Light Novel / Lord Marksman And Vanadis
aka: Madan No Ou To Vanadis
"Until the farthest reaches of the skies are calm, turn your wailing anger to strength, and become a silver flash of wind."

Elen: Throw down your bow. You may call me Eleonora Viltaria. Your turn.
Tigre: Lord Tigrevurmud Vorn.
Elen: Very well. From this day forward, you are now my property.

Lord Marksman and Vanadis, also known as Madan no Ou to Vanadis in Japanese, is a Light Novel written by Tsukasa Kawaguchi with illustrations by Yoshi☆Wo, Nobuhiko Yanai and Hinata Katagiri, and currently published by Kadokawa's MF Bunko J label.

The story centers on Tigrevurmud Vorn, the young Count of the European town of Alsace and an archer, and Eleonora Viltaria, a noblewoman and swordswoman of the neighboring country of Zhcted called a Vanadis.

In the first saga (Volumes 1-5), Tigre is captured by Elen after Brune's Civil War has begun. Accompanied by his maid, Titta, Tigre helps Elen stop Brune's Civil War and even repels an invasion by the kingdom of Muozinel. On Tigre's five-volume long Hero's Journey, Tigre meets characters such as fellow Vanadis Ludmila Lourie.

The second saga (Volumes 7-10) opens six months after Brune's civil war. The kingdom of Asvarre is experiencing its own civil war due to a dispute between Princes Elliott and Germaine over who should rule the country. After helping Asvarre end its civil with the help of nobleman Tallard Graham, Tigre meets up with Elizaveta Fomina, the Vanadis of Lebus, after losing his memory. He learns about her history with Baba Yaga, who corrupted her in the past, and helps end a dispute between King Viktor's heirs. He also meets Alexandra Alshavin, a powerful Vanadis who has a debilitating illness.

The third saga (Volumes 11+) begins one year after Volume 10, and depicts Melisande's attempt to start an insurgency, Muozinel's second invasion of Brune and Valentina Glinka Estes, the Vanadis of Osterode, beginning Zhcted's civil war after Viktor's death. Along the way, Tigre crosses paths with Figneria Alshavin, the newly appointed Vanadis of Sasha's homeland Legnica.

A manga adaptation by Yanai Nobuhiko is currently undergoing serialization, and a 13-episode anime adaptation of the first 5 volumes produced by Creator/Satelight and directed by Tatsuo Sato aired during the October 2014 fall season. FUNimation simulcasted the series as it aired, and later released it on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2016.

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     Tropes A to D 
  • A-Cup Angst: While Ludmila's actually decently endowed, she feels this whenever Elen taunts her about her chest.
  • Absurdly Sharp Sword: Arifal can cut through shields, helms, and armor like paper.
  • Accidental Pervert: Tigre's hands seem magnetically attracted to women's chests.
  • Action Girl: Any of the seven Vanadis and Limalisha make the most of it.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime is based on the first five volumes of the light novel, only condensed and with some characters (such as Greast and Vodyanoy) removed.
  • Adapted Out: Aram, Vodyanoy and Greast are a prominent characters in the series, but they don't appear in the anime due to it being an Adaptation Distillation.
  • Adipose Rex: Prince Germaine of Asvarre.
  • All for Nothing: Melisande plots to avenge the death of her husband and son by attempting to kill Tigre. When she confronts Regin, they don’t see eye to eye. In the end, she gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by the fake Durandal, has killed a lot of citizens, and ultimately caused her own death. She had lost her family, her friends and everything else she has risked her life for.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: This happens to Tigre from Volume 8 to Volume 10 as he lives in Lebus as the youth Urs under Liza's service. He grows to care for her and his life in Lebus, and even as his memories as Tigre begin to resurface he remains uncertain if he wants to regain his old identity.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Tigre from the end of Volume 7 to the conclusion of Volume 10.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Several soldiers from all sides frequently lose limbs
  • Ancestral Weapon: The black bow of the Vorn family.
