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    Haruto Amakawa / Rio 
  • Broken Ace: He excels at academics and martial arts to become worthy of Miharu, but he also lacks the confidence to approach her when it looks like she might already have a significant other. His attempts to be the perfect gentleman also means exercising Self-Restraint to an unhealthy degree, to the point where he comes off as unnaturally polite.
  • Good Is Not Soft:
    • After he nearly kills Gon for attempting to rape Ruri, he realizes that it's hypocritical of him to completely restrain himself from killing while also seeking revenge on Lucius. He later kills a slave-trading mercenary in order to force the lead trader to surrender Miharu.
    • In cases where he doesn't kill an enemy, he can still be ruthless in other ways, such as when he tricks Stewart and Alphonse into signing disadvantageous contracts when they harass his group.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rio deconstructs this with Miharu since he's also Oblivious to Love. He believes she'll be happier with Takahisa because she's been friends with the latter for most of her middle school days and because he fears that she'll hate him for resorting to killing someone. This leads to him not being able to communicate with her effectively, not telling her about his past life as Haruto, and failing to realize that Takahisa lied to him about Miharu rejecting him. As a result, Miharu is actually far unhappier being with Takahisa than being with Rio.
  • Little Hero, Big War: Despite his overwhelming power, he doesn't have much effect on the various political conflicts, since he's mainly focused on his own personal goals of seeking revenge and protecting Miharu.
  • Knighting: After defeating a group of assassins in Galwark, the king knights him and allows him to choose a last name, for which he chooses "Amakawa."
  • Magic Knight: He's both a Master Swordsman (thanks to his previous life) and is a master of Spirit Arts due to his training with the Spirit Folk.
  • Poor Communication Kills: His hesitance in telling Miharu the truth about his feelings and his origins leads to the two of them being separated, and the latter miserable.
  • Real Name as an Alias: After becoming a fugitive as Rio, he has to call himself "Haruto" in locations where "Rio" is still wanted.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Rio turns out to be the grandson of Yagumo's emperor.
  • Self-Restraint: He has to constantly avoid saying anything to anger his noble classmates, or their bullying will escalate. After escaping the Royal Academy, he still practices restraint in dealing with nobles, knowing they could turn him into a fugitive again.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: He only teaches Miharu and Aki the basics of self-defense with a polearm, but teaches Masato to use a sword, since he wants the latter to have the duty of protecting the girls even if it means killing.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Satsuki calls him out for giving up on his relationship with Miharu too quickly, noting that his decision will just make both of them miserable.
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    Miharu Ayase 
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she correctly suspects that Takahisa lied to her about why they left for Saint Stella Kingdom without Rio, she loses her composure and demands to go back for him.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Haruto, and her inner monologue shows that she still has feelings for him, which is why she's reluctant to start a relationship with anyone else, including Rio (who she doesn't know is Haruto).
  • Damsel in Distress: She's captured by slave traders shortly after being transported into the other world.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Downplayed. Her relationship with Haruto/Rio comprises most of her characterization, but she does have interactions with the Sendou family, Aisha, and Celia to color her.

    Endo Suzune / Latifa 
  • Big Brother Worship: In her Earth life and reincarnated life, she's really attached to Haruto and Rio respectively, referring to them as "big brother."
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Justified. She only attacked Rio because Duke Huguenot used a slave collar to force her to. Once Rio defeats her and removes the slave collar, she follows him instead.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She's a werefox.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Ursula, the elder of the Spirit Folk, turns out to be her grandmother.
  • Reincarnation: Like Rio, Latifa gained the memories of a Japanese person.

    Aisia 

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Beltrum Kingdom

    Celia Claire 
  • Hot for Student: She has an obvious crush on Rio, who was her student in the royal academy.
  • Older Than They Look: At age 12, she's just as short as her students who are around age 7. At 17, she could pass as a middle schooler.
  • Sensei-chan: Averted. She looks as young as her students, but she's a mature and Reasonable Authority Figure, though she does have some childish moments in private with Rio.

    Flora Beltrum 
  • Morality Pet: She's one of the few people Christina is consistently nice to.
  • Noble Fugitive: She, Roanna, Stewart, Alphonse, and Duke Huguenot are on the run from the kingdom, due to Duke Arbor's coup.
  • Shrinking Violet: Despite entering the academy one year after Rio, she never found an opportunity to properly thank him for half a decade. It doesn't help that Christina constantly discourages her from interacting with him.
  • White Sheep: She's the only member of her family who disagrees with pinning the blame of the expedition incident onto Rio.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Her family and fellow nobles believe that it's fine to sacrifice commoners for political pragmatism, but she doesn't.

