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Cover for the first Light Novel.

One Japanese high-school class has been transported to another world, where on short notice they are told they are summoned to be heroes and save it from an onslaught of demons. Each student is given overpowered stats and incredibly useful jobs... except Hajime Nagumo, otaku and bully magnet. As if being looked down upon by the "cool kids" for his hobbies, let alone being the object of affection of class sweetheart Kaori Shirasaki, is not enough, in this world not only does he get mediocre stats, but also the equally-mediocre-at-best "Synergist" job, which lets him transmute anything.

During one live training at the Orcus dungeon, a trap puts the entire class, their homeroom advisor Aiko Hatayama, and their instructor Meld Loggins, at the mercy of a dangerous monster. Against all odds, Hajime makes some really creative use of his Synergist abilities to defeat the monster. Unfortunately a stray fireball hits him, sending him hurtling down into an abyss.


Barely surviving the fall, Hajime then struggled to survive the even greater dangers deep in Orcus, nearly losing his sanity with thoughts of vengeance against what he perceived to be the treachery of his class... until he meets Yue, a powerful vampire-girl sealed for centuries in the depths of Orcus. Bound together by similar experiences, Hajime and Yue together successfully escape Orcus and confront anew the world which seemingly betrayed them.

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (ありふれた職業で世界最強, "Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō") is a 2013 web novel series written by Ryo Shirakome (under the pen name "Chuuni Suki") and was published on the website "Let's Become Novelists", subsequently turned into a light novel illustrated by Takayaki and published by Overlap in Japan and licensed in English by J-novel Club, which can be found here. An anime adaptation by Funimation began airing July 2019.


Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest provides examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Many of the monsters in the Orcus dungeon are this, especially the Hydra.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Hajime is subjected to this due to his class lacking the oomph of his peers'.
  • And I Must Scream: Yue gets hit with this trope twice, before the start of the story, and before the end of the story, and both times she was rescued by Hajime.
  • Anti-Hero: Hajime, after he fell into the abyssal depths within Orcus Labyrinth.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Anyone with inherent ability to wielding magic without having to build it up with chanting can be the target of the Big Bad to possess their body. The more powerful, the more likely, just ask Yue. This is probably why the Beastmen tribe try to off the likes of them as soon as they're discovered. And also explains why Yue got imprisoned (as well as immobilized) in the depths of Great Orcus Labyrinth.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The God's Crystal. It's the crystallization of Mana, and as a mineral it can store large quantities of it inside. When naturally charged it produces a healing elixir of the highest quality. Oscar Orcus had one made which was accidentally dropped by Miledi when it overcharged her Signature Move, and becomes a Chekhov's Gun millenia later when Hajime discovered it and allowed him to survive eating monster-meat and saved him and his friends several times.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Just about everybody in Tortus. throw all conflict away and form a Badass Army to fight the Mad God, with Hajime as the spearhead.
  • Badass Adorable: Yue and Shea can cause men to instantly fall in love with them yet have stats come damn near close to the otherwise overpowered hero of Hajime's class.
  • Badass Normal: Many melee fighters. Hajime could have been one, but things happened.
  • Blackmail: A comedic version. It is how Shizuku got Hajime to accept and look after Kaori. She threatens him with giving Hajime over-the-top and embarrassing nicknames and spreading them among the general population.
    • Not played for laughs where it concerns Hiyama.
  • Black and White Insanity: Kouki has shades of this. Since he is literally the Hero, he believes the class comes with Omniscient Morality License, meaning he would be the good guy no matter the situation, which often leads to him engaging in Insane Troll Logic level mental gymnastics to justify why he is still right and his opponents are wrong.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Hajime routinely aims for the head and usually hits it.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: The Seven Great Labyrinths are a rare non-video game example, and how. As Miledi Reisen explains, they had went all-out into their design to avoid a repeat of the tragedy that befalls them.
    • Special mention goes for the Great Orcus Labyrinth. As this Labyrinth was intended to be cleared last, it was so Nintendo Hard that it was split into two 100-floor sections, with only a handful of demons ever knowing the lower section even existed. To put it into perspective, the dungeon's Final Boss was so tough that it nearly killed Hajime and Yue despite their overpowered firearms, medicine and magic. Ironically, Hajime fell right into the abyss within the True Labyrinth and was forced to clear this Labyrinth first, making the rest of them looks weak in comparison (though they are still psychologically challenging).
