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    Sword Maiden 

Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Meg McClain (English)
With these eyes, I see many things... things you cannot imagine...

A blind woman and former Gold-ranked adventurer who runs the Temple of Law as Archbishop of the Supreme God. Having heard of Goblin Slayer's achievements, she enlists him and his party to slay goblins infesting the sewers underneath Water Town, the city her temple oversees.

  • The Ace: She made her mark in history ten years ago for her role in defeating the Demon Lord, in particular ending the machinations of an order known as the Evil Sect. Even long after her retirement, the group is no closer to summoning their god thanks to her power and influence.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In her early days as Female Bishop, word got out that she failed her very first quest, a goblin-slaying mission no less. Almost every adventurer since gave her the cold shoulder because they didn't want to associate with such a beacon of bad luck and (perceived) incompetence, forcing her to peddle her services as an appraiser just to get by.
  • Blind Seer: An encounter with goblins early in her adventuring days left her eyes burned blind, but she was afterwards blessed with Aura Vision that perceives enough to let her get around with minimal need for aid.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Her sword is gilded. Justified as she uses it as a Magic Staff and Staff of Authority rather than a melee weapon.
  • Breakout Character: She headlines Spin-Off web novel Goblin Slayer Side Story 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana about her quest to take out the Demon Lord that was her original claim to fame, alongside her old party of adventurers.
  • Broken Ace: Mixed with Broken Bird - a single mistake was all it took to make her what she is now. She is blinded, mentally-shattered, and instilled with a crippling fear of goblins. Her nights are constantly plagued with nightmares. Worst of all, no one would ever pay heed to her cries for help, because what would they, and a legendary hero like her, have to fear against the most common and lowliest of mooks?
  • Broken Smile: When Goblin Slayer rejected her romantic entreatments and mustered no sympathy for her past experiences, she cracked a wry, vacant little grin to his turned back as her inner demons rose up to drag her under completely... until Goblin Slayer relented and spoke words and promises that at last brought her reprieve from the trauma and nightmares of her past.
  • Cat Smile: In the manga, when Goblin Slayer asks if she knew all along about the Water Town goblin nest before hiring him, and admits to having no basis for suspecting any conspiracy and had decided to interrogate all the quest-givers on a whim, Sword Maiden gives a tiny, rueful smirk at having fallen for the bluff and confessing so readily.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: While speaking with Noble Fencer in Volume 6 and learning about her being rescued by Goblin Slayer, she immediately casts a spell to read her mind and learn her opinion and intentions toward him. When she visits the Adventurer's Guild to ask Goblin Slayer to be a temporary bodyguard in Volume 8, she uses the opportunity to scope out her competition.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Promo art and the anime show Sword Maiden's eyes to be a washed out blue-grey in color, further paled by her cataracts, and she more than fits their historic connotations of beauty, cynicism, and altered vision.
  • Commonality Connection: Feels kinship with Noble Fencer for their... mutual trauma, and takes her in a part-time assistant and informal apprentice when she sets up shop in Water Town as Female Merchant.
  • Covered with Scars: Her body is covered in several faint white lines that have all mostly healed by the time the events of the story take place. Her eyes, which she keeps behind a blindfold, were less so. All evidence of having been a former toy for goblins.
  • Cowardly Lion: Even as late as Volume 8, she is not over her phobia of goblins despite how much peace of mind Goblin Slayer has helped her regain. She locks herself in her carriage for a full day after goblin wolf riders attempt to harass her caravan, and when she is sent as The Cavalry to get Goblin Slayer's injured party out of the Dungeon of the Dead, she is unable to bring herself to take any more active measures than shooting off one lighting spell from a far distance and clinging to her Alligator familiar as she watches her battle-priest retinue charge in for her (which is still an improvement in itself).
  • Defiled Forever: How she feels concerning her... experience in goblin captivity. Since There Are No Therapists, she simply can't move on.
  • Dork Knight: Ex-Gold rank adventurer and an archbishop of the Church of the Supreme God. Gets chided by her attendant for poor sleeping behavior, sulks for it, and nibbles on her pillow.
  • Double Entendre: Couldn't resist cracking a pointed remark about Goblin Slayer "sharing a bed" with her and Priestess to heal him with Resurrection, cementing her status as The Tease.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: A slightly different take on the norm given her condition, but the Resurrection miracle provided ample opportunity to burn the sensation of Goblin Slayer's naked chest into her memories.
  • Eye Scream: She wasn't always blind. When goblins kidnapped her, among other things they burned her eyes with a torch.
  • Famed in Story: She was formerly a member of the adventuring party that slew a Demon Lord, becoming a household name in the process. A decade later, she is still regarded as a Living Legend.
  • Familiar: An albino alligator. It had been defending the sewers underneath Water Town well before Goblin Slayer's arrival and is the reason there are no giant rats to hunt.
  • Flashback Echo: In the manga, Sword Maiden gets flashes of her time in the hands of goblins from just looking down at her own body.
  • Foil:
    • Both Sword Maiden and Goblin Slayer had their lives forever altered by the machinations of goblins at a young age. Shackled by intense trauma and mental baggage, they are a pair of damaged goods who still pushed on and became successful adventurers. However, a closer look into their lives exhibits just how Sword Maiden is everything Goblin Slayer isn’t:
      • Sword Maiden is a stunningly beautiful woman whose looks and grace draws admiration from all, complemented by robes that show off her curves and leave little to the imagination. The only imperfection about her appearance is the blindfold that covers her useless eyes. Goblin Slayer isn’t too bad on the looks department either, but he covers everything behind plated armor and a closed helmet, and his eyes are never seen by the audience.
      • As an authority figure and dedicated caster of miracles, Sword Maiden rarely permits herself to take direct action, so she works through proxies such as hired help, astral projections, and familiars. Once she gets involved in a fight, though, she's packing enough power to bring even gods to their knees. Goblin Slayer is a frontlines man through and through, freely getting himself involved in the thick of combat. He's not an especially great fighter due to Crippling Overspecialization and cheap gear, but if it's good enough for goblins, then it's good enough for him.
      • Gold- and Silver-rank are granted only to the most powerful, skilled, and trustworthy adventurers as proof of their accomplishments. Naturally, Sword Maiden is utterly revered as an unquestioned Living Legend for defeating the Demon Lord. By contrast, Goblin Slayer’s skill as an adventurer is frequently doubted upon by skeptics, especially since he was only given his rank as the Guild’s sole goblin exterminator.
      • However, it is because of Sword Maiden's accolades that she ends up finding herself distanced from her peers, somebody to be admired from afar. Her subjects put too much faith in her abilities when she's the one who needs help the most. Until the events of Volume 2 occurred, she had virtually nothing to show for all the adulation heaped upon her. Goblin Slayer was mostly isolated too, but he’s always had at least someone willing to reach out to him and give support, be it his childhood friend, his receptionist, or his partners.
      • Sword Maiden's mental health issues are characterized by vivid night terrors, arrested development, and a desperate need for love from an empathetic soul. Because of this, she latches onto Goblin Slayer like a child does with a security blanket, and reveals another side of herself that is vulnerable, fanciful, coquettish, and occasionally even petty when she's not upholding her image. Goblin Slayer is also mentally inhibited and sometimes insecure, but his emotions are mostly numbed whenever he isn't in the midst of Tranquil Fury.
      • Ultimately, their fates at the hands of goblins have taken them through wildly different approaches with their lives, becoming the crux of the issue at the climax of Volume 2 - Sword Maiden had her innocence destroyed through degradation by torture and rape; for her, goblins were something to be feared. Indeed, her paralyzing phobia would plague her for years to come. Even so, she managed to save the world, and would go on to live a mostly functional life as a world-renowned holy woman. Meanwhile, Goblin Slayer had his innocence destroyed along with his sister and his hometown; for him, goblins were meant to be butchered with a vengeance. This anger has been focused into an understandable desire to take down as many of the bastards as possible, and it has worked wonders for the people he saved, Sword Maiden included. He's never going to aim for higher though, and his future prospects aren't good if he's left to his own devices.
    • Not only does she and Priestess share some physical traits, but she too differentiates from Goblin Slayer's age by about five years, behaved very much like the younger girl in her adventuring days, and understood how menacing goblins can be at around the same age as well. Given some years, experience, and... filling out, Priestess may mature to resemble Sword Maiden in both stature and position. So it is not too difficult to infer that she is a possible outcome of Priestess' future, had Goblin Slayer been too late to rescue her in their first encounter.
  • Freudian Excuse: She's an emotional wreck behind closed doors, and a frequent victim of night terrors. For an archbishop and a major figure, she can be surprisingly cynical about heroes and politics. Even with those she likes, she can be unnerving at times, as Priestess can attest to, and some of her actions (like attempting to seduce Goblin Slayer with her personal story about being a rape victim) show signs of a not-entirely well woman. Just like how Goblin Slayer's experience with the monsters left a lasting impression on his psyche, her experience as a prisoner broke her completely, except she's now too afraid to ever face goblins on her own.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In spite of her beauty and gentle appearance, she can be surprisingly harsh at times, such as warning Priestess that Goblin Slayer cannot protect her forever directly after implying first-hand experience with goblin savagery. She also takes direct control of her alligator to stalk the underground labyrinth, tearing monsters apart and chasing away adventurers to prevent casualties.
  • Handicapped Badass: Back in her heyday. She was blinded before she went on to become a legendary hero, performing the deeds that promoted her into Gold-ranked status.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Years of the people around her being unable to accept the idea that she could have ever been any less capable or untouchable than she is now have caused her to internalize a self-image of herself as still the hapless, unfortunate rookie that got overpowered by goblins on her first quest, referring to herself as "Just a weak little girl" in need of saving, despite having long since risen to become a demon-slaying, world-saving Gold Rank.
  • High Priest: She's an archbishop, after all.
  • Hypocrite: Chastises Priestess during their shared bath scene for leaning on Goblin Slayer as a source of strength, and warns her to keep in mind that he inevitably will fall someday. By the end of the Water Town goblin extermination quest, Sword Maiden has formed a romantic obsession for Goblin Slayer, to the point of shamelessly propositioning him on his last day in the city and using the memory of his martial prowess as a sleep aid.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The vivisected girl in a back alley of Water Town that kick-started the whole investigation into potential goblins hiding in the sewers was a Frame-Up... on the goblins. Actual goblins would have taken the girl back to their nest first, not cut her apart in human territory, something that Goblin Slayer caught on from the start. The girl was really a victim of Evil Sect's rituals, but the order was supposed to be dead, and Sword Maiden saw an opportunity to finally bring a proper scare and justification to actively hunt goblins in the sewers. Even if it means pinning the blame on the wrong culprit.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: After losing her old adventuring party and finding herself isolated in a sea of supplicants, sycophants, and servants, she is slowly falling apart from the need for someone, anyone at all, who understands her pain, likes her for herself, and is willing to comfort her in the face of the terrors of her past that still haunt her.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She is subtly upset upon learning that Goblin Slayer has a young woman waiting for him at home, and envies both her and Priestess for being much more emotionally resilient compared to a "desperate, weak girl" such as herself.
  • Intimate Healing: What her miracle Resurrection essentially is. So long as the target is not actually dead, it can stitch shattered bones together, and restore a body to peak health and stamina. However, due to its extensive setup and highly specific requirements, she almost never uses it.
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: Goblin Slayer, a fellow victim of goblins, seemed to fit what Sword Maiden wanted out of a confidant, and not just to empathize and soothe her anxieties: Come the opportunity to spend time together in private, her repeated pleas all but screamed exactly how she wanted him to "comfort" her. Which is why she's crushed to learn the hard way that Goblin Slayer wouldn't (or couldn't) reciprocate her. He just kills goblins - nothing more, nothing less. Sword Maiden would just have to make do with that instead.
  • Ironic Nickname: She is called the "Sword Maiden" but, as her backstory reveals, she was raped by goblins, thus is not a maiden at all. In a light novel interlude, a cultist of the gods of chaos spitefully lampshades this fact.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Though semi-retired, she remains a high-powered and stalwart keeper of the peace, and champion of the Supreme God. However, she remains all but psychologically broken from her early experiences of the depths of the depravity of monsters, and during the occupation of Water Town by Evil Sectarians and a goblin nest she is aghast at how none of the city natives seem to care about the periodic disappearances and butchering so long as they aren't in their neighborhoods. Not helped by the fact she can't get the army, who could effectively handle the problem, to help because the King is focused on using the army to exterminate demons.
  • Love Confession: Or something to that effect to Goblin Slayer, seeing as he's the only one making an effort to help - everyone else sees her as a powerful figure, so they don't recognize her fear of goblins. Whether or not he acknowledges her words, or even hears them, is a different matter entirely.
    Sword Maiden: I... I cherish you...!
  • Loving a Shadow: Sword Maiden's infatuation with Goblin Slayer began before she had ever met the man, having learned of his existence through folk songs. Once they meet, she willingly puts up with his brusque conduct, opens her heart to him, and more. It's quite a literal case too, considering her eyes; when she thinks of him, she imagines a figure clad in stalwart armor only tangentially related to Goblin Slayer's actual appearance. In the end of Volume 2, Sword Maiden finally snaps and undergoes a mental breakdown when he firmly rejects her pleas to relieve her anguish. Having said that, his last words afterward not only bring her back from the brink, but reinforce her love and desire to pursue him.
  • Magic Staff: A sword with gilded edges and scales hanging off the hilt, the sign of the Supreme God, serves as this.
  • Most Common Superpower: Has one of the largest busts of the entire cast, and her backstory marks her as the most powerful, if now retired, adventurer properly introduced as of yet.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a very voluptuous body, and gets both a Furo Scene and a Bedmate Reveal scene involving Priestess, with Goblin Slayer participating in the latter. Priestess herself has a hard time looking away.
  • Naughty Nuns: For someone intended to be a High Priest, her ceremonial robes do a poor job at concealing her curves. She is also deeply in love with Goblin Slayer and throws herself at his arms, alas he is too single-minded in his quest to pay any attention.
  • No Hero to His Valet: The one person who treats Sword Maiden as just a woman besides Goblin Slayer is her Attendant, who freely chides and jokes about her lovelorn ways. She used to be just as stiff as anyone else when Sword Maiden was hiding her pain, but she's grateful for the newfound casualness all the same, particularly when she transcribes her letters to Goblin Slayer for her with discretion.
  • Not Herself: Says that the main reason she was so harsh with Priestess in the bath was because mind-melding with her alligator familiar taxed her enough to rob her of her usual patience.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While Goblin Slayer's company were busy foiling Dark Elf's plan to summon Hecatoncheir in the flesh, Sword Maiden participated alongside a Platinum-ranked hero in fending off the genuine article within the spirit realm via Astral Projection. Said giant was so powerful, its mere presence manifested in the real world as the howling storm the company did battle in.
  • Ornamental Weapon: Her sword is a glorified catalyst, decorated with a gold cap on the tip and hanging scales on the crossguard.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Plagued by nightmares about her time at the hands of goblins for years on end, until Goblin Slayer leaves her with a promise to always answer her call for salvation, even in her dreams. Her personal attendants note that she has slept soundly and restfully ever since.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: Ever since she helped topple the Demon Lord, achieved the Gold-rank, and assumed her position as Archbishop, the people around her have stayed at arm's length and insisted on treating her as an all-powerful pillar of strength, when what she wants and desperately needs is someone she can be comforted by and vulnerable around. The pressure to live up to her pedestal and hide the marks of her past trauma have beaten her psyche down almost more than the actual trauma itself. This is best exemplified in Volume 8, when the Capital's upper echelon, upon learning that goblins have taken the Princess to the Dungeon of the Dead, starts imploring Sword Maiden to head there and rescue her. Caught between their expectations, her violent flashbacks, and her goblin phobia, the poor woman came dangerously close to snapping like a twig.
  • Psychic Link: Can establish one with her giant white alligator familiar to direct it in patrolling the sewers for monsters. She dislikes doing so because she then feels the sensations of everything it does.
  • Rape as Backstory: Over ten years ago she was knocked unconscious and dragged into a goblin nest, where she was tortured and raped for an indefinite amount of time. How she managed to get out was not explained, but the experience left her scarred both physically and mentally, with no one to turn to for comfort.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The longest mane in the series by a large margin, the ends of her hair tickle her calves.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She too is one of the few people outside of Goblin Slayer's circle to fully comprehend the horrors goblins represent. However, she is unique in that she is in an actual position of power to make a change, and was the one who authorized the investigation and consequent purging of the sewers before hiring him.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: Though she's long since healed the worst of the burn scars on her face, the eyes themselves remain opaque and sightless under her blindfold.
  • Sanity Slippage: She was actually much more well-adjusted as a marginalized rookie freshly recovered from her captivity than as a mature hero a decade past the event. Being separated from her old companions, having to shoulder the expectations of the entire nation, and being exposed to the Dungeon of the Dead have all worsened her mental condition exponentially.
  • Sewer Gator: She keeps a giant albino alligator as a [[Familiar.]]
  • Sex for Solace: Ultimately what she wants from Goblin Slayer. The anime plays it up after the Resurrection miracle as she gets very touchy and snugly with a shirtless Goblin Slayer.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Daikatana reveals her to have been this as an aspiring adventurer. Her initial class was Bishop and it's stated that any decent Appraiser (her fallback career) needs to have an extensive background in magical studies to properly detect enchantments and curses on loot. All of this suggests either an exceptional prodigy or a woman who took extra time to fully develop her skills before taking to the field. It's just too bad that still wasn't enough to come out ahead on her first quest.
  • Smells Sexy: Even Goblin Slayer himself can't help but take note of her beguiling fragrance.
  • Sour Supporter: Nakedly resents the King for dismissing her fear of goblins and supplications for proper military mobilization against them despite being her old adventuring partner and knowing the reason for her phobia, one example being him doing anything about the growing Water Town goblin infestation problem. When he visits her to complain about Evil Wizard building a Mage Tower and shutting down regional trade routes while his army is still mopping up the demons, all she does is mock him for being both unwilling and unable to protect his subjects from local threats and sing a song celebrating the idea of him being violently deposed.
  • Stepford Smiler: Is almost always smiling in all of her interactions. As the trope suggests, she's hiding a lot of depression and anxiety underneath.
  • Synchronization: She feels whatever her alligator familiar experiences. Seeing as she has it patrolling the sewers for monster swarms to fight and eat, she's often driven to the bathhouse to try to wash away the sensations.
  • Tears of Joy: After Goblin Slayer promises to kill all goblins should she call for him, even in her dreams, she breaks down into these tears and declares her Love Confession for him.
  • The Tease: For an archbishop, she's surprisingly forward and flirty to Goblin Slayer. It's genuine affection; much to her disappointment, it never gets a rise out of him.
  • There Are No Therapists: Forget professional help; almost none of the people around her that she wants to open up to about her torment are willing to believe that a woman of her power could have ever been taken advantage of by mere goblins, unwittingly shaming her for weakness and worsening her internal agony and self-disgust.
  • The Unchosen One: Unlike the elusive Platinum-ranked heroes, she just happened to be an exceptional individual who wasn't destined to save the world, but managed anyway.
  • Vapor Wear: Her outfit is sideless, showing she doesn't wear underwear.
  • Virgin Power: Her miracle Resurrection requires a virgin to be present. Unfortunately, Sword Maiden has been violated by goblins and therefore can no longer perform it alone. She can, however, cast it with a virgin (such as Priestess) present nearby as a "material component" for her spell.
  • When She Smiles: When her attendant mentions Goblin Slayer and suggests writing a letter to him, Sword Maiden immediately perks up and her face literally beams with a huge smile. It's absolutely adorable.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Played for Drama. The entire reason why she hired Goblin Slayer in the first place is because she can never bring herself to confront goblins ever again - she fears that if the goblin swarm within the sewers ever makes it above ground, she will just fall apart entirely at the seams, leaving Water Town defenseless.
  • Woman Child: She knows well enough to keep it hidden in public, but she can be a bit immature for a twenty-five-year-old. Sword Maiden has an especially noticeable habit of sulking like a teenage girl whenever the subject involves Goblin Slayer.
  • Workaholic: She used to bury herself in work to distract herself from her problems. She's a little more lax now, but her attendants still think she needs more rest.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: When she leads to charge to save Goblin Slayer's party from the remains of the cultist horde in volume 8, she launches a spell that hits their vanguard with purple lightning.