    Christina Beltrum 
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: A very downplayed version, but in the web novel, she comes off as an Ungrateful Bitch towards Rio when he saves her and Flora from an assassin. In the light novel, she was never kidnapped and rescued, making her slightly less ungrateful. Slightly.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She cares about Flora, but also comes off as a Knight Templar Big Brother due to discouraging the latter from befriending Rio. It's implied that she's afraid the two could start a relationship, which is frowned upon due to their different social standings.
  • Child Prodigy: She's often tied with Rio in their classes, and the latter is a reincarnator who has all his past knowledge.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While she's not a nice person, she's correct in criticizing Alphonse for his reckless leadership in the outdoor drill.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: She despises Rio, but seems taken with his new identity as Haruto Amakawa.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Even after it's established that Rio saved Flora, she still treats him like a pariah because of his social class. Even more so in the web novel version, where she slaps him for not saving her and Flora fast enough.

    Stewart Huguenot 
  • Kids Are Cruel: If you thought the way he treated Rio was bad, he treated his family's slave, Latifa, even worse. He sadistically tortured and molested her while forcing her to call him "big brother."
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: The years after the academy didn't change him at all, as shown when he tries to hit on Rio's group, and then attempt to kill Rio for telling them to knock it off.
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    Alphonse Rodan 
  • General Failure: He makes poor decisions during the outdoor drill due to false directions from Reiss. In the light novel, his group is nearly killed by a minotaur.
  • Hypocrite: Despite constantly lording his social status over commoners, he holds a grudge against the higher ranking Duke Huguenot for calling him out over his misconduct.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: He goes from a mere bully in the academy to an insane ghoul trying to destroy a city over a petty grudge.
  • Transhuman Treachery: After turning in a ghoul, he completely embraces the idea of razing Amande, since it'll allow him to get revenge on Liselotte, Rio, Duke Huguenot and anyone else who slighted him.

    Roanna Fontine 
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's harsh on Rio for falling behind in class, but is also quick to stand up for him when Alphonse accuses him of cheating his way to first place.

    Charles Arbor 
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the web novel, a nameless interrogator was responsible for torturing Rio. In the light novel, Charles does it instead.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: In the light nove, despite making a bullshit reason to pin the kidnapping of Flora on Rio, he loses it after Rio keeps resisting his torture, and years later still seems to have convinced himself that Rio is involved somehow.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the light novel, Rio easily defeats him in a swordfight, humuliating him in front of the other knights.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the light novel, his screw up during a ceremony caused Flora to get kidnapped. In order to save his skin, he tries to torture Rio into making a false confession to being an accomplice in the crime.

Spirit Folk

General

  • Elves vs. Dwarves: Averted. Both are considered spirit folk and get along with each other.
  • Good Counterpart: Like the Kingdom of Beltrum, they mistook Rio for a criminal when he was only trying to save a girl, and then try to reward him once they realize the truth. Unlike the kingdom, they treat him as an equal rather than a commoner who can be thrown under the bus for political purposes.
  • Hidden Elf Village: They live deep in a forest away from human civilization.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: They're made up of several non-human races, including various werebeasts, elves, and dwarves.
  • Polyamory: Polygamy is allowed in their society.
  • Strong and Skilled: Zigzagged. The warriors of the village are very skilled at spirit arts, allowing them to fight more flexibly than those who use magic. On the other hand, Rio states that they tend to make inefficient movesments with their physical attacks.

    Uzuma 

    Sara 

    Orphia 
  • Familiar: Her contract spirit is a 4-meter long bird.
  • The Mentor: She, along with Ursula, teaches Rio how to properly use spirit arts, as he was mainly using it to imitate magic and didn't know how to alter the art after it was cast.
  • Our Elves Are Different: She's an elf.

    Alma 
  • Cutesy Dwarf: Aside from her ears, she looks more similar to a human child than a dwarf from most other media.

    Ursula 
  • Little Bit Beastly: She's a werefox.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She states that one of her relatives ran away from home, and that Latifa is most likely the daughter of that relative.
  • The Mentor: She, along with Orphia, teaches Rio how to properly use spirit arts, as he was mainly using it to imitate magic and didn't know how to alter the art after it was cast.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After learning Rio saved Latifa from the slave collar, she lets Rio stay in the spirit folk village, both to make amends to him and to get Latifa to open up to the other spirit folk.

    Dryas 

Yagumo Region

    Yuba 
The chief of a village Rio stays at.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's Rio's grandmother on his father's side.
  • Never Mess with Granny: At least when it comes to village politics and negotiation. When Gon is arrested for trying to rape Ruri, she points out that Gon's father has some blame in this for failing to raise him, and tells him to sell Gon into penal slavery and his followers into contract slavery in order to compensate her village. When Gon's father hesitates, she threatens to confiscate his village's cargo that was left in her village.

