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The main characters of the story.


  • Badass Crew: It really says something about a lazy and perverted adventurer, a useless goddess, an explosion-obsessed witch, and a masochistic crusader when they, against all odds, manage to become the world's best hope against the Demon King.
  • Badass on Paper: Three members of the party are advanced job classes, so naturally one would think that they are a formidable group. Of course, only Kazuma knows that his teammates are anything but.
  • Battle Harem: To most people, Kazuma's party looks like this. He's all too happy to prove them wrong, though eventually it becomes real after Darkness and Megumin confess their feelings for Kazuma, while even his sibling dynamic with Aqua makes him her most treasured friend, even if she would never admit it.
  • Best Friend Manual: As the series progresses they all get a good idea of what each other's personalities are like and can predict what the others are going to say or do. However, Kazuma and Aqua in particular are more familiar with each other than the rest and can almost perfectly understand what the other might do.
  • Brainless Beauty: Kazuma is not afraid to remark how attractive his party members are, but is quick to point out that each one of them is a gigantic can of worms, and hanging out with them is a liability for heart, mind, body and wallet.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The girls somehow get brainwashed by an inexplicably-revived Verdia in the Season 2 tie-in platformer. Kazuma is forced to defeat them on his own to break the brainwashing in spite of them being powered-up by the villain.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: In Volume 6, Aqua, Megumin and Darkness abandon Kazuma in disgust after he lets the Chivalrous Thief (Chris in disguise) get away and gets killed by kobolds of all things. They make up after Alderp's Body Surf plot is exposed and learn that his actions ultimately saved Iris.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Each of their character design puts emphasis on a color, wether it's through clothes, hair or both. Kazuma is associated with the color green, Aqua with the color blue, Darkness with the color yellow and Megumin with the color red.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: They are all seriously flawed individuals who still prove to be heroic and noble when the chips are down.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Blue for Aqua, yellow for Darkness, red for Megumin, and green for Kazuma, as reflected on their clothing. In addition, all of them have yellow trim on their outfits to reflect that they're all part of the same group.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Due to Kazuma's leadership, and due to their mutual lack of selflessness, the party is surprisingly good at coming up with unorthodox solutions to the problems they face in order to get out of trouble as fast as they can. As such, they are masters of winging it. Heavy damage from enemies? Throw Darkness at them. Finisher move? Throw Megumin at them. Undead/demonic foes? Throw Aqua at them. Need to talk your ass out of a jam? Throw Kazuma at them.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: They're a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits because each individual party member is good at only one thing and not much else.
  • Damager, Healer, Tank: Megumin, Aqua and Darkness take these roles, respectively. Megumin has her explosions, Aqua has holy powers and blessings, and Darkness can withstand just about anything that hits her due to her masochist streak.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Despite their dysfunction, the party has pulled off incredible victories over things that normally even very competent warriors would never had defeated, like the Destroyer.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Among their group are: a lazy and selfish NEET with more Luck than scruples, a washed out has-been goddess who's too brain-dead for her own good, a Chuuni wizard with a thing for explosions, and a Sheltered Aristocrat lady who (poorly) hides a masochist streak a mile wide. It's safe to say their everyday lives are anything but normal.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Darkness being the fighter (who can't actually fight but is good at soaking up damage) Aqua and Megumin being the mages (of the support and offensive builds, respectively), and Kazuma being the thief, who is crafty and can steal.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At the start of the story, the girls seem to care for nothing but their selfish desires (Aqua to return home to the divine realms, Megumin to further hone Explosion, and Darkness to indulge in her masochism), while Kazuma frequently tries to get out of the party. As time passed, however, they grew to genuinely like each other's company, and while the vitriol hasn't gone out completely, at least they are more apt to watch for each other's backs than before. This gets a Call-Back later when, while celebrating Kazuma's birthday, realize that they ignored Megumin's back in Volume 3, and the whole gang ultimately decide to celebrate hers next year.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Kazuma and Aqua's dynamic can be best described as siblings who bond by constantly bickering with each other.
  • Love Triangle: One ultimately forms between Kazuma, Megumin, and Darkness. Megumin and Darkness are cautious with their approaches to Kazuma since they're both afraid that forming a romantic relation with him would anger the other, causing the party to fall apart.
  • Pals with Jesus: The other members of the party qualify as this by virtue of their relationship with Aqua, though only Kazuma is aware of it. Darkness is also friends with her patron goddess Eris, disguised as the thief Chris.
  • Pinball Protagonist: They all want to live easy, comfortable lives and only fight the Demon King's forces because circumstances force them to.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Kazuma thinks the party is the worst gathering of horrible allies he has ever heard of, in this world or his original one. His members are a mostly-useless water goddess with an over-inflated ego, a chuuni Arc-wizard, and a masochistic Crusader.. Kazuma himself, apart from being the usually and literally Only Sane Man, is a lazy, sarcastic, and perverted Adventurer.
  • Spanner in the Works: Curiously, for themselves. Each and every one of them is highly susceptible to spoiling everything for the party (Aqua, most of all), and all of them have royally messed up in quests unequivocally. Remember, just because they're effective doesn't mean that they're good at adventuring.
  • True Companions: A parody of the trope. They are not shy when throwing each other under the bus, pulling each other's hair, or being absolute nuisances to each other and the people that know them, but remain together because they're surprisingly effective adventurers as a whole. In terms on power, attack, defense and strategy, they have everything covered. They're the most incredible group of idiots that ever formed an adventuring party, and given the opportunity to change companions, they'd much rather stay together.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Zigzagged. Kazuma, Megumin and Aqua are apathetic (if not sociopathic) whack-jobs with long strings of unsavory qualities, which provide plenty of funny moments. Darkness, while a quirky, kinky masochist, still is a genuinely good person who cares about others and is not apathetic as the other three members.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Aqua and Megumin eventually become phobic about frogs after both of them getting eaten by them and covered in slime.
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    Kazuma Satou 

Kazuma Satou

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Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese, Drama CD), Jun Fukushima (Japanese, Anime), Arnie Pantoja (English), Javier Olguín (Latin American Spanish)

"Just so you know, I'm not the type to go for clichés."

A sixteen-year-old Japanese shut-in who, while trying to save a girl from a careening truck (actually a farm tractor), died and found himself having to choose between being reborn on Earth as a baby, going to "heaven" to live a boring afterlife, or being reincarnated with his body and memories intact into a fantasy world being besieged by a Demon King. Given that he was also a gamer, naturally he's all too happy to take the latter option, and upon being given a choice of "cheat" weapon to bring with him, he proceeds to pick... Aqua, the goddess who met him in the afterlife and mocked him for the embarrassing circumstances of his demise.


    Aqua 

Aqua

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Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara (Japanese, Drama CD), Sora Amamiya (Japanese, Anime), Faye Mata (English), Nycolle González (Latin American Spanish)

"Go ahead and praise me! Tell me how great a goddess I am!"

A water goddess who meets Kazuma in the afterlife and introduces him to the world setting, mocking him all the way for his embarrassing demise, to which he responded by picking her as his "cheat item". The celestial bureaucracy looked quite happy to be rid of her, even giving her a condition that she can only return if she and Kazuma defeat the Demon King.


    Megumin 

Megumin

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Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese, Drama CD), Rie Takahashi (Japanese, Anime), Erica Mendez (English), Wendy Malvárez (Latin American Spanish)

"EXPLOSION!!!"

Thirteen-year-old mage and the first recruit to join Kazuma's party. She is a descendant of the Crimson Demons, a race of genetically-modified humans touted for extreme intelligence, a long line of legendary wizards, and bizarre names.


