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This is the character page for The Rising of the Shield Hero.
Some characters have two names listed. Names displayed in parentheses are the characters' nicknames which the story and Naofumi use almost exclusively.
- Action Girl: Raphtalia, Filo, Rishia (post-Character Development), and Atlas come off as this.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Raphtalia, Filo, and Atlas are all vie for Naofumi's affection.
- Dark and Troubled Past: With the exception of Filo, every member of Naofumi's party and Naofumi himself, had a really sad background.
- Naofumi was betrayed by Malty and loses everything he has until he met Raphtalia.
- Raphtalia once lived in a demi-human village until the wave came and it costs her parents and friends. She became a slave and she was treated harshly by her first master.
- Rishia came from a noble family until they became poor and she joins Itsuki's party. Itsuki treated her like a burden and his party tricked him and betrayed her. She contemplated suicide until she was stopped by Naofumi.
- Atlas was once afflicted with a deadly illness until Naofumi met her.
- Five-Man Band
- True Companions: In spite of their Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies towards Naofumi, they are still care for each other and try to win Naofumi's affection fairly without hurting each other, physically or emotionally.
- Two Girls and a Guy: Naofumi's party was composed of himself, Raphtalia and Filo until Rishia, Atlas, and Fohl came along. also doubles as ¡Three Amigos!.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Raphtalia went on from a sickly little girl to a skilled swordswoman capable of defeating foes. She also became the Hero of the Katana in the Light Novel or the Hammer in the Web Novel.
- Rhishia went on to defeat a Legendary Hero before being chosen as the Hero of the Projectile by the Legendary Bow.
- Atlas now can beat Filo and Fohl by literally poking despite having a lower level than both of them.
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Billy Kametz (English)
Naofumi Iwatani is a regular college student and otaku who found a book titled "Four Heavenly Weapon's Manual" which told the story of four Heroes summoned to defend another world. In an instant this became his reality as he found himself in a new world and declared one of the Legendary Heroes. Summoned as the Hero of the Shield Naofumi briefly fantasized about the adventures he would lead only to be betrayed and have his name dragged through the mud. His eyes opened and filled with deep anger, Naofumi vows to get his revenge.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Even he laughs at the events in Chapter 376.
- Adaptational Heroism: Regarding the King and Malty's punishments when they were finally exposed. In the light novel and manga, Naofumi immediately demanded that they be executed, but Mirelia talked him down from that punishment. In the anime, Mirelia is the one who orders for their execution by beheading, but Naofumi's conscience gets the better of him, realizing he wouldn't actually be satisfied with just letting them die, and he requests they be spared. Though he plays it off as Cruel Mercy instead.
- Adaptational Nice Guy:
- He is far less embittered and angry about everything in the manga, and more prone to acting light-hearted.
- The anime makes him come across as overall a better person due to not being able to truly adapt his internal thoughts and views on people like the original Light Novel did. Thus while he still is rough around the edges, he is more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at the start.
- The Antichrist: The Church of Three Heroes believes that the Sword Hero, Spear Hero and Bow Hero are deities in human form, while the Shield Hero is a "Devil of the Shield" sent to deceive the people. Given Naofumi's track record, however, the opposite is the reality.
- Anti-Hero: He became this because of his early treatment. While he's firmly an Unscrupulous Hero, he does play with all the heroic tropes imaginable, and a few villainous ones.
- Arch-Enemy: He definitely perceived Malty as this since she was responsible for framing him of rape and having her kingdom turn on him.
- Battle Couple: With Raphtalia. They can read each other's thoughts very well, and his near-perfect defense mixed with her powerful offense makes them a force to be reckoned with in battle. Not to mention, if one is injured or threatened, expect the other to go on the warpath.
- Black Comedy Rape: While he always manages to save himself in the nick of time, Naofumi has been on the receiving end of this trope on at least three separate occasions:
- In the web novel, Filo, who was both in heat and controlled by Motoyasu's curse series, tries to steal his virginity. He decides to let her have Melty instead.
- In the light novels, he nearly gets gang-raped by an entire room full of lustful demi-humans while visiting Siltvelt. One of them was even part elephant.
- And at some point during the Valentine's Day side story, he's sexually assaulted by a monster made of chocolate. This particular incident was horrific enough to traumatize him.
- Bloody Murder: The Rage Shield spell "Blood Sacrifice". By expelling enough of his own blood, it summons a terrible maw to appear and bite down on his victim before dragging their bloodied corpse into a pool of bubbling blood.
- Boring, but Practical: His magical affinity is geared towards healing and support, less impressive than offensive spells but extremely useful in helping both his party and others. Likewise, Naofumi learns several non-combat skills such as making medicine and magical trinkets which help support his party both directly and financially, a necessity due to the King paying him the minimum possible.
- Break the Cutie: He was such an idealistic young lad with a happy outlook on life who was all for going on epic quests in a fantasy world when he was first introduced. That changed really quick after Malty was done with him.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The only reason the King didn't outright execute him at the start of the series is because as the Shield Hero, he is too important to kill. Doing so would make the Waves stronger and would make the other three Heroes have to fight stronger enemies without one of their allies. Only Malty truly doesn't care about this, and is willing to kill him whenever she can.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: How he views the other Heroes. He can't go back home unless they finish their mission to stop the Wave Invasions.
- Cast from Hit Points: Blood Sacrifice, which violently rips the blood from Naofumi's body in order to summon the construct.
- Celibate Hero: After the whole fiasco with Malty, he now sees any form of romance as a needless waste of time, and somehow convinced himself that Raphtalia feels the same despite blatant evidence to the contrary. In fact, he's so much of a celibate hero at least at first that he flat out bans romantic relationships of any kind in his new village.
- Character Development:
- Both the good and the bad kind. At the start of the story, Naofumi's friendly, open, and optimistic, even if a little naive. Then along came a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who robbed, framed, and turned an entire kingdom against him. After that, he spends much of the story as a cynical, sadistic young man who believes that the world he is saving is nowhere near worth the pain it puts him through and develops something of an aversion to women. He also becomes very distrusting of others and is more than willing to use and carry out threats in order to get the information he needs.
- He starts to go through another dose of development after meeting Raphtalia and Filo, this time for the better. He learns to place more trust in other people, that not every woman is secretly a Jerkass, and that while this world definitely has its fair share of rotten people, there are some decent folks who want nothing more than to help him however they can. After restoring Raphtalia's village, Naofumi gains his own gathering of wacky but loyal True Companions, and slowly opens his heart to both platonic and romantic love. By the time of the final arc, he resolves to protect the world with everything he has, not out of forced obligation like before, but because he genuinely doesn't want it to fall to ruin.
- Cherry Tapping: Naofumi's attack with the Balloon monsters that latch onto him early in the story.
- Combat Pragmatist: A necessity when most of his attacks are effectively useless. Can't attack? Lob monsters at them.
- Counter Attack: Naofumi's only way to deal damage, justified in that his only weapon is his shield, and his attack stats are very low that he have spent minutes striking starting level mooks if he wanted to kill by his own hand.
- Crippling Overspecialization: The Shield gives Naofumi incredible defensive and support powers, but he has only a handful of weak attacks. He takes this trope even further after he becomes a god and sacrifices all attack abilities in exchange for a perfect defense.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Malty's betrayal causes Naofumi to have a Heroic BSoD, which leads to him being distrustful of everyone he meets, especially women, for a while. Well, until the aftermath of Queen Mirelia's return at least...
- Death Glare: He always has one reserved for anyone he hates, but he gives a very frightening glare to the king after he threatens his party.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: He is one for the Loser Protagonist trope. As the Shield Hero, Naofumi was already looked down on by seemingly everyone around him from the very start, and that was before being falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit after only a day of arriving in the world. By being labeled a Loser Protagonist and never being given a reason why, he ends becoming an Anti-Hero who embraces the negative attitude thrust onto him and turns to only finding trust in people who are similarly mistreated by society. It grows worse when he starts to become stronger than the other heroes, and both the kingdom and the Church of Three Heroes start to take notice. They actively do everything in their power to stop him from getting strong to ensure that he remains a loser, from trying to take away his only means of fighting properly (Raphtalia) from him in an unfairly rigged duel to legally forbidding him from using the Dragon's Hourglass to remove his and his party's level restrictions, and finally trying to frame him for kidnapping Melromarc's second princess partly to deny him of any potential allies. Ironically, the end result is this trope being inverted by the time Naofumi's name is cleared and everyone sees him as a hero.
- Deity of Human Origin: Starts out as a regular human, but at the end of the web novel, he becomes a god in order to fight Medea.
- Despair Event Horizon: He undergoes a major one when Malty and the entire kingdom turn on him thanks to the former's actions.
- The Determinator: No matter how much he hates the world and suffers, Naofumi keeps pushing forward to become strong and protect the few people he cares about. The spirit of the Shield in particular praises him for this.
- Discard and Draw: After losing the Shield to Tact, temporarily wields Trash's Seven Star weapon, the Cane. Then he trades the Cane for his Shield before sending all Tact's stolen legendary weapons to new owners.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: At first, he quickly finds out that despite being a "Hero", he's treated a lot differently than the other three guys who were summoned to the world. The king barely acknowledges him after he protests, and when some adventurers volunteer to join the heroes, none of them join him. Malty does briefly, but only so she could quickly pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit against him after stealing his money and gear.
- Gradually subverted, and later averted. While most of the royalty condemn him and the other heroes want nothing to do with him, the fact that he's the only one actually focusing on the "saving lives" aspect of being a hero winds up garnering him the respect and admiration of Melromarc's civilians. Eventually, this is done away with entirely when Mirelia steps in to clear his name, and Naofumi is actually seen as something of a celebrity.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: Since he gets the bare minimum of official funding, unlike the other Heroes, Naofumi resorts to manufacturing potions and peddling to get by. This turns out to his great benefit later on.
- Everyone Can See It: Rishia, Sadina, and even the Spirit of the Shield itself know that Naofumi cares for Raphtalia more deeply than he lets on. It takes Atlas' dying words to finally open his eyes.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Despite Naofumi wanting to see Malty suffer, in the worst way, and for good reason, there is a limit to what even he can stomach. When he was forced to watch King Faubley torture Witch to death to avoid provoking a war with Faubley, he was visibly disgusted, and had to ask the guard who was there as a witness (and holding a magic crystal recording him watching the scene) to fake him watching it to the end, and the guard agreed. Chapters 342-345 takes this Up to Eleven.
- In spite of the people playing into the idea he was some kind of creep, he still tries to protect the common people. He might not have liked being mistreated by people, but them dying when he could save them is a pretty dick move. He even calls out some knights during the first wave battle for putting the town at risk and not trying to save the townsfolk.
- A Father to His Men: Almost literally. Most of the slaves he purchases are children, and like a parent, he both rewards them for good behavior and disciplines them for bad behavior. In exchange, each and every one of them will gladly march into battle for him.
- Foil: He is one to the three other heroes in 4 categories
- The others are mainly attackers, while he is mainly the defender.
- The others are loved by Melromarc and are optimistic of their own future, while he was (initially) hated by the public due to being accused by Malty/Myne/Bitch and developed Jade-Colored Glasses.
- He is the Only Sane Man that thinks that anyone can die in the other world so he had to protect them, while the others are always thinking that it’s a game and they can respawn, thus they’re always Leeroy Jenkins.
- He treats his party like family and are True Companions rather than not working with them (Ren), treating them as a harem (Motoyasu), or allowing them to worship and stroke his ego while one is seen as a burden (Itsuki to Rishia).
- Naofumi is also this to Kizuna the Hunting Hero. Both of them have problems attacking people due to their weapon restrictions and have plenty of loyal allies rather than minions like the other three heroes. However, Kizuna is upbeat and friendly, consciously harnessing the Power of Friendship while Naofumi acts more like a Knight In Sour Armor whose his actions soon earn him loyal comrades regardless.
- For Want of a Nail:
- Naofumi and the gang finally go to Siltvelt (a demi-human country), and are forced to put up with the citizens' overzealous worship of the Shield Hero and other inappropriate behavior. Why were they there? To gain permission to travel to Q'ten Lo, an isolationist demi human country, and take down their goverment. Why did they need to do that? Because Q'ten Lo sent assassins to attack the village and kill Raphtalia. Why would they do that? Because Naofumi put Raphtalia in a miko outfit.
- In the Motoyasu-focused spinoff, Naofumi doesn't go through the betrayal at Malty's hands and instead becomes a traveling companion of a severely female-aphobic Motoyasu that came back in time. The result is a completely different character that acts a lot more like a traditional light novel protagonist - and a completely messed up timeline of events as a consequence because Naofumi being betrayed and becoming so cynical was integral to the series' plot.
- Founder of the Kingdom: The tiny little village he restores eventually expands into a large and prosperous country, complete with its own monarchy and nobility.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The nobility and other heroes have expressed dismay about his personality and quirks. The sole exceptions are his friends and the peasantry. At least until Mirelia exonerates him of his crimes, which earns everyone Naofumi's respect.
- Go Through Me: Weaponized. As the Shield Hero, he cannot fight with any other weapons except punching or using his shield to damage people. Thus, his preferred strategy is to charge in and tank damage, drawing the attention of his enemy so that his allies can kill it for him. This means he tends to put himself in harm's way, but his shields' abilities allow him to invoke this trope and make it work.
- Grumpy Bear: Naofumi finds most everything that happens around him annoying, even when it's an entire village treating him with genuine love and respect. When he's not angry or taking sadistic joy in another's misfortune, he usually looks bored.
- Harem Seeker: Shortly after being summoned to the world of the story, he wanted a harem. Malty's betrayal changed his mind in the cruelest way possible.
- Had To Be Sharp: He can't fight on his own and needs someone to fight for him. He quickly learned leadership skills, situational awareness, and coordination with Raphtalia to utilize his shield's abilities. The exceptional teamwork he builds with his party as a result allows them to stay competitive with the other Heroes' parties despite being underleveled.
- Because he has next to no support from the King and is initially hated by everyone because of Malty's actions, he develops a lot of non-combat skills in order to support himself.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: As it turns out, his shield allows him to boost his party's stat and EXP growth so that they eventually become stronger than the other heroes.
- He-Man Woman Hater: After what Malty did to him, he gained trust issues with any woman he met. It takes a while for him to realise that not every woman is like Malty.
- Heroic BSoD: Naofumi has a huge one after Malty turns on him at the beginning of the story. Unlike most examples of this trope, Naofumi's Heroic BSoD stays around for a while, and it isn't until people actually started treating him better that he got over it.
- Heroic RRoD: After he used his Shield of Wrath, he is bedridden for a few days and his stats aside from his defense are greatly reduced.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Played with and then ultimately subverted. While the nobility and other heroes hate him at first, the fact that he's the only one doing a proper job of protecting the peasantry makes the people love him. Once Mirelia returns, the truth about him is revealed and his reputation gets even better.
- He does this on purpose to his Demi-Human slaves to get them to fear him but either Raphtalia tells them otherwise or they quickly learn to adore him.
- Hidden Depths: Although he had no such abilities when he became the Shield Hero, Naofumi quickly gained several marketable skills over a short span of time. By the time of the Spirit Tortoise arc, he is an excellent artisan, capable of producing excellent grade accessories and jewellery, an expert cook, a formidable businessman and a skilled apothecary.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Though even he would deny it, Naofumi doesn't want anyone else to suffer or come to harm. It's just that after being betrayed and burned by everyone he met after being summoned, he is justifiably worried about being tricked, betrayed or taken advantage of by just about everyone. For that reason, he sees material compensation for his heroism as the only gratitude worth receiving, although he's still compelled to help others first before haggling over a price.
- I Gave My Word: Naofumi always keeps his promises, for good or ill. Always.
- Iron Maiden: A powerful Finishing Move spell unlocked to Naofumi by the Wrath Shield.
- When he wanted a harem, he got Malty. After having all desires for a harem psychologically beaten out of him, he gets one.
- Despite being near-constantly accused of brainwashing people into serving him and maligned for it, he and his faction are the only ones who never do, while those that do the accusing are the ones actually guilty of it. What's more, Itsuki is the one who gains the ability to brainwash others with his bow later on once he gives into despair and unlocks his own Curse Series.
- Despite being labeled as the "Devil of the Shield" by the Church of Three Heroes, Naofumi was not only the one doing a proper job as a hero, but even went out of his way to fix the messes caused by the other heroes. Even most of his skills and magic are mainly geared towards protection, healing, support, and utility. If he wasn't high off his own power, you'd almost expect the Pope to lampshade this himself before trying to blast him and his party to bits.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Sees everyone out to get him and that the only one he can trust are slaves after what Malty did to him. The glasses are so thick that he loses his sense of taste and doesn't notice when Raphtalia grows up into a strapping young woman overnight, still seeing her as the little girl he first bought her as. Then Raphtalia restores his humanity at a celebration party...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Although he can be rude towards his allies, he's still a compassionate man beneath it all. The reason he acts like a jerk is because of what happened between him and Malty and he doesn't want himself or anyone else around him to get tricked, turned on or taken advantage of.
- While he demands pay for any act of heroism he performs, he'll take payment other than money (such as goods or information) and is willing to delay payment for those who can't currently pay, saying he'll take his pay the next time he visits.
- In the anime, when Mirelia orders her husband and eldest daughter executed for all the trouble they caused, Naofumi realizes how much the act is hurting Mirelia to do so which results in him requesting her to spare their lives in exchange for renaming them "Trash" and "Bitch".
- Knight In Sour Armor: At first he's hesitant to take on the responsibilities of a Hero, and as the Waves continue he insists he's only fighting to defeat them so he can go home, and doesn't really care about saving anyone. Thankfully, Raphtalia and others are able to help him shed this attitude over time.
- Level Drain: In addition to the upfront costs, Blood Sacrifice places a curse on Naofumi that reduces his maximum stats until it is lifted.
- Locked Out of the Loop: All the other heroes got money, status, party members, and information - Naofumi had to learn the hard way or by the generosity of a few individuals. Even without the planned exclusions, Naofumi came into the world with only the briefest introduction to the concepts while the other Heroes each had spent dozens of hours in games based on the waves. This turns out to his advantage when he figures out crucial elements they couldn't due to the others sticking rigidly to their game knowledge.
