Light Novel / Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

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Introducing: The Hestia Familia

"Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon?"
"After further review: I was not wrong."
Bell Cranel

Sitting on top of a multi-level underground maze aptly called the Dungeon, Orario is a society that is centered around Dungeon Crawling, assisted by falna, the blessing descended gods give to the Earthlings that look suspiciously like RPG mechanics in our universe.

Enter Bell Cranell, the 14-year-old rookie adventurer who started crawling the Dungeon because... he wants to pick up girls.

But between the Dungeon, Orario, and the gods, the universe isn't what it seems... Let's say, the first time he actually sees a girl in the Dungeon, he's the one being saved...

Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka? (Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?), otherwise known as DanMachi, is a Light Novel written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. It received an anime adaptation in the Spring 2015 Anime lineup and also a manga by Kunieda, and has the distinction of being the first light novel ever released in English (by Yen Press) BEFORE an anime adaptation aired, i.e. before it was widely known to non-Japanese audiences.

The same author also wrote a spinoff that focuses on Aiz and the Loki Familia, titled Sword Oratoria, which was also adapted into a manga by Takashi Yagi. It received an anime adaptation by J.C.Staff as part of the Spring 2017 Anime lineup.

Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here for people in the following areas: note . The home video is licensed in the United States by Sentai Filmworks.


This Light Novel provides examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: All monsters have one: the magic stone at their core. One direct strike can fell any monster, although this should only be a last resort as it renders the stone worthless.
  • Accidental Pervert: Happens to Bell in Episode 11 since he's unable to keep himself balanced from his injuries, immediately plunging himself into Aiz's Marshmallow Hell. And in episode 12, Hermes purposely lures him to a spot where they could view the women bathing, then knocks him into said bath. Surprisingly, they're all OK with this once they quickly realize Hermes was to blame, and several of the women are OK with it before the realization, making no attempt to hide themselves from him.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Non-video game example. In episode 12, both Welf and Lili are shocked at the outrageous prices being charged for substandard items in the item shop on the 18th floor, such as a really beaten bag being sold for 20k vals. Unfortunately they don't have a choice but to buy it, as Bell was forced to drop almost all of their items just to make it to the 18th floor safely. And they would need said items to make it back to town.
    • This trope is actually Invoked In-Universe. The people working in safe zones such as Rivira (the town on the 18th floor) know that people will buy their items for exorbitant prices if it could save their life. So, they do. (They get around the fact that Adventurers do not carry around bags of money by creating IO Us and having them pay when they get back home.) The dungeon is a lawless place.
  • Adventurers Live Longer: Explained to Bell by Finn in Vol 8 of the light novels. The same divine blessings that allow Adventurers to grow stronger also helps slow down the aging process and the higher level the adventurer, the more pronounced the effect. Given the dangerous nature of their occupation that doesn't mean they'll necessarily enjoy their extended lifespans, but they will look younger than their actual age. Finn's diminutive stature just turns the effect up to eleven.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Episode titles of the anime are glossed with text that is completely different, but related, to the title itself. In the following, the gloss are put between parentheses.
    • Episode 1: Adventurer (Bell Cranel)
    • Episode 2: Monster Festival (Monsterphilia)
    • Episode 3: The Blade of a God (Hestia Knife)
    • Episode 4: The Weak (Supporter)
    • Episode 5: Spellbook (Grimoire)
    • Episode 6: The Reason (Liliruka Erde)
    • Episode 7: Sword Princess (Aiz Wallenstein)
    • Episode 8: Wanting to be a Hero (Argonaut)
    • Episode 9: The Blacksmith (Welf Crozzo)
    • Episode 10: Pass Parade (Procession of Monsters)
    • Episode 11: Labyrinth Utopia (Under Resort)
    • Episode 12: Evil Intentions (Show)
    • Episode 13: invokedThe Story of a Familia (Familia Myth)
  • Ambiguously Brown: Amazons are all depicted as brown skinned.
  • Annoying Arrows: Lili's wrist crossbow isn't useful for anything beyond distracting targets. Given that she just draws it with two fingers, it's justified, as it indicates that the bow is really just a glorified slingshot.
  • Anti-Grinding: Stat Grinding is generally limited by rule of diminishing returns and a soft stat cap at 999 (Bell breaks it though). This series' system of Character Levels, however, seems to limit the number of high-level character in the universe. An adventurer can't get a level up by fighting Random Encounters even if he has maxed out his stats, since a heroic feat is what's necessary for a level-up. While defeating a level Boss or, at least in Bell's case, defeating a Random Encounter that should have been too strong for him is a "heroic feat," level bosses are also Random Encounters... and they spawn once every 14 days. This explains why most adventurers would never get a level-up before retirement, and Level 2's are already considered elite in this universe.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • The adventurer that attacks Lilly in episode 6, and even goes so far as to kick her while she was down, is killed by some killer ants a few moments later.
    • The guy who screwed Lilly over by taking away her key then throwing her into a group of monsters also meets a similar end during The Stinger for episode 7 when he's killed by a minotaur who was trained by another adventurer to become an even deadlier creature.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: As a general rule the leader of a Familia is also their highest leveled (or equal highest) member. Probably justified because for most adventurers levelling up is a slow process so the highest levelled member is generally also the most senior member as well.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: In episode 8, the minotaur's skin is extremely tough, giving Bell difficultly in fighting it. However, he manages to stab its arm at one point, causing it to drop the sword it was using. Bell then uses the sword to make more cuts into it, then finally stabs it again with his knife, and casts firebolts directly into its body until it explodes.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Goliath falls onto the ceiling of the 18th floor at the end of episode 12, and attacks the adventurers in episode 13.
  • A Truce While We Gawk:
    • A brief one occurs in episode 12 when Hestia releases her goddess form. Both Bell's companions, and the hostile adventurers they were fighting, stop fighting when they see her transform. The hostile group then runs away, not wanting to provoke Hestia.
    • Another one occurs in episode thirteen, after the Goliath suffers a second devastating blow from Bell. Everyone stops fighting for a moment, and even the monsters are scared enough that they attempt to flee.
  • Badass Crew: Several Familia.
    • Members of the Loki Familia currently listed in the character sheet are all badasses. Take an example: why did Aiz happened to pass by a Mind Down-affected Bell in Book 3/Episode 5? Turns out she, Riveria, Tiona, Tione, and Fynn finished a 46-hour crawl at the 37th floor. For fun. They are at least Level 3 (Lefiya), average at Level 5, and maxes at Level 6. To note, most adventurers are Level 1.
    • While we were only told the strength of the Freya familia is on par with Loki's, we know the Ottar, the single adventurer with the highest character level, is in this Familia.
      • We get to see a bit more of their strength in Volume 7. They are FREAKISHLY strong.
    • The Ganesha Familla is noted to be on par with the Loki and Freya Famillas. Makes sense given the fact that their god is incredibly influential, and they're also a Familla of monster tamers.