  • The Ace: Was seen as one by the people of the Home of the Crimson Demons. She excelled at everything but physical education (which isn't important for a mage anyways). It had been mentioned that had she followed the traditional path of the Archwizard, she would have become the greatest mage of her generation. In Volume 14, she unleashes Explosion upon Bomber Majin Moguninnin, a robot created along with the Crimson Demons in part to observe them (and to protect them from prototypical harem protagonists, humorously). The robot announces just before its destruction that Megumin's spell was the single most powerful output from the clan that it had ever observed.
  • A-Cup Angst: She isn't too happy about Yunyun and Arue outgrowing her despite being the same age.
  • Addictive Magic: Explosion is something Crimson Demons need to cast every day or they'll die, according to her. It's actually just her. The Running Gag of casting it every day is partly influenced by the euphoric rush she gets from the sudden mana drain.
  • Aerith and Bob: Lampshaded. Among her race, her name is perfectly normal. Among the human settlements, it's a bit strange.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was initially unable to get any party to accept her, due to her Crippling Overspecialization. She is considered a weirdo even by her own clan's standards.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her Bumbling Dad Hyoizaburo is a Hikkikomori who squanders all the money they make on dumb inventions.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She outright tells Kazuma that she loves him in volume 9, listing all his traits in his Oxymoronic Being entry.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: She speaks in an old Japanese dialect when she's trying to put on airs of being an intimidating mage. Otherwise, she simply uses Keigo.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Because of the limited amount of times she can use it, and the restrictive nature of Explosion (only in open areas), Megumin's magic is usually employed as a last resort, though not by her lack of trying. Her usual threat to people is to blow them up.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: She technically fits Aqua's requirement of high-tier adventurers for the party because she knows Explosion, a high-tier spell, but its huge mana cost, wide attack radius, and inability to distinguish friend and foe really makes it impractical, with the result being that not only is she restricted to a once-a-day use, but said usage also leaves her vulnerable. Oh, and she can't use it in dungeons either for fear of triggering a cave-in. On top of that, the fact that it vaporizes enemies means that it's harder to sell off monster parts (which is essential to an early adventurer).
  • The Baby of the Bunch: At age thirteen (later fourteen), Megumin is the youngest and shortest member of the party (Kazuma is sixteen, Darkness eighteen, and Aqua at least a few centuries old with a mid-teenage appearance), though she often takes issue with being called a child.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite her rather situational usefulness due to the extremely taxing nature of the one spell she knows, Megumin is consistently the party's best offensive option, which is all the more impressive considering at thirteen years old she is also the youngest member of the party.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Falls for Kazuma's taunting to bathe with her after both were covered in Giant Toad slime.
  • Beneath the Mask: Underneath her delusional exterior is an extremely insecure girl who thinks she's useless. She's so insecure she saved up all her skill points from her recent level-ups and asked Kazuma to assign her points for her, wanting to become an "excellent" mage. She was in pure joy when she realized that Kazuma had instead powered-up Explosion even further, knowing she would be unhappy otherwise.
  • Berserk Button: She really does not take kindly to someone complaining about her unusual (for humans) name, or her fascination with the Explosion spell. Later, insulting Kazuma becomes this for her.
    • A downplayed example of this is her dislike for what she deems to be an imitation of her beloved Explosion spell, such as Kazuma's dynamite recreation. Her dislike for it is so great, she tried disposing of it twice, citing that it's not real Explosion magic.
    • Hilariously? Using fake explosions, is her main skill in the Mobile Game, as Explosion is reserved for her Ultimate.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In her spin-off, she dreams of defeating the current Demon King so she can usurp that position for herself. Though she seems to want the position due to Rule of Cool than out of malice. She apparently got this idea from a story about how an arrogant solo hero with cheat powers ended up becoming the Demon King.
  • Big Eater: Kazuma often wonders where she keeps all the food she consumes.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Due to her family's poor financial situation, she would give her breakfast to Komekko every morning and would instead figure out a way to bully Yunyun's meal out of her.
  • Breakout Character: Megumin is easily the fan favorite among the main cast. She was given her own spin-off series on what she was up to before meeting Kazuma and Aqua. She would also receive focus in the Big Damn Movie which is pretty much all about her backstory and lore surrounding her people.
  • Broken Ace: Despite her deflecting all criticism on her uselessness and maintaining her delusions, deep down she knows just how useless she really is and blamed herself for the abuse Kazuma constantly suffers, especially the few times where he actually dies, while she can only stand by and watch.
  • The Bully: Likes to pick on Yunyun a lot in particular, though she does have a habit of bullying other characters a lot too. Kazuma even wonders if it is just an innate trait of hers to be sadistic.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: The Bully to Yunyun's Wimp.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The Crimson Demons are named after their deep red eyes, which radiate in varying intensity to the person's emotion state. In the dark they give off an "eye shine" that can be seen without a light source.
  • Calling Your Attacks: EXPLOSION!!
  • Cast from Hit Points: If one were to use magic that requires more mana than they possess, it will instead drain from their life force to make up the difference. The bonus PC game sold with the first Blu-ray volume faithfully shows this effect, as Megumin gets reduced to 1 HP after casting Explosion with only 387 MP in reserve.
  • Cat Smile: Whenever she is feeling particularly cheerful or mischievous.
  • Chuunibyou: A Deconstructive Parody of the archetype. While she really is a powerful mage, she does have a bizarre name and wears eyepatches and bandages for style, a staple among the Crimson Demons. In addition, her spin-off reveals that she is not a true chuunibyou, and is very down-to-earth and cognizant of the absurdities of her people, though unlike Yunyun who outright rejects it, she rolls with it because she thinks it's normal behavior.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Megumin is slowly starting to develop signs of this, especially where Kazuma is concerned.
    • During Yunyun's first appearance, Megumin was apparently nonplussed at the ease with which the usually demure Yunyun was able to hold a conversation with Kazuma, a stranger at that point. She then resorts to bullying her away by covering her with the slime from the Giant Frogs from which Yunyun saved her, Kazuma, Aqua, and Sena. And when Kazuma shows that he hasn't gotten Yunyun out of his mind, Megumin also covers him in frog slime. Much later in Volume 14, she tried to prevent Yunyun from being paired with Kazuma in one of their trials.
    • When she noticed her old magic school friends and Kazuma hitting it off, she promptly told them to stay away from "her man," bragging and exaggerating their relationship while not actually telling a lie. Kazuma doesn't know if she's being jealous or just wanted to show off to her boyfriend-less friends.
    • Despite willing to hold back from lashing out when Iris and her bodyguards were insulting Kazuma to preserve Darkness' reputation, after Iris grew closer to him, she snapped and nearly got into a fight with her.
    • Once it becomes clear that Darkness has started developing feelings for Kazuma as well, she starts treating Darkness as a love rival.
    • When she heard from Chris that Kazuma has a special relationship with her, Megumin becomes extremely jealous and confrontational when asking Chris about it.
    • When Serena had Kazuma under her thrall in Volume 15, Megumin tried to sway him back to her side by flashing her own panties in front of him.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Komekko, for whom Megumin spent a considerable time and effort to keep fed even in poverty.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: She knows the high-tier spell Explosion... and nothing else. She barely meets the requirements for casting the spell because she ignored everything else, including quite a few Required Secondary Powers. As she gains levels and equipment, she focuses exclusively on boosting this spell, forgoing anything that might make her just the tiniest bit more versatile in the process, much to Kazuma's chagrin.
  • Cry Cute: Played for Drama at the end of Season 2 Episode 7, when the first thing Kazuma sees upon being resurrected after he died fighting off Lizard Runners is the usually snappy, aggressive Megumin tearing up in desperation after she resorted to desecrating his corpse in order to force him to answer Aqua's resurrection spell. Then Played for Laughs next episode, this time tearing up in dismay after Kazuma seemingly stonewalls her attempts at an apology for the aforementioned incident (when in truth he and Aqua were simply too awestruck at the prospects of a 30-million-eris business deal with Vanir to take her seriously).
  • Cuteness Proximity: She finds herself attracted to cute things from time to time, but has absolutely no qualms about killing them for the EXP if it will help her learn or power up Explosion.