    Noble Fencer 

Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese), Anairis Quinones (English)
Noble Fencer after the events of Volume 5

An aristocratic young woman who ran away from home to become an adventurer. The plot of the fifth volume of the light novel is kicked off when Goblin Slayer and his party are hired to recover her when she goes missing hunting goblins in an ice mountain.

  • Ancestral Weapon: She wields an ancient silver rapier that is a heirloom of her house. She begs Goblin Slayer to let her accompany the party to retrieve it from the goblin paladin after he saves her and makes clear he intends to finish the job on her horde-extermination quest.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Survives her experience with the goblins with only the brand on her neck, and rape. Justified in that since she was powering the Goblin Paladin's magic, he probably wanted her in a good condition so she wouldn't die.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Priestess. Just like her, she had her entire rookie party killed and was the sole survivor.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Her sword has a gold-plated hilt with a large gemstone set in front and under the blade.
  • Blue Blood: Noted to be high in station, enough that Sword Maiden got involved in deciding who to send to rescue her.
  • Break the Cutie: She runs away from home to become an adventurer, with her first mission being a goblin-slaying one. Her plan results in her team being killed and her body being branded, leaving her vengeful and broken with a desire to kill all goblins.
  • Buxom Is Better: Literally one of the first things the light novel narration mentions about her is how well she fills out her breastplate.
  • Cast From Hit Points: The goblin paladin is able to use the brand of the God of Wisdom his lackeys gave her to use her lifeforce as fuel to perform magic at no cost to his own energy.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: The goblins branded her with the sign of the God of Wisdom and made her the living covenant that allows the goblin paladin to receive divine favor.
  • Cool Sword: Her personal weapon is an amazingly light sword that is strong and sharp enough to cut through steel, and is made of incredibly rare and valuable aluminum.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Coloured illustrations reveal that she has blonde hair and golden eyes.
  • Defiled Forever: It was stated that her chastity was among the precious things that the goblins have taken from her.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • She tried to eliminate the goblins by starving them out, but this resulted in her party draining their resources and energy over the course of weeks of camping in the mountain winter. Which led to her party being wiped out and herself being captured and made into a sacrifice. Goblin Slayer himself admits that it wasn't a bad method, where it went wrong was in not realizing that the cave they staked out wasn't the goblins' den, but their auxiliary temple.
    • She also depleted the nearby village of crucial supplies for the winter so she not only endangered her own team but the village she was working for.
    • Worse, the novel makes it clear on multiple occasions she could've pulled the plug on the mission and regrouped at any point, but refused to do so out of stubbornness that she "couldn't be wrong".
  • Emotion Suppression: Does this almost instantly upon waking up back in the inn from being rescued from the goblin's temple. Priestess just as immediately sets about breaking her walls.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Upon seeing the goblin paladin again all the emotions she had been repressing since her rescue: her guilt over causing her friends' death, fear and sorrow from being taken by the goblins, and admission to not being as ready to be an adventurer as she thought, come crashing into all at once. But once she accepts what happened to her, she is able to properly engage with the fight against the goblins and later move on from the experience.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Noble Fencer was most fond of Half-Elf Fighter, thinking they were getting along great while marching together and feeling hurt that she in particular was snubbing her.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her pride. Her failed plan resulted in her party being placed in a dangerous position. Instead of retreating or calling off the quest when things were getting dangerous, she persisted out of fear of becoming a laughing stock for failing to complete a goblin subjection quest.This ultimately leads to the death of her party members along with her being captured.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Insists on accompanying the party to find and kill the goblin paladin, which Goblin Slayer and Priestess agree to.
  • Handy Helper: After being healed and retired from adventuring, Noble Fencer decides to stay and operate her part of the family business in Water Town and spends what time she can get away with as an unofficial assistant to Sword Maiden, fielding correspondence, managing meetings, and making court appearances alongside her.
  • Hartman Hips: The manga gives her extremely wide, curvaceous hips that she often has cocked during talking scenes.
  • Hates Being Touched: Downplayed. Noble Fencer is perfectly fine with people she knows, but nearly blows her cover during an infiltration in Volume 11 when a soldier touches her. Given her experiences, she's understandably jumpy with strangers.
  • Important Haircut: Shears off her long hair at her neck and offers it to Goblin Slayer as payment to let her join his party and fight to reclaim her stolen sword.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Her principle motivations for running away to become an adventurer was how she nearly cracked under the pressure to live up to her family name and her insecurity over being in her father’s shadow and owing her every material possession to his fortune. She hoped starting a legacy all her own from scratch would be easier, make her feel freer, and be more rewarding. It wasn’t.
  • It's All About Me: Before her Character Development and some horrible life altering events, Noble Fencer's goal was to simply make a name for herself, achieve glory, and climb up the Guild Ranks to become Gold- or Platinum-ranked in no time. To this end she didn't think out her strategies and didn't realize her rookie mistakes were piling up into a disaster.
  • Junior Counterpart: To Sword Maiden, or at least that how the older woman sees it. Sword Maiden certainly knows they share similar experiences, and takes Noble Fencer under her wing in an attempt to guide her away from some of the emotional pitfalls that left her a long-term wreck before.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Unable to calm herself while seeing a goblin wearing the robes of her dead companion, she attacks one and forces the group to change their plans while in the goblin territory.
  • Magic Knight: She can use spells alongside her swordplay.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her plan to safely eliminate the goblins involved starving them out, but her failing to perform proper reconnaissance or factor in the amount of supplies needed to maintain her party out in the wilderness over the course of weeks results in her party being slaughtered and her being used as a sacrifice, which allows the goblin paladin to come into being.
  • Parting Words Regret: The last time she got to interact with her party, they were hazing her for the "bad" plan to starve out the goblins. Despite her team being the ones to say the hurtful parting word, their final conversation still fills Noble Fencer with regret.
  • Rescue Romance: Subverted. While she's immensely grateful for everything Goblin Slayer has done for her, a conversation with Sword Maiden in Volume 6 confirms no underlying feelings for the man... much to Sword Maiden's barely-disguised relief.
  • Royal Rapier: Her sword seems to be one, with its extremely thin, long thrusting blade and ornate hilt.
  • Scars Are Forever: Sword Maiden is able to neutralize the magic of the seal on her neck, but not even she is strong enough to erase it entirely.
  • Schizo Tech: Her Cool Sword is made out of aluminum, which is well beyond the ability of a medieval tech base to refine and produce. Also a case of Conspicuous Consumption, since aluminum was so rare even when it could be made that it was more valuable than gold.
  • Shock and Awe: She has a Lightning spell. The goblin paladin wanted to enslave her in the first place to make her use this magic to help him in his attempts to learn smithing. Goblin Slayer has her instead blast the top off a mountain to induce an avalanche.
  • Sole Survivor: Of her party, she's the only one left alive.
  • Start My Own: The reason she ran away and became an adventurer was because she wanted to achieve power and fame through her own abilities and not rely on her family name for prestige. She learns that attaining personal glory is a more arduous and perilous task than she first assumed, and in the most gruesome manner possible.
  • That Man Is Dead: Though the effect probably isn't meant to be as final as this trope usually comes off as. Come Volume 8 she has shelved any remaining desire or dream to be an adventurer and the narrative rebrands her Female Merchant Leader.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: The reason Goblin Slayer and Priestess decide to bring her on their assault on the goblin stronghold is that they can tell that getting back in the saddle right now and confronting her trauma head-on is the only possible way she is ever going to have a chance at reclaiming her self-respect and recovering psychologically.
  • Walking Spoiler: A given when her role in the story is so closely bound up in a major reveal of a new goblin evolution and the race's true potential for evil plans overall.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: Becomes this after returning to her family and entering their merchant business, being the one to put the down payment on Guild Girl's training camp in Volume 6 in the hope of properly preparing other rookies for the hazards of adventuring.