    Ruri 
Yuba's granddaughter and Rio's cousin on his father's side.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's Rio's cousin, though Rio and Yuba keep this a secret from her for most of volume 3.

    Sayo 
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: The other girls in the village accuse her of monopolizing Rio's time, which she denies.

    Shin 
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off disliking Rio, but he isn't outright cruel about it like the students from Beltrum and he's shown to be protective of his sister. After Rio saves Ruri and Sayo from Gon, Shin becomes more appreciative of Rio.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Played straight and then averted. At first, he despises Rio for gaining Sayo's affection, but when Rio makes plans to leave the village, Shin begs Rio to stay so that Sayo won't be sad.

    Zen 
Rio's father, who was once a distinguished Karasuki officer.
  • Bodyguard Crush: He served as Ayame's bodyguard, who would later become his wife.
  • Frame-Up: When he foils a Rokuren plot to kidnap Ayame, the Rokuren agent killed himself, allowing the Rokuren Kingdom to frame Zen for murder and demand his head, as well as a political marriage between the Prince of Rokuren and Ayame.
  • The Worf Effect: Rio suspects Lucius was the one who killed him, since few others would be able to match Zen in swordsmanship.

    Ayame Karasuki 
Rio's mother and a princess of Karasuki,
  • Hostage Situation: Rio is taken hostage by Lucius, preventing her from fighting back against him.
  • Uptown Girl: She's a princess of Karasuki and is in a relationship with Zen, a commoner.

    Gon 
The unsavory second son of a neighboring village's chief.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: He thinks that if he rapes Ruri, the village chief's granddaughter, she'll be forced to marry him, giving him control of the village.
  • Attempted Rape: He sneaks into Yuba's house in order to rape Ruri, but is beaten up by Rio before he can do the deed.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Combined with Laser-Guided Karma. After barely being spared from being pummeled to death by Rio, Gon is sold into penal slavery as punishment for trying to rape Ruri.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Gon is a brute who likes to use his huge size and his family's influence to push around people he sees as weak, and believes he's entitled to Ruri. While the cast acknowledges that his father's neglect and favoritism towards his older brother is a major factor in his attitude, they also point out that his Attempted Rape of Ruri is inexcusable and that he must face punishment.]]
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Zigzagged. He can easily overpower Shin, but he stands no chance against an experienced fighter like Rio.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He's still insists on carrying out his Attempted Rape plan, despite that plan coinciding with the tax officers' visit. Tax officers are both trained in combat and are very influential witnesses, meaning getting caught by one virtually guarantees that he'll be punished to the full extent of the law, which is exactly what happens.

    Hayate Saga 
A tax officer visiting Yuba's village.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's in a high position of authority due to being a tax officer and being from a renowned family, but is polite and never abuses his power. He also prevents Rio from killing Gon so that the latter can be brought to justice and so that Rio doesn't kill someone in front of Ruri and Sayo.

    Gouki Saga 
Hayate's father and the head of the Saga family, as well as an old friend of Zen's.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys his duel with Rio, and goes as far as to use an attack that could easily kill a lesser opponent, since he knew Rio would be able to survive it.
  • Blow You Away: In his duel with Rio, he uses his strongest wind spirit art, an extremely sharp blade of wind.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being the current strongest soldier in Karasuki, Rio easily defeats him. That said, he fared much better than many of Rio's other opponents, due to his swordsmanship and skill with spirit arts.

Proxia Empire

    Reiss 
  • Ambiguously Human: He claims that he's not a spirit, but is similar to one.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He always speaks to Rio and his friends in a polite manner, despite taking joy in watching them struggle.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: He sends a minotaur after Rio and his classmates in Volume 1, lures a Black Wyvern to the spirit folk village in Volume 2, and attacks Amande with ghouls, all for unknown purposes.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Many of his pawns are made to swallow magic gems, which causes them to die if Reiss crushes a matching gem.

Other

    Lucius 
A famous adventurer who is seemingly allied with Reiss.
  • Arch-Enemy: He relishes in the idea that Rio wants to hunt him down to avenge his parents.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When he approached Zen and Ayame, he initially seemed like a well-mannered an generous benefactor, but he always planned to betray them and kill them painfully.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He refers to himself as a demon when beating up Rio and using him as a hostage against Ayame.
  • For the Evulz:
    • Not only did he rape and kill Ayame for his own amusement, he spared Rio because he finds the idea of the latter seeking vengeance on him amusing.
    • Rather than kill Flora immeidately, he forcibly teleports her to the Kingdom of Paladia, and then instigates Duran to hunt her down.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He raped Ayame in front of Rio and killed her, which explains why Rio shows no mercy towards anyone who tries the same act.
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