- Lover Tug-of-War: He's on the receiving end of this in chapter 376, and once he learns to deal with the pain, actually finds the situation hilarious.
- Mad Scientist: He briefly becomes one during the New Deadly Sins arc as a result of accidentally unlocking the new Deadly Sins series of his shield.
- Manly Tears:
- After suffering a substantial amount of abuse at the hands of Malty and the kingdom at large, Naofumi finally breaks down when Raphtalia becomes the first person to declare that she does not believe any of the false charges placed upon him.
- In the web novel, he breaks down again during the New Seven Deadly Sins Arc after believing that Raphtalia was killed and replaced with an imposter. The people around him are understandably shocked at this display of emotion.
- Atlas' death was also more than enough to move him (and everyone in the vicinity) to tears.
- Marry Them All: The fragment he left behind ends up having children with Raphtalia, Melty, and Sadina.
- Mega Manning: The main method by which Naofumi upgrades his Shield. By absorbing various items and monster parts into its core, he can unlock new shields with abilities based on whatever he fed it. He later learns from the other Heroes that he can copy any shields he finds wholesale with the Weapon Copy ability.
- Me's a Crowd: After becoming a god he leaves mortal copies of himself in his and Raphtalia's home worlds to live normal lives alongside their friends.
- Mistaken for Gay: This happens after he makes Fohl sleep in his bed to keep Atlas away.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: He's almost always surrounded by children, so it's inevitable. He even lampshades it in his monologue.
- Mundane Utility: Due to the supportive abilities the Shield provides him, Naofumi is more than capable of using the Shield to in ways that are not really what you would except, such as using it to develop medicine or even materials. A scene in the anime for example shows that Naofumi uses his shields absorption ability to clean up after giving Raphtalia a haircut.
- Murder Is the Best Solution:
- When Mirelia finally returns and clears his name, Naofumi demands that the King and Malty be put to death without hesitation. Mirelia however convinces him to instead subject them to a life of suffering by removing their titles and royal privileges as well as renaming them "Trash" and "Bitch" respectively.
- Averted in the anime where the death sentence is not only bestowed upon them by Mirelia herself but Naofumi finds that despite his hatred for the King and Malty, he can't stomach the thought of having their blood on his hands and in an act of Cruel Mercy, convinces Mirelia to spare their lives and have them renamed as "Trash" and "Bitch" with the addition of having Bitch change her adventuring name from Myne to "Slut".
- Naïve Newcomer: He's initially this, but due to Malty's actions, he became a very cynical and jaded individual.
- Never Gets Drunk: And never gets seasick either. It's part of his secondary power that all the heroes have. He could eat a fruit that needs to be heavily diluted before it could be served as a liquor; Motoyasu took a bite and promptly fainted while Naofumi continuously ate it like they were peanuts.
- The Nicknamer: When he's not resorting to Hey, You!, he comes up with nicknames for just about everyone based off of his first impression of them. He only calls a handful of people by their real names such as Raphtalia and Filo. Everyone else is fair game and several he only knows by the nicknames he created.
- Oblivious to Love:
- Thanks to Malty's betrayal, he cannot see Raphtalia, or rather anyone's affection towards him. In addition, many of the ladies who are interested in him are not only his slaves but technically children by age.
- When his rage is temporarily absorbed by the Wrath Dragon, he sees Raphtalia and the others in a new light and immediately becomes flustered... which weirds them all out enough for them to immediately return him to normal.
- Averted by the conclusion of the series. He is fully aware of the girls' feelings toward him and plans to answer them all honestly.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: His life philosophy. He also Pays Good Unto Good.
- Physical God: Naofumi eventually becomes this along with Raphtalia. They gain immeasurable power by traveling through the space that links all worlds together and decide to use said power to hunt down those who abuse theirs.
- Poisonous Person: The Chimera Viper Shield grants the exclusive skill "Venomous Fang", summoning a snake to bite Naofumi's victim with a fatal toxin.
- Power at a Price: The Shield of Wrath evokes this. Read Heroic RRoD.
- The Power of Hate: What his Shield's Cursed Form runs on.
- Promotion to Parent: Views himself as Raphtalia's and Filo's caretaker in place of Raphtalia's parents and being Filo's master. Later on, he becomes one for virtually all of his slaves.
- Punch-Clock Hero: Zig-Zagged. Naofumi helps others when they need it, but is not above turning away from it if the personal cost is too great. He will also demand material compensation for his service instead of going for the standard Think Nothing of It, which earns him the respect of a merchant he meets on his travels.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: This is what he is blamed for, courtesy of Malty. It turns out to be a ploy from the very beginning to publicly undermine the Shield Hero.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Verbally tears the other heroes a new one during their fight with the Pope, citing all the trouble they caused by not taking their roles as heroes seriously which he wound up having to clean up.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When under the sway of the Wrath Shield, Naofumi's eyes glow a hateful red.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: Raphtalia telling him "You didn't do it" at celebration banquet. Or rather restored his faith in women; it's a long time before he can trust anyone other than her and the Blacksmith.
- Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: He develops this sort of dynamic with Raphtalia, who urges him to show a more compassionate side to the common people they meet. She understands his Hidden Heart of Gold, but is (rightfully) worried that others will not and that his actions will only hurt his reputation more.
- The Scapegoat: After being framed, Naofumi becomes this for the King, being blamed for nearly everything bad or wrong that is happening because of the Wave invasions. This gets put to the stop by Mirelia, and his reputation starts to improve.
- Self-Made Man: The other heroes all receive significant rewards from the King for their deeds, which allows them to comfortably afford the best equipment and other luxuries without having to do anything for it, other than just fighting off the Waves. Naofumi's starter money is invalidated by Malty's treachery and he subsequently receives very little in the way of compensation compared to the other heroes at the best of times, and nothing at all if the King's court can at all help it. In order to make a living, he turns to trade, selling monster parts, then later potions, as well as his own services as monster slayer and healer. This helps him improve his reputation little by little and leaves him with a far better understanding of the world than the other heroes. This is illustrated when Motoyasu, at Malty's behest, attempts to introduce an entry and exit tax of fifty silver coins in a village. Naofumi, who actually knows the value of money for the common man, is well aware of how absolutely exorbitant that price is, while the spoiled and arrogant Motoyasu seems to be completely unaware that a night's stay at an inn, complete with food, is a minuscule fraction of that amount.
- Sense Loss Sadness: He's frustrated when he realizes that he hasn't been able to taste anything since he arrived in Melromarc, ordering the cheapest meals for himself because he can't enjoy them. After Raphtalia manages to help him work through some of his anger and regain his grip on reality, he regains his sense of taste and starts eating with gusto.
- Ship Tease:
- The latter half of the web novel has a lot of this going on between him and Raphtalia.
- Episode 7 of the anime has Filo bluntly tell Raphtalia that she intends to make Naofumi her "mate".
- Slasher Smile: Whenever misfortune happens to those he hates, he naturally let's these out. People comment on it.
- Squishy Wizard: When using the Cane, Naofumi's defense drops lower than Ren's. However, it reduces his casting time and most importantly, grants him offensive abilities.
- Stern Teacher: He has to put Raphtalia through a very rough start in order to get her to the point where she is useful in battle.
- Stock Light-Novel Hero: Starts out as this, only to become a Subverted Trope when Malty's betrayal completely ruins his life and turns him into the familiar, miserable jerk. The trope slowly starts to become Double Subverted as the series continues, with Naofumi unlocking greater powers, gaining a harem of Love Interests, and proving that he's a better hero than the other "heroes".
- In the Motoyasu-focused spinoff where he prevents Malty from betraying Naofumi, the result is Naofumi outright becoming this archetype wholesale as a much more typical sort of hero, with all the pratfalls that inclines.
- Stone Wall: Standard as the Hero of the Shield. He is easily the slowest of the Heroes and his party, but he is so durable that despite being lower level then them with gear of lower quality then theirs, he is able to flat out tank most damage with ease.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: The Wrath Shield is Naofumi's strongest weapon, capable of powerful fire magic and deadly finishers like the Iron Maiden and Blutopher (Blood Sacrifice). But drawing on its power runs the risk of Naofumi losing himself to either his own rage, or that of the Zombie Dragon, and attack indescriminately.
- Suppressed Rage: Barely suppressed and constantly simmering, especially until his duel with Motoyasu.
- Supreme Chef: Everyone loves his cooking - EVERYONE. He was already a decent chef at the start of the series, but the Shield's abilities allow him to enhance his cooking even further.
- Taking the Bullet: The primary method he uses to protect people. It eventually fails him.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Played with in that he becomes much more cynical and ruthless because of his treatment.
- Think Nothing of It: Defied. Naofumi does not care for personal thanks or kind words for performing heroic deeds. After being driven to cynicism, the only gratitude he holds any stake in is material compensation like money or other things he may need, in large part because he was screwed over and thus had to work to get where he is. The closest he gets to this trope is if the people he's helping cannot at all repay him right away, at which point he makes it clear he'll be returning to get a reward for it and may even demand a slight increase in pay.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Due to the psychological trauma he received, for a while, he was not only unable to taste the food, but his perception of the world got so twisted he honestly didn't notice that Raphtalia grew up from leveling. When Raphtalia is taken from him after his duel with Motoyasu, he is so close to giving into despair he rationalizes her being taken away from him, as her betraying him as Malty did. Once his perception returned to normal after the duel with Motoyasu, for a moment he couldn't even recognize her, having seen her as the little girl he purchased as a result of his sheer anger.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: At the beginning of the series, he quickly becomes a snarky and pessimistic hero. It's not hard to see why given how Malty betrayed him. However, he's still a good guy at the end of the day.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Something of an In-Universe example. When he first bought Raphtalia, he treated her coldly and ordered her via the slaves brand to do what he wanted, namely fighting, even as she tried and begged not to. However, once he saw that she suffered from nightmares over the death of her parents, he quickly changed to treating her like a real person, no doubt finding she was like him in that way. He did things like let her play like a child would, ordered her good food while he ate plain food, and went out of his way to work on a cure for her illness. It's worth noting that the next time he forces the slave brand, it's not because he is telling her to do something extreme, but instead trying to help her conquer her fears.
- A "True" Hero: Naofumi was summoned into another world in order to serve as one of its Four Cardinal Heroes, destined to save the world from catastrophic Waves of Calamity. Three of these heroes fit perfectly into the standard Stock Light-Novel Hero archetype and remark that this new world is similar to an RPG they've played in the past. These three heroes are also worshipped by the populace as demigods and have powerful divine weapons to back it up. Naofumi, on the other hand, is the only one of the four who is unfamiliar with the game in question and is given a very weak shield as his divine weapon. These reasons, as well as various inherent prejudices within the world, make him the target of ridicule and hatred by the people, especially after he is framed for several crimes. This horrific experience turns Naofumi into a bitter, cynical person who commits several acts of questionable morality while trying to make himself strong enough to help fight the waves. However, over time, his struggles and turmoil give him a greater understanding of how the new world works and it turns out that the other heroes haven't been taking their quest seriously because they think they're in a game. In addition, Naofumi's cynical pragmatism lets him see through the lies of many of the story's villains and see the world's bright exterior for what it truly is. In time, several characters remark that of all of the "heroes" summoned, only Naofumi has truly lived up to the title.
- The Un Favourite: The Hero of Shield, and Naofumi by extension, is treated as being inferior to the other three Heroes.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Particularly early on, though he never really grows out of it entirely. Even with Raphtalia it takes him a long time to fully process that he wouldn't be comfortable trading her in for a better slave if the chance presented itself.
- Unwanted False Faith: The regular people call him 'Saint Shield', and the Demi-humans revere him. His new cynical outlook on life makes this a situation he'd rather not have to deal with.
- Unwanted Harem: Over time, this includes Raphtalia, Filo, Melty, several other Demi-human females, and by the end of the series, is still growing.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: In the anime, It's hinted to be the reason why he calls off Malty and the King's executions at the last moment, opting instead to subject them to a Cruel Mercy in what could be considered a Restrained Revenge.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Briefly and Justified. Once people thought he was some kind of evil rapist, many shopkeepers refused to service him, nobody would party with him, and he had no equipment. To even be able to fight, he had to threaten shopkeepers to get a fair price, purchase a slave to have someone who could fight, and was forced to be rude to people who wouldn't bother dealing with him. All of this was so that he could protect the world from the Waves. It isn't until he starts to stop seeing the world as just a messed up place that he becomes more traditionally heroic.
- Weapon of Choice: In the anime he tends to default to the Chimera Viper Shield in combat, as it's one of the few shields with a counterattack ability.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: When fighting Ghaleon a 2nd time, all of his anger and negative feelings got transferred out of him, leaving him behaving very similarly to Motoyasu and he even started to flirt with a few of the girls. His party at the time were so used to his anti-social behavior that when this happened, they were both shocked and disgusted.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The general view on the Hero of the Shield by the other Heroes. The shield is designed for defense and is slanted towards support magic, naturally so to reach its full potential requires at least someone else to swing a sword. As a result, Naofumi excels once he actually has followers.
- White Mage: Besides his defensive ability, he has an affinity for support and healing magic, and he fully takes on the role once he's able to read magic books and learn spells. He can also use offensive magic, but the damage he deals is pitiful because of the Shield.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: If it weren't for Filo, this would have occurred when Naofumi used his Wrath Shield for the first time. Very much occurs when he unlocks the new Seven Deadly Sins.
- Wrath: His defining attribute, which unlocks his Curse Series Weapon.
- You Have to Believe Me!: At first, everyone brushes off Naofumi's beliefs that he never tried to rape the princess.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: During the conference with Mirelia and other three Heroes, Naofumi learns that the Legendary Weapons have several innate skills, including ingredient/material analysis, auto-crafting of items, teleporting to previous locations, and copying weapons. This rather annoys Naofumi since he had to learn all these skills the hard way due to the King and Malty.
Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)
A sickly tanuki demi-human child enslaved by humans, Raphtalia had given up hope after the deaths of her parents and several abusive masters. Purchased by Naofumi at a discount and given a weapon she was made to act as his sword, attacking where he could not. Quickly cured of her sickness, Raphtalia became a skilled fighter and fell in love with Naofumi.
- Action Girl: She is skilled with the sword and one of the most powerful characters after becoming a goddess.
- Battle Couple: With Naofumi. They can interpret and predict each other's movements, and Raphtalia can often know what Naofumi is thinking just by looking at his face. By the end of the web novel, Naofumi gives up all of his attack power in exchange for absolute defense, and Raphtalia exchanges all of her defensive power for even greater offense. In doing this, they place absolute trust in the fact that he will always protect her and she will always fight for him.
- Blue Blood: Sadina revealed to Naofumi Raphtalia's father is a noble who eloped with Raphtalia's commoner mother from the Japan counterpart in that world. In the light novel, things are a bit more complicated. It turns out that Raphtalia's father was not only a noble, but also the son of that country's emperor, and therefore the heir to the throne. He had technically forfeited that right when he left the country with Raphtalia's mother, but the government that took his place grew so paranoid at the possibility of one of his descendants taking the throne that they sent spies to keep tabs on Raphtalia ever since. Naofumi was understandably furious when he learned this, because this meant that they watched her suffer as a slave and did nothing to help.
- Break Them by Talking: Demolishes Motoyasa's flimsy excuses for forcibly freeing her from Naofumi.
- Childhood Friend Romance: The original web novel ending has Raph be cosmically adjusted into Naofumi's childhood friend when they go back to Earth together.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets a little jealous of other girls getting too close to Naofumi. She butts heads with Filo when competing for Naofumi's attention (even before Filo could transform).
- Cool Big Sis: She shares this role with Sadina, and is this for many in Naofumi's circle of friends and allies. While Sadina is more laid-back and open, Raphtalia offers both kindness and discipline to the younger slaves in Naofumi's new village. Even the Hot-Blooded Fohl, who barely listens to a thing Naofumi says, eventually yields to her authority.
- Deity of Human Origin: She started out as a regular demi-human, but journeying throughout the space between worlds had turned her into a goddess in all but name.
- Drop the Hammer: Becomes the Seven Star Hero of the Hammer after Naofumi removes Tact's grip on his stolen Weapons.
- Fantastic Arousal: Apparently, stroking her tail does this. By the time chapter 265 rolls around, Naofumi had developed a liking for petting soft things (Filo's feathers, Kiel's fur, etc.), so it was only a matter of time before he tried to do the same to her tail. Unfortunately, his obliviousness towards women and emotions prevents him from realizing why this might not be such a good idea.
- Fragile Speedster: To compliment Naofumi's Stone Wall abilities, she's very fast and focuses on pure offensive. On the flip side, she has very little defensive abilities, and so tends to focus on overpowering her foe as quickly as possible.
- Happily Married: She's Naofumi's first bride in the "historical" documents of chapter 377.
- Happiness in Slavery: She wants to be Naofumi's slave, even when offered the chance to be freed, as she knows that Naofumi only trusts slaves. That being said, Raphtalia did not start this way; she was very upset at her role as Naofumi's slave and it wasn't until he started treating her like a person that she grew to like him. Chapters 76-80 demonstrate a far darker reason for this desire. At the time Rapthalia was offered her freedom in chapter 23, the fantastic racism in Melromarc was so severe that demi-humans and worse, beastmen had the same legal standing as monsters. Had Rapthalia remained free under those conditions, Malty could, and considering her personality, probably would have hunted Rapthalia down for sport without fear of legal retribution. As Naofumi's slave, Rapthalia does have some legal protection against this.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Rather than becoming the Hammer Hero like in the web novel, in the light novel, while travelling in Glass’ world, she was chosen by the vassal weapon Katana.
- Little Bit Beastly: All demi-humans exhibit the physical traits of some kind of animal. In Raphtalia's case, she has a tanuki's ears and tail.
- Lost Orphaned Royalty: Raphtalia had no idea that she's the rightful heir to the throne of a powerful, isolated demi human country.
- Me's a Crowd: After becoming a goddess she leaves mortal copies of herself in her and Naofumi's home worlds to live normal lives alongside their friends.
- Miss Conception: The anime has her believing that kissing is all it takes to become pregnant.
- Morality Pet: She's one of the few people who can reach Naofumi when he goes into a berserker rage under the effect of the Cursed Shield, and bring him back to his normal self.