  • Cute Witch: From her appearance to her abilities, to even her origin as a student from a magic-based Chuunibyou clan, Megumin fits the persona perfectly.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She is the main character of a spin-off series that follows her (mis)adventures before she ran into Kazuma and Aqua.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: She doesn't give Chomesuke up to Anis, even after the demoness pays her a huge sum of money.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The way she strokes and handles her magic staff when thinking about Explosion is rather suggestive, especially when she cradles her staff such that it gets rubbed right between her legs. The euphoria she experiences after casting Explosion is pretty suggestive as well.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Discussed and defied. Kazuma has stated that he will retaliate in kind if she tries hitting him.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Just about everyone in the adventurer's guild has taken to calling her a "crazy explosion kid". While accurate, it does chafe her quite a bit.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: On her ass, noticed by Kazuma in Volume 3 while they were bathing. Megumin later confirmed it when she explained that all Crimson Demons have a tattoo somewhere on their bodies.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She may be a Big Eater, but in the light novels, there are a few things that Megumin would think twice before eating it, such as being disturbed by Komekko's Extreme Omnivore tendencies as she eats roasted cicadas.
  • Expy: She's a pint-sized, loudmouthed, egotistical fire mage who wears a crimson tunic, a sweet black cape, and a wizard hat that looks like a face.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Not to the extent of her little sister, but in the anime, Megumin was willing to catch cicadas and roast them for her and her sister to eat as lunch whereas she would be disgusted by the idea of doing that in the light novels.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Seems to be a fashion choice. Her side story reveals it was actually a farewell gift from Arue.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Explosion is at the strength of an artillery nuclear weapon. With proper gear or mana sources (such as mana from Aqua), she can unleash city-sized destruction.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears wraps that look like bandages on one leg for no real reason.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Averted. Explosion will not discriminate friend from foe, so when she casts it, her allies (except maybe for Darkness) are always seen running to get the hell away from the blast radius.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It is revealed in the side stories and her spin-off manga that Megumin is the least liked among the party, due to her constant use of Explosion causing disruptions and even putting others in danger, and for constantly picking fights for the slightest reason. This got to the point a policewoman was tempted to arrest her despite not being the criminal she was looking for due to the constant trouble she gets into.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In the first Explosions Spin-Off novel, she has to decide between learning Advanced Magic to save Yunyun and Komekko, or saving her skill points to learn Explosion magic. In a heartbeat, she would have chosen Advanced Magic... but she then realizes that Yunyun was handling the situation pretty well without her help.
  • Foil: To Darkness. Megumin is short, slim, red-eyed, and dark-haired, while Darkness is tall, full-bodied, blue-eyed, and blonde. Megumin is frail but has extreme offensive power, while Darkness is more defense-oriented. Megumin is obviously being selfish in her devotion to Explosion (only to be secretly saving up points for Kazuma to use to make her as useful to him as possible), where Darkness appears to be acting selflessly by shielding others (only to turn out to be refusing to learn offensive attacks and is shielding others partially because of her masochism).
  • Giver of Lame Names: Being a Crimson Demon, her taste in names is considered odd, compounded by how insistent she is that the names she gives to things are amazing. In episode 16 of the anime, when Kazuma has the chance to give his new sword a name, Megumin insists that he call it "Chunchunmaru"note . When Kazuma tells her that's a stupid name no one will take seriously, she steals the paper the name is supposed to be written on and brands the word Chunchunmaru onto it, permanently naming it and earning the ire of Kazuma.
  • Glasses Pull: To show that things are about to get real, she will pull her eyepatch off; unless she isn't wearing it, in which case she will put it back on.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Acts jealous about Kazuma, though not in regards to women (to his disappointment) but him introducing himself in the same manner to the chuuni introductions of other male members of her clan. She also gets annoyed at how Iris calls him "onii-sama", most likely due to her annoyance at how Kazuma considers her as Just a Kid.
    • Becomes really prone to this once she confesses to Kazuma. Especially towards Iris, with their dynamic irritating her to no end. She also didn't take Kazuma and Chris' closeness very well when she happened upon the two.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Is notoriously bad-tempered, to the point where she picked a fight with a group of guys randomly on the streets for "insulting" her by casually walking past her and not harassing her in any way.
  • Height Angst: She's one of the shortest members of the cast, and is only barely taller than Iris, despite being about two years older. She claims her lack of development comes from "malnutrition".
  • Heroic BSoD: Played for Laughs in Season 2 Episode 9 after getting shellshocked by the Axis Cult's overzealous proselytizing. If her spin-off is taken into account, she may have also been feeling guilt over having taught the cult, by way of Zesta, her "excellent recruitment methods" back in an earlier visit to the city.
  • Hero-Worshipper:
    • Towards the "Masked Chivalrous Thief"note  because he was dressed so over-the-top even by the Chuunibyou standards of the Crimson Demon Race. She thought he was so cool that she had even considered switching sides. However, she insists it's out of admiration and not love. Upon realising this, Kazuma swears that he must never let Megumin know the truth, so he doesn't accidentally ruin her dreams.
    • Also towards the mysterious female mage with big breasts wearing dark robes, who saved her when she was little and taught her Explosion, who turns out to be Wolbach.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Deep down, Megumin will always grateful towards Kazuma for giving her the opportunity of being part of a party in spite of her intentionally narrowed skills. As shown in some instances, no one else would even remotely consider to indulge her in such manner, and even more, no one but Kazuma would encourage her and make her thrive in her choice of magic. The fact she outright tells Kazuma to pick one of her level-ups for her shows how much being in his party matters to her; she would rather let someone else pick what she learns than leave the party.
    • In Zoku, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo!, it shows Megumin actually has some leadership qualities when she tries hard enough getting her group of incapable friends working together and even has the craftiness and skill to become a thief, even being invited by Kazuma and Chris in one of their heists.
  • Hot-Blooded: Has a habit of getting really carried away, and being very eager to pick a fight.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: She reveals to Wolbach that she doesn't actually need an incantation to cast Explosion, unlike Wolbach, who does.
  • Insistent Terminology: They're river lobsters, not crayfish.
  • Just a Kid: Played with. While she is relatively the youngest member of Kazuma's party, she doesn't take well to being called a child, especially once she turns fourteen, the legal drinking and marriageable age in Kazuma's new world.
    • This is again played with in the web novel, where she's actually 17.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: She eventually gets a cat-like familiar.
  • Lap Pillow: She offers one to Kazuma in Chapter 14 to prove to Yunyun that they're in an adult relationship. Yunyun points out that it most certainly isn't a regular part of their relationship, and that she's just putting up with his sexual harassment to try and show off.
  • Large Ham: Megumin comes from a clan that has Chuunibyou as a way of life, so her actions are often accompanied by overly dramatic gestures and speech.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Justified Trope. In her prequel side-story, her only set of clothes were her magic academy school uniform. This was because her family is really poor so that was the only clothing that she had.
  • Loophole Abuse: Did this frequently in mage school to her self-proclaimed rival, Yunyun, to always win duels and take the latter's lunch.This meal was her sole lifeline as her own family didn't feed her very well due to harsh financial straits. She's still doing it to the current Yunyun whenever the two meet.
  • Mad Bomber: A rather subdued example. She needs to cast Explosion once a day, partially for practice, but also to satisfy her, for lack of better words, needs. Even when the target practice was a castle that turned out to be inhabited, and the resident later came to complain and threatened her to stop doing it, she just couldn't stop herself.
    Dullahan: Who's the crazy bastard who keeps casting Explosion on my castle daily?! Every single day, it's boom boom boom boom boom!
  • Magical Incantation: Parodied. She chants an incantation before launching Explosion, but each time it's different, hinting that she's just making it up. Not to mention by the time she meets Wolbach again, she doesn't even need to chant to cast it. This is made pretty obvious in earlier stories, as she is prone to fall into redundancies:
    Megumin: Darkness that is darker than black and darker than dark...
  • Magic Staff: She carries one that boosts the effectiveness of Explosion, and can be too affectionate with it when thinking of that. It gets upgraded or replaced whenever she can afford a better one. The anime shows this twice: once after the cabbage hunting quest, and again after the Mobile Fortress Destroyer is defeated.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She manages to get Kazuma to accept her into his party by making it look like he was an awful man trying to abandon a helpless girl to some bystanders. To keep his reputation intact Kazuma has no choice but to go along with her.
