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The cast of Kumo starts very small with only one character but gradually balloons outward in the second half. Exactly who each character really is can be very spoilery due to the use of multiple names and the lengthy span of story that takes place. As such, beware spoilers.

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"No way, no way, no way, no wayyy~...!"

Kumoko is the unofficial name of the protagonist, a girl who reincarnated as a spider inside a deep labyrinth. She finds that she actually takes rather well to the monster filled dungeon she lives inside and accepts the RPG world at face value without a second thought.

She has a reclusive personality and is an obvious huge fan of anime and RPGs, spouting constant references. Inside her head. Since she can't speak. And is entirely alone. For about 150 chapters of web novel or over 30 chapters of manga. She's intelligent and inventive, but also incredibly careless and with some rather skewed morals.

  • Achievements in Ignorance
    • Kumoko really doesn't understand how impressive the things she does are. She becomes incredibly adept with magic in a short period because while you seem to need a target for magical ability to rise, there's no reason you can't target yourself with very low powered magic and then just heal yourself afterward if you get hurt. Plus, your resistance to that kind of attack will rise at the same time. Before she's even two years old she's already mastered this to the point where this constant self attack and self healing is entirely unconscious, stunning the strongest mortal mage alive with its brilliance. Such a thing had never even occurred to him because it's so insane to target yourself with attacks.
    • Most people assume you either need to have the proper skill rank in magic to use a certain spell or at least an artifact enchanted to cast that spell, but Kumoko sees Alaba casting magic and thinks 'Hm, well, I can probably do that on my own without the System helping out.' And she can, which horrifies Ronant the first time they 'meet' because that isn't supposed to be possible. She wonders if it's due to Magic Extremity, but a Q&A session clarifies that no, she really is just that good.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the web novel, Kumoko could at best be described as morally shady or too immature to grasp moral behavior. She engages in cannibalism with no fuss when she sees other spiders do it, slaughters humans and eats them and comes up with complex and extremely dangerous plans while deceiving well intentioned people like Shun or Balto. In the light novel and manga, while she does eat a fellow taratect, it was already dead and she was on the verge of starvation, she reacts less negatively to the reveals of Taboo and is more clearly motivated by a desire to get off the planet before it self destructs than to punish humans. Also, the slaughter of the subjugation team wasn't even fully intentional: She underestimated the power of her Evil Eyes of Grudge and the first few just dropped dead. No mention is made of eating the bodies and finding them to be yummy, though it's later acknowledged that she did eat them.
  • Adaptational Wimp: She tends to struggle more during her fights in the light novel. For example, in the web novel there's a scene where she kills an eel just by looking at it after acquiring some new skills, curb stomps the fire drake rather than it being a close fight and beats Rend one on one with no assistance from Mother beforehand. The Arch Taratect actually puts up a decent fight and almost manages to recover and turn things around in the light novel when in the original there was nothing it could do the moment Kumoko started the fight. Alaba also puts up an even better fight with Kumoko never at any point thinking she can actually win fairly.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job
    • In the web novel, Kumoko is born pitch black with red eyes. The manga version depicts her as pink. The light novel meanwhile varies between pink, brown, and gray (presumably because she can't actually see that well for quite awhile in the darkness of the labyrinth).
    • The anime promo shows her with a white and black carapace, sometimes with red markings depending on her current form. She also has red eyes.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Kumoko eventually succeeds in becoming a god due to her ceaseless struggle for survival and power and a natural talent for energy absorption.
  • Balloon Belly: Early on Kumoko notes that her body swells up whenever she eats a large meal, but after developing the Overeating and Satiation skills this goes away. Oddly enough, Overeating was supposed to make this swelling problem worse, but instead her stomach just seems to function as a bottomless pit instead. She never does figure that one out. The light novel addresses this one by noting that monsters do not feel the negative effects of Overeating.
  • Berserk Button: Having her first home burned by adventurers traumatized Kumoko to the point that even after becoming basically immune to fire she'd kill anyone who tried to burn her stuff. Her reaction the next time someone tried was so extreme it even became a rule to never light the Taratect's web on fire.
  • Big Eater: Kumoko refuses to let anything she's killed go uneaten no matter how gamey, poisonous, rubbery or simply disgusting it is. She also eats well beyond what is really necessary, eventually leading to first the Overeating and then Satiation skills. It's implied that this would normally lead to the Gluttony Ruler skill, but those are unique and Gluttony is already claimed by Ariel. Eventually, she starts overdoing it so much in terms of hunting that it begins to have an effect on the local monster population, which is one reason she moves out.
  • Blue and Orange Morality
    • Kumoko seems to only vaguely believe that murder is wrong, which functionally just means that she generally doesn't pick fights with anyone intelligent that hasn't messed with her. If nobody bothers her, she's also perfectly happy to heal or help anyone that she runs across so long as they aren't rude to her. This behavior deeply worries the people who know of her because that is behavior far more intelligent than what a monster should be capable of, but also potentially really dangerous.
    • She much more strongly believes in the idea that food should never be wasted and will eat anything or anyone she kills. Gyurie at one point comes up to her when she's cleaning one of her kills, a puffer fish like water drake. She removes the poisonous innards and eats the tasty meat, but then cannot help but continue on to eat the disgusting organs she intentionally set aside. She hates wasting food that much.
  • Body Backup Drive: Kumoko can transfer her soul into eggs she laid in advance and possess the body, regaining her stats by growing back into an adult. She also uses this for the Queen Taratect she took over when Ariel killed it.
  • Butt-Monkey: She tends to get herself way in over her head due to her own carelessness, even accidentally setting herself on fire occasionally through sheer absentmindedness.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When going up against Ariel, Kumoko has absolutely no hope for victory in a real fight. None whatsoever. However, after surviving their first confrontation by switching bodies she goes to so much effort setting up dummies, safeguards, spare bodies and traps that even she can't think of a way that she could possibly be killed. Ariel can't even find her let alone defeat her like this. Eventually the two agree to a ceasefire and begin working together since they only came into conflict to a misunderstanding anyway.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She eventually does become an arachne, partially regaining a human form in the process. The human top half is very beautiful, but because of her pure white skin she's also slightly creepy.
  • Deadly Gaze: She can kill with a look by either using a Decay or Grudge attack. They're both terrifying in different ways: A Decay attack disintegrates someone while a Grudge attack can make someone drop dead on the spot for no obvious reason.
  • Ditzy Genius: Kumoko is astonishingly brilliant but she's also a careless, smug little airhead with a poor attention span. She masters magic unassisted by the System through mere observation and has alarmingly fast growth as a full fledged god but she's also capable of nearly drowning herself by tipping over when walking over water, sets herself on fire over and over again and totally forgets about some of her most powerful abilities for days or weeks on end.
  • The Dreaded: Kumoko becomes feared as "The Nightmare of the Labyrinth", a monstrous spider of incredible strength that brought calamity everywhere it went. Even her children are fearfully referred to as the "Remnants of The Nightmare".
  • Embarrassing Nickname: She finds 'The Nightmare of the Labyrinth' to be a ridiculous title, though no one else seems to realize that. Dustin actually thought she was telling him herself by doodling white spiders in the margin, much to her embarrassment.
  • Evil Albino: Kumoko eventually turns pure white with red eyes, which carries over into her human form, Shiraori. Applying Evil or Heroic to her exclusively is a bit problematic, but she's definitely very dangerous.
  • Extreme Omnivore: At first she ate poisonous food only because there was nothing else. Eventually she reached the point where she wouldn't have to, but kept at it anyway because she hates wasting anything that can be loosely defined as food, which extends to incredibly poisonous or acidic meat, meat with the consistency of tires or rocks, centipedes that cause a paralysis effect, people that piss her off and, judging by the manga art, every scrap of food on her kills including the internal organs and eyes. She even comes to find quite a bit of it tasty in its own way, such as ants so acidic they'd melt a normal person's mouth or dragon meat so hard you would break your jaw just trying to chew it.
  • Fragile Speedster: Thanks to receiving Idaten automatically, Kumoko's speed skill is more than 300 points greater than her other stats by the time Appraisal displays it. Her favored method of hunting exploits this, relying on fast stealth attacks and dodges. During every fight there's a constant awareness that one good hit on her will equal death.
  • Giant Spider: Kumoko's newborn form is the size of a pig. Mother, the Queen Taratect, is essentially a kaiju.
  • Glass Cannon: Early on Kumoko is weak enough that just one hit can put her near death but her Poison Fang is powerful enough to eliminate significantly more powerful monsters with just a few bites.
  • Has a Type: Kumoko seems to have a thing for good looking, tough older men. She acknowledges that pretty boys like Julius are attractive enough in their own way, but isn't really interested in them.
  • Hikikomori: Kumoko tries not to build major nests too often as she worries about turning into a hikki that never leaves the nest and just eats the monsters that wander into it. She also wonders at one point if she's a hikki due to have spent most of her life in the labyrinth without ever seeing the outside world.
  • How Do I Shot Web?
    • At the start Kumoko didn't know that she did it unconsciously, leaving a trail of loose thread wherever she walked. She felt embarrassed about it and at one point caught fire due to forgetting it. Later on after evolving into an Arachne her new upper body flailed about while moving until she figured out how to brace it.
    • Kumoko learns various kinds of magic before she learns the skills that actually let you use magic. As a result she tries in vain to just cast random stuff to no avail.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kumoko often criticizes people for doing the exact same things she does with greater or less amounts of self awareness. Like she gets mad when crossing the middle layer of the Elro labyrinth since nothing is willing to come out and fight face to face even as she pretends she'd never rely on webs or ambush tactics herself no sir. She also calls Ronant an idiot for casting offensive magic on himself completely unaware that he's merely copying what he sees her doing entirely unconsciously.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: As Kumoko doesn't like to waste any food, she usually eats humans after she kills them, though at least they usually start it. Apart from bandits, they tend to be pretty tasty. She's also a true cannibal in that she ate one of her many siblings with no qualms when hungry as well as other more evolved taratects later. She even considered eating her own children but ultimately decided to just let them gather food for her instead.
  • Instant Expert: Kumoko masters new abilities as an astonishing rate. Pride and the fragment of D's soul inside her play a part, as do skills like Magic Extremity, but in the end it's really mostly down to her. With Magic Extremity, for example, she gains instant access to the perfect way to assemble and use high powered magic, but before long she's mastered magic to the extent that she doesn't really need it anymore anyway. She also takes to being a god extremely quickly and, much to her relief, is already better at space magic than Gyurie.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: While she doesn't mind disadvantageous fights, whenever she feels she has no chance to win she flees without a second thought.
  • Lemony Narrator: Kumoko constantly narrates as though she was talking to someone else, including defending her behavior from perceived attacks. She almost certainly isn't, though, because she's, well, speaking a little too fluidly for that: Whenever she has to hold an actual conversation she can barely speak.
  • Literal Split Personality: She uses her Parallel Will ability to start eating the Queen Taratects from inside, eventually taking over two of them and turning them into another version of herself.
  • Living Is More Than Surviving: Kumoko originally had no reason to live beyond surviving. After the traumatic burning of her first Home she realized how empty her life was. She focused on becoming strong enough so that she would never need to run again and could take pride in herself.
    Kumoko: There was a time once when I was desperate just to stay alive, and didn’t even have the luxury to have pride. However, a life without pride, is empty.
  • The Maker: She's the creator of a new species known as the Horo Neia. She didn't really mean to do it, but as a result of experimenting with the Spawning skill inherited by eating Mother they hatched out and began obeying her. They're like taratects but, well, better. They have pack hunting abilities, magic, telepathy and incredible stats. They keep to themselves unless attacked, however.
  • Mind Hive: Using Parallel Will Kumoko is able to develop additional personalities within her body, each of which is in charge of a different task. At first she uses these to manage the information she has coming in, fight with the body and have some personalities use magic, but eventually uses them to attack the Queen Taratects and Ariel while otherwise keeping their usage entirely subconscious.
  • Monster Progenitor: She accidentally creates the Horo Neia, aka Remnants of the Nightmare, when playing around with a new skill.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: She kills and eats one of her siblings after it attacks her. In the manga it had already been killed by adventurers and she was starving to death.
  • Mood-Swinger: Kumoko can't seem to maintain any one particular mood for long. At one point, she goes from helping some humans fight off a snake to wanting to kill all humans, followed by a rampage that gets interrupted with her randomly setting up what amounts to a sacred healing shrine for a town after saving a noblewoman from bandits on an impulse.
  • Munchkin: Whenever Kumoko gets the chance to spend spill points or evolve, she always goes for the oddball abilities that seem likely to have high payoffs later or really ominous abilities like Ruler of Pride and doing her best to ignore the demerits. She also spends pretty much all her non hunting time slowly grinding up all her abilities even when they seem useless so she has more options available. Eventually, she unlocks a special super ninja spider evolution explicitly because she has far greater abilities than a spider her level would normally have access to. It takes her a long time to even begin wondering about the weird gamelike play she ended up in.
  • No Name Given: The protagonist has no in-story name; Even the nickname Kumoko (the Japanese equivalent of "Spiderette") is just a reference to her desire to become "Magical Girl Kumoko". This is because she really didn't have a name until she was named Shiraori by "D", as she was a house spider.
  • Otaku: Kumoko in her previous life was bad at socializing and spent most of her free time playing video games instead. Even in the online games she played she wouldn't communicate with other players.
  • Poisonous Person: Her trump cards early on are her spider venom and threads, which allow her to survive in the Elro Labyrinth despite being horribly outclassed. The meat of taratects is also poisonous, which is the only reason they can survive: They're rather unappetizing to the other monsters. Much to her annoyance, poison magic doesn't exist outside the System, so when she becomes Shiraori she loses one of her greatest strengths.
  • The Pollyanna: She has a very fundamental assumption that everything will work out in the end and everything will be just fiiiine, you'll see! Ariel feels this attitude infecting her own normal personality and can't even panic thanks to the weird feeling of 'it'll all be okay!' This attitude seems to largely fade away after turning into a god, which makes her more aware of what she truly is and what her future probably holds for her.
  • Razor Floss: Kumoko can give the "Slashing" attribute to her threads to cut through all sorts of things. However, she seems to find just normal sticky thread more generally valuable and never really bothers with it again against any opponent important enough to be mentioned.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Kumoko's manga and light novel appearance leans more towards plush toy than spider abomination, especially notable when compared to the art of the other monsters. It's not how she actually looks, but it makes her more relatable.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: In the Light Novel she's at more of a disadvantage against Alaba because it's an experienced fighter with centuries of experience while she's a six month old spider getting by on overpowered skills.
  • Stylized for the Viewer: The art style for the manga and light novel make her look cute and goofy with very exaggerated human and cartoonish body language. However, the instant other people see her it's clear that this is not at all what she actually looks like. Rather than a cute pink goof, her real appearance is a pitch black giant monster spider with a skull on her back and an aura of fear strong enough to make all but the strongest monsters run in terror.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: It's hard to pick up at first since the majority of the narrative is Kumoko's inner dialogue, but in-universe she comes across as such. For most it's generally difficult to get past her seemingly stoic exterior, but then there's a shortcut...
  • Sweet Tooth: She will eat anything she comes across, but she does prefer to eat normal things. She even sets up a healing shrine because people offer her fruit and pastries.
  • Took a Level in Badass
    • She starts off as a Small Lesser Taratect, but eventually evolves into a Small Taratect, then a Small Poison Taratect, a Zoa Ere, an Ede Saine, a Zana Horowa and finally an Arachne. While these are all technically upgrades, the significant two are becoming a Zoa Ere for the massively improved direct combat ability and Zana Horowa for the immortality skill. She actually notes that becoming an Arachne didn't really have much of an effect at all because any benefits to the race were just a drop in the bucket compared to what she already had.
    • When she acquires Pride and Wisdom, her abilities improve exponentially. Pride vastly increases the rate at which she learns new skills while Wisdom makes her a magic expert overnight.
    • After becoming a Zana Horowa but before becoming an Arachne she eats Mother's soul and gains all of her stats and skills.
    • Finally, she devours some MA Energy from a semiactive facility, gaining the last level of Divine Area Expansion she needs to become a god.
  • Truly Single Parent: After eating Mother and gaining her Spawning and Kin Domination skills, Kumoko can lay eggs that grow into beings that are presumably clones of hers. They turn out to be much smarter than Taratects, though they're similarly weak willed unless mom ignores them for too long and they grow their own identities. The Remnants, said abandoned kids, appear to adore Kumoko and are smart enough to speak to people and appear to avoid conflict with humans unless provoked. She doesn't actually understand them, though.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Kumoko doesn't lie to the reader, but when she learns something she often doesn't bother to mention it, which can lead to a strange story where her actions appear to make little sense. She also misunderstands a lot of what's going on and states as fact the motives and actions of others when she's actually just guessing with unreliable accuracy.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kumoko is indirectly responsible for the destruction of both Wrath and Sophia's hometowns, resulting in their crappy childhoods. Sophia knows and accepts it wasn't really her fault, but Wrath is probably still in the dark. That being said, her part in his fate was pretty tiny and not something anyone could have predicted.
  • Uplifted Animal: Kumoko is vastly more intelligent that her fellow Taratects, even being smarter than the Queens in the original web novel. This is an artificial condition as D grafted a portion of her soul and memories onto an ordinary spider's soul.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Kumoko starts as a weak Small Lesser Taratact, possibly the weakest monster in the entire Elro labyrinth. However, with traps, speed and evasion focus, a brutal pragmatist streak, nasty poisons and other ever growing abilities, she rather quickly ends up one of the most dangerous creatures in the area.
  • Weaksauce Weakness
    • She can't swim. Or rather, she can't even submerge herself because she's too buoyant. That's not so bad. However, as an arachne, her center of gravity shifts way forward and she ends up capsizing immediately when she tries walking on water again, nearly causing her to drown while her legs flailed helplessly above her.
    • In the Light Novel she actually ends up buying the Swim skill as part of a strategy to drown Ariel's Puppet Taratects. This still leaves her a pretty terrible swimmer, but at least she can submerge herself and avoids drowning herself by using Space Magic as a makeshift diving tank.
  • Wild Card: When she leaves the Labyrinth, she destroys a fort and slaughters some soldiers, then sets up shop next to a random village and kills as many of the local bandits as she can while running a free healing shrine. When a war starts up, she ends up nearly destroying both sides because even though she had intended to help just one, the other one saw a scary monster and attacked. And since she always retaliates when attacked, both sides get decimated. Notably, she has great affinity for many of the Ruler titles including being able to buy Pride with a mere 100 skill points and earning Wisdom and Charity with her actions.


