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* DeathIsCheap: Subverted. There exists a resurrection spell in the New World called Raise Dead. However, it cannot be used to resurrect just anybody as the person being resurrected must have a great amount of life force in order for it to work, and those who do not fit the requirement are simply turned to ash. Even after being resurrected, the person would be left in a very weakened state, requiring a long recovery time. A literal averted example is when Ainz resurrected [[spoiler:Shalltear]], the cost of resurrection being a huge amount of Nazarick's treasures.

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* DeathIsCheap: Subverted. There exists a resurrection spell in the New World called Raise Dead. However, it cannot be used to resurrect just anybody as the person being resurrected must have a great amount of life force in order for it to work, and those who do not fit the requirement are simply turned to ash. Even after being resurrected, the person would be left in a very weakened state, requiring a long recovery time. Additionally, it is a fifth level spell, and humans rarely ever manage to reach even the third level of magic, so mostly, the creatures able to cast it are the powerful monster races which are also the least likely to want to help someone in the first place. A rare exception would be the occasional TokenHeroicOrc and those humans who have supernatural ancestry. A literal averted example is when Ainz resurrected [[spoiler:Shalltear]], the cost of resurrection being a huge amount of Nazarick's treasures.


* GenreDeconstruction: The series heavily takes aim at the TrappedInAnotherWorld genre and presents it in a dark and more realistic take on the concept. The main character, Momonga/Ainz, is overpowered and has a legion of loyal followers including a harem of sorts, but he also gradually becomes the monster he appears as in his quest to create a kingdom for those who serve him. Furthermore, Ainz being overpowered causes a complete breakdown of the status-quo in the world, as his appearance changes how powerful things like magic can truly be, and makes everyone realize they have no chance of stopping someone whose weaker spells are comparable to the strongest spells their most trained magic uses can use. Even the harem aspect is given this, as the Floor Guardians worship him as a God, and believe they owe their beings to him, instead of being attracted out of genuine affection, and none of those romantically interested in Ainz are good people.

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* GenreDeconstruction: The series heavily takes aim at the TrappedInAnotherWorld genre and presents it in a dark and more realistic take on the concept. The main character, Momonga/Ainz, is overpowered and has a legion of loyal followers including a harem of sorts, but he also gradually becomes the monster he appears as in his quest to create a kingdom for those who serve him. Furthermore, Ainz being overpowered causes a complete breakdown of the status-quo in the world, as his appearance changes how powerful things like magic can truly be, and makes everyone realize they have no chance of stopping someone whose weaker spells are comparable to the strongest spells their most trained magic uses can use. Even the harem aspect is given this, as the Floor Guardians worship him as a God, and believe they owe their beings to him, instead of being attracted out of genuine affection, and none of those romantically interested in Ainz are good people. Bluntly speaking, the series shows that an overpowered main character showing up in a fantasy world would be a horrible idea as time goes on, especially for the original inhabitants of the fantasy world.


* {{Deconstruction}}: While the story and setting are very reminiscent of [[{{TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons}} D&D]] with many of the same elements, magic, and creatures in place (not surprising given that the author is an admitted huge tabletop RPG fan), many things, events, characters, and situations are deconstructed from the standard fantasy setting.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: While the story and setting are very reminiscent of [[{{TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons}} D&D]] with many of the same elements, magic, and creatures in place (not surprising given that the author is an admitted huge tabletop RPG fan), many things, events, characters, and situations are deconstructed from the standard fantasy setting.


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* GenreDeconstruction: The series heavily takes aim at the TrappedInAnotherWorld genre and presents it in a dark and more realistic take on the concept. The main character, Momonga/Ainz, is overpowered and has a legion of loyal followers including a harem of sorts, but he also gradually becomes the monster he appears as in his quest to create a kingdom for those who serve him. Furthermore, Ainz being overpowered causes a complete breakdown of the status-quo in the world, as his appearance changes how powerful things like magic can truly be, and makes everyone realize they have no chance of stopping someone whose weaker spells are comparable to the strongest spells their most trained magic uses can use. Even the harem aspect is given this, as the Floor Guardians worship him as a God, and believe they owe their beings to him, instead of being attracted out of genuine affection, and none of those romantically interested in Ainz are good people.

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* 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.


* AlbinosAreFreaks: The acting chief of the Red Eye LizardFolk tribe is an {{Adorkable}} female albino lizardwoman named Crusch Lulu. She believes herself to be ugly because of her albinism, but Zaryusu instantly falls in love with her when he first sees her. Ainz finds her interesting since albinism is so rare. [[spoiler:Crusch and Zaryusu's son is also an albino like his mother.]]