  • Master of One Magic: Explosion, obviously, which is also the only spell she can actually cast, even though just barely. While there are more powerful and versatile wizards in the story who also know Explosion, Megumin's Crippling Overspecialization and her "once explosion per day" rule makes her by far the most proficient of its users. In Volume 9 she reveals she uniquely doesn't even need to the Magical Incantation to cast the spell anymore — it's just that it'd be pretty un-chuuni of her not to do so, and keeping that tidbit secret is an ace in the hole to catch enemies off-guard.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: She would often be this to Kazuma, showing signs that she may be interested in him only to reveal it's something else entirely and he merely misunderstood her. It's revealed in the Continued Explosion side story that she's deliberately doing this, believing it to be an adult tactic, though Yunyun suspects that she's just having cold-feet.
    • Subverted in the original web novel, where Megumin is much more direct with her feelings.
  • Min-Maxing: How she defends her ideology of focusing exclusively on Explosion, claiming it is the ultimate offensive spell and she needs nothing else to support it. Her Explosion is significantly more powerful than her experience level would suggest, yet the trade-off is sacrificing access to all other spells.
  • Mirror Character
    • With Kazuma — while they have different personalities, they share a habit of resorting to really underhanded means of getting their way, and despite their early squabbles, they eventually obtain a mutual understanding of sorts.
    • With Yunyun: neither are very good at making friends outside of the Crimson Demon Clan. While Yunyun is desperate to increase her circle of friends, Megumin denies it by calling herself a "Lone Wolf."
  • Moving the Goalposts: When it starts becoming clear that Yunyun is a better, more rounded mage than her, Megumin focuses their rivalry on "Adulthood", emphasizing her relationship with Kazuma.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a witch hat with embroidery and buttons that give it the appearance of an evil grin.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • As revealed in her side story, much of the problems in volume 4 were due to her interactions with the Axis Cult on her way to Axel.
    • Her daily activities of casting Explosion magic on an abandoned castle come to bite her hard when the owner of the castle, Verdia, arrives in town mad at having his castle exploding every single day.
  • No Respect Guy: Even more so than Kazuma. While Kazuma gets a lot of the brunt whenever the party screws up and gets in debt, Megumin has it worse because nobody actually respects her, unlike Kazuma. Despite her explosions being essential in a lot of their victories against the Demon King generals, Megumin is still often called a nuisance and a little kid. Even her clan doesn't look at her that fondly to the point they leave her out when battling the Demon King's army.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Whenever she casts Explosion.
  • Only Sane Man: Explosion maniac aside, she's alongside Yunyun, the two most level-headed people in the Home of the Crimson Demons. The difference is that while Yunyun completely rejects the delusions of her race, Megumin knows what her people want to hear and exactly what to say/do to fulfill their expectations.
  • Perpetual Poverty: She's always poor and heavily relies on Kazuma for basic needs. Justified since she gives most of her quest reward money to her family, and even then they're still in poverty (Aqua mistook their house for a stable, and their meals are usually rice porridge). She does splurge from time to time buying new equipment/upgrades to make her Explosion even more powerful, further fueling her poverty.
    Yunyun: I can also imagine Megumin being at a loss due to a lack in the means of survival, begging a useless guy for a meal!
  • Person of Mass Destruction: What she ultimately hopes to become, by being able to cast an Explosion that can One-Hit Kill the Demon King.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: In Explosions, Continued!, she forms a thieving company with Yunyun, Iris, Cecily, and Chris. They do a lot of other weird stuff, but not much actual thievery.
  • Playing Sick: She pretended to be possessed by an inner demon to get out of physical education.
  • Playing with Fire: Her feline familiar Chomusuke breathes fire, which only Kazuma either notices or comments on.
  • Powerful, but Incompetent: Megumin is an extremely powerful mage whose crowning achievement is Explosion — a Fantastic Nuke that can destroy anything within several square kilometers of the impact. The problem is, she has specced her growth into only making the flashiest, most powerful Explosion she can. She has no other spells, no other abilities, and only enough MP to cast ONE Explosion. Because of this, she is absolutely useless as a mage most of the time.
  • Reduced Mana Cost: Absolutely averted. She spends skill points on Explosion and only Explosion, without taking the suggested prerequisites, resulting in an insane mana cost that limits her to a single casting per day.
  • Shotgun Wedding: In Volume 12, she admits that, while not ideal, the thought of Kazuma getting her pregnant and going through a Shotgun Wedding would be kind of cool.
  • Signature Move: Explosion. It's the only spell she can cast.
  • Sleep Cute: Kazuma certainly thought so, when her mother forced him to sleep in the same bed as her. She eventually does so willingly with him after the conflict is over in her village.
  • Smug Smiler: When she gets a mischievous or devious idea, or when she's bullying Yunyun.
  • Spock Speak: Often well-spoken.
  • Squishy Wizard: Explosion is the single most destructive spell mortals can cast, and Megumin is on the road to becoming the world's foremost expert of it (if she's not already). On the flipside, she becomes totally helpless after casting it, and suffers from low defense as a spellcasting class.
  • Starving Student: Literally. Her parents did not give her any funding due to their poverty, so she was forced to get by everyday by tricking Yunyun out of her lunch.
  • Stubborn Mule: By far the most immovable of Kazuma's party members. She is staunchly against learning anything but explosion magic, though this is due to the fact that she operates on a mindset of Rule of Cool.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Her favorite spell is Explosion.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: By Volume 9, she can cast Explosion even faster than Wolbach, the person who taught her the spell.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: As useless as she sounds thanks to only knowing one spell that is situational at best, at least once a volume a situation does come up where her Explosion spell is essential to getting through it.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's thirteen and the youngest and shortest member of the group. Kazuma outright calls her a loli which Megumin has issues with.
  • Tsundere: Kazuma jokes that she is this, and he is right for the most part. Though mostly only played straight with Yunyun. She occasionally shows some of the usual traits with Kazuma once in a blue moon.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kazuma noted that among the party, Megumin is the most invested in keeping it together, to the point of being willing to level-up other skills to become a more versatile mage, and refusing to respond to Princess Iris' insults to Kazuma for fear of ruining Darkness' reputation.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Played with. She's a graduate from a magical academy, and has a high-level job class, but she only focuses on a single spell (which she can only do once a day) to the detriment of versatility. That said, said spell is basically a nuke and she's able to cast it very quickly, which requires a lot of skill.
  • Vancian Magic:
    • She embodies the playstyle because of her once-per-day use of Explosion. The humor is that her world utilizes a Mana Meter system, and she's an oddball exception against optimizing her build to flex other options.
    • The amount of magic required to cast Explosion is so prohibitive, even properly trained high-level casters like Wiz and Wolbach can only use it once per day. The difference between them and Megumin, is not being reduced to zero magic points and fainting. Only Aqua has a high enough reserve to make multiple uses of it in a single day.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Comparatively, she is the one companion of Kazuma that least gets on his nerves, which is saying a lot. She also is very appreciative of him indulging her with her particular pursuit of magic powers and the aid and company he is willing to provide her whenever she's depleted. Because of this, Kazuma and Megumin spend a lot of time together and he has learned to recognize through this contact that she is somewhat more intelligent than Aqua and Darkness.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: Very briefly in Volume 4, after returning to the house (after running away in fear of retaliation from Kazuma) she freaks out at the calm and friendly way Kazuma and Aqua were behaving.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: She sincerely believes that a powerful enough Explosion, or combination of multiple Explosions, will eventually solve any problem by obliterating it out of existence. The application and occasional failing of this philosophy is a core part of her spin-off Light Novel series.
  • The Worf Barrage: Averted, because Explosion rarely fails to kill its target. If it does, there is a very good reason for it, such as the target truly dying but having multiple lives (Vanir) or dedicating their entire build to defense to the exclusion of everything else (Darkness).
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered one by Yunyun, who has effectively never beaten Megumin in any competition, and has proclaimed herself Megumin's rival.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: In the dub during her chunni moments.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Explosions.