    • The Great Reisen Labyrinth. On paper, it was an Anti-Magic dungeon intended to test the challenger's ability to overcome their reliance of magic. However, this dungeon was filled with humiliating pranks if not downright lethal traps. To top it all off, the dungeon resets and restructures itself over time, often several times throughout the challenger's attempt to clear the dungeon, all the while having insults thrown to the challenger every time they encounters a trap, making it notoriously frustrating to clear. To top it off, the final boss is a golem that is armored with layers and layers of Azantium protecting its core, making it nigh-impossible to clear unless if the challengers are similarly Crazy-Prepared.
    • The Haltina and Schnee Labyrinth​ are the worst possible Labyrinths for Kouki to challenge, as Haltina Labyrinth has a Lotus-Eater Machine that conforms to his idealistic world followed by a rain of milky-white slimes with powerful aphrodisiacs, while Schnee Labyrinth have him fighting against his Evil Knockoff that was so good at his "The Reason You Suck" Speech that he managed to convince Kouki to lash out to Hajime in bloodshot rage.
    • Ironically, the Divine Mountain Labyrinth that houses the incredibly broken Spirit Magic is relatively easy to clear for a magic that allows their user to swap bodies. Granted, you need to clear two labyrinths beforehand and people who had any belief in the resident Mad God can't enter it at all (especially since this labyrinth is built right at Holy Church's doorsteps). And if you had killed any servant of said Mad God, then you can skip the labyrinth's trial altogether.
  • Bullying the Dragon:
    • Exists as a proverb which involves literally bullying a dragon.
      “Kick the butt of a dragon” is a proverb of this world, it referred to the Ryuujin race and dragons. They boasted their defensive power as an impregnable defense because of their whole body covered by scales, excluding their eyes and mouth, the butt hole that wasn’t covered by scales was their only weak point. Because of their high defense, as they were deep-sleepers, they wouldn’t awaken once they fell asleep, but they would wake up at once, once their Butt that was their weak point received stimulus, and became enraged like raging fires. A long time ago, it was not known why that was done, but the fool was completely crushed. From that, it became the meaning of someone who is foolish enough to purposely disturb someone that was harmless as long as they weren’t disturbed.
    • Hajime used a Pile Driver to do just that, as Tio Klarus (Who got Brainwashed and Crazy up until that point) can attest.
  • Buxom Is Better: Shea certainly thinks so, Yue does not.
  • Came Back Strong: Hajime ended up having his body rebuilt from the resulting overcompensation from consuming monster's flesh along with doses of God's Crystal Elixir. Later on, Kaori's soul was transferred into Noint's body after she was killed by Hiyama.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: What allowed Hajime to survive the Abyss. Eating Demon flesh is technically fatal, but by drinking the God's Crystal Elixir, Hajime managed to survive. Not only that, but his body also gained the ability to safely consume their flesh and obtain some of the demons' abilities.
  • Character Development: Hajime goes through a quick one after his fall by hardening and becoming more pragmatic and cold, then he goes through a considerably slower one, mellowing out due to the girls' influence.
  • Chuunibyou: Word of God the series is a love letter to all that is Chuuni. As if it wasn't obvious (pen name Chuuni Suki)
  • Complexity Addiction: Both Ehitoruje and Eri go about their plans in the most convoluted manner possible. For the Mad God, he's got both insanity and sadism as an excuse. For the Yandere...
  • Compressed Adaptation:
    • The primary problem with the manga adaptation is how the story had been either water-down or outright cut out in order to streamline it. On the one hand this makes the story progress quicker at the cost of HUGE amounts of characters and characterization. The story focuses solely on Hajime's POV which removes several critical scenes and even then several scenes featuring him are also cut for no other reason than for the sake of getting the story further along faster.
    • The anime is similar, cutting out the entirety of the opening sequence at the kids' school and essentially starting the kids off when they enter the Great Orcus Labyrinth. It also skips over the entire visit to the beastman city-state of Verbergen when Hajime and the Haulias go into the Haltina Woods, and consequently the Haulia's defeat of the bear-men.
  • Cool Airship: Fernir, Hajime's new ship.
  • Corrupt Church: The Holy Church of Ehit certainly counts, as it was influential enough to start and end wars between states at a whim, and encouraged self-centered racism among the many races residing in Tortus. To make matters worse, their God and Angels had specifically fashioned Tortus as his own chessboard and locked its inhabitants into a Forever War, complete with similarly racist faith at the demon's side, just to sate his twisted pleasure.
