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The characters of the light novel, manga and anime No Game No Life.

WARNING: Unmarked spoilers for those who have yet to read far into the light novels!


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    『  』 
An infamous gaming guild (identifiable by a perpetually empty account name) legendary for having beaten roughly 280 MMORPGs (including, on one occasion, a mob of 1,200), consisting of Sora and Shiro (Earthlings, stepsiblings and shut-ins disillusioned with modern society) who were eventually invited by Tet to Disboard.

"『  』" is always pronounced as "空白" ("kuuhaku"/"blank"), as in a literal blank space.


Tropes shared by the duo

  • Abusive Parents: It's heavily implied they have neglectful-at-best parents.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Sora often does this to Shiro, while both of them do this to Izuna.
  • Always Someone Better: Tet notes to himself that 『  』's predecessors, Riku and Schwi, were even stronger, for they won in the old world where there were no rules.
  • Badass Bookworm: You'd think a pair of NEETs who spend all day gaming and don't go to school would lack a lot of general knowledge, but they've actually made sure to keep themselves well read, with Sora having downloaded over 40,000 books to study up for quiz games and acquired Encyclopaedic Knowledge as a result. Upon arriving in Disboard, they also make it an effort to study up on all of the world's literature and seek out a library to gain knowledge, staying that knowledge was power.
  • Badass Creed:
    『  』 never loses.
  • Brains and Brawn: Sora is the brains with his skill in planning, improvisation, and manipulation. And while she's smarter than Sora, Shiro plays the brawn of the duo with her genius being used in calculating various game elements (such as NPC movement, game physics, player mannerisms) which result in perfect gameplay.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A pair of NEETs who spend all day in a room gaming, but both are exceptionally intelligent and are legendary gamers. If they had dedicated their intellect to other areas they could have been great in their world too, especially Shiro who is a Child Prodigy.
  • Brother-Sister Team: These siblings always play together as a team and are nearly invincible when working together.
  • Catchphrase: "Sa, gemu o hajimeyo"note 
  • Cuteness Proximity: Neither of them can resist Izuna. They skip time (somehow) to go straight from meeting her to petting her.
  • The Dividual: They must always be together and can only be a few feet away from each other. Separating them causes them to experience nervous breakdowns.
  • Friendless Background: Prior to the start of the series neither of them had any friends aside from each other. When Shiro suggested Sora's friend emailed him, he thought she was sarcastically mocking him.
  • Godlike Gamer: Their entire shtick. They are a prestigious Brother-Sister Team who were so legendary as gamers they became an urban legend in the gaming continuity, purportedly possessing the top score for every game to exist. Their gaming abilities were so phenomenal that they were brought over to an alternate RPG Verse world where gaming skills govern everything, where of course the two of them absolutely dominate. Sora excels at manipulating and reading people, while Shiro's specialty is analytical thinking of the core game mechanics. It's established that 『  』 never loses unless it's intentionally or against each other. If their opponents try to cheat, then they will use the cheating against the cheater.
    • The first episode alone has the two of them beating 12,000 players using 4 avatars, even when the opposition was cheating, and then shortly afterwards Sora ends up controlling four individual controllers with his hands and feet and still manages to win! Shiro is also revealed to have won 20 times against a chess simulator designed to beat grandmasters.
  • Hidden Depths: For a pair of NEETs who spend their entire lives gaming, the two of them possess a very impressive knowledge in a range of topics. The explanation is that Sora downloaded a lot of study guides (40,000 books to be precise) so that he could ace quiz games.
    • Sora is able to solve all of the Elkia's domestic problems from agriculture to finance by applying real world political strategies to the fantasy world.
    • They show off an intricate understanding of physics and anatomy, as demonstrated in the "materialization shiritori" game where they are able to keep manipulating the environment to put Jibril at a disadvantage.
  • Hikikomori: Both hate society along with dealing with people and essentially lived in a small room together until Tet found them. They're fine to explore a fantasy world, but even thinking of going outside in their original world can give them panic attacks.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: They are this to each other. Sora and Shiro are literally unable to function unless they are together all the time. If they stay several meters away from each other for only a minute, both suffer emotional breakdowns and completely shut down until they are together again.
  • Logical Weakness: As NEETs who despise the real world, Sora and Shiro can't beat reality-simulation games. They even fell into a brief Heroic BSoD when it seemed they got plunked back into the real world (such as Love or Loved 2, their game against the Warbeasts), and had to be reminded that they're still in a game. This also caused them some trouble against the Sirens, where they had to play an "actual romance game". Luckily for them, winning was as simple as not falling in love with the queen.
  • NEET: What they were in their original world. At the start of the series, their entire world consists of a small room where they play video games all day. They are quite proud of this fact (for some reason) and declare that ""『  』" will never do work!".
  • Not Blood Siblings: They are actually siblings by remarriage, but one can be easily forgiven for mistaking them as real siblings due to their closeness to each other. While Sora really only thinks of Shiro as his cute little sister, Shiro shows that she has a bit of a crush on him.
  • The Protagonist: Sora and Shiro share this status, although Sora takes a more active role in things. Shiro does get her chance to shine on her own though when Sora Ret Goned out of existence.
  • Rags to Riches: Sora notes how they went from a single gaming room to the royal chambers over the course of a few days, all thanks to being Godlike Gamers in a world where Duels Decide Everything.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Both of them are capable of this while gaming, with Shiro even doing so with her feet.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sora is the passionate and loud Red Oni and Shiro is the shy and inquisitive Blue Oni.
  • Reincarnation: Not so clear in the original Light Novels, but the Movie implies that they are the reincarnations of the heroes Riku and Schwi, who brought peace to the world and created Tet through their perseverance, faith and sacrifice. It is more than likely Tet realizing this is the reason he summoned them together, as Riku's dying wish before disintegrating was to play a game against Tet once again, with Schwi at his side.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Challenge them into any game and not only will they will win it, they will do so such style and guile that your head will spin.
  • Shrouded in Myth: On Earth's gaming community, they are treated as a sort of urban legend. Their legend has evolved so much that most outright claim they do not actually exist.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Shiro and Sora are opposites at everything even down to their hair colors. It also goes to their playing style forte; Shiro is more logical and "going by the book", so she is great at looking for the better way to victory, while Sora is more guile and better at reading people, making him the best commander ever, able to predict the opponent's next move. This is what makes them so efficient as they both cover for each other's shortcomings.
  • Slasher Smile: Both siblings have given this at times, but mostly Sora. It's usually when they get the opportunity to inflict another punishment on Steph when she loses to them.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Sora is the performer and Shiro is the technician. Sora is better at real-life strategy games because he possesses the intelligence and ability to read people, as well as an uncanny talent for finding solutions on the fly whenever he's at the corner. Shiro is best at turn-based games because all she needs to do is know all the possible variables of the board and find the better way to win.
  • Ultimate Gamer 386: 『  』 became an urban legend among the gaming community as a mysterious player who was the top of the leader board for every game in existence.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Being forcibly separated from each other is all that it's needed to render them into useless Nervous Wrecks.
  • Wowing Cthulhu:
    • Both of them thoroughly impressed Tet, the God of Disboard, when they beat him in a game of chess. So he brings them over to a world governed by games.
    • After playing and beating Jibril in a game of materialization shitori, the angel who was previously racist towards humans became so impressed that she deems them Worthy Opponents and happily accepts them as her masters and serves under them.

Sora

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"You know, I've a tip for you — next time, be mindful of who you're going to cheat against."
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese), Scott Gibbs (English), Cayla Coats (young, English), Cristóbal Navarro (Latin American Spanish dub)

An 18-year-old gamer and older stepbrother to Shiro, who forms the strategic half of "『  』", prior to their arrival at Disboard.


  • Accidental Pervert: Mostly towards Stephanie (with some incidents actually being instigated by Shiro). Actually exploited in the light novelnote .
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the LN, Sora is described as having black hair and black eyes while he appears on the cover with a black-to-red gradient. The anime makes his hair completely red and gives him the same reddish eyes that Shiro has.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Like Shiro he's straight up introduced with a "communication disorder", which is a catch-all term in Japanese that incorporates those with No Social Skills and those who actually have the mental condition. While different from Shiro, he still displays some pretty weird behavior like attachment disorder and an inability to walk outside in the real world.
  • Anti-Hero: He's quite immoral, a massive pervert, and willing to put people's lives on the line. But at the end of the day he's still on the side of good and Imanity's best hope.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Before the match with the Warbeasts, he asks Izuna, "When was the last time you had fun playing games?", a question that keeps resurfacing in her mind during the game.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Sora can often analyse the situation down to its numerical figures to assess the best way to win a game, as shown during the Warbeast's dating simulation shooter game where he breaks down all of the aerodynamic parameters from distance, velocity, tarjectory, target size .etc to try and shoot off an NPC girl's panties.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Sora pulls several of these in the "materialization shiritori" game against Jibril. First off Sora teaches her the word "Empty-Headed Academic" and uses it as an insult. As the game progresses, Sora manages to remove the Mantle, Crust, and Lithosphere by correctly anticipating that Jibril not knowing the meaning of these words, which sends all of them plummeting to the Core. Sora and Shiro then remove Oxygen and keeps Jibril from breathing, which she tries to counter by using the word Air, which Sora once again was counting on. Since oxygen had been removed and Jibril said "Air" she brought oxygen back and in its pure, pressurised form it is toxic, which Sora and Shiro get around by sharing their breaths in circular breathing. In the final moments of the game after Sora and Shiro remove the atmosphere and prevent Jibril from speaking aloud, Jibril writes out the very word she learned earlier (Empty-Headed Academic) to spite Sora, but Sora was banking on this and revealed on the other side of the paper he wrote "Coulomb's Force" which he could only use thanks to Jibril's word, which leads to a hypernova capable of killing Jibril and ending the game.
    • An integral part of his strategy is playing with his opponents' personality and/or strategy. This is taken Up to Eleven in Episodes 8-9, where he banked on Kurami (and Fiel) exploiting the chaos he caused by betting away Imanity's Exceed piece to the Warbeasts to challenge him again, then engaged them in a game of Reversi with their own lives at stake, going so far as to deliberately play poorly until he is erased from existence just to allow Kurami to receive his memories (and prove to her that he's sincere), counting on nothing but Shiro intuiting his actions and playing his three remaining pieces to win the game, bring him back to life, and earn both Kurami and Feel's support in their game against the Warbeasts.
    • He even manages to pull one even against Shiro, who can anticipate almost anything while she's Brainwashed and Crazy. When Shiro fires off a scatter of blasts against, Sora manages to catch her off guard by not dodging at all. Though of course it's then revealed Shiro was faking being mind controlled to begin with.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's always taking care of Shiro. So much so his first action when they were freefalling towards Disboard is to position himself so as to take the bulk of the impact.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    • He does this with Kurami after defeating her. He's telling the truth, but she doesn't believe him.
    Kurami: You're not going to tell me that Imanity beat elf magic unaided, are you?
    Sora: Sure I am. It's the truth.
    • A "no" variant of this comes into play after Kurami notes that most of his victories have been close calls, although he goes on to say that he trusts Shiro to cover him.
    Kurami: Can you really be sure you won't make a single mistake?
    Sora: Not really.
  • Breaking Speech: Delivers an epic one to Kurami after the latter decided to force her remaining pieces into massacring the enemy pieces (including those that defected from her), moments before turning the tables on her for good:
    Sora: Oppression. Rule by fear. Dictatorship. Such strange things they are. Do you know that, throughout history, those who live by the sword die by the sword, and most of the time it's from someone who isn't even a proper combat unit? [Kurami falls on her knees as her king piece is "assassinated" by one of her turned pieces] Sorry, but our world isn't so nice a place as yours. When it comes to war and bloodshed, we're leagues ahead of you.
  • Broken Ace: He's got an ego the size of the moon and flaunts it around for all to see, but underneath he hides a disillusionment with society and dislike of dealing with people, with Shiro, Jibril and Kurami being privy to his inner demons.
  • Broken Pedestal: He frequently zigzags between this and Rebuilt Pedestal to Stephanie with each episode, sometimes multiple times within the span of an episode alone. One moment he's brilliant and charismatic, and she believes he's Imanity's savior. Then he goes silly and/or perverted, and she believes he'll be the final nail in Imanity's coffin.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Shiro confesses that, most of the times Sora "played with himself" while he thought she was sleeping, she was pretending to be asleep because his movements awoke her.
    Sora: [covering his reddened and ashamed face with both his hands] No way! I can't get married anymore!!!
  • The Chessmaster: He makes plans for everyone he comes up against, anticipating every move and manipulating the circumstances to make sure the odds are in his favor.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: As much as he wants to see Stephanie naked, he has his qualms seeing Shiro the same way because she's just a minor (and because, true-blooded or not, she's his sister). Later, when he stripped Shiro, Stephanie and Jibril naked during his "materialization shiritori" game against the latter, his previous words were arranged such that the girls get Barbie Doll Anatomy, thus making the situation more "family-friendly". Sora also promises Ino he would never sell out the warbeasts, solely because then he'd lose access to his Cat Girl harem.
  • Cold Reading: Mentioned by Sora as one of his specialties, being able to pick up on small visual queues to draw conclusions about another person. He's able to pick up that the Warbeast's alleged mind reading ability was nothing more than cold reading combined with being a Living Lie Detector, hence all it took was another cold reader to expose their secret.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Steph points out the problems that might arise if Feel, a high-ranking elf, tries to end slavery in her home country, Sora is shocked... that Steph understood what was being discussed. Steph lampshades this when she expresses incredulity over what Sora chose to be surprised about.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Both he and Shiro are capable of this. Even if opponents try to change the rules or use some kind of loophole, once they figure out what they're doing, they then come up with a generally effective counter. One example is when Kurami introduces some new rules in their "chess" game. Shiro is unable to defeat her using normal chess rules, so Sora takes over and starts doing different things, including a "Dare to Be Badass" speech to his "troops", and convincing Kurami's Queen to do a Heel–Face Turn by appealing to her emotions.
  • Cool Big Bro: Dotes on Shiro despite their lack of actual blood ties.
  • Cool Loser: Despite his attitude, he still has excellent charisma and eloquence, and is quite handsome for a shut-in.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After winning against Jibril in shiritori, the latter asks him how he knew she would use "jaku" (translates as "weak", or "empty-headed academic" in the Crunchyroll subs) when there are many other possibilities. Sora admits he really didn't know; he just had twenty different words written down before the game even began, just in case. Ino is also shocked at how far ahead Sora planned when he challenged the warbeasts, and misled Feel so she'd unknowingly give the Elves wrong information on how the warbeasts work their games.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Did you think a healthy young man would not want to "play with himself" a little? In the light novel it is even stated that he records Steph in Stripperific (yet Safe For Work) outfits as fap material, sometimes with Shiro actually helping him record. Of course, he properly waits until Shiro is asleep to have his alone time (although she was actually awake most of those times).
  • Determinator: Sora isn't an innate genius like Shiro but he pushes his intellectual boundaries in order to be able to understand and protect his sister's dreams.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Despite being a Crazy-Prepared The Chessmaster, Sora is completely caught off-guard when Kurami breaks down into tears after being defeated and reveals she had been genuine in her efforts to help Imanity.
  • Doting Parent: When he finds out that Leila used his DNA to have a daughter, he's actually quite eager to the idea and wonders if he can go to visit her, musing that his paternal instincts are blossoming. When his daughter called him "Papa" for the first time, he almost got a heart attack and acknowledged that, yes, he's her Papa!
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: At times Sora will strategically put himself at a disadvantage in order to allow for the long term plan to be executed. One instance is the Reversi game where he intentionally bet away his own existence so that Kurami would attain his memories, before letting Shiro finish the game off in his place.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's openly a pervert and proud of it, but he absolutely refuses to see his sister Shiro in a state of undress and will go to great lengths to prevent it. He also thinks that Plum's fetish of licking people's sweat off their feet and Leila's masochism are too extreme.
  • Exact Words: One of Sora's specialties. He can twist his words in such a way that they always fall under the pledges, but at the same time hide his true motive from his opponent until it's too late. Stephanie quickly learns this and is at his mercy.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Due to extensively hoarding himself indoors with only his computer as a light source and pouring countless hours into video games, Sora's eyes have perpetual exhaustion creases.
  • Expy: With his smug attitude, sharp logic, and simultaneous disillusionment and fascination with humanity, Sora may as well be a slightly more heroic Durarara!!'s Izaya.
  • Evil Laugh: He sometimes gives these even though he's supposed to be good.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: The light novels revealed that his misanthropy began when he asked a classmate to walk home together and she rejected him, fearful for any rumor that may arise.
  • The Gadfly: He trolls Ino by playing up that he's Comically Missing the Point. Sora proposes a game where the stakes were betting Izuna's panties for Stephanie's, but when Ino becomes angered, Sora decides he wanted someone else's panties and offers Jibril's, followed by Shiro's (adding that wanting an eleven year old's panties was sick), before finally asking if he wanted Sora's panties. All of this was done to test the Warbeast's alleged mind-reading ability and as Sora suspected it was all a farce.
  • Gender Bender: After getting sick of waiting outside the baths while the girls wash themselves, Sora asks Feel if she can use magic to turn him into a girl so he can join them. Feel replies that she can but the spell would be permanent, Sora still considers the option before Shiro prohibits it.
  • Glad I Thought of It: He takes credit for noticing Kurami's cheating, prompting Shiro to point out that she noticed it.
  • Gratuitous English: Sometimes drops English words mid-dialogue like "perfect plan", "card counting", and "checkmate".
  • Guile Hero: Because Imanity has no magic to survive in this sixteen-way battle royale for territories in Disboard, Sora resorts to logic, subterfuge and even outright manipulation to give them a fighting chance.
  • Handy Feet: The pilot shows him and Shiro each controlling two characters with two game controllers. However when Shiro drops out from fatigue, Sora is forced to take over her characters and controls the additional two characters with his feet and still manages to win!
  • Harem Seeker: Specifically a Cat Girl harem which he seeks from the Warbeasts.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: When saying to Jibril that humanity sucks, he includes himself, and that only having Shiro, one of the few really special humans around, makes him feel a little bit better.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In Volume 5, some characters note that despite being skilled at fooling others, Sora deliberately allows himself to cultivate an image of being untrustworthy. Steph in particular comes to this epiphany about Sora.
    If he was so good at lying, then why carry himself in such a way as to always be suspected a liar?
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: In his own words, he's at that age so he has sexual needs, sexual needs, and sexual needs. and even sexual needs!
  • Hope Bringer: Elchea was in the throes of despair, then he and Shiro came along and proved that Imanity could rise to greatness again. His coronation speech is all about inspiring the people.
  • Humans Are Flawed: He has absolutely no faith in humanity in general, himself included, yet he still believes in humanity's potential, which he believes is embodied in Shiro.
  • Humans Are Special: Despite having no faith in humanity, he gives a Rousing Speech to Imanity in his "we are the weak" speech, declaring that even though they were the weakest race they still survived through thick and thin using their wits and it was their weakness that made them special. He also strongly defends Imanity's reputation against Jibril. Sora remarks that even though to the Flugel, Imanity were nothing more than ants, that didn't mean ants were weak and powerless.
  • I Gave My Word: According to Volume 5, when Sora makes a promise, he treats it as an absolute oath.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Reveals to Jibril that along with his disillusionment with humanity and considering them misguided idiots, he also groups himself with the rest of them. The only exception he makes is Shiro who he believes embodies humanity's potential and his desire is to be as amazing as she is.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Sora applies a lot of skills he learned from video games into ruling a race. For example, he learned how to handle domestic affairs by playing a lot of Civilization. However, he knows that despite being a master at Dating Sims, he's absolutely clueless about what love is like.
  • Indy Ploy: Thanks to his great manipulation skills, he's capable of adapting his strategy in the slight possibility of a wrench being throw in his and Shiro's plans. In volume 5, he even lampshaded that turning the tables is his job as the other half of "『  』"
  • Innocently Insensitive: Because he has been detached from society for too long, he has little idea as to how to consider others' feelings. This went to borderline Kick the Dog levels in Episode 7 when he goes into a Despair Event Horizon-fueled rant against Stephanie's grandfather upon discovering that Elchea lost much of its land under his reign, causing her to run off crying. When Shiro calls him out on this, Sora, visibly wry with remorse, mulls that perhaps he ran his mouth off out of shock, and to his credit, later makes up for it by changing his opinion towards Stephanie's grandfather upon discovering that he was far smarter than he let on (see the Pet the Dog entry below).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sora is smug, condescending and perverted at his worst, and will not hesitate to manipulate people if it suits him, but when push comes to shove his heart is always in the right place.
  • The Kirk: Being both extremely intelligent and highly charismatic, Sora is able to be logical minded but keeping a healthy dose of expressions, drawing people (who don't really know any better) to him.
  • Large Ham: He can get extremely over the top and passionate in contrast with his quiet and reserved sister. It only gets worse with time.
  • Loophole Abuse: He's aware that being caught cheating is grounds for instant defeat, so he works around this rule by cheating as discreetly as possible, and even then as a countermeasure against cheating opponents.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Sora is extremely perverted and makes no attempt to keep this secret. He jumps at every opportunity to see Stephanie in a state of undress, twisting and contorting the laws of Disboard to force these outcomes. His only limitation that he has set is he refuses to see or do anything perverted with Shiro, by virtue of her being his sister and only eleven years old, though Shiro herself doesn't seem to mind.
  • Moment of Weakness: Shiro remarks that Sora could've just ordered Stephanie to belong to him or be his slave, instead of falling in love with him, out of fear of staying single for the rest of his life. He properly recognized that he Didn't Think This Through.
  • Moral Guardians: Believe it or not, he's an in-universe example because he can't allow anything rated R-18 to happen around Shiro, because she's a little kid.
  • No-Sell: Because he's from another world, he and Shiro lack spirits that all life in Disboard possess, granting him immunity from spirit-influencing spells, such as the Sirens' seduction magic. This is what ultimately allows him to fulfill the conditions and awaken Leila by completely rejecting her, because what she sought was unobtainable love.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: While he apparently did nothing but play, sleep and delegate bureaucratic work to Stephanie during his first few weeks as King (together with Shiro), the latter discovers (much to her shock) that all this time Sora has been researching everything about Disboard, particularly the state of Imanity, and is simply reluctant to act because he has too little information to make his move with as little risk as possible.
    Sora: Only a fool will fight battles he cannot reasonably win.
  • Oblivious to Love: After 18 years without a girlfriend or even talking to another girl his age, Sora really can't understand a maiden's heart, so Stephanie's moments of real love towards him pass under his radar and he is not conscious of Shiro's crush on him.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has one after making the mistake of assuming Kurami only had one trick up her sleeve, not anticipating her using mind control magic to control his pieces.
  • The One Guy: So far the only relevant male character around a whole cast of gamer chicks (as Tet doesn't count).
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Somewhere in the light novels, in order to test the limitations of the Ten Pledges, Sora made Stephanie "become Sora" for 30 minutes. The girl then proceeded to act like a total Jerkass with a god-complex — exactly as she sees him at his worst. He then tried the same with Jibril, who literally became a copy of Soranote  and then started to act like some kid with a rampant imagination. Shiro declares both interpretations of him quite close to home, and Sora, clearly embarrassed, then decides he'll need some time for self-review.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: While he does hate Earth's society, he nevertheless has great faith in human potential and gave one such speech to all the people of Elchea.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He only cheats if he's aware his opponents are trying to cheat against him. If they fight fair, so will he.
  • Pet the Dog: Occasionally acts nice towards Stephanie, and without ulterior motives, too. One notable example is thanking her in Episode 5 for dealing with unruly citizens, thus contributing to Elchea's recovery in her own way. In the next episode, even after defeating Jibril (and winning both the National Library of Elchea and her servitude), he nevertheless allows her to remain in the Library, and also grants her access to his tablet pad (which he originally placed as his bet), which contains thousands of e-books detailing life on his (and Shiro's) home world. And in Episode 7, he indirectly apologizes to Stephanie for insulting her grandfather, having realized that all this time he knew what he was doing.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Sora was lucky enough to have been able to bring his phone and tablet (along with a solar charger) over from the real world and is as dependant on it in Disboard as he was there, constantly seen using it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Delivers a hard-hitting one to Kurami at the end of the King/Queen of the Humans competition for losing faith in humanity to the point at which she'd honestly believe that they can't survive without the backing of a superior race. He verbally bashes her so hard she loses her cool facade and breaks down crying like a little kid.
    • He delivers a much longer one in Volume 5. To sum it up, he tells the queen of the Sirens how stupid it is to wait 800 years for someone to come win her love and make her wait up, particularly her assumption that someone would love her even though there's nothing about her that he could love.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: Or more specifically, royal armband of leadership. Sora wears his crown around his left arm as opposed to Shiro who wears hers on her head.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Many of the things he does comes off this way, such as his tactics during the chess game against Kurami where he instills a lot of confidence in his pieces, and later attempts to have the enemy queen do a Heel–Face Turn by appealing to her heart. And in his match against Miko, their game turns out to be a simple coin toss.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: As early as childhood, Sora has shown sheer disillusionment with society (frequently hidden behind his smiles), until he met Shiro, who amazed him with her intelligence and perceptiveness, convincing him that perhaps humanity still has potential to transcend its limitations.
  • Ret Gone: At the end of Episode 8, after giving to Shiro some encouraging words, Sora just vanished. Nobody but her can remember him and he even disappears from the ending, that looks and sounds like it's being poorly edited after his disappearance. Then it turns out it was an effect of his wild gambit to force Kurami (and Feel) to cooperate with (and trust) him in dealing with the Warbeasts by betting away their existence (and their sidekicks' loyalties) in a game of Reversi.
  • Sherlock Scan: Sora's impressive ability to read people allows him to draw many conclusions through simple conversations, such as figuring out Kurami's Blatant Lies from what she had just said.
  • Smug Smiler: Sports these every now and then when feeling especially devious.
  • So Proud of You: He's in tears over the fact that Shiro has full control over Jibril as her master, saying how proud he is of his little sister.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Sora fits most of the criteria; he's a NEET that is unparalleled in both his gaming skills. In addition, and the main reason he fits this trope more than his sister, is because he gains a veritable harem of hot women (including said sister) who either love or become his property by one means or another. What distinguishes him from most light novel protagonists is he's not a stereotypical Nice Guy, being incredibly arrogant and often manipulates those around him for personal gain, along with the fact he's in all aspects still a normal human and defeats others using his own wits rather than any powers that he acquires along the way. It's a plot point that Immanity are the "weakest" species in Disboard, Sora instead sees this as the ultimate strength and he only becomes more formidable as he defeats and forms alliances with the various other species.
  • The Strategist: Sora has a brilliant mind for tactical thinking, and has a firm understanding of the psychology of the opposing player.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Sora can relate to Feel's disillusionment with her fellow Elves as well as her devotion to Kurami, much in the same way he devotes himself to Shiro, the only human who can truly understand him.
  • Thanatos Gambit: In Episode 9, he reveals a rather elaborate plan to get Kurami and Feel to join them in their game against the Warbeasts — which involved sacrificing his own existence. Fortunately, Death Is Cheap in this series and he eventually comes back, but even the former called him out for so crazy a gambit.
  • The Trickster: One of Sora's strengths that allows him to come out on top is his ability to come up with outrageous ideas that defies the normal game rules without actually breaking them, as well as the fact he can adapt on the spot to suit the circumstances.
    • This is best shown in the chess game against Kurami, where he quickly realizes it isn't a standard chess game and quickly adapts to Kurami's unorthodox rules by being even more outlandish: opting to motivate the chess pieces with a Rousing Speech and using his skills from Dating Sims to convince Kurami's queen to pull a Heel–Face Turn, and finally when it becomes clear they can't touch the enemy pieces due to mind control magic Sora orchestrates a revolt among the enemy pieces to dethrone the tyrant king and have him assassinated.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Despite being a master at Dating Sims, Sora is well aware that they don't translate to actual practice, and that his borderline misanthropy leaves him unable to comprehend what love is.
  • World's Strongest Man: He became the strongest and most dangerous man thanks to being an unbeatable gamer in an RPG-Mechanics Verse world such as Disboard.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: He's aware that betting away Imanity's Exceed piece to the Warbeasts would certainly cause an uproar among the general populace. Which he doesn't mind, knowing very well that Kurami (and Feel) will use the opportunity to resurface and challenge him anew — allowing him to force them to play double-agent to the Elves, but also to convince the former that he's nobody's pawn. He also deliberately planned all these to not only force Imanity to watch him intently and show them how he does things, but also make it far more difficult for the Warbeasts to cheat with such a large audience intently observing.