Shun is the classic isekai protagonist with a strong moral compass, a hard working and honest personality and great respect for the sanctity of life. He reincarnated as the fourth prince of a mid sized kingdom alongside a half sister named Sue, earning great renown early in life for his apparent genius thanks to getting a head start. Unfortunately, he finds himself at odds first with a jealous former classmate and later a dark conspiracy among the demon army.

He greatly respects his older brother Julius, The Hero of humanity, and is shocked when his brother is killed and he succeeds the title himself.

Collects a growing harem for himself, but is entirely oblivious.

  • Deuteragonist: Shun slowly evolves into one as the story progresses. While Sophia and Wrath are important characters, they tend to simply follow the protagonist Shiraori's lead while Shun instead has his own goals and effect on the world at large.
  • God Was My Copilot: He seems to have Sariel's favor. She goes out of her way to give him prophetic dreams and fills in the blanks in Taboo, which allows him to keep his mental stability and moral compass. In the light novel she even tries to tell him who and what Shiraori really is but he doesn't understand.
  • Good Is Dumb: Wrath, Katia and Oka-san to varying degrees admire Shun's courage, heroism and refusal to kill, but even the latter two privately consider his kindness to be an obstacle to work around, not an attitude to be emulated. That being said, his stupidity is not entirely his fault: His Ruler title has great influence over him due to the soul warping effects of the ability not being counteracted by Heresy Resistance like the other Rulers have picked up.
  • Hero Antagonist
    • Shun is pretty much flawlessly heroic and moral and is an up and coming star inspiring his other classmates and presumably the world at large, or will be when he becomes better known. However, because he isn't the protagonist, this makes up the implied central conflict of the story. While there are two potential ways to save the world, Shiraori's is more destructive but avoids basically murdering a pair of gods who have given everything to protect the world. Shun does find this distasteful, however, and seems to want to find a third golden solution that saves the world and Sariel with minimal or no sacrifices.
    • He has a moral opposition to Wrath and Shiraori because he tends to be very judgmental when it comes to upholding his personal moral code. However, his view basically falls apart when you look at his best friend's upbringing in this world where the choice was either be a slave forever or slaughter a bunch of soldiers and villagers. Shun never had to face the kind of difficult life Wrath did and realizes after their argument that he alienated his best friend without even trying to understand him.
  • Idiot Hero: Shun shows signs of this, acting recklessly when faced with massively powerful monsters, allowing enemies to live, and charging into obvious traps. The rest of his party warns him about these tendencies but go along with it anyway.
  • Light Is Good: His strongest attribute is the light element and he's easily the most heroic character in the story barring Sariel.
  • Messianic Archetype: Shun is bit of a complex case. While he's certainly all about doing the right, hates violence, gets persecuted, betrayed and so on yet sticks to his values, there's also a case to be made that he's just a sheltered self righteous moron instead. His position of moral superiority rings quite hollow when taking into account his own sheltered upbringing compared to the horrific abuse that his opposition faced.
  • Oblivious to Love: Shun doesn't realize the girls he's attracting are not solely interested in him as a friend. He may be playing dumb with Katia because the idea makes him uncomfortable and actually has recognized how his sister feels, but he's not exactly into incest.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He does know that his sister is in love with him, but is entirely uncomfortable with this and ignores it as best as he can. It's not entirely clear as to whether he genuinely hasn't noticed that Katia has changed a lot since her previous life or is simply pretending he doesn't know because he relies on her for emotional grounding.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: After the battle in the elf village he scolds himself for thinking he was some bigshot just because he had the Hero title and failing to realize that his personal hero Julius could only do so much despite being the previous hero. While the current failure doesn't bother him since he seems to have a basic acceptance that the genocide of the elves was probably necessary he resolves to think things through more clearly when it comes to achieving his goals of bringing peace and happiness and so on.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: As noted above, he shows all the classic symptoms of an isekai hero: Starts off overpowered, rapidly unlocks new abilities, unknowingly builds a harem, has a strong sense of justice, and so on.
  • Stupid Good: Even when Yuugo is at Shun's mercy and there's he can do nothing to really stop him from continuing his assholery, Shun still refuses to kill him. However, this is explicitly because his Ruler skill is screwing with his head. Notably, even his closest allies privately consider him far too softhearted.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Shun is an inversion, oddly enough. He's something like the deuteragonist or tritagonist of the story, but comes off as self righteous, spoiled, close minded, stubborn, impractical, delusional and so on because of the story he's in despite his selflessness and genuine heroism. Yet for all his (debatable) flaws and lack of appeal compared to the more interesting Shiro faction, he's the only one in the story who is actually trying to come up with less catastrophic solutions than the ones Shiro and Dustin have thought up. But good luck finding someone who likes him more than her.


Katia, formerly a male friend of Shun's named Kanata, reincarnated into this world as a girl, much to her annoyance. Much to the joy of in universe shippers, he quickly begins identifying as female and chooses to go by the name Katia. While Kanata is strongly implied to have been in love with Shun even before reincarnating, as Katia she has no trouble being rather aggressive in pursuing him.

She holds a position inside a duke's family and met similar awe as Shun when her immense talents showed themselves early in life.

  • Accidental Pervert: Averted. Yuri initially gets angry at her for entering the girl's changing room, only to be met with an unconcerned offer from Katia to change elsewhere if it bothers her. From that, Yuri came to realize that however things had worked in their previous life, Katia was definitely not into girls anymore.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She tends to really hate it when she sees any competition for Shun, real or imagined.
  • Gender Bender: Katia was reincarnated as a girl despite being a boy in Japan. She's rather put-out to learn everyone else reincarnated as their original gender. Given the nature of "D", it was probably For the Lulz. It's also a gender bender in a completely literal sense as well: As time goes on, he eventually comes to actually identify as female as well.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Ooshima Kanata was not transgender, but he was most likely gay. To deny this and make everyone believe he was straight, he confessed to a girl that he knew would turn him down. Unfortunately, that girl happened to be a god, so as a kind of twisted favor she reincarnated him as a girl when he died. His gender identity eventually changed to match his new female body while his sexual orientation remained the same.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Because he reincarnated from a male into a female, Kanata originally experienced some gender dysphoria. However, as time went on he grew to actually identify as female more and more until the remaining scraps of his male gender identity literally vanished as a means of fighting back against a charm spell that was affecting the dominant female identity.
  • Transgender: For a time. Kanata was male and Katia is female, so for most of her life Katia identified as male. This eventually came to an end, however, because the body is apparently more important to gender identity than the soul. However, Shun (possibly intentionally) continues to see her as male, much to her frustration.


The teacher of the reincarnated students, Oka-chan is the only reincarnator to be born among the elves. She was named Filimes and is the daughter of their leader, Potimas, who has been aware of her status since birth. She's working desperately hard to try and find and protect the students who were under her care, though she acknowledges that this is mostly a coping mechanism. She has a fondness for spiders and acts intentionally cutesy and wacky to be liked by her students, though she's become rather tough and pragmatic by the time she reunites with Shun.

She was able to find almost all the students before the story began and, with the exception of the main and supporting cast, brought them to live under the protection of the elves.

  • A-Cup Angst: It's implied that Oka was reincarnated into an elf because she was tiny and and had a childlike figure as a teacher and elves have the stereotype for being slender. She still has hope in the future.
    Oka: (About being the one with smallest chest) It’s only because my growth rate is slow! I have hopes for the future.
    Narrator: (About elf anatomy) Yet, the elves have the standard pattern of having small breasts.
  • Failure Knight: Oka-chan, the reincarnated teacher, constantly worries about her short-comings as a teacher and the students she has failed to protect or guide properly. As a result she throws herself into defending her students even more fiercely. Given that the Elves are led by the closest thing there is to an antagonist in the story, she failed the moment she was born as his daughter. Shiro's attempts to cheer her up fail completely, which depresses both of them.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The first chapter of the manga depicts Oka-chan with her hair bound up in two short pigtails.
  • Last of His Kind: After the forest of the elves is invaded and destroyed, she's the last remaining pure blooded elf.
  • Morality Pet: While Shiraori is protective of all the reincarnators within reasonable limits as well as Ariel, she has a special soft spot for Oka-chan and works hard to keep her safe, including saving her from possession and offering a complete, unaltered explanation of the System and why she intends to bring it down. Even Sophia and Wrath had to really work to get that information and most likely still don't have as complete of a picture as sensei.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Oka finds spiders cute, even proposing having one as a class pet. All the students immediately objected. She even thinks the Remnants of the Nightmare are cute, though she finds the way they speak unpleasant.
  • Sensei-chan: Oka-chan was the class teacher, who was seen as somewhat childish and "regrettable" but all in all liked. She developed this personality to try and connect with children but feared it hurt her credibility.
  • Stepford Smiler: She pretends to be a wacky immature teacher so that her students will open up to her. While it really has affected her personality somewhat, deep down she's still very insecure and has a tendency to hide things. Unfortunately, her students have started noticing.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Oka-chan is the same age as the rest of the B-team, but due to being a long-lived elf she looks roughly the age of an elementary school student.



Yuugo, formerly a student named Natsume, reincarnated as the prince of the mightiest human empire in the world. However, his position and abilities have left him highly conceited. He secretly feels out of place and lonely, causing him to resent the more popular Shun.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Yuugo genuinely believed the entire world was a dream and got carried away playing his role. He never really understood the things he was doing were evil and planned to be more humble when he woke up. Many of his decisions were driven largely by his loneliness and jealousy of Shun for having friends.
  • Drunk with Power: After reincarnating Yuugo came to believe the world existed for his sake alone as proved by his special Skill and his number of Skill Points. He hates anyone who could ruin this narrative by having comparable strength and won't hesitate to kill them.
  • Evil Is Petty: He brainwashed Yuri because he was mad at her getting too friendly with Shun.
  • It's All About Me: Yuugo believes the entire world was created for him to live out an epic adventure. Tragically, he believed that it was all a dream and that he should be the main star of his own dream; becoming a villain was just his way to take that role back.
  • Redemption Rejection: Oka-chan tried to show him mercy so that he'd realize the error of his ways, but he never even considered the idea.
  • Revenge Myopia: He tries to murder Shun with a very, very poorly thought up Engineered Heroics, showing up to kill the monster he himself unleashed, but being too late to save him. When he's caught red-handed, and got the skills he abused taken away, rather than learning his lesson, he becomes obsessed with taking revenge on both Shun, who did nothing to him, and Oka-chan, by destroying everything they care for, right in their faces, and then killing them.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He takes control of the empire and becomes something of the neighborhood bully, even throwing a coup in Shun's country and declaring war on the elves. His father and especially grandfather were much more noble and reasonable men.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Even with the most charitable interpretation of Yuugo, he's still the kind of person that when absolved of responsibility for his actions, takes great pleasure in murdering and, as implied by his Lust title, raping his way across the land.


Originally a human girl named Shinohara Mirei, she reincarnated as a dragon. However, she took eight years to hatch out of her egg and was conscious for at least part of this time. She considers being born a monster instead of a human punishment for trying to bully Wakaba Hiiro. She accepts being called Feirune instead of Mirei because she considers herself to be a pet after reincarnating to make up for her past misdeeds.

  • Ascended Extra: Fei is technically in the web novel, but she's just one of the students in the elf village and has no significant role. In the light novel, she's a recurring character and part of Shun's group. According to the author, you should consider the two to be different characters.
  • The Atoner: Fei being reborn as a dragon was pretty terrible for her, possibly in part because it took her years to hatch. She decides to take it as punishment for being a bully towards Wakaba Hiiro and to take the chance to reform herself and loyally serve whoever hatched her. She may be completely correct, too, because while Wakaba Hiiro AKA “D” wouldn't care about a human bullying her, turning her into a dragon of all things does seem like it was intended as a kind of 'screw you' gesture: “D” hates dragons.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Feirune gets attached to Shun early on because while his sister thought she wasn't cute, Shun actually likes reptiles and adopted it.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She eventually gains a human form, but it has wings, some scales and occasional feathers. She can still pass for human if she just puts on a cloak to cover the wings, though.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Fei considers reincarnating as a non human to be punishment for being a jerk when she was alive. She decided to serve her human master faithfully as atonement. That her master turned out to be an actual classmate was something of a bonus.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: When talking about Shun with Katia, Feirune says she doesn't really consider human males attractive anymore thanks to her body. Normal Earth Dragons can't even tell the difference between two human faces. However, since she's never met another Earth Dragon she doesn't know whether she'd find them attractive or what to look for in one.
  • Parting Words Regret: She was never able to come to terms with Wakaba Hiiro. She doesn't like her, but the news that she died before Fei could apologize shocks and depresses her. Of course, Wakaba Hiiro isn't dead... and when she thinks they've met up again, she's actually just meeting someone that looks like her.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: In her humanoid form she weighs just as much as does in drake form. People usually don't notice because she uses Heavy magic to make herself lighter. However, this doesn't work very well underwater.
  • Telepath: Because she was born as a monster, she acquired Telepathy in order to speak to Shun and Katia. She can't read minds, but she can speak mind to mind.

