Light Novel / The Rising Of The Shield Hero

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From left to right: Naofumi, Raphtalia, and Malty.

Iwatani Naofumi, an Otaku from present Japan, was summoned into a parallel world along with three others to become Heroes and protect it from calamity. Each of the four Heroes receive a legendary weapon unique to them, with Naofumi becoming the Hero of the Shield. However the Shield was looked down upon as useless so Naofumi was left without companions while the other Heroes gained several. One person took mercy on Naofumi and agreed to fight by his side but within one day she had betrayed him, robbing and falsely accusing him. His name dragged through the mud and treated like a criminal by the people he was summoned to save, Naofumi becomes unable to trust anyone. Like this, his journey in a parallel world begins.

The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) began as a Web Novel on "Let's Become a Novelist" written by Yusagi Aneko and illustrated by Seira Minami. The series was later picked up Media Factory Books with the first volume published on 22 August 2013. The series currently has fifteen volumes and a drama CD out.

Has three side-stories and a spin-off web novel, Start Over of the Spear Hero. The manga and light novel adaptions that have also been produced diverge from the original web novel. The light novels and manga have been licensed for English release, currently with 6 LN volumes and 5 Manga published by One Peace Books.

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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari contains examples of:

  • Accidental Proposal: After becoming Queen Melty, annoyed with Naofumi's teasing, gives him the title of Archduke. As this is usually reserved for the future King, Trash immediately seizes the opportunity to push them together.
  • Aggressive Negotiations: In early volumes Naofumi's tactic when merchants tried to rip him off was to unleash balloon monsters on them in addition to threats about spreading rumors. As his fame and connections grow he changes his method to focus on threats.
    • The queen of melromarc does this too when news of the heroes summoning reached everyone at the conference she was holding with the nobles of other countries.
  • Agitated Item Stomping: In volume 4, it's revealed that the Queen of Melromarc has her shadows set up framed pictures of Trash and Bitch to burn with fire or shred to pieces with ice as stress relief whenever news of their incompetence reach her ears.
  • Alternate Continuity: The light novel (and therefore the manga) is wildly different from the web novel. While the characters remain the same, for the most part, the events they go through are vastly different. Even the events that introduce the characters to each other and the audience change immensely.
  • Alternate Universe: The Heroes eventually determine that while they all came from Japan they all originate from Japan in different universes.
  • And the Adventure Continues: In the final chapter of the web novel Raphtalia and Naofumi head off to fight against another god while leaving mortal fragments of themselves to have a new adventure in Raphtalia's world.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: The Hengen Musou style of combat was devastated when a genius practitioner declared that his skill with it meant he should rule the world, in direct conflict with the style's philosophy. The various members fought and many died, with the survivors vowing not to pass on the art. Naofumi suspects the genius was one of Medea's reincarnated minions sent to destroy a threat.
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel sorry for the King even when you find out the reason he hates Naofumi is because the demi-humans worship him and because his sister was taken as a concubine of one of the demi-humans.
  • Babies Ever After: Chapter 377 has most, if not all the main characters founding a long line of descendants.
  • Badass Adorable: Raphtalia at least until she physically ages as she levels due to the unique traits of demi-humans.
    • Firo, you have to be when your attacks are stronger than the Hero of the Sword, who has the highest attack power, and you are 20 levels lower.
  • Battle Harem: Subverted with Naofumi, played straight with Tact. Naofumi's battle force consists of his harem and non-harem alike; Tact's battle force consists solely of harem members.
  • Beach Episode: An extended one. All the heroes are sent to Cal Mira Island to level up. There's a bit of relaxation and fun in between political machinations and monster fighting.
  • Berserk Button: Do not imply that Naofumi has done what he was accused of.
  • Big Damn Heroes: On returning from the dimension gap Naofumi is rather annoyed that he arrives just in the nick of time to save Melty.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Malty, who not only tricked Naofumi into purchasing her items but also robbed him before accusing him of Rape.
    • The king as well. He gets better...after 300 or so chapters.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics: Firearms, planes and armed vehicles in the world that the heroes are summoned to behave somewhat differently than their earth counterparts. Bullets are subject to status magic, which makes their effectiveness scale with the user's level. This has the effect of making them comparatively weaker to magic or plain arrows at the same level, so users need to have a high level to make effective use of a gun. Most, if not all the people who have guns use magic-based propulsion rather than gunpowder due to the fact that it's stronger (at the cost of bullet speed) and that gunpowder incurs maintenance and other costs that are not worth it in the long run.
