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    Ryner Lute 

Ryner Lute/Felna Lieutolu
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)

The main character of the story. He looks like a lazy guy, but is actually the strongest magician in his country. He is going on a journey to search for Heroes' Relic by Sion's order.

  • Accidental Pervert: Unintentionally ends up in a bed with Ferris. You can imagine how well she took it.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the anime, he's a bit more openly angsty and suicidal, compared to the light novels where he was more desensitized to all the crap that he/other Cursed Eye bearers go through or, on occasion, simply didn't even brood on his situation versus in the anime.
  • Born Winner: Though it's noted that he's still a magic genius even putting his Alpha Stigma aside, and he did go through Training from Hell.
  • Boxed Crook: A light-hearted version, given that Sion wouldn't actually execute him and had been hoping to get him out of prison all this time, but see An Offer You Can't Refuse.
  • Brains and Brawn: Brains to Ferris's brawn. Not that Ferris is unintelligent, but on their journey for Heroes' Relics, it's Ryner who's the information expert, while Ferris is just there to keep him in line/provide muscle support.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Ditches Sion and Ferris while operating on this logic, knowing that being by the side of an Alpha Stigma bearer like him is dangerous (and, to Sion, a burden as a ruler). They chew him out for it afterwards and convince him that this was a stupid move on his part.
  • Break the Badass: Lucile did a mild form of this during their first meeting, and Ryner briefly flips out in his fight with Lir, after witnessing the slaughter of the Cursed Eye bearers.
  • Break the Cutie: His childhood.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Manages to create a flawless magic barrier to prevent sleep disturbance.
  • Broken Bird: He eventually gets better, but until then, he's a cynical Jerk with a Heart of Gold who has severe attachment issues.
    • Unfortunately the path there comes with Ryner having to let down his walls, and he ends up suffering even more pain and grief than he was in before . Especially when he's appointed the role of war tactician for what remains of the Nelphan army and plays an active hand in the losses of their soldiers and civilians.
    • He is often described as being "close to tears" or "wanting to cry" in the novels.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Fortunately for the people of Ryner's past, he was too much of a pacifist to really fight back.
  • Bystander Syndrome: He's let two dangerous beings rampage around without concern, was content to watch Toale get beaten up by thugs until it concerned him, etc.
  • Came Back Strong: After Lir gouges out his eyes, his powers as the Solver of All Equations awaken.
  • Catchphrase: "This sucks" or some variation thereof, particularly in the episode previews.
    Ryner: "This su—"
    Kiefer: "If you say this sucks, I'm beating you up."
  • Celibate Hero: Very much uninterested in relationships, given his past and circumstances. He struggles enough with non-romantic ones as it is.
  • Cursed With Awesome: It's undeniable that being an Alpha Stigma bearer comes with several negative effects, but it also makes Ryner one of the best mages around and so has come in handy more than once. Probably why, for all that Ryner (initially) angsts over it, he's typically not shy about using his power either.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Officially, his hair and eyes are black, as with all Cursed Eye bearers.
  • Death Seeker: Generally, he doesn't actively try to get himself killed, but he has his moments.
  • Defusing The Tykebomb: While one himself, he did this for Biore Mente in the past, albeit with tragic results.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ryner finds it interesting that he just can't seem to cross this, no matter how much crap happens.
    • Almost happens twice in one book. First when he is forced to face how low Sion has fallen and the fact that he now has to fight him and his own nation in battle; having been appointed the war tactician for the country Roland is trying to raise to the ground. The second comes after the actual battle; when he wakes up from having been unconscious for days, to find that most of the people he was charged with protecting have been eradicated by the same artifacts he himself gathered for Sion. To top it off no one knows where his friends are and the last thing he remembers is them being in the line of fire for the Rhule Fragments.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Did you just kill Alpha, Ryner?
  • Disney Death: After Lieral stabs him.
  • Doom Magnet: Believes himself to be this, which is why he generally tries to keep his distance from people. He's not entirely wrong either.
  • Driven to Madness: He's had this attempted on him, though without success.
  • Easily Forgiven: After running off with Tiir, though Sion does chew him out for it in the novels.
  • Enemy Within: Both subverted and played straight. The three inhabitants of his mind are 1. an Eldritch Abomination bent on destruction, 2. the Solver of All Equations, who may be even more of an Eldritch Abomination but is a nice guy.....and 3. his mother. They all get taken care of.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: One of his first friends turned on him after he was revealed to be an Alpha Stigma bearer, despite the fact that he just saved her life. With Sion, on the other hand—rather than react negatively, Ryner simply decides to chase after him and figure out whatever he's hiding.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Even a male child, at that.