    Arc Mage
A former general of the Kingdom. Leaves the army in Year One Volume 2 to study monsters on the frontier, and ends up hiring the young Goblin Slayer as a guard and helper, becoming the source of most of his understanding of goblin ecology and anatomy.
  • Absentminded Professor: Spends her days reading and muttering over her tomes in an overflowing shack and doesn’t care enough to answer her door or keep an eye on her visitors.
  • The Alcoholic: She guzzles the hard cider Goblin Slayer keeps bringing her in almost every scene she's in.
  • The Archmage: One of her titles, though she worked in a far more militaristic capacity than usual for this role.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Downplayed, when Goblin Slayer rebuffs her propositions in favor of having her give him better goblin-slaying tools, she falls over laughing with incredulity and chagrin. In the chapter afterwards she gets almost offended when Goblin Slayer doesn't react to her boasting of her womanly charms or inquire about how she deals with sexual solicitors.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses half her limbs in her final military campaign. She's in a position to afford the strongest of healing magic to restore her.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She knows that her world is a board game. Her goal is to find the edge of the board and leave, potentially becoming a "player" herself. She eventually succeeds with Goblin Slayer's help.
  • Badass Bookworm: She studied under the very knowledgeable lizardmen and was a Military Mage. In Year One, she got roped into helping update the Monster Manual after she moved to town. Conveniently for her, Goblin Slayer shortly showed up and offered to help research goblins specifically.
  • Blood Knight: She admits in the prologue that she is disinterested in peace and only feels alive on the battlefield.
  • Charm Person: Freely admits to Goblin Slayer, that she hypnotizes and then uses amnesia hexes on the people who ask for sexual favors from her when they wish to trade or ask for a quest reward. Cow Girl also suspects she has charmed the townspeople to ignore her when she loudly presses up to Goblin Slayer and no one spares a glance.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: She often gets a wide, cheeky smirk across her face when lecturing Goblin Slayer or reminiscing on past exploits.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her first reaction to Goblin Slayer showing her a magic ring is to think he wants her help proposing to someone.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In her introductory chapter she knocks over a stack of books nearly every page. Sometimes she saves them, other times she goes down with them.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She breezes through a goblin hunt with a detached goofy mien, wryly watching and refusing to help as Goblin Slayer wrestles for his life against attacking wolves and cracking jokes about a woman being used as a Human Shield by a hobgoblin. The only time her smile slips is when Goblin Slayer shoots down one of her teases, reminding her that he at least has to take everything seriously.
  • Eccentric Mentor: She comes off as a Cloudcuckoolander and Mad Scientist, but she was also a very competent soldier and became Goblin Slayer's second mentor who taught him much about the characteristics of goblins.
  • Escort Mission: Her and Goblin Slayer's research recursions are filed as these. True to form, Arc Mage refuses to actually aid in combat unless absolutely necessary.
  • Eye Scream: Lost her left eye in a battle in the army, though she had it restored when she retired.
  • Geometric Magic: The main component of her magic rituals to break down the curses sealing the Shadow Tower is constructing a model of various four-dimensional polytopes.
  • The Glomp: When meeting Goblin Slayer just before their last quest, she tackle-hugs him at first sight right in front of Cow Girl, and remains wrapped around him for most of their ensuing conversation.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She occasionally puffs on a pipe during down time, which tends to emphasize either her studiousness or her seductiveness, depending on framing and how much she flaunts it.
  • Grammar Nazi: Can be very pedantic, such as when she gets on Goblin Slayer's case for saying goblins see well "at night" instead of the more technically accurate "in the dark."
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Naturally, rumors are quick to form over Goblin Slayer "seeing that strange woman living in a cabin by the river." When Cow Girl hears them and works up the nerve to confront Arc Mage, she laughs and assures her that he is just her helper on quests.
  • Humans Are Morons: The night she and Goblin Slayer camp out before crawling the shade tower, she bitterly comments she sees no point in studying monsters and publishing bestiaries, as most adventurers are illiterate and almost all of them are too arrogant or idealistic in outlook to care about knowing their enemy, just charging at them sword-first.
  • Insufferable Genius: Acts very haughty and condescending to Goblin Slayer in the beginning.
  • Little Black Dress: She wears one with a scalloped hemline under her robe, and is as vivacious as they come.
  • Mad Scientist: She does have shades of this. During her and Goblin Slayer's research missions, she is rather overenthusiastic about studying goblins. When witnessing a female captive being used as a Human Shield, Arc Mage can't help but wonder if the woman is pregnant with a goblin and admits the she would have liked to examine the child when it was born. She later dissects the bodies of the goblins at the end of the mission.
  • Magic Knight: Wore full plate armor and a sword as a mage soldier in the army.
  • Magic Staff: A thin, elegant one that more resembles a walking stick.
  • Meganekko: She has elaborate, thick-framed glasses and is a spacey but vivacious woman.
  • Military Mage: Used to not just be one, but also served as a marshal of them.
  • Motor Mouth: Never stops rambling about her past experiences or theories about the monsters they are hunting. Goblin Slayer is actually worried at points that her blathering is covering up the sound of approaching ambushes.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her manga introductory chapter gives a lot of angled shots and close-ups of her bare legs and thighs, shown off by her short skirt, as well as one shot of her breasts when offering Goblin Slayer sex for the ring he brought. In her second manga-focused chapter, the curvature of her round rear through her thin robe is also drawn attention to on a couple occasions.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: After waiting in the Guild Hall for Goblin Slayer before their last quest together, she glomps him when he finally arrives and has a conversation about their preparations while keeping him in a bear hug.
  • One Degree of Separation: Actually fought alongside Lizard Priest in her very last campaign before retiring to the frontier and becoming Goblin Slayer's second teacher. Neither has brought her up in the main series five years later.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Almost always has big smile on her face even when she is covering herself in goblins' blood, being surrounded by monsters that want to do unspeakable things to her, or seeing a goblin captive being used as a Human Shield. Her smile rarely falters.
  • Playing with Fire: In the manga she's magnanimous enough to relight Goblin Slayer's torch while he's fighting goblins, and makes the flames hot enough to melt goblin flesh.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Casts illusions and memory charms on men she offers sex to so they think she followed through. She waves off Goblin Slayer questioning the ethics of that move by saying that they got what they were after as far as they recall.
  • Rebellious Princess: Comes from a very high-ranking family, but left it all to become a soldier because she didn't want to be married off or shackled to a bureaucratic position.
  • Red Baron: Has a second, more theatrical moniker to punctuate her more standard epitaph; the Magus of Electricity.
  • Retired Badass: Got tired of warring and stepped down with honors.
  • Sex for Services: Is prepared, crossing into eager, to sleep with Goblin Slayer in exchange for the magic ring he’s trying to get appraised. Though as it turns out she doesn't actually physically sleep with the boys she propositions.
  • Sexy Mentor: Nearly everything Goblin Slayer knows about the nature of goblins, he learned from her. She also is very proud of her beauty and tried to seduce Goblin Slayer multiple times, but is rebuffed every time because he isn't interested.
  • Shock and Awe: She is an Arc Mage and brags about specializing in electricity magic.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Her dress comes down to mid-thigh in front, but extends to her knees in the back.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Her glasses mark her as a high-status mage, with all the wordy rambling one would expect.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: Has a pipe and makes quite the sultry show out of puffing on it.
  • Status Buff: In the final floor of the shade tower, she struggles to finish a spell formula to unlock a seal door before Goblin Slayer gets overwhelmed by goblins. She nearly despairs at her ability to do so, until Goblin Slayer inspires the idea to use Haste to work faster.
  • The Tease: Constantly flaunts her figure and comes-on to Goblin Slayer, taking his continued disinterest as an affront to her charms, to say nothing of how she scams young adventurers by offering them illusory sex.
  • Trash of the Titans: Her rented house is overflowing with dust, piles of broken odds-and-ends, dirty dishes, and stacks upon stacks of tomes that block out the light.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Her hair is usually a bird's nest, her favorite robe has patches, and she lives like a bibliophilic pig. And she's still absolutely gorgeous.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: She's capricious, obsessive, and more than a little psychopathic, all things Witch attributes to her sheer arcane might.


Hero's Party

    Chosen Heroine 

Voiced by: Miyuri Shimabukuro (Japanese), Rachel Thompson (English)
Chosen Heroine in Year One

A young adventuress who is destined to save the world, her rapidly-escalating quest to reach and defeat the Demon Lord runs in parallel to Goblin Slayer's various extermination missions. Though she hasn't gotten seriously involved with the Goblin Slayer and his group yet, she has had dealings with some of the more high-profile supporting characters they have already helped.

