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Subaru Natsuki

Voiced by: Yuusuke Kobayashi (Japanese), Sean Chiplock (English), Ricardo Bautista (Latin American Spanish)

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The main protagonist. On the way home from the convenience store, he suddenly finds himself teleported into another world. He has an ability that he calls "Return by Death" to go back in time when he dies. Despite being a hikikomori and gamer in his real world, Subaru does a bit of workout and seems to know basic hand-to-hand combat, making him not completely weak.


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    A — C 
  • Accidental Murder: Subaru accidentally gets Emilia killed in one of the loops by successfully spelling out the nature of Return by Death.
  • Action Survivor: Subaru is just a hikikomori with no supernatural powers or fighting skills who suddenly finds himself involved in several deadly situations after getting transported to another world. He does have the power to get revived after dying, but his lack of any other real skills forces Subaru to learn how to get out of the messes he gets himself into and save his allies.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Compared to the original Web Novel, Light Novel version of Subaru is far more composed as well as being more inclined to take advantage of offers of information than Web Novel Subaru.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. While he did break his promise with Emilia and lash out against her, he was far less negative and less explicitly pathetic in the original light novel. Also played in the scene of the royal elections. Although Subaru is still too emotional, his conflict with Julius has a more realistic reason in the novel.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Following the 2nd arc, Subaru begins petting Rem's head when he praises her, showing their now close relationship.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In direct contrast to his prideful nature, Subaru is willing to lick Priscilla's feet in order to gain allies to save Emillia. It doesn't take, but it goes to show his devotion to her.
  • All-Loving Hero: Becomes this as part of Subaru's character development. Subaru becomes this after resolving to learn about and understand those around him, going as far as turning back time to bring about a better future.
  • Always Save the Girl: Deconstructed. His efforts to always help Emilia often get him into far greater trouble than before, and while he does succeed in saving her most of the time, he developed an ego that would make him think that it's due to this trope that Emilia should be indebted to him. It gets reconstructed later after much angst ensued.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Steadily becomes this as he increasingly requires information to understand and prevent the dangers happening around him.
  • Anti-Magic: EMM, one of the spells developed by him and Beatrice, creates a field that negates all sorts of magic.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Suffers this fate briefly in arc 4, courtesy of Typhon.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: His disguise as Natsumi was very convincing. Apparently back in his old world, he'd crossdress a few times to stand out and draw attention to himself, so little wonder he has experience there.
  • Attention Whore: Many of Subaru's early actions were driven by his desire for attention, given that he received very little outside of his parents back in his original world.
  • Audience Surrogate: Being new to Emilia's magical world and having no magical abilities to his name aside from Return By Death, Subaru is meant to be the relatable view-point character.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Even from Arc 1, Subaru has been a master of this skill. Just from paying attention to his opponents, Subaru has been able to recognize critical weakpoints in fights allowing for surprise upsets. Add in Return by Death, he is the one of Re:Zero's most terrifying characters to alienate if given enough information to screw over someone.
    • In Arc 1, Subaru managed to memorize Elsa's attack pattern well enough that he was able to stall her long enough to get support it the form of Reinhard.
    • In Arc 2, after being killed by Rem's flail, he manages to make a defense by using his tracksuit to distribute the weight, allowing him to survive a few hits that would have killed him in any other circumstance.
    • Also in Arc 2, Subaru notices that creatures that have relation to the Witches of Sin become aggressive in response to his scent. As a result, he abuses this to draw aggro from the mabeasts in order to figure out where Rem is.
    • In Arc 3, Subaru notices that several merchants leave to and from the Karsten Manor. He realizes that these merchants are peddling weapons with Crusch Camp in order to fight mabeasts based on comments made by Anastasia. He leverages this information to gain an army to fight the White Whale.
    • Also in Arc 3, Subaru figures out how to counteract Petelgeuse's possession by intentionally calling upon his curse to inflict damage on both of them.
    • In Arc 4, Subaru deducts that Roswaal is doing a power play simply based on knowledge that he should know what happens if unqualified people attempt the Sanctuary's Trial and went with it anyway.
  • Back from the Dead: Subaru's main ability is to revive after suffering any type of death.
  • Badass Boast: "Having an enemy a step ahead, ready to destroy you... You're about to learn how terrifying that is."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Becomes this when wearing his butler outfit.
  • Badass Longcoat: Gets one temporarily from Emilia which allows him to avoid recognition. He later gets a permanent coat after Arc 4.
  • Badass Normal: Not having much other hobbies, he regularly worked out, so he's in good shape and can hold his own in a fist fight. Unfortunately, he's usually up against people who are way stronger and skilled than him, so he can't overcome those things with brute strength alone.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: In direct contrast to his personality, most of Subaru's abilities involve dark-themed abilities, especially Return By Death, which uses the strongest dark magic to turn back time.
  • The Bait: More often than not, Subaru is used as monster bait as his smell enrages Mabeasts.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the third arc, Emilia leaves him after a pretty big argument and he wishes that something bad would happen to Emilia so he could be useful to her and she would come to appreciate him again. What comes next is a terrible amount of tragedy, bloodshed, multiple failures and deaths for Subaru, who is left so exhausted and traumatized that he almost ends up giving up.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Emilia was the first person to show him kindness and help him out when he was alone and lost in an unknown world. Even though Emilia can't remember their meeting in the first loop, Subaru still remains devoted to her for how she helped him.
    • Subaru becomes very attached to Rem after she repeatedly showed him unconditional love and devotion during his lowest point in the third arc. Subaru confesses to himself that Rem is the only person who will always support him and believe in him, which causes the development of his feelings for her and the desire to bring her back from a coma, even if it can be practically impossible.
  • Belated Backstory: Despite being the main protagonist, most of Subaru's backstory isn't mentioned until Arc 4 in which he goes through the memories of his life.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: If he was still embarrassed by his feelings for Rem, when she was healthy, he fully recognizes his feelings for her and firmly spoke about it, after she fell into a coma and his attempts to return her are useless.
  • Berserk Button: The best ways to get Subaru pissed off: discriminating against Emilia, mentioning Rem in a negative way, and Petelgeuse and the other Archbishops of Sin.
  • Big Good: Becomes one after his Character Development, resulting in him being the one that everyone relies on, knowingly or not, to solve the problem of the arc.
  • Blessed with Suck: Time looping is a very useful ability. However, the fact that Subaru has to die, often in extremely painful ways balances it. In addition to this, Subaru has no real strength or connections to change outcomes very easily, making it a struggle to prevent everyone from getting killed.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Subaru likes to talk big and show off when he's by far the most psychically weak character in the cast. This gets him in big trouble when he lashes out at everyone in the royal elections, proclaims himself a knight and gets a massive beatdown from Julius in retribution. From then, Subaru retains his boasty attitude, but learns to acknowledge his limits and weaknesses.
