Anime / Reign: The Conqueror
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 [adult swim] 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 Ĉon Flux.

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  • Awful Truth: 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.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Just about all of Alexander's group of friends, but he takes the cake.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Alexander wears a stylized "A" in this series.
  • Cool Horse: Bucephalus, which also doubles as Hellish Horse.
  • Cutting the Knot: The Ur-Example — animated.
  • Cyber Punk
  • Doomed by Canon: Everyone.
  • Emotions vs. Stoicism: Alexander on one hand, Aristotle on the other. This is important.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Most of the main guys.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Phillipas and Philotas.
  • Fanservice: Mostly for the girls.
  • Fan Disservice: Any scene featuring Olympias and the oracle.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Aristotle and Dinocrates.
  • A God Am I: Alexander.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Olympias.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: 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!
  • Historical Beauty Update: 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?
  • Historical In-Joke: The series puts its own spins on the legendary exploits of Alexander, including cutting the Gordian Knotnote  and Diogenes asking Alexander to stop blocking his sunlightnote .
  • Humongous Mecha: Aristotle dabbles in these on the side.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: 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.
  • Manchurian Agent: Aristotle brainwashed Cassandra to serve as his 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, Takes the Bullet for Alexander.
  • McNinja: The shapeshifting assassins of the Pythagorean Cult who attempt to take Alexander's life throughout the series.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Olympias.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Olympias.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Talks like Yoda, Diogenes does.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Diogenes
  • Prophecy Twist: 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. 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."
  • Recycled In Space: Clearly fits this in respect to the history involved.
  • The Scape Goat: After conquering the Persian empire, 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: 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 Chain Mail Bikini. Because apparently the only thing you need to protect in battle is your nipples and crotch.
  • Worthy Opponent: Darius III and Alexander to each other.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Haphaestion.