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William Twining is a realist who lives a comfortable life with his uncle, Lord Barton, and his butler, Kevin, in Victorian Britain. Despite believing in the power of science over the power of God, William attends a prestigious and expensive school with the hope of eventually becoming a successful politician or lawyer. On returning home for the holidays, however, he is received by Kevin, who informs him that Uncle Barton's business endeavors have failed and that the Twining family is now essentially bankrupt. Desperate to find something of value to sell in order to pay off his overdue school fees, William searches the now-empty mansion and stumbles upon a Secret Underground Passage leading to a locked door. He breaks the door down, accidentally cutting his hand in the process. When blood from the wound drips onto a seal carved into the floor, the demon Dantalion, duke of the 36th army of hell, is inadvertently summoned. Dantalion declares that the demons' emperor Lucifer has taken to a long sleep and that the demon world needs a leader to rule in his place. He then reveals that William is the heir of King Solomon... and that he's the only one who can decide who will become the acting ruler.William is then thrust into the world of demons and angels as candidates for the emperorship begin seeking him out, some to appeal for his vote and others to eliminate him altogether. Throughout all the otherworldly chaos, William continues to stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the existence of the supernatural and attempts to carry on his school life as normally as before despite the mounting danger rising around him. Throw in some scheming angels who want Solomon's soul for themselves and a full-scale war between heaven and hell, and William's life goes from strange to downright perilous.Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist (Hell Prince: Devils and Realist) is an ongoing comedy/fantasy Josei manga that began its run in Comic Zero-Sum magazine in 2009. It is written by Madoka Takadono and illustrated by Utako Yukihiro and is currently at 7 volumes.An anime adaptation aired during the Summer 2013 Anime season and a visual novel was also released.Now has a Character Page in much need of love.
Anime Catholicism: Notably, this is mostly averted with the fantasy elements of the series, which draw more from Christian demonology than Eastern misconceptions of Catholicism (not in the least because the Church the characters need to deal with is the Church of England). Still, there are many instances of...
In the manga, there are only maids and William has Dantalion doing another job because he doesn't want to
Fantastic Racism: Many high-ranking angels and "pureblood" demons (technically fallen angels) hold humans in contempt, and this extends to angels/demons who used to be human.
Flat Earth Atheist: Despite numerous instances of the inexplicable happening around him and his two demon schoolmates following him around, it takes William a very long time to admit that demons exist.
Foot Focus: Michael really likes stepping on and kicking Uriel.
Gecko Ending: The (first season of the?) anime ended with Lucifer, Sytry, and Cameo remaining in Hell after Lucifer woke up, and everyone except William and possibly Kevin seemingly forgetting about them. This takes place around the time chapter 32, though, aside from Lucifer awakening, none of these happen in the manga.
I Have No Son: Solomon's father David refuses to acknowledge him as his son, accusing him of heresy and being evil. In retaliation, Solomon locks him up and doesn't let him go until he agrees to take back what he said, but the father doesn't.
Magical Girl: Joan of Arc, bizarrely. In life she broke traditions and donned armor disguised as a man to save France. In sainthood she wears short skirts and frills and calls her attacks "Virgin Power."
Master of Disguise: Pretty much every angel and demon ever. It's ridiculously easy for them to assume the corporal forms of humans and just impersonate them.
Memento MacGuffin: Solomon's ring is a family heirloom and one of the few things William has left from his family. When he puts it on, he takes on Solomon's personality.
Mr. Exposition: Isaac, because of his deep knowledge of everything supernatural.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Uriel's general relationship with his boss, Michael, though this is more due Michael threatening to harm him and William if he doesn't comply. He was the one who tore off his other wing, after all. Crosses into My Country, Right or Wrong with regards to Heaven. It has been shown that Uriel's attitude has been changing over the years, though, as a flashback shows that he was more of a Knight Templar during Solomon's time. When he is ordered to bring William to heaven, he struggles with the decision greatly, since he cares about William and basically has to decide whether to let William get brainwashed or let him get killed.
A stronger case is Joan's. She will do anything for Michael.
Never Be Hurt Again: Gilles seems to work by this in a strange and extreme way. He was extremely devastated when Joan was betrayed, captured, tortured, and killed, and afterwards avoided making any more personal relationships.
Nightmare Fetishist: Isaac is fascinated by the occult. He's thrilled to meet the many legendary demons and angels that follow in William's wake. In the anime, he says he's afraid of ghosts, though.
Refusal of the Call: William wants nothing to do with the supernatural. He refuses to acknowledge his role as Elector, preferring to live a normal school life.
The Call Knows Where You Live: Unfortunately for William, the demons aren't willing to leave him alone. Dantalion and Sytry enroll at William`s school as students, allowing them to keep an eye on the Elector without being too suspicious.
Reincarnation: William is the reincarnation of his distant ancestor Solomon, which apparently means he should have inherited Solomon's memories (but he didn't).
According to Uriel, all humans are reincarnated over and over and each life story is recorded in their "books".
Secret Identity: Kevin is in fact Uriel, who has been impersonating the real Kevin since the death of William's parents.
Double Consciousness and Becoming the Mask: Uriel genuinely loves William, and would rather not harm him. Metatron implies that William is more important to him than Michael, and that all he really wants is to remain William's butler.
Sweet Tooth: Sytry has taken to human-made sweets very fast, and he's often seen munching on biscuits or candy. Metatron also seems to have a thing for them. Becomes a plot point in episode 10 when his cook Leonard loses the cooking competition against Baphomet because Sytry voted for the desserts.