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Rance

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Rance is the protagonist of the Rance series. He's a loud mouthed brutish swordsman who goes on several adventures throughout the continent. Saving countries and many maidens on his way, but his most well known aspect is his insatiable sex drive. Sex is his greatest desire and is willing to do anything for it and as a result hates other men that can steal his women. As a person he's very brutish and cruel, but he's far from the worst person.
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Rance possesses Level 2 Skills in Sword Combat and Adventuring. His Sword Combat Skill allows him to learn a special move named "Rance Attack". As an alternative he also has a stronger attack named "Kichiku Attack", but it's said to carry side effects from usages. While his adventuring skill allows him to travel long distances without a party, but it's more convenient for him to take Sill or someone else with him. In combat he wields a sword named Chaos whose capable of breaking the invincibility shield of the Archfiend and Fiends. He also has an infinite level cap which allows him to reach levels far above any other being on the Continent, if he was actually active in training, because after an adventure he usually rests out causing it to reset, because of how quickly he levels up. His infinite level cap is also hereditary causing every one of his children to also posses it. He also also able to raise the Level Cap of people he has sex with.

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  • Absurdly High Level Cap: Unlike other beings on the Continent, his Level Cap has no limits. The highest level he has ever attained was an unbelievable 560, which put him on par with higher-tier gods and let him overpower an Archfiend with pure force, but that was a special case and he lost those levels very rapidly afterwards.
  • Adult Child: It explains quite a lot about his personality, especially due to his lack of upbringing. To put it boldly, he's a man in his twenties with the mind of a really horny teenager.
  • Allergic to Love: When faced with Uesugi Kenshin, the first woman to ever confess her love to him (and unlike Lia, who is more of a stalker), he was very confused and could not look at her for a while.
  • Anti-Hero: He's still worthy of be called a "hero" since his actions actually set up peace in each country he visited, even though it was by accident.
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  • Anything That Moves: Subverted, he only wants to have sex with cute beautiful woman, but refuses to have sex with children and is against incest. After hearing that an orphanage turns children into prostitutes and scarred a girl he was bonding with, he immediately went to that orphanage and completely destroyed it in one day along with his party.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Subverted. Rudrathaum let him live despite his Absurdly High Level Cap, because with his chaotic personality, he was hoping him to become an Evil Overlord. To his dismay, Rance leans more towards Chaotic Neutral than Chaotic Evil and he is kept in check by Sill.
    • Played straight in two endings of Kichikuou Rance: King of the World ends with him as the tyrannical King of the entire Continent, and Demon King Rance involves him becoming the 8th Archfiend after killing Miki Kurusu with Satella.
  • Ascended Glitch: In-Universe exemple. His lack of Level Cap is due to an oversight of the Soul Administrator Quelplan, but he was ultimately kept alive by the Gods due to his mischievous and selfish personnality, who expect him as a future Big Bad or Evil Overlord.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Rance runs on a very peculiar set of standards and morals. Essentially, he believes that he's a hero purely because the world rewards him for it, even though he often has no altruistic motives for his actions and tends to ruin lives for petty reasons. Due to this, he does whatever he feels like as long as he dosen't get punished for it.
  • Born Lucky: He has the fortune of "Good Luck" on his side.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: His infinite Level Cap could allows him to become more powerful than anything on the entire continent, if it weren't for him not bothering to train at all or take a long rest after an adventure causing it to reset back to the tens.
  • Bring It: His answer to the Blood Memories's power and transforming into every Archfiend basically boils down to this. He first says to keep fighting and defeat every Archfiend it transforms into while hearing about how horrible they were during their era which discourages even his children, he then one ups that in the Abel phase by saying that he doesn't care if his opponent is a Squidman or Dragon and somehow even one ups that by saying laughing at it's final transformation into Kkulf Kkulf, because he realizes that it's playing its final trump card and that the fight is almost over.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Whenever he uses one of his special techniques.
  • Character Development: Gradually over the course of the series, but especially in Rance Quest: The Morurun Curse placed on him by Pastel Kalar, which prevent sex with people below Level 35, made him more patient and calm compared to the previous games. Without Sill.
  • Chick Magnet: A very successful one, needless to say. Though a fairly small amount of the women who develop feelings for him actually end up in his harem, due to circumstances including his own personal standards, the girls lives and himself having little long-term interest in them.