- Only Sane Man: Early on, she was the literal voice of reason for Naofumi, who had become a sociopath. It’s also the running gag whenever Naofumi acts sadistically when giving punishments.
- Physical God: Raphtalia eventually becomes this along with Naofumi. In order to stop the goddess Medea, they enter the void that exists between worlds and gain godlike powers from it.
- Rapid Aging: Since Demi-human children and teens age as they level up she becomes a grown-up as she gets stronger.
- Reality Ensues: In her world, there's no set "legal age" for people to marry, and a person is considered an adult when his/her parents begin to treat them as such, which means while her age is technically very young, Raphtalia is by all rights an adult. However, Naofumi grew up under a different set of rules, and flat-out tells her that if she wants to be with him in his world, her age is going to be a problem. He's willing to wait though.
- Rightful King Returns: Volumes 13 and 14 of the LN are centered around Raphtalia's return to her parents' home country, of which her father was the prince and she is the rightful ruler. Of course, that also means she has to take it back from the tyrannical government that cropped up in her father's absence.
- Satellite Character: She is largely characterized by her relationship with Naofumi, even calling herself his sword many times over. Tropes Are Not Bad however; her devotion to him ends up making her the only person able to snap him out of his lowest moment and restore his faith in possibly doing what is right in the world. Without her, Naofumi would be in a far worse state, so her loyalty and devotion to him is incredibly important and framed as a major positive moment for Naofumi.
- Servile Snarker: She develops quite the skill at sassing Naofumi without triggering her brand, especially when it's for his own good.
- She's All Grown Up: Demi-humans age as they level up so due to all the fighting she quickly physically matures. Naofumi plays this trope especially straight at the end of the first volume as, after being completely oblivious to her aging, he abruptly notices it and wonders why she's not a child.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Justified, as mentioned above; it's a trait of her people for children to quickly mature when they level up. In the anime, she physically goes from a small child in the first two episodes to looking about Naofumi's age by episode 4.
- Stepford Smiler: During her time as a slave, she forced herself to smile to keep strong and give hope to her friends. The torture eventually took its toll on her, though, and after she was forcibly separated from Rifana she even forgot how to smile until she met Naofumi.
- Straight Man: Often lampshaded. She's usually the one to bring Naofumi's strange and/or sadistic behavior to a halt by reprimanding him.
- Too Hungry to Be Polite: As a child, she messily devoured her food, but learned proper manners from an innkeeper so she could eat more like Naofumi (explored a bit in an omake).
- Undying Loyalty: To Naofumi. She devotes herself to being his second-in-command as well as his sword, and is willing to lay down her life for his sake. When Naofumi offers to take her back with him to his world, he also warns her that adjusting to her new life with him will be hard, and she might end up regretting it. Her response? She goes where he goes, and that's all there is to it.
- You Are Not Alone: When Naofumi was breaking down and in the process of unsealing a terrible power right after this 'duel' with Motoyasu, Raphtalia walks up to him and gives him a hug, telling him that she believed him and that she'll remain by his side. He openly weeps in her arms.
- Younger than She Looks: She's not as old in terms of years as her physical maturity suggests due to her aging as she levels up.
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (English)
A Filorial hatched from an egg that Naofumi bought from the Slave Merchant. Due to being hatched by a Legendary Hero, Filo is a Filorial Queen and so stronger, smarter, and faster than most Filorials. She can shapeshift between her Filorial form and a human form, a pre-adolescent girl with wings.
- Badass Adorable: Adorable? Check. A kick is stronger than the Hero of the Sword's swing? Check. Twenty levels lower than someone but still the stronger of the two? Check.
- Big Eater: Even after reaching her full size, Naofumi ends up devoting a cart to carrying food for her.
- The Big Guy: At least before Atlas. Filo was the heaviest hitter of Naofumi's group especially early on.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates anyone else other than Melty getting too close to her Master. She has even come to blows (or nearly so) once with Rapthtalia.
- Does Not Like Shoes: In human form.
- Extreme Omnivore: The things that she won't eat can be counted on one hand. She was even willing to eat other Filorials, or the rotten flesh of a Zombie Dragon.
- Flight: In the web novel, Naofumi during his Mad Scientist phase granted her this ability. In the light novel, when she is transported to Kizuna's world, she turns from a flightless filorial into another species entirely: a humming falcon, a bird that can fly.
- Glass Cannon: Of Naofumi's core group, Filo is extremely fast and can hit, making her the strongest fighter the group has in raw power. However as Fitoria shows and exploits, she's can easily be blocked by a reasonably intelligent fighter, and takes lots of damage from counter attacks.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has one of the angel variation in her human form.
- Happiness in Slavery: Is very content being Naofumi's slave. She even complains and gets bored when the wagon she pulls becomes too light. In the heroes defense however, they were not expecting her to be able to have a human form, and clearly were expecting a simple animal upon first purchasing.
- Head Pet: Starts out as one for Naofumi until she gets too big.
- Idiot Hair: Gets one as a powerup from the current Filorial Queen, present in both her forms. She was not happy.
- Idol Singer: She enjoys singing in taverns and became immensely popular, to the point that during a festival she headlined a concert that was selling idol memorabilia.
- Inappropriate Hunger: Her interest in eating rotting dragon flesh and other Filorials leaves Naofumi a little squicked. He does abuse her extreme hunger by convincing bandits she'll eat them on command, but she actually doesn't want to eat humans.
- Kick Chick: Due to her strong legs in bird form, she tends to utilize a lot of dropkicks on her enemies.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: A literal version as her sending Motayasu flying a with swift kick to the crotch becomes a running gag.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": Naofumi's "inspiration" for her name. Raphtalia quickly lampshades how uncreative it is.
- Poisonous Person: She wanted to become the type that would spit poison and would have chosen that for her Class Up had it not been for her Idiot Hair.
- Power Fist: Gains a set of magic gloves which increases her strength in human form to match that of her bird form.
- Running Gag: After the first time Filo kicked Motoyasu at least 5 meters away, Naofumi explicitly instructs her to do the same thing every time they meet. She does so.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes translated as Filo. However, it is officially translated as Filo as she's named after Filorial.
- Third-Person Person: She often refers to herself in the third person when speaking. This could be attributed to her young age and immaturity.
- Token Mini-Moe: More to the point, Motoyasu explicitly compares her to his universe's version of Flonne.
- Wolverine Claws: To increase her fighting power, Naofumi has her wear a large set of steel claws on her feet when in bird form which she wields in her hands as a human. She becomes the Seven Star Hero of the Claw when Naofumi disperses Tact's stolen Weapons.
- Younger than She Looks: Would you believe that she is practically a toddler?
The daughter of a fallen noble whose family was saved by Itsuki. To repay her debt Rishia joined Itsuki's party, but was constantly bullied and mocked by his companions. Eventually, the companions arranged to have Rishia banished and Naofumi recruited her. She is a Jack of all Trades, able to cast Magic, Heal and use a sword, though she has a preference for magic.
- Action Girl: Long in the making. This weak, cowardly-looking girl can and will go toe-to-toe with heroes despite not having a holy or vassal weapon at first, and as a prodigy of the Hengen Muso style she doesn't even need a weapon to do so. This trope comes in full bloom during her one-on-one fight with a curse-series empowered Itsuki.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Mald and Rishia debut in the anime during Malty/Bitch and Aultcray/Trash's punishment outside of the castle instead of at the feast afterward with full display of their relationship.
- Character Development: When Naofumi gets her, she had just tried to commit suicide because she was abandoned by the Bow Hero. A level reset and a new trainer later, she becomes a force unto herself and develops enough confidence to go against the ones who treated her badly before when she was in Bow Hero's party.
- Character Tic: Fue, Fueh, Feh : Naofumi calls her out on it so many times.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She can be painfully shy and submissive at times, and in the face of an enemy there is many a case where Rishia could do nothing but cower and shriek in fear. But when the chips are down, Rishia can more than pull her own weight and has been the deciding factor in several key battles with near-impossible-to-beat foes, some of which include Kyo, who was able to control the friggin Spirit Tortoise, and Itsuki, a holy hero who's abilities had already skyrocketed due to the curse he was under. In fact, Naofumi himself admits that the reason he hasn't given up on her yet despite her very low stats was because of her ability to brilliantly rise to the occasion.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Green hair and green eyes.
- Distaff Counterpart: She's Itsuki's counterpart. She believes in upholding justice as he does, and in his eyes, she serves as a reminder of what he used to be. She's even granted the Vassal Projectile by the Legendary Bow itself so that she can defeat him when he's corrupted by Pride.
- Driven to Suicide: After being abandoned by Itsuki who bluntly admits she's an unwanted burden she attempts suicide by jumping off the ship. Filo brings her back.
- Foil: To Raphtalia. While both have Undying Loyalty towards the Hero they travel with, Rishia (at least initially) can't think of Itsuki as being anything less than perfect, and lets him and his companions walk all over her with the excuse that he saved her once; Raphtalia, on the other hand, is devoted to Naofumi, but she can see his faults as well as his virtues, and she's devoted to him not because he saved her, but because he treats her with dignity and respect.
- Heir to the Dojo: Somewhat. Granny, the last teacher of the Hengen Muso style, proclaims that Rishia has an innate talent that appears only once every one hundred years, and wants Rishia to succeed her in teaching the style once she passes on.
- Morph Weapon: The Vassal Projectile's base form is a semi-transparent knife. It has the ability to transform into different projectile weapons such as chakrams, kunai, hatchets, boomerangs, and short spears.
- Older Than She Looks: She looks young, but she's actually 17 years old.
- Shrinking Violet: Doesn't like confrontations and when she was in Itsuki's party they all take advantage of her.
- Sorry I Fell on Your Fist: Initially, Rishia believed that all the bullying she was receiving from Itsuki's "friends" was justified by the fact that she was weak.
- Squishy Wizard: Before her level in badass.
- Took a Level in Badass: Takes even more than Raphtalia! She reaches the point where she's able to fight one of the Legendary Heroes and becomes the Hero of the Projectile.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green to be precise.
A blind Hakuko (white tiger) demi-human who Naofumi bought in Zeltbur along with her brother Fohl. She originally had a deadly illness that was cured by Naofumi's Yggdrasil Medicine and as a result, fell in love with him.
- Adaptation Personality Change:
- While she still retains her devotion to Naofumi from the web novel, the light novel version of Atlas is a lot more fanatical, calling him a god on more than one occasion and declaring that he could do no wrong. If there is even the barest slight is made against Naofumi, expect her to take punishments to the most extreme, at one point even vowing death on an anonymous person who sent all kinds of gifts and valuable items to Naofumi, all because their actions slightly inconvenienced him. Even Naofumi has to tell her to cool it.
- There's also the way she treats Raphtalia and her brother Fohl. In the web novel, she sees Raphtalia as her rival for Naofumi's affections but doesn't do anything more than calmly state that she isn't backing down no matter what. In the light novel, however, she loses quite a bit of her politeness, ribbing and snarking at Raphtalia every chance she gets. As for Fohl, Atlas' indifference of him turns into annoyance, with her calling him weak and (effortlessly) knocking him out several times, once simply because he was standing and blocking the way of a monster she wanted to fight.
- Badass Adorable: Thanks to her former illness she will permanently look like a child, but even as a level 1 she could make Filo or Fohl cry in pain by just poking them in the right spot.
- Blind Seer: Despite being blind she can sense other people better than most people can see. She is able to see the flows of power and energy all around her, giving her a range of 'sight' far beyond virtually everyone in the cast.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She has super-human strength in chapter 376.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She sets herself up as Naofumi's childhood friend turned love interest in Naofumi's world using the Shield's power.
- Combat Compliment: She and Raphtalia aren't fond of each other for obvious reasons, but when it comes to sparring, they each give credit where it is due and commend the other's skill. Atlas also does this whenever she meets a particularly strong opponent in real battles.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Hands these out to nearly everyone she encounters.
- Empathic Weapon: She doesn't wield one, she becomes one by merging with the Spirit of Naofumi's Shield. Atlas is rather pleased with this situation since she always wanted to be Naofumi's shield.
- The Gift: Not only is she a Hakuko who has a level limit of 120, but she is also a prodigy in fighting.
- Graceful Loser: As she lay dying from Houou's attack, Atlas admits that though she tried her hardest, she always knew that she was never going to be Naofumi's "number one". Instead, she encourages Raphtalia to continue taking care of him in her place and tells Naofumi that he needs to open his eyes to both his own feelings and the feelings of those around him, so they can all live without regrets.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She dies to save Naofumi and following her request, her body is absorbed by his Shield, unlocking the Compassion Shield.
- Lady of War: Far and away the most graceful physical fighter Naofumi has at his disposal.
- Mystical White Hair: The Hakuko are a white tiger type of demi-humans.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Unlike other demihumans who grow up as they get stronger, Atlas will always look like a child regardless of her level thanks to her past illness.
- Stalker with a Crush: Played for Laughs. She keeps trying to sleep with Naofumi, so he develops a number of countermeasures including having Filo sleep with him. When Filo can't do that and he decides to sleep on an offshore island, she tracks him down and tries to get Gaelio to fly her to it.
- The Unfettered: She will do anything for Naofumi. And being a tiger Demi-human, she can be pretty ruthless.
A Hakuko (white tiger) demi-human who Naofumi bought in Zeltbur along with his sister Altas. Since a little after the fall of his family, he has been the one taking care of his sister even as a slave and his loyalty lies solely with her.
- Big Brother Instinct: Protected Atlas even as a slave and hates Naofumi because Atlas is in love with him. Naofumi and Rapthalia think it's something else. Raphtalia even says it out loud.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His preferred method of fighting. This really comes to his aid when he becomes the Hero of the Gauntlet.
- Mistaken for Gay: Naofumi wonders if he has pent-up homosexual desires, and wonders if he can bring them out. This is right after Atlas' death, and a depressed Naofumi wants to sleep with him because he reminds him of her. He runs away before anything can happen and has Sadina confront Naofumi about his sadness.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Being a Hakuko, he already has a lot of natural strength. Naofumi gives him to a martial artist to train him so that he'll grow out of it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually develops this relationship with Naofumi.
Three Heroes and Allies
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: All three of them deconstrcut the typical attributes and characterizations a Stock Light-Novel Hero would have by showing how flawed the core aspects of the trope are.
- Ren deconstrcuts The Stoic aspect of the trope. Similar to characters like Kirito, Ren is a heroic but overall stoic badass who prefers to let his actions speak over words, and does what he thinks is right because he is a Hero. However, his inability to express his emotions clearly means he leads by simply charging ahead of his allies and fighting so they don't have to. The result is that Ren is very bad at teaming up with people because nobody can understand what he plans or is thinking about. This is shown during the groups second Wave battle; he gets into an argument with Itsuki and Motoyasu because he doesn't verbalize his plans or thoughts, and it takes Naofumi jumping in for any results to occur. His stoic attitude also means when his party is killed, he is so overcome with guilt he falls prey to the Curse Sword because he has no idea how to process it.
- Motoyasu deconstructs the Harem Seeker and Harem Genre nature of the trope. His party is all filled with girls, he's a flirt who can't help but make passes at beautiful women, and he is loyal to the harem that he forms. The result is that he is an idiot who can't tell he's being strung along by Malty, and believes her words at face value because Power of Trust. When he finally learns how terrible Malty really was, he begins to sink into depression at having been a tool all along, and he finds out the other members of his party hated him and only stuck with him because they could gain fame or power for it. By the end, he's been so hurt by this he is unable to trust a woman every again.
- Itsuki deconstructs the Humble Hero and Ideal Hero aspects of the trope. Itsuki is portrayed as a overall humble hero who wants to help those in need from those who abuse their authority. Like Ren, he tends to be pretty heroic and tries his hardest to protect his party. Its revealed however that Itsuki is actually envoking this to make himself more likeable to others and is much more arrogant that he lets on. The result is that he does incredibly silly actions like hold back his power to make the situaton more intense so that when he deals the finishing blow, he looks more heroic. He also operates as if he was The Unfettered, meaning he sees his actions as right even when evidence is given to the contrary. This ends up making things worse when he falls prey to the Curse of his Bow and he begins brainwashing people with it, essentially forcing his views onto others and corrupting his party.
- Destructive Saviour: Considering that; Ren killed a Dragon, whose corpse caused a plague in a nearby village; Motoyasu planted a possessed seed in another village's crops, which later tried to destroy said village; Itsuki committed regicide in a neighboring country, causing a Civil War that brought famine and poverty to the country; and they all directly caused the Spirit Turtle to be released, which destroyed an entire country. It's safe to say, they do more damage than the monstrous forces they fight.
- Fallen Hero: All three of them after the Spirit Turtle Incident. It takes Naofumi to snap them out of it.
- Ren loses all hope after his party is killed and attacks innocent people and stealing their weapons after he loses his equipment and money. He also loses his ability to accept his mistakes, instead blames his party for being too weak.
- Motoyasu loses his sanity when his party abandons him and tell him off, followed by Malty further slandering his name. He literally sees women as pigs, unable to understand a single thing they say, and is even more aggressive towards Naofumi for having Filo.
- Itsuki has his party abandon him as well, which results in him being more egoistical with his Curse series weapon that allows him to brainwash others.
- Headbutting Heroes: At their worst, they're prone to get into petty arguments, and not just with Naofumi.
- Idiot Ball: Not a single one of them stop to question their actions or to consider the possible consequences thereof, treating the whole thing as a game rather than a matter of potential life or death.
- Motoyasu especially for his inability to see when Malty is manipulating him, especially considering how he died before being summoned.
- The Millstone: They utterly despise working with Naofumi even after his name is cleared, they can barely form a functional party, and they refuse to learn any actual combat techniques and just let their Hero skills carry them. This leads to them causing roughly half of the problems Naofumi has to solve, but because the Waves will become exponentially stronger if they don't survive and summoning new Heroes requires all of the current ones to die first, Naofumi can't simply leave them to get killed from their own messes.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: All of them assume that they are in a video game world where they can breeze by growing in strength and completing quests like they normally would and everyone around them are non-playable characters. Naofumi ends up spelling it out to them that no; they are not in a video game world despite it running partly on RPG mechanics. The world they are in is very real and their reckless actions had serious consequences that he ended up fixing.
