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* AnachronicOrder: The light novel starts with Ainz (identity yet unknown to the reader) rescuing two Carne village girls, cuts back to Momonga and the last few seconds of Yggdrasil, back to the attack on the village that leads to Ainz' rescue, then to Momonga's realizing he's in the new world...
* AnimalisticAbilities: A bandit with the Shamanic Adept class calls out the names of different animals (which manifest as glowing tattoos) to give him corresponding stat boosts. Unfortunately for him, he's dealing with Sebas, one of Nazerick's EliteMooks who are magnitudes more powerful than even the best the world has to offer. The bandits abilities prove useless.

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* AnachronicOrder: The light novel starts with Ainz (identity yet unknown to the reader) rescuing two Carne village girls, cuts back to Momonga and the last few seconds of Yggdrasil, YGGDRASIL, back to the attack on the village that leads to Ainz' rescue, then to Momonga's realizing he's in the new world...
* AnimalisticAbilities: A bandit with the Shamanic Adept class calls out the names of different animals (which manifest as glowing tattoos) to give him corresponding stat boosts. Unfortunately for him, he's dealing with Sebas, one of Nazerick's EliteMooks who are magnitudes more powerful than even the best the world has to offer. The bandits abilities prove useless.
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* AnimalisticAbilities: A bandit with the Shamanic Adept class calls out the names of different animals (which manifest as glowing tattoos) to give him corresponding stat boosts. Unfortunately for him, he's dealing with Sebas, one of Nazerick's EliteMooks who are magnitudes more powerful than even the best the world has to offer. The bandits abilities prove useless.


* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The south apparently serves as Japan / the Far East: Nabe and Ainz' illusory face are said to look southern, Brain's Katana comes from there, and they apparently have Buddhism as one of their religions. May be averted in that the area may have been founded by Players from Japan. The Eight Greed Kings' castle is also to the south.

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The south apparently serves as Japan / the Far East: Nabe and Ainz' illusory face are said to look southern, Brain's Katana comes from there, and they apparently have Buddhism as one of their religions. May be averted in that the area may have been founded by Players from Japan. The Eight Greed Kings' castle is also to the south.


** Ainz ordering Sebas to kill Tuare. [[spoiler:Sebas obeys, but Ainz had Cocytus block the attack and determine whether or not it was delivered with killing intent.]]

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** Ainz ordering Sebas to kill Tuare. [[spoiler:Sebas obeys, but Ainz had Cocytus block the attack and determine whether or not it was delivered with killing intent. This proves that Tuare hasn't compromised Sebas's loyalty to Ainz, which is all he wanted to know.]]


* MoralMyopia: The denizens of Nazarick have no qualms over treating outsiders like vermin to be exploited and crushed, and gleefully subject humans and other species to murder, manipulation and torture. But if anyone does the same to them they get extremely pissed. Even the slightest insult or sign of disrespect (even an unwitting one) towards Nazarick or Ainz is absolutely unforgivable and must be paid for with blood. Ainz embracing this mindset is one of the signs showing that he is [[BecomingTheMask growing into his role]] as a true EvilOverlord.

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* MoralMyopia: The denizens of Nazarick have no qualms over treating outsiders like vermin to be exploited and crushed, and gleefully subject humans and other species to murder, manipulation and torture. But However, if anyone does the same to them they get extremely pissed. Even or Ainz, even the slightest insult or sign of disrespect (even an unwitting one) towards Nazarick or Ainz is absolutely unforgivable and must be paid for with blood. Ainz embracing this mindset is one of the signs showing that he is [[BecomingTheMask growing into his role]] as a true EvilOverlord.


* MoralMyopia: The denizens of Nazarick have no qualms over treating outsiders like vermin to be exploited and crushed, and gleefully subject humans and other species to murder, manipulation and torture. However, if anyone does the same to them or Ainz, even the slightest insult or sign of disrespect (even an unwitting one) towards Nazarick or Ainz is absolutely unforgivable and must be paid for with blood. Ainz embracing this mindset is one of the signs showing that he is [[BecomingTheMask growing into his role]] as a true EvilOverlord.

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* MoralMyopia: The denizens of Nazarick have no qualms over treating outsiders like vermin to be exploited and crushed, and gleefully subject humans and other species to murder, manipulation and torture. However, But if anyone does the same to them or Ainz, even they get extremely pissed. Even the slightest insult or sign of disrespect (even an unwitting one) towards Nazarick or Ainz is absolutely unforgivable and must be paid for with blood. Ainz embracing this mindset is one of the signs showing that he is [[BecomingTheMask growing into his role]] as a true EvilOverlord.

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* CreepyCrawlyTorture: The Guardians manage to completely and utterly break a criminal syndicate to their will by having cockroaches repeatedly devour them from the inside and then healing them back to full health before they die. Even once restored they can't eat solid food, but are desperate to do anything to please their masters for fear of it happening again.


* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Arche, who has the ability to detect a person's magical potential, initially thinks Ainz is unable to cast magic. [[IAmNotLeftHanded And then he removes the ring that suppresses his magic aura]]. Arche doubles over vomiting and is pretty much incapacitated just from the sheer magical pressure emanating from him, and Roberdyck is forced to cast a courage spell on her just to get her back on her feet. The anime shows that a first tier magic caster has a slightly visible magic aura around them, by contrast, Ainz (who can cast Super Tier magic) has a huge roiling maelstrom of raging magic force around him that seems to stretch all the way to the sky.