    Darkness 

Lalatina Dustiness "Darkness" Ford

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Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Drama CD), Ai Kayano (Anime JP), Cristina Valenzuela (Anime, EN), Mireya Mendoza (Anime, LA)

"I'd like to be abused like that."

The second and last recruit to Kazuma's party. A powerful crusader with immense strength, and defensive ability... but also poor accuracy and a disturbing masochistic side.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Being a masochist, she once stated that her "ideal husband" would be "an abusive alcoholic who would force her to sell her body for money." Funnily enough, it's suggested she was describing Kazuma (who, Jerkass and perverted behavior aside, is a bit nicer than what she described).
  • Arc Symbol: She wears a diamond-shaped jewel and has one shoulder covered in white feathers, all of which are the religious symbols of the Eris Sect, of which she is a devotee. As seen in Kazuma's second afterlife encounter, the actual goddess wears these in her divine regalia.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: A common Running Gag with Darkness is that if she gets into a fight she's losing or otherwise placed in a disadvantage, she gets turned on, describing in exquisite detail what she thinks is going to happen next. This usually ends up creeping out whoever Darkness is battling with.
    • She was really looking forward to "paying [Kazuma] back with her body," until Aqua and (especially) Megumin gave him too much grief about it, and he relents when he learned his two billion eris was going to be returned.
    • In Volume 12, due to being forced to sleep in the same bed, the situation becomes her pulling an Attempted Rape of Kazuma off. It was her lack of knowledge of what to do next as well as Aqua and Megumin's timely arrival that kept both of them from losing their virginity that night.
    • In that same volume, she mentions to Kazuma that she initially joined the party because he seemed like a scumbag who would sexually assault his own party members. She eventually came to realize that he wasn't that kind of guy, but developed romantic feelings for him anyway. Yes, you read that right. Anyway.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When approached by Axis cultists in Arcanretia who attempt to win her and Kazuma over to the Axis Cult, she flashes a purple, diamond-shaped pendant, claiming to be a practitioner of the Eris faith.
  • A-Team Firing: She may have a sky-high defense and is quick to intercept her foes to keep them off her allies, but she can't hit anything. Kazuma even remarks that she misses a stationary target during her duel with Beldia.
  • Attempted Rape: In Volume 12, Darkness, when handcuffed to Kazuma, pins him to the bed and attempts to force herself on him. The only thing that saved him was that Darkness had no idea what to do when she got him into that position and the fact that both Aqua and Megumin came into the room to interrupt.
  • Bathtub Bonding: With Kazuma. She completely ignores his posted sign (actually tearing it down) and walks in on him in the bath. Kazuma, thinking it's a succubus-induced dream, rolls with it, until Aqua attacks the succubus, and Kazuma learns different. Although embarrassed, both of them enjoyed the relatively innocent experience (they only washed each other's backs).
  • The Beautiful Elite: Darkness is a strikingly beautiful woman, turning out to be a noblewoman and a member of one of the most important noble families in the kingdom.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Surprisingly turns snappy when she's called by her first name. She'll eventually come to terms with her real name, it becomes known publicly, and Aqua assures her that she'll beat up anyone who makes fun of her name.
    • Aside from her name, the thing she hates most is when people comment on her muscles.
  • BFS: Her Weapon of Choice. Not that it does any good for her, since she can't hit anything with it.
  • Black Comedy Rape: She tries to hold Kazuma down and force herself on him while they're handcuffed together, except not only is she too flustered to go any further, but Kazuma snarkily instructs her as to what lines she should say and points out every mistake she makes, such as forgetting to hold down his second hand that he can use Drain Touch with, or failing to remove his clothing before both of her hands were occupied.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Played for laughs, but her primary Running Gag is disgusting various monsters, up to and including powerful agents of the Demon King, with her masochistic fantasies, which also repulse most potential allies. Likewise, she's a human shield par excellence thanks to those same fantasies, but because she's so obsessed with being hit, she's forsaken developing her fighting skills in favor of bolstering her defenses, meaning she's absolutely useless in any role other than that of a Stone Wall because of her fetish.
  • Boobs of Steel: Strong enough to break bones with her bare hands simply by squeezing, she is the main physical fighter of the party and also has the largest breasts among the three main girls.
  • Break Them by Talking: Something she does unintentionally to opponents, as she describes the lewd scenarios she will be subjected to if she loses. It causes them to falter or delay their attacks, as they deny her statements as delusional nonsense.
  • Bullet Proof Human Shield: Death-Curse human shield to be precise, but she does this protecting Megumin in the first volume. In general, this is her main role in the party, taking blows which would easily kill any of the other three.
  • Buxom Is Better: Crossing into Hidden Buxom, as while thinking he's having an Erotic Dream with Darkness and gazing at her naked body (that she can hardly cover with a flimsy towel or her own hands due being just that voluptuous), Kazuma notes that while Darkness clearly has a sexy body, underneath her armour is an even bustier frame to the point where he wonders if the Succubus who was supposed to visit him in his dream slightly upped her appearance when posing as her.
  • Cassandra Truth: Though capable of imagining and vocally describing an infinite number of decadent sexual scenarios, she remains a virginal woman. Because of her frequent perverted moments, Kazuma doesn't believe she's as innocent and inexperienced as she claims.
  • Casual Kink: Played for Laughs, but her masochistic tendencies tend to freak out everybody involved, including Demon Generals and their ilk. She happens to be an adventurer, and a tank, who is expected to take a lot of hits for the party.
  • Chained Heat: She handcuffs herself to Kazuma to get him to pay his taxes, and wears a bunch of lead weights so that he can't just pick her up and run away with her. He gets away, but they have a bunch of awkward moments when they have to go to the bathroom, take a bath, and sleep together until they can find the key.
  • Character Development:
    • She becomes more hot-headed, assertive, and cynical in later volumes, and begins wearing her noble heritage with pride after she becomes deputy mayor of Axel. This is contrast to when she was engaged with Alderp's son where she act crude and tactless, which is something she would never consider currently. Kazuma is actually surprised when her masochistic fetish resurfaces in Volume 12, thinking that she had outgrown them.
    • She also takes the situation with monsters and demons more seriously, deciding to genuinely handle them instead of trying to use them to fulfill her masochistic desires. She even gives the party flak whenever they do something that might endanger everyone else.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Well, she's got the "masochist" part down. Darkness loves being humiliated and in pain, so she'll frequently end up a blushing, stammering wreck when she thinks that she's going to take damage or that something is going to embarrass her in a fight. Amusingly, this usually ends up confusing her opponents so much that they're left wide open for an attack from something else.
  • Contralto of Danger: She's the physically strongest member of Kazuma's party and has the deepest voice of all the girls.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • Very quickly fades away on her introduction for the audience and her party. At first she appears as the cool beauty Kazuma likes. Then her more... "unique" interests start popping up when she further details her desire to join his party. Soon enough whatever veneer of modesty she has left quickly disappears with each passing day.
    • But for the rest of the world, Darkness appears to be a model Eris crusader who defends the weak and helpless, and a true heroine that remains at her post even if certain doom is coming. She mainly gets criticized by the adventurer community for her nonexistent offensive skill, with only those who directly work with her realizing her perversions.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Completely forgoes even the merest notion of offense (learning two-handed sword proficiency) to devote everything to physical and magical defense.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Vanir reveals to the rest of the party that Darkness goes solo nightly.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Poor girl keeps trying, but none of the villains are interested in playing along with her fantasies. The few times she does end up in such a predicament, her party insists on rescuing her and refusing to leave her behind.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She detests the name "Lalatina", and calling her that is a Berserk Button for her.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: It's commented she punches her father whenever he brings up the topic of getting her married. She classifies it as "tough love" when put on the spot. Because her father is a high level knight it's unlikely she inflicted any damage on him (if any), but it doesn't make Kazuma any less horrified. Of course, seeing as this is Darkness we are talking about, maybe the real fatherly abuse is not hitting her...