  • Anyone Can Die: Several characters get killed off over the course of the series, most notably:
    • First saga: Prince Zion Thenardier, Donalbein, the Serrash assassins, Roland, Kasim, Steid, Bertrand, Duke Felix Aaron Thenardier, and King Faron.
    • Second saga: Princes Elliot and Germaine, Hamish, Torbalan, Alexandra Alshavin, Baba Yaga, and Orgelt Kazakov.
    • Third saga: Hans von Klugel, Melisande Thenardier, Armand, Auguste, Charon Anquetil Greast, the Muozinel King, Drekavac, Ilda Kurtis, and King Viktor.
  • Art Evolution: After the first 4 Volumes, the Light Novel artist, Yoshi☆Wo, fell ill, and Volume 5's pictures end up being done by the manga author, Nobuhiko Yanai. However, backlash towards Yanai's manga-style artwork led the manga artist away, and left Volume 6 with no pictures. The original Light Novel artist then returned for Volumes 7 and 8, but decided to leave for other work. This led to the hiring of Hinata Katagiri, who has been working on the illustrations since Volume 9.
  • The Archer: Tigre's a preternaturally skilled archer. Unfortunately, he's hopeless with anything other than a bow and arrow.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Zaien sees absolutely nothing wrong with killing and pillaging commoners.
  • Arrow Catch: Tigre nonchalantly catches an arrow aimed at Titta's head then fires it back. Still hurts him though.
  • Assassin Outclassin': In the first volume, an assassin with an arbalest tried to kill Elen; his attempt fails due to Arifal's wind barrier and his escape fails when Tigre nails him in the foot.
    • In the second volume, Thenardier sends an assassin group called the Serrash to kill Tigre. Their first attack gets six of them killed, with Tigre killing the first, Lim killing the second (while being poisoned in the process), and Mila killing four. The survivor appears later, targeting the two Vanadis after they've exhausted themselves fighting each other. Tigre shoots him in the nick of time.
  • Ass Shove: Tigre snipes Ilda's horse in the ass in volume 8 to keep him from escaping.
  • Attempted Rape:
    • Zion does this to Titta after he enters Tigre's mansion in volume 1.
    • In volume 15, Elen goes through one when Greast learns that Tigre is going to rescue her.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Vanadis of Zhcted and the noblemen of Brune lead their forces whenever their principalities are forced to fight.
  • Badass Army: The Silver Meteor Army and the Navarre Knights stand out the most.
  • Badass Grandpa: Bertrand, Hugues and Mashas on one side, Ganelon and Thenardier on the other.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Every Vanadis, along with Limalisha, exhibits this trope with their standard clothing.
  • Bee Bee Gun: Ganelon uses this to kill Roland, who had been trapped in a windowless room.
  • Big Bad: One per saga.
  • Big Damn Heroes: There are several examples throughout the series, which notably include Tigre and Elen rescuing Titta from Zion's clutches, Mashas and his allies helping Tigre put a stop to Muozinel's invasion of Agnes and Tigre and Mila rescuing Elen from being raped by Ganelon.
  • Big Good: King Faron and Queen Regin of Brune and King Viktor of Zhcted.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Anyone who speaks German will know that Mila's attack "Eisberg" translates to "Iceberg".
    • The writings on Brune documents are in French, given that Brune is based on France.
  • Bittersweet Ending: A staple that occurs for each saga.
    • First saga: Mila pulls a Heel–Face Turn and becomes Tigre's ally, Muozinel's invasion of Brune has been repelled, Agnes now belongs to Brune again, Thenardier and his son are dead and their armies scattered or defeated, Regin becomes Queen of Brune, Tigre is hailed as a hero, and Zhcted and Brune are now allies. But Ganelon and Greast have escaped and teamed up with Tina, and Roland and Faron are dead.
    • Second saga: Asvarre ends its civil war, Elliot, Germaine, Baba Yaga, Torbalan and Orgelt Kazakov are all dead, Elliot's pirates have been scattered or defeated, Guinevere becomes Queen of Asvarre, Tigre regains his memories, and Liza and Elen have reconciled. However... Ganelon and Tina are still out there, Melisande begins to make her move, Liza is injured, Sasha is dead, and Damad tells Tigre that they will meet again as enemies.