  • Covert Pervert: At one point in volume 3, Shea and Tio watch Hajime and Yue having sex in their inn room from outside the window.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Hiyama is this in spades. Kouki can also have shades of this, but he never goes over the line because of his jealousy like Hiyama did until he was Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Considering that, compared to the average denizens of the world, Hajime's party is extremely overpowered, this happens a lot.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Shizuku. Myuu also causes Hajime to go into this.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The main party mostly consist dark heroic individuals, Hajime has monster blood and dressed in black and red, but leans more towards Good Is Not Nice, Yue is a heroic vampire princess and Tio has the form of a sinister looking black dragon that can breath black flames, but lacks a malicious bone in her body.
  • Determinator: Hajime. Kaori as well, to a lesser extent.
  • Deus ex Machina: What the "God's Crystal" Hajime found could be considered.
  • Doomed by Canon: The Liberators, as they failed in their fight against Ehit and his propaganda; Zero will let us know how it transpired.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: The God's Crystal gives an unending supply of perfect healing and completely charges magic reserves too. It makes sense that it also stops overflowing just after Hajime is healed from his fight with the Hydra, since keeping that supply of elixirs would have made any and all of the following fights even more trivial, and no one Hajime cared about would be in danger.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Hajime acts like this toward the Haulia tribe. Later on, Cam acts like this as well, even while being tortured.
  • Dungeon Bypass:
    • Dungeon flooring is usually so hard as to be impenetrable, but by Volume 4, he was able to uses his Pile Bunker to skip roughly twenty floors of Orcus's starting labyrinth in one shot when he goes to rescue the hero party, and the spike still has enough kinetic energy left to One-Hit Polykill two of Cattleya's chimeras when it reaches the room they're trapped in.
    • The Divine Mountain Dungeon has this. It will take you straight to the magic circle provided you have done three things. One: Cleared at least two other dungeons. Two: Are not a servant of the gods. And Three: Killed a servant of the gods. Hajime fulfilled the last one by killing Noint, while Aiko and Tio fulfilled it by blowing up the entire leadership of the church of Ehit in their attempt to bringing down the church's barrier.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Hajime and Yue toward each other when they almost died at deepest level of the first dungeon. They became the Official Couple afterwards.
  • Fanservice Pack: As attractive as Kaori already is, she managed to get an even more attractive body than her own when she requested her soul to be transferred into a stronger body, coinciding with Hajime had recently killed Noint, a powerful angel that had gave him a run for his money, thereby giving her a boost in pursuing Hajime's affections.
  • Fragile Speedster: Shizuku's job specializes in dealing damage as quick as possible, but she can't receive any, surviving only because of her armor and Hajime's tools.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare:
  • Gratuitous German: Everywhere, from Hajime's weapons and tools to locations.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The reason why Hiyama tried to kill Hajime was because he was jealous of Kaori's fondness of him
    • Later on, Hajime and the girls get in trouble more than once because people want to court, kidnap or outright enslave Yue, Shea or one of the others. In fact, thugs, nobles and even random passers-by try to literally steal the obviously high-level girls followed by a ridiculously badass looking guy so often, it becomes a Running Gag.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Verbergen towards the Haulia tribe, when they were invaded by demons. Their defenses were overwhelmed, and in desperation an elder went to the Haulia tribe for aid, knowing that they were elite combatants.
    • After Hajime declares his intent to fight the god Ehit, he sent the other students to call for the world leaders' aid.
    • The reason Hajime, Kouki, and the rest of their class are in Tortus is because humans almost lost against demons, and the God Ehit summoned them to turn the tide of the war in their favor.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Played for Laughs There's sometimes Hajime found out that what he does is gone too far, and regrets it.
    • When he trained the Haulia tribe into the literal Killer Rabbit tribe, not only did they lost their aversion to kill, they also became so Drunk On Power that they outright enjoy killing and cornering their enemy. It takes Shea reminding their faces resembling the Imperial soldiers to snap them out of it.
    • He wake Tio Klarus for interrogation, by driving the piledriver into her ass, turning her into Casual Kink in the process. Hatayama Aiko (along with the students escorting her) are understandably terrified.
    • Aiko using her fermentation ability to ferment everything within the Holy Church’s main cathedral to produce flammable gas that Tio could use to destroy the cathedral's barrier. The resulting explosion not only destroys the barrier, it utterly annihilated the whole cathedral and everyone within.