  • Break the Cutie: Subaru has been killed in a variety of ways since leaving his world that have significantly affected his psyche.
  • Broken Messiah: Becomes this in the ending of Arc 3 and realizes that he failed in keeping everyone safe and can't go back in time to fix the problem.
  • Broken Tears: Several times, with increasing regularity after every loop. It eventually comes to a point where Subaru's stress and anguish will cause him to cry without even realizing it.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Rem is always sweet and supportive to Subaru when he's feeling troubled and anguished. Emilia seems like she can play the Gentle Girl part too, but it soon becomes clear she isn't patient or understanding enough to give proper emotional support to Subaru and Subaru explicitly doesn't want to be comforted by Emilia, as he wants to always look strong in front of her to protect her.
  • Came Back Strong: Heavily averted. Subaru can barely gain any skills regardless of how many times he loops. He is unable to strengthen his body to become a melee fighter and his aptitude with magic is so bad that he can only use one spell before being paralyzed. Even worse, he breaks his mana gate, thus ruining any potential he had to cast any spells. However, due to him being a compatible vessel, he is able to absorb the essence of the Archbishops and gain their skills after they die. Unfortunately, he can barely use a fraction of those powers without losing his sanity, making them almost completely useless.
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: A subtle example. Subaru believes he is in a generic fantasy light novel and acts accordingly. It is not helped by the fact he does have an extremely powerful ability that, while not very useful in combat, makes him special like the heroes of such stories.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He pulls this on Melli in the main story as he needs her help to get across the desert without the mabeasts from killing their group.
  • The Cassandra: Due to his ability Subaru often has information of the future. Unfortunately, people don't believe the information he has and as a result, he must manipulate other people to achieve his goals.
  • Casting a Shadow: Subaru gains access to dark magic which allows him to blind opponents. Unfortunately, it doesn't help him much in a fight. In addition, he can only cast this spell once before he runs out of mana.
  • The Champion: To Emilia. It's deconstructed as several times Subaru ends up putting himself in danger by doing stupidly reckless things for Emilia's sake, thinking that Emilia should be indebted to him for what he does for her. This only ends up damaging his relationship with Emilia because she doesn't want him to get hurt for her sake and she even accuses him of doing it all for himself and only using her as an excuse for his actions. After much angst ensued, it gets reconstructed later as Subaru keeps striving to be Emilia's knight, but learns to take better consideration of her feelings.
  • Character Development: Boy howdy. He starts off as a typical 17 year old who, due to genre savviness, expects the world he was summoned to to cater to him conveniently because of his protagonist status. Then he is murdered in the first episode. As the world continually takes a massive shit on his person, he gradually becomes more aware of his faults and insecurities and actively strives to become someone worthy of being Emilia's knight.
  • The Charmer: When he isn't freaking out over what happened in his last death, Subaru is this by being a lovable idiot who gets people to like him. It is also his best tool to get stuff done as he is too weak to solve any problem that requires fighting ability.
  • The Chessmaster: Forced to become a brutally effective one in order to allow everyone to survive and escape a loop. From an outside perspective, he has the planning skills worthy of a Magnificent Bastard. Best exemplified in the main story when Subaru disobeys Roswaal's predictions and rewrites fate by managing to gain the allegiance of Garfiel, someone who has outright tried to kill him, and overturning the events of arc 4 without entering into a contract with the Witch of Greed, thus forcing Roswaal to truly support Emilia if he wants Subaru's aid in restoring his master.
  • Chick Magnet: Over time, Subaru earns the affections of Rem, Emilia, Satella, and Petra.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Subaru is a perfectly normal, unremarkable human in a world where people need to be powerful to survive. He gets frightened, makes critical judgement errors, and works very hard to garner any respect at all.
  • Clock King: Started to show shades of it in the first arc with the use of his deaths to predict when Elsa arrives and act before then to avoid getting killed. He continues to get better at this, that during Arc 5, he is able to direct his allies to fend off an attack from 4 Archbishops of Sin.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Tends to wear black underneath his tracksuit as well as his butler outfit and cloak.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Due to lacking any talent in combat, Subaru uses a variety of tricks to take down enemies. Best exemplified when he kills Petelgeuse by knocking him out of an earth dragon carriage by throwing Petelgeuse's gospel.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: As he experiences several horrifying loops and deaths, Subaru starts to become unfazed to go through things others would find terrifying. Beatrice comments on how calm and unafraid he is even after telling him that he has been cursed and will die, finding his calmness about it unnatural (though he immediately tells her that he is in fact very afraid of dying). In Arc 4, Echidna notes that he is rather broken considering that he can keep up a casual conversation right after eating his own fingers.
  • Consummate Liar: Manages to convince Crusch that his cellphone is a Metia that can help track the White Whale using a mixture of Exact Words and distracting her with other information.
    • In Arc 6, Subaru hides the fact that he got amnesia by pretending and convincing that he is their "Natsuki Subaru".
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Subaru goes to visit the comatose Rem in her room almost every night to tell her everything about his day. Sometimes he can keep talking throughout the entire night.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Subaru seems to find himself in a series of horrific events each resulting in his death multiple times over.
  • Crazy-Prepared: On the outside, Subaru looks to be this with him being equipped exactly for the situation about to occur, but in actuality, it is due to Return by Death forcing him to prepare correctly if he wants to survive.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Normally Subaru acts like an idiot and gets killed easily, but when things get serious Subaru relies upon a staggering amount of determination and gumption to defeat enemies and steal victory from the jaws of defeat. On the physical and magical side of things, however, most the main cast is stronger than him in every way possible.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: His deaths are never pretty. Rem especially gives him a couple when she thought he was working for Satella. The first time she slices off his arm, allowing him to writhe and bleed on the floor and finishing him off by crushing his skull. The second time, she slices off a leg, breaks his ribs with her chain, and is mercy killed by Ram's wind blades slicing his neck.

    D — I 
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: After breaking his mana gate, using magic essentially becomes this for Subaru. Eventually he completely collapses his gate, and ends up unable to use magic at all. Fortunately for him, his contract with Beatrice allows him magic similarly to Emilia, but with more drawbacks.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: A majority of Subaru's skills are related to darkness, either in nature or effect. His magic causes temporary blindness, while his magic abilities all require some measure of his sanity.
  • David vs. Goliath: Many of his fights are like this, seeing that many of his opponents have far better powers and abilities than him.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: His ability is called Return by Death. It doubles as Auto-Revive.
