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Some characters have two names listed. Names displayed in parentheses are the characters' nicknames which the story and Naofumi use almost exclusively.

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    In General 
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Raphtalia, Filo, and Atla 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 lost everything he had until he met Raphtalia.
    • Raphtalia once lived in a demi-human village until the Wave came and killed her parents and friends. She became a slave and she was treated harshly by her first master.
    • Rishia came from an impoverished noble family and she joined 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.
    • Atla was once afflicted with a deadly illness until Naofumi met her.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Ake, Melty, The 3 heroes, Glass and her companions, and the King.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They each have a slow start, but eventually become a Badass Crew
    • 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.
    • Rishia went on to defeat a Legendary Hero before being chosen as the Hero of the Projectile by the Legendary Bow.
    • Atla now can beat Filo and Fohl by literally poking despite having a lower level than both of them.
  • True Companions: In spite of their Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies towards Naofumi, they all 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, Atla, and Fohl came along (and still, the females outnumber the males in the same proportion). Also doubles as ¡Three Amigos!.

    Naofumi Iwatani/Hero of the Shield 

Naofumi Iwatani

See his separate page.



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.

  • Act of True Love: She proves her love and loyalty towards Naofumi are genuine when she's briefly freed of her slave seal. She stands up for Naofumi in front of all the other Summoned Heroes and nobles who mock him, stating no one had treated her as kindly as Naofumi has. She then affirms she heard the rumors of Naofumi being a rapist, but she knows that is all a lie. In the anime, even offers to get a new slave seal if that will convince him of her sincerity. Realizing Raphtalia truly is on his side, slave or not, moves Naofumi so much that he breaks down in tears.
  • Afraid of Blood: She was initially terrified to kill monsters that would bleed. She soon overcomes it thanks to Naofumi.
  • Bad Dreams: When Naofumi buys her, she suffers from recurrent night terrors stemming from the trauma of her parents' deaths.
  • 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. Raphtalia's romantic feelings are painfully obvious, but Naofumi is in denial and tries to keep their relationship on a parent-child level, to Raphtalia's dismay. 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.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: After leveling up, Raphtalia grows into an attractive young woman. The slave trader tells Naofumi a slave girl this pretty should be worth a fortune.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's happy to be Naofumi's slave because he's the only master who never abused her. While he still uses her for fighting, he goes out of his way to look after her well-being and helped her overcome her traumas.
  • Break Them by Talking: She demolishes Motoyasu's flimsy excuses for forcibly freeing her from Naofumi.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Naofumi's Brooding Boy. In a world where almost everyone treats him like a despicable criminal, Raphtalia is the one person who is always there for Naofumi to comfort him with kind words.
  • The Champion: As Raphtalia herself says, she's Naofumi's sword and she exists for the purpose of fighting for him.
  • 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: She gets easily 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).
  • The Conscience: 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cutie: When first introduced, she is a cute little girl and she becomes quite cheerful and sweet after Naofumi cures her illness and takes care of her. As she grows up, she triggers "wow, you're cute" reactions in a lot of people, from food shop vendors who give her extra food, to Elhart who gives her a discount on a magic iron sword, to Spear Hero who hits on her immediately after seeing her for the first time. While definitely still cute as an adult, it takes a different form.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Light brown hair to match her light brown eyes.
  • 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: In the Web Novel, she becomes the Seven Star Hero of the Hammer after Naofumi removes Tact's grip on his stolen Weapons.
  • Fan of Underdog: Even before she met Naofumi, Raphtalia looked up to the Shield Hero because her parents told her he was kind to demi-humans. Naofumi treating her nicely despite being his slave cemented her love and admiration for him.
  • 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.
  • First Girl Wins: She's the first girl to officially join Naofumi's party, his main combat partner, and the one he's closest to. She eventually becomes his first bride.
  • 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.
  • Glass Cannon: She has potent attack power, but doesn't handle defense much because she leaves that to Naofumi. By the end of the web novel, Raphtalia exchanges her defensive power for greater offense, pushing her even further into this archetype.
  • 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. The fact that she grew up hearing stories of the Shield Hero as a Folk Hero for demi-humans certainly helps. 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 such things.
  • Hime Cut: She has blunt bangs, cheek-length sidelocks, and tailbone-length straight hair. At first the hairstyle doesn't seem to fit with a slave girl, but it's eventually revealed that Raphtalia is the daughter of a runaway nobleman and heir to the throne of a country that is the equivalent of Japan in her world. She also starts dressing like a Miko in later volumes of the light novels.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Raphtalia is clearly in love with her master Naofumi, but he is incapable of recognizing this because he still hasn't gotten over getting set up by the first attractive lady he trusted. Also, he technically adopted Raphtalia, so Naofumi likely thinks it's wrong to see her as a woman. She gets annoyed and protests whenever Naofumi refers to her as his "daughter".
  • Ill Girl: When Naofumi bought her, she had a poor health and was constantly coughing. Thanks to Naofumi giving her medicine and training her, she soon gets better.
  • Invisibility: She can cast a spell to make herself invisible during a fight, which makes it easier to defeat her enemies.
  • Just a Kid: It took Naofumi a while to even notice her accelerated growth and despite that, he still treats her like the kid he needs to babysit for the most part. This annoys Raphtalia to no end since she wants Naofumi to show interest in her as a woman.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Rather than becoming the Hammer Hero like in the web novel, in the light novel, while traveling in Glass' world, she was chosen by the vassal weapon Katana.
  • The Lad-ette: Downplayed in that she's pretty mild-mannered by default, but can become a rowdy drunk under the right conditions, more than happy to initiate a bar fight or an arm-wrestling contest with any other boorish oaf in the room with a stern look on her flushed face.
  • 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.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She serves as Naofumi's emotional support and most trusted companion. Without her, Naofumi probably would have gone off the deep end early on.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: In the original web novel, 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.
  • Made a Slave: She was sold into slavery after her hometown was destroyed and her parents were killed by a Hellhound.
  • Master of Illusion: Raphtalia has an affinity for illusion magic due to being a Tanuki. Her Illusion Sword creates the illusion of the blade of a sword used to attack the enemy. This blade does not damage its target physically but causes mental damage associated with the supposed strike of the sword.
  • 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 Chain: Her staying by Naofumi's side is what keeps him from going over the edge and embracing his unfair reputation as a criminal.
  • 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. It is her unconditional trust and belief that helps him recover from the bitterness of Malty's betrayal.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind, caring and loyal to a fault.
  • Not So Above It All: Usually one of Naofumi's more down to earth companions, but even she can get into some crazy trouble or shenanigans at times. Such as brawling against Mald when the Heroes are at a meeting after he insults Naofumi.
  • Official Couple: She's Naofumi's first bride in the "historical" documents of chapter 377.
  • Physical God: In order to stop the goddess Medea, Raphtalia and Naofumi enter the void that exists between worlds and gain godlike powers from it.
  • Precocious Crush: She was physically and mentally a child when she fell in love with Naofumi. After she levels up, she looks around the same age as him despite technically still being ten. She wants Naofumi to think of her as a woman and hates how he keeps treating her like a little kid most of the time.
  • Rapid Aging: Since Demi-human children and teens age as they level up, she becomes a grown-up over the course of a week because she spent all that time level-grinding with Naofumi to prepare for the Waves of Destruction.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her hips, previously because the slave driver didn't bother with her upkeep (he didn't even purchase medicine when she was sick). Later, Naofumi cuts it and styles it into its present shape. It suits a noblewoman well, don't you think?
  • 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.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Raphtalia is a lot gentler and more openly compassionate than Naofumi, who plays the grumpy jerk towards anyone he meets. She scolds Naofumi whenever he's being too gruff or hostile and tries to persuade him to show his good side more often.
  • Satellite Love Interest: 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 Is 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.
  • Sickly Child Grew Up Strong: When Naofumi first bought her, Raphtalia was a fragile and sickly little girl. Thanks to Naofumi training her and treating her illness, Raphtalia levels up quickly, her body undergoes Rapid Aging into a young woman and she's now an accomplished swordswoman who can fight to protect Naofumi.
  • 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In the Web Novel, the king not only refuses to pay Naofumi for his services in the first wave, but refuses to even acknowledge he even did anything useful. This is despite him and Raphtalia going out of his way to protect the villagers in a nearby town being assaulted with monsters, and the best most of the knights could do was set the whole town on fire rather than charge in directly. While the latter is understandably furious about this, Raphtalia points out that this means they don't have a single reason to go anywhere near Melromarc castle since he'll only receive nothing but derision and insults. Ironically enough, the next wave's conclusion led to Naofumi being summoned to the castle directly.
  • 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.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Raphtalia is happy to be Naofumi's sword because she loves him and sees it as her purpose in life. She wants to do whatever she can for him.
  • Survivor Guilt: A very big part of her initial PTSD is her guilt of surviving because her parents sacrificed themselves to save her from a Hellhound that devoured them instead.
  • Team Mom: Acts as this for her party, being the most nurturing and emotionally supportive member. This fits well with Naofumi's Team Dad role, as Raphtalia is usually the one to talk Naofumi down when his approach to something comes off as too harsh.
  • 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).
  • Top Wife: At the end of the web novel, Raphtalia becomes the first official wife of Naofumi before he takes multiple wives.
  • Trauma Button: Her parents were devoured by a Hellhound. Raphtalia is paralyzed in fear when she faces a similar monster. Facing the possibility of losing Naofumi in the same way is what motivates her to fight the monster.
  • 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.
    • Late in the story, 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.
    • She stands up for Naofumi in front of all the other Summoned Heroes and nobles who mock him, stating no one had treated her as kindly as Naofumi has. She then affirms she heard the rumors of Naofumi being a rapist, but she knows that is all a lie. This Act of True Love almost moves Naofumi to tears because, at the time, Raphtalia's slave seal was disabled. So she had no obligation to defend him, but did anyway out of genuine love and loyalty towards him.
  • Unwanted Rescue: She gets pissed at Motoyasu for freeing her from Naofumi's command when she never wanted or asked for that.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Since Naofumi isn't allowed to wield weapons, Raphtalia fights on his behalf as his sword and defends him from anything that tries to harm him.
  • You Are Not Alone: When Naofumi was breaking down and in the process of unsealing a terrible power right after the '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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears a thigh-high boots-skirt combo, leaving just a bit of the skin of her legs exposed.



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.

  • Angelic Beauty: Her human form is that of a little blonde girl with feathered white wings on her back. Others think she looks like a gorgeous angel. Motoyasu adores her for this.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She acts like one towards Raphtalia, since both are Naofumi's adopted daughters of sorts. Filo usually teases her and gets into fights for Naofumi's attention.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She was born very recently even though she looks like a little girl, making her the youngest member of Naofumi's party.
  • 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 Girl: At least before Atla. Filo was the heaviest hitter of Naofumi's group especially early on.
  • Blow You Away: She has wind affinity, which gives the ability to create powerful gusts and small tornados.
  • 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: She's barefoot in her human form, as her magical clothes (which shapeshift along with her) don't include shoes. Nobody comments on it, probably on account of being clearly inhuman due to her wings, and she apparently likes it that way.
  • Expy: Motoyasu explicitly compares her to his universe's version of Flonne from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.
  • 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 can easily be blocked by a reasonably intelligent fighter, and takes lots of damage from counter-attacks.
  • Godiva Hair: Her Naked on Arrival scene has her hair covering up her undeveloped breasts.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has one of the angel variation in her human form.
  • Groin Attack: Is fond of pulling these in giant bird mode against Motoyasu, usually after he says or does something jerkassed.
  • Hair Decorations: Naofumi gives her a hairpin which is actually an item that increases her agility.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her human form has blonde hair, fitting her cheerful and childlike nature and angelic appearance.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Is very content being Naofumi's beast of burden. 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: As a hatchling, she rode on Naofumi's fuzzy black crown until she got 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.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes for a newborn Filorial with the innocence of a little child.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Since she's actually a bird, Filo is naked in her human form until she gets some special clothes for her transformations, and is totally and completely unaware why humans wear clothes in the first place.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Naofumi is the first person she sees after hatching and so she basically imprints on him.
  • 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 names her Filo for being a Filorial. Raphtalia quickly lampshades how uncreative it is.
  • Lust Object: Motoyasu begins lusting after her "angel" form the moment he lays his eyes on it. Later in the series, she becomes the only female he can feel any attraction to.
  • Naked First Impression: Naofumi and Raphtalia first meet her humanoid form while she's naked.
  • Naked on Arrival: While she never technically wore clothes in bird form, the first time she transforms into a human, Naofumi is shocked to wake up to a fully naked little girl sleeping on him.
  • Not Quite Flight: She can't fly while in her bird form, but she can jump pretty high. Also, she's able to glide by spreading her wings, allowing her to cover even more distance in the air.
  • Older Than They Look: Her human form looks like a relatively little girl, but her Naked First Impression shows she already has small breasts, making her a pubescent. Being slightly shorter than Melty also helps to hide this.
  • 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.
  • Present Absence: In The Reprise of the Spear Hero spin-off, Filo is absent in the new timeline because Naofumi never bought her egg there. She's still the main subject of Motoyasu's thoughts and motivations.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In her human form, she has long blonde hair that reaches down about her waist, adding to her Angelic Beauty trait, and is appropriate for a rare Filolial Queen.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: Thanks to Naofumi leveling her up quickly, Filo is already a fully-grown Filolial Queen. She also can take the form of a winged child. The truth is she hatched from her egg very recently, making her practically a toddler.
  • Right in Front of Me: At one point, Motoyasu flirts with Filo and also remarks about "the fat bird". Filo changes back to bird form...
    Filo: [transforms] I hate you spear guy!
    Motoyasu: Huh? Y-You were that fat bir...?
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She quickly develops a very intimate friendship with princess Melty.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: She tears off any normal clothes whenever she turns back into a bird. Naofumi has to get some magic crystals to create special threads needed to make her magical clothes that appear and disappear with her transformations.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes translated as Firo. However, it is officially translated as Filo as she's named after Filorial.
  • Talking Animal: After she first takes human form, she retains her ability to speak even when she turns back into a bird.
  • 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: Filo in humanoid form is the little girl in Naofumi's party since by the time she joins Raphtalia already grew into a young adult.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her humanoid form is that of a young girl with wings on her back.
  • Wings Do Nothing: The wings on her back are just for show because Filorials are flightless birds.
  • 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.

    Rishia Ivyred 

Rishia Ivyred

Voiced by: Natsuko Hara (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)

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.

  • Badass Normal: 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Got roped into carrying out commands by both Melty and Queen Melromarc during the Wave in Cal Mira while she's visibly freaking out. First her lifeboat is forcibly hijacked by Melty so she could be delivered to the front lines alongside Naofumi's party, and then Queen Melromarc tasks her with launching casks of Alky berries to splash unto Naofumi's opponents, the potency of which forces the enemy's retreat... And accentuates Rishia's seasickness with further inebriation.
  • 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: Sighing with a loud Fue, Fueh, Feh, between sentences: 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 drowning in the ocean but is saved in time by Filo.
  • 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 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.
  • Happily Married: To Itsuki after freeing him from his cursed series.
  • 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.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Light Novels and Manga go with Rishia, while the anime goes with Lecia.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Itsuki in Chapter 243 about his warped Justice while the latter is under the effects of the curse series.
  • 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.