  • The Exile: After Sion tries to kill him, he's labeled a criminal—for real—and forced to flee Roland with Ferris. Over ten volumes later, though, he finally returns.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: After becoming the Greatest Magician in Roland—the one who beat the previous holder and won that title is only thirteen? Seriously?
  • Experienced Protagonist: By the start of the series, he's already an infamous badass Shell-Shocked Veteran, having been a soldier for most of his life, and has grown weary enough of conflict that he wants nothing to do with it.
  • Eye Scream: See below.
  • Eyes Are Unbreakable: As he found out the hard way when he tried to gouge out his own eyes with a knife. In the end, though, Lir gouges them out.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: All the time.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: The Hidden Elites' uniform.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: If Sion, as the Hero, devours him, he'll suffer for all of eternity without being able to die.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Part of his uniform as a Hidden Elite.
  • Glad He's on Our Side: The Nelphan soldiers express this upon learning that he's an Alpha Stigma bearer.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He can veer into this territory at his worst.
  • Guilt Complex: Between his lack of self-esteem and being a Doom Magnet, he tends to blame himself when people die/are hurt around him.
  • Hates Being Alone: As noted by Lafra. Half of Ryner wants to not hurt anyone and therefore pushes people away, while the other half is desperate for companionship.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: When he wears formal clothing and has his hair tied, he looks great. Subverted however in that rather than be in awe, Ferris just pokes fun at how out of character it is for Ryner to not look like he just rolled out of bed for once.
  • Happily Married: One of the light novels end with him proposing to Ferris with this in mind.
  • I Am What I Am: Eventually, he decides to accept that he's a 'monster' and that if he is one, he at least wants to be a useful one.
  • I Am Who?: The Solver of All Equations, aka half of the Lonesome Demon.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Until—with a lot of effort—he decides that he might as well be abnormal, if it lets him accomplish his goals.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Biore, his academy friends, Lafra, etc.
  • Identity Amnesia: Has no memories of his origins.
  • I'll Kill You!: Says this to Lir. Considering Ryner's Thou Shalt Not Kill policy, you know he's really pissed off.
  • Instant Expert: Justified. Can learn any magic instantly using his Alpha Stigma.
  • Internalized Categorism: He's come to see himself as the monster everyone says he is by the start of the series, and it takes him a long time before he finally accepts that he isn't.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He suffers a lot of abuse at the hands of the female cast. Mainly Ferris's.
  • Ironic Echo: At the beginning of the series, Sion holds his hand out and asks Ryner, who's given up on the world, to join him. Much later, showing just how far he's come, Ryner returns the favour in Remrus's tower, and then does the same thing again for Tiir, who's given up on humans.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Telling Ferris everything that Lucile had told him in confidence is kind of a dick-ish move, but given that Lucile's worse and had done worse to Ryner, Ryner can probably be forgiven for it.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Can't remember the first five years of his life. This is due to Lieral erasing his memories before abandoning him.
  • Laughing Mad: When he's gone berserk.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Fights with Ferris so much that Sion notes that they have a good relationship, which they'll deny when they aren't referring to each other as their partner.
  • Little Mister Badass: You know how he's the Greatest Magician in Roland? He won that title when he was thirteen. And that's only one of numerous moments throughout his childhood.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Somewhat of one for Kiefer, who can function just fine without him around but also makes it clear that she can't live in a world without him. He—or rather, the memory of him—also used to be one for Milk.
  • Lonely Together: While he and Ferris have other companions (and in fact met each other through a mutual friend aka Sion), their relationship has undertones of this.
  • Manly Tears: Given how desensitized he is to most of the crap that the world throws at him, when he cries, it's probably for a very good reason.
  • Messianic Archetype: Being one half of the Lonesome Demon, he's expected to be devoured by the Hero in order to save the world from the Goddesses and meet a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Messy Hair: Constant bedhead.
  • Neutral No Longer: Eventually, he decides to stand up and fight, especially after Lafra's death.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: A large part of why he's so unmotivated and tends to push people away.
  • No Social Skills: Can't be polite and tactful to save his life most of the time, even when he tries. Considering his past, that's not much of a surprise.
  • Not Quite Dead: When Lir gouges out his eyes, thanks to not being your run-of-the-mill Alpha Stigma bearer.
  • Not So Above It All: As much as he may snark at Ferris, he can be just as odd as her at times, especially if it has to do with making Sion miserable.