Shiro

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"Nii, you've said all you need is me..."
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English), Bárbara Bustamante (Latin American Spanish)

Sora's younger, 11-year-old stepsister and fellow gamer, this time as the analytical half of "『  』".


  • A-Cup Angst: When they arrived at Disboard, one of her first concerns was about nutrition, because she wanted to "get bigger". Sora reassures her that she's already beautiful as she is. This is lampshaded in Episode 2, when she tries one of Stephanie's childhood dresses and is shocked to discover that it's quite large on the chest area.
  • Action Girl: She turns into one during the game in Episode 11. Sora notes that she's much more talented than he is in FPSs, the game they're currently playing. She's more than a match for Izuna even with the latter's cheating.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Everyone who has known Shiro has expressed dismay about her extreme intelligence and maturity, to the point that she became a shut-in.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: One of the first things the audience learns of her is that she has a communication disorder. In Japanese parlance, that is a catch-all phrase that covers not only what is strictly the medical definition of this term, such as Speech Impediment, but also such things as social anxiety or autism.
  • Badass Adorable: Not that she gets to show her gaming skills quite as blatantly as Sora, but once she gets her chance (mostly if playing an FPS), this otherwise helplessly cute little girl readily shows why she is half of one of the gaming world's most feared guilds.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Sora is the only person who understands and appreciates her intelligence and doesn't alienate her for it. Shiro repays this by following him unconditionally.
  • Big Brother Attraction: She has harboured feelings for her brother that go beyond fraternal love since she was 3 years old.
  • Cat Smile: Often spots this thanks to the design of her mouth. It help to emphasize that, whenever Shiro does smile, she's being specially mischievous.
  • Child Prodigy: She's extremely brilliant for her age, especially in terms of her gaming skill. A flashback then takes it Up to Eleven, were she was seen passing all intelligence tests given to her back as a 1-year-old. At that age, most toddlers are still starting to speak.
  • Children Are Innocent: Averted, but she sometimes uses this notion as an excuse for her actions.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Doesn't like it when Sora takes a shine to other girls (such as Stephanie). This is showcased in Episode 5, when she refuses to let Sora lose to Stephanie to make him a "fulfilled human" (i.e., rich and with a girlfriend), going so far as to elbow him and play in his place, while pettily continuing to punish Stephanie as payback.
    • Not even Sora's "daughter" is allowed to take prevalence over her in Sora's eyes. When Sora was ready to glomp his daughter, Shiro literally punched him in the face.
  • Color Failure: She's prone to this from time to time, such as after being temporarily separated from Sora in Episode 2, and in Episode 11, when she realized the virtual-reality venue of her and Sora's game against Izuna looks too similar to modern-day Tokyo.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Her unparalleled analytical skills and taking into consideration of external factors allows her to anticipate her opponent's moves to a level that borderlines on precognition as Izuna finds out.
  • Cry Cute
    • In Episode 3, she breaks down in tears after losing a Knight during the chess match with Kurami. Sora exploits that to boost their pieces' morale.
      Sora: She, who has shut off her heart, is crying out of her love for you all. And you dare call yourselves men?!
    • At the end of Episode 8, she is left a tearful wreck after Sora disappears amidst his gambit against the Warbeasts.
    • Come next episode, she tearfully apologizes to Sora after winning against Kurami for the second time for not intuiting his moves sooner, which forced him to be temporarily erased from existence.
  • Deuteragonist: Sora may have a somewhat more active role due to his ability to read and manipulate people, but Shiro also has skills that he doesn't possess and both of them make it a point of playing every game together as one. So as such, rather than coming off as a sidekick, she's more of the co-protagonist along with Sora.
  • Dirty Kid: Shows lots of shades of it
    • In Episode 2, she "congratulates" Sora for "graduating from being a virgin", and later kicked him such that he ends up lying on top of a half-naked Stephanie (and accidentally groping her in the process), then proceeded to take pictures of it.
    • In Episode 9 she casually fondles Stephanie's breasts just to convince her that just because Sora was erased from existence doesn't necessarily mean that all his actions had been transferred to her.
    • In Episode 11, upon learning that if she shoots an ally during the Warbeasts' game then they'll become their love slave, she immediately shot Sora.
    • In the light novels, she also admitted to being aware that Sora whacks off to erotic pictures of Stephanie at night.
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted. You might think this at first glance because of her demeanor, but she's just The Stoic. She can be quite emotional at times, especially when it comes to her brother.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite being more perverted than an average 11 year girl and very possesive over her brother, Shiro will always call Sora out whenever he goes as far as to make a girl cry.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: If you look closely, you'll see her iris and pupil resemble one of the shows symbols: the power up button.
  • Expy: She might as well be a younger, albino Mashiro Shiina from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (complete with the same voice actress) — talented but pretty strange, and may or may not be autistic. They even have similar names with Shiro meaning white for both girls.
  • Gamer Chick: Only 11 years old and she's already kicking digital ass.
  • Handy Feet: The pilot episode shows her controlling two controllers with her feet as her hands are busy eating.
  • Hates Baths: According to Sora, she stopped bathing a long time ago due to their pathological need to be never too far away from each other, and that Sora watching her bathe is essentially child porn.
  • Heroic Albino: Her hair is pale blue, almost white, and even her skin is very pale.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers one at the end of Episode 8, after Sora disappears. In the light novel she spent the rest of the day crying, while in the anime all she sees are shades of gray, even as she played games with Stephanie and Jibril, hoping she can convince them that her "Nii" existed.
  • Hulk Speak: The English version of the manga translates Shiro's speech in a somewhat broken manner to reflect the "communication disorder" she's supposed to have.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Shiro holds the records for best player in FPS games and uses those skills in the Warbeast dating shooter game where she's able to ricochet her bullet off multiple walls to intercept the bullet of an opponent.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Showed incredible intellect from a very early age, so much so that researchers isolated her so they could study her. While she put up with the tests and games they had her do, she seemed bored and lonely until she met Sora.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Tends to engage in this once in a while, usually whenever Sora is getting too extreme, or Stephanie is "being a Steph".
  • Little Sister Heroine: She's actually Sora's stepsister. She adores him, to the point of hinting she might have a crush on him. Sora only loves Shiro as his cute little sister, though.
  • Moment of Weakness: In episode 9, she started to consider that Sora may be a false memory, and was about to throw a chess game against Jibril just to rid herself of the pain of remembering a brother who may have never existed. Only by remembering the vow she made to never lose did she manage to trudge on to victory.
  • No-Sell: Like Sora, because she's not of Disboard she lacks spirits within her body, allowing her to be immune to magic that interacts with spirits.
  • Not So Stoic: In Episode 3, she breaks down in tears when she realized that she couldn't win the magic chess game conventionally, thinking that she broke the promise she and Sora made. In Episode 5, her voice curiously sounds really uneasy when Sora was really considering losing on purpose to Stephanie. And at the end of Episode 8 she falls into a Heroic BSoD upon discovering that her brother is nowhere to be found.
  • Omniglot: Learned Imanity (the language) only minutes after reading a book, and apparently knows eighteen different languages, including their classical versions. (In the anime, at least, she mentions that the written and spoken languages are the same, so since the spoken language is just Japanese, she could have figured it out by correlating grapheme frequencies with phoneme frequencies. One would only need a page or so to be reasonably sure of the meanings, and a genius-level mathematical savant could have done the necessary calculations in her head easily.)
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In Episode 5 she reminds Sora that they can only lose to each other.
  • Photographic Memory: She's able to memorize complicated things by only seeing it once. In the game against the Flügels. where they need to find the 46 katakana characters among thousands of Flügels, she's able to memorize both the Flügels with characters on them and the character they have.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    Shiro: Chess is not different from tic-tac-toe.
  • Prescience by Analysis: She can anticipate opponent movements to borderline precognition levels, which she can calculate through complex equations that take into account many parameters.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Wears her hair in such a way that it extends way beyond her feet. It's part of the reason Stephanie calls her a "high born Ojou-sama" when she wears one of her old dresses.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Cute young girl? Check. Light blue hair? Check. Unnatural reddish eyes? Check. Pale skin? Check. Very quiet, calm and reclusive nature? Check.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: She uses her sailor uniform despite never going to school. The light novel reveals, through a memory, that she uses it because her Nii said she looked cute in it.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She has long light blue hair and she's pretty quiet, soft-spoken and reclusive most of the time.
  • Smart People Play Chess: And super geniuses memorize the 10^120 possible states of the board so that way all she needs to do is move her pieces the better way to checkmate her opponent.
    • Although it's clear that her Badass Boast that "[for her] chess is no different from tic-tac-toe" is mere hyperbole; she may have memorized a massive set of states, but Sora claims that her algorithms can fail against certain imperfect strategies (which Shiro doesn't dispute), hence Tet's strategy to Do Well, but Not Perfect was potentially dangerous for her and Sora needed to let her know which moves were psychological rather than strategic.
  • The Spock: The most logical, intelligent and stone-faced of the main characters.
  • The Stoic: She rarely shows much emotion at all on her face. She's not an Emotionless Girl though.
  • The Strategist: Although Sora seems to be better than her in this department, Shiro is quite the strategist herself, and is able to keep up with her brother's tactics.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Stoic and reserved, but still a loving little girl who adores her brother Sora.
  • Third-Person Person: As is common for a child, Shiro sometimes speaks in third-person.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Of the original quartet (until Izuna joins). Justified, as she's only a preteen.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She has quite an active sexual imagination for an eleven year old, not minding if Sora does something R-Rated with Steph and even tries to make it happen.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: No matter how much she humiliates Stephanie via a gradual Shameful Strip, Shiro actually likes Stephanie. When Sora ask her if she was mad at Steph, Shiro says she isn't, implying she's more angry at him. Later, when Sora accidentally made Stephanie cry after insulting her grandfather one too many times, she calls him out on this.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Shiro is far more intelligent than your average 11-year-old.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has very long light blue hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high socks and shows a tiny bit of skin between them and her skirt.