    • Third saga: Thus far, the good news is that Sachstein's invasion of Brune has been thwarted, Melisande and Greast are dead and her supporters are either arrested or killed, Tigre finally professes his love for Elen and Titta, Kureys is defeated and his brother is dead, Nemetacum belongs to Brune again, Ruslan regains his sanity and Drekavac is dead. The bad news is that Durandal has been stolen, Sachstein goes to war with Asvarre, Viktor and Auguste are dead, Regin becomes the last living descendant of King Charles, Greast's Attempted Rape on Elen has taken a temporary toll on her sanity, Ganelon plans to resurrect Tir Na Va to absorb her powers, Gaspar is injured, the demons have started to make their move, and Tina begins her plans to become Queen of Zhcted and starts Zhcted's own civil war.
  • Black Knight: Roland wears a black armor with a black BFS named Durandal.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Volume 11 ends with the Moonlight Knights losing against Greast's army in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Lim serves as Elen's bodyguard.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Boy shoots arrow at girl, girl makes him into a war prisoner. Together they fight a civil war.
  • Break the Cutie: In Volume 13, Elen goes through Greast's Cold-Blooded Torture and his Attempted Rape. She gets better by the end of the volume.
  • Broken Bird: It summarizes Liza's early life.
  • The Cameo: In the anime, Sora Amamiya voices a resident of Agnes who thanks Tigre for rescuing her and the remaining slaves.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Averted. But only because none of the Vanadis BOTHER with armor for their battlewear, preferring normal clothing instead. Lim wears proper armor in the novels, though.
  • The Chessmaster: There are several characters that are these, most notably Tina and Ganelon.
  • Chick Magnet: Tigre. Rarely a focus, since romance takes a backseat to the wars.
  • Civil War:
    • The first five volumes of the series are focused on the civil war in Brune between Thenardier and Ganelon.
    • Asvarre has its own civil war between Germaine and Eliot, after the former murders his siblings. Volume 6 though 8 are about that war and its aftermath.
    • The second arc has a very small one between Zhcted's new heir and the man passed over for the job, (though that one is due to an assassination attempt on the latter by a third party). Interestingly, the aggressor makes a point of avoiding all-out war, instead choosing just to attack with his own troops.
    • In the third arc, when Viktor dies, Tina begins her plans to become Queen of Zhcted and start its own civil war.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Elen shows increasing shades of this toward Tigre as time goes on. Ludmila takes on some of this behavior toward Tigre as well after Volume 4.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Elen, at least on the tactical and strategic level.
    Elen: I fight to win. I don't bother choosing a specific method, nor am I burdened by such useless things.
  • Combination Attack: Tigre's bow seems to be able to take the power of the Dragonic Tools to combine with the arrow fired.
    • At the end of Volume 1, Tigre and Elen snipe a flying dragon.
      • They do it again to destroy the gate of the fortress Mila was holed up in.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The author really loves David vs. Goliath situations that the heroes overcome through a combination of this and guerrilla tactics.
  • Con Woman: Tina. She cons everyone (Tigre, Ganelon, Viktor, Eugene, Fine) to get what she wants: control of Zhcted.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sofy is this to Elen and Ludmila, and Sasha is this to all of the Vanadis until her death at least.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: 5,000 versus 25,000. The winner? The 5,000-man Zhcted army, who curb stomped the entire 25,000-man Brune army. It's explained by Elen that it was because: A. It was a night time ambush. B. During the initial attack, the army of Brune declared that Regin was killed, which in turn caused a full on rout. C. That in turn caused a sizable portion of the Brune forces to get trampled under foot of their own allies. And finally D. Elen's forces were able to run down most of the stragglers. Elen, however, is actually disappointed about the amazing victory, because she wasn't able to test as many strategies as she'd had wanted to.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Titta, Ludmila and Sasha have matching colored hair and eyes.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Sofy adores Lunie, Elen's dragon pup. Lunie knows enough to flee when she's around.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The black bow can shoot a Magic Missile. Firing one drains Tigre, leaving him tired, and has killed at least one previous wielder.