  • Being Watched: Characters recognize that they are being watched several times throughout the story.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • Played straight for the more action-oriented girls, such as Aiz and Mikoto.
    • Averted with Liliruca, who is shown getting beaten up and abused repeatedly by adventurers other than Bell.
  • Betty and Veronica: Hestia and Aiz Wallenstein play these roles for Bell respectively. Hestia is the energetic and affectionate goddess of Bell's Familia, she isn't known by many mortals and Bell sees her as family more than anything. Aiz is one of the strongest members of the famous Loki Familia with an exotic, icy personality and Bell falls madly in love with her the moment he meets her.
  • BFS: Ottar gives one to a minotaur he's training in episode 7. It uses said sword against Bell in episode 8. After Bell successfully disables its arm, he grabs the minotaur's sword and uses it against the beast. One handed.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Bell gets to pull this off with Lilly, Firebolts blazing in to save her from a swarm of Killer Ants.
    • Aiz is a specialist at this, first for Bell, then Lefiya a couple times, as well as others.
    • In episode 12, Welf and several of Bell's other companions come to help him while he's dueling against a jealous adventurer who's also using an invisibility item.
  • Bit Character: Misha Frot, who appears in order to tell the Guild that the monsters have been let out during Monsterphilia, and then promptly disappears. This is however averted in the novels, where Misha is Eina's coworker and there are frequent chats between the two.
  • Blush Sticker: Appears from time to time on various characters, usually Hestia.
  • Body Horror: The Goliath boss the adventurers are forced to fight in episode thirteen suffers some devastating blows, which shears off parts of its jaw, head, and later the top half of its body. Due to its Healing Factor however, it manages to regenerate the missing parts. However, once the crystal is exposed, Bell immediately launches another assault at it, finally killing the Goliath.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Episode 7 for the most part. Bell spends a lot of time training with Aiz, and learns quite a bit from her despite all the bumps and bruises.
    • Episode 11 and the first half of 12, where Bell and his companions spend time recovering in the safety zone of the 18th floor, after barely making it there.
  • Breather Level: Level 18 is an In-Universe example, where monsters don't even spawn.
  • Bridal Carry: Bell does this to Hestia as they flee a silverback.
  • Broken Bridge: The Goliath dropping into the 18th floor also ends up cutting off the adventurers' escape route. They are therefore forced to fight the beast, as they can't clear the blocked passage until it's defeated.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Bell and Hestia's first meeting in the rain.
  • Call-Back: One to Eina's reminder to Bell all the way back in Volume One about the rules of the Dungeon, the number one being "Not to go on an adventure"note , during the fight with the Minotaur. After Bell decides he's going to take it on alone, his inner thoughts are "Today, for the first time... I'm going to have an adventure."
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: For everyone except Bell, adventuring works like this.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The potion given to Bell by Miach in the middle of Volume 2 of the novels is important in a battle latter that volume.
    • Hestia purchases some perfume in episode 12, which to Lili was an incredible waste of money while in the dungeon. Said perfume ends up helping the latter find where the former was at after she was kidnapped by some adventurers later in the episode.
    • In addition, Welf's warning that magical items in general are breakable plays a part in the battle Bell has in Episode 12, as he is able to shatter the magical helmet his opponent wears that is keeping him invisible.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Several adventurers from the Soma familia are seen doing this, such as in episode 6 when one guy waits for Lili to show up by some stairs in the dungeon. He beats her up, steals her gear, and then is subjected to this by another adventurer who then says You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • Episode 2 ends on one, with Bell locking Hestia away behind a gate to prevent the gorilla from getting to her while he attempts to lure it away.
    • Episode 10 ends with a rescue party attempting to get to Bell's group after they're cut off from escaping the dungeon. Meanwhile Bell's group attempts to go even deeper, down to the 18th floor, which is considered a safe haven, though they're all badly injured.
    • In episode 12, a gigantic monster is seen falling on top of the crystal ceiling of the 18th floor. The credits roll before anything else is shown.
    • Episode 5 of Sword Oratoria, when the boss for 38th floor appears and Aiz wants to fight him solo. She's been in emotional distress and hasn't been eating for several days.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Hestia shows shades of this. She even questions Eina, who claims her relationship with Bell is strictly business.
    (As Hestia updates Bell's status): The flames of jealously towards Aiz burned in Hestia's heart.
    • In the novels, she "shows shades" of this trope. In the anime, she takes it up to 11.
  • Clothing Damage: Aiz's breastplate is visibly damaged when she reaches the level Bell passed out at in episode 5.
  • Combat by Champion: Invoked. Hestia's submission for the lottery to see what type of War Game the Hestia and Apollo Familias would take part in was "DUEL", since this was the only way said War Game could be even remotely fair.
  • Common Tongue: The common language is called Koine.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Episode 9 is adapted from an entire volume of the novels (Volume 4).
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: A justified variant in episode 10: the best adventurers in Yamato's party are not worse than Bell's party, but having to defend the weaker party members against the Zerg Rush dilutes most of their power.
  • Conspicuous CG: There are three minotaurs near the end of episode 10 that are clearly CGI. It's almost impossible to not notice when the first two minotaurs in the series were incredibly important to the story and another (normally animated) one had been on screen not 10 seconds earlier.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Hestia has noted that many Gods and Goddesses tend to mess with mortals with special abilities for their own entertainment. Bell has become a prime example of this trope when he catches the eye of Freya.
  • Credits Running Sequence: Several characters do this in the ending.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Hermes explains this as his reasoning for letting Bell get beat up by other adventurers, as Bell doesn't know about how some adventurers aren't as as kind as he is.
  • Cry Cute: Hestia, Episode 11.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • Aiz delivers these regularly.
    • The battle with the silverback almost ends up like this, as all Bell can do is run away. But once he's given a new weapon from Hestia, the gorilla is suddenly on the receiving end of one from him.
    • Subverted initially, but then played straight in episode 8 when Bell battles a dangerous minotaur. He has trouble initially, but after Aiz shows up, he doesn't want the humiliation of being saved by her a second time, and goes one on one with the beast. Everyone present is completely shocked that he manages to defeat it, when earlier the minotaur gave an experienced group trouble while they attempted to escape from it.
    • Bell defeats a baby dragon after it chases after Lilly in episode 9. His new skill "Argonaut", allowed him to deliver a One-Hit Kill to it.
    • While traveling to the 18th floor in episode 10, Bell's party comes across 4 minotaurs. He slashes the first one apart in about 15 seconds, takes it's axe and wipes out the other three all at once with "Argonaut".
    • Zigzagged in episode 12's duel between Bell and the adventurer. The latter has an initial advantage due to an invisibility helmet, and he takes his sweet time pummeling Bell. However, a short while later Bell somehow manages to sense where the guy is, and manages to break said helmet. Bell likely would have killed or at least seriously injured the guy had Hestia not of showed up then.