- This also goes with how they're strengthening their weapons, as they believe that how to do so is based on the games they played in their respective worlds. They also think that only their way is the correct way at first, but it takes Naofumi experimenting with his Legendary Shield to realize that they're ALL right, and that there are actually multiple ways of doing so as long as you believe that it will work.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Naofumi's twofold reaction in the Web Novel when the other Heroes ignorantly tell him that they believe that they all have "Divine Protection" preventing them from actually dying, and that they STILL refuse to believe that his strength as the Shield Hero comes from anything but a "cheat" despite the second wave and Three Heroes Church uprising showing otherwise. Itsuki even accuses him of either "meeting God" or being some kind of "Demon King" that he could kill during the Fugitive Arc. Naofumi tries to spell it out to them that the world they're currently in is very much real, but they refuse to listen and he just comes to the conclusion that they need a harsh dose of reality to get them to take things seriously.
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese), Alan Lee (English)
A 16-year-old high school student summoned to be the Hero of the Sword. Due to preferring solo play in MMOs he is poor at teamwork and his party suffers from poor leadership. He tends to act without thinking things through but is quick to accept and try to atone for his mistakes. During the Spirit Turtle incident, his party is killed and later becomes the first Hero to align with Naofumi.
- The Atoner: After the Spirit Turtle fiasco and his subsequent fall to the Cursed version of his sword, Ren dedicates himself to making amends for his past mistakes. He is particularly driven to make amends to Wyndia since he killed the dragon that was her foster father.
- Can't Catch Up: He's the only Legendary Hero whose unique refinement method doesn't boost his stats. Due to the very slow skill release time of the Sword, he's also put off stacking stat bonuses from mastering weaker weapons like Naofumi did with his Shield. By the time of the Spirit Turtle incident, he goes from the strongest Legendary Hero as described by Naofumi to the weakest of the four, despite his very high level.
- Captain Ersatz: To Kirito, being a sword-wielding hero who has No Social Skills, prefers soloing, dresses in black, and played a VRMMO called "Brave Star Online". He's even voiced by Kirito himself.
- Casting Gag: Being a Captain Ersatz of Kirito, it's only fitting for him to be voiced by Kirito's voice actor himself.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He has black as his color motif and is a Token Good Teammate with the cursed weapon set.
- Despair Event Horizon: What unlocks his Curse Series Weapon.
- Everyone Has Standards: While he does go along with the assumption that Naofumi raped Malty, he draws the line at how the King and Malty seem to be doing their damnedest to screw him over every chance they get. Whenever the King unfairly does something to Naofumi, he doesn't hesitate to call him out on it. Also, he is the only one of the three who doesn't immediately blame Naofumi for their problems, even going so far to call out Itsuki over something that Naofumi wouldn't have a reason to do.
- Expy: Ren is obviously based off of the common loner and sword wielding protagonist found in most Isekai series, as he is specifically a parody of Kirito from Sword Art Online.
- His Japanese voice actor also coincidentally voiced both characters from their respective anime.
- Fallen Hero: After the Spirit Turtle Incident, he loses his party and has all his weapons and equipment stolen. He ends up attacking innocent civilians and refuses to accept his mistakes until Naofumi snaps him out of it.
- Fragile Speedster: Ren is the fastest of the Legendary Heroes. His defense stat is also the lowest of the four, but is still higher than that of a Seven Star Hero's.
- The Hero: What he along with 3 others were summoned to be.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Invoked since he is the Hero of the Sword
- Heroic Sacrifice: How he died to be reincarnated. Ren died protecting his childhood friend from a murderer on a killing spree.
- Hopeless Suitor: Ren eventually falls for Female Knight, who outright states that she's not interested in romance and that Ren isn't her type when Naofumi asks her. It eventually proves to not be so hopeless in chapter 377.
- Ineffectual Loner: While he is in a team, Ren prefers to order his teammate to fight by themselves while he trains solo. Naofumi compares him to the guys who play MMO alone and have high pride in their abilities, which also makes them unable to work well with others.
- Never My Fault: Rather than take responsibility for his party being killed, he blames them for being too weak.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He killed a dragon, but he didn't dispose of the corpse resulting in pollution of the local ecosystem. Then it became a zombie dragon.
- To say nothing of the fact that said dragon was the foster father of a young girl who ended up enslaved by the very people who charged Ren with the dragon-slaying quest in the first place.
- Pet the Dog:
- He and Itsuki come up to Naofumi's defense when he lost against Motoyasu in a duel due to Malty attacking him in the back. And when King AultClay attempts to refuse payment for Naofumi, he points out Naofumi's efforts in defending the village while he, Motoyasu and Itsuki were fighting the monsters and thus deserves something out of it.
- He also thanks Naofumi for treating the plague his dragon-slaying caused, mortified at his own carelessness. He even lightly calls out Itsuki for accusing Naofumi of stealing their jobs, pointing out that Naofumi would have no reason to do so.
- Sore Loser: In a duel between Eclair and himself where hero skills and magic were prohibited, he used a hero skill after being downed by a single parry. He then condescendingly tells Eclair that she would have been obliterated if he had gone all out.
- Super Drowning Skills: He's completely helpless while underwater. He even struggles at a 4-feet dive and almost drowns, when he could just stand up.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the other 3 Heroes. He lacks Motoyasu's lecherousness and Itsuki's overweening arrogance. While Ren does have his flaws, he is the one who consistently at least gives Naofumi the chance to explain himself and does not exploit his party members. Whenever the group gangs up on Naofumi, he usually is the only one who offers any sort of sympathy to him and defend him in some way. Even how he originally died speaks to having heroic impulses.
- Unlike the other two Heroes, he also genuinely cares about his mistakes and tries to take responsibility for them, such as when he tries to run off to get rid of the Zombie Dragon before Naofumi tells him he's already taken care of it. Right before battling the Pope of the Church of the Three Heroes, when Naofumi calls out all three for how Wrong Genre Savvy they are, he is the only one who doesn't argue against what Naofumi said, knowing Naofumi is correct and that he did make a bad choice that hurt people.
- He unlocks the Cursed Series weapons because of the guilt of getting his party killed, rather than personal flaws like Itsuki's arrogance and Motoyasu's lust. He's also the easiest of the three Heroes to reason with and turn over by Naofumi.
- Even Naofumi realizes, to his own shock, when Female Knight questions if he hated Ren enough to kill him after the latter unlocked his Cursed Series , that aside from not standing up for him after Malty's betrayal, he didn't have as much of a reason to hate, much less kill Ren when compared to the other heroes.
- This even extends to his own party; While Motoyasu's team consists of nothing but gold diggers, and well... Bitch, and Itsuki's team is belligerent to anyone who isn't him, Ren's companions are notably friendly and cooperative while training with Naofumi during the Cal Mira Arc, with his only real complaint being that none of them stand out to him in particular. He even considered offering to recruit them but chose not to because he realized they were too devoted to Ren.
- Total Party Kill: His entire party is wiped out by the Spirit Tortoise, sending him into a deep depression.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Motoyasu for his attitude following his duel with Naofumi, pointing out that he lost, and that Motoyasu has no right to act the way he is. He also calls him out later for how he let Malty walk all over him and tell him what to do, letting her easily set up situations that she could abuse.
Voiced by: Makoto Takahashi (Japanese), Xander Mobus (English)
A 21-year-old University Student summoned to be the Hero of the Spear. He is extremely popular with women and views it as his duty to protect them and show off his cool side. As he immediately believes anything Malty tells him, he's often put in conflict with Naofumi. After the Spirit Turtle incident, his party abandons him and Motoyasu becomes the second Hero to align with Naofumi.
- The Ace:
- Post-breakdown, Naofumi repeatedly acknowledges him the strongest Hero and his most powerful ally, partially thanks to him incorporating the different refinement methods.
- Thanks to how the Spear works, he has access to both normal spears for close range and throwing spears for long range. He also learns powerful offensive magic like Brionac and Judgement, and even gains the ability to go back in time. The Spear also unlocks passive skills much quicker than the Sword, though not as quickly as the Shield, making him a Jack-of-All-Stats whose stats skyrocket past Naofumi's in a short time. Once the curse of Lust effectively seals his womanizing tendencies, he shows high academic aptitude and talents like making magical clothing and raising Philorials.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Motoyatsu of the manga will happily cross moral event horizons that the Motoyasu of the Web Novel would not even consider crossing, at least not on screen and when in his right mind. For example, it takes Motoyasu falling under the effect of the Lust cursed spear to try and rape Filo. In the manga, he openly tries to kidnap Filo in public, using magical chains to negate her Super Strength while happily proclaiming his intent to sexually exploit her, and he has no excuse like Phlebotinum induced madness.
- All Men Are Perverts: A variant as he believes it's a man's job to peek at women in the hot springs. Itsuki and Ren apparently agree with the sentiment.
- Armor-Piercing Question: On the receiving end by Raphtalia. After winning his duel with Naofumi (by way of Malty cheating), he has Raphtalia freed, only for her to call him out on his actions. When he tries to argue that slavery is abhorrent and therefore makes Naofumi worse as a person, Raphtalia asks if he is capable of helping slaves like her the same way Naofumi did. Her question completely causes his arguments to fall apart, as he realizes that he is ignoring the slaves he isn't trying to defend from Naofumi, and from that moment, he doesn't say anything until the next time Naofumi sees him.
- The Beastmaster: After his mental breakdown he discovers a talent for raising Filorials.
- Bishōnen: He is the most handsome of the Heroes and Malty's favorite, although this is very likely less because of his looks and more because he is such an absolute moron she can play him like a fiddle.
- Broken Ace: How he ends up, thanks to his own stubbornness and Malty's manipulations.
- The Bully: Let's be honest here, this is what his "duel" with Naofumi amounted to. He full well knew Naofumi should not be able to win, and when he starts winning anyways Monoyasu immediately starts whining that he's not playing fair, which is tantamount to letting him win.
- Butt-Monkey: Oh so much. Everyone in Naofumi's group gets a piece of him. Filo gets a special mention as her crotch kicking him is a running joke.
- Casanova Wannabe: All of his party members are girls, partly due to him kicking out the guys. He was this even before arriving and got killed as a result of attracting two yandere at the same time.
- Despair Event Horizon: After the Spirit Turtle incident and Malty's betrayal Motoyasu falls into a deep depression after being abandoned and shunned. Rather than emerge from his despair a better person he suffers a psychotic break and goes completely insane. He never gets better.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: After he unlocks the Lust Spear IV, the tip of his spear becomes a rather... dubious shape. Humorously enough, only women can see it in its true state while men like Naofumi can only see a mosaic. Thankfully it is only like that when the curse is active.
- Doujinshi: After going insane he displays surprising skill as an artist and his mangas prove quite popular. Naofumi is a bit squicked that the major character in the erotic ones is Filo.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first "duel" with Naofumi. Everything you need to know about Motoyasu is in full display, everything.
- Fallen Hero: He was never a nice guy, to begin with, but he loses it after the Spirit Turtle Incident. Thankfully, Naofumi snaps him out of it.
- Foil: Of all the three heroes, he is the best one to Naofumi.
- He is The Casanova while Naofumi’s the Clueless Chick Magnet
- He focuses purely on offense while Naofumi focuses on defense but sometimes also counterattacks.
- They have been both betrayed by Malty/Myne/Bitch but walked on different roads after. Naofumi mostly recovered and later regained his ability to trust others (especially women) and also accepted his harem in the end of the WN while Motoyasu recovered less and completely lost his trust with women with the exception of Filo and Fitoria and thus, can’t form a harem anymore.
- Harem Seeker: Malty gets rid of his male followers and only recruits females, purely for the sake of being pretty freeloaders. Motoyasu is pleased with this so long as he can show off and seduce them.
- Hate Sink: Arrogant, self-important, completely oblivious, a complete hypocrite, and a lolicon. Very few felt sorry for him when he's finally betrayed by Malty and the rest of his party.
- The Hero: What he along with 3 others were summoned to be.
- Holier Than Thou: He sees Naofumi as a monster and himself as a hero of justice, and no matter the horrific hypocritical deeds he commits at his expense, he justifies them in his mind as Naofumi not being worthy of anything better. Notably, even when Raphtalia is freed of her slavery seal and tells him outright that she and Naofumi are True Companions, and his two fellow Heroes back her word, he still refuses to believe any of it.
- Hopeless Suitor: He's got no chance with Filo.
- Early on he tries to free Raphtalia from Naofumi, even fighting a duel on her behalf. But she makes it clear she can't stand him, and wants nothing to do with him or his party.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He always takes what Malty (or pretty much any pretty face he travels with) says at face value without confirmation of any kind. He then goes on to take this as irrefutable fact and refuses to back down when given evidence to the contrary. In the web novel, when he's shown proof beyond any reasonable or even unreasonable doubt that Malty's testimony and accusations regarding Naofumi are completely false, and the armor he got from Malty was stolen from Naofumi, he still believes Malty is an innocent victim and her punishment, though unbelievably lenient, is undeserved. In the manga, he lets himself believe that Naofumi killed Ren and Itsuki despite this being a physical impossibility.
- In the manga, just like in the web novel, he condemns Naofumi for having Raphtalia as a slave. This does not stop him from getting magic chains to use on Filo, expressly for the purpose of kidnapping, enslaving, and sexually exploiting her, which is precisely what he accuses Naofumi of doing with Raphtalia.
- Also, he calls out Naofumi for even having a slave, but Raphtalia points out that he never lifted a finger to help slaves like her when they needed it, and it took her being bought a slave to be cured of an illness threatening her. She also points out that Naofumi, a person with barely any money, equipment, or really support, bought and took care of her, while Motoyasu ignores the existence of slavery, but he is more capable of lending help than he does. Furthermore, by ignoring her own free will and forcing Naofumi to fight over her, Motoyasu is forcing her to be his slave in order to get revenge on Naofumi without even realizing it. It's clear he hates slavery, but doesn't care enough to actually do anything about it unless goaded into it.
- In the same conversation, he tries to defend himself from Raphtalia's rant by saying that no one should be forced to fight against their will, yet that's exactly what he did with Naofumi by forcing him to fight him in a duel. He also says that to Raphtalia, who while a slave, fights of her own free will to help Naofumi.
- He accuses Naofumi of cheating to win the races and duels he initiates, when in fact Naofumi played fair and it was Motoyasu's party that interfered. This is on top of the fact that Motoyasu, being over twice Naofumi's level and endowed with a weapon actually useful for attacking, forced a support character to a one-on-one duel, one he full well knew should be a Hopeless Boss Fight for the Shield Hero. As soon as Naofumi showed himself to be Weak, but Skilled, Motoyasu starts whining that he's "not fighting like a man". Apparently, a duel is only fair if Motoyasu is winning it.
- Idiot Hero: Becomes increasingly obvious as times goes on as he's always ready to believe Malty's lies regardless of proof (or lack thereof) no matter how obvious they are.
- I Reject Your Reality: As the story progresses and his overly simplistic worldview (that he's the greatest, most virtuous of the four heroes who will singlehandedly save the world, and Naofumi is a villainous coward whose party are all enslaved damsels in distress who need to be rescued) is disproven time and time again, he's forced to ignore reality more and more just to keep himself going. After the Spirit Turtle fiasco, he ends up permanently broken.
- Irony: When Naofumi first gets Filo, he insults her, laughs at her, and calls her lame. After she learns how to gain human form, he spends a few chapters trying to earn her trust. Nothing works. When she finally shows him some affection when he falls into a deep depression, he goes literally insane.
- Motoyasu is straight up The Casanova with a very good reputation while Naofumi’s Harem Seeker got psychologically beaten out of him and is a Hero with Bad Publicity. In the end of the Web Novel, Naofumi’s more famous than he is and married most if not all his female companions while due to Bitch’s betrayal, Motoyasu loses his trust in women with the exception of Filo and Fitoria and doesn’t flirt with anyone else anymore.
- Jerkass: Even when it's clear as daylight that Raphtalia and Naofumi are an item, he still thinks Naofumi has brainwashed her.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As bad as he can be, he does make a point that Naofumi purchasing slaves looks very bad for someone supposed to be a hero, even if Naofumi doesn't care. Not only that, while all four of the heroes are from different worlds, they all come from similar ones where slavery is seen as morally wrong. Naofumi even later agrees that he has a point; in their world slavery was morally wrong, and that it does look pretty bad on his part. He isn't wrong for thinking slavery is bad, it's how he handles it that ultimately makes him a Jerkass.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He ends up in the exact same situation Naofumi was at the beginning of the story; falsely accused of rape by Witch, alone and abandoned by his party, and publicly shamed as a terrible Hero. But unlike Naofumi, he never gets out of it.
- Like a Son to Me: He sees all of his Philorials as his children and denies any romantic interest.
- Lust: His defining attribute, which unlocks his Curse Series Weapon.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Naofumi is rather surprised to learn that he hasn't done anything to them.
- Never My Fault: He absolutely refuses to ever admit when he's made a mistake or is in the wrong about something. It takes a complete and total breakdown, driving him to irreversible insanity to overcome this, and even then, he still struggles with it from time to time.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He cured a famine by unsealing a seed that produces all manner of fruit at an absurd rate. He didn't stop to consider that it might be sealed for a reason, such as growing uncontrollably and mutating to spawn plant demons.
- Phrase Catcher: "Ugh... Spear Guy's so annoying!" and variants from Filo.
- Psychotic Love Triangle: He was actually killed by two yandere who wanted him to choose one of them as his girlfriend. When he tried to remain close friends with both, they started arguing over who would go to heaven with him while stabbing him to death.
- Single-Target Sexuality: After he is betrayed by Witch, his mind is so broken that he can't even see women as human anymore. When women speak to him, all he sees are pigs oinking at him. He later does learn to see some females as people again, but the only female he will ever be able to take a romantic interest in is Filo the Filorial.