  • A-Cup Angst: She envies Sword Maiden's and Sword Saint's assets, as revealed during their fight against Hecatoncheir in Volume 3 and manga Chapter 40 respectively.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her sword can carve dimensional portals and slice demon souls to render them Deader Than Dead.
  • The Ace: Her very first quest sees her slaying entire hordes of monsters, including dozens of goblins and a demon general, single-handedly. And she only gets more powerful from there.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Like Goblin Slayer, she's described as black-haired in text, but never illustrated as such until Volume 11, which shows she also has Innocent Blue Eyes. This is in contrast to the anime and then later the manga, which both have designed her with deep red hair and eyes. Also, her armor is pure silver with slight blue and yellow trimmings in the illustrations, but grey with a yellow surcoat and red straps in the anime.
  • Barrier Warrior: In one drama cd, she can cast a Barrier spell to construct a dome big enough to encompass a fortress and strong enough to weather a demon general's attacks. This is done only to make sure that none of the monsters inside can flee while she's marching over to them.
  • BFS: Her holy blade is two-thirds as tall and just as wide as she is. In volume 9 it is described as "ostentatiously large".
  • Blade on a Stick: When disguising herself as a regular rookie, she swaps her signature Holy Sword for a simple iron spear. She is very nearly as powerful with it as she is when fully outfitted.
  • Bokukko: She's pretty tomboyish, and even refers to herself as "Boku".
  • Born Lucky: It is not certain if her luck is part and parcel of being The Chosen One, or if such fortune is what brought her to Platinum-rank in the first place. Either way, it is very real and part of what makes her so incredibly powerful.
    • One example in Volume 3 occurs when she briefly meets Goblin Slayer for the first time. She eagerly approaches him, completely unaware the grungy warrior had set up goblin traps in her path beforehand. Not one of them triggered in her presence.
    • Her home happened to be one of the first villages to be saved by Goblin Slayer's intervention, ensuring her survival and a stable, happy childhood.
  • Book Dumb: Has tried to study history and magic seriously, but it's all too dry for her to stick with.
  • Born Winner: She starts her adventuring career already strong enough to kill entire groups of monsters with blade or magic before her tremendous luck kicks in, let alone when she finds and starts wielding her signature magic sword.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Admits during her adventuring report to messing her underwear when she attacked a Demon General and he was the first monster she ever faced that didn't go down in one hit.
  • Call-Forward: As Year One reveals, this wouldn't be the first time she visits Goblin Slayer in the midst of making booby-traps right before the Autumn Festival rolls around.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Does this in Volume 7, to no one's surprise. Though it might have just been a spell.
  • The Chosen One: Ordained by fate to be the one to put an end to the Demon Lord's current attempt at a comeback, sooner or later. For this, she has been promoted to become the sixteenth Platinum-ranked adventurer in history.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Very much a bleeding-heart do-gooder, which her teammates have to accommodate when questing.
    Sword Saint: All it takes is someone in distress to get you involved.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: So much so that her sidekicks are there to make sure she doesn't get too distracted. At one point, she sees the Rookie Duo has added Priestess (temporarily) and Rabbit Ranger (possible temporarily) to their team and immediately supports their Ship Tease and growing Battle Harem.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Nearly every enemy she faces dies in one hit, the Big Bad Demon Lord dies to her within a couple of months of her becoming an adventurer, before the start of the second volume, and she nakedly revels in her overpowered abilities every time she makes an appearance.
    Hero: Well, I knew I could charge in there anytime and be like, 'Bam! I win!' Heck, winning’s my role!
  • Curtains Match the Window: The anime depicts her as having red hair and eyes.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In a manga volume-included vignette, she trips a little getting up from sitting on a crate, and confesses to Priestess that she always stepped on people's feet when she danced at village festivals as a little girl.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted, because she was supposed to have one, but then Goblin Slayer saved her Doomed Hometown from goblins and she was allowed to live a relatively happy childhood in an Orphanage of Love.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When she runs into Goblin Slayer outside the frontier town, Chosen Heroine muses out loud that he has a strange outfit, realizes how that sounds, and tries to walk it back as she meant he looks "...interesting."
  • Dimensional Traveler: She and her party spent several months fighting demons in the "Plane of Annihilation" after defeating Hecatoncheir in Volume 3. They are also known as "the knights who traversed the storms of the three thousand realms."
  • Doomed Hometown: Subverted twice. The first time, during her childhood, Goblin Slayer prevented it. The second time is prevented by the heroine herself when she personally kills a demon general who threatened it as attempted retaliation for the death of the Demon Lord.
  • The Dreaded: High-level demons operating in the human world know about and are understandably terrified of her. So much so that the she has to take precautions to hide her movements and box in target monsters just to keep them from hearing she's coming and then heading for the hills.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: She had a dream at the end of Year One of the Holy Sword she would one day claim.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Chronologically speaking, she is introduced in Year One as a cheerful orphan with a bad habit of running off on her own to explore.
  • Fearless Fool: Much to the exasperation of her teammates, she has a love for shouting stock battle quips and jumping right into the fray without assessing the risks beforehand. Often times, she doesn't seem to have the foggiest idea about the gravity of the quests she takes. Fortunately for her and the rest of the adventurers, her talent and absurd luck does well to trivialize most dangers coming her way.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has a deep red hue to her hair and eyes in the anime and manga and, is exactly the kind of loud, hot-blooded hero she looks like.
  • Foil: She is opposite to Goblin Slayer in almost every possible way. As The Chosen One destined to save the world, she has had everything handed to her by her heroic fate, while Goblin Slayer is just an average person not destined for anything glorious who constantly fights an uphill battle and only makes it out alive through his own wits, resolve and sheer hatred for his sworn enemies. She routinely battles the most powerful demon lords, Goblin Slayer just slays goblins. She is clad in resplendent armor befitting a high-ranking adventurer and wields a wondrous holy weapon, Goblin Slayer refuses to use enchanted weapons and wears a simple, battered armor which has had its only aesthetic element - the horns on its helmet - cut off because they only got in the way in goblin caves. She is an incredibly powerful Magic Knight, Goblin Slayer is a fighter of only average skill with no special abilities. She is known to rush into battle headlong relying on her raw power and incredible luck to keep her alive, while Goblin Slayer adamantly refuses to rely on luck, prominently utilizes stealth and underhanded tactics, exploits the environment to his advantage whenever and however he can, and meticulously plans out every battle before it starts. Basically, the Chosen Heroine is the stereotype of what is expected of a powerful high-level adventurer, and the one the reader might have reasonably expected to be the main character, had this been a very different tale. Goblin Slayer is, well... Goblin Slayer. Ironically, the gods had planned for her to have a Dark and Troubled Past backstory through a Doomed Hometown...but then Goblin Slayer prevented that from happening by killing all the goblins.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: By sheer coincidence, one of Goblin Slayer's earliest jobs happens to come from her hometown, where she is the first villager to meet him face-to-face. She took a shine to his activities, but has apparently since forgotten about him by the time she became a full-fledged adventurer herself.
  • Genki Girl: In every appearance she makes, it is clear that she is a bundle of energy. So much so, in fact, that it is somewhat exhausting for her peers who deal with her on a regular basis. Even her relatively quieter moments involve running her mouth at top speed and getting easily distracted.
    Chosen Heroine: (Literal seconds after waking up) All Right! Time for another day of trying hard and doing my best!
    Sword Saint: A good night's sleep and you're back to full tilt, aren't you?
  • Harem Seeker: She's not one, but she supports heroes making them much to her sidekicks' embarrassment.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Subverted and justified; her first encounter with Goblin Slayer actually left enough of an impression that she now believes helmets are befitting of a good adventurer. The only reason why she doesn't wear one herself is because she regularly deals with monsters that can effortlessly separate her head from her shoulders, with or without protection, so she forgoes it for a better field of view.
  • Hero of Another Story: Her exploits have been the subject of periodic side-chapters since the beginning of the story, but she has yet to join forces with Goblin Slayer and crew.
  • Hero Worship: According to Spearman, her "regular rookie" disguise is meant to emulate Female Warrior from Sword Maiden's old party, just in green.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very loud and passionate, though certain side materials make it clear this is a more nuanced case than the stereotypical archetype. She takes preparation for missions very seriously and can be surprisingly cerebral and even borderline philosophical on topics like the nature of adventuring.
  • Humble Hero: She actually doesn't take it for granted that she'll win every time, despite her outward bravado. She also claims that each of her victories so far was mostly thanks to her allies' support, and she remains confident that the forces of good will ultimately win, with or without her.
    Hero: I guess if anyone was like, 'You sure you can save this world?' I’d be sort of like, 'I dunno!'
    Hero was supposed to save the world. She wasn’t the hero because she could save the world; it was trying to save the world that made her a hero. What she could do might not amount to much. But she had friends who mattered to her, and there were so many people in this world. So she had to save it, and she was confident it would work out somehow.
  • I Choose to Stay: Deliberately spends months making a physical journey through several alternate dimensions to get back home so she could carve through the demon armies on their own turf and trim down their threat at the root.
  • I Just Knew: The gods occasionally send her premonitions of her next task in her dreams, and she can apparently accurately pick out relevant locations and people to go to for those quests off of gut feeling.
    Demon General: How did you know the location of our secret meeting place?!
    Chosen Heroine: I had a hunch!
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Downplayed, she occasionally wonders if being a regular adventurer would be a more free and satisfying existence, but is still more than content with the trials and triumphs of her own career.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The Volume 11 illustration gives her very pale blue eyes, to the point of also being Icy Blue Eyes, but she's still the pinnacle of heroism in her World.
  • King Incognito: The Drama CDs reveal she likes to sometimes sneak off alone, disguise herself in basic gear, and do low-level quests anonymously. These charity runs almost always end with her running into a high-ranking demon, but her innate power is enough to take them out anyway.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Slightly downplayed in that she actually takes pre-mission prepping and equipment maintenance very seriously, but she has no regard for stealth or preemptive strikes, being more than strong enough to get away with announcing her presence and charging, and with a love of theatrics big enough to do just that every time.
  • Legendary Weapon: The magic sword she found on her first quest is a sign of the gods' favor and task for her.
  • Licked by the Dog: It says something that, barring a possible candidate or two, she is the only person to have never been taken aback by Goblin Slayer's appearance or regard him with suspicion upon first impressions.
  • Magical Gesture: Is said to trace sigils in the air when casting.
  • Magic Enhancement: Besides her magic sword, her usual suit of armor is enchanted, and Sage gives her a plethora of charms and buffs before a fight starts.
  • Magic Knight: Can sling spells as easily as she chops heads, as she is described as casting at least a half-dozen Firebolts on her first quest without running her limit.
  • Magnetic Hero: Befitting a deliberately overblown Distaff Counterpart of a shounen action hero, a lot of people ruefully admit that something about her personality makes them fond of her in spite of themselves. Priestess is drawn into a conversation after catching Heroine spying on her dance practice, and is pleasantly surprised to realize her usual self-conciousness and sensitivity are in no way kicking in while chatting with her.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Physique-wise, she's a regular, skinny teenage girl, and is if anything on the small side. Doesn't stop her from leaping into the air and freely swinging around a sword nearly as big as her.
  • One-Man Army: Regularly enters hell and faces off against entire demon legions effectively singlehandedly, and wins.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died in a war. She still was able to enjoy a somewhat happy childhood at the orphanage she grew up with and with a strong mother figure who raised her.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Discussed. Chosen Heroine actually isn't one, and laments she doesn't have the power to scythe entire undead armies and level mountains with one sword-swing. Sword Saint rebuffs her by saying she wouldn't trust anyone with that kind of power, let alone someone as lackadaisical as her leader.
  • Playing with Fire: Mentions that she can cast Firebolt in Volume 1, although being The Ace she stated that she was able to spam this attack five or six times before getting tired, a feat that most veteran adventurers can't do.
  • Power of the Sun: Claims to have this in volume 10, and names several of her personal, magic-enhanced blows with sun-themed names such as "Dawn Strike".
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even bound with a giant ribbon, her main goes down past her butt.
  • Red Is Heroic: The anime gives her bright red hair, something reflected in a Year One Manga colored illustration.
  • Seers: She has some method of scrying on faraway monsters. She spies on a demon fortress in a drama cd before sealing it up with a Barrier and heading inside to clean it out.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships the Rookie Duo... and ships them with Rabbit Ranger. She even supports Rookie Swordsman gathering a Battle Harem that he's not trying to form.
  • Slasher Smile: Flashes one as she squares off against the metal spider monster leading the demons in Volume 7.
  • Smarter Than You Look: She comes off as an endearingly earnest Idiot Hero in the main storyline, but the side materials portray her as more aware of her surroundings than most assume, with surprisingly meticulous preparations for her quests and well-considered thoughts on the nature of adventurers and the problems of the guild ranking system. She's just too confident and content in her strength to get bogged down with more intense introspection.
  • Sword Beam: Her "Dawn Strike" move is a massive green slash of energy that burns anything in its path.
  • Technicolor Eyes: They're red in the anime.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: She gets at least one chapter every other volume chronicling the latest of her increasingly high-octane demon-hunting forays, and her lingering presence in the narrative is clearly building up to something, though so far the closest she's gotten to involvement in the main story is in Volume 3 when she partners with Sword Maiden to fight off a rampaging Physical God in the B-plot.
  • Tsundere: Grew up in an Orphanage of Love way out in the countryside, run by a nun of the God of Trade. Even years later, she still thinks of the matron as a mother figure, though she'd never admit it out loud.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She's got no refined techniques or elaborate spells, just the sheer raw might to make moves she does have hit with the force of a meteorite.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Takes delight in all the world has to offer, from its most fantastic vistas to its simplest comforts, and she wants to protect every bit of it.
  • Your Size May Vary: Not her, but rather her Holy Sword. In the light novel and manga, the sword is massive, being as large as she is despite her small stature. However, in the anime, the sword is much smaller to the point of being a short one-handed sword compared to her and probably just a step above a long dagger for anyone bigger than her.

    Sword Saint & Sage 

Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Sword Saint, Japanese), Honoka Inoue (Sage, Japanese), Jad Saxton (Sword Saint, English), Megan Shipman (Sage, English)
Sword Saint (left) and Sage (right)

Two Gold-ranked adventuresses, Sword Saint and Sage, who team up with Chosen Heroine.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Sage has blue dark blue hair and purple eyes in the anime, but a chibi icon in light novel volume 13 depicts her with Mystical White Hair and Supernatural Gold Eyes. Her dress was also shades of blue and her cloak grey in the anime, while her chibi has them both pure white with silver trimmings and pale green underside.
    • Sword Saint had green eyes, olive-tinted dark hair, and a slight tan compared to her teammates in the anime. Her chibi icon in volume 13 has red eyes, pure black hair, and is as pale as the other girls. Also, in the anime she had a dark red outfit with a navy blue capelet and gunmetal grey armor bits, while in volume 13 her armor bits have a black finish with gold edging, her cape is white with pale red underside, and she wears a bright crimson vest.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Sword Saint gives Chosen Heroine a Dope Slap for being nonchalant about their slog through the Plane of Annihilation but the two of them laugh over it and treat it as a lovetap.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Sword Saint will only consider a man more physically powerful than her as a proper romantic prospect, and since becoming Gold-ranked regularly laments her fear that she'll be single forever. Sage is unsympathetic, and in Volume 8 tells her to go get hitched to a dragon if she's that desperate for a husband.
  • Amazon Brigade: Forms this with Chosen Heroine.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Sage's cloak has a hood with sewn-on cat ears sticking out the front that she always wears up.
  • Badass Normal: Sword Saint can’t cast spells, but her natural strength of arms is enough to keep up with the likes of Chosen Heroine.
  • Boobs of Steel: Sword Saint is one of the series' strongest melee fighters, and noticeably has the largest "assets" among her party.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Mostly just following Chosen Heroine to make sure she doesn't get too distracted while on a mission.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sage has a tendency to coolly glide through her scenes while dispensing soft-spoken verbal jabs.
    Sage: (in response to Chosen Heroine loudly giving away their presence so she could make a cool statement) I can't fathom why you would throw away the advantage of a sneak attack.
  • Dimensional Traveler: They and their leader spent several months fighting demons in the "Plane of Annihilation" after defeating Hecatoncheir in Volume 3. They are also known as "the knights who traversed the storms of the three thousand realms."
  • Fantastic Nuke: Sage has a spell called Fusion. It can blow off the top of a mountain.
  • Iajutsu Practioner: Nearly gives Goblin Slayer an Impromptu Tracheotomy with the same movement she unsheathes her blade while questioning him after bumping into each other in the woods.
  • I Choose to Stay: Deliberately spend months making a physical journey through several alternate dimensions to get back home so they could carve through the demon armies on their own turf and trim down their threat at the root.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: While Sword Saint is just one girl among many in the running for biggest bust and hips in the series, its painfully undeniable that she has by far the spindliest waist. In some shots her midriff appears to actually be thinner around than one of her thighs, which can be seen here.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The first and most prominent melee-focused Gold-rank adventurer would of course carry one rather than a western blade, despite not being Asiatic.
  • Master Swordsman: Sword Saint natch. Even Goblin Slayer, who takes a dim view of literally everyone and everything that doesn't have to do with goblins, instantly pegs her as at least Bronze level when he sees how quickly and smoothly she unsheathes and resheathes her sword when threatening him in Volume 3.
  • Most Common Superpower: Both are packing noticeable bust lines in addition to their prowess. Ironically, this means the strongest member of their party also happens to be the smallest.
  • Mystical White Hair: Sage’s hair in the light novel is eventually revealed to be a stark white.
  • Pocket Dimension: Sage stores her equipment in a zero-space bubble she can access by opening a hole in the air next to her.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sword Saint in the light novels is eventually revealed to have pale rose colored irides, and as a Gold-rank she is handily one of the greatest melee warriors in the series.
  • Red Is Heroic: Sword Saint in the light novels at least, when her vest or minidress is eventually revealed to be an especially vivid scarlet.
  • Squishy Wizard: Sage is noted to have an abysmally weak constitution in Volume 4 when Sword Saint worries she has gotten sick when she oversleeps and misses breakfast during Chosen Heroine's vignette. In volume 10, she runs out of breath extremely quickly while running under the effects of Haste.
  • Stone Wall: As the only member of the party without magic supplementing her power, Sword Saint's role in combat is the living sand-wall covering Sage as she prepares a big ritual spell to end the fight.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Sage’s eyes in the light novels are eventually revealed to be a bright, gleaming yellow, like certain other veteran magic-users.
  • Supporting Leader: Sword Saint is stated to be the formal head of the party, but Chosen Heroine is very clearly the star of their show.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Sage thinks so every time Chosen Heroine puts her foot in her mouth in front of a noble client, or when she and Sword Saint understate the threat-level of a world-ending horror they have to fight.
  • Team Mom: Due to Sage being so standoffish, Sword Saint is all on her own in wrangling Chosen Heroine, lecturing her on their duties for the day and admonishing her more wild tangents with a long-suffering smile, while also defending her against Sage's more acerbic put-downs. It even extends back towards Sage herself, as Sword Saint shows great concern after her health in their downtime.
  • Tsundere: Sage adores her teammates, and shows it by grousing over how dumb they are at every opportunity. Sword Saint herself scolds Heroine and knocks her upside the head regularly out of sisterly concern and affection.
  • Wrong Assumption: Sword Saint nearly runs Goblin Slayer through in the forest because she thought he was an undead. Chosen Heroine chides her, while Sage actually maintains that Goblin Slayer looks suspicious regardless.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The anime gives Sage dark greenish-blue hair.