  • Death from Above: Shero Zam Kafa, the Dragonic Skill of Lavias, can create a massive number of icicles to rain down on the enemy.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mila during Volumes 6-10.
  • Died Standing Up: Roland after being stung by death bees.
  • Disappeared Dad: Urs was this to Tigre and and Rodion was this to Liza during their early lives.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Hiromi Harada, Tina's Japanese voice, sings the anime's ending theme.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: At the end of Volume 3, Elen has leaves Brune with most of her forces to assist Sasha when the latter's territory is invaded by another Vanadis. This leaves Tigre down a huge chunk of his forces and his strongest warrior.
  • Durandal: The national weapon of Brune, possessed by Roland until his death. Ganelon steals it in Volume 11.

     Tropes E to H 
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Thenardier finds out Ganelon killed Roland just for failing to kill Tigre and Elen, he is disgusted. It's mostly because Roland had other uses, though.
  • Elemental Powers: Each of the Dragonic Tools channels a specific element:
  • Empathic Weapon: The Dragonic Tools has some degree of sentience; Tigre's black bow goes one step further by being a direct line to the goddess of death.
  • Evil Counterpart: Ganelon is Viktor, Faron and Regin's.
  • Exact Words: Tir Na Fal tells Tigre she prefers to be invoked at midnight, on top of a mound of corpses. When he's lost at sea during Torbalan's attack, the conditions are met. She never said it had to be on land, or that Tigre had to have participated in the killing.
  • Failsafe Failure: Be very careful of what you do in the Tatra Fortress at Olmutz. The only thing that keeps the citadel’s gate from being breached are the oak planks in between sheets of metal, which can be easily destroyed by a combined attack and leave it open for enemy forces to attack.
  • Faking the Dead: Regnas, or to be exact, Regin, was thought to be dead after Zhcted's clash with Brune at the start of the story.
  • Fanservice: The real reason that all Vanadis are female, wear revealing clothing and inevitably gather around Tigre.
  • Fantastic Racism: Cargo variation: the people of Brune hate bow users and archery, considering it cowardly. Since the protagonist is The Archer, he gets no respect from the majority of his countrymen, no matter that he's got more and bigger achievements than any other character.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Tsukasa Kawaguchi based Asvarre on Britain, Muozinel on Persia (specifically Iran), Brune on France, Zhcted on Russia, and Sachstein on Germany. And Tigre figting Muozinel reapeats Jan III Sobieski tactics used in Battle of Lwów in 1675 (
    • Tigre's territory of Alsace resembles Alsace-Lorraine, territory once disputed between France and Imperial Germany (taken by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War and returned after World War I). Alsace is a territory at the edge of Brune that Eleonora of Zhcted lays claim to due to capturing its lord.
  • Foil: Tallard Graham to Tigre. Tigre is a Count, Tallard is a commoner who rose to a generalship. Both are exception archers, and both are brilliant military strategists. However, where Tigre would risk near anything to protect those is need and is loathe to sacrifice innocent people, Tallard is ruthlessly pragmatic and would do anything for his ambition.
  • For the Evulz: The reason why Ganelon was at a civil war with Thenardier?
    Ganelon: To kill time.
  • Foreshadowing: Zhcted's founding myth tells of a man claiming to be the incarnation of the Black Dragon, who gave his seven wives weapons that made them Vanadis. Another story talks about a man who received a black bow from a goddess and used it to become king. Tigre's bow is tied to the goddess of death, all seven Vanadis are falling for him, and Zhcted's current ruler is very old.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Although they do not get along now, Elen defended Liza from childhood bullies before either of them became Vanadis, inspiring Liz to become strong and independent. The latter is the only one who remembers.
  • Gambit Roulette: Ganelon and Thenardier’s plans to start Brune’s civil war requires that the Brunish Prince Regnas would fall in battle so that the renowned war maiden Eleonora Viltaria would capture Tigrevurmud Vorn to hold him for ransom so that Zion can launch an assault on Alsace and sell the citizens as slaves en masse to Muozinel in order to gain total control of Brune and overthrow the poisoned King Faron.