    • Ehitorujue tried to Create Your Own Hero, He really didn't take Nagumo Hajime into account.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Hajime, definitely. The Liberators, the creators of the dungeons, also count. Evidently, some of their trials are outright dangerous.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Or anti-heroic people, Hajime and Yue have a very active sex life, to the point that it's a running gag that involves the both of them getting lost in each other's eyes over small praise. For the most part, if the other party members aren't there to stop these moments, things will quickly escalate beyond skinship.
  • It's Personal: Hajime's M.O. is that if you ever try to harm people he holds dear, all bets are off. However, he doesn't give a damn about the ones who wronged him or bullied him before his transformation, as he simply has no time for it.
  • I Will Find You: After Hajime fell into the Abyss, Kaori refused to believe he was dead and worked tirelessly to become stronger so that she could look for him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kaori was subjected to this by Hiyama and was killed. Fortunately Tio had arrived in time to preserve her soul to be transplanted into Noint's remains.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Hajime virtually never misses a shot, and can ricochet rounds off walls to get around people's defenses. Justified in that he practices constantly in his off-time, and often re-transmutes his weapons to improve them.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • They accepted the ring, they didn't steal it. Don't call them grave robbers.
    • And the items in the study were transferred to them, not stolen.
  • Japanese Delinquent: The Haulia tribe, after Hajime trained them, adopted stereotypical delinquent lingo and mannerisms.
  • Jerkass: Hajime becomes one temporarily after leaving the Abyss...
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ... But fortunately, he loses some of his edge over time and lets his original personality shine through.
  • Kill Sat: By the time the demons invaded the capital, Hajime managed to create Hyperion, a high-altitude beam cannon capable of razing an entire demon's army. It had broken after one use, but Hajime had made good use of it to force them to retreat.
  • Killer Rabbit: The Haulia tribe was considered to be the useless hippies of the demi-human races. Then they underwent Hajime's training, turning them into Crazy Awesome Blood Knights Combat Pragmatists. Oh, and they are actual rabbit-people to boot.
    • The Kicking Rabbit Hajime encounters in the Abyss is a literal example. It's a rabbit, and it's second only to the Talon Bear in raw killing power.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Kouki often acts on his first instincts.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: One wouldn't think Aiko's "Farmer" class would be dangerous, but one of her "fertilizing" abilities produces methane. She all but single-handedly annihilated the royal Church of Ehit when they were weakening Hajime in his fight with Neunt while the "angel" was trying to straight-up murder her. All she really needed from Tio was to keep the gas from dissipating by using wind magic, and a small spark.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Ms. Aiko as Farmer and Hajime as Synergist. They both look useless on paper when compared to Heroes and Wizards, but after a couple of levels, Aiko single-handedly kick-starts a global agricultural revolution, then creates a fuel-air bomb to kill the Holy Church's leadership by using her Fermentation power to produce methane, while Hajime is... well, Hajime. He starts out using Transmute to create traps to immobilize monsters so he can kill them, then single-handedly holds off the Behemoth on the 66th floor by burying its feet and head in the ground while the others regroup, then builds on it further as he levels up out of sheer desperation deep in the Orcus Labyrinth.
  • Light Is Not Good: The otherworldly nature of the Apostles of God terrified even the Atavists that served the Holy Church, as Belta Lievre and Laus Barn could attest. Despite being incredibly beautiful Winged Humanoid in appearance, they are described to be soulless to the point that Ehit's machination can be seen through them.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: There are many sapient races in the new world.
  • Magnetic Weapons: Hajime uses his Lightning Field power on his gun barrels to further accelerate the rounds he fires.
  • Mama Bear: If you scare or try to hurt Myuu, you had better hope Hajime finds you first because Shea is even more brutal. The leader of a criminal organization that kidnapped Myuu and tried to sell her off in a black market? Squashed into a stain on the floor very, very slowly.
  • Mega Manning: Hajime full stop. Listing each individual ability would take far too long. He can not only acquire the powers of his fallen enemies, he can also find new and novel ways to use them, such as taking a fairly weak ability to generate electric fields and turning it into the basis of all of his railguns, which are ridiculously devastating.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Meld is killed battling a legion of undead created by Eri during her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Mook Horror Show: Generally happens anytime Hajime shows up and decides that you're an enemy of his, such as the slave traders who kidnapped Myu a second time. Or the 60,000 monsters led by Shimizu, who all get wiped out by Hajime and his group by themselves.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Yue and Hajime are this to each other and to a lesser extent, the others in the party... that is until they too become more accustomed to killing.