Demon side


The current demon lord, Ariel is the strongest being on the planet apart from the gods and has a connection to spiders, a master of thread and controls an army of puppet minions. She's laid back and rather silly, but also extremely dangerous.

  • A-Cup Angst: The flat-chested Ariel gets annoyed when the well-endowed Shiraori complains about another general's even larger bust. She expresses this by tearing off Shiraori's breasts.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the web novel, Shiraori at one point considers and rejects consulting her on parenting because her Ariel's horrific treatment of her children, the taratects. In the light novel, she's pissed at Kumoko wiping some of them out, especially a Queen.
  • The Ageless: Ariel turns out to have had an immortal body from the start, being the one actual success in Potimas' insane immortality experiments. Once the System negated the dangers of the poison her body naturally produces and leaks into her bloodstream, she's been able to go on living with the body of a young teenager for centuries. It's to the point she's going to die from her soul collapsing due to all the modifications the System has made to it in her centuries long quest to become powerful enough to finally kill Potimas, long before her physical body is anywhere close to failing her.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: As noted by Balto, Ariel inherited the Demon King title specifically because of her monstrous strength.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Thanks to Kumoko's soul fragment altering her personality, Ariel is very goofy and undignified, but this is mostly superficial: Beneath the surface is a vast ocean of hatred and anger. Given how stupidly powerful she is, this makes her possibly the most dangerous person on the planet, though not the strongest.
  • Big Eater: She possesses the Gluttony Ruler Skill, which allows her to devour anything, even energy or barriers and things that can't technically fit in her mouth. They get converted into a massive stockpile as large as the stat cap. This is a carry-over from her youth when she had massive calorie requirements due to her flawed body.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Ariel is depicted wearing a leather version of this outfit in the light novel and manga, along with a cape, gloves, and leggings.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Gluttony allows the skill user to eat things that aren't even physical, like magic barriers. It's a relic of the days from the early history of the System where to get enough calories to sustain her poorly designed body she would have to eat much more than a normal person and even had to eat dirt just so she could feel full.
  • Failure Knight: Ariel views herself as the least worthy of the children collected by Sariel and regrets that she alone survived while the others inevitable sacrificed themselves for their patron. Her decision to act at the end of her life is an attempt to make her survival mean something.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Ariel's outfit has two leggings of different lengths, with a red bow on the hip above the shorter legging.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Why is she so strong? Because she was around during the early days of the System. Back in those days you had to get tough to survive, though it took her a long time thanks to being so frail in her youth.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She is essentially the outcome of a genetic experiment blending human and spider DNA. The complications nearly killed her because her body produces toxins that a roughly human body isn't equipped to deal with, meaning she spent a ton of energy producing something that just makes her sick. In the present her body can't produce poison anymore thanks to the System, so the only holdover is that her innards are indicated to be not at all like a humans even if her outer appearance is passably human.
  • Ill Girl: Ariel was born with a flawed body that had enormous calorie requirements and damaged itself by producing venom. She spent many years confined to bed and was only able to recover thanks to the System, which automatically degrades all true poison into harmless substances.
  • Last of His Kind: Ariel is the last of Potimas' experimental children, as she was the only one with a truly immortal body and thus the only one to survive the centuries since the System was establish. Within the System they're known as Divine Beasts, though it's not clear what benefits this title carries.
  • Loss of Identity: Ariel could tell that she was slowly merging with the former Body-In-Charge, altering her personality. Thanks to Kumoko's natural personality, she couldn't even get that worked up about it.
  • The Maker: She's known as the Origin Taratect, though how she created them is unclear.
  • Monster Progenitor: Ariel created the Taratects to serve as her own personal army. There's a soul linked hierarchy between them with the Kin Domination skill. She no longer seems to create them herself, however, instead having the Queens lay eggs with the survivors serving as her pawns.
  • Morality Pet: Played with. Shiraori is super loyal to her and is motivated in large part by trying to grant her dying wish, but this actually cause her to behave less morally: If Ariel wasn't in the picture, Shiraori would likely have no particular preference for which plan she uses to save the planet.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Ariel and Shiraori both choose to not actively participate in the war, only intervening when necessary. Many of the Demon generals are unhappy with both of them, Ariel for her apparent disinterest and Shiraori for not using her overwhelming power early on.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: She has a unique cape consisting of a band of cloth at chest level from which hang eight bands of fabric ending in large gems.
  • The Power of Hate: The real reason Kumoko went berserk at rank 10 Taboo is because the Kin Domination link between her and Ariel flooded Kumoko so badly it warped her personality and caused temporary insanity. Normally she wouldn't have been any more affected by the revelation than thinking 'Oh, the humans here sure screwed up huh?'
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Shiraori refers to Ariel as a NEET because unlike her, Ariel really doesn't do anything. Ariel thinks it's a joke at first, only to find that Shiraori considers her genuinely useless.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Ariel is one of the oldest living beings on the planet, but she looks like a girl in her early teens.
  • The Red Baron: The Origin Taratect and the Oldest Divine Beast. The latter is even a genuine title, though the effects are unknown.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Averted in her youth. As a spider-hybrid, she constantly produced poison, but wasn't immune to it and was therefore constantly sickly and weak.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Ariel is known as the oldest Divine Beast, but who she actually is is not common knowledge. The goddess religion worships her because they consider her a messenger of Sariel and believe her to be a spider. This is sort of close, but the truth is actually just that Sariel is her adopted mother and while she does have spider DNA in her, Ariel herself is completely humanoid and merely birthed the taratect race somehow to serve as her pawns. Because she is not well known, Kumoko is mistaken for her because of her seeming benevolence, great power and spider form.
  • Suppressed Rage: Ariel hates the world and everyone in it for not being worthy of the price Sariel paid to save it. While she's often smiling and cheerful in the present due to merging with Kumoko's soul fragment that hatred is definitely still there, even if dampened. Notably, she's only a hair away from having gained the Wrath skill on top of Gluttony.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: With both humans and demons in bad shape after the latest wars, the leaders of both sides were more than willing to ignore each other in favor of rebuilding. Ariel taking over as Demon King scuttles these plans in favor of the most damaging war for both sides in history.
  • Worthy Opponent: Potimas offers her praise when she defeats a wave of robots and, in memory of their long history, sends his most powerful to kill her. However, it's clear that he's being incredibly condescending as he does so and he takes his defeat with, um, a notable lack of grace.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Her soul is on the brink of collapse after being overloaded with skills and staying alive for hundreds or even thousands of years. Her death is unavoidable but not going to happen any time soon. However, she then uses Humility and ends up reducing her remaining lifespan to no more than a year.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: The Great Demon King skill prevents enemies from using Transfer magic within a certain distance from the user or fleeing beyond a certain distance if she doesn't want them to. This seems to be one of the few perks to the Demon King title compared to the massive advantages given to the Hero that the Demon King doesn't get to enjoy.


Also known as Shiro, Shiraori is referred to by Ariel as her greatest masterpiece. Her skin, hair and clothing are all pure white and she moves around with her eyes closed at all times. Her role among the demons is rumored to involve intelligence gathering, covert ops and assassination. She turned the hero Julius to dust with a glance at the start of the war, shocking people the world over. She commands the tenth army, a mysterious group who are similarly clad in all white.

She is nearly silent among others, only speaking when absolutely necessary. People find her very difficult to understand or read. Do not give her alcohol.