  • God Was My Copilot: The black bow may or may not be the Avatar of the local death goddess.
  • God of Evil: Tir na Fal, goddess of death, darkness, and night. Possibly archers and archery as well. Subverted in that she's married to the God of Good, and that the two of them uphold up the Balance Of Good and Evil. Also subverted in that she's actively aiding Tigre.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: This is somewhat inverted. While most of the men do fight in close quarters, the main character Tigre fights exclusively with a bow, and the female Vanadis who surround him fight exclusively with close combat weapons such as swords, spears and staffs.
  • Greater Scope Villain: The demons as a whole, and Ganelon in particular. Where they aren't the cause of the crisis they're making it worse.
  • Handicapped Badass:
    • Sasha. While she's the strongest of the current Vanadis who once took on three Vanadis and won, she can only fight at full strength for half an hour due to a debilitating illness.
    • Liza gets her arm paralyzed by the time Volume 10 rolls around.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Mila turns on the Thenardiers and becomes Tigre's ally towards the end of Volume 2.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Tigre, very much so. This combined with his Thanks for the Mammaries tendencies is mainly responsible for his Accidental Pervert status.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Averted. Tigre exclusively uses a bow in battle, and has no skill with the sword or other weapons. It's played straight with Elen, Lim and Fine.
  • Heroic Albino: Elen has white hair, pale skin and is one of the heroines.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • Tigre goes through one after Bertrand is killed.
    • Elen has one when she learns that Tigre has disappeared.
    • In Volume 13, Tigre has another one when he feels that he failed to save Elen, and Elen herself goes through one after experiencing Greast's Cold-Blooded Torture by the end of the volume.
  • Honor Before Reason: Out of all the knights and nobles in the series, the person most guilty of this? Tieta, who stays in Tigre's manor house when the town is being attacked by an enemy army, despite the local shrine guaranteeing sanctuary. Why? Because Tigre told her to watch the house for him.
  • Horse Archer: Tigre, despite being a commander of the Silver Meteor Army, often takes to the field to snipe enemy commanders from horseback.

    Tropes I to O 
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Played with. Elen tells Tigre she'd be okay with letting him marry Lim, whom she's quite protective of otherwise.
  • Ill Girl: Sasha, who's usually bed-ridden thanks to her illness. Tina as well but she's faking it.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Several main characters suffer this throughout the battle, along with many other unnamed combatants on both sides.
  • Important Haircut: Ryurik had long hair until he shaved it bald because he was deeply humbled by Tigre's skill. And because Tigre's request to not punish the persons behind the shoddy bow saves Ryurik's life. He later becomes Tigre's most important comrade.
  • Improbable Age: Many of the current Vanadis assumed their position around age 14, and they're all excellent combatants as well as administrators. Possibly averted since the Viralt choose their wielders, meaning the weapons take care to find wielders with both skill sets.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Tigre will hit his target, always. Even with a flimsy bow he's only fired twice. Even if he's shooting multiple arrows at once. Even if he has to angle the shot to rebound (though he's yet to do that in battle).
  • In Medias Res: The series begins with Elen taking Tigre as her prisoner after her assault at the Dinant Plains.
  • Irony: Thenardier takes advantage of Faron's grief over the death of the royal heir to try and claim the throne. Thenardier's defeat comes about because he leaves a nigh-impregnable position to seek revenge for his own son's death.
  • It's Personal: Tigre and Thenardier's duel is this on both sides. Tigre's angry about the attempted razing of Alsace and Batran's recent death, while Thenardier wants revenge for his personal assistant and son.
  • Jerkass: Many antagonists, starting with Zion Thenardier, are not just in opposing armies but are complete pricks.
  • Legendary Weapons: The Dragonic Tools from Zhcted, and Durandal of Brune.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: The black bow is another Legendary Weapon, but one so old that the stories about it have long since faded out of history.