  • Damsel in Distress: Hestia in episode 12, after some jealous adventurers kidnap her to lure him out and "teach him a lesson" for somehow managing to make it to the 18th floor shortly after achieving level 2. Something that took them years to achieve by comparison.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique. Dogeza.
    Hestia: It's the technique to end all techniques.
  • Date Peepers: Hestia's date (or at least, she considers it one) with Bell in episode 5/ the second novel is ruined by these, made up of several other goddesses who are curious about the man she's with. They end up spending much of the evening running and hiding, but get a nice night time view of the city.
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: Ryu warns Bell of this in episode 11. She tells him that while individual battles in the middle floors may not be that difficult, there's a lot more fights. And too many of them could lead to this trope. They quickly find out after Mikoto's group runs by Bell's group while they were already engaged in a fight with a lot of other monsters.
  • Death by Origin Story: Bell's grandfather.
    • He's not actually dead, as you would expect of a god, just "retired". Hermes has been stalking Bell on his request, although he has interests of his own.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The gods in general have a variety of differences in values from mortals. In particular, they see sex as an inherently good thing and fail to see how Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil. Ishtar points this out outright and suggests that the only reason as to why Hestia has not done the deed with Bell already is that she is a virgin goddess, and thus a case of the exception that proves the rule.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Aiz Wallenstein.
  • Delaying Action: Done in episode 13 to buy time for the mages to cast their spell against the Goliath. It doesn't work.
  • Demi Human: The main races in this universe include humans and several of these: elves, dwarfs, Amazons, beastmen, prums, gnomes...
  • Determinator: Hestia and Bell.
  • Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded. Bell's "Luck" ability is basically the author giving himself permission to pull these whenever he wants.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Ultimately, a War Game between the Hestia and Apollo Familias started because of a Bar Brawl between Bell Cranel, Welf Crozzo, and some of the higher ranking members of the latter Familia.
    • This was in the Apollo Familia's best interest: Apollo wanted to kidnap Bell, but doing so directly would be too much trouble. So, he forced the Hestia Familia into it. What's more, the fight started in the first place because said members of the Apollo Familia were bad mouthing the Hestia Familia and their Honorary True Companions... most of which were right there, and who they were aware of. It's possible Apollo arranged for the whole thing.
  • Distressed Dude: The minotaur incident, when Aiz saved Bell from being killed by a minotaur. This is hilarious as Bell initially seeks Damsel in Distress scenarios so that he could build a harem.
  • Divine Date: During Monsterphilia, Hestia drags Bell onto one.
  • Does Not Like Shoes:
    • Hestia is usually barefoot in the light novel and manga. She does appear to wear flip-flops in the anime when she is out in public.
    • Also seems to be a racial trait of Amazons.
  • Draw Aggro: In Fifth Novel (episode 10 of the anime), Yamato, facing injuries within her own parties, accidentally lures a large group of monsters onto Bell's group while attempting to run away. Since Bell and the others were already fighting several, this forces them to run away as well, and they end up even deeper in the dungeon as a result.
    • This is known as a "pass parade" and is a rather common thing in the Dungeon. In particular, a rather massive one known as the Nightmare of the Twenty-Seventh Floor is a huge cornerstone of Sword Oratoria's plot, although it happened a long time ago.
  • The Dreaded: Minotaurs appear to be some of the more powerful and dangerous creatures in the dungeon, hence why when Bell runs into one at the beginning of the show, it was considered extremely unusual to see one at the floor he was at. In episode 8, some of Aiz's companions mention that the creatures often require a coordinated attack by multiple members to defeat. Then they see Bell taking one on by himself...
    • Hilariously enough, Loki's familia is this for the monsters! When they're romping in the dungeons all of the monsters from the upper to the middle floors with at least average intelligence (including the minotaurs) run in terror at the sight of them.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: In episode 4 of the anime, Bell is going about his business when he sees an unknown woman (Liliruca) being attacked by a sword-wielding stranger. He immediately rushes in to protect her, and when the attacker asks why he got involved in someone else's dispute, he replies "because she's a girl". Later on, he provides this answer as the same justification for why he comes to save her after she betrays him, steals his weapon, and leaves him for dead amid a swarm of monsters. Even Liliruca is taken aback by this, and asks him "Will you save any woman just because she's a woman"?
    • In this case, it's because of his upbringing. His grandfather always said that a hero should always save the girl. (This is later reiterated in Volume 7, and it's also the basis of the series premise: Bell knew nothing about Aiz, but it was Love at First Sight for him and he had sworn that he would devote himself to her. Sadly he's not strong enough to rescue her... yet.)
  • Dungeon-Based Economy: The dungeon works like a coal mine. Adventurers go into the dungeon and harvest the magic stones from monsters, which are then used by the guild to produce power sources for appliances and other purposes.
    • Orario is actually the center of the world thanks to this, as the infinitely regenerating nature of the Dungeon makes magic stones, already a handy substitute for electricity, a renewable resource. Since there is only one Dungeon, Orario is therefore uncontested in the field of energy.
  • Dungeon Maintenance: As discussed in No Body Left Behind, below, in this universe the bodies of dead monsters will only disintegrate if their magic stones were removed. While removing the magic stones is not a free action, the magic stones itself are the major plunder in this universe, so adventurers have personal financial interest in keeping the dungeon clean, either by themselves or through Supporters.
  • Dungeon Crawling: A major industry in the city of Orario, and Bell's main source of income.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Welf is briefly seen arguing with a shopkeeper in episode 2 after Bell walks away from Miach's store. He doesn't join Bell's group until episode 9.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It takes quite a bit of effort on everyone's part to defeat the Goliath in episode 13.
  • Elfeminate: Elves of both sexes have the reputation to be very pretty, and Eina is conscious of this fact enough to avoid entering bars.
  • Elopement: In Volume 6, Hestia offers to run away with Bell, since they were currently on the verge of exile and Familia members and their gods are separated from each other in the case of such an event. Unfortunately the topic is dropped as the army that was chasing them had caught up,
  • Encounter Bait: In episode 6, Lilliluka drops a few of them near Bell.
  • Encounter Repellant: Lilliluka uses one in Episode 10 in addition to later volumes of the light novels. It's a bag with an incredibly foul odor, to the point that Welf actually complains about it despite it saving their life in that episode.
  • Easily Forgiven: Liliruca steals Bell's weapons, cheats him out of a fair share of their dungeon loot, and eventually leaves him for dead amid a hoard of monsters, but Bell comes to her rescue and forgives her for everything, because apparently he is incapable of having any negative emotions or thoughts about women no matter what they do to him.
  • Excalibur in the Rust: After Lilliluka tries to sell Bell's knife, she is shocked to find out that the pawnshop will only give her 30 vals for it. He tells her the blade is dull and won't cut, hence its uselessness. She then wonders how so many monsters were defeated hours earlier by said weapon. After Bell recovers it, the weapon's hieroglyphs immediately light up, causing her to realize that this weapon only works when Bell is holding it.