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    Imanity 
The sixteenth-ranking (as in dead last) Exceed, Imanity is Disboards' most human-like race. Without magic or superpowers, they have become a dying race and culture, now reduced to the city-state of Elchea and its surrounding territories. With Sora and Shiro's ascent to King/Queen of Elchea, they begin a campaign of reclaiming lost lands, while Stephanie handles bureaucratic affairs.

Tropes common to Imanity as a whole

  • Being Human Sucks: Imanity is ranked dead last because they cannot use or even detect magic, they are not physically strong, and they have short lives. They only had to rely on their intellect and cunning to survive, and after Tet's banning of violence, they slowly turned into a dying race because all of the other races started to incorporate intelligence into their advantages, leaving Imanity with even greater disadvantages. Most Exceeds above Imanity even go as far as to dismiss them because of their lowly Exceed rank. They are not actually Exceeds at all, but a native species in Disboard, elevated to such a position due to the actions of Riku, Schwi and Corone Dora which led to the birth of Tet, god of games.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Sora thinks Imanity's advantage over other races is entirely in skill. In the past, Imanity has ruled over the continent solely because they used their intelligence and cunning to overcome their more powerful enemies. It's in the same way that Sora and Shiro plan to take Imanity to the top of the Exceed hierarchy.

Stephanie Dora

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"Mock me however you want, but take back what you said about Grandpa...!"
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese), Sara Ornelas (English), Ruth Costanzo (Latin American Spanish)

Sixteen-year-old commoner and ex-crown princess of Elchea, by way of her late grandfather. Determined to restore his honor, she participated in the inheritance games but failed miserably, until an encounter with Sora and Shiro convinced her that perhaps her kin still has hope.


  • The Ace: Questionable gaming skills aside, Stephanie is shown to excel in every other department, which comes in handy after Sora and Shiro win dominion over Elchea, where she handles most of the political work while the siblings play games with other races. When Sora and Shiro find out she graduated high school with honors and has friends, they're both quite shocked to hear that. Inu notes that she's actually a far better gambler than she thinks she is and she would recognize this were she not bringing herself down by constantly comparing herself to "『  』".
  • All-Loving Heroine: Sora tells Stephanie that her biggest flaw is that she's too trusting and wishes to see the best in everyone.
  • Audience Surrogate: Being nothing special at games or strategy, Stephanie needs a lot of things explained to her by Sora and Shiro (and also for the benefit of the audience).
  • Bad Liar: Stephanie cannot tell an effective lie, much less with a straight face, which sometimes proves detrimental to Sora's strategies, which heavily rely on guile.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: She gets very little sleep between the end of volume 3 and the end of volume 5 because of all the background work Sora and Shiro have her doing. There's the paperwork for annexing the Eastern Union, the constant challenges from all the big whigs of Elchea when it comes to distributing the new lands, researching the Siren's game in her grandfather's library, and then more paperwork for annexing Oceana and arranging the alliance with Avant Heim.
  • Berserk Button: She won't tolerate any insult towards her late grandfather, the last King of Elchea, and wants to prove to humanity that he wasn't a "foolish king".
  • Butt-Monkey: By the end of the first volume, the poor girl has been reduced from elegant princess of Elchea to pet princess of Sora and Shiro. Then it went Up to Eleven during Episodes 5-6, where she was forced to act like a dog for a day as punishment for losing to Sora in blackjack (and out of spite for her being more socially-adept than he or Shiro), and later forced her to "tank" for them during the "materialization shiritori" game against Jibril. Sora and Shiro even start using her name as a derogatory term.
    Shiro: Shut up, Steph You're just a Steph.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Literally, with a toy gun to boot. Throughout the game against Izuna (a 1-to-4 handicap), all she apparently did was get shot at by NPCs and Izuna. Then she ultimately proved to be Sora and Shiro's metaphorical middle finger to the Warbeasts' underhanded tactics — having already calculated NPC moves, the duo then had Stephanie ride on the back of one, keep her eyes shut so Izuna and Inu could never detect anything from her, and gun down Izuna at the appropriate time (just as the latter has began gloating over her apparent victory).
  • Cry Cute: In Episode 7, she gets upset at Sora after he goes into a despair-filled tirade against her grandfather for his eight-peat skid against the Warbeasts and storms off crying (even as Shiro berates her brother). Later in that episode, she instead sheds tears of relief after Sora changes his mind regarding her grandfather and hands her his secret journal, fully vindicating her belief that her grandfather is no fool.
  • Crush Filter: Due to Sora's order forcing her to fall in love with him, every time Stephanie sees him, he looks like a total princely Bishōnen.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Sora notes that her greatest weaknesses are her habit of over-analyzing things and a really bad poker face, allowing her opponent to easily read and outplay her. When she doesn't care anymore and just plays by pure instinct, however, he also notes that she can become just as good as he is, and can possibly even defeat Shiro.
  • The Eeyore: As plucky as she can be, she's also quite pessimistic about Imanity's chances of keeping Elchea. This annoys Sora to no end, who complains about how Not So Different she is from Kurami.
  • The Face: She's the one interacting with the ministers of Elchea's government, she's more comfortable addressing crowds than Sora or Shiro, and she has connections to all the noble families in the country because she has school friends in every one of them.
  • Fatal Flaw: While she isn't too stupid (to the siblings' shock), she's indeed too trusting and ingenue, and really needs to learn to be a Steph ahead of her opponent.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Her baking skills are quite good, considering that she was able to make delicious cookies even with what meager food resources Elchea had.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Her hair is decorated with a large blue flower-shaped hairpin, a gift from her late grandfather. She also uses it to conceal the key to his secret chamber.
  • Foil: Stephanie is everything Sora and Shiro are not. She finished high school (with honors), has friends (with influences), is rich, cheerful, plucky, a princess and also has big boobs. Unfortunately, the siblings have the gaming skills that she doesn't have, which, in such a world as Disboard, is the one skill that really matters.
  • Gag Boobs: Her breasts frequently make silly sound effects as they bounce around. Also in episode 2, they were compared to a pair of flans.
  • Going Commando: In any given episode there is a strong possibility that her panties will either disappear, get confiscated or lost in a bet, thus forcing her to go about without them.
  • Head Desk: She repeatedly slams her head against whatever is nearby out of frustration whenever she is forced to uphold her end of any loss or attempt to deny her growing feeling for Sora. Said thing her head is slamming always ends up breaking before her head does.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite effectively running Elchea and constantly thwarting the selfish nobles, she still considers herself to be nothing more than a Butt-Monkey errand girl for "『  』". Inu, after watching both her political and gambling skills firsthand, notes that she'd actually make a great ruler were she not constantly comparing herself to Sora and Shiro, who are at a completely different level (as in the one where they can actually go toe-to-toe with Tet himself).
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: While playing a game of blackjack against Sora, Stephanie tries to cheat by false shuffling. However, Sora not only notices but uses said cheating to help him count the cards.
  • Identical Granddaughter: To her ancestor Corone Dora, Riku's younger stepsister and the first Queen of Elchea.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her name is shorthanded to "Steph" by Sora and Shiro.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: She frequently slams her head against whatever is nearby in frustration, leaving holes or large cracks in the wall, yet she always walks away with at worst a few cuts and bleeds.
  • Large Ham: Not as frequent as Sora, but she also raises her voice several times throughout the series.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Much like her grandfather(or so he seemed until his plan was discovered), Stephanie is prone to making absurdly huge bets even with mediocre gaming skills at best. Much of the series' humor stems from her constantly losing to Sora and Shiro in games due to misplaced bravado and ending up being forced to do something extremely embarrassing. Sora chews her out for this in Episode 5.
  • Love Epiphany: Jibril speculates that Stephanie may be in love with Sora in Episode 7 when she makes some sweets for them. Cue Stephanie banging her head against the table.
  • Male Gaze: Frequently. To put into perspective, in her Versus Character Splash, rather than her face, we are instead treated to a Panty Shot. This also served as Foreshadowing to the fact that not only would she lose to Shiro, but would also be forced to hand over her panties for Shiro to wear on her head.
  • The McCoy: The most passionate and people-oriented of the trio. Unfortunately, her habit of acting without thinking (or not knowing better) has caused her more harm than good.
  • Ms. Exposition: While she doesn't have the first clue about gaming and it's Sora who provides the Info Dumps in that department, she is quite knowledgeable about the history and culture of Disboard which is helpful for Sora and Shiro who are newcomers to this land.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She really believes games are more about luck and chance than intelligence and guile, which leaves her at the mercy of more manipulative people (such as Sora).
  • No Poker Face: This is one of the reasons why she's so terrible at games; her face reveals everything. Unfortunately for her, she's constantly at the mercy of Sora who specialises at reading people.
  • Nosebleed: She gets this when giving doughnuts to Izuna, overcome with cuteness at feeding her.
  • Only Sane Woman: She provides a "normal" perspective on the bizarre behavior of 『  』, and later Jibril as well.
  • Person as Verb: Sora and Shiro once took to calling her "a Steph". The girl just cannot decide whether or not this is derogatory.
  • Plucky Girl: No matter how many times Sora and Shiro defeat her, the girl just won't give up. This actually gives her some results (see Took a Level in Badass below).
  • Politically Active Princess: She pretty much kept Elchea going after her grandfather's death and she takes care of all political matters while Sora and Shiro find ways to win games with other races.
  • Power Copying: Ino compliments her in volume 4 by saying that her style of play has come to resemble that of 『  』's, full of cheats and mind games.
  • Princess Classic: She is the beautiful, kind and innocent princess of Elchea and she always wears an elegant dress given to her by her grandfather. Unfortunately, she loses her position and now is Sora and Shiro's plaything.
  • Proper Lady: She was raised to be polite and graceful etc. as expected of a princess, but her time with Sora and Shiro has led to a decay of these traits. By volume 4, she wonders where her "lady's grace" has gone.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Much of the fanservice the series has been at the poor ex-princess's expense, after a long string of lost bets against Blank, she loses almost all her clothes and only ends up with a loincloth to cover herself with.
  • Riches to Rags: By the time she came knocking onto Sora and Shiro's lodging, she has been reduced from a dignified princess to literally wearing nothing but her panties and a Modesty Bedsheet.
  • The Rival: To Shiro for Sora's affection, especially in the beginnings when she still was under Sora's command of "falling for him" and Shiro didn't have a firm friendship with her. The anime downplays it.
  • Sexy Secretary: When not serving as Sora and Shiro's plaything, she works like one, doing paperwork for them and screening visitors, most likely in cosplay.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Because she normally says things without thinking them through, Stephanie is sometimes able to say some wise things since she doesn't consider logic or having solid proof.
    • This is shown well during the time when Sora disappeared; despite not remembering him, she was able to deduce that his disappearance may have something to do with a game he played under the 10 Pledges.
    • In Volume 4, she's able to tell there's something fishy on the Dhampires and Seiranes' plan to awake Leila, since it involves betting up their lives when the ones getting beneficed are the former Exceeds. Turns out, she was right and it was her self-preservation instinct talking on how they all were being both players and pieces.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Sora and Shiro were shocked when Stephanie proved to be very politically, academically and socially adept. In the light novels, after Sora is surprised that Steph understands the possible ramifications of Feel opposing slavery in her home country, Steph points out that she has to be knowledgeable about politics, since Sora and Shiro stuck her with the job of running the country.
    Sora: I mean, Steph is a Steph...
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Though originally compelled by the Pledges by Sora to love him, she gradually began to genuinely fall in love with Sora as time passed. It's implied that it's not just because of Sora's command (because, according to Jibril, Steph was only commanded to fall in love, not stay in love with Sora).
  • Tears of Joy: After Sora and Shiro win the chess match against Kurami and win back her clothes given to her by her grandfather, in the process vindicating his belief that Imanity can thrive even without magic.
  • Through His Stomach: Jibril theorizes that Stephanie subconsciously is using pastries and other sweets to gain Sora's affections, no matter how much she denies it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While she's still nowhere near the competency level of Sora and Shiro, the days she spent playing with them actually helped develop her gaming and strategic skills, such that she can hold her own perfectly against any human who dare cross her (or the siblings).
  • Tsundere: For Sora. After the latter accidentally orders her to fall in love with him after losing at a game of rock-paper-scissors, Stephanie would have no choice but to comply. This leads her to spontaneously switch from love-sick to slamming her head against the wall in frustration at herself. Although she's starting to fall in love with him for real.
  • Verbal Tic: Always finishes her sentences with "desu wa", likely to showcase her royal upbringing.
  • The Watson: Helps shine some light on 『  』's strategies. Often makes her look less intelligent than she actually is.

Kurami Zierh

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"Not believing in humans, yet believing in the possibility of humans...Interesting. Very well, I'll try to believe too."
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi (Japanese), Kara Greenberg (English)

An 18-year-old girl who has aligned herself with the Elves, the seventh-ranking race, to become Queen of the Humans.


  • A-Cup Angst: In Episode 10, when Sora says they should do introductions, she does a very brief one about herself. When she refuses to say more, he starts spouting personal things about her, such as wearing a padded bra. She then cuts him off and says she'll do it properly. Later when she protests wanting to take a bath with them all, Feel inadvertently verifies what Sora was suspecting earlier when she says Kurami isn't confident about her bust size, especially compared to the other girls with much larger breasts.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: In the light novel, she's greatly distressed with Sora's memories because a great amount of them are nearly 18 years of H-games, ero novels and porn, and now they're all uploaded in her brain, alongside all the angst Sora had to endure back at Earth.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she sticks with Feel through thick and thin is because the latter treated her more like a daughter than a slave, even if she has to put her reputation as nobleman at risk.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Constantly deluded herself that Sora and Shiro may have been working with another race (when in truth, they've nothing but their wits and each other to get by). It actually got worse by the time she is seen again, having come to the conclusion that the Warbeasts, who defeated Imanity eight times, Elves four, and Jibril once, must have been backing the siblings. It got so bad Sora had to deliberately play poorly so she gets his memories just to convince her that he's nobody's mole.
  • Blatant Lies: She keeps insisting that she's not a crybaby, despite Feel's notes that she often whimpers whenever she's not around, let alone the fact that she was already reduced into a blubbering mess twice before Sora, Shiro and Stephanie.
  • Character Development: Over time, as a result of losing to Sora and Shiro, and seeing Sora's memories, she gains more faith in humanity's potential, at the cost of starting to question her own worth as a gamer compared to Blank. After defeating Ron Barter at Oracle Card, a game exclusively used by elves, she tells him not to underestimate Imanity; it's quite like Sora once said to her.
  • Cry Cute: Played for Laughs at the end of the King of Humans competition, when Sora mind-broke her so hard with his "The Reason You Suck" Speech she is reduced into tearful blabbering about how her efforts with Feel were wasted. This is repeated after losing again to him (and waking up from being temporarily rendered brain-dead).
  • Defeat Means Friendship: While it took two defeats, she decides to help Sora and Shiro after Episode 9's duel, having learned more about them and why they're doing things the way they are in order to help Imanity.
  • Determined Defeatist: The core of her policy of aligning herself with other races is based on this sort of thinking. Because she believes Imanity can't achieve anything on their own, she acquires aid from the Elves, which she stated was very hard in and of itself.
  • Empty Shell: She was temporarily reduced to this state after losing again to Sora in a game of Reversi with their existence at stake. Sora, however, later willingly gives it back, in the process sharing each other's memories, convincing her that Sora is trustworthy.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Downplayed — while Sora has no problems about an Imanity-Elf alliance, he does find her lack of faith in human potential appalling.
  • Full-Name Basis: In some of their earlier scenes together, Kurami calls Steph "Stephanie Dola."
  • Happily Adopted: Of a sorts, by Feel, her elven master, who is also basically her mother.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Zig-zagged. On the one hand, Feel is a kind owner and caring friend to Kurami. On the other hand, even with Feel around, Kurami has a lifetime worth of unpleasant memories from being a slave.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Now with all of Sora's memories, Clammy can't help to compare herself to him and she starts to believe she relies too much on Feel's magic (as in being a burden to her) and decides she needs to improve her game without it. She also can't comprehend why Feel, someone who could have been a legend around her family and race for actually being a Class-6, decided to put herself down, live the humiliation of being considered less than she is and take great risks just for an Imanity she calls "friend".
  • Hero of Another Story: The light novels normally take a chapter or mention at the end about her and Feel's efforts on the emancipation and abolition of slavery in Elvengard.
  • Hidden Buxom: Subverted — she claims she's the type who "looks smaller in clothes", but Sora saw through it and concluded it's just Feel's illusion magic at work.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She didn't just lose because Sora and Shiro were better players — they also tricked her into hastily using her spells, leaving her open to a well-aimed mind-breaking courtesy of Sora.
  • Identical Grandson: Judging from her childhood memories, she greatly resembles her ancestor, Nonna Zierh, who was rescued by Riku and Corone during the Great War. They even share the same Japanese voice actress.
  • Legacy of Service: She's a descendant of a long line of slaves to the Nilvalen household, although she's on pretty good terms with her master, Feel.
  • Not So Different: She's somewhat surprised to find that Sora and Shiro's trust in each other is quite similar to what she and Feel have, even though their circumstances (adoptive siblings vs. slave and owner) are different. As a result, Sora's line about having a trusted partner to cover for him could have come from his memories or Kurami's.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While she's fairly competent and has solid teamwork with Feel, she can't quite compare to Sora and Shiro. This realization troubles her, as does the idea that Feel's doing most of the work.
  • Puppet King: As much as she consciously tells herself that she will defy this trope, Sora punctures her belief time and again, questioning her on whether or not she's just deluding herself, let alone playing right into the elves' hands.
  • The Quisling: She appears to the rest of Imanity as one of their own selling them out to the elves. The truth is complicated... in more ways than one.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: After being inspired by Sora's memories to never give up on human potential, the two part ways on good terms after having forced a tie with Miko, with Kurami promising to change Imanity's lot at Elven lands. This hilariously didn't stop her from wavering her opinion of him back and forth à la Stephanie during the match against Izuna.
    Sora: [Disappointed at how shooting a NPC's panties makes them disappear completely] Damn it! I failed! Why?!
    Kurami: [Sweat drop] I give up on this race. It's full of morons.
  • Shoo the Dog: She tries to get Feel to not be nice to her, because of the stigma of an elven noble affiliating with a slave, but Feel refuses.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Kurami" or "Clammy"? The anime website seems to gravitate towards the even more out-of-the-way "Chlammy", as evidenced by her image file. The localization of the light novels uses "Chlammy."
  • Starter Villain: While far from evil, she's the first major opponent that Sora and Shiro must defeat in order to lead Elchea.
  • Villain Has a Point: Sora, while still enemies with Kurami, agrees that Imanity could use the help of another race, but despises the idea that they would have to become dependent on their new ally.
  • Warm-Up Boss: She's the first major obstacle that Sora and Shiro face off against when they enter the new world. Though she has some tricks up her sleeves, they eventually manage to defeat her solely through their own wits rather than relying on magic like she was.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: When Sora and Shiro confront Kurami about her cheating, she never refers to Feel by name, simply calling her "that elf" and pretending they're strangers, all as part of an act while claiming that Sora and Shiro set her up.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Only aligns herself with the Elves because she believes Imanity, as it is, has absolutely no chance of getting anywhere in Disboard on their own.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears thigh high stockings and shows a tiny bit of skin between them and her skirt.