- Trauma Conga Line: His party abandons him to the Spirit Tortoise with the expectation he'll die, he's captured by Kyo and used to power the tortoise, comes out of a coma weeks later to find the country now resents him as a failure who made the tortoise disaster worse than it already was, and spends weeks trying to maintain a low profile while searching for his party during which people threw stones at him. Upon tracking down the girls who used to support him and thinking he's about to turn his luck around, the first girl tells him off and admits that she can't stand him at all and was only mooching off of him the entire time. Witch then adds icing to the cake by not only flaunting that she's leaving him for Ren but making up multiple stories for Ren about ways that Motoyasu threatened and sexually abused her, all while Motoyasu pleads for her to stop lying and tries to convey how worried he was about her. His subsequent suicidal depression leads to him breaking mentally at the first actual gesture of kindness he's shown, causing him to go completely insane.
- Yandere: He was killed by two before he was summoned.
Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya (Japanese), Erik Kimerer (English)
A 17-year-old high school student summoned to be the Hero of the Bow. He wants to appear as the "humble hero" who appears when others are in danger to protect them and then disappears, but only so he can receive praise. After the Spirit Turtle incident, his party betrays him and Itsuki becomes the last Hero to align with Naofumi.
- Atrocious Alias: Perfect Hidden Justice.
- Bishōnen: It is said that he would fit in female clothing with no one doubting his gender.
- Empty Shell: Becomes this after being freed from his Curse, but gradually recovers.
- Fallen Hero: His Pride made him more egotistical with his new power to brainwash others to his will after the Spirit Turtle Incident.
- Glory Seeker: When fighting with his party he deliberately delays attacking until they are in danger and then swoops in with a perfectly-timed save, invoking a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Gun Nut: Heavily implied and lampshaded by Naofumi. He has extensive knowledge of how firearms operate, and starts adding them to his repertoire upon learning that he can Weapon Copy guns.
- Happily Married: To Rishia in chapter 377, much to her parents' surprise.
- The Hero: What he along with 3 others were summoned to be.
- Heroic Team Revolt: Itsuki gets betrayed by his own party and left to shoulder a mountain of debt. While he is rather flawed, Itsuki is far more heroic than most of his party making this one of those rare occasions where the hero is abandoned by his party because they became increasingly villainous. The addition of Bitch certainly did not help matters.
- Humble Hero: Invoked by Itsuki himself to make himself look better.
- Hypocrite: In Episode 22 of the anime, he calls Ren out saying that all he cares about is to make himself look good. This is the man who tries to play himself up as the Ideal Hero, not to mention that he killed a ruler for taxing citizens.
- Irony: He readily believed that Naofumi had the ability to brainwash people with his shield. Guess what his Cursed Series Bow gives him?
- Improbable Aiming Skills / Psychic Powers: He's actually an ESPer, and his ability grants him perfect accuracy. It's implied that it's the reason why he was chosen as the Bow Hero.
- Kick the Dog: Frames Rishia for breaking an item of his and then has her kicked out of his party just because she had become an inconvenience. And then has the gall to claim he was just being Cruel to Be Kind.
- Never My Fault: Unlike Motoyasu who refuses to admit when he's wrong out of sheer ignorance, Itsuki's ego is so big that admitting he can be wrong is a blight on his image of being a perfect, magnanimous hero. Instead of just being honest and telling Rishia that she doesn't fit the dynamic of his team, Itsuki concots a lie and has the entire team shun her.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He took down the king of a small kingdom because the he was taxing the citizens too much. The new government had to tax just as much to fund the military to protect them against monsters.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He is an esper, specifically Accuracy level E, and always knew he was special. But after enrolling to a school for espers, his pecking order is low and he gets bullied as result.
- Official Couple: With Rishia.
- Out of Focus: Of the Three Heroes, he tends to get the least amount of focus due to styling himself as something of a Robin Hood like Hero. Naofumi only tends to see him during the Waves or when all the other Heroes are summoned together. It isn't until the Spirit Turtle Incident that he starts to get more focus and has his personality expanded.
- Pet the Dog: He and Ren come up to Naofumi's defense when he lost against Motoyasu in a duel due to Malty attacking him in the back.
- Power Copying: He's the first to discover that his bow to copy the attributes and abilities of any other bows he touches. He focuses mostly on copying rare and powerful ones.
- Pride: His defining attribute, which unlocks his Curse Series Weapon.
A member of Itsuki's adventuring party, and the de facto second in command.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Mald and Rishia debut in the anime during Malty/Bitch and Aultcray/Trash's punishment outside of the castle instead of at the feast afterward with full display of their relationship.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: His status as a noble has convinced him that he's inherently better than most people around him, and he behaves accordingly.
- The Brute: A direct, frontline fighter, and not a nice person at all.
- The Bully: Many of his interactions with anyone who is not Itsuki consists of him trying to intimidate them into doing what he wants.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets his ass handed by Raphtalia quite easily.
- Fantastic Racism: Like most people in Melromarc, he hates demi-humans.
- In-Series Nickname: Naofumi just calls him "Armor".
- Jerkass: He's pretty much just a deplorable person, with no real redeeming qualities.
- Smug Snake: He's awfully overconfident and prone to looking down on his opponents.
- Tin Tyrant: While he's not a ruler, he does behave like a tyrant with the people he considers inferior to him, and he's almost always seen in armor.
One of Motoyasu's female followers. She eventually leaves him and returns to her family's mercantile business.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's a very good and trustworthy merchant, but she just doesn't want to do the work.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: A deconstructed example. She regrets joining Motoyasu rather than Naofumi at the beginning of the story because while Motoyasu was the strongest hero at the start, Naofumi became the strongest, and best-rewarded hero at the end, all through sheer determination and hard work.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She's not nearly as vapid as she let Malty or Motoyasu believe. She's well aware that if Malty realized she was intelligent she'd be driven out.
- Pretty Freeloaders: She played this role most of the story under Motoyasu, but really she was keeping an eye on Malty, and following Motoyasu to gain business opportunities for her family.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the web novel, when she is assigned to Naofumi on Cal Mira, she makes no secret that she dislikes him, but still makes an effort to work together (unlike her teammates) because she respects his strength and business acumen.
Voiced by: Natsumi Fujiwara (Japanese)
A dog type Demi-Human. In the web novel, she is one of the first of Naofumi's new slave purchases for the village. In the light novel, however, she's found in the basement of Raphtalia's previous owner. Both Kiel and Raphtalia knew each other from when they were both younger since the village they were both from was destroyed.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Acts like this to Naofumi and calls him 'Shield-Niichan'.
- Bifauxnen: Kiel talks and acts like a boy, having been brought up that way. Naofumi was positively stunned to learn Kiel is in fact female.
- Naofumi takes advantage of this and tends to send her off peddling because of her pretty face.
- Childhood Friends: With Raphtalia. They lived together in the same village until the first wave hit.
- Idiot Hero: She's rather dense, especially with love. She's perfectly willing to sleep with Naofumi in dog form and when asked about her hierarchy of love, she places her crepe tree above Naofumi and Fohl.
- In-Series Nickname: "Loincloth Wearing Dog". note "Kielberos" for her three-headed alternate form.
- Orphan's Ordeal: In the web novel she ends up with a slave trader after her village was destroyed in the first wave. Luckily, the slave trader knew a certain Hero of the Shield...
- In the light novel, she ended up in the basement where Raphtalia and Rifana used to be tortured.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: Kiel's father raised her as a boy. Naofumi only learned of this when everyone decided to take a swim.
- Sinister Scythe: Becomes the Hero of the Scythe in the final arc of the web novel.
- In the light novel, the legendary Scythe already belongs to L'Arc Berg, one of Glass's companions
- Through His Stomach: At first, did not like Naofumi's scary talk of working them hard and regularly stood up to him in spite. Eventually came around when it was proven that Naofumi wasn't a bad guy after all, and he cooks really, really well.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Kiel really enjoys Naofumi's crepes. To the point that when Naofumi tried to make Kiel eat a crepe that fell to the floor as a punishment, Kiel still enjoyed it immensely. After Naofumi created a crepe tree during his bout as a Mad Scientist under the influence of his new Seven Sins Cursed Shield, Kiel is very protective of said tree.
One of the first slaves that Naofumi purchased in bulk. Like Kiel, she is often rebellious but she has a soft spot for the various monsters that inhabit Naofumi's village and takes it upon herself to look after them and manage them.
- Admiring the Abomination: She loves monsters.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her birth parents were killed by bandits but her mother by luck stumbled into Gaelion's lair and he chose to watch over her. Growing up with only her father and his monsters, she was orphaned again when Ren killed Gaelion and was enslaved by the villagers who arranged her father's death.
- Fluffy Tamer: She loves taking wild monster eggs and raising them.
- In-Series Nickname: Naofumi calls her Taniko (named for a character from an In-Universe video game)
- Made a Slave: She was captured and enslaved by the villagers who incited Ren to kill Gaelion.
- Raised by Orcs: Her attitude leads Naofumi to suspect this and it's eventually confirmed she was adopted by the dragon Gaelion who was killed by Ren.
- Whip It Good: She becomes the Hero of the Whip after Tact's defeat.
A young dragon hatched from an egg collected by Naofumi's villagers and largely raised by Taniko. He is affectionate of Taniko and Naofumi but has a rivalry with Filo. After consuming the core of the first Gaelion, he now has the minds of both the hatchling dragon and the adult Gaelion.
- Fun Size: Has the ability to change his size between hatchling and adult forms.
- In-Series Nickname: Naofumi (temporarily) calls him Ding Dong Dash for pulling this prank on him (baby Gaelion just wanted to play)
- Monster Is a Mommy: Before Ren killed the original Gaelion he adopted an infant and kept her safe. Ren was horrified to learn this.
- Soul Fragment: By consuming cores containing parts of the Dragon Emperor, Gaelion can gain more the of the Emperor's power and knowledge. After defeating Tact, he becomes the Dragon Emperor.
- Split Personality: As a result of consuming Gaelion's dragon core, he now has the minds of both the child and adult Gaelion.
- Verbal Tic: His roars and cries are distinctive and unique to each personality, showing which mind is currently in control.
A female mole Beastman who was sold to Naofumi by the Slave Trader. She is currently training to become a craftsman and a tailor.
- Made a Slave: Because of her Beastman heritage. She, like many of the other slaves, was beaten and abused. When Naofumi bought her dinner, she waited before eating because she thought he was going to throw it on the ground for her to eat off the floor.
- Overly Long Name: Imia's full name is Imia Lucullan Lisella Tereti Quariz.
- Shrinking Violet: Extremely shy and timid.
Ratotil "Rat" Anthreya
Originally from the Kingdom of Faubley, Ratotil comes to the village in the hopes of continuing her research on the various creature monsters that inhabit the world.
- Admiring the Abomination: Rat loves dealing with monsters. She wants to understand them on multiple levels but mostly for her research on how to increase their power or even combine features and abilities into another.
- Anything but That!: There is actually one type of monster that she doesn't like at all and would prefer to keep away from. Dragons.
- Happiness in Slavery: She willingly becomes Naofumi's slave to earn his trust and assistance in her research, which she will use to make Naofumi's monsters stronger.
- Mad Scientist: Everyone else thinks she's crazy.
A large, Orca type Demi-human. She was also at the village along with Kiel and Raphtalia. She was bought in a different country altogether. She is also one of the older, more mature slaves that Naofumi has. She also likes to drink.
- The Big Guy: Being part orca, she is the physically largest and tallest of whatever group she's in, to the point that Gaelion the dragon has trouble carrying her. She is also an absolute powerhouse, and she herself admits that one of the reasons Raphtalia's village was destroyed in the waves was because she hadn't been around at the time.
- Blade on a Stick: In addition to a harpoon being her preferred weapon, she becomes the Hero of the Harpoon in the finale.
- Break Her Heart to Save Her: She cares very much for Raphtalia, and it is revealed in the light novels that part of the reason she flirts so openly with Naofumi is because she is aware that Raphtalia loves him, and that Naofumi is going back to his own world one day, which will undoubtedly break her heart. She hopes that by seducing Naofumi, she can make sure he doesn't "try anything" with Raphtalia and give her false hope. She is more than willing to step aside, but only if Naofumi is prepared to enter a lifelong and committed relationship with Raphtalia.
- Cool Big Sis: Was this to Raphtalia and others as children.
- Dark Secret: She has one and she's not telling - not even to Naofumi.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Prefers her Orca form rather than her humanoid one, despite it taking magic for her to maintain her Orca form.
- In the light novel version, she stays in her human form more often.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She loves to drink. In fact, its a part of her criteria for marriage.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Much to Naofumi's chagrin.
- Magic Knight: Proficient in both casting magic and fighting. She also knows Choral Magic - a high-level and exclusive type of magic.
- she is also proficient in fighting and using both conventional and earth pulse magic.
- Shock and Awe: She seems to be particularly good at lightning magic.
- Weapon of Choice: She prefers a harpoon.
King Aultcray Melromarc / Trash
Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)
The King of Melromarc Kingdom who arranged the summoning of the Heroes and distributes their initial funds and party members. He planned Naofumi's early downfall with his daughter Malty in the beginning. After the truth comes out he's stripped of his title and renamed Trash.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: The manga adaptation turns him into the butt of jokes as it goes on, much like his daughter.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's an incredibly skilled tactician and earned the attention of his wife by leading Melromarc against their enemies. There is a reason why he was known as the strongest Seven Star Hero as once Naofumi equips his wand he curbstomps Tact who was level 350-ish.
- Character Development: Very, very long in the making. He slowly begins to come around after being forced to face some of his early life trauma.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He was a genuinely good person and very skilled on the battlefield, until his beloved sister was abducted and made a concubine.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: He becomes one for the Tragic Bigot trope. Aultcray has a deep seething, hatred towards demihumans and by extension the Shield Hero who they worship. Why is this? Because his sister was kidnapped by demihumans and he believed they murdered her. That in itself is sympathetic... however, he takes out all his anger on Naofumi, who has never heard of what happened or was even present at the time, and has done very despicable things to him from trying to deny him party members to keeping his level capped, and was willing to start a war with other countries and conspire with the Church of Three Heroes, a cultish religion. All this because he wanted revenge against a guy who is barely connected to him, making everything he does very petty in hindsight. Because of his actions, he lost any sympathy he may have gained. It takes meeting his sister's children and the death of his wife for him to finally realize how much of an idiot he was.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He was not part of the Church's plot to kill Melty, frame Naofumi for it, and use that as excuse to kill him with the other Heroes as collateral, and was appalled when he found out Malty was in part.
- Fallen Hero: He was once a beloved hero who fought Siltvelt head-on in their quest for world domination, managing to overthrow their king and save many countries. By the time the series begins, thanks to his years of hatred toward Demi-Humans and the manipulations of his daughter, he's become a shell of the wise and intelligent strategist he once was, and he's long since lost the ability to summon his Seven Star weapon.
- Foil: He's one to Fohl. Not only are their backstories nearly identical, being fallen nobles who were left caring for their younger sisters after being orphaned by war, but they're similar enough that Atlas mistakes Trash for her brother. Both became Seven Star Heroes in their youth, Trash with the Cane and Fohl with the Gauntlet, and both are prodigies in their own fields. However, the loss of their younger sisters have completely different effects on them. Whereas Trash was driven to take revenge and permanently affirmed his hatred of Demi-Humans, Fohl adjusts to it significantly better and never acquires a hatred for humans like his uncle.
- Food as Bribe: A non-comedic variant. He tries to attract Atlas' attention with food, but not to annoy or taunt her as a Demi-Human. It's because she looks identical to his deceased sister, her mother. His interactions with Atlas and Fohl trigger his Character Development.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: As long as he remains a good king, Naofumi won't press the issue.
- Freudian Excuse: He hates demihumans due to his beloved sister apparently being killed by them, though she was actually abducted and made a concubine. He projects this hatred onto Naofumi because demihumans revered the Shield Hero as a god.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: That said, it's outright stated that his biases towards Naofumi would risk a war with the rest of the world as he is one of the heroes needed to stop the Waves. Not to mention that since the demihuman nations view him as a god, his persecution would be seen as a declaration of war. Realizing that Atlas and Fohl are his sister's children (making them his niece and nephew) and that his sister had grown to love their father before dying is the starting point of his Character Development.
- General Ripper: It's implied from how much his hatred runs deep and the circumstances of the conspiracy that he may have been possibly willing to risk starting a war with the demi-humans for a chance at revenge. Good thing it was stopped before it could even begin.
- Heel Realization: After Mirelia's death, he finally realizes that he treated Naofumi horribly for no good reason at all. He actually gets down on his knees and apologizes profusely to Naofumi and calls his past actions unforgivable.
- Hypocrite: He calls out Naofumi for having Raphtalia as a slave to the point where he forces him to duel Motoyasu. And yet his entire kingdom has slavery be legal and do worse than what Naofumi does.
- I Did What I Had to Do: This is how he justifies his actions in the anime. As he and Melty are being tried for their crimes, he states that he isn't proud of the things he's done but did them for the sake of his kingdom and to prevent his family from being stolen from him again. This also crosses into Never My Fault since he still has the gall to blame Naofumi for everything.
- Irony: Is called "The Wise King" but his actions on screen haven't been very wise. Post-Character Development, he's one of Naofumi's greatest allies and is an absolute strategic genius.
- It's Personal: Reason why he hates demi-humans and by extension the Hero of the Shield.
- The Lost Lenore: His sister was killed by demihumans and he has hated them ever since.
- Meaningful Rename: Changed to Trash. After his Heel Realization, he accepts the name and stops Naofumi from calling him the Wise King.
- Misplaced Retribution: What his grudge against Naofumi boils down to. His hatred for him stems from his sister being kidnapped by demihumans, and is this taking it out on someone who has no knowledge of the fact.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Well, the Shield Hero is revered as a god to the demi-humans, so it makes Naofumi the closest thing he has to a main target for what the demi-humans apparently did to his sister.
- The Red Mage: The Cane's power is for magic. It allows the wielder to reduce the chant of a spell and grants them access to magic they can't normally use.
- Revenge Before Reason: Joining the conspiracy against the Shield Hero was this on his part. His Freudian Excuse projects his hatred of demihumans onto Naofumi but the consequences could have been severe. Going along with the conspiracy risked war with the rest of the world; persecuting the Shield Hero, in particular, would definitely provoke a war with the demihuman nations the moment news reached them. He risked his kingdom for petty revenge against someone who did not even personally slight him.
- Shipper on Deck:
- For Naofumi and Melty post-Character Development.