    Wizard Boy

A newbie adventurer in Volume 6 who only wants to hunt goblins.

  • Animal Motifs: Frequently compared to a scrappy dog for his constant whining and affected, bullying swagger.
  • Big Sister Worship: He clearly regarded her very highly - part of the reason why he is so hellbent on killing goblins in revenge and quitting magic school is because he could no longer deal with people at the Academy mocking her memory for falling victim to common goblins.
  • Blood from the Mouth: An improvised sonic spell shows why not utilizing the proper magic formulas is a bad idea when he ruptures his throat due to the lack of safeguards.
  • Break the Haughty: Having to be saved by Goblin Slayer from a troll forces him to admit he was wrong about him. While he still remains prickly to a near-intolerable degree, he becomes more malleable to the party's advice and eventually fixes his attitude. By the end of Volume 6 he sets out as a proper adventurer with Rhea Fighter by his side.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Rhea Fighter's Gentle Girl.
  • The Bully: To Priestess. The guy really loves insulting her and putting her down. Like with some bullies, he picks on his victim as an outlet with dealing with his own insecurities, along with the stress of dealing with his sister's death. Luckily, he grows out of it by the end of Volume 6.
  • The Bus Came Back: He and his rhea partner run into Rookie Warrior and Apprentice Cleric at the end of Volume 9, having somehow become pack carrier for Chosen Heroine's party.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance in Volume 6 has him shove Priestess aside, then cuss Dwarf Shaman out without even turning around to face the group as he makes his way towards the Guild. A clear sign that this boy is going to be difficult to handle.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Tackles a goblin and beats its face with his staff before thinking to Fireball it.
  • Fiery Redhead: His hair is noted by the narration to be a bright red, tying into his hot-blooded tendencies and aggressive attitude.
  • Foil: Like Goblin Slayer, here is a young man driven to become an adventurer to wipe out the goblin menace after their sister was murdered by goblins, but in stark contrast with Goblin Slayer he is a dedicated magic user as opposed to a Combat Pragmatist Multi-Melee Master; a Naïve Newcomer to the rigors of adventuring as opposed to going through Training from Hell before he even started; open-faced and socially out-going as opposed to The Faceless and completely emotionally closed-off; and inspired by intellectual disgust at reports of goblin behavior as opposed to personally experiencing them from a Dark and Troubled Past. Also, Guild Girl sees him as a complete nuisance as opposed to a breath of fresh air. And ultimately, unlike Goblin Slayer he was able to move on with his life, cheerfully departing from the Frontier Guild Town with Rhea Fighter on their dream of becoming adventurers.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While Goblin Slayer was considered a weirdo for a time, but slowly and eventually accepted, Wizard Boy on the other hand is considered annoying by the Guild, adventurers and staff, alike. It doesn't help that he picks on Priestess, who at this point has become Everyone's Baby Sister to most of the Guild, and some of the offensives thing he says towards her sound like insults against clerics in general and the people saved by them, in other words, all of the Adventurer's Guild.
  • Goal in Life: At the end of his debut novel, he resolved to one day take down a dragon. A noted generic boast for many rookie adventurers, but it's significant for him as a sign he's finally moving on from his bitterness over his sister's death.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Months of putting up with people badmouthing his sister have left him belligerent. He snarls at Cow Girl's Uncle for thinking he might be just another thuggish adventurer and almost gets kicked over it.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Downplayed, but he knows Goblin Slayer's reputation and has personal reasons to seek to become like him. He drops his irascible rudeness when Goblin Slayer confirms his identity and begs to be taught his techniques.
  • Human Pack Mule: Has somehow become this to Chosen Heroine's party in Volume 9, along with Rhea Fighter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much like his sister he is arrogant and waspish, but ultimately trying to do right.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The main reason nobody likes him is because he acts likes he's hot stuff and insists on bossing the other low-ranking adventurers around, despite being a magic school dropout and the only one without field experience. He tries to usurp command from Priestess (who is Obsidian-rank and has a decent amount of field experience after being an adventurer for a year) leading a practice rookie mission twice, the second time leading the group into a troll's nest and putting everyone in danger.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: On Priestess' first quest as the leader of the group, he ignores their advice and rushes to save Acolyte from torture. Not only was it a trap, but he expends his only Fireball on a common goblin when it could've found better use against the troll that had been waiting to ambush him.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Neither Goblin Slayer nor Priestess have the heart to tell him that they were witnesses to his sister's demise.
  • Magic Staff: He got one from his Wizarding School when he left, though his lacked the gem on top that signified proper graduation.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: He uses a spell to increase the volume of his voice in order to release a scream powerful enough to knock out Goblins that are close-by and scare the rest off, saving the other rookie adventurers. Mind you, in the aftermath he was left with blood coming from his mouth.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: He dropped out of Wizarding School because he wouldn't take people mocking his sister for dying to goblins lying down.
  • Pet the Dog: While generally rude and snappish, he does have enough sense of manners to thank Guild Girl for her tea.
  • Playing with Fire: His only spell at the beginning of Volume 6 is a Fireball.
  • Reflective Eyes: A point is made about how Goblin Slayer is reflected in his eyes when they are first properly introduced, as a showcase of his troubling desire to emulate his crusade.
  • Sixth Ranger: Serves as the Chosen Heroine & her company's packmule with Rhea Fighter now.
  • You Killed My Father: Decided to copy Goblin Slayer's modus operandi after hearing that his sister met her demise in a goblin-clearing quest.

    Rhea Fighter

A newbie adventurer in Volume 6 that is desperate to learn all she can from the veterans before starting her own career, ends up becoming Wizard Boy's partner at the very end of the book.

  • Big Eater: Being a rhea, she has a naturally large appetite.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Wizard Boy's Brooding Boy.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of Silver ranks, including Female Knight and even Lizard Priest, get a kick out of spooking her or putting her through the wringer.
  • Diagonal Cut: Kills her first goblin by slashing it from shoulder to hip.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes completely barefoot aside from the stirrups of the leggings she's wearing under her shorts.
  • Dwindling Party: Her original party was led by a noble's son that was called back home after his three older brothers all died in battle. The rest of them quit or moved to a new town one by one until she was left alone to pair up with Wizard Boy at the end of the book.
  • Human Pack Mule: Has somehow become this to Chosen Heroine's party in Volume 9, along with Wizard Boy.
  • Nervous Wreck: Very, very anxious about copying as many survival techniques she can before she's put in a situation that needs them.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She isn't there yet, but aspires to be this.
    Rhea Fighter: I'm gonna be big! So big, no one will care that I’m little!
  • Proportional Aging: Rheas live longer than humans, and hit their majority at thirty. Priestess muses on the surreality of being senior, physically and experience-wise, to a girl twice her age.
  • Sixth Ranger: Serves as the Chosen Heroine & her company's packmule with Wizard Boy now.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Wants to be a Fighter because she doesn't want to live down to expectations that "all rheas are stealth/support/Fragile Speedster."

Human Kingdom Royalty

    The King

A former adventurer and current ruler of the country.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In the past, he was a powerful warrior whom even veterans respected, during a time when adventuring itself was considered a far more dangerous career prospect compared to its modern iteration. Volume 8 shows that he has not lost his edge.
  • Big Good: Well, he is the king of a country that is continuously being at war with evil, devil-worshipping monsters, so he kind of has to be this.
  • Bishōnen: Unlike most stereotypical kings in fantasy stories, he is a handsome young man with the looks of a Prince Charming, although he did ascend to the throne at a young age due to the death of his father.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: He was dubbed Diamond Knight in his adventuring days, likely to signify his royal status. He certainly had the armor and plethora of powerful charms to show for it.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Turns out to have never been a full member of Sword Maiden's adventuring party, but was instead a solo-adventurer who sometimes hired himself out as an extra sword to them.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Talks about how goblins aren't a significant enough threat to be bothered with to Sword Maiden, a woman who had been tortured and traumatized by such creatures.
  • Minor Major Character: He is the king of the country where all the characters reside and is mentioned several times, but only makes a few appearances in the story.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Pretty much the government's unwillingness to deal with the goblin threat can be traced back to him. Although in his defense, the guy is dealing with a world-ending threat on a weekly basis, so it is understandable why he is prioritizing his fighting force to prevent The End of the World as We Know It. That said, him complaining about Sword Maiden's request for military force to deal with a goblin infestation in the Water Town's sewers despite the risk of them invading the town from the inside if left alone does raise some eyebrows.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: When Princess gets kidnapped by a goblin ambush in Volume 8, he cannot bring himself to simply summon up his forces to go on a search and rescue; considering that he had been hands-off concerning goblin exterminations throughout the series, to suddenly gather his army for a goblin-slaying manhunt simply due to personal involvement would be political suicide, so he's forced to hire a discreet adventuring party.
  • Police Are Useless: Goblin Slayer and Sword Maiden don't hold very high opinions for how the King distributes the country's military, especially since he believes that the Adventurer's Guild should be more than sufficient to counter the Frontier's threats. Because he keeps most of his forces stationed at the Capital to ward off demons, a lot of villagers are left to fend for themselves without expecting a response from the government. Even when there is a goblin infestation in a city's sewers, Sword Maiden has to request Goblin Slayer because her requests to him for military assistance are brushed off. This is discussed further in Volume 4 of the light novel. Most of the military is exhausted and suffered heavy losses from fighting the Demon King's armies, and any army he does raise to deal with threats like goblins will be peasant levies who cannot stay in the field for very long and will be poorly suited to fighting in tight, close quarters like ruins, sewers, and caves. Adventurers don't cost money to be deployed, and are much more experienced, well-armed, and motivated.
    Lizard Priest: Two sure fronts of trouble are human money and human politics.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Has expressed his annoyance at being unable to act from beyond his throne on more than one occasion. During his meeting with Sword Maiden in Volume 4, he tiredly confesses how he wishes he was dungeon-diving with his old party like the good old days.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Dismissive attitude towards goblins nothwithstanding, one doesn't stay the leader of a nation without a sharp head on his shoulders and a willingness to act. And that's not going into the occasions when he picks up a sword once more...
  • Unexpected Successor: Apparently his family was minor nobility that were only distantly related to the royal family, but when the latter were all lost early in the war against the Demon Lord, he was the closest suitable inheritor.
  • Vigilante Man: Recognizing a conspiracy within his court to have the Princess captured and used as a pawn for Chaos, he dons himself in his old armor and promptly slays all of them single-handedly. In fact, he had been cutting down corrupt figures who were otherwise untouchable by law for the past few years.


The King's little sister. A major person of interest in Volume 8.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Invoked. It's made clear that Priestess is more annoyed by her than flattered about Princess's worship of her. She's still very nice about her worship regardless.
  • Buxom Is Better: Priestess is quite put out when she compares their bust-lines.
  • Damsel in Distress: The main action of Volume 8 happens when goblins are sent to kidnap her for a Virgin Sacrifice when she sneaks out of the capital.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Both her mother and father are described as "dearly departed" and she pines for them.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She wanted to be an Adventurer for one day and thought she could handle it. Lone, sheltered girl with little to no combat experience at all fueled by romantic dreams and fantasies running head first into danger; what could possible go wrong?
  • Exact Words: When Priestess, thinking her to be just another eager wannabe, warns her to make sure to shop for full and proper equipment, the Princess promises to take the advice to heart. Cut to Priestess bawling her eyes out when she realizes that Princess stole her favorite chainmail and left a handful of gems behind as "payment".
  • Hero-Worshipper: Becomes one to Priestess after being saved from the goblins of the Dungeon of the Dead, to the point of devoting herself to the Earth Mother to be more like her.
  • Identical Stranger: Is stated to heavily resemble Priestess, just with shorter hair and larger breasts.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her decision to take Priestess' equipment was obviously done at the spur of the moment, and the girl quickly felt ashamed of herself upon noting the care and attachment given to them. She resolved to return Priestess' belongings after her little adventure, but outside forces conspired otherwise.
  • Rebellious Princess: Is infuriated with her brother's rank hypocrisy in denying her the chance to experience life as an adventurer when that was what he built his ascension to royalty on. In Volume 8, Princess steals Priestess' equipment to try slumming it as a sellsword for a night. Goblins immediately get their claws on her the instant she's away from her handlers.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She understands monetary value, but decided that precious gemstones would be suitable for her plans to escape the Citadel. It's a miracle that the few people she paid with such conspicuous wealth were honest folk who wouldn't have mugged her for the rest of it.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Averted, the reason she wasn't raped or harmed by the Goblins is because they intended to use her as this. Thankfully, Goblin Slayer and Priestess saved her.

Desert Kingdom Royalty

    Desert Princess 

The next in line ruler of the Desert Kingdom. Abducted after her parents were killed in an attempt to intimidate her into giving away her throne.

  • Abdicate the Throne: Was being pressured to do this by the Regent, but refused.
  • Forced to Watch: As the Regent's goblin army had their way with breeding slaves, as a threat to her integrity if she continued to hold out on him.
  • The High Queen: Mature and firm in the face evil most depraved, she is poised to grow into a strong queen after being liberated by Goblin Slayer.


    As a whole 

An underground organization of unauthorised adventurers and related shady characters that do dirty work that not even the more conventional adventurers would do.

  • The City Narrows: Their dives tend to be tucked away deep within city slums.
  • Den of Iniquity: Their gathering places are hidden, password-requiring bars that are both better appointed and far sleazier than the open taverns of the regular guild.
  • Thieves' Guild: They're the "extra-legal" counterpart to the official Adventurer Guild, doing the jobs that you can't get away with advertising or taking out in the open, such as spying or assassinating.


Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Charlie Campbell (English)

An old rhea who rescues the preteen Goblin Slayer from being run down by the goblins that destroyed his home village, and then trains him to become an adventurer.

  • Abusive Parents: For five years he was basically Goblin Slayer's guardian. He probably did the world a favor by bringing forth another goblin-slaying maniac like himself, but make no mistake - he spent a good part of those years beating the boy's ego and self-esteem into the dirt, and another good part literally doing so with stones. The end result is more automaton than human, and it has had a real effect on the young man's future relationships.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being kept squarely as a backstory-only presence, he finally stopped by Cow Girl's farm at the end of Volume 9 to check on his pupil. Only Cow Girl was available to talk, and she was less than amused when Burglar proceeded to badmouth him as usual.
  • But Now I Must Go: Stopped training Goblin Slayer suddenly and left him years ago. He apparently didn't even declare their training complete or anything, just said that he was going on another journey one day and Goblin Slayer never heard from him again.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Sits on and plays with the corpse of an elvish adventuress during an excursion with the young Goblin Slayer.
  • Dirty Old Man: On top of fondling the body of an elf that died fighting bandits (which to be fair may have just been meant to further desensitize Goblin slayer), he catcalls Cow Girl quite disgustingly while looking for his old apprentice.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Goblin Slayer could have had no better mentor than the person whose chronological first appearance sees them slice off the heads and limbs of multiple goblins with one swing of a knife. That said, Goblin Slayer most definitely could have had a more humane instructor.
  • Foil: To Goblin Slayer, both being adventurers obsessed with killing goblins, which is fitting since he was Goblin Slayer's mentor. However, whereas Goblin Slayer can be approachable and friendly in his own warped way, Burglar has clearly lost any social skills to properly interact with people in a non-aggressive manner. He is essentially what Goblin Slayer might become if he backtracks from his Character Development; a crazy goblin-obsessed old man living in solitary.
  • Genuine Human Hide: In the light novels he is noted to wear a mask made from the peeled face of a goblin.
  • Hero of Another Story: He was basically the "Goblin Slayer" of his time, before he disappeared.
  • I Have Many Names: According to Volume 10, when operating as a Shadowrunner he goes by 'Ninja' and 'Barrel Rider'.
  • Know When to Fold Them: Does not believe in self-sacrifice, and tried to beat into Goblin Slayer that he should always cut his losses on a quest going south to fight another day. Given Goblin Slayer's track record of workaholicism and and perseverance in seemingly hopeless odds it seems this was one of the few lessons he refused to take to heart.
  • Ring of Power: It functions as an Invisibility Cloak, and is one of the bigger hints as to who he is an Expy of.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Metaphorically (see Training from Hell below) and also quite literally, as he taught Goblin Slayer how to swim by throwing him into a river and telling him to learn to swim if he didn't want to die.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Has quite a few unsavory things to say about conventional heroes in Goblin Slayer's flashbacks, and naturally cusses his pupil out quite liberally when verbally abusing him during training.
  • Spiteful Spit: Waters the ground while lambasting the concept of heroism while showing off the aftermath of a failed bandit-clearing quest to a still in-training Goblin Slayer.
  • Taught by Experience: Believes in this fanatically. He goes on multiple rants lambasting people who need to be granted strength and knowledge to achieve their goals, and tells the young Goblin Slayer that it was his lack of will to act that cost his sister her life. As shown in Volume 6, Goblin Slayer has internalized this view thoroughly.
  • Training from Hell: He spent five years in an ice cave brutalizing Goblin Slayer; from pelting him with rocks until he got knocked out, to subjecting him to constant Breaking Speeches blaming him for his sister's death, to tying his hands behind his back and throwing him into an iced-over lake.
  • Uncertain Doom: He disappears after going out on one of his excursions without giving Goblin Slayer a proper goodbye, and has not been seen or heard from since. It does leave one wondering if he survived the last adventure he went on. No longer uncertain, as he later appears completely fine at the end of Volume 9 and has a conversation with Cow Girl.
  • Weak, but Skilled: While it is uncertain if he is strong or not, he is definitely a firm believer that strength means nothing in a fight and a person should instead use their mind and anything on hand to win. He also believes that if a person loses something (i.e. Goblin Slayer losing his sister to goblins), that person lost it due to doing nothing to stop it rather than not being strong enough to do so.
  • Whole Plot Reference: His entire chapter and training of Goblin Slayer is a huge shout-out to the confrontation between Bilbo Baggins and Gollum in The Hobbit, complete with a life-or-death riddle game that ends with Burglar asking "What have I got in my pocket?"


A masked Shadowrunner who fights with a gun.

  • Anachronism Stew: Is dressed and equipped like a mid-17th-century-or-later highwayman in what has so far been a squarely Medieval European Fantasy.
  • Artificial Limbs: His legs at least have been replaced or augmented somehow.
  • Automatic Crossbows: His primary weapon is a repeating crossbow that can make a target resemble a porcupine with a few seconds of sustained firing.
  • Boom, Headshot!: He has a flintlock pistol with enough kick to splat a troll's head, and the enhanced body to keep such a weapon under control to aim correctly.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: Wears this getup.
  • The Gunslinger: Wields a flintlock pistol to devastating effect.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The enhancements he's put on his body are repeatedly stated to be illegal, and moreover put his physical and spiritual integrity under great jeopardy.
  • Magic Eye: One of his eyes is enchanted, giving him night vision and possibly boosted far-sightedness.
  • No Questions Asked: Avidly doesn't want to know the motives or contexts of any of the jobs he's given or conspiracies he's involved in.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: He and his party are at the center of substantial sideplots in Volumes 10 and 11 that run concurrent to Goblin Slayer's quests and are wrought with political intrigue and still ongoing.


An elf-like woman who is a Shadowrunner alongside Spy.

  • The Beastmaster: She can communicate with all manner of animals and monsters, and utilizes them in her jobs, such as having a larval Rock Eater eat through the plaster of a mansion windowsill.
  • Changeling Tale: She is one, as her name spells out. The why and how are not really explained, though a big deal is made out of her ears being of intermediate-length and shape between a half-elf and a full elf.
  • Living Shadow: For battle magic, she can summon a magically constructed purple panther from her shadow to attack.
  • Made a Slave: As a child, before escaping and becoming a Shadowrunner.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: A big emphasis is put on her striking red hair, and her importance in the plot grows at an exponential rate.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: Shows up in Volumes 10 and 11 as part of a shadowrunning party doing political perilous missions that incidentally relate in some way to Goblin Slayer's most recent quest. Then in the epilogue of Volume 11, she goes off on her own to meet the boy who helped her escape from slavery, gives him a magic sword, and starts plotting with him to retake his rightful throne.

Other adventurers

    Golden Party
From left to right: Half-Elf Thief, Female Warrior, Sword Maiden (or rather Female Bishop), Samurai, Bugman Monk, Female Mage

Sword Maiden's old adventuring party that worked together to kill the Demon Lord ten years before the start of the series proper. The other members were Samurai, Bugman Monk, Female Mage, Female Warrior, and Half-Elf Thief.

  • Badass Normal: Female Warrior has nothing but her skill in handling her polearm, but that has been enough to see her survive multiple trips through the Dungeon of Death where dozens of fellow adventurers perish.
  • Blade on a Stick: Female Warrior prominently makes use of a glaive as her primary weapon.
  • Blinding Bangs: Samurai's hair cover his eyes.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Female Warrior is shown to revel in combat, even licking goblin's blood that happened to splatter on her face.
    • Bug Monk is described as a war-hungry brute by Female Warrior while searching for him, to the point of watching gladiatorial games almost religiously as a means of vicarious satisfaction when he can’t go out and fight monsters directly.
  • Boobs of Steel: Female Warrior has a large chest, and is the only female fighter of the group in contrast to her teammates who rely on spells.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Half-Elf Thief, being part dark elf, has a natural dusky tan and pale gold hair.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This group of adventurers will star in the web serialized novel Goblin Slayer Side Story 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana, chronicling how the party reached and defeated the Demon Lord.
  • Depending on the Artist: In the Year One prologue's illustration, Female Mage is a willowy, sharp-faced adult woman in a full-body covering robe and cloak. In Daikatana, she's a tiny baby-faced young teenager with Gag Boobs barely attired in a mini-dress and cape.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Samurai is willing to fight a pair of veteran adventurers for Female Bishop despite knowing that he might get beaten up or even killed if he doesn't beat them in a Single-Stroke Battle, despite only just meeting her.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Female Warrior and Bug Monk are both veteran adventurers with multiple trips to the dungeon under their belts, which is why the rest of the group is so keen to secure their camaraderie.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Three boys and three girls.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Samurai jumps to Female Bishop's aid when a transaction between her and some adventurers turns ugly - because he doesn't know their capabilities, he readies himself for a swift fight to kill. Although Diamond Knight did confirm Samurai would have likely lost the fight with the far more experienced adventurers if they survived the initial Single-Stroke Battle.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-Elf Thief is bi-species human and dark elf.
  • Hidden Eyes: The top of Samurai's face is always obscured by the shadow of his helmet and hair.
  • Insectoid Aliens: Bugman Monk is a bugman.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Captain is outfitted like a samurai, complete with the appropriate sword, and he is a future Gold-ranked adventurer who leads the party that ended up killing the previous Demon Lord.
  • Love at First Sight: Seeing Female Bishop for the first time left Samurai in a flower-tinged trance that he had to be snapped out of. Very soon after, he raises the suggestion of recruiting her into his team when they discuss about the need for more members.
  • Magic Knight: Female Warrior reveals to Samurai in secret that she knows that he is capable of using spells, which he withheld from using during their first sparring match. Samurai's reaction confirms her suspicions.
  • Most Common Superpower: Both Female Mage and Female Warrior are rather stacked. Funny enough, Female Bishop/Sword Maiden, the poster girl of this in the main series, actually had the smallest bust line out of the three when the party first formed.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Female Warrior has straight, midnight-black hair in a sharp bob-cut.
  • Retired Badass: As Gold-ranked adventurers, they are pressured to recuse themselves from regular fieldwork and take up governmental sinecures or act as noblemen's attendants until a national-scale monster emergency rears its head.
  • Ship Tease: Samurai has some moments with Female Warrior, particularly after she was nearly killed by some slime.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Samurai at least acts confident in his combat strength, but he also readily admits to having no experience in actually delving dungeons, and needs Half-Elf Thief to explain the mechanics of a Dungeon-Based Economy to him when they first go out into town.
  • Sole Survivor: Female Warrior is introduced barely surviving a goblin ambush only to find the corpses of the rest of her party in a heap. She comments to herself that it is not the first time it happened.
    • The rebooted manga introduces her hauling five body bags to the temple for burial.
  • Shana Clone: Female Mage is pushy, nosy, always involving the party in drama, and actually attempts to enforce an Everyone's Baby Sister dynamic between herself and the rest of the cast, something Samurai and Half-Elf Thief are highly annoyed by and resistant against. She even calls the two her servants to their faces.
  • Uncertain Doom: Most of the party, notably Samurai, have yet to appear in present day. Combined with Sword Maiden's knowledge on the dungeon's chances of survival, it paints an unclear picture on their fate.
  • You Are Number 6: Female Warrior claims to not have a name when Samurai asks after it, identifying herself by the number the Guild gave her when she became an adventurer (presumably on her dogtag.)
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Female Mage's is bubblegum-pink, Female Warrior's is dark purple, and Half-Elf Thief's is tinted yellow-green.

    Female Swordsman

A young woman who made a mistake of sparing one goblin child and got killed by it for her trouble. The goblin child would later become the goblin lord that attacks the Farm Goblin Slayer lives at.


A mighty adventurer a goblin lord encountered and defeated during his rise to power. Barbarian's battleaxe would become a war trophy for the goblin lord and a major hindrance to Goblin Slayer.

  • Always Save the Girl: The young goblin lord was able to stop and distract the man by tossing its hostage forward him make him reflexively go to catch her.
  • An Axe to Grind: Wielded a magnificent battleaxe... the very same weapon the goblin lord would wield in his battle against Goblin Slayer.
  • Barbarian Hero: Half-naked, muscle-bound, fancy weapon? Check, check, and double-check.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: A long, dark mane of rough hair.
  • Cross-Popping Veins: Several veins stand out on his face as he stands off with the younger goblin lord as it holds a hostage.
  • Death Glare: His face is set in a stony, determined look of focused violence, pinching into a snarl of fury when confronted by a goblin holding a woman at knife-point.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Himself and the Damsel in Distress he tried to rescue, in the same attack, by the future goblin lord. He somehow survived.
  • One-Man Army: He soloed an early horde led by a goblin lord.
  • Not Quite Dead: He makes a bombastic appearance at a big city Guild-hall early in the third major story arc of Year One, evidently some time after being run through by the nascent goblin lord if the big scar below his sternum and plain broadsword on his hip are any indication.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Hacked through a goblin nest as a whirlwind of steel to get to a woman held by them.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Barbarian was slain by a goblin lord after lowering his guard to save the Damsel in Distress.

    Padfoot Soldier

A young female dog-girl who is part of a military unit in Water Town.

  • Bar Brawl: Provokes High Elf Archer into one.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets on the losing end of the bar fight she started, and is last seen getting chewed out by an officer.
  • Fantastic Racism: Rants to High Elf Archer's face that elves are stuck-up, hide in their forests from the problems the rest of the world has to deal with head on, and cheap.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her goading High Elf Archer into a Bar Brawl made Dwarf Shaman see the latter as more than his stereotype of elvish nobility, and finally agree to join the multiracial alliance party.

    Knowledge Cleric

A young adventurer and priestess of the God of Knowledge, who met a tragic demise while escorting a wagon through a valley taken over by Evil Wizard.