The Former King of Elchea

"The chances are so close to zero, but it's not quite there yet."
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima (Japanese), Josh Morrison (English)

The last king of Elchea and Stephanie's late grandfather, infamous for losing all Imanity lands save Elchea to other races.


  • Didn't Think This Through: Sora initially thinks this of his plan to hold a gambling tournament to determine his successor, saying that it essentially invites other races to cheat using magic and install a puppet (e.g. Kurami). Once Sora's opinion of the previous king concludes, Sora surmises that the king anticipated this, and so hoped that someone would be able to see through the outside interference, win the throne and compete with the rival Exceeds.
  • The Faceless: His actual face is either almost always obscured or he is seen facing the back. Even his appearance at Stephanie's flashbacks during her game of blackjack against Sora is implied to be just that.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He's posthumously known as a foolish king for a string of losses (including eight to the Warbeasts) yet he holds the key to reversing Imanity's situation.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: How the majority of Imanity (save Stephanie) saw him as, because under his reign their territory, once the largest of the sixteen Exceeds prior to the war of the gods, dwindled to nothing but the small patch of land around the capital. Sora had something to say about the time he lost their library to Jibril.
    Sora: Oh, so you had a library... [flips a (thinly-censored) middle finger to Stephanie] and you just pawned that away?! Are you that stupid?!
  • Loophole Abuse: In his games against the Warbeasts, he lost eight times straight, but his memories were never erased as what happened to Jibril, because, as Sora theorized, they thought him (and all Imanity) to be not worth the effort, and instead chose to give him a Hope Spot, fooling him into losing battles (and giving them more lands), with the stipulation that he keep shut about his ordeals for as long as he lived. Sora notes, however, that there's no rule stating he couldn't "talk" about it after he died, in the form of a journal he kept about the games, locked away in a secret room behind one of his bookshelves, accessible only through a key he gave to Stephanie on his deathbed.
  • No Name Given: He's generally referred to as "the previous king," "Steph's grandfather," or variants thereof.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As Sora discovered in Episode 7, Stephanie's grandfather may be smarter than he let on — while he did lose to Warbeasts eight consecutive times, he bet away territories deemed less productive with current Imanity technology, and was secretly committing his experiences on paper to get around his pledge to never speak of them. While he's aware he's a bad gamer and is going to get a poor historical write-up, he's willing to carry on, hoping to pass on what he learned to whoever will succeed him. Sora's opinion of him greatly improves upon finding out.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: He's well-aware that he's a horrible gamer, so he spent his remaining years preparing his successor. In particular, he played a losing game with Warbeasts eight times just so he could memorize the process and thus provide clues to whoever would succeed him.
  • Playing Card Motifs: His appearance (if it really is) is based on the typical king design used in playing cards.
  • Posthumous Character: He's been dead for at least two years before Sora and Shiro arrived.
  • Royal "We": Uses this in his journal.
  • Thanatos Gambit: He challenged the Warbeasts eight times, knowing that he would always lose, and knowing they intentionally didn't erase his memories because he had no chance of winning. Playing the game so many times did allow him to understand how the game worked. However he was kept under pledge never to reveal the game to anyone so long as he lived, so he instead left the valuable information to his successor after he died. Sora and Shiro take said information and use it to beat the Warbeasts.
  • Troll: Played for Laughs when his granddaughter has a vision of his advice after losing to Sora in a game of blackjack:
    King: If you opponent is another Imanity, you're just screwed. [his apparition moves away as Stephanie begs him to return]
  • Xanatos Gambit: All of his losses were meant to be one of these. For example, gambling Elchea's library away to Jibril, who was looking for a place to keep her growing collection of books. If he somehow wins, then he gets her vast library. If he loses, that's fine, because not only will his successor win back the library, now expanded with Jibril's collection, but he gets to keep a Flugel nearby to observe.

Riku Dora

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"This world, really is a simple "game".
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese), Scott Gibbs (English)

The protagonist of Volume 6. Riku was the leader of a small colony of 2,000 Imanitians during the Great War that laid waste to Disboard 6,000 years ago, and is both the older stepbrother to Corone and husband to Schwi, an Ex-Machina.


  • All-Loving Hero: Schwi believes that he's really this. Despite the despair, death and destruction that the Exceeds are causing, he still wishes for the well-being of all the races.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He seriously burns and loses his left arm after he exposes himself to elemental bones to hide his identity from the other clans.
  • Bandaged Face: He wraps not only his face, but his entire body in bandages after his hands, left eye and all his skin get burnt.
  • Beneath the Mask: On the surface, he appears to be a cold, calm and confident. He maintains this mask behind a lock in order to become a symbol of hope to the people that follow him. Deep down, he's barely holding himself together and trying hard to keep himself from breaking down in despair. The only one he reveals parts of his true self to is Schwi because she can see right through his mask.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Riku has to carry the burden of an entire colony depending on his decisions and being forced to send his own men to their deaths several times. Schwi can see through his cold-hearted mask and kindly helps him open up to his true emotions.
  • The Chains of Commanding: In order to prevent any Exceed from both discovering the whereabouts of the colony as well as not show any hostile action so that the Exceed will not perceive Imanity as a threat, he would order those under his command to run away to their deaths. They all followed his order willingly, knowing that massing together will only lead to their collective doom.
  • The Chessmaster: He managed to manipulate the Exceed into forming alliances with one another while providing each side with information of each others' respective Weapon of Mass Destruction that would ensure a long stalemate and buy him time to come up with a plan to end the Great War. He did so with nothing but bluff and guile.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He became the leader of a small colony of Imanity when he was only 13 years old.
  • The Commandments: The laws of Disboard were not created by Tet. They were created by Riku and Schwi.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His parents died while they were caught in a war between the Flügel and Dragoneers.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He pretends to be an aloof and cold-hearted person. His interactions with Schwi slowly breaks this mask to pieces. Whats underneath it? Someone extremely similar to Sora.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: He outsmarted the Old Dei Artosh, Okein and Kainasu to snatch the Star Grail from underneath their noses.
  • Emotion Suppression: To be a reliable and calculating leader to the colony, Riku has to lock away his emotions and pretend to be nearly heartless. He starts embracing his emotions once he meets Schwi, though.
  • Final Speech: His last words were to Tet, praying for him to make the world a better place, and that he and Schwi will one day challenge and defeat him - two as one.
  • Foil: Riku locks away his emotions in order to become cold, calculating and emotionless. On the other hand, Schwi is an emotionless mechanical lifeform who yearns to understand emotions.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The actions of himself, Schwi and the Ghost's will never be revealed, with Corone helping them wipe out all traces that they had existed. Only two things remained as proof that they had once existed; Riku, Schwi and Corone's names engraved on the underside of the Dora family's heirloom gem, and Tet himself.
  • Guile Hero: Together with Schwi and the Ghosts (177 humans specifically chosen by him for their intelligence and craftiness) manipulated the Exceeds like a game of chess, ensuring a stalemate among them until it led to the end of the Great War.
  • Happily Married: He officially becomes Schwi's husband, and the moments of their marriage which were not spent on The Plan were indeed happy. The only time he is shown to be happy ever is with her.
  • Heroic Albino: He's basically Sora with white hair and he's The Hero of the Volume 6/movie.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He gave his life to allow Tet to become the One True God of Disboard and end the Great War, giving not just Imanity, but all Exceeds, a chance to have a future.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite being responsible for the safety of the colony and ending the Great War, he considered himself nothing but garbage for having to order people to their deathsnote  and breaking the rules of his own game to end the Great War without a single death. For this reason, he believed himself to be unworthy of becoming the One True God of Disboard, instead, praying to Tet to make the world a better place in his stead.
  • Hope Bringer: He gave the people of his colony something that they have lost a long time ago, hope, to the point where they will follow his orders to the death. The hopes of those who died for him were ultimately not in vain.
  • Identical Stranger: He shares a strong resemblance to Sora, except for the white hair.
  • It Never Gets Any Easier: During his leadership, in order to protect his colony and discover a way to end the Great War, he ordered 48 people to their deaths. All of them followed his order without question. He still remembers all their names and faces.
  • Loophole Abuse: Per the rules of the Ghost's game, they will end the war without anyone dying, and that if anyone dies, they lose. Emotionless and soulless Ex-Machina can be considered tools, and thus them "breaking down" won't be considered a violation of the rulesnote .
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Schwi, who is 200 years older than him and still can live up to 892 more.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: After bringing Schwi back to the colony, thanks to Schwi's Brutal Honesty, everyone assumes that Schwi is a little girl that Riku seduced. What they don't know is that Schwi is over 200 years old and a Robot Girl. That said, Schwi herself believes that all men are more interested in younger women and insists Riku's no different.
  • Moment of Weakness: When he returned to his room after a salvage operation that cost the life of Ivan, he broke down in grief before forcing himself to his cold and calculating mask.
  • Naytheist: Since the Old Dei are wrecking the world he lives in, of course he thinks terribly of them. However, one of his best friends since childhood is one of them, the god of games, Tet. This is the god he inadvertently prays to at the end of his plan to obtain the Star Grail.
  • The Needs of the Many: To protect the colony, he would sacrifice one for two people, two for four, three for six, etc. He would wonder when this will end; When 999 people must sacrifice themselves for 1,001? Or until he's the last person left?
  • No Body Left Behind: His body disintegrates when he tries to obtain the Star Grail.
  • One Head Taller: He's a full head taller than his wife Schwi.
  • Robosexual: He falls in love with Schwi, a mechanical being. Marrying her meant staying a virgin forever because she didn't have "the equipment for it".
  • Tragic Hero: He ended the Great War and ensured a better future for the entire world, but he lost the woman he loved and had to sacrifice his own life in the end.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He's given Schwi's wedding ring after her death and he keeps it with him until his own death.
  • Unperson: He and all the other "Ghosts" planned to be this once their plan succeeded. Dora makes sure to carry it out by eliminating their existence from all traces of history. The only remaining proof that he and Schwi existed is the Dora family's heirloom gem and Tet's memory.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Became this towards the conclusion of the war. Following Schwi's death and hearing her last words entrusting him with everything, he decided to end the Great War, no matter how many lives it would take, even willing to order nearly the entire Ex-Machina race (whom obtained emotions thanks to Schwi) to near extinction in the process.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: When the lock within his heart was removed and his true personality emerged, he became this, wanting the war to end without anyone dying. Then Schwi died.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: He wears thigh-high boots but since he doesn't have the other components, this is a technical aversion.


Corone Dora

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Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese), Sara Ornelas (English)

Riku's stepsister and Stephanie's ancestor.


  • Conveniently an Orphan: Her parents died while they were caught in a war between the Flügel and Dragoneers.
  • Cool Big Sis: Most her interactions with Riku can be summed up as either acting as an Embarrassing Stepsister, or dragging him back from the brink of utter despair as the The Chains of Commanding grows heavier and heavier on him. More of the former than the latter once Schwi enters his life.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Founder and the very first Queen of Elchea.
  • Friend to All Children: In the movie, she is seen taking care of the children of the colony while Riku is gone, including Kurami's Identical Ancestor, Nonna. She even takes on the role of comforting Nonna after Ivan's death over the girl's actual mother from the Light Novels.
  • The High Queen: Ascends to this position following the declaration of the Ten Pledges, won only through the sacrifices of both her stepbrother and his wife (and her stepsister-in-law). Stephanie later calls her the pride of the kingdom, and how she never ever cried.
  • Identical Ancestor: To Stephanie.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Coloso".
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike her descendant, the Reluctant Fanservice Girl Stephanie, Corone is a Cool Big Sis who teases the hell out of Sora's Identical Stranger, her stepbrother Riku. Like Steph, she also tends to assume he's up to something perverted with Schwi (Shiro's Identical Stranger), but unlike her, in the movie Corone sounds almost admiring of the alleged kinkiness going on between them. There is also Irony in how Corone cares for Nonna, Kurami's Identical Stranger Ancestor, in contrast to Stephanie and Kurami's almost antagonistic relationship shown in the beginning of the series.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite how upbeat she is, Corone is also perceptive enough to figure out that Schwi wasn't human.
  • The Pollyanna: The most genuinely optimistic person you will find in the Crapsack World that Disboard was during the Great War. The rest are just plain Blood Knights.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She was able to figure out that Schwi was an Ex-Machina, but didn't say anything because she knew Riku should have good reasons for trusting her.
  • Tearful Smile: She cried with a smile when the Great War finally ended with Tet elevating Imanity as an Exceed, in the process realizing that Riku and Schwi's sacrifices finally bore fruit.
  • You Are in Command Now: After the colony was destroyed by a stray shot in a battle between Dwarves and Dragonians, Riku declared her as the new leader, to take the people to a new pre-determined location and disappeared. This was because he had begun his plan to end the Great War.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her outfit includes thigh-high boots like her step-brother. Perhaps it's a common thing in their colony.

    Elves 
Created by the Old Deus, Kainasu, they are the seventh-ranking Exceed and one of the more magically-proficient races in Disboard, living in Elvengard, currently the largest territory in Disboard. Though democratic in nature, Elves keep slaves from other races by winning as a wager (such as the entire Zell clan). The Elves themselves are also categorized in terms of magical proficiency, with Class-1 being the lowest and Class-6 being the most powerful (but also rarest, with Class-3s being the most common).

Feel Nilvalen

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"Kurami, are you really going to be ok without me?"
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Christina Stroup (English)

Kurmai's elven companion and her long-time partner, as well as the youngest member of the Elven Senate.