- He also ships Melty and Fohl together as a backup plan.
- Simple, yet Awesome: The Cane's ability to reduce casting time and use advanced magic is incredibly simple but very powerful. In the hands of a support-oriented Hero like Naofumi, he's able to buff his party's abilities to ridiculous levels and defeat people far above his level with an arsenal of attack magic. It's so strong that he almost regrets having to give it back. In the hands of a tactical genius like AultClay, he became a national hero to Melromarc and came to be known as the strongest Seven Star Hero long before the Four Heroes were summoned.
Queen Mirelia Q Melromarc
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue
The Queen of the Melromarc Kingdom. She is the true power behind the crown but does not appear until much later due to having to deal with the repercussions of the King summoning the heroes without the other countries' consent.
- Adaptational Wimp: The anime largely downplays her abilities as a chessmaster. In both the original Light Novel and Manga, she was manipulative to Naofumi and managed to convince him to be more lenient with punishing the King and Malty, with Naofumi even noting how clever she was to get him to agree to it. Heck, the outcome of it was her plan too and she was very stern on enforcing it. The anime maintains her political savvy skills, but she is much less stern and manipulative than the Light Novel or Manga. She outwardly shows regret at having to punish her family, and she instead opts to simply have them executed, though she admits had Naofumi not stepped in, she would have begged him to spare them. The Light Novel and Manga Mirelia is a firm chessmaster who despite being a Reasonable Authority Figure is still willing to manipulate them if it means the greater good, where the anime is more of a firm Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: To Naofumi when he looked ready to leave Melromarc due to the actions of her husband and daughter. She even offers him a contract in which her well-being is at stake if something goes wrong to show she's being sincere.
- Antagonistic Offspring: She makes clear that she's very displeased with Malty's actions.
- Big Good: She's one of Naofumi's most valuable allies, and the one who personally repairs his reputation.
- Came Back Wrong: She is initially revived by the Goddess Medea to confront the main characters. Later, as the Goddess loses, she regains her free will.
- The Chessmaster: All of Naofumi's actions after he met Melty? All planned by Mirelia and even before then her Shadows have been tailing and helping to stop words of Naofumi's actions from reaching the king.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: She takes revenge on the King and her daughter by having their noble titles revoked, forcing them to bow to Naofumi, and officially renaming them to 'Trash' and 'Bitch'. All of this in the span of an hour convinces Naofumi to stay.
- Good Is Not Dumb: She tries hard to keep Naofumi as a valued ally because she knows the demi-human countries will listen to whatever he says.
- Good Is Not Soft: She's the Big Good of the series but you still don't want to mess with her. She dishes out a few humiliating punishments for the king and her daughter for what they've done to Naofumi.
- The High Queen: Her country is a Matriarchy. When she gets back home, she sets Naofumi's situation right and hands out severe punishment to her husband and older daughter while giving Naofumi all the adulation and respect he deserved and then some.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: Her reaction upon hearing of Naofumi meeting Fitoria immediately helps one realize where Melty got her love of Filolials from.
- Older Than She Looks: She looks like she's in her 20's, even though she's actually older.
- Not So Stoic: She loses almost all calm and bursts into the same childlike excitement Melty does when she hears about Fitoria.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She uses her authority to exonerate Naofumi of his 'crimes', and aids him as much as she can both up front and behind the scenes. Her honest yet firm attitude causes her to be one of the very few upper-class people Naofumi trusts.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A very active monarch, she was absent for most of the first arc simply engaging in furious diplomacy to prevent a war due to the summoning of the Four Heroes. Later she needs to spin a polite fiction about the Shield Hero being "undercover" to weed out rogue elements in her country. This is because the Shield Hero is highly revered in demi-human kingdoms like Stilvet and Shieldfreeden; word of Melromarc actively persecuting him would lead immediately to a declaration of war with these powers. She also leads her kingdom's military in times of crisis and takes the field herself during special missions.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Averted. The very reason she was away for so long was that she was fixing the huge diplomatic mess that resulted from the summoning of the Four Heroes.
- Shipper on Deck: She is one for Naofumi and Melty. Mostly because she sees it as a way to get in the good graces of the demi-human countries. She never fails to tell Naofumi as such, and when Naofumi protests that Melty is still a child, it is revealed that Mirelia had taken extensive notes on Melty's development, stating that the princess was at just the right age for childbearing.
- Women Are Wiser: Most certainly in this case. While her husband and daughter were busy fooling around and persecuting the Shield Hero, Mirelia was busy handling diplomatic affairs in other countries. She also takes great pains to get Naofumi on her side, both because she feels remorse for her family's actions, and because she knows that as someone who is worshipped in demi-human countries, the Shield Hero would make for a powerful ally.
Princess Malty Melromarc / Myne / Bitch / Witch
Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcutt (Japanese), Faye Mata (English)
The first daughter of the King of Melromarc Kingdom and the one who betrayed Naofumi and led to his criminal charges.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: In the manga, especially after the initial story arc, she is placed in frequent comedic scenes and situations that weren't in the source material, almost always at her expense.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Twice.
- First was when her mother made her and her father accountable for their callous actions against Naofumi and the citizens of the country, and the former stated that she would go free if he vouched for her. Despite screwing him over from the very start and continuing to do so even after he hit rock bottom, partly to help her father and the Church of Three Heroes undermine the Shield Hero and out of petty sadism towards who she perceived was an easy target, and even going so far as to try and burn her own sister alive with fire magic under the faulty excuse of "brainwashing", Malty not only still had the nerve to beg for his forgiveness, but also used the "forgiveness is a virtue" excuse in a profound display of shamelessness that showed her disgusting lack of remorse. Naofumi quickly called for her execution after this, easily realizing just how full of it she was but relented after Mirelia proposed an alternative punishment.
- The second time was after a failed coup she incited, and she was sent away to become the bride of King Faubley. Queen Melromarc gives the condition that if any of the Heroes speak out against it, she will spare her daughter. Once again, Malty has the nerve to shamelessly beg the heroes, even her primary victim Naofumi, to save her. None of them do.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Yes, really. Despite everything she's done, all the lives she's gleefully destroyed, her final fate is so horrifically cruel that quite a few people in-universe and out end up feeling sorry for her.
- Alpha Bitch: She's also a Rich Bitch to boot. Pretty much every major problem in the series can be linked directly to her, and whenever she joins a new hero's group after betraying the previous one, she quickly establishes her superiority as a princess, making any protests futile.
- Beauty Is Bad: She is easily one of the most attractive characters of the setting. Also one of the most rotten.
- Book Dumb: As the Pope so accurately painted her as the idiot she truly is by revealing how Myne was too busy conspiring to study, effectively leaving her without common knowledge of wide-spread legends which even peasants would be aware about.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At the beginning of the series, she tricks Naofumi and accuses him of attempted rape. This is neither the first nor the last time that this happened.
- Cain and Abel: She has little to no reaction to her little sister Melty being marked for death by the Church of Three simply because she is the heir apparent and Melty is "useless" to her.
- Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: Given a chance, she will bite the hand that feeds her. No exceptions. In order of who trusted her only to betrayed we have Naofumi, Motoyasu, and Ren (who lasted less than a day), and the conspirators attempting to overthrow Melromarc. At this point, she didn't have anybody to turn to because she had already betrayed everyone that could have helped her. She was saved by Tact and betrayed Melromarc, only to betray Tact when he failed under the false belief she would be spared.
- The Corrupter: She is directly responsible for each of the Four Heroes unlocking their Cursed Weapons, indirectly renders Motoyasu permanently insane, and caused her father's decline from the Wise King to Trash. Naofumi suspects she may have resulted in Tact's warped personality.
- Crocodile Tears: She cries several times, but always to trick her current benefactor into believing her story. Naofumi notes that despite crying she also smiles rather nastily.
- Dirty Coward: When her coup fails, she begs the heroes to save her. They, understandably, have no intention of keeping their word.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As unbelievable as it sounds, even she looked disturbed at how Itsuki abandoned Rishia for what amounts being more helpful against the Cal Mira wave. And while that could have been an act, she had no idea that the Church's plot included the murder of all Heroes and would have not taken part in it had she known. Too bad she slowly loses even that...
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: Averted. She is a cruel manipulative person despite being a princess.
- Evil Is Petty: To show how much of a Hate Sink she is, she's willing to have to her own sister assassinated. Why? Because she was given a mild "Reason You Suck" Speech by Melty when they remet each other after the Second Wave.
- Evil Laugh: She gives off one twisted laugh in the anime after believing she's taken away Naofumi's only means of survival.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Behind her lovely and alluring face is a hideous and manipulative mind.
- Fallen Princess: She loses her title as a princess after her crimes are exposed.
- False Rape Accusation: This is how the entire plot began, with Naofumi being neither the first nor last victim.
- Femme Fatale: She uses her looks to screw anyone over. Naofumi found out the hard way, as did Motoyasu and Ren.
- Fatal Flaw: Obviously, her constant lying and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. What did you expect? Telling the truth must taboo in her twisted mind.
- For the Evulz: Several instances of her attempting to attack Naofumi occurred when there would have been little if anything to gain; she simply enjoys making him suffer.
- Hate Sink: The woman is despicable and irredeemable to the core (being a fragment of Medea notwithstanding). And she only sinks lower with every appearance. Her Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and willingness to cross any Moral Event Horizon to get what she wants only increases the hatred in and out of universe.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Averted. Naofumi was attracted to her before. The keyword being was.
- Hypocrite: When she's finally brought to justice by Mirelia, she begs Naofumi to intervene on her behalf, telling him revenge isn't the way of a hero. After being told her punishment, she immediately swears vengeance on Naofumi, his party, and everyone else. Mirelia calls her out on it.
- Jerkass: There's a pretty good reason why she is nicknamed "Bitch."
- Karmic Rape: For all her chronic backstabbing her name is changed to "Bitch". Later, after all the times she manipulated men and accused Naofumi of raping her, she is sent to become the bride of King Faubley, a man who she cannot manipulate, and who has raped and tortured 9,999 other women before her, and becomes woman number 10,000.
- Lady of Black Magic: Princess of the Melromarc Kingdom who is attractive and even more so cruel and manipulative. Shes also a powerful mage with a penchant in fire magic.
- Magic Knight: She's a powerful spellcaster, wields a sword and wears heavy armor.
- Meaningful Rename: Naofumi refers to her as Bitch after all she has done to him and to others. When she escalates to all-out treason, it changes to Witch.
- Never My Fault: Everything bad that happens to her is always the fault of someone else.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: She often laughs like this, complete with the raised hand and tilted head.
- Opportunistic Bastard: If the opportunity for increasing her personal comfort or standing appears she'll jump on it, usually without fully considering what will come after.
- Playing with Fire: She's already an accomplished fire mage before the start of the story, contrasting her sister's affinity for water. This puts more holes in her accusation: if Naofumi did try to rape her, it would've been at a point where he had almost no fighting skills, and Malty would've burnt him to a crisp with no trouble at all.
- Poisonous Friend: Her whole reason for existing is to corrupt and destroy anyone she comes into contact with. The first victim we see is Naofumi. She strings him along by acting as a cute, cheerful girl that wanted to support him on his quest, but quickly stole all his belongings and money and framed him of raping her the very next day. She later joined with Matoyasu and slowly stroked his ego while reinforcing his resentment for Naofumi. After she and the rest of his party members abandon him after the Spirit Turtle incident, she moves on to Ren while happily telling the same lies about him that she said about Naofumi. And then she betrays him too. In other words, she is not a nice person to be around with.
- Really Gets Around: Queen Melromarc has stated Malty was not a virgin and has implied her daughter had quite a few lovers.
- Redemption Rejection. She is completely unrepentant of everything she's done to Naofumi and everyone else she's ever crossed.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A mage skilled in fire magic who started the whole mess with her accusing Naofumi of raping her. Later on, she would try to burn her sister Melty alive with fire magic. How ironic it is that her first intended fate is to be raped to death, and the second had her burned at the stake.
- Serial Escalation: Responds to every punishment or attempt to correct her behavior, no matter how slight, by increasing the severity of her crimes. This reaches its apparent zenith when she teams up with Tact to betray the entire world only to be one-upped when it's revealed she's part of a goddess that's destroying multiple worlds.
- Serial Killer: She lied about men in the past and, unlike Naofumi, they didn't have the immunity from execution. She is one of the rare types of serial killers who get people killed without needing to get her hands dirty.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Yep, that red hair and green eyes mean that she's important. Not that it's a good thing, though...
- Soul Fragment: She is actually one of the fragments of the goddess Medea.
- Spoiled Brat: She was spoiled rotten by her father, which likely contributed to her personality.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: During the banquet between the four heroes, Malty secretly poisons Naofumi's food. Fortunately for him, Melty intervenes before any harm can be done.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- Even she had to realize she was going to get a reputation for screwing over so many big names, some of which could spark a war. Her name change and stripping of her titles were effectively a warning, but she just kept on going.
- By the time the heroes are allowed to intervene on her behalf for one of her punishments, she’s simply too dangerous to be in contact with because she’s virtually guaranteed to continue trying to ruin them.
- Traitor Shot: She gets one in the manga, right in the first chapter.
- Ungrateful Bitch: When Naofumi saved her life and the life of her sister from the Three Heroes Church, and her mother, Queen Melromark begins apologizing to Naofumi for his horrific injuries, the first words out of Malty's mouth are "Mother, why are you apologizing to this person?" Mirelia is suitably pissed! She orders Malty "silenced."
- Villains Want Mercy: She's a sadist in every sense of the word and will kick down anyone she pleases out of amusement. The moment she finds herself in a bind, she will cry and plead for someone to save her, even if they are the ones she kicked around herself.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: One of her favorite strategies is to tearfully confess to her mark that her previous benefactor abused her in some way.
Princess Melty Q Melromarc
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese), Jackie Lastra (English)
The second princess of the Melromarc Kingdom. She was raised separately by her mother Mirelia, away from the influence of AultClay and her sister Malty. As such, she's much kinder and more fit to rule.
- Accidental Proposal: In chapter 348 of the webnovel, annoyed by the duties of being the anointed Queen, and resenting that Naofumi wasn't even fully managing his own village, she angrily declares him the royal magistrate just so he will be stuck with lots of administrative work just like her. Only after "Trash" points out what being the magistrate means, does she realize her blunder, at which point, it's too late to undo it. The royal magistrate is the one who is bound by law to marry the crown princess and continue the royal bloodline.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Despite asking for Naofumi's help in trying to undo her legally binding Accidental Proposal to him, she doesn't want him to use her young age as the basis of his argument. He ignores her and goes as far as to say they shouldn't be talking about marriage at all because "her body can't possibly deliver children yet", which prompts the altogether awkward reveal by Trash that *ahem* "Melty has already developed a body capable of the feat".
- Cuteness Proximity: For all things Filorial, especially Filo to the point that Motoyasu calls her Filo's fiancee.
- Damsel in Distress: After the second Wave, Melty becomes the target of an assassination plot by Malty that leaves her unable to trust anyone other than Naofumi to keep her safe. When she realizes that leaving his side will lead to certain death, she pleads with him not to turn her over, not even to the other Heroes.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: For the Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling trope. She is more responsible as opposed to Malty, to the point Mirelia has officially made her the Crown Princess despite being the youngest. Bearing such heavy expectations led her to try and suppress the childish aspect of her personality, resulting in her feeling as though nobody takes her serious.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: Compared to her sister, she's an angel.
- Girlish Pigtails: She usually wears her hair in twin tails.
- Guest-Star Party Member: She is forced to join up with Naofumi to save her own life.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Several hints have been dropped about her and Filo.
- Interspecies Friendship: Again, her and Filo. The first time they parted ways, they ended up crying.
- Locked Out of the Loop: At first, she doesn't know about the hell that her father and sister put Naofumi through, and is shocked by his harsh reaction when she reveals her royal identity. All Miriela asked her to do was to help the Shield Hero, and to try and help the Heroes work together if possible. She implores Naofumi to apologize to her father, because as far as she knows, they both were just arguing with each other for no reason. She is visibly stunned the moment Naofumi reveals the truth of the king's actions.
- Making a Splash: Has an affinity for water magic, contrasting her sister's affinity for fire.
- Morality Pet: She is one of the few people that shows the more human side of her father. He loves her dearly and seems to dote on her a bit.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Mixed with a bit of an Oh, Crap! in chapter 348, and it is hilarious.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: When she had heard that the Hero of Shield had disrespected her father, she wanted to arrest him - personally. Later on, she is given the task of managing Naofumi's growing village.
- Tsundere: It's plain to see that she develops these sorts of feelings for Naofumi. Justified because although she's clearly drawn to Naofumi's courageous spirit and strong heart, she is still an abrasive and stubborn person, which makes it difficult to emotionally connect with him.
- Unexpected Successor: Defied and Inverted. She was always expected to ascend the throne due to her mother's knowledge of her sister Malty's unpleasant personality. Made official by their mother revoking her older sister's royal titles as a punishment.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She's very trusting, perhaps too trusting then how even Naofumi used to be. She learns the hard way several times that not everyone holds the best interests for her kingdom as she does.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She rightfully scolds Motoyasu for trying to pick a fight with Naofumi and recklessly destroying the marketplace in doing so.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair.
Church of Three Heroes
- The Church: They are called the Church of Three Heroes for a reason.
- Corrupt Church: The High Priest planned to seize control of Melromarc by wiping out the Heroes and Melromarc's royal family.
- Evil Counterpart: Their weapon replica serves as one for the Heroes.
- Implacable Man: The Pope's followers. Their faith in the Pope, God and justice has magically brainwashed them to point that many will suffer exhaustion, pain and even death for their belief. It becomes this rather than The Determinators, as in the manga many brainwashed soldiers would keep getting back up despite crippling or lethal wounds from the Heroes for, as the Pope puts it, "[...] they aren't permitted to die." Their dogged persistence, combined with their bloodied wounds and blank white eyes, makes them look closer to zombies than people.
- Irony: When the heroes prove incompetent, they try to kill the very heroes they worship.
- Kill and Replace: After seeing the atrocities the Three Heroes casually inflict on the land by treating their mission to save the world like a game, they become convinced that the heroes are "impostors", and must all be killed to summon the "real" ones who will hopefully do a better job. The fact they had started asking inconvenient questions and challenging their power likely played a larger part in it, however.