  • Badass Adorable: Thanks to her former illness, she permanently looks 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.
  • Character Exaggeration: While she still retains her devotion to Naofumi from the web novel, the light novel version of Atla 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She has superhuman 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. Atla 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 her soul with the Spirit of Naofumi's Shield after she's killed by Houhou's explosion. Atla 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, Atla 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.
  • Like a God to Me: Atla's devotion to Naofumi borders on zealotry.
  • Mystical White Hair: The Hakuko are a white tiger type of demihumans.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Unlike other demihumans who grow up as they get stronger, Atla will always look like a child regardless of her level thanks to her past illness.
  • Precocious Crush: On Naofumi, only it's not so innocent.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Literally, in some translations. Her name is only one letter off from that of the Titan, Atlas. Given her abilities, however, this may be deliberate.
  • 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 Demihuman, she can be pretty ruthless.



A Hakuko (white tiger) demi-human who Naofumi bought in Zeltbur along with his sister Atla. 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.

  • Bash Brothers: With Naofumi against Tact.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Protected Atla even as a slave and hates Naofumi because Atla 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 Atla's 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

    In General 
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Their "strategy" is simply this, as their belief that all it takes for any enemy to go down is to press the offense until the enemy drops because that's how things work in RPGs.
  • Break the Haughty: Naofumi all but says they require this in order to break free of their gaming stereotypes and realize that the world they're in isn't a game. They do so after the Spirit Tortoise incident, where each of their experiences wind up hitting them with this so hard that they cross the Despair Event Horizon as a result. Unfortunately, they also each awaken their own Curse Series weapons in the process and have to be subdued in order for their Character Development to happen.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: All of the heroes are limited to the weapons that they were chosen to wield, thus cannot use any other weapon and all of them cannot use shields, just as Naofumi cannot use all kinds of weapons. Also, their insistence of not finding more ways to strengthen their weapons apart from the way they are most familiar with note  or learn abilities other than their inherent hero skills limits their abilities more. It comes across as ironic when they comment on Naofumi's advanced shield forms as a result of cheating without realizing that their weapons are capable of the same feats if they took the time to study them.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They get their asses handed to them by Glass during the 3rd wave and L'arc in the 4th wave. Both enemies even point out that they're not living up to their titles as heroes.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: All three of them deconstruct the typical attributes and characterizations a Stock Light-Novel Hero would have by showing how flawed the core aspects of the trope are.
    • Ren deconstructs 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 ever again. He also deconstructs the Idiot Hero aspect as it is shown that his ignorance of many aspects of the world in favor of playing the part of a courageous and righteous hero leads to him being easily manipulated by his allies, specifically Malty. He also has a hard time understanding that his actions may have consequences, refuses to see reason, and has a hard time believing that some people that he thinks are good may have evil or selfish intentions until it's literally spelled out to him.
    • Itsuki deconstructs the Humble 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 invoking this to make himself more likable 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 Tortoise to be released, which destroyed an entire country. It's safe to say, they do more damage than the monstrous forces they fight.
  • Dramatic Irony: After the Spirit Tortoise incident, each of them fall into circumstances that are the complete opposite of their status when they started. These situations cause them to unlock their respective weapons' Curse Series. To add more irony to this, the one hero who they always refuse to help ends up being the one helping them overcome their respective curses.
  • Evil Weapon: The Curse Series forms of the Legendary Weapons. Each have different effects depending on the heroes most glaring negative attribute and gives them abilities tied with them. While this can be controlled and eventually utilized by the hero, they still run the risk of dealing massive penalties to the hero's stats and corrupting the hero at worst.
  • Fallen Hero: All three of them after the Spirit Tortoise 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.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Every last one of them are well-meaning individuals who want to be "heroes", but have absolutely no idea what actions they would need to take to be one, nor what consequences their mistakes have. Ren is the least egregious, as his Fatal Flaw is understandable. Itsuki is more problematic, as he is far more willing to make selfish decisions and willfully ignore the problems he causes. Motoyasu, on the other hand, takes the cake, as he actively refuses to engage in critical thinking, is unconscionably smug, and will frequently act on his own selfish interests and impulses and make up excuses for them. He quickly becomes one of the major obstacles Naofumi faces while believing that he is in the right.
  • 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.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Legendary Weapons. They provide the chosen wielder the best stats and give access to a diverse set of skills that can be unlocked by any chosen method the hero believes the most effective.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • In the web novel, the other three Heroes all go along with King Aultclay's unfair judgment that Naofumi was a useless coward for going into a burning village to rescue it's citizens from the monsters rampaging through it when most of the knights wouldn't do anything. Later on, when they hear of Naofumi's positive reception among Melromarc's citizens by the time of Melty's "kidnapping", they come to the conclusion that he brainwashed them all into praising him simply because Malty and the Three Heroes Church told them. Naturally, Motoyasu was the only one stupid enough to keep thinking this while the others at least suspected otherwise until the Church's ringleader shows up to spell out what was actually happening (the best a power-mad pope could, at least.
    • It's averted in the anime, when Ren and Itsuki vouch for Naofumi for that very reason, while Motoyasu is still the same egotistical moron.
  • 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 and a liability in battle when the Waves arrive. However, 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.
  • Never My Fault: They refuse to see that their failures stem from the fact that they think everything in the world works like a typical RPG game and everything will sort themselves out once they completed their quests. This also applies to the difference between their abilities and Naofumi's, as they think Naofumi's advanced skills come from some kind of cheat without realizing that they didn't really put as much effort into mastering their respective weapons and simply relied on them as they are.
  • The Poorly Chosen One: As time passed, it became clear that they were not living up to their titles as Legendary Heroes due to their poor track record and competence and some characters have told them this to their faces. None of them can accept the fact that the supposed weakest hero (Naofumi) ends up being more competent and heroic than they are. It got to the point that the church that was supposedly worships the Heroes of the Sword, Spear, and Bow elects to brand then as "fake" and kill them all simply because of their incompetence. Finally, their decision to release a powerful monster just to prove a point and then failing to defeat it causes a disaster of epic proportions, leading to some personal losses and their reputations taking a nosedive.
  • Possession Equals Mastery: Averted. Their legendary weapons grant them the best stats and some basic inherent skills. However their lack of experience wielding actual weapons and different ideas on how to unlock said skills and their reliance on their weapons as they are leads to them not being able to unlock their respective weapons' full potential. When they see Naofumi's more diverse and powerful shield forms, they immediately conclude he must've been cheating.
  • Signature Move: In the anime, all three of them favor the "Meteor" attacks, powerful long-ranged abilities. "Meteor Slash", "Meteor Thrust", and "Meteor Shot" for Ren, Motoyasu, and Itsuki respectively.
  • Super Zeroes: Despite having many advantages Naofumi Iwatani lacks, such as powerful magical weapons with actual offensive power, parties of various specialized fighters, and the backing of the king, they all show themselves to be hilariously incompetent heroes. Their only noticeable accomplishment is defeating the boss of the first wave outside of the audience's view, leaving nothing else but a downright abysmal track record. Not helping their case is Naofumi frequently has to fix the messes they unwittingly make in their solo adventures, how they proved to be highly ineffective against the boss of the second wave, got curbstomped by Glass in a single move (Naofumi also loses against her, but his defeat is far more dignified), proved to be highly ineffective against the boss of the third wave (and to add insult to the injury, they expected to loot the boss' drops) and got curbstomped by L'Arc in a single move, again. It's no wonder that Glass and L'Arc both see Naofumi as the only one of the four heroes worthy of any respect.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever they have to work together, they spend most of the time trying to one-up each other instead of coordinating with each other and fighting as a team. Also, they still refuse to work with Naofumi even after his name is cleared and repeatedly proves to be more competent than they are simply because they still think he's the weakest Legendary Hero.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Naofumi tells them that their RPG mindset is really detrimental to both themselves and to everyone around them, and that this mindset is causing more problems that it solves because the world doesn't just sort itself out once they've completed their quests and their thoughtless actions have very real consequences, something that annoys Naofumi because he ended up as the one to clean up after the other heroes' messes. They don't really take his words to heart until the Spirit Tortoise Incident which leads to each of them experiencing the consequences of their actions first hand.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As the chosen Legendary Heroes, they are immediately on a level above normal warriors in terms of strength. Also, they have no problems gaining levels because unlike Naofumi, they have offensive capabilities. However, because they only rely on the default strengths afforded by their Legendary Weapons, they did not develop actual fighting skills like tactics or leadership nor did they experiment and discover what their weapons are actually capable of. Therefore, while they are leagues above Naofumi in terms of level and in theory can defeat him in a straight fight, they often under perform during important battles because of their lack of skills.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Ren failed to properly dispose of a dragon after it was killed, causing lethal miasma in the region and the corpse's zombification. Motoyasu used a special sealed plant seed to fix a food famine, but failed to realize it was sealed for a good reason as it spawned aggressive plant demons. Itsuki committed what he thought was a heroic assassination of a corrupt king over taxation, but in the end the military needed just as much taxes in the chaotic aftermath of trying to keep order and the monsters out of the region. All of this causes the Church of the Three Heroes to betray them and try to stage a coup to take over just because of the trio's sheer incompetence. And not learning from that debacle whatsoever, they then intentionally unsealed the Spirit Turtle to try to prove they're worthy heroes after all these screw-ups, which led to mass devastation, their prompt defeats and their reputations destroyed (with Ren's party wiped out to boot). After a certain point, Naofumi and the rest of the cast start considering the idea that wherever the three go, hell's going to follow.
  • Wake-Up Call: The other three summoned heroes besides Naofumi were less than great at their jobs, often causing as much if not more trouble than they solve due to their belief it was all just a game. It was not until after the Spirit Tortoise incident, where they suffered personal losses and their reputations became tarnished due to them being the cause of it did they realize that the world they're in is not a game and that their actions have very real consequences.
  • Worf Barrage: Frequently when the three heroes fire their "Meteor" attacks at a single target, that target will be largely unharmed to show just how powerful they are compared to the group.
  • 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.

    Ren Amaki/Hero of the Sword 

Ren Amaki

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 Tortoise incident, his party is killed and later becomes the first Hero to align with Naofumi.

  • The Atoner: After the Spirit Tortoise 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 Tortoise incident, he goes from the strongest Legendary Hero as described by Naofumi to the weakest of the four, despite his very high level.
  • Casting Gag: Being an Expy 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: His entire party was wiped out by the Spirit Tortoise. Just to add insult to injury, he becomes Bitch's next victim after she abandons Motoyasu and she runs off with all his valuables.
  • Dramatic Irony: Despite having a party devoted to him, Ren insists on doing things by himself and even told his party members up front that he has no problems leaving them behind if they're not strong enough or go level up on their own. What unlocks his Curse Series weapon is not a glaring character flaw that he has but the despair of losing his entire party during the Spirit Tortoise incident.
  • 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 a Deconstructive Parody of Kirito from Sword Art Online, being a sword-wielding hero who has No Social Skills, prefers soloing, is stoic and serious, dresses in black, and played a VRMMO called "Brave Star Online". He's even voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kirito's Japanese voice actor.
  • Finishing Move: Like Naofumi and Itsuki, Ren unlocks a torture/execution-themed finisher with his curse series in the form of a guillotine. Taking it further, he was also shown to form a golem made of his pilfered riches and make an area rot into a barren wasteland, tying into the penalties from using such a power.
  • 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.
  • Greed: One half of his Curse Series, with gluttony as the other. Using Greed makes him into little more than a bandit attacking others for their equipment.
  • The Hero: What he along with 3 others were summoned to be.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Like Itsuki and Motoyasu, Ren doesn't really need to work to be recognized as a hero because he is the chosen Hero of the Sword. What sets him apart from the two is the fact that he actually tries to live up to his title. It's just that his shortsightedness and stubborn adherence to RPG tropes that he fails to become the heroic figure he strives to be. In fact, when Naofumi calls him out on what happened after his dragon-slaying quest, he immediately tries to rectify the situation by going back and killing the dragon-zombie and only stops when Naofumi says he already cleaned Ren's mess. He also doesn't justify his mistakes when Naofumi calls him out on them, and apologizes for them, clearly ashamed of what his actions resulted in.
  • 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 Eclair, 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. He gets better after Naofumi and Eclair set him straight.
  • 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 the manga. 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.
    • His Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! moment is the only one born of bad circumstance rather than poor foresight like the other two. He was investigating and got attacked by the dragon, killing it in self-defense. What followed was not anything he could have predicted but would have dealt with had he been aware of it.
    • When Naofumi is, again, accused of kidnapping and brainwashing Princess Melty, he briefly considers handing Melty over when Ren gives his word that he will ensure her safety, implying that Naofumi finds Ren a bit more trustworthy than Itsuki and certainly a lot more trustworthy than Motoyasu.
  • Total Party Kill: His entire party is wiped out by the Spirit Tortoise, sending him into a deep depression.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Along with Itsuki, he 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.