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* AlbinosAreFreaks: The acting chief of the Red Eye LizardFolk tribe is an {{Adorkable}} female a dorky albino lizardwoman named Crusch Lulu. She believes herself to be ugly because of her albinism, but Zaryusu instantly falls in love with her when he first sees her. Ainz finds her interesting since albinism is so rare. [[spoiler:Crusch and Zaryusu's son is also an albino like his mother.]]


** Opening 2: [[spoiler:{{ZigZagged|Trope}} with the part where Momon fighting a masked Demiurge. As while it spoils a fight, it doesn't spoil the context (a setup, they're faking it).]]

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** Opening 2: [[spoiler:{{ZigZagged|Trope}} with the part where Momon fighting fights a masked Demiurge. As while While it spoils a fight, that the fight happens, it doesn't spoil the context (a setup, they're faking it).context. Instead of a misunderstanding, betrayal, or mind control, the fight is actually staged by both of them in advance for various reasons including bolstering Momon's reputation.]]


* BeCarefulWhatYouSay: As a godlike figure who's every word is considered unbreakable law by his followers, Momonga realizes this a bit too late before discovering the ramifications of several offhand comments he makes within earshot of the Floor Guardians.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Jircniv, fully convinced that the only way to stop Ainz is to get him to show his true power before witnesses, so as to convince the other nations to ally against Nazarick. So he asks Ainz to use his most powerful spell to signal the beginning of the attack. His aides consider it impossible that Ainz could kill as many as a thousand men with a single spell, but Ainz casts one that instakills ''70,000 people'' before summoning monsters that raise the death toll to 180,000 (out of 250,000). As a result, everyone thinks Jircniv was overall responsible for the massacre, undermining the goodwill other nations have towards him.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouSay: As a godlike figure who's whose every word is considered unbreakable law by his followers, Momonga realizes this a bit too late before discovering the ramifications of several offhand comments he makes within earshot of the Floor Guardians.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Jircniv, Jircniv is fully convinced that the only way to stop Ainz is to get him to show his true power before witnesses, so as to convince the other nations to ally unite against Nazarick. So he asks Ainz to use his most powerful spell to signal the beginning of the attack. His aides consider it impossible that Ainz could kill as many as a thousand men with a single spell, but Ainz casts one that instakills ''70,000 people'' before summoning monsters that raise the death toll to 180,000 (out of 250,000). As a result, everyone thinks Jircniv was overall responsible for the massacre, undermining the goodwill other nations have towards him.him, and leading some countries to believe uniting against Nazarick is suicide.


* BackFromTheDead: Resurrecting a dead {{NPC}} like one of the Guardians is relatively simple though expensive. Resurrecting someone from the New World is a bit trickier but still doable with resurrection wands. However, it is not possible to bring someone back if they refuse to be revived.

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* BackFromTheDead: Resurrecting a dead {{NPC}} like one of the Guardians is relatively simple though expensive. Resurrecting someone from the New World is a bit trickier but still doable with resurrection wands. However, it is not possible to bring someone back if they refuse to be revived. The New World has a few other methods of resurrection, although they're not as convenient.

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


** Even the anime is this compared to the light novel. It heavily tones down the darker aspects of the characters' personalities, and even outright omits a lot of the really dark background details, such as Demiurge's "sheep farm". It's to the point that, when the 3rd season showed the point in the story where Ainz and the Tomb tortured and slaughtered a bunch of mostly good and decent people, unlike the absolute scum of past seasons, a lot of anime-only viewers were aghast at how genuinely villainous Ainz could be.

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** Even the anime is this compared to the light novel. It heavily tones down the darker aspects of the characters' personalities, and even outright omits a lot of the really dark background details, such as Demiurge's "sheep farm". It's to the point that, when the 3rd season showed the point in the story where Ainz and the Tomb directly tortured and slaughtered a bunch of mostly good and decent people, people on-screen, unlike the absolute scum of past seasons, a lot of anime-only viewers were aghast at how genuinely villainous Ainz could be.


* LighterAndSofter: To an extent (and coupled with DenserAndWackier), the manga adaptation compared to the anime. Common silly anime/manga tropes are prevalent (Momonga's {{Sweat Drop}}s, a super-deformed skeleton head appearing when he's in shock), the more graphically violent scenes are skimmed over, and the timing and presentation on Albedo showing off her hand-made Momonga body pillow to a shocked Demiurge is funnier (shown before any of the Clementine/Khajit plot really kicks off, so there's no tension).