  • Draw Aggro: Subverted; some adventurers think Darkness has this skill when she confronts the kite runners by herself, not knowing it's her armor that is attracting them in the first place.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Lalatina. When Kazuma revealed her real name to the members of the Adventurers' Guild, them praising her unironically ("Three cheers for Lalatina!") was so embarrassing that she looked like she wanted to shrivel up and die, even though normally she's a masochist who literally gets off on being humiliated.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Kyouya gets this response from her, despite (or perhaps because of) wanting nothing more than to be hit and abused, she draws the line at Kyouya who repulses her so much she'd rather be the one to hit him.
    • Surprisingly, Kazuma using Drain Touch on her while she's reminiscing about her past is a way to get her to actually retaliate physically against someone. In that case, strangling Kazuma.
    • Even though she is a masochist, being called "Lalatina" is too humiliating for her to enjoy. Likewise for being told she has bulky or hard muscles. And while she usually enjoys public humiliation, being caught getting sentimental over people she thought to be dead but turned out to be alive is also an embarrassment she doesn't enjoy.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She's considered an especially beautiful woman. Even Kazuma finds her captivating when she's not being perverted.
    • This is partially because in this world, blond hair is limited almost exclusively to nobles. Not only is it considered beautiful, it's also a sign of wealth, power, and status.
  • Evil Feels Good: When she gets possessed by Vanir, who starts laying a beatdown on the other adventurers, Kazuma can't help but feel that she's happy. Either because of the immense mental trauma being inflicted on her, her suddenly being incredibly skilled, or her defeating the adventurers who previously looked down on her.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: Her preferred method of punishment when one of her party members manages to do something stupid enough to actually anger her. Most notably, she pulled this on Chris and Kazuma at the same time after the two of them broke into the royal palace, fought their way through all of the palace guards, beat Kyouya so badly that he almost died, and stole a Divine Artifact of Doom from Princess Iris.
  • Fake Pregnancy: As a last resort to cancelling her engagement, she lied about being pregnant with Kazuma's child.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: A deconstruction of the concept. Darkness' actions are always noble, such as using herself as a human shield or refusing to retreat even when the Destroyer was advancing on Axel Town. Others have interpreted this as an iron will and unshakable courage with Darkness being praised as "a model of chivalry". Her motivations, however, largely stem from her masochistic tendencies driving her to put herself in the line of fire.
  • Friend to All Children: Masochistic tendencies aside, Darkness is a kind and caring big-sister towards young children and can be seen playing with them in the first and second season anime endings.
  • Foil: To Megumin. Megumin is short, slim, red-eyed and dark-haired while Darkness is tall, full-bodied, blue-eyed and blonde. Megumin is frail but has extreme offensive power with one shot per battle, while Darkness is the opposite with practically zero offensive ability but much higher endurance. Megumin is obviously being selfish in her devotion to explosion magic, where Darkness appears to be acting selflessly by shielding others (but emphasis on appears, since she's also being selfish).
  • Gainaxing: She's frequently a source of it. The fourth episode of the second season really showcases it throughout the entire half hour. Crosses over to Gag Boobs levels when a robot starts toying with her pair in the Season 2 OVA.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: When accidentally walking nude into the bath without realizing Kazuma was there, she tries to cover herself up with her hands and a towel. Unfortunately for her, she's so voluptuous and busty, while her towel is so small and flimsy, that all she can really cover up are her nipples while Kazuma and the audience maintain a good look at the rest of her Gag Boobs and full figured body.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Played With until it breaks. At the climax of volume 7, Kazuma outright buys her from Abelardnote , Axel Town's mayor, declares her as his in front of a bunch of blue-blooded attendees to the wedding, demands that she pay him back "with her body" while explicitly mentioning his intention of "working her hard". And speaking of climaxes, Darkness outright collapses at his words, drooling in perverted glee as he Bridal Carries her away from church. During the epilogue, her disappointment is palpable when Kazuma assures the party he didn't mean it like that and tells them to forget all about it once he learns that his money will be eventually reimbursed.
  • Hidden Buxom: Downplayed. It's clear that Darkness has Boobs of Steel, but when she has to forgo her armor, it's shown that she has positively massive knockers under her armor.
  • Hidden Depths: Darkness is shown to be good with kids, having raised her younger cousin to the point she's become a mother figure to her and even teaching an orphanage for the sake of the future, being quite popular with the kids. The first and second anime seasons' endings also show her playing with children.
  • Human Shield: How she views herself. The rest of the team try to avoid this, but it inevitably happens due to her class.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Invoked, being the source of many of the gags involving Darkness. In spite of being a shameless masochist, Darkness is rather quick to point out the inappropriateness of many of the things Kazuma does. Kazuma always answers by reminding Darkness that protests of proper behavior mean absolutely nothing coming from her.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Any and all manner of monsters and devils are creeped out by how much she enjoys pain and her fantasies of such. Vanir was outright bewildered when he told her fighting his possession would cause her intense mental agony, and she started struggling more.
    Vanir: That's supposed to horrify you, not excite you!
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Another thing that Darkness desires to happen to her. Often with extremely lewd delusional ramblings about the terrible things the person will do to her.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Whenever her imagination runs wild, misinterprets something as verbal foreplay, or experiences physical pain, expect her to let out unsubtly sexualized moans.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Melee version. She's incredibly strong with her BFS, and can take a ton of punishment in combat. She even wants to. The trouble is, Darkness can barely hit anything with her sword when she does try to attack. Darkness even managed to miss a stationary straw training dummy during a practice exercise.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: At least one of Darkness' outfits has a neckline so low that it's hard to believe that she doesn't pop out of it while breathing.
  • Informed Flaw: In a bit of a Running Gag in Season 2 (Volumes 3-4), Darkness is occasionally mocked for having thick muscles. While she certainly has a thicker frame than Aqua and Megumin, her body frame really isn't that different than most of the other females in the series in terms of muscles, as if characters see her drawn differently than the audience in universe.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Her first name is Lalatina, to which Kazuma and Aqua couldn't help snickering as she and her father repeat it during a discussion.
  • Ironic Nickname: Darkness, the blonde-haired Crusader who wears all-white armor and serves the Goddess of Luck.
  • Irony: Despite being a masochist, Darkness doesn't like to be embarrassed when it comes to her nobility or how much she weighs. When it happens in front of a large crowd, she finds it akin to public humiliation (but not the kind she likes).
  • Just Toying with Them: Considering how strong she actually is, she probably wasn't seriously trying to win that wrestling match with Kazuma even before he started distracting her with lewd suggestions.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: She presents herself as a proper crusader and definitely looks and performs the part, but the front quickly comes off when she starts exposing her kinks, revealing that she didn't become a knight for noble reasons. Ironically, the other adventurers outside of her party only see her as a selfless paragon when supposedly trying to act as a shield, when in reality she's clearly getting off from getting in harm's way.
  • Large Ham: When knee-deep in her masochistic fantasies, she'll loudly describe in detail the nasty things she expects to be a victim of, much to everyone's discomfort.
  • Last Lousy Point: The things that embarrass her the most? Being put on the spot publicly, tender intimacy, and worse of all, being treated with true kindness. Her Defense stat doesn't account for those.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She equips a cursed piece of armor that makes her more courageous by removing all her fears and inhibitions. After all, it would be cowardly to face enemies in any other way than charging in without a thought. It would also be cowardly to admit she's a worse fighter while wearing it, meaning she's unable to willingly take it off.
  • Leitmotif: "Everyday Delusion", an airy not-quite-sexual theme that plays whenever she's indulging in her masochistic fantasies.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She prayed to Eris every day to have friends to go on an adventure with. The Goddess made her wish come true personally.
  • Lust Object: For Alderp, the landlord/"mayor" of Axel. His fixation on her is NOT Played for Laughs at all and it's the underlying reason of a lot of the party's problems since volume 2 and all of volume 7.