    Motoyasu Kitamura/Hero of the Spear 

Motoyasu Kitamura

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 Tortoise incident, his party abandons him and Motoyasu becomes the second Hero to align with Naofumi.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He falls madly in love with Filo, who hates him because of his annoying personality and gives him the Groin Attack regularly.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: On the receiving end by Raphtalia. After winning his duel with Naofumi (by way of Malty's 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.
  • Battle Harem: Motoyasu invokes this trope as he only allows women to join his party. However, this is also a subversion as, while they have some battle capabilities, his party serves more like his personal cheerleading squad with Malty/Myne serving as the head cheerleader. They do not hesitate to abandon him during the Spirit Tortoise incident and Motoyasu later learns that all his party members hated him and used his status as a Legendary Hero to get some perks such as money or prestige. In Malty's case, Motoyasu served more or less as her personal attack dog until he loses his usefulness and drops him as easily as she drops trash.
  • The Beastmaster: After his mental breakdown, he discovers a talent for raising Filorials.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: After Bitch finally betrays him, Motoyasu hits rock bottom and suffers a complete mental breakdown. The only one who tries to cheer him up at his lowest point is Filo, which causes Motoyasu to become utterly obsessed with her while he can only see other women as pigs now.
  • 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: Naofumi repeatedly acknowledges him the strongest Hero and eventually, 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. 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 Filorials. All this just came at the cost of Motoyasu getting screwed over by Bitch's manipulations and losing his sanity in the process.
  • The Bully: 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 Motoyasu immediately starts whining that he's not playing fair, which is tantamount to letting him win.
  • 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.
  • The Chew Toy: Everyone in Naofumi's group gets a piece of him. Filo gets a special mention as her crotch kicking him is a Running Gag. There's also him getting his ass kicked by Naofumi in a forced duel that Malty had to cheat for in order for him to win, all the times Filo kicked him in the groin, losing a race despite Malty's cheating, being completely ineffectual against the Soul Eater and getting curbstomped by Glass along with the other heroes, getting decked in the face by Filo in her human form, getting curbstomped again by Naofumi and his party, among other things.
  • Death by Woman Scorned: He was 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.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After the Spirit Tortoise 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 does get better in a way, but in the "his sanity and Harem Seeker tendencies were traded in for much higher competence" sense.
  • 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.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Whenever he thinks there's a pretty girl in trouble, Motoyasu feels the urge to rescue her. This is very annoying for the girls who explicitly don't want his help such as Raphtalia and Filo, especially because Motoyasu keeps unfairly accusing their master Naofumi of abusing them.
  • Dumb Blond: He's the only blond summoned hero and coincidentally, the dumbest of the four.
  • Dumb Jock: Overlaps with Dumb Muscle considering what he actually amounted to in regards to Malty. This is Motoyasu's personality and character in a nutshell. His behavior in the first half amounts to flaunting his raw strength and waving his "spear" around in an attempt to impress the ladies, and bullying the "whiny loser" (Naofumi) in an attempt to establish his presumed superiority. But the joke's on him since Naofumi not only manages to accomplish way more than he ever did by actually bothering to use his head and take the situation seriously, but his "harem" also ditches him after the Spirit Tortoise incident he helped cause.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first "duel" with Naofumi. Everything you need to know about Motoyasu is in full display: his Dumb Jock tendencies by challenging Naofumi to a one-on-one fight, his cocky attitude going into the duel, and his selfish whining when he starts losing.
  • Fashion Designer: He demonstrates an impressive skill for tailoring and designs fancy clothes for the humanoid forms of his Filorials.
  • Foil: Of all the three heroes, he is the best one to Naofumi. Whereas Naofumi uses his head, Motoyasu is a Dumb Jock. Naofumi establishes bonds of trust, Motoyasu gets betrayed by all of the women in his life. Naofumi accomplishes all of his goals, Motoyasu gets left in the dust. 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 he tries to sexually assault a child. Very few felt sorry for him when he's finally betrayed by Malty and the rest of his party.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: After Bitch shows him her true colors and abandons him, Motoyasu is only able to see women as disgusting pigs. The exceptions are Filo, the girls who are friends with Filo and Filorial Queens.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Like Itsuki and Ren, Motoyasu doesn't need to strive for recognition because he is the chosen Hero of the Spear. However, he only presents himself as a hero for the sole purpose of appealing to the ladies. The fact that he's too thick-headed to realize he's being used by Malty/Bitch simply reinforces the fact that while he may try to present himself as a righteous hero, he is anything but one.
  • 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 it.
  • Hopeless Suitor:
    • 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. The "date" during the Cal Mira arc didn't help his chances either, since he insisted on flirting with every girl he saw and left Raphtalia with a somehow even worse opinion of him.
    • He's instantly smitten with Filo and after he loses his sanity, he becomes obsessively in love with her. However, Filo feels nothing but disdain and annoyance for him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He always takes what Malty says at face value without confirmation of any kind (although this extends to pretty much any lovely lady he travels with). He then goes on to take this as an irrefutable fact, and refuses to back down when given evidence to the contrary.
    • In the web novel, when he's shown proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Malty's 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 physical impossible.
  • Humiliation Conga: 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. Motoyasu's subsequent suicidal depression leads to him breaking mentally at the first actual gesture of kindness he's shown, causing him to go completely insane.
  • Hypocrite:
    • 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.
    • His hypocrisy reaches a phone-smashing extreme in-universe and out in the manga when he finally realizes that the Three Heroes Church is evil by virtue of it's ringleader spelling it out to him. He immediately requests Naofumi's help, who is understandably miffed since the former just tried to kill him earlier, but then his annoyance turns into outright anger when Motoyasu tries to justify their team-up by saying, "You don't want to die with a crime you didn't commit tarnishing your name, do you!?", when he stupidly went along with the False Rape Accusation against him, along with the kidnapping frame-up and blindly going along with the claims that he brainwashes people and had killed Ren and Itsuki despite Malty's increasingly obvious bullshit showing itself. This, along with Ren and Itsuki seemingly dying, convinces Naofumi that Motoyasu is just not worth saving on account of his Lethally Stupid behavior and prepares to simply let him get killed.
  • Idiot Hero: Deconstructed. Motoyasu's sheer idiocy, on top of his gullibility and ego, makes him more of a hindrance than a hero. This becomes increasingly obvious as time goes on, as he's always ready to believe Malty's lies regardless of proof (or lack thereof) no matter how obvious they are, or turn a blind eye to her insults and a sizable share of Kick the Dog moments. This reaches its zenith by the time the other heroes realized that the Church of Three Heroes was obviously up to no good, and he still followed their every word because Malty said so.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He knows that Naofumi's offensive stats are too abysmal for him to take a direct role in combat. He still insists that he's a coward for forcing Rapthtalia and Firo to fight for him, and later comes to the conclusion that they were brainwashed into fighting for him despite the idea of him having that kind of power being disproved repeatedly.
  • 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 Tortoise fiasco, he ends up permanently broken.
  • Irony:
    • When Motoyasu first meets 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 is more famous than he is and married most if not all his female companions while due to his party abandoning him as well as 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.
  • Kick the Dog: It comes with being an arrogant prick for someone who is supposed to be a hero. It just makes you want to strangle him almost as much as Malty.
    • Motoyasu's entire behavior during the rigged duel between him and Naofumi, partly because he has the nerve to ignore Raphtalia being bound and gagged by the King's own men prior to this, and being blind enough not to see Malty's blatant cheating. He even calls Naofumi's protesting "whining" for pointing it out, and accuses him of brainwashing Raphtalia when she defends him while the latter is weeping on the floor.
    • In the web novel, Naofumi also protests getting nothing from the King for his services in the second wave, despite prioritizing the safety of the country's citizens above everything else. Motoyasu just calls him a "whiny loser".
  • 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.
  • Lethally Stupid: Generally speaking, Motoyasu is (questionably) well-meaning, but he is so thick-headed and naive that he fails to think critically about anything and will believe most people who lie to him right to his face. As Naofumi tells him at one point, he crosses a line where it doesn't matter if he's a decent person being led astray because he's so easy to fool, and so insufferably arrogant, that he's a danger to not just the people around him but even the entire world as a whole.
  • Like a Son to Me: He sees all of his Filorials as his children and denies any romantic interest.
  • Love at First Sight: Motoyasu falls head over heels when he lays his eyes on Filo's humanoid form because he has an Angelic Beauty fetish.
  • Lust: His defining attribute, which unlocks his Curse Series Weapon.
  • Mad Love: He becomes the epitome of this towards Filo after he goes crazy. While the Filorial Queen wants nothing to do with him, Motoyasu is too insane to notice. Naofumi finds a way to exploit this by using Motoyasu's crazy love for Filo to get the Spear Hero to do his bidding.
  • Minor Living Alone: In his old world, he lived on his own since middle school because his parents were always away in business trips.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Naofumi is rather surprised to learn that he hasn't done anything to the Filorials he's raised later in the web novel.
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: He eventually starts taking in Filorials as his pets and acts like a father figure to all of them.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Ugh... Spear Guy's so annoying!" and variants from Filo.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: He fantasizes himself as an irresistibly handsome Knight in Shining Armor who must recue the poor Beautiful Slave Girls from the despicable sex offender Naofumi. When Raphtalia and Filo tell him Naofumi is a kind-hearted master who treats them well, Motoyasu is sure Naofumi is so evil that he has brainwashed them.
  • Psycho Supporter: He eventually becomes Naofumi's faithful ally only because he has completely lost his mind and become obsessed with Filo, which Naofumi takes advantage of.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Motoyasu was technically correct following his duel with Naofumi when he said it wasn't right to force someone to fight against their will, what makes him so despicable is that he acted without knowing the full story of Naofumi and Raphtalia's relationship as well as a motivation to satisfy his own narcissism rather than out of any real altruism.
  • Sanity Slippage: His mind breaks after the Spirit Tortoise incident and Bitch's betrayal.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: After he becomes obsessed with Filo, Motoyasu proclaims her to be his lover and also calls Naofumi and Raphtalia his father-in-law and sister-in-law respectively. Filo just thinks he's annoying.
  • Sequential Artist: After going insane, he displays surprising skill as a Doujinshi artist and his mangas prove quite popular. Naofumi is a bit squicked that the major character in the erotic ones is Filo.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: After he is betrayed by Bitch, 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.
  • Sore Loser: He's unable to accept that he would have lost the duel if it were not for Myne's interference, and when Naofumi and Filo beat him and his dragon he spitefully claims he let Naofumi win even though the latter won in spite of Myne's cheating.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He falls obsessively in love with Filo after going insane. Among some creepy things, he made a life-sized Filo doll and sleeps with it every night.
  • Teleportation: The Portal Spear allows him to teleport to places he has saved before.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Zigzagged as the first time this happens to him it utterly breaks him to the point of irreversible insanity after hitting his life's rock-bottom, head first. But gets played straight as he finally catches a break when he dedicates his life to become a better person and begin raising filorials in earnest.
  • Undying Loyalty: He swears loyalty to his "father-in-law" Naofumi after he goes insane and becomes obsessed with Filo.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even when he initially intended to leave Motoyasu and Malty to die at the hands of the Pope for everything they did to him, Naofumi still ended up protecting them and ultimately saved their lives. Despite requesting his protection in the first place after trying to kill him, Motoyasu went right back to blaming him for everything wrong once the Queen returned and forced Malty to be held accountable for her actions along with the King, stubbornly calling him "the evil one" and even trying to fall back on the faulty brainwashing excuse.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Malty no longer deems Motoyasu useful in her plans following the Heroes' battle with the Spirit Tortoise.

Tropes that apply in The Reprise of the Spear Hero

After Motoyasu gets killed in the timeline of the main story, his death unlocks a new skill for his spear called "Temporal Reversion". He gets sent him back to the day he and the other heroes were summoned. Wanting to atone for his behavior at the start of the story, Motoyasu prevents Naofumi from being framed by Malty and sets on a journey to Siltvelt where Naofumi will be treated like a god.
  • The Atoner: He takes the opportunity of traveling to the past to try and make up for how he treated Naofumi before by doing everything in his power to protect him and take him to Siltvelt safely, starting with preventing him from being tricked and framed by the "red pig". It's mostly Played for Laughs, since nobody knows what he's talking about half the time and his tendency to go to the extremes out of the belief he's doing the right thing is still present, he's just doing it for Naofumi now.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's completely bonkers and his erratic behavior weirds everybody out. Despite all his wackiness, he can be terrifying when he's angry.
  • Breakout Character: The only one of the heroes to score his own spinoff series.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Despite being sent to the past, Motoyasu's overpowered skillset from the future stays the same. The result is that right from the moment he's summoned, Motoyasu can obliterate pretty much any enemy he comes across and destroy mountains without breaking a sweat. This is Played for Laughs due to the comical nature of the story and him being trapped in a time loop because his absurd power can't solve everything.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: His new spear gives him the ability to go back in time to the moment of the summoning every time one of the Four Heroes is killed.
  • Fan of Underdog: Very ironically, Motoyasu becomes the Shield Hero's number 1 supporter, repeatedly stating how his "father-in-law" is the greatest, most amazing and smartest hero of all the fantasy world, even though the Naofumi of the new timeline has barely accomplished anything on his own because he counts with Motoyasu's loyalty from the beginning.
  • Groundhog Peggy Sue: Motoyasu gets sent back in time to the moment he and the other three heroes were summoned into the fantasy world. He tries to Set Right What Once Went Wrong by preventing Malty from framing Naofumi for sexual assault like in the original timeline. However, things keep going wrong because the changes to the timeline often cause one of the Four Heroes to die and Motoyasu is back to the starting point all over again. Eventually, Motoyasu realizes he needs to make things go exactly the same as the original timeline to get out of the loop, but his meddling keeps messing everything up.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Motoyasu is totally nuts, doesn't give a damn about anyone who isn't Naofumi, one of Naofumi's allies or his Filorials, threatens, steals and murders in a hilariously over-the-top manner.
  • I Hate Past Me: Motoyasu travels back to the day of the heroes' summoning and Itsuki takes his place as the one believing Malty's False Rape Accusation against Naofumi. Motoyasu feels disgusted at seeing a representation of his old self getting so easily fooled by the "red pig". Motoyasu later states he would like to kill his own past self for badmouthing Naofumi.
  • I Will Find You: His main goal, aside from protecting Naofumi, is finding Filo in the past. He even buys every Filorial egg from the slave trader in hopes that Filo hatches from one of them, but he still can't find her. It gets complicated because even if Motoyasu finds Filo's egg early on, Filo technically can't be born as the Filo he knows without Naofumi becoming her owner under the exact same circumstances as in the original timeline.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: He does this almost every time Naofumi is nice to him.
  • Mr. Exposition: Plays this role, though it's not really for the readers' sake and moreso to get Naofumi ahead.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His immediate answer to any problem he encounters is suggest murdering everyone who might threaten him and Naofumi. Thankfully, Naofumi always talks him out of it.
  • Nominal Hero: The one thing that technically makes him a good guy is his promise to Filo that he would obey Naofumi and create a peaceful world. He doesn't care how many people he needs to kill to keep Naofumi safe.
  • Pervert Dad: He tries to peep at his Filorial Queens in the hot springs to, according to him, teach them about modesty and make them more attractive as any father should.
  • Poisonous Friend: He wouldn't mind to destroy the entire kingdom of Melromarc if that means no one there can hurt Naofumi anymore.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Downplayed. Motoyasu travels back in time to the beginning of the story when he and the other heroes were summoned. He does retain basic knowledge of the original timeline, but his memory gets fuzzy whenever he tries to remember the details. It took him a little while to even recognize Naofumi as Filo's owner.
  • Save Scumming: Every time one of the heroes dies, Motoyasu returns to the moment he and the other heroes were summoned to the fantasy world.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Since we get to see from his perspective at a point after he went through his Despair Event Horizon, the story shows that the main novel really wasn't exaggerating when it said he could only see and hear women besides Filo as pigs, with every interaction involving women besides Filo and his Filorial daughters literally having their faces be replaced with those of pigs, along with every attempt they have at speaking to him being replaced with oinking.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: The entire spin-off novel could be considered as one giant bone for Motoyasu, as the will of the universe basically grants him a personal New Game+ Alternate Universe Sandbox Mode to play around with for his own delight and quest of redemption for his many, many, past mistakes.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While he's completely insane and psychotic, Motoyasu has grown from an arrogant, self-righteous jackass into a friendly and funny guy who honestly wants to protect Naofumi to make up for how badly he treated him.

    Itsuki Kawasumi/Hero of the Bow 

Itsuki Kawasumi

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.