  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Does this to Kurami after pointing out how often Kurami cries while Feel isn't around. As embarrassed as Kurami is, she doesn't try to pull away.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After Kurami loses her soul to Sora, Feel swallows her elven pride and begs Shiro that she'd rather let him do anything to her than leave her daughter figure practically brain-dead.
  • Always Save the Girl: While she doesn't completely trust Sora, she agrees to assist with his plans as long as no harm comes to Kurami, despite knowing that he will ultimately have to go up against the Elves. Somewhat justified, considering how she feels about her own country.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Cheerfully tells Sora and Shiro about Kurami's A-Cup Angst and her crybaby tendencies, and pats her head while talking about how she pushes herself too hard.
  • Amplifier Artifact: As a Class-2, she was given a couple of ruby-like gems and runes on her body to help her spellcasting abilities; they are said to be given to children and beginners, and many have looked at them like if they're a Mark of Shame for the Nilvalen family, especially since Feel flunked out of the academy. Actually, Feel doesn't need them at all.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Smiles all the time and is a genuinely loving mother figure to Kurami. However, when things get serious she's no slacker. She can keep up with Sora better than Kurami, who has his memories, or even Shiro(leading her to be relatively wary of him), is a much better spellcaster than her kin thinks she is, and is successfully running both a slave emancipation movement and an operation to reform Elvengard's government on behalf of Sora and Shiro. In Episode 10 she also shows quite a sadistic streak, exemplified by forcing Jibril to lick her boots if she is to overlook the latter destroying Elvengard 6,000 years ago.. Stephanie lampshades this when Feel openly talks about how she doesn't care much about the Elves as long as Kurami is happy.
    Stephanie: She's surprisingly brutal.
  • Blunt "Yes": While discussing the possibility of collaborating with Sora and Shiro.
    Stephanie: Are you okay with this, Fil-san? Helping us could lead to the destruction of Elven Garde.
    Feel: I'm okay with anything as long as Kurami doesn't get hurt. I honestly don't care in the slightest about my family, and even thought it would be faster if the whole country would just up and vanish. (giggles)
  • Boomerang Bigot: For an Elf, she has a very low opinion of her own society. Unlike Jibril, there's no "polite racism" when talking to other races. After all, when her own race has a thriving slave trade, a government mired in corruption, and a caste system that puts into question any claim of democracy they profess, she has every good reason to feel a little bit cynical.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She's initially introduced without even a name in the light novel, but turns out to be much more important to Kurami than a mere accomplice.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She is considered a disgrace to the Nilvalens for being a Class-2, which is even lower than the average commoner's ranking. In reality she is a Class-6, but chooses to keep her powers a secret until she was forced to use them against Ron Barter, a corrupt mayor/businessman who tried to usurp her seat by blackmailing her with his knowledge of her secret emancipation activities.
  • Doting Parent: A surrogate version to Kurami, her human slave, to whom she is quite affectionate, praising her every time she wins a game and comforting her at night when she has nightmares.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: She has cross-shaped pupils made of four diamonds each.
  • Forbidden Friendship: Since Kurami is her slave, Feel can only act friendly with her in private, especially now that Feel is de facto head of her family.
  • Identical Grandson: She greatly resembles her ancestor, Shinku Nilvalen, who participated in the Great War and happened to encounter Riku, who is implied to have reincarnated into Sora millennia later. They even share the same voice actress.
  • Internal Reformist: After entering into a secret deal with Sora and Shiro, Feel (and Kurami) decides to change her society's policies regarding slavery.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hooded cloak to hide her Pointy Ears before being outed as Kurami's accomplice.
  • Nepotism: Feel claims she got her position as Senator by virtue of being the granddaughter of one of its recently-deceased members (though the Senate is actually elected).
  • Nice Girl: In contrast to most Elves, she is the only one who treats Kurami as more like her daughter than her slave.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's 52, but looks no older than the rest of the main cast, which explains the mother-and-daughter dynamic of her and Kurami's relationship.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: With Ron Barter. Their initial conversation involves outward shows of politeness with various thinly-veiled insults and threats.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She's rarely seen without a gentle smile on her face, even when cheating with Kurami.
  • Pointy Ears: Comes with being an Elf.
  • "Silly Me" Gesture: Does one after casually admitting that all of Elven Garde can "up and vanish" for all she cares.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is her name "Feel" or "Fil"?

Ron Barter

A corrupt politician who sees the power of the Nilvalen family.

  • Blackmail: Threatens to reveal Feel's membership in an anti-slavery group unless she bows to his will.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: As befitting his sleazy personality, he refuses to admit that he's outright blackmailing Feel over her plans to free the slaves.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: He's making quite a profit selling illegal "seeds" to the Dwarves.
  • Dirty Old Man: He has a rather perverse interest in Feel.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's outwardly polite toward Feel, but uses that to mock her. After losing to her and Kurami, he stops pretending to be polite altogether.
  • Hate Sink: He has no apparent redeeming qualities, and every action he takes is for seemingly selfish motives.
  • Hey, You!: His calling Fiel by her last name without honorifics is considered about as rude among Elven nobility as it would be in Japanese society.
  • Smug Snake: A thoroughly unpleasant individual who's overly confident in his plans.

    Flügels 
The sixth-ranking Exceed, Flügels are angelic beings specifically created by the Old Deus as their Living Weapons, thus they tend to be sarcastic and harsh. With Tet banning violence upon ascent to godhood following the deaths of the rest of his kin — including their creator, Artosh — they have since taken to collecting books across Disboard, storing them in their capital, the floating city of Avantheim which is actually a Phantasma (the second-ranking Exceed) — all to seek the reason they still exist. Like the Elves, Flügels are collectively ruled by the Council of Eighteen Wings.

Flügel specialize in "shiritori", word games where players must add words whose first letter is the last of his/her opponent's — except they also create an alternate dimension where things the words indicate does not exist will appear, and likewise objects already present will disappear.


Tropes shared by the Flügel

  • Bookworm: Their hobby since Tet banned violence and killing has been collecting books and reading them. However, only Jibril actually cares about books themselves. The rest just care about reading them and then tossing them out. They passed a Book Sharing Act because Avan Heim was overflowing with them.
  • Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life: With Tet's ban on violence upon his ascension to godhood, they have lost their one purpose in life. They have sought to find a new reason for their continued existence for thousands of years.
  • Fangirl: Jibril's Observation Diary of Sora and Shiro converted them into fans of Blank. Much Squeeing occurred when the gamer siblings arrived.
  • Living Weapon: Their original purpose was soldiers used by the Old Dei during the war. They are so powerful that they are described as being god-killers.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They have the appearance of angels, but they are beings whose primary purpose is to fight. In a way, they are more similar to Valkyries.
  • Unusual Ears: Their ears look like wings.

Jibril

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"We [Flügels] value knowledge above anything else. It's not exaggeration to say that books containing that knowledge and the place where they're held are as valued as one's life."
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese), Amelia Fischer (English)

The last-born from Artosh, Jibril is both the youngest and most powerful of the Flügels, the ultimate result of Artosh's quest for perfection. She is a member of the Council of Eighteen Wings, as well as custodian of the National Library of Elchea, won from Stephanie's grandfather five years prior to Sora and Shiro's arrival. After the siblings defeat her in shiritori (in which she bet herself), Jibril agrees to become their servant.


  • Actor Allusion: In Episode 6, Sora says that Jibril's way of talking reminds him of a well known celebrity of his world.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has rainbow-colored hair in the novel; the anime gives her violet hair instead.
  • Affably Evil: An Ax-Crazy Living Weapon who lusted for bloodshed before it got forbidden by the God, but otherwise she's quite civil and polite.
  • Archangel Gabriel: "Jibril" is the Arabic variant of the name "Gabriel", though according to the author this was coincidental.
  • Ax-Crazy: Regards historical accounts of violence, death and suffering as fond and fun memories; after all, her entire race was created to be weapons of mass genocide and butchery before Tet banned the use of violence. Had he not done so she would still be spilling oceans of blood for fun to this day.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's one of the most competent mages in Disboard, and is quite the bookworm, so much so she already knows enough about Earth's societies just by reading the e-books in Sora's not-iPad in a space of a few days to provide exposition on command.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Yes, she's an airhead and smiles a lot, but she honors fair play above all else and if she has been cheated against, pray to the Old Deus she never catches on. Izuna learned the hard way why no one cheats against Jibril and still not sense her bloodlust.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite her nice talking, smiles and good manners, she looks down at the other Exceeds. Sora utilizes this to his advantage in his match against her. She seems to slowly be getting better about this, though, due to Sora and Shiro's influence.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Her moral standards are at odds with those of the other Exceeds. She fondly remembers the war of the Old Deus, considers anti-flight wards to be highly offensive, and values books/knowledge above all. Then again, Flügels are the only Exceeds deliberately created as warriors, so this mindset makes sense.
  • Bookworm: She reads all day and all night. Her home is a library. Interestingly, she's the only Flügel that cares about books themselves, rather than just memorizing their contents. This becomes a sticking point both in why she fled her homeland pre-series and also to the conflict of book 5; books may have more to tell you on a second read.
  • Brutal Honesty: Not once in her 6,407 years of existence had she ever told a lie, to the point where she was willing to talk back to Artosh. She only lied, just once, to provoke Azrael. However, she had absolute faith that Sora and Shiro will be able to save her.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She can survive hydrogen bombs, is a top-tier Flügel, and when Sora met her, he thought he was looking at The Grim Reaper herself... until she opened her mouth and started speaking in a polite, cheery voice with Gratuitous English, drooled over the prospect of getting 40,000 books from another world, and had an Immodest Orgasm from having her wings touched.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    • She barely finds any significance over the time she wrecked Elvengard during the war of the gods, other than that she was angry about being struck down with an anti-flight ward.
    • Also, in spite of showing genuine respect for Schwi for her valiant final battle against her, enough to tell the latter her name in her final moments, when seeing her name once more 6000 years later she has clearly forgotten about her, dismissing it with a chuckle.
  • Challenge Seeker: During the Great War, she fought a dragon, a giant and a Phantasma in single combat. All three of these creatures rank higher than her and she sought them out because of this fact. Each attempt nearly killed her but she emerged victorious each time. During volume 5, she cites these accomplishments hoping that it will help Azrael understand her argument about surpassing one's limitations.
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • She would occasionally mention how better life was back in the good old days (before Tet's ascent to godhood) when anyone can solve anything by killing. On the other hand, it also reminds her friends (and the viewers) that were it not for Tet's laws, she'll be casually killing everyone without a second thought.
    • She unleashed her pent up desire for destruction for six thousand years in the game against the Siren Empress, because she is allowed to rampage as she please inside a dream. Seeing the sheer destruction Jibril alone could cause, it prompted Stephanie, Ino and even Plum note  to pray in gratitude for Tet for preventing the Flügels from rampaging.
    The One True God (Tet), thank you for creating the 「Ten Pledges」.
  • Constantly Curious: Jibril is really into learning. At one point she even makes a Shout-Out to Hyouka by copying Eru's "I'm curious!" Catchphrase coupled with a Moe Stare.
  • Cute and Psycho: Jibril is alternatively sweet and silly one moment, then intimidating and brutal the next.
  • Death Glare: Has a tendency of doing this, at times without even trying. Justified because of the Flügel's infamous reputation for destruction and she's essentially a Physical God compared to the lower ranking Exceeds.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to Sora and Shiro in a game, she offers herself and her powers to them, having found a new worthy master.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: With the disappearance of their creator, the Old Deus, Artosh, along with Tet's laws forbidding violence, all Flügel sought the answer to this question. Before he disappeared, Artosh believed that Jibril will be the one to discover it. Jibril's answer is to become the keeper of Disboard's knowledge, and encouraged the rest of her people to discover their own answer on their own.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Whenever she is being serious or when about to use her magic, her pupils are cross-shaped.
  • Facial Markings: She has one mark over her left cheek and also the rest of her body. The anime takes some of them away.
  • Fantastic Racism: She completely looks down on the other races as inferior.
    • Imanity are "monkeys with the ability to speak". She apologizes to Sora and Shiro for mistaking them as a "inferior race".
    • Elves are "long eared forest mongrels" that need to know their place.
    • Warbeasts are helpless dogs hiding behind Tet's laws.
    • Dhampirs are beneath mosquitoes.
    • Sirens are synonymous with idiots, though in this case even Sora agrees with her and the Sirens don't exactly help their own case with their poorly thought out agreement with the Dhampirs.
    • Ex-Machina are "scrap metal". The only one to earn her respect was Schwi, and even that didn't last too long considering all Jibril wanted was Schwi's head for being a 'rare specimen' because of being excommunicated from her cluster.
    • Since she was created to kill the god-like Old Deus, she likely doesn't think highly of them either. For example, she thinks Tet is a "sly devil" who made a troublesome oath (after all, his rules essentially rob Flügels of their purpose — to kill).
  • Fantastic Arousal: Sora touching her wings gives her an Immodest Orgasm. Twice.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears mismatched gloves and shoes.
  • Gainaxing: On certain occasions, though this is not frequently commented upon (unlike Stephanie's).
  • Go Out with a Smile: As she "dies" from the hypernova blast instigated by Sora's final word ("Coulomb's force", thereby removing it), she simply wears a smile of resignation, admitting that perhaps Imanity is not so helpless after all.
  • Gratuitous English: Her very first words to Sora, Shiro and Stephanie are laced with so much English (and a weird accent) it ruins her otherwise intimidating introduction:
    Jibril: Excuse soko no person gata me no library ni what goyo de? ("Excuse me, the person over there, what brings you to my library?")
  • Happiness in Slavery: After a fashion. Unlike Stephanie, Jibril willingly follows Sora and Shiro after losing to them, mostly out of wanting a chance to learn more about their world, but also out of respect for them being one of the few beings Tet treats almost like equals.
  • Holy Halo: To go with her angel-like motif, she was a halo floating over her head.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: In the light novel, she admits she's not conscious of the nudity taboo. After Sora uses a word that strips away all of the female character's clothing in episode 6's match against Jibril, she stays naked the rest of the game, and doesn't seem bothered by it at all. She actually wonders why Stephanie got so flustered.
  • Insistent Terminology: Azrael is not her "big sister" but her "elder". She has a point given how Flügel don't really have families in the way of other races, but they do share a common "father" in Artosh. Even after Azrael finds her personal Answer and the two reconcile, she still doesn't call her "big sister". She says "elder sister" instead.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: She writes down an "Observation Diary" about Sora and Shiro, as they're an "Unknown". She also publishes it in Avant Heim, creating a 『  』 fandom made out of all the Flügel race that calls her diary a "Bible".
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: While she does look down on other races, she does not cheat. Period. She will follow the game's rules to the letter and expects the same from her opponent(s). Thus when she learned how low the Warbeasts would stoop just to win, let alone against her in their previous match, she was so livid she was a hairsbreadth from killing Izuna but for Tet's laws and Sora's orders.
  • Light Is Not Good: Her angelic appearance only hides one of the most dangerous living things on Disboard. Before opening her mouth, Stephanie was very scared of her and Sora described her as death itself. In the light novel, her casual reminiscence about how Flügels used to collect heads instead of books made Sora comment that they should get rid of the "Heavenly Winged" name, as they were more like demons.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: She's lived long enough to remember the War of the Old Deus and she's still happily looking for new books. One hundred years simply isn't long enough to read everything in the world.
  • Living Weapon: Like all other Flügels, she was bred since birth to kill. With Tet banning violence, she would have to find a way to sate her boredom. So she went into reading and so she reads A LOT.
  • Lust:
    • Flügels are known for being very knowledge-thirsty, and mostly play to win as many books as possible, just for the sake of possessing all the knowledge they can get.
    • Also a literal example on some levels, as she seems very interested in examining Sora's "erogenous zone" and helping to give Shiro a bath. Whether this is for "research purposes" or not is up for some debate. Perhaps Sora said it best at the start of episode seven:
      Sora: Stay away from her, Shiro! Her very existence is rated 18+!
  • Malicious Misnaming: She starts off calling Stephanie "Speph," before switching to calling her "Dola-chan" over Steph's objections.
  • The Missionary: In her own words, she has been "preaching the good news" of "『  』" to the Flügels. By volume 5, she has established a large fandom..err.. faithful.
  • Moment Killer: Kills the threatening mood in her own intro sequence quite thoroughly with a polite and sweet voice.
  • Ms. Exposition: She provides information to Sora and Shiro regarding things they do not know about Disboard's history and races. She also can provide information about Earth to the natives of Disboard due to having read the e-books in Sora's tablet.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: During the Great War, her using Air Strike to kill Schwi ends up giving all the Ex-Machinae that she was linked with the spell. This ultimately allowed an army of Ex-Machinae to attack Avantheim, causing Artosh to take them seriously and use God Strike, causing the chain of events that would lead to Riku to both create Tet and allow him to become the One True God and end the Great War, with Artosh and the other Old Dei disappearing in the aftermath.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Her race doesn't need to breathe, is completely immune to poisons and diseases, and can even take a nuke to the face without flinching. A hypernova, on the other hand is a bridge too far.
  • No Kill Like Overkill:
    • To get around anti-flight wards, she nuked the whole area they were in.
    • When she thought someone had modified Shiro's memories during the second game with Kurami, Jibril vowed that she would hunt down the person responsible and turn them into sauce.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She gets rather close to Sora when he tells her about his bet of 40,000 books in his tablet. At times he doesn't seem to mind it, but at other times it actually bothers him.
  • Not So Above It All: For a high-ranking entity, she drools when looking at Sora's tablet containing 40,000 e-books. She also seems okay with being naked after he removes all the girl's clothing in the game as well and even helped the siblings to get some gratuitous shots of Stephanie in a bikini via summoning a blow of air to lift her skirt.
  • Omniglot: She says that she's capable of conversing in 700 languages. She's excited almost to the point of heart failure about the prospect of reading 40,000 books in a language she has never even heard of.
  • The Quisling: She looks forward to "『  』" conquering the rest of her race . When Sora announces that the Flügels are his next target at the end of Volume 4, she joyously proclaims the day to be blessed. She even believes that Avant Heim is destined to be the capital city of their world-wide empire.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: To go with her Living Weapon status. All Flügels are very powerful and nearly impossible to kill. During the war of the races, she singlehandedly wiped out Elvengard with a single spell.
  • Perverted Drooling: She does so whenever she gets excited by the prospect of knowledge, drooling all over Sora's tablet when she finds out it contains 40,000 e-books.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Even at her most courteous, Jibril's inherent racism still shines through, such as casually calling Elves a bunch of "forest bumpkins". Right before Feel, an Elven senator.
  • Power Floats: She is almost never seen walking, rather she just floats around using magic. Even when she's underwater she's still casually floating.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches all the way down to her knees. This is part of her angelic looks.
  • Red Baron:
    • As the last-born of Artosh, the Flügel call her the Final Unit.
    • The Ex-Machina call her Irregular due to her eccentric and unpredictable behavior compared to the other Flügel.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Her race have extremely long life spans. Jibril herself had been alive long before Tet's ascension. More specifically, she's approximately 6,407 years old.
  • Remembered Too Late: She forgets that she's no longer able to fly in the Warbeast's virtual simulation while she's plummeting to the ground.
  • Retired Monster: Thanks to Tet banning violence, she has been shorn of almost any purpose in life, having been literally raised to kill, so she instead decided to spend her days reading. That said, even if she can't fight, she still looks back fondly on the Great War.
  • Skewed Priorities: In the light novel, Flügels have collected so many books that they had to make a law of returning the books back to land once they were read. Jibril, of course, was against that law so once she won Elchea's National Library, she decided it was better to leave Avant Heim and have her own book stock than hanging over her precious books collection that she has built up and mantained with all the care of her heart.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Using her full power against Schwi reduced her to the form of a child.
  • Sinister Scythe: You know how Sora mistook her for Death itself when he first met her? It is more applicable than one would think, given that she can generate a scythe of dark energy for chopping off heads to add to her collection.
  • The Sociopath: While seemingly humorous and coridal, Jibril is by human standards a high-functioning sociopath at best; while superficially friendly, she holds no actual respect towards other sentient beings save Schwi, the ex-machina who fought her valiantly to her last breath nor empathy towards their suffering, coupled with not only an utter lack of remorse for the sea of blood she shed 6000 years ago, but looking back on said atrocities as fond and happy memories.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: She can instantly warp herself with the use of magic portals, such as when she appeared over Stephanie's bed while the latter was lying on it.
  • Stripperiffic: Lampshaded in the light novel, while in the "Love or Loved 2" game. Sora comments how Jibril normally didn't use that much of coverage and he's kinda worried that she will run out of clothes to use as bullet shield sooner or latter.
  • Subordinate Excuse: While explaining to Sora the "birds and bees" of the Sirens, she humbly declared that if he ever wanted to have a child she, as his servant, would gladly be his High-Class Call Girl. Shiro shut her up.
  • Super Toughness: Let the record show she didn't shield herself from the Hydrogen Bomb, only the humans. It took an explosion rivaling the fires of creation themselves to actually take her out.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Has a powerful magic affinity and is member of an Exceed created for war. The anime gives a gratuitous close-up to her eyes to emphasize how powerful and dangerous she truly is.
  • Squee!: New knowledge be it books, language, or even just new words causes her to be overcome with excitement.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: 6,000 years ago she used Air Strike, the very same spell that she used to destroy Elvengarde, on Schwi. When it was over, there was nothing left of her.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In Episode 10, she was forced to lick Feel's boots and apologize for destroying Elvengarde back during the war of the Old Deus. While she does it, she then wonders why Sora ordering her to do the humiliating action made her feel excited.
  • Tranquil Fury: Even in her calmest, it was obvious she was absolutely livid against Izuna upon learning that Warbeasts are more than willing to cheat to win, let alone against her. Izuna could barely control her instincts screaming at her to surrender and beg for mercy.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: She was apparently meant to be the ultimate evolution of Flügel; the finest one Artosh ever created. Except, she's still imperfect enough to start questioning everything, as is intended by Artosh.
  • Unusual Ears: Because she's a Flügel, her ears are nonstandard.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She, like all other Flügels, does not understand the concept of love. But she still feels unexplainably ecstatic when she manages to make Shiro fall in love with her. During the events of Aventhelm, she's curious enough to try and figure out what it means, in her own way.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Schwi, to the point where she apologised for calling her scrap, declared her an enemy, and completely obliterated her with her full power. To a Flügel, there is no greater sign of respect.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple-pink hair.