  • Collector of the Strange: his other hobby is collecting Shellfish shells, left behind from the era of the Round Ones. Finding a rare shell causes him greater happiness than even a beautiful woman, and he bursts into uncharacteristic childlike glee when he does obtain one. Probably the fastest way to become Rance's friend is to give him a rare shell.
  • Combat Pragmatist: This is what makes him such a dangerous combatant. A good example would be when he was fighting against a Fiend that can shapeshift into someones greatest fear. After knowing that he pretended that his greatest fear is a caterpillar and immediately killed him when he transformed into such a weak form.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In fact, he's so much of a moron that he can fall in very obvious traps (usually involving women), but always manages to escape these situations thanks to his abilities.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Suffers one in the Poisoned Ending of Kichikuou Rance, which is also relatively hidden and difficult to obtain. In this bad ending, Rance gets drugged and is raped until he dies of a heart failure.
  • Dare to Be Badass: He delivers one to his own children when they don't have the will to fight against the Blood Memories by saying that acting scared like that is unbecoming for them to act that way. This causes them fight alongside their father in the final battle.
  • Death Is Cheap: He died once in Rance 4.2 at the hands of Arnie Rolento, but was shorty revived by the Holy Gal Monster Wenlina, having fallen in love with him. Happen once again in Rance X, being killed the Hero Arios Theoman and also revived not long after.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: This is basically what he and sometimes along his party do in every game since Rance III/Rance 03, but it was pretty much stated that Rance's help was necessary for their victory. That said, he also needed them to do it, even though he would not admit it at all.
    • Defeated and finished off the World's Strongest Man, Thoma Lipton. This was his first time he did something like this and everyone was shocked that he succeeded.
    • Defeating the Archfiend Jill in Rance III/03'.
    • Defeating the Dread Fiend Camilla in Rance VI.
    • Reducing the Fiend Xavier to a Blood Soul and defeating the Holy Beast Orochi in Sengoku Rance.
    • Defeating and reducing too many Fiends to count in the 2nd Fiend War, as the leader of the Fiend Extermination Squad.
    • Killing the devil Neplacus with only one blow, while his first child, Dark Rance, who's also the strongest of his children still had trouble fighting him before training in Poly Poly World.
    • Destroying the Blood Memories completely thus ending the Archfiend System and cycle of suffering of the Continent.
    • Defeating the berserk Second Class Goddess La Vaswald on his own.
  • Depending on the Writer: When he was written by Tori, Rance comes off a callous, brutish thug who has little emotional attachment to his harem and more often than not borders on an outright Villain Protagonist. After Dice and Yoidore became the series writers, Rance, while still an Anti-Hero, is far more of a Lovable Rogue and Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and lacks many of his more unsympathetic moments.
  • Designated Heroinvoked: An invoked example: he's in the narrative position of a hero despite possessing few to no actual heroic traits. Frequently Lampshaded by the games.
  • Determinator: He simply won't give up when he puts his mind on something which is one of the reasons why he keeps succeeding at his goals.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: What does Rance do when the Blood Memories, an entity which empowers and corrupts the Archfiend which is known as the most powerful being on the Continent, who even makes the Fiends under him and his children lose hope to fight and on top of that takes his form during his tenure as Archfiend? He screams against it, saying how much it made him (and the population of the Continent) suffer and to top it off he says that he shall finish it off personally. He then fights and defeat it with help from his allies.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Some of the women he had sex with range from very destructive to Physical Gods. Which include:
    • Two Lv3 Magic users, Miracle Tou and Anise Sawatari, who both have very destructive magic ability.
    • Nearly every attractive female Fiend.
    • The Archfiend Jill after defeating her.
    • And finally the 1st Class Goddess Quelplan.
  • Does Not Like Men: He hates other guys, because he thinks they will steal his women. He does however still acknowledges the strength of some males and has a few male friends such as Rick and Patton. This mindset of him is gradually downplayed as the series progress.
  • Doting Parent: He is this towards his daughter Reset.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even he is against pedophilia and incest.
  • Experienced Protagonist: He was already active as an adventurer for a few years before series even began.
  • Fatal Flaw: His obsession for beautiful women and sex, as it often causes a lot of damage around. It actually cost him his life in one specific instance of Kichikuou Rance, in this case the Poisoned Ending.