  • Eye Scream: Ryu and Asfi attack the Goliath's eyes with wind blasts and fire respectively in episode 13, causing it to grab his face in pain.
  • Failure Montage: Bell during his Training from Hell with Aiz in episode 7. During one session, he repeatedly gets knocked out, then makes the same exact face and scream every time since Aiz is giving him a Lap Pillow.
  • Fanservice: Hermes asks to speak to Bell privately in episode 12. He then lures the lad to a spot where they can peek on the girls while they're bathing. Bell is against it, but Hermes nudges him off the tree branch Bell was on, causing him to fall into the bath. He sees all of them naked, with some becoming incredibly embarrassed, while others, like Hestia, don't mind showing off their body to him at all.
  • Fictional Currency: The vals, roughly equal to 10 yen in purchasing power.
  • Foreshadowing: In the first episode, Hestia mentions to Bell that gods aren't allowed to use their powers in the dungeons for some reason. She apparently forgot that, as that's exactly what she does in episode 12 to save Bell from the receiving end of a one sided fight. Consequently a huge floor boss shows up in retaliation.
  • Funny Background Event: In episode 12, after Hestia asks Bell if he likes sweaty girls, Aiz, who was sitting in the background, immediately begins sniffing herself.
  • God in Human Form: The various deities in the series are living with humans and limit themselves to pretty much the same conditions humans live in, such as Hephaestus not using any holy tools to create a dagger for Hestia as a present for Bell.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After a floor boss shows up on the 18th floor along with a large group of monsters, every adventurer stuck there ends up doing their part, however little, in order to stop it. This includes the people living in the player-made town using every available resource such as weapons and armor.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In Episode 7, a tiny pink manifestation of Bell's lecherous grandfather battles a tiny blue version of Hestia to determine Bell's behavior toward a sleeping Aiz.
  • Good-Guy Bar: After dark, Familia members hang out at the Benevolent Mistress. It's a pretty nice place, generally, but adventurers are not always good and thus fights can (and do) happen.
    • There are many others, but out of the ones we've seen the Benevolent Mistress fits this the best. The narration notes that it has a modern feeling.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • A poster in the beginning Episode 8 reads:
    Belong to LOKI Familia. This time AIS WALLENSTEIN has upgrade to LV 6. And she has been fight the monster on the 37 floor on her own.
    • The translators are being kind with the Days of Goddess spinoff. Officially, it's spelt with Goddes.
    • The sign on Mamma Mia's bar in the anime reads "Hostess of Firtility", while otherwise translated as "The Benevolent Mistress".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Mord, who is infuriated at Bell's capacity at growth, prompts him to have his buddies kidnap Hestia in order to force Bell into a duel.
    • However, the result of said duel seems to give him a high regard for Bell, during his guest appearance in book 6 he's one of only two people in all of Orario (the other being Naza of Miach Familia) to bet on Bell and Hestia Familia in the War Games. He's heavily implied to have won a huge amount of money. Defeat means riches?
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Hestia engages in one with Lilliluka during episode 7, warning the latter to keep her mitts off Bell. However, Lilly doesn't back off, and attempts to show off her feminine touches and isn't afraid to challenge a goddess in this regard.
  • Healing Factor: The Goliath that attacks the 18th floor in episode 13 manages to regenerate quickly from the devastating attack launched against it by the adventurers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Implied with Mord in volume 6. He is one of the few people to bet on the Hestia Familia over the Apollo Familia. And seems legitimately pleased when they win.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing: The reason given for why the Loki Familia doesn't help Bell defeat the Minotaur (there's apparently an unspoken rule against adventurers interfering in another's battles to enforce this). Crosses over into This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself territory for Aiz and Bete.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bell tries to pull this off against the silverback so Hestia can get away. Subverted because Hestia comes back and gives him what he needs to defeat the monster.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Bell gets one at the end of episode 3, after Hestia raises his stats right in the middle of being chased by a silverback, giving him a new weapon, and telling him to believe in her and himself some more.
    • He gets another one during the second battle against the Minotaur when Aiz is about to save him again, no longer wanting to be saved all the time.
  • High-Pressure Blood: The minotaur that Aiz kills sprays its blood all over Bell after she kills it.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: In episode 9, Bell's face goes red after Hestia teases him about his new skill, "Argonaut", and telling him he's a little old to still be desiring to become a hero.
  • Hobbits: The Prum/Pallums. Originally they were called hobbits but after the manga and anime were created the name was changed to the current name to avoid trademark issues.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Welf's Will o' Wisp magic has the capability to reverse a Hellhound's attack, causing them to explode by their own magic buildup.
  • Hope Spot: One occurs in episode 13, after the adventurers unleash a powerful magic attack on the Goliath. Unfortunately it has a Healing Factor, and manages to regenerate quickly, undoing all of the damage they just did to it.
  • Hot God: Almost all of the Gods and Goddesses are very beautiful. Even the older looking ones ones like Goibniu are surprisingly ripped.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Volume 2's interlude, Cry Out, Goddess, in the Divine Bathhouse.
    • The OVA is a literal one.
  • I Lied: One of Lili's familia members promises to save her in episode 6 from the large group of ants converging on them, if she gives him everything she has. She gives him a key to her safe which contained all the money she had been saving up. He then throws her to the group of ants instead of saving her, telling her adventurers never keep their promises to supporters. However, Bell rescues her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Bell's arm gets impaled by the minotaur's horn in episode 8. He returns the favor shortly afterward, stabbing it a few times with his knife.
  • Indirect Kiss: During Monsterphilia, Hestia tries to snag one with Bell.
  • Informed Attribute: Despite being known as an "big-breasted loli" in-universe, Hestia appears to be in her mid-teens more than she appears to be a traditional "loli" character. The only characteristics that she has that put her into the loli category are her short height, her hair, and her childish nature.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Bell and Hestia. Mainly because they're quite poor.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bell receives one from Tione and Tiona, who call him Argonaut-kun, as they witnessed him battle the Minotaur where they compared him to the legend of the Argonaut, the boy who wanted to be a hero.
  • Irony: Bell's original motivation when be began as an adventurer was to gain a harem. After he gives up on that dream, a few girls become interested in him, and he wasn't even trying.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: In episode 8, Bell and Lilly notice that the current floor they're on is too quiet. The fact that there are very few adventurers, and even less monsters, makes it even uneasier for the two. Then they run into the red minotaur trained by Ottar...
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Welf says this to Bell as they struggle through the middle floors in Episode 10, as his leg is injured and Bell has to help him get around. Bell refuses to leave him behind, and even after Welf and Lili pass out, he (just barely) manages to drag them to the 18th floor.
  • Jerkass: The jealous adventures who tried to get Bell to join their group.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Averted with Lilly. She thought being tossed into a group of monsters by her own familia was her punishment for screwing Bell over by stealing some of his gear and leaving him behind to deal with dangerous monsters. She even seemed ready to accept her fate, until Bell rescues her at the last minute.