  • Death Glare: Sports one in episode 15.
  • Death Is Cheap: Given his ability, Subaru doesn't have to worry about dying that much.
  • Declaration of Protection: Gives one to Ram after Rem's death and then proceeds to jump off a cliff to activate his ability.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Stock Light-Novel Hero protagonists. Subaru goes through a lot of pain and suffering whereas many protagonists of the same genre would be more adaptable and in control and thus have little need to develop. Rather than be rewarded for his heroic acts, much of Subaru's sacrifices go unnoticed due to looping, and he also develops a bit of an ego, whereas typical protagonists would remain modest. Also note that his personality flaws that made him a recluse in his past life have kept haunting him and holding him back. Whatever pushed other hikkikomori protagonists into seclusion is not that often a factor in isekai stories.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets his body taken over by Petelguese after Emilia kills his last Finger.
    • In Arc 6, after Subaru got amnesia, the unknown culprit takes over Subaru's body when he falls to unconciousness. The said culprit kills Meili by strangling to death.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After failing to save the village for the third time, Subaru falls to the depth of his despair and considers leaving the country with Rem. However, he is convinced by Rem to try again once more because unlike everyone else, she expects that Subaru is great and is able to do anything. As he breaks away from his despair, he delivers the Title Drop and tries once again using everything he has learned to fuel him.
  • Despair Speech: Tells Rem he gives up and is a worthless person after failing countless times to save everyone in the 3rd arc. Rem counters with her own speech of love and encouragement, bringing him out of it.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Whenever he helps others, he does it out of a desire to gain attention and recognition for his actions. This is because he did nothing with his life in the previous world and felt utterly worthless because of it.
  • Determinator: Despite being killed many times over, each more horrible than the last, Subaru never stops in seeing his way to a happy ending.
  • Devoted to You: He becomes completely devoted to Emilia shortly after meeting her. After the third arc, he becomes this to Rem as well.
  • Devoured by the Horde: By the Ousagi multiple times in arc 4.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Manages to worm his way out of entering a contract with the Witch of Greed as well as defeating her future predicting gospel.
  • Discard and Draw: Subaru gains skills in dark magic early in Arc 2, but loses access to it after overusing his magic and breaking his mana gate. Later in series, he gains the abilities of the Archbishops after killing them as well as contracting with Beatrice to restore his yin magic to a certain point.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Subaru says this to Garfiel, during one of the latter's attempts to interrupt the former's plans. The only reason Subaru's threat is actually credible is that Return By Death has made Subaru privy to multiple secrets that Garfiel would rather be kept in the dark.
  • Doom Magnet: Subaru has a tendency to go from one deadly situation to another, often getting himself or others killed in the process. He's also has the Witch of Envy's scent, which literally makes him a magnet for enemies and mabeasts.
  • Draw Aggro: Upon trying to explain his ability to anyone, Subaru draws aggro to him. However, this only works on Mabeasts, and people who irrationally hate the Witch of Envy, due to their hate of people who carry their scent.
  • Driven to Madness: After watching everyone he knows die multiple times, Subaru goes insane for an entire loop until he breaks out of it from the rage he feels for being unable to stop Petelgeuse from killing Rem.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Despite meeting and being saved by Emilia in one day, Subaru is willing to die to save her life.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Has these in the first episode from staying up all night gaming. Reappears in episode 18 after being so broken down by the events of the arc that he wants to flee the country with Rem.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Yelling at the King's stand-ins is not something one should do on a whim, but given one of them was throwing out racial slurs and sexist comments at an heir to the throne, not to mention accusing Emilia of being the devil incarnate, he had every right to be furious. Hell, the man's actions bordered on treason.
  • Dumbass No More: Despite showing signs of intelligence in earlier arcs, Subaru comes into being one of the smarter characters in the middle of Arc 3, which's events force him to pay more attention to the motivations of other people if he wants to make them do anything. As a result, he is able to make deductions of other people's motivations based solely on their reactions to events, screwing over their plans or making use of them to further his.
  • Dynamic Character: Starts off as a Naïve Newcomer, then becomes a Shell-Shocked Veteran in arc 2, then gets a Inferiority Superiority Complex in arc 3, to taking a few cues from Echidna and becomes a Manipulative Bastard bordering on Magnificent Bastard.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the most literal sense, thanks to his Return by Death. If he is to move on from a certain "checkpoint", he must not only solve and survive a certain crisis, but must also make sure all of his friends and allies live as well. Arc 3 can be a major example of this until he realizes that Rem got erased and Return by Death can't reset far enough.
  • Empathic Healer: Can perform this role specifically for victims of the Dragon Blood poison by taking the poison into himself and suffer no apparent injuries outside of darkened splotches of skin. He later gains the ability for all wounds in Arc 6 where he gains access to his version of the Authority of Greed, drawing upon the Little King version of the myth. However, he does actually suffer from the wounds he takes this time.
  • Empty Shell: For an entire loop in arc 3, before being broken out of it by a series of horrific events that finally gave him a new purpose.
  • Enigmatic Minion: To everyone, Subaru is a complete wild card that has access to valuable information that no person should reasonably have, has the unexpected allies positioned in high places, knows exactly what to do in unexpected situations, and carries an extremely dense miasma of Lugunica's devil.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He's devastated when he finds out that Rem has hated him from the beginning and has now killed him for the second time. In fact, he's reduced to a sobbing wreck.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Since Subaru's Return by Death ability is given to him by the Witch of Envy, he's tainted with her scent. While Subaru himself is not evil, this makes other characters having a hard time trusting him and the scent can attract mabeasts that want to kill him.
  • Exploited Immunity: Downplayed. Subaru and Petelgeuse are both clad in extremely dense witch miasma. As a result, this makes them prime targets for mabeasts. Knowing this, Subaru draws him into a mabeast breeding ground while carrying a protection crystal that prevents him from getting attacked while leaving Petelgeuse to get mauled.
  • Face of a Thug: Noted by others to look like an idiot at best to a thug at worst. Unfortunately Rigel, his son in the IF chapters, gains this trait along with Rem's blue hair and horn.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Inverted. Gets on of these during a loop in Arc 4 after losing one of his eyes, but doesn't make him any stronger than he was before.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: He gets subjected to very cruel deaths, although he does come back alive.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride, whether it be having too much pride or having too little. This is especially fitting since many characters speculate that Subaru is the missing Archbishop of Pride.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Does this by sheer force of will after he gets possessed by Petelgeuse to beg Felix and Julius to kill him.
  • The Fool: Starts off as one, minus any luck. Thankfully, he has a time loop ability to keep him alive.