Azrael

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"Someone please tell me. What are we living for? Why do we survive? What are we searching for? What do we have to find to prove that we have truly lived? Please, tell me."

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese)

The very first Flügel, Azrael is also the de facto leader of the Council of Eighteen Wings and Jibril's "older sister" figure.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted; she's Jibril's surrogate older sister but she's definitely annoying with all her glomping, immaturity, and demands/pleading of being addressed as "big sister".
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: As it turns out, she's special, even for a leader of the Flügels. She is actually the avatar of Avantheim, their home, and therefore, a Phantasma.
  • Big Sister Instinct: As the First Unit she is the elder sister for all the Flügel and she was so horrified by them committing mass-suicide from despair at the end of the Great War that she lied to them about their final mission so they'd stop. The only reason she still lives despite her own weariness is to make sure they don't start again. On the other hand, Sora denounces her as an elder sibling for leveraging this in a side-bet with Jibril and losing touch with all of her siblings over the millennia since.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She gets hits with a "Word Spirit" in the Red Light/Green Light Word game, which seals both her powers as a Flügel and a Phantasma. This turns out to be exactly what she needed to find her own answer. Sora notes that she can remove her limits if she wanted, but ultimately decided to live for a while in her current depowered state.
  • Creative Sterility: She's not able to pass her "programming" as a Living Weapon and start to think for herself instead of following orders, and never has considered the idea of actually doing something with all the knowledge she has memorized or tried to analyze it to get to her own conclusions.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Just like Jibril, Azrael questions why she and all the Flügels still exist long after they lost their raison d'etre following Tet's ascent to godhood and the banning of all violence. After losing to Sora, Azrael gets around to her surrogate younger sister's viewpoint of personally forging their own path back to relevance.
  • Facial Markings: She has some markings above and under her right eye.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: In the final moments of the Great War, her using Shift to attack the advancing Ex-Machinae ended up allowing them to adapt and reverse engineer it, giving what remained of the Ex-Machina race the ability to teleport and thus appear right in Artosh's throne room.
  • Holy Halo: She also has one, just like the rest of the angel-like Flügels.
  • Horned Humanoid: Unlike Jibril, Azrael also sports a single curved horn on the left side of her head, right under her halo.
  • Idiot Hair: The cowlick standing atop her head. It fits the bubbly personality she displays most of the time.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Her left eye is golden, while the right one is blue and she's the first Flügel. As well as being the avatar of Avantheim.
  • The Mourning After: Azrael (and by extension, Avantheim itself) still misses and mourns Artosh's death. This great grief over a loved one is what gives to the siblings an idea of the kind of love Leila was longing after.
  • Multicolored Hair: She has sea green hair that goes from yellow to orange at the tips. This is a sign of her supernatural origin.
  • No-Sell: She can't actually be harmed, since she's just the avatar of Avantheim. On the other hand, since her body is not actually real, more like a projection, she is not protected by Tet's law of non-violence. Sora blew a hole in her torso with a cannon just to prove this point. Any other Exceed, even the lowly Imanity, would have No-Selled it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She appears to be an even bigger air-head than Jibril. She goes from willing to bet the Flügel race piece in exchange for videos of Jibril in the shower, to revealing that its all just an act and she almost succeeded in luring Sora into a trap. Sora sees through both masks for what she really is: a nigh-soulless puppet with an empty smile.
  • Perfection Is Impossible: What Sora and Shiro were able to pound (literally) into her. Artosh was not perfect. She is not perfect. Flügels are not perfect. No one is perfect, let alone Jibril, the closest thing to an Ultimate Lifeform in Disboard. But because people are imperfect they may strive for the unknown, and hope for the future.
  • Reality Warper: This is her true power as a Phantasma. She can fully control reality within Avantheim.
  • Red Baron: Because she was the first-born of Artosh, the Flügel call her the First Unit.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's the very first Flügel created by Artosh, and is 26,000 years old.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Her name is based on that of the angel of death in Jewish folklore.
  • Smooch of Victory: She was so happy over finally getting the "answer" that she french kissed Sora in front of both Jibril and Shiro.
  • Stealth Pun: Having both her (the first) and Jibril (the last) together makes a dual pun on the game sometimes known as Alpha/Omega ("Word chain") and (fitting with the Angelic theme) something that is a massive case of symbolism.
  • Suicide Pact: After Tet's ascension and the disappearance of Artosh, in order to prevent mass suicide, the Flügels agreed to search for the answer to their continued existence while leaving the ultimate decision to Azrael (since she's technically not a true Flügel). Azrael has great faith that Jibril will discover the answer because it was Artosh's last words to her, but if Sora had forced the answer on Jibril in the form of a pledge, she would immediately give the order for the Flügel to commit mass suicide. This turns out to be a lie, because due to the Ten Pledges, she cannot actually give the order. She couldn't believe it had taken 6,000 years for someone to figure it out.
  • Tears of Joy: She cries when Jibril finally addresses her as "elder sister".
  • Verbal Tic: ~Nyan!
  • Willfully Weak: She is the weakest Flügel, but only because she's restricting herself to her avatar. Once she starts using her Phantasma abilities...
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is mostly sea green. Flügel have no limits to their hair color, after all.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the final moments of the Great War, she stood alone against the advancing Ex-Machinae to protect Artosh's throne room. She failed.

    Warbeasts 
The fourteenth-ranking Exceed, the Warbeasts, distinguishable by their ears, claws and tail, are one of two races without magic ability (the other being Imanity), which is more than made up for with heightened senses and telepathy. After Tet's ascension, the Warbeasts were scattered in various clans across Disboard, but were eventually united under a single nation by "Miko" over a period of about fifty years. Their territory, the Eastern Federation, is among the largest in Disboard, and also the most technologically-advanced. They are also the Disboard equivalent of the "Wutai" trope, having a very strong Japanese influence.

Warbeasts specialize in video games — something with which Sora and Shiro have lots of experience playing in.


Tropes shared by the warbeasts

  • Aliens Speaking English: Or Japanese in this case. It's actually justified in that they have to study the Imanity language, which is why Izuna's speaking patterns seem so odd as she is still learning the language.
  • Little Bit Beastly: They are a race full of cat girls, dog girls, rabbit girls, etc, much to Sora's delight. Of cource there are men too.
  • Living Lie Detector: Through their Super Senses they can check someone's heartbeat and gauge if they are lying.
  • Scary Teeth: They have this in scores. Only ever seen when they smile.
  • Spider-Sense: Aside from their Super Senses, Warbeasts allegedly possessed a form of precognition that warns them of unforeseeable danger. But turns out it was a cheatcode.
  • Super Mode: Some warbeasts have a special ability called Blood Destruction. This allows a warbeast to greatly enhance their already superhuman strength, speed, and senses to levels that approach the limits of physics.
  • Superpower Lottery: While the Warbeasts are incapable of using magic like Imanity, they are ranked higher than them because of having these abilities.
    • Super Strength: Warbeasts are known as the physically strongest Exceed.
    • Super Speed: Warbeasts can also move fast. Case in point, Izuna was able to outrun the love bullets chasing her during the "Love or Loved" video gamge battle between Imanity and the Warbeasts.
    • Super Senses: Warbeasts have heightened senses of sight note  and hearing note .
  • Telepathy: Warbeasts are known to possess this ability, making other races wary of challenging them despite being just two ranks above Imanity. In reality, they do not have telepathy, but instead use Cold Reading against their opponents, using their heightened sense of hearing to tell whether a person is lying or not.
  • Wutai: The warbeasts have strong Japanese influences, despite being a race from another world. They have Shinto motifs on their buildings, they dress in kimono, their country is more technologically advanced than others, and they are able to recreate a virtual city that resembles Tokyo.

Izuna Hatsuse

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"I was just surprised that you assholes touched me out of nowhere, please. Get back to it already, please."
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)

Ambassador of the Warbeasts to Elchea.


  • Badass Adorable: She's cute as a button, but one must remember that she's a Warbeast, the physically strongest race among the Exceeds. Even Jibril doesn't stand a chance against her in a contest of physical strength/speed.
  • Breakout Character: She was given her own spin-off story called "No Game No Life, Desu!" showcasing her life before Sora and Shiro.
  • Character Tic: Her tail swishing can indicate her delight and satisfaction.
  • Children Are Innocent: She's only 8 years old and as long as it's not a game (or petting), she barely cares of things the others do and has to ask many questions to understand. When Tet told her of the Great War and how the Exceeds killed one another for thousands of years, she cannot comprehend why people would want to do that.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: She's only 8 years old yet served as the ambassador for her race.
  • Child Soldier: Despite being just 8 years old, Izuna was forced to bear on her shoulders the great responsibility of playing for the Federation, and she's conscious that a single mistake can ruin the lives of many people.
  • Cry Cute: Breaks down in tears after losing to Sora and Shiro even with Blood Destruction (at the hands of Stephanie), fearing that not only had she failed Inu, "Miko" and the rest of the Warbeasts, but may have also jeopardized their existence as an Exceed. Sora and Shiro comfort her, assuring her that nobody will be harmed by some game.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When Sora and Shiro first see her, they instantly rush towards her and start petting her like a cat. She scolds them initially, causing them to suffer a Color Failure, but then tells them to continue. Despite her grandfather warning them not to do it, they start stroking her again, and Izuna seems to be enjoying it.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Sora and Shiro survive through her cheating and leaving her open to a "killer" shot from Stephanie, the duo convince her to learn to enjoy playing, because this is what Tet would have wanted them to.
  • Expressive Ears: Her ears twitch to convey her mood.
  • Gamer Chick: The Federation's very best video gamer. However, she doesn't enjoy them until she first plays against Sora and Shiro; before diving into the virtual world, he even asks her if she ever had fun playing them.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: They add to her cuteness factor.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: During their game, when Sora and Shiro finally cornered her, she simply activated Blood Devastation, which released a Warbeast's physical limiter and curb stompped both of them in an instant.
  • Innocent Swearing: Izuna talks with a lot of cuss words, but she actually doesn't know they're bad. She's still learning to speak Imanity after all, but that makes one wonder what kind of manners Inu is teaching her.
  • Little Bit Beastly: As a warbeast, she has the distinctive lupine ears and tail, the latter which the siblings really love to fluff on.
  • Multicolored Hair: She has purple gradient hair in her light novel artwork, but the anime opts for a singular purple tone.
  • Not So Above It All: Though she's rather important, when Sora and Shiro first meet her, and start petting her like a cat, she seems to enjoy it despite how silly they looked doing that.
  • Not So Different:
    • Stephanie notes extreme parallels between her and Sora and Shiro — they're both socially awkward, arrogant and also extremely intelligent.
    • Sora can see many parallels between Izuna and Shiro: two young girls who never enjoyed the games they played until finding someone who was impossible to beat, felt remorseful over their first loss but could finally feel the excitement of having a great game with a great opponent and have her resolution ignited.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: At the end of the beach chapters, she allows her grandfather to comb her messy hair. It's considered weird by Sora because, since the first time they met (and pet) her, Izuna has always preferred for Sora or Shiro to touch her instead of Inu, because his clawed hands hurt her. This is because she's aware that, if he gets to fail on the Sirens' game, Inu will be left behind in accordance with "Miko"'s plan. She let him pet her because she thought it would be the last time she ever gets a moment with her grandfather.
  • The Sixth Ranger: From the fourth light novel onwards, she joins Sora and Shiro after the latter two forced an (advantageous) tie with Miko.
  • Serious Business: She has never thought of playing games as fun because of the great consequences that would befall upon her and her people should she lose. She breaks down crying after she lost to Sora and Shiro because she thought her people will suffer as a consequence of allowing herself to have fun while playing against the siblings.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Tends to use foul and/or derogatory words such as "monkeys" (when referring to Imanity) or "idiots". Inu claims she is still learning basic Imanity language.
  • Super Senses: Like all other Warbeasts, she has heightened senses of magic and psychological perception.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's even younger than Shiro at the meager age of eight, though she's by no means frail.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She uses a lot of profanity for an eight year old girl. Justified in that she's still learning the language of Imanity, so the blame really falls to whoever taught her the language.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Starts boasting of her apparent victory over Sora and Shiro... only to promptly get shot down by Stephanie.
  • Verbal Tic: Always finishes her sentences with "desu" (translated as "please"), in an attempt to sound polite.
  • What Is This Feeling?: She finds herself truly enjoying her game against Sora, Shiro and Jibril (Stephanie barely can keep up) and was surprised for it.
  • When She Smiles: After spending most of her appearances being a Perpetual Frowner, she finally cracks a smile while playing against Elkia, having found fun in a game for the first time in very long.
  • Werewolf: She is a human/wolf creature, albeit a rather diminutive one.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark purple hair.
  • Young and in Charge: Despite her age, she's the ambassador on behalf of the Oriental Federation in Elchea. Justified; because in Disboard all you need to have is gaming ability, her age doesn't matter, and it's understandable that a child will be one of the best videogamers the Federation has.

"Miko"

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"It's just thinking that half of my life has been completely destroyed by two hairless monkeys and now all depends on a coin toss... It's so funny."
Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Suzelle Palacios (English)

Leader of the Warbeasts, who lost her true name to a wager years ago.


  • Anti-Climax: Sora's final game against her to settle the epic conflict between Elchea and the Eastern Federation in a winner takes all battle is... a coin toss. Averted, because she loved the utter absurdity of it.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: To emphasize her actual age, "Miko" uses some very antiquated Japanese.
  • Bullet Time: Time slows down to illustrate her Blood Destruction ability that enables "Kinetic Vision", where her Super Senses are amped up to the point where she can predict what side the coin will land on.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Back in her heyday "Miko" was forced to commit some morally questionable things to put an end to interracial violence between the Warbeasts, and her (and by extension, the Eastern Federation's) philosophy is considering The Needs of the Many as priority. Because of this, she was willing to sacrifice Ino as Sirens' "food" in order to save both Sirens and Dhampirs and make them join the Elchea Federation. Luckily Sora has a plan to save him.
  • Demonic Possession: When asked by Sora who she worships due to her tenure as a "miko", she grins, then summons an Old Deus from outer space, which comes down to take control of Miko's body and talk to him.
  • Exact Words: The siblings bet against Izuna was that if Izuna lost, everything on the continent will belong to Elchea. She responds by moving everything valuable off the continent before the game began, just in case. Unfortunately for her, Sora already predicted she was going to do this.
  • Foreshadowing: She's a miko, meaning she should be worshipping something right? It's an Old Deus, and she summons it by letting it take possession of her body.
  • Hair Decorations: A butterfly tie and a golden bell adorned by two ribbons on the left side of her hair.
  • High-Class Glass: Wears a monocle on her left eye, and she's highest authority in the Eastern Federation.
  • Kitsune: Her overall animal motif, with the main traits being her whiskers, fox ears and two large, furry tails.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Sora's last game against her was a coin toss, in which either Elchea conquers all Warbeast territory or the Eastern Federation retains all its resources. The result was a tie, because the coin got stuck on a gap between two stepping-stones. Miko realized that Sora cheated by pulling one stepping-stone with his foot, but then she also realized that Sora has already figured out her strategy from the get go (including cheating by using Blood Destruction to calculate the coin's trajectory), so she simply allows Sora to declare the game a win-all, meaning Elchea and the Eastern Federation would now technically strike an alliance.
  • Miko: As her nickname suggests, she is a high priestess of sorts for the Eastern Federation, and she's able to communicate with an Old Deus.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's said to have spent 50 years uniting the various Warbeast tribes into the current Eastern Federation, yet she looks no older than thirty, although the same could be said for the 98 years old Inu. Sora estimates her to be 58, which would mean she spent most of her life being the Warbeasts' leader.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Because she bet away her original name and lost it.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Knee-length blonde hair, which is easily confused for her massive fluffy tails.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She cares a lot for her people, and even asks Sora to take care of them if she loses.
  • Super Senses: Blood Devastation. Her mastery of this technique is noted to be even greater than Izuna's, heightening her senses to the point of knowing exactly how many times the coin will flip during her match against Sora.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are sharper than most of the girls featured in the story, and she's quite demure in her behaviour.