  • Bring My Brown Pants: Wets herself when the gargoyle that kills her first swoops down in front of her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets her shoulders torn up by the gargoyle carrying her into the air, get shot in the leg twice by a party member trying to hit said gargoyle, and is implied to have died of fright as she fell.
  • Deer in the Headlights: She freezes in shock when a gargoyle swoops down to carry her away, and then is too frightened and in pain to chant a proper miracle to try to free herself.
  • Palette Swap: Looks exactly like Priestess, but with black hair.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Begged her god for aid as she fell, but nothing came from it as she was too panicked to structure a proper prayer.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is the same extensive length as Priestess.

    Noble Retinue
From left to right: Rhea Scout, Dwarf Monk, Middle-Aged Wizard and Half-Elf Fighter

A group of four adventurers that were Noble Fencer's companions that were all lost in their calamitous goblin quest. Consisted of Half-Elf Fighter, Rhea Scout, Dwarf Monk, and Middle-Aged Wizard.

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: When the goblins captured Noble Fencer and Half-Elf Fighter, they determined that Half-Elf Fighter was the more "disposable" one of their two captive as the Goblin Paladin determine that Noble Fencer's Shock and Awe could be useful and end up getting the brunt of the goblins' cruel treatment. By the the time Goblin Slayer find Half-Elf Fighter's corpse, she is missing the lower half of her body and the tips of her ears were cut off and stuffed in her mouth.
  • Decapitation Presentation: The goblins present Rhea Scout, Dwarf Monk, and Middle-Aged Wizard's decapitated heads to Noble Fencer after they ambushed her when she returned from her supply run.
  • Drop the Hammer: Dwarf Monk wields a hefty one with a prominent claw.
  • Ear Ache: Half-Elf Fighter loses one of her ears during the goblins' ambush that leads to her and Noble Fencer's capture, and the deaths of the rest of their party. When Goblin Slayer's party discover her body, the tips of her ears are found in her mouth.
  • Fair Weather Friend: They all fawned over their leader Noble Fencer, but when their first quest dragged too long they were were quick to unanimously hold her solely responsible for the "bad" plan they all agreed on and begin hazing her.
  • Fan Disservice: Half-Elf Fighter is easily the most attractive member of the four. Unfortunately, this leads to the goblins keeping her alive a little while longer than outright killing her like the rest of the party. She spent her final days being tortured, raped, and possibly used as a Breeding Slave by the goblins. By the time Goblin Slayer's party find her, she is just a naked corpse that is missing the lower half of her body.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Half-Elf Fighter and Dwarf Monk share the position of Fighter, Middle-Aged Wizard is the Mage, and Rhea Scout is the Thief.
  • Hartman Hips: Half-Elf Fighter, which you can see here.
  • Half the Woman She Used to Be: The lower half of Half-Elf Fighter's body is missing by the time Goblin Slayer's party finds her corpse.
  • Honor Before Reason: Once it became clear that the plan to starve out the goblins has backfired as they are running out of supplies, which left the group unfit for combat, it's pointed out that the safest thing to do would be to cut their losses and accept the mission as a failure. However, not wanting to look incompetent for quitting a goblin-slaying adventure, they decided to continue on.
  • Magic Missile: The Wizard could cast the spell Arrow, which formed a number of magic orbs that launched at his foes.
  • Off with His Head!: How the goblins kill Rhea Scout, Dwarf Monk, and Middle-Aged Wizard. Poor Half-Elf Fighter on the other hand was given a Fate Worse than Death.
  • One Steve Limit: There was already a Rhea Scout who was a villain in Volume 2, and a male Half-Elf Fighter who is a member of Heavy Warrior and Female Knight's party. These ones don't last long enough to get the narrative mixed up.
  • Rape as Drama: While the rest of the party were quickly killed off, the goblins elected to keep the attractive Half-Elf Fighter alive a little longer to be their "plaything".


A Bronze-ranked adventurer who is the overall leader of the mass hunt for the rock eater at the end of Year One.

  • Adaptation Expansion: The fight against the rock eater cuts away after Newbie Swordsman is knocked out in the light novel, but the manga showcases the rest, including this man's part in it.
  • Badass Mustache: A long, pointy, slightly curled English style that advertises his role as a fighting leader.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a crisp one over his armor.
  • The Brigadier: Organizes a crowd of at least 40-50 disparate adventurers into a cohesive unit.
  • The Cavalry: When Heavy Warrior's squad gets pinned down by the rock eater and the black slimes, he shows up with the rest of the adventurers just in the nick of time to rally everyone to fight back.
  • Continuity Nod: Spearman reminesces about him in volume 10 when lamenting that he has no resources, contacts, or experience for navigating a city or investigating a shady noble or merchant, ruefully admitting that he now sees the value in an adventurer becoming well-connected in the political or upper-class spheres.
  • Frontline General: Takes point position in the defense line against the rock eater, even as he belts out orders.
  • Knightly Sword and Shield: Is outfitted like a proper banneret, complete with an arming sword and heater shield.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Calls for a shield wall to halt the charging rock eater, and takes point-center position in it alongside the young Heavy Warrior.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A nobleman actually, but still. Spearman scoffs that the man looks like he's been in more political squabbles than actual battles, but he nonetheless proves to be competent and stalwart when facing off against monsters.
  • The Team Benefactor: The compact ballista and dwarf-forged black iron arrow used against the rock eater were implicitly provided by him, and they cost quite a pretty penny.

    Failed Heroine

Another of Illusion's personal PCs who was meant to stop Dark Elf from obtaining the cursed artifact of Hecatoncheir on her first mission, which ended very badly for her.

  • Amazon Brigade: Forms a band of five girls to quest with. They all die to Dark Elf.
  • Born Unlucky: Due to Illusion critically fumbling her every attack roll, her every strike and spell went wide and she died on her first quest.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: In the manga. Whereas Dark Elf's recollection of their encounter has him boasting that they were easily trounced, and Illusion despairs over her dying without landing a hit, the illustrated flashback shows her party having taken down several goblins and heavily roughing up Dark Elf before they all were put down.
  • Dual Wielding: In the manga, she is depicted with two short curved swords in hand.
  • Five-Man Band: Was the head of one. They all fell to Dark Elf.
  • Foil:
    • To Chosen Heroine. She is almost exactly the same as her, but without her ridiculous luck, and thus dies ignobly before her legend can even start, despite taking adventuring more serious and having more allies.
    • Also to Priestess, as another of Illusion's lost girls, but she doesn't even get the saving grace of a Goblin Slayer rescuing her from the jaws of death to fulfill a more modest life of quests.
  • Ill Boy: She became an adventurer in the first place to look for a cure for her childhood sweetheart's chonic ailments. It's implied he succumbs to his sicknesses without her around to care for him.
  • Magic Knight: Fights with both sword and spell, though sadly with success in neither.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Becomes a adventurer to heal her best friend, is born with the potential to be another world-saving Gold-or-Platinum adventurer, and is the first to challenge the Dark Elf and his attempt to summon a Chaos God. But because her patron deity fails her dice rolls, she goes down like a chump on her first outing, her potential unfulfilled, her friend condemned to a wasting death, and seeing Dark Elf pull through convinces Truth to start patronizing him more seriously and turn his scheme into a full-on campaign.

Elvish Kingdom

    Forest Princess

High Elf Archer's older sister, and princess of the elves. Shows up in Volume 7 to invite the party to her wedding.

  • Aloof Big Sister: Considers herself above freely expressed affection, and as such masks her concerns for her sister with constant put-downs and declarations of disappointment.
  • Always Someone Better: Forest Princess is this towards her sister High Elf Archer; being able to shoot a bow with precision while engaging in intense acrobatics is among her many said talents. She's also much better endowed up top.
  • Big Sister Bully: Her first conversation with Goblin Slayer sees her telling the man she bets that her little sister was The Load in all their adventurers together and encouraging him to dump her for a more skilled elven ranger, while High Elf Archer is standing directly between them.
  • Fantastic Racism: Her biggest objection to her sister's adventuring career was her partnering with a dwarf.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Attempted to bake Shining Helm a meal to signal her reciprocation of his feelings (though that ended up getting burnt), and taught her little sister about herbs and foraging.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Openly says that demons are second to humans in capacity for hatching insidious plans.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: High Elf Archer, when announcing her sister's engagement, claims with sincerity that a couple having kids in "the first two or three hundred years of their marriage" is moving too fast.
  • Royal Inbreeding: Her future husband, Shining Helm, is stated to be her cousin.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: She was actually the one who attempted to forbid High Elf Archer from leaving home, against the vouching of their male guardians and teachers to boot.
  • Tsundere: Was frigid towards Shining Helm's attempts at wooing for millennia and constantly belittles her little sister, but cares for them both deep down and drives herself sick with worry for them.

    Shining Helm 
High Elf Archer and Forest Princess' cousin, the former's scouting teacher, and the latter's fiance.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Was High Elf Archer's first teacher in archery and scouting.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He sang to his beloved as is traditional among elves. What was not traditional was his choice to sing a ballad about his own martial feats rather than a love song dedicated to his intended, which earned him a walloping.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted, in fact he is identified by the mithril skullcap he never takes off.
  • Kissing Cousins: He has been pining for his cousin for centuries at least before she agreed to marry him.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Leads the border guard of the elvish forest kingdom.

The Chief of the Elves. Forest Princess and High Elf Archer's father.
  • Death Seeker: It's explained that elves only lose their physical forms naturally when they want to die. Why he did is never specified, though a later conversation makes it clear that it's generally caused by hitting the Despair Event Horizon, usually by an elf losing a mortal they cared about.
  • No Name Given: Is the first non-god and non-monster to avert this so far in the series.
  • Transflormation: Has become a part of the great tree containing the elvish royal court.

    Elf Scout 
A scout for a nearby elf settlement in the forest who was assigned to spy on a goblin nest controlled by an ogre. Unfortunately, she was found out and captured by the goblins by the time Goblin Slayer's party arrived.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Brutally averted in all forms of media. The right side of her body was shown to be covered in numerous deep gashes, bruises, and burns.
  • The Bus Came Back: Shows up in Volume 7 when the party arrive at the site for Forest Princess' wedding, still baring the scars of her captivity, blind in one eye, and reportedly largely unresponsive. Goblin Slayer goes to her and assures her that all the goblins from the tower are dead, to which she lets tears fall.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Ends up being tortured and raped by the ogre and the goblins he commanded, and then left in a room that was used as the goblins' waste heap.
  • Damsel in Distress: Functioned as this during Goblin Slayer and Priestess's first mission with Lizard Priest, Dwarf Shaman, and High Elf Archer.
  • Fan Disservice: She was found naked by Goblin Slayer's party, chained to a wall with the right side of her body covered with bloody gashes and other injuries.
  • Godiva Hair: In the anime.
  • Heroic Willpower: Although she is clearly mentally damaged by the time the party finds her, as she repeatedly begs Goblin Slayer and the others to kill all the goblins in the nest, this is actually a slight improvement from the state that most goblin captives are found in.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: After seeing what the goblins have done to her, this apparently made the Silver-ranked trio, especially High Elf Archer, realize how truly diabolical goblins are, and makes them going on more goblin-slaying quests with Goblin Slayer even after their mission with him was finished.


    Cow Girl's Uncle

A dairy farmer and Cow Girl's current guardian after her parents death.

  • Accidental Hero: When he took Cow Girl into the city on the fateful night that goblins attacked her village. He didn't realize it at the time, but this action saved his niece's life.
  • Cool Uncle: To Cow Girl. He is willing to let Goblin Slayer live on his farm at her request, even though he clearly disapproves of the goblin-obsessed adventurer that his niece's childhood friend has become.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the anime, he has brown eyes and brown hair.
  • Creature of Habit: When discussing the Wine Merchant's offer to buy his farm from him and turn his mixed farming cattle ranch into an industrial barley plantation for beer-brewing, he admits his main problem is that he's so used to the way he's lived and operated that to switch to a new production is almost unthinkable for him.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Losing his sister and old home has hurt him terribly, and is why he's so standoffish.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Although Cow Girl and Goblin Slayer aren't dating, he is aware that his niece is in love with Goblin Slayer and has voiced his disapproval of him to Cow Girl many times. He even outright tells his niece that he believes Goblin Slayer has lost his mind after witnessing his sister's death. In Year One, he tells Goblin Slayer that he was willing to marry Cow Girl off to the boy she grew up with, but not to the adventurer he has become.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Has this talk twice with Goblin Slayer. The first time, in Year One, he prejudged Goblin Slayer to be a typical roughneck, saw his orphaned niece visit the barn he was spending the night in and leave the next morning distraught, and confronted Goblin Slayer with a pitchfork in hand before figuring out the truth of Cow Girl's visit and reaction to Goblin Slayer's personality change. The second time, in Volume 3 of the main story, it's a defeated and chagrined plea for Goblin Slayer to realize how much their upcoming date means to Cow Girl and not lead her on, which he gives up when he sees the boy isn't getting it.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Early in Year One volume 2, he makes numerous flippant remarks to Cow Girl about how Goblin Slayer might have a lover or be seeing prostitutes. It takes her running off for him to realize that her crush on the boy would have made such gossip hurt, and that bringing up hookers to his 13-year-old niece was inappropriate.
  • Lame Excuse: When Goblin Slayer comes home late and asks about the Wine Merchant's carriage driving away, Uncle denies awareness of it and claims he was only outside to check on the cows. It's abundantly clear to Goblin Slayer, let alone the reader, that he's trying to avoid the topic for a while longer.
  • No Sympathy: Knows that Goblin Slayer has every reason to hunt down goblins, but still believes that this same trauma will prevent his niece from finding happiness with the adventurer.
  • Overprotective Dad: Thinks all adventurers are thugs and not good enough for his niece. That includes Goblin Slayer.
  • Papa Wolf: To Cow Girl since she is the only family that he has left.
  • Parental Substitute: Is this to Cow Girl, and feels guilty for taking the place of his sister and her husband.
  • Self-Made Man: Proudly describes himself as a yeoman or freeholder. He's personally earned his land and cultivated his farm, and he's not about to sell out to anyone. He doesn't even want any farmhands beyond his niece yet, even as he acknowledges that he's a few years away from the age when his body can't keep up with farm labor anymore.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Goblin Slayer, though he's the one with the problem. Goblin Slayer's presence brings up bad memories, causes his beloved niece emotional turbulence, and comes with numerous quirks. Uncle wishes his niece would get over him so he can kick him out. He eventually acknowledges that the boy is harmless and stops being hostile, but even that is more out of grudging exhaustion than a positive change in perspective.
  • Tsundere: He is one to Goblin Slayer. Though he never voices it aloud, he does pity the lad and understands his life has been nothing but hardship. Because Goblin Slayer's death would devastate his niece, he fears for the man's mental and physical well-being. In various passive-aggressive ways he explains disapproval of Goblin Slayer's genocidal obsession and expresses there are other lifestyles available. He dangles a future with Cow Girl on the farm as one possibility, but only if Goblin Slayer gives up being an adventurer.
    • He also reminds Goblin Slayer to take care of his body and turned down an offer to have Goblin Slayer married off in Volume 10 by a wealthy merchant for a not-insignificant amount of money. Even though he doesn't approve of his lifestyle he genuinely does care about him.