  • Leitmotif: Almost every character has one in the anime, including Tigre, Elen, Mila, Roland, Sofy, Titta and Lim.
  • Love Hurts: There are some surprisingly poignant discussions about the pain of loving someone of a different social class or nationality. Most obviously, Elen and Tigre have some real UST but they're too aware of their roles and responsibilities to act on it.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: The series is set in a version of Medieval Europe.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Elen waking Tigre up by jumping on his bed and sticking her sword in his mouth. His maid, Titta, is just as baffled and alarmed after the explanation as before it.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Several armies take turns utilizing this throughout the series, as reinforcements show up in battles on different sides.
  • Master Swordsman: Many, including Elen, Lim, Roland, Armand, Vissarion, Felix and Zion Thenardier, Ilda, Bargren and Damad. This trope also applies to the armies of Asvarre, Zhcted, Sachstein, Brune and Muozinel.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • All of the Vanadis's first names are Russian/Slavic names, considering that Zhcted is based on Russia.
    • Also, the names of the principalities are based on Slavic towns located in Eastern Europe.
    • Tigre is the French, Spanish and Italian word for "tiger".
  • Meido: Titta, for Tigre.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Brune's civil war. The sides are led by Thenardier, Ganelon, and Tigre.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Bertrand, Tigre's caretaker, is killed by Steed towards the end of the first saga. Auguste does the same in the third saga.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Liza. It's her defining physical feature, and unfortunately she's somewhat traumatized by it.
  • Morph Weapon: The Dragonic Tool Muma, which can grow and shrink in size and change the shape of its blade.
  • Morton's Fork: When Zion invades Alsace in Volume 1, Tigre is faced with a morally grey decision: go off to fight Zion's forces alone, which would obviously get him killed, or have Elen kill him, which would lead to Zion burning down Alsace.
  • Multishot: Tigre can do this without losing much force behind each arrow.
  • Naked First Impression: Tigre meets Sofy while she's bathing in a river, she trips and falls, he tries to catch her, and...
  • Named After Somebody Famous: In-universe, Roland is named for the Roland who helped King Charles found the kingdom of Brune. Both pairs of Roland and Charles are named for Roland and Charlemagne (Charles the Great)note . Ganelon and Vice-Commander Olivier get their names from the Ganelon and Oliver from The Song of Roland. Thenardier is named for Monsieur Thénardier from Les Misérables.
  • National Weapon: Roland uses Durandal for Brune. The Vanadis of Zhcted use the Dragonic Tools.
  • Nice Guy: Tigre is a relaxed, thoughtful, kind young man... in a world that's lousey with civil wars, political maneuvering, and assassinations. His survival is directly attributable to his Nice Guy tendencies impressing the right people, and his bow skills actually being that good.
  • Nom de Guerre: Every single one of the Vanadis have these. For example, Elen is known as the Silvfrau and the Wind Princess of the Silver Flash, as well as the Meltis or the Danseuse of the Sword.note 
    • Tigre picks one up in volume five: Silvrash/Silver Flash, or "Star Shooter". It's given to him by the commander of Muozinel's army, and it turns out it's a title given to that country's best archers.
    • All of the Vanadis have names in the same vein, that either describe them personally or are associated with their Dragonic Tool.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Brune and Zhcted are prone to be surprised by events. Brune never saw its civil war coming, as well as Muozinel's invasions. Zhcted never foresaw the feud between Viktor's heirs and Tina's ambitions.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Played with when Titta walks in on Elen sitting on top of Tigre in bed with her sword down his throat. No, she wasn't trying to kill him, but what she was actually doing was even more bizarre and difficult to explain.
  • Ocean Awe: Played with. While Tigre never had an overwhelming fascination with the sea or desire to see it; upon doing so in Volume 6, he is struck speechless for a half hour.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Young Tigre managed to kill an Earth Dragon with a normal bow and arrow.
  • Off with His Head!: Some characters get decapitated in battle, notably Prince Elliot, Orgelt Kazakov and Charon Antoine Greast.
  • Oh Crap!: Done by several characters in the series.