    • Myu becomes everyone's since they want to preserve her innocence. Of course, it doesn't work, but at least they tried. And Myu was able stop Hajime's outlash, almost entirely all on her own.
  • More Dakka: Yukitoshi Shimizu sends an army of over 60,000 monsters to sack Ur and kill Aiko. Hajime machine-guns most of it with Metzelei, his Gatling gun, before it gets anywhere near the walls (in combination with Yue's and Tio's spells and Shea using a missile launcher).
  • Mugging the Monster: A racist knight on Aiko-sensei's guard detail starts harassing Shea while she's eating with Hajime and Yue shortly after they arrive in Ur. Hajime is annoyed by him, but the knight doesn't listen to his soft-spoken warning to back off. Hajime pulls a gun and shoots him in the shoulder, sending him flying backwards into the wall.
  • Mysterious Waif: Yue fills the bill, Not only is she immensely powerful, she's the one and only reason for Hajime to returned his humanity, motivated him into fighting Big Bad (which he didn't give it a whit otherwise), she also become a vital key for the plan of said mastermind to destroy everything. She's really the main drive to the entire story.
  • The Nondescript:
    • Endo Kosuke. At first he is so average and unnoticeable that he becomes a joke, but it gets to the point where the heroes send him to get help by passing through a huge dungeon because even the monsters don't notice him.
    • In a later arc, (after story), he even becomes a hero of his own while posing as the Right-hand man of the demon king, the demon king being Hajime of course.
  • No One Could Survive That!: After Hajime falls into the abyss during their misadventure in the labyrinth, nearly the entire class assumes he's dead (except Kaori, who seems to insist he isn't, mostly to keep herself sane). Of course, he's the main viewpoint character. Hiyama lampshades it in abject terror.
  • Old Shame: In-universe. Hajime, towards his Chuunibyou days. It was so effective that Hajime regarded Shizuku as the last boss when she blackmailed him about it.
  • Older Than They Look: Yue, a 300 year old loli vampire and Tio, a 500 year old busty dragon girl. Also Aiko, the 25 years old loli teacher.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: The whole class was this before they got summoned.
  • One-Man Army: Practically every member of Hajime's party. It took only four of them to wipe out an army of 50,000 monsters. Hajime takes the cake as usual though, as he killed 100,000 monsters by himself with the help of a Kill Sat and drove back another 1,000,000 through intimidation.
  • Otaku: Hajime was one. Not only that, his father is a game developer and his mother is a manga artist.
  • Papa Wolf: Go on. Try to hurt Myuu. I dare you. Completely unnecessary, scare her even by accident and may God have mercy on your soul.
  • Physical God: Ehitorujue, from whom this status is usurped by Yue, which makes sense since said power didn't belong to him to begin with, being a Body Snatcher and all.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Hajime's very first reaction after unsealing Yue.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Hajime's status card starts out normal, showing him as a level 1 Synergist. By the time he and Yue leave the Orcus Labyrinth, it gives his level as "???" (the previously stated number being 72, the next-highest-level character up to that point being Captain Meld at 62).
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Hajime harshly criticizes Kouki for freezing up against the demon Cattleya after realizing she was an actual person instead of one of the mindless monsters they had fought previously. Kaori soon realizes Hajime was the only one of the class to have figured out that This Is Reality and they might actually have to kill people from the beginning, though she's still shocked by his willingness to kill people in cold blood.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: This series has quite a few, though their degree of power and influence varies due to their positions. Including but not limited to Meld, Elder Alfrerick, Princess Liliana, Aiko-sensei herself, etc...
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Hajime, after he leveled up.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Hajime fell into the abyss, instead of having Heroic Willpower, he had a mental breakdown and nearly went insane. And instead of relying on hope, he relies on pragmatism and ruthlessness. Not all protagonists have the ability to stay hopeful and idealistic when they cross the Despair Event Horizon, especially when he’s still a 17 year old teenager. Eventually he has indomitable willpower, but lost his drive to help anyone in need, choosing to fight for himself and his comrades. This also shows that not everyone can be a Nice Guy after a horrific experience.