  • Forced to Watch: After being kidnapped by the Witches' Cult in one loop, Subaru is made to watch Rem being torn apart by Petelgeuse while being chained to a wall.
  • Freak Out!: Subaru does this quite often as a result of his PTSD from multiple deaths and the tragedies he has seen.
  • Friendless Background: In his original world, Subaru was unable to live up the expectations of being the son to amazing parents in his school and life. As a result, he actively avoided people and eventually became a shut in, leaving him with no friends and a contact list so bare that the only people in it are his parents, city hall, and the local pizza place.
  • Friend to All Children: Children love him, with Subaru always playing up his goofiness around them.
  • Geek Physiques: Averted. Despite being a hikikomori, Subaru is well built.
  • Genre Savvy: He's very familiar with video game and movie tropes and often makes assumptions based on those cliches. While he is sometimes right, he is just as often wrong. Of particular note, he recognized and accepted that he had been pulled into another world practically instantly. But oddly, it took him quite a while to cotton on to the Groundhog Peggy Sue nature of his power.
  • Glory Seeker: Despite his initially modest personality, his rash actions reflect his desire to be the hero who saves the day.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Right before he jumps off a cliff in order to turn back time.
  • Groundhog Peggy Sue: Each time he dies in one of the loops, he is sent back to the beginning of the loop and forced to re-live the same events until he gets it right.
  • Guile Hero: Due to being extremely underpowered compared to the rest of cast, Subaru is forced to win fights through tactics and knowledge from previous loops.
  • Guilt Complex: Subaru has an extreme case of this due to his ability. He views that any tragedy that has happened is his fault because he should have known ahead of time due to his ability.
  • Harmful Healing: Downplayed. Subaru gets his cut off foot regenerated by the corrupting dragon blood in Arc 5. However, this is not what was expected to happen as the other person who got exposed to it, suffered debilitating pain.
  • Has a Type: In his old room in the old world, he had many posters of white-haired girls all over the place. This might have contributed to his infatuation with Emilia.
  • The Hero: From the beginning of the story, Subaru believes this is meant to be his role in this fantasy world because of how that type of stories usually work. However, he comes to understand that the world isn't expecting him to be a hero and he cannot save the day on his own which leads to him getting allies on his side to fight the major threats while he focuses on giving information and act as a decoy. Subaru is still the hero of this story thanks to his actions being the ones that guide everyone to a happy ending.
  • Heroic BSoD: After he sees the slaughter of an entire village and all of his friends, when he returns to the previous save point before his death Subaru has suffered such a shock that he's left in a near-catatonic state during most of the loop. It takes witnessing Petelgeuse brutally torturing and killing Rem to snap him out of it.
  • Heroic RRoD: After overusing his magic and abusing a mana recovery drug, Subaru's gate breaks, wrecking any chance he has of being able to use magic to fight.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Subaru sees himself as a complete and utter failure as a human being after realizing that he can save no one and every attempt has backfired spectacularly. However, Rem reminds him that he saved her and considers him to be a hero.
  • Heroic Suicide: Does this in episode 7 in order to save Rem from a curse in his next revival.
  • Heroic Willpower: Manages to regain control of his body after being possessed in order to ask Julius to put him down.
  • Hikikomori: He lived as a shut-in before being teleported into another world.
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Despite being 17, Subaru has one after he realizes that he has no skills that can help his allies and wasted most of his life doing nothing but sit at home playing games.
  • Hope Bringer: Subaru's most redeeming quality is that he is able to reverse the tide of any situation due to his optimism and determination. Lampshaded by Echidna who states that in any situation that Subaru does not participate in is always going to result in a tragedy.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Downplayed as Subaru manages to increasinly unnerve the Witches of Sin in regards to his increasingly casual attitude death and mortal injury.
  • Humble Hero: Eventually becomes this during his character development when he doesn't let being the hero who helped take down massive threats get to his head. This is in direct contrast to his Fatal Flaw.
  • I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Despite just eating his own arm and then having it regenerated by Minerva, he continues his conversation with both Echidna and Daphne, unnerving the former.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In arc 4, Subaru is invited by Echidna to have tea with her and she tells him that his tea was made of her body fluids, passing it off as a joke. Turns out she wasn't joking and she had him drink her body fluids to help the Witch Genes inside his body settle in.
    • Actually she said something "like" her bodily fluids. So it's still sort of a joke because while he didn't drink her fluids specifically, Subaru did absorb a part of her.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: How he feels about Rem as he never expected any girl to be as devoted to a worthless guy like him as she is. For example, Rem repeatedly gives him to understand how pathetic and silly he looks, and Subaru, even in the IF chapters, cannot understand what such an "ideal girl" saw in such a loser like him.
  • I Gave My Word: The main reason Subaru tries so hard is his promise to Emilia to save her.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: After Rem's memories and name are eaten by the Archbishop of Gluttony and she falls into a coma as a result, Subaru blames himself for it, thinking that if he had realized it sooner he could have done something to save her with Return by Death instead of solely focusing on saving Emilia. Now Subaru can only hope that killing the Archbishop of Gluttony will do something to bring Rem back.
  • I'll Kill You!: He proclaims this to Petelgeuse after he brutally kills Rem right in front of him and slaughters the village. Also doubles as a Madness Mantra.
  • Immortality Hurts: Being killed over and over again is not a pleasant experience for him.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Reduced to this after finding out Rem was the one who killed him in an earlier loop and secretly hates him.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Is this to Louis as he is the only person who has the experience of "death".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: His overconfident bravado and Large Ham attitude is meant to hide his dreadfully low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
  • Innocently Insensitive: At one point, Subaru tells Ram a story about a red demon who gave up their horn for the sake of a blue demon who was close to them. Ram doesn't take the story very well. Of course, Subaru didn't know that's exactly what happened to her and Rem.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Generally he loves both Emilia and Rem, but he feels guilt over it. With how devoted Rem is to him, Subaru feels like he's not good enough for her. At the same time, he feels guilty in front of Emilia, because he wants to marry both of them, after already confessed his love for her.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Barusu" by Ram.
  • Interrogated for Nothing: In one of the loops, Rem attacks him and tortures him for information because she's convinced he's a member of the Witch's Cult sent as a spy and refuses to believe Subaru when he proclaims his innocence.
  • Interspecies Romance: Subaru (human) holds romantic feelings for both Emilia (half-elf) and Rem (Oni).
  • Invincible Hero: Thanks to Return by Death, Subaru is almost a demigod in his ability to create the outcome he wants. As a result, he is able achieve incredible upsets and major victories regardless of the chances of them occurring as long he has the will to keep going.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Trolls the living hell out of Petelgeuse in order to drag him over to an ambush site.