  • Made of Iron: Her focus on defense has rendered her nearly indestructible. When Claire tries to cut off her arm for slapping Iris, she only succeeds in cutting her wrist.
  • Meaningful Name: Darkness refers to the rather dark aspect of why she focuses on defense (because she's a masochist that absolutely lusts abuse, and who gets off getting beaten on).
  • Mind Rape: When she gets possessed by Vanir. She enjoys it, much to his chagrin.
  • Mistaken for Profound: Onlookers, including their enemies, routinely interpret the times she throws herself into peril she cannot overcome or stands resolute in the face of overwhelming pain as Heroic Resolve or unflappable willpower. To which Kazuma - who knows better - always wonders what they'd say, if only they knew...
  • Modest Royalty: Really doesn't like relying on her noble status to get things done.
  • Modesty Towel: Downplayed. In a Fanservice interval in Episode 9 of Season 1, a miniature, pink towel is used to censor Darkness's bare, exaggerated body, along with her breasts; additionally, she uses her arms and hands to cover her breasts. Why this trope is downplayed is that this towel's position alters significantly, and doesn't necessarily encase her entire body, so to speak, but simply trails down to the appropriate sections, most noticeably her lower area.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has large breasts and gets aroused at the idea of having her clothes destroyed. When dressed up to meet her arranged fiancee, the dress she wears displays only slightly less cleavage than the succubi.
  • Muscle Angst: She gets upset when Kazuma tells her she has rock-hard muscles. In fact, so much as insinuating that she's rather buff (even if it's not visible to the audience) is one of the rare few things besides her name that can genuinely embarrass her.
  • Naked Freak-Out: Followed this trope after being caught nude in the bath with Kazuma.
  • Nice Girl: It should be noted that Darkness only wants herself to suffer, and when you take away her masochism she is a soft-hearted and kind girl who feels sadness and genuine pain when other people are hurt, is compassionate towards the weak and selflessly protects the innocent. Even with her masochism, she is legitimately the nicest person of our quartet of heroic-misfits.
  • No-Sell: Claire hits her unarmored wrist with a strike that would chop a normal person's hand off. It barely cuts through her skin.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The fact that she technically got divorced is something the entire party has fun bringing up.
  • Only Sane Man: Ironically, she becomes this when dealing with nobles. She knows very well when to hide her masochistic side and maintain her act as the daughter of a proud noble family, and fears the party's antics destroying that image.
  • The Paladin: Crusaders are non-spellcasting holy knights. Darkness is a devout worshipper of Eris. In fact, the Latin American Spanish dub calls her as such in order to avoid religious undertones.
  • Pals with Jesus: Her friend Chris is actually her patron goddess Eris, who also governs Kazuma's new world.
  • Parental Substitute: Raised her cousin for awhile after after her cousin's parents died, said cousin calls her "mother".
  • Powerful, but Incompetent: Darkness is a warrior with extremely high defense and resistances... but absolutely NO attack accuracy whatsoever. This means that even attacks from Demon Generals have a hard time scratching her, but she'll also never do any damage because her attacks all miss. On top of this, Darkness is a masochist who enjoys being hurt, meaning she will become overcome with pleasure while being attacked, often rendering her useless even as a damage sponge/distraction.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Her background as a noble has made her very inexperienced in the realms of common sense.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Played with. She comes from a family of renowned knights, her father being a high-level knight who advises the King on military matters, and she herself goes adventuring around to face off against monsters and the Devil King's minions (at first incognito, later with her identity open). However, her role as a Stone Wall is only infrequently helpful in the context of her own party (even less so than Megumin, whose explosion can still be used for massive damage), and only adventures so she can get hurt by their enemies, rather out of any sense of obligation. Kazuma once comments that her only good points are her looks and that they can use her family name to make things easier for themselves.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: If she wasn't such perverted masochist, she would be a genuine powerhouse. She can crush rocks with her bare hands, and her strength and nearly-invulnerable defensive stats would make her into a nearly unstoppable warrior. As when Vanir controls her body, she was able to fight the power of three Demon King Generals at the same time to a standstill.
  • Shaped Like Itself: She does it when Kazuma asks her what a Destroyer is during Episode 7. The name piqued his interest, because it didn't seem native to the new world.
    Darkness: The Destroyer is the Destroyer. It's a mobile fortress that's mobile.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She does a great job of letting the other members of the party handle mundane situations she doesn't understand, but when left alone or the one being relied upon, she tends to show traits of being this. This results in her being easily tricked by the rest of the team.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: At the end of the web novel, she's a massive Dude Magnet who gets marriage proposals by the second. That said, she turns them all down in hopes that Kazuma proposes to her instead.
  • Spock Speak: Speaks in this manner when addressing her father.
  • Stand Your Ground: Darkness will absolutely refuse to leave a post she defends. While others see this as an example of a knight's steadfast determination to defend others, she sees this as an opportunity to indulge in her masochism.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Official heights aren't given, but she's the tallest member of the group, standing over even Kazuma.
  • Stone Wall: An unusual variant. She has an absurd strength in defense because she refuses to assign any points to offensive skills or weapon proficiency. That said, her offense isn't hindered by her lack of raw strength; on the contrary, she is just as physically strong as she is durable. Rather, it's from her attacks always missing to boot.
  • Strong and Skilled: In the very rare instances where her strength is used properly (which is mainly done through being possessed by another being), allowing her to consistently defend and attack, Darkness becomes this.
  • Third-Person Person: She refers to herself as Lalatina whenever she's directly speaking to her father.
  • Throw-Away Sword: When she starts getting serious, she tosses her sword aside and just uses her overwhelming strength to wrestle her opponents down.
    • VERY Justified Trope: Her massive penalty to attacks is because she is untrained in sword use.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: One of her defining character traits. Experiences that would normally cause pain and anguish give her great pleasure and at times arousal. Very often it's her torturers who will end up being disturbed by her enjoying said experience.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike Kazuma, Aqua and Megumin who are all some level of apathetic as to how they affect others with their actions, Darkness cares significantly about the people around her who are hurt, though that doesn't mean she won't subconsciously put her own masochistic needs above others. Like when she resisted Vanir's exorcism because of the pain he put her through despite how dangerous she was when used as a tool by the Demon General. When a Humongous Mecha is approaching the town, she assures Kazuma that protecting lives matters more than self-indulging pain to her.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Due to her masochistic tendencies she tends to disturb her enemies a great deal. Making even Vanir too tired to deal with her.
    • She even claimed the pain Vanir inflicted upon her was the most excruciating ever experienced, unable to even describe the suffering in words. She didn't want it to end and subconsciously resisted Kazuma's and Aqua's attempts to exorcise him.
  • To the Pain: Inverted in that she always describes what depraved sexual acts the villain of the day would do to her in great detail. Her vivid descriptions are enough to freak some of her enemies out.
  • Unishment: While possessing her body, Vanir attempts to punish her for resisting him by inflicting pain upon her. Darkness naturally continues to resist, seeing said "punishment" as this trope instead. Vanir quickly realizes his mistake there.
    • Kazuma brings up that the team should deliberate a way to punish a party member to whom most punishments are a reward. He realizes that the answer is "humiliation".
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She has absolutely no ability when it comes to swordplay, but she can still swing that thing with enough force to shatter rocks and even enchanted armor, and her natural physical strength is so high she nearly crushes Kazuma's hands with a moderate grip when they get into a fight. She would be a devastating foe if she actually learned 2-handed sword proficiency.
  • Weight Woe: Insists that her weight comes from her heavy armor and not from her body.
  • Willfully Weak: Refuses to learn any weapon proficiency, since doing so would allow her to beat any enemy before she can get hit even once.
  • You Keep Telling Yourself That: Albeit her masochistic behavior takes prevalence, it's shown that Darkness is also very susceptible to smaller and more fundamental gestures of kindness and affection, and her denial of these more tender feelings stems from the fact that she doesn't know how to handle them and has no defenses against them. Just because she's a masochist doesn't mean that there's no ways to get into her heart.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Masochism. Seriously.