    • Played straight during The Stinger in episode 7. The last surviving member being slaughtered by a minotaur is the same guy who threw Lilly into a group of monsters in the previous episode after taking the key to her safe away.
    • Subverted with the adventurer attacking Bell in episode 11. He is nearly killed several times, but is saved due to Bell's insistence that they protect all the adventurers.
  • Killer Rabbit: Literal ones in episode 10. Ax-wielding killer rabbits, at that. Both Welf and Lilly initially joke that "Bell is attacking them", due to his albinism.
    • In Volume 6, the vorpal rabbits are brought up again, namely by Hyacinthus, who once again compares Bell to the monsters.
  • Killing Intent: Similarly to how characters can identify that they are Being Watched, they can also sense killing intent.
  • Lap Pillow:
    • Aiz does this for Bell after she finds him fainted from overusing his new spell in episode 5. When he comes to, he initially mistakes her for his mother. Then when he realizes who it is, he screams and runs away again, but does it by rolling away really fast in a hilarious fashion.
    • Aiz again in episode 7 while training him and repeatedly knocking him out accidentally. He hilariously makes the same face and scream each time it happens during one session.
  • Level Grinding: Adventurers get stronger and level up by beating monsters in dungeons once their status is updated by a God.
  • Long Title: Like many modern light novels.
  • Lottery of Doom: In the sixth volume, a War Game is about to be waged by the Hestia and Apollo Familias. The Gods end up placing ballots to see what type of "game" would be played. Unfortunately, the result was "CASTLE SIEGE", the worst possible thing since the Hestia Familia did not have the strength to storm through a castle, nor defend it.
  • Love Confession: Hestia gives one to Bell at the end of Volume One/episode 3 of the anime. It seems to have gone completely over his head that it's romantic love.
    • She gives another one in Volume 6. This time, Hestia also asks him if he loves her, and if he does, then how. Ultimately, Bell did not have enough time to figure out what she meant, nor the time that was needed to answer, as they were currently being chased by an army of adventurers.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Subverted in episode 8. After Bell defeats the minotaur, it explodes, but doesn't cover him in blood and guts. And whatever was left of its body disintegrates and vaporizes.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Demeter does this to Bell, shoving him into her "overwhelming chest canyon".
  • The Maze: One sits right underneath the city of Orario, called the Dungeon.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade:
    • Bell learns a spell, "Firebolt" in episode 5. It comes in very handy during later dungeon diving adventures, particularly when he levels up.
    • Bell receives another knife courtesy of Welf in episode 9, partly because he grouped with him, and partly because Bell didn't treat him any differently after finding out that he is able to make magic weapons, unlike other adventurers before him who instantly demanded magic weapons once they found out.
  • Moment Killer: In Volume 6, Hestia asks Bell to run away with her, since Hestia was on the verge of exile and Hestia loved Bell too much to break up with him. Before Hestia can finish explaining exactly how she loves Bell and ask whether or not he loves her back, the army that was chasing them catches up to them and Hestia is forced to abandon the topic for now.
  • Mood Whiplash: The upbeat Ending theme for the show is quite out of place when the episode ends on some rather heavy moments from time to time.
    • Episode 11 begins with Bell struggling to get to the eighteenth floor, with Lilly and Welf knocked out from exhaustion, followed by a close encounter with the Goliath that Bell got extremely lucky with its spawn time... and then about five minutes later, Bell has both Tiona and Tione gushing about the battle they saw, leaping headfirst into comedy.
  • Mook Horror Show:
    • The small group of monsters that attacks Bell in episode 7. He and Lilly are able to defeat many of them to the point that they start backing away from him. Even when another group of larger monsters show up a moment later, he charges them anyway.
    • Bell faces off against similar creatures again in episode 9. Thanks to his new level and a Training from Hell session with Aiz, he notices that they move rather slow. But then he corrects himself, and notices that it's because he's much faster now. He slays several of them again, and even kills a monster that Lilly and Welf were unaware was about to attack them.
  • Morton's Fork: Two show up in episode 10:
    • Yamato's group is forced with this. They could attempt to stand their ground and fight the pursuing monsters, but many of her companions are wounded and in no condition to fight. She ultimately chooses to run past Bell's group, who was already fighting monsters, which also meant the monsters would then turn their attention onto the latter group.
    • After Yamato makes her choice, Bell is forced to make a similar decision after they get stuck trying to find a way back up. Lilly suggests going down even further, to the 18th floor, where monsters don't spawn, and then ask a passing group of higher level adventurers for an escort back up. Though Bell would rather get out of the dungeon as fast as possible, all of them are injured and exhausted, so he makes the decision to go down there.
  • Never Trust a Title: The question of "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" is never answered in the anime, or even really brought up. In the light novels, the justification is that Bell Cranel became an adventurer to pick up girls... which was a terrible idea, but he ended up finding romance as an adventurer anyway. Thus it was not wrong after all. The title is actually a Pun that was made in the prologue, released while the series was still called "Familia Myth" and published online. "Familia Myth" is not too marketable, so the series was re-titled, and the pun became a Title Drop. Unfortunately the joke was Lost in Translation.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • The book that Syr loans Bell in episode 5 allows him to use a spell, something he wasn't able to do before. Unfortunately Hestia finds out it's a grimoire, meaning it can only be read once, after which the pages become blank. Hestia tells him it's expensive to replace, and attempts to pull some strings to get it restored. But Bell decides to own up to the mistake instead, and apologize for using it up.
    • Hestia unleashes her divinity in episode 12 in an attempt to stop a mostly one-sided fight with an adventurer beating on Bell. Unfortunately, as described in the Headscratchers page, doing this causes the dungeon to reciprocate something equal to what was done. In this case, a floor boss spawns and attacks the supposedly "safe haven" on the 18th floor. And since Aiz and most of the stronger adventurers had already left, with the entrance and exit cut off, they had to defeat it with a smaller and weaker overall group of adventurers, including ones still recovering such as Bell.
  • No Body Left Behind: The Anime and Light Novel/Manga differ on this, in the Anime a monster dissolves as soon as it is killed, but in the LN and Manga the bodies of monsters don't dissolve until their crystal is removed. The anime changing this leaves a slight Plot Hole because the reason Lilly and Bell are able to make so much more money working together is that Lilly carves up the bodies while Bell focuses on fighting, meaning he doesn't have to waste time carving them himself. Ironically though the anime does show a scene where Bell defeats a monster just by destroying it's crystal.
  • No One Gets Left Behind:
    • Despite his injuries and the fact it would be easier, Bell refuses to abandon Welf and Lilly on their way down to the 18th floor—even if he's the only one who's even conscious.
    • Bell essentially does this for all of the adventurers stuck on the 18th floor when the Goliath attacks. Even for the group that lured him into a trap in episode 12.
  • No-Sell:
    • The silverback's fur is strong enough to leave Bell's knife completely useless, even if he puts all his strength into his attack.