  • Affably Evil: After seeing Shiraori forcibly calm Oka-san down in the middle of her guilt induced Heroic BSoD out of nothing more than goodwill, Shun reacts with surprise and realizes that she's actually pretty kind in her own way. Up until this point he was extremely upset about her having killed his brother and is startled to see simple kindness out of her. On the other hand, Shiro knows perfectly well that her actions have terrible consequences but pretends like they're someone else's problem. Well, she's technically right in that case.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Subverted. While early in the story her wacky personality is played for laughs and for cute, eventually it turns out that yeah, she really does have serious personality disorders.
    • As soon as she gains the ability to speak, it becomes clear that she isn't exactly an anime hikikomori but more like the real thing: She has a crippling social anxiety disorder, notably freezing up and becoming almost completely unable to communicate with people unless they're very patient or very familiar to her, preferably both. Panic attacks in particular are frequent, especially when she's trying to get across something important to a stranger. Drinking alcohol is noted to help her loosen up, but she recognizes that she's a horrifying drunk and can't really use that as a crutch.
    • Her behavior when drunk or otherwise incapacitated shows that she clearly suffers from depression and possibly PTSD: She has extremely low self worth, no plans for the mid to far future and when talking about her 'childhood' constantly talks about how terrified she was all the time.
    • While the above two are all but stated outright as fueling factors for the main conflict in the story, less explicit and more in line with the trope is that she appears to be somewhere on the spectrum: She has terrible ability to read what other people are thinking or feeling, great difficulty in communicating and immense talent for magic at the expense of other critical skills, which is not dissimilar to how a character in another story might be amazing with computers or something similarly mundane.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: She describes herself as 'technically female' at one point when considering the values she should have but doesn't. Ariel also tries to nudge her to behaving more like an actual girl, but Shiraori just doesn't seem to actually care.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Shiraori is currently orchestrating a large destructive war between the humans and demons, but it's arguably what's best for them in the long run. She also has a tendency to eat anything or anyone that attacks her, but this seems to be because she has some kind of moral aversion to wasting food and has no perception that cannibalism is wrong. She's perfectly willing to cause a massacre if someone attacks her, but also just as happy to sit around a town healing the sick and injured while killing bandits. Overall she's probably more on the evil side given her selfishness, but with strong indications that under other conditions she could be a good person.
  • Anti-Villain: Her plan to save the world is immensely destructive for the actual people of the world and she isn't terribly concerned if the survivors can recover or not. However, many of these people could suffer a Fate Worse than Death in the time it takes for things to work out normally. The normal plan would also sacrifice the souls of two deities who have done everything they possibly can to save the lives of an ungrateful population who is willing to throw their benefactors under the bus to save themselves. Also, while she's merciless, callous, vindictive and petty, she's also kind, compassionate, loyal and goes out of her way to protect people that are in any way related to her, such as Felmina or the reincarnators.
  • Asexual: Shiraori is largely indifferent to the idea of romance. When the subject comes up, most characters seem to assume she's more interested in food than sex.
  • Aura Vision: Shiraori is a god and therefore outside the System and unable to use Appraisal, but she can still get a rough idea of how powerful someone's soul is just by looking them. This roughly correlates with strength, though a powerful soul can still have no combat ability (Dustin, presumably) and a weak soul can still be very powerful, such as a Queen Taratect.
  • Beneath the Mask: The usually stoic or cheerful Shiraori has a depressed, resigned side that she keeps suppressed unless she has nothing to distract her. Of course, she was also experiencing a truly nasty hangover at the same time.
  • Big Eater: Shiraori can be tricked into doing something with candy and at one point fainted on learning somebody had eaten her specially-ordered fruit. She also eats enough for twenty people so that she can provide fuel for her clones. She could let them hunt on their own, but it would damage local ecosystems to allow them to hunt to their hearts' content. They might also blow their cover.
  • Blue and Orange Morality
    • She often thinks to herself that she's giving Wrath and Sophia the information they need to make an informed decision and will respect whatever choice they make. At the same time, if they choose to stand against her she'll kill them immediately. She sees no contradiction in saying that she's offering someone a choice and then deciding to kill them if they answer in a way she doesn't like. Though to be fair, she doesn't demand that they support her, either, giving the option to stay neutral if they please with no consequences. More than anything she values the ability to make your own informed decisions.
    • When Wrath is questioning her about Sophia's behavior, Shiraori's explanation about the differing morals between races is short but meaningful, even if it turns out she's talking about her lunch.
      Shiraori: A human cannot understand a spider’s feelings. A spider cannot understand a frog’s feelings.
    • At one point after the elves are eliminated, she gets upset because she knows and understands that what she does upsets some people, in this case having caused Sue to have a breakdown and practically breaking Shun's heart by killing his brother, but can't predict what will hurt them because she doesn't understand how humans think well enough. She just thought she was being efficient.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When seeing what amounts to a recording of herself when drunk her first thought is 'Wow, if I work hard maybe I can actually speak that well sober!' And then she acknowledges that the fact that she is the world's most terrifying drunk is probably more important.
  • The Cracker: Shiraori figured out how to hack the Skill system, namely by physically jamming her arm into the Goddess, its CPU, and modifying the flow of energy. She's been using this to steal Ruler authorities and prevent Oka-chan's death.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Shiraori is incredibly paranoid and makes plans for every foreseeable problem or enemy in her way. While much weaker and less experienced than Gyurie, she thinks that even without having full understanding or mastery of her abilities she'd still be able to have about a 20% chance of taking him in a fight, a number that would only go up as time continues.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She can still assume the form of an arachne, but she only uses this form for combat or when she's stretching in the morning. More legs = more stretching!
  • Dark Is Evil: Her natural aptitudes are death and decay with some aptitude for heresy magic, meaning she's naturally inclined towards darkness, death and Mind Rape. That being said, it is played with in a way: These affinities are inherited from D while she believes her only natural talent is space magic.
  • Deadly Gaze: She can disintegrate people by looking at them. There are also other combat options but they're more indirect.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's extremely brilliant and has great mastery of very difficult magic despite only being about fifteen years old, but she's also the kind of person that can accidentally set themselves on fire, nearly drown themselves and completely blow her secret identity without realizing it just because she can't resist the urge to doodle in the margins of a book she wrote.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul":
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Ariel is the strongest being within the System by far, but Shiraori is an actual goddess who is the one that's really planning things out.
  • Drunk on Milk: Shiraori may get smashed by chugging alcohol but just a few swigs of coffee is enough to completely incapacitate her and a clone that tries to intervene. Sophia notes it's reasonable given spiders naturally get drunk off caffeine. Oddly this only applies to caffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated coffee, caffeinated tea, and all of the coffee's individual components are completely safe. Only coffee itself has this effect to Shiraori's bewilderment.
  • Emotionless Girl: While the reader always knows what she's thinking and that she's actually a massive dorky idiot, the other characters can't read her mind and thus don't know what she's thinking at all: Her expression never changes and she almost never speaks. Wrath, Dustin and others find her kind of creepy as a result and tend to massively overestimate her. The only ones who really understand her at all are D and to a lesser extent Ariel.
  • Evil Albino: Pure white from head to foot apart from her creepy red eyes and plotting some genocide.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She'll eat pretty much anything that can be loosely considered edible. At one point she brings out something from a pocket dimension that has Ariel horrified to the point she refuses to even look.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Shiraori usually keeps her eyes shut as even she's disturbed by the fact that each one contains multiple smaller eyes. Because she's clairvoyant, she can just use that ability to see through her own eyelids.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Shiraori's eyes each have four irises and pupils which move around independently. It's super creepy, so she always keeps them closed unless she wants to terrify someone.
  • Fatal Flaw: While careless and cocky, the flaw that drags her down the most is most likely her poor social skills. She can't explain herself to anyone and she finds it incredibly difficult to actually understand what people are thinking.
  • Fragile Speedster: For a god, Shiraori is pathetically weak when it comes to raw abilities and mostly gets by on weird abilities and planning way ahead for any problem she can think of. However, once she gains some distance from Gyurie, he becomes completely incapable of catching up to her with her even gaining a slight lead over time. He eventually tries to portal in front of her, only to meet Tele-Frag when she interferes with his teleport spell.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She absolutely doesn't look the part due to her lack of emoting, but she loves alcohol and getting drunk. Unfortunately, she's a pretty nasty drunk.
  • Hates Being Touched: She basically can't stand physical contact and flat out faints when a drunk paws her over her clothes. She threatens to destroy the world if Ariel tells anyone about this weakness.
  • The Hermit: As Ariel puts it, she's a natural loner. She'd like nothing better than to go off by herself with no one to bother her. Anything that needs doing she can do by herself, so she has no real need to open up to people.
  • Heroic Neutral: She's only really doing anything at first because she has no other choice thanks to D forcing her to resolve this planet's situation before she can permanently return to Earth or benefit from D's patronage. If she was left to her own devices she would just wander off somewhere and probably avoid bothering or even meeting anyone else. Of course, the heroism itself is questionable given her lack of qualms about sentencing thousands or even millions of strangers to death.
  • Hidden Buxom: Shiraori is described as looking slender when clothed. Ariel was not happy about it.
  • Hidden Depths
    • While both her good and bad sides are very obvious to everyone around her, there's something about Shiraori most people never consider: She actually responds really well to being treated like a misbehaving child. Which she basically is, even if she doesn't look it. When people confront her directly about her wrongdoings, she'll at least try to shape up and behave appropriately.
      • When she's apparently lounging around doing Balto's estate doing nothing but eating him out of house and home, his younger brother Blow cuts down her excessive food supply to something far more reasonable. Realizing how she looks from his perspective, she reluctantly musters her courage and shows that she's actually pulling her weight and is basically entitled to that much food, though she doesn't say why she needs it.
      • Sophia is too scared of Shiraori to even mention what a bad drunk she is, so she has to put up with being abused and snacked on by her foster mom whenever she pulls out the alcohol. However, the first time Wrath sees this, he confronts her the next morning. Shiraori had no clue she was a bad drunk and immediately stops drinking. Except that one that Ariel offered her booze without thinking. Sophia is stunned to see her actually apologize.
    • She's fond of making clothing with her threads and really good at it as well. She likes to give them away as presents to her 'friends,' though she doesn't think of them in those terms due to her emotional immaturity.
    • People are very surprised to learn how much Shiraori loves to drink and doubly surprised by the things she says when smashed.
  • Hikikomori: She's close to one. While she can't just hole up and never speak to anyone, it's clear that she would very much like to do just that. She's almost completely nonfunctional in social situations.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Shiraori is really terrible at reading people, though rarely to her detriment. She doesn't realize that Ronant withdraws against Shun because he doesn't want to kill his one time apprentice's little brother or that Oka-san is not nearly as mentally resilient as Shiraori believes. She also reads Ariel pretty superficially, seemingly failing to notice that she's still pretty vicious and is seemingly blind to how much of a problem Sophia is, nor does she realize that Sophia is mostly envious of people who she considers competition for Shiraori's attention.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: She lost many abilities when becoming a god because the System no longer supported her magic. She has to slowly relearn how to use several of her Evil Eye abilities and can't regain some powers at all because they aren't 'real' magic or because she's just crappy with that kind of magic now, such as being unable to use ice magic as anything more than a Mundane Utility. In the light novel, she even had to relearn how to shoot webs, only managing when she desperately tried to save Sophia from falling down a cliff.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Shiraori has some level of control over people's emotions just by looking at them. While she primarily uses these to cause fear, she also demonstrates the ability to take away someone's abject horror, calm them down and put them to sleep.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: While sick from drinking coffee Shiraori dwells on how she can never escape from "D". The goddess has controlled her since before she was born from what was basically a joke to escape work and learning that all her memories from Earth are fake made her ever more aware that she can never be truly free. She even admits that her usual happy personality and quirks are a form of escapism to avoid thinking about this.
  • Instant Expert: According to D's explanation on how magic works in and outside the System, proper magic takes ten distinct steps that the System takes care of for people inside it. Normal mages like Ronant don't even realize that most of the work is being done for them. However, Shiraori learned how to use real magic without using the System and once outside it has already combined or shortened multiple steps, indicating a level of mastery that even gods would find surprising.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Several characters refer to her as 'that' or something similar, including Gyurie and Meido. Even Wrath's attitude is similar. Very few people make any effort to see her as an individual with emotions, flaws or even basic personality quirks beyond the obvious.
  • Lack of Empathy: Shiraori has great difficulty understanding the emotional problems of others and tends to misjudge and occasionally mistreat them as a result. It's not that she's trying to be cruel, it's that she doesn't know how people will react to the things she does.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Shiraori's greatest flaw is her lack of ability to get along with others in any kind of meaningful way. She can make some use of allies or use people as tools, but has only two people who are anything like confidants and she, like everyone else, hates one of them. She actually does recognize this as something of a problem, but would still be entirely content to be off by herself for all of eternity with no one to bother her.
  • Loners Will Stay Alone: Shiraori was basically built to not fit in both by D basically designing her to be a hikikomori and some faint traces of the memory of having been a spider hated by everyone in the classroom. As a result she finds it nearly impossible to speak to almost everyone, which keeps her from developing social skills, which keeps her even more isolated.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Invoked but averted. She is perceived as a genius manipulator and mastermind because she has a lot of power and doesn't show her emotions, but it's made obvious that she's basically winging it half the time and is incredibly careless. Ariel indicates as much to Dustin but he flat out doesn't believe her. She also tries to explain it to Wrath and Sophia when Shiraori freezes up in the middle of a conversation because she doesn't know how to open up to the pair of them.
  • The Man Behind the Man
    • She helped influence Yuugo into driving out Shun and starting a war with the elves. The story makes it clear, though, that most of his worse actions are entirely on him or, oddly enough, Sue. Her own actions amounted to only assassinating Potimas' potential clones because she couldn't think of a practical way to save them and then framing Shun for it so he'd be kept out of danger.
    • While she's Ariel's lieutenant on paper, in practice Ariel could be considered either her partner or even her subordinate.
  • Maternally Challenged: Played for laughs. Shiraori is the closest Sophia has to a mother figure and tends to worry about her wellbeing, but she's so completely unequipped to handle her that she just tends to punt her into walls or nearly snap her in half on the inevitable occasions when Sophia does something stupid or horrible. However, it's not entirely fun and broken spines: Sophia tends to act out not just because she's kind of evil but also because she feels Shiraori doesn't care about her.
  • Meaningful Name: Shiraori's name means white fold (folding something to cover other). She looks like "D" with traces of Ariel except completely white.
  • Moral Myopia: While she can display kindness and other virtues towards others, these tend to only be people who can be considered part of 'her' group. When it comes to hurting people outside her associates she's completely apathetic about it. She also has a tendency to hold those like Yuugo or Sophia to higher standards than herself, though she does recognize her own hypocrisy.
  • Mundane Utility: She uses her godly thread abilities to make books so she doesn't have to talk to people at length. She can also make shaved ice if she wants with what little affinity she has for ice magic!
  • Never My Fault: Her inner monologue has a habit of completely evading all the negative outcomes of her actions, such as when she agrees that Shun had a right to revenge on Yuugo for destroying his home and family while pretending she had nothing to do with it.
  • The Nicknamer: It's easier to count who Shiraori refers to by name - the reincarnators in Shun's Party, Argnar, Blow, Balto, Felmina and Potimas. For a few of these, such as Potimas, she only uses their names because she can't think of a decent nickname and gives up.
  • Noble Demon: Shiraori identifies as the Big Bad of the story and hates to be seen helping people, but as Ariel points out she's actually rather kind and will go well out of her way to take care of people so long as they haven't tried to hurt her.
  • No Cure for Evil: Averted. Despite her other abilities, she can also use treatment magic better than any mortal magic user. Which may itself be a nod to her not being totally evil.
  • The Non Descript: Shiraori's camouflage spell makes any stranger who looks at her only able to notice that she's "white". It doesn't work on anyone who already knew Wakaba Hiiro, causing Dustin brief confusion when Kusama refers to her as beautiful and mild dread when he realizes he couldn't see through her illusion or even notice that it was there. It will also be broken if she meets someone observant regularly while using it, which is a flaw she intends to fix because she hates people looking at her.
  • No Social Skills: Shiraori is near-mute and uses camouflage magic to avoid attention because she has no idea how to handle people. Despite having enough power to level a town, her reaction to a drunkard copping a feel was to faint and later huddle in a corner. Later, when trying to comfort Oka-san, she just repeats that as far as she knew she was doing the best thing, probably was doing the best thing and saved as many people as could be saved. She fails to understand why this isn't good enough for her teacher because Shiraori doesn't understand her in the first place.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Shiraori herself actually cares very little for the future of the planet. Yeah, her plan will kill a lot of people in the near future to save even more in the long run as well as save the goddess but she only agreed to do something because D basically blackmailed her into it. Later, she comes to want to do it as well because her grandmother is willing to destroy her own soul to save Sariel's. Shiraori herself loathes Sariel, but respects Ariel's wish and earnestly wants to help her fulfill it.
  • Obliviously Evil: Despite identifying as the villain of the story, she seems to view herself as just being pragmatic rather than evil. The only thing she thinks about is the efficiency of her methods and whether someone lives or dies. For example, Julius dying meant a lot of other people wouldn't have to (plus some side benefits) so he had to go. The fact that Shun would be devastated by this never occurred to her. This is one of the few things that can actually make her feel guilty, as shown when she reunites Sue and Shun only for Sue to completely lose it and attack her brother. Shiraori thought she had provided a way for Sue to get through everything without feeling bad, but unfortunately Sue actually does accept responsibility for her actions and has a breakdown as a result.
  • Oblivious to Love: Shiraori doesn't realize that Blow, who she thinks hates her, is actually crushing on her, though the author notes it may just be the suspension bridge effect: He did see her teleport in, rip a dude's heart out and then teleport away again.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She's almost never called Shiraori, instead preferring to be referred to as Shiro. Since only the main characters can speak Japanese there's no real way for anyone else to realize they're really just calling her Whitey.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business
    • When Shiraori finally learns what she does when drunk and apologizes to Sophia, Sophia's reaction is to freak out thinking that Shiraori is sick. Shiraori thinks that's rather rude. The actual joke is when Wrath tells Sophia that Shiraori would obviously apologize for eating people while unconscious, Shiraori tells him that she totally does that even when sober.
    • Not seen by other characters is when Shiraori learns about Sariel interfering with Julius's death. She opens her eyes and nearly shouts Sariel down, speaking aloud more on her own than she has in the entire story. It really drives home just how much this disrupts things and how much Shiraori despises her.
    • While explaining the truth of the world to Wrath and Sophia, Shiraori actually opens her eyes and clearly explains what's happening.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Ariel and Shiraori both choose to not actively participate in the war, only intervening when necessary. Many of the Demon generals are unhappy with both of them, Ariel for her apparent disinterest and Shiraori for not using her overwhelming power early on.
  • Parental Substitute: Played for Laughs with Shiraori acting like a mother worrying about her daughter (in this case Sophia) acting rebellious, saying that it must have been bad influences in the academy.
  • The Pawn: Beneath her goofy and stoic facades is a deep depression because of what she learned when she reached apotheosis. Namely, she's not Wakaba Hiiro and was never even human. She's just a random spider who got fried along with all the students while the real Wakaba Hiiro (better known as D) thought it would be hilarious to make a spider believe that she was a human girl and have her die to confuse her boss as to where she, D, actually was. Surpassing D's expectations and surviving hasn't freed her either but instead caused D to consider her 'interesting,' which is a terrible fate.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Shiraori is initially considered a leech by Blow as he's unaware of her clones; all he knows is that she's lounging around his brother's mansion, eating their food, and sleeping late. She very unwillingly forces herself to go meet with him and hand over intelligence reports after that, cementing herself as an intelligence expert who actually is working hard.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes are bright red and have multiple pupils, which she acknowledges as creepy. She keeps them shut at all times as a result unless she needs to emphasize a point or terrify someone.
  • Red Right Hand: She keeps her eyes closed because her eyes look terrifying. At best, people tend to grimace when they see that she actually has eight eyes where only two are supposed to be. She thinks it's creepy as well. Of course, it doesn't help that she uses them to cast magic on people to make them even more scared.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: She can fight far above her weight class due to her great combat experience and tricky abilities, but this has come as a direct result of sacrificing the development of her already crude social skills. She's brilliant, but has the emotional range and reactions of a child.
  • Sad Clown: Shiraori has a very funny internal monologue and if someone can actually get her speaking, they tend to find her quite charming unless she's drunk. However, when suffering from a vicious hangover thanks to drinking coffee she has nothing to do but think about how she's little more than a toy and will never know true freedom. Later she gets depressed at D stacking the deck against her while she can do nothing to fight back due to her abysmal social skills caused, naturally, by D screwing with her personality and memories in ways that leave her nearly silent among all but the closest of companions.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied, but downplayed. Her other emotional disorders are on clear display, but she only tends to show her trauma at growing up in the Great Elro Labyrinth when she's completely drunk.
  • Sloth
    • Perhaps even more of a fatal flaw for Shiraori than her pride is her abject refusal to truly confront her weaknesses, because that would require a lot of work. When it's a matter of life and death she can do it, but when it comes to something like basic communication skills she'll shove the work off onto anyone she can. When it's Wrath, it generally works okay, but she ends up alienating the reincarnators and most likely Shun by instead having Sophia speak for her at one point and then not bothering to stop her, correct her or even soften up her language until she's forced to correct Sophia's misstatement about the ability to go home.
    • On a more comical note, she likes giving out clothing as gifts but can't be assed to actually dye it, meaning everything she makes is pure white.
  • Spider People: Though she almost never uses it, her original form is that of an arachne: Her upper body is a beautiful woman but the bottom half is a spider. Both top and bottom have their own head and she can produce silk from anywhere on her body, though it's easiest to make it from her spinnerets. She only seems to revert to her original form in order to stretch in the morning and to take advantage of her spider sickle arms when fighting Gyurie.
  • Stepford Smiler: She's implied to be a lot less easy going and cheerful than her usual inner monologue and behavior would suggest. When drunk, she talks about the trauma of the Elro Labyrinth and how she was constantly afraid for her life, even if it's played for laughs. She has panic attacks frequently when trying to get anything done, she has a fit of depression after realizing the emotional damage she caused Shun's group and, most obviously, when she collapses after drinking coffee she sits moping in the darkness about her lack of any concrete identity and how she's ultimately nothing more than a joke a bored god played to try to get out of work. However, she lacks anything resembling a peer, so nobody notices. In fact, a lot of people don't even notice the 'smiler' part to begin with.
  • The Stoic: She looks completely stoic to everyone around her, which is in large part due to being unable to see her eyes. However, her inner monologue makes it clear that she's often very laidback or panicking.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Most people can't see past her lack of expression and poor ability to emote, but Shun is startled at one point to realize she's actually quite kind in her own way.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: While Shun is definitely the hero and Shiraori is arguably the villain, the story is told almost entirely from the latter's point of view. While it's very easy to empathize with Shiraori and like her, it also becomes clearer over time that she's probably not right. While she's arguably doing what's best for the world so far as she can tell what to do, she's only doing it because one of the few people she actually cares about is invested in the plan. Shiraori herself has very little concern for the world and makes it clear she has no intention of sticking around to clean up after the mess she plans to make or limit what casualties she can. While she hasn't had many significant choices in her life, this is one she was given and she's probably not using it as best she can.
  • That Man Is Dead: She doesn't want to be called Wakaba Hiiro, but it's a subversion since she actually isn't Wakaba, never was, and hates the real person.
  • Trauma Button: Shiraori wants nothing to do with those damn revenge monkeys anymore even though they cannot possibly be of any threat to her.
  • Truly Single Parent: Shiraori can cut off pieces of her body and form them into clones, which are generally about the size of tarantulas but can be as small as a fingernail. They're very stealthy and are generally used for information gathering, exploration, new technique development and fulfilling simple instructions. They can be made semi autonomous if necessary.
  • Tsundere: Ariel told a toddler Sophia that this is what Shiraori actually is, always wanting to help others but asking to be compensated so that her kind actions have a plausible excuse. She is, at least, very reluctant to not help certain people even as she insists they mean nothing to her, such as Sophia or Ronant.
  • Tyke Bomb: Thanks to her upbringing, she has no true identity of her own, no friends, no family, an obsessive need to be strong enough to not have to rely on anyone else or fear what anyone could do to her and no true peers. As the only person she can speak to normally puts it, she may look like a teenager but Shiraori is just a child who is completely unable to handle concepts like 'friends.'
  • The Unchosen One: Shiraori was never meant for great things but her determination to survive and grow strong resulted in her eventually stumbling into power and developing her plan to save the world. She didn't even want to do that much but had to be offered rewards.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Inverted at one crucial point. She rates Gyurie as being much stronger than he actually is because she hasn't accounted for his lack of combat experience, inability to receive any kind of training from elder dragons, her own genius and, most importantly, that he has much less energy stockpiled than she thinks. As a result this makes the fight even worse for him because she's absolutely completely serious about it due to not recognizing that she's the stronger party, therefore leaving no exploitable gaps.
  • The Unfettered: While she tries to behave as morally as possible in pursuit of her goals, when push comes to shove she'll do whatever she has to, up to an including murdering her friends, allies and even Oka-chan. Or at least plans to if put to the test. She is honest about this, however, so it's usually not too much of an issue. Usually.
  • Unreliable Narrator: She has a habit of stating her guesses as fact and is implied to misrepresent her emotions, though this is in part due to a lack of understanding of them.
  • Vampiric Draining: Shiro developed a massive attack using this ability as a counter for a potential battle with Gyurie. She ends up having to use it against Potimas's robots instead. Fortunately, Gyurie doesn't have time to come up with a counter before attacking her because he apparently assumed he wouldn't need one.
  • Villain Protagonist: Played with. Shiraori is the antagonist of Shun's story, can be brutal, pragmatic and has no understanding of the concept of mercy, but she's kind, caring and even altruistic in some ways. Plus, while her plan to save the world will cause massive casualties both immediately and when the plan is finished, is perhaps less dangerous in the long run than the other workable plan.
  • Villain Teleportation: Shiraori's one true native talent not derived from D or anyone else is an outstanding mastery of space and dimension based magic. It makes her extremely difficult to deal with. Or at least it would if there were anyone hostile at her own level. The sheer terrifying nature is emphasized with Blow. As a sympathetic enemy pleads with Blow, Shiraori teleports in out of nowhere, rips out his heart and then immediately vanishes. Within about three seconds she's made it clear that she can kill anyone, anywhere with no warning. Much to her relief, she already has more ability when it comes to Space Magic than Gyurie, meaning she has good control of the battlefield when it comes time to fight him.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Her original form is that of a giant spider with a human torso sticking out of the head, but she almost always walks around as a pure white human woman. Most likely she cannot transform into any other shape.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her true identity is not clear for most of the story with only occasional mentions as an observer. She's portrayed as much less important than Ariel until we find out she's Kumoko and, if anything, Ariel's boss.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Relatively speaking. For a god, in terms of pure power she's at rock bottom. However, her experiences growing up taught her the value of having a wide range of abilities. She's quite confused when she finds herself manhandling Gyurie, who saw it coming: It was one of the reasons he was hesitant to pick a fight with her.
  • Weaksauce Weakness
    • Shiraori is so bad with men that a completely normal drunk touching her breasts above her clothing causes her to faint. After she wakes up the guy feels really bad because he was just fooling around and didn't actually mean to cause any trouble. She threatens to destroy the world if Ariel ever tells anyone.
    • At the start it was thought that Shiraori, being a spider, was weak to caffeine but it was actually caffeinated coffee. She even experimented to see if it was one of the component but she could digest them with no problem. She doesn't even know why!
  • Wild Card: She's as likely to cause great help as great harm, though her goals are detrimental for the (immediate) future of the world. Shun is started to see her kindness in help Oka-chan after he had been building up a serious grudge against her for killing his hero, Julius.
  • Woman in White: Post apotheosis, Shiraori has white hair, pure white skin and dresses in white clothing she made herself and didn't bother to dye. She looks beautiful, but also slightly unnerving. It leaves such a strong impression that she's able to set up a magical 'don't notice me!' spell by making people who don't know her only capable of recognizing her as being white.
  • Younger Than They Look: Shiraori may look like a teenager (16-17 years old) but by the time she first met with a baby Sophia she is more or less only 2 years old. And as Ariel points out, this is a genuine problem: She's basically a child, only she had no actual childhood, so she has no idea to treat other people and when told that Wrath and Sophia are her friends she has a mild panic attack because she's never had a friend before.