    • Even with his abilities, it's impossible for Hajime to make something like the Hyperion perfect in the first go and it broke on it's first use.
    • Several characters learn that just because you're Childhood Friends with someone, or developed an obvious crush on them, that doesn't mean they're obligated to return those feelings. Also, trying to drive a wedge between them and their current lover doesn't mean that you're a shoe-in to get them on the rebound, either.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Hajime gives an absolutely scathing one to Hiyama right before he gives him what's coming to him.
  • Rescue Romance: Hajime had rescued most of his harem members at least once at some point.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Kaori and Shizuku's friendship has strong shades of this. So does Yue and Shea's, especially after Hajime is finally persuaded to also take Shea as a lover.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Where Yue have been sealed in for centuries.
  • Sentai: Later on, the hero's party - Kouki, Suzu, Ryoutarou and Shizuku - were "persuaded" by Hajime to become one such group to act as diversion. Hilariously enough, Shizuku is Pink.
  • Sensei-chan: To her chagrin, Aiko is treated more as a mascot character than an authority figure by her students.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Hajime and Yue have a bad habit of getting lovey-dovey at the drop of a hat, usually resulting in sex if the mood isn't interrupted. This becomes a Running Gag, commented on and complained about by the rest of Hajime's Unwanted Harem. This gets turned Up to Eleven once Hajime is finally persuaded to start accepting the other girls as lovers.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: What attracts most of the girls to Hajime.
  • Stepford Smiler: Suzu, the mood maker of the team admits to doing all that just to be accepted. In short, she fears rejection.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Double Subverted, Deconstructed, and Reconstructed.
    • Hajime is double subverted in that he originally looked like a straight case. Despite all the abuse he got from his class, the school idol, Kaori, was fond of him, and he was ardently striving to use his lack-luster "synergist" ability in clever and creative ways, even managing to restrain a Behemoth the rest of the class, and the royal knights together couldn't even scratch... until his class betrayed him, knocked him down a pit and left him for dead. Subversion. Then, after being driven to madness with only his survival and revenge on his mind, he meets and falls in love with Yue, and she brings back enough of his original caring nature to leave thoughts of revenge behind, and then he finds himself being pursued by women he's not romantically interested in, who are trying to get into his pants so hard that even shooting at them doesn't make them stop. Double subversion and Reconstruction.
    • Kouki is deconstructed. He gets into Tortus, is given the "Hero" job and it goes straight to his head. Already an Obliviously Evil twit full of Selective Obliviousness, he goes full tilt Tautological Templar, believing himself the paragon of virtue destined to save the world, and that everyone must follow him, regardless of how stupid or straight up suicidal his actions are. He even drags Hajime into training early, and when Hajime gets dragged off the training field by Hiyama and his three flunkies, whereupon the four of them start using him as a practice dummy against his will, which would have put him in the hospital in any other setting, he turns and blames Hajime for it.
    • An invoked deconstruction happens with Yukitoshi Shimizu, Hajime's Shadow Archetype introduced in Volume 2, and named in volume 3. This character is an even bigger "other world" Otaku than Hajime is, always dreaming of being whisked away to another world to become the "hero" and surrounded by a harem to tend to his every want and need, but instead of channeling his imagination and creative energies in a productive direction, like Hajime did, he chose to delude himself deeper and deeper into his "other world" delusions and fantasies. Upon coming to Tortus and seeing how wrong his fantasies were, since he fixated on the benefits of being "the hero" but never paused to consider the perils, especially once Hajime "fell" into the abyss, he withdrew from the class and into himself so far that he's downright ecstatic when a Demon comes along and promises to make him a "hero" if he betrays humanity, starting with his teacher, Aiko.
  • Stupid Evil: Ehitorujue was dumb enough that he left Hajime alive after pissing him off so hard. To be fair, he was in Yue's body at the time, and she had fiercely resisted against the Grand Theft Me.
  • Stupid Good: Kouki fits this trope to a T. For all of his attempts to uphold justice, his envisioned justice often veers off into the Black and White Insanity.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: This trope is why Hajime wants to create a tool to prevent his team being summoned against his will again. This doesn't stop Kouki from being resummoned, however.
  • The Dreaded: Just about everyone learns the hard way that it is a really bad idea to go against Hajime and his party.
    • After being armed and given a Training from Hell by Hajime, the Haulia tribe becomes this for the other beastmen tribes and The Empire.
  • The Hero: The entire summoned class is this, but Kouki in particular even has it as his character class.