    • The minotaur Bell fights in episode 8 has tough skin as well, requiring him to use a lot of effort to even pierce it. He has an easier time of it once he manages to stab the creature's arm, then using its sword against it.
    • Subverted in episode 13. The Goliath sustains visible damage, but due to its Healing Factor it recovers fairly quickly, to the point that it looks like they didn't hurt the creature at all. Several characters also attempt to use special attacks against it, but at best it just delays the monster a few moments.
  • Non-Player Companion: The Supporters are this universe's equivalent of this type.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Hermes says he's going to join Asfi in the Bell rescue party in episode 10. Asfi says it's supposed to be forbidden for a god to enter the dungeon. He claims as long as no one finds out, it should be fine. Hestia immediately also uses this and says she's going to join them as well, wanting to personally rescue Bell. It bites them in the ass when the dungeon notices the pair of deities and sends the Goliath to kill them.
  • Not So Different: Bell admits to this when dealing with Yamato's group, saying that if Welf and Lilly's lives were on the line, he would have left the monsters for the other group, just as Yamato's group had done.
  • One-Hit Kill: Other than adventurers killing random Mooks, Bell does one in episode 9, to a baby dragon, thanks to his new skill "Argonaut".
  • Orphaned Etymology: The word "Spartan" is used to describe Eina's style of teaching.
    • Whenever a piece of Orphaned Etymology pops up In-Universe, it's almost always noted that the gods introduced the word and concept to Gekai. Among other things, this is where all the anime fanspeak comes from.
  • Outlaw Town: Dungeon towns (which are notably not what the wiki defines them as: they are towns INSIDE a dungeon, not towns that ARE a dungeon) are described as roughly equivalent to outlaw towns, since the Guild has no power there.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Averted. Bell tumbles into a hot spring where several of the women are bathing, but Aiz is the only one who's even slightly embarrassed, and the only one who gets upset is Hestia, who wishes he had done this when she was alone. Subverted by Lyu, who attacks him, but stops when she realizes he isn't an enemy. They do punish Hermes, who was intentionally peeping and dragged the oblivious Bell along with him.
    • While most of the girls let Bell off since they acknowledge Hermes as the one responsible, Lefiya on the other hand is intent on introducing her staff into his face and chases him.
  • Plunder: For the most part the plunder in this universe are the magic crystals dropped from slain monsters; adventurers would them exchange them to vals. Orario seems to use them as an energy source.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Mind Down, which happens when adventurers overuse magic. It mostly afflicts adventurers who have just recently obtained a magic ability and don't yet know their own limitations, or to adventurers in a desperate situation where they're likely to die anyway if they don't push their limits.
  • Pun-Based Title: The Japanese titlenote  is a pun on the old school D&D concept of random encounters. Yen Press's synopsis for the manga also noted this point:
    [Bell]’s got big dreams but not much more when a roll on the random encounter die brings him face-to-face with the girl of his dreams–but what’s a beginning adventurer have to offer a brilliant swordswoman?
    • "Magic even a goblin can understand" is a play on the common Japanese naming style for guidebooks (the English equivalent would be "Magic for Goblins" as a play on "for Dummies" guides)
  • Random Drop: Slain monsters drop magic crystals, but every now and then they drop something else.
  • Random Encounters:
    • The title is a reference to this trope.
    • It has been noted that the usual monsters are not the only random encounters. Floor bosses are also examples. As a result level-ups are rare, as they depend on heroic feats such as defeating bosses.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Goliath survives quite a bit of damage inflicted by the adventurers in episode 13, including having half of its head blown off by one of Bell's attacks.
  • Reality Ensues: The novel opens with this—it started with Bell's harem seeking fantasies, then moving to the minotaur incident as Bell found himself utterly stupid to think about this in the first place—he hasn't seen a single woman in two weeks' Dungeon Crawling and he's going to be killed by a minotaur.
  • Red Baron: Every time an Earthling gets a level-up, the Gods will make up epithets for them. Some of these epithets are normal, such as Bell's "Little Rookie" for Level 2, but some of them can get downright Chuunibyou (in readers' eyes) or involve otaku jargon (such as Aiz's "the Gods' Wife" for Level 6—"wife," in here, refers to Perverse Sexual Lust.)
  • Rescue Arc: Begins in episode 10, after Bell's party is cut off from escape while exploring the middle floors due to the more aggressive than usual nature of the monsters.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ryu went on one when her Familia was killed by a rival, resulting in her being blacklisted from the Guild.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: The universe is based on Western RPG mechanics, except there's no gaming involved. Adventurers literally have their stats tattooed on their backs, and the gods use magic to routinely update the tattoos as they get stronger.
  • Rubber Face:
    • Loki does this to Hestia in episode 2 after being mocked about her small chest.
    • Bell gets subjected to this by Hestia in Episode 11.
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: The Greek goddess Hestia is one of the protagonists, depicted as a young girl with Girlish Pigtails and a blue ribbon who wants to get into a relationship instead of becoming an older virgin goddess with a head veil. Other gods include Loki (who has an excuse in the original myths), and Hephaestus (In the original myths Hephaestus was crippled, elderly and male). Freya, Hermes, Take-Mikazuchi, and Ishtar also appear, but are more accurate to the source myths.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: This series is generally quite liberal when it comes to myth. Special mention must go to the frequent allusions to Jason and the Argonauts within the series: there's nothing indicating that the Dungeon Oratoria is not mostly composed of real world myths, yet it's stated that the protagonist of the story fought a bull monster, which Theseus was actually responsible for. There are also a few mythological characters that are not gods who exist in the present day: namely Cassandra, Daphne and Asterius. Interestingly, these mostly show up as members of other Familia, often associated with the God from their own myth. ie Cassandra, Princess of Troy, was both given her power of prophecy by Apollo, and later cursed by him never to be believed. This Cassandra has the same issue - no one ever believes her prophecies until it's too late (Luckily for Bell and co.) Daphne was a nymph literally pursued by Apollo - she only escaped him by turning into a Laurel tree. Here they are both members of Apollo Familia; Daphne, at least, gives Bell her condolences when she informs him he's been targeted for recruitment into Apollo Familia (whether he wants it or not), implying her backstory bears some resemblance to the original myth.
  • Shipper on Deck: Several for various ships. Ryu ships Bell/Syr, Aisha ships Bell/Haruhime, Hermes seems to ship Bell/Hestia (or possibly Bell/Everyone given he knows who Bell's adoptive grandfather is). The main ships without in universe support are Bell/Lilly and Bell/Aiz. In the case of Bell/Aiz it seems to be everyone who's aware of it seems to want one of the parties involved for themselves.
    • A confrontation on the street between Aisha and Ryu almost causes a very literal case of Ship-to-Ship Combat in Volume 9
  • Ship Tease: Plenty of it.
    • One example is how Aiz constantly always seems to regret/almost reach out to Bell whenever he runs away from her.