  • Not So Weak: Won't fight back at the academy and has a reputation for both laziness and incompetence, but when Sion and Kiefer are about to be killed by the magic knights... well, you can't say they learned not to taunt and abuse captives like that.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Being an Alpha Stigma bearer, he can analyze all magic with just one look. But because of not wanting anyone to know that he's one, he just prefers to get hit directly with Kiefer's magic.
  • Oblivious to Love: Subverted. He's aware of Kiefer's feelings for him, but pretends to be oblivious to avoid breaking her heart.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Find the heroes' relics or get executed.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Whenever the Alpha Stigma goes active, it attempts to destroy everything. It's pretty good at it, too.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: He may not remember them for a large portion of the series, but when he finally remembers them and ends up losing them almost immediately after, it's hard to blame the guy for being upset.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: After Lieral stabs him.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father—that is, Lieral—had to abandon him for his own sake. As for his mother, the short version is that she's somewhat dead and eventually becomes flat out dead later on.
  • Perpetual Poverty: He's dead broke, thanks to Ferris.
  • Power Incontinence: Suffers from this both as an Alpha Stigma bearer and with his Solver of All Equations power.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Subverted, in that Ryner falls unconscious for several days after his true power awakens—but it was actually Lieral forcing him to sleep, knowing that Ryner's Guilt Complex would be kicking in after the battle.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: If Ryner in any form says something along the lines of "Analyze/terminate existence", you know you're screwed.
  • The Promise: Makes two within the span of one day—the first with Lafra to save the God's Eyes bearers and the other with Ferris. See under her section for the second one.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He does his best not to lose control, knowing that bad things happen, but unfortunately for him, people tend to actively push his buttons.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Deals one to Tiir (and the God's Eyes bearers as a whole) in hopes of finally getting him to accept humans. It actually works.
  • Red Baron: Earned the title of Greatest Magician in Roland. Was later known as the Demon King. Eventually, the Cursed Eye bearers proclaim him their king as well, at which point Ryner even comments on how he's getting an awful lot of prestigious titles.
  • Small Steps Hero: Compared to the likes of Sion and Riphal, Ryner generally isn't very good at thinking of the bigger picture, instead focusing on the smaller groups here and now.
  • Sole Survivor: Along with Sion and Kiefer, after the Estabul Magic Knights slaughtered the rest of their class.
  • Straight Man: To a number of people, but most predominantly Ferris.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: While he inherited his mother's hair and eye colours, his face is practically the spitting image of Lieral's.
  • Suicide by Cop: In the anime, he chooses to die by Luke's hands, before Ferris stops him.
  • Think Nothing of It: No point in giving his name when he's a Hidden Elite, having Toale repay him would be too troublesome, etc.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's ultimately forced to break this policy when up against Alpha, knowing that to destroy it, others will be caught in the crossfire.
  • Token Good Teammate: Back when with the Hidden Elites.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After he awakens as the Solver of All Equations.
  • Trauma Conga Line: His entire life, really.
  • Tsundere: He... isn't too good at handling affection from others.
  • Unbroken Vigil: After the battle between Gastark and Geihlficlant and he falls unconscious, Kiefer and Ferris both watch over him until they end up collapsing from exhaustion (at which point Toale takes over).
  • Unstoppable Rage: Whenever his Alpha Stigma goes out of control.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ferris and Sion.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Lieral tends to be about as light-hearted as they come. And then we have Ryner...
  • War Is Hell: Makes it very clear that he believes this.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Milk's reaction to Ryner (and Ferris) choosing to leave behind the rampaging dragon they just summoned, because hey, as far as they're concerned, it's not their problem!
  • Will They or Won't They?: He and Ferris have had a ridiculous amount of Ship Tease, but what with Ryner pretty much being asexual and Ferris not quite understanding love, it's not clear whether there's actually a romantic edge to their relationship or if they're Platonic Life-Partners. After 25 volumes, with buildup reminiscent of a love confession, they've so far professed that they love each other... like family.
  • With Friends Like These...: He, Ferris, and Sion routinely blackmail/threaten to kill/attack one another. Doesn't stop them from being best friends, though.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problems with knocking Iris out to get her to be quiet.
  • You Are Not Alone: Eventually comes to realize this.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After becoming a Roland fugitive. It's not until several volumes later that, after repairing his relationship with Sion, he and Ferris can finally return to Roland.