    Goblin Slayer's Sister 

Voiced by: Reina Ueda (Japanese)

Goblin Slayer's older sister. Years before the main story began, she was raped and murdered by goblins right in front of her younger brother, which kickstarted his genocidal hatred of goblins.

  • Brainy Brunette: Had brown hair and was noted by her brother to be wise. In the light novels, Goblin Slayer even recollects that his sister was the sharpest person in their village and earned her food by teaching the village children how to read and write. He also remembers that she could have made a good living in the city, but chose instead to stay in the village to raise him.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her death is what turned her little brother into Goblin Slayer.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Or at Parental Substitute siblings, as Goblin Slayer reveres her memory. This trope was in turn true for her, and she always told Goblin Slayer what wonderful people their parents were and offered him their father's hunting knife as a memento.
  • Eaten Alive: Implied to have died in this manner after a horde of goblins were done with her, while her little brother was Forced to Watch. The horror and indignity of it all was the first, and likely biggest, blow to Goblin Slayer's psyche.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Was apparently a dab hand at stewing, just look at Grandma's Recipe.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: A kindly, loving big sister and guardian to a young Goblin Slayer, she was also her hamlet's resident tutor for hire. She was even a devotee to the God of Knowledge, and maintained a shrine in the village.
  • Grandma's Recipe: She had her own special way of preparing beef stew, that she also taught to Cow Girl. The latter insists its not some grand secret recipe, but the memories it conjures for Goblin Slayer and herself are such that she makes it for his dinner almost religiously.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Allow herself to be captured by goblins knowing that they would be too busy with her to notice her hidden little brother.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Of the "doomed anime mom" variety. Having this hairstyle marks her as a goner in this universe.
  • Nice Girl: Selfless, loving, kind, and wise.
  • Promotion to Parent: Her and Goblin Slayer's ranger father and herbalist mother died during a plague while Goblin Slayer was still very young, so she raised him herself as far back as he can remember.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Is long dead by the time the story begins, but her teachings and the manner of her demise are what made Goblin Slayer into the man he is today.

    Grape Nun

A nun devoted to the Earth Mother and Priestess' surrogate sister. Met in Volume 10 as the manager of a vineyard in a new town and the victim of some truly awful rumors.

  • Ambiguously Brown: She's moderately dark-skinned, but with bright green eyes, and said to be decided from immigrants who "crossed the southern mountains."
  • Big Sister Mentor: She avoids town while the rumors are flying mostly so it doesn't cause problems for the other nuns around her, and gives Priestess advice when the stres of dealing with the situation starts to overwhelm her.
  • Buxom Is Better: Like many other girls before, the narration is happy to note how ample her bustline is, and how attracted the background males can be to it.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Gets a wide, toothy, crooked grin when teasing Priestess or sizing up her adventuring party.
  • Cool Big Sis: Is this to Priestess, who in the present is delighted to link back up with her and introduce her new friends to her, and is adamant about laying to rest the horrid rumors besmirching her.
  • Fantastic Racism: Played With; the crux of the rumors surrounding her is the insistence that she's somehow "a goblin's daughter," but such a thing is impossible and she's clearly entirely human. She is dark-skinned and explicitly of a non-native ethnicity, and it's implied her appearance is what people use as an excuse to entertain the notion, but she's also not being targeted for being a person of color, her status as one is treated as the obvious counter to the allegation, no other non-white humans are subject to bigotry, and the whole fiasco seems to imply that different races of humans aren't discriminated against on grounds of merely being different races.
  • The Pollyanna: She pays no personal mind to the rumors and remains focused on her work and finding joy in her daily routine. She genuinely has to stop and think when Priestess asks her how she can remain so cheerful all the time.
  • Plucky Girl: Extremely vivacious, enthusiastic about working the orchards and making new friends, a personality as magnetic as her body, and far too strong-willed and self-assured to let herself be negatively affected by the wild rumors circulating about her.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She's Priestess' beloved senpai from her training days that was never seen or mentioned for 9 volumes and two in-universe years. In fairness, the rest of the party never really has reason to follow Priestess into the temple or ask about it, and the narration never follows Priestess in her off-duty time.
  • Senpai Kohai: The senpai to Priestess, always mother-henning her and encouraging her to blossom.
  • Younger Than They Look: Is just two years older than Priestess and barely 19, but her emotional maturity and certain illustration of her next to Priestess make her look well into her twenties.

    Mother Superior 

An abbess devoted to the Earth Mother, and Priestess' direct superior.

  • High Priest: The closest to one we've seen so far for the faith dedicated to the Earth Mother, and she is at least prestigious enough to oversee regional religious rituals and have dealings with other high-status clerics like Sword Maiden.
  • Improbable Age: Volume 10 says she is shockingly young for being an abbess of a major temple, not even having reached middle-age yet despite some years in the post.
  • Orphanage of Love: Runs one out of her abbey, which is where Priestess was raised and trained.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Reportedly gave Priestess a strident chewing-out off-screen over her purchasing chainmail, but didn't do anything more when Priestess held firm, and later on vouches for her and Goblin Slayer's trustworthiness during a meeting of state heroes and religious authorities in Volume 3.
  • So Proud of You: Greatly respects Priestess' magical talent and achievements, and has high hopes for what she will accomplish in the future, even if she does laugh off the idea that Priestess is The Chosen One, hidden royalty, or anything like that.

    The Three Sisters

Three sisters that lived in same village as Goblin Slayer and Cow Girl, and were victims of the goblin attack on it.

  • Big Sister Instinct: The eldest sister is willing to suffer a Fate Worse than Death if it means protecting her family. Not that it did her much good.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The eldest sister is blonde, the middle sister is a redhead, and the youngest is a brunette.
  • Breeding Slave: Their presumed fate.
  • Deer in the Headlights: What ultimately gets the two younger sisters captured, due to a combination of their fears of the goblins and their unwillingness to leave their older sister behind.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: While the goblins were having their way with them.
  • Foil: The eldest sister is this to Goblin Slayer's Older Sister. Both are attractive young women that try to protect their family on the same night goblins attacked their village and were subjected to a Fate Worse than Death. The difference being Goblin Slayer's Older Sister succeeded in protecting her brother by hiding him, while the eldest sister failed to protect her two younger sisters by trying to get them to run away. Additionally, Goblin Slayer makes it clear that his sister died that night, while it's implied the three sisters got to live on a little longer...each as a Breeding Slave.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All three sisters are very attractive, buxom and cute. Unfortunately, this seems to be why the goblins gave them a horrific Fate Worse than Death instead of outright dismembering them like the other villagers.
  • Rape as Drama: All three sisters ended up being gang-raped by goblins, despite trying to defend themselves. They are the first shown example of this in the Year One manga.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: The youngest sister has long, black hair.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Their only purpose is to show the fate of any woman unfortunate enough to be captured by goblins.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: The eldest sister tried to hold off the goblins to let her two younger sisters escape, unfortunately her sacrifice was in vain as they were captured anyways.
  • Uncertain Doom: The last time we see them, they were captured and gang-raped by a large group of goblins. Although it is not shown what happens to them afterwards, it's safe to assume they are no longer around by the time of the main story. There is a slight chance they might have been saved by an adventurer, especially since Burglar was tracking the horde that attacked their village, but they would be deeply traumatized for the rest of their lives in that case.

    Goblin Mother

A captured village girl who spent a week in a goblin nest. She is the first person Goblin Slayer ever saved as an adventurer.

  • Angst Coma: She is completely unresponsive when Goblin Slayer finds her, with her light breathing being the only indication that she is still alive.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Surprisingly, played straight in the Year One manga. For a woman who spent a week in a goblin nest and given birth to multiple goblin children within that week, she doesn't have a single scratch on her. Averted in the light novel as she was mentioned to be covered in filth and goblin bites.
  • Blinding Bangs: In the Year One manga.
  • Breeding Slave: She is the first person confirmed to have given birth to goblin children, and delivered 3 of them by the time Goblin Slayer saves her.
  • Damsel in Distress: The very first one that Goblin Slayer saves as an adventurer.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: The "human mom" to the goblin children she was forced to give birth to, hence the name she is referred to in the Year One light novel.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: This is possibly the only example where this is a good thing. Goblin Slayer slaughtered the goblins she gave birth to, while she got to live on.

    Village Boy

A little boy who Goblin Slayer saves from running into a goblin nest.

  • Fake-Out Opening: The first few paragraph make his story look like a flashback to Goblin Slayer's childhood, right up until Goblin Slayer himself actually shows up on a quest.
  • Foil: Due to the bait-and-switch of the beginning, the boy is deliberately crafted to have a life almost identically to the young Goblin Slayer, but several personal aspects are in direct contrast to how Goblin Slayer was like in actual flashbacks. Like Goblin Slayer, this is a little Farm Boy who plays at and dreams of being an adventurer, has a female best friend and next door neighbor who is visiting family in the city, and is an orphan being raised by an older sister who also serves as a teacher in a temple of the God of Knowledge. However:
    • The boy is a rambunctious Bratty Half-Pint, while Goblin Slayer has consistently been shown as always having been naturally pensive and introverted, if less so than how he becomes post-trauma.
    • The boy is extremely cheeky towards his frazzled sister, while Goblin Slayer was a dutiful Momma's Boy towards a sister who was always ladylike and composed even at the razors edge of death and dishonor.
    • The boy and his female friend have a slight Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic in how he recollects their back-and-forths and attempts to one-up each other, while Cow Girl has so far been unilateral in her teasing of her childhood friend, with the occasional fights between them arising from and causing very real and extreme bad feelings between them.


A bard that sings ballads of Goblin Slayer's adventures.

  • The Bard: We first see him singing the tale of a hero on a street corner for crowds. In fact, this is how High Elf Archer, Dwarf Shaman, and Lizard Priest find Goblin Slayer in the first place.
  • Character Exaggeration: In his ballads, he exaggerates Goblin Slayer as a wandering Knight in Shining Armor that always save the Damsel in Distress. It issSomewhat justified as he has never actually met Goblin Slayer. However, High Elf Archer did catch him lying about Goblin Slayer being a wander when the bard stated Goblin Slayer lived in a town.
  • Lighter and Softer: His ballad are what one would expect to hear from a modern fairy tale, noticeably omitting the darker parts of Goblin Slayer's adventures like the loss of innocent lives and rape that occurs.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was the one that got High Elf Archer, Dwarf Shaman, and Lizard Priest interested in recruiting Goblin Slayer for their mission and told them where they can find him, so without the bard they would have never partied up with Goblin Slayer. Additionally, it was implied his songs are what made Sword Maiden seek out Goblin Slayer to both take care of Water Town's goblin infestation and to be her Living Emotional Crutch.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In-Universe, his ballads have Goblin Slayer always rescuing goblin captives even when it isn't true. The bard's song about Goblin Slayer burning down the mountain fortress talked about how Goblin Slayer saved a princess, when the harsh reality was Goblin Slayer was too late to save the captured village girl or the female party during that mission.


A nun of the Supreme God who serves as Sword Maiden's personal assistant.

  • Bodyguarding a Badass: She (or at least an attendant) apparently has assassin training and is charged with defending the famed demon-slaying Sword Maiden from any who means her harm during her travels.
  • The Caretaker: Watches over Sword Maiden and helps her with daily tasks that her blindness hampers. She is personally grateful to Goblin Slayer for giving her charge peace of mind.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Feels like this when Sword Maiden lets her lovesickness interfere with her daily duties.
  • Hartman Hips: Noted to have well-formed hips, and she works them.
  • Naughty Nun: Downplayed, but the narration tells us she knows exactly what she's doing when she shakes her hips.
  • Servile Snarker: Jabs at Sword Maiden about her "love letters" to Goblin Slayer when she has to write to the King.
  • Sexy Walk: Rolls her hips as she walks so much so that even Goblin Slayer takes note.


A nun who runs a convent to the God of Trade in the pioneer village where Chosen Heroine grew up.

  • Muggle: Never received any miracles from her god, according to Chosen Heroine.
  • Orphanage of Love: Looked after several foundlings, and raised them right if Chisen Heroine is any indication.
  • Parental Substitute: Is one to Chosen Heroine, though she’d never admit it.
  • Stern Nun: Is quite liberal with tough love correction, though a kid like Chosen Heroine hardly responds to gentle admonishment.
  • Tasty Gold: Scratched the silver coin Goblin Slayer offered for lodging.

A young man from the Capital University that feels it his purview to gainsay the adventurer promotion process.
  • Inspector Javert: Has convinced himself that a particular adventurer has made up the quest report that got him promoted to Silver, and will not back off until the first Guild worker he's grabbed has addressed his accusation.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Finds it patently absurd that a high-ranking adventurer could really have taken out an evil cult controlling a rural district, than stumbled across and killed a giant monster sleeping in an undiscovered ruin. Setting aside his Genre Blindness, he's utterly ignorant that the Guild has a Living Lie Detector on payroll.
  • Nice Hat: The only thing any character finds worthy of positive acknowledgement about him is his large crisp tophat.


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