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Party's Pets

    Chomusuke 

Chomusuke

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"Cats don't spit fire. Cats are animals that purr and meow."
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Anime, JP), Ryan Bartley (Anime, EN)

Megumin's black cat familiar, that can fly and breathe fire. She's partly responsible for Megumin's unhealthy obsession for Explosion.


  • Adapted Out: She should have appeared in Episode 9, during the chess game between Megumin and Darkness. She isn't formally introduced until the second episode of the second season.
  • Adopt the Food: Megumin had very little to eat growing up and only took in Chomusuke so she could make a meal out of her if the need arose. She would eventually grow fond of it and make it her familiar.
  • All Witches Have Cats: Owned by Mage Megumin, at first glance she looks like a cat with wings.
  • Bond Creatures: To Megumin after becoming her familiar.
  • Breath Weapon: She breathes fire to cook her food. Only Kazuma seems to have noticed it though.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • That she's a flying, fire breathing cat with a powerful demonic aura. Only Kazuma is willing to accept the obvious evidence of it all. Though the reason why even beings like Vanir (and even her other half Wolbach) don't believe that is because she couldn't originally do it, Cecily apparently taught her how.
    • Her spinoff reveals that Megumin had known the truth about Chomusuke all along. She just pretends not to notice in order to protect it, as she knows that Chomusuke is a very powerful demon.
  • Cat Girl: One of Kazuma's stranger theories is she can shapeshift into one.
  • Cats Are Magic: Little wings enable her to fly.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • She makes an appearance in the illustrated scenes of the light novel, a few volumes before she's actually introduced in story. She was present during many of the party's earlier antics, but her presence was not acknowledged by the cast.
    • The anime continues this in the second season. She's seen in the opening animation without fanfare and can be easily missed.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Her default smile. Averted in the anime, where it's usually a Cat Smile.
  • Eat the Dog: Cat variant, as Megumin's little sister has tried on several occasions.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Half of an evil entity divided in two. The other half is Lord Wolbach.
  • Familiar: Eventually becomes one for Megumin.
  • Fusion Dance: After Megumin blows up Wolbach, Kazuma suspects Chomusuke absorbed her, since the cat is more receptive to baths and responded when he called her Wolbach.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In Japanese, given names ending with -suke are almost always masculine. Aqua wants to change her name because of this, but Megumin refuses.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: She is a cat after all.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She was originally sealed as a tourist attraction near the Crimson Demon village. Megumin set her free along with Wolbach when she was five years old, with Wolbach resealing Chomusuke to save Megumin. Komekko then releases her again in her super weakened state several months before Kazuma and Aqua came to the new world.
  • Team Pet: The gang's main pet before Zell arrived.

    Emperor Zell 

Emperor Zell

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A young hatching that Aqua claims to be a dragon, but suspiciously looks and acts like an ordinary fowl chick.


  • Action Pet: Aqua believes he'll become one for her.
  • Clucking Funny: Acts like an ordinary chicken, despite Aqua's claims otherwise.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Since he turns out to be an ordinary chicken, Aqua paid 75 million eris for an ordinary chicken.
  • Dragon Rider: Aqua claims that he'll become the largest, most powerful dragon the world has ever seen, and serve as her awe inspiring steed.
  • Eat the Dog: Kazuma threatens this fate quite often. He even offers Chomusuke a chance to devour Zell if it means she'll turn into a Cat Girl. Aqua keeps him away from Kazuma to avoid it from happening.
  • Feathered Serpent: Aqua strongly defends him as this species of dragon.
  • Head Pet: He likes to nest on top of Aqua's head.
  • Imprinting: Has done so with Vanir, effectively cluckolding Aqua.
  • Living Battery: Zell is becoming this thanks to Aqua infusing him with her divine energy, and Zell passively absorbing naturally expended mana from Chomusuke, Megumin, Vanir, and Wiz. Even if this is the case, if it's a chicken, it can't actually use the mana, and if Kazuma tried to use Drain Touch on it, it would probably die. However, eating it for a small boost of mana could be worth the experiment...
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • Aqua isn't the brightest person in the setting, but she occasionally has moments of insight that others fail to notice. It's possible, though unlikely, she can sense something about Zell being different... but if that's the case, Eris and Vanir can't detect what she does.
    • Even if Emperor Zell is an ordinary chicken, Aqua infused him with an enormous amount of divine energy while he was incubating, as doing so for dragons makes them incredibly powerful.
    • After gaining an unprecedented amount of experience and advances multiple levels he evolves into an ordinary chicken.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His full name is Glinsford Zell Emperor, however Aqua calls him Emperor Zell, with the "emperor" prefix as a royal title. That's right: his full name with the title would use Emperor twice.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: How Aqua deflects comments about him being an ordinary chicken.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Looking like a Super-Deformed baby chicken has this effect.

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