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    L — S 
  • Lady and Knight: He wishes to be the knight to Emilia, who he sees as the beautiful and kind lady he must protect at all cost.
  • Large Ham: Subaru starts off very theatrical and outgoing since he believes that he is in a generic transported-to-another-world story. However, his experiences and deaths quickly humble him.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the sixth arc, he suddenly loses his memory, all the way to the point when he first entered the fantasy world.
  • Laughing Mad: Becomes this temporarily after he realizes how much he hates himself and how he has become that same thing he hates. Doubles as hidden foreshadowing as it was actually Petelgeuse possessing Subaru that was the one laughing as they both died.
  • Lazy Bum: It's implied he used to be like this when he lived in our world, since his father would always try to get him to do something with his life.
  • Le Parkour: Learns this at the same time of his training in whips during the one year time-skip later on in the series.
  • The Leader: Later in the series, Subaru becomes a Headstrong type and uses his experiences in the loops in order to lead his friends to victory.
  • Like Brother and Sister: He becomes an older brother figure to Beatrice after she becomes his contracted spirit in the fourth arc.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Due to transferring over from his home world, Subaru's only piece of clothing is his tracksuit. He eventually gets a robe to go along with the tracksuit.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes this to Rem. Being by his side and protecting him become her new reason for living after he helps her overcome her guilt and self-loathing over the loss of her sister's horn.
  • Living with the Villain: Lives with Roswaal, the person who orchestrated the events of the the first 2 arcs and majorly affected Arcs 3 and 4.
  • The Load: Starts off as this since Subaru has no combat-useful powers and can only serve as a distraction to enemies.
  • Loser Protagonist: Before being brought from his world, Subaru was a hikikomori and spent his days gaming. This trope is deconstructed especially hard as someone who was like this in his original world would not magically become competent as soon as he switches worlds. As a result, Subaru dies multiple times, each in excruciating ways that highlight his flaws.
  • Love at First Sight: He fell for Emilia the moment he first saw her.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His crush on Emilia leads him to do many stupid things in order to win her affections. The worst case is when he goes as far as to insult the Knights of Lugunica and challenge Julius just so he could show off in front of Emilia. Needless to say, Emilia wasn't happy with him afterwards.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Subaru started to develop feelings for Rem after she professed her deep love to him several times throughout the third arc. He was still reluctant to admit it in part because of his love for Emilia, in part because he didn't feel he deserved Rem's unconditional love. He finally was able to admit it to himself when Rem sort of tricked him into confessing his feelings for her and let him know she was open to the polygamy option. Subaru was then ready to tell Emilia he wants to have both her and Rem, but Rem falling into a coma complicates Subaru's plans.
  • Loving a Shadow: The way he puts Emilia on a pedestal is very reminiscent of it. Emilia outright calls him out on this during their quarrel after he made a fuss in front of everyone in the royal elections, claiming that he doesn't know anything about her real self and is only idolizing an idea he has of her. Eventually, Subaru acknowledges this and as his relationship with Emilia starts getting more development from the fourth arc onward, he learns to love and respect Emilia as a regular and flawed individual.
  • Loving Details: Much like with Rem did to him no matter how much Emilia points out the things negative things about herself, Subaru will tell her all the things he likes appreciates and about her down small details.
  • Lust Object: Is this to Satella to the point that her only words upon meeting him are "I love you" and "Love me" repeated enough times that multiple pages consist of the phrases.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: To anyone who knows about Return by Death, Subaru is this as he has access to infinite possibilities and trials. Both Echidna and Louis want him as Return by Death is the only thing that can sate them, while Petelgeuse notes that Subaru is the best body he's possessed in a very long time.
  • Made of Iron: Shows shades of this in throughout the story by surviving many injuries that have killed him in other loops.
  • Madness Mantra: "Someone...someone...someone...someone...someone..."
  • Mad Oracle: The nature of his powers allow him to experience future disasters before inevitably dying and returning to the last "checkpoint" of his life. While this erases his injuries, it does not erase his mental trauma, and as result any anger or despair he feels from his past life is projected in his next life much to the surprise of the people around him. The fact that he can predict the future but can't explain why as well as how he can suddenly shift emotions to extremes when he doesn't get his way often makes people think he's insane.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Barely even winces in response to having his organs being crushed by Garfiel.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Subaru has increasingly become this throughout the series. He mildly manipulates people in the first few arcs, either by providing solutions to their group goal or taunting people to take action. In Arc 4, this taken up a notch as Subaru becomes increasing desperate to find a way out of complex web intrigue and near certain fated tragedy of the Sanctuary.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Some of Subaru's deaths through the loops include being stabbed to death, decapitated, eviscerated, cursed, and amputated.
  • Marry Them All: He wants this solution with Emilia and Rem as he has come to love them both equally and wants to take both of them as his wives if they are okay with sharing. However, Rem falling into a coma gets in the way of his plans.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Becomes this after the slaughter of literally almost everyone he has met. Debatable if this was true madness or a defense mechanism based on Petelgeuse's comments.
  • Meta Guy: Tends to lampshade all of the isekai genre tropes and expectations. He drops this aspect of his personality as he realizes that Lugunica isn't a generic fantasy world and everyone around him is far more complicated than they look.
  • Misery Builds Character: All of Subaru's traumatic experiences turn him from a stereotypical "isekai" protagonist into a true hero.
  • Mistaken for Foreigner: People assume that Subaru is either a refugee from the south due to his black hair, while others assume that he is from Kararagi for his trivial manner of speaking. In reality, he is from another world.
  • Mood-Swinger: Particularly when he is near a checkpoint. He can go from speaking to a salesman or waking up from bed to suddenly screaming in terror and what's worse is he cannot explain that he just died from some upcoming disaster.
  • My Greatest Failure: At the end of the third arc, Rem has her name and memory erased by the Archbishop of Gluttony and he is unable to save her even with Return by Death. Subaru blames himself for Rem's condition and vows to kill Ley with hopes that Rem can be saved.
  • Mysterious Stranger: Subaru is an example of this trope when its applied to the protagonist. From an outside perspective, Subaru's actions and behavior lack sense without context. Actions such as randomly showing up to buy Emilia's insignia just after it was stolen, finding the resident Magic Librarian and asking her about curses, only to return cursed and reveal there are monster wolves in the forest, and undergoing a complete 180 from a fool that antagonized an entire courtroom of nobles to being privvy to information that he literally shouldn't have such as the location of a monster that has avoided death for 400 years as well as information about the Witch's Cult that is only rumored to be true. It doesn't help that he makes offhand remarks about a connection to the Witch of Envy.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Subaru entered a deadly game of political intrigue after recovering Emilia's emblem. As result, many of his deaths are caused by not understanding what he has gotten into.