  • Bishōnen: It is said that he would fit in female clothing with no one doubting his gender.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a Humble Hero when he is really a narcissistic Attention Whore.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He can weaponize this through his curse series.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hits this during the Spirit Tortoise incident along with Ren. After getting himself and his party arrested for trying to free it, the whole latter tells him to his face that he's no "Hero of Justice". After being forced to fight it off anyway, his party abandons him.
  • Finishing Move: Like Naofumi and Ren, Itsuki unlocks a torture/execution-themed finisher with his curse series in the form of a bronze bull.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was bullied in his world due to being a rank E esper. It's why he's a borderline Attention Whore; he wants everyone to see him in a positive light, even if his attempts to do so make him come off as an egotistical jerk. This is also the reason why he kicked Rishia out of his party as callously as he did, though it varies from each version of the story. In the Web Novel, he wanted to get rid of her partly because she reminded him of his past self with her timid nature and weak stats. In the manga, it's because he couldn't stand a supposed weakling outshining him during the wave at Cal Mira.
  • Glory Hound: 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.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Like Motoyasu and Ren, Itsuki doesn't strive to be recognized as a hero since he is already one simply by virtue of being the chosen Hero of the Bow. However, what he wants is to be seen as the perfect hero so he displays traits and actions that would look heroic to others so he would be praised and thus feed his ego. Deep down, he's such an egotistical jerkass that he absolutely refuses to acknowledge anything he does could be wrong or have negative consequences. This line of thinking escalates once he unlocks his Curse Series weapon, as to him in his power-mad state, anybody who says otherwise must be either be forced into submission via brainwashing or just outright killed.
  • Humble Hero: Invoked by Itsuki himself to make himself look better. He's later humbled for real once the side effects of his curse series wore off, and Rishia helps him recover.
  • 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.
    • Earlier on, he had the nerve to drop the iconic "With great power comes great responsibility!" line on Naofumi despite refusing to even acknowledge how he screwed up in dealing with a noble he assumed was heavily taxing his people out of pure malice.
    • In the web novel, right after brainwashing Mald with his curse series bow, Itsuki shows he readily believes Witch and the Three Heroes Church claiming that Naofumi possesses a "brainwashing shield". Overlaps with Irony.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: 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.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Shows the most shades of this when he's the first to accuse Naofumi of "cheating" just because he and his party is stronger than theirs despite him not having an actual weapon. It really just comes off as his Fatal Flaw showing itself again; he's simply too full of himself to admit that the guy with the Shield is doing better than he is.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • In the web novel and manga, and during the Cal Mira arc. Seeing that Naofumi and his party had become the strongest of the four heroes despite his Legendary Shield's (mostly) non-existent offensive ability, Itsuki comes to the conclusion that the former had "met God" and had granted him the power to cheat. It's more blatant in the web novel, when Naofumi goes out of his way to explain how he and his party got so strong, but Itsuki's not having any of it. The "meeting God" thing is even based on a mere rumor from a game forum, showing that Itsuki's really grasping at straws. Also slightly overlaps with I Reject Your Reality since it's clearly a mix of jealousy and his own massive ego that's making him come to such a ridiculously stupid conclusion.
    • Not to mention how he personally witnessed the deadly side effects of using the Wrath Shield, including seeing Naofumi nearly die from having all his blood burst violently from his body, and yet he's still convinced that the former is using some kind of cheat power.
    • In chapter 109 of the web novel, Naofumi confronts him after kicking Rishia out of his party in the most callous manner possible, and notes that Itsuki's so-called "Justice" was what compelled him and his party to treat her like a villain for just having sub-par stats. He points out how ridiculous his logic is, and Itsuki's response is, "A battle for the fate of the world cannot be won on feelings alone!"
  • Irony: He readily believed that Naofumi had the ability to brainwash people with his shield. Guess what power his Cursed Series Bow gives him?
    • Chapter 109 of the web novel had Itsuki arrogantly reaffirm the trust between himself and his comrades, minus a recently kicked out Rishia. Three guesses on who bails on him after the Spirit Tortoise incident, and who chose to stick by him at his very lowest.
  • It's All About Me: Itsuki only cares for himself and himself only.
  • Jerkass: Just as bad as Motoyasu and Malty/Bitch in this department.
  • 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.
  • Knight Templar: What he becomes due to the Legendary Bow's curse of pride affecting him. His massive ego already made him insufferable to deal with prior to the Spirit Tortoise incident, but under its corrupting effect, he's prepared to either brainwash or kill anyone in the way of his "Justice".
  • Long-Range Fighter: Justified as by being the chosen Hero of the Bow, he is prohibited from using any weapon other than his legendary weapon.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: He kills a king who was supposedly imposing exorbitant amounts of taxes on his subjects. When Naofumi calls him out on this because of what happened to that kingdom afterwards, he questions why Itsuki didn't ask the king's reasons for imposing high taxes and just opted to kill him instead.
  • Narcissist: Itsuki is always about Itsuki but the Legendary Bow's curse of pride takes this Up to Eleven. Anyone whose worldview contradicts his is met either with brainwashing or instant death.
  • 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 concocts a lie and has the entire team shun her.
    • Implied when Naofumi tells him that his actions in assassinating a supposedly corrupt ruler didn't fix the high taxes and resulting famine, and that he was credited for it partly because he fed the starving refugees and that the latter was acting more like a stealthy Robin Hood-esque assassin. Itsuki's response was "Don't change the subject!".
  • 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. To add insult to injury, Itsuki's ego refused to let him acknowledge his mistake when this was told to him.
  • 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.
  • 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 Tortoise 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 Before a Fall: eventually gets beaten so soundly and affected by his Curse Series Weapon that afterwards, he's turned into an Extreme Doormat.
  • Single Tear: After recovering from the curse, he can only shed a single tear when he sees Rishia by his side.
  • Skewed Priorities: A non-comedic example, given how it highlights one of Itsuki's flaws. When Itsuki confronts Naofumi along with Ren about him supposedly stealing credit for their quests, the former adamantly refuses to believe his explanation. He's more concerned about how Naofumi "stole" credit for assassinating a supposedly corrupt noble than the detrimental effect it had on said noble's people, and that the latter simply fed the starving refugees that fled to Melromarc.
  • Smug Snake: Itsuki has an over-inflated ego and fancies himself as being the perfect hero, when in reality he has shown himself to an ultimately incompetent person with the title of "Hero".



A member of Itsuki's adventuring party, and the de facto second in command.

  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: The main reason why Mald hates Naofumi is because, as the Shield Hero, he practically spits on every arrogant belief, from hatred of commoners to racism, that Mald takes to heart. It got worse as Naofumi and his friends (one of whom was a former companion Mald abused regularly) continued to grow in power, to the point where they overtook the so-called Three Heroes in both deed and popularity, with Queen Mirelia's full support. As a result, Mald joined Malty's Staged Populist Uprising for the purpose of restoring what he considered to be the Good Old Ways to the Melromarc Kingdom, even though his megalomaniacal desires far outstripped his actual abilities.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Petty: Mixed with Ambition Is Evil. It's partly what motivates him during the Three Heroes Church uprising, that and his hatred of demi-humans. He hates the "Demon of the Shield" and the other "fake" heroes because his reputation plummeted following Itsuki's failure to stop the Spirit Tortoise. Meanwhile, Naofumi's reputation soared as he not only helped defeat it, but also helped countless others through his peddling of much needed goods. Mald's actions in trying to kill him and his followers is both motivated out of pure spite and a selfish desire to be seen as the epitome of "Justice".
  • Fantastic Racism: Like most people in Melromarc, he hates demi-humans.
  • Hate Sink: Moreso then Motoyasu, strip out every sexual perversion and all you get is an entitled, self-righteous Hypocrite, who is ten times more deluded with himself, even Ren thinks very little of him in the Light Novel.
  • In-Series Nickname: Naofumi just calls him "Armor".
  • Jerkass: He's pretty much just a deplorable person, with no real redeeming qualities.
  • Karmic Death: He and the other former members of Itsuki's party were burned alive via the bronze bull for their betrayal and attempted revolt of Melromarc. Bonus points for their method of execution being based on Itsuki's curse series-exclusive Finishing Move.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He's a smug, self-righteous bastard that touted himself as "Justice", and yet had no problem abandoning Itsuki to the Spirit Tortoise when things went south. Then comes Chapter 237, when the followers of the Three Heroes Church tried and failed to back him up with support magic and saw fit to abandon him (using a smoke bomb, no less) after it was clear that Naofumi was too strong for him to handle in 1v1 combat. That failed, and Naofumi had Atla "poke" Mald until he dropped the Spirit Tortoise shield he stole.
    • Later on in Chapter 241, he tries to sic a curse series-addled Itsuki on Naofumi as a last resort, but winds up brainwashed himself using the very Legendary Bow used to create the brainwashing daggers.
  • 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.

    Elena Haven/Woman 1 

Elena Haven

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 started out as the strongest hero, he didn't put in any effort to keep being the strongest. Naofumi on the other hand clawed his way out of the mud with nothing but hard work and determination, and it wasn't long before Motoyasu was eating his dust.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She's not nearly as vapid as she let Malty or Motoyasu believes. 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually develops this dynamic with Naofumi. Between all the insults, he enjoys teasing her and she aids in the construction of his new village.

Naofumi's Village



Voiced by: Natsumi Fujiwara (Japanese), Kimlinh Tran (English)
Totally not a boy.

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 

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 Girl: 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:
    • She 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:
    • She's 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.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Shows shades of this in chapter 188 of the web novel when Naofumi activates the slave seal on her for being "annoying". She just calls the resulting pain stimulating, with Naofumi noting that her tone of voice is "disturbing".
  • Weapon of Choice: She prefers a harpoon.