  • Bookends: In the first few chapters Naofumi, on learning that Motoyasu was killed due to having too many girlfriends, curses him. In the epilogue Naofumi, caught in a tug of war between Raphtalia and Atlas, is cursed by every one of his net friends, his brother, and a priest for having two beauties after him.
  • Brainwashed: When Melty stands up for Naofumi, Malty claims he's used the Shield to brainwash her. Despite there being absolutely no proof the other Heroes buy this.
    • A dagger used by the rebel conspirators is cloned and infects anyone it cuts, turning them into "Justice zombies" who are subordinate to the conspirators.
  • Brought Down to Normal: During the first meeting with Tact, Naofumi loses his shield. He adjusts quite well to the situation and even voluntarily loses his replacement weapon, the Cane, so he can demonstrate to his enemy that he doesn't need that power to win.
  • Came Back Wrong: When Naofumi becomes a god he believes he can resurrect people but decides to hold off for fear of damaging their souls and mind. Medea doesn't care about that and never told her minions about the penalty of her reviving them repeatedly.
    • Back from the Dead: However after Medea lost, the revived people stay (alive) in the living world and regained their free will.
  • Canis Major: The Cerberus-like monster that attacked Raphtalia's village was bigger than your average person. The LN adds a twin-headed black dog that attacked Naofumi and Raphtalia in the mines and was at least as large as Naofumi.
  • Cherry Tapping: Naofumi, much to his dismay.
  • Chick Magnet: Motoyasu tends to attract women and loves showing off to them but is largely oblivious to their true personalities.
  • The Church: There are several with the Church of 3 Heroes being especially prominent early on. The Church worships the Bow, Sword, and Spear as gods while demonizing the Shield. Other Churches worship all Heroes equally while the Shield is worshipped in Demi-Human countries.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: While all the legendary armament share a base power such as absorbing material for new forms, each one is different because of the hero's belief in what they can do. If the hero believes that another hero's strengthening method works then it will also become available.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The legendary weapons must always remain on the hero's person, though their size, appearance, and location can be adjusted to render them inconspicuous. Fitoria reveals that the heroes can eventually take them off. Granted, her weapon is a carriage, and had 10 generations to figure it out.
  • Combination Attack: Skills and magic can be combined to make more powerful attacks.
    • In volume 4, Motoyasu and his party attack Naofumi with this, who later uses this method of attack shortly after.
  • Corrupt Church: The Church of 3 Heroes, not only do they have a human supremacy mindset, they try to kill off the heroes with cloned Legendary Weapons once their hold on the country was to be removed.
  • Cosmic Retcon: The Weapons have the ability to rewrite parts of their wielder's home worlds to allow them and anyone they take with them to return. Ren had died in his world but this was reversed when sent back. Naofumi's world was revised so that Raphtalia had been his penpal and after coming to Japan as a foreign exchange student became his girlfriend. When Atlas was retconned in she became the daughter of a wealthy businessman and Naofumi's childhood friend.
  • Counter Attack: Naofumi's only way to deal damage, justified in that his only weapon is his shield, and his attack stats are so low that he had spent minutes to kill a low level Mook if he wanted to kill by his own hand.
  • Crapsack World: High level monsters appear and kill indiscriminately until they are stopped by deadly force? Check. There is a giant magical hourglass showing when it will happen, each and every time? Check. Humans Are Bastards? Check. One of the most honest and upright merchants in the setting is a slave trader? Check.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: For noble women the worst possible fate is being sent to the King of Faubley as a bride. He views women as entirely disposable tools for his pleasure and them being in agony provides at least half of his pleasure; most only last a few weeks. Malty lost an arm and an eye on her first night with him. Naofumi compares a recording of said night to a guro film.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Firo for Melty.
  • Damage Reduction: Naofumi's most powerful stat, which eventually climbs high enough that even without a shield he takes no damage from being attacked with a sword.
  • De-Power: The Hourglass of the Dragon's Era can be used to reset a person's level to 1. This is most often used as punishment for criminals such as Bitch and Tact as it renders them virtually harmless. Naofumi inflicts this on Tact when he orders his Seven Star Weapons to find a new host.