    Ferris Eris 

Ferris Eris
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

A swordswoman with superhuman speed. Because Sion threatened to destroy the dango shop near her place, she's now traveling with Ryner.

  • Bash Brothers: With Ryner.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Her family, being nobles, highly competent fighters, and constantly described as beautiful. The whole incest thing might have to do with that last one.
  • Being Watched: While trying to detect other presences is something common to all the combat-oriented characters, Ferris is particularly good at sensing when Lucile is around.
  • Berserk Button: If she's eating dango and you do anything to ruin said dango, your life is over. In the crossover short with Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, she goes as far as to chase the culprits across dimensions!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She's...unique at times.
  • Covert Pervert: For all that she accuses Ryner of being a pervert, the fact that she so quickly jumps to those conclusions and at one point writes illicit entries in Ryner's 'diary' for fun is rather suspicious.
  • Cry Cute: Does this a few times.
  • Cry into Chest: First into Ryner's, when she finds him again after being told by Sion that he killed him and again in Lucile's after they finally reconcile.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Had they succeeded, her parents raping her would have been this, hence why Lucile was so determined to stop it.
  • Determinator: Should Ryner go missing? Ferris will never give up on searching for him, even if she's been told that he's dead. And Ryner goes missing a lot.
  • Doom Magnet: As far as the Eris clan is considered, anything like 'friends' is a hindrance. Ferris learned that lesson well after they killed off her first friend and likely stopped trying afterwards, hence why she's not quite as bad as Ryner or Sion in this regard.
  • Dude Magnet: Many guys fall for her, but don't let her looks fool you!
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Namely, the princess of Runa.
  • The Exile: Along with Ryner, after Sion cuts off ties with them.
  • Extreme Doormat: When she was younger, what with the lack of emotions. Her parents' deaths was presumably the end of that.
  • The Fake Cutie: Not her usual personality, but suffice to say that Ryner gets suspicious whenever Ferris is acting cutesy.
  • A Friend in Need: Though it takes a while, it does get through to Ryner that no, Ferris will never turn her back on him, no matter what happens.
  • Happily Married: one of the light novels ends with Ryner proposing to her.
  • Hates Being Alone: Once she's properly introduced to this whole friendship idea, she begins to hate being by herself. It doesn't help that all of the people closest to her, sans Iris, have this bad habit of shutting others out.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Very slightly compared to other examples, being an Emotionless Girl, but it's hinted that she does mourn the death of her first friend somewhat.
  • Hey, You!: Refuses to refer to Kiefer by name for a long while.
  • I Will Find You: Should Ryner go missing, then (barring his Badass in Distress moment), Ferris will chase him down and find him.
  • Ineffectual Loner: She actually refuses to be this, what with all the males in her life—Ryner, Sion, and Lucile—having elements of this. She knows just how much it hurts to not be depended on.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a few characters note, she may be a beauty, but her personality (towards anyone, though Ryner gets the lion's share of her Tsundere tendencies) isn't quite as attractive.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Ryner makes her promise that if he ever goes berserk again, she'll be the one to kill him.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A slight case in the first part for Ryner, who admits that as troublesome as it was, going on a journey with her and dealing with her antics was actually kind of fun.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: While she's known for her speed in particular, she's one of the hardest hitters around, swinging a BFS with no problems in spite of being so slender.
  • No Social Skills: The inevitable result when you can literally count on little more than one hand the number of people she'd spoken to before her parents' deaths.
  • Not So Stoic: Primarily where her loved ones are concerned.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Fears ghosts because she can't cut them with her sword. Can't take a boat ride, either, because she'll attempt to down the boat when she's seasick.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Ryner. There's more of a romantic vibe on her part, though it's still pretty ambiguous.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Ryner and Sion.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Occasionally abusive towards Iris, and let's just say that her combat training with Arua involved the anguished screaming of a young child...
  • You Can't Go Home Again: As with Ryner, she can't return home due to her being a Roland fugitive. It's not until several volumes later that, after repairing his relationship with Sion, she and Ryner can finally return to Roland.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: This was her family's policy, and avoiding this fate befalling Ferris—whether it be their parents disposing of her because she was weak or raping her so that she could carry on the family line—was what Lucile dedicated his life to.