Melromarc Kingdom

    King Aultcray Melromarc 

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.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Averted. Despite facing execution for the crime of conspiracy and treason just to discredit and possibly kill the Shield Hero, Aultcray, unlike her elder daughter, does not beg Naofumi nor his wife for his life. This is then played straight once he realizes how horrible he was for treating Naofumi the way he did, and gets down on his knees to beg for forgiveness.
  • 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.
  • Bullying the Dragon:
    • Subverted initially, since Naofumi had no means of fighting back directly after screwing him over from the start, but then he acquires the Wrath Shield, a shield that was not only born from the misery and injustice directly inflicted on him by King Aultclay and Malty, but also partly powered by the core of the dragon Galieon. He witnesses it's fearsome power the second wave, and is somehow convinced that his royal knights (which are basically cannon fodder at this point in comparison) are enough to subdue Naofumi, who he not only witnessed slaying the main boss of the wave with a giant iron maiden, but the latter also outright stated that he could easily walk into the castle, kill the king, and walk out like it was nothing.
    • He takes this trope Up to Eleven further in the anime, with a threat that heavily implies he intends to execute Naofumi's companions for his (justifiable) lack of respect. The latter's immediate reaction all but tells you he's just barely restraining himself from killing the now-scared shit-less king on the spot, but just leaves after dropping a terrifying death threat of his own.
  • The Caligula: While he has an impressive history as a general, he makes a poor sovereign when his wife is not around. He has the Four Cardinal Heroes summoned without the permission of every other kingdoms, his wife's absence at the beginning of the series being her working to put out the political fires this decision created. He is also incredibly racist against demihumans, this prejudice having resulted in massive events of injustice committed to demihuman citizens in Melromarc and has given him an irrational hatred to Naofumi for being the Shield Hero, as demihumans worship the Shield Hero. He is also very gullible, Malty manipulating him by stroking his ego and making Naofumi a target of her mischief and had nearly let Melromarc's monarchy be overthrown by the Church of the Three Heroes in his negligence.
  • 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: This guy has no concept of long term consequences and it becomes blatantly clear he didn't put any forethought into his choices as the story goes on.
    • Summoning all four heroes in Melromarc was only the start of his bad decisions. The intended method is for one hero to be summoned in one kingdom each. Summoning all four heroes quite rightly angered the other countries that were at risk from the waves and war was a genuine threat, leading his wife to put out the political fires he started.
    • Doing his best to screw Naofumi over at every possible opportunity was especially short sighted. Regardless of his personal feelings or Naofumi's limited ability to actually contribute to fighting the waves at the start, the Shield Hero is still one of the Legendary Heroes needed to combat the waves so doing everything in your power to sabotage one of best chances of survival you have is idiotic to the extreme.
    • The king's condescending and entitled attitude towards Naofumi left the latter just about ready to take off and abandon Melromarc, leaving them with the other three increasingly lackluster Heroes that would have likely died during the waves. The anime actually worsens how bad this behavior is because Aultclay continues to antagonize and threaten Naofumi well past the point that the Shield Hero could quite literally kill the king and walk away unscathed. It's only sheer luck that Naofumi doesn't kill him on the spot at this point.
    • The above points become exponentially worse when it's revealed that Demi-Human countries would have basically worshipped Naofumi as a divine figure. He'd already ticked them off by summoning all four Heroes to his own country so the revelation that he'd been actively mistreating a figure of worship would have pushed war from a likelihood to a certainty. The Queen has to keep exactly how badly Naofumi was treated because of her husband hidden to avoid that outcome.
    • The kicker to all of this? Melromarc is a martiarchy. The Queen is the highest power in the country, not him, and he only got away with the crap he put Naofumi through because she was busy smoothing things over from his decision to summon all four Heroes to Melromarc in the first place. Needless to say that once she finds out what he's done and returns to do something about it, he suddenly finds himself in a pickle.
  • Entitled Bastard:
    • A minor variant. Despite tarnishing Naofumi's name from the start, trying to take Raphtalia away from him through a rigged duel, stiffing him out of a royal stipend despite going out of his way to save his subjects, legally forbidding him from using Melromarc's Dragon Hourglass to remove his party's level restriction to get stronger and just seconds before gave him a Stealth Insult about defeating the boss of the second wave himself, how exactly did he expect the former to respond to his demand to explain how he got stronger than the other heroes despite the negative stigma and unfair handicaps he forced on him? He still expected him to comply when it was clear as day that Naofumi has nothing resembling respect for him by this point for all the crap he's done, and somehow looks shocked and angered when the former gives him crap right back.
    • In the web novel, he lets himself believe that Naofumi stole the other Heroes power and demands how he did it. Because it's not like the Shield he has is considered Legendary for a reason, like directly boosting the party's stats in case something prevents them from getting stronger normally...
    • Later on, Queen Mirelia surmises that Aultclay had done so to give Motoyasu an edge over the other heroes as part of his preferential treatment for being partnered with Malty. It still doesn't excuse how he didn't expect Naofumi's justified contempt for him to make him mock the King to his face in response.
  • 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 Atla mistakes Trash for her brother. Both became Seven Star Heroes in their youth, Aultcray 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 Atla's 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 Atla 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 Is No 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. 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 Atla 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. Later on, it turns out that the rest of the countries worship the Four Heroes equally, so hogging all of them to Melromarc and treating the Shield Hero like shit for petty reasons risked all of them declaring war on the kingdom, not just Slit Welt. Good thing it was stopped before it could even begin.
  • Hate Sink: Is this up until his wife finally has him and Malty own up to their callous behavior, especially towards Naofumi. It isn't surprising, considering his underhanded actions toward the latter and just how little he's justified in doing so, especially after the full truth behind his behavior comes out. He grows out of it once his Character Development starts proper.
  • 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.
  • Henpecked Husband: He uses his power as the king to do whatever the hell he wants and get away with it. The moment the queen finally returns, she makes everyone know she's the one in charge and her husband can't even say anything against it.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He calls out Naofumi for having Raphtalia as a slave to the point where he forces him to duel Motoyasu. And yet he knows damn well that his entire kingdom has slavery be legal by virtue of Demi-Humans and Beastmen having no rights in his country, and that his citizens do much worse than what Naofumi does. Naofumi himself even points this out, and he not only ignores him, but also has Raphtalia tied up prior to the rigged duel with Motoyasu to determine what happens to her. And then it turns out his hatred of Naofumi is because of his status as the Shield Hero, who the Demi-Humans and Beastmen he despises with a passion worships. By that point, it's obvious he could care less about how the latter is treated in his country, or about Raphtalia's well-being, it's just that he hates Naofumi so much that he would bullshit a flimsy excuse to take away his one party member and leave him without any means to fight despite him having every legal right to own her. The Queen actually calls him out on this as she slaps the shit out of him.
    • He actively goes out of his way to deny Naofumi everything but the bare minimum, and not even that if he can help it. But when the former shows himself to be stronger than the other heroes during the third wave despite the unfairly enforced handicaps, he suddenly insists that it's his "duty" as a Hero to explain how he surpassed them despite previously refusing to treat him as anything but a useless liability, and how his Stealth Insult showing that he still sees him as such.
    • He tries to justify his actions during his and Malty's trial by saying it was to protect his family. He had no problem threatening Raphtalia and Filo, implying that he knows they're Naofumi's surrogate family, as spite for Naofumi's for lack of cooperation, and still has the nerve to curse his name when he threatens to painfully end him in response.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • This is how he justifies his actions in the anime. As he and Malty 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.
    • This also crosses into Hypocrite territory since his spiteful actions towards Naofumi showed that he was more concerned about giving him nothing but shit over the well being of his own citizens, which the latter actively went out of his way to save. Aultclay just responds by forcing a rigged duel to take his only companion away, and then refusing to give him his deserved pay despite knowing this, and being informed of how most of his knights were ineffective at their job during the first wave. And then it turns out that the Waves were happening all over the world, and that summoning all four Heroes to Melromarc instead of letting each of the major countries summon one each left the rest of the world defenseless, not just his own neglected citizens. Apparently, "doing what he needed to do" involved screwing over the rest of the world and scapegoating Naofumi for abuse and ridicule after forcing him to don the Legendary Shield.
  • Implied Death Threat: In the anime, considering how Naofumi was initially supposed to be executed due to the false rape accusation hanging over his head, it's implied Aultclay was invoking this trope when he threatened to make the former's companions pay for his "crimes". Naofumi does not take it well.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He's insulting and belittling Naofumi every chance he gets, seeing him as nothing but a liability that can't do anything. And yet, at the same time, he's actively going out of his way to hinder his attempts to actually do anything or get stronger. In the web novel, he outright accuses Naofumi of stealing the other heroes' power when he shows himself to be the most capable during the second wave and demands how he did it, refusing to acknowledge the idea that he might have simply worked to get stronger despite all the unfair handicaps he placed on him. He really is Malty's father, in both sheer stupidity and a refusal to just stop and think.
  • Irony: He's 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.
    • In the anime, he cites his piss-poor treatment of Naofumi as justified in order to protect his family. This is after finding out Malty tried to kill her sister Melty to take the throne, and remembering what the former's crimes she committed after in the web novel... Yeah.
  • Irrational Hatred: Towards Naofumi. At first, it seems like the rape accusation had completely blinded him to just how disgusting a person his own eldest daughter Malty is to realize he had been lied to like everyone else, but then it turns out he hated Naofumi since the very beginning solely for being the Shield Hero the demi-humans fervently worshipped. Deconstructed, as this leads to him being more of a massive hindrance than a help to his own country as he spends more time spiting Naofumi in any way he could than watching over his own citizens safety and wellbeing, and to the point of indirectly putting both his own daughters in danger when the church enacts it's plans of disposing of the royal family along with the Heroes.
  • The Lost Lenore: His sister was killed by demihumans (or so he thinks) and he has hated them ever since.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Though it might have been how Naofumi was actually useful during the second wave compared to the other heroes, Aultclay was at least right about him having a power he probably shouldn't have had by virtue of the Wrath Shield, likely being fully aware of the Legendary Shield's use at turning the user into the ultimate supportive tank to the point of Crippling Overspecialization.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • After abusing his power as king by giving Naofumi nothing but grief solely for being the Shield Hero and trying to kick him back into the dirt after he just managed to pull himself back up with a rigged duel and a royal stipend he refuses to give him, the shoe is on the other foot after Naofumi acquires the Wrath Shield (a dangerous power he acquires because of the abuse heaped on him at the hands of the king and Malty). After telling him to grovel at his knees if he wants the truth behind his newfound power out of him (which pisses him off to no end) and calling him a screeching monkey after savoring his reaction, Naofumi makes it very clear after his knights surround him that he not only has enough power to resist his attempts at forcing him to do anything, but also tells the king to his face that he can easily kill him on the spot and walk out of the castle without even suffering a scratch (literally, since his defense is that high). The king takes it hard when he realizes that, for all his power as king of Melromarc, all he can do at this point is curse his name in frustration now that he's been neutered of any threat.
    • In the anime, it takes him stupidly threatening his companions, and an outright painful death threat thrown in his face to finally sink in that Naofumi refuses to take anymore of his crap, that he's the powerless one now, and that one wrong move from his end will see his life taken in the most agonizing manner possible. King or no king, nothing is going to save him.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Implied, and not in a comedic way. The duel that threatened to take Raphtalia away that he not only forced onto Naofumi, but rigged alongside Malty had exposed the fact that the King was just as underhanded and dirty as the latter to everyone present (except the incredibly dense Motoyasu), especially since it's his very laws that give Naofumi every legal right to own her. He just acts like nothing happened as he goes back to giving Naofumi grief when the time came to give the heroes their royal stipend shortly after.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changed to Trash. After his Heel Realization, he accepts the name and stops Naofumi from calling him the Wise King.
  • Misplaced Retribution: This is 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 trope 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 as well as every other nation the moment news reached them. He risked his kingdom for petty revenge against someone who did not even personally slight him.
  • Revenge Myopia: Naofumi's confrontation with him after the second wave and when Mirelia forces him and Malty to be held accountable for their actions just reeks of this. He never stops to consider that all the shit he and his daughter heaped on him at the very start might give him every reason to give Aultclay shit back in return. In the animation, he threatens Naofumi's companions out of pure spite, and still curses his name when Naofumi reacts how you'd expect him to.
  • Riches to Rags: He loses his royal status after his wife returns and gives Naofumi the right to decide the punishment of the King and Malty.
  • 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: For all his hatred and admonishment of Naofumi, he's clearly more concerned about giving him nothing but grief than the safety and well-being of his own subjects. In fact, along with the incompetence of the other heroes, his eldest daughter not bothering to hide her disgusting personality, and some of the knights' neglect during the second wave, it's implied that this contributed to the citizens of Melromarc seeing Naofumi positively, since he clearly seemed to give them more concern than the King himself ever did pre-character development.
  • Snub by Omission: The first sign that the king doesn't have any respect for the Shield Hero is when the moment the heroes introduce themselves, he only acknowledges the Sword, Spear and Bow by name and doesn't even care to remember Naofumi's name.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": So how do we spell your name, Your Majesty? Aultclay or Aultcray?
  • The Strategist: Becomes this after Character Development.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Most of his actions unwittingly hurl his world towards destructio multiple times. Starting with the fact that he summoned all four the Heroes in Melromarc and nearly caused a world war, he also spent incredible effort to turn the world against the Shield Hero in general and endangered absolutely everyone for petty revenge.

    Queen Mirelia Q Melromarc 

Queen Mirelia Q Melromarc

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Katelyn Gault (English)

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.

  • Adult Fear: When you really think about it, Queen Mirelia has this in spades from both a familial and ruling perspective.
    • Her eldest daughter Malty is a disgusting sociopath of a brat who refuses to change her ways no matter how hard she tries.
    • Her husband King Aultclay had no problem spoiling the former rotten, had caused a political shitstorm by hogging the four heroes in Melromarc, and almost doomed her country for the sake of petty revenge.
    • Her youngest daughter Melty, who she also intended to take the throne, was marked for death by both her older sister and the corrupt church.
    • And of all four of the heroes, not only was the Shield Hero both the only competent one of them and the most necessary to keep relations between Melromarc and Slitwelt stable, but even she admits that he has every reason to want nothing to do with her country after all the abuse inflicted on him and his party/surrogate family. She literally has to beg for his help along with swearing to take personal responsibility for any wrongdoing inflicted on him via a magical contract. She really has her hands full...
    • In the anime, there was witnessing Melty almost get dragged to a watery grave by a fishman monster during the fourth wave. Thankfully, L'arc was there to save her.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She desperately pleaded 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.
  • 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 Chains of Commanding: As the current ruler of Melromarc, Queen Mirelia certainly had her hands full with a lot of stuff.
    • First, she was making sure that the other countries do not decide to go to war with her country after her husband summons all four legendary heroes without the other countries' consent, thus had to send her youngest daughter in her stead to both admonish the king and try to gain the favor of the one hero who was mistreated by the kingdom (again because of the king and their eldest child). She apologizes to said daughter for this because she knows she's basically putting her daughter's life in danger as said younger daughter is also the Heir Apparent and might be marked for death.
    • Once she meets Naofumi, she immediately apologizes for how he was treated and accused of numerous crimes and basically did everything she could to try to gain his favor by promising to clear his name and rewarding him handsomely for the thankless service he has provided for the kingdom that mistreated him. In the anime, she showed no hesitation in ordering the execution of the King and Malty, her own husband and daughter, after they have been found guilty of treason and conspiracy, as well as unjust treatment of the Shield Hero, but Naofumi's decision to spare their lives insteadnote  prevents her from actually doing the deed. Afterwards, she reveals that if Naofumi hadn't spared their lives, she would've offered her own life in their place because even she doesn't have the heart to order the death of her family.
  • The Chessmaster: All of Naofumi's actions after he met Melty? They were 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.
  • Mom Looks Like a Sister: She looks more like Malty's older sister than her mother.
  • Not So Above It All: She loses almost all calm and bursts into the same childlike excitement Melty does when she hears about Fitoria.
  • Older Than She Looks: She looks like she's in her 20's, even though she's actually older.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She uses her authority to exonerate Naofumi of his 'crimes', and aids him as much as she can both upfront 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 all for Melromarc's support only. 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 Siltvelt 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 King summoning all of the Four Heroes, instead of one for each of the four countries as agreed before.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Her reaction upon hearing of Naofumi meeting Fitoria immediately helps one realize where Melty got her love of Filolials from.
  • 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.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She loved her husband back when he was a noble and wise king who wouldn't use his authority to discriminate against other people. Needless to say, she's greatly disappointed with the type of awful person he is now.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Her husband is clearly getting on in years while Mirelia, despite being "old" is still quite beautiful. The anime also gives her a Male Gaze shot when she's suiting up for battle.
  • 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 Sophia 

Princess Malty Melromarc/Myne Sophia/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.