    • In Episode 12 after Hestia buys perfume she proceeds to justify it to Lili by asking Bell to tell everyone that he doesn't like girls who smell like sweat. In the background Aiz is pulling at her shirt and sniffing herself to make she doesn't smell.
    • Pretty much every time that someone casually mentions Bell is in trouble near Aiz she immediately drops whatever she was doing and runs off to save him.
    • Ryu seems to subtly encourage one between Bell and Syr, going so far as to tell him to thank the latter after they recover his missing knife, and seeing Syr getting a little jealous at Bell thanking her instead.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The dungeons have some killer rabbits.
    • A subtle one in the English translation during Hestia and Loki's catfight to Yu-Gi-Oh!, where someone bets all of their star chips as a nod to Duelist Kingdom.
    • In episode 1, the very first scene before the title card positions Bell and Aiz in a duplication of the famous scene from Fate/stay night (as featured on its page image).
    • When Ryuu shows Bell the grave of her ex-counterparts, a BFS that looks suspiciously like the Dragon Slayer from Berserk is stuck in the ground.
    • The book Freya took out at the end of episode 4 is titled Modern Magic Even the Goblin Know.
    • In episode 9, Bell shouts "Burning Fighting Fighter!" when thinking about possible titles he could acquire.
      • While in the Light Novels, that name is already taken.
    • In episode 12, the pose that Aiz takes when Bell spots her in the bath is the same one as that taken by Venus in the painting The Birth of Venus.
  • Sidequest: Referred to simply as quests, since This Is Reality and there is no "main" story. Like in video games, they're posted on the Guild bulletin board. Sometimes specific Familias are requested, often behind the Guild's back.
    • In the beginning or Sword Oratoria, Fynn mentioned while the Loki Familia intended to perform an expedition towards 59th Floor, they would also need to perform a quest requested by Dian Cecht's familia to obtain water from Cadmus' Spring on 51st Floor on the way.
    • A character named Fels plays with this somewhat: he asks Aiz to complete a quest, seemingly behind the Guild's back. Aiz immediately reocgnizes that this is the same questgiver who nearly got Lulune killed, but does not retaliate as Aiz's intuition tells her that Fels can be trusted. This "sidequest" ends up beecoming the "main" quest for several episodes of Sword Oratoria and at least one volume of the light novels.
  • Skill Scores and Perks: The stats system used in this work is generally this way, where ability scores were obtained through life experiences (e.g. Stat Grinding during Dungeon Crawling) while "skills" are more associated with the adventurer's specificsnote . Character levels are a completely different story and hence are very difficult to obtain.
  • Sneeze Cut: Hestia mocks Aiz twice during the OVA, since she is jealous of her. Both times, we cut to Aiz sneezing. There's also a Sneeze Cut in a later volume of the light novels, after Freya suggests asking for information from Hermes, implying that he has betrayed them......Again, since he had just done this in Volume 7.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The farther down in the dungeon you go, the tougher the monsters get. Rumors of any deviation from this pattern are taken very seriously.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Let us put it this way: between Crunchyroll and Yen Press, there are few agreements on the names of characters. The few exceptions are Aiz Wallenstein and Eina Tulle. If we put Sentai Filmworks into question... it's hard to find a name that the three companies would spell exactly the same; for starters Sentai prefers Ais (also used in on-screen text in the anime).
    • There is also Syr and Seal Flover.
  • Stat Grinding: In the mechanics of this universe, Earthlings' ability scores are increased by repeated use.
  • Statistically Speaking: Nobody ever, say, runs across town at 200 mph just because they're level 4 and they're late.
  • Stat-O-Vision: The character's stats can be seen by their respective god/goddess when they update their status, such as when Hestia does it for Bell. This can then be recorded on a piece of paper for the adventurer to see, as their blessing is imprinted on his/her back. The novels state it's in some kind of hieroglyphics that only the Gods know (though Eina has a smattering of it, enough to read basic stat levels).
  • The Stinger:
    • At the end of episode 3, we find out what Hephaestus wanted as payment for creating the knife for Hestia. Hestia is forced to wear a maid outfit for her, who seems to enjoy looking at the poor goddess in it, while working behind the counter at the most expensive level of Hephaestus Familia's store. Bell sees her in this outfit in episode 4 while visiting Hephaestus's store.
    • After the credits in episode 4, an exhausted Hestia walks down a road. She then sees Bell, and is initially happy. Then her mood becomes sour when she sees him holding Lilliluka's hand.
    • In episode 6, Aiz complains she still wasn't able to apologize to Bell for the minotaur incident. She then spots the green protector he dropped.
    • In episode 7, we find out about the results of the Training from Hell a minotaur received from an adventurer as it slaughters a group of adventurers. One of those members includes the Jerk Ass who tossed Lilly into a group of monsters after stealing the key to her safe from the previous episode.
    • After episode 9's credits, Lilly tells Bell and Welf a little bit about floor 13, where the monsters start to get tougher and used more ranged attacks. Bell gets excited about the adventure they're about to embark on.
    • Episode 8 of Sword Oratoria has Lefiya and the amazoness sisters searching a library for a book on Aria.
  • Spin-Off:
    • Sword Oratoria focuses on Aiz and the Loki Familia, the story progressing mostly parallel to the events of the main series.
    • Days of Goddess, a yonkoma concentrating on Hestia.
  • Storming the Castle: War Games can be done in this style. The War Game between the Hestia and Apollo Familias is done in this way.
  • Super-Deformed: The characters in the ending are drawn this way.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The silverback that chases after Bell and Hestia in the latter part of episode 2 and much of episode 3. It seems a bit too interested in pursuing them, forcing Bell to take it down.
    • This is because Freya enchanted it to go after Hestia.
  • Superpower Lottery: Compared to any other adventurer of comparable experience, Bell may as well be Superman. Downplayed somewhat by having Bell hang out with much, much more experienced adventurers, and having him narrowly survive monster encounters suited for adventurers of a higher level.
  • Supporting Harem: The plot depends on Bell's relationship with Aiz. Bell's dream is to become a hero. This would be impossible if it were not for his Skill, Realis Phrase, which speeds up his growth at a rate equivalent to his desire. Bell would likely love anyone that he ends up with, but the reason as to why it is accelerated at such an absurd rate is likely because he needs to grow at such a rate in order to catch up to Aiz. If he were to develop a relationship with say, Hestia, the series would be over.
  • Tired of Running:
    • After getting his ass kicked by the Minotaur trained by Ottar, Aiz comes to bail Bell out again. Bell, not wanting to again be humiliated by having to be saved again, decides it's time to stop letting people bail him out, cut loose, and go on an adventure. He then proceeds to utterly wreck the Minotaur alone.
    Bell: If I don't reach higher here... When am I ever going to do it?
    Bell reaches out and pulls Aiz from behind, then gets in front of her.
    Bell: "I can't... I can't let Aiz Wallenstein save me again!"