The Pope of the Church of the Three Heroes. Angered by the ineptitude of the Heroes worshipped by his Church, he declared them false prophets and attempted to kill them and Naofumi. He also intended to wipe out the Melromarc royal family and take control of the throne.
- Ass Kicking Equals Authority: All four heroes have trouble dealing with him until Naofumi unlocks Wrath Shield 3.
- Awesome, but Impractical: While the weapons replica is indeed mighty, it takes a month's work of magic collected from the people who pay homage at his churches to swing the sword once. When he shows up to attack the Heroes, he has to bring along an almost armies worth of clerics and preists whose only job it is to pray and provide him with their mana to even fight the Heroes with it, and to even defend himself he has to split off around half of them to maintain his defensives on top of the faithful slowly passing out from exhaustion.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets eaten alive by Naofumi's Blood Sacrifice magic. His agonized screams do not help the situation.
- Death By A Thousand Cuts: The main weakness his plan to destroy Naofumi, his party, and Motoyasu and his party suffered from. While he had a bunch of supporters to back him up, because his attacks and defensives require an insane amount of mana to maintain it, once the other Heroes arrived and joined in, they simply needed to attack him as much as possible in this manner to weaken him down and force him to use his trump card.
- Disproportionate Retribution: One of Naofumi's "crimes" that he committed to deserve death was, basically, not saying thank you after he bought the pure holy water.
- Dissonant Serenity: His expression and voice do not change one bit after he starts trying to kill Naofumi.
- A God Am I: He lets the power of his morph weapon and his army of brainwashed followers go to his head, and goes from calling himself "God's chosen judge" to yelling "I am God!" before planning to "judge" (ie, brutally murder) Naofumi and all the others.
- Insane Troll Logic: Melty lampshades how nonsensical his train of logic is, as he's undergoing his Motive Rant wherein he tries to usurp the position of "Three Heroes" for himself and overthrow the country.
- Ludicrous Gibs: He gets crushed into a geyser of blood in the jaws of Blood Sacrifice, leaving behind nothing but his broken glasses in the anime, while in the manga only his left hand with the Replica Weapon is left.
- Mega Manning: He can use the skills of Itsuki, Motoyasu, and Ren due to having a Morph Weapon that was made as a replica of the original Legendary Weapons.
- Megane: He wears glasses. However...
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: his true colors come off as this.
- Named by the Adaptation: In the anime, he is named Bisca T. Balmus.
- Pet the Dog: During his first appearance, he deals with Naofumi honestly and fairly despite his clear dislike of him. When one of his subordinates tries to sell Naofumi an inferior vial of Holy Water for an exorbitant price, he's the first one to scold her and forces her to apologize, as he believes God is kind and such casual cruelty is beneath the Church. It's only when it later becomes clear that the Shield Hero is a genuine threat to his power that his dark side emerges.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Lampshaded by the Pope himself in the anime, who took advantage of Naofumi taking his sweet, sweet time ripping into the Three Heroes to charge his weapon with enough mana to trap them in a cathedral-like barrier.
- Tautological Templar: He honestly believes he's a good and just person, so everything he does is therefore honest and just whether it's backstabbing the Three Heroes, trying to blast the innocent younger princess of Melromarc to atoms, or organizing a coup to overthrow the country at a time that waves of monsters appear at set intervals. In the manga it's even worse, as he attacks a village that was already devastated by the acts of its racist mayor who unleashed a monster on the town because he gets called out on his hypocrisy by Naofumi.
- Villain Has a Point: Anybody would be understandably frustrated after suffering the list of careless atrocity perpetrated by the Three Heroes. Ren causing a plague by killing the dragon, Ganleon, but leaving the corpse unattended. Motoyasu unsealing a monster plant and letting it go wild. Itsuki acting like an assassin for hire and killing a king because he thought the tax rate was too high, but ignoring the problem that caused those high taxes, ie, the monster invasions.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Averted. He was supposed to be this to the other three heroes as an example of how relying solely on levels and flashy abilities of their divine weapons wouldn't guarantee victory in this world, but sticking rigidly to their game knowledge causes the epiphany to fly over their heads. The only one who gets anything from the fight is Naofumi, who learns the consequences of overusing the Wrath Shield.
- Willfully Weak: While he is still powerful, he was still not using the replica of the Legendary Weapons to its fullest potential as it could change into all four forms of the four heroes' weapons - including the shield. Whether it was out of pride, belief in his cause, or just to not look like a hypocrite, he refused to use the shield form. This comes back to bite him in the end when Naofumi kills him with an attack he could have survived had he used the shield form.
Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Morgan Berry (English)
A pale skinned woman who wields twin fans to attack the heroes in their second wave. She is, in fact, a hero from another world that came to Naofumi's world to delay the destruction of her own.
- Anti-Villain: She only wants to protect her home world. If she has to destroy other worlds and kill other heroes to do it, so be it.
- Cast From Hitpoints: As a spirit person, the energy that comprises her being can be used to power her magic and the vassal fan's various skills.
- Dimensional Traveler: Came from a different world.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Justified. She's a spirit person.
- Godzilla Threshold: She came to kill Naofumi and the other heroes in order to delay the destruction of her own world.
- Lightning Bruiser: In short fights, the people of her race are this. Though they get weaker over time if a fight drags for long enough.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Her race is known as spirit people or just spirits.
- Worthy Opponent: Out of all the Heroes, she treats only Naofumi with respect.
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese)
- Affectionate Nickname: He calls Naofumi a kiddo when they first met, then he calls him the shield kiddo because he thinks that it's endearing that Naofumi is pretending to be the shield hero when Naofumi is actually the shield hero they were looking for.
- He seems to drop the nicknames when they fight but picks the nicknames back again when he, Therese and Glass retreat back to their homeworld.
- Dramatic Irony: He and Therese make friends with Naofumi and co. ignoring the fact that Naofumi is the very person they were sent out to kill.
- Failed a Spot Check: L'Arc doesn't believe Naofumi is the shield hero, not even when presented evidence to the contrary by him. This annoys Naofumi, as they go though this most of the time in their stay at Cal Mira.
- In his defense, he had been hunting people who were faking being the shield hero. And some of them could change weapons like how the heroes can.
- Sinister Scythe: He's the Scythe hero from Glass's world.
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese)
L'Arc's female companion. Is noted to be "A jewel of a woman" by Naofumi. Like L'Arc, she was sent to kill the Shield Hero.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Blue eyes to go with her blue Hair.
- Dirty Business: She has to take down Naofumi for the sake of her and L'Arc's world.
- Empathic Weapon: All of the Accessories made by Naofumi are of high quality and revere him for it. They will never lend their power to Therese if it's for harming Naofumi, but they will even sacrifice themselves if it's for the sake of protecting him.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: The various accessories and jewels that she wears accentuate her natural beauty.
- Magical Accessory: Most, if not all of them give her various status boosts. They are also her means of casting magic, by mixing her magic power with that of the jewels.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: She and L'Arc make a point of not hurting innocent people while attempting to kill Naofumi. She calms down a vortex that her magic indirectly caused so people wouldn't get swallowed by it.
- Turn Coat: She and L'Arc turn on Naofumi shortly after taking out the interdimensional whale during the Calmira Archipelago wave.
Glass' closest friend, at the beginning of the story she is incarcerated in the Infinite Labyrinth. She is a Holy Hero from her world like Naofumi, Motoyasu, Ren and Itsuki. An otaku reincarnated from Japan, Kizuna is the Hunting Hero of her world.
- Foil: To Naofumi. They're both heroes from another world, and both have weapons that prevent them from directly harming other people. The main difference between them is their experiences with the people of their new world. Naofumi had been framed and wrongly persecuted, which led him to becoming a sadist and a cynic with trust issues. Kizuna, on the other hand, was fortunate enough to run into Glass, and the two of them hit it off immediately. She has no shortage of friends who care for her, and while Naofumi eventually gets the same, he notices with envy how much Kizuna trusts her friends, and how overall tight-knit they are.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Although she cannot attack humans, Kizuna is spectacularly effective against monsters and animals.
- Morality Chain: Is this to Glass. Once she reunites with Glass, she scolds her for going to other worlds to hunt their Holy Heroes and tells her not to do it again. She cows Glass, L'Arc and Therese for the immorality of their actions.
- Morph Weapon: Her Legendary Hunting Tool can transform into a fishing rod, hunting spear, flensing knife and other such tools.
- The Paragon: The most good-natured and kind-hearted Hero encountered so far in the story.
- The Power of Friendship: Like Naofumi, Kizuna requires allies due to the limitations of her weapon. She has such a large circle of friends and allies that they all but single handedly fight off the waves in their world. The other Holy Heroes and Vassal Heroes are generally more interested in internecine politics. In the light novels, her approach convinces Naofumi to found his own village.
- Token Good Teammate: She is the only one of Glass' group who never attempts to hunt down other heroes.
- True Companions: With Glass, L'Arc, Therese and Ethanbolt. They are their own world's version of Naofumi's party.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Her Holy Weapon prevents her from directly harming people.
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Imari Williams (English)
A blacksmith who owns a conspicuous shop in Castle Town of Melromarc. After Naofumi was betrayed, he was the only person who helped him and later came to believe in his innocence. As a result, Naofumi usually comes to him when he needs any type of equipment.
- Bald of Awesome: A balding man who happens to be an excellent blacksmith and a loyal friend to Naofumi.
- The Blacksmith: Despite his claims that he is not that good, there is evidence that his products are higher quality than average at the very least.
- Nice Guy: He treats Naofumi well after Naofumi's reputation has gone down the sewer.
- Oh, Crap!: In the anime, Naofumi tests a new skill to copy any shield weapon he touches. Elhart is aghast at this power since Naofumi's essentially stealing his work. It gets worse as Raphtalia and Filo keep bringing Naofumi more of his shields to copy.
- Only Friend: For a good while he was the only person Naofumi trusted in any way. It wasn't until after his duel with Motoyasu that he opened up to anyone else, and even then Naofumi stayed very defensive for a long while.
- Only One Name: He's never shown to have a surname. Even then, he's usually called "old man" by Naofumi rather than by his given name.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Naofumi calls him Old Man/Oyaji.
- Retired Badass: Naofumi suspected as such, given he defended his shop from Justice Zombies and then helped to evacuate the civilians. In the manga, he also has some scars on his bald head.
Naofumi's shikigami (familiar) made from a lock of Raphtalia's hair. She is small, fuzzy and adorable, and is said to look like a cross between a red panda, a raccoon, and a tanuki.
- Action Pet: Even though most of the enemies she faces are many times her size, Raph-chan is able and willing to get in the thick of things, and usually comes out of it unharmed.
- Always Someone Better: When it comes to being in Naofumi's good graces, that is. In fact, she's probably the only significant character in the series whom he has never spoken negatively about at any point. While Atlas, Filo, and Raphtalia (to name a few) have to constantly think of new ways to get him to focus on them (hindering each other in the process), Raph-chan can easily become the center of Naofumi's attention just by being there. To top it all off, she bears no ill will towards any of them, and most likely doesn't even know what they're supposed to be competing about.
- Ambiguous Gender: The web novel is forced to use male and female pronouns interchangeably, as the original Japanese text left Raph-chan's gender a mystery. Averted in the light novel, where she is strictly female.
- Empathy Pet: Raph-chan usually reflects whatever mood Naofumi is in at the time (besides rage, as she's hardly ever angry). One of the reasons he likes her so much is because she doesn't try to stop his sadistic tendencies or call him out on it. Actually, she plays along more often than not.
- Familiar: She is technically bonded to both Naofumi and Raphtalia, but Naofumi is the one who spends the most time with her and can modify her to suit his needs. This ranges from giving her special abilities to adjusting the softness of her fur.
- Killer Rabbit: She's small, fluffy and cute. She's also been created from Raphtalia's hair and Naofumi's blood, and so is specialized in illusion magic and general badassery.
- Non-Human Sidekick: She tags along on the group's adventures whenever she can, and has proven quite useful on several occasions.
- Pokémon Speak: All she ever says is "Rafu!". Naofumi thinks this adds to her cuteness.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at that face!
- Small, Annoying Creature: Averted. Though she can't speak, Raph-chan is nothing but helpful and friendly. In fact, Naofumi likes to point out how annoying everyone else seems by comparison.
- Team Pet: Naofumi thinks of her as his group's official mascot.
A retired adventurer and last practitioner of the Hengen Musou style of combat. When Naofumi administered a life-saving medicine purchased by her grandson, she regained her lost strength and came to view him as her benefactor and agrees to teach her art to his followers.
- Badass Boast: While wiping out monsters she happily boasts how her level is the same as her age - 100.
- Came Back Wrong: Initially revived by the Goddess Medea to confront the main characters. Later, as the Goddess lost she regained her free will.
- Cool Old Lady: A little old woman who gleefully bounces around the battlefield and becomes the beloved master of several secondary characters.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stayed to allow Naofumi and co. to escape from Tact.
- Old Master: Her teachings help not only Naofumi but his followers to greatly improve their skills.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Even her son only refers to her as "Granny" and she wants it that way.
- Retired Badass: A level 100 adventurer who retired, had a family, and was on her way to dying of old age until the waves started.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: The Hengen Musou is a flexible style of combat meant to enhance a normal warrior's abilities to rival those of a Legendary Hero.
A slave trader who deals in the back alley of Melromarc's capital. He sold Raphtalia and a random egg that hatched Filo to Naofumi.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His name is never given and he's always called "the slave trader".
- Friend in the Black Market: He's the one who gives Naofumi allies to help him in battle. As such, he's one the few folks that he can't really get mad at.
- Noble Demon: Yeah, he's selling demi-humans as slaves and breaking the law. But he's also one of the few characters who doesn't stab Naofumi in the back at any point.
- Obviously Evil: Subverted. Looks like he would also con Naofumi but proved to be "reliable ally". Doesn't change the fact he deals in slavery.
- Opaque Lenses: His eyes are never shown through his glasses, regardless of lighting.
- Repulsive Ringmaster: His attire is similar to a traditional ringmaster's tuxedo and his place of business is a massive circus-like tent. What's in the tent, however, is anything but joyful.
- Superhuman Trafficking: His "goods" that we see are non-humans.
- Token Evil Teammate: Not a teammate per se, but in terms of the people Naofumi deals with, he is as evil as they come. Still, dealing with him is a necessary evil considering that Naofumi has no other way to get any reliable allies.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Downplayed, but every time Naofumi acts a bit cutthroat with him he's giddily excited to do business with him, which raises the eyebrows of Naofumi's main party.-Slave Trader: Anyway, your Filolial's Wyvern Feet will come down to the friend's price of 5 gold coins.-Naofumi: Make that 4 gold coins with some reins and you've got yourself a deal.-Slave Trader: What a fine businessman you've become, boy. Definitely my kind of scum!-Naofumi: (Under his breath) What's with this guy?
A member of a wealthy family who happened to have close relations with Queen Mirelia and Lord Seaetto. He is respected by the Demi-humans of his region.
- Eyes Always Shut: Most of the time, anyway.
- Fantastic Racism: Very much averted. He's one of the few nobles who actively tries to foster peace between humans and demihumans.
- Named by the Adaptation: He only gives his name in the anime.
- Nice Guy: To the point Naofumi nicknamed him this way in the original novel.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Naofumi is initially suspicious of him, but in the end, he turns out to be one of the good guys.
A Melromarc nobleman and Raphtalia's previous abusive owner.
- Backstab Backfire: Even after Raphtalia spares him (after he begs for his life no less), he still tries to attack her. In the scuffle he ends up slipping on his whip and falling through the window. He survives this, but doesn't live much longer anyway.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Doesn't even recognize Raphtalia as one of the slaves he used to own. Though to be fair, she was a child when he owned her.
- Dirty Coward: Begs for his life when Raphtalia disarms him and has him at his mercy.
- Fat Bastard: He's overweight and completely unpleasant.
- Hate Sink: Let's see; a Fat Bastard, a Dirty Coward, a slave owner who tortured children? He is one of the few characters even Raphtalia has no other emotion towards but pure rage.
- Named by the Adaptation: His name was given only in the anime.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Unseals the monstruous T. Rex so it goes to kill Naofumi and his friends. It promptly crushes him under its foot without even really looking at him.
- Whip It Good: Given his knack for owning slaves, it's fitting that he uses a whip.
- Would Hurt a Child: Raphtalia and her friends were just a few of his victims.
Voiced by: Miho Okasaki (Japanese)
A demihuman girl and childhood friend of Raphtalia. After they survived the first wave, they were sold as slaves. She became sick and died of a fever after Raphtalia was taken away.
- Childhood Friends: With Raphtalia and Kiel.
- Due to the Dead: Raphtalia takes her remains back to their former village so she can have a proper burial.
- Nice Girl: She's described by Raphtalia as being girlier and kinder than herself. The flashbacks show her as liking to talk about love, and hoping that she could meet and marry the Shield Hero one day.
- Peaceful in Death: She appears to Raphtalia in a vision, sincerely wishing her to be happy with the Shield Hero.
- Posthumous Character: Died before the beginning of the story.
Voiced by: Sakura Tange (Japanese), Cristina Vee (English)
The legendary first Queen of the Filorials who aided the Legendary Heroes in the past. All wild Filorials obey her commands. She has recognized Filo as her successor as ruler of the Filorials. She is also the Hero of the Carriage, the eighth member of the Seven Star Heroes. She and her Filorials have dealt with Waves that occurred far from populated regions.
- Adaptational Villainy: Her manga and Light Novel adaptations are far more antagonistic than her web novel version.
- Anti-Magic: In the manga, she is capable of negating and preventing Naofumi's use of his "cursed" shield series. She is also able to completely negate Filo's wind magic.