  • Friend to All Children: One of his main redeeming traits. As it turns out, he's not that bad around kids. He does get along with the kids of an orphanage, but he rather does not want to have children of his own which is why he makes Sill cast Contraceptive magic on him. When he actually gets kids such as Dark Rance and Rangi, he doesn't like interacting with them that much since he doesn't like the fact he's a father, but this changed once he gets Reset since she's the first child that actually wants to spent time with him and as a result of the time they spent together, Rance doesn't mind having more kids anymore. In fact at the time of his death, his children amounted to 100.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed, as it concerns only other adult companions, with most of them finding his antics annoying and troublesome. By the end of the series, his Jerkass traits were also downplayed, making him much more likable overall.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was born in the world without any parents to take care of him, and ended up adopted by the mayor of the neighboring village. Spending his childhood as a mere servant, he was denied further education after elementary school from his adopted father and kept under servitude. He was also acquainted with the two daughters of the mayor: The youngest one abused him due to his low status, while the elder one, more nicer and gentle, was a victim of Rance's antics and didn't want to punish him for it. It ends up in disaster during a fateful night where he was raped at 14 years old by the younger daughter, full of sexual curiosity and seeing Rance as a lowly dog. After watching the abusive daughter in a helpless state following their intercourse and having discovered the wonders of sex, it cemented on him the belief of raping women in order to make them more submissive whenever they mistreat him and most of all, his obsession for them. After being severely beaten and banished from the village due to a sex spree of his doing, he wandered alone for some time until he met the Female Warrior, who took him under his wing after sensing his potential (despite his perverted traits) and acted as his mentor and mother figure for him for two years until her death during an adventure. Alone once again, he finally found a home and a job thanks to an old friend of his mentor, Keith Gold, and started his life as an adventurer.
  • Giver of Lame Names: He's not really creative when making names. Such as calling his dick the "Hyper Weapon" and his semen "Imperial Juice", or his Signature Move called "Rance Attack".
  • Harem Seeker: His ultimate goal.
  • Hate at First Sight: His first canonical meeting with the Hero Arios Theoman happened when there were on opposing sides. Furthermore, Rance's hatred for him grew even more after their first battle, which left him with grievous wounds.
  • The Hedonist: On par with his Chaotic Neutral tendencies, he lives only for his own pleasure, but he's not malevolent at all.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Most of his antics makes him one.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Almost every heroic character in the Rance series manages to somehow misinterpret Rance as a heroic person despite obvious hints suggesting otherwise. The stand out example would be King Ragnarokarc Super Gandhi, who believes Rance to be the messiah!
    • This even applies to evil characters such as the Jerkass Gods that govern and created the world Rance lives in. The Top God Rudrathaum expected him to become an evil tyrannical king that would bring chaos, destruction and despair to humanity which is why he was allowed to live despite being a Balance Breaker, but instead Rance actually shortens the war he's involved withnote  and minimizes the amount of suffering humanity has to go through.
  • Iconic Outfit: His green coated set of armor, which he's almost never seen not wearing.
  • Idiot Hero: Due to a combination of prideful stubborness, a complete inability to manage himself outside of quests and his habit of thinking with his dick first, Rance ends up basically bumbling himself to a good many situations and also died once because of it. Ironically, more than a few characters end up under the mistaken belief of him being some kind of tactical genius.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Likes to use them to create any excuse to sleep with women.
  • Jerkass: Was one during the first games, with small redeeming traits.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's a very deeply buried heart of gold, but he does have some good traits deep down.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Notably in Kichikuou Rance, which can bring the worst out of him. It includes things like killing Miki Kurusu to be the new Archfiend, drugging the already fragile Sheila Helman, and most of the time acting like a huge dick to his harem, which can cause death to some of them.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Goes without saying in the later games.
  • Magnetic Hero: Despite his personality, he has a knack for attracting other people to join his side thanks to his positive attitude and determination, most notably other Balance Breakers like him.
  • Moral Myopia: He's aware of raping and killing people on a whim are bad things, but since he thinks of himself as a hero, he doesn't think of his actions as bad (thus the biased narration regarding the sex scenes). Downplayed in the later games, when he begins to be more cautious about his actions.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: His shark teeth are a signature look of his. His children also inherit this trait.