Ino Hatsuse

"Keep your filthy hands out of my sweet granddaughter, hairless monkey! I'll rip you in half!"
Voiced by: Mugihito (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

Izuna's 98-year-old grandfather and assistant ambassador to Elchea.


  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's kinda a sex maniac and often teased Sora over not being able to get it up when they first saw Leila, yet still he's courtly and will determinate himself to gain the love of the woman of his affections.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: For an old man, Inu is incredibly ripped under that yukata.
  • Cool Old Guy: For a nonagenarian, Ino is quite the veteran gamer, and was said to have faced Stephanie's grandfather many years ago.
  • Determinator: In the Sirens' dating sim game to awaken Empress Leila, rather than try to trigger the necessary flags, he immediately proclaimed his love for Leila and was willing to prostrate himself for forty days straight waiting for her reply. Although he was ultimately rejected, his sheer determination moved Sora so the point where his previous negative views of Ino transformed into seeing him as a true man among men.
    Sora: Old man — no... Hatsuse Ino, I've misunderstood you all this time. You are truly a great man, just for that woman... for that woman that can't appreciate truly great things, you're too great for her...
  • Flipping the Bird: Flashes a pixellated one as a warning to not touch his granddaughter.
  • Large Ham: He loudly expresses his protests against Sora and Shiro's attempts at getting touchy-feely with his granddaughter.
  • Large Ham Announcer: He explains the tutorial of "Love or Loved 2", as well as the opening narration and actual match for that matter, with similar gusto.
  • Polyamory: He has thirty wives. The revelation of this pisses Sora off to no end.
    Sora: Old man, hear me when I say this! I DAMN YOU TO HELL!!
  • Overprotective Dad: He's really wary of anyone who comes too close to Izuna for comfort, and that includes Sora and Shiro enjoying themselves on her fluffy tail.
  • Pet the Dog: To underscore his Heel–Face Turn following volume 3, his first scene has him praising Stephanie for improved skills in poker and politely referring to her as "Your Grace" or "Miss Stephanie".
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His bespectacled face shines ominously when he thinks Izuna is about to win the game against 『  』.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Sora about why his complete distrust in people renders him unable to understand love.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Translations are inconsistent with his name, sometimes going either with Ino or Inu.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction once he discovered that Sora and Shiro had already figured out that he (and Izuna) would cheat from the very start, then fooled Izuna into backing them into a corner, just in time for Stephanie to fire their winning shot.

    Dhampires 
The twelfth-ranking Exceed, Dhampires, as their name suggests, subsist on extracting soul essences from such body fluids as sweat, but can only mature by sucking blood. Upon Tet's ascent to godhood and his subsequent banning of violence, the Dhampires, which used to suck blood left and right, victims willing or not, are forced to live a succubus-like existence. They must make a mutual pact with their intended victims, and are currently tied to the Sirens of Oceando. Unfortunately, due to the low survival rate of males mating with Sirens, the Dhampires (and Sirens) were nearly driven to extinction, its male population reduced to a single preteen who is now forced to dress up as a girl.

Plum

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" Your Majesties Sora and Shiro ––– please save my race!"

A female Dhampir who requests for Sora and Shiro's help in dealing with both Dhampires and Sirens. In truth, Plum is the very last male Dhampir, forced to go around in drag to avoid an unwanted (and potentially fatal) encounter with the Sirens.


  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He makes a really cute girl.
  • Child Prodigy: Among the Dhampirs, Plum may be most powerful since he's able to cast two spells at the same time; he might end exhausted but it's pretty amazing by itself as multi-casting is generally unique to Elves.
  • Disguised in Drag: He disguises himself as a girl by necessity, if he wants to live longer and avoid unwanted attention from the Sirens.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Plum's androgynous looks really help with his disguise as a female Damphir.
  • Exact Words: Plum is a master on telling half-true answers. If someone asks "is it A or B", he will say "it's not B". He can fool werebeasts this way.
  • Fantastic Drug: By the end of volume 5, he's basically addicted to the gamer sibling's bodily fluids, specifically their sweat and blood (which Sora provided without being bitten). He says that the Siren's blood will no longer satisfy him.
  • Fantastic Racism: There's a lot of moaning and complaining from him about Siren stupidity. He also considers Immanity to be "lesser beings" like the other Exceed but conceals this under groveling and begging. In both cases, those he looked down on deceive him.
  • Fragile Flower: He's very shy and prone to cry a lot. It's a facade, as he's actually more cunning than he first lets on.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: In the light novel's illustrations, Plum's tail is always covering his crouch to hide the fact that he's male.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: As biting someone is forbidden (and even with consent, risky), Plum had to lick Shiro's sweat out of her feet. Shiro's talking and Plum's reaction to the taste give the impression of a slave licking his mistress' feet.
  • Last of His Kind: Plum is the last male Dhampir — and he's trying to pass himself up as a girl.
  • Love Potion: Plum was able to create an infatuation spell so powerful that it could pass as true love (something that Elves or Flügels are not yet able to do). It has a poor success rate. It was used three times in volumes 4-5; the first time was on Miko but it couldn't overcome how icky she thinks Sora is, the second time on Leila and didn't have any effect since she continued ignoring Ino. The third time was on Sora, but he's already in sibling-style love with Shiro, so he didn't feel any difference at all.
  • Motivation on a Stick: In the game against the Flügels, Plum is constantly whining over how tired he is for keeping up two spells and having to keep up with the siblings' stunts. His resolution will always be invigorated by Sora just telling him to lick his sweat for the troubles.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a very small top hat.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Plum is actually more intelligent, cunning and scary than his initial hopeless behaviour would show.
  • Stripperiffic: As if to enforce his female disguise, Plum wears some very revealing outfits.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: To Plum, the siblings' sweat is incredible tasty and would do anything they ask him to do for the chance of tasting it. But even their sweat has nothing on their blood, which is nutritious enough to give him the energy to cast an illusion able to fool a Flügel.
  • Technicolor Eyes: His irises are yellow while his pupils are blue, according with the light novel's illustrations.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Plum's plans had all the thought and cunning necessary to be successful, but he keeps underestimating those underneath his rank, never considering that their "cowardice" (or self-preservation instincts) would be enough to outsmart him.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Plum shows his true nature and gloats over his plan to finally get free from the Sirens' control and get the rights over Sora and Shiro's blood. Unluckily for him, Sora and Shiro outsmarted him.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In order to assist the siblings in their game against the Flügels, he transformed into a long scarf with huge wings. When he has taken a dose of blood, he's able to take the form of Sora and Shiro in order to trick Azrael.
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost nobody can talk about Plum without mentioning the fact that "she" is actually a he, forced to go in drag to elude the male-hungry Sirens. The gender reveal only happens right after Sora and Shiro win the game against the Sirens, though they admit that they figured it out some time before that.
  • Weakened by the Light: Dhampirs are not only extremely photosensitive but they also can make others be the same. This is known as the "Dhampirs' disease" and it's transmitted via biting for blood sucking. Because of this, Plum had to hide in a wooden box (and with a powerful protective spell) while with the others at the beach.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Plum's plan actually was very well thought to be a win/win situation for him, to the point Sora actually praise him: thanks to his "love spell" he would have made the empress fall in love with any man in the sibling's group and technically the victory would be his entirely, giving him the right to claim the Dhampirs from the Sirens; on the other hand, if they lost, then the Sirens could start using Imanity and Werebeats to reproduce and thus allow the Dhampir population to recover. Even if the siblings won in some other fashion, since Leila bet "everything" that would include both rights and duties such as supplying him and his race with blood. The one thing he didn't count on was Sora giving most of Leila's "everything" back to her.
  • Young and in Charge: As the best spellcaster and only male in the race, Plum is the Dhampirs' representative, and he's yet to hit puberty.

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    Sirens 
The fifteenth-ranking Exceed (thus sandwiched between Warbeasts and Imanity), the Sirens are an all-female race of aquatic creatures, living in Oceando, the great sea between Andalucia (home continent of Elchea) and the Eastern Federation's home islands. Unable to leave the ocean, they don't gamble for countries and were able to live in peace with their own resources, becoming a true hermit race. Because of Tet's ascension to godhood and the banning of violence, they can no longer rape other Exceeds' males to mate, and the high mortality of their mating ritual scares off any willing partners. Currently in symbiotic alliance with the Dhampirs after winning a game with them, they've left the Dhampirs' male population reduced to a single preteen. Known around all Disboard for their incredibly carefree, one-track train of thought to the point of utter stupidity.

Tropes common to the Sirens

  • Brainless Beauty: They're quite stupid, particularly failing to understand that the Ten Covenants prohibit violence and nearly getting into a symbiotic arrangement with the Dhampirs that would be very bad for the Sirens. Sora notes that it's surprising that there's a race that people look down upon even more than Imanity.
  • Glamour: While unable to use magic, all Sirens have the ability to attract the souls and spirits of anyone who sees them.
  • Mars Needs Women: Gender flipped. The main conflict of volumes 4 and 5 is that the Sirens have nearly driven both themselves and the Dhampirs to extintion thanks to killing all the Dhampir males except one boy yet are still desperate to get more mates, and other Exceeds aren't thrilled at the idea of dying.
  • One-Gender Race: Sirens are exclusively female and can only breed female Sirens as well, explaining their need to get male partners from other races.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: Sirens are basically mermaids, and they used to lure males to 'eat', meaning mating with them while draining them of their life.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes spelled "Seirenes," but the localization uses "Sirens."
  • Vampiric Draining: Sirens' mating method actually drains the male's life in the process.

Amira

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"It feels so great watching that idiotic woman suffer~! Hahahah~ ☆"

The Sirens' acting representative due of their queen being in a deep slumber. Barely sharper than the rest of her kin.


  • Anti-Villain: Amira knew how to awake the Empress, but if someone got to wake her up, the Sirens' Race Piece and all their rights will be given up with no real guarantee that the race would get more mates; so in giving false information about Leila's game, she was trying in her own way to keep her race safe while providing them with more "food".
  • Beleaguered Assistant: She was actually quite fed up with Leila's selfishness almost destroying two races and was grateful that Sora woke her up.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Very bubbly and always smiling, even when Jibril destroyed everyting inside Leila's dream over and over again, happy that her selfish empress was finally getting punished and when Leila finally awakened, she encouraged Sora to punch her.
  • Idiot Hair: She has a cowlick atop her head to emphatize how much of an idiot she is.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: The first thing she does after seeing Sora is try to seduce him into mating with her. However, it was a ruse to lower Sora's guards and "Miko" revealed that she actually lied over considering him handsome.
  • Say It with Hearts: All her sentences either finish with a star or a heart to underscore her bubbliness.
  • Sugary Malice: She considers that you must be true to your feelings, so even if she was smiling all the time her eyes were full of dark gratification over the idea of Sora hitting Leila, for all the troubles she caused.
    Amira: “Tee-hee-heee! ★ Sora, this show you’ve given us has been wooonderful, but, while you’re at it, could you hit that @# $% a little harder for Amira? Yeah! Hit her so hard her head caves in!”
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Subverted. Don't get it wrong, Amira is barely smarter than the rest of the Sirens but she knew all along how to awaken her Empress yet never told anybody to use Plum's plan of coup as a way to win more males for her kin to mate.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: She was able to use Plum's rebellious plan to her advantage in order to claim possession of Sora and Ino as 'food'. Plum was unable to see that one coming because he looked down on her as just another stupid Siren. As Sora puts it:
    Sora: An idiot that knows he's an idiot – is even harder to deal with than an idiot that thinks he isn't.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair. She's a mermaid, after all.

Leila Lorelei

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From the very instant that I was born, those things were all mine. And it's exactly because of that – that I'll never be satisfied.

The Sirens' Empress and full representative, she has been hibernating for eight hundred years while proposing a game: she would give everything she possessed (including her Race Piece) to the one man who manage to wake her up. The thing is, she would only wake up if she manages to fall in love, creating a very complex and difficult "Real Life Romance Game".


  • 100% Adoration Rating: The Empress of Siren is beloved by every last one of her subjects because of her unusually powerful glamor. They cheered as Sora, Shiro and Jibril tortured her in her dream game, and Amira, her own Number Two, commanded Plum not to turn off her pain receptors before it began. In fact, any one of them would gladly have beaten her up if they were physically capable of doing so.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: She's head-over-hills for Sora, and she's not shy about it. Sora is otherwise turned off by her stupidity, unhealthy adoration and masochistic pleasure over being shamed and humiliated. Unfortunately for him, his own animosity and disgust towards her is what charms her, and he needs to keep her interested in him in order to keep her game beaten.
  • Achilles' Heel: Her power and importance are based on her powerful glamour. Her glamour depends on being underwater so her water spirits can manipulate the others around her. Without water she's powerless.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: She did this In-Universe with a fairytale about a princess so peerless, every suitor gave her any kind of valuable treasures and swore eternal love to her (kinda like herself) and was assassinated by a thief. She (somehow) got came to the conclusion that he was the only that had "pure love" towards the princess because he was the only one that didn't fall to his knees, begging for her love. Yes, this is the true nadir of Siren's stupidity.
  • Bishie Sparkle: The narrative comments that everytime she moved, she left behind a glowing trail.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While in the "Dating Sim" dream, she acts like a demure maiden, even when rejecting people. She actually is quite rude, entitled and selfish and took sadistic glee in rejecting lovestruck players of her "game".
  • Brainless Beauty: One of Sora's complains in his rant is that Leila believes herself to be so beautiful that she doesn't actually need any substance.
    Sora: Sexiness must come with some sort of humility and restraint before it has any meaning! [...] If you think all that matters is how much skin you show, you might as well go be a nudist! You bloody halfwit!
  • Compelling Voice: Her glamour is so strong that with just her voice, she's able to bend everyone that lays eyes on her to her very whim.
  • Cursed with Awesome: She was born with an unnaturally large amount of spirits inside her, making her glamour so strong that it is impossible to resist her. She believes herself to be cursed because if she has everything she wants just for the asking, then she values none of it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Leila actually didn't think much about her "game"; she got the idea of "unobtainable love" from a fairytale, her game's rules and objectives were ambiguous and she left her race without guidance on a childish whim for 800 years.
  • Explosive Breeder: As empress of the Sirens, Leila has higher fertility than the others, needing less soul essence from a partner to breed. Originally, Dhampir males would only breed with the Siren Empress, lowering their mortality rate; but when her mother died while she was sleeping, chaos started. When she falls for Sora, she was able to use a single lock of Sora's hair to create a daughter out of his DNA in just a few days.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Thanks to the Water Spirits, she's able to attract everyone in her water realm, no matter their gender. Not even Jibril is immune.
  • Fairytale Motifs: She's often compared to Sleeping Beauty. Sora actually calls her out for considering herself a "cursed beauty" who just causes lots of troubles for everyone else.
  • Human Popsicle: Her cold sleep involved getting herself enclosed in a huge iceberg.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: In order to beat her game, one must break her bubble of entitlement and reject her, because she sought for someone that couldn't fall for her charms. Sora even points out that if he ever gets to love her back, she will lose interest in him immediately.
  • Meaningful Name: "Lorelei" makes allusion to the Germanic myth of a siren-like women that caused ships to wreck with her beauty and voice.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end. Sora gave her a rapid-fired Wall of Text rant over her selfishness, bitchiness and stupidity (that he said was on EVERYONE's behalf as well). Unknowingly for him, this was what charmed her enough to wake up.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Because of his lack of spirits, Sora is immune to Leila's glamour. Leila may or may not love Sora; she just loves the idea of a man that doesn't love her and the greedy (and masochistic) thrill of pursing someone she can't have.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She got the idea of looking for "pure love" thanks to a fairytale she read and tried to recreate it in her life.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Downplayed. Leila actually wanted a man that would bully her and when she fell for Sora, she was delighted at his insults and would love for him to hit her (although he points out that violence is forbidden under the Ten Covenants, a fact that the Sirens seem to consistently fail to grasp). Leila is practically a toned down masochist.
  • Victory Is Boring: She was bored with life because she always had everything she wanted, to the point she decided to sleep (seemly forever) waiting for someone that she would not have so easily.
  • Walking Spoiler: As her "game" and real motivations are the main conflict of two volumes, talking about her is practically spoiling it all.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: This is her whole concept of "pure love". As every man gets seduced by her immediately, she never actually gets to value her suitors. Sora being the only one that won't beg for her love, she can actually feel the aching pain of unrequited love herself and so gives him her total devotion.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Thanks to her very strong glamour, she's the Most Beautiful Woman in the eyes of Disboard's people. But as Sora and Shiro have no spirits to manipulate, Sora comments that, though she's pretty, she has nothing on the gorgeous Jibril or the godly beautiful "Miko" or the pure cuteness of Shiro and Izuna. Heck, for Sora even Steph is more attractive.

    Ex-Machina 
The tenth-ranking Exceed, the Ex-Machinae are an ancient race of Mechanical Lifeforms that were created by a long-forgotten Old Deus. Their race form communities by linking individuals into a Hive Mind, allowing them to quickly learn and adapt. While a single Ex-Machina might be of limited threat, information from their death will be shared throughout the neural network and counter-measures will be put in place. Meaning that not only will the same tactic/attack not work again, but will be added to every Ex-Machinae's ever-expanding arsenal. For this reason, despite their low ranking, they are feared by even Flügels and Dragoneers for their strength such that they can even kill Old Dei.

Tropes common to the Ex-Machina

  • Hive Mind: All Ex-Machina are linked together in a hive mind. This allows them to share knowledge and adapt to attacks.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: A race of cybernetic life forms.