- Blow You Away: Like Filo, she is affiliated with wind magic, but has a much finer control of the element due to her advanced age and level.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's much wiser and more composed than Filo, but she's still a Filorial. She's very forgetful and doesn't remember much from her past, and she's just as ditzy and gluttonous as Filo. She gets confused when Naofumi wonders if she's the first Fitoria or just one of many Fitorias who inherited the name, and flatly calls herself the original as if it were obvious. Her motive for fighting the Waves and her reason for living is also very simple and animal-like: to fulfill the wish of the hero who raised her. Naofumi's first impression of her is of a child trying to act like an adult, and her quirks don't go unnoticed by him.Naofumi: She was very serious and powerful, but occasionally she displayed those very Filorial-like moments of animal stupidity.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's one of the Seven Star Heroes, as well as a major force who's been actively fighting off the Waves. However, generations of failure in ending the Waves have worn her down mentally. By the time she meets Naofumi, she's already nearly reached her limit. When she sees how poorly the other Legendary Heroes are doing, she's even willing to kill them all so that another set of Legendary Heroes can be summoned in their place.
- Heroic Vow: Fitoria keeps the promises she made to the long-dead Heroes.
- Idiot Hair: She possesses three ahoges in both her human and Filorial form. There a sign of her status, and she gifts one to Filo as a sign of her being the next queen.
- Impossibly Graceful Giant: Bigger than a house, but moves like the wind.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While she eventually does come to understand why Naofumi refuses to make amends with the other three heroes, she also points out that by accepting the blame thrown on him, he's doing nothing but admitting guilt for something he didn't do. While Naofumi did try to plead his case at first, he also decided to embrace the negative reputation and his refusal to accept sincere gratitude from the people he's helped throughout the journey makes him look much worse as a person than he intends to. Fitoria is kidding herself if she thinks that simply trying to make nice with the other Heroes is enough to fix things, but she has a point that there's a lot more Naofumi could be doing to try and fix things with them. Especially since she knows the waves are only going to get worse from that point on and that the world's survival depends on the four heroes being able to work together. Naofumi agrees with her in the end and even tries to talk to Motoyasu when he encounters him. Outside circumstances complicate matters, but eventually Naofumi does somewhat get through to his fellow heroes.
- Kaiju: Her true form is big enough to tower over trees.
- Lightning Bruiser: She brings down a titanic beast Naofumi and his party had been unable to even scratch in fractions of a second.
- Living Legend: Fitoria is famous for her role during the past waves and her Filorials are respected as a result.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": It's maybe not quite as uncreative as "Filo", but her name is still "Filorial" with one letter changed and another removed.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: In the manga adaptation, when she finds out from Naofumi that the summoned heroes are fighting each other, and it's outright impossible for Naofumi to reconcile with the others, even if it's through no fault of his own, she boldly proclaims her intent to kill them all and have new heroes summoned in their place, starting with Naofumi and his followers. She relents after Filo vouches for Naofumi both with words and with battle, but still considers it should Naofumi fail.
- Single-Stroke Battle: How she destroys the Tyrannosaurus-like beast in her first appearance. She disappears from her spot in a blur, reappears behind the beast, and in the next instant it collapses, bleeding profusely from countless wounds. Considering that Naofumi's party failed to so much as scratch it, this certainly emphasizes her sheer power.
- Sizeshifter: Fitoria can control her size as a Filorial, from somewhat larger than normal to immense.
- Some Kind of Force Field: Able to generate magical barriers strong enough to repel a dragon's fire breath. When Filo manages to break through one of them and give Fitoria a superficial cut, this in and of itself is treated as a victory.
- The Voiceless: Due to a promise made long ago she can only say human words of farewell. Otherwise, Filo must interpret her cries. Averted in the Manga, Light Novel and Anime.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her manga and Light Novel incarnations are very different from her web novel one. Not only does she take on human form and speak, but she forces Filo to fight her by using Melty as a hostage as opposed to her web novel incarnation where she merely challenged Filo to a friendly spar. She does this because she's far more concerned about the fate of the world as a whole than the petty squabbles of men, regardless of who is right or wrong.
Eclair Seaetto (Female Knight)
A knight of Melromarc kingdom and daughter of a lord who died during the first Wave. Imprisoned by the King for speaking against the enslavement of demi-humans displaced by the same Wave, she was eventually freed by Mirelia and became a reliable ally of Naofumi.
- Happily Married: To Ren.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Becomes the Hero of the Katana after the Reincarnators are robbed of their weapons by Naofumi.
- This is web novel exclusive, however. In the light novels, the role of the Hero of the Katana goes to Raphtalia.
- Only Sane Man: Works overtime in the spinoff trying to reign in Motoyasu and his filolials.
- Took a Level in Cynic: After hearing Itsuki's warped "Justice" zombies during the rebellion Eclair came to the realization that there is no absolute justice. This realization forced her to reassess many of her beliefs.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared to the Legendary Heroes, at least. While stat-wise she's a fair deal lower than any of them, she was able to bypass Naofumi's superhuman defense and land a hit on him (even though said hit didn't faze him at all) and - more importantly - was able to keep up with and defeat Ren in a duel of pure skill.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: During her introduction, Eclair is shown to deeply believe in justice and equality for all honest citizens of Melromarc.
A Human-type familiar of the Spirit Turtle. After the spirit turtle is taken over by a hero from another world, she joins Naofumi's efforts to stop it, since it can no longer complete its original mission. She's actually the Spirit turtle itself, its soul.
- Dying Alone: Averted, Played straight by recursion in the Web Novel. Had everything been going as planned, she would have never met Naofumi, and she would have died without anyone knowing of who she was.
- Enemy Mine: Since she can't complete her original mission after the Spirit turtle is taken over by someone else, she contacts and joins forces with Naofumi to properly unseal and defeat the Spirit turtle.
- Femme Fatale Spy: Her original role was to slowly gather souls by bringing countries to ruin and the death that followed. The souls gathered would be eventually be used to form and power a barrier to protect the world against the waves.
- Godzilla Threshold: Averted. She would have brought out the more dangerous spirit turtle familiars to speed up the process, and then unseal the Spirit Turtle itself if all else failed. Though the spirit turtle was taken over by a hero from another world, so this was no longer an option.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She allows the Spirit Turtle's core to be destroyed, knowing full well it'll kill her too, to stop Kyou from manipulating the spirit turtle any further and to stop him from harvesting more energy from the world.
- Informed Attractiveness: Naofumi notes how her beauty is on a whole new level compared to Raphtalia's or Eclair's. Of course, she was to use her looks to entice leaders of countries and bring them to ruin and harvest their souls.
- Synchronization: As she spawned from the Spirit Turtle And later revealed to be the soul of the Spirit Turtle itself, if the beast dies, so will she.
- Villain of Another Story: She used to be enemies with Mirelia in political affairs, Depicted as "A wicked woman" by her. Mirelia is surprised when she drops the facade and requests assistance in defeating the Spirit Turtle with a humbled and proper tone.
The Seven Star Hero of the Whip and resident of Faubley. Has killed five of the Seven Star Heroes and stolen their powers. Serves as the primary antagonist in the War Of Heroes Arc.
- All Your Powers Combined: Has the ability to steal Legendary Weapons, though it only works on the physical level.
- Asshole Victim: Nobody on either side of the fourth wall has any pity for what Naofumi and gang put him through after all the stuff he's pulled. Even his followers seem more concerned that they might be next than that what he's going through is undeserved.
- Composite Character: Tact has all the negative traits of the other Three Legendary Heroes and King Melromarc but none of their redeeming features.
- Deader Than Dead: To prevent him from reincarnating again, his soul is consumed by Soul Eaters at the end of his execution.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Tact truly treasures his followers. Unfortunately, he's not very good at protecting them or keeping them out of danger and his actions directly lead to several of their deaths.
- Fake Difficulty: He is a Child Prodigy Master of All who made his entrance in the main story by appearing in the throne room after taking said throne from the previous king. His army also Curbstomps any country who resists and successfully draws Shield Freiden as his ally. He is a Hero Killer with All Your Powers Combined. Against King Melromarc and Naofumi & co. respectively, his army, his Battle Harem and him are easily defeated.
- Hero Killer: He's directly responsible for the deaths of several of the Seven Star Heroes, Granny, and Mirelia. Indirectly responsible for the death of Atlas.
- Ironic Name: His name is Tact. Guess which attribute he lacks most.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Out of all the people whose deaths he's responsible for, few if any will begrudge him killing the King of Faubley.
- Miles Gloriosus: Tact loves to boast about how talented and "heroic" he is. The truth is a different matter.
- Moral Myopia: To truly insane levels, rivaling the Celestial Dragons of One Piece. It all starts at Chapter 312, but truly reaches its zenith in chapter 344. Despite Naofumi reminding Tact, repeatedly, that everything he's being forced to watch is equal retribution for his crimes and the crimes of his followers, no more, no less from the friends and families of those he's victimized, he spends every moment that he's not gagged or being beaten into silence (and then healed up again) ranting that HE is the victim and promising righteous vengeance. In this respect, he's effectively just a pair of Cool Shades away from being Donquixote Doflamingo.
- Unskilled, but Strong: His level is 350 but he hasn't used the strengthening methods or Dragon Pulse like the other Heroes, which grant them enough buffs and skills to edge him out in battle.
King of Faubley
The ruler of the largest kingdom in the world where the story takes place.
- Appeal to Force: His kingdom has the strongest army in the world, which he has no qualms about using as a bargaining chip to strongarm other countries' rulers into obeying his whims (which are usually related to getting a new "bride" to "toy with").
- Asshole Victim: No one bats an eye after he is killed off by Tact.
- The Bluebeard: Up to Eleven. He's taken 9,999 women as brides, only to horribly torture them all to death.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He's actually become the preferred method of nobility and royalty for getting rid of troublesome daughters, which doubles as a cynical way of keeping themselves off his shitlist. Upon hearing the news, most of said daughters take another way out if they can.
- The Dreaded: As mentioned, nobles and royals from all over send him troublesome female relatives to be gruesomely tortured and killed so they can avoid the attention of his army, and those women who can usually choose suicide so they can avoid HIS attention.
- Expy: Lampshaded. Naofumi immediately thinks of a Hutt from Star Wars. Jabba is considerably fitting considering the king's "hobby."
- Fat Bastard: He's very fat and not a nice person.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Minus the "He-Man" part. He was zero respect for women whatsoever.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He always says this to his "toys." He makes a point of saying it to Witch while being recorded by Motoyasu.
- Sadist: Oh boy howdy, is he ever! To wit, he took his sweet, sweet time torturing Witch to death. Even Naofumi, who wanted her to pay for all her crimes in the most painful ways possible, couldn't bring himself to watch.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: You have to be really good at this to hold power for a long time in a large country with constant power struggles.
The Final Arc
Medea Pideth Machina
The final antagonist in the story. A self-proclaimed goddess originating from another world, she caused the waves by merging together eight separate worlds. Her goal is to drain each world of its energy for her own use; the suffering of the inhabitants is all for her entertainment.
- Ax-Crazy: Medea is a violent, remorseless sadist who views psychological torture and murder as nothing more than simple entertainment. If you happen to be in her presence, or even so much as simply associate with her, your life is in danger.
- Big Bad: She's behind the Waves and most of the misfortune that the world has suffered, whether directly or through her proxies, Malty and the reincarnators.
- Bad Boss: Butchers her reincarnated underlings out of simple psychotic amusement after they fail her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She and her fragments managed to convince many reincarnated people that she's "good" while sowing discord and death. This act is so convincing that even when she's perpetrating horrific atrocities right in front of them, and confessing to many other crimes, the "heroes" that follow her still think she's the epitome of righteousness.
- The Bully: What she is in the end. She necessarily drags out pain and reveling in her own superiority purely to amuse her, she needs to gloat and taunt constantly to feel superior, and the moment it turns out one of her victims can fight back she freaks out.
- Cavalry Betrayal: One of her crueler tactics is to bring back the soul of a deceased enemy and send it to their former allies, claiming to have survived their apparent death. After fighting on their side for a short time the soul will take advantage of an opening to betray them.
- The Corrupter: She can invade people's dreams and brainwash them into obedience, by making them think the invasions (where monsters appear en masse and slaughter indiscriminately) are actually saving the world.
- Crocodile Tears: She cries to the reincarnators about how horribly her fragment, Malty, was treated by Naofumi and the others. Just like with said fragment, Naofumi notes she's still smiling while crying.
- Deader Than Dead: She claims she can wipe out the existence of her enemies from all universes where they exist.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Jerkass God who throws isekai protagonists into other worlds for her amusement and her own agenda. The story shows that a person who would do this repeatedly, uncaring of the psychological damage she caused or the effects on the world at large, would be The Sociopath.
- Deity of Human Origin: According to Arc this is the case for all so-called "gods". Whenever a world advances far enough for people to achieve true immortality and travel between worlds, whether through technology or magic, there's always going to be some Jerkass who lets that power go to their head and declare themselves a god.
- Disney Death: Not her, but the victims of her attacks undergo this.
- Evil Gloating: She gloats a lot, but is especially loud about it when killing Naofumi.
- Evil Laughter: She laughs very hard and happily after killing Naofumi and later when slowly killing all of her minions. Considering her mental state at these times, it also intersects with Laughing Mad.
- Faux Affably Evil: She acts noble and speaks eloquently while admitting her crimes and ordering the reincarnators to kill the Heroes and their allies.
- Final Boss: By the end of the series, Medea becomes the final villain our heroes has to face.
- For the Evulz: She could easily destroy the world and collect the remaining energy immediately after manifesting but decides to drag things out so she can enjoy watching her pawns make war. Arc notes that she seems more bloodthirsty than most gods he deals with, and he exists to prune the multiverse of malevolent gods.
- A God Am I: This story shows just how nasty someone with a god complex can be if they actually gain godlike power. It also explains why her fragments like Malty were so bad - each one of them had the same belief that the entire world existed solely for their benefit.
- God Is Evil: She cares nothing for her followers (or anyone for that matter) and views toying with and butchering people as fun.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: After Naofumi returns as a God, he reflects her one-shot attack back at her. While she at first doesn't care about being destroyed since her actual body is elsewhere, it gets pointed out that since the attack erases the target from every timeline and world, past, present or future, it also wipes out her real body resulting in her final defeat.
- Light 'em Up: She uses light based attacks.
- Light Is Not Good: She is beautiful and wields light as a weapon but is so self-centered she has destroyed eight realities just to gain a little more power.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is "Machina."
- Me's a Crowd: She can break off fragments of her essence and reincarnate them in new-born women so as to wreak chaos and destruction, not only to squash resistance against her invasions, but simply for the thrill of seducing, corrupting, and betraying people. Even the Medea who fights Naofumi and Raphtalia is just another fragment, her main body being supposedly safe from harm.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: When Naofumi manages to scratch her hand using the 0 series she stops playing around and breaks out the one-hit kill attacks.
- Omnicidal Maniac: She has destroyed eight entire realities to add a little bit extra to her power.
- Mad God: A Physical God of impressive power, but a total head-case.
- One-Hit Kill: As Motoyasu and Naofumi found out. She discovers she isn't immune to it.
- The Pawns Go First: Medea chooses to let her minions fight against the Heroes despite have the ability to wipe them out easily. This is solely due to her finding bloodshed and despair highly amusing. She only intervenes when her forces are in danger of losing ground as she's not about to let mortals beat her proxies.
- Physical Goddess: Being of human origin she retains a physical, if immortal, body.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Acts like a very spoiled girl who throws a fit whenever things don't go her way, repeatedly setting up rules to "beat" her only to immediately break them and accuse everyone else of cheating when she doesn't win her contests.
- The Sociopath: Medea ticks many, if not all the boxes of ASPD. Shes unimaginably sadistic and craves stimulation in the form of frequently torturing and murdering people, which results in her being stark-raving mad and a danger to everyone around her. Shes well-versed in psychological manipulation enough to try and sucker followers for her cause when shes not using it to mentally torture her victims, has no empathy or guilt for her crimes whatsoever, is completely and totally self-centered to the point of draining worlds to bolster her power while uncaring of collateral damage, and has a grandiose sense of self-worth in the form of a raging God Complex. As her Villainous Breakdown progresses, she goes from a fairly-high functioning case into a raging beast intent on destroying everything in sight simply out of spite.
- Smug Snake: Her Fatal Flaw; she's so sure of her invulnerability and omnipotence that she has never stopped to Just Shoot Him, and she assumes she has no weaknesses.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After Naofumi survived the attack that one-shotted Motoyasu, she stopped going easy. Her next attack simultaneously hit him at every point of time in every parallel and divergent world.
- The Ophelia: Shes easy on the eyes, but you will do well to put as much distance between yourself and her as possible if you wish to stay alive.
- Villainous Breakdown: She does not deal with personal danger well. Being mildly injured causes her to go into a berserk rage of flinging One-Hit Kill spells everywhere, those being countered causes her to go into conceptual attacks - which is what finally kills her in the end, as Naofumi also knows an Attack Reflector for that ability.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After her reincarnated minions suffer a complete defeat Medea kills them slowly and painfully. She comments that seeing their expressions of agony and despair is exactly what she's been waiting for.
- Your Soul Is Mine: She can capture the souls of the deceased nearby, give them physical form, and force them to obey her will.
A Godslayer of unknown origin who hunts down renegade Gods and Goddesses causing havoc in the multiverse. He helps guide Naofumi and Raphtalia in obtaining the power to confront Medea.
- Benevolent Precursors: In the past, he visited the world and left behind a diluted elixir of immortality for Fitoria to guard. He knew that if the world was again threatened the elixir could be used to unlock weapons which could defeat a god.
- Big Good: Arc works to hunt down and stop Gods and Goddesses who destroy worlds.
- Blue and Orange Morality: His system of values is clearly his own. The fact that his motives are hard to quantify in any rational way frustrates Naofumi to no end.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Arc has the ability to outright kill gods without a fight. In exchange, he is completely defenseless against mortals.
- Kill the God: He hunts down Gods and Goddesses and kills or otherwise stops them.
- Little Bit Beastly: He sports a tail and has scales similar to a lizard but is otherwise humanoid.
- Satan is Good: A destroyer of gods, in most settings, would be the bad guy. Here, he's a interdimensional policeman that, while alien, is the only check on power Gods have.
- Threshold Guardian: He offers Naofumi and Raphtalia the undiluted elixir of immortality which would allow them to stand against Medea. Both refuse it as they realize the power it gave would be meaningless. This is one of the final steps in them awakening to the powers they've unlocked in the gap between dimensions.