    • Titta gets this when Zion infiltrates Alsace, enters the Vorn home and attempts to rape her.
    • Elen when she sees Zion's dragon coming her way.
    • Mila has a sequence of these during Elen's assault on her fortress at the Tatra Mountains. The first comes when Elen and Tigre destroys the gate.
  • One-Man Army: Each Vanadis, capable of slaying a thousand men singlehandedly, as well as Roland qualify for this.
  • One Name Only: Only nobility are allowed to have last names.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Dragonic tools choose their master who then becomes the Vanadis of Zhcted.

    Tropes P to S 
  • Parental Abandonment: Tigre and Liza suffer this in their pasts.
  • Perma-Stubble: Kind of weird to see Tigre sporting one of these in volume 8. Part of this is due to the volume artist changing hands sometime after Volume 5, which is why Volume 6 doesn't have any pictures apart from the volume cover.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Mila and Olga.
  • Plot Parallel: In volume 13, Elen is almost raped by Greast. By the end of the volume, Tigre and Elen have passionate sex.
  • Power Trio: For the Asvarre arc, it's Tigre, Matvey, and Olga of the Big, Thin, Short Trio variety.
  • Razor Wind: Ley Admos, the Dragonic Skill, or special technique, of Arifal.
  • Redshirt Army: The Brune army gets wiped out by the Zhcted army in the beginning of the series.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming:
    • The name "Vanadis" comes from one of the names of Fryja from Norse Mythology.
    • From Slavic Mythology:
      • Zirnitra the black dragon.
      • Thenardier's fortune teller's name Drekavac.
      • One of Elen's villa in Vosyes Mountains, Kikimora Mansion.
      • Drekavac's associate Vodyanoy, a frog demon.
      • Torbalan
    • Bayard from Chanson de geste (song of heroic deeds)
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: King Faron who sincerely doesn't want to start a civil war only for Ganelon to poison him. Also, when Regin becomes Queen, she entrusts the entirety of Brune's army to Tigre.
  • Red Shirt: Brune's army gets wiped out by Elen's forces at the beginning of the series.
  • Retired Badass: Hugues becomes this at the end of the first saga.
  • Retractable Weapon: Lavias's shaft can grow in length from its standard short size. Furthermore, the anime gives each Dragonic Tool a default rest mode that they leave once activated, and also does so for the legendary weapon Durandal.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Thenardier's eventual defeat is directly caused by his need to avenge his son. He even recognizes he's committing a tactical error, but cannot bring himself to act in any other way.
  • Salt the Earth: In Volume 7, Tigre is forced to resort to this to hinder Elliot's invading army of 30,000.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The kingdom of Zchted is founded by the man who married the original owners of the Ancestral weapons. His descendants come to treat future wielders of said weapons with distrust, and constantly do their utmost to reign them in, expecting to be betrayed. By the time King Victor's rule ends one of them chooses to betray him precisely because of this treatment, and the fact that it's a direct threat to her homeland and people.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Many of the Vanadis, due to considering themselves superior to humans.
    Ludmila: Would you be upset if a dog saw you naked?
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: All of the Vanadis are gorgeous, self-confident women, even the ones on the tomboyish side. When any of them feel the need to dress up, the results are never less than stunning.
  • Ship Tease: Tigre with Elen so much, they'd be the Official Couple if it weren't for their statuses.
  • Shoot The Arrow: In Volume 7, Tigre shoots Hamish's arrow with his own while charging on horseback.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: The duel with Thenardier invokes one, and ends with Tigre's arrow in Thenardier's forehead.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Elen and Ludmila are this to each other due to their differing backgrounds before becoming Vanadis.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Olmutz, a primitive icy wasteland shaped by snow-capped mountains where Mila is from.
  • The Social Darwinist: Thenardier was raised as one. He killed all of his siblings during his rise to power, has exactly zero sympathy for anyone he considers weak (besides his son), and levies ridiculously high taxes on anyone who isn't somehow useful.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Tigre recognizes Brune's missing heir apparent when the latter tells the story of how the two first met, which neither of them have spoken about since then.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ludmila, Ludmira or Lyudmila? Zaien or Zion? Ellenora, Eleonora or Eleanora?