    • Hestia does this in Volume 6, after getting openly attacked by Apollo's entire familia up and down the city, and getting her church blown up! she marches into his headquarters and challenges him to a War Game.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: There's a total of 4 terms as of May 2014 that Yen Press doesn't feel like translating. These term are Tenkainote , Gakainote , Kenkinote , and Senki.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Around one month after he met the first Minotaur, Bell fought another one - solo - and WON. Extra difficult since said Minotaur was trained by Ottar, a rather powerful adventurer from Freya's familia.
  • The Tower: The Tower of Babel in the middle of Orario, which acts as a "seal" to prevent the Dungeon from intruding into the earth. The Guild uses the lower level as public facilities (including a shower room for adventurers), then this universe's equivalent of a shopping mall up to level 20, and anywhere above that are homes for the gods—if they can pay for the rent.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Magical weapons. Although they can save an Adventurer's life sometimes, they are expensive Breakable Weapons. Welf refuses to make them for this very reason, believing that they are Awesome, but Impractical. It's arguable whether this is a good idea though (his weapons are twice as powerful as the spell they're based off of, and it's unlikely that Bell, his main customer and best friend, would actually misuse them.)
    • At least until Volume 6, when he makes two magic swords for the War Game, and Lyu uses them to basically curb stomp a third of Apollo's troops and shatter the castle walls.
  • Tranquil Fury / Heroic Safe Mode: After Bete mocks Bell and nearly breaks him, Bell, consumed by emotion, runs into the dungeon down to the lower sixth without any form of armor. He survives, due to a combination of rage, adrenaline, and quick thinking that keep him going when otherwise he would have died or retreated a long time ago.
  • Training from Hell: Two examples in episode 7:
    • Bell receives some training from Aiz to help him master fighting techniques as well as being more aware of his surroundings. With a little support from Lilliluka, he's able to defeat a fairly sizeable group of monsters, and a group of stronger ones that show up shortly afterwards.
    • A minotaur receives some from a Ottar, a badass adventurer, who is unable to hurt the latter at all. It also pays off for it as it kills some adventurers during The Stinger who also happened to be the guy who tossed Lilliluka into a group of monsters from the previous episode.
  • Unusable Enemy Equipment:
    • Hestia Knife is a positive variant. Hestia pulls some strings and gets Bell a very powerful short sword weapon, which was made using her blood and inscribed with the hieroglyphs of her blessing, and so loses most of the attributes that makes it valuable when used by anyone not in her Familia.
    • Averted in the case of the Minotaur from Episode 8. Bell immediately makes good use of its BFS as soon as he's disarmed it.
  • Unwanted Harem: By the end of Volume One, Bell is being pursued (whether he knows it or not) by Hestia Freya, Eina and Syr.
  • Upgrade Artifact: The grimoire that gives Bell his magic.
  • Utility Party Member: Supporter Class is this. They primarily act as Human Pack Mules but most supporters with a Falna are also capable of healing or damage dealing, albeit not necessarily well. So they are sometimes looked down by other adventurers for their non-combat roles. Liliruca is one example who can also deal damage. Her crossbow doesn't do much.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Or more precisely Villain Can't Level Grind Enough. The are adventurers and Familia operating outside Orario, hunting down monsters that escaped the dungeon in ancient times and started to breed. But because the monsters are on average weaker and rarer its a lot harder for these groups to level up. This is a problem for Ares Familia who's elites are Level 3 and a handful of Level 4s. This means despite their numerical advantage they are no match whatsoever for the upper tier adventurers of Loki and Freya Familias. This has not stopped them from trying to invade Orario several times. And getting their asses kicked every time.
  • War for Fun and Profit: War Games. They're basically a way for the gods to settle disputes in a way that is entertaining and does not involve too much bloodshed. They are quite the public spectacle. (It's at this point it becomes obvious that Divine Mirrors are basically televisions.) It's unclear as to exactly what the rules are, but they seem to vary from event to event.
  • Weapon Tombstone: The grave for Ryu's old party is ringed with their weapons.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 6, which reveals more of Lilliluka's backstory. Despite trying to screw Bell over, he still ends up saving her after her own familia leaves her for dead.
    • In episode 10, Bell's party gets trapped in the middle floors of the dungeon after the monsters in that area seem a bit too aggressive and utilize a Zerg Rush on them. Lilly suggests they go deeper into the dungeon, to the 18th floor, which is considered a safe zone, and ask a higher level group to escort them back up.
    • The second half of Episode 12, where after roughly and episode-and-a-half of comedic hijinks, Ryu reveals her backstory and subsequent blacklisting from the Guild, Hestia gets kidnapped, Bell gets beaten up and fights a jealous adventurer, and ends with a cliffhanger of a massive monster falling from the crystal ceiling of the "haven" of Floor 18.
  • Wham Line:
    Hermes: Zeus! Your grandson!
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Interestingly, Lilliluka does this towards Bell in episode 6 after he saves her from a large group of enemies after she was left for dead by some of her familia. She chastises him for saving her when she constantly screwed him over by taking more money from him while working as his supporter.
    • Yamato's group accidentally lures a large group of monsters onto Bell's group while attempting to run away in episode 10. Since Bell and the others were already fighting several, this forces them to run away as well, and they end up even deeper in the dungeon as a result.
  • Work Off the Debt: Hestia is not actually able to pay for the knife she gives Bell, so she ends up working in the Hephaistos Familia's shop for a while.
  • World of Badass: Several characters, including the monster tamers from Ganesha Familia, who don't defeat the monsters, but by sheer intimidation, make monsters listen to them. Also, being badass is a requirement for some of the more famous Familia. Most of the adventurers we see are powerful in some way, even the Level 1 Supporters. Lilliluka Erde is a Humanshifter and Master of Disguise thanks to her spell, Cinder Ella. Haruhime can Level Up Adventurers using Uchide no Kozuchi, turning even a rookie into an elite.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Freya, the Love Goddess.
  • Yandere: Freya towards Bell.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Bell is this for Ryu.
    Ryu: You are a human worthy of my respect.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: White hair, crimson hair, light blue hair...
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Used twice in episode 6:
    • Lilliluka tries this on Bell in episode 6, by bringing him to the tenth floor, and baiting a large group of monsters to attack him while she escaped with some of his gear.
    • Lilly herself is subjected to this shortly afterwards, getting kicked around by an adventurer, and then is tossed into a group of monsters after her familia decides she wasn't worth keeping around.
  • Yonkoma: The Days of Goddess spinoff.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Hestia unleashes her goddess form in episode 12 after she gets seriously pissed off at some adventurers who kidnapped her, then lured Bell into a fight. Every single one of them immediately stop attacking, and the hostile adventurers run away as she approaches Bell.
  • Zerg Rush: Several of the monsters in the middle floors do this to adventurers in episode 10. Unfortunately Bell's group is down there when this happens...

Alternative Title(s): Dungeon Ni Deai O Motomeru No Wa Machigatteiru No Darou Ka, Dan Machi, Sword Oratoria

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