Üc207Pr4f57t9. "Schwi" Dora

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Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English)

Co-protagonist of Volume 6, an Ex-Machina from 6,000 years in the past that was discovered by Riku and later became his wife.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Jibril easily blows away her right arm. It could have been far worse, for Jibril was aiming for her torso.
  • Badass Adorable: She's as cute as Shiro, but she's a powerful mechanical lifeform who's a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: While she doesn't fully understand emotions yet, she can sense the pain and conflict Riku hides behind his cold-hearted mask. She eventually brings him out of his shell and encourages him to be true to himself.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Justified that she's a machine and doesn't have the "equipment" for it. However, she said that with time, she can create something similar.
  • Character Development: She learns what it means to feel emotions from her time spent with Riku, throwing aside logic for love.
  • The Commandments: The laws of Disboard were not created by Tet. They were created by Riku and Schwi.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: When Jibril spots her, she knows exactly how hopelessly screwed she is but still fought with all her might to escape. Failing that, she used her death to forge a new path.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Despite the fact that she could not say it due to damage to her vocal system, her last words were to Riku, telling him that she loves him and the next time they meet, she will never let him go.
  • The Exile: Her seeking to understand emotions ended up causing a Logic Bomb and her removal from the hive mind.
  • Foil: Schwi is an emotionless mechanical lifeform who yearns to understand emotions. On the other hand, Riku locks away his emotions in order to become cold, calculating and emotionless.
  • Forceful Kiss: When she first meets Riku, she suddenly kisses him in a (failed) attempt to seduce him.
  • Going Commando: Riku makes her wear a dress so the humans in the colony don't know she's an Ex-Machina, but he doesn't get her any underwear.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The actions of herself, Riku and the Ghost's will never be revealed, with Corone helping them wipe out all traces that they had existed. Only two things remained as proof that they had once existed; Riku, Schwi and Corone's names engraved on the underside of the Dora family's heirloom gem, and Tet himself.
  • Happily Married: She officially becomes Riku's wife and what moments of their marriage were not spent on The Plan were indeed happy. She treasures their memories together beyond mere research data. Her last act is to protect the ring he gave her when proposing.
  • Identical Stranger: She greatly resembles Shiro with black hair.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: As an Ex-Machina, Schwi doesn't wear clothes. It's not like she really has any naughty bits to cover anyway.
  • In the Hood: She has to keep her hood on to hide her mechanical parts from the people in the colony.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Riku, a full-blooded human being.
  • Machine Monotone: She speaks like this when Riku first meets her. Before Riku took her to the colony, he asked her to change her machine-like voice to something else in order to hide the fact that she's an Ex-Machina. He recommended a timid, quiet voice.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Riku. When they marry, Schwi already has 200 years on him and still has almost 900 years worth of a lifespan.
  • More Dakka: Deployed the entire Ex-Machina arsenal, all 27,451 weapons against Jibril. It wasn't enough.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she was Proofer for her cluster, she proposed that an attack be redirected in order to minimize damage loss. The attack was redirected into Riku's hometown, and upon finding a young Riku, realized that humans weren't mindless beasts. The resulting analysis generated so many errors that she was expelled from the cluster.
  • Naked First Impression: She's wearing nothing when Riku finds her, since she's an Ex-Machina. He gets her a dress before taking her to the colony.
  • Naked on Arrival: She's technically naked in her first appearance since Ex-Machinae don't need clothes.
  • No Body Left Behind: After Jibril's through with her, there is nothing left of Schwi except her wedding ring.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: She casually tells Riku how humanity surviving the Great War for so long is a mystery to Exceeds. Riku takes this as a big offense because Exceeds have no idea what humans have to go through and the sacrifices they made as a result of getting caught up in the Exceeds' battles. Schwi immediately realizes her Innocently Insensitive mistake and she already feels remorse over accidentally destroying Riku's hometown. She offers Riku the chance to kill her if that makes him feel better. Riku doesn't take the offer.
  • Power Copying: She can mimic any attack as long as she has been hit by it once. However, the attack will be weaker than the original. Twelve years prior to her meeting Riku, she and her fellow Ex-Machinae fought the Dragoneers, including one of the three Dragonia Kings. She survived and obtained said King's ultimate ability, Dragonia's Roar which, while weaker than the original, is still comparable to a Flügel's. But not Jibril.
  • Power Limiter: Code - All Unlock, which activates and enables every single weapon that the Ex-Machina possesses and adapted from the other Exceeds. She was forced to use this mode against Jibril. Despite possessing even Old Dei-killing weapons, it didn't work.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is as long as she's tall, which is one of the things she has in common with Shiro.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At the start of Volume 6, she was manufactured 211 years ago.
  • Redemption Quest: Her "independent research" into the human heart is a self-assigned version of this trope. She thinks that if she completes the mission that got her exiled in the first place her cluster will allow her to reconnect for possessing valuable data.
  • Robot Girl: She looks like a little human girl with just several machine-like features in her body giving away she's an Ex-Machina.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Her favorite game is chess and she absolutely destroys Riku at it. Justified because as a machine, she can literally knows every possible move in the game.
  • Some Call Me "Tim": Since her number is way too complicated, Riku asks her for a more human name. Her first choice is Schwarzer because of her black hair. Riku still thinks it's too long, so they both settle with the name "Schwi".
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Fan translations romanized her name as "Shuvi" while Yen Press has her name spelled as "Schwi". According to Word of God and merchandise, the latter is correct as her name is meant to be a shortened version of the German word "schwarzer".
  • The Spock: Like Shiro, she's extremely intelligent, logical and stone-faced. Justified because she's a machine.
  • Thanatos Gambit: She's well aware she couldn't hold a candle against Jibril, the culmination of Artosh's experiments to create the ultimate Living Weapon. Yet she insists on fighting her, knowing her fellow Ex-Machinae will learn everything Jibril dishes out at her, allowing them to go toe-to-toe with Artosh himself and allow Riku to create the Ten Pledges.
  • Third-Person Person: Just like Shiro, she speaks in third person. She initially calls herself "this unit" until Riku names her "Schwi".
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Her seeking the answer to this caused her removal from the Hive Mind. She's following Riku because he promised that if she does so, she will find her answer. Although Riku had tricked her to order obtain the assistance of an Ex-Machina, Corone's question about why she's interested in Riku caused her to seek the answer. She found it, right before Jibril killed her.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: What did it matter that Schwi was a mechanical lifeform? Riku loved her and she learned to love him back, despite it going against all her system's logic.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: It's given the impression she's wearing thigh-high boots, but it appears her legs are actually designed that way.

Eintihi

"—Lived without life, went without life — We depart with life. Aus(over)."

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe

The commander of all Connected Units and the representative of the Ex-Machina. During the Great War, Eintihi had ordered the removal of Schwi from the hive cluster due to her Logic Bomb causing disruptions within the cluster. Initially appearing in the flashback that is Volume 6, he makes his present-day appearance in Volume 9, assisted by Ec001Bf9048a2 (nicknamed Ymirein).


  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Against the impossible odds; Yes, he somehow managed to defeat and weaken Artosh.
  • Loophole Abuse: He persuades Riku to continue his plan by pretending to be nothing more than an emotionless machine, because if a "tool breaks down", it's not considered someone being killed and violating the rules of the game.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretended that he was an emotionless machine to encourage Riku to view him and his race as such, so it would not break the rules of the game. Subverted because he knew Riku could see right through it.
  • Off Screen Momentof Awesome: The remaining Ex-Machinae and himself somehow defeated Artosh.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Much like Jibril, he's lived through the Great War, and looks hardly any older than 6000 years ago. Not that machines seem to age in this setting, anyway.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Schwi tried to request reconnection with the hive cluster and share her data on emotions, he permitted it because he deemed her broken yet still functioning and thus important research data. Her data ended up giving the entire race emotions and knowledge of Riku and Schwi's plan on ending the Great War, to which they all decided to follow to the end.
  • Robosexual: He's attracted to Sora thanks to reflecting Schwi's feelings towards Riku, and the latter greatly resembling Sora. This predictably creeps Sora out.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Alternatively called "Eintihi" or "Einzieg".
  • Voice Changeling: Can briefly change his voice to Schwi's in order to pass her message to Riku following Schwi's death.

Ec001Bf9048a2, Ymirein

The Ex-Machina in charge of cluster E. Ec001Bf9048a2 accompanies Eintihi when he decides to pay a visit to 『  』 in Volume 9. Sora finds her designation number too long and thus nicknames her "Ymirein".


  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or love, in this case. After Sora wins a game against her, she completely falls in love with him and decides to spend her remaining lifespan with him.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her right stocking is white and the other is pastel sea green.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She was manufactured roughly 1097 years ago, and still looks like a young girl.
  • Robosexual: She falls in love with Sora, a normal human.
  • Robot Girl: Aside from some machine-like features, she looks like a cute human girl for the most part.
  • Robot Maid: Her intricate maid outfit and obvious machine parts evoke the trope, and she becomes subservient to Sora following their game.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: She believes herself to be Sora's bride.
  • Some Call Me "Tim": Sora thinks her number is too complicated to pronounce and consequently nicknames her "Ymirein".
  • Your Days Are Numbered: According to herself, she only has 6 years left before shutting down. Coupled with losing to and falling in love with Sora, she decides to spend that remaining time with him.


    Old Deus 
The first-ranking Exceed, the Old Dei can be considered the gods of Disboard, born from the faith of its people. They are infinite in number, but, as Schwi recounts, few exist in the physical realm as many simply disappeared with the passage of time.

Tet is its last remaining member (or at least with an intact physical form), after the rest ended up killing each other in a massive war for godhood over Disboard (with the Exceeds as pawns) more than 6,000 years ago.

Despite being the gods of Disboard, even they are considered an Exceed and thus have the right to have a representative for their race piece. However, they lack one (Tet doesn't count due to his status as the One True God) until "Miko" summons one to act as the Old Dei's representative.


Tet

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"My name's Tet. I live over there. I'm a god!"
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Shannon Emerick (English)

The God of Games.

The god of Disboard, who set up the Ten Laws of Disboard, as well as the last of the Old Deus.


  • Actual Pacifist: From the beginning. The only reason Tet survived the Old Deus' war is because he refused to take part in it. He also has forbidden violence and robbery and refuse to take any sides between the Exceeds.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: Despite being considered "The One True God", Tet abhors violence (to the point of banning it completely) and does not favor any race in particular. Because of this, Tet does not get involved in conflicts between the Exceed.
  • The Chessmaster: Aside making games for everyone for problem-solving and decision-making in a nonviolent way, Tet did it to find someone who can match him. Lampshaded in episode 4, when Sora realizes the reason for the existence of the sixteen races (one for each chess piece), in that Tet is waiting for the right opponent with his black king piece.
  • Clap If You Believe: Tet was born 6,000 years ago from the sincere hopes of Riku and Schwi that one day all Exceeds can learn to live in peace.
  • The Commandments: Upon his ascension, he created the ten laws of Disboard that all Exceeds must obey, finally ending the Forever War that had laid waste to Disboard for tens of thousands of years. The laws were actually created by Riku and Schwi, 6,000 years ago. Tet is merely enforcing it.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Wears some kind of footguards or toeless footwear.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Tet's right pupil has a diamond shape and the left one a spade shape on it.
  • Facial Markings: A small red-colored heart in his right cheek.
  • Final Boss: Sora and Shiro's goal is to one day defeat him. He welcomes the challenge and eagerly awaits their coming.
  • First-Name Basis: He asked to Sora and Shiro to just call him Tet. In return, Tet calls them 『  』, recognizing both as his Worthy Opponent.
  • God Is Good: As deity he abolished all violence and encouraged the sixteen races of Disboard to solve conflict with games. After all, he is the manifested form of Riku and Schwi's wish for lasting peace between the Exceeds.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Tet doesn't intervene in Disboard at all. He took the job as deity mostly because he is the only Old Deus left, and only created the rules (specifically the second rule) as a way to filter out his Worthy Opponent. By his own admission he is a bystander.
  • Heroic Neutral: Tet does not get involved in conflicts between the races and does not favor any of them over the others. Nonetheless, considering that he banned violence and would like for everyone to get along and have fun together, Tet still qualifies as benevolent.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Not just humans but all sixteen sentient races. After watching the horror of the old war, Tet declared them no different than the mindless monsters and declared that they can prove their supposed "intelligence" by fighting each other with games.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Tet behaves like the little child he looks like despite being a deity.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: In the light novel, Tet is actually writing down 『  』's adventures while waiting for them on the Black King's tower.
  • It Amused Me: Tet's modus operandi. All his actions are meant to ease his boredom and make things a little more interesting.
  • Keet: As cheerful and energetic as his young age implies.
  • King of All Cosmos: The One True God of Disboard is a pink, joyful and plucky bubble of cuteness that cares more for games than to look out for his world.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the sole remaining Old Deus alive after everyone else killed each other vying for godhood over Disboard.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Tet has mismatched Technicolor Eyes and he is the deity of games.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tet" is a Hungarian word meaning "bet" or "wager", fitting for the God of Play.
  • Motif Merger: Of many games like poker, dice and chess. It comes from being the deity of games.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a cap with a yellow club on top of it.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: He was conceived by a young Riku as an imaginary unbeatable opponent in his chess game. He's given actual existence when Riku finds the Star Grail.
  • Physical God: While Tet is extremely powerful, he is not invincible, since it is still possible for an Old Deus to die or be outsmarted.
  • Playing Card Motifs: The heart on his cheek, the club on his hat, and the diamond and spade on his eyes.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered one to all Exceeds upon his ascension, demanding that they show proof that they really weren't just unintelligent beasts. Not one Exceed managed to provide an answer that he would accept. During Tet's reminiscing in volume 6, we see part of the Great War, and the Exceeds really were acting no better than unintelligent beasts.
    Tet: To everyone, who used up all extremes of strength, violence, desperation, and death. Show me proof that you, who built towers of corpses, are civilised beings as you so claim. What is the difference between you and the 'unintelligent beasts'?
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Short pink hair and a bundle of joy too.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Tet actually thought the 10 Pledges very well, as they give to everyone the opportunity to resolve things peacefully yet still with a loophole able to give the losing side a pleasing result too. Of course, one has to see things Tet's way to notice it.
  • Spirited Competitor: He is willing to bet the right of being Disboard's One True God only for the chance of having the greatest of all games.
  • To Win Without Fighting: Tet managed to get the title of One and True God of Disboard simply because he never actually participated in the Great War.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Being the deity with power over games isn't the most powerful war asset, so Tet did what a weak one would do in his situation: let the strong ones kill each other and survive.
  • Victory Is Boring: After ascending to One True God of Disboard, Tet endured six thousand years of boredom because the 16 Exceeds were too focused in gambling for country, submerging his days in a monotone routine. Tet's life recovered excitement after he lost to the sibling gamers, what made Sora theorize that Tet was also bored because he never had felt his pride crushed by a defeat which would ignite his resolution, and in this way, become a true Gamer.
  • War Is Hell: After witnessing the brutal war between his kin, Tet banned violence because he won't allow anything like that again on his watch.
  • Worthy Opponent: The reason why Tet brought the siblings to Disboard. After losing to them in chess, Tet was so amazed at their ability that he summons for the chance of finally being able to play seriously, as the other races are not conscious that he can be challenged. However, he notes that their predecessors, Riku and Schwi, were even stronger, for they succeeded and won in the old world where there were no rules.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has natural pink hair.

Artosh

"If being broken by the weak is the destiny of the strong then, sure enough the strongest is the Essence of mine, right?"

The God of War.

With the appearance of an enormous angel with eighteen wings, he is the most powerful of the Old Dei (and thus by extension, the most powerful being on Disboard).

During the Great War, he created the Flügel in his search for perfection, each imbued with a tiny fraction of his power.

He disappeared prior to the start of the series, but is occasionally mentioned by the characters, especially, the Flügel.


  • Above Good and Evil: Viewed himself as such. He's not good. He's not evil. He just is. Such is the right of the one that is the strongest.
  • Blood Knight: He was well aware that someone was manipulating the races behind the scenes and that it was a human behind it all. However, he did nothing because he regarded his opponent as his equal and had at last found his Worthy Opponent.
    Artosh: Hahaha!! I see, "you" are the one who will be the murderer of mine. It was unexpectedly fast, hahaha!!
  • Graceful Loser: He didn't mind being defeated, even against a mere human. He was grateful for being defeated by those he deemed the weakest, against an opponent that he could finally give his all.
    Artosh: Oh weakest without a name — you may be proud. You rightfully became the "enemy" of mine.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Riku's grand plan needed him to fire Divine Strike in order to work. He knew he was being played, but did so anyways to meet his opponent head on with everything he had.
  • Large Ham: His booming voice literally shook Avantheim and is so eccentric and over-the-top that he made Azrael look like the Only Sane Man.
  • The Lost Lenore: To the whole Flügel race, but specially to Azrael and Avantheim.
  • Might Makes Right: Had this philosophy. He was the strongest, and thus was absolute. When he was defeated, he congratulated Riku and praised him for overcoming him.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He did nothing but sit on his throne for thousands of years bored and waiting for his Worthy Opponent to appear.
    Artosh: The strongest challenged by no one... what meaning is there in it?
  • Posthumous Character: He disappeared prior to the start of the series, but is frequently mentioned by the characters, especially the Flügel. He would appear in person in volume 6, which takes place 6,000 years in the past.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Eighteen Wings in fact. It appears like he's wearing a mantle.
  • Slouch of Villainy: He did this for thousands of years while sitting on his throne. Subverted. He only did this because he was completely and utterly bored because no one would challenge him.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Divine Strike, which is a blast with the combined power of not just himself, but every single Flügel.
  • World's Strongest Man: Prior to Tet's ascension, he was the most powerful of the Old Deus and thus the most powerful being of Disboard.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite not knowing his name, he regarded Riku, a mere human, as one.
    Artosh: Indeed, it makes sense that the one who will oppose myself who is the Strongest would be the Weakest. Isn't that so, "wolf"?

Horou

The God of Doubt and Trust.

The first and oldest of the Old Dei (by extension, the oldest being in all of Disboard), she's their self-proclaimed representative, though she hasn't shown her Race Piece. She also created the Ex-Machinae.

At the start of the story, she existed within Miko as a condition of winning a game they played when the latter was a child. Following the events of Volume 7, Miko summons Horou out, whereupon she starts a dice game with Sora.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Miko summoning Horou to talk directly with 『  』 at the end of the anime adaptation makes it seem like she would be a candidate for a possible second season, though this particular scene happens in Volume 7, way later than where the 12-episode adaption ended (Volume 3).
  • Fish out of Water: Because she's been sealed in Miko's body for several decades, Horou isn't familiar with the present-day world, and grows increasingly curious about it. Worse even, she reveals to Sora that her only memories are Miko's, implying she no longer has any memories prior to their game.
  • Time Abyss: As the very first being alive on Disboard, she's probably millions (or even billions) of years old.



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