    Sophia Keren
"Eh? Huh?"
"That’s right. Oh, and don’t speak any further okay? I have no desire to listen to your opinion after all. Even if you have something you want to say I have no intention of listening. If you want me to listen even still then go ahead and use force to silence me and make me listen. I bet you can’t though."

Sophia does not hold an official command position among the demon army, instead working as Shiraori's aid. She is actually a vampire, not a demon, and holds immense and versatile power. Her true name is Negishi Shouko, but for personal reasons she has abandoned this name and refuses to use it anymore.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The light novel cuts down a lot on her murder happy side and cruelty. For example, in the web novel she attempted to murder Anna because she wasn't specifically told not to touch her while in the light novel the entire scene goes by with her basically just teasing Shun's party while they ineffectually try to attack her.
  • Big Eater: Averted, unlike everyone else with the Overeating skill. Shiraori drags her along on so many restaurant visits that she eventually gains the skill, but much to her distress it does make her look fat. She apparently goes on a diet afterward until she returns to normal.
  • Blood Knight: Vampires crave combat, which causes increasing stress for her at the academy because there's no one at her level to let her blow off steam. Her classmates and teachers are pathetically weak compared to her while Shiraori and Ariel are so much stronger that she can't have an exciting fight, only one sided stomps in one direction or the other. She gets pissed when an equal opponent shows up in the form of Wrath, only for Gyurie to interrupt just as it was getting good.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Sophia develops into viewing humans as a good source of food thanks to becoming a vampire and being forced to drink blood to survive once. Even though she and others acknowledge this shift is entirely natural for a vampire it's still something they want to curtail.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Shiraori makes the mistake of asking Sophia to explain something to the reincarnators, the latter agrees and seemingly goes out of her way to be as dickish (but honest) about it as she possibly can, including referring to the former captives as prisoners of war, that they're useless and telling them the demons and their allies owe them nothing and are doing them a huge favor just explaining as much as they are. This is entirely true, but way more aggressive in tone than what Shiraori wanted to get across, which was more along the lines of 'we saved you, we don't need you so you can stay with us or leave as you please and here's the basic situation and why we saved you to begin with.'
  • Butt-Monkey: Sophia has to deal with a lot of pain, trauma, and humiliation whenever Shiraori is around.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Though is not clear if it is because of her Envy skill or if she wants Shiraori to acknowledge her as a companion like she does (in her eyes) for everyone else.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: There's some comedy when she arrives at the demon territory and is enrolled in the academy because she still considers herself an untalented, worthless loser who is terrified of not measuring up to the people around her, but is completely oblivious to the fact that even as a five year old she's already probably stronger than the teachers.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Sophia chooses to be known as Sophia Keren because, as Wrath realizes, she hated herself in Japan and wants to act like that person never existed.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She appears much earlier in the light novel as a co-conspirator with Yuugo taking down the king and driving out Shun. It's clear that she doesn't answer to him, that she's a jerk and she answers to someone she calls Master, but not much else.
  • Freudian Excuse: She's an unpleasant person, but deep down she's mostly just insecure and has had only well meaning but incompetent caretakers. She compensates for her low self esteem by being unpleasant while Merazofis and especially Shiraori aren't capable of supporting her and guiding her in a better direction: Merazofis is too blinded by loyalty while Shiraori is a laundry list of personality problems and mental illnesses.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sophia in her previous life was envious of other girls for their good looks and popularity, especially Wakaba Hiiro. In her new life she becomes envious of anyone stronger than her, Shiraori especially, resulting in her gaining the Jealousy skill which eventually levels into the Envy Ruler skill.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Sophia thinks of Ariel as a kind and nurturing person who can be depended on for support. Wrath, Dustin and Shiraori take one good look at her and see that she's a festering pile of hatred and grudges beneath the surface, even if her motives are arguably benign.
  • An Ice Person: Her strongest attributes are ice and water, which she considers weird because she's a terrible swimmer.
  • Jerkass: Sophia is rather thoroughly unpleasant to almost everybody. She calls Wrath Kyouya to harass him, competes with Felmina when she even remembers she exists, views most people as food and gets intensely jealous of anyone that Shiro seemingly favors. About the only one she consistently treats well is Merazofis. She has a particular dislike for the other reincarnators.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: When she had first reincarnated, Sophia was a basically normal girl, though she had some major self loathing issues. After awakening as a vampire she grows increasingly callous and self centered with only fragments of the girl she once was remaining. How much of this is strictly due to vampirism rather than it just being the trigger is vague, perhaps intentionally.
  • Monster Progenitor: Sophia is a True Ancestor Vampire, which leaves her immune to a vampire's normal weaknesses and gives other special bonuses. Normal vampires are mindlessly violent, but neither she nor her spawn do share this weakness. While she hasn't done so yet, she also has the skill Kin Domination, meaning she could order them like slaves if she chose.
  • Never My Fault: While her transformation into a vampire does have clear effects on her personality, it's also clear that she's running away from taking responsibility for her actions by blaming her poor behavior on her new state of being.
  • No-Sell: She's essentially immune to magic thanks to her Divine Dragon Scales skill.
  • No Social Skills: She's more functional than Shiraori, but it's still very clear that she has no idea how to interact with anyone on an equal basis and tends to constantly make a fool of herself as a result.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Sophia is implied to not be on Shiraori's side because she thinks it's best for the planet, but because she can't stand anyone else being close to Shiraori in a way she isn't.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Pretty standard for a vampire. She's probably the evilest of the reincarnators as well after having lived as a vampire for awhile, though passive enough to not cause much damage.
  • That Man Is Dead: Shouko was an unattractive, ill-tempered child with no friends who hated her life in Japan. After being reborn as the beautiful vampire Sophia she refuses to use her old name when talking with other reincarnated people.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Sophia advocates that claiming that clinging to human morality would be unnatural. She's not entirely wrong, but it's also clearly an excuse to avoid taking responsibility for her actions. And she knows it too.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Sophia often doesn't understand her own feelings and frequently lies about them when she does. She also doesn't bother to mention things that aren't important to her. However, it's much easier to figure out what she's really thinking than with Kumoko.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Despite being one of the most powerful characters in the story, Sophia gets abused and harassed constantly for laughs. After all, she's dim, rude, selfish, aggressive, envious and all around unpleasant, so when Shiraori constantly treats her like crap it rolls back around to make her oddly endearing.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Played with. Sophia is indicated to be one of the most attractive of the reincarnators and builds herself a harem using her vampire charm abilities. She feeds off her harem and then the two of them have sex, or it least the story strongly implies as much. However, she's terrible at interacting with non thralls and her propositioning of Kyouya is incredibly awkward because she has no control over him and he's one of the people she views as being relatively equal to herself.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A not unsubstantial part of Sophia's dissatisfaction and unhappiness with her current life stems from Shiraori not seeming to care very much about her in any way she can appreciate.


Wrath is the commander of the eighth demon army and notoriously brutal. He's noted to have a problematic personality and morale among his army is particularly low, but because of his great power none dares to question him.

  • Atrocious Alias: Sophia lights into Wrath on his name choice, saying it's the sort of name a chuunibyou would choose and then apologizing if he is one. Wrath admits to himself it was a pretty juvenile choice, but in his defense he was mentally exhausted and didn't know he'd run into another student.
  • The Berserker: He's the Ruler of Wrath and capable of completely losing it at any time. Even without the Wrath skill active he seems to have lost his self awareness until Gyurie beats him unconscious. Shiraori orders him to acquire Heresy Nullity to help counter this issue. As shown by her own use of the weaker Anger skill, however, it's only a partial countermeasure.
  • Berserk Button: Contrary to his name, he's usually the calm voice of reason on the demon side; however, anything to do with abusing mind-control can make him lose his cool on account of the horrible things it was used to do with him. He becomes utterly furious with Sophia when he learns she's been abusing it, and kills Yuugo in defiance of Shiro's orders to prevent her from continuing to use him as a puppet.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He never fit in when he was a Japanese citizen. He would do what people say is "good, just, and noble" and then get yelled at for it, leaving him confused and angry. Being reincarnated as a goblin was the first time he found genuine happiness in his life, as he equates his life to the time humans used to run in safaris hunting saber-toothed tigers. Life was hard, and the rules strict, but life was also simple, and the rules fair. Nobody ever yelled at him for offering a helping hand, or doing what was asked of him. Then Buirims came along...
  • The Brute: Wrath commands the eight army of the demon nation and is notoriously brutal to both enemy and ally alike. He has his reasons for things like threatening to murder all his soldiers if they get in the way or deliberately causing the highest amount of casualties possible, but good luck explaining to someone why they're better off dead.
  • Death Seeker: When Wrath developed Parallel Will his conscious mind had no control over his body's rampage and he began thinking death would be preferable to watching his body slaughter innocents. However, he's ashamed to realize that he still didn't want to actually die. It's implied that he intends to die after Shiraori's plan is completed.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Wrath does not wish to be called Kyouya or Razraz because he feels he's lost the right to use either name because of his heinous actions. Sophia does so anyway specifically to annoy him.
  • Doomed Home Town: His entire village was wiped out by Buirims and the human subjugation unit: Goblins may have a simple, noble lifestyle, but they're aggressive towards human and therefore considered monsters to be exterminated without a second thought.
  • Evil Former Friend: Wrath is one of the Demon Generals and also one of Shun's friends before they reincarnated. After a horrific backstory he jumps on board with Shiraori's plan in an attempt to justify his actions when he was out of control due to the Wrath skill. Having chosen to side with her, he seems to be sticking with her plan even though it's very destructive out of a Sunk Cost Fallacy.
  • General Ripper: Wrath behaves like this while leading his army due to a mixture of factors. He lacks the ability to command effectively so he forces the armies into close combat so orders don't matter; he can't allow either army to retreat so he planted mines behind the demons and destroyed the human fort; and he can't simply wipe out the humans so he limits his attacks.
  • Master Swordsman: On top of his sheer brute abilities he also has the apparently highest ranking sword skill there is after imitating Reigar's movements in the depths of his madness.
  • Meaningful Rename: After succumbing to his rage and slaughtering an entire village, Kyouya feels his anger has destroyed his connection to the proud and spiritual goblins. He evolves into an Ogre and renames himself "Wrath".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He looks like a normal human apart from his horns and red eyes. However, as an oni with the Wrath skill, he's incredibly dangerous.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Wrath is another one who was basically forced into his current situation by forces outside his control. While his relaxed view of killing is understandable, probably unavoidable and possibly even right, it doesn't change the fact that he's willing subordinated himself to Shiraori's plan because of a Sunk Cost Fallacy despite the high potential body count. However, since his backstory is so terrible and his motives so genuinely well meaning it keeps him from being a cliche Evil Former Friend.
  • That Man Is Dead: Kyouya was relatively normal and only notable for being hotblooded with a strong sense of justice. He reincarnated as a goblin and took easily and happily to the life, now named Razraz. However, he cast aside both identities and changed his name at a fundamental level to Wrath. While a bit chuuni-ish and embarrassing, he still does not want to be called Kyouya anymore.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Wrath is immensely powerful in terms of raw abilities, but he has relatively few skills. As a result, during his fight with Sophia he was almost entirely on the defensive because she had very high stats as well as the skills to match them.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Wrath was so angry after finally gaining his freedom that he kept killing anything he found, innocent or not. Deep down he knew this was wrong and was disgusted, the resulting anger just feeding the rage that sent him rampaging. Activating the Wrath skill makes this trope near-literal as it puts every one of his stats at the cap, a normally impossible number, and his mind into a berserk rage.