    Sion Astal 

Sion Astal
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP), Eric Vale (EN)

The King of Roland. He was once in the same school as Ryner and Kiefer. He is now working hard to rebuild his country that has been corrupted by the nobles. He has Lucile as his bodyguard. He's actually the vessel of The Mad Hero, Roland's first King and constantly in danger of being berserk.

  • Big Bad Friend: After a long journey, this gets subverted, with Sion rejoining Ryner and the two allying in order to defeat the Powers That Be.
  • The Chosen One: Though not by any god or prophecy, but by Lucile, eligible by virtue of being a descendant of the royal family.
  • Combat Pragmatist: More of the leader variety than a personal fighter.
  • Deal with the Devil: In order to become king, he had to agree to Lucile's demands. There's a reason Ferris warned Sion—both at the beginning and again at the end of his revolution—that that was a bad idea.
  • Doom Magnet: Simply put, his half-brothers were out to make sure his life was utterly miserable.
  • Easily Forgiven: Most of the characters realize they live in a Crapsack World and so are willing to accept Sion's Well-Intentioned Extremist tendencies. In particular, Sion's surprised at how easily Toale forgives him for the slaughter of Nelpha.
  • Evil All Along: Or rather, Even More of A Well-Intentioned Extremist Than Believed All Along. Ryner acknowledges that Sion was likely looking in a different direction than him from the very beginning.
  • Evil Former Friend: Eventually subverted. Sion's not evil, just taking a different path to save the world—and one that ultimately leads him back to Ryner and Ferris either way.
  • The Extremist Was Right: As questionable as some of his methods were, he really did make Roland a better place, even if not as much as Ryner and Ferris thought.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Played for Laughs. Ryner grumbles about how everyone's so quick to like Sion because he seems like such a cheerful, upstanding young man.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Not being able to help his academy friends, who looked up to him as their leader.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: While he's done many things to deserve being called a hero, he has occasionally received credit for things he didn't do, such as defeating the Estabul Magic Knights.
  • The Gadfly: Just ask Ryner or Ferris.
  • The Good King: And his top subordinates are determined to ensure it stays this way. 'Good' is used loosely, though, as far as they're concerned, and certain characters (such as Zohra) would deny that Sion is this.
  • Guilt Complex: Being a king, he feels responsible for quite a bit.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: After cutting off ties with Ryner and Ferris and starting his attempt to conquer the continent, he goes from being a Pragmatic Hero to either more of a Pragmatic Hero or a Villain Protagonist, but his goals haven't changed—just his methods. Several volumes later, he then repairs his friendship with Ryner and Ferris, pulling one of these again.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: A purge is the kind of thing a noble would do—but if it's necessary, Sion will do it.
  • Hero of Another Story: During those two years that we follow Ryner in prison, Sion was revolutionizing the country! Eventually subverted, though, as The Legend of the Fallen Dark Hero is dedicated to explaining what was happening during those two years.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for resuming the human experimentation.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: First his friends at the academy, who were relying on him, and then Fiole, who is killed specifically because of him.
  • Necessarily Evil: Eventually becomes this.
  • The Needs of the Many: How he justifies his later actions—particularly the slaughter of the Nelphan people, who are used to set an example.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Ryner and Ferris don't quite see Sion as their king. To a lesser extent, his direct subordinates can be rather casual towards him as well, probably since they're the reason he even managed to become king.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His mother's suicide forms a large part of his resentment towards the nobility and his desire to change the country.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father abandoned him and his mother died.
  • Reincarnation: Of the Mad Hero, though like with Ryner, it's more complicated than straight up reincarnation.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Being an All-Loving Hero, he dislikes war. Being a Well-Intentioned Extremist, starting them is somewhat of an inevitability.
  • Remember That You Trust Me: Like Ryner, he's got a bad case of pushing others away. Unlike Ryner, though, Sion is better at keeping this trope in mind after making amends with his friends, contrary to Ferris and Ryner's occasional worry about him doing otherwise.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In a short story, he comes close to this when he finally has the power to avenge Fiole's death. What stops him is him knowing that Fiole wasn't the sort to wish for revenge, let alone for Sion to stain his hands in the process.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He gets them from the Mad Hero, who was most definitely not human.
  • Survivor Guilt: After the incident where almost all of the classmates following him were slaughtered.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He even laments over how his mother was wrong in calling him sweet, considering what he's ultimately wlling to do for his goals.


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