  • Nerf: All of Subaru's magic based abilities, save Return by Death, are weaker than they would be in another individual. The Authorities of Sin cannot be used to their fullest extent as Subaru has to pay in his sanity to use or has some unethical requirement to use. In addition, his contract with Beatrice is stunted as Subaru's magic gate is broken, making him unable to produce enough mana to use spells more than once a day.
  • Nerves of Steel: Gradually gains these due to dealing with too many deaths. It increasingly disturbs the people around him as Subaru continues to ignore the occasions that he has almost died or suffered extreme injury. Even Echidna who knows about Return by Death, is off put by his lack of reaction to eating his own arm.
  • Nervous Wreck: All of the deaths from the time loops have left Subaru an almost gibbering mess when it comes to dealing with anything remotely lethal.
  • Nice Guy: Subaru is the nicest character in the show, earning him various allies due to his earnest nature.
  • The Nicknamer: Emilia-tan for Emilia, Remu-rin for Rem, Ram-chi for Ram, Bea-ko for Beatrice, and Ros-chi for Roswaal.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Rather than a perfect, happy ending, Subaru's desire to save others often come at the cost of himself, or even losing something of equal or greater value in the process.
  • Non-Action Guy: Explicitly stated by Word of God that the only other character Subaru could ever beat in a straight up physical fight is Petra, an 11-year-old girl.
  • No-Sell: One of Subaru passive skills is immunity to the side effects of witch abilities like mental attacks or memory rewrites.
  • Not Afraid to Die: After dying for multiple of times, Subaru has started to grow less scared of the prospect of death. Subverted as Subaru actually is trying his best to hide his fear and even after dozens of loops, he is always shown to retain his human fear of death. However, it starts to be played straight in Arc 4, where he starts to lose any emotional response to being killed and instead focuses on what he needs to do, no matter how many times he has to die to get things right. He doesn't even hesitate to kill himself when he finds himself in a dead end.
  • Outside-Context Problem: To the Witch's Cult, Subaru is someone who appeared out of nowhere, can summon allies far above his power level, steals the powers of their leaders, extremely "loved" by their object of worship, and literally everything they do is predicted and countered.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Literally every character other than the thugs in the beginning of the series is stronger than Subaru by either being more knowledgeable in magic or more physically skilled.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite crushing despair and multiple deaths, Subaru remains ever the optimist. Subverted as Subaru fakes his emotions throughout the story.
  • Power at a Price: Subaru notes that every time he uses the Authority of Sloth something, implied to be his sanity, is lost. As a result he tries to minimize his use of the ability.
  • Reality Ensues: A side effect of Return By Death allows Subaru to remember everything that has happened before restarting the loop, including his own death. Being forced to relieve a traumatic event over and over again is never a good for one's state of mind and in more than one occasion Subaru suffers from PTSD.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of Subaru's talents is sewing. He even made a great Puck embroidery!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After Petelgeuse kills Rem and slaughters the village.
  • Red Shirt: Dies an average of once per episode.
  • Retroactive Precognition: Subaru often takes advantage of information gained from previous timelines, effectively letting him predict what will happen.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Subaru is the only one able to remember all the previous timelines whenever things get reset after his deaths. He also can remember the victims of the Archbishop of Gluttony who are erased from the memory of everyone they have met.
  • Sad Clown: Hides his desperation and fear under a facade of humor and optimism. Noted by Priscilla that Subaru uses his facade to hide his weakness.
  • Save Scumming: He has the ability that he calls "Return by Death" which allows him to go back in time to a "save point" when he dies, with only himself remembering what happened.
  • Say My Name: Petelgeuse manages to get this reaction out of him after killing Rem and slaughtering the village. He manages to return the favor.
  • Scars Are Forever: Gets heavily scarred after being mauled by mabeasts in Arc 2.
  • Screw Destiny: When Subaru manages to solve the events of arc 4 by his own will and not follow the machinations of both Echidna and Roswaal who has a book that literally knows the future and was written by the former. Needless to say, the effect it had on Roswaal was not pretty.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Especially early on where Subaru blocks out his deaths and pretends they are dreams.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Subaru's sanity has been greatly damaged after multiple deaths and suffers from PTSD as a result.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Is this with Julius as he rubs Subaru the wrong way. Even at their best, they can never honestly talk to each other.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Implied to be this for the Witch's Cult, as it is implied that Subaru is the missing Pride Archbishop (and it is all but confirmed in Ayamatsu If).
  • Small Name, Big Ego: A subtle example. Due to his successes in saving Emilia and a village, Subaru believes that he is the main character in a stereotypical light novel plot. As a result, he provokes the knights of Lugunica by both proclaiming himself to be a knight as well as saying that their status is because of nepotism. This leads to Julius beating the living shit out of him in a duel that he accepted as well as Emilia abandoning him.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Subaru is smarter than he lets on as once he gets over his neuroses, he is an incredibly competent chessmaster even without using Return by Death. For example, he tricks a bunch of muggers into letting him go based on how they acted in a previous loop. As well as the time he outgambits Roswaal into relying on him to revive Echidna.
  • Sobriquet Sex Switch: When passing off as a girl, Subaru goes by Natsumi, which is a play on his surname Natsuki.
  • The Social Expert: The main weapon Subaru has is his personality which allows him to gain and command allies to carry out tasks that he is too weak to carry out.
  • Spanner in the Works: Is a master of this trope due to both his detailed foreknowledge of the future, which he uses to ruin the plans of characters like Elsa, Roswaal, and the Archbishops as well his sheer force of will, which ruins Echidna's plans,
  • Stellar Name: Subaru's name means Pleiades, a group of stars called the Seven Sisters. It is hinted that Subaru has a connection to the Archbishops of Witches' Cult who are all named after groups of stars.
  • Stepford Smiler: Becomes one after facing multiple deaths to hide his desperation, fear, anguish, and self-hate.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Subaru is a very dark deconstruction of the trope. When he first arrives in his new world, he assumes he's gained powerful magic or some other talent, but initially has none. The only unique ability he gained is to start over from a "save point" after he dies, which is only a blessing considering the horrible ways he constantly meets his end. Subaru quickly learns that the world he's been sent into isn't as forgiving as most fantasy lands, and that whatever respect and strength he gets from that world, he has to earn, because his only cheat is coming back from the dead at random intervals. Gaining a harem means that he has more people to protect (thus meaning he often has to kill himself to save them by trial-and-error) and if he advances his relationship in any way and then dies, said advancement can be completely undone.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Return by Death is the most broken ability in the show, regardless of trivial it seems at first, due to Subaru being able to maximize his ability to analyze the abilities of extremely deadly enemies as well as giving him the time to gather information and prepare countermeasures to any threat. Lampshaded by Roswaal who states that the only reason Emilia has a chance of becoming king in a country that outright hates her is because she has the loyalty of Subaru, the "strongest card in the deck". In addition to Return by Death, Subaru later gets access to both the Authority of Greed and Authority of Sloth. The former being weaponized time control resulting in invincibility and unblockable, unresisted severing attacks and the latter being hundreds of invisible, intangible hands that can rip people to shreds. The only reason that Subaru doesn't break apart the story is that he cannot use the former until Arc 6, when it become an entirely different ability, and cannot use the latter without risking his sanity. In addition, Return by Death has a traumatic cost to use, limiting its use to only dire situations.