  • 0% Approval Rating: By the time she is burned alive as a witch, she has managed to turn everyone against her, especially the ones she screwed over.
  • 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. The first time, anyway.
  • 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.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Mirelia makes it clear that she's extremely unhappy with Malty's actions.
  • Arch-Enemy: She firmly establishes herself as this to Naofumi once she betrays him, going out of her way to oppose and demonize him through any means necessary.
  • Bad Liar: Mirelia outright points this trope out about Malty in Chapter 75 of the web novel about how, for a supposedly traumatized rape victim, the latter never even bothers to act like one. The fact that her mother knows that she used her body to get her way in the past doesn't help.
  • Beauty Is Bad: She is easily one of the most attractive characters of the setting. Also one of the most rotten.
  • Big Bad: She sets the entire plot in motion by falsely accusing Naofumi of a crime he did not commit.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: But at the same time, much of her evil actions just hinged on riding the coattails of other people, especially ones with power and influence such as Motoyasu, her father Aultclay, the fanatical members of the Three Heroes Church and Tact. Deprive her of all of those (and anyone unaware of her true nature) and she's doomed, and it helps that whoever she betrays and ditches in a short-sighted attempt to escape punishment or improve her standing are quickly enlightened to the horrible person she really is.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She strings Naofumi along by acting as a cutesy, cheerful girl that wanted to support him on his quest, but quickly stole all his belongings, money and framed him of sexually assaulting her the very next day. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. She doesn't stop trying to invoke this even when everyone can see the "bitch" part of her as clear as day, especially once it becomes her actual name.
  • Blatant Lies: If she's not being insulting or condescending, or trying to screw someone over, she's doing this. Naturally, Motoyasu and her father are the only ones stupid enough to buy her crap until she turns her back on them both, too. Possibly her most audacious lie is when she tries to claim that she's an honest and good girl during her trial.
  • 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.
  • Brainless Beauty:
    • As the series goes on, it becomes increasingly obvious that the only thing Malty has going for her is her (external) beauty, and that she isn't nearly as clever or cunning as she thinks she is, mainly acting purely out of either pure sadism or petty vindictiveness. This eventually gets her killed. Twice.
    • In the anime, she bears witness to Naofumi's Wrath Shield in action against the Soul Eater, and clearly sees that her former victim not only has the means to directly attack opponents (albeit at close range), but can also do so by firing a devastating torrent of cursed flames that was cooking the boss alive while Motoyasu and the other Heroes could barely scratch it beforehand. Someone intelligent would have registered this, but she instead proceeds to mock him within earshot for not fighting like a Hero in complete obliviousness to the possibility that the person she screwed over, and never stopped trying to keep screwing over could easily turn said rage-fueled shield against her at any time, or that even her precious "Motoyasu-sama" wouldn't be able to stop him if he tried.
    • As mentioned below under Stupid Evil, she continues to behave in a destructive manner even after her name is changed (twice, no less!) to reflect her true personality, which ultimately leads to her painful end.
  • Burn the Witch!: Literally. Her second execution is by being burned at the stake, and she had been given a Meaningful Rename to "Witch" by that point.
  • Cain and Abel: She's the evil princess to her younger sister Melty's good princess. She would gladly kill Melty so she can be the only successor to the throne.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Given a chance, she will bite the hand that feeds her. No exceptions. In order of who trusted her only to be 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.
  • Compulsive Liar: Rare is the time when Malty actually tells the truth, especially about people she wants to hurt. This is the reason that the Queen has to use a Slave Brand on Malty which shocks her whenever she lies; it's not only to punish her for lying, but it's a very obvious tell that she's lying. Plus, Malty was simply that incapable of telling the truth that it had to come to the Brand.
  • The Corrupter: Her whole reason for existing is to corrupt and destroy anyone she comes into contact with. It comes with being a fragment of Medea. 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. In hindsight, being one of Medea's fragments must have had something to do with her ability to corrupt others.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: On being married off to the King of Faubley she is repeatedly raped and tortured to the point of losing an arm and eye in the first night. She ultimately returns, but is executed again by Burn the Witch!.
  • Deader Than Dead: Not only is Malty burned at the stake, but her soul is consumed by a domesticated Soul Eater, all to make absolutely sure that she's gone and isn't coming back.
  • Death by Irony: As cruel as it was her end is full of this. She made many False Rape Accusations that ruined the lives of many that are on her opposing side. She gets married off to the King of Faubley who repeatedly raped and tortured her. She is also a skilled fire mage who gets burned at the stake for her crimes.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • She is one for the Royal Brat trope. She gets away with everything because she manipulates people, her father helps her by essentially protecting her from blame, and because she is a princess, she holds political power that allows her to get away with it every time. Due to this, she takes advantage of everyone around her without care for any long term results, especially considering just how much downright sociopathic behavior she gets away with prior to, and after meeting Naofumi, and just keeps getting worse and worse even after her mother exposes her and the King's disgusting behavior on top of confiscating their royal titles. Eventually, its taken to a point where her horrendous personality is literally what gets her killed in the end, as EVERYONE wants her dead and gone by that point, even her previously doting father. Turns out, screwing over everyone you know will mean nobody will actually stick up for you when it most matters, and she undermines her own plans because she simply cannot stop trying to Kick the Dog.
    • The Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, The Corrupter, and False Friend tropes are also deconstructed through Malty by not only showing what kind of person would casually string along, betray, and corrupt others for both their sole benefit and their own callous amusement, but also shows the logical conclusion for such behavior as absolutely no one wants anything to do with her in the end, as they know full well that she's simply too toxic to have anything to do with. As mentioned above, even her own parents have deemed her a living safety hazard to everyone around her, and have taken precautions to get rid of her in two of the most horrifying ways possible simply because her crimes were that unforgivable.
  • Determinator: In a dark deconstruction of this trope, Malty is utterly determined to screw over everyone and anyone that even slightly pisses her off no matter how tortured her logic is or how justified their actions were, which includes people who forced her to be held accountable for her reprehensible actions. She doesn't have the forethought, brainpower, or even a sense of basic empathy to stop and consider that her own actions led to her punishments, and this just leads to her crimes escalating more and more in a blindly vindictive attempt to have the last laugh. In the end, this just leads to her making an enemy of the entire world, and by the time she's finally burned at the stake, she was pretty much set to go down in history as one of its worst and most hated war criminals.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Whenever she does anything, it's always behind someone else, whether it be her father Aultclay, Motoyasu, or some fanatical knights.
    • In the manga, she finds herself about to be killed by the ringleader of the Three Heroes Church, and Naofumi bluntly tells her and Motoyasu that, for all the trouble they caused out of sheer stupidity or petty spite, they could both die for all he cared. She immediately tries to bail on her party and flock to his side, pathetically trying to deny everything she did to him while an unnamed party member tries to keep her from fleeing.
    • When her coup fails, she begs the heroes to save her from her intended fate as her Uncle Faubley's next "wife". They understandably have no intention of doing so, especially considering how obnoxiously unrepentant she was about her crimes just seconds ago.
  • Electric Torture: When tried for what she did to Naofumi, Malty has a slave-brand placed on her by Mirelia. This brand often electrocutes her whenever she's lying.
  • 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...
  • 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 in addition to the latter being next in line for the throne instead of her (for obvious reasons), she was also given a mild "Reason You Suck" Speech by Melty when they remet each other after the Second Wave (in the anime).
  • Evil Laugh: She gives off one twisted laugh in the anime after believing she's taken away Naofumi's only means of survival. Raphtalia bitchslapping Motoyasu cut it short.
  • Evil Redhead: She's a redhead and the most malicious individual in the entire series.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Does this as a cruel taunt to Naofumi after her False Rape Accusation.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Behind her lovely and alluring face is a hideous and manipulative mind.
  • False Friend: Anytime she becomes anyone's ally, it's to exploit and manipulate them. She first pretended to join Naofumi's party to then steal from him and frame him for sexual assault. She later allied herself with Motoyasu and slowly stroked his ego to use him as a pawn in her schemes. After she and the rest of the party members abandon Motoyasu after the Spirit Tortoise incident, she moves on to Ren while happily telling the same lies about Motoyasu that she said about Naofumi. And then she betrays him too. In other words, her only true ally is no one but herself.
  • False Rape Accusation: This is how the entire plot begins, with Naofumi being neither Myne's first nor her last victim.
  • Fantastic Racism: Almost never misses a chance to refer to Raphtalia as "a damned Demi-Human".
  • Fatal Flaw: Malty has three: her first flaw is her constant lying, her second flaw is her Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, and her third flaw is her utter refusal to stop kicking the dog. What did you expect? Telling the truth must be a taboo in her twisted mind.
  • Femme Fatale: She uses her looks to screw anyone over. Naofumi found out the hard way, as did Motoyasu and Ren.
  • Flat Character: In a sense, she doesn't have much going for her personality besides being a Hate Sink. Even though we get some glimpse of her other traits (such as her mother stated that she was spoiled rotten by the king and showing slight distubrance at Itsuki's Kick the Dog moment), it's not enough to be considered Hidden Depths. Considering her true nature as Medea's fragment incarnation in the web novel, it actually does make sense in that context.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She has been a problem child since always, which is why her mother labeled her unqualified for ruling the kingdom and raised Melty into a suitable heiress.
  • 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: She was designed with the intention to make the audience hate her guts. Malty is presented as being despicable and irredeemable to the core, and she only sinks lower with every appearance. Her rampant sociopathy, Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, compulsive lying, and willingness to cross any line without even the slightest shred of remorse to get what she wants only increases the hatred that she receives from others. By the time she's executed a second time in the web novel, she's detested by literally everyone in the world. Being a fragment of Medea will do that to you.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Averted. Naofumi was attracted to her before. The keyword being was. Once she screwed him over, suffice to say that he wants nothing to do with her now. Played straight to a tone-deaf degree with Motoyasu, until she betrays and ditches him, too.
  • Humiliation Conga: Suffers an epic one of these alongside her father during their trial. Not only does she get a slave-brand put on her that zaps the crap out of her every time she lies, but it is used to expose every single one of said lies, up to and including the False Rape Accusation against Naofumi that kicked off the story. In the anime, this is followed by her and her father being nearly executed by the Queen before Naofumi steps in - not because he's feeling sorry for her, but because he feels execution would be too good for her and her father. She is renamed Bitch, while her father is renamed Trash, and both of them are stripped of their royal titles.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In the anime, when she witnesses Naofumi soloing the Soul Eater with his Wrath Shield, she proceeds to insult him (again) over "not acting like a Hero". This is coming from the person whose not only shown to be the furthest from the good guys as you can get, and had done so repeatedly without even the slightest hint of remorse, but also sunk as low as to help her chosen "Hero" cheat in a duel just to screw Naofumi out of the only party member he had. Adding to this, Raphtalia also proceeded to point out that she hadn't done a damn thing to contribute to the fight the whole time, instead just standing by and acting like a glorified cheerleader to Motoyasu.
    • 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.
    • Just like Tact, her hypocrisy reaches its zenith in Chapter 344 of the web novel, and she and the other members of his harem are told that if they renounce him, they would go free. Naturally, she does so along with the other more self-centered girls with the excuse that her mother (whom she told Tact to kill) was dead because of him and proceed to beat him up while he's restrained, with Witch laughing as she calls him out on the callous actions she's also guilty of and smugly blames her actions entirely on him. Even when he knew she and the others were never going to be spared in the first place and that they were lied to in order to have them break Tact even further, Naofumi still had to restrain himself from shouting at her, and even Tact himself seemed to realize just how rotten she is before he's finally killed.
  • It's All About Me: These four words sum up her personality in a nutshell. The only person that matters to Malty is Malty, and everybody else can go screw themselves.
  • Jerkass: There's a pretty good reason why she is nicknamed "Bitch."
  • Kick the Dog: Stealing Naofumi's stuff and her False Rape Accusation against him is only the start of the many despicable things she does throughout the story. In fact, it's safe to say that whenever she appears, a Kick the Dog moment is likely to occur.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Make no mistake, she's definitely someone despicable. However, when she helps Tact in his coup against the King of Faubley, few people, if anyone, will hate her for that, especially knowing what the King did to her prior.
  • Kill It with Fire: In her final moments of life, she gets burned to death at the stake for her actions.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Former Princess of the Melromarc Kingdom who is attractive and even more so cruel and manipulative. She's also a powerful mage with a penchant in fire magic.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When Witch is sentenced to become her Uncle Faubley's 10,000th "bride" (a painful death sentence in itself), nobody would come to her aid. Motoyasu would have gladly done so himself, but Witch's previous betrayal of him had damaged his psyche so severely that he sees and hears all women as gross pigs. He literally sees her as a disgusting red swine (a fitting reflection of her equally repulsive personality) and simply shoved her away when she begged for his help.
  • Lethally Stupid: Malty is this in spades, to the point of having her name changed to Bitch, and later Witch to reflect her corrosive influence, callous selfishness, and utter lack of introspection and forethought. A more competent villain would have known when to stop instead of deciding that it would be in her best interest to act out of pure, petty spite.
  • Like Mother Unlike Daughter: A variant. The only thing Malty inherited was her mother's captivating beauty, which she uses to seduce and screw over others. She doesn't have either of her parent's intelligence or cunning that makes them so notable, which bites her in the ass multiple times since someone smarter would Know When to Fold 'Em. Considering her true nature in the web novel, it makes sense that she barely has anything in common with her own family.
  • Made of Evil: In the web novel, she's an Artificial Human reality-warped into existence by a truly despicable God of Evil, intentionally programmed to cause as much evil as humanly possible. Averted in the other versions, as she's just a spoiled sociopath.
  • Magic Knight: She's a powerful spellcaster, wields a sword and wears heavy armor. Too bad it's hard to notice since she's more than content with sitting back and letting Motoyasu do most of everything himself.
  • Manipulative Bitch: There's nothing that she enjoys more than playing people like they were her puppets.
  • 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: According to her, everything bad that happens to her is always the fault of someone else.
    • When you pay attention to all the times she pathetically begged for her life, you'll notice that she never explicitly apologizes for her actions. It's another dead giveaway that she is incapable of feeling anything resembling remorse or shame.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Let's face it, Motoyasu's competence as a Hero skyrocketed after Malty predictably betrayed and ditched him after the Spirit Tortoise incident. The resulting snap in his sanity ironically made him useful.
  • 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.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: When Witch was to be executed following the defeat of Tact and his army, Naofumi and the others really wanted to make sure she and her "allies" never came back. Not only was she thoroughly burned at the stake, but she had her soul devoured by a domesticated Soul Eater to make dead certain they were did of her for good.
  • Personality Powers: Malty's specialty in magic is fire spells. Fitting how Malty herself comes off as destructive and out of control when it comes to her disgustingly toxic personality. Doubly so, considering its also how she finally meets her well-deserved Karmic Death.
  • Playing with Fire: She's already an accomplished fire mage before the start of the story, contrasting her sister and mother's affinity for water and ice magic respectively. 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.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: She's basically an insufferable Royal Brat in a grown woman's body who thinks she can get away with anything because her daddy is the king and throws tantrums whenever things don't go her way. This is the reason why her younger sister Melty was personally groomed to be the heir to Melromarc's throne, simply because their mother could clearly see that Malty is the kind of person that would run the whole country into the ground. Considering how she was encouraging her father to do just that, Mirelia's decision to do that and later disown her and Aultclay was more than justified.
  • 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. Despite this, she's not above acting remorseful to try and escape punishment, and her lack of apology during her pitiful begging is a dead giveaway that she doesn't feel a damn thing about what she's done.
  • Revenge Myopia: It takes some serious self-delusion to voluntarily put her victims through as much trauma and suffering as she did for petty reasons, and still swear revenge when they fight back and end up forcing her to be held accountable for her disgusting actions.
  • 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.
  • Riches to Rags: She loses her title as a princess after her crimes are exposed and her mother disowns her for it.
  • Royal Brat: Her personality in a nutshell, and taken to the extreme. She sure believes that being the spoiled daughter of the king gives her the right to do whatever she wants. She maintains her obnoxious, and downright destructive behavior even after her royal title is stripped.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Her royalty status, father, and later Motoyasu were the only things protecting her from the repercussions of her callous actions.
  • Self-Insert: An in-universe example as she turns out to be one of the many "fragments" of the local jerkass god Medea. Deconstructed hard, since while Malty has all of Medea's vices, she also has none of the former's power to back it up. Once her protection is gone (Motoyasu, Aultclay, Tact), all she has left is her superficial beauty, and it's nowhere near enough to save her from her former, vengeful victims.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Murder: She tried to kill her little sister Melty personally by burning her alive with fire magic under the flimsy excuse of irreversible brainwashing, something Ren calls her out on. In the anime, she even begs Motoyasu to "take the heads of Naofumi and Melty for her" when their party lost. Naturally, Motoyasu was the only one too stupid to notice this trope in action.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Yep, that red hair and green eyes mean that she's important. Not that it's a good thing, though...
  • Smug Snake: She'll gleefully insult, belittle and kick down anyone she perceives as an easy target for her own amusement. But when her actions inevitably backfire on her, she wastes no time in shamelessly begging for her life or blaming someone else.
  • The Sociopath: Unsurprisingly, Malty ticks off all of the telltale signs...
  • Soul Fragment: She is actually a fragment of the goddess Medea.
  • Spoiled Brat: She was spoiled rotten by her father, which likely contributed to her personality. Much later on, it turns out she would have turned out to be this regardless of her upbringing due to her true origins.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks almost exactly like her mother.
  • Stupid Evil: Most other villains would Know When to Fold 'Em and stop acting out of spite upon having their name publicly changed to reflect their true personality. Malty, unfortunately, is not most other villains in this case. It's like she just doesn't know when to quit.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: She shows this in spades in the fight against Raphtalia in the Three Heroes Church Uprising arc during chapters 248 and 249. Even after the latter kicks the shit out of her and easily deflects her fire spells and brainwashing knife, she's still smugly confident that she could beat her without effort. This just gets Witch mauled by her own Justice Zombies and Raphtalia receiving healing she never needed.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink:
    • Web Novel: Along with Trash spiking his food with laxatives, Bitch tries to do this during Naofumi's private banquet. Both were forced to consume them by Queen Mirelia once they were caught.
    • Anime: During the banquet between the four heroes, Malty, who was recently renamed Bitch, secretly poisons Naofumi's food. Fortunately for him, Melty intervenes before any harm can be done.
  • Tempting Fate: A dark example in the web novel. After being apprehended following the quelling of the Three Heroes Church uprising, Witch immediately tries to pull the brainwashed card yet again in an attempt to escape punishment. When that fails, she drops any pretense of innocence and acts so insufferably self-assured that she'll avoid any severe punishment by virtue of being the Queen's daughter, regardless of her stripped status. She quickly learns that her actual punishment isn't an execution, but considering what it really was and how it involves her Uncle Faubley, her smug attitude turned a complete 180° and she ended up pathetically groveling for mercy. When that didn't work either, she tried to kill herself on the spot, which a vengeful Naofumi refused to let happen.
  • 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.
    • Did she honestly think Naofumi and the others were simply going to let her go after siding with Tact and helping kill so many people, including her mother? But then again, at this point it's pretty clear she never bothers to think before she acts, period.
  • Traitor Shot: She gets one in the manga, right in the first chapter. The anime also has one that really makes you want to strangle her, as well.
  • Ungrateful Bitch:
    • When Naofumi rescued Malty and Melty from the Three Heroes Church, and her mother, Queen Melromarc, 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."
    • A later, more minor, and just as hatred-inducing one happens in the Web Novel. During the Cal Mira arc, Naofumi unfortunately finds himself briefly partnered up with Motoyasu's party for the day, the latter of whom behave as stuck-up and arrogant as you'd expect for what are essentially the latter's glorified cheerleaders. Malty demands that Naofumi buy her a souvenir before they go monster-slaying, and she still finds a reason to bitch and moan at him because he bought it at a discount.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If you were about to have your royal titles revoked, sent away to become a bride of a corrupt king and ultimately burned at the stake, you would be freaking out too.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • When she's about to be burnt at the stake, Malty begs her father for mercy. Considering how she's still blaming others for her own actions, and that she's partly responsible for the deaths of her mother and countless others, this understandably falls on deaf ears.
  • Work Off the Debt: In chapter 76 of the Webnovel, Bitch is shown a piece of paper by Mirelia: the amount of Money the Guild demanded from her for her spending while part of Motoyasu's party. So Bitch must be part of Motoyasu's party as a slave in order to pay back that debt. Chapter 111 has Bitch try to claim it was "necessary for the sake of the world," but Mirelia said it was for "expensive accessories, precious metals, clothes. A luxury rental estate and several visits to expensive night clubs. Is THAT what you call the sake of the world?"
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: One of her favorite strategies is to tearfully confess to her mark that her previous benefactor abused her in some way.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She has everyone who has helped her abandoned at some point when she decides that she doesn't need them anymore.