    • Naofumi has most of his slaves undergo the level reset so they can take advantage of his stat and growth corrections his shields provide once they level up.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: For the modern Japanese Heroes the existence of slavery and public execution as a form of entertainment seem barbaric. Naofumi is squicked by crowds cheering for executions but reminds himself that even on Earth this used to be considered perfectly normal.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: While preparing the executions of Tact's harem and family they were told that if they spoke against him they might survive. When it becomes clear they won't, Naofumi demands to know if Malty actually believed he would let her get away.
  • Distaff Counterpart: In-universe example. Naofumi notes how similar Eclair's Katana is to Rin's Sword, even having an ability similar to Rin's Meteor Sword.
  • Distant Epilogue: In the epilogue Naofumi and Raphtalia return to her home village after centuries have passed in the world while they were fighting gods elsewhere.
  • Dracolich: The Dragon that Rin killed came back as an undead until Naofumi slayed it a second time... even then, its spirit still dwells in the shield.
  • Empathic Weapon: In volume 5, Naofumi crafts a bracelet at Therese's request. The Bracelet ends up being so high-quality that Therese conveys to him that it's overjoyed and can't wait to be used into battle. It also expresses sadness at being used against him when Therese and L'Arc turn on Naofumi.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Averted with Malty. Played straight with Melty.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: This gets showcased quite handily in chapter 377.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: They're not evil per se, but Ren and Itsuki are still pretty much uncaring jerkasses. And yet even they were disgusted by the treatment Naofumi had received during the banquet and his following duel with Motoyasu, such that they spoke out on his behalf against Malty and the King. Afterward, they were even more disgusted when Motoyasu claimed Naofumi had brainwashed Raphtalia, even when the latter was comforting an obviously crying Naofumi after fervently declaring her belief in him.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Ren, Motoyasu, and Itsuki have one when the Pope of the Church of the 3 Heroes uses a weapon that allows him to mimic their Legendary Weapons. Naofumi would have had a similar counterpart but the Church views the Shield as a devil and so the Pope did not use it.
    • Tact serves as one to the four Heroes and Trash as he has all of their negative qualities while lacking any of their redeeming factors. Notably the most prominent members of his harem act as counterparts to Naofumi's companions.
  • Evolving Weapon: The Legendary Weapons.
  • Faking the Dead: Malty is sent to her certain death and her corpse is later returned. This is later revealed to have been a homunculus created by Tact's harem to hide her survival.
    • Itsuki and Ren faked their deaths, and the deaths of their companions until the right time to strike against the priest of the church of the three heroes. To be fair, the priest didn't bother to check for corpses because there would have been nothing left to look for after using judgment.
  • Fantastic Racism:
  • Festival Episode: Naofumi's village hosts a large festival, which Naofumi views as a great opportunity to make money.
  • Forced Level-Grinding: After Tact is defeated the level of monsters around the world rises dramatically. Just to survive everyone has to level grind.
  • Forced to Watch: Tact's execution is delayed so he can watch as every one of his comrades, friends, and family members is executed in inventive fashions. Made even worse by them calling out for him to save them.
  • Fugitive Arc: Naofumi's party ends up on the run due to a conspiracy by the Church to kill Melty and frame him for it.
  • Gainax Ending: This would have been the case if chapter 356 was the ending, as originally planned.
  • Genre Savvy: Experience with games, light novels, and manga leaves the Heroes far more prepared for their adventure than expected. Naofumi is even able to deduce the nature of the Big Bad due to his savvy.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Spirit Beasts function as this. The more people they kill the longer the Waves are delayed; the Waves can be completely stopped at the cost of two-thirds of the world's population. Naofumi deems this a last resort.
  • Groin Attack: After Firo sends Motoyasu flying with one of these, Naofumi teaches her to do it whenever she sees him. This happens frequently enough off-screen that Motoyasu ended up buying a groin protector, which Firo promptly broke.
    • When Naofumi used his balloon monsters during the first duel with Motoyasu he made sure to place several in the groin, kicking them to make sure they stayed in place.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: A few characters will temporarily join or accompany Naofumi's group mostly to fill in necessary roles and firepower he's missing. Melty, for example, joins the group during the Fugitive Arc and serves as the resident wizard.