  • The Strategist: Becomes this in the 3rd and later arcs as a result of his detailed foreknowledge and being the only one to know the abilities of his enemies through personal experience.
  • Stress Vomit: Does this in episode 8 while trying to balance his tasks of getting the residents of the mansion to trust him and find the one who attacks the mansion.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When we get see Subaru's parents in the fourth arc, it's shown Subaru is a younger version of his father.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Subaru has extensive knowledge about constellations as well as space in general. Justified considering that his parents were into astrology and named him after the Pleiades, a constellation called the Seven Sisters.
  • Suicide by Cop: Asks Julius and Felix to kill him after being possessed by Petelgeuse.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: Subaru is a fairly unremarkable highschool dropout walking home from the convenience store when he suddenly gets pulled into an archaic fantasy world, and has to undergo a lot of Character Development before he's anything more than a Loser Protagonist. However, in an unusual variation, he was summoned by a villain.

    T — Z 
  • The Team Normal: Amongst the array of magic users and seasoned warriors that surround him, Subaru has no standout abilities or talents under normal circumstances, save for Return by Death.
  • This Loser Is You: With his knowledge of cliche anime/video game tropes, Subaru is meant to represent the typical Japanese media fan who would enjoy this series.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Is this to Shaula, who assumes that Subaru is her master, Flugel, due to his extremely dense witch miasma.
    • Is this to Sirius as well who thinks Subaru is Petelgeuse. However, this isn't as much of a leap in logic since Petelgeuse has possessed Subaru before and Subaru can use Petelgeuse's powers
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Noted by Wilhelm to have eyes akin to someone who has returned from the dead and many times at that. It is also the reason he is interested in who Subaru is, as he has never seen anyone with eyes like him.
  • Tongue-Tied: He literally cannot tell anyone about Return by Death; if he tries a witch's hand coming from the dark will grab his heart, causing him to feel extreme pain and preventing him from talking. To make it worse, even if he tries to ignore the pain the hand will just kill the listener instead.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Some of Subaru's deaths can be chalked up to making horrible decisions, like not listening to his friends' advice about taking help or, while he didn't get killed thanks to Julius, insulting the Lugunican knights' honor in front of their liege.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Becomes more suspicious of the people around him, save for Rem and Emilia. In addition, he becomes more liable to manipulating the people around him to achieve his goals.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mayonnaise, to the point where not having it for a week causes him to withdrawal symptoms. Apparently it runs in Subaru's family.
  • Tragic Hero: Eventually evolves into one these, especially after his Humiliation Conga and eventual snapping as a result of the time loop he spent at Petelgeuse's Lair in Arc 3.
  • Trapped in Another World: The start of the story is his arrival to Lugunica. Unlike other protagonists in these types of stories, he takes it extremely well. At first, anyway.
  • Troll: Subaru is extremely good at trolling people he hates. Be it making fun of Petelguese verbal tics to the point that they ignore everything else trying to kill them in an attempt to murder Subaru or pushing the the Witch of Envy past her rage breaking point in one sentence despite not responding to nothing else.
  • True Sight: As a result of being cursed or blessed by the Witch of Envy. Subaru has the ability to see the Authority of Sloth as well as having immunity to the secondary effects of the other Authorities. In addition, he has the ability to see lesser spirits, something noted to be very rare.
  • Undying Loyalty: In a literal sense for Emilia.
  • Unluckily Lucky: To almost everyone around him, Subaru has been caught up in some sort of incident that he somehow manages to survive, believing luck to be the reason he survived, but in actuality was his hard work and foreknowledge.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Deconstructed and averted. Unlike in other shows, Subaru's anger doesn't make him stronger or more effective, but rather makes him prone to mistakes and poor decisions that a calmer version of him wouldn't make while trying to convince people to help him out.
  • Unwanted Rescue: In one of the loops of the fourth arc, Beatrice shows up to heal his wounds and prevent him from committing suicide after all the maids in the mansion have already been killed by Elsa. Subaru is NOT happy about this and even blows up at Beatrice for (unknowingly) denying him the chance to turn back in time.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Does this by accident when he manages to tell Emilia about Return by Death, causing the Witch of Envy to kill her in cold blood. Does this again in the same way by mentioning Return by Death to Echidna and the other Witches of Sin. Since Satella couldn't kill them as easily or quickly or stop Subaru, she shows up as a fragment of herself to slaughter the entire cast save Subaru.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Every time Subaru dies, a shadow of the Witch of Envy appears. The more deaths he has faced, the more apparent the shadow is. Subaru speculates that once he dies enough times, the shadow will do something to him, be it taking him forever or some other unknown fate.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Subaru isn't very ambitious in his desires, but his main goal in Lugunica is to make Emilia the new king.
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers: If Subaru is in the vicinity of a Archbishop's death, he absorbs their essence and gains access to a fraction of their powers. Notable because this phenomenon only happens to Subaru because he's compatible with the essence and received the Witch Genes from Echidna.
  • The Watson: Due to being from another world, Subaru needs a lot of explanation to get caught up. His looping ability greatly helps in this.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Elicits this reaction out Petelgeuse and other people by having knowledge of things he shouldn't as well as having perfect counters, especially since he does by literally going against a record of future events that has been 100% accurate until now.
  • Whip It Good: Later in the series, Subaru picks up the ability to use whips as a weapon.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In the Arc 5, Subaru revealed he can do crossdressing. Based on Teppei's Q&As, no one can defeat Subaru's crossdressing talent... Even Reinhard...
  • Willfully Weak: Surprisingly becomes this as he could use the Authority of Sloth to the same degree as Petelgeuse at the risk of his sanity.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: A strange case of being this and Genre Savvy at the same time. After arriving in the new world, Subaru instantly assumes that he's the hero destined to save the world and get the girl and expects himself to be blessed with amazing talents and be able to steamroll through his problems. He's technically right about being the hero, but he's nowhere near as capable as he thinks he is. At all.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After countless failed loops, Subaru nearly gives up if not for Rem reminding him of everything he's done for her, and that to her, he is a hero.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He loves Emilia and always remains devoted to her, but he later finds himself developing feelings for Rem too. If possible, he wants to go for the polygamy option, but he still feels guilty and ashamed of loving two girls at the same time because he feels this makes him a two-timer.