Merazofis is the attendant of Sophia. His goals, motives and origins are a mystery to almost everyone. Balto in particular keeps a close eye on him, but finds him inscrutable. He has ties to the adventurer duo of reincarnators after having destroyed their village, but overlooked the two of them and let them escape. He commands the Fourth Demon Army.

  • Archenemy: The mercenary duo considers him their greatest enemy after he destroyed their village. They detested their family anyway and he clearly spared them, but it was rather traumatizing.
  • Can't Catch Up: Merazofis gets hit with this, wanting to be strong enough to protect Sophia only for her to eventually become stronger than him. Despite this he continues training himself in the same insane manner learned from Shiraori, being so diligent he earns the Patience skill. He's okay with being weaker than her, but not with being so weak he holds her back.
  • Crazy Sane: It's not immediately obvious, but Merazofis has thrown away every scrap of his identity that does not revolve around protecting and nurturing Sophia. He doesn't identify with humanity anymore. He doesn't care about seducing and feeding off of women. He holds no grudge against the church that destroyed his life. He raids human villages. He obsessively trains in order to be of any use to her at all. Dustin finds it both alarming and pitiful.
  • The Determinator: Merazofis is an unexceptional man in all respects except for one: His sheer bloodyminded determination to achieve the goals he sets for himself is so intense that despite being just an average person, he ends up as strong as a low to mid ranked dragon. Every single day of the last ten to fifteen years he has trained to the point of putting his life in danger, welcoming further injuries as simply another chance to train his healing magic.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Played with. He trains even harder than Sophia and for longer each day, but still only has stats that are about a third of hers. However, this still puts him roughly on par with the likes of Alaba, meaning the only people native to this world that could threaten him are Ariel, Ronant and a few of the most powerful monsters.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Merazofis knew from the start that he could never be loved in return by Sophia's mother. In the end he never told her seeing that she was in love and happy with her fiancee.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He loved Sophia's mother, but never told her because he saw she was happy with her eventual husband. While the lady Keren herself never realized, her husband did and trusted Merazofis immensely as a result.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He isn't particularly suited or unsuited for anything he sets his mind to.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He lives for Sophia and has no other important relationships or goals in his life. Dustin thinks he's crazy as a result.
  • The Sleepless: Sleep or Abnormal Condition Nullity theoretically remove the need to ever sleep, but in practical effect everyone with it sleeps anyway. While you won't get sick or die from a lack of sleep if you have the skill, it still causes mental exhaustion to go without. Merazofis, on the other hand, is implied to never sleep anymore. Dustin takes this as evidence that the man is surely insane.
  • Undying Loyalty: Merazofis towards Sophia's mother, Seras. When she died he transferred that loyalty to Sophia.


Balto is an archduke among the demons, meaning he holds the highest status after Ariel herself. He is clearly unhappy in her service as he is a proponent of peace for at least long enough to help the demons recover after the long war and try to increase the birth rate, but because there is no possibility of defeating or stopping her he aids her to minimize the damage. He handles all the government and military functions personally as Ariel is incompetent when it comes to governance, leading Shiraori and Ariel to "worry" about his wellbeing. Do your best, Balto! Don't die, Balto!

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He promises to Sanatoria that he won't tell the Demon Lord she's plotting a coup. Immediately after he goes to Ariel because he knows she knows anyway and begs her not to kill his friend, though he doesn't say what she's doing in order to keep his word.
  • Childhood Friends: He's known Sanatoria since she they were both children. Upon hearing her plotting to attempt to overthrow Ariel he begs her not to eliminate Sanatoria.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He recognizes that Shiro and Kuro are not like the other generals and suspects that they're Rulers, shadowy figures who operate behind the scenes of the world. In truth, both are Administrators AKA gods. Amusingly enough, two of his generals are Rulers: Merazofis is the Ruler of Patience while Wrath is the Ruler of, well, Wrath. Neither they nor Sophia, Ruler of Envy, are anything like what Balto assumes a Ruler should be like. Instead, he thinks they're all like Potimas and Dustin.
  • Forced into Evil: He's terrified of Ariel and Shiraori, but serves as their lieutenant because if he doesn't give them the war they want they're perfectly capable of wiping out the demons all on their own. The moment working with them becomes more dangerous to his people than opposing them, he'll turn against them.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After the previous Demon King died, Balto led the demons during a period of much-needed recovery and rebuilding. He also gracefully steps aside when Ariel takes the King's mantle, as he realizes how pointless for himself and the demons in general trying resist her would be.


Blow is the younger brother of Balto, but has a much more aggressive air than his older brother. He commands the seventh division after proving his competence when cutting a coup attempt off before it could even begin. He is openly hostile to Ariel for her disrespectful attitude, laziness and problem causing behavior. While initially hostile to Shiraori, their relationship improved somewhat due to her intelligence gathering abilities.

He was killed by the hero Julius at the start of the war.

  • Face of a Thug: Blow is described as this and even talks like a delinquent. When Shiraori discovers that he is really competent in his job as a commander (normally involving tons of paper work), she mentally complains that he doesn't follow the stereotype.
    Shiraori: (thinking) You’re a damn hoodlum, what’re you doing desk work for!? The definition of a hoodlum collapses!
  • Hopeless Suitor: After Shiraori rips out a dude's heart in front of him, he's terrified of her, but ends up mistaking this feeling for love. However, she's terrible at dealing with him because of how impatient and aggressive he is. Even Wrath scorns him for not noticing that all he does is annoy and scare her.
  • Posthumous Character: Almost all of his scenes are shown after we know he died in battle against Julius.
  • What Does She See in Him?: His affections for Shiraori baffles his older brother. It doesn't help that neither of them should be able to see that she is, at the very least, incredibly beautiful.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Shiro intended to terrify him into submission by showing how easily she could kill him or anyone else at any time and did indeed frighten him. However, he misinterprets his feelings of fear in front of her as attraction and starts behaving with jealousy towards perceived rivals. While the author chalks this up to the suspension bridge effect, she's notably the last person on his mind when he dies, indicating he really did love her.


Felmina is the former fiancee of Waldo, one of Sophia's thralls at the academy. Seeing the mind control Sophia exerted over the school, the demon nobility and her fiancee in particular, she tried to assassinate her, but failed, causing her exile. Shiraori felt this was a waste and picked her up and trained her as a secretary and lieutenant.

  • The Chew Toy: Just about everything tends to go wrong for her, mostly thanks to Sophia's absentminded destruction of her life and Shiraori's amusement at bullying her. She's more pitiful than the similarly harassed Sophia because she hasn't really done anything to deserve it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She appears in the light novel when driving out Shun and the others from the kingdom alongside Sophia and an unnamed mook ninja, later revealed to be Waldo. Waldo is nearly killed, but Felmina is completely fine.
  • Ninja Maid: Shiraori trained Felmina to be this. She is quite proud that she is stronger than Kusama.
    Shiraori: Muhaha, this girl who I've tempered thoroughly is superior to their ninja-kun.
  • The Nondescript: Despite her implied good looks, she has a tendency to just fade into the background if you don't keep a close eye on her. Shiraori doesn't really get how it works beyond a vague 'well, I guess she doesn't have much presence.'
  • The Ojou: She's a former high ranking noble. She's no longer part of the family but still has the upbringing and education.
  • Unknown Rival: Felmina loathes Sophia for stealing her fiancee, having her exiled and being a threat to the demon race as a whole, but Sophia didn't even notice her even though she actively tried assassinating her rival. When they meet again later Sophia has completely forgotten who she is, causing even Wrath to call her cruel. But it does make sense: Felmina isn't important to Sophia because Waldo wasn't important to Sophia. When she seems like competition for Shiro's attention instead, Sophia takes her much more seriously.

Human side


Suelecia, more commonly known as Sue, is Shun's little sister, born from a different mother at the same time as himself. She is fiercely devoted to him and is quick to threaten violence against any perceived threats or rivals. She is aware that there is something odd about her brother, but has yet to muster the courage to ask him directly about his connection to Katia and the elf Filimes.

  • A-Cup Angst: The author included joke breast rankings with the top and bottom three. The top three are basically jokes like including Mother at the top while at the bottom is the likes of Sue. Her response is just "Ugh."
  • Big Brother Attraction / Big Brother Worship: Sue's love of her brother seems a bit more intense than would be expected between siblings. As a result, she never gains the Chastity skill despite Shiraori's hopes. Instead, she gets Greed.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Sue is brainwashed into killing her own father. It's then revealed that she and most of Shun's allies are under the control of Yuugo. Yuugo himself is being subtly nudged by Shiraori, but in large part his actions are his own doing.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: While her obsession with her brother is at a fever pitch and makes Shiraori dislike having to deal with her given how much she babbles on about him, she does eventually mellow out towards Katia and other rival girls such that there's no indication she'd try to actually kill them. Though she did try during their first meeting.
  • Evil Is Petty: Assisted Yuugo in brainwashing Yuri because Sue didn't like her getting close to her brother.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: She ends up turning away from Shiraori after her brother tells her that while he can never return her romantic love, she'll always be his little sister. But she's still not exactly the nicest person in the world.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Even Shun knows that she's in love with him, but he views her as just his little sister. Even when telling her to give up it's clear that it's not going to be that easy.
  • Not Brainwashed: Sue, Shun's half-sister, is apparently brainwashed by Natsume into betraying her family. When we later see the story from Shiraori's perspective, it turns out Sue actually agreed to this with almost no qualms as soon as Shiraori framed the perspective of a cheesy romance narrative between her and her brother. She was only put under charm near the end when the scales were ramping up and she was needed to assassinate her own father, a point at which she likely would have chickened out. In the light novel, she and Sophia talk about how she was never brainwashed at all, though she might just believe she's still acting of her own free will.
  • Yandere: Sue loves her brother and won't hesitate to kill anyone she perceives as a threat to him. Shun is rather worried about her behavior and Shiraori feels uncomfortable around her. Her yandereness briefly spikes after the mind control on her is broken, but Shun manages to truly mellow her out by making it clear he'll always be her brother, even if he can't return her feelings.


Ronant is the greatest magician of the human race boasting unparalleled knowledge and ability. In recent years he has taken a few disciples after briefly tutoring the hero Julius in his youth, but none of them meet his standards and he isn't a terribly good teacher.

He considers himself to have been conceited in the past due to his satisfaction with being at the top of the food chain when it came to magic. However, after meeting a certain individual he realized how hopelessly mediocre his talents were before true genius.

Obsessed with magic. Best not to make eye contact if he tries to get your attention.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Ronant almost literally worships Kumoko and recognizes her through every stage of evolution up even as a completely human looking goddess, but she just thinks he's a creepy old dude with a magic fetish. Nevertheless, she allows him to stay and observe her even though she completely ignores him. Averted in the manga, where her first thought on seeing him is that he's her type.
  • Always Someone Better: He's a genius when it comes to magic and the strongest mortal mage alive, but then he ran into Kumoko, who is a freak of nature that fascinates even the gods with her growth and talent.
  • The Archmage: Considered to be the strongest human mage alive. People just kind of assume the elves are probably better, but it turns out that they're also basically small fry compared to him and there don't seem to be any demons on par with him either. He can't take pride in this, though, because he knows Kumoko is far far better than he is.
  • Badass Grandpa Ronant is middle-aged at the start of the story and pushing into old age later on in the narrative. He actually becomes more dangerous as the story progresses, managing to destroy a robot with magic, something even Kumoko had trouble with. It's even mentioned by the author that increasing his status so much at his age and level (which is much easier to increase as a child and at low level) just shows how above the norm he is.
  • Boring, but Practical: While most mages who turn the tide of war do so with big flashy explosions, Ronant just maximizes the range and piercing power of low cost low power spells and then uses clairvoyant related abilities to instant and quickly snipe high value targets from afar.
  • Breakout Character: He was originally intended to be a one off character, but both the author and readers liked him a lot. He ended up at not quite the level of a main character, but something like a B lister with a continual presence at every stage of the story.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Considered this within the Empire; he's extremely eccentric and disrespectful, and mostly ignores their obsession with bloodline and nobility, but he gets away with it because he's too powerful for them to do without.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's a misanthropic old guy who only really seems to care about magic and to a lesser extent his apprentices.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite his grumpy attitude and seemingly only caring about magic, he's clearly depressed after Julius' death and can't bring himself to really harm his little brother Shun as a result.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He's considered the strongest living mage, but goes absolutely nuts whenever he sees Kumoko. He begs her to take him as an apprentice, which she finds creepy and understandably hard to deal with.
  • Teleportation: He's the only living human with a decent grasp of space magic. The light novel shows him using it to great effect mid combat to keep out of Shun's range.
  • Tsundere: He berates his apprentices, but cherishes them. He also has a blatant tsundere reaction when Hyrinth teases him about his concern for Julius' safety.


Julius is the third prince of the Analeit kingdom. While politically insignificant, he also happens to be the current hero and is therefore considered the greatest warrior humanity has to offer. He is kind, noble, brave and actually recognizes demons as being fellow people and not a implacable force of destruction. Just as Shun strives to live up to his sister's expectations, so too does Julius work to live up to Shun's.

Unfortunately, he was instantly killed in action at the start of the war by a mysterious white figure.

  • Death by Origin Story: He serves as an example of what a true hero should be for his brother, but is then killed at the start of the story so that Shun can become the hero instead.
  • Memento Macguffin: His most prized possession is a spider silk scarf given to him by his mother just before her death. He never realizes that the spider who made it is the one that traumatized him just a few years later and eventually killed him. Ariel ended up improving it and giving it back to him at one point and it eventually ends up in Shun's hands. He doesn't know she made it either.
  • Nice Guy: He's not very strong, but is a very noble and kind man that serves to inspire Shun. Notably, he bears no hatred for the demons and gives Blow multiple chances to withdraw.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He always has a gentle smile on his face. Kumoko thinks that normally she'd find that super suspicious but in his case it's entirely genuine and works.
  • Trauma Button: After running into the Nightmare of the Labyrinth and nearly getting killed as a result, Julius seems to have developed a paranoia regarding white spiders and becomes the only target that Shiraori cannot properly observe as a result: He keeps killing her clones even though no one else is able to detect them but him.


Dustin is the pope of the Divine World religion. He keeps the human nations focused on the demon threat and stops them from warring amongst themselves as best as he can. He is politically devious and a utilitarian in nature. He is willing to do anything it takes to ensure the survival of humanity.