  • Happily Married: Many characters get this in chapter 377. The chapter is read as a treatise that occurred centuries after the main story.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Naofumi's slaves. While his actions are intended for Pragmatic Villainy, it resulted in this and Undying Loyalty from his slaves. This rather annoyed him while his allies defended him from Controlled!Itsuki's accusations.
  • Harem Seeker: A common trait among Medea's reincarnated minions. They are apparently of the belief that they can convert anyone into a harem member, no matter how unwilling.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Naofumi's ability to boost his party member's growth with his shield's supportive powers allows them to surpass the other Heroes for a brief time.
  • The Hero: Four of them in fact: Hero of the Sword, Hero of the Spear, Hero of the Bow, and Hero of the Shield. There are also the Seven Eight Star Heroes and the Heroes of Glass' world.
  • Hero of Another Story: The other Heroes count as this for Naofumi as each is fighting their own battles and working on behalf of the people off-screen. This ends as a result of the Spirit Turtle incident destroying their credibility and Naofumi becomes their de facto leader.
    • Fitoria crosses paths with Naofumi periodically and has been secretly fighting any waves that occur too far from populated areas for the Heroes to reach.
    • Glass has been fighting an on-going battle to protect her entire world from destruction and even after allying with Naofumi still returns periodically to continue her fight.
    • Arc becomes this to Naofumi and Raphtalia after they become god killers, mostly fighting on his own but periodically teaming up for difficult enemies.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Motoyasu, Ren, and Itsuki all had this after they bring about a disaster.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Atla. Made even more ridiculous in that she doesn't have to die, if only they were not interrupted midst war with Houou.
    • Granny also sacrifices herself so the Heroes can escape from Tact's trap.
    • Ren died protecting his childhood friend from murderer on killing spree. Then he got transported to another world.
  • Illegal Religion: In the aftermath of the fight with the high priest of the 3 heroes church, the queen of Melromarc deems said religion heretical and promptly abolished.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Blood Sacrifice and the other abilities Naofumi uses creates Iron Maidens designed to do this. He kills the High Priest using it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Motoyasu calls Naofumi out on owning a slave. While initially dismissive of his outrage, much later Naofumi concedes that from the perspective of most modern Japanese it really was something that could be seen as villainous.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Motoyasu. He might be a jerk to Naofumi everytime they meet, but his heart is always in the right place. Exemplified by the fact that Motoyasu tried to take away Raphtalia and Firo away from Naofumi because he thought they would end up being abused by him, and once again with Melty included in the mix because he believed Naofumi brainwashed them.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: People were delighted when Naofumi was proven innocent and the King and Malty were punished.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Queen of Melromarc Kingdom, Granny, and Atlas. In revenge for this Tact and Malty are killed off for real.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Read Meaningful Rename.
  • Level Cap: There are two level caps which can be uncapped.
    • The first cap is level 40 which can be overcome by visiting the Hourglass of the Dragon's Era and paying a small fee. This prevents most monsters and outlaws from moving past this level, reducing the overall danger they pose. Naofumi is temporarily stuck at this cap due to the King forbidding him from using the Hourglass.
    • The second cap is level 100 and is believed to be the maximum level. Gaelion confirms it is possible to go beyond level 100 but lacks the knowledge of the required rituals until he becomes the Dragon Emperor.
  • Level Grinding: Naofumi starts off spending his days slowly grinding through balloon monsters to gain a few measly levels. Once he gets Raphtalia he is able to eventually branch out.
    • Cal Mira Island's awakening offers an efficient version of level grinding as the monsters provide extra XP until the adventurers reach a point of diminishing returns.
    • Firo's carriage is used to grind the level of Naofumi's slaves. Firo can kill monsters simply by running them over with her carriage so Naofumi loads it up and has her run at high speed across the countryside, with the people in the carriage receiving large amounts of XP for no effort.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Demi-humans are largely human aside from their ears and tails.
  • Lost in Transmission: The various shrines located on the Spirit Turtle had detailed explanations from past Heroes on how and why they sealed it, rather than killed it. The writing has deteriorated to the point that the key phrases are illegible. Naofumi later attributes this to intervention by the entity behind the waves.
  • Lover Tug-of-War: In the epilogue Naofumi is subject to one between Raphtalia and Atlas. On the day of his wedding to Raphtalia.