    Princess Melty Q Melromarc 

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.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Melty generally acts the part of the Heir Apparent, a reasonable, responsible authority figure with all the polite charm and properiety expected of her, as well as performing an active role in helping her mother rule the kingdom, but whenever Naofumi or filorials are involved, she drops her guard and starts to behave more like a child, which is noted by her mother.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Everything of her, from her dress to her hair, is blue. Unlike her corrupted sister and father, Melty is a good princess who does want to think in what is best for the kingdom.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Malty's Cain. While her older sister is rotten to the core, Melty is a good girl who wishes the best for her kingdom. Out of jealousy that Melty is the successor of the throne, Malty plots to have her murdered and then steal the position of crown princess.
  • 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".
  • Cute Witch: Accels in water-based magic, and is as cute as a button.
  • 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.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: A Deconstructed Character Archetype example. 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 seriously despite her attempts to be political savvy, and she cuts herself out of having a normal childhood. She takes her job seriously, but expresses several times how much she wants to have fun when she can.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is tied in two curly pigtails to illustrate her youthfulness and naïve personality.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: She is forced to join up with Naofumi to save her own life. In the anime, she also joins him for the Cal Mira wave.
  • Hair Decorations: The two blue ribbons she uses to tie up her Girlish Pigtails.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Melty approaches Naofumi and demands him to apologize to her father for being so disrespectful so they can make peace. What she doesn't know is that Naofumi hates royalty because her father and sister have done nothing but screw him over ever since he was summoned to their world. From Melty's point of view, Naofumi is just being unreasonable and rude for refusing to get along with the king and turning her away every time she tries to talk to him. Well, until Naofumi tells her the truth, at least...
  • 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 falls into despair 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.
  • Mega Twintails: Her hair is done up into these, which, while not quite Ojou Ringlets do have a significant twirl to them.
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike her older sister, Melty is a much kinder, more personable human being.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She's besties with Filo and the two are very affectionate with each other to the point that Motoyasu calls her Filo's fiancée. Melty has even slept naked on top of Filo's Filorial Queen form because her feathers are so fluffy.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: When she had heard that the Hero of Shield had disrespected her father, she wanted to arrest him - personally. Her role is also expanded in the anime, actively working as one of Naofumi's party members during the Cal Mira wave. Later on, she is given the task of managing Naofumi's growing village.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: While she's good-natured, she still has grown up protected from the worst parts of her kingdom and the corruption of fellow royalty, leading to her shock when discovering how badly demihumans are abused. The queen prevented Melty from being spoiled by the king like her older sister Malty was, which is why Melty is very polite and friendly to even commoners and non-humans despite being royalty. Also, Melty doesn't abuse her status power like most nobles do.
  • Tsundere: Sweet type. Melty is a total sweetie by nature, but she gets easily exasperated around Naofumi. Justified because although she's clearly drawn to Naofumi's courageous spirit as well as his compassionate and strong heart, he 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She rightfully scolds Motoyasu for trying to pick a fight with Naofumi and recklessly destroying the marketplace in doing so.
    • She also tries to pull this on Naofumi after he (rightfully) disrespects the King, demanding that he apologise. She later finds out that he had every reason to do so after he explains himself.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair.
  • Your Size May Vary: Her character design's exact height can vary from scene to scene. In some she is the same height as Filo (which should make her technically shorter given that Melty wears high boots while Filo goes in bare feet), but the majority of time she is at least a bit taller (sometimes up to half a head).

Church of Three Heroes

    In General 
Originally the legend was about the Four Heroes: The Sword, Spear, Bow, and Shield. From this legend came the Four Saints Faith which worshipped all Heroes equally. However, the Shield's legend was more closely tied with the demi-humans, to the point that many demi-humans worshipped the Shield exclusively. A faction advocating human supremacy deemed the Shield a devil and splintered from the Faith. This was the Three Heroes Church.
  • 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.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: They worship three of the Heroes rather than any god, but their iconography, attires, architecture, hierarchy and rituals are identical to those of Catholicism.
  • Evil Counterpart: Their weapon replica serves as one for the Heroes.
  • Illegal Religion: As a result of Pope Balmus' attempt to overthrow the Melromarc royal family, Queen Mirelia outlaws the Church of Three Heroes, replacing it with the original Four Saints Faith. Survivors of the Three Heroes Church attempt to return to power by joining Malty's Staged Populist Uprising against the Queen, only to be defeated once again.
  • 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.

    Bisca T. Balmus

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English)

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.

  • All Your Powers Combined: 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. He could use Naofumi's skills as well, but is too prejudiced and prideful to do so.
  • Antagonist Abilities: He can utilize power that is drawn from the faith of his followers that makes him equal (and almost superior) to the Four Heroes combined. His weapon can mimic the abilities of any of the Legendary Weapons without any need for the training or trial-and-error that said heroes had to contend with. He even has another spell, Cathedral, which provides him rapid recovery and protection from various ill effects so long as he remains within it. These abilities are so irksome to the Four Heroes that they question why it was necessary to summon them in the first place if this sort of power was available. Its one drawback—that it requires massive amounts of mana that can only be provided by legions of followers, is not an issue for a short, one-off battle but becomes a greater weakness if dragged out for too long.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: He is the head of the Church and all four heroes have trouble dealing with him until Naofumi unlocks Wrath Shield 3. That said, it's not really his fighting skills that make him dangerous, just the sheer power of his weapon powered by the faith of his followers.
  • 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 army's 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 Irony: He could've survived if he bothered to use the shield form of his staff. But doesn't bother to and ends up paying the price for it.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: This is the main weakness in 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.
  • Evil Is Petty: He's even worse then the king when it comes to grudges against the shield hero. The king at least has a somewhat understandable reason for his prejudice even if it was just as wrong. But Bisca's reason are flat out contempt just because the Shield Hero was worshiped by half humans. Naofumi has never done anything to him personally and the pope only targeted him just due to the title he was given, that's it.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: While he acts like a benevolent leader of the Church of the Three Heroes, his true colors show when he reveals his plot of murdering all of the heroes and the royal family.
  • 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.
  • Home Field Advantage: He uses an Area of Effect spell called Cathedral which grants him protection from curses and gives him passive defenses as long as it stands. This spell takes a massive amount of mana to summon and maintain, so it is powered by the Church's followers channeling their mana onto him.
  • 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.
  • Logical Weakness: Since his replica weapon and spells take a massive amount of mana to use, he has to bring an army's worth of followers whose sole purpose is to act as living batteries just to have a continuous mana source. His spells grow progressively weaker as more and more of his followers drop from exhaustion as the heroes slowly wear down his defenses.
  • 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. The web novel is a bit more graphic, as Naofumi describes his remains as "a lump of flesh".
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the anime, he is named Bisca T. Balmus.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His face design resembles closely a Fusion Dance of real life Popes John Paul I and II.
  • 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: This is 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.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's able to hold his own against all four Legendary Heroes because his weapon is a combined replica of all four Legendary Weapons and has a near unlimited supply of mana coming from his followers that allows him to deliver devastating attacks. However, it is because of these things that he's even able to fight in the first place and he doesn't even fully utilize his weapon by choosing not to use its shield form. Therefore, once one of these advantages gets taken away, he is defeated quite easily.
  • Villain Has a Point: Zig-zagged. Anybody would be understandably frustrated after suffering the list of careless atrocities 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. However, he still despises Naofumi above all others and calls him "The Devil of the Shield", even though he has not done anything wrong other than just being the Shield Hero, and Bisca's attempts to "justify" why he too deserves death are ridiculously petty and transparent.
  • 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: A bit, in the sense that knowing pretty much anything about him reveals that he is not the kindly, Reasonable Authority Figure he initially appears to be.
  • 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.

Glass's Home

    In General 
  • Good vs. Good: Their objective is to save their own world from falling into ruin by killing Naofumi and the other Legendary Heroes. However, this only applies whenever they fight Naofumi since, to them, he's the only one living up to the title. Averted with Kyo who goes solo in order to take over Naofumi's current world.
  • Hero of Another Story: As the chosen heroes of their own world, they have their own stories prior to meeting Naofumi.
  • Worthy Opponent: Glass and L'Arc think Naofumi is this, given that he's the only one who can stand up to them.



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.

  • 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.
  • Combat Compliment: She praises Naofumi during their first encounter as the only one being worthy of being called a hero after he manages to hold his own against her while the other heroes just got swatted away like flies. During their second encounter, she comments that Naofumi manages to successfully defend against her attacks while noting that he's still not using his Wrath Shield, finally concluding that Naofumi has, indeed, gotten stronger than last time.
  • Combat Hand Fan: She fights with a pair of black hand fans.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Came from a different world.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has long jet-black hair and white skin like a ghost. It makes sense given that 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.
  • Hellish Pupils: She has catlike vertical slits in her eyes that make her look a bit scary. It's probably part of her being a spirit.
  • Hero Antagonist: She only wants to protect her homeworld. If she has to destroy other worlds and kill other heroes to do it, so be it.
  • Hime Cut: She has blunt bangs, bra strap length sidelocks, and mid-thigh length straight hair. She's a stern, serious woman in a kimono.
  • Intoxication Ensues: The Third Wave rematch between Naofumi and Glass ends in a draw when she gets blasted by cask bombs filled with alcoholic berries and is rendered a sitting duck by the vapors. This prompts L'Arc and Therese to forcibly extract Glass against her wishes, putting an end to the Third Wave.
  • Kimono Fanservice: She's a beautiful woman dressed in an elegant kimono.
  • 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.
  • Logical Weakness: Since her spells are all cast with her own life force and she herself is from a race of spirit people, Mana Drain skills outright harm her instead of simply draining her SP like most skills would.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: The first time she appears, the three heroes couldn't leave a scratch on her. Naofumi tried to have her bitten by snakes and set her on fire only for Glass to take it like it's nothing.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Her race is known as spirit people or just spirits.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to reach the back of her knees.
  • Worthy Opponent: Out of all the Heroes, she treats only Naofumi with respect.

    L'Arc Berg 

L'Arc Berg

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Alejandro Saab (English)
A rather curious and amiable adventurer that Naofumi meets before heading out to the Cal Mira Archipelago. He and Therese make friends with Naofumi and co. during their stay in Cal Mira. He's actually one of the Heroes from Glass's world, sent to kill the Shield Hero to save it.
  • 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: L'Arc's scythe is able to cause backlash proportionate to his opponent's defensive stats, making him the perfect counter to Naofumi's attack-sponge speciality.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He easily blows away the 3 other Legendary Heroes with his scythe during the Cal Mira Wave.
  • Blow You Away: "Skybound Wheel Swing", which creates a forward traveling cyclone of Razor Wind.
  • Dramatic Irony: He and Therese make friends with Naofumi and co. ignoring the fact that Naofumi is one of the people they were sent out to kill. L'Arc is even saddened when the reality hits him and tells Naofumi that he bears him no ill will.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Invoked by L'Arc. When Naofumi guesses the nature of L'Arc's abilities, L'Arc simply laughs and confirms his analysis. He also states he's willing to answer any other questions Naofumi may have, and Naofumi need not explain his powers in return. He states that he only gives this privilege to people who prove themselves worthy of fighting to make the fight more interesting. Quoth the man himself:
    L'Arc: I keep no secrets.
  • 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 through 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.
  • Friendly Enemy: Get along very well with Naofumi and is genuinely apologetic for fighting him.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • He rescues Melty from a merfolk monster, then helps Naofumi and co. kill the gigantic fish monster they were fighting, despite the fact that it would've been more advantageous for him and Therese to simply let the monster rampage and maybe kill the heroes in the process. Also, rescuing Melty ended up backfiring on them later on.
    • He chooses to reveal information about his abilities to Naofumi out of a sense of respect for him. He admits to be being willing to give important information to those he feels deserve his respect and to make the fight fair. Naofumi proceeds to invoke and then exploit this to get the upper hand during their fight, something L'Arc is amused with.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Averted. He doesn't believe Naofumi's claims of being the Shield Hero because he can tell Naofumi's not the kind of person that the rumors of the Shield Hero describe him to be. When the truth is revealed to L'Arc during the Wave, he expresses regret that he has to fight and kill a good person.
  • Nice Guy: L'Arc is amicable, respectful, and ready to help others whenever he can. His genuine niceness throws Naofumi off his game and even notes that he might be more heroic than the other 3 Legendary Heroes.
  • Sinister Scythe: He's the Scythe Hero from Glass's world.

    Therese Alexanderite 

Therese Alexanderite

Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)

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.
  • Disproportionate Reward: Played for Laughs. She commissions Naofumi to make her an accessory using a starfire gem after knowing that he has crafting skills. When Naofumi gives her the finished product, she's so overwhelmed by how well-made it is that she immediately hands him her entire purse filled with gold coins. When Naofumi protests, she concludes that her payment is still not enough, so she badgers L'Arc to give all his money to Naofumi.
  • 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, and 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.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Her spells can only harm those she deems as enemies. During their time as members of Naofumi's party in Cal Mira, she blasts their enemies with her fire spell and Naofumi, who was also in the center of the blast zone, comments that he doesn't feel anything while their enemies burn around him. Also, it had the side effect of lifting the curse from the usage of Blood Sacrifice.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Since she channels her magic through jewelry, it's fitting that her surname would be a gemstone as well.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire: "Bejeweled Ruby Blaze", a blast of bright blue flame from her new starfire bracelet.
  • Tears of Joy: When Naofumi crafts her a starfire bracelet, she weeps over the masterfully crafted item.
  • Turn Coat: She and L'Arc turn on Naofumi shortly after taking out the interdimensional whale during the Calmira Archipelago wave.

