapsackWorld where HumansAreTheRealMonsters and idealistic characters tend to be given [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason You Suck" Speeches]] of some form from a more [[JerkassHasAPoint cynical character]]. That said, there's still an underlying sense of idealism, as it also relies heavily on ThePowerOfFriendship and the idea of never losing hope.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: As most of the series lacks an official translation, many names fall under this. This also applies to certain terms such as Magic Eyes/Cursed Eyes, with the official translation going with the former and novel scanlations going with the latter--though given Tiir's distaste for the label, Cursed Eyes is likely more accurate.
* SpoilerOpening: The first opening [[spoiler:shows the Mad Hero and Lonesome Demon]], with Ryner's opening narration in the first episode also [[spoiler:essentially showing part of the story of the Mad Hero]]. On a lesser scale, the second opening, if you look hard enough, shows Ryner walking with what is presumably Tiir's silhouette.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Ryner's Alpha Stigma seems to give him a textbook example of this. Most Alpha Stigma bearers, for that matter.
* SuperWeight
** ''Shirt Weight'': [[WouldHurtAChild Children]], [[IllGirl Ene]], [[DistressedDamsel Noa]].
** ''Muggle Weight'': Average soldiers, [[DoggedNiceGuy Toale]], Kiefer.
** ''Iron Weight'': Sion, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Ferris]], [[LittleMissBadass Iris]], [[TheSmartGuy Luke]], Calne.
** ''Super Weight'': Anyone with a [[FantasticNuke Rhule Fragmei]], [[BrilliantButLazy Ryner]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Lute]], [[DitzyGenius Zohra Rom]], [[EnergyAbsorption Tiir]], [[SuperStrength Claugh Klom]], [[BadassAdorable Milk]].
** ''Lottery Weight'': Anyone with two or more [[FantasticNuke Rhule Fragmei]], [[TheAce Pia]], [[spoiler: Relx Eris]], [[spoiler: average Goddesses]], [[spoiler: [[HunterOfHisOwnKind Asruld Roland]]]].
** ''Deus Weight'': [[spoiler: [[OneHitKill Ryner Reed]]]], [[spoiler: [[SuperpowerLottery Eris Reed]]]], [[SuperpowerLottery Lieral]] [[NighInvulnerability Lieutolu]], [[spoiler: higher-tiered Goddesses like [[PhysicalGod Goddess of Reincarnation]]]], [[spoiler: Asruld Roland after he merged with Ryner Reed]].
** ''Author Weight'': [[spoiler: [[RealityWarper Ryner Eris Reed]]]].
* StarCrossedLovers: What [[spoiler:one of the Goddesses]] believed [[spoiler:the Hero and the Lonely Demon]] to be.
* SwordPlant: Ferris does this in the second opening.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[spoiler:Ferris does this in a non-fatal way to a [[UnStoppableRage berserk Ryner]]]].
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler: Happens every 1000 years. Wonder if anyone out there is keeping count.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Seeing as how Lieral is NighInvulnerable, Luke has no qualms about stabbing him in the heart with a poisoned knife, [[OffWithHisHead cutting off his head]], and [[KillItWithFire setting him on fire]]--still to no effect, however.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: [[spoiler:The very existence of several beings that hold the world in their palms. The Goddesses, the priests, the hero and the demon.]] Oh, and by the way, [[spoiler:the world has been destroyed before. Many, many times.]] It got better... then worse.
* TrainingFromHell: Many of the Roland characters have gone through this.
* TraumaCongaLine: Many characters, seeing as how it takes place in a CrapsackWorld.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Ryner, Ferris, and Sion.
* UnfortunateNames: Milk and the aforementioned Lucile.
* ViciousCycle: [[spoiler:The vessels for the Mad Hero and the Lonesome Demon are chosen, with the Mad Hero vessel ultimately having to devour the Lonesome Demon vessel(s) to gain their power in order to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt--and, given the present situation, have failed each time to truly change anything. The previous Sion in particular crossed the DespairEventHorizon at the end and, out of his bitterness towards the entire thing, used that power to alter the cycle]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: It'd probably be easier to list the friendships that ''aren't'' this.
* WarIsHell
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Many characters, with one of the ideas behind the series that you pretty much ''have'' to be this to some extent [[TheExtremistWasRight to get anything done]].
* WhamEpisode: [[BreatherEpisode Episode 23]] turns out to be this [[MoodWhiplash at the very end]].
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Episodes 2 and 3.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Alpha Stigma bearers in general may count when they lose control.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Alpha Stigma bearers, who only go berserk when pushed too far. [[BullyingADragon This is often]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters done intentionally by others]].
* WorldOfBadass: Nearly everyone can fight on some degree, what with the number of [[TykeBomb Tyke Bombs]][=/=][[ChildSoldier Child Soldiers]] and [[SuperpowerLottery Superpower Lotteries]] being won, and even some of those who can't fight are still fairly BadAss in their own way.
* YouWillKnowWhatToDo: Essentially what Ryner's given before the fight between Gastark and Geihilficlant, as [[ManipulativeBastard Vois]] won't say how exactly Ryner's supposed to save them all. [[spoiler:Namely because it involves him nearly dying]].
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