  • Magically Binding Contract: The queen of Melromarc signs one to gain Naofumi's trust. If something bad happens to Naofumi or his slaves, She will suffer the consequences alone.
  • Manchurian Agent: "Justice zombies" are able to act completely normal and fool even their close friends and family. Thanks to this enough people were populated to stage a country-wide rebellion. When their sabotage or infection is revealed they become actively hostile and attempt to infect others while shouting propaganda.
  • Matriarchy: The Melromarc Kingdom.
  • Meaningful Rename: As part of their punishment for abusing Shield, the Queen lets Naofumi rename the King and Malty to Trash and Bitch. Much later Trash willingly accepts his new name after his wife's death.
  • Merged Reality: The waves are caused by two worlds coming into contact. If this occurs often enough eventually the worlds will begin to merge, destroying one or both of them. Previous instances of this occurring resulted in the presence of Demi-Humans, who were not originally native to the world, as well as half of the Legendary and Seven Star Weapons.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Ren is devastated when he learns that the dragon he killed was the father of a young girl who was enslaved by the same people who convinced him to kill said father.
  • Morton's Fork: In chapter 336, the legendary Whip has two candidates to wield it, Rat and Taniko. However neither wants to become a Hero due to their respective bad experiences with Heroes.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Naofumi is a type 3. He is able to safely consume handfuls of a grape that need to be diluted for safe consumption. Even eating half of one is enough to cause alcohol poisoning in most people; Naofumi doesn't even get a buzz.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The heroes aside from Naofumi are all guilty of this as the results of their actions lead to consequences that are just as bad or even worse.
  • Not Completely Useless: The Ø series Weapons are flashy and completely useless against virtually every opponent, doing 0 damage and, in Naofumi's case, having 0 defense. However they are the only series that can hurt gods such as Medea.
  • Otaku: The Legendary Heroes are all otaku and Naofumi eventually determines that all of the previous Legendary Heroes were also otaku. Medea's reincarnators are also otaku whose minds are notably warped by her influence.
  • Pet the Dog: Ren and Itsuki come to Naofumi's defense when he lost against Motoyasu in a duel due to Malty attacking him in the back.
  • Petting Zoo People: Beastmen of various types appear, from typical reptile and werewolf races to the less standard mole race.
  • Physical God: Naofumi and Raphtelia eventually becomes this. At least in the Web Novel.
  • Pixellation: The combined Envy and Lust Curse series of Motoyasu's spear turns the blade into something that is covered with mosaic in-universe.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: In Chapter 22, Naofumi poisons a guard, who he then tells will die unless he receives an antidote from him. He uses it to turn the guard into a guide to find Melty.
  • Power at a Price: The Cursed Form of the Legendary Weapons each evoke different consequences that linger for months.
    • The Wrath series is the most direct, causing serious physical harm to the wielder and reduced stats.
    • The Gluttony and Greed series reduce EXP and levels, lower quality of drops and turns any high-quality equipment and money that the wielder touches with their hands into dust.
    • The Pride and Sloth series inhibit SP gain and in later stages it reduces the wielder's willpower to nothing, turning them into yes-men
    • The Envy and Lust series supposedly have effects that would affect severely the user's mind, but Motoyasu was already broken before that could happen so those had no effect on him.
  • Psychic Powers: Itsuki is revealed to have come from a world where people with ESP is common, himself having an ESP ability which raises his accuracy when aiming.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The reincarnated minions of Medea are delusional and have no consideration for anything other than their own satisfaction.
  • Public Execution: Happens twice, both times being large public spectacles with cheering citizens. Naofumi finds both the executions and the cheering disturbing but understands it's part of Melromarc's culture.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Queen.
  • Reincarnation: In Glass' world it is believed that souls eventually reincarnate, so Soul Eaters are used to prevent criminals from reincarnating. Tact is more-or-less confirmed to have been reincarnated with his memories from an alternate Japan as are Medea's other minions.
  • Rpg Mechanicsverse: Everyone in the world of the story explicitly speaks in RPG terms, such as levels, stats, hitpoints and so on.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The death of Atlas has a massive impact on Naofumi and avenging her becomes his short-term goal, her death also angers Ren to the point of unlocking his own wrath series weapon. the Queen and Granny are killed to prove Tact and Malty are the new villains and to complete the King's move toward redemption.