  • This Means War!: After Ehit stole Yue's body, Hajime had a Big motivation to Kill the God, with a literal war no less.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Myuu in the main party and Aiko in hers.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Hajime took hundreds. It got to the point that his stats were over 9000 each after he left Orcus' dungeon. Hell, his level is ???
    • Shea, after she joined Hajime's party. Also, the entire Haulia tribe after Hajime trained them.
    • As well as everyone in Hajime's class, including Ms. Aiko. From Ordinary High-School Student to being able to fight monsters on daily basis.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Hajime, after getting his psyche shattered by the isolation he experienced while in the bottom of the abyss. It was so bad that it had shaked off Kaori for a while.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He gradually rediscovers his kindness as he met Yue and his eventual harem members.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Tio. While the others escape the Lotus-Eater Machine in the Sea of Trees Dungeon because of the bonds they share with one another, Tio escapes because the fake Hajime in her dream didn't abuse her as severely as the real one.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: While being tortured by the Empire Cam not only didn't break but started to mock his torturers about how much they sucked at it, to the point that one of them had to be prevented from killing him because of how annoying he was.
  • Unwanted Harem: Hajime declares that he only loves Yue, much to the other girls' chagrin. That doesn't stop them from pursuing him with all their might, however, even if he straight up shoots at them. The "Unwanted" aspect becomes less true after Hajime accepts that he truly loves Shea, and eventually the rest of his harem as well.
  • Training from Hell: Hajime trained the Haulia Tribe after protecting them from the Empire. The result? The next time they met one member of said tribe, he took on multiple Empire soldiers and won.
  • Trapped in Another World: Hajime and the rest of his class were summoned to Tortus by the god Ehit because humanity almost lost against the demons. Only Ehit has the ability to send them back, or so Pope Ishtar Lombard claims.
  • Troll:
    • Miledi Reisen, full stop. All the signage in her Labyrinth is written in an overly cutesy and energetic tone clearly intended to irritate, annoy, and seriously piss off anyone who comes across it, and the traps would have been deadly if not for Yue and Hajime being grossly overpowered thanks to their experiences in Orcus Labyrinth.
    • Hajime has recently started to become one himself, particularly towards Shizuku.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: The immediate reaction of Cattleya and the hero party she's about to finish off when Hajime's Pile Bunker crashes through the ceiling of the room and two of Catt's chimeras.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: Hajime and Yue have Their First Time in a hot tub in Oscar Orcus's estate at the bottom of the Orcus Labyrinth, towards the end of volume 1.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Hajime comments from time to time about how Shizuku acts like one. Of course, this is only after she falls in love with him.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Nagumo Hajime as a Synergist is this at first, as the best this class could do is to forge weapons at best. Ms. Aiko, the loli teacher, thought so as well, as a Farmer, but Meld who saw it, commented that he never knew the Farmer Class existed before and recognized her potential to cause a new era of food production, a.k.a. an agricultural revolution.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Eventually Hajime managed to use his transmutation ability to hold off the Behemoth and narrowly avoid being Eaten Alive by the bear after he fell into the abyss. And then it enabled him to craft the firearms that helped him to clear the Orcus Labyrinth.
  • War Is Hell: Just ask those dead Liberators, Melusine will shove this trope right into your memory.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Atavist in general, as they can freely manipulate magic without having to building it up (either via chanting or magic circle), Hajime though certainly takes the cake:
    • He's able to take the ability of the magical beast by eating them, effectively becoming an Atavist himself in all but name. That being said, he only gained such an ability because he had drank some Ambrosia along with the meats, which would've been downright lethal for anyone else, as the guy himself can attest to. The feat itself also rendered his body so badly that Ehitorujue considered him too impure to be posessed by him. And Yue finds his blood more delicious and effective than anything else.
    • Weredragon​ of Tio's kin implied to expose Ehitorujue to the same effect as Hajime's body does.
    • Not to mention his magically-enchanced modern firearms, as Aiko's (self-proclaimed) guardian knights realized and note.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Why Miledi concluded that Hajime would or is it just what she believed based on his relationships with others and his disposition? (Which she is right about either way).
  • Your Head Asplode: What usually happens when Hajime shoots somebody in the head, since he uses a railgun effect to accelerate the rounds from his guns.

Alternative Title(s): Arifureta, Arifureta Shokugyoude Sekai Saikyou


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