  • Standard Hero Reward: In recognition of Tigre's heroics, the king awards Tigre an honorary knightly title. The prime minister is horrified, since the first, last and only person to receive the title married the princess and took the throne.
  • Summon to Hand: Most of the Dragonic tools. Tigre's bow can reconstruct itself under the right circumstances.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Titta is from an ancient priestly family. She remains a maid of the Vorn family to stay close to Tigre.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Tigre has to suck out the poison from Limalisha when a snake landed on her. Where did the snake bite her? Well...
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Regnas, the prince of Brune, is actually Regin, the princess of Brune, as Tigre discovers in Volume 4.

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  • The Teaser: Each episode of the anime begins with a prologue before the opening theme plays.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Liza has heterochromatic eyes: one yellow, one blue.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • During Volume 5, Elen and Ludmila and their armies work together in the Silver Meteor Army for Tigre.
    • In Volume 9, Elen and Liza grudgingly call a truce at Tigre's insistence. Then, as of the end of Volume 10, Liza and Elen have reconciled peacefully.
  • Thanks for the Mammaries: Tigre's most common expression of Accidental Perverthood.
  • Title Drop: Near the end of Volume 1, Lim mentions a legend in which a man received a legendary black bow from a Goddess which made him undefeatable in battle. The man went on to become King, and was known as the Madan no Ou, or the King of the Magic Bullet.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Olga, the seventh Vanadis who travels the world and meets Tigre in Volume 6.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: For Ludmila, this is tea. She carries a jar of it along with jam everywhere she goes.
  • Tragic Dream: The mercenary leader who raised Elen and Lim had one. Only two people ever took him seriously, Elen and Figneria. The latter killed him on a random battlefield.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: Largely averted due to all the Vanadis being Shameless Fanservice Girls.
  • Unwanted Harem: Tigre. Volume 1 has Elen and Lim teasing him by asking how many women he's seduced. He breaks double digits before the books do.
    • His personal maid, Titta, has been in love with him since childhood.
    • The Vanadis Eleonora falls in love at first sight, no matter what she says about "bow skill".
    • Limalisha warms up to him over time, but saving her from an assassination attempt (via sucking out the poison) is what crystallizes it.
    • Ludmila initially expresses interest to get under Elen's skin, but by the end of Brune's civil war she's come to admire his good qualities.
    • Brune's secret princess has an understandable admiration for the person who secured her throne, but it's implied she's carried a torch since their first meeting.
    • Olga falls in love with Tigre's chivalrous nature after he refuses to compromise his sense of honor time and again. She's the first girl to tell Tigre that she's in love with him.
    • Crosses that suspension bridge with Sofy, after rescuing her from Prince Elliot.
    • An innocuous comment that Liza's heterochromatic eyes are "like a cat's" makes him the first person to recognize that her eyes are just eyes and not anything mystical or symbolic.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In Volume 1, Faron sends Regnas and a fleet of 25,000 soldiers to the Dinant Plains, only for Elen to take Tigre for ransom and Regnas to seemingly perish; as a result of Faron and Elen's actions, Zion launches an invasion of Alsace and ultimately leads to the start of Brune’s civil war.
  • Uriah Gambit: King Viktor of Zhcted is fond of these regarding the Vanadis, and the Vanadis know it.
    Elen explained about the fact that King Viktor often ordered the dispatch of troops in order to chip/weaken a Vanadis's power.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gerard from Brune and Ryurik from Zhcted.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The black bow has obliterated an entire city at least once before.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Sasha. Stands out because of how important they were to several other characters and arcs.
  • Wham Line: At the end of Volume 12. Tigrevormund Vorn and Elen went missing in the heat of battle.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Insects: Elen is terrified of insects.
  • World of Buxom: Most of the female characters have larger than average chests. This causes some consternation in those who do not.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ludmila has blue hair, while Olga, the wandering Vanadis, has pink hair.

Alternative Title(s): Madan No Ou To Vanadis