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To an extent (and coupled with DenserAndWackier), the manga adaptation compared to the anime. Common silly anime/manga tropes are prevalent (Momonga's {{Sweat Drop}}s, a super-deformed skeleton head appearing when he's in shock), the more graphically violent scenes are skimmed over, and the timing and presentation on Albedo showing off her hand-made Momonga body pillow to a shocked Demiurge is funnier (shown before any of the Clementine/Khajit plot really kicks off, so there's no tension).tension).
** Even the anime is this compared to the light novel. It heavily tones down the darker aspects of the characters' personalities, and even outright omits a lot of the really dark background details, such as Demiurge's "sheep farm". It's to the point that, when the 3rd season showed the point in the story where Ainz and the Tomb tortured and slaughtered a bunch of mostly good and decent people, unlike the absolute scum of past seasons, a lot of anime-only viewers were aghast at how genuinely villainous Ainz could be.


* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: The New World has a much lower average of strength than the MMORPG YGGDRASIL. In the New World, level 30 characters are considered legendary and 99% of the total world population (from all races, not just humans) fall into the 30 or under category. Also, the way Tier magic leveling works is that a magic user goes up 1 tier per 7 levels in a spell-casting class. This means that the strongest magic casters rarely achieve spells beyond the 4th tier (around level 28). All this combined with the fact that [[NormalFishInATinyPond YGGDRASIL players]] only show up once ever 100 years or so means that on a fundamental level beyond simply UnderestimatingBadassery towards the Tomb Of Nazarick, the New World inhabitants really have no idea what they're dealing with whenever facing off against [[PhysicalGod Ainz]] and his [[PersonOfMassDestruction people]]. When the residents of Nazarick start to show off what they can really do, it's so far outside the experience and imagination of the New World people that many just viewing what level 50 and above characters can do makes them GoMadFromTheRevelation.

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* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: The New World has a much lower average of strength than the MMORPG YGGDRASIL. In the New World, level 30 characters are considered legendary and 99% of the total world population (from all races, not just humans) fall into the 30 or under category. Also, the way Tier magic leveling works is that a magic user goes up 1 tier per 7 levels in a spell-casting class. This means that the strongest magic casters rarely achieve spells beyond the 4th tier (around level 28). All this combined with the fact that [[NormalFishInATinyPond YGGDRASIL players]] only show up once ever 100 years or so means that on a fundamental level beyond simply UnderestimatingBadassery towards the Tomb Of Nazarick, the New World inhabitants really have no idea what they're dealing with whenever facing off against [[PhysicalGod Ainz]] and his [[PersonOfMassDestruction people]]. When the residents of Nazarick start to show off what they can really do, it's so far outside the experience and imagination of the New World people that many just viewing what level 50 and above characters can do makes them GoMadFromTheRevelation.


-->'''-- Ainz Ooal Gown'''

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-->'''-- Ainz -->-- '''Ainz Ooal Gown'''



A {{Turn Based|Combat}} {{RPG}} for mobile, ''Overlord: Mass for the Dead'' had it's Japanese release in 2019 and 2020 for English.

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A {{Turn Based|Combat}} {{RPG}} for mobile, ''Overlord: Mass for the Dead'' had it's its Japanese release in 2019 and 2020 for English.


Not to be confused with the video game series ''Videogame/{{Overlord}}'' or the [[Film/Overlord2018 film]] of the same name. A [[LicensedGame video game adaptation]] of this series was eventually released in July 2019... and it was, [[WeirdCrossover of all things]], a ''VideoGame/{{Picross}}'' game.

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Not to be confused with the video game series ''Videogame/{{Overlord}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' or the [[Film/Overlord2018 film]] of the same name. A [[LicensedGame video game adaptation]] of this series was eventually released in July 2019... and it was, [[WeirdCrossover of all things]], a ''VideoGame/{{Picross}}'' game.



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** Brain faces Cocytus in volume 14 and realizes immediately he has no chance of winning. Despite this, he goes all out anyway. Brain takes multiple enhancement potions and activates more Martial Arts than he ever had in his life, breaking his natural limits. [[spoiler:Cocytus still kills him before his attack can even reach Cocytus. Cocytus nonetheless pays respect to Brain, noting that his last attack was around level 40 in terms of strength.]]

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