  • Crazy Sane: While he pities Merazofis for having thrown away everything in his life that doesn't revolve around Sophia, Dustin himself has kept going for thousands of years based off of his obsession to protect humanity. Everything he does is based off a strict adherence to utilitarian ethics right to the point of inhumanity.
  • The Determinator: Dustin resolved to protect humanity at all costs and has followed through on that promise without hesitation for sixty-one lifetimes. Even the gods admit his determination is monstrous.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Dustin forbid the use of MA energy in his nation and enforced that with his army, even when the citizens rioted. As a result his nation was spared the worst of the dragons' wrath and after the war ended he was treated as the world leader. There was no solid reason to distrust MA energy except that he didn't think energy could come from anywhere with no limit and no downside.
  • Fantastic Racism: He doesn't seem to consider demons to be humans even though they're actually both the same race with demons just having gotten a bit of fantasy genetic engineering. As such, his goals include their elimination in favor of human survival.
  • Flying Dutchman: He was alive before the System was implemented and since then has been reincarnated with his memories each time he dies thanks to the Temperance skill. Having made his choice to protect humanity at any cost in his first life, he has committed every life that follows to the same cause.
  • The Sleepless: Since he has Sleep Nullity he technically doesn't need sleep to live, but in practice the mental fatigue builds up and he does have to sleep occasionally.


The summoner that accompanied Ronant and a party of knights into the Elro Labyrinth to help capture or destroy the Nightmare. Unfortunately, the group enraged the creature by destroying its home accidentally, leading to the deaths of all involved except Ronant and Buirims himself, who were both badly wounded. For his failure he was demoted and sent to the Magic Mountains.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Buirims may have committed horrible crimes against Wrath's family and people without a second thought, but only because he considered them to literally be no more than animals. When he realizes his error he accepts his death calmly with his only regret that he couldn't see his family again.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: When Wrath breaks free of his control and has massacred the entire subjugation unit, saving him for last, he has the gall to ask "Do you hate me?" Wrath is so baffled by the inanity that he briefly snaps out of his Unstoppable Rage to look upon him with disgust before killing him. To his credit, his final moments are a realization that it was a very stupid question.
  • Chew Toy: Gets wrecked by Kumoko, basically exiled to a frozen wasteland, separated from his family, his newborn daughter is kidnapped without ever having gotten a chance to meet her and finally killed by the lowly goblin he enslaved.
  • Did Not Think This Through: The normal method for taming a monster is to break its will and then make it psychologically dependent on the tamer. However, even by what little Buirims knows Wrath was a very special goblin capable of magic blacksmithing, indicating high intelligence and strong will. He also has the same [N%I=W] skill as Kumo, meaning he definitely merits special treatment. As such, his attempt to break Wrath fails and, naturally, anything he does after this point is doomed to just make Wrath even angrier, including his attempts to treat Wrath 'kindly.'
  • Heel Realization: Buirims realizes as he's dying that the goblins he thought of as emotionless monsters had feelings and love for their family as well. Thinking back on how he made Razraz kill and eat his sister and turned his brother into a mindless weapon, he accepts that his death is deserved.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Especially from Wrath's point of view. He points at Razraz's sister and goes "Kill it. Eat it." Which is then magically transmitted into Razraz's brain, exactly as the command was spoken. When Wrath was finally able to retaliate, it's shown that Buirims had no clue if it was his little brother or sister. He didn't care about goblin's idea of family. Just another reason why he's earned Wrath's undying hatred and Unstoppable Rage.
  • Obliviously Evil: The man who enslaved Kyouya genuinely did not think goblins were anything more than normal monsters, which are only about as smart as an animal. It's only when his slave breaks his control that he finally, fully realizes how terrible he is.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After Kumoko destroys the subjugation party sent after her with laughable ease, Buirims is demoted and sent to manage an outpost in the middle of nowhere filled with unruly subordinates and no chance to get back into the good graces of the higher ups. This makes him desperate for achievements, which is why he enslaves a goblin with a unique blacksmithing skill.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Buirims grew increasingly uneasy at seeing his goblin blacksmith's Anger skill skyrocket and begin to develop skills like Curse or Rage. However, he just continued acting like it was just another monster that would one day come around and grow to love him as all summoned monsters are supposed to.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Remember Wrath wiping out a country? Buirimis is the one who put him in that state by thinking that a few head pats, talking sweetly, and feeding Raz his favorite meals would be enough to make up for forcing him to kill and eat his sister and providing weapons to the very beings who not only slaughtered his home village, but were marching on other goblin villages too.


"Welcome. Or maybe I should say ‘Welcome back’?"
"Please try your best to entertain me, okay?"

"D", no true name given, is the most powerful recurring character in the series and known as the goddess of the end. She is the highest rank Administrator within the System and has been keeping an eye on the reincarnators, especially Kumoko. She is whimsical, dangerous and motivated entirely by the search for new entertainment.

Her actual job appears to be managing the netherworld, but she has a habit of skipping out from work whenever possible so that she can pursue, shall we say, other interests.

  • Abusive Parents: She's the closest thing Shiraori has to a real mother, but not only did she throw her into a labyrinth expecting her to die a miserable death as a joke, she also seemingly built her to have social phobias and a personality disorder. For no reason except entertainment
  • A-Cup Angst: D is far from flat chested, but seems to have a grudge against anyone with even larger breasts than hers, so she fiddled with all the reincarnators' genetics so that they'd be unlikely to grow bigger ones than her, though two of them did anyway.
  • Author Avatar: In special Q&A sections, D takes on the position of the author and answers some questions about the story from explaining why the reincarnators are so immature to clarifying that Kumoko's massive growth was actually a result of her own ability with only a few nudges like D's soul fragment working as her core or the crutch of Magic Extremity to speed things up.
  • Bigger Bad: Played with. While Shiraori is the Big Bad of Shun's personal story, far, far above her is D, who basically made the world shitty on purpose and continues to make things harder for everyone for the entertainment value. Unfortunately, she doesn't really care what everyone does or who wins as long as there's entertaining conflict. Oh, and she's more powerful than most of the other gods in the universe combined, and isn't even on the planet. So there's no real way to thwart her "plans" or even harm her. On the other hand, without her indirect involvement, the planet would have cracked in half and everyone would have died centuries ago.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Gyurie theorizes based on the wording of the 14 ruler skill descriptions that the System exists not just for "D"'s entertainment, but to see if she can create a god like her. When Kumoko succeeds, "D" immediately starts identifying Kumoko as her kin.
  • Blatant Lies: Claims she reincarnated her classmates out of a feeling of responsibility, despite sending them to a world far more dangerous than their original one and actively putting many of them into dangerous situations for her own entertainment.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She calls herself the Worst Evil God and she's not joking. She also calls Kumoko rude for thinking of D as a self centered monster but admits that she's not wrong either.
  • Crocodile Tears: During one "Teach Us, D-sensei!" segment, D pretends to cry after a harsh comment from the Maid. It's more creepy than anything because her expression and voice never change.
  • Dark Is Evil: While Shiraori's magic abilities are rather negative, most of them are actually inherited from D. Shiraori's own magic affinity only particularly favors space magic whereas her ability to use dark and heresy magic come from D.
  • The Dreaded: Evil God "D" is feared by even the other gods. So far only the Maid is shown to be able to handle her.
  • Emotionless Girl: She never displays any emotion and never seems to feel any beyond amusement at the suffering of others. This is one more reason people hate her.
  • Everyone Hates Hades: She's strongly implied to be a death god and the ruler of the netherworld. She's also lazy, selfish cruel and almost completely lacking in empathy. That being said, this seems to be more of a personal thing than applying to death gods as a whole, which seem to function as a celestial bureaucracy and dislike her just as much as the rest of the cast.
  • Evil Is Petty
    • When Kumoko is stuck in the Elro labyrinth with only poison to eat and having spent a long time in the lava hell of the middle layer, D taunts her by talking about all the yummy ice cream she's eating.
    • "D" making sure that none of the female reincarnated students would have bigger breasts than her certainly is this trope. She also has a habit of teasing Kumoko and at one point inflicted excruciating pain on her because she (correctly) suspected Kumoko was thinking rude things about "D".
    • Shiraori suspects that Katia was reincarnated as a girl as a kind of prank because Kanata confessed to her without really wanting to go out with her. He just wanted it to be clear to onlookers that he wasn't gay or nothing, no sir, and he can point to his unrequited love Wakaba Hiiro to prove it.
    • She also transformed Mirei into a dragon rather than a human, which she hates because she took a lot of pride in her appearance. Since D also has a strong personal dislike for dragons, it can be taken as an indication that D found her attempts at bullying to be annoying at the very least.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Shiraori and Gyurie speak with D with some regularity and don't hide anything from her, but both dislike her, as does Sariel. There's just nothing that can be done about someone who is as much above a normal god as a god is above a little spider. Shiraori becomes her kin and therefore should have nothing to fear from her, but still plans to run away because D is just that obnoxious, untrustworthy and detestable.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: It's not entirely clear what she's after. There seems to be at least three things she wants and we only know one for sure with a second being implied. She wants entertainment and the System seems designed to birth a god like herself, which succeeds when Kumoko undergoes apotheosis. However, it's hinted that there may be something more to her. Notably, after the (second) deaths of the reincarnators, she apparently grabbed onto their souls and is doing something with them.
  • Humanoid Abomination: D frequently comes across as someone just playacting at being human and not doing a terribly good job of it. Her pupils are described as horrifying black holes, having her head chopped off is such a minor inconvenience for her she won't even bother regenerating her body until she's done with a lengthy lecture, and her hair will just start floating around in the air whenever she stops caring about hiding her true nature. Sariel finds her disturbing and others find her lack of emoting to be creepy and insulting in their insincerity.
  • I Have Many Names: "D" is known to all the gods but not her actual name; D is just what she tells people to call her. She is alternately known as the Nameless God, God of the End, Death God, Evil God, Absolute Paradox, and Wakaba Hiiro.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Despite being an immortal Death God who's been around for eons at the least, D's preferred form is a teenage girl. She enjoys acting like one too, playing video games, eating junk food, and even posing as a high school student. Even her manipulations of Kumoko and others are all about childishly entertaining herself and minimizing her own responsibility.
  • It Amused Me: The entire motivation of "D" is to get out of her work in the Celestial Bureaucracy and be entertained. This includes adding unnecessary game elements to the System, screwing around with Kumoko, hanging out on Earth, and so on. The flashback arc similarly reveals she obviously had enough spare power to repair the world all on her own, but only had an interest in helping to restore the planet if it meant she'd get to force the humans, Gyruie, and Sariel into playing a game to amuse her instead.
    Kumoko: This person is seriously dangerous... a genuine evil god. From her point of view, my entire life, from the moment I was born till the day I die, is just a bit of entertainment.
    D: Well, though that's a terrible way to put it, you're not wrong.
  • It's All About Me: Almost everything Evil God "D" does is because she's bored and wants entertainment. This includes modifying Kumoko's soul and memories as a five minute joke, not expecting the spider to survive.
  • Jerkass Gods
    • She watches Kumoko struggle largely for her own amusement and has teased her with things such as Spider Self-Destruct buttons and trolling her by telling her she's enjoying some nice ice cream when all Kumoko has to eat are bitter poisons and raw meat while going through a lava hellscape.
    • A major reason "D" gave Kumoko her memories is that it would distract the other gods, who were trying to make "D" get back to work; "D" fully expected Kumoko to die early on.
    • The backstory reveals D could have just used some of her own massive stores of soul energy to restore the planet if she actually felt like it. However she only got involved to amuse herself so she instead claimed the Skill System was necessary.
      Narrator: Merely for the reason that it wouldn’t be interesting otherwise, Sariel will be bound as the System’s nexus for many years to come, Gyurie will be put to work while unaware of that, and the planet’s inhabitants will be forced to continue to kill each other. Everything, is for D’s amusement.
    • D's meddling doesn't simply confine itself to the past. After the main plot and side stories finally catch up with each other, Shiro is finally able to explain the situation to the rest of the Reincarnators... about as well as she can, at least. While she gives them some space to mull things over, D forces a system-wide announcement in the form of a "World Quest" and summarizes all of Shiro's machinations and goals in the most unflattering and misleading way possible, in the process outing her as an Evil God to the population at large.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite being a self-proclaimed Evil God and frequently punishing Kumoko for perceived slights, D is also responsible for saving Sariel's life and creating the System which saved the planet. This seeming good deed was motivated solely by the potential entertainment of forcing an entire planet of mortals to live in a combat-focused RPG; she could have fixed the problem easily but chose to let millions suffer for fun.
  • No-Sell: The Hero and Demon King launched about 70% of a planet's total energy stockpile at her, though not intentionally. Not only did it not do a thing to her, but they killed themselves in the process.
  • One-Letter Name: The "Evil God" that created the system tells people to just call her "D", probably because going by "Death" would be a bit too on the nose.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The actual name of "D" is completely unknown, even to other gods. D, Wakaba Hiiro, Bald-san, and so on are just pseudonyms.
    D: Ah, I suppose it is inconvenient to be nameless. Let’s see, then please call me D.
  • Psychopomp: It's mentioned in passing that she's supposed to be governing the netherworld but is ditching work. She also has direct control over at least some souls passing on. She uses this ability to force her classmates to reincarnate in a very unusual way and strongly implies that once they die a second time she's grabbing their souls for some purpose before they can move on. This is likely why she could trap the souls of the ancient civilization in the System.
  • Sloth: She's even lazier than Kumoko and generally won't do anything unless there's some entertainment in it for her or someone even stronger comes to make her do her job.
  • The Stoic: D's face and tone never vary from completely expressionless, regardless of what she is saying or doing. The Maid finds it especially annoying when she pretends to cry while her face and voice are still the same.
  • Telepath: She can read people's minds easily if she chooses to, but seems to refrain by default. Which is probably because it's boring to always know what someone is thinking.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Wakaba Hiiro was extremely beautiful, but also never interacted with her class or anyone at the school. Despite this, she became immensely popular because people just ascribed to her whatever personality traits they thought she should have. In truth, she's incredibly selfish and cruel and will do anything for the sake of entertainment.
  • Villains Never Lie: Despite knowing how powerful and untrustworthy D is, Gyurie instantly believes her when she says the System is the only solution she had to the planet's energy crisis. In truth, she could have fixed it herself with trivial ease. But that wouldn't be interesting, would it?
  • Wild Card: She tends to cause a lot of problems for fun and her title of the Worst Evil God doesn't appear to be for show, but so long as it's entertaining she can also be very helpful. In the short term.

"I abandoned the right to choose."
"Do I have regrets? I have an endless amount."

Gyurie, also known as Kuro, is the first Administrator seen in the series. He's covered head to foot in black armor that is implied to actually be his skin. Only his eyes abandon the black color theme with their glowing red character. He is in fact a true dragon unlike the lesser dragons encountered such as Alaba or Kaguna.