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Arche, who has the ability to detect a person's magical potential, initially thinks Ainz is unable to cast magic. [[IAmNotLeftHanded And then he removes the ring that suppresses his magic aura]]. Arche ''immediately'' doubles over vomiting and is pretty much incapacitated just from the sheer magical pressure emanating from him, and Roberdyck is forced to cast a courage spell on her just to get her back on her feet. The anime shows that a first tier magic caster has a slightly visible magic aura around them, by contrast, Ainz (who can cast Super Tier magic) has a huge roiling maelstrom of raging magic force around him that seems to stretch all the way to the sky.


* YesMan: Part of Ainz' problem is that each and every one of the servants who were brought over with him view him as their creator and PhysicalGod and cannot even conceive of disobeying or backtalking him, which creates problems when he's genuinely trying to make their lives easier and they only want to serve him. He starts recruiting natives in order to have a different perspective on things. One scene in the light novel illustrates his first attempt at getting around this: he creates a Death Knight and uses it to take a poll. Unfortunately, a Death Knight is still a {{mook}}|s (and is extremely aware of this fact), but the denizens of Nazarick ''still'' treat him as the Will Of Ainz Made Manifest, which prevents the poor Death Knight from carrying out his mission properly.

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* YesMan: Part of Ainz' problem is that each and every one of the servants who were brought over with him view him as their creator and PhysicalGod and cannot even conceive of disobeying or backtalking him, which creates problems when he's genuinely trying to make their lives easier and they only want to serve him. He starts recruiting natives in order to have a different perspective on things. One scene in the light novel illustrates his first attempt at getting around this: he creates a Death Knight and uses it to take a poll. Unfortunately, a Death Knight is still a {{mook}}|s {{mook}} (and is extremely aware of this fact), but the denizens of Nazarick ''still'' treat him as the Will Of Ainz Made Manifest, which prevents the poor Death Knight from carrying out his mission properly.


* AdaptationDistillation: Many fans were disappointed (and some downright ''pissed'') that MadHouse decided to cut out a lot of scenes in the light novel to rush the first season of the anime to finish up to the third volume.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Many fans were disappointed (and some downright ''pissed'') that MadHouse Madhouse decided to cut out a lot of scenes in the light novel to rush the first season of the anime to finish up to the third volume.


''Overlord'' is a Japanese web novel written by Kugane Maruyama. It has been adapted into a light novel published by Enterbrain and illustrated by So-bin, a monthly manga by Miyama Fugin, and a {{Summer 2015|Anime}} anime series produced by Creator/{{Madhouse}}. A second season aired starting January 2018 and a third in July 2018.

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''Overlord'' is a Japanese web novel written by Kugane Maruyama. It has been adapted into a light novel published by Enterbrain and illustrated by So-bin, a monthly manga by Miyama Fugin, and a {{Summer 2015|Anime}} anime series produced by Creator/{{Madhouse}}. A second season aired starting January 2018 and a third in July 2018.
2018. A fourth season and a movie, collectively covering light novel volumes 10-13, were confirmed in May of 2021, although no release date has been given.

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* TheExtremistWasRight: Emperor Jircniv's lifelong goal is to ensure his nation will become a beacon of what humanity should look up to for generations to come. How does he do it? Takes control of the imperial knights at age 12. Establishes control of the entire county. Has all of his relatives assassinated so no one can contest his claim to the throne. Then he weeds out all incompetent members of the aristocracy, taking their money and land to use it to finance the military and increase the standard of living on every level he can think of, then elevates talented commoners to higher stations to assist in his vision. And it works. Oh, and Jircniv is only [[ChildProdigy 22 years old.]] He did all this in just ten years.


* MagickarpPower: The Horn of the Goblin General. Most players of YGGDRASIL dismiss it as a gimmick low level item that summons a pack of twenty or so goblins at your command. After using it once, Enri's [[BenevolentBoss interactions with the goblins]] somehow fufilled a hidden condition for the item. When forced to use the second charge of the horn, rather than another twenty low level goblins, it summoned an army of ''five thousand'' elite soldiers at her command.

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* MagickarpPower: MagikarpPower: The Horn of the Goblin General. Most players of YGGDRASIL dismiss it as a gimmick low level item that summons a pack of twenty or so goblins at your command. After using it once, Enri's [[BenevolentBoss interactions with the goblins]] somehow fufilled a hidden condition for the item. When forced to use the second charge of the horn, rather than another twenty low level goblins, it summoned an army of ''five thousand'' elite soldiers at her command.



* OvertookTheManga: The anime's second season had already ended and the third season announced while the manga still has yet to reach the second season's final arc [[spoiler:Ainz sparing Tuare, the raid on Eight Fingers, and the first appearance of Jaldabaoth.]] Thankfully, the light novel still has plenty of material.


* ActorAllusion: Clementine’s Japanese voice actress, Creator/AoiYuuki, went on to voice [[LightNovel/SagaOfTanyaTheEvil another sadistic character with a high opinion of her fighting skills]].



* ActorAllusion: Clementine’s Japanese voice actress, Creator/AoiYuuki, went on to voice [[LightNovel/SagaOfTanyaTheEvil another sadistic character with a high opinion of her fighting skills]].

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* HerosSlaveHarem: Ainz Ooal Gown is the supreme ruler of The Great Tomb of Nazarick, and because every resident besides himself were once videogame [=NPCs=], they are bound to obey his will. Several female [=NPCs=] in the Tomb are also either in love with him (Albedo, Shalltear) or greatly lust after him (Solution Epsilon and Neuronist Painkill). While Ainz is a VillainProtagonist, he is ALighterShadeOfBlack who is both aware of the interests of his female subjects and in fact disturbed by it. He confesses to Albedo at one point that he reset her settings to be in love with him, but she dismisses it [[HappinessInMindControl and says that if her love doesn't bother him, then she sees no problem.]]

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