  • Mysterious Past: For most of the series. It isn't until fairly late in that his backstory was revealed.
  • Nominal Hero: And actually calls himself a hero even though everyone knows his antics. The game series narrations frequently call him someone in the position of a hero, despite not possessing any heroic traits.
  • Older Than They Look: He's only 18 in the first two games. Given how he acts, it's easy to assume he's older.
  • Only One Name: Rance was an orphaned peasant: if he has a surname, he doesn't know what it is. When pressed for one on several occasions, he has given "Rance Clear", but it's pretty obvious he just made that up on the spot.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know that something is wrong when Rance stopped caring about his goal to have sex with beautiful women. A notable example is him killing Medusa after she raped, crippled Rizna, and killed Gandhi and Kaoru. He stopped caring about having sex with her and just killed her when she tried to bargain sex for her life. Everyone was shocked to see him kill a beautiful women without hesitation.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Several instances in the games.
    • Near the end of Kichikuou Rance, he suddenly hugs Sill and gently talks to her as they face the Creator God himself, showing intense fear for the first time of his life.
    • A sidequest in Rance VI features him kick out out female bandits of their lair. Notably, he doesn't rape any of them, prompting his party to became worried. It later turns out he was saving it for the bandit leader, only to learn she was a transgender woman.
    • Whenever he mentions Sill following her Harmless Freezing in Sengoku Rance, he begins to grieve and has a serious look on his face despite him saying otherwise.
  • Out with a Bang: Has one in the Poisoned Ending of Kichikuou Rance, after having sex with Katyusha Bosch and Saulnia Benz.
  • Overprotective Dad: When he starts having daughters, this tends to be how he acts toward them. This is particularly notable towards his first daughter, Reset Kalar.
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective towards his daughter Reset Kalar.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One optional event in Rance VI shows him disguising as a doctor to infiltrate the military hospital to have his way with the Ice General Uspira Shintou.
  • Pervert Dad: Before he knew Reset is his daughter, he tried to raise her into a bride for him to have sex with.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: One of the main reasons he is like that. Thinking of himself as a great hero, he doesn't consider everything he does wrong. Downplayed by the time of Rance Quest, having grown out of it.
  • Quest for Sex: Exaggerated, his final objective is to get laid with every beautiful woman of the Continent. He also has sex with his harem on a daily basis.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The Rude to Sill's Nice.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Happens to him more than once since many people mistook them as lovers, and often tries to deny it by abusing Sill at random.
  • Signature Laugh: Gahahaha!
  • Signature Move: Rance Attack.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Let's just say that his vocabulary is quite simple.
  • Slasher Smile: His default face.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: His policy regarding women. He refuses to kill them until they happen to be extremely ugly or cross the Moral Event Horizon. As such, his body count for women is almost null.
    • Downplayed in Kichikuou Rance due to bordering close to Villain Protagonist, which features him killing some women in battles.
  • Tough Love: This is the best way how you can describe his relation with his first child, Dark Rance. Rance does seem to show some form of care and respect for him since in all of their battles in Rance VI, he actually lets him escape alive and feels pride in the growth his son shows in combat. When they meet again in Rance Quest, one of things he does after meeting him is kick him of a forty store tower without a care in the world since he knows/believes that it won't kill him, but toughen him up into a man. He also offers to do the same to Reset, but she declined.
  • Token Evil Teammate: A rare case applied to the protagonist himself, while almost all of his other companions are mostly good persons.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As the series goes on, he gradually becomes less of a dick, and shows more signs of genuinely caring for his friends and harem.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Up until Rance VI, he was mostly doing heroic things solely for himself, and cared little about other people and their problems unless he could get some Gold or women out of it.
  • Tsundere: Towards many people (which can include some of his male friends such as Rick and Patton), but Sill especially.
  • Villain Protagonist: In Kichikuou Rance, he has several Kick the Dog or Shoot the Dog moments who can cement him into an actual villain.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Naturally he is the wacky parent to his serious children till a point they passed out after seeing the ridiculous events that transpire around himnote(Warning:SPOILERS.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A lot of characters call him on it, but it fell on deaf ears in the first games. Later on, it's whether Rance deciding to go with it or not, and it depends on the characters present with him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was willing to cut down the kid Maha Margaret without mercy. This is justified since Maha is a spy who was working for his older sister, Minerva, and was trying to kill Rick one of Rance's closest friends with a Puchi Hanny.