    Kyo Ethnina 

Kyo Ethnina

The Vassal Hero of the Book who ignores his mission in order to Take Over the World. He is responsible for taking control of the Spirit Tortoise.

  • Evil Genius: He thinks of himself as this but he often falls for enemy traps easily and he often wildly throws his power around.

    Kizuna Kazeyama 

Kizuna Kazeyama

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 become 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.
  • New Ability Addiction: After Naofumi crafts Kizuna a new lure for fishing, Kizuna loves using it and doesn't remove it during a training mission. This is a problem because the lure not only draws in fish but more monsters than the party could handle at that moment. It takes Glass, L'Arc, and Naofumi to get her to take off and restrain her urge to fish with it.
  • 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 other humans. Monsters and everything else, on the other hand...

Other Characters

    Elhart (Old Man) 


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 even after Naofumi's reputation has gone down the sewer.
  • 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 Known by Their Nickname: Naofumi calls him Old Man/Oyaji.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is the only one who calls Naofumi out on his initially rough treatment of Raphtalia.



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 Atla, 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.

    Elrasla Grilaroc (Granny) 

Elrasla Grilaroc

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.

    Slave Trader 

Slave Trader

Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese), Frank Todaro (English)

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.

  • Affably Evil: A slave trader and one of the few people Naofumi considers trustworthy because he is pure business.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His name is never given and he's always called "the slave trader".
  • Expy: In the web novel, Naofumi comments on how the slave trader looks a lot like the Millennium Earl from D.Gray-Man.
  • 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 Naofumi can't really get mad at.
  • Noble Demon: Yeah, he's selling demi-humans as slaves and breaking the law (even thought it's technically legal since demi-humans and beastmen are on the same social standing as monsters in Melromarc). But he's also one of the few characters who doesn't stab Naofumi in the back at any point.
  • Obviously Evil: Subverted. He has Opaque Lenses, a stereotypical villain mustache, speaks like a slimy bastard, and, oh yeah, he deals in slavery. He looks like he would con Naofumi at the first opportunity, but proves to be "reliable ally".
  • 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?

    Van Reichnott 

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.

  • All-Loving Hero: Implied to be the case, seeing how he's one of the only Melromarc nobles who isn't anti-demihuman.
  • 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.

    Idol Rabier 

A Melromarc nobleman and Raphtalia's previous abusive owner.



Voiced by: Miho Okasaki (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

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.

  • 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.
  • Big Good: She is one of most powerful (sentient) beings in the world and is definitely a force for good, having ventured all over the world to help fight against the Waves of Catastrophe when the Four Heroes were only fighting in Melromarc. Unfortunately, she cares more about the state of the world more than humans as a whole and is very willing to kill all Four Heroes to prevent future trouble if they refuse to cooperate.
  • 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.
  • Hair Antennae: She has three strands of hair standing up from the top of her head.
  • 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.
  • Third-Person Person: How Fitoria refers to Fitoria.
  • 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) 

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.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Motoyasu keeps mispronouncing her name Eclair as Eclea.
  • Ascended Extra: She plays a prominent role early on in The Reprise of the Spear Hero spin-off where she joins Motoyasu in escorting Naofumi to Siltvelt.
  • 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 Woman: Works overtime in the spinoff trying to rein in Motoyasu and his Filorials.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's a kindhearted and noble knight girl with rose-colored hair.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has coral pink hair.

    The Spirit Tortoise 

Spirit Tortoise

An enormous beast that was sealed by the previous Legendary Heroes but is freed by Ren, Motoyasu, and Itsuki for the sole purpose of defeating it. When the three fail to defeat it, it causes one of the worst disasters in the story when a hero from another world manages to control it, leading to many lives lost in its wake. It again falls into Naofumi and co. to step up and stop its rampage.
  • Bonus Boss: It wasn't even necessary for the current Legendary Heroes to seek it out and fight it, but they still do in order to prove a point. It turns out there was a pretty damn good reason why the previous Legendary Heroes could only seal it away.
  • Godzilla Threshold: It has the power to completely stop the Waves of Calamity, but only if it takes the souls of 2/3's of the world's population.
  • The Juggernaut: A mountain-sized beast that is nigh-impossible to stop in that the previous Legendary Heroes could only seal it away.
  • Kaiju: An enormous tortoise whose size rivals that of mountains. It's the biggest monster ever encountered in the story.
  • Womb Level: In order to defeat the Spirit Tortoise, Naofumi and co. have to go inside of it. To their surprise, it can still defend itself from within. Even its heart has its own means of defending itself.

    Ost Hourai 

Ost Hourai

A Human-type familiar of the Spirit Tortoise. After the Spirit Tortoise 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 Tortoise 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 Tortoise is taken over by someone else, she contacts and joins forces with Naofumi to properly unseal and defeat the Spirit Tortoise.
  • 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 Tortoise familiars to speed up the process, and then unseal the Spirit Tortoise itself if all else failed. Though the spirit Tortoise was taken over by a hero from another world, so this was no longer an option.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She allows the Spirit Tortoise's core to be destroyed, knowing full well it'll kill her too, to stop Kyou from manipulating the Spirit Tortoise 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.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name may be Osto or it could be Ost according to the official English material.
  • Synchronization: As she spawned from the Spirit Tortoise and is later revealed to be the soul of the Spirit Tortoise 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 Tortoise with a humbled and proper tone.


Tact/Takt Arusahorun Faubley

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:
    • He has the ability to steal the Legendary and Seven Star Weapons. Deconstructed in favor of the actual heroes trying to stop him, as it only works on the physical level since he's not only using weapons he nabbed from their true, chosen wielders, but he has no idea how to actually use them beyond their basic functions once he got his hands on them. To add insult to injury, the individual benefits of each Weapon don't even stack on each other since the user was never meant to have more than one weapon. Someone with a sufficiently high level that knows what they're doing in actual combat can easily hand him his ass, with or without a Hero Weapon, as a vengeful Naofumi and Fohl proves in a satisfyingly brutal fashion.
    • Later on, it turns out that this is his only power, having been given to him by the deity that reincarnated him. He was never even meant to be a Hero in the first place, which isn't surprising given his personality.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He is the one who ends up killing the King of Faubley.
  • Break the Haughty: This is what his fight with Naofumi and Fohl amounted to. Naofumi even purposely invoked this mid-fight by letting him steal the Seven Star Cane just to rub it in his face how pathetically weak he was compared to them, even if he had all of the Legendary and Seven Star Weapons in his possession.
  • The Chosen One: Of the Seven Star Whip. Subverted as it's heavily implied (if not outright confirmed) that Tact stole his Seven Star Weapon from the true Hero meant to use it, along with several others. He's more like a deconstructed take on The Chosen Wannabe considering how much more harm than good he causes under this delusional belief that he alone was meant to save the world.
    • Unbeknownst to him, he is really this to the evil goddess Medea, who used him as one last attempt to bring complete chaos to the world before stepping in herself to finish the job.
  • Composite Character: Tact has all the negative traits of the antagonistic characters before him but none of their redeeming features.
    • He has Ren's poor skills in teamwork, which led to several of his follower's deaths due to his own carelessness.
    • He has Motoyasu's blind desire for a harem, which led to several deceitful women (including Witch) joining. Also like Motoyasu, it took said women throwing him under the carriage during the mass execution for him to realize their true colors.
    • He has Itsuki's massive ego, making him see himself as a paragon of justice despite the pain, suffering, and death his actions caused. He maintains this up until his execution, no matter how many times he's called out on it.
    • He has Trash's Moral Myopia and Revenge Before Reason, insisting that he was in the right to do everything he did despite his actions either causing more problems or exacerbating already existing ones, and that the people opposing him are evil despite them simply responding in kind to his harmful actions. At least Trash got better. Eventually.
    • He has Pope Bismus' Tautological Templar beliefs, making him believe that he could do no wrong by the simple virtue of being the ultimate Hero. No matter the sheer scale and monstrosity of his crimes, Tact fully believed that everything did was ultimately good and anyone who opposed him was definitely evil no matter their reasons.
    • Lastly, he has the combined belief of the Three Heroes that all he needed was his (stolen) legendary weapons and high levels. Neither help him in his fight with Naofumi and Fohl, with the former even allowing Tact to take the Seven Star Cane just to show off that the both of them could still easily wipe the floor with him.
  • 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.
  • Evil Hero: He makes sure to appear heroic and firmly believes his actions to be heroic, no matter the method or end result. In truth, Tact is the exemplar of all the corrupt, self-destructive traits that Malty/Medea encourages in everyone.
  • Evil Is Petty: Naofumi notices how miffed Tact seemed when the former reveals his poison immunity by consuming lucor fruit to restore his HP and SP without becoming severely intoxicated. Apparently, Tact doesn't like the idea of others having special abilities like him.
  • 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.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: This is what Tact is when it comes to both his power and morality. He's WAY weaker than what his level implies, and he's a WAY shittier person than he tries to present himself as. He doesn't just possess all the negative qualities that three of the four heroes initially had, but also their sub-par competence in a real fight as he also has their former lack of skill and neglect of stat investment, which leads to him getting curbstomped in a humiliating fashion against those whose levels are much lower.
  • Hate Sink: Despite his claims of being the most powerful and virtuous hero, it's clear to the opposition that Tact is just a moronic and boastful Fake Ultimate Hero in both moral character and strength. His actions only cause more harm than good, and no matter how many times he's told this, Tact stubbornly refuses to listen. Even his sole redeeming quality, his care for his followers, is tainted by his utter incompetence at protecting them, his Moral Myopia, and his Horrible Judge of Character towards some of them (such as Malty, who naturally has no trouble manipulating him). Tact really earns himself no sympathy at all when he is forced to witness his comrades' execution one by one before he dies and has his soul fed to the Soul Eaters.
  • 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 Atla.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Just like Motoyasu before him, Tact believes everything a beautiful lady tells him, especially Malty, who manages to make him kill her mother by telling him unflattering stories about her and the heroes. He also seems to think the women and children on the enemies' side are brainwashed when that's clearly not the case. Unsurprisingly, it takes Malty and several other women in his harem betraying him directly for him to realize they're not loyal to him all.
  • 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.
  • Lethally Stupid: For all his claims, Tact clearly has zero idea on what the hell he's doing when it comes to saving the world, considering how he not only killed off the very people trying to protect it just to steal powers he can barely use, but also potentially crippled an army created solely for the purpose of dealing with the waves as well as the Four Beasts. This also extends to his friends and loved ones, as he indirectly gets several of them killed in the process and even predictably leads his childhood friend to her death by dragging her into a war zone.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Tact loves to boast about how talented and "heroic" he is. The truth is a different matter.
  • Moral Myopia: He takes this trope 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.
  • Paper Tiger: Relatively speaking, this is what Tact amounts to compared to Naofumi and the other sufficiently trained fighters. While the levels of the latter is stuck at 100, his is at 350 on top of his ability to steal the Legendary and Seven Star Weapons. Despite this, he proves to be so inept at fighting that Naofumi and Fohl were able to show just how weak he was compared to them despite their respective weapons being stolen.
  • Possession Equals Mastery: Averted. He is able to steal any Legendary and Seven Star Weapon but lacks the knowledge on how to utilize their full powers, the skills to effectively wield them even in their base forms, and even the fighting instincts of a trained fighter. Naofumi and Fohl are able to kick his ass five ways to Sunday because both of them are more competent in combat than he is.
  • Sore Loser: After he is defeated, reduced to Level 1, spoken to at length about the true monstrosity of his various crimes and force to watch his family and loyal followers being executed, the enraged Tact continually spouted insults and death threats to his enemies up to the moment of his Public Execution.
  • Story-Breaker Power: A subversion. His ability to steal any Legendary and Seven Star Weapon, coupled with his insanely high level would've made him practically invincible. However, since he's so inept at fighting, he's unable to use the weapons' full potential nor is he able to outmatch a sufficiently skilled fighter like Naofumi and Fohl.
  • 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.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Malty sets herself up as one of Tact's advisors after he murders the King of Faubley and usurps the Faubley throne, becoming the brains of Tact's operations without him realizing it. She also uses Tact as her personal tool of petty vengeance by telling him unflattering stories of those she wanted dead, including her own mother Queen Mirelia.
    • The goddess Medea revealed that Tact was her chosen champion without him realizing it.
  • The Usurper: In one day, he murders the King of Faubley and proclaims himself the new king. Most of the Faubley Kingdom's subjects accept this with a shrug since the King was a truly despicable human being to begin with.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Double Subverted. Tact, as described by Sore Loser above, continually spouts death threats and insults throughout his public execution, vowing to reincarnate again so he can get his revenge on Naofumi and his allies. It's not until he learns they plan to feed his soul to the Soul Eaters that he finally begs for his life.

    King of Faubley 

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: He takes this trope Up to Eleven with 9,999 women as brides, only to horribly torture them all to death. Witch is number 10,000.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Deconstructed hard. Malty may have been a nasty, backstabbing excuse for a human being, but not even Naofumi, who wanted her to pay for her crimes in the worst ways possible, could bring himself to watch the King torturing her to death. Ultimately, the King comes out as the worst person of the two by far.
  • 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 

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.

  • Adapted Out: Word of God has confirmed that Medea will not be returning in the Light Novels, and is therefore non-canon.
  • 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.
  • 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: This is 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 Chessmaster: She used everyone as pawns to bring about the Waves and the misfortune to the worlds.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Medea's manipulative nature ultimately ends up doing her in when Naofumi reflects her attacks back at her.
  • 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.
  • It's All About Me: She is unsurprisingly this, given that Malty is one of her fragments. It's even worse because Medea has the power of a deity to back her up.
  • 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.
  • Mad God: A Physical God of impressive power, but a total head-case.
  • 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 Ø 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.
  • One-Hit Kill: As Motoyasu and Naofumi found out. She discovers she isn't immune to it.
  • The Ophelia: She's 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.
  • 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.
  • Psychic Link: She experiences everything that her sentient fragments do, as though she were there herself. Because of this, Medea is fully aware of the people that Malty manipulated and murdered throughout her life. She has also inherited Malty's burning hatred of all who denied her selfish ambitions, particularly Naofumi and his friends.
  • 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.
  • Satanic Archetype: Medea has a very Luciferian feeling to her character. A self-proclaimed goddess who actually becomes a God, Medea chooses to use her newfound deity powers for evil, destroying and merging multiple universes and manipulating and tempting others to do evil.
  • 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.
  • The Sociopath: Medea ticks many, if not all the boxes of ASPD. She's 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. She's well-versed in psychological manipulation enough to try and sucker followers for her cause when she's 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 God Am I. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: She is the one truly behind the Waves and most of the misfortune that the worlds has suffered, whether directly or through her proxies, Malty and the reincarnators.
  • 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:



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 an 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.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While he has the power to put down even gods, against mortals he's defenseless.

Alternative Title(s): Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari


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