  • You Are the New Trend: Introduces Radio Calisthenics, Halloween, and Valentine's to the Mather's territory and has those activities become incredibly popular.

    Tropes in Re:Zero IF 
  • Babies Ever After: With Rem in the If chapters where they eloped and have two children, Rigel Natsuki and Spica Natsuki, together.
  • Big Bad: Becomes this in the Ayamatsu If route where Subaru becomes the Archbishop of Pride and destroys Lugunica, city and country as well as eliminating all of the other Archbishops of Sin as well as all of the Royal Candidates, save Emilia.
  • Break the Badass: In the Ayamatsu If he winds up trying to do this to Reinhard simply out of spite, after every method he tries to take the latter out with fails.
  • Break Them by Talking: Presumably does this to Felt in order to convince her to run away from the royal election in the Kasaneru If Route.
  • Broken Ace: Becomes this in the Kasaneru If route as a result of continuously using Return by Death to become inhumanly perfect in the eyes of his friends.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Pulls this on Elsa in the Ayamatsu If route where helps her escape from Reinhard as he needs pawns despite wanting to kill her on the spot.
  • The Chessmaster: In alternate routes, Subaru has memorized the precise schedule of every being in the Roswaal Estate as well as destroyed Lugunica, both the capital and country, by himself in two separate occasions.
  • Clock King: Taken Up to Eleven in the Kasaneru If route and knows the exact movements of everyone in the Mathers territory.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In the Ayamatsu IF, he crosses it after seeing Reinhard effortlessly succeed in defeating Elsa - after Subaru himself failed to do so 88 times.
  • The Don: Becomes this in the Oboreru IF, where he becomes known as the Purge King as he becomes the leader of the criminal underground.
  • Driven by Envy: In the Ayamatsu If, Subaru gets fueled by jealousy toward Reinhard being able to defeat Elsa after dying 87 times and proceeds to systematically destroy Reinhard's life by destroying everything he cares about, e.g. destroying the country.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite killing people in cold blood and joining the Witch Cult, Ayamatsu Subaru still finds the actions of Regulus disgusting enough that he sets Regulus on fire after getting Elsa to chop off his limbs.
  • Evil Is Petty: The main reason why Subaru goes evil in the Ayamatsu If route is because he's jealous of how Reinhard is able to do everything by himself unlike Subaru who has to solve all of his problems by relying on others.
  • Happily Married: To Rem in the alternatively spin off IF chapters where they choose to run away in the third arc.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In Ayamatsu If, his obsessive feelings towards Emilia combined with his incredibly fragile psyche eventually warp him into an insane Villain Protagonist.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Taken to the maximum in the Kasaneru If route, where he manipulates Felt into running away from the election to get Reinhard on his side, and the other time in the Ayamatsu If route where he convinces all of Regulus' wives to kill themselves out of spite and set themselves on fire as well as using the after effects of the White Whale to control Felix and make him into a puppet.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His method of beating Regulus in the Ayamatsu If is to convince all his wives to commit suicide, thus causing his heart to return back to him and making him vulnerable to being sliced apart and set aflame.
  • Non Sequitur: Often does this in the Ayamatsu If, since he constantly references events which happened in previous loops.
  • The Paranoiac: Becomes this in the Oboreru If where his death at Rem's hands destroys his ability to trust in people and can only see them as colorless entities. The only exception is Ram, whose hate for him is the only thing Subaru can believe in.
  • The Perfectionist: Becomes this in the Kasaneru If story where he becomes inhumanly perfect after he starts to abuse Return by Death at the behest of Echidna as part of their contract.
  • Red Baron: Known as the Purge King and the Archbishop of Pride in the Oboreru and Ayamatsu Ifs respectively.
  • The Resenter: In Ayamatsu IF, he hates and resents Reinhard for being able to solve all his problems so easily. So much so that Subaru sets out to ruin Reinhard's life simply out of spite.
  • Sanity Slippage: Ayamatsu If chronicles his slow descent into madness.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: In Ayamatsu If, Subaru ends up embracing his role as Archbishop of Pride, and thus gets to know the other Archbishops of the Witch's Cult, almost being friends with them, but even then he goes ahead and kills them because he wants Emilia to live.
  • Stepford Smiler: In the Kasaneru If route, nobody can tell what is hiding behind Subaru's smile as he has mastered faking emotions to a new level.
  • Story-Breaker Power: In Ayamatsu If, the true limits of Return by Death are shown, as Subaru essentially wrecks anything in his path by a) eliminating almost all of the other king candidates, b) eliminating many of the Archbishops of Sin, and c) destroying Lugunica in an attempt to destroy Reinhard. Though of course, the whole point of the route is to show just how far Subaru can fall if he abuses his power and lets go of his sanity.
  • The Strategist: Taken Up to Eleven after he accepts a deal with Echidna in the Kasaneru IF and dies to get absolutely everything down to the daily weather.
  • The Unfettered: Is this in the Ayamatsu If where Subaru is willing to sacrifice everything he has, as well as everything around him to achieve his goal of getting Emilia on the throne.
  • Villain Cred: Ayamatsu Subaru is the only version of Subaru to get complete and utter respect from Roswaal for the sheer determination and willingness to complete his goals.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the Ayamatsu If and Oboreru If.
  • Visionary Villain: Similiarly to his canon counterpart, his main goal in Ayamatsu If is to get Emilia on the throne. It's the way which he goes about it which places him firmly into the category of 'villian'.
  • Yandere: Becomes this in the Ayamatsu If route where he destroys every obstacle in Emilia's path to becoming king, from killing all of the Archbishops of Sin as well as eliminating almost every other Royal Candidate and Knight, save Reinhard. He got rid of Crusche by getting her killed by the White Whale and Mind Rapes Felix into becoming his servant. He then proceeds to kill Julius using his trust of Felix and assassinates all of the other candidates using both the Witch Cult and as well as Elsa and her assassin group. Upon his latest failure to kill Reinhard resulting in Lugunica being set ablaze, he decides to forgo directly killing Reinhard and plans to destroy his status and reputation of a knight. He then escapes with Elsa to meet Emilia who does not know him in this timeline. After being asked why he destroyed everything, Subaru replies because he loves her and asks her to kill him to give her the privilege of killing the Archbishop of Pride.
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