  • Scratch Damage: Naofumi's can only do 1 point of damage when attacking, which means even a weak balloon monster takes minutes to kill.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Justified in that the users are the King and his daughter Malty. Averted in that the Queen has to clean up his mess when he decides to summon the hero without the consent of the other countries.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Averted as Naofumi doesn't have the funds to do so and he totally intended to do this, if he did not have other methods to go back to his own world.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: See Fantastic Racism above. Because Shield Hero were revered by demi-humans and beastmen, humans at Melromarc Kingdom refused to give him proper capital and informations. Later he turned to ask help from demi-humans and later treat them fairly like the previous Shield Heroes.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The Curse series of the Legendary Weapons align to the sins. Unless a trusted person can snap them out of it, the sin consumes the wielder's mind.
    • The new Seven Deadly Sins as outlined by the Vatican in 2008 appear as a separate Curse series which Naofumi accidentally unlocks, turning him into a megalomaniac.
  • Ship Tease: Hilariously defied. when Raphtalia and Motoyasu spend an entire day together, the latter does everything in his power to woo her and treat it like a date. The day ends with her opinion of him being drastically lowered—largely because he insisted on hitting on other women as the day went on.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: How Naofumi and Raphtalia's interaction is seen at times.
    • lampshaded by Naofumi himself when he see's Itsuki's interaction with Rishia
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It is to be expected as this is still a new project that translator are working on and opinions will differ.
  • Staged Populist Uprising: A rebellion in Melromarc is revealed to have been masterminded by Malty, the Church of Three Heroes, and Itsuki's former companions using mind control to make the people support them.
  • Stat-O-Vision: The heroes.
  • Stone Wall: Naofumi. Being the Hero of the Shield naturally makes him one. Taken to an extreme in the final arc. After becoming a Physical God, he adjusts his power so that his defense is through the roof and his attack stat is zero. He can't even do a single point of damage.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence:
    • The heroes aside from Naofumi believe they cannot die because they have "Divine Protection". It leads to them unseal the Spirit Turtle believing they can kill it when the four heroes of the past could only seal it.
    • The reincarnated minions of Medea all have delusions of grandeur which leads them to act in destructive manners.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: The four Legendary Heroes were ordinary otaku until their summoning. Past Heroes were also Japanese otaku.
  • Tautological Templar: Every last person who falls under the influence of Madea or one of her fragments becomes absolutely convinced that he is the epitome of righteousness whose actions are invariably noble and just regardless of the actual consequences. It takes being directly betrayed by their patron to snap them out of it, and even then a few, like Tact still don't get it.
  • The Peeping Tom: In Chapter 100 the other Heroes attempt this while Naofumi deliberately abstains.
  • The Promise: In volume 4, Fitoria talks a bit about the vow she made to the first shield hero to defend the world. She will make good on this promise by killing Naofumi and the other heroes if they do not stop fighting amongst themselves and start cooperating in the waves.
  • Unwanted Harem: Naofumi has one consisting of Raphtalia, Firo, Melty, Atla, and more.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Firo in her gigantic Filorial form has the exact same little-girl voice as her human form. This applies to all other Filorial Queens as well.
  • Void Between the Worlds: When Naofumi returns from his home dimension he perceives the gap as an infinite black space filled with shining lights which are each dimensions.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: When Naofumi is framed for killing Melty the knights use doctored recordings of him apparently strangling her as a wanted poster.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The general view on the Hero of the Shield.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After dealing with the messes the other Heroes caused, Naofumi berates them for their short-sightedness.
    • The Queen calls out Naofumi on his harsh attitude making things harder for her, including turning down offers of help during the deepest parts of his depression.
  • World Tree: Naofumi is not amused when he returns in the final chapter and discovers that the crepe tree he created during his Mad Scientist phase has become known as the "God Tree".
  • Yandere: Motoyasu was killed by two before he was summoned.
  • Younger Than They Look: Raphtalia in the later chapters, she's ten no matter how old she looks. Firo can count considering that she is newly hatched.
    • This trope later applies to most of Naofumi's demi-human slaves and Motoyasu's filorials.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Soul Eaters from Glass' world are monsters that devour the souls of their victims. Domesticated ones are used to prevent the souls of criminals from being reincarnated, as happens with Tact and his comrades.

Alternative Title(s): Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari

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