His duty is to defend the world from outside interference and ensure the proper completion of the System's goals. His only desire is to fulfill the will of Sariel. However, he has a passive personality and tends not to interfere or act even when it's clear that something needs to be done, causing him to simply watch as the demons begin to plan their massive, destructive war.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Tries to have Kumoko indirectly assassinated in volume five of the light novel because he thinks she's causing problems. At this point, all she's really done is killed people that attacked her first, wiped out some bandits and set up a healing shrine.
  • Determined Defeatist: He actually knew going into his fight with Shiraori that he probably wasn't going to win and would probably need a miracle to beat her. He still tried. He muses that she probably doesn't even realize that he didn't stand much of a chance against her and that she's absurdly tough for how young she is.
  • The Ditherer: Gyurie can never make up his mind or actually act in any way because he's never sure of the right thing to do. Literally anything he could do would be better than sitting around like he does, but he can't make himself work against Sariel's plans or even pay proper attention to what's going on. Shiraori privately calls him 'loser'note  and he agrees with her on that at least.
  • Failure Knight: Gyurie views himself as this due to his failure to make decisive decisions when necessary. There are several points where his indecision led to the worst possible outcome, but the one that haunts him the most is probably when Sariel decided to protect humanity from the dragons despite the fact that human overuse of MA energy was dooming the planet. Gyurie could have chosen to support her or delay her; either choice probably would have saved both her and the planet. Instead, he did nothing, leading to a catastrophe.
  • Genre Savvy: Long, long after Gyurie sat down to drink with Kumoko, we finally see more of what the two were talking about. He indirectly acknowledges her as the hero or at least the protagonist of the story while he himself is just a half baked side character who does nothing but add flavor to the 'story' of the world. And Gyurie has indeed done nothing in the present except exposit briefly to the likes of Ariel and Dustin.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Gyurie failed to realize that D is a lying liar who lies, helping pave the way for the planet to becoming her toy. He's also quite poor at reading Shiraori, but at least in this case nobody seems to be able to get a good read on her.
  • Minor Major Character: Gyurie, the only active god of the world the story takes place in, is the Administrator for the System and oversees the world as a whole. However, as Kumoko puts it, he's just a loser that never does anything, which he admits himself.
    Gyurie: If there exists those who are called heroes or protagonists, who go against the flow, who enforce their own will, who change the way the world is, then when all's said and done I would be called a minor character who adds some flavor to the story.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Dragons are assholes, but upon seeing the fundamental assumption that they are the hottest shits around shattered first by Sariel's overwhelming relative power and then her compassion, Gyurie grows increasingly distant from them and was the only true dragon to stay behind when the others swiped the planet's energy stockpile and booked it.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's the most powerful character to take direct action in the main story, but he's described as being a lower class god hovering somewhere around being mid level but not quite there yet.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although large amounts of Kumoko's time is spent worrying about him and planning for potential confrontations with him, Gyurie is actually extremely reasonable; although she's terrified of what he'll do on their second encounter, he mostly just asks her not to kill everyone, and, when she refuses to agree, he proceeds to... get drunk with her in an effort to befriend her. If anything, his reasonableness is a symptom of his fatal character flaw, since he's indecisive and unwilling to make difficult decisions.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are almost glowing red and give him an eerie appearance coupled with his black skin and 'armor.' However, he's actually reasonably heroic.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: He has a lot of raw power relative to the other main actors, but no meaningful combat experience. As a result, he's completely unable to deal with Shiraori's much greater fighting experience.
  • Tragic Dream: Gyurie wants to carry out the wishes of the Goddess to protect the people of the world. He failed to appreciate how his approach allowed the System to degrade to near complete collapse.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Gyurie in combat seems to rely entirely on physical attacks and his antimagic barrier. While a potent combo, it does indicate a certain lack of flexibility: With no ranged attacks worth mentioning, once Shiraori manages to gain some distance from him there's not really much he can do to catch her. When he tries to teleport up to her, he gets hit with Tele-Frag and takes some serious damage. The reason he has no skill to back up his power is because dragons are supposed to learn from their elders, but he had to develop his strength on his own.


Sariel is an angel, a type of battle goddess that serve to protect planets and their mortal inhabitants. She is known as the Goddess in the Sariera region and is the true voice of the Divine Word Religion. She is a being of overwhelming compassion towards humanity, but generally stayed in the background unless there was an outside threat.

  • All-Loving Hero: The Goddess Sariel would save every being if it were possible. Ariel and Gyuriedistodiez have tried to respect that dream despite their own discontent over it and the very real fact that it has allowed significant problems to develop.
  • Broken Pedestal: Ariel knows about Sariel protecting the Hero System, effectively abandoning her despite centuries of loyalty. Her biting comments soon after are a clear sign she has lost a lot of respect and ordering Shiraori to not explain what happened is her way of preserving what little remains.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Sariel is hardwired to save lives and has no regard for her own well-being. Unfortunately she also prioritizes saving people in the short-term over the world in the long-term.
  • Pacifism Backfire: Her great love for mortals was a large contributing factor in the destruction of the previous advanced civilization as she could not bear to stop them forcefully. Since then, her love has continued to be an issue as she tries to limit the conflict that's needed to power the System and repair the planet. Even in the present, she's arguably causing more problems by sabotaging Shiraori's plans, which will have an immediate high body count but will prevent more damage in the future.
  • God Is Good: The Goddess was very kind-hearted and sacrificed herself to the System in order to protect the world. Gyurie loves her and wants to carry out her dreams, coming off as reasonable and kind when talking to Kumoko. Kumoko notes that it's this very goodness that's responsible for most of the world being dead; In fact, her desire to save as many people as possible has only slowed down the process of healing the world and let the worst of the world abuse the System, requiring even more people having to die now than ever would have had to die in the past.
  • Good Is Dumb: Shiraori and Ariel firmly believe that Sariel is foolish to the point of insanity. Notably, Sariel's refusal to guide humans more directly for fear of causing minor damage put the world at risk and her inability to allow even short term suffering is keeping Shiraori from being able to fix things, meaning far more people have to die as compensation. Ariel at least loves Sariel, but as she's nearing the end of her life has chosen to ignore what Sariel wants and do something that actually makes sense.
    Ariel: Say, between bottomless kindness, and bottomless stupidity, don’t you think there’s a paper-thin difference?
  • Martial Pacifist: Sariel will not harm any being that is one of her charges, but she will kill any god that threatens them without hesitation.
  • Meaningful Name: Sariel is the name of the angel of death that looks after human souls and prevent them from sinning, the same way that the Goddess Sariel look after the soul recycling system and try to prevent everyone from killing (prevent them for sinning).
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Sariel was the most powerful god on the planet, but there are many stronger gods elsewhere. Gyurie, having never met those gods, was stunned by her seemingly overwhelming power.
  • Reckless Pacifist / Suicidal Pacifism: Sariel wants to save as many people as she can in the immediate time and has sacrificed her remaining lifespan to do so, paying no heed to the future costs that arise from her actions. Shiraori finds her mentality disgusting and blames her for letting things get as bad as they are. And then Sariel interferes in Shiraori's plan to save lives, forcing Shiraori to kill people she'd planned to spare.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: When D offered the System to the world she protected, Sariel did not know enough about advanced magic to study it in detail before implementing it. She was purely combat focused after thousands of years of protecting the world.
  • Stupid Good: Sariel is, in fact, one of the parties most responsible for the current mess because she can't bear to allow any sacrifices, even if they're clearly going to prevent further damage down the line. Nor is she willing to stop people from being stupid. Or anything useful.

    Meido/"The Maid" 

A god with no name given in the story proper, though D and the novel refer to her as Meido in the Loose Canon Q&A sections. Despite being dressed as a maid, she works with D as an overseer of the netherworld and in many ways can be seen as D's boss. Meido is by far the strongest god in the novel, significantly above even D, having focused so much on combat over her life she has little ability in any other field. This also causes her to regularly track D down and force her to do her actual job. She has only a single scene in the main story, but appears regularly in the Q&A sections.

  • Everyone Has Standards: She finds D's actions rather distasteful but doesn't seem inclined to do anything about them.
  • Ninja Maid: The Maid is perhaps the most powerful combat god in existence and at one point killed off most of the Angels around the world the story takes place in. She's not actually a maid, she just dresses like one as a hobby. She's so good at killing her presence that unless you keep her directly in line of sight and focus on keeping your attention on her, it's basically impossible to even notice her.
  • No Name Given: Similarly, The Maid is known as this because she has never been addressed by any name in-story, though D refers to her as "Meido / 冥土" in the Loose Canon "Teach Us, D-Sensei!" supplemental chapters.
  • The Nondescript: Unless you are seriously concentrating on her, you'll completely fail to notice that she's even there or even lose track of her altogether after noticing her once. Shiraori has no clue how she does it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: She only appears once in the main story after D accidentally outs herself. She instantly tracks her down and forces her to get back to work. Neither has been seen since apart from Q&A sections.
  • Punny Name: D refers to her as "Meido / 冥土", which is the section of The Underworld where souls are judged in Buddhism, implying both D and Meido are death gods. It also happens to be a homonym for 'maid' in Japanese, which is how she dresses.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The Maid is the most powerful combat-type god known, but as a result is mediocre at best with other skills. She's quite insistent that this doesn't mean she's incapable of them, even if her subordinates are very insistent she not try.

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The dragons are the minions of Gyurie and are set to oversee certain areas of the world by his command. They seem to be largely left to their own devices in their mission and are viewed as normal monster by the populace, albeit extremely powerful ones. The most prominent among them is earth dragon Alaba, who nearly killed Kumoko on several occasions almost absentmindedly.

The oceans are impassible due to the large number of water dragons inhabiting them. There are also four earth dragons in the lower layer of the Elro Labyrinth and nine at the bottom. An ice dragon guards the mystic mountains and a fair number are to be found elsewhere around the world. To Gyurie's annoyance, humans consider them evil and attack them often, though to no avail.

  • Adaptational Badass: Alaba in the light novels is much stronger than the other dragons on the lower level. While Kumoko figures she could have taken Kaguna or Geere one on one with a bit of luck, she feels she has no chance against Alaba and can only make it even work for its victory if she makes it fight in midair where it can't use earth magic. The fight is also quite a bit less even in nature.
  • Ascended Extra: In the web novel, dragons are degraded to elite mook as the main characters gain power, with the sea dragons getting fished by Kumoko, and the ice dragon only serves to show how much of a threat Wrath has become. Only the earth dragons get any in-depth settings. In the light novel, however, other dragons, namely the wind dragons and ice dragon, get significantly more scene time and have their own character. The wind dragons serve an important part in the united war against the ancient UFO as air superiority fighters. Meanwhile, the ice dragon almost kill Shiraori, who lost all her power, by frostbite when trying to prevent Wrath from crossing the mountain with a blizzard storm.
  • Death Seeker: In the web novel, Kumoko believes that Alaba gracefully accepted its defeat because it was tired of living in such a terrible world. In the light novel she thinks it gave up because it believes death has no meaning in such a world: It will simply reincarnate here again anyway.
  • Graceful Loser: Alaba after being rendered incapable of movement accepts defeat with good grace, removing his various empowering abilities so Kumoko can kill him easily. Kumoko is annoyed as it sours the victory. It's implied that she may have respected his grace, however, because she turned his body to dust rather than kill and eat him like she normally does.
  • Incendiary Exponent: In the web novel, Alaba sets the ground on fire to burn the webs binding it. In the light novel, it sets itself on fire because it's being held in midair and then attacks Kumoko.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Unlike earth dragons, the ice dragon is willing to flee a losing engagement. Once Wrath tears it a new one it escapes to inform Gyurie that the country of interstice is not safe.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Alaba is as fast as Kumoko, is largely immune to status effects, has high regeneration and powerful antimagic. On top of that, he's a physical bruiser and has excellent control of the environment around him. For a speed/magic specialist like Kumoko that relies on status effects, he's more or less her worst nightmare.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: They're definitely recognizable as dragons when reaching adulthood, but also have other animal traits mixed in. Alaba, for example, looks like a wolf while the fire dragons tend to look like eels. It's all but stated that they're the results of Potimas' immortality experiments where he mixed dragon DNA with that of normal animals to make a kind of hybrid.
  • No-Sell: As dragons get stronger they get increasingly powerful antimagic.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The species name for Alaba is actually Earth Dragon Alaba and in the light novel he has a generic monster listing just like the other monsters, indicating that this is not actually his name. Names have their own listing separate from species, but this doesn't show up for the dragons. So Kaguna, Geere and so on are just their species name, which is something Kumoko speculates about early on.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The ninth army is made up of shapeshifted dragons. They reveal their true strength when Gyurie has finally had enough of Shiraori.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In the light novel and manga, Rend was half dead after being attacked by Mother before the fight with Kumoko began. Wrath also trashed the ice dragon because it had terrible affinity with him: Dragons have antimagic barriers, but the System doesn't register physical strengthening as magic and he doesn't actually use his magic skills for direct attacks. Plus, his affinities are fire and lightning, meaning it had a pretty bad elemental affinity disadvantage.
  • Worthy Opponent: Alaba is one of the first traumatic experiences for Kumoko thanks to how overwhelmingly powerful it is compared to her. When she defeats it after a long, drawn out battle it gives up graciously and satisfied with its ending after doing everything in its power to win. Kumoko is kind of annoyed, but is implied to feel a certain amount of respect in return when she vaporizes Alaba with a Decay attack because it's the first and only defeated opponent she has no desire to eat. The only other person she's killed with a Decay attack was Julius, which was explicitly a mercy kill because his death was nothing personal.


The Queen Taratect living inside the Great Elro Labyrinth. She is the final evolution of the taratect line and gave birth to Kumoko and her 'brothers' via the spawning skill. Kumoko considers her final boss material and considers her early appearance unfair and a sign of bad game balance. Please fix, developers.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the web novel she's only defeated indirectly and with no chance to retaliate. In the light novel, she and her subordinates get their own arc as they try to hunt Kumoko down. She also puts up a more active resistance to Kumoko's soul fragments devouring her soul and is shown to be much more intelligent and strong willed than in the web novel, where she's basically just a giant computer. Smart, but with no ego worth noting.
  • Breath Weapon: As a result of having killed dragons before she can launch her own breath attacks. Since they aren't naturally acquired they aren't as powerful as one a dragon of the same level would use, but since she's got stats five times that of Alaba it hardly matters.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Gender inverted, but the basic principal remains. Kumoko calls her Mother but has absolutely no familial feelings given how taratects reproduce. She simply goes up to the upper layer, lays some eggs, leaves and then comes back when they hatch. The she weeds out the slow and stupid ones that don't make for the exit.
  • It Can Think: To Kumoko's surprise, the Queen is actually quite intelligent and even understands human speech.
  • Kaiju: She's a giant spider monster generally referred to as a kaiju.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: She eats her own children, specifically those too stupid or slow to flee after hatching.
  • Strong and Skilled: In the light novel, not only is she extremely powerful, but even when fighting at a mere fraction of her ability she's still a very clever opponent. Anything Kumoko can do, she can do better from threads to poison to traps.


Potimas is the leader of the elves and the father, at least biologically, of Filimes AKA Oka-chan. He and his elves live in an isolated forest protected by an impenetrable barrier which can only be passed through with the aid of special transfer gates. The elves pursue peace at all cost and are currently sheltering the majority of the reincarnators. They are at odds with the demons, the Divine World religion and even the Administrators apart from "D", who has a hands off policy.

Potimas himself is a cold man who acts only through proxies, which are disposed of at the first sign of trouble at no cost to himself.

  • Evil Genius: He's perhaps the most brilliant man who ever lived with worldwide renown by the age of 20. However, his experiments to gain immortality were incredibly cruel and inhumane. In fact, he's the primary reason for the world being almost entirely destroyed. In the present he has a massive army of powerful robots and plans to blend up the souls of the reincarnators to see if he can use them to become a god. He doesn't think it'll work but hey, worth a shot.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He performed a wide variety of experiments in order to find a method of extending his own life, eventually using MA energy to forcibly evolve himself into an elf.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even before he's revealed to be a villain, he makes people uncomfortable because he's only superficially polite at best and obviously very condescending.
  • Immortality Seeker: From a young age, he desperately sought any way to escape death, ultimately setting in motion the destruction of the world.
  • It's All About Me: Potimas' failed attempt to become a god disrupted the balance and made the world even more crapsack than it already was. Despite this, he's still trying to attain complete control of the world.
  • The Maker: He's the source of the elves, demons, the non deity dragons, goblins and a few other monster species.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He studied every science from a young age in pursuit of immortality and by 20 was already famous for discoveries in multiple fields. He then went on to develop an entirely new field of science centering around Magitek.
  • Smug Snake: Potimas is considered something of an obnoxious small fry because while he's caused a lot of problems, this is mostly just because he's never had to face a genuine adversary.


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