Sill Plain

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Sill Plain is the slave of Rance. She was originally a noble from Zeth until she got kidnapped by slave traders and bought by Rance for 15,000 Gold. She's a very nice girl who likes to help other people and tries to convince her master Rance to help other people, which he will do depending on his mood.

She has a staggering level cap of 80. This was not her original level cap, but after many sessions of sex with her master Rance. It eventually accumulated till that point. She possesses Level 1 skills in Magic and Divine Magic, giving her options for offense and healing. While she's overshadowed by Level 2 users of those skills. She's still able to do her job correctly and help her master in combat.


  • Anime Hair: If one ever needs a reminder as to when the series was created, Sill's giant puffball of hair is a good sign that it was the tail-end of The '80s. An attempt was made to give her a more normal style in Kichikuou Rance, but after the series changed artists it went right back to being fluffy.
  • Artificial Human: It is revealed at the very end of Rance X:Part 2 that she was never unfreezed in the first place, due to the Archfiend's curse being too strong to be lifted. Instead, the Pope Crook Mofus opted for an alternative solution: Using one of the treasures of Helman, she transferred her soul to a artificial body named "IP Body" and was effectively revived this way.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to both Lia and Satella's Veronica.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the series constant victims of abuse, much of it curtsy of Rance.
  • Distressed Damsel: She gets kidnapped a lot.
  • Fantasy Contraception: Rance has her casting a contraception spell on him on a regular basis, but it stopped working once she was put in ice, causing him to impregnate the Kalar Queen Pastel and having Reset, his second child, with her in Rance Quest.
  • Foil: To Rance. While he's mostly brutish and rude towards everyone he meets, Sill always tries to cool down the situation and is very caring and nicer to them.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Despite having several opportunities to escape Rance's grasp or claiming her freedom, she chose to stay with him, mostly happy as his slave.
  • Harmless Freezing: This happened to her in both timelines.
    • A victim of one in Kichikuou Rance, in the ending Slave: To force him to create chaos in the world, Rudrathaum takes him the most important thing ever to him: Sill, by putting her in ice.
    • In Sengoku Rance, she ends up taking a curse from the Archfiend Little Princess to protect Rance, and is encased in unbreakable ice. She's finally freed in Rance X, though her body stayed in ice: Her soul was transferred to an IP Body instead. She's freed for real at the very end of Rance X:Part 2, by Archfiend Rance.
  • Mysterious Past: All we know is that she's originally from Zeth, and was the daughter of a nobleman. Why and how she got sold into slavery has remained unexplained, and no members of her family (if they still exist) ever make even a small appearance.
  • Morality Chain: Towards Rance. Several non-canon scenarios show that if she were to die, all of Rance's bad traits would be turned up to eleven. For example, in one ending of Kichikuou Rance, because of her death Rance becomes the most cruel Archfiend known to mankind.
  • Nice Girl: Her main defining trait, and most of the people met by Rance remember her as such.
  • Put On The Bus: She spends the entirety of Rance Quest and Rance IX stuck in ice, leaving her unable to influence the plot in any way.
  • One True Love: While Rance denies it constantly, the series makes clear multiple times she is this to him.
  • The Red Mage: Knows both healing and offensive spells, making her one of the best assets for Rance in his adventures.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She fits the trope to a T, with her being one of the nicest characters in the series and very forgiving.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The Nice to Rance's Rude.
  • Stripperiffic: Given that Rance of all people picks out her clothes, she tends to wear very little, with the amount increasing as games go on. In Rance 02 she wore little more than a bikini, but by the end was wearing a more sensible cloak and dress.
  • Taking the Bullet: During Little Princess' rampage in Sengoku Rance, she took a hit from her while protecting Rance, and it causes her to be trapped in eternal ice.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Discussed through the series. It's acknowledged by multiple characters that she's in love with Rance, but most of them cannot explain why. One of the very first hints is her rejection of Bird Lithfie in Rance II/02, despite seemingly being much nicer than Rancenote .
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Has shades of this due to her gentle demeanor and manners, emphasized by her Nipponese costume in Sengoku Rance.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her signature pink hair.
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